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Patty12374, Home Buyer in New Jersey

1st time homebuyer seminar in Essex Co.?

Asked by Patty12374, New Jersey Sat Aug 22, 2009

I was told i should attend one before we buy our 1st home. Where & how can i find one in Essex Co., around Bloomfield in particular. Thanks.

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I agree, they make us smile. No, I'm just commenting on what we can see here. Some silliness from agents who don't read the posts carefully or assume there is a sale in there somewhere. My favorite is "are there any homes in Glen Ridge for $100?" Or even $100,000 or $200,000.
Maybe Patty has not disappeared. And I'm exagerating about how ubiquitous the internet is. You make a good impression for the industry Debbie Rose. Keep up the good work.
I have posted before, soon there will be no need for people in transactions. Everything needed is in front of us. Except the signatures, right? Oops. I think you can do that too. Off to do another Open House. I love it.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 23, 2009
Hi Patty............give Jonathan a call , and let him reserve your seat for our seminar. I think you will find it very informative. We had one back in June in Montclair, and it was very successful.

The speakers will include a mortgage rep/loan officer, an attorney, and a Realtor (I spoke at the last seminar)........there will be a question and answer period following an overview of the process by the people I mentioned. There will be handouts and other information available...making it a good place to get started, and have your questions answered.!

Call Jon for more information - it wil be held at a very special ( and convenient) location!
Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7:30PM !

Hope to see you there.
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009

You may be interested in giving these a look to see if there are resourses or information you may be unaware of.

http://www.nj.gov/njhrc/ ....... http://www.hud.gov/local/index.cfm?state=nj&topic=homeow…

http://www.hud.gov/buying/index.cfm .... http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov


Good luck, Dunes
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009
Patty asked this well over 3 years ago.........and she is still getting "advice" !!

One would hope that she has already moved, and been enjoying her new home for a long time by now!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 26, 2012
Patty, we are a Husband and Wife team at KELLER WILLIAMS in Montclair.

Schedule an appointment with us or an agent that you feel comfortable with and discuss your particular situation - have them do a "first time buyer" orientation... What we call a "Safe Harbor" meeting. Very much like discussing a procedure with your doctor. ..... NO SURPRISES!

Good luck with your search for that special home.. Wishing you a very Happy New!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 26, 2012
Resolve, try talking to neighbors, friends, and family members who own homes; about home ownership and the process. via conversation and alot of tea consumption, the information gathered will have you on a google journey. DON'T SPEND MONEY TO LEARN. buying a home should be a fun process...you shouldn't lose hair and weight over it.
Special Note: one can not eat with a closed mouth. Talk Talk Talk, to everyone.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 10, 2012
Check out http://www.eventsetgo.com/view-events-and-register/sept-17th…
I know Bill and Tom of Eventsetgo, and Larry Montani of First Interstate Financial.
People like yourself from all parts of NJ have attended.
It's free, no selling whatsoever.
No obligations.
The atmosphere is relaxed.
The food is great.
You can hear from professionals and actual past clients about the "whole" process.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 29, 2009
Thank you Carl, for your kind words.........

I think we will always be needed....never underestimate the value of hand holding someone through the process or a reassuring smile when people are making one of the biggest decisions in their lives.........or running interference when there is an issue......of course we will be needed (I hope) :)

Good luck with your open house!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 23, 2009
Carl - just curious.............why do you think Patty has "disappeared"????
Many who post questions here aren't necessarily interactive in responding to the people who answer.
That's ok - they ask, and we respond. Hopefully, they get the answers they need, and find them useful.

Patty may very well be reading and deciding what her next option is.

I have gotten occasional email over the time I have been on Trulia - many people decide to reach out to a particular Realtor, and not just respond in the thread with another comment.

As an observation - most agents don't seem to need any response from anyone to keep these threads alive and active!!!!! We're like those Everready bunny commercials on tv - we just keep on going !! ha
I just saw a question that was posted back in JANUARY from someone who wanted to sell by February....there's still an agent , as of yesterday, responding away to the question, trying to get the listing (althought she says she isn't after the listing )!! It just makes me smile...

So.....good morning Patty if you're still reading this!! Have a great Sunday........

Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties

PS........by the way Carl - you THINK the internet is the wave of the future????? ---uhmm....wel....the future is now as it has already changed the way we do business! You have a great day, too!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 23, 2009
Well, this morning there are 11 answers for Patty, but Patty has disappeared. Interesting. The internet is a good place to find buyers for agents in real estate. They ask questions for help and we might be able to be of assistance and establish a bit of rapport. Ok, let's see how it works. I'll sign up on Trulia and put my listings on. My broker has signed up. So has Prudential I see. I think the internet is the way of the future. It is anonymous, private, you can use it to learn what you want to know and never reveal who you are. Sometimes you must provide your email address if you want a reply. Or you can use Trulia and not give your email address. I kind of like it, don't you?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 23, 2009
Hey Patty,
Just so happens Prudential New Jersey Properties is sponsoring a 1st time home buyers seminar in West Orange the 15th September. This will be our second go-round and I'd like to invite you to attend. Just get in touch with me through my website and I'll pass along all the particulars. My Pleasure...My Business!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009
Semminar or Class?
Semminar: done by a Profit organization?
Class: Done by a non profit?




http://www.oceaninc.org/programs.html#First Time Home
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009
Here is an online site with helpful info. If you don't want to attend a seminar.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009
The only one I know of is Prudential New Jersey, but it passed. I'm sure u can call them or anywhere else to see if they're having one.

Do you live in Bloomfield? They usually mail information about seminars to residents. You may also find it on their website. The first I attended was given by HUD. You can check the HUD site for information.

A NACA workshop may also answer questions for you. http://www.naca.com

Plus, there is a lot of information one YouTube and on city-data.com. Go to the forum & scroll to the real estate professionals page & post your question. http://www.city-data.com/forum/

You're still going to have to sit with a realtor, but these places are a start.

Good Luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009
See what I mean? Here are 3 more offers to help. 389 more will make the same offer. You don't need no seminar, nor a badge. But a seminar is one way to become informed.
Carl http://-www.CarlWitzigHomes.com,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009
Hello Patty12374,

I agree with Sloan if you want to take advantage of the tax credit, you can sit with an experienced realtor like myself who can give you all the information, then you can have a face-to-face meeting with a mortgage person to step through the process. I can set this meeting up for you.

If you don't want to take advantage of the credit, I can find a couple of seminars for you. I believe there's one coming up in Montclair in a couple of months.

Let me know,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009
Hi Patty-

If you are a first time home buyer and want to possibly get in on the $8000 tax credit being offered until November 30, 2009, you should skip looking for a seminar and choose a realtor who can give you all the information you need to know so you can get started with your search right away. This tax credit was created by the government to stimulate the housing market since the downturn in the economy and there are no plans to extend it at this time. Many first time buyers have been happy to take advantage of this gift.

I cover the Bloomfield area and surrounding towns. If you would like more information or my help, please call or email me.



Sloan Berman
Coldwell Banker, Schweppe Office
973-509-3970 office
862-368-4963 cell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009
Hi Patty,

The most effective way to get a thorough education in everything you need to know is to find a buyers agent
who will work with you one-on-one for as long as it takes. I spend several hours with new clients covering all aspects of the buying process - but it's a relationship that develops over weeks and months sometimes even years!) and we discuss new topics every time we meet. Please review my profile on our website. You'll find me under Agents (the letter J) as Karin Joseph Carson on cbmoves.com.

Karin Carson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009
Call your nearest Weichert office, we do them all the time. But be careful we might sell you a house. Seriously though, call me anytime (and I am sure 393 other agents in the immediate area) who can help you.
Carl - 973 632-8593 cell. Office-973 746-1515.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 22, 2009
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