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Larry Holmes, Real Estate Pro in 30084
Larry Holmes answered:
relocating from NY to Atlanta
My advice would be to avoid the Dekalb County High schools in some areas. Of course there are magnet schools that are excellent. The City of Decatur School district would be a better op ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 2, 2014 Home Buying in 30030
JACKIE DAY A…, Real Estate Pro in 30084
JACKIE DAY AGENT/ R.E. BANKER answered:
Need to find a lender that will allow a co-signer to improve debt to income
Hello, you may call me at 770-876-3343. I will be happy to recommend some lenders to you. Paying down your debt would be advantageous to you; however, the lender may require you to ex ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 24, 2014 Home Buying in 30035
Kirsten Well…, Real Estate Pro in Alpharetta, GA
Kirsten Wellborn answered:
Georgia Dream or NSP
Diety23,

There is another program similar to GA Dream called FHLB that is similar but better in my opinion. Let me know if I can answer any questions about it!
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 29, 2014 Home Buying in Decatur
Kirsten Well…, Real Estate Pro in Alpharetta, GA
Kirsten Wellborn answered:
Hello, I accepted a job in Decatur and will be moving around June. For now I want to rent a house/town house (at least 2000sq ft) with assigned school
Hi rcnwokonko,

That is a nice area, and properties are going to be limited that meet your criteria. A quick search of the MLS shows a couple of houses meeting your criteria in the De ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 24, 2014 Home Buying in Decatur
mangofruit911, Home Buyer in USA, Mobile, AL
mangofruit911 answered:
Is Trulia a good website to look for rental properties?
In order to check whether a site which you are going to choose is legit or not means use the following steps. 1. Use Whois lookup tool like http://www.whoisxy.com/ to check the whois in ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 28, 2014 Home Buying in Decatur
Lisa Cronic, Real Estate Pro in Decatur, GA
Lisa Cronic answered:
As a non-resident alien living in Australia, how can I obtain finance to purchase additional properties in the US?
Talk to my fave lender, Laura Joines at laura.joines@suntrust.com or 404-983-2848. She is a wealth of info and is very accessible (for Atlanta time zone :-) ) Tell her I sent you!
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 9, 2014 Home Buying in 30035
Valerie Sing…, Real Estate Pro in 30033
Valerie Singer answered:
Any advice on lenders that will work with 600 fico score for a first time homebuyer for a 99k condo?
Asha, I would check with Laura Sosa-Rocha of the Truth and Lending team at Heritage Bank of the South.... Laura@truthandlending.com I have seen her team do an FHA loan for clients ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 30, 2013 Home Buying in 30030
Rodney Mason, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Rodney Mason answered:
Have some credit issues looking for agencies that work with lease with option while credit is being repaired enough to qualify for mortgage.
Hi Lawanda,
I do not suggest doing lease purchases/rent to own. There are simply way too many things that can go wrong with one from either side.

In order to do true owner financin ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun Dec 15, 2013 Home Buying in Decatur
Arkla, Home Buyer in Atlanta, GA
Arkla answered:
Looking for HOA info for this neighborhood, Waldrop Farms Decatur Ga 30034. Can anybody help? Thank You !
Hello, I sold a home in the community early this summer, one of my investments. as i remember,.there is no HOA involvement . Please don't send any $$$ to anyone unless they can provide ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 13, 2013 Home Buying in 30034
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Don Tepper answered:
Help! Should we buy a home in a 100-year flood plain?
I wouldn't buy it. But that's just me.

Yes, it will be difficult to resell.

I don't know if $1,658 per year for flood insurance is reasonable. Call 2 or 3 other companies and comp ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 2, 2013 Home Buying in 30033
Atlanta-North…, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Atlanta-North Redfin answered:
On a fixed income, furniture in storage since moving here in 2008, and been renting since moving here. I want a home to live in. Thanks.
Congratulations on your decision to purchase a home. I suggest that instead of using Trulia and Zillow, that you use Redfin.com. Not only is is a great resource for a home search but ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 26, 2013 Home Buying in Decatur
Missy Koefod,…, Real Estate Pro in 30309
Missy Koefod, Esq. answered:
hello, is there more listings for houses in area codes- 30033, 30030, and 30035 be available?
I have noticed that the closer we are getting to summer, the more listings are showing up on the market! I just showed a great new listing yesterday in 30033 and more are sure to hit t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 17, 2013 Home Buying in 30035
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Don Tepper answered:
Iam buying a home Dekalb County Ga. and only have two weeks to do it all in, I need to know what is the best way to go about buying my first home.
It's doable with all cash, so long as there aren't any title problems. Investors do it in that amount of time. Much less, though, and it becomes extremely difficult.

I notice no one ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 13, 2013 Home Buying in Decatur
Solomon Gree…, Real Estate Pro in Duluth, GA
Solomon Greene answered:
Are townhouses a better option than a condo, or are they about the same?
Scott,

A little late with an answer, but wanted to chime in. You might want to consider a newer end unit property with no units above or below, is separated from the adjacent unit b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 11, 2013 Home Buying in 30033
Laquita Baez, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Laquita Baez answered:
If I buy a Waldrop/Fairington condo as owner oc (per HOA maximum units owned by investors already) does that mean I will have a hard time selling it?
Hi Tiana,

I just sold a condo there last month.
To answer your question, yes there is a chance that only an owner occupant may be able to purchase your property if the investor owne ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 18, 2013 Home Buying in Decatur
Lee Taylor, Real Estate Pro in Decatur, GA
Lee Taylor answered:
Noise levels/association fees
Older buildings - mainly depends on firewall construction or not - something we see almost all the time now is not present in many older buildings.

I think that you should cruise tho ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 17, 2013 Home Buying in 30030
Lee Taylor, Real Estate Pro in Decatur, GA
Lee Taylor answered:
Loan/down payment/COD taxes
I'll ballpark this for you, as you asked:

2 houses - both sold for about $400000 in 2010 - what's their most recent tax amount?

I'll choose Leafmore and Oakhurst.

I find 2 hous ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 3, 2013 Home Buying in Decatur
Sally English, Real Estate Pro in 30345
Sally English answered:
Is the area near Cambridge Commons townhouses a good family area? Are the middle schools good in that area?
Questions about schools are always a challenge for Realtors.

We can't give advice about the quality of specific schools as this could be perceived as a violation of the Fair Housin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 4, 2013 Home Buying in 30033
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