Florida students get lessons in real estate as rents skyrocket

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TAMPA, Fla. – “I wish they’d taught me that in school.”

It’s a line Realtor Kella McCaskill has heard a lot from people in her community when talking about housing.

From mortgage agreements to down-payment assistance, to rent-to-buy options and savings plans, McCaskill said many people, especially those without a parent to turn to as example, don’t start thinking about real estate and financial literacy until well into adulthood. In a housing market like Tampa Bay’s, that’s years too late.

It’s something McCaskill is looking to change.

On a Wednesday afternoon, after music class and before starting English homework, students at LinaBean Academy, a private school in East Tampa, filled a small classroom and began scrawling equations onto notebooks. McCaskill stood at the front of the room.

Twice monthly, she visits the school for hour-long real estate workshops. The theme of the lessons change each time they meet, but the goal remains to get…

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