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Owning a home is a keystone of wealth - both

Suze Orman

Michael Walker


Michael Walker

Dance instructor Michael Walker always considered himself a renter and never seriously entertained the idea of buying a home of his own. “I’ve been dancing for 50 years, living on and off in New Mexico and Los Angeles, and finally decided to settle here in Santa Fe. A friend recommended The Housing Trust to me and I worked with them for nearly three years before I was ready to buy. My counselor, Joyce Arellano, was so involved in helping me with everything. She showed me this house and I knew it was where I needed to live,” said Michael. “I would still be renting if it weren’t for The Housing Trust. They feel like family to me.”

The Terrazas Family


The Terrazas Family

Sergio and Jessica Terrazas are happy to be homeowners and thrilled at how smooth the homebuying process proved to be for them. “Working with our counselor Maria made it such a good experience for us,” said Jessica. “She made sure we had everything we needed and was with us every step of the way. She still keeps in contact with us even now, more than a year after we closed on our house. She really cares.”

Sergio said he previously looked into purchasing a home, but the timing wasn’t right. “Everything just seemed to fall into place for us at this point. We had a great time in the Homebuyer Training class with our instructor Ron. He was very informative and also extremely supportive. I thought at one point that I might have to leave Santa Fe because the price of houses was so intimidating, but we were able to make it happen. I’ve been here over 30 years now, and am glad that I can raise my family here.”

Gabriel and Sandra Renteria


Gabriel Renteria, Sandra Renteria, Manuel Garcia, Roger Renteria

“It was so much easier than I thought it would be,” said Gabriel Renteria when he talked about buying his new home in Santa Fe. “It took six to eight months from the time we first got involved with The Housing Trust. We had tried to work with Homewise previously, but weren’t able to make it happen with them. We rented apartments and a mobile home for years before purchasing our house, but we never felt stable. We are now in our own home and we love it.” Housing Trust counselor Maria Horta worked with Gabriel and his wife Sandra on developing a plan to get them through the homebuying process, including credit repair and assistance with understanding and completing the sometimes confusing paperwork involved in buying a home. “Maria did 70 percent of it for us,” said Gabriel. “She consistently checked with us to make sure we knew what we needed to do next. She is still in contact with us to see if we need anything, and we closed on our home in May of 2013. We know that if we ever need anything, she will be there for us.”