For New Jersey first time home buyers Nadia Murdock and her husband, Cecil Villar, who purchased their first home in late June for $285,000, a first time home buyer class – offered by the Chamber of Commerce – that they participated in provided much needed guidance for the process of buying their first house.
Much of what a pair of Hackensack high-rise renters learned about buying their first home came from a chamber of commerce meeting, including their choice of sales agent, mortgage representative and attorney.
Nadia Murdock and her husband, Cecil Villar, are settling into a Cape Cod-style home on a quiet residential street in Teaneck, a Bergen County town where Nadia grew up, but their journey began last fall at a chamber session that enriched the couple’s online research.
“We learned a lot,” said 36-year-old Nadia, a fitness coach and writer, and owner of Nadia Murdock Fit. When buying a first house, “it’s more than just a down payment,” she said, citing other financial musts from survey to inspection — all of which they discovered at this chamber-sponsored real estate seminar.
Cecil, a 35-year-old district recruiter for security services, said that going to this seminar, held for first-time buyers and those moving to Teaneck, added a new dimension to their Internet research.
“It was great for them [the chamber] to find clients, and it was great for us because I got a plethora of information I had no idea of,” said Nadia.
The couple met their sales agent, Barbara Ostroth of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Oradell, as well as their mortgage rep and attorney at the event.
“We worked together as a team to help them find their first house,” said Ostroth.
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