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Atlanta Real Estate Market Stands Alone

While most of the country sees the real estate market revive, Georgia is still in a tough fight.

The best way to get an idea of the state of the real estate market in a certain place is to look at the foreclosure numbers.

Colorado and Texas have seen historic low numbers when it comes to foreclosures over the last year. Georgia, meanwhile, sees a foreclosure 1 in every 955 housing units, according to http://www.realtytrac.com/statsandtrends/foreclosuretrends/ga. In terms of counties, Butts County near Atlanta is the worst with 1 in every 301.

The website compares the number of foreclosures broken down by the type of filing, auction or bank-owned, with Georgia at .10 percent as of November. The national number is .09 percent.

The worst part of 2013 for foreclosures in Georgia was January. The positive sign is the rest of the year saw a steady decline, so the hope amongst realtors, economists and citizens of Georgia is the trend continues or at the best improves throughout 2014.

Numbers show signs of improvement

By November, foreclosures by auction were down 13 percent from October and 36 percent for the year. Bank-owned foreclosures were slightly up 9 percent from October but down significantly for the year at 61 percent.

For Atlanta, as of November there were 4,328 properties in some stage of foreclosure, according to Realty Trac. The number of properties that received a foreclosure filing was 2 percent higher than October but 46 percent lower the same time in 2012. That shows you how bad the real estate market in Atlanta has been.

Home sales for October in Atlanta were down 34 percent compared to the previous month, and down 38 percent compared with a year ago.

The thing with real estate and any form of the economy is that it’s cyclical. The one positive out of 2013 in the foreclosure numbers is it steadily got better as 2013 progressed. As mentioned above, the hope is that this continues through 2014. If you’re on the market to sell your home, consider www.homevestors.com.

The ebb and flow of real estate

To make your head spin a little more, and make the real estate news for Atlanta harder to understand, according to www.trulia.com/real_estate/Atlanta-Georgia/, the average price per square foot for an Atlanta home was $170, an increase of 27 percent compared the same period last year. The site adds that the median sales price for homes in Atlanta for Oct. 13 to Jan. 14 was $240,000 based on the 1,988 home sales. Compared to the same period last year, the median home sales price increased 20 percent or $40,000. To make those numbers look even better, the number of home sales decreased 8 percent.

When compared to the foreclosure numbers, you get an ebb and flow real estate market in Atlanta.

Strong year ahead?

What will help the market is to get the price of median homes to rise and to record levels. Do that and the foreclosure numbers will continue to drop. That’s one of the reasons the foreclosures in Texas and, specifically, Dallas/Fort Worth, are at the record numbers they are at as we speak.

The expected rise of the interest rates to 5.5 percent and the impact that will have remains to be seen. But as long as the foreclosure numbers in Atlanta and Georgia continue to drop, that’s a good sign to the real estate market as a whole.

Author Bio:  Ian St. Clair is an award-winning writer who has close to 10 years of newspaper experience. He’s written about everything from the Denver Broncos and college football to community theater and romance novels. He’s now at We Buy Ugly Houses Atlanta. You can find him at Google-Plus,

Travel Tips For Visiting The Georgia Dome In Atlanta

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English: NFL: The Atlanta Falcons kick off to the Philadelphia Eagles at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Both new visitors to the Atlanta area and long-time residents can experience the excitement of heading out to the stadium to watch an NFL football game. You can taste the popcorn, hotdogs, and soda long before arriving. In the heart of Georgia, we are referring to the Georgia Dome, a NFL football stadium on the northwest side of downtown Atlanta.

During home games in the midst of football season you will find the stadium filled to capacity with 71,250 fans. Home team fans are here to watch their favorites—the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL or the Georgia State University Panthers of NCAA football. The Georgia Dome has the same seating arrangement for both teams, but both face value and market prices of tickets vary with team and opponent.

The atmosphere of the Georiga Dome makes it even more exciting to watch live football. Even new fans will appreciate seeing the Atlanta Falcons in affable combat with the rival team. You might just hear head coach Mike Smith before you see him. And, what do you do when you feel allegiance to both teams?

The dedicated fan can always pick sides. The Falcons have a solid bank of fans lining the bleachers (which, by the way, is key in a decision to build a new stadium—possibly called the New Falcons Stadium—just south of the Georgia Dome; groundbreaking due in 2014, with completion in 2017). The Falcons won division championships in 1980, 1988, 2004, 2010, and 2012. Their claim to the Super Bowl took place in 1998?s Super Bowl XXXIII. Their spring training grounds are about 40 miles northeast of Atlanta, close to Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River by the city of Flowery Branch. If the rumor mill feeds your spirit, check out the many local bars and restaurants and strike up a conversation with anyone sporting the red and black colors of the Falcons.

Did you think that only a few player trades take place each season? Guess again. Between August 9th and September 17th, in the neighborhood of 15 players were waived, while a comparable number were signed by the Atlanta Falcons. New players create a constant atmosphere of change within the team and the stadium as fans are always on the lookout for the new additions.

Foodies will never run out of delights as the options rival those of a thriving city. Scratching the surface finds a wide variety of places offering BBQ, steaks, burgers, pizza, Mexican, chili, funnel cakes, pasta, and wine and specialty beers and cocktails, alongside tantalizing sweets. Bottomless Souvenir Popcorn, and Soda, are favorites not to overlook. Did I mention vegetarian and gluten free?

Georgia Dome is located next to the Georgia World Congress Center and the CNN center. You can drive to One Georgia Dome Drive, but the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has made it convenient to get there with two stations near the Dome. Getting to the Dome: . The Dome offers ample parking, with the tailgate party crowd allowed a five hour head-start prior to Falcon games.

Being part of the passionate crowds, along with all the tasty offerings, brings a smile to all who attend. Don’t wait! Visit the Georgia Dome to watch a football game as soon as you find yourself in the Atlanta area.

By Nolan Kido

This article was written by Nolan Kido. Nolan is a sports fan who lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Call Roswell, Georgia Home

Roswell Mill Dam on Big (Vickery) Creek in Ros...

Roswell Mill Dam on Big (Vickery) Creek in Roswell, Georgia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ten Reasons Why You Should Call Roswell, Georgia Home

Roswell, Georgia is a vibrant suburban community with a rich history, excellent home values and plenty of things to do—making it one of the most coveted cities in Georgia in which to live.

From a cozy downtown area to its proximity to the city of Atlanta, there’s plenty to love about the North Atlanta suburb. There are plenty of outdoor activities, thanks to the Chattahoochee River and other nature trails. There is also a plethora of shopping and other activities perfect for the entire family.

Roswell also offers some of the best schools in the metro area, making it an appealing destination to families.

If you’re looking for a place to call home in the Atlanta metro area, here are ten reasons why you should consider Roswell, Georgia.

  1. Small-town flair with big-city access. Roswell is only about 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, yet far enough outside the Perimeter that it retains its small-town feel. This gives you the best of both worlds: a quiet, suburban lifestyle while remaining close to the best that Atlanta has to offer like its sports teams and nightlife.
  2. Miles of outdoor trails. Roswell boasts sixteen-plus miles of scenic walking/biking trails, including the Vickery Creek Trail in the Chattahoochee National Recreation area and the Chattahoochee River Walk passing through the heart of town. These trails are open year-round and are perfect for an afternoon getaway.
  3. Rich history. Roswell blends the best of the present with the richness of the past, with plenty of historic dwellings, Civil War landmarks and even ghost tours.
  4. Rich in culture and art. Roswell offers a remarkable amount of art and culture for a city its size, including the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which serves as home to the Atlanta Wind Symphony and the Georgia Ensemble Theatre and whose 600-seat theatre hosts numerous musical, theatrical and cultural events throughout the year.
  5. Great shopping and dining. The historic district of Roswell is home to a great selection of one-of-a-kind boutiques, art galleries and specialty shops—and with a wide range of fabulous restaurants, Roswell is considered a foodie destination.
  6. Excellent school system. Roswell’s public schools are part of the Fulton County School System, which scores well above the state average with test scores.
  7. Great range of home styles and prices. Roswell’s growing population means a continuing number of new builds, along with spacious, well-established homes. While overall home prices are above the state average, home values range from the low $100,000s to the upper $300,000s and up.
  8. High appreciation rates. Home values in Roswell currently have some of the highest appreciation rates in the state, making them an excellent investment.
  9. Low crime rates. Roswell boasts one of the lower crime rates in the state of Georgia, making it a popular place to raise children.
  10. Nationally recognized quality of life. Roswell regularly places on “best place to live” polls, including CNN’s 2010 list of Top 100 Best Places to Live In the US.

Dac Carver is the Vice President and Managing Broker of Atlanta Real Estate firm Beacham & Company. A 17-year veteran of residential real estate, Dac graduated from Christ School, a college preparatory school near Asheville, NC and earned a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina in 1991. He and his wife, Shannon, have two school-age sons.

Attractions In North Druid Hills, Georgia

Attractions in North Druid Hills

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Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Located about 15 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta, North Druid Hills (also referred to by locals as Briarcliff) is an unincorporated area in Dekalb County with a population of just under 20,000 people, offering a quieter suburban alternative to the busier urban Atlanta lifestyle. Attractions in North Druid Hills primarily include shopping, dining and outdoor/recreational activities.

Toco Hills Shopping Center

Located in the heart of North Druid Hills, Toco Hills is situated at the busy intersection of LaVista Road and North Druid Hills Road, serving as the area’s primary shopping and dining destination. Shops include a Publix Supermarket, Office Depot, Tall Tales Book Shop and Pike Nurseries, among others. Dining options include fast food and midrange chains like Wendy’s,Steak & Shake, Outback Steakhouse and Chili’s, as well as upscale dining like Petite Auberge.

The vibe here is friendly and the location attractions offer more than an afternoon’s worth of enjoyment. Local businesses are inter-mixed with larger retail chains here.

Elwyn John Wildlife Sanctuary

Located just behind the old Briarcliff High School just off North Druid Hills Rd., Elwyn John Wildlife Sanctuary is a lovely wooded area encircled by a walking trail, and featuring vista points and picnic areas. A popular outdoor area for family outings, hiking and birding.

This park makes a wonderful afternoon hike with an emphasis on bird watching. Several different species of bird congregate here and the foliage offers a nice backdrop for sightseeing.

Mason Mil Park (http://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/parks/pr-mason-mill-park.html)

Located on McConnell Drive just off Clairmont Road, Mason Mill Park is the largest in the North Druid Hills area, offering sports fields, tennis courts, hiking trails, picnic areas and playgrounds. A great place for family outings or recreation.

Families will find the most enjoyment from Mason Mill as the facilities are mostly catered to children and families with children.

Nearby Attractions

In addition to these attractions, there are a few additional points of interest located within a few miles of the North Druid Hills area. These include:

North DeKalb Mall (http://www.northdekalbmall.com/). The oldest mall in the Atlanta metro, this complex features anchor stores like Macy’s, Ross and Marshall’s, as well as many specialty stores, AMC Theaters, and even a community garden. North DeKalb Mall is located about 3 miles east of North Druid Hills at the Lawrenceville Expressway.

DeKalb Farmer’s Market (http://www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com/). Located about 5 miles southeast of North Druid Hills, this is a large, privately owned, continuously operating farmer’s market featuring 140,000 square feet of fresh organic produce, seafood, meats, wine, cheese, dairy and much more.

Atlanta Botanical Garden (http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/). One of Atlanta’s most popular attractions, the Atlanta Botanical Garden features acres or indoor and outdoor exhibits, seasonal plant life and numerous special events. Located about five miles southwest of North Druid Hills along Piedmont Avenue.

Piedmont Park (http://www.piedmontpark.org). Atlanta’s largest park, Midtown’s Piedmont Park features acres of open fields, sporting facilities, a large pond and more. Piedmont Park is located immediately beside the Atlanta Botanical Garden and is open and free year-round.

Other sights, including downtown Atlanta and its offerings, are just a stone’s throw away from North Druid Hills.

Author Bio:

Dac Carver is the Vice President and Managing Broker of Atlanta Real Estate firm Beacham & Company. A 17-year veteran of residential real estate, Dac graduated from Christ School, a college preparatory school near Asheville, NC and earned a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina in 1991. He and his wife, Shannon, have two school-age sons.

Three Common Plumbing Problems Atlanta Citizens Encounter

Woman In Need Of Plumber It’s estimated that there are roughly 432,427 citizens living in Atlanta and if you count the surrounding suburbs, that number can easily go into the millions. These numbers are not at all surprising once you look at the benefits that come with living in Atlanta.  You get to live in a city that has an interesting and romantic history, you get to eat at some of the best restuarants and eat food prepared by famous chefs, and you get to live in a large metropolitian area that has all of the features of an urban setting, but still retains its southern charms.

The only downside to living in an urban area like Atlanta can be the plumbing problems that can occur.  Since Atlanta is an old city, a lot of city residents are running water from old and decaying pipes that are in need of serious repair.  Along with that, you also have to deal with annoying plumbing problems that can take days to fix or cost hundreds to repair.  Leaky faucets and discolored water are something that nearly every person has to deal with, but if you know how to identify common plumbing problems you can save yourself from a lot of headaches.

Clogged Showerhead

When you start to notice a change of water pressure the problem may not be with your pipes.  Even though our water is filtered it contains a lot of minerals and water that’s running through old pipes with substancial mineral build up.  All of that running mineraled water can cause a build up of minerals in your showerhead, and that build up could cause your shower head to clog.  Luckily, most home owners won’t have to worry about calling a plumber to fix this problem.  If you can remove your shower head, take time to carefully clean out the mineral deposits.  If it isn’t removable, look into purchasing a CLR solution and let the head sit in there overnight.  In the morning, your showerhead should be clean and good to go!

Running Toilet

Do you sometimes hear your toilet running water long after you’ve flushed it?  If so, it’s very likely that your toilet has a running problem.  A running toilet can cause more problems than just noise.  If your toilet is running longer than it should you could be loosing up to 200 gallons of water in a 24-hour time span.  When a toilet is running too much a defective flapper could be the cause of your problem.  Most plumbing companies in Atlanta can fix it relatively quickly and for a reasonable price.

Unheated Water

If you’re finding that it takes forever for your bath or shower water to heat up, don’t run out and find a new water heater just yet.  Mineral deposits can build up in your water heater just like they build up in your shower and if your water is being heated inconsistently it’s probably the cause of mineral deposits in your water heater.  If the build up isn’t too thick you may be able to drain your heater and clean it out on your own. However, if it’s too much you should call a plumber to handle the job.

By Randy Harris, a retired plumber who likes to write guest blogs as a hobby on the weekends.

Atlanta Honored As Nerdiest City

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Today I came to vivid realization… I am a nerd.

I don’t know why I didn’t see the writing on the wall. I’m a grown man with massive collection of Legos. I own more video games than a twelve year old gaming addict. I love books. I love nerdy movies in which I have a huge collection. I believe in aliens. I still play with toys.

The first step to finding inner peace as a nerd is admitting you have a problem. After finally admitting to myself that I am indeed a nerd, it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I once feared the term “nerd,” now I’m beginning to embrace it.

So where else in the US are my fellow nerds found? Where are my people?

According to a recent publication from a real estate blog, nerds are congregating in Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta Honored As ‘Nerdiest’ City

The real estate blog, Movoto recently released their top ten nerdiest cities in the United States. With moderate surprise, Atlanta, GA came in at number one. I thought the number one honor would have gone to a Silicon Valley city like San Jose, CA,

While Atlanta is home to Georgia Tech University, a University composed of some 15,000 computing, engineering, and tech nerds; Atlanta’s also home to hundreds of annual fairs and conventions.

Reactions to Atlanta being named the nerdiest city in the country have been quite positive across Twitter and other social media sites.

The general consensus … Atlanta being named a nerdy city is a good thing. If ‘nerdy’ is bad, we don’t wanna be good.

Nerd alert, Nerd alert, Nerd alert!

Nerd alert, Nerd alert, Nerd alert! (Photo credit: TedsBlog)

How The Nerdiest Cities Are Calculated

The real estate professionals at Movoto looked at many factors when compiling their list, and crunched nearly as many numbers as ground control did to slingshot Apollo 13 around the dark side of the moon.

Some of the factors that came into play when determining the nerdiest city include: ratios of people to the number of comic book stores, book stores, science museums, gaming stores, book stores, and computer stores.

The number of Renaissance fairs, sci-fi conventions, and live action role-playing groups (LARP) were also a big determining factor when determining the nerdiest cities in the US.

The Top 10 Nerdiest Cities in US

 

1. Atlanta, GA
2. Portland, OR
3. Seattle, WA
4. Sacramento, CA
5. Minneapolis, MN
6. Boston, MA
7. Las Vegas, NV
8. Miami, FL
9. San Jose, CA
10. Denver, CO

 

Author Bio: is a pest control nerd and blogger with Bulwark Exterminating, which is based in Arizona. Bulwark Exterminating is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in eleven major cities, including Atlanta, GA.

 

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3 Tips For First-Time Homebuyers In Atlanta

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Buying your first home should be an exciting time in your life. What better place to settle down than Atlanta? With the hustle and bustle of the city, a plethora of jobs, and all kinds of entertainment just around the corner; Atlanta is a great place to start a life and buy a home. With the excitement of buying your first home comes the stress and unknown. You may feel nervous and unsure of what the future holds, but by hiring the right real estate agent, exploring your options, and getting to know the area, you can make your experience a great one. Whether you are buying brand-new or a fixer-upper; get to know plumbers in the Atlanta area, contractors, and others who can help you fix up your home for the best price out there.

Take Your Time To Look Around

Atlanta is a huge city so there are a ton of options out there for first-time home buyers.  As long as you’re not in a huge rush for a job or if your rent contract is ending, be sure to take your time to explore all your options. Figure out what you can afford financially in Atlanta and consider what type of home will work best for you. If you have children (or plan to in the future), you will obviously want a house that will be able to accommodate everyone. If you are enjoying the single life, a townhouse or condo might be your best bet.

Find A Reputable Real Estate Agent

As mentioned above, Atlanta is a huge city so your chances of finding a great real estate agent who will work hard to get the most for your money shouldn’t be too hard. Let them know exactly what you’re looking for and be clear about setting a strict budget. Let them know the general idea of what you’re looking for and your agent will take it from there!

Do Your Research

Chances are, you might need to do a bit of fixing up on your new home as a first-time home buyer. Do a little bit of exploring and ask around to find out who the best contractors, electricians, and plumbers in Atlanta are just in case your new home needs a bit of fixing up. Do your research by talking to others in the area and see who they recommend. Try researching online reviews of specific companies as well.

Atlanta is a great place for a first-time home buyer and buying your first home can be a rewarding and memorable experience. Be sure to take your time and try not to become overwhelmed… find a reputable real estate agent and do your research to ensure a successful search.

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