What Not To Leave In Front Of Your House

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If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, some valuable advice-  Make sure that you clean up all random machetes before going on market.  I spied a machete earlier today. For the uninformed, that would be a knife.  A somewhat discolored, foreboding looking machete. If the house sells fast and for over list, then I’m going …

No, I Will Not Play Beer Pong and Video Games With You

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Earlier this week, the New York Times published an excellent article about the extreme measures some Realtors are taking to bond with their clients.  From hang gliding to beer pong playing, iPod tutoring to organizing scavenger hunts, these real estate agents are serious about standing out from the crowd.  So sayeth the Times: There are more than 52,000 licensed real estate agents …

Appeal Your Property Taxes

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I just received my Annual Notice Of Assessment from Fulton County.  I liken this annual mailing to the check-up reminder postcard that my dentist sends me.  They’re both easily overlooked, yet essential annual milestones. Many homeowners don’t realize that they have the right to appeal their tax assessment.  The end result can mean shaving a significant sum off of your …

Pricing Your Home To Sell

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Most home sellers are focused on two things:  selling their home for as much as possible, as fast as possible.  Pretty simple, right? Yes.  And no. For a thorough explanation, we turn to Broker, Christopher Bennett.  In addition to being ridiculously smart, Christopher is exceptionally talented at distilling complex concepts into very clear, concise thoughts.  So when it comes to …

Who Put The Cabbage In Cabbagetown

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Whenever I take visiting friends through Cabbagetown, I’m inevitably asked the same question: Why is it called Cabbagetown? There are several theories, and thanks to Wikipedia, I can share them with you: 1. The mostly transplanted poor Appalachian residents (largely of Scots-Irish descent) who worked in the nearby Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, would grow cabbages in the front yards …

Atlanta: We’re Healthier Than Huntington, West Virginia

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Atlanta’s sloganeers have long sought to define our fair city in one catchy, succinct and memorable phrase. From “The City Too Busy To Hate” to the much-maligned “Every Day Is An Opening Day” (well-chronicled by the NY Times, here), we’ve seen our share of doozies. Unfortunately, none have had the same ring as, say, “I Love New York”, or “What …

Mortgage Rates Are Rising. Why?

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We’ve gotten used to low-interest rates for several years.  They’re still pretty low, historically speaking, but they’re starting to rise again.  It’s been pretty under-reported, likely due to optics.  Let’s face it, video of tornadoes, testifying IRS officials, and international uprisings will always trump a montage of central bankers wonking out over monetary policy. So, why are rates rising?  Julie …