A Preview Into “Real Life”

As commonly happens when people have too much going on, I pulled an “oops”.

I completely forgot about something I had scheduled for today, so instead of my normal Dr. Rent Show blog post entry, I will be doing what I did last week.  I will let you know what to expect on this week’s radio show but either this weekend or early next week I will summarize my “Landlords and Tenants, Rights (& Wrongs)” radio show from last week.

Tonight, at 5 PM on 93.3 FM, WNRB-LP (which can also be tuned into using our streaming feed on the internet at http://www.wausauhmong.org/wahma_v1/index.php?q=content/hmong-radio), we will cover some basics of fair housing and discrimination.  We will describe the seven federal and six Wisconsin protected classes, and give examples of how landlords may accidentally discriminate.  We will also cover areas that can be used to legally discriminate, including financial criteria, pets, and criminal background.

But, now I am off to Mosinee to help the Mosinee High School with their Real Life Academy.  I don’t know if the other local high schools do something like this, but if they don’t, they really need to.

For today’s activity, Mosinee High School seniors have already picked a career they would like to explore.  Today will be a flash forward into the future.  They will get a card that explains how much money they make.  Things like family size will be randomized.  Then, they will have to go make that income work.  They will have to get housing, insurance, pay for utilities, get a car, figure in a savings plan, everything that working adults have to do… and when they are done, they have to have a balanced budget.

I (along with a couple of people from First Weber Realty) will be doing the housing aspect of this.  We will be providing the students with 7 different housing choices, they have three different homes they can purchase or their choice of 4 different rental properties.  The options are provided to hit most price points with everything from 1 bedroom apartments to large, 4 bedroom single family homes.

As a basic needed, our station is one of the first ones they have to go through.  Where things get fun is after they have hit all the stations, including insurance, cable/satellite TV, utilities, etc… they often have to come back to make adjustments.  It turns out that they cannot afford that $1,400 mortgage payment and it is time to look at a $600 2-bedroom apartment.  Over at the car dealer last year, more than one person had to turn in their new Dodge Viper for a used mid-sized.

This is a great exercise and I am honored to be a part of it for the second year.

So, if you are a senior at Mosinee High, I will see you in a few hours.. for the rest of you.. until 5 PM this evening…


About drrent

Wausau, Wisconsin Landlord, past president of the Wisconsin Apartment Association, Host of the Dr Rent Radio Show on WNRB-LP, 93.3 FM, Wausau, WI
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