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Justin Dougl…, Real Estate Pro in South Portland, ME

how do i get the word out about my first time home buyers class?

Asked by Justin Douglass, South Portland, ME Fri Sep 21, 2007

Myself and an experienced mortgage broker would like to do a first time homebuyers "seminar" , a informal Q & A.. what is the best way to get the word out?

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Hi Justin,

Since your profile is not yet complete, and your didn't define your location in your question, I am interpreting your question as a sincere outreach for ideas and help. Posters here place high value of Trulia remaining a credible information site and are guarded against self-promotion. Unfortunately, there have been some abuses, and it is because Trulia is so great that there is such a push to keep it pure, we can be quick to respond to what appears to might be self-promotion.

With that said....on to your question.......

I was going to suggest that you go to Active Rain and search their site for “First Time Home Buyer Seminars” and read those posts and threads. I see that you are a member of AR. (I am not...someday.) Personally, I do not do any first time home buyer seminars, and my suggestions are what I would do, if I were going to host one.......

Here goes:
Bulletin board notices in: health clubs, laundry facilities, tanning salons, coffee houses, diners, apartment blg club houses, grocery stores

Are there community calendars online for your area....perhaps they will post. What about community blogs.....perhaps they will post.

Advertising within your budget.

Good come back to Trulia, share your comments and questions here. You can read the community guidelines and best practices which may help you become more familiar.

6 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 22, 2007
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
I have seen ads in the local newspaper, Craig's list, and flyers at apartment complexes.

Good luck and I don't think that you are self promoting. If you had put the time, place, date, etc. that would be advertising.

I thought that this was a form to ask any kind of questions relating to real estate including those of other agents. Please correct me if I am wrong.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 22, 2007
Hello Justin. I agree craigslist would be a good idea. You may also want to target apartment complexes as people who live in apartments most likely would qualify as first time buyers. A lot of times, local grocery stores have a bulletin board where you can post a flyer. Maybe you can even get the word out at larger companies in your area. Check with the human resources department of the local companies. You may even want to see if you can get a title company to sponsor the event. Good luck with your endeavor.
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 21, 2007
Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in New Castle, DE
Try Craigslist. Self Promotion on Trulia is against the Community Guidelines
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 21, 2007
try an infomercial. just don't do it here as it's against the guidelines and best practices.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 21, 2007
I would do several things. I would, if you have not already, get a team on board with you. Those that I would invite to be a team would be, an Insurance representative that you work with, a mortgage representative that you work with and a title co. representative that you work with. I would have all of them do their own marketing, plus, I would do marketing myself.

I would market to apt buildings for sure. Other places you might want to market would be laundromats, local gyms, grocery stores in and around area were there are a lot of rentals. The next suggestion I would make if you want to be successful, is to make it a monthly event. You may not get a great turn out your first time. It takes awhile to catch on. It can be a great benefit to buyers especially with the Q & A. There is a lot more to buying a house than first time home buyers realize. Getting them as much information as possible will help everyone in the process.

Thanks for your question. It is a great one!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 22, 2007
i would suggest Craigslist at

Also, I would have it promoted at several of the local banks, maybe the community library maybe in a neighborhood paper or renters.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 21, 2007
Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in Danville, VA
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