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Anthony “Tony” Bell, ACTS homebuyer counselor, is known for breaking the ice during orientations by asking attendees what their favorite breakfast food item is.
It’s a way to get to know the attendees, but also ease his nervousness. “As I start talking and connecting with the group my nerves settle a bit,” he said.
Originally from Benton Harbor, Mich., a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, Anthony never saw himself doing homebuyer counseling.
He has held other jobs, but it was a referral from a friend at church that got him interested in ACTS Housing. The training part of the position appealed to him.
“I thought I should give it a try,” he said. “I was always curious and wanted to understand the homebuying process more.”
One of the best parts of the job for him is when he gets family feedback. “The feedback is unsolicited, and it makes me feel as though I am helping them,” he said.
A family completing their homebuying journey is the other piece. The pride in the accomplishment extends from the family to him.
“Now when a family gets their approval letter for a loan and closes that’s huge,” Tony said. “That’s when I’m most proud.”