2nd annual real estate Town Hall meeting set for tonight

Seminar aimed at providing public with up-to-date local housing market information

A free seminar on the status of the real estate market in Pleasanton will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the Veterans Memorial Building, located at 301 Main St.

Sponsored by the Bay East Association of Realtors, the city of Pleasanton, the Pleasanton Weekly and the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, the seminar is aimed at providing the public with objective, timely and accurate information about the local residential real estate market.

"Pleasanton differentiates itself from the rest of the California's real estate market in a number of ways that are important for both sellers and buyers to understand," said David Stark, public affairs director for the Bay East association. "Pleasanton residents like to be informed about local issues and this event will provide a clear snapshot of the city's housing market."

Real estate and lending professionals leading a panel discussion on market conditions will include Pat Huffman, president of the Bay East Association of Realtors, George Duarte of the East Bay chapter of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers, and Jacqueline Rickman, director of the Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center.

Huffman, a Realtor for the past 29 years, owns her own real estate business in Pleasanton. She will discuss the historic and current housing market conditions in the city and will provide an up-to-date foreclosure and market analysis.

Duarte will address issues related to home purchase finance, including current mortgage industry conditions, loan types and interest rates, the impact of the president's economic stimulus package, and foreclosures.

Rickman will talk about Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center, a regional organization that develops housing and financial literacy programs for low-to-moderate income residents in the Tri-Valley.

For more information, contact the Bay East Association of Realtors at 730-4068.

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