Sunday, October 17, 2010

Paralegal Saves Historic House

The Wilkinson-Bible Cottage, built in 1832 and located in Brandon, Mississippi, was facing destruction until paralegal Christal Jenkins fell in love with it, despite its leaky roof and rotting wood.

Jenkins did not see a home that was too far gone to restore; she saw a historical gem.

She found a creative way to obtain financing for the renovation project, not an easy task for an old structure needing extensive repairs. She qualified for a 203(k) loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

But the HUD loan has a daunting requirement to get the funds – the renovations have to be completed within six months.

It’s not surprising that a paralegal found a way to save a historic home, complete enough renovations to meet the HUD loan requirements, and then move in within eight months of purchase.

This story proves, yet again, where there’s a will, a paralegal will find a way.

Source: Sun Herald
The photos are before and after pictures of the Wilkinson-Bible Cottage. To see more pictures of the restoration project, check out the photo gallery at

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