Mortgage Burning Ceremony Celebrates the Habitat Mission

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Last Saturday we were pleased to join Tresa Varn and her family in celebration of her mortgage payoff with a short Mortgage Burning Ceremony. Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick and Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County current and past volunteers and board members attended.

John Schlatter talks about his experience working on the Varn home with Habitat
John Schlatter talks about his experience working on the Varn home with Habitat

In 1993 Tresa and her family were chosen as the first recipients of a three-bedroom home they would help build in Lynnwood. At the time, they were raising eight children in a cramped rental.

Tresa was our first Habitat homeowner in Snohomish County and moved into her newly constructed home in Lynnwood in 1997

About 10 years ago, after working for a company cleaning houses, she started her own business, AMiracle Cleaning. She now has seven employees, and cleans more than 50 houses from Snohomish County to Seattle.

Tresa had monthly payments of $426 and by working with Habitat and making overpayments once she earned enough, she was able to not only catch up after difficult years, but pay off her mortgage in advance. “To catch up, I set a rate of $600 a month. If I could, I’d add to that, sometimes up to $1,000,” she said. 

Tresa was joined by members of her family at the ceremony.
Tresa was joined by members of her family at the ceremony.

Tresa made her last payment last fall. At 58, Tresa now has 12 grandchildren, ages 10 months to 19 years old. Her business is thriving and she continues to give back by contributing the first home cleaning for every Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County Home. 

“When you donate to Habitat you’re not only blessing the person that gets the house, but the generations after.”