City of Wolverhampton's first ever Housing Fair proved a big hit with more than 550 visitors dropping in for free help and advice.

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The event was held at Wolverhampton Art Gallery yesterday as part of Residents Week (1 to 7 April).

There was a host of information available on new homes, homes to rent, help to buy and shared ownership schemes, mortgages, over 50s options, home improvements and energy efficiency.

Exhibitors included Butters John Bee, Connells, David Wilson Homes, Whg, Wrekin Housing Trust, Abbeyfield, L&A Lettings, TSB, RBS, Mortgage Bureau, Complete Advice Services, and Wolverhampton Citizens Advice.

City of Wolverhampton Council's Rent with Confidence, Affordable Warmth, Housing Improvement Service and planning teams were also on hand.

WV Living, a council owned housing company, sponsored the fair and showcased new plans for 'homes you will love' in Ashmore Park, Bilston and Ettingshall.

Rose Edwards from Penn Fields potentially found a new home to rent at the housing fair. She said: "I'm really happy. The housing fair has come at just the right time for me as I need to move out of my current property."

James McCue, Manager at Butters John Bee estate agents, said: "The housing fair was a resounding success. We took over 40 new client registrations and we are already looking forward to attending next year's event."

Councillor Peter Bilson, City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Housing and Assets, added: "Supporting residents into housing, jobs, and improving the health and wellbeing of local people are top priorities for the city.

"The Housing Fair has proved a great addition to our Residents Week offer and we hope the next one will be even bigger and better."

This year's City of Wolverhampton Residents Week runs until Friday 7 April. To view the free activities that will be taking place, visit Type=links;Linkid=8180;Title=Residents Week;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Monday 3 April, 2017