Program helps first-time buyers purchase new homes built on county land

April 22, 1994|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer

William Jones, a wastewater treatment plant operator, said he couldn't imagine owning a home in his Lombardee Beach neighborhood on his $22,000-a-year salary.

But yesterday, Anne Arundel County officials and those from the nonprofit Arundel Community Development Services Inc. (ACDS) served pastries in the driveway of his new home.

Mr. Jones became the first owner in Venture Housing Program's fledgling effort to help first-time buyers. Seven houses are being built on county-owned land as part of the program. The fact that the county owns the land helps reduce the home's price.

The site of the old Lombardee Beach fire station eventually will have four houses. Two more are going up in the Morris Hills area of Glen Burnie, and another will be in Patapsco Park near Pumphrey. All are being built by Scott Family Homes Inc.

It was Mr. Jones' mother who insisted that he join about 50 other applicants in a lottery for the houses last year.

"It's an opportunity that otherwise he would not have had for years to come," said Marlene Patillo, Mr. Jones' mother.

Mr. Jones will pay a monthly mortgage of $576, plus taxes and insurance, for a three-bedroom house priced about $82,000. The house and lot are appraised at $133,000, which Mr. Jones' family thinks is a bit high. Mr. Jones said he couldn't afford a house at that price.

When he sells the house, Mr. Jones will have to give the county the difference between the 30-year mortgage and yesterday's appraisal. This money will be used to create a revolving fund to help other first-time buyers.

Kris Kilpatrick, Mr. Jones' next-door-neighbor-to-be, was among those watching yesterday's ceremony. She applied to the program at the urging of a friend who bought a refurbished home in a similar county program three years ago.

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