Alternatives to Selling
City residents continue to receive unsolicited, and sometimes unwanted, offers to sell their home. The concern is that residents facing challenges with finances or home maintenance may see these offers as easy solutions. The good news is that Greenville has many resources to help residents maintain their homes. For example, Community Development offers a homeowner rehab program that can help keep homes in good repair. The rehab program consists of a no-interest loan, forgivable or repayable based on income, for qualifying city residents. Call 467-4570 for more info. The Greenville County Redevelopment Authority offers a similar program for county residents. Call 242-9801 for more info.
Funds are also available to assist residents who may be facing foreclosure. The key is to contact SC Help (855-435-7472) or your bank early in the process to work out a solution. Or, if you're interested in a reverse mortgage, the Greenville County Human Relations Commission can provide more information. Additionally, if you are 65 years of age or older, or have a permanent disability, you may qualify for Homestead Exemption, which reduces the taxes you pay on your home.
Lastly, if selling is an attractive option, a homeowner may benefit from talking through their options and possible selling prices with a realtor. This will ensure the seller gets a fair price.
If you have any questions about home selling advertisements you have received or the resources available to help you maintain your home, please contact the Community Development office at 467-4570 and we will direct you to the appropriate resources. Or, you can use the affordable housing resource list to contact the various organizations directly.