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credit scores explainedOwning a home can be a rewarding and exhilarating experience in anyone’s life. There is responsibility, security and comfort with having a place of your own.

Whether you’re a first time homeowner or looking to refinance or buy a new home, understanding credit scores is essential to your chances for success in the real estate market.

Mortgage brokers will look at those magic three digits that make up your credit score. A low score could lead to higher interest rates or even result in being disapproved entirely on property purchases.

Your three-digit FICO credit score is comprised of five parts:

  • Debts Owed
  • New Lines of Credit
  • Time Period of Credit History
  • Types of Credit in Use
  • Payment History

Below is a simple checklist for

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buying a homeIf you are thinking about buying a home or condo, you should naturally have a ton of questions for your real estate agent. In large real estate markets, agents can be a dime a dozen – so it’s important that buyers, especially if new, choose the right real estate agent. But how do you do it?

Asking potential agents questions before you make a purchase or even begin looking is a great start. Here are the top 5 questions (and answers!) we have received from buyers looking for their dream home in the Atlanta real estate market.

5. What geographic area do you handle?

Most real estate agents are licensed to operate anywhere in a specific state. Nevertheless, it is important to find an agent that specializes in the area in which you are looking to buy.

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alpharetta georggiaToday, Alpharetta is known primarily as an affluent suburb of Atlanta, just to its north, but this city is a distinct community with a history going back nearly as far as the city of Atlanta itself. Whereas Atlanta was nearly leveled during the Civil War and lost many of its heritage buildings, Alpharetta has been able to maintain a portion of its historic downtown core and a unique identity all its own.

Links to the Past

Take a stroll down memory lane with a self-guided tour through Alpharetta's past. There are 17 historical markers to explore through the heritage district in this community's downtown area. This includes the Milton Log cabin, built in 1934 and used as a school house, it has been meticulously maintained in its historic state,

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1065 midtown atlanta condosThe Atlanta Business Chronicle recently reported that the 1065 Midtown Apartments, with occupancy of nearly 100 percent, will convert to condos in the Loews Hotel. According to the report, prices continue to climb on the Atlanta real estate market for intown purchases which is forcing the hand of TriBridge Residential to covert 52 apartments at the top of the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

Rent here has maintained between $2,500 and $7,000 per month, but now that Daniel Corporation, the original developer of 1065 Midtown, sold to TriBridge, renovations and conversions will begin as tenants’ leases start to expire.

Prices are expected to begin at $600,000, up 14% from 2006-2007 levels.

Atlanta Condo Market

The condo market in Atlanta has improved since

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best schools in AtlantaOne of the most frequent questions we hear at The Atlanta Homes is “which are the best neighborhoods for new families?” and “which neighborhoods have the best schools?” It’s a rather hard question to answer because Atlanta has many neighborhoods both “Intown” and Out of the Perimeter (OTP). We’ve developed a short list for those new families who are looking into buying a home in the Atlanta real estate market.

In the Perimeter, or “Intown”

Chastain Park
Chastain Park is the largest city park in Atlanta and is home to excellent public and private schools. Located just 5 minutes from Buckhead, Chastain Park has four preschools, two public schools (North Atlanta High – an international baccalaureate school; and Warren T. Jackson Elementary, a National

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milton gaMilton, GA was incorporated in Fulton County on December 1, 2006. Situated in the beautiful, northwestern region of the county, Milton is known as a highly affluent community with a population of just over 32,000. According to the 2010 Census, Milton’s average household income is $99,412 in an area of roughly 38.7 square miles. Milton is bordered by Roswell and Alpharetta to its south, Forsyth County on its east, and Cherokee County to its north and west.

Milton, GA: A Brief History

Named after the Revolutionary War Hero and Georgian politician, John Milton, the city is currently named as the best quality of life in Georgia. An overwhelming majority of Milton’s residents voted in favor of cityhood in 2006, and with the signature of Governor Sonny

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new construction home purchaseDo you really need a Realtor® if you plan on buying a newly constructed home? Sometimes when the real estate market has many new constructed homes, buyers often consider purchasing without consulting a Realtor® first. Nevertheless, the benefits of using an agent as a new construction buyer's representative are many. Here’s our list:

1. FREE Representation. It’s almost never recommended to represent yourself in a court, so why would anyone do it when buying a home? Using an agent for a new construction who will represent you will keep your best interest in mind against a seller who is often trying to maximize his net profit on the sale. An onsite agent is hired to represent the builder and builder’s best interest, not to protect or educate the public.

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valentines day events in atlanta 2015Valentine’s Day 2015 is arriving on February 14th, just a few days away to plan a night for you and your special someone. Atlanta has tons going on, and we have compiled a list of some of our favorite things to do so don't panic if you haven't made plans yet. No matter your relationship situation, any of these events would be great to enjoy with your spouse, significant other, potential new mate, or platonic friends.  Don’t stay in and sulk this year for Valentine’s Day - the Atlanta metro area has tons of events that are enjoyable whether you live in the city or just outside the perimeter.

Best Of Valentine's Day Events In Atlanta

  • From the Heart – Atlanta Symphony Hall. 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Enjoy musically romantic
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friday the 13th atlantaFriday the 13th is right around the corner, and for those who are superstitious or simply have a fascination with Black Friday, there’s a lot to know that surrounds this special date. While many people who have phobias of this holiday actually change their normal routines, others choose to treat it with a carefree opportunity to divulge in the eerie.

The metro Atlanta area has several spooky places to visit if you find you are one of the latter types of people; the former, however, might want to just stay home!

Friday The 13th: History & Impact

While the origin of the superstition is unknown, scholars have argued that its likely origin comes from the crucifixion of Christ as Friday was the day of the crucifixion and there were 13 people present

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Located in Forsyth County, Georgia, Cumming is a part of the Atlanta metro area and hosts a population of 5,430 (2010 Census). Cumming is a vibrant community with a downhome, southern feel located just outside of the faster-paced Atlanta metro scene. Cumming is charming and beautiful, and due to its proximity to major business centers in Atlanta, has become an oft sought-after location for those searching for their dream homes in the Atlanta real estate market.

Residents here have strong sense of community tied together with traditional family values. The folk that live in Cumming enjoy spacious home sites and gorgeous views of Georgia mountains and lakes, all of which are surrounded by national parks and the ever-popular Chattahoochee River. People

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