Home buying 101

Workshop offers tips to those in the market for a house


Knowing what's available is the first step to a successful sale.

That's what American Northwest Realty part-owner Jamie McAnally told prospective property owners at a buyers orientation workshop Monday night.

He said the class is designed to give those considering purchasing a home the basic information on how that process works.

"To give them some direction on what's on the market and what their next step will be," McAnally said. "To create community awareness and buyers' awareness ... as a service to the public."

The class format includes a real estate agent presenting for 15 minutes, a mortgage professional speaking for 15 minutes, then a half-hour question-and-answer period.

McAnally said the workshop is open to anyone who is interested in buying property, whether they are a first-time buyer or not.

This is the first time American Northwest has hosted the orientation, which will be held monthly.

Each month, the event will feature a different mortgage specialist. Melanie Kropinak, home mortgage consultant for Bank of the West, spoke at Monday's orientation.

Kropinak introduced prospective buyers to programs and loans available, as well as interest rates, down payments and closing costs.

"What they can expect from a lender," Kropinak said. "There's just so many programs out there for first-time homebuyers.

"The first step is to come in and see. We can't help you if you don't come in."

The next prospective buyer orientation will be in April. For more information, call American Northwest Realty at 824-3445.

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