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"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!"


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."


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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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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As the seller of a home, do you have to read the buyer’s inspection report if the buyer presents it to you?  NO, YOU DON'T.  And if you are a seller represented by the The Keen Team, we will, in certain situations, advise that you don’t look at or read a buyer’s inspection report because we don’t want you getting stuck with someone else’s inspection report, produced by an inspector you don’t know and didn’t hire, and which you’ll then have to update your Seller’s Disclosure notice if that buyer flakes out and terminates the deal.

Not all Realtors subscribe to this “I don’t want to see it” philosophy. In fact, we sometimes catch flak for this from buyer agents who want to leverage inspection report items to gain significant monetary concessions on

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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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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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A professional home inspection is your best defense against buying a home that has unexpected issues that will cost you time and money as the new owner.  Getting a proper home inspection on a single family home you plan to buy is a must.  Don’t ever skip proper inspections.  Ever.

There are different types of inspections that should be considered depending on the type, age and condition of the home you are buying.  Here are your options ::

General Home Inspection.  This is the common Home Inspection- the one that you and your agent will talk about.  An inspection will run you around $400 and will get you a general inspection of all of the homes major operating systems and structure.  That includes the HVAC, plumbing, electrical, roof, structure and

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While tax returns aren’t due until April, to minimize your tax headaches several you should get started well advance of the deadline according to Stephanie Phillips, our team's accountant.  With years of experience assisting rental property owners, Stephanie suggests that deducting every possible expense this year could be more important than ever, especially if you’re affected by the new Affordable Healthcare Act tax.

Under the Act, if your modified adjusted income exceeds $250,000 (filing jointly) then you’ll pay an additional 3.8% tax on any rental income or other passive income above that amount.  Rental property expenses are deductible only in the year they are paid, so December was your last chance to pay for any rental property-related expenses

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Setting the right rent can be one of the most difficult areas for many people who are investing in or currently own Atlanta rental property.  If your property rents out in no time, it could be an indication that you are not charging enough rent.  On the other hand, if your property seems to take a long time to rent out, it could be a clear indication that your rent is too high.  So, how do you go about setting a rental rate that is in line with the current market?

One of the best places to start is the local newspaper classifieds.  It is imperative that you do some research to find out what rent prices are driving the local market. Location is the most important factor in determining rental rates. For example, a three bedroom, two bath renovated

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The ultimate goal of investing in Atlanta rental property is to turn a profit.  To ensure that your rental property remains a profit turning asset it's essential that you follow several critical guidelines.

First, always make sure that you check tenant references.  This can be a burdensome step and many landlords overlook it because they feel as though they have good instinct when they meet with the tenant.  But not checking references can lead to a number of problems later on.  You will uncover a wealth of information about potential problems before you rent to a prospective tenant.

Second, make sure you have everything in writing.  This is to protect your rights as a landlord as well as the rights of your tenants.  Everything from the code of

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