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WEST END tour of HOMES (ATLANTA)

Posted by atlanta mortgage specialist on May 7, 2008

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to attend the West End Tour of Homes in the historic West End neighborhood, in southwest Atlanta.  West End was once a thriving are that had gone downhill in recent years. It was plagued drugs and crime.  Many of the beautiful homes were left vacant and in need of much repair. This was also a hot area for Mortgage fraud. Slowly, but surely this area is being revived and will soon become one of the HOTTEST intown neighborhoods to move into. The residents of this community are determined to return West End to its GLORY DAYS.  During the tour of homes I saw 12 fabulous resdiences, that totally blew my mind. Most of the homes on the tour were Craftsman or Victorian Bungalows. Each owner has transfered their home into wonderful treasure. Many of the homes were decorated with Art.  I loved the beautiful hardwood floors and the bold and vibrant colors of the walls. I can truly appreciate the value of an older home. With older homes you have the flexibility to be creative in terms of remodeling. Most of these homes were built 100 years ago or longer and withstood the test of time. With a little TLC I know these homes can withstand another 100 years.  I can’t wait till next year’s tour!!!!!!!

 

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10 Steps to Home Ownership

Posted by atlanta mortgage specialist on December 12, 2007

10 Steps to Homeownership

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<Knowledge and experience are the keys to successful real estate transactions. REALTOR.com® contains an enormous amount of valuable information, and such data — combined with the expertise, experience and training of local REALTORS® — can be the essential keys to your success.

One of the keys to making the homebuying process easier and more understandable is planning. In doing so, you’ll be able to anticipate requests from lenders, lawyers and a host of other professionals. Furthermore, planning will help you discover valuable shortcuts in the homebuying process.

Do You Know What You Want?
Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or entering the marketplace as a repeat buyer, you need to ask why you want to buy. Are you planning to move to a new community due to a lifestyle change or is buying an option and not a requirement? What would you like in terms of real estate that you do not now have? Do you have a purchasing timeframe?

Whatever your answers, the more you know about the real estate marketplace, the more likely you are to effectively define your goals. As an interesting exercise, it can be worthwhile to look at the questions above and to then discuss them in detail when meeting with local REALTORS®.

Do You Have The Money?
Homes and financing are closely intertwined. (Financing is the difference between the purchase price and the downpayment, commonly referred to as debt or the mortgage.) The good news is that over the years new and innovative loan programs have evolved which require a 5 percent downpayment or less. In fact, a number of programs now allow purchasers to buy real estate with nothing down.

In addition to a down payment, purchasers also need cash for closing costs (the final costs associated with closing the loan). Several newly emerging loan programs not only allow the purchase of a home with no money down, but also underwrite closing costs.

Not everyone, however, elects to purchase with little or no money down. Less money down means higher monthly mortgage payments, so most homebuyers choose to buy with some cash up front.

As to closing costs, in markets where buyers have leverage, it may be possible to negotiate an offer for a home that requires the owner to pay some or all of your settlement expenses. Speak with local REALTORS® for details.

Is Your Financial House in Order?
Those great loans with little or nothing down are not available to everyone: You need good credit. For at least one year prior to purchasing a home, you should assure that every credit card bill, rent check, car payment and other debt is paid in full and on time.

Source; Move.com

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Hello world!

Posted by atlanta mortgage specialist on October 18, 2007

Good morning!! Welcome to the Blog of the Atlanta Mortgage Specialist or you can call me Gloria. Thanks for stopping by, please check frequently for information on the homebuying process.  From time to time I will post recipes and other items that may be of interest.  Now for a little info. about myself.  I’m a NATIVE of Atlanta…. this is pretty rare these days.  I attended Frederick Douglass High and Georgia Southern University. Go Eagles!!!!!!!! I’m so excited about homecoming which is commig up the weekend of Oct. 27th.  I have a BS Degree in Public Relations.  After several attempts to land a PR job, I ended up working in the mortgage industry.  I’ve been in this field for about 6 years.  I currently work for a mortgage company in Decatur,GA.  Please check back soon as I continue to build this blog and educate future homebuyers on how to obtain the American Dream. Don’t let the media HYPE scare you from buying a home.  This is actually a GREAT time to buy. I will go into more detail.  Have a GREAT Thurs.!!!!!!

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