atlanta: Keller Williams Realty Day of Volunteering - 05/11/11 08:57 AM
Keller Williams Realty Day of Volunteering - Keller Williams Realty gives back to the community, nationwide.  Keller Williams Realty sets aside May 12th every year for Red Day. Red Day is a day of volunteering where each office across the country does projects to give back.  We call it giving where we live.  Last year my office Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners, Sugarloaf Market Center with about 200 agents collected over 10,000 cans of food and non-perishable items for a local food bank.  This year we have decided to do more for more groups that need our help.  Each office chooses … (2 comments)

atlanta: Inman Park Festival and Parade - Atlanta GA - 04/21/09 08:47 PM
 The 38th Annual Inman Park Festival is this weekend, Saturday, April 25, 2009 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, 2009 11a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Parade is Saturday at 2 p.m. This event is fun for the whole family. The parade is a colorful mix of everything. It's led by the Inman Park butterfly, followed by marching bands, floats, art cars, politicians, drill teams, mascots, clowns, jugglers, and many more, closed by the Inman Park Trash Queen riding aloft a city street sweeper. The parade takes place rain or shine.
The parade begins on Edgewood Avenue at Spruce Street, follows Edgewood … (0 comments)

atlanta: Sweetwater's 420 Festival - Earth Day Celebration Atlanta GA - 04/18/09 07:35 AM
It's going to be a beautiful weekend in Atlanta, GA. One of the many great events going on this weekend is the Sweetwater 420 Festival on Saturday, April 18 - Sunday, April 19, 2009.  It's an Earth Day Celebration to learn about natural resources and environmental concerns. There's food, art, an environmental expo, Sweetwater beer and live music.

The day starts off with a 5K Run/Walk.  It's a family friendly event with activities for everyone. The Sweetwater 420 Festival is located inside Candler Park on McLendon Avenue between Little Five Points (Moreland Avenue) and Clifton Road in Atlanta, GA.
This event Benefits the Candler Park … (1 comments)

atlanta: Ripoff Alert- People Posing as Real Estate Agents - 04/07/09 05:17 PM
I have come across the most bizarre situation. Yesterday I received a phone call from a woman who had just signed a lease purchase agreement. She wasn't represented by an agent and didn't quite understand the contract. (I seem to get a lot of calls from people who aren't represented by a Buyer's Agent and then call for help after they realize they're in over their heads.) I told her to send it to me and I would look it over. I'll call her Sally, not her real name.
Sally had already given $4,500 and agreed to pay $60K more than fair market value … (11 comments)

atlanta: Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour - Atlanta, GA - 04/05/09 10:34 AM
The 2009 Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour will be on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 19, from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m.
Druid Hills is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Druid Hills Historic District incorporates the previously listed Druid Hills Parks and Parkways Historic District.  It is a beautiful area filled with tree lined streets and wonderful old homes.
Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. To buy tickets or for more information go to Druid Hills Tour of Homes.
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atlanta: Surprise! I was on HGTV's Buying and Selling: 20 Best Kept Secrets - 03/29/09 08:36 PM
I was working on some real estate marketing stuff tonight when my friend called and told me that I was on TV.  Back in the Fall of 2006 and the early Winter of 2007 we filmed a show called My First Place, a real estate show for first time home buyers.  Our episode has been running on HGTV for the past couple of years.  It will be on again tomorrow.
My friend said this is a different show, did you know about it? Well, HGTV premiered a new show tonight at 8 pm called Buying and Selling: 20 Best Kept Secrets.  … (19 comments)

atlanta: Cross Creek - Condos on the Golf Course in Atlanta - 03/29/09 05:44 PM
Cross Creek Country Club is a gated condo community on 122 acres of  forest and green-space in Atlanta, GA. The community includes an 18-hole par three golf course with on-site golf pro, tennis courts, lake and 3 swimming pools. The main clubhouse includes a restaurant, bar and health club.  Watching the birds on the lake as you get a workout in can be so peaceful.
Cross Creek is located in Atlanta's upscale Northside / Buckhead area, close to Interstate 75 off of the Howell Mill Rd exit. Cross Creek is just minutes north of Midtown and Downtown Atlanta and Turner Field, and … (2 comments)

atlanta: Atlanta Home Builders offering Mortgage Protection - 03/19/09 07:42 PM
There are at least 3 Metro Atlanta area Home Builders that are offering some form of protection if a home buyer were to lose their job.
Bowen Family Homes offers a Safety Net. If the Home Buyer were to lose their job involuntarily, the Bowen Safety net will pay their mortgage of up to $2,000 a month for up to 8 months.  Ryland Homes is offering their own Mortgage Protection plan and so is Atreus Homes. 
Several Home Buyers have told me they want to wait to buy a home in case they lose their job. These innovative Home Builders are overcoming that objection. Interest rates … (4 comments)

atlanta: Atlanta Home Show - 03/18/09 09:27 AM
The Atlanta Home Show is this weekend Friday March 20 through Sunday March 22, 2009.  It will be held at the Cobb Galleria Center conveniently located off of I-285 near I-75. The Home Show is great because it gives me ideas, not just for myself but that I can pass on to clients.  How many times have you walked through a house and wondered what can I do with this space? For me that's all the time. The home show is full of ideas, presentations and vendors.
Celebrity guest Joe Washington from HGTV's Groundbreakers will be there on Friday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at … (1 comments)

atlanta: Adair Estate in Druid Hills - Atlanta GA - 03/13/09 05:53 PM
Adair Estate in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, GA is a little known gem.  It's a historic preservation of a 5 acre estate at the corner of Ponce de Leon Ave and Springdale nestled between downtown Decatur and the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta, GA.  
Adair Estate is such a unique property in the Druid Hills neighborhood in Atlanta because there are freestanding homes on it as well as attached townhomes. If you are looking in the MLS it will be under the condos/townhomes section. A full time care taker/concierge lives on site and is there to take residents to the airport, water … (1 comments)

atlanta: Green Building Conference & Tradeshow - 03/07/09 05:27 PM
The Greenprints Conference and Tradeshow is coming up on March 25 and 26th, 2009. This is where green building professionals, policy makers and industry experts come together to share trends, strategies and the latest environmental technologies.  See how Atlanta measures up as a sustainable city and explore smarter ways to "green" your city.  The event is hosted by the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority and Southface. It will be held at The Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA.
Southface promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance.  I attended a Southface course to learn about Green Building techniques and it was … (4 comments)

atlanta: FMLS is Making Changes - 02/27/09 08:21 AM
In metro Atlanta we have 2 multiple listing services, GA MLS and First MLS or FMLS. I received this notice from FMLS about some changes which I think are going to be good. This is not the complete notice, it's just a summary.
Economic conditions and other factors have made it necessary for FMLS to establish some new policies and to modify certain rules; see below:
FMLS Policies Short Sales Reference to "short sales" is allowed only in remarks, either public or private. The verbiage must include the following language: "potential short sale/subject to lender approval"
Auctions In accordance with all … (6 comments)

atlanta: Amazing Victorian Home with Carriage House for Sale in Old Fourth Ward - 02/23/09 07:14 PM
History is for sale in the Old Fourth Ward! 578 East Ave NE, Atlanta is now for sale at a price of $489,000.
This amazing Victorian home was built in 1895.  It has been transformed from it's early days as an 8 bedroom rooming house.  There is still some of the old history in the house, with the original doors, one with a #8 that has been painted over. On the main floor there is a little door with numbered key hooks and a slot for where the rent payments were dropped.
Recently the original heart of pine floors were refinished and brought … (5 comments)

atlanta: Free Breakfast at Ikea Friday through Sunday - 02/10/09 07:04 PM
Ikea is serving up breakfast for free this Friday February 13th through Sunday February 15, 2009.  The restaurant opens at 9:30 a.m and free breakfast will be served until 10:30 a.m.  The offer includes 1 small breakfast and one cup of coffee per person.  Ikea is located at Atlantic Station at 441 16th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30363.  If you haven't shopped at IKEA before, then this will be an experience for you.  They have all kinds of household items for reasonable prices.   Personally, I like the square shaped glass vase that I got there for 3 or 4 dollars. 
Atlantic … (7 comments)

atlanta: Proposed $15,000 Tax Credit for HomeBuyers - 02/05/09 09:10 AM
There seems to be lots of questions on the $15,000 tax credit for home buyers. It isn't officially a law yet, but the Senate did approve an Amendment that would allow a tax credit of 10 percent of the value of new or existing residences, up to a $15,000 limit, whichever is less. To break it down, if you’re buying a $150,000 home or above you could get a credit of $15,000. If you’re buying a $100,000 home you could get a tax credit of $10,000.
Current law provides for a $7,500 tax break but only for first-time home buyers. The … (1 comments)

atlanta: First Saturdays Free at the High Museum - 02/04/09 10:00 AM
Looking for something free to do? If you live in Fulton County, you can visit the High Museum of Art for free any first Saturday of the month. Fulton County residents who show proof of residency may tour current exhibitions and the permanent collection.
10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA. 404-733-4444

 
Acceptable I.D. includes valid driver's license, utility bill or student I.D. from a Fulton County school. Fulton Free Saturdays are sponsored by the Fulton County Arts Council. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Commissioners under the guidance of … (1 comments)

atlanta: Great Home in Ormewood Park with a 2 car garage! - 02/02/09 07:18 PM
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atlanta: Grants Available from the Atlanta Development Authority for this Home - 12/12/08 06:30 PM
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atlanta: Mortgage Interest Rates Hit 50 Year Lows! - 12/11/08 10:17 AM
Mortgage Interest Rates have fallen to all time lows as of yesterday December 10, 2008.  The current 30 year Fixed Rate is 4.875% and a 15 year Fixed Rate is 4.75%.  These are 50 year lows!  A 30 Year Fixed Rate means your rate and payment of principal and interest will not change for 30 years, no matter what the market does. A 15 Year Rate gets you a slightly lower rate, but the loan is paid back within 15 years instead of 30 years. 
These rates only apply to loan amounts of $417,000 or under, that means the bank will not loan … (6 comments)

atlanta: Everyone wants Money! Charitable Giving - 12/04/08 07:16 AM
Especially this time of year, it seems as if everyone is looking for donations to their charity. How do you know where your hard earned dollars are going? My good friend and Chiropractor Dr. Carol Antonino, told me about a website called Charity Navigator  that rates charities based on financial evaluations of over 5,300 of the nations largest charities.
The site provides tips on charitable giving and the questions you should ask.  If you go to the site and your favorite charity is not on there, there are tips for evaluating your charity. Don't you want to know how much of the … (6 comments)

 
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