Last night I consulted a newer married couple (at Coffee Garden, a local Curtis Park, Sacramento coffee house) who just wanted me to de-mystify the home buying and loan process. Two hours flew by in a blink. It was such a refreshing conversation. I love seeing people’s “light bulbs” go on when provided with valuable information. I really enjoy attempting to make complex things more easy to understand (yet not always successful at this). I get inspired when I feel that people are really being educated and are better off as a result of our conversation. They seemed to leave with opened eyes and excitement toward buying a home, which before we met, never thought they’d be able to afford.
Our conversation reminded me of when I was turned on to buying my first home. I remember my dad suggesting that I think about purchasing a home, instead of renting. I laughed out loud and said, “Yeah right! How could I ever afford to buy a home?” I thought, “Who could ever save $400,000, $2o0,000, or even $100,000?” That’s when my dad explain to me the process and began to mentor me further in the buying and investing process. This couple that I met with told me that their families never talked about buying or investing in homes, let alone finances in general. This scenario is more common than not.
By being a coach and consultant, I continue to attempt to distance myself from the unfortunate (and sometimes deserved) used-car-salesperson-image that comes with the territory of being a Realtor.
What do you need demystified regarding real estate, investing or loans?