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Spring is when people start thinking about buying or selling a home. And just in time for the buying and selling season, North Country Savings Bank and Blue Heron Realty will host an informational Homebuyers and Sellers Show on April 2.

The show will be held at the Dobisky Visitors’ Center, 100 Riverside Ave., from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will give homeowners information they need to make their property stand out to potential buyers. It will also offer prospective homebuyers a leg up in navigating the real estate market.

Lisa M. Woodward, a loan originator at North Country Savings Bank, will offer free financial consultations for prospective homebuyers.

“We’ll offer information how on how buyers can get preapproved for a mortgage, receive credit reports and learn all the steps of buying and closing on a home,” Ms. Woodward said Wednesday.

New York Licensed Real Estate Broker and Blue Heron Realty owner Jennifer Stevenson will also be on hand to discuss the home buying and selling process. Ms. Stevenson, a licensed realtor for 25 years, has owned Blue Heron Realty since 1999.

“Homebuyers and sellers need to find an agent that they feel comfortable with and who is available during the hours that they are available,” Ms. Stevenson said.

She said that getting in touch with the right realtor is crucial in the home buying and selling process.

“As a real estate professional, we know how to help someone with financing, especially when they are looking at buying their very first house,” she said. “Our job is to be there every step of the way. We will help you through the process right up until closing.”

Ms. Stevenson said there is a number of ways a realtor can help potential homebuyers, such as signing them up through a multiple listing service, a database used by real estate brokers to widely share information about available properties.

“An agent has to sign them up,” Ms. Stevenson said. “Once you are registered, you will receive automatic emails on available listings based on your preferences – what area you are looking to purchase in, how many bedrooms, and the buyer’s price range.”

Scott Gillan from Peace of Mind Inspections will be on hand at the show to discuss home inspections. Patricia Kelley from Farrands Flowers will be there to discuss “curb appeal,” and how to beautify a home for showings. Jill Coelho from J.T. Phillips Insurance Agency will also be there to discuss insurance options.

There will be light refreshments served and well as small gifts to be distributed to attendees. To register for the event or to make an appointment, contact Mrs. Woodward at 541-3007. Walk-ins are also welcome the night of the show.

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