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How Homeownership Serves as a Steppingstone to Wealth

A recent editorial in the New York Times focused on homeownership and wealth creation, drawing on research from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and concluding that “as a means to building wealth, there is no practical substitute for homeownership.” But just why is homeownership so important to building wealth? Here’s what the […]

5 DIY Projects to Increase Sales Value by More Than $10,000

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to improve a home and make it more sellable, according to HomeGain’s 2012 National Home Improvement Survey. HomeGain surveyed nearly 500 real estate professionals nationwide to determine the top do-it-yourself home improvement projects that offers some of the biggest bang for your […]

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Meet Barbara C. Hamilton!

  I am a trained real estate professional with expert skills in negotiations and sales.  My commitment is to providing each customer with a full service real estate experience.  I will work with you throughout the entire home search and negotiation process, and assist in finalizing the details. My Qualifications: Buyers Real Estate Agent – […]

6 Creative Ways to Afford a Home

Investigate local, state, and national down payment assistance programs. These programs give qualified applicants loans or grants to cover all or part of your required down payment. National programs include the Nehemiah program, www.getdownpayment.com, and the American Dream Down Payment Fund from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, www.hud.gov. Explore seller financing. In some […]

Tax Benefits of Homeownership

The tax deductions you’re eligible to take for mortgage interest and property taxes greatly increase the financial benefits of homeownership. Here’s how it works. Assume: $9,877 = Mortgage interest paid (a loan of $150,000 for 30 years, at 7 percent, using year-five interest) $2,700 = Property taxes (at 1.5 percent on $180,000 assessed value) ______ […]

I’m sure “House Hunter International” has a hand in this…

Vacation Home Market Heating Up Daily Real Estate News | <!– –> As consumer confidence, the economy, and job market all make gains, more Americans are feeling like they have money to spend on second residences and summer homes. Low interest rates are still a big draw. Vacation home sales increased 10 percent nationwide in […]

Real Estate Homestead Exemption

Generally, a homeowner is entitled to a homestead exemption on their home and land underneath provided the home was owned by the homeowner and was their legal residence as of January 1 of the taxable year. (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-40) Application for Homestead Exemption To be granted a homestead exemption, a person must actually occupy the home, […]