Atlanta Home Buying Process


Atlanta Home Buying Process – Where to Begin Buying a Home?

Atlanta Home Buying Process.  Atlanta home buying is a complicated process that begins with getting the right advice from a very experienced Atlanta home buyer’s agent. Buying a home in Atlanta – Where to begin the home buying process? Home buyer advice from Atlanta best home buyers agents.  You’ll find the best Atlanta Home Buyers Assistance Here!

Atlanta Home Buying Process

Atlanta Home Buyer Process.  If you’re buying a home in the Atlanta, and want the best home…on the best possible terms… then call us!  We can help.  Your’ll need Atlanta’s best agents!  We have lots of experience, and we offer full service real estate assistance.  We are full time experienced Atlanta REALTORS®, and  dedicated real estate professionals in the  Atlanta area, we can handle all the details.  

Planning to purchase a home in the near future in the Atlanta area? Then you‘ve probably been browsing the AJC real estate ads, classifieds, going to own houses, and surfing the INTERNET every day. After each real estate ad you read, you get the feeling that each is more confusing than the previous one! Your head spins as you read, “Alpharetta / Roswell 3BR, 2.55BA, 2 HVAC, FP, BSMT. $179,750.”  Your palms sweat! It is all so convoluted.  The ads, and the INTERNET will give you enough information to drive yourself crazy! What does it all mean? What does the home really look like? Where is it located? How much will the home really cost? You finally find that one home in Atlanta that sounds just right for you… then you call! After several attempts, and voice messages, you finally get through. Then you find the home is already “SOLD!” Isn’t it so frustrating? You wonder if you will ever find the home that is just right for you.  So, where do you start? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

It is difficult to translate the abbreviated words and the hype sales jargon in a newspaper or .jpeg image into the home of your dreams!   It is all just marketing.  Also, printed ads and web listings tend to be stale.  Ad deadlines have to be met sometimes a month before, especially if they are in a magazine. Yet most buyers often begin their home search by looking through ads or surfing the web. They don’t even realize what a waste of time!  It’s a very time consuming and tedious process, and now they find it is many times non productive search.  The listings are probably already sold!  These good ones always sell quick, so perhaps you are looking  at the leftovers!  The truth of the matter is that even a seasoned real estate agent couldn’t find the homes they hope to sell through the ads or on the web. The reason is, there is not enough information! All the important information is missing, because you have to call the agent to get the rest of the information. So why not try another approach?

There is no need to wander aimlessly through an endless desert of unsuitable houses. Most of the classifieds seem to be handyman’s specials, and fixer-uppers. However, these properties are in such disrepair, even a handyman would find it overwhelming. Yet the owner of the classified expects you to buy it!  

You have the power to break out of this rut! By making a single phone call to us, we can open the door to a wide selection of homes that match your exact requirements. 

Before making that call about buying a home in Atlanta, ask yourself:

  • “Am I really committed to buying a home?”
  • When will I be ready to make this purchase?”

Once you have answered those two questions contact us! Whether this is your first purchase or thirtieth, explain your purchase plans, and then be prepared to answer questions about your preferred locations, styles, price, and financing. Once you are qualified, and you feel comfortable with your monthly payments, we can set up an appointment! Ellen and Jim will develop a buyer’s home profile that best matches available homes to the one you describe, and will arrange for you to view the most suitable homes at your earliest convenience.  

If you are not pre-approved or pre-qualified for your financing, ask us to arrange a “pre-qualification” interview with one of several mortgage loan officers. The lender will explain available mortgage options, ask for credit and employment information, then advise you of the maximum loan amount for which you qualify. Once you are pre-qualified, you can shop with confidence for the perfect home.  

Getting pre-qualified is a good idea when house hunting, because it is a way of determining your budget when purchasing a home and allows you to determine the amount of your down payment as well as your monthly payments. It is important to let your agent know what you’ve qualify to purchase. A pre-qualification letter is usually received after filling out a basic application. Pre-qualification can also strengthen your position when making an offer on the home of your dreams by giving you negotiation leverage.

Once you’ve committed to work exclusively with us as your Atlanta Buyer Agents, we’ll do all the MLS searches to match your preferences. We’ll preview a wide selection of homes, eliminating already sold or under contract homes, homes not up to your standards, or ones that are otherwise unsuitable. We can then make appointments for your first visit to the best homes, and your search will begin in earnest!

* Effective July 1, 2000 STATE OF GEORGIA law  prohibits Broker from representing Buyer as a client without first entering into a written agreement under O.C.G.A § 10-6A et. seq.*  – Atlanta Buyers Agents

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Atlanta Buyer Agency


Atlanta Buyer Agency – Who Represents Whom? Buyer Agency Explained!

Atlanta buyer agency explained for Atlanta Home Buyers! Don’t buy a home in Atlanta, without buyers representation.  Atlanta home buyers agents Jim and Ellen Crawford explain buyer agency and what it means to Atlanta home buyers.

Atlanta Buyer Agency Explained: Buying Atlanta Homes and Properties, with Buyers Agents Jim and Ellen Crawford.  Atlanta buyer agents would like to offer you an overview of buying a home in Atlanta and buyer agency. Since buying a home is a complicated process we would like to share some insights that will make this easier for the purchaser to understand. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. 

We specialize in full service residential real estate services in Atlanta area. Ellen and I offer buyer agency in the close in the Atlanta North Metro and offer a full range of real estate services. We are Accredited Buyer Agents, Broker associates, Ellen is has CRS, and GRI designations. There are no fees from you to work with you as your buyer’s agent.


STATE OF GEORGIA law prohibits Broker from representing Buyer as a client without first entering into a written agreement under O.C.G.A § 10-6A et. seq.*


Atlanta Buyer Agency ExplainedAtlanta Buyer Agency: In a routine real estate transaction, usually the real estate agents represented the party who has signed an agreement with them to market their home, i.e. the seller. It is important that you realize, as a purchaser of real estate, that times have changed. REALTORS® can now legally represent the buyer. REALTORS® have a responsibility to you to be honest and ethical in presenting property to you and are required to divulge ALL KNOWN in a seller’s property disclosure. This is a list of facts and defects about a property in order for you to make an intelligent buying decision. However, at no time can they give you any information detrimental to the seller, and they must pass on to the seller any information they have about you, such as your willingness to pay more for a property than your offer indicates. So why is this important? A seller disclosure statement is an important tool for the buyer and the seller. It brings to all concerned parties a clearer picture of the home and a more accurate expectation level for the buyer.

An example: If the basement or a roof leaks, the buyer will know that this will need to be attended to before finishing off that family room downstairs or repainting the bedrooms. And if the furnace, air conditioner or hot water heater are old, but in working order, you will be prepared for its replacement when the time comes. Sometimes the current owner may not know a property’s condition, especially if the property has been a rental. Be sure to review disclosures with your agent carefully and ask all the questions you have until you feel comfortable. Do not be afraid to ask for a professional to further examine our options However, you may also enter into a written agreement with the Agent to have him or her act on your behalf. This is called Buyer Agency or buyer representation. Jim and Ellen can guide you through the maze of questions and issues that will arise, and as buyers agents will work on your behalf to resolve them or clarify.

Ellen and I choose to offer Buyer Representation, and will specifically represent you, as our client, in the buying process, if you wish. As members of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), we’re skilled in providing excellent representation for buyers. Plus, Georgia law requires that we have a written agreement, stating our mutual obligations. Under such a buyers agency agreement, we have a legal duty to divulge to all parties that we are working under a “buyer agency” agreement. Under such an agreement, your interests will be represented. Costs are paid from the sellers’ funds at closing. So there is no cost to you at all!



  1. Meet with buyer to determine specific housing needs, location, and budget.
  2. Provide mortgage qualification assistance to facilitate the mortgage application process.
  3. Conduct on-going search of housing availability, through the First Multiple Listing Service.
  4. Contact “For Sale By Owners” and builders as appropriate on your behalf if necessary.
  5. Schedule appointments and accompany buyer client on all property showings.
  6. Complete a buyers comparative market analysis (CMA) on any home selected for purchase.
  7. Assist buyer in structuring a Purchase Offer and represent buyer’s interests in all negotiations with the seller, maintaining absolute confidentiality.
  8. Schedule appointments to provide access to the property for inspectors, appraisers, repairs etc.
  9. Closely follow the closing process, from contract to closing to ensure that all necessary documentation is completed and available before closing date.
  10. Provide a free Relocation Package if required.
  11. Follow client’s instructions regarding any transaction, providing such instructions are legal and ethical, and maintain client’s confidentiality.
  12. Disclose all known facts that could affect the transaction.

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Atlanta Home Inspections


Atlanta Home Inspections Tips and Advice | Dealing with Home Inspectors

Atlanta Home Inspections – Atlanta listing agents Jim and Ellen Crawford offer home seller tips for dealing with home inspections when selling a home in Atlanta. Atlanta home sellers – deal with home inspections, preparing to sell your home in Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta home inspectionsAtlanta home inspections – Jim and Ellen are experienced Atlanta listing agents that offer their Atlanta home seller tips for those homeowners in the Atlanta metro area that are planning on selling a home. These tips deal with Atlanta home inspections, preparing your home to sell, and what homes are selling for in my neighborhood. In this site you’ll find home seller tips for Atlanta homes for sale, selling a home, selling your house, seller negations, strategies when selling a home, dealing with a home inspection – preparing to sell a home. We offer our Atlanta real estate service areas are: Alpharetta, Crabapple, Roswell, Duluth, Dunwoody, Virginia Highlands, Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Decatur, Gwinnett, Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Snellville, Morningside, Lenox, Vinings, Smyrna, East Cobb, Marietta, Acworth, Cumming GA, Forsyth county, Sugarloaf, Sugar Hill, Buford, Winder, Cherokee County, Club of the South,  and much more!

Home inspectors are hired by the home buyer, or in increasing numbers by the home seller to be a impartial third party, and another set of trained eyes in the real estate transaction. Home inspectors are trained professionals, that can identify deficiencies in the home, its’ structure or mechanics, and electrical systems.  A home inspector should never offer to make the needed repairs to a home nor should they provide you with specific referrals for home repairs or renovations. It would be unprofessional to do so, and would probably be against the code of ethics for their affiliations with their respective inspection organizations of which they are a member.  For any necessary repairs, consumers should hire professionals with no connection to the inspector or the other party in the transaction.

Home inspectors need to know the home’s many systems and components and how they work, both independently and together. They should have a working and fluid knowledge in the systems they inspect. In addition, they need to understand why and how the system’s) fail. Consumer should expect a written report to describe the actual condition of the home at the time of the inspection and to provide an indication of the need for major repairs.

What Should We NOT Expect From a Home Inspection?

Home inspectors do not do destructive testing, nor can they see behind walls or through concrete. They do not provide detailed blueprints of the home, nor  should you expect their reports to include details of every item in the home.   The home inspector is primarily concerned with pointing out adverse conditions and/or safety-related concerns, rather than small or cosmetic items, which are considered readily apparent to the buyers.  They focus on issues that are related to health, safety, environmental, and that are structurally deficient in nature.

Also, the home buyer or seller should not expect the inspector’s report is a guarantee that the home’s components will never fail or need repair at some point in the future. Nothing is  perfect? all homes need regular maintenance and repair.


Look in the yellow pages and you will see page after page of home inspectors in some areas. So how do you find a qualified home inspector?

Ask Ellen Crawford.  As a full time real estate agent with market knowledge, and experience, he can provided with the names of several accredited home inspectors.

Prepare Your Atlanta Home for A Home Inspection

The better your home inspection when selling a home… the easier the sale. It is easier to identify objections before they arise by the potential home buyers.  So what will a home inspector will be looking at when they inspect my home, and how can we prepare for it? The list below will be very helpful when preparing for a home inspection. Most of these items can be accomplished with little or no cost and they are just regular maintenance items for a home.

  1. Grading or mulch from contact with siding should be six inches.
  2. Clean dirty gutters, leaves or debris from the roof.
  3. Divert all water away from the house; i.e. downspouts, condensation drains, and diverters.
  4. Trim trees, roots and bushes back from the foundation, roof, siding and chimney.
  5. Paint all weathered exterior wood and caulk around the trim, chimney, windows and doors.
  6. Seal asphalt driveways, and concrete repair if cracking.
  7. Seal or point up masonry chimney caps. Install metal flue cap.
  8. Clean or replace HVAC filter. Clean dirty air returns and plenum.
  9. Point up any failing mortar joints in brick or block.
  10. All smoke detectors to ensure they are in safe working order.
  11. Clean chimney, fireplace or wood stove and provide buyer with a copy of the cleaning record.
  12. Seal masonry walls in the basement.
  13. Don’t do quick cheap repairs. You may raise questions that will unfairly cause great concern to buyers and inspectors.
  14. All doors and windows are in operational, including repairing or replacing any cracked windowpanes, an caulking.
  15. Ensure that all plumbing fixtures (toilet, tub, shower, and sinks) are in proper working conditions. Check for and fix any leaks. Caulk around fixtures if necessary.
  16. Install GFCI receptacles near all water sources. Test all present GFCI receptacles for proper operation.
  17. Make sure all house lights , and switches are operational.
  18. Replace any burned out light bulbs.
  19. Remove rotted wood and/or firewood from contact with the house.
  20. Ensure that proper grading is followed under a deck.
  21. Install proper vapor barrier in crawl spaces.
  22. Caulk all exterior wall penetrations, and openings.
  23. Check to ensure that the crawl space is dry and install a proper vapor barrier if necessary
  24. Check that bath vents are properly vented and in working condition.
  25. Remove paints, solvents, gas, and similar materials from crawl space, basement, attic, porch, and so forth.
  26. If windows are at or below grade, install window wells and covers.
  27. Make accessible: attic, crawl space, heating system, garage and other areas that will need to be inspected.
  28. If the house is vacant, make sure that all utilities are turned on, including water, electric, water heater, furnace, and A/C so that an inspection can be conducted.

We are experienced Atlanta listing agents, brokers associates, and full time real estate agents successfully listing and selling homes in Atlanta since 1992.  We can handle all your Atlanta real estate needs: relocating, homes for sale, purchase a home, selling, residential real estate and properties in Atlanta. View Atlanta homes for sale: mansions, golf homes, gated communities, swim tennis homes, homes with swimming pools,  ranch homes, traditional homes, and so much more. Search for Atlanta homes for sale, tours, home tours, see homes for sale, make appointments to see homes, Free CMA’s and Home values for Atlanta Home sellers, and advice to prepare a home a property to sell. We also offer Atlanta relocation, relocating, relocation services.

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What are Homes Selling for in Cumming GA?


What are Homes Selling for in Cumming GA Neighborhoods? | Cumming Real Estate

What are Homes Selling for in Cumming GA Neighborhood? Cumming GA listing agents offer Cumming home owners advice on selling a home – home prices and home sales in Cumming Georgia.

What are Homes Selling for in My NeighborhoodWhat are homes selling for in Cumming, GA?  It depends! There is more to selling a home than just looking at the listing price alone. There are many factors to consider when listing a home for sale in Cumming, Georgia. Too many people rely on what they hear on the news or read in the newspapers for real estate trends. That is misleading.  All of real estate really is local.  Cumming is a big town and we have lots of small neighborhoods, communities, counties, and enclaves.  All of these can be further broken down into the number of homes for sale, school district, location of the home, access to commutes and more. 

From that point we also have to break down the community – does it have swim tennis, golf, a clubhouse etc.?   Next we have to look at the home itself.  Listing prices are important.  Is the home priced correctly? Where is it located in the community?  Does it back to a road, or under power lines? It is a level lot or is the home below street grade or above?  Does the home have good curb appeal?  Is the lawn manicured and have professional landscaping?   Now what about the condition of the home?  Does the exterior of home need new paint or neutralized colors? On the inside of the home, does the home need paint, carpet, are the appliances and light fixtures original? Are there pet odors or does a smoker live there?

Another factor is maintenance.  Was the home maintained and what is the working condition of appliances?  Are the appliances and heating and air conditioning original builder grade? What condition are they in?  Have they been replaced of upgraded recently?  When the home has no upgrades it is more apparent to the home buyers – not to the sellers – and that will effect price of the homes.

Last item to consider about recent home sales in your neighborhood is the sellers motivation when selling a home.  Why is the home seller selling the home?  Is there a job transfer, a death in the family, health issues, retirement, new children, financial troubles or does the home seller have needs of a bigger or smaller home?  Those items can all have a major impact on what price the seller sells their home at.

So now you can see – there is more to selling a home than asking “What are homes selling for in my neighborhood?”  The answer to that question takes a lot of research from experienced Cumming listing agents like ourselves.  For more information about what your home is worth, home values, or a free CMA, contact us. If you are planning in selling a home in Cumming you will need Cumming’s best listing agents. We are Cumming real estate agents and Realtors – selling homes in Cumming since 1993.

Cumming GA Neighborhood Home Values are Based On:

  • Local Real Estate Trends and Statistics
  • Recent Home Sales of Similar Homes in Same Neighborhood
  • Home Construction – Quality
  • Desirability of Community – Curb Appeal
  • School Ratings
  • Subdivision Appeal
  • Subdivision Amenities
  • Location of Home – Desirability
  • Curb Appeal of Home – Inviting
  • Maintenance of Home – Integrity
  • Upgrades in Home – Improvments
  • Price of Home
  • Motivation of Seller
  • Terms of Sale
  • Seller Concessions

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Paint Your Home to Sell


Paint Your Home to Sell It – Atlanta Home Sellers

Paint Your Home to Sell Atlanta Home Sellers Advice! New paint makes a big difference when selling a home. Before you list your home, paint your home inside and out to get the best possible price and terms.  Keep the colors clean and neutral!  Home selling tips by Atlanta’s best listing agents.

Paint Your Home to Sell it AtlantaIf you need to paint your home in Atlanta before selling take a trip to the local paint store or home improvement center, and you’ll be amazed at all the new formulations and improvements have resulted in a new class of paints for any need.  There are stain-resistant paints and some that are odor-free,  There are now energy-efficient paints, and kitchen and bath paints, that are mildew-and mold resistant paints, and as well as a plethora of paints for decorative purposes and special effects.  Think of it as a fine suit you can dress your home in to show it at its very best.  A fresh coat of paint can also hide a multitude of sins, masking the smell of a vacant stale home, pet odors and a smoker’s home.

A new coat of paint can make the difference of whether your home will sell or just sit on the market.  Paint has many purposes.  First a new coat of paint is pleasing to the eyes. If you paint the homes exterior and trim, you now have curb appeal!  It revitalizes the look of a tired and worn property and returns it to its former glory.  However we cannot stop on the outside and disappoint buyers when they enter the home.  A fresh coat of paint is pleasing to the senses.  Paint and also depersonalize a home, and makes it more appealing and inviting to all.  A strong personal color may turn some buyers away, and a neutral color may make your home more appealing to a wider audience.  Please remember most buyers are really looking for a home in turn key condition, and like your self they are too busy to stop and paint your home after they move in.  They want a home not a project!  Another item is that paint and caulking is part of regular home maintenance.  It actually protects your home from moisture intrusion, rot, and dry rot, mold and mildew and insect infiltration.

Before you place your home on the market the smartest investment you could make is in the appearance of your home.  Make it stand out in a clean fresh light that separates your home from your neighbors!  Yes it’s an added expense, but in this market is will make a major difference.

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Atlanta Home Staging


Atlanta Home Staging – Set the Stage to Sell Your Home!

Staging your Home to sell in Atlanta GA.  Staging a home is a better way to get your Atlanta GA home sold. Atlanta staged homes sell because it highlights the best aspects of your home, and maximizes your homes potential.

If your home been on the market for a while and it’s not selling, there is always a reason. You must stop and ask your self why?  Have you received any offers including bad offers? Is your home priced right? Are other homes selling in your neighborhood and selling while your home is sitting? Does your home show well on the exterior with great curb appeal and the interior as well? Are your home’s colors neutral? What about the carpets, and interior and exterior paint? Perplexed?  You are not alone. As a home owner, there are often many reasons that make up the sale of a home, price, appearance and location is all critical factors in selling a home in Atlanta.

Remember the last time you visited a model home in a new home subdivision in Atlanta? What did you think when you toured it? You were impressed weren’t you? They did a nice job, and you wanted to buy it!  Do you get the same feeling when you look at a resale home or your own home?  What’s the difference?  The new homes were all dressed up.  They were clean, light, bright and smelled good. When you visited those homes, what came over you? Something pushed your buy button! You may have even gone back to see the model again for some decorating tips. Why was this?  The home was just an average home, but it showed well. Well it’s not a secret how it is done. It’s all about marketing, and it left a planned desired effect on you. Why?  Because the new home was “staged” properly to appeal to all the senses. 

Staging is It is like detailing a car, but only better! Unlike buying a auto or appliance, there are emotions attached to buying or selling a home. We have to define what the hot buttons or the triggers that make a home jump out you and say “Buy me!”  It is sort of like the detailed car we just mentioned.  When is shines, glistens and looks like new you want to drive it around the neighborhood to show it off!  Well when selling a home, it is no different.

With our help you can do the same thing when you prepare your own home for sale. Now we are not talking about remodeling, tearing out all the carpet, painting, fixing up or making your home look vanilla. Instead, we focus on a few steps to make your home show like a model without spending a lot of your hard earned money. It is just common sense marketing. The secret is staging, and paying attention to detail. That can help potential buyers imagine themselves and their families at home in your “home for sale”

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Atlanta GA Real Estate Properties & Homes For Sale

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