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Interactive Crime Map

Interactive Crime Map

Trulia recently launched a beta version of crime maps. They use a heatmap to track crimes and it makes for some very interesting reading. I think this is a great tool for potential home buyers. The stats seem to run 30-45 days behind but the heat colors are indicative of patterns and typically that is what my buyers are interested in seeing. It is interactive and you can zoom in and see details about... [Read more]

Real Estate Investing Opportunities

A survey recently released by move.com shows that in the upcoming months, real estate investors are more likely to throw their hats into the buying ring than typical buyers. The survey also states that investors are most likely to spend their dollars in their own cities. Over the years, we have dealt with many out-of-state investors that found to Atlanta market a good place to speculate. However,... [Read more]

Short Sales

Short Sales

Pre-foreclosure, shortsale, CDPE listing…these all describe the same thing. In brief, a short sale is when a homeowner owes more than they can sell their home for and they ask their mortgage lender to ‘short’ their mortgage and take less than what it is worth. There are many nuances to short sales but let’s focus on what they mean for buyers. Tips when making an offer on a... [Read more]

Blondie

Blondie

Meet Blondie… This month’s chicken hails from East Atlanta. Blondie is a silkie. She lives in a really cool coop in the backyard of Rebecca and Joe. Blondie shares her coop with her flock of 4 other chickens. She’s a pretty little thing with a blondish to red coat, who enjoys dust baths. It was nice to meet you Blondie 🙂 Thanks to Rebecca for the tour!  Read More →

Multiple Offer Situations

Multiple Offer Situations

Ka Pow! Boom! Bang! Twice in the last week I have had two different buyers that have made offers and run into multiple offer situations. It was not too long ago that we regularly encountered multiple offers, however, lately that has been a rarity. In these cases, both happened to be on bank-owned, Freddie and Fannie Mae owned properties.  Both of these were in ‘hot’ locations. One had... [Read more]

Ormewood Park / QT controversy

Ormewood Park / QT controversy

On Saturday an Ormewood Park resident stood on the corner of Ormewood and Woodland roads handing out information on the proposed building of a QuikTrip gas station. The proposed gas station would be located adjacent to the Little Azios where the run-down Jiffy Grocery is currently located.  I love the idea of having a convenience like QT close by, however, I have been dismayed by several pieces of... [Read more]

EAV Farmers Market is back!

EAV Farmers Market is back!

Today is the opening day of the farmers market in East Atlanta. This year the market has moved to a new location at 561 Flat Shoals Ave (across from the Midway). Our local neighborhood market has grown other the past few years and was voted ‘Best Outdoors Farmers Market’ in 2010 by Creative Loafing readers. With the award of a $50,000 grant, the EAV Farmers Market will spread it’s... [Read more]

Atlanta – May Festivals

Atlanta – May Festivals

Springtime in Atlanta is festival season. I spent this past weekend enjoying what may be my favorite Atlanta festival, the Inman Park Festival. May is also chock full of some great festivals, most of which benefit the neighborhood in which they are held. Here are a few that are on my radar. Sweet Auburn SpringFest WorldFest, Sweet Auburn Historical District, May 7-8 Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour... [Read more]

Emma

Emma

Emma, a Splash Orpington, is one of our first hens. We had actually gone out to a farm in Bowden, GA to pick up a different kind of chick & she was thrown in as a bonus. The original chick we went to pick up turned out to be a rooster & quickly moved to the country. But, Emma became our queen. She is extremely tame & makes a great “lap chicken.” She lays gorgeous dark brown... [Read more]

Chilling Tornado Footage

Chilling Tornado Footage

There was a lot of hype in Atlanta yesterday about the impending storms. While on all sides of the city there was lots of damage, the city emerged pretty much unscathed. Here at the Roost, we did get a call from a tenant that had a tree fall across their driveway and they could not get out. I myself felt a little anxiety about the potential wrath of the storm. After the tree on my house last week,... [Read more]

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