Our network

Real Estate

Things to Avoid When Holding an Open House

This weekend was national open house weekend. I had the opportunity to see an open house go wrong in a million dollar neighborhood, so I'm going to share some pointers to help your open house go smoothly.

1. Ensure that there are no malfunctions with the home. A defective air conditioner ruins the experience for everyone including the agent. You do not want the agent to be in a bad mood!

2. Have an agent who will not push prizes, giveaways, or follow prospective buyers as they look at the house. The idea is to make everyone comfortable and the way to do that is by making all information readilly available and be available to answer questions.

3. Have drinks and/or snacks on hand, especially on a hot afternoon. At a minimum, bottles icewater and soda is a must.

City of Atlanta offers down payment assistance

City of Atlanta offers down payment assistance

ATLANTA -- Anyone who wants to own a home in Atlanta could get as much as $50,000 to go towards a down payment.

Individuals must be making less than $71,000, and couples must make less than $82,000.

There are several other requirements for eligibility. For information, go to the Atlanta Development Authority.

Learn how to receive up to $50k in down-payment assistance for buying an Atlanta home

Learn how to receive up to $50k in down-payment assistance for buying an Atlanta home

Atlanta City Councilmember Cleta Winslow and the Rev. John Battle, pastor of New Shield of Faith Christian Ministries, will sponsor a housing and down-payment assistance workshop on Saturday, May 21st from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 211 Boykin St. S.W.

Potential homebuyers can receive up to 30% of the sales price in down payment assistance to purchase a home in the city.

MJQ Owners Opening Restaurant in East Atlanta Village

MJQ Owners Opening Restaurant in East Atlanta Village

 

In what was formerly Art and Antique Bazaar, MJQ Owner Ben Rhoades and MJQ Managers Armando Celentano and Donald Durant, are in the process of transforming the 7,500 square foot space into a  "Brooklyn-inspired gastropub” restaurant.

NACA Save the Dream Event Returns to Atlanta to help Homeowners

NACA Save the Dream Event Returns to Atlanta to help Homeowners

Atlanta, GA--  Homeowners from Atlanta and around the country are expected to camp out at the America’s Mart, 250 Spring Street in Atlanta hoping for a chance to save their homes.

Thousands attended NACA’s last event in Georgia that ran for over 100 straight hours.

The Save the Dream Event in Atlanta will run five days. It begins Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm on March 3, 2011 through Monday March 7.   Many homeowners will get mortgage payments cut the very same day by hundreds of dollars a month and sometimes over $1,000/month, and it’s free.

The rate of foreclosure filings continue to rise in the nation and Georgia ranks 7th when it comes to the number of foreclosures, according to RealltyTrac. 

“The long wait to seek help is over.  We’ve instituted a ticketing system that keeps the flow of homeowners manageable.  And we are getting about 50% of on site approvals from the lenders now.

Fulton County Homestead Exemption Deadline is April 1

Fulton County Homestead Exemption Deadline is April 1

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by Fulton County Communications)

The Fulton County Board of Assessors reminds property owners that April 1, 2011 is the deadline to file for homestead exemption. The basic homestead exemption amount increased from $25,000 to $30,000 for the 2011 tax year. If you are currently receiving the basic homestead exemption, you do not need to reapply unless there is a change of ownership on the property. The increased amount will automatically be granted to homeowners who are currently receiving this exemption and to first-time applicants who qualify.

To qualify for any exemptions, you must own and occupy the property as your primary residence as of January 1, 2011 and be a permanent legal resident of Fulton County.

Learn the Basics of the City of Atlanta Neighborhood Stabilization Program - Sat., Feb. 5

Learn the Basics of the City of Atlanta Neighborhood Stabilization Program - Sat., Feb. 5

The City of Atlanta’s Department of Planning and Community Development has the responsibility for administrative oversight, management and implementation of the city’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). 

It is designed to help revitalize neighborhoods and address the national foreclosure crisis.  NSP grants allow municipalities to purchase abandoned, bank-owned foreclosures to help stabilize communities hit hardest by the crisis.  

On Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, the city's Office of Housing is hosting a public information session.  The community is invited to attend the free event.  Here are the details:

NSP Public Information Session: Saturday, Feb, 5, 2011 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Old Council Chambers, 68 Mitchell Street.

More Important Information about the City of Atlanta NSP:

In September 2010, the U.S.