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If you’re at the beginning of your career, you might not be thinking too much about the end of it. But even younger workers should be aware of – and saving for – their eventual retirement. And since you’ve got many years until you do retire, you’ve got a lot of options to consider – one of which is whether an IRA may be appropriate for you and, if so, what type. 

Essentially, you can choose between a “traditional” IRA and a Roth IRA. (Other types of IRAs are available if you’re self-employed.) 

With a traditional IRA, you contribute “pretax” dollars, so your contributions are generally tax-deductible, depending on your income limits and whether you also have a 401(k) or other retirement plan at work. In 2016, you can contribute up to $5,500 to your

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The area around the Mall of Georgia has a plethora of restaurants, yet we are always looking for something different, or something new. Well, three new restaurants are opening this year.

First, La Madeliene opens March 31st, in the old TGIF location. According to their Facebook page, they are a quaint French café serving rustic country fare, espresso and fresh-baked baguettes. They will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They also cater.

Second, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill is expected to open in July. It will be located in the village area of the mall, in the old Coldwater Creek location. The restaurant is known for its signature Smoked Wings, Fall off the Bone Baby Back Ribs, Pulled Pork and Build Your Own Burgers with over 35 toppings.

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The selling season is here, but the inventory is not. According to some experts, it is still a seller’s market.

 In a healthy market, there would normally be 6-7 months’ worth of inventory. In Atlanta however, inventory has been half of that.

 In many areas of Atlanta, when a house comes on the market and it’s priced close to fair market value, it is snatched up quickly. This leaves many buyers out in the cold, without a home to purchase.

 Another issue in Atlanta, is a lack of entry level housing. The millennials are looking for specific price ranges in specific areas. There are few places where those two overlap.

 Young people are opting to stay in rentals, as opposed to purchasing new construction further from the city. They are a

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There are three dominant trends in real estate that sellers should be aware of going into the new year. CNNMoney recently asked industry insiders to share what will be important when it comes to selling a home in 2016. Do you agree?

  1. A seller's market dominates. Home prices have been climbing so much that they're even matching their 2006 highs. Seller's markets are more dominant in certain cities such as San Francisco, where bidding wars are widely reported and offers go well above asking price. "The more lucrative a region's economic future appears to be, the easier you can expect it to be to sell a home," according to the article. 
  2. Mortgages will get pricier. Low mortgage rates have been the standard in the last few years, but that will soon
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What to Do on New Year’s Eve

The Atlanta area offers a wide variety of things to do on New Year’s Eve.  From football at the Chick-fil-A Bowl to a night of entertaining music with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, along with all the traditional celebrations at area restaurants and hotels.  There is the Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta and comedy at Atlanta Improv.  Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in the Atlanta area.  For a complete list, check out atlanta.net.

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate with your kids, you can check out atlanta.net or ajc.com   Both the Fernback Museum and Legoland have “Noon Year’s Eve” celebrations.  Stone Mountain has Kid’s Early New Year’s Eve, with snow and fireworks at 9 pm.

If you're

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Atlanta Housing Statistics - December 2015

The most recent housing market statistics for Atlanta were recently released and there are a handful of indicators that tell us where the Atlanta housing market stands. Some good, some not so good. It all depends on whether or not you are a buyer or seller. Overall the month of October was positive for the Atlanta housing market. Both sales price and available inventory ended up in positive statistics.

We have listed our three key statistics we think are important for everyone to know:

First, there is currently only a 3.8 month supply of available inventory for the metro Atlanta market. This number continues to be very low and the month of October did not help this. We also do not anticipate November or

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With the holidays upon us, perhaps you are thinking of something special to do as a family.  Maybe choose a tree, see a live show, or just drive through some magical lights.  There are many options in Georgia, and nearby. 

Nearby, one of your best bets is Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier.  You can drive over the magnificent snowflake bridge, through the 12 Days of Christmas, past illuminated diamond wonder lights and more.  There is a Holiday Village, complete with bonfire for roasting marshmallows, delicious holiday fare, pony and amusement rides, holiday shopping including the perfect Christmas tree.                                                                                                                        

New this year at the

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Market conditions matter when considering what price to list your home at.  While a Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) tells you what buyers recently paid for homes similar to yours, it does not tell you everything you need to know in order to price your home correctly.

Knowing the market conditions in your community is helpful in predicting what buyers will do.  You want to price your home to sell quickly, for the highest possible price.  Pricing right initially will bring in the most buyers.  If your home is priced too high, buyers will assume you are difficult to negotiate with and have high expectations.  They won’t be interested in pursuing your home.        

Market conditions are a combination of buyer attitudes, jobs, incomes, mortgage interest

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Are you considering selling your home by yourself?  Do you think you will make more money because you won't have to pay commission to an agent?  Do you have the time to properly market your home? Are you familiar with local trends on the area market?  Are you familiar with regulations for closing the sale?  

These questions should be contemplated carefully when considering selling your home without the help of a real estate agent.  The National Association of Realtors recently published an article with some surprising statistics about For Sale by Owner (FSBO).  FSBO actually make less money on their home sales than buyers who work with a real estate agent.  The median sales price of FSBO is nearly $40,000 less than agent-assisted sales.

If you are

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Mill Creek Hawks in playoff opener vs. Northview, November 13th at Markham Field. On paper, things couldn’t be better for Mill Creek’s football program right now.

The No. 5 state-ranked Hawks (10-0) are fresh off last Friday’s 20-17 overtime win over No. 9 Peachtree Ridge before an electric crowd, which not only secured the program’s first Region 7-AAAAAA championship and first undefeated regular season.

But the success also comes as a warning to head coach Shannon Jarvis as his team welcomes Northview (6-4) to Markham Field for a first-round game in the Class AAAAAA state playoffs tonight at 7:30.

Though Mill Creek has been to the state playoffs in four previous season, Jarvis admits the current set of circumstances gives this appearance a

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