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Sunday, November 23, 2008

An 'island' of comfort, tranquillity | ajc.com

An 'island' of comfort, tranquillity | ajc.com: "Ivinia Toussaint moved to Atlanta from the small Caribbean island nation of Dominica six years ago to pursue her career as an accountant. Toussaint loves HGTV. At a friend’s party, she met Realtor June Harland, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and they talked house-hunting. She knew when she finished school, Harland would be the one to help her find her first place.

The process:

Although Toussaint had lived in the metro area for a while, she didn’t know all of the city well so she wanted her first house to be in the familiar north Fulton area. “I wanted a townhouse with three bedrooms and two baths, and close to work,” she said. Before they started looking, Harland recommended Toussaint attend a seminar for first-time buyers offered by the Consumer Credit Counseling Service. Then Harland “helped me decide next steps and really guided me,” Toussaint said, including giving her a checklist of things she needed to do, helping her narrow down her price range and working with her for preapproval of her loan. Then the house-hunt began."