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Tax Assessment and Appeals

Tax Assessment and Appeals

Watch your mailbox. Property tax assessments in Fulton and DeKalb Counties are going out and we are hearing from numerous clients about sizable increases. If you are one of those that had a jump that does not seem based in reality, and are interested in appealing, here you go…     Fulton County: Here is the link to the appeal […]

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DeKalb Water issues

DeKalb Water issues

Residents of Atlanta are all to familiar with the woes of dealing with our water bills. Recently DeKalb County notified it’s customers that they have created a Customer Assurance Team. This team was formed solely to deal with water disputes. I think that gives us an idea of how rampant of a problem this is! […]

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Get out and VOTE!

Get out and VOTE!

In case you haven’t heard there is a big election coming up soon! Roost Realty wants everyone to get out and vote. We give employees paid time off to vote and support volunteering to help out on election day. If you or anyone you know needs help getting to their polling place on Tuesday November […]

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Big changes to Mortgage Industry!

On October 3rd, the biggest changes to the mortgage and lending industry in 50 years took effect. New government rules have taken hold in an effort to give buyer’s more time to review and limit pressure that can occur right before a closing. What do these changes mean to us? Delays are expected as the […]

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Atlanta Arboretum: Beltline

Atlanta Arboretum: Beltline

    While preparing to list a home for sale in Capitol View, I decided to check in on the Beltine progress in the area and was excited to read about the projects going on in the area. An overall tree planting and maintenance plan is in place for all 22 miles of the Beltline. […]

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Mortgage Debt Relief Extended

Mortgage Debt Relief Extended

Extensions that passed the House and Senate have now been signed by the President and the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 extended numerous tax provisions that expired in 2013. These extensions include things like tuition deductions, state tax deductions. Most importantly, for some homeowners, the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act was extended through 2014. This […]

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Ghost Energy

Ghost Energy

Ghost energy, phantom load, vampire power, it all refers to the electricity that gets used when we have stuff plugged in but not in use. I’ve heard this term for a while but never really thought about it much until I saw someone report that they started unplugging things when they left their house and […]

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Changes in Financing

Changes in Financing

  As of April 1st FHA raised fees associated with new loans. This adds to several hikes over the past few years. In times not far gone, FHA was the go to loan for most first time buyers since it was the only one that was available for buyer’s that had less than 20% to […]

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Housing inventory

Housing inventory

  Buyers Market? Sellers market? In many of our in town Atlanta neighborhoods we are seeing a lack of sales inventory. We have ready and willing buyers but do not have houses to show them. As Spring arrives we expect to see our inventory grow and we anticipate it to be more of a retail […]

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Distressed Listing Numbers

Distressed Listing Numbers

Distressed properties such as foreclosures and short sales have decreased as a percentage of the total market. We anticipate this trend to continue. In the overall Atlanta market, distressed properties have dropped by 3% over the last year. This chart shows the 30316 zip code. It only shows closed properties, however, the overall number of […]

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30316 Days on Market

30316 Days on Market

We always are watching the sales data for trends and we have seen a nice downward trend for Days on Market. This tracks how long properties for sale are staying on the market before they are sold. Historically, this number always goes up in the winters months. However, we have been lacking inventory in our […]

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Rental Scams

Rental Scams

Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in the number of rental scams. Craigslist has always been plagued with scammers but now they have found a way to infiltrate popular sites such as Zillow, Hotpads, Trulia and other sites where posts can be syndicated. Just this week we were contacted by a potential renter who called […]

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Vacant homes in City of Atlanta

Vacant homes in City of Atlanta

Following in the footsteps of DeKalb County, the City of Atlanta adopted an ordinance that targets vacant homes in the city. The new ordinance requires owners of any vacant residential building or dwelling to register with the Office of Code Enforcement. Vacant properties must be registered within 30 days after the building becomes vacant. The […]

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Atlanta Then & Now

Atlanta Then & Now

I’ve enjoyed digging in to the history of my home and was lucky enough to meet the son of the man who built my house in 1932. Hearing stories of the history of my home was such a treat and we were happy to get answers to some questions that we had not been able […]

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Shred & Tread

Shred & Tread

Grab your paper for shredding and old tires for recycling to support America Recycles Day. Saturday November 19th Keep DeKalb Beautiful is hosting a Shred & Tread event.

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5 Weekend Getaways from Atlanta

5 Weekend Getaways from Atlanta

I just got back from spending the weekend in Savannah.  I love Savannah and typically visit a couple times per year. That got me thinking, what other must-visits are there for Atlanta based folks. These are all within about a half days drive of Atlanta. Savannah, GA – home to the largest National Historic Landmark […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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