DALTON, Ga. It's a lesson the 18 students probably wouldn't learn sitting in their pre-calculus class at Coahulla Creek High School how to buy a home and a car.
Recently, seniors in teacher Jason Linder's class got first-hand advice from a realtor, loan officer and car dealer. Linder said at the start of the school year he asked seniors if they'd like to learn anything that wouldn't be covered in class.
"They wanted to learn how to purchase a house or rent one," he said. "They wanted to know what's the better option, lease or rent."
With the help of Coldwell Banker Kinard Realty realtor Lisa Sloan and First National Community Bancorp Inc. loan originator Gentry Brown, students learned a little about the processes.
"Buying is a big deal whether it's your first or tenth home," Sloan told students during their trip to the office. "I have a heart for first-time home buyers."
Sloan said there is a difference between being a customer or client when buying a house. She explained customers simply want to look at houses. A client signs a buyer's agreement saying the realtor is representing the person.
"A lot of people are hesitant and don't want to sign the client agreement," ...