home buyers: North Atlanta Homebuyers: Valuable Tax Credit Information - FAQs and More Information for You! - 01/25/10 11:47 AM
The 2009 First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit was pretty great - it enabled many first-time homebuyers to become homeowners and created an incentive to help kick-start our slow economy. The NEW 2010 Extended and Expanded Homebuyer Tax Credit is creating quite a stir, too, but it has also created some confusion and brought up many questions from homebuyers, both veteran and first-timers.
Here are some answers to a few of the many questions out there - they may be questions YOU have, as well: 
Is the tax credit for first-time homebuyers only?No, the NEW Extended and Expanded Homebuyer Tax Credit is for all buyers. … (0 comments)

home buyers: My Letter to My U.S. Congressional Representatives - Please Extend the Homebuyer Tax Credit! - 09/21/09 05:13 AM
Interested in taking action and urging your U.S. Congressional Representatives to extend the homebuyer tax credit?
Good! So am I!
I sent this letter to both my state senators and my state representative in Congress: Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isakson and Representative Tom Price - if you would like to do the same, it's simple. Just copy and paste my letter (below) and send it to your representatives.
For a quick and easy way to find your representatives and how to contact them via e-mail, snail mail and/or telephone, click here.
Follow the simple instructions and then let the emails fly! … (0 comments)

home buyers: YOU Can Help Extend the Homebuyer Tax Credit! Write to your Congress Representatives Today! - 09/21/09 05:12 AM
The Georgia Association of REALTORS® and the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® have been campaigning the past two weeks to help get the Homebuyer Tax Credit extended, as have many local REALTOR® organizations, following the National Association of REALTORS®' lead.
YOU can help to get this important legislation extended - for the good of the economy - simply by writing to your representatives in Congress!
And it's easier than you may think!
Simply visit www.Congress.org and type in your zip code to be linked directly to your representatives.

Then click on the representative's name and click on "Contact" to reach a … (1 comments)

home buyers: "Your House is Not Your Piggy Bank" - In This Market, Buy For Your Lifestyle - 08/18/09 01:54 AM
In this market, buy for your lifestyle, not just for an "investment."
A "down market" or a "soft market" is a great time to buy a home...but not for the reason that some people think.  
Ask yourself: what lifestyle do you want and how can buying a home help you to achieve it? Are you currently renting and eager to buy your first home? Are you expecting your family to grow in the near future? Have you been considering downsizing? It can be a scary time to buy, not only because of the way the media feeds our fears about the economy, but also … (6 comments)

home buyers: Georgia Homebuyers: Get Your State Homebuyer Tax Credit NOW! - 06/30/09 09:56 AM
Are you planning to buy a home in Georgia sometime soon? If so, you may want to act now - or at least before November 30, 2009!
On Monday, May 11, Governor Sonny Perdue signed the Georgia Homebuyer Tax Credit Bill into law, enabling all homebuyers who purchase a home between that date and November 30, 2009, to be eligible to receive a credit on their state taxes. This is for all homebuyers, not just first-time homebuyers!
Though not nearly as exciting as the $8,000 Federal First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit, the state tax credit is still a breakthrough - proving once again … (0 comments)

home buyers: What You Need to Know About the $8,000 Federal First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit - 06/30/09 09:47 AM
Surely, by now, you have heard about the $8,000 Federal Tax Credit for First-Time Homebuyers for 2009. It truly is an amazing time to be a first-time homebuyer! The government is practically paying you to buy a home!
Here are a couple of things that you need to know about the $8,000 Federal Tax Credit for First-Time Homebuyers, which may help you to make up your mind to become a homeowner!
The tax credit is equal to 10% of the purchase price of the home up to $8,000, whichever is less. The amount of credit you receive is also influenced by … (0 comments)

home buyers: Are You Average? Do You Fit the Mold of the "Average" First-Time Homebuyer? - 04/06/09 03:23 AM
Are you AVERAGE?
Do you fit the description of the "average" first-time homebuyer? Of course, "average" is just statistical, just numbers, just a calculation - we know every buyer is an exceptional buyer. But the numbers are interesting!
Click here to find out and read what the National Association of REALTORS found to be "average" in their 2009 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.
Thinking about buying your first home in the Atlanta area? I can help! Call me today to learn more about the home buying process and see if buying a home now is the right thing for you!
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home buyers: First-Time Homebuyers Make Up Large Segment of Population - Are You One of Them? - 02/17/09 06:16 AM

Did you buy your first home in 2008?

If you answered yes then you make up the largest and fastest growing category of homebuyers in the country.
Just click here to read more!
If you did not buy that first home, but you're thinking about it - now is a great time to buy! Interest rates are still low - and with great loan programs like FHA Loans, you could be on your way to homeownership before you know it!

Do you want to find out more about buying a home in the Atlanta area, or are you … (7 comments)

home buyers: ATLANTA - Named one of Top Ten Best Cities for Business and Careers - 07/29/08 04:14 AM
 

More good news for Atlanta -- and more good news for Atlanta homeowners:
ATLANTA, Georgia has been named one of the Top Ten Best Cities for business and careers by Forbes.com.
"Companies in the U.S. are facing myriad challenges, from the credit crunch to soaring commodity prices to corporate tax rates that are behind only Japan's among developed countries. What is a chief executive to do? Head south."
For the third straight year in a row, the Southeast is home to half of the Top Ten Best Cities for business, including Atlanta. "Common themes for the business-welcoming metros include … (0 comments)

home buyers: ATLANTA - Named one of Top Ten Best Cities to Buy a Home - 07/29/08 04:10 AM
ATLANTA, Georgia is in another Top Ten list -- the Top Ten Best Cities to buy a home by Forbes.com.
Described in the article as: "A city that constantly tops our lists of best places for just about anything, Atlanta is a great place to buy a home. With median properties in the $170,000 neighborhood, this booming city is affordable and packed with things to do. Ranked No. 6 on the 2008 Best Places For Business list, Atlanta has jobs and a competitive cost of living. This means taking out a mortgage is a safe long-term decision."
Forbes.com "examined the country's 40 … (0 comments)

home buyers: Are You Living Beyond Your Means? Are You Thinking of Buying a Home? Five Ways to Assess Your Finances - 07/16/08 02:49 AM
Are you living beyond your means? Now is the time to clean up your act!All the talk on the news lately focuses on the economic downturn and the soft real estate market. It seems as though these things have become a self-fulfilling prophecy -- the more they're talked about, the more they come true.Whether or not we are headed for a recession, now is not the time to be living beyond your means. Now is the time to clean up your financial act and tighten your purse strings a bit, if for no other reason than to develop healthy financial discipline!In … (9 comments)

home buyers: Atlanta, Georgia - Comparing Cost of Renting vs. Buying - 07/15/08 07:41 AM
Atlanta, Georgia was named one of the "66 Cities Where it Makes Sense to Buy" a home. In a related article, buying vs. renting in the country's 100 largest metro areas was compared to show whether it's a good time to buy in those areas or whether renters should just continue to rent for now. See below for Atlanta's impressive ranking!
"Remember," the article warns, "even within a city, affordability will vary by neighborhood. Prices for rents and purchases in the chart below are averages, including some high-priced neighborhoods and others where values may be depressed because, for instance, they're far … (2 comments)

home buyers: Atlanta, Georgia - One of 66 Cities Where it "Makes Sense" to Buy a Home - 07/15/08 07:22 AM
Atlanta - One of 66 Cities Where it "Makes Sense" to Buy It's just like we tell our buyers all the time - it's the right time to buy! A home is still a great investment - just don't expect to make a fast buck.

According to an article this morning on MSN Real Estate, Atlanta is one of the "66 Cities Where Buying Makes Sense" - where the drop in home values and the "soft" market have made the idea of homeownership increasingly realistic for many.

"With house prices falling around the country, many renters are wondering … (6 comments)

home buyers: Getting Help Buying Your First Home - 07/11/08 03:20 AM

Are you thinking about buying your first home?

Though it is true that different mortgage lenders and different loan products have varying requirements for loan approval, including differing limits on how much money you can get from outside sources, you can still get help in buying your home...and it can be as easy as asking Mom and Dad.A recent article on REALTOR® Magazine Online, "How to Help the Kids Buy First Home," highlighted three ways that parents can help their children buy a home in that time-honored tradition of getting them out of the house!Another great way to find … (2 comments)

home buyers: Atlanta Board of REALTORS® Sponsors Homeownership Summit - Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 06/23/08 02:38 AM
 
On Saturday, June 28th, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, various agencies and organizations that promote affordable housing, including the Atlanta Board of REALTORS®, will host the 2008 Homeownership Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center. This event is free to the public and will be an educational opportunity for potential homebuyers to learn about the home buying process, and for current homeowners to learn about how to protect their investment and sustain homeownership.
Educational sessions will be offered throughout the day with advice and information from real estate agents, housing counselors, lenders, builders, and government agency officials on issues … (2 comments)

home buyers: BOOK REVIEW: Buying Solo - The Single Woman's Guide to Buying a First Home, by Vanessa Summers - 06/18/08 03:01 AM
 
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home buyers: Women: What Are You Waiting For to Buy Your First Home? - 04/14/08 07:43 AM
Despite our ideals of the 21st-century woman being more independent than ever, making more money than ever before and climbing the corporate ladder, many women still feel that certain life milestones need to come in a certain order -- marriage first, buying a home second.
Do you fit into this group? If so, what are you waiting for? What's holding you back? We want to know!
Visit our website: Smart, Successful Women Own Real Estate.
Perhaps we can change your views of homeownership!
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home buyers: Announcing S.S.W.O.R.E. (Smart, Successful Women Own Real Estate) in Atlanta, Georgia - 04/11/08 06:27 AM
 
In an effort to continue to provide the highest quality real estate services to our clients, The Gebhardt Group has started a new division that focuses on women as homeowners and property owners.
According to the National Association of REALTORS®, "Single women represent 20 percent of buyers, up 50 percent during the past eight years. That's an amazing statistic! The NAR® goes on to say that "single women, represent the future of real estate sales."
Here are some other interesting statistics about women and homeownership, according to the NAR®:
The single female segment of the homebuyer population accounted for 18% of all … (15 comments)

home buyers: Atlanta, Georgia Ranked #3 on Forbes.com - America's Fastest-Growing Large and Small Metros - 02/25/08 07:25 AM
In our continued effort to post positive real estate news and information regarding our great city of Atlanta, The Gebhardt Group is proud to report that ATLANTA was named #3 on the list of America's Fastest-Growing Large and Small Metros in an article posted on January 30, 2008 on Forbes.com
With a projected total "Gross Metropolitan Product" (GMP) for 2007 through 2012 coming in at a whopping 22.81%, the article describes Atlanta as a "job magnet" epitomizing the "economic boom of the Southeast."
The population in our great city has doubled in the past 20 years and is expected to grow another 11% by the year 2012.
For … (4 comments)

home buyers: It's a Great Time to Be a Home Buyer and It's a Great Time to Buy in Atlanta! - 12/07/07 03:52 AM
Why is it that the term "buyer's market" has such a negative connotation?
To me, if I were in the market to buy a home, I would jump at the chance to buy a home right now, especially in Atlanta, Georgia.
It's a good time to buy in general right now, according to National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) President Richard Gaylord. Real estate is traditionally an excellent long-term investment and is still the number one way that families in the United States invest, according to Gaylord. For a video clip of his recent television interview discussing why real estate is a long-term investment, the problems … (5 comments)

 
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