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Sen. Isakson to host homebuying forum

A former Realtor-turned-senator will give Gwinnettians a hand this weekend, in his own way to help the local housing market.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is hosting a statewide forum for first-time home buyers from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Busbee Center at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville.

Officials and professionals will talk about tax incentives, choosing a realtor and the home purchasing process at the event. On hand will be representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Georgia Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Atlanta Board of Realtors and Gwinnett County.

"I am honored to be able to offer this excellent opportunity to first-time home buyers from across Georgia," Isakson said. "As a Realtor myself for many years, I'm well aware of the value of a knowledgeable buyer. Information is power in home buying and negotiating. I encourage anyone interested in meeting with professionals in the field to participate."

Attendees are asked to register by 5 p.m. today online at rsvp@

isakson.senate.gov or by calling Isakson's office at 770-661-0999.

Oberholtzer wins

leadership position

Snellville's mayor will serve on the board of directors of the Georgia Municipal Association, an advocacy and assistance organization for Georgia's 500 cities.

Jerry Oberholtzer was elected as president of the association's third district Tuesday at the association's convention in Savannah. The district includes Gwinnett's 15 cities.

"We are pleased to have Mayor Oberholtzer taking on this leadership position," said GMA Executive Director Jim Higdon. "He's well respected by his colleagues, and I'm sure he'll provide great leadership to the cities in his district."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.