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Albany Board of Realtors and The Albany Herald host Home Buyers Expo

ALBANY — The Albany Board of Realtors, along with The Albany Herald, is hosting a home buyers expo at 5:30 p.m. today at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

The event will allow potential, first time home buyers an opportunity to gain insight from mortgage lenders, Realtors, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home insurance agents, property appraisers and repair contractors about the ins and outs of home ownership.

The event coordinators are staging the event as an educational forum and hope the expo will help potential homeowners learn what it expect when buying a home. They are also hoping the casual question and answer format will make guests more comfortable.

“Our deal is to get an environment that’s relaxed,” said Jayme Jaycox Cobb, chair of the Albany Board of Realtor’s Home Buyers Expo. “It is free and open to everybody.”

Cobb said she hopes the event will draw an audience from Albany and the surrounding areas who want to become more informed on the home buying process. She feels that education is the key to getting people more interested in home ownership.

“We are finding by the time buyers get to us, they aren’t informed on the home buying process,” Cobb said. “Many start with the Realtor instead of talking to lenders about qualifying.”

She also said many potential buyers end up having questions about insurance and legal titles issues and don’t know what questions to ask or who to contact for answers. To make sure those in attendance are able to get a full picture of the home buying process the event will feature a variety of lenders, including SunTrust, Colony Bank, HeritageBank of the South and Albany Bank & Trust.

Cobb added that attorneys from event co-sponsors Moore, Clark, Duvall and Rogers PC will be on hand to answer legal questions. Steve Perrine from State Farm will answer questions about home insurance. Jeff Cox from Jeff’s Home Inspections will handle inquiries about home inspections. Gene Brymer from Brymer Appraisal Services will be on hand for appraisal information and general contractor Kurt Lamon will provide insight on repair issues.

“We want people to get a picture of the whole process, from beginning to end,” said Cobb. “The home buyers expo will give visitors a wealth of knowledge in a short time, at no cost to them whatsoever.”

The first 200 attendees will be treated to a light supper of BBQ sandwiches from Blackbeard’s. Mt. Zion Baptist Church is located at Oakridge Road and Westover Road.