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Turnout strong for Home Buyers Expo

George Rosso of Goodlife Realty prepares to serve a light supper of BBQ sandwiches from Blackbeard’s to attendees of Albany Board of Realtors Home Buyers Expo Thursday night. Organizers estimate roughly 200 residents attended the event. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)

George Rosso of Goodlife Realty prepares to serve a light supper of BBQ sandwiches from Blackbeard’s to attendees of Albany Board of Realtors Home Buyers Expo Thursday night. Organizers estimate roughly 200 residents attended the event. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)

ALBANY — Roughly 200 potential home buyers turned out Thursday night to learn what it takes to become a first-time homeowner.

According to organizers, the Albany Board of Realtors and The Albany Herald, the event was a success, giving interested home buyers a chance to meet with real estate industry specialists to gather information related to owning their own home.

“We’ve had a very good turnout,” said Jayme Jaycox Cobb, chair of the event. “I’m glad to see so many people are interested in owning a home.”

The event hosts wanted to make certain they had information pertaining to every facet of home ownership, allowing attendees to meet with mortgage lenders, real estate agents, attorneys, insurance providers, contractors, appraisers and inspectors.

“I really enjoyed it and learned a lot,” said guest Rosie Thomas. “It was very nice.”

Others echoed Thomas’ remarks saying they appreciated being able to ask questions and gather information without feeling pressured to buy something — an approach the organizers were striving for when setting up the expo.

“I think people learned a lot,” said Miloy Schwartz of The Albany Herald. “The biggest thing people figure out is they need to get pre-approved for a loan before they sit down with a real estate agent.”

Based on Thursday’s success, organizers are hoping to put on a similar event early next year, so even more people can learn about home ownership.

“We’re already talking about doing something the first part of next year,” Schwartz said. “Maybe even in Lee County.”