Anyone who has ever owned a home knows that it is much more than walls and a roof. Homeownership is the progression of a life, the settling of roots and the commitment to a community. Jose Salas had been a renter all his life and in his late 50’s he decided it was time to stop paying a landlord and start investing in his own property. The house Jose and his wife Sandra picked is in the heart Commerce City where they insisted on moving, despite the advisement of their realtor. “He said, no no there are no houses available, but he found one!” Jose explained with a wide grin. The house is quant and has blue siding with white shutters with an open kitchen and a large yard where he’s already put up a new fence to keep his granddaughter protected while she plays outside. “It feels good to own. Working with NEWSED was awesome!” In his voice there’s a healthy amount of satisfaction as he looks around his new home. When Jose came to NEWSED in January this year he was unsure about his ability to purchase but after working through a financial assessment with Housing Counselor, Mercedes Fuentes, she able to get him on the right path to become mortgage ready. In addition she helped secure down payment and closing costs through National Homebuyer Funds (NHF). This Denver native is happy to call Commerce City his new home and NEWSED is happy to have a part of Jose’s story.