First Time Home Buyers in Athens, GA

First Time Home Buyers


Buying Your First Home


Are you a first-time home buyer in Athens GA?  You might be anxious or nervous about making a big step in your life.  You might be asking yourself  how you are going to navigate through the process?  Not to worry!  Just making the decision to buy a home is also a first big step on your path to home ownership. 

While the process may seem confusing, the first thing you should do is arm yourself with the best resources available.

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Getting a Proven Resource 

"We just wanted to take a moment and thank you Hank for all the support and knowledge you provided us with throughout the home buying process.  Being first time home buyers was intimidating in the beginning, but throughout the process we felt very comfortable knowing you were representing us.  Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into being our Realtor, and for getting us such a great deal! We will recommend you to any of our friends or family looking to buy or sell a home in the Athens area!" 


Josh and Erica Sweat

Regarding the purchase of 485 Springdale Street in Five Points; Athens, GA


Narrowing Down Needs and Wants in a Home

Home buying usually begins with thoughts of what you want your house to be like.  From features to that right location, neighborhood, or side of town.  The Web has become the place of choice and the most useful resource in doing your initial search.  Once you start getting ideas however make sure you take notes of things that appeal to you.  As you begin looking at properties remember that after you see several homes, they all kind of blend together so make mental notes and  jot down street addresses or MLS numbers to reference.   

Get Pre-Approved by a Lender

Make sure that the shopping process in regards to your first home is a pleasant experience.  Choose a home where the payments will fit your budget.  Now a days it is easy to find a lender and get pre-approved online to know just how much house you can comfortably afford.  One trusted resource to me is Russ Tanner at 

When it's time to get serious about your first purchase please remember that you will benefit from working with an experienced real estate agent who knows not only the local real estate market, but is also experienced in the skill of negotiation.  The beauty of it all is that in most cases the Seller pays your Buyer’s Agent or Representative.  Not you!  This means you have all benefits of being fully represented and it costs you nothing for the expertise!

Have you heard of a 24/7 agent?  I am always available to answer all your questions.  It would be a privilege for me to have the opportunity of representing you. In the process I also have the knowledge and relationships to recommend trustworthy professionals that you will need during the entire process of the home purchase.

Please text me at 706-621-1895, call, or email me at  You may also tweet me at Twitter profile HankBailey.  Find the Athens Georgia Homes fan book page at