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Sat Oct 20, 2012
Elizabeth Walton answered:
Repeating previous reply, might be a duplicate ...

Hello Jeffhenson65, thank you for your inquiry about a home purchase! Congrats on your decision
to buy! Your questions are valid, other thoughts might relate to traffic/commute, how important are schools if any at all? You may get more value for your money if you are out a bit from metro Atlanta
but you have a number of choices.

I have lived and worked in the Vinings/Buckhead areas for 16+ years and really love it! Additionally,
I am a Buyer's Agent and would welcome the opportunity to help you in your search for a home if you are not already under contract with another agent? With just a few questions, we can get you started in the right direction. I am showing homes later today in Marietta and Vinings and this afternoon in Alpharetta., likely possible areas of interest for you yes?

Have you spoken yet with a lender?

My contact information is below. Please feel free to email/text or phone me anytime.

I look forward to your reply and to assisting you.

Sincerely

Elizabeth 'Beppy' Walton, Realtor
ASP, CFIS, DPP
Keller Williams
C/404 234 9418
beppyswalton@gmail.com
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Fri Jan 18, 2013
Matthew Mahaffey answered:
Sally,

I do believe that people are waiting, but they are not going to be open about it. This election effects so many aspects of the economy and in turn, real estate. People just want more solid answers prior to making a big decision. ... more
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Thu Oct 18, 2012
Ray Gaudet answered:
In my area, certain bank owned properties require that you get a pre approval letter from them to insure your credit worthiness is up to their standards. However, you have no obligation to use any particular lender.
I have also seen some builders specify that a property has a certain price/terms with a certain lender, because they have partnered on the properties financing.
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Wed Oct 17, 2012
Darrell Hess answered:
I get a call like that every other day.

My honest opinion with the current market we are facing is anything listed and available is a deal. It's all about timing and what we are about to encounter with current inventory levels. Fulton is showing a 4.8 months supply of homes for sale as is some of the northern surrounding counties. Cobb is dipping below 4.0. Anything left in that price range currently is either locked up on some REO tape being sold as a package or needs so much rehab you might as well buy new. That said, there is always that one that is out there that could return 15% or higher quickly, but the fact is hundreds are trying to get in on this action. ... more
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Sun Oct 21, 2012
Matthew Mahaffey answered:
Yes! Do to gas prices and Atlanta's reputation of having a long and often time migraine-causing commute, many folks are choosing to move closer to the city. There are several types of dwellings for everyone's preferences. Downtown and the neighborhoods surrounding are some of the many places I love to show off to people new to the city life. There is more to it than just concrete and austere facades like most would think!

Matthew Mahaffey
Prudential Georgia Realty
(770)630-0627
Matt.mahaffey@prudentialgeorgia.com
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Tue Oct 16, 2012
Elizabeth Walton answered:
Hello Arthur, thank you for your inquiry about the Lenox Heights listings. The 1st one (3116) is priced at $69,100 and shows status as Pending in the realtor listing service FMLS. The 2nd one (4108) is the same floor plan (2 bedroom/2 bath) and is listed at $120,000. Are you interested in either? I am a buyer's agent and would welcome the opportunity to help you in your search for a home if you are not already under contract with another agent?

My contact information is below. Please feel free to email/text or phone me anytime.

I look forward to your reply and to assisting you.

Sincerely

Elizabeth 'Beppy' Walton, Realtor
ASP, CFIS, DPP
Keller Williams
C/404 234 9418
beppyswalton@gmail.com
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Wed Jul 17, 2013
Lee Taylor answered:
Pathways and methods...

I suggest that you interview agents who have expertise in the area that you seek to buy in and with the type of property that you seek to buy.

You must hire an agent in order to take the next steps that follow the all important first step...

Before you explore any pathways and methods, please take the first step of prequalifying with a competent, local mortgage lender.
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Mon Oct 8, 2012
Elizabeth Walton answered:
Hello trbATL, thank you for your inquiry. I am interested ...

My contact information is below. Please feel free to email/text or phone me.

Elizabeth 'Beppy' Walton, Realtor
ASP, CFIS, DPP
Keller Williams
C/404 234 9418
beppyswalton@gmail.com
www.beppyshomes.com
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Thu Oct 25, 2012
Jeffrey K. Claeson answered:
Hello limitedtrack. I will be more than happy to help you. Please feel free to contact me at 678-773-0906 or via email at jeff.claeson@metrobrokers.com. This way we can discuss in more detail your wants and needs and what is important to you. I look forward to working with you.

Jeff
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Wed Jul 23, 2014
Lee Taylor answered:
I've heard of Louisiana Pacific siding lawsuits, and also lawsuits with a product called Masonite.

Cost is relative.

Yes, I've got experience.

Yes, there are mold, moisture and dimensional stability issues... ... more
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Mon Mar 11, 2013
Michael Hammond answered:
No one except yourself, vicbeh, unless you engage an Agent/Broker to negotiate on your behalf. The good news is, this service is essentially free to you. Please call, text or email if we can provide further assistance. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond
SellsRealty@gmail.com
404-538-5499

http://www.georgiamls.com/agentsite/index.cfm?SiteID=HAMMONDJOHNM

http://www.chapmanhallprofessionals.com

http://www.SellsRealty.org

http://www.city-data.com/
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Tue Mar 19, 2013
Lee Taylor answered:
What does your real estate agent suggest?

Is the property on a septic system or public sewer?

I believe you know the answer to your question...
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Mon Mar 10, 2014
Brian White answered:
That is a question for your lender. There are lots of factors which contribute to your being able to qualify or not. Such as amount of reserves you have, amount of your current payment, what your plans are for the first home. Sit down with your lender and explore your options. ... more
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Tue Oct 9, 2012
Andrew Gilbert answered:
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Andrew Gilbert, Agent, Atlanta, GA Grant Park is a lovely, historic park of Atlanta, not to mention the great park itself, Zoo Atlanta, historic Oakland Cemetary, proximity to Downtown, good restaurants, etc. Keep in mind that all homes built before 1978 have the likelihood of lead-based paint and lead in the pipes. If this concerns you you may want to look for a newer home in a newer area or just install extra filtration systems for your drinking water in the home. Many people live with these risks, which are manageable as long as you are educated about the risks and how to minimize them. Please let me know if I can help you with any information or answer any questions. Thank you and all the best to you in your home search! ... more
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Fri Mar 22, 2013
Fred Yancy answered:
What You Can Do to Improve Your Credit Score

Credit scores, along with your overall income and debt, are big factors in determining whether you’ll qualify for a loan and what your loan terms will be. So, keep your credit score high by doing the following:
1.Check for and correct any errors in your credit report. Mistakes happen, and you could be paying for someone else’s poor financial management.

2.Pay down credit card bills. If possible, pay off the entire balance every month. Transferring credit card debt from one card to another could lower your score.

3.Don’t charge your credit cards to the maximum limit.

4.Wait 12 months after credit difficulties to apply for a mortgage. You’re penalized less for problems after a year.

5.Don’t order items for your new home on credit — such as appliances and furniture — until after the loan is approved. The amounts will add to your debt.

6.Don’t open new credit card accounts before applying for a mortgage. Too much available credit can lower your score.

7.Shop for mortgage rates all at once. Too many credit applications can lower your score, but multiple inquiries from the same type of lender are counted as one inquiry if submitted over a short period of time.

8.Avoid finance companies. Even if you pay the loan on time, the interest is high and it will probably be considered a sign of poor credit management.


Fred Yancy, Broker
Crye-Leike Realtors
(678) 799-4663
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Sat Oct 6, 2012
Kristle Breland answered:
Contact Jeff Adams with Starkey Mortgage - jeadams@starkeymtg.com
Website: JeffAdamsTeam.com

Tell him Kristle Breland from Keller Williams First Atlanta gave you his information. He will be glad to assist you in this situation and answer any questions he can. ... more
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Sun Oct 7, 2012
Brian Maguire answered:
The bulk of my client base has been the GLBT community since I got licensed in 1999. Would love the opportunity to chat about your needs for a rental or future purchase.

Brian Maguire
Park Mason Brokers
404-808-3003
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Thu Mar 7, 2013
Hank Miller answered:
You are seeing the same cycle that has been in place for years...right now we're seeing large investors driving prices -

http://hankmillerteam.com/2012/09/11/investors-pushing-up-home-prices-in-atlanta/

We're also watching Washington manipulate the market by holding down rates, printing money like there's no tomorrow and having the amount of foreclosure inventory held back.

http://hankmillerteam.com/2012/10/02/genuine-housing-recovery-or-washington-hijinx/

It comes down to buying with your eyes open - East Point is just one of many areas in Atlanta where prices are all over the place - and don't discount fraud and speculation as that's alive and well.....

Be careful
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Tue Oct 9, 2012
Ava Anderson answered:
Hi Pamela,

In my experience lenders do have preferred contractors etc, that they use. I have seen this loans close in 60-90 days. Many local lenders do provide this type of loan. Let me know if I can assist you with any assistance.

Ava Anderson
Solid Source Realty Inc.
Associate Broker
770 369-5121
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