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Eloise & Tootie

Eloise & Tootie

Spring is on the way & what better way to celebrate than with spring chicks! Eloise (yellow) & Tootie (brown), are Easter Egger chicks. They are 3 weeks old & will grow up to lay beautiful baby blue & light green eggs. Happy Spring!! Stacy  Read More →

Time to payback Uncle Sam

Time to payback Uncle Sam

I have not seen any reports of how many people took advantage of the first time home buyer tax credits that were available in several forms 2008 – 2010. I wonder how many folks are going to be surprised that Uncle Sam wants some money from them? Most people would consider the tax “credit” that was available  in 2008 to be more of an interest free loan. Thanks to the Housing and... [Read more]

Chicken Love

Chicken Love

Happy February! Can you believe it? We have almost made it to spring! We have several chickens & each & every one is special to us. But sometimes, you have those that take a super special place in your heart. Martha is one of those. Martha is a Silver Cochin & she came to us from a place out in Carrollton, GA. She was very sick & was almost completely featherless because the... [Read more]

Landlords and 1099 reporting

Landlords and 1099 reporting

A new law went into effect for 2011 that affects landlords. All landlords who receive $600 or more in rent for the year must send a 1099 to all service providers that the landlord paid $600 or more during the year, such as plumbers, carpenters, yard services, and repair people. Prior to 2011, this requirement had only applied to those involved in full-time property management, but now the requirement... [Read more]

Terrific Thursdays!

Terrific Thursdays!

Decatur has long billed itself as “Your Mallternative.” Their goal is to get you to shop local & stay away from those pesky big box stores. Every year, starting the 1st Thurs in November & running through Christmas, they have Terrific Thursdays. All the local businesses group together, stay open late, serve snacks & beverages & run special discounts. It is really quite... [Read more]

Landlord tenant law

We are spending the day in a seminar about landlord-tenant law. We are the only attendees that are not lawyers. Lucky us, we have a roomful of free legal advice. Stacy and I have always strived to go above and beyond our required continuing education. Today our focus is adding to our current processes and obtaining more knowledge to ensure that our clients are properly protected. Yesterday we were... [Read more]

DeKalb County Foreclosure Registration

DeKalb County Foreclosure Registration

Once a home is foreclosed upon it is often very difficult to hunt down the owner or who is ultimately responsible for maintaining the home. As of November 1st, the DeKalb County Foreclosure Registry that was passed by the county commissioners back in July is in effect. The registry requires all foreclosed properties be registered in a county database. There is a registration fee of $175. Failure to... [Read more]

Tom Turkey

Tom Turkey

Ok, so Tom is not technically a chicken, but he said this is HIS month & I have to say, I agree. Here are some little known facts about turkeys that you might use to impress your friends: 1. The turkey is one of the most famous birds in North America.  In fact, Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey, not the Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States! 2. Have you ever wondered... [Read more]

Thawing the freeze in foreclosures

Thawing the freeze in foreclosures

I’ve had several calls in the past week asking me to clarify all the chatter in the news about freezing foreclosures. There have been allegations that lenders repossessed homes without using proper procedures and verifying documents. Home loans get bought and sold regularly. Years ago there was an electronic system, known as MERS, in place to keep track of all of this buying and selling. They... [Read more]

Alice

Alice

Alice is a Silver Laced Wyandotte whose interests include long, free-range walks in the backyard, eating meal worms & pecking inferior hens. Dislikes:people who eat chicken. (Can’t blame her for that!) Turn ons: cracked corn & fresh greens. Turn offs: roosters with small combs or thinning feathers.  Read More →

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