Co-founded by Alia Mahuna-Cantu and Holly Haber, Cocktails & Conversation events aim to provide a casual space to learn about all things real estate. From the basic home buying process to advanced topics like taxes, trusts, vacation homes, and more!


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Mocktails and Conversation: How To Buy a House at 18 Years Old

Dates: April 25-26, 2024

Private High School Event




Alia Mahuna-Cantu

Windermere West, LLC

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Holly Haber

Windermere West, LLC

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Dave Duty

Loan Officer
Root Mortgage


John VanderZanden

Loan Officer
Mortgage Express


Matt McKean

McKean and Knauup Attorneys


Cris Gonczi

General Contractor
PDX Restoration Group /        PDX Remodeling and Design

Previous Events

Exploring Homeownership

  • Understanding the general home buying process.
  • How to finance your first home?
  • What do Realtors and lenders do for you?
  • Understanding real estate as a wealth-building tool.
  • Loan options and financing with Dave Duty (Root Mortgage)

Stepping Stones To Your Dream Home

  • Understanding today's market.
  • What do high interest rates mean for you?
  • Knowing when it's a good time to buy.
  • Understanding real estate as a wealth-building tool.
  • Loan options and financing with Dave Duty (Root Mortgage)

Young Investor: Strategies For The Upper Hand

  • How do young people invest in real estate?
  • What's the advantage of starting young?
  • Explaining the House Hacking strategy.
  • How to take advantage of TIME
  • Financing 101 with John VanderZanden (Mortgage Express)

How To Buy A House At 18 Years Old

  • What is credit and why is it so important?
  • Ways to start building credit early.
  • What are the low down payment options?
  • How to buy a house: the transaction process and financing.
  • Ways to fund your first purchase

Protecting Your ASSets

  • Learn how to structure your estate and ways to avoid probate.
  • What is a trust, and how does it protect you?
  • How can an attorney help you?
  • Q+A with Matt McKean

Strategies For Wealth Building

  • Learn how to financially plan for your first or next home in this market.
  • How to leverage current assets to purchase investment properties.
  • What can a financial advisor help you do?
  • Q+A with a Financial Advisor

Renovation Revelation

  • Learn how to maintain your home to avoid costly repairs.
  • How a general contractor can help buyers during the inspection period.
  • Which remodels and renovations have the best ROI?
  • Q+A with a general contractor.
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