Buying Is a Good Investment, If You Choose Right

Pessimists are implying that the housing market will never get any better and housing will always be a lousy investment.

Are they right? Of course not, say experts at the Motley Fool finance Web site.

In fact, the Fools predict that pretty soon housing will be a great investment because prices will have fallen to the point where homes are cheap.

Then as now, the Fools say the key to buying a home that is a good deal will be:

• Location
• Don’t overpay
• Buy what you can afford

If the price goes up, great, the Fools say. If not, buyers will be OK because they have picked a great place to live.

Source: The Motley Fool (08/23/2010)

What Do Apartment Dwellers Really Want?

Nationwide apartment rental firm ApartmentGuide.com says the majority of apartment seekers between June 2009 and June 2010 looked for apartments in the $500 to $700 price range, followed by $700 to $900.

Distance from the city center was also a factor, with the majority of apartment hunters seeking homes five miles form the city center, followed by 10 miles, then 20 miles.

These are the other top features that apartment seekers sought over the last 12 months:

Washer and dryer in unit
Pets (allowed)
Air conditioning
Some paid utilities
Washer and dryer connections
Dishwasher
Balcony
Garage
Cable-ready
Furnished available
Fitness center
Swimming pool
Short-term lease available
Gated access
Oversized closets

Sources: ApartmentGuide.com (06/22/2010) 

Westview Atlanta, Read more about us..

Westview is an intown neighborhood located in southwest Atlanta, Georgia. It is named for the Westview Cemetery that borders the neighborhood to the northwest. The neighborhood is made up of a mixture of architectural styles from Victorian, Four-Square, Arts & Crafts and Ranch style houses.

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West End Atlanta, read more about us…

The West End neighborhood of Atlanta is on the National Register of Historic Places and can be found southwest of Castleberry Hill, east of Westview, west of Adair Park Historic District, and just north of Oakland City. It would be difficult to find a neighborhood more closely linked to the city’s, state’s, region’s, and nation’s historical development than the West End district of Atlanta. Architectural styles within the district include Craftsman Bungalow, Queen Anne, Stick style, Folk Victorian, Colonial Revival, American Foursquare and Neoclassical Revival

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Evaluating Homes And Neighborhoods

There is an old saying that the three most important things in real estate are:

LOCATION!! LOCATION!! LOCATION!!

This is a bit of an overstatement, it is true that the location of your home is important from both a buying and future selling standpoint.

Recent studies indicate that by a 2 to 1 margin, potential home buyers will sacrifice features in a home to live in a move desirable neighborhood.  As you begin your search for a home, you will need to identify neighborhoods in your area which you would prefer to live.

One Way to evaluate neighborhoods is to think about the conveniences that are important to you.  Some people want to be near their place of employment, churches, or shopping centers.  For others, schools, parks and recreation, or restaurants and nightlife may be more important. Still others may need to be near public transportation, or have good access to highways or Interstates.

Everybody is different. Your ‘desired home’ may be a single family house in a suburban subdivision or a multi-family unit in the heart of the city!  However, there are several things that almost everyone looks for; adequate police and fire protection; reasonable property taxes; and well- maintained homes in the area.

No matter what you have in mind for your ‘desired home’, you should ask yourself two specific questions. First, “What kind of home do I want?” and second, “Where do I want it to be?”