# Shelhamer group
OPINION: On the Sidelines of the California Real Estate Market
Before I became focused on my home ownership goals and building wealth through real estate I would press the button for concert tickets, hotel accommodations beyond my income means, and dine at places with items I couldn’t pronounce on the menu all in pursuit of apparently making my landlord richer. In a nutshell I wasn’t even meeting my goal of home ownership half-way. I wasn’t working with a trusted lender to be pre-approved, reducing my debt, and my credit was average. On the weekends it was an endless barrage of open houses, window shopping and daydreams.