WELLNESS STORY OF THE WEEK
Homebuyer of the Month
Pedro Rodriguez’s mother completed the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership’s homebuyer training program back in 2014. She also completed our landlord training program before purchasing a two-family home that same year. She told Pedro how the classes had helped her. He was also interested in purchasing a multi-family property so he decided it was the right time to take the classes.
Pedro said, “I didn’t want to go in blind. I wanted to know all the steps since this was going to be the biggest purchase of my life.” He took the class in July of 2018. He learned many things classes such as “preparing for the mortgage application process, the timing of when things had to be done and by whom and what to look for.”
Shortly after completing the training, he met with our homebuyer counselor for a home readiness assessment. Pedro, a professional in the field of finance, said of the experience that “the assessment was critical in putting the financial picture into perspective and helping me to decide which loan products were available, what would best suit my needs in the short and long term.”
The next step was to complete the landlord training course, which he completed in August of 2018. Pedro wanted to be as knowledgeable as he could since this was an “investment.” He learned about tenant selection, security deposits, types of leases and advertising. He also learned how to avoid legal issues and evictions. Pedro purchased his two-family home in September of 2018.
Some words of advice he gives are, “Make sure you’re going to like the house five years from now and make sure the numbers work long term.”
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
New Free Yoga, Zumba and CrossFit at Kerouac Park
This summer, the office of Cultural Affairs & Special Events is partnering with the Lowell Health Department and local fitness instructors to provide a free outdoor fitness program at Kerouac Park in downtown Lowell. These free drop-in classes will begin in June and continue weekly through August. All classes are held at Kerouac Park, weather permitting. In the event of rain, classes will be rescheduled. Participants should dress in appropriate clothing and footwear and bring plenty of fluids. For more information, click here.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Looking for Happiness? Hit the Road
A recent Daily Post News editorial discusses the work of Cornell psychology professor Thomas Gilovich. In his research, Gilovich has discovered what might be the key to true happiness: travel. Unlike the temporary pleasure that comes from impulse buying, travel seems to exert a long-term influence on a person’s sense of well-being. This may be the result of greater connection with other people and cultures. Beyond travel, other happiness-inducing activities include participating in extreme sports, learning new skills and attending “unusual” events.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
Come out to the City of Lawrence’s kickoff to summer events and local celebration of National Get Outdoors (GO) Day: the SALSA Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lawrence, Mass. | Facebook.com
Get ready for a brisk round-trip walk throughout downtown Lowell. Meet at the Visitor Center and stroll, saunter or stride along the trail, all while exploring the canals of Lowell and learning about Lowell’s engineering prominence. You can even earn your very own Wellness on the Walkways collectible button.
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