Construction of New Homes in Oak Grove Elementary School

One of the most recognized schools in Dekalb County is Oak Grove Elementary, a feeder to Henderson Middle and Lakeside High School, the area has always been an attractive alternative to other in-town neighborhoods that have higher taxes, smaller lot size and of course very congested traffic. The area has seen a resurgence in new construction with very high-quality finishes and locally recognized builders. The selection (as in must in town neighborhoods of Metro Atlanta) is very limited and the prices reflect that. Here is the link to new homes in the Oak Grove Elementary school footprint.




April 29, 2020

Relocating in 2020? Follow These Moving Tips

Relocating in 2020? Follow These Moving Tips for a Stress-free Transition!

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July 27, 2019


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Here's what I've learned about those "kit" homes sold on Amazon

You can buy just about anything on Amazon, including a house “kit.” This is not a new concept. Between 1908 and 1940, you could buy 370 different house kits from a Sears and Roebuck catalog. The homes look just like any other, from cozy bungalows to two-story colonials. The Sears kits included most of the materials needed. Once delivered, the houses were assembled by the new homeowner, relatives, friends and neighbors or contractors and carpenters.

Today's kit homes sold through Amazon are all from third party sellers, so it pays to dig deep into the reviews before purchasing. *|IFNOT:ARCHIVE_PAGE|* Read the longer version here.  *|END:IF|* *|IF:ARCHIVE_PAGE|*That said, you might be surprised at what you get, and don't get in one of these Amazon-era kit homes.

What you WON’T get... A foundation. Hook ups to your water, sewer, or electricity. Permits. Land to put it on. Sometimes no windows or doors. Sometimes no plumbing or wiring...just the frame of the house. Read the fine print. Due to the lack of hook-ups, many tiny homes are "off-grid," meaning they use solar panels for electricity, a well or tank for water, and composting toilets for sewage.

What you WILL get... An inexpensive option for an extra "mother-in-law" apartment, guest house, or first home. Kits start at $4,990 for essentially a cabin-feeling garden shed. At the other end, kits go for $64,000 for a 1,300 sf two-story home. Then there are some that are not really kits, but pre-fabricated homes, like the $149,591 Log House. The dividing line between "kit" and "prefabricated" home is fuzzy, but generally a kit can be put up by a determined home owner, whereas the prefab home requires a construction company.

Why do the US and Canada both celebrate their Independence Days in early July?

The fact that they have similar Independence Days is just coincidence. The US celebrates independence from British rule and the founding of the United States of America on July 4, 1776. Canadians celebrate the uniting of three colonies into Canada on July 1, 1867.

Does it make sense to go Airbnb with your spare bedroom? What to consider...

If you have a spare bedroom, you may have wondered if it's worth reordering your life to have unknown guests in your space to make a little extra money. My advice is to think through a dry run. Imagine you are going to list your room a week from now. What do you have to get ready? How would that impact your life? Could you do it? Sometimes the preparation is as much mental as it is physical.

Also be competitive in your pricing, but don't be cheap, or you'll get cheap lodgers. After coming up with a price, decide how much extra income you want, and calculate how many nights you'd need to rent the room to make your goal. If your goal is $500 per month, and you're confident your room will go for $40/night, you'd need to rent it for about 13 nights/month to make your goal. Could you do it? If you decide to go down that path, there's plenty of online advice for new hosts to guide you.

Matching Game...

Kitchens through the Ages

See if you can match the pictured kitchens to the following decades:
  • 1950s/60s   _____
  • 1970s   _____
  • 1980s   _____
  • 1990s   _____
  • 2000s   _____
  • 2019s   _____
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Fun Story:

Who's Smart Now?  

A boy named Johnny hung out in front of the local grocery store in a small town. The manager noticed that the other boys who hung out in front of the store always teased him, calling him stupid and playing tricks on him. Johnny didn’t seem to mind, and always looked a little surprised.

One of their tricks was to offer Johnny his choice between a shiny nickel, worth 5 cents, and a dusty old dime, worth 10 cents. Johnny always took the nickel because he said it was bigger and shinier.

One day the store manager took Johnny off to the side. “Look, son, those boys are making fun of you. They think you don’t know the dime is worth more than the nickel. Don’t you know that?”

“Yeah, I know that," said Johnny. "But if I took the dime, they’d quit doing it.”

Kitchens through the Ages ANSWERS

1960s-6 | 1970s-1 | 1980s-3 | 1990s-4 | 2000s-5 | 2019-2
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Should you buy a college rental for your kids?

With college starting soon, many parents have made all of their financial plans, including a combination of loans, scholarships, savings, and student work. But there's another investment parents might consider: Buying a rental property instead of paying their student’s rent for the next four to six years. This is an option best considered after that first freshman year, during which your kids might want—or be required to—live on campus.

Parents who invest in a house or condo that their student can share with other students find that upon graduation, they often have a tangible asset they can use to help their graduate get a leg up on the next stage of life. It's not for everyone, but it might work for you if you consider all the factors involved. Beyond just seeing what's for sale online, you'll also need a history of the market trends for the area, the rental trends, the growth plans (which can affect your rental income), and more.

If you'd like to chat about the pros and cons of buying a college rental for your kids, give me a call.~ *|OWNERFIRST|*, *|LIST:PHONE|*.
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May 31, 2019


Oct. 10, 2018

Sagamore Hills Real Estate

Sagamore Hills

Sagamore Hills offers some of the best features that buyers are looking for in the Atlanta area, a great and convenient ITA location, well-ranked schools (Sagamore Hills Elementary - Henderson Middle - Lakeside High), great value and some very beautiful renovations. This neighborhood is located between Clairmont -Briarcliff and La Vista roads with easy access to I-85 and close to major areas of interest, education and employment powerhouses such as Emory University, Atlanta VA Hospital, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and more, the neighborhood is loaded with ranch style homes built in the late 50's early 60's with plenty of character.  

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Posted in Atlanta
Nov. 22, 2017

What I love about Atlanta

I love living in Atlanta. In fact, I love it so much that I’ve made it my life’s mission to help other people discover and fall in love with it. I’ve spent fifteen years living and breathing Atlanta real estate and truly getting to know what it means to be an Atlanta local. I haven’t always lived in this city, however! Having lived all around the world, from Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia to Kirksville, Missouri to New York City, I understand a lot about what makes a city great, which is exactly why I’m proud to call Atlanta home.

When it comes to this diverse city, there’s a lot to know, and I’ll be using this blog as a resource for both buyers and sellers to aid in their real estate quests. I’ll attempt to equip you with some of my local knowledge and help you make the smartest home buying decisions. But fear not, it won’t be all business. I’ll also be using this space to share some fun tips and tools to make the most of your home ownership journey. It can be easy to forget, when in the thick of buying or selling, that this journey is supposed to be fun and inspiring.

How about I start with why I got involved in the real estate, market to begin with? I first moved to the US almost 30 years ago to complete my college education at Truman University in Missouri, after graduation I found a job in Atlanta before being offered a job to one of the greatest cities in the world, New York, a place I had always dreamed of calling home. I quickly found myself right in the middle of the action! In fact, I lived at 70th and Broadway, for those familiar with Manhattan, during some of the most important events of the century. I was in the heart of the city for New Year’s Eve of 1999 as well as for the tragedy that was 9/11. Upon learning that my wife and I were expecting our first child, we decided, however, to move to a city that was a little bit more family friendly. We were looking for a place with ample professional opportunity, a diverse culture, safe and friendly neighborhoods, and great schools for our new baby. We found all this and more in Atlanta and decided to make it our new home.

When relocating to Atlanta I had very little time to devote to my home search. Between tying up loose ends at my New York job and and helping my pregnant wife get situated with a new doctor, I had very little time to find the perfect new home. This is where real estate really became an interest for me. Since I was still predominantly in New York, I had to enlist the help of a local Atlanta real estate agent from afar. I was lucky enough to find an expert who was willing to accommodate all of my needs, devote hours and hours into hunting down the perfect house for me, and make me feel safe and secure. This relationship was so trusting that eventually I purchased a home from this agent, sight unseen. Yes, that means that I said yes to the house without ever setting foot inside of it. How did I feel so confident making the biggest financial decision of my life without ever actually seeing what I was buying? It all came down to trust. The trust and confidence I had in my real estate agent made me secure enough to make this decision. This is precisely when I decided that I wanted to play a similar role in people’s lives. I had first hand experience in the ups and downs, excitements, and confusions of buying a home and I knew the vital role that a trusted agent plays in the process. I wanted to be that figure for people. I wanted to help home buyers feel comfortable and knowledgeable about their home purchase and I wanted sellers to feel confident and informed. Thus began my journey into real estate!

Atlanta is an incredible city to work and live in. There are endless reasons to love living in this Southern gem, but I’ll mention a few of my favorites.

1.The food! With nearly a half million people in the ATL, it has one of the most diverse cultural and culinary landscapes. Buford Highway is nationally recognized for its restaurant scene. This foodie hotspot alone is home to restaurants from over 35 countries. Renowned TV chefs often set up shop here, making Atlanta one of the tastiest cities in the country. Georgia is, by all accounts, a southern city. You’ll find some of the best home southern cooking around. But if biscuits, gravy, and chicken fried steak aren’t your favorites, have no fear! No matter your preference you’re sure to find comfort in the cooking in Atlanta.

2. The opportunity! Atlanta is the home of superlatives, especially when it comes to industry. Atlanta is the home of the CDC, or the Center for Disease Control. This is the only federal agency based outside of the Washington D.C. area. The CDC does incredible work and helps to keep the US a safe and healthy place. It is also one of the biggest employers in the area, with most people being directly or indirectly tied to the agency in some way. In order to assist families relocating to the area for a role at the CDC, I have devoted a part of my website exclusively to you!

3. Atlanta is also home to the most heavily trafficked international airport in the world! That’s right, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport serves the more travelers each year than any other airport. In fact, over 50,000 people are somehow tied to the airport’s operations. That means that 1 in 8 Atlanta locals are somehow affiliated with this behemoth! For those in aviation, retail, travel, or almost any other industry, this means near limitless opportunity.

4. Atlanta is also home to some of the best tax incentives in the entertainment industry. Thousands of Hollywood bigwigs make their way to the ATL each year to produce all types of media, from feature films to television shows, to music albums. Some popular shows that are filmed in Atlanta are Ozark, Stranger Things, and The Walking Dead, among others.

5. The sports! If you’re a lover of sports, then Atlanta is a natural home for you. The Atlanta Braves play locally at SunTrust Park. Catching a night game with a hot dog and some locally brewed beer is one of our favorite things to do! Our beloved football team, the Atlanta Falcons, are excited to call the newly minted Mercedes-Benz Stadium home. In addition, we also have a new MLS soccer team. I recently went to an Atlanta United FC game, which was a nail-biting, record-setting game that drew a crowd of over 70,000 people! If you feed off the energy of screaming fans at sports games, you’ll be in good company.

6. The weather and nature! Atlanta is lucky enough to have pretty stable weather and definitely gives you a taste of all four seasons. In the summer months, the ATL often reaches temperatures above 90 degrees. Locals like to spend the sunny months getting outside and enjoying Atlanta’s ample greenery. Piedmont Park, Grant Park, and Centennial Olympic Park are among the city’s most beloved spaces. The city also has a soft, sandy beach only 5 hours away and locals love to slip away for the weekend to the seaside in the hotter months. Atlanta isn’t the snowiest, but it has been known to get its fair share of winter white. With an average of 3 inches of snowfall a year, Atlanta gives you a taste of the winter without being too extreme. Regardless of your favorite time of year, you’re sure to get a bit of all four seasons in the ATL.

7. The Atlanta housing market. The city is booming and listings reflect it. Each quarter we’re seeing the number of sold homes rising, the number of active listings slipping as more and more flock to the city, and the average home price increased slightly. There’s never been a better time to move to Atlanta. Having a strong grasp of the market and a trusted real estate agent are the keys to your success in this arena. Whether you’re buying or selling in Atlanta, I’ll be using this blog to make sure that you’re as knowledgeable and confident about making your next home decision. It made all the difference in the world to me, and I’m looking for the opportunity to do the same for you!

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