Communities Home Tour Returns
ATLANTA—The Committed to Communities Home Tour is back, with the next stop the Westview neighborhood on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Event attendees will find homes priced from $50,000 to $225,000 in communities filled with history, and residents committed to building neighborhoods. Attendees will tour homes for sale along quaint streets and have a chance to talk with builders, lenders, real estate professionals, and housing counseling agencies. Refreshments will be served and neighborhood residents will be on hand. Buyers with mortgage pre-approval letters may be able to put a contract on a home during the event.
The free, family-friendly house tour will feature homes in Westview and surrounding neighborhoods located in southwest Atlanta—primarily in the 30310 zip code. This zip code—once home to high rates of foreclosure and mortgage fraud—continues to rebound as homeownership rises in Atlanta. Westview is a 103 year-old bungalow neighborhood along the Atlanta Beltline, minutes away from downtown.
Over 170 families, some in Westview, have purchased homes in the city of Atlanta with $15,000 down payment assistance grants from the NeighborhoodLIFT program. Several million dollars are still available. Those qualifying must buy and live in a home in the city of Atlanta and meet requirements including a maximum income of 120 percent of the Atlanta area median income, which is $79,550 for a family of four.
The event is hosted by The Beltline Team of Morris & Raper Real Estate Consultants and EpiCity. The theme this year is “Resolution 2013 – Own It!”
“Committed to Communities Open House Events introduce many buyers to charming Atlanta neighborhoods that are unfamiliar to them,“ says Derrick Duckworth, a REALTOR® who started the open house events over two years ago. “At recent events some people have toured the neighborhoods and homes and then placed a contract on a house during the event! That’s very exciting to see.” Duckworth is part of The Beltline Team of Morris & Raper Real Estate Consultants and EpiCity. Other participants are Resources for Residents and Communities (RRC), Invest Atlanta, Loan South Mortgage, Area West Realty, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership and Wells Fargo. RRC and Invest Atlanta are administering the NeighborhoodLIFT program, which was funded by Wells Fargo.
“Committed to Communities” will kick off at a home located at 1630 Rogers Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30310 in the Westview neighborhood. Persons interested in attending the May 4 event can register for free at www.CommittedtoCommunities.com. Registration is encouraged but not required. For more information, email Derrick Duckworth at Derrick@thebeltlineteam.com or John Mangham at JMangham@epicity.com
The Atlanta Beltline Team is the complete resource for buying and selling real estate along the Atlanta BeltLine. Derrick Duckworth is the leader of The BeltLine Team, which is committed to strengthening and stabilizing communities in the historic West End.
The NeighborhoodLIFTSM program is collaboration between Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Wells Fargo Foundation, NeighborWorks America, an independent non-profit organization, and local non-profit organizations. The NeighborhoodLIFTSM program is designed to provide sustainable homeownership initiatives in cities affected by the housing crisis. A video about the NeighborhoodLIFTSM program is posted at www.youtube.com/wellsfargo.