Atlanta Homes For Sale

Written by Courtney Salinas
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The Atlanta metro area is a giant mass of cities and communities, all with their own flavor and style. There is surely a home to fit every need and every family. Whether your style is urban and hip or suburban and laid back, there is little the Atlanta metro area can't provide you with.

The five counties and hundreds of communities of the greater Atlanta area have everything available to buyers. You'll find historic homes and quaint streets as well as planned communities with glorious amenities. You may find such luxuries as tennis courts, hiking trails, golf courses and Olympic-sized swimming pools.

There are also remote areas for recreation, lakes, mountains, historic downtown squares, antebellum mansions and plantation homes. Culture abounds throughout the area. If you're a history buff, you'll be pleased to know that museums and historical societies are present in nearly every county in the area.

What Kind of Home Is Right for You?

Finding a home in an area as vast as the greater Atlanta area can be daunting, but there are so many resources available to a prospective homeowner. Real estate agents are an endless source of information and knowledge, but be sure to research all prospective agents. Find out who their former clients are, if those clients are happy or not and how busy the agent is now.

A busy agent is probably a good agent. People who do not provide good service do not get repeat customers or recommendations. However, you don't want to become one on a list of many people with whom the agent is currently working--you want to be sure you'll have plenty of the agent's attention. Also, find out how well recognized any potential agents are in their field. Find out what awards they've won and what the awards mean.

Online home listings can be a great way to check up on a city's real estate situation, but should not be a definitive source--you still always need to see a home in person before you buy. While the convenience of shopping for a home online is very attractive, there are so many small things you can't see and do on the Internet, from spotting small cracks in the walls to listening to the noise of the neighborhood to smelling that strange scent wafting from a few houses over. The point here is that there may be things that the Internet can't show you.

What's Important to You?

Before you can decide what kind of home you want, used or new, you have to decide what is important to you and your family. If you desire an interesting and unique used home, be sure you know what you're getting into and what kind of history the home you're considering buying has. Has it ever been flooded or been subject to heavy rains? Find out what the home has been through. It could be very important to the health and safety of your family.

Mold is a concern home buyers have to deal with. Mold is everywhere in our air; it's the elderly, asthmatics and people with weakened immune systems who are the most susceptible to mold's harmful effects. Most people have built-up immunities to molds, but large concentrations can be harmful to almost anyone. Have a mold inspection done on any houses you're seriously considering purchasing. Your agent may have already had a mold inspection done, but if you don't feel comfortable with that, you should by all means hire an inspector yourself.

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