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Archive for March, 2008

HOMELESS – Why Everyone Should Have a Place 2 Love in Georgia

You may have been one of the fortunate that had a good night’s sleep in your own home.  But here in the metro Atlanta area, there are many that cannot say the same. 

I have determined to help eradicate homelessness in the metro Atlanta area by creating affordable permanent housing that can be rented or owned.  Although we will start small, helping one family/individual at a time, I know we can make a difference!

I had the wonderful opportunity of volunteering with Home Stretch, which provides transitional housing in North Fulton, and I met a wonderful individual.  He had a great work ethic and had worked in lawn care for years but because of the recent drought (affecting greatly his business), he is now among the homeless.

 What are your thoughts about this issue of homelessness?  Let me know.

Here are some stats. from The United Way’s Regional Commission on Homelessnesshttp://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/e0-homeless.asp

717

homeless people were found to be on the streets, in shelters, transitional housing, service programs or at meal sites.
23% stated that they were veterans with 32% reporting to have been in combat.
47% of the people indicated that drug or alcohol use was the reason for their homelessness
29% of survey respondents had been homeless for more than one year.

*Source: 2007 Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative Homeless Census and survey covering the City of Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb County. The information is from a point-in-time survey.

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UPCOMING EVENTS – Earth Hour & Home Buying Seminars

Hi all!

 Here are a few events that if you have not heard about may interest you:

1.  EARTH HOUR — tonight at 8 PM turn off your lights for just one hour to show that it’s possible to take action on climate change.  You can sign-up at www.earthhour.org – you don’t have to be in GA to participate!!

2OWN IT! ~ FREE Home Buying SeminarsCome and learn:

A) why NOW can be the best time to BUY,

B) why FORECLOSURES have increased and how you can avoid it,

C) your eligibility for DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE saving you THOUSANDS [this is the one that I wish someone had told me about BEFORE I purchased my first home because I qualified with my income levels, credit, etc. – arrgghhh! – do not be like me, learn about how you can save money at these upcoming seminars]

D) how much will you really pay,

E) and MORE! Arrive EARLY for FREEBIES.

***** Dates & Locations:

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      • Mon., April 14, 2008, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – PEACHTREE BRANCH LIBRARY (1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)
      • Sat., April 19, 2008, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – ALPHARETTA BRANCH LIBRARY (238 Canton Street, Alpharetta GA 30004)

      • Mon., April 21, 2008, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – BUCKHEAD BRANCH LIBRARY (269 Buckhead Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305)
      • Sat., April 26, 2008, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – PONCE DE LEON BRANCH LIBRARY (980 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30306)
      • Sat., April 26, 2008, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – SANDY SPRINGS REGIONAL LIBRARY (395 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328)

 Have a great day!

To Buy or Not to Buy?

I became a first-time Atlanta homeowner and investor over 4 years ago but with today’s market I wish I had waited! Although I didn’t, I am definitely taking advantage of the BUYER’S market here in Georgia. And I encourage you to do the same.

What is a buyer’s market?, you may be wondering. Well, a buyer’s market is when it can take homes longer to sell, causing some sellers to be more willing to lower prices and offer perks that save you MONEY (like paying six months of your mortgage payments – the buyer’s dream). This is what we in metro Atlanta are in so take advantage of it while you can.

Most real estate news shows that we may be rebounding before the year is out so don’t delay any longer. Find that discounted, house, condo, loft, whatever suits your taste and make the investment. Once we rebound, you should have a nice amount of equity built up that will increase your net worth.

Happy Investing!!

PS – If you have questions about real estate – including owning, buying, selling, leasing, investing, etc. – email me at places2love@mail.com – I’d love to help!

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