Clicks & Mortar

A Real Estate Blog - Est. 2009

First Time Home Buyers – Ryann

With the condo market in Atlanta on the rise, many first time home buyers are turning to attached properties as a convenient option for in town life. Our Operations and Agent Success Manager, Ryann, recently moved into her first condo in Brookhaven. Read about her experience below.

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What tools did you use and which did you find most helpful during your home search?  I really relied on the internet, and my parents! My dad is a licensed real estate agent and was extremely helpful during the process.  He would send properties for me to look at, and really made the process a lot simpler. 

What one piece of advice would you give any of your friends looking to buy a house?  My biggest piece of advice would be to find an agent you trust. I am lucky enough to work with my dad, who wouldn’t let me enter into a bad transaction. Find an agent who will treat you the way they would treat a family member. 

What was the worst part of the process? The worst part was feelings like I didn’t know what I was doing during the transaction. There were so many details and unknowns that there was no way I could keep track of it all. It was incredibly helpful to have someone knowledgeable walk me through the process. 

Why did you decide to buy? I decided to buy after a friend of mine bought a similar condo. I was looking for somewhere to rent in that neighborhood when I heard about her purchase, and after some investigation, I decided I could buy, too.  My mortgage on my condo is less than what renters pay in my complex. 

How many homes did you look at before you found “the one”?  I looked at properties in three different condo complexes, and then two units within my complex. 

Tell us a little different about the house you bought and why it was “the one”. I knew that I wanted a condo for the amenities and so that I wouldn’t have to care for a lawn. I also knew that I wasn’t willing to spend a lot of time doing major renovations, so I needed something that was move-in ready, and I needed easy outdoor access for my small dog. The unit I ended up buying is great. It was within my price point, and has a lot of nice features (hardwoods, new fixtures), and a walk-out patio to a lawn area.  The amenities are great- there’s 24-hour security, an amazing pool and gym, and is in the exact area I wanted.