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Home Improvement, Maintenance & Real Estate

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@ Forest Park | Meramec | Online | Off-Site

Spruce things up with home improvement classes. Explore basic car maintenance and small engine repair. Learn about real estate opportunities. Our classes are the perfect fit for the do-it-yourselfer.

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Classes offered in-person may be rescheduled, canceled or transitioned to an online format based on COVID-19 guidelines. Students are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines for classroom participation, which includes, but is not limited to, use of masks and social distancing requirements.

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Basic Car Maintenance

Cars conveniently get us from home and work to soccer and the grocery store. But the moment a car need repairs or maintenance, it can become a source of anxiety and frustration. Ease your auto anxiety by better understanding cars, the auto repair industry and routine service problems. Learn how to inspect your vehicle, undertake minor repairs and perform maintenance on your own car. No driver should miss this class!
AUTO-701 | 1 session | $20 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Th 6-9 p.m. | Michael Silva
April 8 | Advanced Auto Service


Interior Décor: Accessories for Home, Kitchen and Bath

Well-chosen accessories are the perfect finishing touch every room deserves. Learn from a professional interior designer how to select the right shapes and sizes for your accessories and how to place them into the correct proportionate spaces. Choices of color and the combinations of patterns will be demonstrated. After this class, your home will reflect your personality with a professional touch! Please bring a pen and notebook to class.
HOME-709 | 1 session | $20 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 W 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Kathryn Leinauer
Feb. 3 | MC-BA, 116

Interior Design: Color Schemes for Home, Kitchen and Bath

Give your home a face lift! Whether you prefer a bold or quiet color scheme, an interior designer will show you how to select the best options for your space. Learn the secret of achieving properly balanced color placement, how to combine patterns in fabrics and furniture, and how to integrate these patterns into your space. Selection of paint color, wood tone, counter tops, cabinets, light fixtures and hardware will be addressed. Please bring a pen and notebook to class.
HOME-708 | 1 session | $20 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 W 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Kathryn Leinauer
Feb. 10 | MC-BA, 116

DIY Home Inspections

Considering buying or selling a home in the near future? Learn to perform your own unofficial inspections to save money, time and headaches by spotting costly repairs before you get to the contract stage! Topics include reasons for home inspections, what home inspectors look for, home inspection reports, how to choose a home inspector and the different types of inspections.
HOME-713 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P01 W 7-9 p.m. | Troy Galloway
April 21 | MC-BA, 116

Be Your Own General Contractor

Save money on home renovation projects by serving as your own general contractor. Understand a general contractor’s role and responsibilities, how to interview sub-contractors, required permits, insurance for the property owner and sub-contractors, scheduling sub-contractors, setting up a payment schedule, and understand liens, waivers and contracts.
HOME-713 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P02 W 7-9 p.m. | Troy Galloway
May 5 | MC-BA, 116

Real Estate

Home Selling: Your Guide to a Successful Sale

If you’ve never sold a home before—or if it’s been a while—it’s important to know your marketing options. Learn what to expect from the home selling process, ways to add impact and value to your home for top-dollar offers, how to use knowledge of competition in your area to determine a realistic selling price and understand the pros and cons of “for sale by owner.” Discover how to find the right agent to sell your house. In one evening, you’ll learn insider tips that can get you the best deal for your home!
REAL-702 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Th 7-9 p.m. | Jill McCoy
Feb. 4 | Online
P02 Th 7-9 p.m. | Jill McCoy
May 6 | Online

Real Estate Investing for Income

True financial wealth is about having the unearned income to finance your life goals without having to work. According to the S&P 500 Index at the end of 2019, the average return on investment in the US is 8.6%. The average rate of return heavily depends on the type of rental property. The key is to understand what you are buying by having solid knowledge and a good plan. Find out how to plan your investment strategies in order to find true financial wealth!
REAL-712 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Th 7-9 p.m. | Jill McCoy
Feb. 25 | Online
P02 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jill McCoy
May 11 | Online

Leveling Up: Buying vs. Renting

Are you a renter who has ambitions of buying a home or a current homeowner wondering whether renting makes more sense for your lifestyle? Ready for a change but don’t know where to start? It may be time to evaluate the relative costs, benefits and drawbacks of owning versus renting your home. Join a real estate professional and make a plan for the best option for your living situation.
REAL-765 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P02 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jill McCoy
March 9 | Online

The Upside of Downsizing

We accumulate a lot of things over the years, but eventually the extra stuff needs to go! Whether it’s choosing a simpler lifestyle, empty-nesting or entering independent living, downsizing can seem overwhelming in the beginning. Which comes first: get rid of clutter or get organized? List the house or find your new home? From paring down the excess to moving to a smaller space, we’ll help you explore the upside of downsizing.
REAL-765 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Th 7-9 p.m. | Jill McCoy
March 11 | Online

Buying a Home? Top Home Buying Mistakes to Avoid

“If only we had known ... “ This is the sad post-purchase statement of too many homebuyers. Purchasing a home is one of the largest investments you’ll ever make. Discover how to avoid home-buying mistakes and learn the inside scoop of how to avoid surprises at closing. Understand what you should know before you purchase, what to expect throughout the process, strategies to obtain the best value, the importance of understanding contracts you sign, getting the right inspections before closing the deal, and how to safeguard yourself in any market.
REAL-701 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Th 7-9 p.m. | Jill McCoy
March 25 | Online
P02 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jill McCoy
April 20 | Online

How to Start a Career in Real Estate

Do you enjoy helping people? Have you considered getting into the business of real estate? Do you wonder what it takes to be successful? The real estate profession offers one of the widest career opportunities in the business world. From the buying and selling homes, office buildings, industrial property and corporation farmland to property management, land development, mortgage banking, urban planning, real estate counseling and appraisal, there are many avenues to explore. Find out about the licensure process to become a real estate agent and explore opportunities in this dynamic field. We’ll show you how to build a new career in real estate!
REAL-715 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Th 7-9 p.m. | Jill McCoy
April 1 | Online
P02 Th 7-9 p.m. | Jill McCoy
April 29 | Online

How to Be a Successful Landlord

Increase income on your real estate investments by improving your skills as a landlord! Learn how to lower property damage and eviction costs by performing effective initial screening on potential tenants. Your experienced instructor will explain how to be creative by using the telephone, interview, computer, rental application and lease expectations to avoid an undesirable tenant-landlord relationship. One hour lunch on your own.
REAL-720 | 1 session | $39.50 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P01 Sa 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Mary Hankins
March 13 | FP-G, 325

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