I can't tell you how many times I've heard that lamentable headline from the Millenia/Gen Y-ers (and a few Gen X-ers)... and in all candor, if you consider the current state of the economy, it's easy to understand their feeling of hopelessness.
Problem is... they're wrong. And you can find out why on November 17 at the College of San Mateo (more later).
Skeptics will say it's just real estate jingoism, but in actuality, now is a good time to buy a home. (And remember, a 'home' isn't just the ol' white picket fence variety. It could be a studio, a condo or townhome.)
I say it's time to "Occupy Home." (So it's a shameless rip-off of a current event; it got your attention.)
However, as with most everything in life, knowledge is the key. Knowing the "5 W's and an H" (who, what, where, when, why & how) about housing will prepare you to (ready pop culture reference from 'Star Trek') - "make it so."
The College of San Mateo has joined with the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS® to sponsor a special workshop - "Home Buying in Your Financial Future" - which will be held on Thursday, November 17 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. This FREE event will be held in the College Center, Building 10, Room 193 at CSM, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.
Open to the public, students in the San Mateo Community College District and the faculty who are molding these future leaders, it's to provide an understanding of the basics of how to buy a home -even if you’re not at that place in life yet.
So to those same skeptics who will claim this just a shill event, can you explain in common, easy-to-comprehend language who a neutral third party is in a transaction and why you even need a neutral third party? Thought so.
This is an "A-B-C's/'if not now - someday/and if now, you'll be ready" type of event. It's a plethora of professionals in banking, title, credit (both for those of you with or without credit), law and real estate all in one place to provide a real estate primer, provide rudimentary knowledge and answer any and all questions about homeownership.
Best Part: there's no pre-registration required. It's open on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) The gig is funded in part by a grant from the National Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Program.
If you're ever going to buy a place to live (whatever the concept of 'home' is to you), you need to be at this event. After all, the knowledge you gain here will benefit you the rest of your life.