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Make Your Voice Heard – Neel, Robinson & Stafford, LLC

Aerials-150828-web-37Here is some great information from our friends at Neel, Robinson & Stafford.
It is going to be a busy election year both locally and nationally. Read on for some tips in exercising your right to vote.

November will be an exciting month for our country!  We will exercise our right to elect a new President of the United States and many other important officeholders.  Make sure you are registered to vote and that you take the opportunity to do so.  Here is pertinent information to make sure you can exercise your right to vote.

  • The Georgia Secretary of State registers voters and oversees elections.  On their website, www.sos.ga.gov , you can:  locate your voting location, register to vote, obtain key election dates, identify early voting locations and see sample ballots.
  • To vote in the Presidential Election on November 8, 2016, you must be registered by October 11, 2016
  • Georgia law requires Georgia residents to show photo ID when voting in person.  You may show a driver’s license (even if expired) , government employee ID, US passport, Military ID, Tribal ID, free ID card issued at any county registrar’s office or Driver Services (DDS) office or certain College Student ID.
  • If you vote early there are numerous locations in your county in which you can vote. Early voting for the Presidential Election begins October 17, 2016. A list of locations and the hours/days (Saturday hours are available at some locations) for voting at those locations is available on the Georgia Secretary of State website listed above.   If you vote on election day, you must vote at the location designated as your polling place; again, you can find your designated polling place on the Georgia Secretary of State website.  The hours to vote on election day are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Military and Overseas Voting for Georgia residents is available.  They may choose to receive their ballots by mail or electronically but all ballots must be returned by mail.
  • Absentee voting is also an option.  You may obtain an application for Absentee Ballot at the Georgia Secretary of State website.  Absentee ballots will be mailed as early as September 20, 2016.Aerials-150828-web-41

Neel, Robinson & Stafford, LLC  – Locations

Glenridge – Glenridge Highlands | 5555 Glenridge Connector, Suite 400 | Atlanta,GA 30342
Gwinnett – 3005 Breckinridge Blvd, Suite 200 | Duluth,GA 30096
Buckhead – 3060 Peachtree St, Suite 200 | Atlanta,GA 30305
Alpharetta – 500 Colonial Pkwy. – Mansell Overlook, Suite 675 | Roswell,GA 30076
West Cobb – 2414 Dallas Hwy – Building 100, Suite 300 | Marietta,GA 30064

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Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in  Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Suwanee and your immediate neighborhood. Reach out to The WOW Team with any questions you may have on Georgia Real Estate.
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Historic Roswell GA ~ a Favorite Community just north of Atlanta

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The city of Roswell is named after Roswell King who settled here around 1830.  Roswell built a cotton mill and a plantation but the Civil War brought destruction as Sherman ordered the burning of the mill.    The Smith Plantation home, Barrington Hall, , and  Bulloch Hall still stand  as  testaments to the plantation era surviving the fires and now lovingly restored. Bulloch Hall is most notable as the childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother … Mittie Bulloch.

Let’s take a stroll downtown Roswell today.  Bistros, art galleries, boutiques, and fine dining are enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike.  Whatever your palette choice might be you can likely find it along Canton Street. Image

Stroll down Canton Street for Art Galleries, boutiques and fine dining ~ Roswell GA.

Stroll down Canton Street for Art Galleries, boutiques and fine dining ~ Roswell GA.

Alive After 5 festivities begins every 3rd Thursday from April to October. Come out to enjoy live music, free trolley rides, face painting, extended retail hours, and much more in historic Roswell.    Image

 

Looking for a good home in Roswell? Are you thinking of moving to the Atlanta vicinity?

The city of Roswell has redeveloped much of the area to afford newer townhomes within an easy walk to downtown Roswell. But, if it is a single family home you most desire, you’ll have to act quickly as home within a few blocks of downtown Roswell are few and rarely become available.

There is something for every price level.  The corporate executive buyer might enjoy the country club developments or a private luxury gated estate.  A first time buyer or move up buyer has plenty of opportunities to live  in close proximity to the incredible Parks that Roswell provides. Image

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Miles of biking paths follow the Chattahoochee River corridor where weekenders pedal in tandem and families gather for a picnic in the park or raft  the river on a hot summer day.  There’s Frisbee Golf, mountain biking, water parks and dog parks.  And of course there is the traditional baseball and soccer fields where tots and teens alike play ball yearlong as the temperatures are most often moderate.

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Quality of life and school excellence has swelled Roswell’s population in recent years to about 88,000.  Roswell H.S. and Centennial HS serve the public sector while a multitude of private schools serve both special needs and church denominations.

Historic Roswell is simply one of the most sought after areas of North Atlanta.  Located just 10min. north of the 285 perimeter, housing is affordable, schools are good, and commute time to the airport is a manageable 40minutes in non-traffic hours.  So arrange your schedule to leave between 6:30 -6:45am depending on your surface streets and you will experience an easy morning commute.

The WOW Team at Keller Williams welcomes you one of America’s Top Home Towns !  Feel free to call us for a guided tour

Best real estate company in Atlanta for a reason!!

Hey Everyone,

Take a look at these stats just uploaded from Broker Metrics!… Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta lives up to it’s name of being FIRST!   Our office is FIRST  in days on Market (We out perform all offices in LESS Days on market!) That means our Sellers get to have an Under Contract sign hung on their yard sign before the competition!  Our office ALSO is FIRST in SALES VOLUME!  Simply said we sell MORE! GREAT Comparison of the Top 10 offices in Atlanta... Keller Williams out performs EVERYONE!
KW blog Stats 2012

GREAT Comparison of the Top 10 offices in Atlanta…

CLICK ON IMAGE to ENLARGE!  …….Watch for more stats to come as 2012 comes to a close!

How soon can I purchase a home if I sold a distressed house in the “Great Recession”? Read on….

Hi Everyone!  This chart may be very helpful to those of you out there that have sold distressed properties in the past few years but now are ready to get back into the market.  There are different guidelines dependent upon the type of distressed sale you closed.  CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE.
Compliments of Starkey Mortgage.

Interest rates are stinking low, hovering at 3.5% and it is becoming a Sellers market depending on what part of Atlanta you reside.  Now is the time to take advantage of these fabulous market conditions.  Rents are through the roof while home ownership is still a bargain.  If you are serious about owning a home again ~ let Starkey Mortgage and the WOW Team at Keller Williams First Atlanta be your HELP Desk for any Real Estate and Mortgage queries!

Glen Abbey Mega Amenities v.s. Hartridge Intimate Swim Tennis

Clients always ask … “How important is living in a Swim Tennis community  for Resale Value.”  This is an interesting Question.  It is all in the perspective.  What communities are you competing with when you go to sell?  Are they truly comparable homes? Put on your Buyers cap to decide where you might get the better value.   Often if you have a growing family then YES, you will definitely attract the more like Buyers when you go to sell.  There is a caveat to this however.  If housing prices combined with dues for HOA are too high by comparison to other comparable neighborhoods which might be “closer in”, then many families will opt for an easier commute over the mega amenities package.

Tennis and Swim Club for Glen Abbey off Kimball Bridge Rd.

Hartridge Swim Tennis Club off Brumbelow Rd.

This Swim Tennis club at Hartridge offers WI-Fi and has a more intimate setting.  The pros are …. less costly maintenance and the neighborhood location is considered closer in.  Buying in a Swim Tennis community is still a good bet for Resale but as in anything in life…. there is a house and setting for everyone.  An updated home, well cared for and loved, trumps a swim tennis most every time!  The bonus is the amenities package!  Happy hunting….

Fun Fall Activites In and Around Atlanta

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The crisp, cool Fall weather bring with it many fun activities to do around Atlanta. From apple picking to haunted houses there is something for everyone in September, October and November. Many wonderful fall events are located in North Georgia, where you can enjoy the beautiful sloping mountainscapes while the seeing leaves change colors. Check out our list of fun things to do with your family and friends to enjoy the fall fun around Atlanta.

Octoberfest
If you are looking for a true German experience, head up to the small barbarian village of Helen, GA. From September 22 through October 30 you can attend the best Oktoberfest in Georgia. Enjoy German music, dancing, food & drink. If Helen is a little far, there are plenty of activities around metro Atlanta. Der Biergarten, downtown Atlanta’s very own German watering hole, is hosting Oktoberfest activities throughout the season. Even though Fado’s is an Irish Pub, they will celebrate Octoberfest this year with a street festival, live music, a bratwurst eating contest and a Strongmain Stein Holding contest on Oct. 1st.

Haunted Houses
Atlanta is know for having some of the best and scariest haunted houses in the country. For a thrilling evening of frightful fun, head over to Netherworld, which opens Sept 28th. This ghoulish attraction has regularly received national attention for being one of America’s best haunted houses in the nation. Another unique and terrifying place to try is the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse. This will feel like you literally become part of a zombie horror movie, running in and out of old abandoned warehouses while dodging zombies that are out to get you in a post apocalyptic world.

Apple Picking
Apple Picking is a great way to get away with the family and enjoy the beautiful Fall weather in North Georgia. There are several areas where you can go to pick your own apples, but Ellijay, GA is known to be one of the most popular. They even host the Georgia Apple Festival in October, an event where you will find an arts and crafts market, festival food, and tons of family friendly games and activities. Also check out the BJ Reece Apples House while you are there. They are a family run business that even offers an apple cannon and petting zoo in addition to apple picking. If you are looking to pick a particular type of apple, make sure to call in advance to see if it is in season.

Corn Mazes
Trying to find you way through a corn maze has been a fun fall tradition for many families. Most locations are just a short drive north if Atlanta, the closest and most poplar being Cagles Family Farm in Cherokee County. In addition to a maze adventure, you can enjoy a hayride, checkout the haunted barn, or gather around the bonfire at night with friends with some hot chocolate. You can also head further north to the Enchanted Maize by Rock City, just outside of Chattanooga at the foot of Lookout Mountain. They promise to give you a fall experience you will long remember.

Pumpkin Patches
Instead of grabbing your pumpkin from the local grocery store, why not make it a memorable family experience. There are several pumpkin patches in Georgia where you can find the perfect fall pumpkin. If you would like to pick your pumpkin right off the vine, then the Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch is for you.  Located in Stockbridge, this pumpkin patch has more than just pumpkins; it also has a science center and fun zone for the kids and young at heart. Another location just north of Atlanta is Burt’s Farm. They have an impressive selection of every type of pumpkin, winter squash, gourds and fall decoration. Also check out their store that offers fresh pumpkin pies and pumpkin roll, as well as other goodies.

Fall into the fun with some of the above activities to make this season in Atlanta your favorite!

New City of Brookhaven assumes control Dec 17, 2012

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When news broke about the possible creation of the city of Brookhaven, I was excited to live in the new city limits if the referendum were to pass. Immediately support signs for the proposed measure began popping up in neighbors’ yards along with ones that urged voters to reject a new layer of city government. I thought there could be many benefits to having a new city, especially the authority to form a local police department. The idea of local control sounded great to me, so I was curious why there was such opposition to this proposal.

It seems some of the concern stems from the fact that two very prominent neighborhoods within the city would be split up, Ashford Park and Historic Brookhaven (around Capital City Country Club). Part of Ashford is already annexed into Chamblee and now the other part is included in the new city of Brookhaven. Residents feel that an effort should be made to keep the neighborhood whole.

The Historic Brookhaven neighborhood is approximately 2/3 Fulton County and 1/3 DeKalb County. The residents main concern was using the name Brookhaven to define the city, a name that has been isolated to their neighborhood in the past.

Opponents to the new city are saying there is not enough commercial property in the city to generate enough money to support the services provided by the city, namely the police force. They claim the new budget only allows for 53 police officers for over 49,000 citizens. However, the new city will only encompass a little less than 12 square miles and the current Dekalb County North Precinct is approximately 24 square miles. In my personal experience, I see City of Chamblee and Dunwoody police officers patrolling their precincts more often than DeKalb County officers. It also seems that crime in the area has increased in the past year and we need to concentrate more officers in these problem areas to reduce criminal activity. I believe the new city of Brookhaven will have the police protection it needs as well as better service and faster response times.

There are also the issues surrounding budget and taxes. Proponents are saying there will be a tax cut as well as a milage cap. The milage rate that goes to the city would be capped at 3.35 mils (down from 6.39 mils) and cannot be raised by the city except through a voter referendum. Opponents don’t trust the budget numbers that have been provided and believe that other fees, like franchise fees on certain utilities, may mean in the end that homeowners will be paying more.  There really is no way to know who is right until the city has elected its officials and starts running operations.

Some additional positives to the new city that stand out to me are having a stronger voice in a local municipality, lower taxes, more efficiency, improved parks and a concerted effort to revitalize the corridor along Buford Highway.

When it came time to vote on July 31, 2011, the results were very close. Voters approved the measure by a 55% – 45% margin.

I am optimistic that the pros of having a new city will outweigh the cons. The new city of Brookhaven will assume operations at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2012. All DeKalb ordinances will remain in effect until Brookhaven’s mayor and city council choose to change them.

~Stephanie McGinn, Marketer for the WOW Team

Maintenance Tips for First Time Home Buyers


Buying your first home can be an exciting and proud moment, yet there can also be feelings of overwhelming responsibility.  To help curb these feelings, it is best to set up a routine for home maintenance from the very beginning. Many first time home buyers may be unaware of certain areas of their home that require ongoing attention and care. Routine maintenance will ensure certain areas of your home perform properly, decrease repair costs, and maximize the value.

  • Check the seals around your doors and windows; apply weather stripping or sealant if needed
  • Get your HVAC checked annually by a qualified technician
  • Clean your drains periodically to prevent excessive buildup that could become a problem if neglected (avoid Drano if possible as it can damage your pipes)
  • Garage doors should be kept lubricated at least twice a year by applying a silicone spray on the needles
  • Get your dryer vent hose cleaned annually
  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected every few years
  • Change air filters monthly
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts once a year
  • Check roof for leaks every few months after heavy rainstorm, as well as around the foundation of the house, to make sure water is flowing away from the home.
  • Check the batteries in your smoke alarms
  • At least once per year, drain the water from your water heater and clean the inside surface of its floor
  • Check your toilets for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the water in the bowl has turned red, water is seeping through from the tank and you may need to change some tank parts
  • Check your washing machine hoses periodically for leaks, and replace plastic hoses every three years
  • Get termite and pest control service before you see a problem…don’t wait until it is too late

Take note of the above items and create a home maintenance calendar to keep you on track and ensure your home’s needs are completed.

Decatur: Small Town Living in the Big City

People of all walks of life flock to Decatur because it truly offers something for everyone. Decatur is one of the few Atlanta neighborhoods where shopping, dining and entertainment are only a short walk or bike ride away. Top rated schools, eclectic culture, a well-run city with an active community, and convenient amenities make Decatur a great place to call home!

Below we have highlighted some of the features that make Decatur, and its surrounding historic neighborhoods, a desirable and unique place to live:

Convenience- The city of Decatur is located just 6 minutes east of Downtown Atlanta. Decatur is conveniently situated for individuals commuting to/from downtown to work, college, or the airport. Three MARTA stations throughout the city provide multiple rapid transit options for those electing to walk or ride their bikes.

Food/Garden- Your Dekalb Farmers Market has been known for years to be a great place to go for the best-priced quality groceries and produce. Located in downtown Decatur, this 140,000 square foot farmers market has a reputation for carrying high quality goods with prices that are easy on the wallet. The majority of items found on the shelves are organic and locally grown. DeKalb Farmers Market supports small farms that employ humane, environmentally responsible and sustainable production methods. Decatur also boasts several community gardens, the largest being the Oakhurst Community Garden. Founded in 1997, Oakhurst Community Garden offers classes on all things gardening, houses 34 community garden plots, event space available for rental, chicken coops, a composting station, play area and green house!

Going Green- Decatur has many programs and policies that are making strides in going green for the environment. In 1998, Decatur instituted a “Pay As You Throw” program that essentially makes it more expensive to throw away trash rather than recycle the items. Residents buy designated City of Decatur trash bags, which cost more than your regular Glad or Hefty brand. The city will not collect trash in any other type of bag, and people who recycle more will save money by using fewer bags.The city also promotes “Earth Hour” where once a year all residents turn off their lights to celebrate their commitment to the planet. Another earth friendly effort they implement twice a year is a free Electronics Recycling event in which electronic equipment is diverted from entering landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water.

Parks and Recreation- Decatur offers a variety of ­­parks, pools, bike paths, ball fields, dog parks and more! The city has a multitude of events throughout the year, from free concerts to family festivals. The city plays host to several community events such as Blue Sky Concerts and Concerts on the Square at the bandstand in downtown Decatur. Residents can pack a picnic basket and listen to free music at lunch and in the evening! They also have an annual Decatur Beach Party, where the street is transformed into “Ponce Beach” with 60 tons of sand, live music, games, food and fun. Another extremely popular event is the Decatur Craft Beer Festival, which showcases over 100 American craft beers.

Variety- This area has a very diverse population, with 9-to-5ers, hipsters, college students, and families, they all come together to create a highly inclusive community attitude. Unique art galleries, antique shops, clothing boutiques, coffee houses, music stores and specialty shops can all be found in and around Decatur. While the shopping in Decatur is abundant, nothing can compare to the variety of dining options available. Dozens of popular restaurants are located along the Decatur Square and other gems are sprinkled throughout the surrounding neighborhoods.

Walkability- Most of the above mentioned retail, restaurant and businesses are within easy walking distance or short bike ride on beautiful tree-lined streets. Pedestrian and bicycle access is a top priority for their economic development program. Decatur has also produced a series of self-guided walking tours to encourage that form of transportation as well as familiarize people with the local attractions and history.

~The WOW Team

You don’t know where the housing bottom is until you look in the rear view mirror!

Looking in the rear view mirror~ ahh…. the market has finally turned!!

Ahhh… hindsight is everything!  They say we won’t know when we hit the bottom of the market until we look in the rear view mirror~  well look here!  I saw this moving truck today in my rear view mirror and had to laugh!  Yes, I think we have definitely hit bottom and we are now on our way back up!!!

~ A Mayflower Moving truck hauling down Hwy 400 in Atlanta GA.   WOW… I like this kind of “flower” blooming!

Typical to spring, the market heats up here in Atlanta,  but it’s been a long while since we have had listings fly off the market in record days!  The Under $200K category is strong.  Buyers are shying away from foreclosures and short sales due to the uncertainty of actually getting a contract to close!  It seems most foreclosure deeds are not of record, so closings are being delayed over and over again.  Buyers are frustrated.  Short sales are really long sales and unless a home is an “approved short sale” from the banks then you, the consumer may have months of waiting for the banks response on whether they accept or reject your offer.  Consequently those homeowners who have a non-distressed house to sell are getting great activity! If the house is staged well and maintained well, as well as realistically priced, then you can count on it selling within 45 days.  Yhea!!!

I had the good fortune to contract on 2 listings in the past 2 weeks before we could get them listed in the data base!  If you want more information contact the WOW Team of Keller Williams (#1 company in Atlanta)  We will help you SELL your home !

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