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I’m not realtor... I’m a purveyor of new beginnings.  I’m not a broker, I’m a dealer of memories.  I’m not an agent, I’m a lifestyle consultant.

Buying, selling, owning and investing in real estate is still one of the best ways to build wealth in the long term.  And we work to provide our clients with the right information to make smart decisions for their future. 

But what we really love about our job is helping our clients realize their greatest life dreams. We work with people transitioning from one phase to another, big families with big ideas, college grads with new jobs, and empty nesters with new found freedoms.  Walkers near trails, bikers near paths and foodies near food.  Open lofts for artists, gardens for urban farmers, kitchens for

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Selling a home can be a real pain in the a**.   And I talk with a lot of folks who are considering selling their home but just don’t have the time.  Or they want to sell but don’t know where to begin.  Experience tells me they're referring to getting their house from it’s average, everyday living condition to a condition that sells.  All the cleaning and painting and purging and organizing can quickly overwhelm even the most motivated would-be home seller.   On the other hand, there are those seller's who  jump head first into the market without giving full consideration to how the condition of their home affects the outcome.

In the business we call it ”Show Quality". 

How well does a home show?  How prepared is that home for the market and how

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A lot of our current and past clients realize now is a great time to buy a home.  In fact, Ben and I helped more buyers purchase this year than any single year in our careers.   And I'm realizing as the year comes to an end I may have overlooked why the next few 3 to 6 months might also be an great time to sell.  There are 5 good reason I believe 2014 will be a good time to sell ... you'll find them below in no particular order.

Demand

My most recent analysis of the Intow Atlanta Real Estate market shows a 2.2 percent increase in sales across Intown Atlanta when compared to this same time in 2012; sales have remained above year-ago levels for going on 2 years now. There are buyers out there right now and they are serious about buying the right

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In today’s economy and credit driven society, bad credit is becoming the norm rather than the exception.  And less-than-stellar credit may be keeping you from securing loans for a new home or vehicle, or the resulting high interest rates may be putting heavy stress on your finances. The good news is there are hassle-free ways to repair your credit and improve your rating.

Before you do anything else, get a copy of your credit report to discover what things are weighing negatively on your credit. Contact all of the individual creditors listed and find out if you can put together a workable repayment plan that you can afford. As you pay off the debts, get a letter in writing stating that payment has been fulfilled. If you note inaccuracies on your

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It’s common for Home Inspections to be a point of stress for a Buyer. I recently wrote a segment about choosing a Home Inspector and the types of Home Inspections to consider when purchasing a single family home.  Experience shows that many Buyers, especially first timers, have no idea what to expect from a Home Inspection.  I sure the hell didn’t when I bought my first place- well before I was in the business.  I remember how stressed I was and anxious about my home inspection- only to have it all fall into place.  I was so excited to move into my first digs.

Buying a home is a big event for most people and understandably anxiety can run high when awaiting the results of a professional Home Inspection.  Your mind runs wild and you start thinking about

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A new trend in real estate investment is emerging: parents investing in real estate to fund their children’s college education. With the ups and downs of the stock market in the past decade, more parents are seeking to invest for their children’s future through other assets, including real estate. These parents believe that the time is right to purchase real estate because of low prices and mortgage rates, and a strong belief that real estate prices will show considerable appreciation by the time their children are in college.

The idea is to purchase a house as an investment property when a child is born or very young. Ideally, a 15-year fixed rate mortgage is used for a property that cash flows in the first year. By the time the child has reached

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FOR SALE IN CITY OF DECATUR

"Local Architect Robert Koch & The Keen Brothers, Ben & Joshua, bring you the newest addition to the Oakhurst neighborhood - wait until you see this house ... and this price!"

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217 Garland Avenue, Decatur GA 30030

Oakhurst Village

If you're paying attention to the Decatur market I don't have to tell you this could be your last opportunity for a home of this quality under $700,000 because you already know that. Located in sought after Oakhurst Village this 4 bed 3 bath custom "down to the studs" rebuild boasts an impressive array of high end upgrades. Zoned for Decatur's award winning schools it sits on one of the city's most picture-perfect little streets

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SOLD $633,850

"Designed in partnership by two sought after local Architects,this close-in
City of Decatur home strikes a perfect balance of traditional and modern design.
And wait until you see what you get for just $649,900."

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523 Chevelle Lane, Decatur GA 30030

Winnona Park

If you are not familiar with this back pocket of the neighborhood, it is in the "sweet spot" of Decatur’s venerable Winnona Park School district. The drawback if you’re looking to secure a home in City of Decatur right now is that many of the houses are measuring well over 3000 square feet with current "for sale" prices in excess of $725,000 dollars. But if you are of the philosophy that asks "Why pay for more home than

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1691 FAIRWAY HILL DRIVE SE, ATLANTA GA 30317

MLS #: 5255397

Located in the south Kirkwood area neighborhood of Atlanta, 1691 Fairway Hill is a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath renovated bungalow sitting on an oversized private lot and includes an additional “bonus space” on the main level.  The spacious kitchen has been totally remodeled with solid granite counters, a stainless appliance package and custom wood cabinetry.  The living room showcases custom built in shelving, soaring vaulted ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors. Upstairs you'll find a master suite with remodeled private bathroom, large walk-in closet and juliet balcony overlooking the backyard.  There’s a wood entertainment deck off the back and a large, fenced backyard.  Sparkling

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Property management, in its broadest terms, is the oversight of real estate. This can encompass everything from single family homes to large, multi unit apartment complexes. Property management is a service provided by local real estate firms who do their best to manage your assets.  And I don't have to tell you there is a significant range of quality and professionalism in the Atlanta Property Manager you chose to work with.   Before you invest your hard earned capital, you have to ask the question – what Property Management approach and methodology works for the betterment of your business?

Experience shows most homeowners and investors decide against using a property manager because they don't understand the scope of work involved and don't

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