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Decatur 101

I’ve never been one to keep my feelings for Decatur a secret.  Decatur was my “Atlanta Real Estate Sub Market Of The Year” in 2011, which coincidentally was the second year that I waited patiently on the waiting list for the incredibly awesome and informative Decatur 101 class that the city conducts.  Decatur 101 is, as [...]

How To Tell If A Neighborhood Is Safe

Recently spotted in a neighborhood whose identity shall not be revealed: Possible reasons for locking up your garbage: A.  You’ve either experienced- or had neighbors experience- someone rifling through your trash. B.  You’re tired of your next door neighbor leaving her labradoodle’s landmines in your garbage can. C.  Extreme paranoia. D.  All of the above. [...]

Atlanta Real Estate Reality Check

I recently took a quick snapshot of this real estate “sign topper” in Grant Park: The sign belongs to fellow Keller Williams Realtor Tony Raffalovich.  The day Tony put his sign up, he received an offer.  Within 48 hours, he received three more offers.  The home is, understandably, now under contract to close. It’s just one [...]

Collier Hills Cat Crossing

Showing homes in Collier Hills recently and I came across this sign: It’s the first time that I’ve seen at a cat crossing sign before. I see the “children at play” and “watch for senior citizens” fairly often, which has always made sense. There are, after all children at play and seniors on the road, [...]

The Best Real Estate Marketing Video Ever

If you have not seen this video, you should.   It’s incredible. Huge Credit/Kudos: Eric Lavey

The Best Value In Kirkwood

How do I know that 283 Sisson is best value in Kirkwood?  If you’re looking for me to back up the puffery, then so be it.  I’m game. Let me start my narrative with a little background on the location of this home- it’s less than a mile from Oakhurst Village, right down the block [...]

Kerry Howard, High Rise High Style Home Tour

When designer Kerry Howard isn’t popping up all over the television (Bravo’s Top Design and HGTV’s Design Wars, to be precise), he’s conceiving brilliant interiors all over Atlanta.   Beginning March 9th, Kerry will take part in the High Rise High Style Home Tour at The Residences at W Atlanta – Downtown.  Six of Atlanta’s top [...]

Advice On Buying A Foreclosure

I receive dozens of email newsletters each day.  Many don’t seem to deliver anything of actual value-  they’re essentially thinly veiled sales pitches.  Others, like the one that I receive from Atlanta closing attorneys Neel & Robinson, are chuck full of good real estate information. Here’s some advice that they just sent out regarding the [...]

Mike Monahan, Mike Monahan Home Inspections

The first call that you should make after going under contract to buy a home is to a home inspector.  Unless you’re some freakish combination of Bob Vila and the annoyingly energetic guy on Extreme Makeover, it’s an absolute must.  Mike Monahan is one of Atlanta’s best home inspectors, so I asked him a few questions to help explain why [...]

Getting Paid To Short Sell Your Home?

Last week, I was cutting north from Inman Park to Virginia Highland, and I drove past a pretty interesting scene on Glen Iris Drive: Not your typical Sunday barbecue. With that scene in mind, I just came across this interesting CNN article regarding short sales.  Evidently, some of the major banks are starting to pay their delinquint [...]

Atlanta Real Estate: 1 Market, Or 130 Markets?

I was just digging through the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Residential Real Estate Summit Supplement (try saying that three times!) and I came across a really interesting chart. The graphic, developed by Atlanta-based RealValuator, breaks down 130 zip codes in Atlanta by average price and number of transactions. Some highlights worth sharing: The highest zip code [...]

$1500 Down, And You Can Buy An Inman Park Condo

No, that was not a joke.  A tad bit dramatic?  Perhaps.  But it’s true folks, it’s all true. I learned recently from my friends at The BeltLine Team that The Brickworks in Inman Park has been added to their list of developments eligible for the BeltLine Tax Allocation District.  Read all about the nuts and [...]

Nick Arapoglou, Avenue Q

Nick Arapoglou is one of the stars of Avenue Q, the Horizon Theatre’s production of the big-time Broadway Musical.  If seeing a rip-roaringly hilarious musical at one of Atlanta’s most beloved theaters isn’t enough for you, then you should consider buying a ticket just to see Nick.  Any fellow New Yorker who has made the [...]

Private Remarks Hall of Fame

If you’ve ever browsed real estate online, you’re probably very familiar with “Public Remarks”. It’s the area where you typically learn about the “Chef’s Kitchen”, “Spa-like” master bathroom, and spacious recreation/play room. It’s the meat ‘n potatoes of the listing. What you may not be familiar with is what’s called “Private Remarks”. This is where real [...]

Battle Of The Network Yard Signs

As noted in a previous post, there really is no issue that’ll rally a neighborhood quite as much as school redistricting. Superintendent Erroll Davis recently released a new letter of “guiding principles”, which will surely heighten anticipation throughout the City for what will come next. Since we may still be a few months away from [...]

The Perfect Roswell Home

Rather than tell you everything that I like about my new listing in Roswell (I’ll save that for a subsquent post), I figured I’d share a video of this 6 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom masterpiece.  Sure, the voiceover might be a little funky, but the moving pictures tell the story:  tons of living space (over 5,800 [...]

Atlanta’s Outlook For 2012: Less New Condominiums, More Garbage Cans

The best part of hitting the midway point of January is that we can finally stop making gigantic resolutions, and opt instead for small, yet concrete victories. Last week, I read of two such small wins: 1) – There are less newly constructed condominium units on the market. According to the AJC there are a [...]

The Brickworks: A Homeowner Association As Strong As A Brick Wall

Its been a couple of weeks since I professed my love for my listing over at The Brickworks. If you’ll recall, I touted its perfect location (right on the BeltLine, in the heart of Inman Park), size, condition and price. What I may have skimped on  just a tad was information about the homeowner association [...]

Check Mapquest

In most regions of the country, real estate is marketed via a multiple listing service (MLS). Listing agents enter pertinent information pertaining to the property into the system – everything from number of bedrooms to whether or not the property is on public sewer or septic system. It allows for some pretty significant detail to [...]

When Ivy Zelman Talks, I Listen

One of the funny things about real estate is that everybody’s an expert.  Talking about real estate is a national pastime that’s become akin to sports talk radio – everybody’s got an opinion, and nobody’s afraid to share it. Ivy Zelman, however, is not just any expert.  She is the housing guru, a veteran housing [...]

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