Fidelity Mortgage offers JOB LOSS PROTECTION

I received great news this weekend;  Fidelity Mortgage is offering Job Loss Protection! This is a wonderful option to ease the fears of many first time home buyers afraid to take the plunge due to the uncertainty of the economy. Here are some details of the program:

JOB LOSS PROTECTION

We are now offering a program that pays a buyer’s house payments in case of a job loss. If a borrower loses his/her job within the first two years of ownership his/her payments will be paid for up to six months.

Ron Draluck, Mortgage Planner

Fidelity Mortgage

Office: (770) 350-9338

Fax: (404) 393-9945

rdraluck@mindspring.com

Community EmPower Alert

from the office of Atlanta City Councilman Ceasar C. Mitchell

Contact: Contact Councilman Ceasar C. Mitchell at (404) 330-6052 or at ccmitchell@atlantaga.gov

What You Need to Know About DTV
Today the nation will transition to digital television when broadcasters begin airing exclusively digital signals – and analog television sets that are not connected to a converter box, cable or satellite will stop working.

Consumers can call 1-888-DTV-2009 or visit www.dtv.gov to learn more.

It is important that all households and families are prepared for the transition. Please share this e-mail with your friends and family who might be affected.

What Is The Digital TV (DTV) Transition?
Currently, many over-the-air stations are broadcasting in both analog and digital TV formats.  By June 12, 2009, all full-power TV stations will broadcast only in digital. The DTV transition will affect those who watch free, over-the-air television (through a rooftop antenna or “rabbit ears”).  If you watch over-the-air programs on an analog TV, you must take action now.

Why Are Broadcast Stations Switching to Digital?
Federal law requires the switch, which will free up the airwaves for police, fire, and emergency rescue communications, allow broadcasters to offer programming with better picture and sound quality and offer more programming choices, and allow for advanced wireless services for consumers.

What Should I Do to Be Ready?
You have three choices:
1. Connect your analog TV to a digital-to-analog converter box
Your local broadcasters might make the transition before the June 12th deadline, and some already have. So be ready. Digital-to-analog converter boxes are in stores and have a one-time cost of $40-$70. To help you pay for the boxes, the U.S. Government is offering two $40 coupons per household. (Please note that these coupons will expire 90 days after mailing). For more information on the coupons, visit www.DTV2009.gov, or call 1-888-388-2009 (voice) or 1-877-530-2634(TTY).

2. Buy a digital television (a TV with a built-in digital tuner)
You do not need a High Definition TV (HDTV) to watch digital broadcast television. You only need a digital TV (or an analog TV connected to a digital-to-analog converter box). Plus, you should not need a new antenna if you get good quality reception on analog channels 2-51 with your existing antenna.

3. Subscribe to a paid TV service
If your TV set receives local broadcast stations through a paid provider such as cable or satellite TV, it is already prepared for the DTV transition. Cable companies are not required to transition or switch any of their channels to digital. However, if you have an analog TV that does not receive local broadcast stations through your paid provider, you will need a digital-to-analog converter box to watch digital broadcasts on that TV.

For More Information:
1-888-CALL-FCC (Voice)
1-888-TELL-FCC(TTY)
DTVINFO@FCC.GOV

Industry Lobbies to Extend Buyer Tax Credit

Key organizations in the housing industry are urging Congress to increase the $8,000 home buyer credit to $15,000 and make it available to all home buyers instead of just those buying a first home.

“What is being billed as a recovery is not showing up in the cash register yet,” says Richard A. Smith, CEO of Realogy Corp. and a member of the Business Roundtable, which is orchestrating the lobbying effort.

The Roundtable’s campaign is also pushing Congress to make permanent expanded limits for loans eligible for government purchase or backing. The limit is now $729,750 in high-cost housing markets.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Nick Timiraos

*Washington Park Weekend Event*

You, your family, and friends are especially invited to a fabulous evening under the stars in historic Washington Park !

To celebrate 90 years of Washington Park ‘s existence, the Friends of Washington Park are hosting

Cinema in the Park on Saturday, June 13, 2009.

Come out to enjoy our feature film, Love and Basketball

We will also celebrate the life of Mr. Joseph “Jody” Brooks, first Co-Chair of the Friends of Washington Park’s Programming Committee and a wonderful friend and neighbor. 

Come EARLY to enjoy sweet treat concessions, giveaways, and get a GREAT SEAT!

Festivities start at 8:00pm, and the movie will start promptly at dusk. 

GO GREEN to the park! MARTA is smarta’! We are conveniently located 3 blocks from the Ashby Street MARTA station. 

Please share this information widely and visit the Cinema in the Park page on facebook and our website – www.washingtonparkatlanta.org!  

Any questions? Email us at fowp@washingtonparkatlanta.org  

We look forward to seeing you on June 13 in Washington Park !