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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 […]

First Time Home Buyers

Atlanta’s Favorable Market Attracts First-Time Home Buyers

If you are a first-time home buyer in the United States, chances are you have at least taken a look at the Atlanta area, according to recent market research. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Atlanta now ranks among the top cities in the nation for attracting first-time home buyers, among others like Orlando and Memphis. The analysis, conducted by Zillow, took several key metrics into account when evaluating the housing markets of major U.S. cities, including median home values, expected one-year appreciation rates and available inventory. The research concluded that many of the most favorable markets are concentrated in the South and Midwest. Other cities topping the list included Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Tampa and Birmingham, while some of the […]

9 Tips for Staying on Top of a Hot Real Estate Market

In a hot real estate market like Atlanta, a lot can change in a short period of time. For example, a home you were just considering could go off the market an hour later. Home values in a neighborhood can jump several percentage points in a matter of months, pricing you out of properties you could have otherwise afforded. The result: bidding wars that force you to make an offer higher than the list price. Here’s the good news: by laying down some groundwork and remaining alert, you can stay competitive in your home search, even as factors begin to rapidly change. Check out these nine important tips to help you stay aware and focused while searching within a hot […]

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7 Atlanta Neighborhoods with Median Home Sale Prices Under $1 Million

Atlanta is indeed home to some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the state of Georgia, with many multi-million dollar estates. However, compared to other major cities around the country, Atlanta real estate, overall, is still very affordable, despite the city’s rapid growth and booming economy. In fact, one of the biggest reasons why people move to Atlanta is because they know they can get more home for their money while enjoying many of the same amenities and job opportunities that other large cities offer. The upshot? If you thought you couldn’t afford a decent home in Atlanta, you might want to take another look. Here are eight Atlanta neighborhoods where median home sale prices are still under $1 million. […]

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Tips for Finding Homes for Sale in Metro Atlanta

Whether for work, for family or just for a change, you have made the decision to relocate to the Atlanta area. However, the task of finding homes for sale in metro Atlanta can be daunting at best — not because of the scarcity of homes, of course, but because of the vast number of options. How do you narrow the search so your house hunting does not turn into a needle-in-a-haystack scenario? Here are a few tips that may help. Determine your maximum budget, or budget range You can refine your search significantly simply by restricting your search to a specific budget range. If you have not gotten pre-qualified or pre-approved for a loan yet, talk to a mortgage broker […]