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Christina, Home Buyer in Washington, DC

How do I go about purchasing a Home in Atlanta when I live in Washington, DC?

Asked by Christina, Washington, DC Tue Apr 7, 2009

I'll be relocating and want to purchasebefore I get there. I have already been down a few times and I already have a listing of homes that I want to look at but I need some guidance on some of the programs that are offered like The Georgia Dream, The Georgia tax credit and any first time homebuyer programs that are available,esp. ones that offer downpayment assistance.

I'm also looking for a real estate agent and lender that is familiar with the FHA loan process and all the programs that Georgia has to offer...

My credit score is not what you would call poor but it's not perfect either, I don't have any sizeable debt other than my car note and student loan all my credit cards are at 0 and i have nothing on my credit report in collections or late. Ive been on my job over 8 years and am being transferred to our Atlanta office. I can be reached through email almostperfect_2001@yahoo.com

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You definitely have the profile of the kind of client that I like to work with. There are several programs available Georgia dream being one among many.

I am registered with most of the down payment assistance programs administered by the different counties here. In addition, I have a lot of experience dealing with clients without perfect credit scores. : )

I utilize all the FHA programs on a regular basis and have on my team some of the very best FHA loan officers in the City.

Please contact me at your convenience I would love to work with you. Should you require references that will not be a problem, I am here to serve.



Daren Hall
REALTOR®, CREO(Certified Real Estate Owned Specialist),
HUD Selling Specialist, Short Sale Specialist
Solid Source Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 25, 2009

Give me a call right away 678-851-4463 to get you started with our Preferred Lender Partners. Together we have assisted and closed Buyers like youself as recently as last week using some of the very programs that you are inquiring about ( DPA's, GA. Dream etc.) additionally there are programs still available for credit challenged.

But first things first, lets see where your stand currently, then lets look at your time frame for relocating.

I agree with some of the information provided to you, however there are important details, guidelines and stipulations to all of these programs that you need to be informed of.

I work exclusively with Buyers of all sorts, as an Accredited Buyer Representative I will work with you directly providing extensive personal service with thorough expertise and follow through.

I look forward to working with you.

Roger Gibson
Real Estate Consultant, ABR
Solid Source Realty GA
Web Reference: http://RogerForRealty.Com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 8, 2009

Congratulations on your transfer. Atlanta is an exciting city that will provide you with a change in scenary and some different attractions to visit.

The Georgia Dream Loan has a Down Payment Assistance Program currently providing qualified home buyers with a $14,000 Down Payment Assistance. If you own the home for 5.5 years then you do not repay the $14,000. If you own the home for less than 5.5 year then a portion of the $14,000 is owed at closing. The portion is determined by how many years you owned the home. For instance, own the home for a 1.5 years and you will repay the $14,000 less 20%. Make sense?

The City of Atlanta just announced an unbelievable Down Payment Assistance program that is as much as 30% down payment assistance. That's right, 30%!

The Georgia Tax Credit is still being reviewed; however, it is a $3600 tax credit which would be credited over a few years. There is a Federal Tax Credit of $8000 for first time homebuyers who make less than $75,000.

If you purchase a HUD home and you do an FHA loan then you only need to place $100 down.

Most lenders now require a minimum credit score of 620 for FHA. Wells Fargo requires a minimum score of 600 for FHA. I have an excellent Wells Fargo lender that I would be more than happy to refer to you. Wells Fargo is an approved lender for the Georgia Dream Program... not all lenders are. My lender is currently offering a 1% Rate Buy Down for FREE.

FHA is an excellent loan program. It would be my pleasure to consult with you regarding your real estate needs. My goal is to educate my clients to create well informed home buyers. With Foreclosures and Short Sales making up a huge portion of the sales within the Atlanta area this is your opportunity at a great property for a great price. It is important that you work with an agent that is knowledgeable, experienced, and full-time. And an agent that has a personality which connects with your personality.

Would love to be of service to you!

Lorie Gould
Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners

Web Reference: http://www.HomesByLorie.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 7, 2009
I would love to assist you in your purchase of a new home here in Atlanta. There are several things you will need to discuss with your lender first and foremost. I can assist you with your search for a reputable lender who is knowledgeable about FHA programs and other programs available to you here in Atlanta. At your convenience, please contact me. I would love the opportunity to work with you.

Aleta C. Saunders
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 7, 2009

I would be happy to speak to you regarding your pending move to Atlanta. Please give me a call or email me to discuss.

Look forward to hearing from you
Jennifer Macie
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 7, 2009
You're lucky in that there are so many programs being offered for home buyers in Georgia! Beginning on April 1, 2009, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs is offering $14,000 to purchasers of foreclosed properties for down payment assistance AND repairs!!! In addition, if you purchase a HUD home with an FHA mortgage, then your required down payment is only $100....so $13,900 can go towards home repairs and renovations!!! It's a great time to purchase a home in Atlanta. I will email you one of my home buyer's package that will help explain a lot about the process here in Georgia and hopefully, we'll get to work together very soon!
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