Helping Another Local Family with Their First-Time Home Purchase


For Naser Haidari, becoming a homebuyer has made his family happy, and he enjoys hearing his wife and children refer to “my house” in their conversations. Naser, originally from Afghanistan, moved to Charlottesville from Russia with the help of the International Rescue Committee.  He has lived in Charlottesville since 2012 and was re-united with his wife, three daughters, and son when they arrived here in 2014.

When asked what kind of help Piedmont Housing Alliance provided the Haidari family, the short answer might be “down-payment assistance.” But it doesn’t take long to hear how holistic Piedmont Housing’s professional guidance was to the family, and how deeply appreciative Naser is for this help.  Both the unfamiliar American home buying process and English were hurdles for Naser, but with Piedmont Housing’s help he now describes the completed process as only “maybe a little hard.” For this he credits not only housing counselor Virginia Leary, but everyone at Piedmont Housing. They helped make everything easier, he says: Everything was planned, everything explained.

Making his family happy makes him happy, Naser says. After the months-long process of buying their house, with a closing in early July, the Haidari family is now looking forward to making it their own by performing some needed repairs, enjoying their proximity to son Mohammed’s elementary school, and appreciating their new home’s lovely view of its central Virginia surroundings.