If you are looking at homes built in the 80's and 90's you'll want to be aware of whether or not the house has LP Siding and/or Polybutelene Pipes. Both items are part of class action lawsuits worth millions of dollars. Be sure to speak with your Realtor about these items as anything is fixable, but you need to be informed of costs and opportunities to delay those costs. Also, keep in mind, some of the best houses and some of the best builders used these two building materials, so it's common and fixable and shouldn't deter you from finding a new home.
I live in Alpharetta and specialize in selling North Fulton County properties. I would love to help you when you are ready for your home search. Not all of the neighborhoods that were built in the late 80's/early 90's have issues with the plumbing and siding. Many of the owners of those homes have also replaced plumbing with copper or PVC pipes and siding with vinyl or cement siding.
It is very important that you contact a very competent real estate professional to help you with your search. I would love to be that professional consultant for you.
Diana McBride-RE/MAX Unlimited
In Georgia it actually costs a buyer nothing to have someone represent them! It is always a good idea to have a Realtor who can guide you through the home finding and purchasing process. While the sellers disclosure is good, it is not always 100% reliable. This is why we always recommend a home purchaser have a home inspection by a qualified inspector. We have a list of very good home inspectors we provide when it is time to have a home inspection. Also, be sure you purchase the home in the proper way and allow enough time to get the inspection and either get out of the contract or ask for certain defective items be repaired/replaced.
Our family has lived in Metro Atlanta for over 120 years and know much about the area! We enjoy working with both home sellers and home buyers and actually both brokers. Be sure your realtor is also a member of the National Association of Realtors. We are Members of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, Georgia Assoication of Realtors and the National Board of Realtors! We are also Life Members of the Million Dollar Club! Be sure your agent is a REALTOR! We sold and/or leased 100% of our 2007 listings and were Top Ten in Sales Volume 2007 for RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Roswell office!
Let us know if we can help!
Steven & Tascha Katz
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
I agree that you need a Realtor you feel comfortable with to help with the home buying process. Melissa is correct about the plumbing issues with the houses built in this time frame. Most of the houses have had their piping replaced, but it is something to be aware of. A person that has listed their home with a Realtor will fill out what is called a "Sellers Disclosure". If the house does have the piping issues it should be listed in the disclosure. By law sellers are suppose to inform the public about certain defects a home may have. If you have any more questions I would be more than happy to help you. My email is: