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We dedicate this section of our blog to first-time home buyers. We know that this time in your life is just as exciting as it can be nerveracking.

Here you'll find all the information you need to buy the right home for you and your family (or your soon-to-be family, if you're the lucky newlyweds).  :o)  You'll have access to knowledge from the experts in the realty industry specializing in the real estate of Northeast Georgia and beyond.

Found 34 entries about First Time Homebuyers.

 

The appeal of new construction may seem obvious at first--who wouldn’t want to be the first to live in a new home? Where else will you find that pristine feeling that only comes with fresh paint, spotless floors, and walls with nary a finger print on them?

While the benefits may seem obvious, there is more to new construction than meets the eye. Read on for more reasons to consider purchasing a new construction for your next move.

Reasons to Purchase New Construction

  • NO SCARY SURPRISES Moving into a resale home always comes with an element of the unknown. Even if you got a home inspection, people make mistakes, and some issues don’t manifest until it’s too late.
  • THAT NEW HOME FEEL Taking those first steps into your new home after
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Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will focus in on the many parts of purchasing a home. We know that purchasing a home—whether it be your first or your fifteenth—can be stressful and confusing.

But it doesn’t have to be! We help people buy homes all the time! This series explores and explains the typical roadmap to purchasing a home. Some steps are more cumbersome than others, but if you know what to expect you won’t be taken off guard if (and when!) complications arise!

In this series we’ve covered a bird’s eye view of just about everything you need to know when you’re ready to purchase a home. From pre-approval to the home search process to the complications of closing, we hope that you feel more comfortable in your purchase despite how

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Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will focus in on the many parts of purchasing a home. We know that purchasing a home—whether it be your first or your fifteenth—can be stressful and confusing.

But it doesn’t have to be! We help people buy homes all the time! This series explores and explains the typical roadmap to purchasing a home. Some steps are more cumbersome than others, but if you know what to expect you won’t be taken off guard if (and when!) complications arise!

We’re entering the final stretch of this series with this post on closing! Congratulations! Your journey is nearly at an end, and you’re mere days away from calling a new house your home. It’s an exciting time, but don’t get too comfortable. There’s still some work to do, so

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Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will focus in on the many parts of purchasing a home. We know that purchasing a home—whether it be your first or your fifteenth—can be stressful and confusing.

But it doesn’t have to be! We help people buy homes all the time! This series explores and explains the typical roadmap to purchasing a home. Some steps are more cumbersome than others, but if you know what to expect you won’t be taken off guard if (and when!) complications arise!

Another element of the closing process is finance contingency, which is a protective contract clause stating that if the buyer is unable to secure financing for their home, the seller returns their earnest money. The purchase of the home is contingent on the buyer being able

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Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will focus in on the many parts of purchasing a home. We know that purchasing a home—whether it be your first or your fifteenth—can be stressful and confusing.

But it doesn’t have to be! We help people buy homes all the time! This series explores and explains the typical roadmap to purchasing a home. Some steps are more cumbersome than others, but if you know what to expect you won’t be taken off guard if (and when!) complications arise!

For this series’ seventh installment, we’re talking about appraisal! Once the due diligence period is complete (read all about due diligence here), appraisal is the next leg of your home-buying journey. Just like with due diligence, appraisal is paid for by the buyer.

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Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will focus in on the many parts of purchasing a home. We know that purchasing a home—whether it be your first or your fifteenth—can be stressful and confusing.

But it doesn’t have to be! We help people buy homes all the time! This series explores and explains the typical roadmap to purchasing a home. Some steps are more cumbersome than others, but if you know what to expect you won’t be taken off guard if (and when!) complications arise!

For the sixth part of this series, we'll be looking at due diligence, which covers a number of exciting activities like scheduling inspections!… writing amendments!…and much, much more!

At it’s core, due diligence is the period of time after your contract is binding

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Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will focus in on the many parts of purchasing a home. We know that purchasing a home—whether it be your first or your fifteenth—can be stressful and confusing.

But it doesn’t have to be! We help people buy homes all the time! This series explores and explains the typical roadmap to purchasing a home. Some steps are more cumbersome than others, but if you know what to expect you won’t be taken off guard if (and when!) complications arise!

For the fifth part of this series, we'll be looking at what happens once a contract “goes binding.” What does “binding” mean? What are your responsibilities? How much longer will it be before my home closes??. All of those important questions. Read on!

Once you’ve submitted

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Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will focus on on the many parts of purchasing a home. We know that purchasing a home—whether it be your first or your fifteenth—can be stressful and confusing.

But it doesn’t have to be! We help people buy homes all the time! This series explores and explains the typical roadmap to purchasing a home. Some steps are more cumbersome than others, but if you know what to expect you won’t be taken off guard if (and when!) complications arise!

For the third part of this series, we'll be covering the costs associated with buying a home.

Four main costs are associated with purchasing a home: earnest money, home inspection, appraisal, and closing costs. First, let’s talk about earnest money.

Basically, earnest

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Over the next 12 weeks, this blog will focus in on the many parts of purchasing a home. We know that purchasing a home—whether it be your first or your fifteenth—can be stressful and confusing.

But it doesn’t have to be! We help people buy homes all the time! These 11 blog posts explore and explain the typical roadmap to purchasing a home. Some steps are more cumbersome than others, but if you know what to expect you won’t be taken off guard if (and when!) complications arise!

First off, we’ll talk about getting pre-approved.

Before you even start the home search, we suggest you get a pre-approval letter from your lender. The pre-approval letter basically says that your lender (the financial institution that will loan you the money for your

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If you're a college graduate, a newlywed, or even if you're a recent retiree, you may be looking to purchase your first home. Maybe you're just tired of paying rent! A lot of buyers are intimidated by the home buying process--even those who have purchased and sold a home before! Are these questions swirling around your head? 

  • What can I afford? 
  • What kind of city do I want to live in? 
  • How do I get preapproved? 
  • How do I find a reputable lender? 
  • How do I find a real estate agent that will put my needs first? 
  • Will my home ACTUALLY appreciate over time? 

These questions and more will be answered at our First Time Home Buyer Seminar. Homestar's Candice Crook will be leading an informational session where she'll cover the ins

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