Our course speakers are knowledgeable about all the steps you need to take in the home buying process. Under their instruction, you can be assured that upon completion of the course, you will have the know-how you need to buy a home.
David Kres is the co-founder and co-owner of Buyers Brokers Only, LLC, the country’s largest exclusive buyer agency company. He is an exclusive buyer agent, a licensed attorney, and real estate broker with over 12 years’ experience. David was the North Shore Association REALTORS® 2010 REALTOR® of the Year and in 2008 was named one of the top 30 real estate agents under the age of 30 by National REALTOR® Magazine. He has created, organized, developed content for, and taught at various First-Time Homebuyer courses and has taught orientation at NSAR since 2011.
Cynthia Nina-Soto has over 12 years of experience working with first-time homebuyers. She started her own real estate brokerage, Nina-Soto & Company, offering residential real estate services to Massachusetts. The majority of her clients are Latino buyers. She has taught classes related to technology and also on how to work with and understand the Latino culture. She has participated in the First-Time Homebuyer classes offered by the CDC in Salem and enjoys helping others learn and apply those teachings to improve their lives. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
ABR, CRS, GRI
Linda O'Connor has been a REALTOR® since 1983, counseling and representing buyer/seller clients for 34 years. She is currently a Broker with LUX Realty North Shore, in Beverly, and CEO of LOC Real Estate Educational Services, Inc. Holding the ABR, CRS, and GRI designations as well as a graduate of ITI (Instructor's Training Institute), she was named Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® in 2007 and was the North Shore Association's REALTOR® of the Year in both 1994 and 2008. She currently teaches several continuing education courses statewide.
Jennifer Brennan has been a loan officer for over 10 years, working at Fairway Independent Mortgage for the last nine. Fairway has have funded more than $50 billion in loans since the company started and more than $17.5 billion in 2016 alone. She is a member of North Shore Association of REALTORS® and licensed in MA, NH, ME, CT, RI, and FL. She is passionate about educating consumers on the home buying process and receives annual training on federal laws, ethics, and non-traditional mortgage lending. She is a also a Military Mortgage Specialist.
Patty Gabriel has over 25 years of experience in mortgage banking, both with regional and national lenders. She works at Mortgage Financial, which was founded in 1987 to provide comprehensive lending services to consumers. Patty is licensed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She has taught the First-Time Homebuyer Education classes for the past nine years for Community Team Works and MassHousing, and has been teaching continuing education classes to real estate agents at NSAR for the past eight years.
Real Estate Attorneys
Elizabeth (Liz) Barletta is an attorney at Ligris & Associates, a firm specializing in real estate transactions. Her practice focuses primarily on representing buyers, sellers, and lenders in the acquisition, sale, and financing of real estate. She is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Florida and a licensed Notary Public in Massachusetts. She has presented at various first-time homebuyer seminars for Boston College, Northeastern University, and several community organizations in Greater Boston. She has also held numerous training sessions in real estate offices across Massachusetts. Liz is fluent in Spanish.
Attorney Robin M. Blake, has specialized in the representation of buyers, sellers, and lenders in residential real estate transactions for over 33 years. Her firm, Ardiff & Blake, LLC, located in Peabody, is focused on the practice of residential conveyancing. Robin is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, and the North Shore Association of REALTORS®. She has taught a number of professional advancement and continuing education classes at NSAR and elsewhere; as well as first-time homebuyer certification program classes for local organizations.
Lisa Fiandaca is MassHouisng Director of HomeOwnership-Production. MassHousing is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. During her 35 years in the mortgage industry, she has acquired extensive experience in mortgage underwriting, operations, mortgage insurance, and secondary management. She has presented at homebuyer education classes throughout MA for the last 12 years. She often presents at homebuyer workshops and REALTOR® office sales meetings and has been a co-instructor for the NSAR Expanding Housing Opportunities class.
Deanna Fay has worked with Harborlight Community Partners, a non-profit organization specializing in development of affordable housing and property management throughout the North Shore, for over 8 years. In addition to providing multifaceted community outreach, fundraising/marketing, and human resource services at Harborlight, she also has over 12 years of experience and training in residential real estate.