Buyers

Tips and advice for home buyers

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1447_falkirk_lane_250Tina Fountain Realtors recently sold another property in Cobb County’s exclusive Overlook at Marietta Country Club community.

1447 Falkirk Lane features three levels of luxury living complete with a masterfully finished terrace level. Artisan style kitchen boasts extra space and chef-grade appliances ideal for entertaining your guests.  The oasis style backyard is nestled directly on the golf course with a firepit and stone Jacuzzi surrounded by lush landscaping. 

If you are interested in selling your home or purchasing a home at the Overlook at Marietta Country Club, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

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By Randy Stark - Hughes Real Estate Group

With winter right around the corner it's time to prepare for some cold nights. Whether you're an Atlanta native or new to area, it's time to bundle up and prepare for the long winter months. Atlanta temperatures in January average about 40 degrees and residents can expect freezing temperatures 40 nights a year (weather.com). Each year people all over the city contemplate the best ways to keep their homes warm without breaking the bank. Utility costs can rise considerably during the winter months, but these additional costs can be kept at bay with a few minor improvements to your home. The following list of tips can help with home heating efficiency and assist you in staying warm and comfortable this winter.

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Buying an Atlanta luxury home is a bit more complicated and time consuming than buying a more modest home. Following a few tips to help you navigate through the process of purchasing a luxury estate can make the experience more pleasant.

Financing
Because of the cost and time-consuming procedures involved, making the decision to purchase a new luxury home is not something most people take lightly. With market trends showing that real estate investments are more long term in the current environment, luxury home purchasers should really consider what their lifestyles will be like five, 10 and 20 years from now. If a new luxury estate fits into that long-term life plan, then take that as a green light to proceed on the purchase.

While about a third of

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atlanta-short-sale_agentsFor metro Atlanta homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than their houses are worth, short sales can offer an escape. Though the short sale process is neither quick nor stress-free, it is a way to get out of a difficult mortgage situation and avoid foreclosure. Unfortunately, many Atlanta homeowners make mistakes during the short sale process.

Learn from the experiences of other sellers, and avoid these common short sale missteps.

Choosing an inexperienced agent

Short sales differ in a number of respects from regular listings. They can drag on for months, and it is best to hire an Atlanta real estate agent with extensive short sale experience who will stay on top of the process. Certification in selling distressed properties and completion of

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tina_fountain_realtors_for_sale_sign_302For the past six years, the housing market has been an anchor that has weighed down the entire American economy. After reaching the height of the bubble in 2006, housing prices have fallen by 34 percent nationwide, and the decline has been even more severe in certain areas where the real estate market was particularly frenetic before the credit crisis. Some areas of the metro Atlanta real estate market have seen prices drop even more that the 34 percent national average.

Declining Housing Values

With the dramatic decline in housing prices, millions of homeowners who bought at the top of the market found themselves "underwater" on their mortgages – the value of their home was less than the debt owed on the house. Given the negative equity in their

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Thinking about taking advantage of record low interest rates and rock bottom prices of homes for sale in metro Atlanta? One of the first and biggest questions asked by buyers is: Will I qualify for a home loan? Because of the stringent guidelines set forth by many of today’s lenders, this is not only a common question, but a realistic question, as well.

Will you qualify for a home loan? Although the answer to this question will ultimately depend on the lender and their minimum qualifications, there are a number of things you can look at to better determine whether or not you will qualify for a traditional mortgage in today’s home loan market:

• Down payment – Do you have money saved up for a down payment, or will the sale of your current home be

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Everyone touts the benefits of homeownership and, for the most part, homeownership is a wise, financial choice for most people. However, there are times and occasions when homeownership may not be the best decision, and renting may make more sense.

If you've been considering one of the many homes for sale in Atlanta but are not sure if you're in a position to buy, the following list will help you decide if you may want to put owning a home on the back burner:

1. No Cash in the Bank – Just a few years ago banks were offering plenty of attractive home loan programs; many of which required little to no down payments. Today, however, is a much different story, as banks are much more particular regarding to whom they will lend money. In particular, a

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Are you ready to negotiate your way to a good real estate deal? For many Atlanta home buyers, this aspect of purchasing a home is the least understood. In fact, many home buyers rely on the expertise of a great real estate agent to take care of the negotiation end of the real estate transaction.

While employing the help of a qualified Atlanta real estate agent to handle negotiations is a smart move, it is in your best interest to also have a good idea of the ins and outs of negotiating the deal so you can be sure you are getting the most bang for your buck.

Here’s what you’ll want to consider:

The Local Market – One of the most important considerations when making an initial offer or negotiating the sales price of a home is the local market

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What does the perfect Atlanta home look like? Is it a condo overlooking the city or a small country home that comes complete with a white picket fence?

If you ask 10 people about their idea of a perfect home, you will likely get a decidedly different answer from each person. This is because what you desire and need is likely far different from what your friend or neighbor desires or needs.

If you want to convey your thoughts of your perfect home to your Atlanta Realtor so that he or she can find the home that’s right for you, consider the following:

The home’s location – Don’t just think in terms of geographical location, like the city or town. Instead, think beyond that. In other words, consider the location of the home. Do you want to live on a

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The process to buy a home can be anything but short and sweet. It seems like there is an opportunity at every turn for something to go wrong with the volumes of paperwork to sign and documentation to review. When you get worn down, it can get confusing to figure out which steps are necessary to take and which ones can be avoided. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind that you’ll be thankful you made time for.

Choose your real estate agent wisely

Just because a friend of a friend recommended someone to be your agent doesn’t mean they will be a good fit personally or professionally. You should work with a real estate agent who is also a REALTOR, which is someone who has additional training and adheres to a national code of ethics. Your

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