I love New York…Brooklyn, that is..

It has long been my dream to return to Brooklyn and purchase one of my beloved Brownstones…. While I have come close in finding my true love in -Historic West End, Atlanta… my 1920 Craftsman with all it’s beautiful details (original hardwoods, 4 fireplaces, pocket doors) still can not melt my heartthe way these NY Corcoran listings do….

Brooklyn Brownstone

Take  a look:  MACON STREET 

Macon Street Rental

Quincy Street

Quincy Street #2

St Marks Ave.

St Marks

Rose Circle Garden

National Community Gardening Week – August 23 – 29, 2009
Examiner.com
Atlanta’s West End features the Rose Circle Community Garden. Once a vacant field overgrown with kudzu, this land has been transformed to include raised …See all the article here: http://www.examiner.com/x-4497-SF-Lake-Tahoe-Travel-Examiner~y2009m8d23-National-Community-Gardening-Week–August-23–29-2009

Thanks Debbie Zimmerman!!

FHA Program Offers Purchase, Renovation Aid

The Federal Housing Administration is encouraging use of its little-known 203(k) loan program.

The 203(k) lets an owner-occupant borrow money for both the purchase and renovation in one loan, and put down only 3.5 percent.

The program requires the use of credentialed contractors and can include cosmetic improvements as well as major renovations like replacing plumbing or electrical. Completing the application process requires patience, says Nancy Hammock, an associate with RE/MAX Properties in Western Springs, Ill.

But in this lending environment, more homebuyers are finding 203(k)s worth the hassle. In fiscal 2008, the government insured about 6,700 of the 203(k) loans. This year, more than 11,000 loans have already been insured, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Source: Chicago Tribune, Mary Ellen Podmolik