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Vocab Cheat Sheet For First Time Home Buyers

 

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Featured Property of the Week: Father of the Bride

If your dream wedding includes a backyard reception, swans in the bathtub, a quirky (that’s an understatement) wedding planner, and your dad taking wedding stress out on the hotdog buns at the supermarket, today is your lucky day! The home featured infalse

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Summer Reading (for 1st Time Home Buyers)

With the new trend of delivered groceries and basic daily necessities, it seems like nobody has time to run to Publix to pick up some milk, let alone, time to sit down and read. However, if buying a house is anywhere on the horizon for you, please dofalse

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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.false

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First Time Home Buyers - Julia and Dan

Buying a home for the first time can be an exciting yet daunting process. Location, size, and price range barely scratches the surface of all the factors to consider when buying a home. Our Client Engagement Specialist, Julia DeBruler, became a firstfalse

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Pros and Condos - 6 Reasons Why You’ll Hate Condominiums

Posted on 12, October 2012 by csadmin
Photo courtesy of Seattle PI Blog

Condo? More like Con-don’t think so!

Here are 6 reasons why you’ll hate living in an condominium.

  1. Like an Alcatraz cell, but smaller - Living in a box is not fun. Living in a box with another person is even lessfalse
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7 Reasons Why Condos are Better than Houses

Posted on 09, October 2012 by csadmin

Condos aren’t for masses, but they are a perfect lifestyle fit for some. Sure, it’s less space, but they’re chock full of goodness.

Condominiums you say? Nay. They are Condomaximums. <self-satisfied snort>

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The Game of Home Ownership

Posted on 10, October 2011 by csadmin

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Posted in Buyer Tools, Buyers, home buyers, home buying, home ownership, Housing News, infographic

Buck-who? Forsyth County's King When It Comes to High End Real Estate

Even with the economy on extended life support, Forsyth County continues to hold its own when it comes to ritzy real estate.  You could say the construction of GA-400 in the early 1990s caused a northbound leak in Buckhead's money dam.

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Posted in Buyers, forsyth county, ga homes for sale, georgia homes for sale, gold communities, Housing News, Neighborhoods, real estate, swim and tennis

The Intown Buyer's Dilemma: Older Home or Newer Condo?

Posted on 22, August 2011 by csadmin

I’ve always fancied myself an old-house person.  Growing up, I had subscriptions to This Old House and Old House Journal magazines, and I would spend hours drafting plans for what my ideal vintage house would look like.  I had dreams of mellowedfalse

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Posted in Buyers, Condos, condos, home buying, Neighborhoods, new vs old, townhomes

The Buy Vs. Rent Index Is Out, And You May Be Surprised...

Posted on 16, August 2011 by csadmin

Trulia's quarterly Buy vs. Rent Index was published today, and the overall findings favor homebuyers.  In case you were wondering, the index is calculated by dividing a city's median list price by its median rent cost.  The higher the index number,false

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Educate Yourself With Atlanta Area School District Maps

Posted on 08, August 2011 by csadmin
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Peachtree Lofts Offers Affordable, Vintage Living Spaces On The Midtown Mile

Posted on 25, July 2011 by csadmin

If you’re looking for a true loft in the heart of Midtown, Peachtree Lofts is a great buy.  It’s a member of what I like to call the Midtown Loft Trio, which also includes 805 Peachtree and Cornerstone Village.  They all offer vintage livingfalse

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Posted in atlanta, Buyers, Condos, condos, midtown, Neighborhoods, peachtree lofts, Properties

GA and TN Rank Low In Closing Costs, But What Are You Really Paying For?

Posted on 20, July 2011 by csadmin

According to a survey by Bankrate Inc., Georgia and Tennessee rank below the national average when it comes to closing costs.  Tennessee is the 35th most expensive state with an average of $3,817, and Georgia trails it at 36th with an average offalse

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Posted in buyer, Buyers, closing, costs, Housing News, loan

Don't Flunk Buying Your First Home

Posted on 13, July 2011 by csadmin

Buying your first home is a big step, to say the least. Just because you're new to the process doesn't mean you should allow yourself to make rookie mistakes. Take some advice from Smart Money's 'List of 10 Mistakes Home Buyers Tend to Make' andfalse

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Pick A School District That Rocks!

Posted on 07, July 2011 by csadmin

Great schools can have a tremendous effect on housing values.  Anyone living in East Cobb County can attest to this.  When you're purchasing a house you're also buying into a school district, so it's important to educate yourself.  For help withfalse

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Don't Miss Metropolis

Posted on 07, April 2011 by csadmin
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4 Tax Benefits for Homeowners

Posted on 31, March 2011 by csadmin

It's that time again....

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Spring Festivals Can Help You Choose an Atlanta Neighborhood

Posted on 28, March 2011 by csadmin
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Go Ahead: Deduct That Mortgage Interest!

Posted on 21, February 2011 by csadmin

At the beginning of the year, there was all kinds of panicked talk about the possibility that Congress was going to get rid of the mortgage interest tax deduction, and we even blogged about it. This deduction is one of the many perks that has made owningfalse

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The Trials and Tribulations of Buying a Foreclosure

Posted on 14, February 2011 by csadmin

As recent first-time homebuyers, my husband and I are the (skeptically) proud owners of a fabulous historic condo in downtown Atlanta. We love the building and our neighbors, all of whom are beyond fantastic. The unit itself is in reasonably good shapefalse

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The State of Housing: Highlights From the Latest NAR Report

Posted on 27, January 2011 by csadmin

Just last week, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) released its real estate numbers for December 2010. NAR is considered one of the leading authorities on the housing market and bases its findings on multiple statistical surveys it conductsfalse

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Falling Home Prices: Where’s the Silver Lining?

Posted on 03, January 2011 by csadmin

The dreaded S&P Case-Shiller Index numbers are out again, and it seems that Atlanta home prices are back to levels not seen since May 2000. That means that a home purchased a decade ago would fetch the same price in today’s depressed market. Read more false

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Clickscape Client Testimonials

Posted on 27, December 2010 by csadmin

Ever wish you could pull up ratings and reviews of Realtors as easily as you would a restaurant or product? Well, now you can! Clickscape is pleased to announce the new Client Testimonials section of our site. This section will be constantly updatedfalse

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How Much House Can You Afford?

Posted on 21, December 2010 by csadmin

When buying a home, how do you know what you can truly afford? It’s not as simple as just figuring what your mortgage payment will be; the other costs associated with purchasing a home can really add up, making what you thought was an affordablefalse

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The Condo Skeptic Eats Her Words

Posted on 14, December 2010 by csadmin

I’ve never really liked the idea of owning a condo. The thought of having to ask permission to do things to your own home, coupled with the persistent menace of monthly HOA fees, was a real turnoff for me. You might as well just stay a renter infalse

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Web Resources For Finding the Perfect Atlanta Neighborhood

Posted on 09, December 2010 by csadmin

A few weeks ago, we listed our top five favorite web resources for homebuyers. We also went more in-depth in a subsequent post on our most highly recommended general sites for comprehensive real estate info. While any potential buyer can benefit fromfalse

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What to Expect From an Inspection

Posted on 07, December 2010 by csadmin

Yesterday I just witnessed my first ever home inspection. I've seen this kind of thing on HGTV, of course, but never in person. I'm about to purchase my first property, and until yesterday, I'd never been on the buying end of the transaction andfalse

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4 Reasons Why It Really IS a Great Time to Buy

Posted on 29, November 2010 by csadmin

Realtors have always stressed to potential buyers what a great time it is to buy. This was true even at the height of the real estate bubble a few years ago, when (as we've discovered) it definitely was not the ideal time to take the homebuyingfalse

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Best Comprehensive Sites for Web-Savvy Homebuyers

Posted on 22, November 2010 by csadmin

Last week, we listed our top five favorite web resources for homebuyers. One of these was Zillow.com, a great all-purpose website for researching home values and other background information about any property. Here’s a bit more about Zillow, alongfalse

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Clickscape's Top 5 Web Resources For Buyers

Posted on 15, November 2010 by csadmin

More people than ever before are undertaking their housing search predominantly online. The web puts a wealth of information at your fingertips, and it’s easy to comparison shop when you can tailor your search to fit your exact criteria andfalse

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Waiting for the Bottom?

Posted on 20, October 2010 by csadmin

We're keeping pretty busy here at Clickscape. Our web traffic is up every month, and we have plenty of prospective buyers looking at houses. We definitely can't complain! However, despite seemingly high levels of interest, we're still seeing afalse

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Foreclosure Situation About to Get Stickier

Posted on 11, October 2010 by csadmin

It has recently come to light (although not really to anyone's surprise) that errors and fraudulent procedures have been discovered in numerous foreclosure proceedings. Because the proceedings violated established practices and procedures, the legalityfalse

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Short Sales Finally Getting Shorter?

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Check Out Fall Festivals to Find Your Ideal Intown Atlanta Neighborhood

Now that the dog days of summer are winding down, we can look forward to cooler temperatures...and all kinds of fall festivals throughout the Atlanta area. Intown Atlanta festivals and seasonal celebrations are a great way for house-hunters to get a feelfalse

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Make Fixer-Upper Dreams a Reality with Renovation Financing

Posted on 18, August 2010 by csadmin
 You’ve found the perfect home. It’s got every feature you’re looking for, and it’s priced below anything else in the neighborhood. The problem? It’s a foreclosure and needs repairs and upgrades you’re not sure you can handle. Plus, you don't havefalse
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Why You Need A Buyer’s Agent

Posted on 02, August 2010 by csadmin

Buying a home can be a daunting process. While some buyers choose do it alone, the vast majority decide to work with anagent (and for good reason). When trying to do decide which path to take, keep in mind some of the following benefits of working withfalse

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What should homebuyers look for in an agent?

Posted on 16, July 2010 by csadmin

Buying a home can be an overwhelming process, especially for first-time buyers, so it helps to have a buyer’s agent to guide you through the process. But how do you choose an agent? What kinds of attributes should you look for? Here’s a few pointers forfalse

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Use Property Tax Records to Help Your Housing Search

Posted on 14, July 2010 by csadmin

When you’re searching for a home, it's advantageous to have as much information as possible before making a final decision. Public records are a great source for information on particular properties, and because this information is freely available tofalse

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What do the new FHA rules mean for condo buyers?

Posted on 06, July 2010 by csadmin

Just came across this article on something that will likely cause great concern among current and aspiring condo owners. In wide-reaching measures designed to lower risk, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has just tightened lending guidelines.false

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