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The Harrell Family

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As a payroll manager for the largest network of assisted living facilities in the nation, Melissa Harrell knows how to be smart with money...
“It’s really great to know that I have a place of my own for as long as I want, and when I’m ready to move on, I can give it to my son or help out another family like my own.”

As a payroll manager for the largest network of assisted living facilities in the nation, Melissa Harrell knows how to be smart with money. “I had been planning to buy a house for five years, saving little by little,” she says. But it looked as though she was going to have to move away from the city she’d always known as home in order to keep her dream of owning a home alive. “I have so much family here, but there was no way I could afford to buy in Seattle. I was seriously thinking about moving to North Carolina.”

After learning about the homeownership opportunities offered by Homestead from a Mortgage lender who taught her HomeBuyer Education Class she was able to buy a townhouse in the city in which she was raised. In partnership with Homestead, she now has plenty of room to invite her family over, and she gets to play one of her favorite games with them: “I ask everyone that comes here, ‘Guess how much I pay for this place.’ And they never believe me when I tell them how little it is.”

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