Greater Atlanta Home Builders class guides first-time home buyers through process

Fri, 04/20/2007 - 3:04pm
By: Michael Boylan

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) is offering a free class to educate and guide first-time home buyers through the process of buying or building a new home. The Academy for New Home Buyers class will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19, at the HBA Housing Center, located at 1484 Brockett Road in Tucker.
“Our goal is to empower new home buyers with knowledge when they decide to build or buy their first home,” says Becky Hartman, consumer affairs manager for the HBA.

The Academy for New Home Buyers program is unique in that it breaks down the barriers to new home ownership in metro Atlanta by making the entire process as easy to understand as possible. In the two-hour class, potential buyers will gain knowledge from industry leaders explaining the builder selection process, contracts, warranties, communicating with your real estate professional and builder and the importance of shopping the market.

“People are very interested in buying new homes,” Hartman adds. “However, they don’t always know where to find information and can feel overwhelmed by the process. This program allows consumers to feel comfortable and confident in their home buying decision. We want all new home buyers to have a positive experience, and this class equips them with the foundation needed to purchase and care for their home.”

Although the class is free, pre-registration is required. All Academy attendees will be offered the Homeowner Handbook, an easy-to-follow book that gives care and maintenance guidelines for new homes, at a discounted rate for purchase. Call 678-775-1471 or e-mail for more information or to register for the class.

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) is a 4,100-member, not-for-profit trade association affiliated with the Home Builders Association of Georgia and the National Association of Home Builders. The HBA is the second largest local homebuilders association in the nation and is dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving home ownership by maintaining the housing industry as a viable economic force in the Atlanta area. The official charity of the HBA is HomeAid Atlanta, a non-profit organization that builds and renovates transitional housing for metro Atlanta homeless children, women and men.

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