Atlanta Real Estate Blog

Atlanta’s history is rich with stories of triumph, failure … and new beginnings.

Ponce City Market, a building that’s playing a vital role in transforming Old Fourth Ward and the surrounding neighborhoods of Midtown and Virginia Highlands, is a perfect example.

This once-abandoned building is a key player in the redevelopment of one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods.

In this article, we’ll discuss the history of both Ponce City Market and Old Fourth Ward, sharing ideas on how the redevelopment of the former Sears distribution center is fundamentally changing Intown Atlanta.

Sears, Roebuck & Co.’s Iconic Building

In 1926, Sears, Roebuck & Co. was one of the nation's leading consumer goods companies. At the time, a substantial proportion of

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The neighborhoods in central and surrounding Atlanta offer a unique compilation of small-town charm with city-center access. Atlanta is a vibrant city with fun activities, art exhibits, and great local businesses.

If you love living in a close-knit neighborhood, and enjoy the ability to walk or bike to anything in the city, check out these top nine pedestrian and bike friendly Atlanta neighborhoods.

1) Midtown

Midtown, Atlanta is an epicenter of family fun, shopping, dining, and local events. It is known mostly for being the “heart of the arts” for the Southeast. With 25 different arts and cultural venues and 22 entertainment facilities, you’ll never run out of fun and diverting performances to attend.

Midtown is also great for accessibility,

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Buyers find lots of reasons to lose sleep when purchasing a home, but coming up with a 20 percent down payment shouldn’t be a source of anxiety.

In the days before government groups guaranteed mortgage loans, lenders usually required 20 percent down payments so buyers would have some skin in the game – equity –and incentive to keep paying down their mortgage debt.

Today, however, lenders can accept less than 20 percent down payment because a myriad of government agencies will guarantee the loans under specific conditions. And even if your lender requires 20 percent down, there are ways of raising that money without tapping out your savings.

Here are some ways you can handle a down payment so you can buy the house you love.

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10 overlooked way to prepare your Atlanta home for saleYou want your home to stand out when you list it for sale, but you’re not a design expert. You may watch HGTV on occasion to get some ideas, but every time you do, you feel overwhelmed. The average busy person just doesn’t have the skill or the time to tackle most of the projects they show.

Fear not, intrepid homeowner — there are 10 easy things you can do to make sure your house impresses potential buyers, and you don’t need a ton of time or an extensive tool collection to do them.

1. Make It Sparkle

It’s easy to overlook the little things when you’re getting your house ready for sale. You may clean the windows, polish the hardwood floors and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls, but sometimes the smaller details can make just as big of a

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405 Melrose Avenue, Decatur GA 30030


Priced to Sell @ $699,900

MLS #5599146

Located in the sought after Westchester Elementary School district, 405 Melrose Avenue is a 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home with 2-car attached garage parking and fully finished basement level.  If you could pick just one neighborhood that best exemplifies the vibe City of Decatur is famous for, it's here in Lenox Place.  What makes this home alluring is its size (there's room to grow), and it has a modern floor plan which is perfect for entertaining. The layout includes an oversized family room, formal living room/den, gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings and a "wow" of a kitchen. Take a leisurely stroll to Oakhurst Village and Downtown Decatur (both are within short

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Interested in selling your home? You might have questions about timing.

Have home prices peaked? Is it currently the best time to sell your house? Or should you wait for another six months or a year, with the hope that home prices will rise further?

Unless you own a crystal ball, there’s no way to know where home prices are headed. We see that home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 6.8 percent in April 2015 compared with April 2014, according to CoreLogic, a property research firm.

News about the Atlanta real estate market is generally upbeat. Atlanta is the third fastest-growing market in the U.S for new homes, posting sales gains of 10 percent from a year ago.  What’s more, the median sales price for Atlanta homes is

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Searching for a new home? You may know what you want – granite countertops and an open floor plan – but it’s hard to predict what you someday will need.

That’s the challenge of house hunting in real time: It’s hard to select a home that will fulfill both your current and future desires.

Life as we know it changes. Maybe you’re newlyweds and plan a family down the road. Maybe you’re married with teenage kids who, hopefully, will get a job and move into homes of their owns. Or perhaps your parents are aging, and you envision inviting them to live with you when they need a little more help.

The scenarios are infinite, but home choices aren’t. That’s why it’s important to choose a home that you’ll love today, but that you can also customize to meet

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6004 Manchester Place

6004 Manchester Circle

Priced to Sell @ $275,000

MLS #: 5594119 

Located in one of the U.S. Top Cities, 6004 Manchester Circle is a 4 bedroom 3.5 bath custom designed Townhome built in 2006. It sits in a quiet gated enclave just 3 miles from Downtown Roswell on Canton Street and walking distance to local shopping (Publix, Target), restaurants (Sushi, Taco Mac) and entertainment (Movie Tavern). The unique open floor plan on the main level includes a high end kitchen with solid granite counters, a sleek black appliance package and wood cabinetry.

The living room features a fireplace, soaring 9ft+ ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors throughout the common areas. Upstairs you'll find a master suite with private master

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selling a homeFor most of us, listing a home is the biggest sale we’ll ever make. No pressure there!

Putting a house or condo on the market doesn’t have to be a stomach churner. Experienced real estate agents, like The Keen Team, can guide you through this step-by-step process. Here are a few tips that can help you understand what's ahead.

Prepare to Succeed

Prepping your house for sale means denuding it of “you,” so buyers can imagine “them” living in the home.

Put away photos, kiddy artwork, and that ugly vase Aunt Bertha gave you for Christmas. Clear all clutter, replace stained carpeting, and refinish scratched floors. If you’re confused about what should stay and go, ask your real estate agent, who knows how a saleable house looks, feels and smells.

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buying a homeBuying a home is no small decision, and the process is no minor feat.

To make things less stressful for you, here is a quick and easy overview of all steps along the way. This can help you understand what you’re getting into, and learn how to handle each step as you get there.

Don't forget: if you work with the Keen Team, you'll have an advocate helping you every step of the way. (Check out our testimonials.)

1. Set a Budget

When deciding how much to budget for a home, remember that the mortgage amount you’re approved for doesn’t necessarily equal the amount you can afford.

The cost of owning a home involves more than just the price of the property; it also includes the extra expenses that come along with homeownership — furniture, repairs

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