1st Time Homebuyer Seminar Series

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

It is going on three years since I last updated my 1st Time Homebuyer Seminar Series , and several changes have taken place during that time to the homebuying process.  So it is time for me to update the information and make sure the information is current and relevant.

My 1st Time Homebuyer Seminar Series is not just a series of blogs, these are actual 1st Time Homebuyers classes I conduct.  This series of blogs is what I share with 1st Time Homebuyers at each seminar.

I conduct the seminars on my own, and not with other Real Estate Professionals, though I have done those seminars as well.  These monthly seminars are purposely designed to have a small number in attendance for reasons I have listed below, as well as a couple of other reasons:

  • I have more time to cover each point in more detail, and at the same time keep the Seminar short.
  • Since I am conducting the whole Seminar, I am able to keep it simple and informal.
  • Because a smaller number of people attend, it allows more time for questions, and those in attendance feel less threatened to ask questions.
  • I am able to refer these prospective buyers to Realtors, Attorneys, and Home Inspectors once I have Pre-Approve them.
  • The seminars have been well received by Realtors I partner with, because they are getting a qualified Buyer and not wasting their time.

I limit these Seminars to one hour, and during that hour I give an overview and answer initial questions about the Homebuying Process from Pre-Approval to the Closing.  These seminars contain a lot of information as you will see from the blogs in this series.  I begin each seminar by answering questions those in attendance might have, and discussing the advantages to homeownership.  Next I try to provide a quick basic understanding of what a Realtor will do for them, followed by the process of obtaining a mortgage, and finish with the Closing. 

Through the years I have done different forms of advertise to promote these Seminars.  I have advertised  on the radio, our website, and billboards. The advertisement instructs those who want to attend a seminar to pre-register for the seminar on our website. This lets me know how many people are coming ahead of time, but more importantly, this provides me with their contact information so we can follow up with them to make sure they still plan to attend.

Above is an Infographic of the blogs included in my 1st Time Homebuyer Seminar Series of blogs consist of nine blogs.

I will be doing this 1st Time Homebuyer Seminar Series over the next couple of weeks, and hopefully it will provide an outline for others who might a;sp want to do their own 1st Time Homebuyer Seminar.



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George Souto NMLS# 65149 is a Loan Originator who can assist you with all your #FHA, #CHFA, and #Conventional #mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes #Middletown, #Middlefield, #Durham, #Cromwell, #Portland, #Higganum, #Haddam, #East Haddam, #Moodus, #Chester, #Deep River, and #Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com

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George Souto NMLS# 65149 is a Loan Originator who can assist you with all your #FHA, #CHFA, and #Conventional #mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes #Middletown, #Old Saybrook, #Middlefield, #Durham, #Cromwell, #Portland, #Higganum, #Haddam, #East Haddam, #Moodus, #Chester, #Deep River, and #Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or souto@snet.net


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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

George, this is a great idea and will be so helpful to first time home buyers. Wha a great way to get them prepared!! 

Jan 31, 2017 08:29 PM #1
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

This is a great way to educate the public and pick up some business. Well done!

Jan 31, 2017 08:34 PM #2
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Judging by how you write AR posts and the comments you get, I'm going to assume you're a natural when it comes to teaching. It's obvious to me, you know the Mortgage business better than many. It should be a fun class and you're providing a great service!

Thank you for the all the education you provided that I so gratefully appreciate. 

Jan 31, 2017 10:08 PM #3
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

These are amazing topics for buyers to consider ! We are long over due to hold one !

Feb 01, 2017 04:11 AM #4
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

George, you are the mortgage guy who gets it with first time home buyers and I am sure that buyers will gladly come to your seminars.  Best of luck with them.

Feb 01, 2017 05:46 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning George.  This is a valuable seminar that all first time home buyers should attend.

Feb 01, 2017 06:05 AM #6
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi George - We used to do those seminars, both with and without lenders, and I always enjoyed them, since we love working with first-time homebuyers. If our market ever tilts back to normality from its current extreme sellers market, we'll probably do them again.

Feb 01, 2017 01:32 PM #7
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

These first time buyer seminars are so beneficial to people .  It eliminates the negative information and doubts that they get from trying to do it on their selves and points them in the right directions

Feb 01, 2017 05:06 PM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George unlike my friend Dick Greenberg  I was not a fan of the 1st time buyers, because in my market they have become extinct.... and the only way they could be a buyer if mom or dad or the in-laws would help... and needless to say that just added too many obsticles...I prefer to work with seasoned Investors:)Endre

Feb 01, 2017 11:34 PM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Best wishes for a successful seminar series. The topics are right on and buyers will benefit from the good information you are giving.

Feb 02, 2017 06:28 AM #10
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, e-Pro CRS RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

George Souto this is a wonderful series you're in the process of rolling out. I discovered it late and hence read them in revers, so my comments will seem out of whack, but you've hooked me sir, I'm anxious for your next one, thanks for sharing this idea and all the nuggets within this series.

Feb 04, 2017 04:47 PM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

George - you have such a wonderful program here.  I like blogging and seminars together.  It's a win win!

Feb 07, 2017 07:13 AM #12
Diana White-Pettis
Exit Bennett Realty - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

First time homebuyer seminars can be quite beneficial in helping to minimize the apprehension buyers have about the process. There are armed with knowledge!

Feb 08, 2017 07:40 PM #13
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Great ideas for content and great marketing ideas for a home buyer seminar.

Dec 30, 2017 12:58 PM #14
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