$2,000,000 Milestone Passed by HHOC Mortgage

From left: HHOCM Loan Officer Rachel Willis, borrower Heather Philiposian, Caron Ling, Realtor with Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers.  "Heather was so excited to purchase her home in the location she wanted and was pleased to know that she was our 50th DPAL loan recipient." - Rachel Willis

From left: HHOCM Loan Officer Rachel Willis, borrower Heather Philiposian, Caron Ling, Realtor with Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers.
“Heather was so excited to purchase her home in the location she wanted and was pleased to know that she was our 50th DPAL loan recipient.” – Rachel Willis

As Hawaii’s only non-profit licensed mortgage lender, HHOC Mortgage (HHOCM) provides first-time buyers with low down payment, non-conventional affordable financing. Dennis Oshiro, Executive Director, said, “Since 2010, we’ve enabled fifty families to buy their first home with only 5% down. With our 51st loan, we passed the $2,000,000 milestone in loans originated for this purpose.”

HHOCM Loan Officer Rachel Willis said, “Historically, Hawaii has ranked 47 of 50 states in rates of homeownership, one of the lowest rates in the nation. Our program can save home-buyers money on their closing costs and monthly payment, thus accelerating mortgage qualifying and increasing our rate of homeownership in Hawaii. In addition to our DPAL program, HHOCM is a full service mortgage broker and lender.”

HHOCM is the lending affiliate of Hawaii HomeOwnership Center (HHOC), which has provided thousands of families with financial education and individualized coaching towards homeownership. HHOC celebrated its 10th anniversary last October, and the occasion was also an opportunity to recognize their 1000th client, a couple who became “successful homeowners” after completing the HHOC program.

HHOC Program Director Reina Miyamoto said , “Approximately 60 percent of our clients, who actually become ‘lifetime members’ of HHOC, fall into the low to moderate income category. We find that many of our clients come to us as a result of a referral by a Realtor, lender or, sometimes, an employer. The biggest obstacle to homeownership in Hawaii with its high real estate prices is the lack of 20% down payment. So the goal is to get them qualified for mortgage financing. The fact is that there are affordable starter homes out there. With the good information and encouragement supplied by our counselors and perseverance and commitment on the part of the client, the goal of homeownership can be achieved.”

From left: (Standing) HHOCM Loan Officer Rachel Willis and Sean Hashimoto, MAHi Mortgage; (Seated) Racyne and Bryson Sugai.  "The Sugais were thrilled to be able to close on their loan after a year of searching for a home. With their loan, HHOCM reached a $2,000,000 lending milestone." - Rachel Willis

From left: (Standing) HHOCM Loan Officer Rachel Willis and Sean Hashimoto, MAHi Mortgage; (Seated) Racyne and Bryson Sugai.
“The Sugais were thrilled to be able to close on their loan after a year of searching for a home. With their loan, HHOCM reached a $2,000,000 lending milestone.” – Rachel Willis

HHOC is a partner agency of the Aloha United Way, a HUD-approved counseling agency, and a charter affiliate of NeighborWorks America.

In 2008, HHOC moved into its present offices at 1259 Aala Street, #201. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional DPAL information can be obtained by calling Rachel Willis at 369-8295 or visit www.hhocmortgage.org.

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