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Luxury Living in Ellard

EllardLogoIf you are unfamiliar with this private gated community it is worth a look. Situated on 168 acres of the Chattahoochee River, Ellard residents enjoy uncommon natural beauty with 90 acres of green space, 4 interior parks including Conservatory Park wherethe annual Easter Egg hunt occurs. The unique collection of classic homes, diverse in architectural styles, are inspired by American home types found in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States between 1750-1930. Yet, modern livability has imprinted its own classic mark in each home with luxurious owners suites, chef kitchens and all the bells and whistles expected in executive estate homes. Luxury Living in Ellard is available. Follow this link to learn more.

8625-Ellard-Dr-web-10Conveniently located adjacent to Ellard Village, residents can walk to upscale boutiques, fine dining and work out facilities. Walk to your local Starbucks or enjoy some of the best Sushi around at Sushi Uchi!

The historic Chattahoochee River has always shaped the character of this area. Inhabited by the Creek Indians, and then the Cherokee tribe it eventually was settled by Thomas Ellard who purchased some 1284 acres of land including the Holcombe property in 1910. After his death a few years later, his wife Mary Pearl Ellard kept about 400 acres and farmed it with the help of Laurence Garrard. Laurence married Mrs. Ellard’s daughter where they lived until 1992. Time and time again developers called on them to sell their land. My son, Larry played with son Greg on the land discovering arrowheads and searching for civil war treasures. After the death of the Gerrard’s, part of the land became available due to an estate tax situation and Ellard was born. Ellard became a beautiful legacy to the history of the bygone eras affording much park land and tree-lined/lamp lighted sidewalks, porches and verandahs bringing neighbors together with modern conveniences.

Discriminating charm includes a caretaker’s cottage reminiscent of entries to estates in England circa 18th century. This gate house ensures 24 hour guarded security.

8625-Ellard-Dr-web-48The Georgian-style clubhouse (Conservatory) is located on a 4 acre preserve near the Chattahoochee River and includes a large gathering area with Stone fireplaces, full kitchen, covered veranda and stone grotto with showers and changing rooms for private pool. Tennis is a very
active pastime where coaching and ALTA meet on the 2 lighted tennis courts every week. Walking trails weave through the community and along the Chattahoochee River where fly fishing and canoeing are a weekend delight.

This sanctuary is a special place ~ not too big, but an intimate refuge away from the fast lane. This is why so many residents call it “home.”

Photography by:
Joshua Vensel / VENVISIO, LLC

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell and your immediate neighborhood. Reach out to The WOW Team with any questions you may have on Living Atlanta Luxury.
Link here to find out more – Live Atlanta Luxury in Ellard.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Phone: 404-531-5700
Mobile: 770-597-2862

Atanta – Top 5 Markets to Watch

The WOW Team knows how to Live Atlanta Luxury“Atlanta is one of the Top 5 Markets to Watch in – 2016.”
The Urban Land Institute (ULI), is a nonprofit research organization who recently published its Emerging Trends in Real Estate report. They report that individual real estate markets are ranked based on their performance (and their expected performance) in three primary areas: investment, development, and home building. The general consensus is that Residential and Commercial real estate in Atlanta will thrive throughout 2016.

Aerial Photography by:  Joshua Vensel / VENVISIO, LLC

Why?
A) Home Building is still far behind our peak of 60,000 permits in a year. In 2014 according to the U.S. Census there were neawrly 27,000 permits pulled. This year’s stats haven’t been released yet but we suspect a healthy increase over 2014. However, there is still a notable lack of New Home construction in ALL price categories.
B) Resale Inventory remains low with less than 5 months of inventory in most price categories. Many homeowners are stuck because they don’t have enough equity to make a move worthwhile;
C) There is a pent up demand by homeowners who HAVE regained enough equity to sell and trade up.
Caveat: The Luxury market is a different story. Luxury homes is defined here as homes with a value of over $1.million. Depending on what geographic area you are in the inventory may fluctuate between 1-2 years. This too is better than a few years ago when inventory was between 2-3 years in the Luxury price points above $1.million.

Here are the Top 10 Markets:

• Dallas/Forth Worth, TX
• Austin, TX
• Charlotte, NC
• Seattle, WA
• Atlanta, GA
• Denver, CO
• Nashville, TN
• San Francisco, CA
• Portland, OR
• Los Angeles, CA

Chief economist Lawrence Yun says the trend represents the release of pentup demand by homeowners who have regained enough equity to sell and trade up. But when you combine that with homeowners who might move but are stuck because they don’t have enough equity, plus a notable lack of newly built homes, you have a short.

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate inSuwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell and your immediate neighborhood. Reach out to The WOW Team with any questions you may have on Georgia Real Estate.
Link here to find out the real value of your home.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Phone: 404-531-5700
Mobile: 770-597-2862

Market is Down YTD Sales are off 7% from Last Year

One of the benefits in working with the WOW Team and Keller Williams is that we have hired a statistician to study the quarterly statistics in our Atlanta Market. First Quarter Stats just came out and I would like to share some of the applicable points to all my clients. I hope you find these findings of value. We strive to keep you always informed and updated.

Hi-Lites of 1st Quarter 2014

Keller Williams First Atlanta is outperforming the market ~ because of this we ARE a direct reflection of ‘what’s happening in the Atlanta market.’ Slide 1

  • KW First Atlanta (KWFA) has 20% market share while the other top players trail with 8-10% market share.

 

 

Slide 1Market is Down ~ YTD Sales are off 7% from last year YTD 2013
and off 12% from YTD 2012

  • This is partially due to the low end homes  not flooding the market and investors getting out of the market.
  • A result of homeowners electing NOT to sell because they don’t know where to move or they are opting to stay put as a more conservative approach to their post-recession lifestyle.

Slide 1Number of Solds Remain Constant Throughout the Years

. . . but this will change as the population in Atlanta increases due to the technology hub in Alpharetta, sports and corporate headquarters, etc., etc.

  • The chart right also shows the “TRY-ers” are many and the SELLERS are fewer. The “try-ers” are not going away . . . they still have houses to sell and will be out there again and again in the future.

Slide 1Market is Very Different Now

  • There is a margin of error in a Buyers’ market so trying a higher price initially is conceivable.Emotion drives Buyers in a Sellers’ Market.
    • After trying the market sellers should adjust of understand the consequences . . . so . . . in effect this means . . . In all price points it’s okay to try a price but if after 2 weeks the market responds without an offer then it is important to adjust. (In past Buyers markets with HIGH inventory) it was most important to get the price right immediately.
    • LOGIC drives Buyers in a BUYERS Market; for all the sellers who are in a Buyers’ market (500,000 and above) one needs to make adjustments in price sooner to secure a buyer.
    • Furthermore it is important to note that supply of inventory has increased in every price category from 2013.

My best always,
Janet Weidmann, REALTOR
WOW Team Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn more about the real estate in your immediate neighborhood. Link here to find out the real value of your home.

 

 

 

Horseshoe Bend Country Club ~ an Executive Home Beauty!

Open House Tuesday April 22, 2014 11:30-1:30 710 Winnmark Ct. ~ Great home for entertaining! 3 Fireplaces, Banquet sized dining room; Keeping Kitchen; Finished Terrace with 2nd Kitchenette; Central Vac; Hardwoods on Main; 10 ft ceilings; cul-de-sac street; Excellent schools; E-Z commute to Ga 400; 40 min. to airport;  $625,000.00 ~ Contact the WOW Team at Keller Williamsfor more information (janet@weidmanngroup.com)

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Nestled in the horseshoe formed by the mighty Chattahoochee River, this country club neighborhood has always been a magnet for executive families.  Recently Horseshoe Bend Country Club has undergone a $10,000,000 face lift and as a result the housing has experienced an upward trend in prices.

What do homeowners enjoy about the location of Horseshoe Bend?  Walking throughout the neighborhood is a favorite pastime.  The lakes and forests views are beautiful in spring and summer; there’s a walking club to join if you prefer company.  It is a safe neighborhood as some folks can be seen walking their pets as early as 4:30 A.M.!   Other benefits… Lunch at the clubhouse, fireworks on the green, and of course the constant activity of swim, tennis and golf events.

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Situated in the historic town of Roswell, GA, everyone enjoys the diversity of cuisine from Thai foods to  farm-to-table cooking. Canton Street is the hub of specialty shops and fine dining.   Roswell is also well-known for its exceptional parks and recreation facilities. Follow this link to the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau website showcasing many things to do around Roswell as well as shopping and dining suggestions.

Adjacent to Horseshoe Bend Country Club is the East Roswell Park which includes, Frisbee Golf Course, Activity center, Sports fields and a New Library under construction at the time of this writing.  In the early 2000’s Roswell acquired land along the river corridor and has since constructed miles of biking trails and hiking paths while preserving the natural habitat for future generations along the Chattahoochee.

Voted one of the best small towns in America, Roswell is a much sought after destination to put down your roots.  Horseshoe Bend is one of the best kept secrets … but word is getting out so come experience all it has to offer.  The WOW Team of Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta specializes in Horseshoe Bend ~ let us give you the tour and we’ll WOW you!!

Follow this link to the WOW Team website and discover your home’s value.

 

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

Should We Fear the Shadow Inventory ?

Predictions for housing in 2013 are bullish by most accounts.  That sounds like a fair assessment when supplies are low and demand is up in most market areas such as in Atlanta GA.Rear side of Providence Estate

Low inventory in good homes as well as geographic locations in close proximity to excellent schools drives housing desirability.  Here in Atlanta GA we are seeing “school flight” increasing demands on the Decatur City schools, while the city of Atlanta figures out the redistricting.  We see North Fulton and East Cobb county experiencing unusual demands on the low inventory, increasing the incidences of multiple offers on available “good homes”.

So what about the foreclosures and the short sale shadow inventories that haven’t hit the market yet?  How will 2013 shape up for the housing market in Atlanta and the rest of the country.  According the WSJ… the shadow inventory is overhyped as a housing threat.  The shadow inventory is shrinking.

Salem Dr  After photoAs a residential real estate specialist here in Atlanta I personally see evidence of  foreclosure homes being snapped up by the hearty investor appetite who are buying ‘to hold and rent’. Trimmed inventories and backlogs of investors are further reducing the discount of foreclosures due to competition.  While Atlanta’s market has liberal foreclosure laws (GA. is a non judicial foreclosure state) other states may experience a more difficult transition due to court-administered foreclosure processes to clear bad debt.

Where do you think we’ll be this time next year?!  Will our rear view mirror look back on 2013 as the year housing leaps forward or will the shadow inventory dampen our enthusiasm for the housing rebound?  My optimism tells me 2013 will be a banner year for most of us… most especially in our Atlanta market.  Don’t let the possible shadow inventory dampen your spirits!  Instead raise a toast to new beginnings… and let the New Year begin!!

May your 2013 be prosperous and filled with Joy!

DIY Tips For Updating Your Home

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Looking to update your home but don’t have the money for a huge renovation? There are several budget friendly ways to bring those outdated rooms out of the dark ages. Not only will updating provide you with more enjoyment of your home, it can significantly increase its value as well. There are two areas of your home you need to keep in mind when planning on updating- the kitchen and bathrooms. A remodeled kitchen and bathroom can add 75%-100% to a home’s return on investment (ROI). Not only do these rooms have the highest return on investment, they can also decrease the amount of time your home is on the market.

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home, which is why it is a significant selling point to future buyers. Some easy ways to update this room include replacing the kitchen faucet and adding new cabinet door hardware. Update old, harsh florescent lighting fixtures with hanging lights above work areas, recessed lighting, and energy-efficient dimmers. If your appliances don’t match you can try ordering new doors or face panels from the manufacturer or upgrading to new energy efficient appliances. If the flooring is outdated, install hardwood or tile flooring to give it a facelift. Painting or re-facing old cabinets can make a huge difference at minimal cost. Also if it is in your budget, replace the countertop with natural stone. Putting up a simple back splash and a fresh coat of paint can nicely complement your other updates.

Renovating an existing bathroom can definitely add value to your home. This room can get a lot of wear and tear from all the moisture present that can cause fixtures to age rapidly. Update lighting, faucet sets and replace the showerhead to liven up your old bath decor. Make sure the new hardware is all the same metal finish to tie the room together. Resurfacing the current vanity cabinets, or even installing a new pedestal sink, can completely change the look of the room. Replace old discolored flooring with fresh vinyl or tile. Re-grouting tub and showers and replacing any chipped tiles will make the room feel cleaner and brighter. Replace a lackluster mirror with a framed decorative one that the complements to room or add your own frame to the current mirror by gluing molding around the edges. Lastly, paint the room a bright, neutral color that reflects light so that the room looks larger.

So if you are either updating your home because you plan on being there for many years to come or you are looking to sell, these rooms will provide the best return on investment and give a new feel to your home.

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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

Tebow fortune to spill over in Real Estate!

Did you all watch the Denver Broncos game yesterday?! … Tim Tebow threw the winning pass for an unbelievable touchdown in the first play of an overtime game against Pittsburgh Steelers!  What a game!  

Good times are shaping up in in the world of Real Estate for 2012 as well!   Based on the number of calls we’ve been experiencing at the Wow Team office and a spike of activity on our listings via the web we think the Spring selling season will be a good one! 

As we look at the lower housing inventory in Alpharetta and Johns Creek we are reaching a more balanced market!  Harp 2 will provide great relief for homeowners who want to refinance (contact us at The WOW Team Office for more info on qualifications of this homeowners relief program) even if they are underwater! Prices have leveled off and we believe they will actually increase slightly in pocket area.

Activity in our housing market is percolating and it will be at a full boil following Super Bowl weekend.  If you are thinking of selling get off the couch and contact us for preliminary guidance on positioning your home for the Spring market!!

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