Veronica Jenkins: A Partner on the Journey to Wealth
Veronica Jenkins sees the long-term value of homeownership.
“Not only does it provide stability for your family and yourself, but real estate is one of the best ways to gain wealth,” she says.
That belief inspired her to buy her first home at the age of 25. It also factored in her decision to choose real estate as a career path. By becoming a realtor, she can help others better their lives through homeownership.
A native Washingtonian, Jenkins is licensed in Washington, DC and Maryland. She enjoys helping both buyers and sellers move through what, for some, can be an overwhelming experience. “I enjoy helping folks navigate this process, as it can also be stressful and challenging,” she says. “There are many moving parts in the purchase of property.”
One way she helps her clients is by connecting them with HomeFree-USA for financial education. “HomeFree-USA provides tremendous support and expertise to the pathway of homeownership,” she says. “They are my partner, and I rely on them to help me provide counseling services to buyers who are ready to buy, or may not be quite ready to buy. They will work with the individual and put them in the best position possible.”
For those preparing to buy their first house, Jenkins has three pieces of advice:
- Do your research. The location you choose could have a major impact on your home’s value.
- Save, save, save. Prepare yourself by setting money aside not just for a down payment and closing costs, but for future home repairs.
- Build your dream team. “Team up with a realtor that you are comfortable with so your experience is easy and you actually give yourself the best chances to find that forever home,” she says.
The decision to become a homeowner can change your life. “Renting simply maintains someone else’s future and wealth,” Jenkins says.