Housing group Orbit is to host an event aimed at helping househunters find affordable housing in Birmingham.

The event in Great Barr is designed to assist those looking to buy or rent a new home.

Orbit HomeBuy Agents team manager, Karen Coleman said: "Our first event in Birmingham was extremely well attended and the feedback we had was exceptionally positive. Lots of visitors took away information packs and application forms and we hope we'll soon be able to match eligible applicants with a suitable new home.

"The story we are hearing time and again from people who attend these events is that they weren't aware previously that help is available. The reality is quite different - as long as your household income is less than £60,000, we may be able to help you through a variety of HomeBuy schemes that are on offer.

"Last year, we processed around 1,000 applications each month from people looking for a home they could afford."

Orbit HomeBuy Agents will be joined at the event by other housing associations and developers operating in the region to ensure that visitors have access to as much information as possible about the low-cost home-ownership options available to them. Bellway Homes, Barratt Homes, Persimmon, David Wilson Homes, Optima Housing Association, Bromford Housing Association, Urban Living, Crest Nicholson, Taylor Wimpey, Miller Homes, Heantun Housing and Accord Housing Association have confirmed they will be attending.

Representatives from Halcyon Mortgages Ltd and APH Independent Financial Advisers will be on hand during the first event to offer free, no-obligation financial advice to those requiring assistance. In addition, Canty and Co solicitors and Davisons Solicitors will be offering free legal advice relating to the purchase of a home.

The event takes place at the Holiday Inn Hotel, on Chapel Lane, Great Barr, on March 12, from noon-7pm.

Admission is free and there is free parking at the venue. 

Further information is available on 03458 50 20 50 or at www.orbithomebuyagents.co.uk.