Sep 012017
 

In 1987 I walked into a real estate office.  I wanted to buy a home in New Hyde Park, Long Island.  I worked in the electronics industry and I knew nothing about buying a home.  I only wanted to become a homeowner.  I felt if I put my trust in the real estate agent he would guide me along the path to my goal.  I WAS WRONG.       

The man in this office in New Hyde Park in 1987 basically laughed at me.  He asked some key questions about salary, cash I had saved up, and credit.  I answered honestly and in complete detail.  He said, “You can’t afford a home here in New Hyde Park,” then turned his back on me.

Not being a person who takes, “No” for an answer, I pushed him.

Is there nothing here in this town we can afford?” I said.

He grudgingly took out the MLS book (no computer back then, it was a BOOK the size of a phone book) and pointed to a tiny black and white photo of a house.

I looked at the photo and said to him, “Well, okay, I guess that looks like a nice house.”

You should know it doesn’t have a driveway or a garage.”

I was a little flummoxed because I really wanted my own driveway.  I was tired of driving around Astoria looking for a parking spot and my dream of homeownership in New Hyde Park included a driveway.  BUT I really wanted to buy a home and so was willing to compromise.

Okay,” I said, “I really wanted a driveway, but I’d be willing to settle if it meant I could buy a home of my own.”

He had a “poker face” on, looked me straight in the eye and said, “You should know there’s no on-street parking allowed after Midnight every day.”

I walked out of that real estate office feeling very dejected.

Stay tuned: Next week, I discuss my nasty birthday surprise that turned into Homeownership.

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