I am a teacher in Dekalb county and first time home buyer. I am looking for a home on the northside of town but can only afford around 140k.

Asked by ms.dbohannon, Decatur, GA Mon Mar 10, 2014

I have been hearing about the Next Door Neighbor program but I want to know what other programs I qualify for? What agents are willing to work with a teacher

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Marcos Zambr…, , Alpharetta, GA
Wed Mar 12, 2014
Ms. Bohannon,

The first step would be to speak with a knowledgeable loan officer who can see exactly what your financial situation is and make a recommendation on loan programs that can suit you best. The Next Door Neighbor program is a good program by HUD but inventory is low nowadays in Atlanta. You may qualify for a loan with better terms than those offered by the NDN program or the GA dream program.

We can discuss your situation, plans and objectives so we can see what you would qualify best for. You can give me a call at 404-786-0739 or email me at mzambrano@afncorp.com. I also work with a team of realtors and based on your needs, I can refer you to a Real Estate Professional who can help you with your home search.


Marcos Zambrano
Sr. Mortgage Consultant
American Financial Network, INC.
P. 404-786-0739
blog: http://www.mortgagephd.blogspot.com
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Johnswebsign…, Home Buyer, Dallas, TX
Wed Mar 12, 2014
Its very simple. Go to teacherhomebuyer.com. they are knowledgeable about every grant available to teachers. Good neighbor next door program is ok but the selection is limited.
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Thank you very much I will check here.
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Cottell Coop…, Agent, Duluth, GA
Tue Mar 11, 2014
The first step is to discuss your options with a good loan officer who works with programs like the state and county programs for first time home buyers. I constantly search the Neighbor Next Door program because I have other interested teachers I work with. The inventory is low in Metro Atlanta area. When something becomes available you should be prepared to bid immediately. My office has the best solution and team for your needs. My office has a loan officer, title / closing, and insurance service in one building. We provide a one stop purchase for our clients with less hassle and run around. Find out why my office is one of the best. Lets view some homes in the area you would like to purchase so you can get a feel of the market before making a decision.

Visit my link for more information.

Cottell Cooper, M.S.
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
Direct: 678-886-2111
Office: 404.843.2500
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Lorraine C C…, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Tue Mar 11, 2014
We are familiar with all of the teacher programs and there are a few homes in the 140 price point but they are fewer and fewer to choose from. Give us a call Buyer Broker certified, HUD certified 678-530-0408
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Jerry Jenkins, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Good morning Ms Bohannon

Im sure you know by now that the Next Door program is a great program but homes are few and far between. But you still can get a home. Call me 770-912-5148 or text. jerry.jenkins124@gmail.com
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B J Webb, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Thank you for your service as an educator, we appreciate the work you do with our children. Congratulations on starting the home buying the process, many of the previous respondents have given good links and information regarding the programs and down payment plans that are available to you. I have a selection of loan officers who are very knowledgeable and competent and can help you with all of the options that are appropriate to your circumstances. As an experienced Realtor I can help you find a wonderful home and also help you navigate the home buying process and protect your best interests.

Associate Broker
Harry Norman, Realtors

Cell: 770 377 1319 Direct: 404 364 8925 Fax: 404 497 5833

Click here to visit http://www.TheAtlantaDream.com
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Erica Gay, , Atlanta, GA
Tue Mar 11, 2014

My name is Erica with Drake Realty and I'd love to work with you. The HUD neighbor next door is a great program and I work with HUD quite a bit. Please give me a call to discuss this program and any other you may qualiy for.

Thanks a Million!
Erica ‘realestateready’ Gay
Helping You Find Your New Keys
Find me on Facebook at Real Estate Ready or LinkedIn under Erica Gay
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Laurence Del…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Alphretta, GA
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Gwinnett County has the Gwinnett Home stretch which gives you $7,500.00. Dagmar Sands with Real Estate international was just looking for a mutual client for this program, so she should have a good list of homes that will qualify. Dagmar can be reached at 404.313.2456.
Web Reference:  http://www.loansbylarry.com
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Rodney Mason, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Atlanta, GA
Tue Mar 11, 2014
HUD typically has VERY few homes ever availble under the Good Neighbor Next Door program. You may end up having to go a different route depending on when and where you are looking to purchase. HUD also requires that you purchase within the same area served by your employer.

In GA, the Georgia Dream Program provides down payment assistance throughout the state. There are annual household income limitations along with maximum sales prices that will both vary by county.

The typical assistance amount provided is $5,000. The PEN program allows for $7,500 in assistance. PEN is available to anyone working in Public Safety, Education (accredited only), or Healthcare. The CHOICE Loan provides borrowers with disabilities, or those who have a disabled dependent as a household member with $7,500 in assistance.

The down payment assistance amount is ALWAYS repayable whenever the home is no longer your primary residence or when the home is sold.

Getting Pre-Qualified prior to beginning the home search is critical. To do this, you would need to submit a Pre-Qualification request along with your financial documentation.

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 options. To get Pre-Qualified for your purchase, you can submit your request online at http://www.rodneymason.com to get started.

Rodney Mason, NMLS #151088
Sr Loan Officer
Prospect Mortgage
825 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404) 591-2453
Apply Online at http://www.rodneymason.com
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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Great information Rodney! You taught me a few facts I did not know!
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Jaquillia Jo…, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Honestly the Neighbor Next Door is the perfect program for you, half off a home is unheard of just for your service! There is also DeKalb County down payment assistance that gives you $7500 and lastly the Georgia Dream which is unforgivable, you would be well than taken care of. I was on a HUD team and live and worked in DeKalb for several years so I can swiftly get you in a home and ready for a housewarming by summer. Call me for concierge service.

Jaquillia Jones-Garrott

Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Perimeter
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Atlanta, GA 30346

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Kaylane Pete…, Agent, Lithonia, GA
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Hello Ms.
Congrats on taking steps to become a first time home buyer this is such an exciting time for you. I would be happy to assist you in every way possible
Give me call lets discuss the next steps for you to take

Kaylane Peters
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
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I will thank you
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Solomon Gree…, Agent, Snellville, GA
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Hello Ms. Bohannon,

The Federal Down Payment Assistance Community Partners Program

( http://www.atlantadownpaymentassistance.com/p/federal-down-p… )

and the State of Georgia Down Payment Assistance PEN Program

( http://www.atlantadownpaymentassistance.com/p/state-of-georg… )

both offer interest and monthly payment-free loans to help first-time home buyers come up with the down payment and closing costs. At $7,500, the loans offered are higher for protectors, educators and those in healthcare and to those in other disciplines. Please also know that credit and income restrictions apply.

Not all lenders participate in these programs (including many who will reply here), so I'd welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your specific needs and get the right list of participating lenders to you.

Will you please call me at (678) 775-2677?

Solomon Greene
Georgia Real Estate Brokers Associate
REALTOR®, Certified Affordable Housing Counselor
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
(678) 775-2677
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Ok thank you for explaining other options as well because I really dont know where to start. I have already went to a loan officer to get our credit score and now I am just trying to see where to start from there. I will give you a call tomorrow
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Kirsten Well…, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Mon Mar 10, 2014

I would be happy to work with you. I am familiar with the good neighbor next door grant for teachers, as well as some other programs that may interest you. While that program is a good one, it does require extra work in the loan process. I work all over North Atlanta, and have been doing so for over 10 years.

Please contact me, so we can get you started finding out which program will best meet your needs.

Kirsten Wellborn
Garrett Realty, LLC
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