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!
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.
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
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
If 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
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.
4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Three finished levels of luxury living
Gated driveway, attached garage
Beautiful and serene outdoor living areas
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.
Very proud to announce that team member Erica Gal recently earned her Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation. It’s a unique designation that’s held by very few Atlanta Realtors, and one that we believe will help us better serve our clients. The SRES background is essential, as it provides our team with a specialist clued in on trends related to growing seniors’ population, housing needs, financing options and legal protections.
While designations and continuing education are important, it’s feedback from happy clients that really drive us to strive to be the best in the business. Check out what one of Erica’s recent clients had to say about her experience working with her:
We contacted Erica Gal when looking to sell our mom’s house in the Toco Hills area. WE (3 siblings) met with her to hear how the process of selling, moving and relocating our 91 year mother would be. She talked and explained very clearly so that our mom would understand and feel comfortable with what would be happening. It was not easy for mom to let go of a home that was hers (and dad’s) for 50 years! I have to say that Erica made it seamless, almost enjoyable. We trusted her completely and she brought us many offers after only one weekend on the market. Her advise was priceless! Through this process Erica became a friend of mom’s and a person who we would recommend above any for anyone that is looking to sell or buy property. We experienced how amazing she is working with elderly people and suggested that she should specialize in this area. It takes a very special person who is patient, empathetic, understanding, knowledgeable and so much more! Erica is all and MORE!
Happy, well-served clients are why we do what we do. Give us a call if we can be of any service for your real estate needs.
Posted by Jon at 9:15 am on July 21, 2015 : 0 comments
One of the most interesting (and loaded) words in the real estate lexicon is “affordable”. In New York’s SOHO neighborhood, the median home sales price is $2.2 million, leading one to believe that a loft in this neighborhood priced at $1 million would appear to be very affordable. This is, of course, insane. And true.
Atlanta is not New York, but like all real estate markets, we too struggle with defining what is and isn’t “affordable”. I’m not going to wade in to the subjectivity of the semantics, but what I can tell you is that our new listing at 923 S. Candler is VERY WELL PRICED. Insanely well priced. Why? Find me another house priced at $435,000 that can boast the following:
Completely renovated in 2012
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Gigantic, flat lot
Perfect blend of contemporary and classic finishes
Zoned for top-ranked Decatur Public Schools
Really a fantastic, happy house. Plenty of details on the listing page, and of course, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to set up a showing.
Posted by Jon at 1:49 pm on July 17, 2015 : 0 comments
My words aren’t going to do it full justice, but I think the pictures below articulate it’s lofty luxury quite well:
LaFrance Street Lofts is a fantastic community just steps from Candler Park. Saltwater pool, newly renovated fitness center, club room, plus an outdoor entertaining area that’s the envy of all outdoor entertaining areas. And the huge bonus on this one bedroom? It’s got a second full bathroom, a seperate bonus room, and a second deeded parking spot.
Make it happen, forward to a friend, call your Realtor, call me… whatever you do, do it fast. It’s not going to last long.
Posted by Jon at 3:08 pm on July 10, 2015 : 0 comments
Don’t expect the Assessor’s office to use the revenue generated from taxing your home on redesigning their website.
You’ve Received Your Tax Assessment, And It’s Not Pretty
2015 Tax Assessments have recently been mailed out. If you have received yours, it’s likely that it gave you quite a shock. One of the downsides of an escalating real estate market is that as the value of our homes go up, so does the possibility of the county re-assessing our homes for higher values. This will ultimately result in higher tax bills.
You need to gear up for what’s next. Some thoughts on how to strategize for what’s next:
1. File An Appeal As Soon As Possible– You have 45 days from when you receive your assessment to file an appeal with the County. Don’t drag your feet on this- the Counties are rigid on this deadline, and we know several homeowners who have procrastinated their way to higher tax bills simply by filing their appeal post deadline.
2. File An Information Request– The County is required to share the information that they used to determine your home’s value. Follow the instructions on your Assessment to request this information. You you will need this information to build your appeal case.
3. Stop Looking At Zillow– The County doesn’t care how much Zillow says your home is worth. No one cares, actually, but that’s a different story. Better to spend your energy on what’s really happening on the market, not what some obtuse algorithm thinks is happening.
4. Pull The Relevant Sales Comps– Once you have the County’s supporting documentation, it’s time to go to work. You’ll need to build your case for your eventual Board of Equalization hearing. While there are several resources online that you can utilize, you can always give me a call for assistance. I’m happy to provide relevant sales data, so that you can ultimately reduce your tax burden. My team and I are here to serve your housing needs in any way that we can, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
Posted by Jon at 9:43 am on June 25, 2015 : 0 comments
Our new listing at 799 Marcus Street isn’t technically right on the Atlanta BeltLine. It’s .25 miles from the Atlanta BeltLine. And so long as we’re throwing out distances, it’s half a mile from Krog Street Market and a quarter of a mile from Cabbagetown Park. So for those in the “location, location, location” camp- which should be everybody- this one qualifies as a home run.
Location aside, this is one good looking house. It’s an updated three bedroom, two bathroom bungalow. Special features include a sweet front porch, extra large back porch, ceilings so high that Gheorghe Muresan will feel comfortable and a super-large kitchen. At $325,000, this one isn’t going to last long.