Atlanta Top Schools


Atlanta Schools Chalkboard

We’re proud to once again offer our Annual Atlanta Top Schools Awards.  One of the the most important things parents need to consider when searching for Atlanta homes is the quality of education their children will receive in the school district where their new homes are located. We’ve been bringing our Atlanta Top School Awards to our website visitors since 2008, with updated lists coming out every year. Quite honestly, it has been extremely difficult to gather quality information. Most of […]

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Halloween in Atlanta


Halloween in Atlanta

Atlanta Halloween Safety Tips Walk Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  […]

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Crooked Creek to be Gated


Crooked Creek Alpharetta

After many years, Crooked Creek has been approved by the Milton City Council to take their streets private.  A study backed up the community’s contention that there was a significant amount of commuter traffic using Crooked Creek as a pass through between Francis Road and Highway 9.  The concern was for the safety and comfort of the residents, and through privatization of its roads Crooked Creek can now gate their entrances and eliminate commuters speeding and blowing through stop signs, as […]

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Atlanta Real Estate Prices Rising


Atlanta Homes

According to the Atlanta Board of Realtors and based on data from the First Multiple Listing Service, compared to a year ago August the median sales price for Atlanta homes sold has risen a solid 11%. In that same time though, our sales volume for Atlanta real estate has dropped by 7%. This long trend of fewer sales and higher prices seems to be due to many home buyers remaining on the fence as to exactly when to pull the trigger.  Though we […]

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Renting vs Buying Atlanta Homes


Renting vs Buying Atlanta Homes

In this article in the Atlanta Journal Renting vs Buying, there is a lot of great information that is important in today’s Atlanta real estate market.  Wes speaks about current purchase price of Atlanta homes still being below our 2007 highs, which is true.  He also brings up the incredibly low interest rates that are available right now, and that is certainly very important since the likelihood those rates stay low for an extended period of time is doubted by most […]

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Waters Lake / Woodstock New Homes


Woodstock Homes for Sale

A exciting Woodstock New Homes community is opening up and promises to be a wonderful place for families looking for a taste of natural serenity in their lives.  Waters Lake is a stunning conservation neighborhood in Woodstock, GA and a rare find with homes for sale on half to three quarter acre lots surrounding a beautiful, community-exclusive lake. Waters Lake is an intimate community of just a few dozen homes in Cherokee County, and features rolling terrain among horse farms, […]

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Avalon Alpharetta / The Perfect Taste


Avalon Alpharetta / The Perfect Taste

Join Avalon’s Per-Grand Opening fun and festivities, and be the first to stroll Avalon Boulevard while enjoying a culinary adventure of creations from acclaimed chefs in their newest Avalon Alpharetta locations. Before the Four Day Grand Opening Event, an intimate evening called The Perfect Taste is being offered to those holding a very special interest in Avalon. “The Perfect Taste” Times and Tickets Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 6-9pm Location: 2200 Avalon Place, Alpharetta GA 30009 General Admission – […]

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Staging a Home for Sale


Staging a Home for Sale

So the question is, whether staging of your home for sale is really necessary in order to get the best price. Studies have shown consistently that generating greater numbers of potential buyers will produce more buyers willing to pay higher dollars for your home.  It stands to reason then, making the initial appearance of your home as positive as possible will inspire more home buyers to spend a greater amount of time considering your home. Staging allows more beautiful images to be […]

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Alpharetta Homes / Avalon


Alpharetta Homes - Avalon

Nearing completion, the highly anticipated Avalon live-work-play community in Alpharetta Georgia is more than just any ordinary shopping center.  This magnificent $600-million community will offer high end retail outlets, 12 screen theatre, 800 residences including owner occupied and luxury rental single family homes, lofts and attached grand row homes. Class-A offices, a four-star full service 300-room hotel, and exceptional dining top off this massive development with the focus being a walkable community for both visitors and residents to enjoy. Scheduled to […]

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Home Sales Rebounding


Home Sales Rebounding

According to the NAR (National Associate of Realtors), home sales unexpectedly bounced up last month to the highest level in a year.  The 3.3% rebound was substantially higher than the modest 0.5% that was expected and seems to indicate a steadying for residential real estate.  In four of the past five months pending home sales have risen, and they’re now at the highest level since August of 2013. NAR chief economist, Lawrence Yun said favorable housing conditions spurred increased contract […]

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School Homework Hints for Your Children


School Homework Hints for Your Children

Keep a regular quiet and well lit table or desk for your child to study. Keep a regular time for studies, perhaps before watching any TV. Make sure there is enough time for homework; if they’re done early they can do something else they enjoy. Be available to help with studies, but don’t do their work for them. To avoid fatigue, let them take a 10 minute break each hour. If your child is having a tough time with a […]

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What Buyers Want in a Home


What Buyers Want in a Home

10 Things Today’s Buyers Look for in a Home While David Letterman’s Top 10 lists generally culminate in a No. 1 ranking, the following list includes in no particular order 10 things that are important to buyers today, especially Millennials who represent a significant buyer niche in today’s real estate market. Quality of the neighborhood – The National Association of Realtor’s 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers revealed that neighborhoods are really important to buyers, but that neighborhood choice varies by […]

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Alpharetta Outdoor Alcohol Area


Alpharetta Area for Outdoor Alcohol

In 2011 Alpharetta started testing a more social downtown by allowing pedestrians to walk the streets with open containers of less than 16 oz of beer or wine.  The idea is to make the area more pedestrian friendly and have folks share their evening’s experience among multiple restaurants, encouraging more socializing, as well as more window shopping to the benefit of local retail outlets. The move has allowed greater cross pollination between establishments, overall keeping patrons in the area longer. As […]

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Back to School – Stress Free


Back to School - Stress Free

“Where’s your shoes? Here’s your lunchbox. Did you pack your books? Don’t miss the bus.” “What if I don’t make friends? Do I have to go? I don’t want peanut butter and jelly.” There’s plenty of anxiety to go around at the start of the new school year, for both you and your sweet darlings.  How can you reduce the stress and brighten the faces of your little ones?  The answer is in being proactive. 1) Be Prepared!  Take the […]

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Zillow Trulia Merger


Zillow Trulia Merger

How does the merger of Zillow and Trulia impact home buyers like you?  Well it may come as a big surprise that while millions of people search for homes through these two sites, the focus of their business is in fact not home buyers at all… it is real estate agents.  These websites are set up not necessarily to provide accurate information for home buyers, but instead to be online eye candy for home buyers to get them to register. […]

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