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Where to Buy a Starter Home in the South

For first-time home buyers or those looking for a starter home on a budget, many places in the southern states offer affordable home costs compared with the national average. However, when you take into account factors like a thriving job market, low cost of living, cultural opportunities and the like, we can’t recommend the Atlanta metro area enough as an excellent place to buy. Why Buy a Starter Home in Atlanta? Metro Atlanta is unique in that it offers most of the same opportunities and amenities of other major cities while still affording a relatively low cost of living. Even as Atlanta’s housing market flourishes and increases in value, there are still plenty of highly affordable neighborhoods – including those […]

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What Millennial Home Buyers Look for in an Atlanta Property

The millennial generation (loosely, people born between 1981 and 2004) has become the biggest segment of home buyers in the real estate market (34 percent, according to the NAR). Atlanta is no exception to this trend. In fact, as recently as 2015, Money Magazine ranked the ATL the second best city for Millennials, due in part to its thriving job market, low cost of living and vibrant social scene. But what do these millennial home buyers look for in an Atlanta property? If you plan to sell this year, what can you do to make your home more attractive to this generation? Northshore Fireplace recently conducted a survey of 1,000 millennials to discover their top priorities when purchasing a home. […]

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Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in Atlanta

If you’re a first-time home buyer considering a home in Atlanta, congratulations! Between a thriving economy, excellent job market and affordable home prices, you couldn’t have picked a better real estate market for your first house. Nevertheless, if you have never gone through the process of buying a home before, it can be a bit daunting at first — and many first-timers make a few mistakes along the way. To help steer you straight, here are a few common-sense real estate tips to help you be as prepared as possible: Get Your Credit Under Control The law allows you to order a free credit report from each of the major bureaus once a year. We highly recommend you this before […]

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No, Atlanta Millennials Don’t Hate the Suburbs

Just when we all thought we had the millennial generation figured out, another statistic surprises us. Despite the common assumption that the under-35 crowd prefers the urban lifestyle to the standard single-family suburban home, a recent study confirms that at least half of the millennial home buyers are choosing to buy in the suburbs. In fact, only a third of millennials own homes in the city, while the rest prefer rural areas. So, no, Atlanta millennials don’t hate the suburbs. In Atlanta, the trend follows suit. Remarkably, as the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports, the number one suburban destination for Atlanta millennials is unincorporated Vinings, an affluent community of under 10,000 just northwest of the city! This trend breaks yet another […]

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How to Get Pre-Approved for Your First Home Purchase

Your first home purchase can be both an exciting and a daunting experience. In addition to the physical task of house hunting, there is the paperwork, waiting and stress involved in getting the mortgage loan. You can simplify this process profoundly by getting pre-approved for your home loan; in fact, most sellers today prefer that you have a pre-approval letter from the bank before ever making your offer. Pre-Qualified vs. Pre-Approved Many people interchange the words “pre-qualified” and “pre-approved,” but they are not the same thing. Pre-qualification is primarily for your benefit; the lender or mortgage broker simply asks you a few questions about your income, expenses, debt and expected down payment to give you a ballpark figure of how much […]