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George Cohen, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
George Cohen answered:
FHA 3.5% vs Conventional loan w/ 3% down payment
There are benefits to both FHA and Conventional loans. Conventional 3% down will have higher monthly mortgage mortgage insurance than FHA when you have a lower credit score but you can ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 9, 2016 Home Buying in 30306
Amelia Robin…, Real Estate Pro in Falls Church, VA
Amelia Robinette answered:
Is there any downfall to geting a real estate license in order to have it in your professional and personal "arsenal" and taking advantage?
Do you really think a brand new agent will do better selling your house than an agent who is an expert in the neighborhood and has decades of experience? This is too much money to be a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 29, 2015 Home Buying in 30306
thinz, Real Estate Pro in Allenhurst, NJ
thinz answered:
Has anyone had any success with open houses or brokers opens?
Yes, I've found broker open houses to be very effective for gaining exposure and buzz around a property - especially for a short sale property. It gives the listing agent a chance to s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 26, 2015 Agent2Agent in 30306
Josh Barnett, Real Estate Pro in Chandler, OK
Josh Barnett answered:
A real estate agent has shown me houses on four separate occasions. I am considering buying a house that I saw for sale by owner - what is a
Ask them for help with the FSBO prior to anything. They can help you with FSBOs also and you really need it.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jun 26, 2015 Home Selling in 30306
Kevin White, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Kevin White answered:
What qualities and services should I look for when choosing a realtor to sell my home? The house is in Morningside, an in-town community in
It is simple in my opinion:

An Intown Atlanta Agent/Brokerage

Innovation- Many agents use the standard I list your home, do open houses, do brochures, do flyers, email blasts, etc ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 4, 2015 Home Selling in 30306
Kevin White, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Kevin White answered:
We will be listing our Morningside home in the near future. Would replacing our Corian countertops with granite be wise financially?
Hello there,

If the cabinets are newer or still are on-trend and the Corian is the only item "dating" the kitchen then I recommend replacement. A nice finish and light color is San ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 4, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 30306
THE Condo Ma…, Real Estate Pro in ATLANTA, GA
THE Condo Mart answered:
I'm a first time home buyer interested in purchasing a foreclosure in the Atlanta area. How can i find a realtor specializing in grant programs?
I have a lender who could possibly help you find the best mortgage
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 27, 2014 Home Buying in 30306
William Pola…, Real Estate Pro in Boca Raton, FL
William Polack answered:
if you close on a home in November how many months of taxes & insurance will I be expected to the table?
Every county collects taxes at different times. So here's how to calculate property tax escrow. There are 12 months in a year. So, you have to pay for 12 months. The seller will th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 11, 2012 Financing in 30306
David Herren, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
David Herren answered:
I am trying to buy a house in Atlanta that is zoned RG2 multifamily. Can I convert this home into a single family residence and, if so, how?
Generally you can use a property for all less intensive uses in a category. Just because it is zone multifamily it does not mean you cannot have single family. This very general advis ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 30, 2012 Investment Properties in 30306
NA, Home Seller in Nowell Court, Spring...
NA answered:
I am going to lose my house to foreclosure. I have a great job history. How hard will it be to rent a place?
Renting is far easier than buying a home and you seem to have gotten through that. Assuming you have the money then renting is a pretty pain free process. You can look for places by you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 27, 2011 Rental Basics in 30306
Solomon Gree…, Real Estate Pro in Duluth, GA
Solomon Greene answered:
I'm looking for a realtor that specializes in foreclosures. I'm looking for 2 bedroom condos in Midtown.
Pthalo,

There's a lot of money available in down payment assistance to help home buyers buy property in the City of Atlanta and that includes foreclosures. I invite you to revi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 8, 2010 Home Buying in 30306
Stephanie Mc…, Real Estate Pro in Canton, GA
Stephanie McCarty answered:
We will be listing our Morningside home in the near future. Would it be beneficial to us to replace our kitchen Corian counter tops with granite?
without a doubt. Quartz is a great option also. It is a natural stone product and virtually maintenance free, unlike granite that has to be sealed etc. Wow, a listing in Morningsi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 17, 2010 Home Selling in 30306
Hank Miller, Real Estate Pro in Alpharetta, GA
Hank Miller answered:
What percentage should I expect to pay in real estate commissions when I sell my home? I live in Morningside
I clearly need to get into the grove with the ATL sayings....."check before you wreck" - I know Lee is a huge Nascar guy (are you still driving that Monte decked out like Juni ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 14, 2010 Home Selling in 30306
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
Don Tepper answered:
If you were asked what indispensable marketing software is needed for real estate success, what would you say?
It's easier--much easier--to say what's not particularly helpful.

A while back, Act! was highly recommended to me. I bought it and think it's terrible. It's buggy ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 2, 2010 Agent2Agent in 30306
Dianne Hicks, Real Estate Pro in Rancho Bernardo, CA
Dianne Hicks answered:
Buyers- what features or rooms most attract you to a home?
For me personally.... VIEW is number 1, then lot size... I loved my 1/2 acre in San Diego so 1 think 1 acre would be nice #3 would be nice Kitchen(has to have at least the potential for ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 2, 2010 Home Buying in 30306
Zac Pasmanick, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Zac Pasmanick answered:
I am looking for a Realtor that specializes in foreclosures. I am looking for a home in Morningside, Va Highlands area.
Hank
Your best bet is going to be a short sale or an extremely motivated seller. I am a Certified Distressed Property Expert, and have lived in Morningside since second grade. I have ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 21, 2009 Home Buying in 30306
William Pola…, Real Estate Pro in Boca Raton, FL
William Polack answered:
How much is usually collected as pre-paids at closing for tax and insurance?
Scott Eaves was right on the money as to how the escrow is collected.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 17, 2009 Financing in 30306
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