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.

Keller Knapp Realty

715 East Lake Road

Decatur, Georgia 30030


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