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Home Buying in Roswell : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Feb 22, 2013
Rick Musto answered:
Unfortunately some agents are lazy...they do not put in all the info they should to give a good presentation of their listings. Some do not put in pictures or just one. The best thing you can do is find an agent that meets your requirements and let them work for you. The nice part about being a buyer is that you do not pay the agent's commission generally, the seller does. So you have the best of both worlds: someone else pays for professional services that you receive!

Good luck and let me know if you would like me to help you out...I would welcome the opportunity!

Rick Musto, Realtor
Managing Broker
Buckhead Home Realty

Serving the Atlanta & Metro Areas
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Fri Sep 27, 2013
Rodney Mason answered:
The two areas pretty much border each other. It really depends on where in Roswell to where in Marietta you are referring to. GoogleMaps or MapQuest are two good sources for your answer. ... more
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Mon Jan 21, 2013
Fred Yancy answered:
The unfinished basement could certainly be finished to include a couple of bedrooms and bath to bring your bedroom count up. Let me know if you are currently working with a realtor or if you need an realtor to assist you with the purchase of this home. I also work very closely with an architect who could assist you with the work to be done in the basement to get it finished.

Fred Yancy, Broker
Crye-Leike Realtors
(678) 799-4663
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Sat Dec 22, 2012
Michael Hammond answered:
Are you making the drive at 8 AM or 8 PM, Mom? I would figure with moderate to low heavy traffic about 75-80 minutes, but you could make it in as little as 55 minutes with no to little traffic, radar be darned. Please call, text or email if we can provide further assistance. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond
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Fri Aug 1, 2014
Bruce Ailion answered:
Commuting at 6:30 is certainly less conjested than during 7:00-9:00. Atlanta is not known for easy Commuting at 6:30 is certainly less congested than during 7:00-9:00. Atlanta is not known for easy east-west commuting ease. The average commute is 43-48 minutes so an estimate of 40 minutes is not outrageous. Personally I would prefer Roswell to Lawrenceville but there are attractive choices in Lawrenceville that would cut your commute to 15-20 minutes. This may not be your lifelong job, and may not be your lifelong residence. In that context, the question is are you willing to temporarily make an average commute?

Bruce Ailion,
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
An Atlanta Real Estate Expert Serving Clients Since 1979
RE/MAX Hall of Fame – REALTOR Phoenix Award
Certified Residential Specialist
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2050 Roswell Road
Marietta GA 30062
404-978-2281 Direct
404-386-3682 Assistant Robin
678-760-6266 Buyer’s Agent Adam
770-973-9700 Office
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Sun Apr 28, 2013
Rodney Mason answered:
Real estate agents are not allowed to comment on whether or not a neighborhood is good or bad. That is research that you would need to do on your own. There are a Federal Fair Housing Laws that prohibit that from happening. It is up to the individual to make their own determination about a specific area. Should a real estate agent comment on such a thing, it could be steering which is a prohibited act.

Determining how good or bad a school is, or how crime is, or anything else similar needs to be researched on your own.

Some websites to try include:
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Thu Sep 6, 2012
Michael Hammond answered:
Termites are a problem in all of Georgia, Waswarum, and most likely all of the southern half of the US. Excluding homes with "wood exterior walls" is no solution since your interior walls and the studs in between are also targets. The key is to monitor, or have a pro monitor your house and have at least an annual inspection. Please call, text or email if we may help further. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond
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Tue Aug 14, 2012
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Wed May 30, 2012
Don Tepper answered:
Would I? Yes.

However, you might want to contact a Realtor and make the offer that way.

Besides, the way you posed the question really invites a higher counter-offer.
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Thu Jul 17, 2014
Rick Musto answered:
Hi John - when you say maintenance free are you looking for a condo or perhaps a detached home in a 55+ community? If you want to send me an email or perhaps give me a call I can discuss all the options with you in the Roswell/Alpharetta area based on your wish list.

Rick Musto
Managing Broker
Buckhead Home Realty
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Sat May 5, 2012
Fred Yancy answered:
REO means literally Real Estate Owned - which in turn means that it is owned by the bank or mortgage company.

If you need a realtor, please consider me when you move to the area. Feel free to review available properties on my website as well as learn about the area by clicking the "local community" tab on my website. ... more
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Fri Apr 13, 2012
Fred Yancy answered:
Dan: You could conceivably close on a house in 30 days once you find one you like if the property is not a short sale or one that requires a reno-loan. Likewise, once you have a good offer on your home in Illinois, you could close in 30 days. I would begin looking now to find the home you would like to move to when you transfer.

Roswell is a great area to move to. Feel free to review homes for sale in your price range in the Roswell area on my website (link below). You can also research the area and what it has to offer by clicking on the "community" tab on my website as well. There is a lot of valuable information about the area under that tab.

Let me know if I can assist you in your relocation plans.
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Sat May 5, 2012
Shervon Hogsett answered:
Your offer should be based on comparable sales in the area and what you and your realtor think is fair considering the condition and demand of the property. You have come to this website to seek answers a realtor can provide. I am a realtor. Let me help you. You don't have to go it alone. ... more
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Tue Feb 7, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
You should have something with information about the Escrow; the Title Company, the Escrow Officer, etc.
Contact the Escrow Officer, I would recommend going in as opposed to a phone call.
The Title Company is working for you.
They will tell you the status, the Closing Date, give you a copy of the HUD1 (if you don't already have one).

Good luck and may God bless
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Thu Jul 17, 2014
Robert Robbins answered:
Just Mark,

Unfortunately, as you can see no one has answered your question, mainly because nothing out here exists for what you are asking.

However, I do have another suggestion. Home Renovation

I have a rare loan that allows you to do up to 50% of the Final Renovated Estimate in improvements to the home. This would allow you to increase the size of your home as needed.

Now I have no idea what size your home is but I work with 4 different Renovation Companies (one was even featured on Atlanta's "Flip This House" a few years ago) That could easily increase your houses Foot Print say taking the average 2600 sq ft Roswell 3 bed 2.5 bath home add 400-800 sq ft more and make the home a new 5bed 4.5bath home. If you compare average home sales with the increases you'll get the idea

Do yourself a favor, take you homes current Sq Ft. add 1st 400 sq ft with 1 extra bed and a bath
Then do another search with 800 Sq Ft. and 2 extra beds and a bath. You may see that by staying put you might actually increase your properties value to where you have instant equity. Not to mention a happy wife and family who don't have to move and still get all the new home bells and whistles.

I'd be happy to discuss some options with you and also put you in touch with construction companies that can deliver your dream home.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Rob Robbins
Senior Mortgage Consultant
Cornerstone Mortgage Group
6151 Powers Ferry Road NW
Suite 610 Atlanta GA 30339
Office 678-578-7613
Cell 404-932-5353
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Mon Nov 26, 2012
Margie Casey answered:
Dear Delong,

Lennar Homes is an award winning home builder in Atlanta so here's a great place to start

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Thu Jan 5, 2017
Rachel Dammann answered:
You can submit and amend/extend to the contract. However, it is up to the seller if they are willing to agree to the extension. I don't think you should ask for an extension on your due diligence period, rather an extension on you loan conditions. ... more
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Wed May 30, 2012
Rodney Mason answered:
For many sellers, it will just take the time of their property being listed for sale with no offers.

Rodney Mason, NMLS #151088
Sr Loan Officer
Prospect Mortgage
825 Junper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404) 591-2453
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Sat May 5, 2012
Darrell Hess answered:
When you say less than two are you saying more than one and a half? I might have a loan that will work if so.
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Mon Apr 18, 2011
Mark Carter answered:
As we all know Homes come in every size, condition and layout. When a home has a unique feature or what some may consider a limitation, you have to consider how it will effect your enjoyment or use of the home. If you do not see it as an issue then it is not an issue to you. Some realtors will advise that you will lose value when it comes time to resell. This may be correct. You will get less dollars for the home because of the unique layout. However, you should also be paying less at purchase time, so it becomes a wash.

It sounds like everything else about the home suits your needs and remember that we rarely find a home that fits 100% Good luck with your search.
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