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1/25 2016

File For Homestead Exemption

Homestead Exemption is your chance to gain massive property tax savings on your home. If you purchased your home in 2015, and you’re actually living in said house, you need to file for your Homestead Exemption today.

In Georgia, you’re entitled to the exemption if you have owned the home and it was your legal residence as of January 1 of the taxable year. You only need file for the exemption one time- once filed for, it’s valid for as long as you own your home.

If you miss your deadline, you don’t get a “do-over” or forgiveness. You literally have to wait another year before you can take advantage of the exemption, which will likely save you thousands of dollars.  So, if you want to procrastinate going to the gym or reading War and Peace have at… so long as you’re not putting off Homestead Exemption filing until it’s too late.

Filing for Homestead Exemption is easy- here’s how:

  • For everything you ever wanted to know about the Homestead Exemption in Cobb County, click here. The filing deadline is April 1.
  • For everything you ever wanted to know about the Homestead Exemption in DeKalb County/City of Decatur, click here. The filing deadline is April 1.
  • For everything you ever wanted to know about the Homestead Exemption in Fulton County/City of Atlanta, click here. The filing deadline is April 1.
  • For everything you ever wanted to know about the Homestead Exemption in Gwinnett County, click here. The filing deadline is April 1.

Posted by Jon at 11:53 am on January 25, 2016 : 0 comments

Labels : Taxes

12/16 2015

Entertainer’s Dream, Just OTP In Smyrna

Some homes are  practical.  They’re perfectly fine, providing necessary purpose and little else.  When I say this, of course, I’m being fairly broad.  I’m talking about everything from the simple “it’s a roof above our heads” to “it’s got enough bedrooms, a garage, and the extra bathroom that we really needed.”  In other words, you might as well cue the sad trombone sounder.

And then, there are homes like my new listing at 3712 Paces Park Circle.  This house has the practical stuff covered with one hand tied behind its back:  5br, 4ba, ridiculously good location, open floorplan and tons of storage.  It’s also blessed with natural good looks- which I think we can all agree isn’t a bad thing when it comes to real estate.  But it’s the “bells and whistles” that put this baby over the top.

I’ll be brief, so that the pictures can do the talking:  Brazilian Cherry flooring, full finished basement with two separate bonus/bedrooms, second full kitchen, walk in wine cellar, outdoor living room, a garage that could play a star role in “Monster Garage” and a newly landscaped backyard (starring a fire pit).

It’s practical, it’s pretty, and it’s got the extras that’ll make you smile.  If you- or anyone you know- is in the market,  contact me to set up a showing.

Massive basement features full kitchen, wine cellar and more.

Massive basement features full kitchen, wine cellar and more.

Best back yard in town.

Best back yard in town.

Covered, outdoor living area.

Covered, outdoor living area.

Chef's kitchen: a true beauty.

Chef’s kitchen: a true beauty.

Posted by Jon at 7:57 pm on December 16, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Home Buying, Home Selling, Smyrna

11/17 2015

The Best View Of Atlanta Is At Viewpoint

The best view of Atlanta can be found from the upper floors of Viewpoint, one of Midtown’s top buildings.  Don’t agree?  I submit to you Exhibits A and B, pictures from my new two bedroom listing at Viewpoint, located on the 27th floor:

viewpoint deck view

viewpoint living room view

Almost impossible to find a view in Midtown these days that’s not encumbered by a construction crane or another building, so I was pretty blown away when I first saw my client’s northern facing view.   It’s the kind of place that literally doesn’t need artwork- the city skyline is the piece de resistance here.

A few more reasons why this condo rules:

  1.  Two Deeded Parking Spots-  Why force your guests to street park, or pay for shelter in your garage?  Two parking spots in an Atlanta condominium building is akin to showing up to Willy Wonka’s with a Golden Ticket.
  2. Superior Building Amenities-  I remember the first time I slinked into one of the over sized theater chairs in the movie theater at Viewpoint.  I felt a serious pang of jealousy course through my veins.   Between the resort style pool, massive fitness center, theater, conference room and outdoor entertaining area, residents at Viewpoint enjoy hotel living, year around (minus the questionable “hotel blanket”, of course).
  3. Bonus Room-  This unit is listed as a two bedroom, but the second room is really best suited as an office or den.  The bonus room is really stellar space, perfect for anyone who feels just a little cramped in a one bedroom condominium.
  4. The Heart of Midtown- Whether you’re looking forward to life down the street from Piedmont Park or just a few blocks from jumping onto The Connector, its hard to beat Viewpoint’s location at the corner of Peachtree and Sixth.
  5. Downstairs, The Art of Touch– The best massage studio in Atlanta is located on the second floor of Viewpoint.  This is the place, folks.  Fantastic massages, reasonable prices… and if you purchase my new listing, a most convenient amenity.

Come see for yourself:  855 Peachtree St. #2708.  Contact me directly to schedule your showing, or, just have your people call my people.

Posted by Jon at 10:17 am on November 17, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Condominiums, Home Selling, Midtown

10/15 2015

Toco Hill House Renovation Opportunity

Our listing at 1172 Empire Road in Toco Hill is going to provide one lucky home buyer with a special opportunity. The bones are solid, and its numbers are tight: Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, three finished levels, two awesome yards (pretty front, deep, flat and private back) and one fantastic, dead end street. The house doesn’t need the Property Brothers to provide vision, unexpected surprises, or the tearing down of walls: it’s laid out exactly how it should be.

So, what does it need?

While the house is certainly move-in ready, what it really needs is a buyer that’s looking to put his/her finishing touches in place. A new kitchen, new master bathroom, refinished floors, painting throughout… the modern touches that will not only provide one lucky duck with a sensational new home, but will also build in equity from day one.  You can choose to go with the bare minimum, or opt for going all the way by building out the whole shebang, down to the home theater room.

1172 Empire exterior 1172 Empire kitchebn 1172 Empire kitchen 2

It’s a unique opportunity, especially considering that so much of the housing stock in the immediate area is comprised of ranches, an area where many buyers are forced to compromise on overall home size, bedroom count, and in many cases a functionally obsolete floor plan.  That’s not the case at 1172 Empire.  Give us a call, and we’ll set up a private showing so that you can start planning your renovations…

Posted by Jon at 9:12 am on October 15, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Toco Hill

10/2 2015

BeltLine Etiquette

Know how you can tell that the Atlanta BeltLine has really made it?  They just announced their very own etiquette mascot, Eddy Cat.  I’m not making this up- check out the picture below, he really exists!

beltline etiquette

Anyone who has spent any time on the BeltLine knows that not everyone has figured out how to play nicely with others.  Litterbugs, aggressive cyclists, groups of walkers who fan out across the entire trail and my personal favorite (to loathe), dog owners who refuse to pick up after their pups.  The BeltLine is essentially a microcosm for how we treat public places in general, which means that only a cute (and witty) animated cat can help us help ourselves.

All kidding aside, it’s a smart campaign that should make this Atlanta treasure that much better.  From the release:

This fall, volunteers will once again be called to help with the etiquette campaign by holding signs on the trail and engaging Atlanta BeltLine users. Expect to see Eddy Cat’s tips toll out on social media within the coming weeks.

The Eddy Cat character was illustrated by local artist and animator Alston Jones. Messaging was a collaborative effort by ABI and Dad’s Garage Theater Company. Eddy Cat can be reached via or on Twitter@beltlineeddycat and will respond to trail etiquette inquiries via the new “Ask Eddy Cat” column on the Atlanta BeltLine blog

And, because I’m a Realtor, this post would not complete without me telling you that I’ve created a page that shows all active homes for sale on the Atlanta BeltLine, updated every fifteen minutes.


Posted by Jon at 8:16 am on October 2, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Atlanta BeltLine

9/30 2015

Morningside Elementary School Homes For Sale

Morningside Elementary School is one of the top elementary schools in Atlanta, and within the district there is a diverse range of homes for sale.  Morningside serves Ansley Park, Morningside and Piedmont Heights, and Sherwood Forest.  Founded in 1929, Morningside Elementary offers a nurturing environment, as well as a rigorous academic experience.  It not only ranks highly according to test scores, but also benefits from fantastic word-of-mouth- both offline as well as online.

Perhaps most beneficial to the district is the location itself.  Minutes from Atlanta, Midtown, Emory, Decatur and Buckhead, its central location to some of Atlanta’s largest commercial districts makes it ideal for those looking to keep their commutes short.  Parks, restaurants, coffee shops and amenities abound- regardless of where you live in the district, you’re always steps away from a fresh brewed cup of coffee or a tall, cold beer.

If you’re looking for a home in a fantastic neighborhood, and a dynamic elementary school, it’s hard to go wrong with the area surrounding Morningside Elementary School.

There is always a diverse crop of homes for sale within the district, ranging from contemporary homes in Ansley Park to traditional homes in Morningside and even a number of ranch houses in Sherwood Forest.  Search all homes currently for sale zoned for Morningside Elementary School, below:

Posted by Jon at 8:35 am on September 30, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Ansley Park, Morningside, Piedmont Heights, Piedmont Park, Sherwood Forest

9/24 2015

Open House Lookie Lou

Do ever you wander in to Open Houses, with no interest in buying the house?  Just curious about what’s inside, if they’re serving refreshment or if the neighbor who lives there is as creepy as you suspected?  Having hosted a few Open Houses in my life I can tell you from experience that you’re not alone.  I can also tell you- show you, really- that you have been given the Portlandia treatment:

Posted by Jon at 11:41 am on September 24, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Home Buying

9/24 2015

Introducing D Is For Decatur

DisForDecatur-logo-stackedIf you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Decatur, you need to get to know our new website:  D Is For Decatur.  Hard to be modest about it, so excuse me if I’m not… but it’s the best Decatur real estate website out there.  All active Decatur listings, sliced and diced every way possible.  Profiles on every Decatur neighborhood, condominium building and townhome development.  Decatur-centric blog with relevant content that pertains solely to the Decatur marketplace.  The site is a beauty, the real estate search is accurate and robust, the information timely and essential.

Bookmark it now, before we run out of bookmarks.

Posted by Jon at 11:35 am on September 24, 2015 : 1 comment

Labels : Decatur

7/30 2015

Live Near Piedmont Park and the Atlanta BeltLine

view from above

The picture above is the backyard of our new listing at 1151 Orme Circle in Virginia Highland.

Look at it again.

Think about how much you’d enjoy that beautiful pool, shaded by the lush landscaping.  Think about what it would be like to live a quarter mile from the Atlanta BeltLine and Piedmont Park.  Not too shabby, right?

This house will make you insanely happy, and you haven’t even seen it yet.

The Details:

  • 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
  • Three finished levels of luxury living
  • Gated driveway, attached garage
  • Beautiful and serene outdoor living areas
  • $850,000

I haven’t even gotten in to the “pragmatic” details, but just to whistle: .5 miles to Trader Joe’s, zoned for top-ranked Springdale Park Elementary, brand new (and massive) deck, three fireplaces, craftsman detail throughout… the list really could go on and on.  You just need to see this one to believe it.

For more details, or to schedule a private showing, contact me directly.


Posted by Jon at 4:00 pm on July 30, 2015 : 0 comments

Labels : Atlanta BeltLine, Home Selling, Piedmont Park, Virginia Highland