Buying a Home

There are many factors to consider when buying a home. The golden rule of real estate is location,location,location. However, each Buyer has different priorities. Among the issues to consider

  • Affordability - It is very important to speak to a loan officer to determine what you can afford to spend on a home. You can click on the link below to access a list of loan officers I have worked with over the years, but please feel free to get other recommendations and select your own

  • Schools - Even if you don't have school age children, schools play an important role in a property's value. Stronger school districts tend to command higher prices.

  • Commute - Traffic in Atlanta is a real consideration when deciding where to buy a home. You can certainly get more house the further out you buy. Depending on where you work and live, commuting can be a significant time sink. MARTA is the rapid transit system in Atlanta. It has a North/South line and an East/West line that serve Dekalb and Fulton counties. It is a great option if it serves the areas you need to access.

  • Quality of life - This is very individualized but it is extremely important to know what you, as a buyer, enjoy doing. If you like walking to restaurants, bars and/or stores then you need to look at areas that rank high on the walkability scale. If you value peace and quiet, then less congested neighborhoods might be a better fit.

  • Condition of home - Some buyers are not afraid of doing some work themselves or hiring contractors. Other buyers want "move-in ready." Of course, a home that needs work is generally more affordable, but there can be unexpected surprises that are not anticipated when the work begins

  • Resale - Though no one has a crystal ball into the future it is important to consider what neighborhoods historically hold their value and, even better, appreciate over time.