In honor of June being National Homeownership Month, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is offering you a free way to learn about the top issues that impact those wanting to buy a home and those in fear of losing one. It's hosting a webinar June 17th on the topic.
Consumer Affairs says housing scams and credit repair are the top issues that jeopardize homeowners the most.
In Spartanburg, counselors at Upstate Housing Partnership say the biggest hurdles people in our area are facing right now include credit issues and money management.
They say if you're trying to buy a home and you have bad credit, there's no quick fix. It may take months, even years, to get you prepared to buy a home. But they work with you every step of the process.
Counselor Cedric Herbert says if you're facing foreclosure, watch out for offers that "guarantee" to fix your problem.
"A lot of the clients are coming back and telling us that they are getting letters in the mail or having things slip in their door saying, hey give us a call if you want to save your house, or guaranteeing that they can save their homes," said Herbert. "A lot of that is scam. There is nobody that can guarantee it."
Herbert says to also watch out for offers to repair your credit for a fee. Those offers often include things you can do on your own for free.
To contact the Upstate Housing Partnership, call (864) 504-3090.
Consumer Affairs also has a section dedicated to homeowners on its website.
To file a complaint or report a scam, click here.
The free housing webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th from 11am-11:45am.
It's open to the public, but they do ask that you register.