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Fulton Co. hosting foreclosure prevention fair Sept. 24

Fulton Co. hosting foreclosure prevention fair Sept. 24

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Department of Housing and Human Services' Office of Housing and Community Development are hosting a foreclosure prevention fair on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The fair will be held at Atlanta's Westlake High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Counselors will be on hand to provide foreclosure counseling and assistance. The counselors will help homeowners assess their current situation and determine if the homeowners qualify for the Obama Administration's Making Home Affordable program.

The Making Home Affordable program helps homeowners get refinancing or loan modifications to help them stay in their homes.

Participants need to bring two copies of the following documents to obtain assistance at the fair:

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

The Atlanta Beltline project is a diverse 2.8 billion project to renovate neighborhoods, parks and commercial space for an area of the city that will be connected by town-car (incorporating old railroad tracks).  The project incorporates nature and neighborhood's existing materials to create a neighborhood that's "eco-fabulous", as our tour guide called it. Brian Leary, the brain behind this project was a college student who was inspired by a similar plan in Paris.

Every Friday and Saturday at 9:30AM, the Atlanta Beltline hosts a free three hour tour along this beltline that highlights the circle that the town cars will transit. Currently, this Beltline tour is reserved for the next year but I was lucky enough to find a seat, due to a cancellation.

I didn't know what to expect on these tours. When I signed up I had never imagined the tour would take three hours out of my Saturday.

Agents Unknowingly in Violation of Ethics

This is a warning to Agents and a reminder to the public to be careful who you chose to represent you in a real estate transaction. I have recently heard some stories that have taken place locally and want to send this reminder to everyone. It is a violation of the ethical requirement for licensure in Georgia to represent a buyer or seller in a matter that the Agent is unfamilliar with. 

The REALTOR® Code of Ethics - Article 1 starts: "When representing a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant, or other client as an agent, REALTORS® pledge themselves to protect and promote the interests of their client."

Metro Atlanta foreclosure rate 16th highest in nation

Metro Atlanta foreclosure rate 16th highest in nation

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's foreclosure rate slowed by the middle of 2011, but remains among the metros with the highest rates.

Atlanta had 44,1560 foreclosure filings from January through June, down about 16 percent from the first half of 2010. This gave Atlanta the 16th highest rate of foreclosures, according to RealtyTrac, which publishes the largest list of foreclosures in the country.

The company defines a foreclosure as default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. 

Real Estate has a Long Road to Recovery

 

The next years of real estate are not going to be positive for homeowners. In fact, it’s estimated that in 2012 over 60% of all home sales will be foreclosures or short sales. This means that the banks will control the pricing of more than half the real estate market and we can expect continued declining values. This idea may not sit well with many after the mortgage meltdown and moral hazard issues we had over the past five years.

Further, we at Sellect Realty believe that it will be another five to seven years before we see home values near their previous peaks and then we expect a plateau for several years to follow before growth. Currently our market is still declining. Despite month-over-month gains we have had another drastic decline in home values over the past 12 months. According to the recent statistics released by Realtor.com the average listing price decreased by 11.42% from June 2010 to $250,933.  

FULTON: County takes foreclosure help to Twitter

FULTON: County takes foreclosure help to Twitter

ATLANTA -- Fulton County answered residents' housing and foreclosures questions through Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Commissioner Liz Hausmann of District 3 and a Fulton County housing counselor took questions via the county's official Twitter feed between noon and 1 p.m.

Hausmann also organized a Foreclosure Prevention Fair for this Saturday at Alpharetta High School.

RELATED: Free foreclosure help for Fulton County residents

Anyone who didn't have the opportunity to ask questions or get answers is encouraged to attend the fair.

To see other Fulton residents' questions, check out the @FultonInfo Twitter feed and any tweets marked with the hashtag #FChousechat.

Things to Avoid When Holding an Open House

This weekend was national open house weekend. I had the opportunity to see an open house go wrong in a million dollar neighborhood, so I'm going to share some pointers to help your open house go smoothly.

1. Ensure that there are no malfunctions with the home. A defective air conditioner ruins the experience for everyone including the agent. You do not want the agent to be in a bad mood!

2. Have an agent who will not push prizes, giveaways, or follow prospective buyers as they look at the house. The idea is to make everyone comfortable and the way to do that is by making all information readilly available and be available to answer questions.

3. Have drinks and/or snacks on hand, especially on a hot afternoon. At a minimum, bottles icewater and soda is a must.