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This blog is about Anna Maria Island real estate and events, along with Longboat Key, Bradenton and Cortez real estate info. You may come across Atlanta, GA information too as I spent years living and working there and now have teammates that run the business there.
Ways to Save this year - Everyone is always looking for a deal or a way to keep more money in their pocket. I've listed some of my favorite sites that will send daily local deals to your email in box. I love Groupon because they have things like housecleaning deals, spa and hair salo...
Dekalb County GA Homestead Exemption - Now is the time to file for homestead exemptions.  (That's where homeowners save money on their property taxes.) If you bought your home in 2010 and lived in it January 1st as your primary legal residence, you can file between now and April 1st.  Once you fi...
My Agent is not available. Can you show me the house? Last week I received this phone call. The caller wanted to see a house but said that her agent wasn't available, so she was just calling agents to see who would show it. I explained to her that if she was working with an agent, her agent neede...
Buying Atlanta Foreclosures - The following are basics that a metro Atlanta home buyer should know about buying a foreclosure. There won't be a Seller's disclosure. The bank has never occupied the property and they don't know the history of the house. Foreclosure homes are sold "as is". That does...
Top Tips for Buying Investment Property  1. Buy in an area you know. Several times this year I’ve gotten calls from out of state investors who bought property without ever seeing it and then were having issues.  2. Buy in an area that’s convenient to your own home if you plan to manage it yoursel...
The Heritage at Vinings is a neighborhood of 188 homes built 1998 to 2002 by one of Atlanta's leading home builders, John Wieland. Heritage at Vinings is a swim tennis community in Smyrna, GA. There are 3 homes currently on the market and they are in the low 400's. In 2010 12 homes sold ranging i...
The Atlanta Snow was beautiful at first. In the 14 years I've been in Atlanta, seeing this much snow is a first. We may get 1 day of snow a year. It flurries, puts a little covering on the grass and then melts by the next day. Metro Atlanta schools are closed for a 5th day tomorrow because of the...
Multiple Offers and how to make sure yours gets Accepted I know we don't hear the term multiple offers as often as we used to, but they are still out there.  What makes your offer strong?  The right offer price, of course. Are you asking for seller paid closing costs? The less you ask for, the st...
It seems with every day there are new opportunities.   Yesterday it was announced that Zip Realty is changing things and closing 11 of their market centers including Atlanta, GA.   See the Inman News article. I invite all Zip Realty agents and any other agent looking for a change to check out Kel...
It's freezing inside -  Here's a peek into my job as an Atlanta Realtor.  I truly love my job, but this picture shows something I could do without.  The picture is of a thermostat in a home I was in this morning. It was 37 degrees inside and I had gone over to check to make sure the utilities wer...

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