Saturday, December 24, 2011

Buying a Used House

Most people looking for a home end up with a previously owned home. Right now it is cheaper to buy a house in Georgia than it is to build a house. There are several things to consider when purchasing or lease purchasing a home. A previously owned home may look great because it has just been painted but that doesn’t tell you the whole story. Buyer beware is a good philosophy to have in today’s market with so many choices.

Often the best house to buy is the house that is ready to live in today. Time is important. If you want to do rehab that is great but takes time, money, skills and knowledge. The house we are looking at in this example was just refinished by professional remodelers with years of experience in under a month.

Something as simple as hanging antique or wooden doors so they glide smoothly in the tracks is a skill not every homeowner or remodeler knows. At A O Home Solutions we use professionals for our remodeling work. The picture show one pro working on squaring up the door in every direction before it is rehung. Having everything work well on a door after removing carpet and adding trim and reinstalling new hardware is not as simple as it looks. No one like squeaky doors, doors that don’t shut all the way, do not lock, doors that hang crocked, or doors that are hard to open.

Buying a home with real hardwood floors is another area that needs to be checked closely before purchase. Professional remodelers know how to sand, prep, and put the right material on the floor to make it look like glass. A properly refinished floor not only looks great but is easy to clean for many years. A floor completed improperly can cause years of headaches and the poly coating can flake off. A floor sanded too deep can make it weak and change the structural integrity of the house.

The laminate floors most people put in over plywood today look good but may have problems in as little as six months if not completed properly. Make sure the laminate wood floor is a medium or better grade has been properly glued or floated and trimmed so the edges are tight all through the house.

If you are a rehabber, the options are endless for redoing homes to a specific period or remodeling and upgrading for today. There are advantages to doing the work yourself. There are also advantages to letting the pros do the work and then just moving in and enjoying the home.

Not much can compare to purchasing a great home for less than it cost to build it. Clean and neat homes in the right neighborhood are not hard to find right now, if you know where to look. A O Home Solutions has many great deals in Georgia , McDonough, Stockbridge, Jackson, Forest Park and several metro Atlanta areas.

Remodeling can be fun but can also be dangerous. Painting a home built before 1978 has some special rules due to the lead based paint used in and on houses built in 1978 and before. You can be fined for scraping and repainting your own home today if it was built in that period and you the owner and/or the painter have not taken and received proper certification to work on houses. The fine is over $30000 in Georgia. Does it sound odd that you can get fined for remodeling your own home? After all who is to know you painted and scraped a wall if you do not tell anyone right? That is not the point. Safety is the point. There are safety and health issues involved with scraping and repairing walls in an older home.

Great deals are out there everywhere but make sure you know what you are buying when you pick that Ideal Georgia Home or a house where ever you wish to live. Owning Your Own Home is a great long term investment.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Turning Point in US Military History and Real Estate Today

There are turning points in every business cycle and economy.

This was a turning point in military history for the US.

Pam and I were at the fort this year holding one of the rifled shells used to break through the walls and change the course of Georgia and US history.

In the days before the Civil War, brick forts were America's main defense against overseas enemies. In one two-day battle during the early stages of the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to brick forts. The Union army used “a new and improved technology”, rifled cannons to bust through the walls of Fort Pulaski at Tybee Island, Georgia and bring about surrender by Confederates inside the fort. After this battle the US never built a built a brick fort again to defend the country or a state.

History usually repeats itself unless something changes. What can you do today if you cannot get a bank loan on a home but you still need somewhere to live? The old of options of renting or leasing do not have to be the way you move into the future. A O Home Solutions has the solution. We have Owner Financed Homes under contract ready for you.

No or low upfront or down payments and monthly notes cheaper than rent. If you need a home, do not wait for a new battle, new deal or new economy. Prices have never been better and we have many Georgia Owner financed homes to pick from and Lease Purchase home deals for you right now.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to Clean and Prepare Your House to Show in 34 Minutes or Less

How to Clean and Prepare Your House to Show in 34 Minutes or Less

Buy a Home in Georgia Now

Buying a house in Georgia is not as hard as it may seem. There are many ways to buy a home today in Georgia. One can use traditional methods and go through the grind of getting approved for a mortgage. Interest rates are great but the banks are very tough on whom they lend to and often require large down-payments unless you go FHA, VA or some special Rural program.

There are several other great ways to buy a home now in Georgia. One can find an investor and receive owner financing. With this method there is No Bank Qualifying. That is correct No Banks Needed. Many owners are willing to finance their home to the right person or family. We Have contracts ready now that will allow you to move in to a new home before the end of the month.

One can also Lease Purchase a home or as some call it Lease Option a home. This has tremendous advantages today. Normally one only puts up a few dollars and after one, two, or three years, if the buyer can not purchase or they do not like the home in Georgia, they may walk without the hassle of a short sale, foreclosure, or getting a bank mortgage. If prices continue to drop one could just walk after the contract term.

There are other ways to buy a home Rent to Own, Land Contract, Contract for Deed, etc.

We have homes for sale by both traditional and non-traditional methods in the Metro Atlanta area and many Georgia Counties. Check us out at and buy or own your own home today in Georgia.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Days Are Long But The Years Are Short Movie

The Days Are Long But The Years Are Short Movie: "This short 2 minute movie reminds us that no matter how long the days may feel, they pass faster than we can possibly imagine. It reminds us to live in the moment before it passes us by forever..."

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

4 Things you might not have known about your Cell Phone

For all the folks with cell phones. (This should be printed and kept in your car, purse, and wallet. Good information to have with you.)  One of my firends gave me thius information. Hopefully it will help you!

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

FIRST (Emergency)

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

SECOND (Hidden Battery Power)

Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time.

THIRD (How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone? )

To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone: *#06# . A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone is stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

And Finally.... FORTH (Free Directory Service for Cells)

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE411 or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now. This is sponsored by McDonalds.
This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends.
Sharon Lott  A Premier Class Realty407-247-3224

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Finish Strong Movie

Finish Strong Movie: "We all face adversity in our life. And so many times, it's how we react to it that will determine our destiny. Finish's more than a statement, it's an attitude. When you combine the word "finish" with "strong," you create a powerful platform for action."

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sold my Houses Fast in Georgia

Thank you for saving me from foreclosures on two homes I owned in Georgia. I had to move to my sons home because of health problems in Virginia. I will be eternally grateful because Mark and Pam took care of everything with a caring, honest, and ethical way. Thanks ! Sheryl kaufman

                                             Happy Seller - A O Home Solutions Sold My House

We can either buy your house for cash or terms or we will market your house for you. Either way it cost you nothing. The only thing you have to lose is the mortgage payment.

See what we can do for you at any of these sites

We buy and sell houses all over Georgia. We help people sell their house in McDonough, Stockbridge, Ola, Gainesville, Jackson, Henry, Clayton, Dekalb, Cobb, Marietta, Forest Park, Ellenwood, and all over the Metro Atlanta area.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Another Happy Buyer

A O Home Solutions is a great company to work with. Mark is so professional and arranged our purchase in a record amount of time. He and his staff double checked all of the details which lead to a completely stressfree move for us. Thank you for a great Experience.    Carol Clark (Vice President of a Major College in GA.)

A O Homes and Mark were very easy to work with. They found us a house in a hurry and 30 days after we were in the house. reat experience. Mark is Great.    James Clark (Long Term Truck Driver)

If you need a home we can put you in a home Now

Friday, March 18, 2011

Out of Work And Do not want to lose You Home- Try this

Need help staying in your home. Here is one Government service helping people keep their homes even when unemployed. Did you know the government may pay up to $3000 a month to help you stay in your home rather than foreclose.

In Georgia the link is

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The biggest real estate book ever written is yours free. No Opt in Req'rd

Here is a book you can have and study for free. It has over 1400 pages of great information that investors and buyers use to get great deals in todays market. It is totally free. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for coming to our blog when the buying and investing knowlege is given out freely.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

All the Written Material you need as an Investor

Here is a link that may not be up long but it provides 1500 pages or 10 lbs of information if printed from some of the best RE Gurus in the business. I'm not in this list. I just practice buying and selling houses each day. If you like to read, it is free rather than than the $1500 most would charge. Life is too short to buy everything you need to be successful sometimes you need free help and this is it.

Enjoy it and remember who gave it to you no cost.

That is it for now I need to get back to playing in the snow. Something that does not happen often in Georgia.