June 16, 2011

Roswell Homes For Sale ~ Some of Atlanta’s BEST Real Estate…But Why???

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Roswell Homes For Sale ~ Some of Atlanta’s BEST Real Estate…But Why???

What is it about homes in Roswell, GA that make them so special? For one, Roswell is perfectly situated off of GA-400 about 7 miles north of Sandy Springs making it a very convenient and highly-desired location.

Furthermore, you can get a WHOLE lot of house  for the dollar too. And, with school out and buyers on the prowl, its easy to see why Roswell is one of the area’s HOTTEST real estate markets…But, Why???

The reason so many flock to this area is its plethora of Roswell Parks and Recreation such as Roswell Park, and the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell Restaurants like Sugo, and Aqua Blue, STELLAR schools, and QUALITY CONSTRUCTION  for less than what you would expect to pay.

I may be a little biased because I was raised in Roswell off of Holcomb Bridge Rd. in Martin’s Landing. When I was a kid, I loved having all my friends in my neighborhood. I went to Mountain Park Elementary when I used to live in Brookfield West and then went to Holcomb Bridge Middle followed by Chattahoochee High School. To say I know and love the area is an understatement, but its not what I know, its what BUYERS WANT…and Boy, do they want to be here!!!

And, with options like this one, its easy to see why:

This LAVISHLY-DESIGNED pottery barn perfect home boasts the ULTIMATE in UPGRADED finishes, all in a highly-sought out area known for its top-rated schools and access to some of Roswell’s BEST recreation!

Perfectly situated near all the major highways, this TWO-STORY LIVING Room home overlooking the upgraded kitchen it hard to find sub $300k!!!

From the NEW WALL-TO-WALL Carpet, and the OVERSIZED Master with Trey Ceilings to the FRESH designer paint and the LEVEL backyard, you are sure to experience the LIFE, all for a fraction of what you might expect to pay.

Pride of ownership is an understatement!!

 Other Special Features Include:

TWO-STORY GREAT Room that KNOCKS Your Socks Off!

Upgraded Countertops and Bright & Cherry Kitchen with ISLAND!!

Adorable Breakfast Nook PLUS a Formal Dining Room, Oh Yeah!!

Cozy Fireside Family Room that Takes Your Breath Away!!!

Make a Play Room, Office or Formal Living Room out of the BONUS Space!!

Oversized Master Suite w/Room For Sitting Area~

His & Hers MASSIVE Closets, Store All Your Clothes Here!!

Jacuzzi Tub in Master Bath Retreat that Boasts Dual Vanities!!

LEVEL Backyard with MATURE Landscaping!!!

HUGE 2-Car Garage, So Drive on In!!!

Large Secondary Bedrooms!!!

BRAND NEW CARPET, BRAND NEW PAINT, THE WORKS!!!

Perfectly Situated Near Hwys, Shopping & Entertainment!!!!

Friendly Neighbors and Amazing Community Feel!!!

TOP-RATED Schools in TOWN!!!

 But, don’t take my word for it, call Winter Baserva today at 678-463-3173 to set up your own private showing.

In conclusion its easy to see based on Roswell’s location, schools,shopping, restaurants and social atmosphere, but the one thing that makes Roswell above and beyond other areas is its great people who make this community one of the BEST in Atlanta!!!

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May 20, 2011

NAR says Buyers are Passing on ‘fixer-uppers’ in favor of ‘move-in ready’!

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NAR Says Buyers are Passing on ‘Fixer-Uppers’ in favor of ‘Move-in Ready’

I recently came across an article written by the National Association of Realtors reporting that most buyers today are bypassing Fixer-Uppers in favor of houses that are move-in ready. They further state that according to recent surveys ‘87% of first time buyers say they desire a move-in ready home.’

“This is absolutely the story of this market. It seems buyers will pay a premium, engage in a bidding war, and even overpay just to avoid buying a ‘project’ house,” says Beth Freed of Terrie O’Connor REALTORS in Ridgewood, NJ.

According to the NAR’s latest findings, homes that have been spruced up before being put on the market will sell quicker. For the seller this doesn’t mean they will be needing to take out a second mortgage to do major repairs or costly renovations, it simply means they need to put a fresh face on their home before putting up that ‘for sale’ sign in the front yard.

Here is a list of recommendations for homeowners getting ready to put their house on the market:

DO NOT SHOW A HOME BEFORE IT IS READY- ONLY ONE CHANCE FOR A FIRST IMPRESSION
DO UNDERSTAND THAT ‘LIVING IN’ AND ‘SELLING’ A HOME ARE DIFFERENT
DO NOT ALLOW ODORS TO KILL THE ‘SELL’ OF THE HOUSE
PAINT THE EXTERIOR, AND/OR ANY INTERIOR ROOMS THAT NEED IT
MAKE SURE THE ‘CURB APPEAL’ IS THERE- DOOR CLEAN & PAINTED, MAILBOX CLEAN, SHRUBS AND BUSHES TRIMMED, GARDEN AND YARD CLEAN
REMOVE ALL PERSONAL PICTURES, ETC FROM TABLES, REFRIGERATOR, AND BOOKSHELVES
DECLUTTER!
And finally, with buyers looking for move-in ready homes, it is a good idea for sellers to get their homes inspected before they put it on the market so that any major maintenance issues, leaky roofs, electrical or safety issues are discovered and taken care of BEFORE the house goes on the market.

May 4, 2011

Alpharetta Relocation…..What to Look for in an Atlanta Relocation Home!!

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  Atlanta, the sixth-largest city in the Southeastern region and home to over 5.3 million residents, has undergone a transition from a city of regional commerce to a city of international influence. It has been among the fastest growing cities in the developed world for over a decade. And, fortunately for those of us who live here, we see no signs of this slowing down. As a matter of fact, by the year 2020 Atlanta is projected to house over 8 million residents!!! And, with all of the global technology companies and international corporate headquarters such as UPS, Delta, Coca-Cola, CNN, TBS, the Center for Disease Control, etc. there will continually be a steady flow of people relocating to the area.

 So, when you are being relocated to the sweet tea capital of the world, keep in mind these simple tips when your company or you are looking for your perfect relocation home:

1)    LOCATION-How many times have we heard this one?? We’ll, you will need to consider this EVEN MORE carefully in Atlanta, as some of the commutes can have you in your cars for days. Most people who are relocating to the area opt for a “suburban feel” with proximity to “the city” where most headquarters are located…..But, a GOOD BIT of the technology jobs as well as many others have named ALPHARETTA their headquarter location. Perfectly situated off GA-400, this is one of the BEST areas in terms of being able to get more BANG for your buck. It’s proximity to shopping malls like North Point and  entertainment like the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, in addition to every restaurant imaginable, make it one of the ideal locations to relocate to. The air is clean, people friendly and you have access to a plethora of parks, and family rich activities.

 2)    SCHOOLS-Even if you don’t have children, schools play a big park in resale in Atlanta and Alpharetta is chock full of good ones.

Abbotts Hill-great elementary school for those budding minds.

Taylor Road-voted one of the best middle schools by the locals
Chattahoochee High School-
Home of the Cougar and I’m proud to say this is where I graduated High School.

 3)    FEATURES-Most people that are being relocated to the area tend to hold high power, high stress and highly time consuming jobs. Renovations and rehab are not items that most are able to do and even if they wanted to or could afford to, just don’t have the time. You will want to find a home that has the features you want, so you can move right in and get settled. Things that resell in Atlanta and hold significant value include BRICK homes, RENOVATED kitchen’s and having basements either for storage or for additional play area. Yards go a long way here too, so in your search, be sure to find homes that have these things taken care of, so you can get on to the more important things in life!

4)    VALUE-Who doesn’t want a good deal in this market?? But, where does value exactly come from?? This point can be summed up by my previous points, having the right location, the right features and the right price….THIS EQUALS VALUE!! Be sure to find a home that exudes this quality!!!

5)    BASEMENTS-While this is really one of the “features” you are looking for, finding a home with square-footage and more importantly, a basement will be KEY to your resell value. Atlanta is BIG ON BASEMENTS. Its pretty hard to find homes with FINISHED basements that go beyond your typical crawl space.

While these are just some of the things to look for when relocating to Atlanta, other things such as low land taxes will need to be considered. Although, its hard to find all of the items above in a home, its not impossible.

Recently, this ALPHARETTA POTTERY BARN PERFECT HOME has come up for sale and represents EVERYTHING above which is just about impossible to find all in one shot!

   

If entertaining is one of the things you enjoy in life, you have arrived!! Welcome to 5522 Laurel Ridge Drive.

This Pottery Barn PERFECT, Brick Beauty has the best of New Age design while still maintaining the Old World Intimate Community Feel.

From the moment you step in this lavish ENTERTAINER’S ESTATE, your breath is taken away by the architectural details and superb layout.

Complete with CHEF’S KITCHEN renovated with tile backsplash and GRANITE counters to the fireside family room with a WALL OF WINDOWS and DETAILED trim work, this home boasts the ULTIMATE in Luxury Living.

No expense has been spared and your tastes are ignited as you witness the designer features like the GENEROUS master suite with walk-in closet and SPA-LIKE master bath retreat.

Located near a cul-de-sac near Chattahoochee High School, yet still within a stone’s throw of major shoppings, restaurants and parks, you will know that you are AT HOME in this private luxury oasis.

 Other Special Features Include:

DRAMATIC Entertainer’s OPEN Floor Plan with WALL OF WINDOWS in MASSIVE Two-Story Family Room!
GORGEOUS Chef’s Kitchen with GRANITE Countertops & Tile Backsplash~Complete with Island!
EXTENSIVE Millwork & Trim Details Throughout the Home!
Gleaming Hardwoods on Main Level!!!!
Custom, Designer Paint Throughout, Makes this Home…..SHINE!!!
Newer Carpet in EXCELLENT Condition, Means Move Right In!
MASSIVE, OVERSIZED FULLY-FINISHED Basement, Complete with Additional Room & FULL Bathroom!!!
Terrace Level Access to Your LOW MAINTENANCE Yard!!
ADDITIONAL Loft Space for Extra Sitting Area or Computer Room!
Large Secondary Bedrooms!!!
LAVISH Master Suite with Walk In Closet & Dual Vanities!
BEAUTIFUL, Brick Construction & Maintained to a
Formal Living & Dining Rooms & ADDITIONAL Breakfast Nook!
IMMACULATE Condition!!!
Entertainer’s Deck Overlooking PRIVATE Backyard!
Perfectly Situated off Abbotts Bridge and Just a Stone’s Throw to Chattahoochee!!!
AWARD-WINNING School District!!!
Swim/Tennis Available in Westbury!!!

But, don’t take my word for it, see for yourself:

For more information or to schedule your own private tour, visit www.SeasonsRealtyGroup.comor call Winter Baserva at 678.463.3173 

March 9, 2011

219+/- Atlanta Homes MUST BE SOLD!!! The REDC (Real Estate Disposition Corporation) HOME AUCTION COMES TO ATLANTA MARCH 19, 2011!

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219+/- Atlanta Homes MUST BE SOLD!!! The REDC (Real Estate Disposition Corporation) HOME AUCTION COMES TO ATLANTA MARCH 19, 2011!!!

Auction in Atlanta is coming back on Saturday March 19th.

Many will flock to this event in the hopes that they will strike it rich with their “deal of a lifetime“!! As an owner of FOUR properties bought at the REDC auction, can I please give you one, tiny, little piece of advice??? Go, BUT DON’T EXPECT TO FIND YOUR DEAL OF A LIFETIME!! If you haven’t already done so, YOU MUST read my blog about the 10 Biggest Mistakes Buyers Make in Today’s Market, of which Mistake Number 7 is trying to find your bargain at an auction.

Don’t get me wrong, I got a fairly decent price on the four properties I bought at the REDC Home Auction. But, by the time you add the auction fees, lender fees, closing costs, repairs (of which all of my homes needed between $10,000-30,000 worth of work), I realized that if I just would have been better off buying the home down the street directly from Mr. & Mrs. Seller……and FOR LESS. Of course, this was early off in my investing portfolio and just a little mistake I made that I have the privilege of sharing with you, so you don’t make the same mistake. I see it too many times; people getting caught up in the labels of “auctions, foreclosures and short sales” and miss unbelievable buying opportunities that are staring us in the face.

 Now you HAVE to read my blog about auctions…….

 Here are a Few Other Recommendations if you Plan to Buy at an Auction:

  • Do Your DUE DILIGENCE-no inspection contingencies here, you get what you get and sometimes that can be substantial. Do your research BEFORE you bid.
  • DON’T let your emotions take control-decide your highest and best bid BEFORE you go and don’t go over it under ANY circumstances. 
  • Practice PATIENCE throughout the entire process-from the winning bid, to the paper work to closing, you will need patience. Imagine how busy the closing attorney’s are with the amount of Atlanta homes being sold.
  • Don’t be surprised about the disorganization-these events move fast and they are not always well orchestrated.
  • Keep Your Eye on the Prize and WAIT-if the auction property you want ends up going to another bidder, WAIT, 40% of the homes come back around and you can get it on the second go round and maybe for LESS!!!
  • Despite everything if you still want to buy at an auction, GET A QUALIFIED REALTOR to represent you. It’s great to have a non-biased, non-emotional third party representative there to help you with the bidding, interpret the price point, explain the risks, as well as walk you through the process and paperwork. Your job is JUST starting once you leave the auction. There is a mountain of items that have to be handled and an agents fee is paid for by the auction house, so this service is completely FREE to you!

One thing is certain DEALS OF A LIFETIME are out there…..lots of them… And, if you REALLY want a good deal, call me and let me show you how to offer in on the property NO ONE’S offering on, instead of putting you in a room with hundreds of other buyers all going after the same one.

If you are looking for a Nationally-Recognized, top producing real estate agent that understands the Atlanta home auction process, then CALL ME immediately. I’ll be happy to represent you FREE.

 BUT, don’t wait!! I will need to make sure that you are registered properly!

 The REDC (Real Estate Disposition Corporation) HOME AUCTION

When: Saturday Mar. 19, 2011
Where: Georgia International Convention Center – Exhibit Hall D  2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337
Time: Registration Starts Promptly at  8:00 a.m. Auction starts promptly at 9:30 a.m.
What to bring: Last 2 yrs W-2 , $2,500 Cashier’s Check ($5,000 for each subsequent) , Checkbook for balance of 5% Earnest Money Deposit (15% for each subsequent)
Properties open for inspection from 11AM to 4PM on 3/5/11, 3/12/11 & 3/13/11.  Please check individual property for specific open house information.

P.S. Did you know you can buy properties “auction-style” ONLINE from auction houses that are not as popular and have many less people bidding on them??? I can help you with that as well!

February 24, 2011

Free Foreclosure and Short Sale Lists at 760 Spalding Dr. in Atlanta this Sun.,Feb.27th,2-5pm

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FREE FORECLOSURE & SHORT SALE LISTS at 760 Spalding Drive in Atanta THIS SUNDAY, Feb. 27, 2-5!!!

FREE FORECLOSURE & SHORT SALE LISTS at 760 Spalding Drive in Atanta THIS SUNDAY, Feb. 27, 2-5!!!

Got FORECLOSURE and SHORT SALES LISTS??? WE DO! And, We’re Giving them away for FREE THIS Sunday AT 760 Spalding Drive, Atlanta.

GOOD DEALS come in ALL forms INCLUDING regular sellers TOO. And, if you happen to be looking for the best deal in Sandy Springs come check us out!!!!

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 2/27: 2-5 PM! And, have the opportunity to capitalize on this ONE-OF-A-KIND GEM without dealing with ANY BANKS!!!!

IF …….

*You DON’T need an abundance of space.
*You want a “small home”
*You ONLY entertain two times a year.
*You want a “FIXER UPPER”.
*You DON’T want to impress your friends and family.
*You’re NOT looking for a GREAT value!
*You DON’T want Top-Notch Schools, Loads of Parks and Tons of Activities to do!
*You just DON’T enjoy the finer things in life.

You can KEEP ON DRIVING!

HOWEVER, if you’re looking for a Pottery Barn PERFECT, Traditional Brick Beauty that has the best of New-Age design while still maintaining the Old-World Intimate Community Feel, COME ON BY SUNDAY!.

From the moment you step in this lavish ENTERTAINER’S ESTATE, your breath is taken away by the architectural details and superb layout.

Complete with a TOTAL RENOVATION and LAVISH backyard, this home boasts the ULTIMATE in Luxury Living in the ULTIMATE LOCATION.

I COULD GO ON, BUT YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME BY ON SUNDAY TO SEE THIS HOME AND OTHER HOMES LIKE IT FOR YOURSELF!

February 21, 2011

Atlanta Relocation…..What to Look for in an Atlanta Relocation Home!!!

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Relocation…..What to Look for in an Atlanta Relocation Home!!!

Atlanta, the sixth-largest city in the Southeastern region and home to over 5.3 million residents, has undergone a transition from a city of regional commerce to a city of international influence. It has been among the fastest growing cities in the developed world for over a decade. And, fortunately for those of us who live here, we see no signs of this slowing down. As a matter of fact, by the year 2020 Atlanta is projected to house over 8 million residents!!! And, with all of the global technology companies and international corporate headquarters such as UPS, Delta, Coca-Cola, CNN, TBS, the Center for Disease Control, etc. there will continually be a steady flow of people relocating to the area.

So, when you are being relocated to the sweet tea capital of the world, keep in mind these simple tips when your company or you are looking for your perfect relocation home:

•1)    LOCATION-How many times have we heard this one?? We’ll, you will need to consider this EVEN MORE carefully in Atlanta, as some of the commutes can have you in your cars for days. Most people who are relocating to the area opt for a “suburban feel” with proximity to “the city” where most headquarters are located…..In comes the ideal town of Sandy Springs. Perfectly situated near I-285 and GA-400, this is one of the BEST areas in terms of family life, proximity, shopping, entertainment and more. The air is clean, people friendly and you have access to just about ANY restaurant, store, etc. that you may need.

As a real estate agent I spend 90% of my time in the car and doing ANYTHING to avoid the ATL grind, and I’m happy to say that Sandy Springs/Atlanta has been my home for the last three years. It’s just SO close to the city and SO safe and suburban. Remembering your location is the first tip to finding a good Atlanta home.

 •2)    FEATURES-Most people that are being relocated to the area tend to hold high power, high stress and highly time consuming jobs. Renovations and rehab are not items that most are able to do and even if they wanted to or could afford to, just don’t have the time. You will want to find a home that has the features you want, so you can move right in and get settled. Things that resell in Atlanta and hold significant value include BRICK homes, RENOVATED kitchen’s and bathrooms, and having basements either for storage or for additional play area. Yards go a long way here too, so in your search, be sure to find homes that have these things taken care of, so you can get on to the more important things in life!

 •3)    VALUE-Who doesn’t want a good deal in this market?? But, where does value exactly come from?? This point can be summed up by my previous points, having the right location, the right features and the right price….THIS EQUALS VALUE!! Be sure to find a home that exudes this quality!!!

 •4)    BASEMENTS-While this is really one of the “features” you are looking for, finding a home with square-footage and more importantly, a basement will be KEY to your resell value. Atlanta is BIG ON BASEMENTS. Its pretty hard to find homes “inside the perimeter” with basements that go beyond your typical crawl space, so have an open mind and seek homes “just outside the perimeter” that will bring you more square footage and better value.

While these are just some of the things to look for when relocating to Atlanta, other things such as low land taxes and schools will also need to be considered. Although, its hard to find all of the items above in a home, its not impossible.

Recently, this BREATHTAKING ASSET SALE that has been reduced $159,000.00 and had $80,000.00 worth of upgrades has recently come up for sale and is the PERFECT relocation home. It also represents EVERYTHING above which is all but impossible to find in one shot!

 

No expense has been spared and your tastes are ignited as you witness the designer features, like a choice of TWO MASTER SUITES (one upper and one on the main) with the SPA-LIKE master bath renovations. Or, maybe you prefer to have a cup of joe in the ADDITIONAL KEEPING ROOM with VAULTED CEILINGS or FORMAL DINING . Better yet, prepare a meal and IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS in the RENOVATED kitchen that sparks the inner-chef in you!!!

This gem boasts so many well-appointed features; it’s hard to cover them all. What I can say for sure is that this home is NOT the home for you if…..

*You DON’T need an abundance of space.
*You want a “small home”
*You ONLY entertain two times a year.
*You want a “FIXER UPPER“.
*You DON’T want to impress your friends and family.
*You’re NOT looking for a GREAT value!
*You DON’T want Loads of Parks and Tons of Activities to do!
*You just DON’T enjoy the finer things in life.

With a complete renovation from the studs in, this resort-like home proves a luxury living experience with every modern convenience, yet still captures its authentic old world charm at a FRACTION of what you might expect to pay.

 Other Special Features Include:

•  Gorgeous CHEF’S Kitchen Renovated From the Studs In..Means NO REHAB!!!  

 NEWER Antiqued Cabinets, Striking GRANITE Counters, Tile Backsplash and STAINLESS APPLIANCES!!!

•  Enjoy a Cup of Joe in the FIRESIDE FAMILY KEEPING ROOM with VAULTED CEILINGS!!!   

•  Stunning FLOOR-TO-CEILING Dramatic Fireplace Keeps you COZY in the Winter!! 

•  True to Its Character, enjoy AUTHENTIC, Original Gleaming Oak Hardwood Floors!! 

•  NO Dated Marble Here…Enjoy the ULTIMATE in Luxury Living as You’re Greeted with a TRAVERTINE Foyer

•  WOW!! A Choice of TWO MASTER Suites each with SPA-LIKE Master Bath Retreats!!! 

•  Secondary Rooms are OVERSIZED, so BRING ON THE Big Family!! 

•  Designer Paint Throughout! Oh Yeah!

•  FULL Daylight, Walk-Out Basement to EXPAND, but You Probably Won’t Even Need To!!! 

•  LAVISH, PRIVATE Back Yard PERFECT for the Entertainer in You!

•  Custom Built-In Bookshelves to Store Your Family Memories!!! 

•  Friendly & SAFE Swim/Tennis-AVAILABLE Neighborhood w/ MOM’S Day Out Program!  

•  Located Near Church, so SLOW Traffic!

•  Close to PARISH/PRIVATE School, which GIVES YOU OPTIONS!! 

•  Perfectly Situated off GA-400 Exit 5 & Abernathy Near SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS, PARKS, ENTERTAINMENT!!

•  So CLOSE, You’ll Think Your ITP, but WITHOUT the ITP Taxes!   

•  Unique Architectural Details Give This Traditional Home a Modern Feel!

•  Loads of Natural Light Overlooking Rich, MATURE LANDSCAPING!

•  Lowest-Priced Luxury Home Featured in Atlanta’s TOP SCHOOL District  

•  NEW ARCHITECTURAL ROOF!!!

 But, don’t take my word for it, see this stunning beauty for yourself:
Atlanta

For more information or to schedule your own private tour, visit www.SeasonsRealtyGroup.com or call Winter Baserva at 678.463.3173

February 16, 2011

FHA Changes on the Horizon….

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FHA Changes on the Horizon….

FHA Commissioner David H. Stevens today announced a new premium structure for FHA-insured mortgage loans:

  • The annual mortgage insurance premiums will increase (MIP) by a quarter of a percentage point (.25) on all 30- and 15-year loans. 

 

  •  The upfront MIP will remain unchanged at 1.0 percent. 

 

  •  Fiscal year 2012 budget will impact new loans insured by FHA on or after April 18, 2011.

 

  •  FHA to remain the most cost effective mortgage insurance option for borrowers with lower incomes  and lower down payments.

 

  • FHA will continue providing affordable homeownership options to underserved American families and first-time homebuyers while helping to stabilize the housing market during these tough times. 

 

  • On average, new FHA borrowers will pay approximately $30 more per month. 
 

February 10, 2011

Atlanta Realtor, Winter Baserva, to be on upcoming episode of HGTV’s House Hunter’s Again!

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When I got the call from High Noon productions that they wanted me to star in an episode for HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’ in 2009, I was beside myself. I asked them how they found me and why they were interested in me and they said they were looking for really fun agents that were having smashing success in a down economy. I guess my making fun of Brittney Spears was noticed by someone…

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My clients and did a test shoot and within a week found out we were approved for our very own episode. That means out of 62,000 licensed agents in Georgia, I was selected to be one of the three to ever air in the Atlanta area…. 

What’s crazier….I was recently contacted by Pie Town productions to do a SECOND episode….This means I am the ONLY Atlanta Agent to EVER be featured on a House Hunters episode TWO times. 

To say I’m humbled is an understatement!

So, what can you expect in my episode???? We’ll I can’t give the details YET..But, stay tuned and I’ll fill you in on the upcoming shoot dates and what to expect.

 Here is an excerpt from my previous episode “Pampered Pooch” 

 
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 The episode airs in the Fall, so be on the lookout for the launch date. And, if you would like to start your own house hunt with me, please give me a call at 678-463-3173.

  Thank You!

 Winter Baserva 

Real Estate Extraordinaire

Team Leader, Seasons Realty Group of Solid Source Realty, Inc.

www.SeasonsRealtyGroup.com  

678-463-3173 cell

 

January 20, 2011

Fannie Mae First Look Initiatives

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Fannie Mae has initiated a new program called the Fannie Mae First Look Initiative and many are confused about EXACTLY what this means to them. For end users (someone looking to live in the home), this is GOOD NEWS. This means that you have the right for 15 days to get “first dibbs” on the home before anyone else. This will limit the competition of investors coming in and getting the homes before you have a chance to bid on it.

HOWEVER, keep in mind, these are bank-owned properties, so if you are looking to pay with an FHA loan many of these homes will have over $5000.00 worth of damage to them and will not pass FHA guidelines, so you would not be able to qualify for a mortgage on the home. Even conventional guidelines are becoming very careful about loaning to homes in poor “condition”, so just be aware of that fact.

For investors, this means, owner occupants will have the first right of refusal on the home and you will have to wait 15 days before you can submit your offer. For investors that want to close quickly or buy in bulk, this will pose a problem. For those who maintain patience, and consistency, you will still be able to get these properties at a later date.

We don’t know how long this initiative will last, but with the diminishing supply of homes on the market, Fannie Mae wanted to give owner occupants the benefit to get into some of these homes. While I believe in the dream that everyone should have the opportunity to own a home, I don’t think Fannie Mae is taking into account how significant investors are to helping turn around the home market. Therefore, time will tell how much benefit this inititave has on our economy.

Should you have any questions about the Fannie Mae initiative or any other programs currently out right now, please feel free to call me at 678-463-3173.

January 12, 2011

What is HUD downpayment assistance?

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What is HUD Downpayment Assistance?

 What is HUD Downpayment Assistance?

HUD, the (Department of Housing and Urban Development) has been providing down payment assistance for quite awhile now (since 2003). The program was designed to assist first time homebuyers with down payment on a HUD home. The funds are issued through your local city, county, or the Department of Community Affairs in your state.

This initiative is issued only to first time homebuyers to help them with overcoming the financial hurdles associated with purchasing a home, and to help with revitalizing neighborhoods, giving lower income individuals a chance to become homeowners.

Under the initiative, HUD will provide assistance with down payment and closing costs. Since most FHA loans require a 3.5% down payment, this program will provide the necessary money through grants. If you receive $5,000 for instance, then it’s forgivable over time. The program is set up as an interest free second mortgage, forgivable at 20% per year. After you have lived in the house for five years, the second mortgage is forgiven. Should you move after only three years you would have to pay back part of the mortgage. The help is capped at $10,000 or six percent of the purchase price, whichever is greater.

If you would like more information on the HUD Downpayment Assistance please contact Winter Baserva at 678-463-3173.

 

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