10 free home classes in NoVA for real estate novices

From purchasing your first home to downsizing to a new place, real estate can be a challenge in the DMV. Local realty professionals are here to help.

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Contacting realtors, researching neighborhoods and finding your dream home has never been easier thanks to a few internet searches and the power of social media. But when it comes down to signing your name, are you truly ready for owning a home?

No matter what question, doubt or worry you might have, or if you’re looking to pick up and move elsewhere, there’s a local professional in the DMV willing to help. Here are a few of the free, informative classes they have coming up in NoVA.

Fairfax Home Buyer Seminar
Sept. 14, 11 a.m.
Keller Williams Capital Properties is ready to help you land your dream home. At this seminar, expect to learn about winning your home in a highly competitive market like the DMV, how to calculate your budget in the right ways, how to find hot properties (and stay on top of those that could sell quickly) and how to leverage your equity. // Keller Williams Capital Properties: 4031 University Drive, Suite 500, Fairfax

Home Seller Seminar
Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m.
Take one hour out of your Saturday to learn about the steps it takes to sell your home, and enjoy light breakfasts and mimosas with Tina Schellman, associate realtor with Re/MAX. Have a notebook full of questions? Don’t worry, she can answer all of those too. // 710 W. Broad St., Falls Church

Buying a Home with No Money Down
Sept. 16, 7 p.m.
This 30-minute session with local realtor ReShawna Leaven of Keller Williams Realty Kingstowne informs guests on the steps of buying a home, mortgages and what’s included, the roles and types of real estate agents, as well as information on financing programs for down payments. // 5791 Kingstowne Village Parkway, Alexandria

Coffee & Home Financing
Sept. 17, 5 p.m.
Grab a cup of coffee and learn the ins and outs of home financing. If you already have a home and are looking to refinance, or if you’re looking to buy your first home, Clay Sweet can help build a total cost analysis so you can have an estimated look at monthly costs, total investments and more. // Starbucks: 8381 Leesburg Pike, Vienna

Home Seller Seminar
Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Selling a house isn’t just about where you’ll go next, or knowing the best places to find your next dream home. There are also common pitfalls you’ll want to avoid throughout the process, and if you don’t know about them, how can you know what questions to ask? Learn from Kay Houghton and Associates (with light refreshments!) about all you need to know when it comes to selling a home in the DMV. // Fairlington Villages Community Center: 3005 S. Abingdon St., Arlington

First Time Home Buyers Seminar
Sept. 19, 5 p.m.
You’re taking a big step toward property ownership and management, but what might you not have considered? Hear from a local realtor, home mortgage lender and a home inspector about the first-time homebuying process on everything from school districts to home appraisals. // Keller Williams Reston/Herndon: 11700 Plaza America Drive, Suite 150, Reston

Home Buying: Discussion with the Local Pros
Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m.
Arlington can be an intimidating housing market. Attend this discussion with Rebecca Nelson of Keller Williams and CJ Ward of PrimeLending to learn about everything from first-time homebuying and the benefits of owning versus renting, to down payment assistance and the impact of Amazon’s incoming HQ2 on the market. Plus, there will be giveaways from local businesses, too. // Walter Reed Community Center: 2909 16th St. S., Arlington

Home Buying Seminar
Sept. 21, 1 p.m.
The team at Long & Foster Tysons is looking to help any interested homebuyers (even if you’re looking ahead for up to two years) about the steps to buying and selling your first home in the DMV, current market trends in the area and potential financing options. // 8227 Old Courthouse Road, Tysons

Downsize or Age in Place?
Oct. 12, 10 a.m.
Finding out what your next steps should be beyond your current home can be difficult. This seminar is designed to teach you about how to modify your home if you plan to stay and how much it will cost in the future, as well as how to get your home ready to sell if you’re deciding to move on. Attending vendors will also offer services such as junk removal, home inspections, organizing specialists, moving companies and more. // 1508A Sadlers Wells Drive, Herndon

Home Selling 411
Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Getting your home staged is hard enough with all of your stuff. But what else truly goes into getting ready for the market? Find out at this one-hour seminar, where Stephanie Callaghan of Keller Williams Realty will inform guests on how to prepare your home, maximize profits from the sale and connect you with local services for staging, financing and more. // Broadlands Community Center: 43008 Waxpool Road, Ashburn

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