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A toast to affordable housing

Those hoping to buy a home and finding the dream a little out of reach will be interested to know that the Glenwood Springs Board of Realtors might be able to help.The group held its second annual wine-tasting event on Oct. 8 at the Aspen Equestrian Estates club house in Carbondale to raise money for their affordable housing fund.Money is available because we dont get enough requests, said Marci Pattillo, board president.In a valley where it is expensive to live and the average price of a home is around $350,000, the board knew they could help people make that first step to home ownership. In 1993, they set up a fund that disburses up to $2,000 to help first-time homebuyers either pay for closing costs or help with a down payment.There was a need here that wasnt being addressed, said Cheryl Burns, who is associate executive at the board of Realtors.It gives first-time homebuyers a little extra kick, said Ken Robinson, owner of Roaring Fork Liquors, who, through his wholesalers, donated the wine for the event.Local participating Realtors subsidize the fund through various contributions, and last year the board gave more than $31,000 to 19 families in their jurisdiction, which covers Carbondale to Parachute.Those wishing to apply need to go through a Realtor, and there are some restrictions. The program is limited by moderate-income guidelines, and priority goes to first-time homebuyers purchasing a single-family residence such as a condominium, town home, mobile or manufactured home.With an enthusiastic board and a group of local Realtors dedicated to helping others, the goal of home ownership is achievable.Dont give up on trying to buy a home. Its possible to have your dreams come true, said Burns.

From left, Justin Boucher, of Silt, owns Haps Plumbing & Heating; Juliann Gornick-Boucher, of Silt, owns Juliann Gornick Business Services; Jim Gornick, of New Castle, is part of the A-Team at ReMax; and Maria Gornick

Valerie Gilliam, left, of Missouri Heights, is a home mortgage consultant at Wells Fargo, and Karla Bingham, of Cattle Creek, owns Artists Collective.

Kelli Burback, left, of Carbondale, is vice president at Title Company of the Rockies, and Susan Hass, of Carbondale, owns Susan Hass Realty.

Yalonda Perau, left, of Basalt, and Nancy Emerson, of Carbondale, are real estate brokers at Mason & Morse.

John Watson, left, of Carbondale, is developer of Aspen Equestrian Estates and donated the space for the event; and his fiance, Val Greenlaw, is a personal chef and marketing director at Aspen Equestrian Estates.

Annie Bickley, left, of Redstone, is manager at Stewart Title in Carbondale, and Cori Lindbloom, of Glenwood, works in marketing at Stewart Title.

From left, Cindy Blanton, of Carbondale, is an interior designer; Toni Cerise, of Carbondale, is a realtor for ReMax Mountain West; and JoAnne Vennes, of Glenwood, is a designer.

From left, Todd Thaden, of Basalt, is a wholesaler and wine representative; Chris Bray of Carbondale manages Roaring Fork Liquors; and Ken Robinson, of Carbondale, owns Roaring Fork Liquors.

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