Donika Parker's Blog Posts

Don’t Forget to File for Homestead Exemption

I hope 2021 is off to a good start! If you bought your home in 2020 and you occupied it on or before January 1, 2021, you qualify for a discount on your property taxes, also called Homestead

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How was the Housing Market in 2017?

The Atlanta Real Estate Summit sponsored by Atlanta Realtors Association and Atlanta Business Chronicle offered great insight into the housing market of 2017 based on trends from 2016 mostly and the

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Do You Qualify for a Tax Discount on Your Home?

If you bought a home in 2016 and you live in it, you qualify for a discount on your property taxes called Homestead Exemption. Technically, you have to own and occupy the home as of January 1,

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Death in the House – Does the Seller Have to Disclose?

Is a seller in Georgia obligated to disclosure if someone died on the property? Watch the video on You Tube  or read below:With horror and  haunted house tours all month long,

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4 Things You Need to Know About Mortgage Interest Rates

We always want to know what our interest rate is going to be when we are looking to purchase a property using financing. Of course, it makes sense – the higher the rate, the higher the,

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Are You Paying Too Much in Property Tax?

We all have to pay our fair share of real estate tax. How do we make sure that it is fair?In order to answer that important question, we have to first look at how real property tax in

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How to Win in a Multiple-Offer Situation

In  Atlanta, market inventory is tight and houses that are beautiful and priced right go under contract in a matter of two or three days. Most often than not, buyers and sellers are dealing

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Avoid Doing This if You Are Self-Employed and Planning to Buy

    Your income (among other things, such as your credit score and debts) is very important when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. When you are self-employed, you make money, but you

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What Georgia Landlords Should Know

1. Make sure leasing is permitted in the community;2. Get special insurance for landlords;3. Check prospective tenant’s background for a small fee;4. Get your lease in writing;5. Know you

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How Affordable is New Construction in Metro Atlanta?

Wondering why I am chasing the bear and not the other way around and how this is real estate related?Last summer a past client of mine who lives in Woodstock saw a bear in his neighborhood on more

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Can You Buy a New Home and Rent Your Current One?

If you are planning to buy a home and prefer to keep your current house as a rental property instead of selling it, the first thing you have to do is talk to a trusted loan officer.Even if you

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Down Payment and Closing Cost Help Is Just Around the Corner

It is not a secret that to purchase a home using financing, you need some money for down payment (and closing costs among other costs associated with a home purchase). The good  news is that it

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