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Wed Apr 6, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
I'm fairly certain you can't just ask for a refund for a bad appraisal. That's why you do an appraisal. To find out if the property is actually worth the sales price you're under contract for. Buying a home costs money up front. There's the inspection, appraisal, etc. And sometimes you have to go through that several times if the first place doesn't work out. ... more
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Thu Sep 24, 2015
John Morris answered:
many websites limit the number of characters you can use in the informational box and they always don't show up. if you would like to send me your address or link to the listing I may be able to give you some tips as to how it should look.

if you want to get a fell for home values and see how your home shapes up in price to where it is listed, your welcome to go to my website and enter your address on my Home Values page at no registration and no e-mail needed.

Good Luck with your stuff and let me know if I can help
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Wed Mar 26, 2014
Netdragon answered:
Yeah, 4br with basement brand new for $350k is tough. I saw one in Woodbridge but you already said you weren't a fan of that.

Around market village in Smyrna, there's individual homes built all the time as tear-downs, so look around. For instance, some are being built right now off of Fleming Street, and some David Weekley homes are coming right there as well but I don't know if they will be built in time for you.

Since they are being done house-by-house in that area, aside from David Weekley, I would first drive around areas between Market Village and Ridge Rd such as Forest Hills and Smyrna Heights or off Spring Street right outside of market village across the tracks and take note of any builders putting things up and contact them. I'd also talk to city council members and get connected to builders, and look at the agenda of city council meetings for the last few months to learn about local builders to get in touch with since there's rezonings being approved every meeting

If you're just looking for new-ish, and not a warranty, you may want to consider looking at homes built in the last 10-15 years as well since there's a lot of them (Vinings Estates, Woodland Brooke, etc). You may be able to get a 4br and even after a few do-it-yourself updates like granite countertops still top out around $350k, especially if you have cash and can do a foreclosure.
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Sun Mar 16, 2014
Kirsten Wellborn answered:
Hi Auguste,

In our current market in metro Atlanta, it is extremely unlikely you will do well with a rent to own. If someone wants to sell their home for a good price, they will in all certainty Just.sell it. Homes ate going fast!

I work with a variety of lenders that specialize in programs like first time homebuyer grants, second chance bankruptcy/foreclosure As.well as others.

Contact me if I can help!

Kirsten Wellborn
Garrett Realty
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Wed Nov 13, 2013
Ann.pastor.long answered:
My house is 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, 30 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from Dunwoody:

Very solid brick ranch with basement--9 foot long workbench on unfinished part with a boat door. Finished part has Owen's Corning walls. It is across the street from a lake that has an optional club. Just finished two bathroom renovations. It is a corner lot, .67 of an acre with azealas, gardinias, two pecan trees in the back, oak trees, hydrangas, dogwood trees. The basement is 1500 sq ft. (considered unfinished space but half is finished with the Owens Corning walls). 3 bedroom, 2 bath. If your client is working in the Atlanta area, this is a great place to be, as the commute is so much easier from here. The Silver Comet Rail Trail is 1 mile from the house, within walking distance. New roof put on by Findlay Roofing in 2010, new arbor on porch. AC/Heat in 2007. Triple insulated attic. Unicorporated Cobb County--no City of Smyrna taxes!! (It's 38% less). Wonderful neighbors and neighborhood. Floor to ceiling pantry room added to kitchen with pull out drawers in cabinets. Good luck with your search! ... more
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Wed Nov 6, 2013
Rodney Mason answered:
That is definitely a question for your Loan Officer. Only they can give you an accurate answer. Unreimbursed Business expenses are definitely reduced from your earned income.

Not having seen your request, no one can answer as to whether or not that will be an issue for you. Some Loan Officers either just do not or do not know how to review tax returns. A Pre-Qualifcation should never be issued without a review of those items.

If you are looking to purchase a property, working with a knowledgeable and seasoned loan officer is critical in today's market. Getting Pre-Qualified is the only way for you to find out your mortgage options. To get Pre-Qualified for your purchase, you can submit your request online at to get started.

Rodney Mason, NMLS #151088
Sr Loan Officer
Prospect Mortgage
825 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404) 591-2453
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Licensed in Alabama & Georgia with over a decade of mortgage lending experience.

Prospect Mortgage offers a full selection of mortgage programs including:
Conventional | FHA | FHA 580-639 FICO | FHA 203(k) Renovation (Streamline & Consultant) | HomePath® | HomePath® Renovation | HomeStyle® Renovation | VA | USDA | GA Dream | Jumbo Financing.
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Mon Aug 26, 2013
Karen Peyton answered:
Yay! That's terrific! People doing the right thing renews our faith in humanity!
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Sat May 19, 2012
Carl Ben Witzig answered:
In my opinion, Rodney Mason here, gives the best answer. I will use it from now on. Carl
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Sat Dec 17, 2011
Mike Price answered:

I would get a licensed structural engineer to consult with on this particular situation. It is going to cost you somewhere between $300-$500 for starters to get one out there but it is a small price to pay up front to ensure that you know what you are getting into and could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Mike Price
Keller Williams
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Sun Oct 10, 2010
davidwbrower answered:
there are currently 7 four bedroom rentals $1600 or less in 30082. As far as to purchase for less than $1,600/mo that would be determined by the loan amount for which you can qualify. Have you spoken to a lender? May I recommend one that you can speak with and see if you could obtain a loan? It is the absolute best time to buy if you can.

David Brower, Managing Broker
Crye-Leike Realtors
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Wed Jul 1, 2009
Katina Wright answered:
Greetings Kathy,
I believe the only opinions that will be of value to you are those of the neighbors! Who better knows what the community is like than someone who lives it. I would try to find an old lady and ask her what she thinks...I promise you she will tell you EVERYTHING.

Hank is right regarding the price and what should be going on if you have an agent. You can research the propery values in the area yourself. Just logon to and that should give you some insight regarding property values in the area.

"Seeming Quiet" in the middle of the day is easy. Be sure to take a look at the community Friday and Saturday Nights!

Good luck and if you need any assistance contact us at
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Wed Apr 9, 2008
Paul Webster answered:
Don. You live here in Smyrna and I have run accross some of your stuff in Highlands View. For me as I live in Smyrna and market it I think we will be fine this year. I am seeing FSBOs that I have been working with for several months ready to list, so we will get some more inventory in. The townhome market I think wil be dead as well as condo and they will continue to decline in value. With the new shopping and restaraunts coming in we are now turning into really the Vogue place to be. traffic is still great adn location is and will allways be super. ... more
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