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Take Charge America unveils Home Ready Counseling

Prospective homebuyers across the country now have access to a new service helping them receive approval for a mortgage. Take Charge America, Inc., a national nonprofit credit counseling and debt management agency headquartered in Phoenix, now offers Home Ready Counseling, a program specifically designed to address the top approval requirements for a home loan.

“With low mortgage interest rates and a recovering housing market, many consumers are taking steps to enter or re-enter the housing market, but lack the knowledge they need to get approved for a loan,” said Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America. “What’s more, people who have been turned down in the past may not know how to rebuild their credit and improve their chances of approval the next time around.”

With Home Ready Counseling, Take Charge America’s certified counselors provide one-on-one counseling sessions addressing mortgage requirements including down payments and debt-to-income ratio. In addition, counselors analyze credit scores and develop personalized action plans to help potential homebuyers rebuild their credit and meet home buying goals. Plans include:

• Custom overview of positive and negative factors impacting their credit scores

• Potential opportunities to increase point values with each of the three credit bureaus

• Detailed instructions on how to proceed with creditor disputes or issues

• A task timeline aligned with the customer’s home buying goals

Consumers enrolled in Home Ready Counseling also receive access to monthly educational emails and Take Charge America’s online homebuyer education course, which teaches them the terms used in the home-buying process, how loans are obtained, documents needed to close a mortgage, and how to avoid predatory lenders.

Visit Home Ready Counseling or call (866) 260-6751 to learn more about the service.

Dave Paddison

TCA Announces New Director of Finance

Take Charge America, Inc. announced that Dave Paddison now serves as director of finance for the national non-profit credit counseling and debt management agency. He provides comprehensive financial management services, overseeing all accounting, tax and financial reporting activities.

Prior to joining Phoenix-based Take Charge America, Paddison held numerous director-level and chief-level financial management positions in the Arizona non-profit sector, primarily in healthcare and community services.

“Dave has a strong track record of effective leadership in the local non-profit community. His skill sets in financial management, administration and operations will be crucial as we grow our services and seek new ways to assist consumers struggling with debt,” said David Richardson, chief executive officer of Take Charge America.

Paddison, a Scottsdale resident, is active in the community on professional and civic levels. He’s a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also volunteers with Boy Scouts of America and St. Vincent DePaul, and previously served on community boards for the Social Services Contractors Indemnity Pool and the Diocese of Phoenix School Board.

Paddison earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies and a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance & Accounting from Louisiana State University.

To learn more about Take Charge America operations and services, visit www.takechargeamerica.org.