October 27, 2010

Marietta Real Estate…East Cobb and So Much More!

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Marietta Real Estate…East Cobb and So Much More!

Business Week Ranks Marietta the Second Best Place in Georgia to Raise Kids…

You won’t find cookie cutter living here in Marietta! Marietta offers sophisticated, new home options within a friendly, vibrant and established community. While the city maintains a small town appeal, it also boasts a bustling social scene with big city amenities on the Marietta Square.

Marietta Square  offers a wide variety of dining, entertainment and community activities throughout the year:

Festivals, Concerts & Events – enjoy regular arts festivals, food festivals, children’s events and free concerts, all held on the charming Square. During the summer, discover farm-fresh produce from the weekly Farmer’s Market.

Theatre in the Square– this award-winning theatre offers fine performances on its main stage as well as more experimental theatre in its alley stage.

Earl Smith Strand Theatre – home to the  Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the newly renovated Earl Smith Strand Theatre offers live musical performances, classic films, concerts and special events.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre  is a premier venue for Broadway shows, ballet, concerts, educational shows, family performances, opera, corporate meetings and events.

Restaurants – Eat your way around the world, just steps from your front door! From Greek, Australian and Slovakian to Thai, Italian or Cajun, the Square is home to a number of exciting restaurants, serving up the finest global cuisine.

Shopping – from home décor, to gifts, antiques and wine, you’ll find what you need on the Square. Museums – whether you love movies or history, the Square has a museum that will capture your interest and imagination.

The City of Marietta is a unique blend of small-town values with big-city opportunities. Mariettans appreciate the past and are excited about the future.

Nestled just north of Atlanta and just south of the North Georgia Mountains, the City of Marietta, Georgia, offers visitors the charm of a small city along with a stimulating urban environment. Marietta has a beautiful and vibrant downtown square filled with restaurants, antique shops and the fun-filled Glover Park. As the county seat of Cobb County, Marietta offers her residents and visitors beautiful parks, quaint streets, Victorian homes and  historic sites. Area shopping and progressive businesses are found here as well. Multiple local attractions, sporting events, festivals and industry provide visitors with many exciting things to do and business to conduct.

In addition, a new lifestyle is emerging throughout the city of Marietta as new developments and redevelopments are still booming. A wide variety of new homes, town homes, flats and condominiums are continuing to springing up. Our expectations of Marietta homes are CONSTANTLY being exceeded…Just see for yourself…

This was an almost-new short sale home we got a steal of a deal on for my East Cobb Buyers!!

Marietta- A Brief History….
Established in 1834, Marietta is a vibrant city that offers world-class amenities while preserving its important ties to the past. Homes had been built by early settlers near the Cherokee town of  Big Shanty (now Kennesaw)) by 1824.

In 1837, the Georgia Gazetteer reported that the city of Marietta was named for Mary Cobb, the wife of U.S. Senator and U.S. Supreme Court Judge Thomas Willis Cobb. The first plat was laid out in 1833. Like most towns, Marietta had a square in the center with a courthouse. The Georgia General Assembly legally recognized the town on December 19, 1834.

20th century….The city has six historic districts, some on the National Register of Historic . A seventh, along Kennesaw Avenue, is proving more controversial, and is still being considered as of March 2010. The city’s welcome center is located in the historic  train depot .

Parks and Recreation….

Marietta Parks, Recreation and Facilities has 18 parks with a variety of amenities, from 25 acre Laurel Park to tiny Monarch Park’s butterfly garden. Whether you are looking for a place to play or a place to just relax and enjoy nature we have something for you.

Top Notch Schools and Excellent Ratings!!

Public Schools

Marietta City Schools offer rich educational opportunities for students of all ages. The school system is ranked among the top 16% in the country, while Marietta High School  ranks in the nation’s top 5%.

The system’s school structure is unique and designed to promote student success, with kindergartners – fifth graders served in seven elementary schools and one magnet school, sixth graders served in a special academy to help ease the transition from elementary to middle school; seventh and eighth graders served at Marietta Middle School and ninth – twelfth graders served a t Marietta High School.

Although East Cobb and Marietta real estate is still holding strong, you can still find some great East Cobb and Marietta foreclosures

While its hard to imagine leaving such a fabulous area, you can be sure to see lots of buyers flock in when your home is given my seller performance guarantee!!

For More good deals like these please visit www.atlantahomevultures.com!

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October 20, 2010

Roswell Real Estate…Some of the Finest in Georgia!

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 Roswell Real Estate…Some of the Finest in Georgia!

 CNN named Roswell a contender for its list of the Top 100 Places to Live in the US in 2005. Other prestigious rankings include being one of the Top Three Cities in the Nation to Raise Your Family, and third Frommer’s Best Places to Raise Your Family. Furthermore, on October 30, 2006, the City of Roswell was named the 18th Safest City in the United States by City Crime Rankings. And, with real estate like this…its no wonder why!

 About Roswell – A Brief History: Roswell, GA, is situated on the northern banks of the Chattahoochee River in a region that the Cherokee Indians once called the “Enchanted Land.” Formerly, part of Cobb County, Georgia when first settled, and the county seat of Marietta was a four-hour (one-way) horseback ride to the west. Since Roswell residents desired a local government, they submitted a city charter for incorporation to the Georgia General Assembly. The charter was approved on February 16, 1854. By the time of the Civil War, the cotton mills employed more than 400 people, mostly women. Given settlement patterns in the Piedmont, they were likely of Scots-Irish descent. As the mill increased in production, so did the number of people living in the area. At the end of 1931, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. The difficult economic conditions drove Milton County, Roswell’s neighboring county to the north (note: much of what is now Roswell was part of Milton county already), to merge in its entirety with Fulton County, Roswell’s neighboring county to the south. To facilitate the merger, Roswell was ceded by Cobb County to Fulton. Sections of neighboring Cherokee and Gwinnett Counties were also ceded to Fulton at this time to define the expanded and contiguous northern section of Fulton County. Roswell is now one of the largest cities in the state; its population has increased most steadily in the last 15 years! It offers a range of benefits of some of the cities TOP real estate! Roswell Recreation, Parks & Entertainment: Residents of Roswell are fortunate to have a diversity of dining experiences to choose from among the many restaurants in Roswell, including some restaurants that feature gourmet cuisine. Located in an historic 1846 farmhouse overlooking landscaped hills and gardens, Lickskillet Farm Restaurant at 1380 Old Roswell Road, (770) 475-6484, serves contemporary American cuisine with fresh herbs and garnishes. Greenwood’s at 1087 Green Street, (770) 992-5383, is another old Roswell home that was converted into a restaurant specializing in traditional American cuisine including fresh fish entrees, duck, chicken, pork chops, meatloaf and delectable desserts. Janousek’s Restaurant at 1475 Holcomb Bridge Road, (770) 587-2075, is an elegant restaurant offering both American and European cuisine complemented by an impressive wine list and a full service bar. A cozy and popular restaurant in Roswell for over 15 years, Anna Lee’s at 425 Market Place, (770) 998-0086, is renowned for their creative sandwiches, homemade soups and tantalizing desserts. Other well-know restaurants include Stoney River Legendary Steaks at 10524 Alpharetta Highway in Roswell, (678) 461-7902, an upscale restaurant specializing in aged, hand-cut Midwestern steaks and fresh seafood or Dick & Harry’s at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road, (770) 641-8757, which serves contemporary American cuisine including a wide variety of fresh seafood, award winning crab cakes, steaks and chops, homemade ice creams and desserts. There are many other fabulous food finds as well. In addition to great food, Roswell is home to many pubs like Cheers Restaurant and Tavern at 720 Holcomb Bridge Road, (770) 587-0486, provides big screen TV’s, karaoke and trivia games, pool tables, dart games, a classic American style food menu, and live entertainment on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. Chaplins 555 at South Atlanta Street, (770) 642-6981, is a friendly neighborhood bar and grill type restaurant that offers live entertainment every Wednesday and Saturday evening. TOP Notch Schools & Excellent Ratings: Roswell’s public schools are part of the Fulton County School System and they are considered to be among the best public schools in America. 93% of Roswell’s residents age 25 and older have at least a high school diploma, 53% have a college degree, and 17% have a graduate or professional degree. The average ratio of students to teachers in Roswell is relatively low at 14:1. Altogether there are 16 public schools in Roswell with a total of 13,963 students and about 1,000 teachers. The two public high schools are Centennial High School with approximately 1,950 students and Roswell High School with approximately 2,500 students. Roswell’s three public middle schools are Crabapple Middle School, Elkins Pointe and Holcomb Bridge. The nine public elementary schools in Roswell are Esther Jackson, Hembree Springs, Mimosa, Mountain Park, Northwood, Roswell North, Sweet Apple, Hillside and River Eves elementary schools. There are also two special charter schools, Amana Academy and Fulton Science Academy. And don’t forget the plethora of private schools including Creative Montessori School, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Chrysalis Experiential Academy, Cottage School, Cross of Life Montessori School, Eaton Academy, Fellowship Christian Academy, High Meadows School, Queen of Angels Catholic School, Village Montessori, The Howard School (North Campus), St. Francis High School. There are no colleges or universities in Roswell but there are many excellent colleges and universities only 20 miles away in Atlanta. One very interesting education and teaching facility in Roswell is the Teaching Museum North at 793 Mimosa Boulevard, (770) 552-6339. The Teaching Museum North offers participatory education programs in the arts and humanities for primary and secondary school children who are in the Fulton County School System. Students play active roles in a one-room school house, the Writer’s Corner and the Courtroom, and they are also able to interact with the Teaching Museum’s staff and associated artists, musicians, dancers, writers and scholars. Roswell’s local public schools are part of the Fulton County School System.

 Roswell’s Real Estate market has been one of the most stable during the economic downturn. If you’re looking for the BEST in Roswell foreclosures, call Winter at 678-463-3173 today! Raised in Roswell and a graduate of Chattahoochee High School, nobody knows Roswell like me. To make Roswell your new home, call me today at 678-463-3173. Or, if life has taken you another direction, let me show you how I can sell your Roswell home as quick as I sold this man’s!

October 13, 2010

Atlanta Home Values-What the Recovery Means to YOU as an Atlanta Home Buyer!

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Atlanta Home Values-What the Recovery Means to YOU as an Atlanta Home Buyer!

Atlanta home sales are rising…slowing, but surely. Soon, builders will be buying lots and building again and prices will no longer be in free fall. After so much pain, signs of a recovering housing market are starting to surface, so what does this mean to you??

For folks in the high-end market, this still means long waiting periods. In the mid-range homes in Atlanta, we are still seeing homes move at a fairly decent rate of 6-10 months. Of course, the lower-priced Atlanta foreclosures and Atlanta short sales is where we see most of the action occurring. A big chunk of the 1.9 million post-boom foreclosures have been among the least expensive of the 35% of homes.

The tax credit did a world of good for stabilizing home values and we say an increase of 9% from a year ago in the $100-250,000 homes due to it. However, we’ll truly start to see the end of the housing bust once unemployment stabilizes.

Despite the hurdles, the Atlanta home market is not as bad as it may seem. But, of course, you won’t hear news headlines of that nature. Greater demand combined with less supply is providing a big spark to the Atlanta home market. Buyers in many Atlanta areas are going up against the dreaded “multiple offers”. This can easily be overcome for buyers with terms that the banks understand like large earnest money deposits, quick closes and low contingencies.

Since the beginning of 2010, over 20,849 homes have SOLD according to FMLS data. This is an average of 3,500 homes per month (that have been changed properly in the system). Not too shabby considering all of the doom and gloom talk. The bottom line is that Atlanta foreclosures have always been around, they always will be around, but the bottom has hit and there is still a limited window of opportunity left to capitalize on one of history’s BEST buying opportunities.

If you’re looking to find your next STEAL OF A DEAL, call me today and let me show you how to make waves in this unprecedented time.

October 7, 2010

The 1001 Uses of Vinegar…..

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The 1001 Uses of Vinegar…..

 Who Would Have Thought Vinegar Was so Handy?

Vinegar (probably originally from spoiled wine) has been known and used for about 10,000 years. Today we use it for hundreds of tasks including cleaning, laundry, garden, health, automotive, pets and cooking. It’s economical, natural, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Here, from vinegartips.com, are a few ideas for making the most of vinegar:

– Clean counter tops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar.

– Clean the fridge: use a mixture of half water, half vinegar to wipe down the interior shelves and walls.

– Stop ants from congregating by pouring white distilled vinegar on the area.

– Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar.

For more great uses of vinegar, one of the cheapest cleaning products out there, visit, the website for 1001 household uses for vinegar.

5 Things You Need to Know About FHA Loans

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The Federal Housing Authority loan is a loan which let’s borrowers purchase a home with as little as 3.5% down. This makes it the ONLY loan that doesn’t require 10% down. Although, Atlanta is starting to see a few 5% conventional loans come back around. However, those are fewer and farer in-between.

 •1)      Borrowers Can Qualify With Any Income:

The FHA loan was known in the past as the low that most low-income borrows could obtain, however, you might be surprised to know that there is actually no cap on what someone who obtains an FHA loan earns. The main factor taken into account on FHA loans is the borrower’s ability to make the payments.

 •2)      Chances are Good You Can GET ONE:

Back in the day of “no money” down and “stated income” it was very unlikely for a borrower to use a government-insured loan. Now with the recent microscope on every loan being given, FHA is a easy loan to obtain and only requires a minimum of a 3.5% down payment on the purchase price, although borrowers can put down any amount above that.

 •3)      Appraisals Will Be TOUGH:

The home will definitely need to have a “clean bill of health” in order to qualify for FHA financing. Expect a TOUGH appraisal and all major items like dishwashers, stove, etc. to be in working and GOOD order. Minor problems like missing handrails, will pass, but if you have a leaky roof, mold damage, broken window or non-function appliances, you’ll need to get the seller to make the repairs prior to your appraisal. On foreclosures, this is going to be tough.

 •4)      These Loans Have More Costs Than Meets The Eye:

Rates on FHA are comparable to those on conventional loans, but there are hefty fees which up the cost. Expect a 2.25% premium to be added to your loan amount or put down at closing. If you’re buying, its good to ask the seller to help pick up some of the insurance and closing costs to offset this expense.

 •5)      FHA Loans Have Become Easier to Obtain:

Once thought of as the worlds longest closing and mounds of paper, with a more difficult closing, FHA has become an easy loan to obtain. Thanks to new underwriting software and loose requirements, FHA mortgages can close as quickly as conventional ones.

 Regardless of whether you obtain a conventional, jumbo or FHA loan, getting your financial package in order is the FIRST step to getting a GOOD DEAL in Atlanta.

 If you would like to find out more information on the best loan for you or a way to get private money lending, feel free to call me at 678-463-3173!