Realtors support home ownership |

Realtors support home ownership

Penny Rafferty Hamilton
Volunteer Grand County Board of Realtors

Every month, free workshops on home ownership are offered throughout Grand County. First time homebuyer tips, down payment assistance, special loan programs or new tax credits are just a few examples of the topics covered by local volunteers.

Realtor volunteer instructor, Cathy Walton-Smith of Century 21 Grand Lake Real Estate has been promoting this local home ownership program for over 10 years. “Over the years, many of our local real estate professionals have shared their expertise with potential home buyers, especially first time buyers. Tom Camillo, Broker, and Elaine Patterson both with Century 21 Winter Park Real Estate currently volunteer, too. Elaine coordinates the classes. Tom teaches.”

Tom Camillo said, “One of my top reasons for teaching these classes is because it is such a great opportunity to share important information with locals. We can help give them the understanding that many home buying programs are available. If they budget and have a plan, they can often buy a home. Home ownership can be a good financial decision.”

Financial advice and real estate were the topics in a recently published National Association of Realtors interview with television star, Lorraine Bracco, who played the role of psychotherapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi for conflicted mobster Tony Soprano. She shared how she found financial security through real estate purchases. “I’m a single mom, and there were times when it was a huge burden to pay the mortgage, property tax and upkeep. I always felt the down payment was the hardest part, but, if you’re paying rent you’re putting money into somebody else’s pocket, so it was worth the struggle.”

Worth your time and free of charge, the next Home Buyers class is Wednesday, July 9, at the Granby Community Center. All classes are held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Please register in advance by calling (970) 887-7271 or on-line at

If you miss the July 9 class, the next class is Aug. 21 at the CSU Extension Hall in Kremmling.

Invest some time in your real estate future.