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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Graham Bell says there is a common misconception of knowledge. "Knowledge is not power, it's action on knowledge that's power."

Bell is the Executive Director of Redemption Housing Counselors in Thomasville. His not for profit organization teamed up with the City of Thomasville to host the Home Smart series.

These free classes are designed to increase your knowledge of home ownership. "We're more anticipating that we would have new people that are interested in home ownership, but the reality was we had last night most of the folks were already home owners," said Bell.

Bell says the fact that most of the attendees of Monday night's session were already homeowners, proves the need for these classes.

The topics of the classes include protecting your property, home maintenance, energy efficiency, money smart, mortgages, and credit. "Credit is not a right it's a responsibility and it becomes your reputation and nobody wants to have a bad reputation," said Bell.

Bell says these classes will help prevent financial miscues. "Most folks only get their financial acumen by virtue of making financial mistakes or they see someone else do it in their family or friend and say I'm never going to do what they did."

Bell says home ownership is still viewed as essential to the American Dream. He says now really is a good time to buy a house, but only if you are fiscally and mentally prepared.

The classes are taught at the Redemption Housing Center on Clay Street. The next session is Thursday at 5:15. To register call Graham Bell at 229-228-6888.

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