First-Time Home Buyers Series: Know Your Mortgage Processing Team

Join longtime Watertown resident and licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson Tayo Banjo for an informative seminar series on home buying 101 topics like renting vs owning, how to work with a real estate agent, and mortgage loans. Register for any or both sessions.  

In this session, we'll learn what to expect from your mortgage loan officer, attorney and home inspector from getting pre-approved for a mortgage (before house hunting) to finalizing the mortgage and closing the deal.

About the Instructor:

Tayo Banjo has been licensed as a Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson since 2017. He brings a tireless  work ethic, friendly nature and excellent communication skills to each individual and family trying to navigate the often complicated world of buying, selling or renting. He has had the privilege of helping  Massachusetts residents to both rent and buy homes.  As a longtime resident of more than 15 years in Watertown, MA and recent home owner in the same  town, Mr. Banjo has first‐hand experience of the peaks and valleys many will encounter as they pursue  their home ownership goals. Whatever the goals, Mr. Banjo prioritizes the best interest of his clients. He leverages his connections to experts in the field, experiences and deep knowledge of the real estate  landscape to deliver results. Married with two teenage boys, Mr. Banjo is also a college professor in the Computer Science and Math  department at the University of Massachusetts, MA, where his real‐world approach to teaching greatly  benefits his diverse students.  

Additional presenters include:

Ellen Klapper, Assistant Vice President Eastern Bank, Watertown. Ellen has been a loan officer in residential lending for the past 37 years and with Eastern Bank for the past 11 years. Her experience and knowledge of the mortgage market assists Ellen in understanding her clients' needs and the best mortgage products to fit these needs. Ellen is a member of Women's Council of Realtors and is on the board of the Divorce Center. She is a former member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC) and has been rained in collaboration techniques. She is experienced in working with divorced couples and those in the process of divorcing. She recognizes that each couple's situation is unique and requires knowledge and sensitivity to come up with the best mortgage options and solutions that their divorce requires. Ellen is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board's Affiliate Committee, the Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce and the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. Ellen lives in Newton, where she is a member of Historic Newton.

Michael Atwell, owner and principal of J. May Home Inspections. Michael has conducted more than five thousand home inspections since 1997. Licensed as a Home Inspector (license#140) and previously as a Construction Supervisor (license #059705) Michael is the immediate Past President of the New England Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors. In addition to his work as a home inspector, he has taught courses on what to look for (and look out for) when purchasing a property at Adult Education programs in Boston, Brookline, Arlington, Brighton, and Cambridge. He has also taught courses on basic home repairs for new homeowners.


Registration is required for this event.
Monday, October 2, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Lucia Mastrangelo Room