Mayors Proclaim June As Homeownership Month

Homeownership Month
Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson reads the Homeownership Month proclamation while Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern, Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland, and HBA President Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc., look on. The proclamation was signed at a Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity build site in north Moorhead.

Mayors of Moorhead, Dilworth, Fargo and West Fargo signed a proclamation June 12 at a Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity build, 707 17th St. N., Moorhead, designating June as Homeownership Month for each city. This year’s theme, “Now is the Time,” highlights benefits of homeownership and the opportunity for consumers to take advantage of low interest rates and our stable local economy. Check out for information on buying or building a home.

Press conference attendees included: Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland; Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson; Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker; West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern; Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Director Rob Rich and Home Builders Association of F-M President Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.

The press conference site in Moorhead will be home to a family of seven, including a veteran with post traumatic stress disorder on Social Security disability insurance. He and his fiancé have five children (three with special needs). They hope to move into the home this fall.

Rich said, “They are working with Lake Agassiz Habitat for an opportunity to purchase a home so that they can provide their family with a stable and secure environment. They are working toward completing their 250 sweat equity hours as required by Habitat for partner families.”

Organizations involved in housing such as the F-M Area Association of Realtors, Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, The Village Family Service Center, Habitat for Humanity and local city governments, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, coordinated the event.

The focus of National Homeownership Month is to recognize efforts to strengthen communities and to give countless American families the information necessary to achieve their dream of homeownership. With today’s continuing low interest rates, homeownership has never been more accessible to so many people. Contributing to a strong economy, home ownership enriches families and has come to symbolize the realization of the American Dream. Home equity accounts for more than half of the total net wealth of the typical home-owning family, making homeownership the primary source of a household’s net worth and the fundamental first step toward accumulating personal wealth.

The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of just under 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its mission is to provide quality services, benefits and education to members and the community while representing the collective interests of the home building industry. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and the Fall Home Show.