Archive for January, 2011

First Time Homebuyer Series – Part 2: Loan Prequalification

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

In Part 1 of our First Time Home Buyer Series, we talked about tracking your spending, saving for a down payment, and making a budget. In this installment, we will look at the next step, Loan Prequalification. What is loan prequalification? In the simplest terms, loan prequalification is the process in which you get pre-approved […]

First Time Homebuyer Series – Part 1: Personal Budget

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Most conversations about buying your first home start with money. Buyers ask “Can I afford to buy a house?” and if so, “How much house can I afford?” I always ask buyers to take one step back at this point. We can’t answer the previous questions until you have a solid grasp on your current […]

First Time Homebuyer Series

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The beginning of the year is the time when many potential home buyers start thinking about whether this year will be the year that they buy their first home. I’ve been fortunate enough to talk through this decision many times over the years, and through those conversations, I realized that most first time buyers have […]

Atlanta Snow – Enough Already!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Like most Atlanta residents, I was pumped about having actual snow in the city. On Monday, there were more people in Grant Park than any other time since the Summer Shade Festival and the Grant Park Criterium. Adults, children, and dogs were all enjoying the winter wonderland. On Tuesday, quite a few folks were still […]

East Atlanta 4/3 for only $229?!?!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The last few years I bet most of the people you know who purchased homes told you that they got a good deal. However, I know that when you are looking for yourself, it can feel like all the good deals are gone. Look no further! The price was just dropped on this completely renovated […]

Property Tax Savings – Homestead Exemption Info

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Welcome to 2011! With the start of the New Year, it’s never too early to begin thinking about taxes. As you know, buying a home can be a tax advantage for several reasons. One of those is a property tax discount known as the Homestead Exemption. Georgia allows homeowners to claim a Homestead Exemption as […]