Admission-free public event hosted by the Staten Island Board of Realtors® will feature New York City Down Payment Assistance Program and an array of financial experts from private enterprises and government agencies

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Future homeowners will gain clarity of vital financial tenets needed to smooth their path to homeownership, and beyond, during an in-person workshop Oct. 17 on Staten Island.

Hosted and facilitated by the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR), the admission-free public event, “Financial Education Forum to Empower Future Homebuyers,” will be presented in cooperation with the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service (SIMLS), New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and a variety of private enterprises and government agencies.

During the forum, experts will provide information about the New York City Down Payment Assistance Program and highlight a variety of financial skills, vital knowledge, and tools that can help prospective homeowners confidently navigate major financial decisions and successfully reach their goals.

“I applaud the members of our Housing Opportunities Committee and their accomplishment under the leadership of 2023 SIBOR President Rosanne La Fata in sculpting a program that fosters homebuyers’ financial literacy within our community,” said Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBOR and SIMLS. “Knowledge is key when preparing for the purchase of a home, as well as being a homeowner. The goal of SIBOR’s Financial Education Forum is to provide our community members with the information and resources they need to secure their financial future and bring their quest of attaining the ‘American Dream’ to fruition.”


The presentation will take place Oct. 17, 6 to 9 p.m., at Li Greci’s Staten, West Brighton. As space is limited, pre-registration  on Eventbrite is required and may be performed at


A variety of subjects will be covered,  such as budgeting; debt management; credit solutions and repair; identity-theft protection; savings; home loan programs; homeowners’ insurance, and financial goals.

Included among items to be addressed are such topics as:

  • What is financial literacy?
  • How to Manage Money
  • How to Open a Bank Account
  • What are the Building Blocks of a Budget?
  • How to Follow a Monthly Spending Plan.
  • What are the Ways to Lower Monthly Bills?
  • How to Manage Accrued Debt
  • What are the Debt Pay-Off Options?
  • How to Distinguish Between Short-Term,
    Medium and Long-Term Goals

A question and answer segment will follow the presentation.

About the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR)
And Staten Island Multiple Listing Service (SIMLS)

Established in 1915, the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR) is the largest professional association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically, and promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of approximately 2,500 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 275 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 5,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR Realtors belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR and the SIMLS may be reached at 718-928-3220 and viewed online at SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at Staten Island Board of Realtors, Twitter via @SIBOR and Instagram at SIBOR REALTORS (siborrealtors).


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