Millennials with questions about the Long Island housing market may find answers in an unexpected place next month: happy hour at a Patchogue brewery.
Major stakeholders in the real estate realm — from experts in real estate and finance to an attorney who can speak to New York State requirements for homeowners — will speak on a panel at Brick House Brewery from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8.
The event is being organized by the Suffolk County Legislature’s Next Generation Advisory Council, whose members consist of county residents in their 20s and 30s.
“Many of the millennials are college-educated; they have, you know, $40,000-$50,000, or even more, of student loans,” says DuWayne Gregory, presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature. ”Even thinking about buying a home can be very intimidating.”
And when it comes to rentals, they “deserve to have housing that’s in an area that they feel comfortable in, that they want to socialize in," he adds.
The event is a response to growing concern among the members of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Next Generation Advisory Council that Long Island’s millennials are putting down roots elsewhere, Gregory says.
On the panel are real estate agent Stephen King of Realty Connect USA in Patchogue; Michelle Di Benedetto, director of special programs for the Long island Housing Partnership; Reza Ebrahimi, a real estate lawyer and partner at Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP in Riverhead; and Kristen Morse, a Massapequa Park-based insurance expert. Richard Murdocco, president of the land-use-oriented website The Foggiest Idea, will moderate.
The goal is to “arm” potential homebuyers with information, Gregory says.
“We’re going to be looking to continue this conversation,” he says.
For information, call (631) 853-5807 or register at https://www.eventbrite.com.