Giveaways, sponsor tables, and homebuyer education classes inspired bay area home buyers on Saturday (June 10).

The seven-hour 26th HOPE Expo at Raymond James brought together homebuyers, realtors, and lenders in the spirit of home ownership.

With approximately 200 students in the english home buyer education class and 40 in the Spanish, it was a full house.

The HOPE Expo is always open to all home buyers seeking down payment assistance on a home. It is the 26th event taught by Tampa Bay CDC who has multiple homebuyer education classes monthly.

Bright eyed and optimistic homebuyers arrived before 9am, they filled their bags with freebies and awaited a  raffle drawing every hour. Lucky students took home gift cards, cash prizes, tool kits, bikes, and a smart TV all donated by sponsors of the event.

Between class breaks and raffle drawings, students mingled among a room packed table to table with realtors and lenders hoping to help guide them in their home buying journey. This time gave students a chance to build a strong list of candidates who could join them in their home buying process without ever having to leave the building.

Now, with 26 HOPE Expos now complete, Tampa Bay CDC would like to wish all students the best of luck in their new home buying endeavors and will be here to help connect you with the appropriate down payment assistance when you are ready!

Call Tampa Bay CDC at 727-442-7075 to schedule an appointment with a housing counselor to optimize your down payment assistance.