Oct 122010
Authors: Sarah Banes

Don’t think about buying or renting a house without the advice of Lance Bolmer.

Colorado State University offers a First Time Homebuyer’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.  

The class started with its first session on Tuesday and will 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.  He designed the homebuyer classes 11 years ago and offers them three times a semester.  

“The class was designed to take the intimidation out of home buying,” Bolmer said. “When I bought my first house, I had no idea what I was doing.”

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.

“The goal of the course is for the students to feel comfortable asking questions to lenders and realtors,” Bolmer said. “It has been 100 percent effective with everyone who has taken it.”

Tanya Hepburn, a resident of Fort Collins, saw the class was being offered at CSU and decided it was worth it to attend.

“The class was very helpful,” Hepburn said. “I didn’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.”

She added that she bought her first house last year, using Bolmer as her real estate agent because the class was so beneficial.

“Regarding entering into a rental situation, students want to know whether the lease is fair,” 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 landlord’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.

Staff writer Sarah Banes can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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.
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