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Homeowner’s Insurance

Homeowner’s Insurance

A tree came crashing down I onto my house in the middle of the night. We were lucky and came out safe and sound. However, I thought this might be the perfect time to remind you that it is always good to review your homeowner’s policy on an annual basis. This is the first time in 11 years that I have ever had to call on my insurance company. Home values and replacement costs change over time.... [Read more]

Decatur Earth Day Festival

Decatur Earth Day Festival

Grab your old phone book and head to Decatur, Oakhurst Village  Sunday April 17th. The parade starts at 12:30 in Harmony Park (intersection of E. Lake & Oakview) and will  feature the Feed & Seed Marching Abominable Band. Festival runs from 1-4. There are so many fun things to choose from: Cake contest Donate old phone books Crafts for the kids Live music Food vendors http://oakhurstgarden.org/events/decatur-earth-day-festival-april-17-1-4-p-m/ photo:... [Read more]

Welcome Lilly!

Welcome Lilly!

On April 2, 2011 Lilly, a Splash Orpington emerged from her/his (we don’t know yet!) shell to greet the world. Proud parents, Emma & Party Horn couldn’t be more pleased with their fluffy bundle of joy!  Read More →

Earth Day – Tire Roundup

Earth Day – Tire Roundup

Grab your gloves! It is time for the annual tire round in honor of Earth Day.  The tire collection  is  sponsored each year by city council member  Natalyn Archibong. Atlanta neighbors have a friendly competition to see which neighborhood can collect the most tire. East Atlanta has had the ‘honor’ of winning this contest numerous times with approximately 1,000 tires being collected. The... [Read more]

Atlanta #1 City for Home Buyers

Atlanta #1 City for Home Buyers

The April issue of Fortune Magazine featured an article on the 10 best cities for home buyers. Atlanta topped their list. Duetsche Bank looked at the cost of renting vs. owning. I heard a fellow REALTOR joke the other day that Atlanta is on sale. That is a way to put a different spin on the slide in value that some (many) of our neighborhoods have experienced. Even Fortune magazine declared that the... [Read more]

Spring break

Nothing says spring break like going to mom’s work and scrubbing real estate signs! We capitalized on the 80 degree weather and the child labor and tackled the pile of dirty signs that has been threatening to overtake us. It wasn’t all bad for the girls, they got to play in the water and got a birdhouse made out of old sign parts. Posted by Mindy from WordPress for Android  Read More →

Real Estate Technology

Real Estate Technology

I told someone that  I was spending 2 days in a real estate technology conference and they looked at me with an odd expression. Emerging trends, marketing hot topics, online tools, wordpress plugins, QR codes (love/hate), mobile technology. We are getting to nibble on a little of it all. Unlike many real estate functions, RE Tech South leaves us invigorated and with practical information we can... [Read more]

FHA Changes Premiums

FHA Changes Premiums

FHA buyers have always paid a monthly insurance premium (MIP). Beginning April 18, 2011 that premium will be rising. According to Quicken loans a homeowner with a $200,000 FHA mortgage will pay $42 extra per month. That is over $500 per year. The premium actually varies depending on your loan-to-value ratio. This premium can be paid we mainly see buyers finance these with the loan. If you are a buyer... [Read more]

Dekalb County History Center’s Annual Silent Auction

Dekalb County History Center’s Annual Silent Auction

Tomorrow night, March 25th from 6pm-9pm is the Dekalb County History Center’s annual silent auction. This is a free event, open to the public & there will be lots of awesome things to bid on from local businesses. Also, beer, wine & munchies! Mindy & I will be your friendly bartenders, so come on by, say hello & support a great cause! Stacy  Read More →

Potential DeKalb School Closures

Potential DeKalb School Closures

The DeKalb County school board is scheduled for a controversial vote on Monday March 7, 2011 regarding the potential closure of up to 8 schools. DeKalb County has faced a drop in enrollment and currently has  a large number of empty seats, that coupled with a reduction in funding has brought this issue, which has been floating around for several years, to the forefront. The schools on the chopping... [Read more]

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