Success Stories

CDCU Helps Veteran Find a Home


When Tom VanCleave began looking for a home, he was interested in a private space with a yard to garden. He had been living in a one bedroom apartment where the rent cost was high. A disabled veteran who served in the military, Tom’s situation was unique. He wanted a private home, room for a workshop in the garage, and space to call his own. Also, he needed space to maneuver his wheelchair and walker.

Tom went to CDCU’s Homebuyer Education class and learned the steps to homeownership. CDCU helped guide him through the homeownership pathway. Tom said, “I went through the homebuyer education class to prepare myself to buy a home.”

When Tom started to consider buying a home, he knew he had to build his credit. Working with CDCU’s housing counselor and his bank, he was able to build his credit score and credit history enough to receive a loan.

Tom enlisted the help of CDCU’s real estate agent who, step by step, searched for housing options across the Wasatch front. Tom met with his realtor to discuss his situation and began looking at houses. Tom found that many of the properties were out of his price range. After an extensive search with the realtor, he was able to find a house that met his needs at an affordable price. His new home is in the city of Magna. And, the house was rehabilitated by CDCU through HUD’s ACA program. Tom was thrilled with finding his home, and said. “Carol, my real estate agent, worked very hard to find me a home. We looked at 50 homes, and I can’t say enough good about her and the experience.”

Tom moved into his home this September, and he is thrilled to be a homeowner. He is settling in nicely in the house and creating a new home. Tom is able to maneuver through the neighborhood on his electric wheelchair and is finding his neighbors to be quite friendly.

If you're considering a home purchase, the first step is to make an appointment for a free meeting with a homeownership advisor who can take a look at your budget and credit situation and work with you to help you make great decisions throughout the home purchase process. Our home buyer preparation services are designed to get you on track to reach your home ownership goal. Contact us today at 801-994-7222 or fill out an online inquiry form to schedule an appointment and get started on the pathway to home ownership! 

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