Donâ€™t think about buying or renting a house without the advice of Lance Bolmer.
Colorado State University offers a First Time Homebuyerâ€™s Class, instructed by Bolmer, to make the transition easy to living off campus.
The class is sponsored by Off-Campus Life, located in the Lory Student Center in room 142. Â
The class started with its first session on Tuesday and willÂ meet two more times on Tuesday Oct. 12 and 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in room 210 in the LSC.
Bolmer works for Remax Advanced in Fort Collins. Â He designed the homebuyer classes 11 years ago and offers them three times a semester. Â
â€œThe class was designed to take the intimidation out of home buying,â€ Bolmer said. â€œWhen I bought my first house, I had no idea what I was doing.â€
Each class will cover topics like:
- How to find the right realtor,
- Why real estate is an excellent personal investment,
- How to handle appraisals and inspections, and
- How to finance a home.
The class is also meant to answer any questions and give an overview of the home buying process from start to finish.
â€œThe goal of the course is for the students to feel comfortable asking questions to lenders and realtors,â€ Bolmer said. â€œIt has been 100 percent effective with everyone who has taken it.â€
Tanya Hepburn, a resident of Fort Collins, saw the class was being offered at CSU and decided it was worth it to attend.
â€œThe class was very helpful,â€ Hepburn said. â€œI didnâ€™t know anything about buying a house. The whole thing is very overwhelming, especially what has been happening lately with the housing
market. He took us through the whole process.â€
She added that she bought her first house last year, using Bolmer as her real estate agent because the class was so beneficial.
â€œRegarding entering into a rental situation, students want to know whether the lease is fair,â€ said Kathleen Harward, the director of Student Legal Services, in an e-mail to the Collegian.
Harward said she also helps students who ask about roommate incompatibility, over-occupancy, a landlordâ€™s failure to repair, unit flooding, breaking leases early and landlords entering the premises without warning and authority.
The class is $15 for students, $20 for non-students and $10 to bring an additional guest.
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Attend a First Time Homebuyers Class
- Cost: $15 for students, $20 for non-students, $10 for additional guests
- Location: Lory Student Center
- Dates: Each class is divided into three sessions. The first session was Tuesday, but the next ones are Oct. 12 and 19.
- Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.