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The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
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An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The stimulus package has been described as one part of a plan to solve the country's economic ills.
One ailment is the housing market.
Both realtors and potential home buyers hope the Obama administration's plan to slowdown foreclosures will have a positive side effect, getting more people to buy houses.
"I was driving buy looking for investment properties," said Dave Mullins, Real Estate Investor.
Mullins is an investor looking to buy.
"Three bedrooms, two bathrooms around this price range are perfect for rental opportunities, this is the perfect neighborhood for rental opportunities as well," said Mullins.
He admits it's a buyers market, but the problem is the financing.
"Financing is a little bit tuff, but the lower in price range you get the more of a common denominator you hit," said Mullins.
"This is really a good market compared to other parts of the country I think our houses were not over valued, like in other parts of the country," said Al Blanch, Parker Real Estate Group.
Al Blanch is the realtor showing the property.
Both he and Mullins hope the president's plan encouraging lenders to re-structure some loans and lower payments for current homeowners will entice more to see the housing crisis ending, and finally make that important decision to buy.
"I hope it's going to be great and serve its purpose and actually get lending back, but bankers are still very skittish," said Mullins.
"We're hopeful that financing would be easier for people, and also psychology maybe it'll people feel comfortable, and it's a good time to buy a house, this house is priced at $117,900, which is a good price especially for a starter home," said Blanch.
Hopefully the president's plan to put confidence back into the housing market will get this house sold.
"This house has been on the market for two or three months," said Blanch.
"I think it's a great time to look prices are not going to be any better than they are right now," said Mullins.
The commerce department reported that construction of new homes and apartments dropped close to 17 percent last month, home foreclosures are up 18 percent since this time last year.