Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The housing and banking meltdown drastically slowed home sales. It's been tough to find financing to buy a home lately. But that could be turning around. Now may be a good time for many people to buy a home.
Gary Eller is a cheerleader for real estate. Even he admits the market here has slowed, but he says that's why now is the time to buy. "Buyers can strike while the iron is hot and get good deals right now."
He says real estate values in Dougherty and Lee Counties were never over-inflated, so they haven't changed drastically. But there are more homes on the market. And more incentives for buyers. "That's really good news and it's time for buyers to get off the fence because this is one of the best programs in 25 years I've ever seen offered by the government."
First time home buyers, defined as people who have not owned homes in the last three years, can get an $8,000 tax credit for that purchase. Also, FHA loans, which require only three and a half percent down, have been increased.
Eller said, "They have just increased the FHA limits to $271,000, so you now in Dougherty/Lee County can buy up to a $271,000 house and only have to come up with 31/2% down payment and you don't have to have perfect credit."
That's because it's backed by the federal government. And for those homeowners who have already bought, who won't be getting the credit, or FHA benefits?
"The good benefit is you're a proud Homeowner and you get to stay in your home without the threat of losing it, so that's the pride of ownership and we love Americans like that." Americans buying homes and staying in them... fulfilling the American dream even during hard times.
Wednesday, President Obama revealed a new plan to help homeowners facing foreclosure. It will help those who owe more than their house is worth and need to refinance but are having trouble getting a loan.