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Carmichael Farms in Cherokee County Georgia - 02/19/07 09:46 AM
Carmichael Farms is a new equestrian community located in East Cherokee County at the intersection of East Cherokee Drive and Union Hill Road. The community sits on 340 acres with hills, streams and pastures with over 1/3 of the acreage set aside for open space. When completed, Carmichael Farms will be comprised of 332 homes priced from the $400,000's to a bit over the $700,000's. Lot sizes will range from just over a 1/3 of an acre to over an acre. Two extremely unique amenities within Carmichael Farms will be the Paint Horse Equestrian Center and The Village Square. Take a look (1 comments)
4000 acre development in North Georgia - 02/19/07 09:45 AM
The Macauley project, also known as the Willoughby-Sewell property, received some favorable news last week. The Atlanta Regional Commission gave a recommendation of approval for the development. Some of the next few steps are for the Cherokee County Commission to approve the mixed use development, as well as another ARC board vote and a Georgia Regional Transportation Authority review. (0 comments)
Foreclosure Help in Atlanta - 02/19/07 09:43 AM
A 24 hour, 7 days a week hotline has been announced to assist Georgia homeowners avoid foreclosure. The program, called HOPE, will also offer face to face counseling to Georgians who may be at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. This program announcement comes on the heels of a report that places Atlanta's 2006 foreclosure total at 63,737 homes, 4.4% of the city's households, which is 2nd highest in the country among major metro areas. (1 comments)
Health Insurance For Realtors??? - 02/16/07 09:14 AM
Small business employers and the self-employed, including real estate firms and agents, are facing a growing challenge in accessing and providing affordable health insurance. I read this in an article recently. It is concerning to me because I have been without health insurance before. It is scary. Especially if you have a family. I think it said that 28 percent of the nation's 1.3 million Realtors do not have any health insurance. This is nearly double the percentage of uninsured members in 1996. If you were add family members to the total, the final estimate for the Realtor family is close to 886,000 individuals. Are (3 comments)
Donating Commission to Charity - 02/16/07 08:47 AM
The key to the program is that the realtor offers to reduce his commission with the agreement that his clients will donate that commission-savings to a mutually-agreeable charity, paid out of escrow at closing. Everybody wins: 1. The selected charity wins because it gets a significant donation 2. The client wins because he gets cash back from Uncle Sam by deducting the donation on Schedule A of his federal income tax return 3. The civic-minded Realtor wins because he directs considerable support to a good cause, pays lowers taxes, and earns the gratitude of a client that is now more likely to send referrals Cash back to the (3 comments)
HomeGain.....Great Leads or Dead Leads? - 02/16/07 08:35 AM
I was wondering if any or you have had any experience with using the leads from Homegain.com. It seems they have different levels of service and a very persistent marketing team. I seem to get one call every 3 days from them asking me to buy leads. I am curious to see how many of you have had success using this website to gain clients in your area. (1 comments)
Housing Bubble? - 02/12/07 03:51 PM
HSBC, the world's third largest bank warned that bad-debt charges will be higher than 20% than originally forecasted. HSBC has been a big player in the United States subprime mortgage market so this news comes as a big deal. Signs of credit deterioration have risen to a crescendo, HSBC is warning about $10.56 billion in provisions; meaning they have no idea how bad these loans will get. Essentially they are starting to line their ducks in row getting ready for the implosion of many loans; remember $1 trillion in loan resets are scheduled for this year. (2 comments)
Home Ownership - 02/08/07 12:19 PM
Homeowners can claim a slew of write-offs to lower their tax bills -- as long as they itemize. There are deductions for mortgage interest, mortgage points and real-estate tax payments. And if you sell your home, most likely you won't have to pay taxes on the profit. If you bought a home last year, you might even get to write off expenses you didn't pay. So make sure you get all the tax breaks you have coming. Boats as homes. A boat that has eating, sleeping and sanitary facilities can qualify as a first or second home, so you can deduct mortgage (1 comments)
Lowball Offers,What do you do? - 02/07/07 11:38 AM
What to do with lowball offers, recently a buyer decided to make an offer on a house that had been on the market for some time. His real estate agent showed him comparable sales information, which indicated that the list price was too high. So, he made a low offer. The offer price was lower than the seller was willing to accept, so he didn't respond. When the buyer learned that his offer was going nowhere, he asked the seller to give him a counteroffer. The seller did and the buyer accepted. Thirty days later the sale closed. Another seller was (0 comments)
Advice I give my clients when preparing a home to sell. - 02/07/07 11:34 AM
Make the Most of that First ImpressionA well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted - or at least freshly scrubbed - front door. If it's autumn, rake the leaves. If it's winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.Invest a Few Hours for Future DividendsHere's your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value (3 comments)
Examine the worth of a Realtor - 02/07/07 10:43 AM
Why hire a dentist when you can extract or fill a tooth yourself? Sounds preposterous! Selling real estate is easier and does not require a professional in the field, you say? My neighbor or friend or family member sold their own home with no problem, you say? What benefit is a realtor except to collect their overpriced commission check, you say?In real estate, we always hear location, location, location! Try this term on for size. Marketing! Marketing! Marketing! An expert in the field will understand and know who to market your home based on marketing statistics. Just like all the fortune (4 comments)
Housing Numbers in Atlanta - 02/07/07 10:28 AM
Atlanta Housing Numbers Are Strong! After analyzing the most recent data released from NAR regarding housing in the third quarter, the news is good for the Atlanta market. These numbers should not be surprising to readers.Atlanta has not participated in the abnormal run up in housing prices. Our price growth has remained at a steady and modest pace. Using the financial market as an analogy, Atlanta is the money market and South Florida is the speculative stock. The money market will have slower growth and a lower rate of return but will be more stable than a stock traded with large (1 comments)
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