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Moving in Decatur : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Apr 9, 2014
VALERIEHEIGHT answered:
CONTACT DANIEL COX AT PROMOVE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON AVAILABLE APARTMENT NEAR THE CDC LOCATION...THIS IS A FREE SERVICE AND DANIEL COX WAS AN AWESOME HELP TO ME BY PROVIDING EXTENSIVE RENTAL PROFILES ON A NUMBER OF PROPERTIES . JUST GO TO PROMOVE.COM ... more
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Sat Mar 22, 2014
Cjpayne502 answered:
The main floor of my Victorian will be available for rent beginning May 1st; it is a 3 bedroom/ 2 1/2 Ba. It is not in that Zipcode, but not a bad commute. The house is in Grant Park and, depending on the ages of your children (you said "family") the schools are plentiful here for the little ones. We are in Grant Park, (facing the Park) which puts us in the city of Atlanta, in Fulton County. Zoo Atlanta can be walked to from here! As with many cities, you have square footage to consider, as well as age and structural choices: We have many Townhomes and Condos springing up everywhere as well as Apartments both in older homes and some newer builds. Then there are the free-standing homes: they come are all varieties of age and style (sometimes even within the same block!) There are the Georgian/Victorian style from the 1900's+ (mine is 1911); they are charming and have that old-world style and ambiance, but if you want all new gourmet kitchens and tray ceilings with large Masters you are going to pay for a renovated house such as that. There as loads of Brick Ranch houses at great prices (plentiful in Decatur right now) most for sale, but some for rent. The further away from the cities, the more land and 'country' you will find. Living in the Emory area could be pricier than some other places because it is a coveted commute to the Hospital, Clinics, the VA, and the CDC. If cost is not going to hinder your decision then Google Search for best schools according to the ages of your children. Virginia Highlands is lovely as well as Morningside. I hope this has been some help. ... more
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Sat Mar 22, 2014
Cjpayne502 answered:
The main floor of my Victorian will be available for rent beginning May 1st; it is a 3 bedroom/ 2 1/2 Ba. It is not in that Zipcode, but not a bad commute. The house is in Grant Park and, depending on the ages of your children (you said "family") the schools are plentiful here for the little ones. We are in Grant Park, (facing the Park) which puts us in the city of Atlanta, in Fulton County. Zoo Atlanta can be walked to from here! As with many cities, you have square footage to consider, as well as age and structural choices: We have many Townhomes and Condos springing up everywhere as well as Apartments both in older homes and some newer builds. Then there are the free-standing homes: they come are all varieties of age and style (sometimes even within the same block!) There are the Georgian/Victorian style from the 1900's+ (mine is 1911); they are charming and have that old-world style and ambiance, but if you want all new gourmet kitchens and tray ceilings with large Masters you are going to pay for a renovated house such as that. There as loads of Brick Ranch houses at great prices (plentiful in Decatur right now) most for sale, but some for rent. The further away from the cities, the more land and 'country' you will find. Living in the Emory area could be pricier than some other places because it is a coveted commute to the Hospital, Clinics, the VA, and the CDC. If cost is not going to hinder your decision then Google Search for best schools according to the ages of your children. Virginia Highlands is lovely as well as Morningside. I hope this has been some help. ... more
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Thu Feb 6, 2014
Laura Lowry answered:
Hi Shantel,

Jody gave you some sound advice. I would add to that, budget. The downtown City of Decatur area, which is truly walkable, will get you less house for your money. Location, Location, Location. The City of Decatur has a wonderful school rating and small town community feel with a great little walkable city with some wonderful shops and fantastic restaurants. Fayetteville and Fairburn will get you more house for your money. They are much further to downtown Atlanta when considering a commute (Atlanta has traffic-and I say this as a former New Yorker) and more suburban. Fayetteville also has some great schools.
So, to reiterate what Jody has said, you really need to know your must haves. Number one will always be budget and then you go from there.
I would love to answer any other questions you may have. I too made the move to Atlanta and I completely understand what it is like to move from one state to another. I can tell you that Atlanta is a wonderful city and we have been very happy here. If you'd like to contact me I can be reached at 404-403-6505-Laura Lowry/Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta
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Sun Jul 8, 2012
Olga answered:
Shelia, not necessarily. There are programs that will allow you, legally, to acquire homes and it is not based on your credit score. Please call me so we can discuss this. (678) 925-1216 ... more
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Wed Jun 20, 2012
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If you are referring to collection accounts paying them off in full will raise your score quickly, initially it may cause your scores to decline but in about a month they will start to increase.

If you are talking about collections start with the smallest ones and out of those the ones that are reporting most frequently. A $20 collection that is updating every month will cost more points than a $1,000 one that hasn’t updated in 2 years.

Get something in writing from the creditor stating how much is required to pay it in full and also that they will report it to the credit bureau once it is paid. Then send your check with a copy of the letter, keeping the original letter for your file.

If you are talking about late payments on revolving accounts paying them off in full may actually hurt your scores if the account has a long history. Hope this helps, good luck,

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
JSimms@cmcloans.com
Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time
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Tue Jun 19, 2012
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Paying off delinquent debt is the first step. That unto itself will not make your credit score jump though. The fact that the bad debt was ever there will stick with you for at least 7-10 years. The more time that elapses since the debt was last reported as late, the better. That will help gradually increase your credit score.

GEnerally, you should have 2-3 trade line with current ongoing activity and no late late payments/derogatory items in the last 12-24 months.

Regards,
Rodney Mason, NMLS #151088
Sr Loan Officer
Prospect Mortgage
825 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404) 591-2453
rodney.mason@prospectmtg.com
Apply Online at http://www.rodneymason.com
Licensed in Alabama & Georgia

Prospect Mortgage offers a full selection of mortgage programs including:
Conventional | FHA | FHA 580-639 FICO | FHA 203K Renovation (Streamline & Consultant) | HomePath® | HomePath® Renovation | HomeStyle® Renovation | VA | USDA | GA Dream | Jumbo Financing
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Thu Jul 8, 2010
Chris Carroll answered:
There are some apartments near the intersection of Briarcliff Road and Clairmont Road that might be in the right price range. Look in the older complexes, not the ones built in the last decade. It's going to be a bit challenging. A small home in the Medlock area might also work -- certainly it will be a one bath home. ... more
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