January 21, 2015

Success Story: A Home for a Family Who Gives Back

A Home for a Family Who Gives Back to the Community

Gabriel and Mayra Reyes, parents to two young daughters and a teenage foster child, were living in a three-bedroom apartment in Stanton. They quickly found that they needed more room for their growing family and longed to give their children the stability neither of them had experienced while growing up in apartment buildings.

But their dream of one day owning a home seemed impossible as the couple encountered unexpected obstacles on their path to homeownership. Many lenders would not consider their non-taxable income as foster parents. They were told by several Realtors to look elsewhere in Riverside or San Bernardino because Orange County’s home prices would be out of their reach. Doing so, however, would mean Mayra and Gabriel, foster parents for over five years in a special program for children with behavioral issues, could no longer continue to serve as a stepping stone for these children as the program requires them to live in Orange County.

Reyes Girls

Working together with our in-house Realtor and HomeOwnership Center staff, the family was able to purchase their dream home in August of 2014– a beautiful three-bedroom, two-bath home in Buena Park with a spacious yard for the children to play in safely. “My only regret is not knowing about NWOC’s down payment assistance programs sooner. Home is now a safe haven for us," Mayra says, beaming. 

"I don't think any other company would have gone through all the hoops that NWOC’s staff went through to help us. We definitely chose the right people,” her husband adds.

When asked about the best thing owning a home has brought to their family, Gabriel replies without hesitation, "We wanted to create great memories for our daughters and thanks to NWOC, now we finally can.”

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