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DOWNTOWN: Condo owners lose lawsuit over skyline views

DOWNTOWN: Condo owners lose lawsuit over skyline views

ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court has ruled in favor of developers in a lawsuit brought by eight people who say they purchased condominiums in Atlanta under false promises of views of the downtown skyline.

The Georgia Supreme Court decided unanimously to reverse a Georgia Court of Appeals ruling. The condo owners had sued Novare Group, Inc. after a 46-story high-rise was built across the street from their 26-story building, Twelve Atlantic Station Hotels and Residences.

The owners said they had paid a premium for units with "spectacular city views."

In an opinion released Monday, the high court noted that the owners' arguments were based oral statements and that those statements contradicted the signed purchase agreements, which specifically said views could change over time due to circumstances including additional development.

Fulton County to Host Information Session on How to Prevent Foreclosure

Fulton County to Host Information Session on How to Prevent Foreclosure

November 16 Workshop is the final information session for 2011

Fulton County residents can take advantage of the final information session for 2011 on how to save their homes from foreclosure.  An information workshop will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at the Southwest Branch of the Atlanta- Fulton County Public Library from 1:00 p.m.

Clean up the mess! $60 = 2 HRS of Home Organization by Drab to Fab Organizing ($120 value)

Clean up the mess! $60 = 2 HRS of Home Organization by Drab to Fab Organizing ($120 value)

Has it been months since you've seen the surface of your dining room table? Can the kids find their homework? Do you have boxes and bags filled with things you need to return, but can't find the receipt?

Somebody Else Owns The Home You Are Living In

Somebody Else Owns The Home You Are Living In

Someone Else Owns The Home You Are Renting

Owning a home is still the American Dream. Renting is easier, but let's remember, somebody else owns the home you're renting. You are helping them achieve the American Dream and that's awful nice of you...but don't you want to achieve your own dream? You think that by renting you are saving money? You aren't. You are just paying someone else's mortgage, or at least part of it.

Wouldn't you rather invest that rent money into your own home? Let us assume that the average rent in a San Antonio Texas neighborhood for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is $1000. Over the period of one year (12 months), you have contributed $12,000 to a person's, whom you probably don't even know, future.

Not So Big House Principles Apply to Remodeling Projects of all Sizes

Free Educational Program on Oct. 15   The concept or movement of “Not So Big House” has entered the mainstream, but what is it and who started it? Well, what it is not about is tiny houses for everyone, or a creed of bad design in favor of tiny energy bills.   The No So Big House philosophy, in fact, embraces architectural style across the spectrum, and is a concept dedicated to homes of all … well, most sizes. It can be described as an anti-McMansion sort of trend, but it is much more positive than that.   This is a direction in home design and construction championed by Sarah Susanka, an architect by trade, that emphasizes the concept of home as haven, in scale and proportion to need, a welcoming, comfortable, usable place where space is used according to purpose, rooms flow together with subtle delineations -- well-built, light-filled and energy-efficient.

Fulton Co. hosting foreclosure prevention fair Sept. 24

Fulton Co. hosting foreclosure prevention fair Sept. 24

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Department of Housing and Human Services' Office of Housing and Community Development are hosting a foreclosure prevention fair on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The fair will be held at Atlanta's Westlake High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Counselors will be on hand to provide foreclosure counseling and assistance. The counselors will help homeowners assess their current situation and determine if the homeowners qualify for the Obama Administration's Making Home Affordable program.

The Making Home Affordable program helps homeowners get refinancing or loan modifications to help them stay in their homes.

Participants need to bring two copies of the following documents to obtain assistance at the fair:

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

The Atlanta Beltline project is a diverse 2.8 billion project to renovate neighborhoods, parks and commercial space for an area of the city that will be connected by town-car (incorporating old railroad tracks).  The project incorporates nature and neighborhood's existing materials to create a neighborhood that's "eco-fabulous", as our tour guide called it. Brian Leary, the brain behind this project was a college student who was inspired by a similar plan in Paris.

Every Friday and Saturday at 9:30AM, the Atlanta Beltline hosts a free three hour tour along this beltline that highlights the circle that the town cars will transit. Currently, this Beltline tour is reserved for the next year but I was lucky enough to find a seat, due to a cancellation.

I didn't know what to expect on these tours. When I signed up I had never imagined the tour would take three hours out of my Saturday.