Could Now be the Perfect Time to Buy a Home?

Could Now be the Perfect Time to Buy a Home?

We’ve all heard about how interest rates are at an all-time low… and how they’re expected to go up within the next couple years. But for those who may be new to the home buying market, what exactly does “all-time low” mean? Let us put it in perspective for you… take a look at why now really is the best time to buy!

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What would an attorney advise for preventing identity theft?

What would an attorney advise for preventing identity theft?

I think most of us can agree that computers and advances in technology have made our lives so much easier. From Google, to GPS, to online bill pay, and ‘the cloud’…it’s all great! But unfortunately, it has made things easier for criminals too. Over the years, identity fraud has been a growing industry in America, with a new person being victimized every two seconds. It has reached such massive proportions that in 2013 alone; 1.6 Billion dollars were lost due ...

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Five Critical Tips When Evaluating a Neighborhood

Five Critical Tips When Evaluating a Neighborhood

Choose where you purchase a home carefully. When asked why they bought the home they currently live in, many homeowners respond in a way that suggests that their decision was happenstance rather than intentional. Life is short, so make your decision an intentional one.

1. What time is it? What day is it?
The time and day you visit a neighborhood can dramatically alter your feelings about a neighborhood. On a weekday, it will almost always seem quiet compared ...

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Home Affordability Index at a Turning Point?

Home Affordability Index at a Turning Point?

With home prices rising rather dramatically over the past year and interest rates rising as well, the home affordability index has begun to increase after bottoming out late last year. The index looks at a combination of home prices and interest rates relative to the median household income. In late 2012, home prices hit an affordability level not seen since the 1960’s. Atlanta was especially hard hit during the recent recession, meaning that we were even more ...

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Is a Negative Economic Event Preventing you or Someone You Know from Buying a New Home?

Is a Negative Economic Event Preventing you or Someone You Know from Buying a New Home?

Five long years after the start of the financial crises, the government has finally devised a plan to assist the millions of Americans who fell on hard times and lost their home or were forced to file bankruptcy. In a nutshell, the program provides an opportunity to purchase a new home for people who experienced an adverse “Economic Event,” such as the loss of a job and/or income.

Some of the conditions for the program state that the economic ...

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Have You Checked Your Credit Score Lately?

Have You Checked Your Credit Score Lately?

With it already being almost May and the transition into 2014 having finally ceased, you might be considering a move. Since real estate prices are up over 13% from last year in metro Atlanta, some of you may finally feel like you can sell for a price that makes sense. And based on real estate analyst predictions for the next year, it may benefit you to check out our previous post to find out what it could cost ...

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Boomerang Buyers – The Next Homebuying Explosion

Boomerang Buyers – The Next Homebuying Explosion

The most recent recession affected each person and each family differently. Due to unfortunate circumstances beyond their control, many people lost their home. From 2009 – 2011 over 50% of all residential homes sales were attributed to either short sales or foreclosures. Fortunately, times have begun taking a turn for the better- Individuals, families, and businesses are finally getting back on their feet and the next home buying explosion is on the rise! To the benefit of those who may ...

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The Cost of Waiting to Buy a Home

The Cost of Waiting to Buy a Home

Spring is upon us so you might be thinking about selling your house again. In Atlanta, we finally had the first year-over-year increase in five long years. How much values increased (if they did at all) in your neighborhood depends on your specific area of Atlanta, but most of us experienced a pop in value. So more homeowners are now contemplating selling for the first time since the financial crisis hit. At the same ...

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SELLING YOUR HOME IN A SELLER’S MARKET [ON YOUR OWN]

SELLING YOUR HOME IN A SELLER’S MARKET [ON YOUR OWN]

As the spring home selling season nears in metro Atlanta, we are clearly in a market that favors the Seller. Maybe you’ve decided to take advantage of this market and are thinking now is you’re time sell…and you’re going to do it on your own! While we always encourage our clients to use a real estate agent (and we have some great connections if you’re looking for a referral), if you choose to go down the road of selling on ...

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What are the 10 Biggest Home Seller Mistakes?

Real Estate Agents Rank Biggest Home Seller Mistakes by activerain.com

A recent survey of real estate agents by ActiveRain has confirmed that there are certain things a seller should avoid if they are trying to get their home sold for the best price in the least amount of time.
The results of this survey are no surprise to real estate agents, but sellers need to understand that eliminating as many hurdles as possible to the sale of your home will help ...

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