December 2013

Found 9 blog entries for December 2013.

Atlanta housing market continues to improve, but at what cost? Interest rates and closing costs!! The Atlanta Journal Constitution  ran a article today with more information stating that the Atlanta housing market is continuing a upward movement in home prices, however it comes at a cost.

The median sales price in metro Atlanta was $181,000 in November, up 20.7 percent from the prior year, according to data from the Atlanta Board of Realtors.

Read Full Article here: Atlanta housing market continues to improve

Both the cost of acquiring a loan (closing costs) and interest rates are increasing. Mortgage rates are expected to continue their upward trend into the foreseeable future and along with rising interest rates come higher closing cost fees

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11 Key reasons to sell your Dacula and Gwinnett County home during the winter months. Yes, winter is a excellent time to sell a home. We are constantly working to provide value to our clients and we want to provide this important information so if you or someone you know please feel free to give us a call.

Here is a list of the Top 11 reasons to sell now. 

11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring when there are traditionally more houses on the market which could ultimately drive prices down. This could mean you sell high and buy low.

 10. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year.

9. Even though your house will be on

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Here's how to keep the tools you use in tip-top shape. 

1. Clean and check hand tools.
 These are your screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, pliers, levels, wire cutters, and such. After each use, wipe them with a rag and put them away. Periodically check handles for cracks and metal parts for corrosion. Repair or replace damaged tools.

2. Store tools correctly.
 Never leave hand tools out. They get damaged by the elements outside and pose a danger to your family indoors. Store in a tool box, tool bag, storage container, shelving unit, or on a pegboard. Hang lawn and garden tools, such as rakes and shovels, to protect them from ground moisture.

3. Keep power tools clean.
 Wipe them clean with a rag at the end of every job.

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Atlanta area foreclosures see a huge 60% decline in 2013. 

A article in this afternoons Atlanta Journal-Constitution online edition was welcome news to the previously distressed Atlanta housing market. 

According to the artile, foreclosure notices in metro Atlanta fell 44 percent in 2013, this small a number has not been seen since before the financial crisis began.

There were 51,003 foreclosure notices filed this year in Metro Atlanta and this represent the lowest annual total since 2006, when only 44,971 notices were filed, according to data from Kennesaw’s Equity Depot.

This year’s total is a massive 60 percent decrease from the 127,140 foreclosure notices filed during 2010 which was the peak of the housing crisis here in Atlanta. Since that

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Is this your last, best chance to buy a home in Gwinnett County Georgia? 

Home values increases, rising interest rates and more stringent loan qualification guidelines are starting to put pressure on the housing market. In some ways there are benefits to selling a home right now however the buyers who are sitting on the sideline may find themselves in a tight spot as we head into 2014. 

 Jay Jenkins wrote a great article on the Mottly Fool website that you need to see and pay careful attention to if you are considering purchasing a home any time soon. 

Take a look at this artilce and let me know your thoughts: Attention Homebuyers, this is your last chance to buy

Three points in the artilce are focused on when looking at buying a home at this

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6 questions to ask before hiring a contractor for your Dacula and Gwinnett County home

When you're ready to remodel, make sure you're hiring the best contractor. Here are six key questions to ask.

1. Can you itemize your bid?  Some contractors like to give one total price for the project. Always ask for an itemized bid with costs for all elements of the job-demolition, framing, plumbing, electrical, materials, and such. This helps with comparing bids and lets you see options for cutting costs. If you decide not to do part of the job, it shows how much you should be credited for eliminating that work. 

2. Is your bid a fixed price or an estimate?  With an estimate, the final bill can wind up higher, so always ask for a fixed price bid. If the contractor

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Tipping for those that provide a service to you this holiday season is a great idea. Every year right around this time the question comes up regarding how much if anything should you tip those persons that provide some type of service to you and your family over the past year. Typically it is an accepted and much appreciated practice to provide some type of gratuity to the hard working people that help us and make our lives a little bit easier. 

Do you provide a tip or gift to those persons that serve you such as your pet sitter, mailman, maid service? How about your children's pre-school teachers, dog sitter, etc..


We wanted to provide you with a little guide and some additional understanding of what you can do to brighten other persons

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Hey Mill Creek, Dacula and Mountain View fans we need to support one of our own. Please take the time to go and vote for Carter Governale of Mill Creek high school as the Fans Choice Player of the Year!

This young man has proven what hard work and dedication to a goal can do in overcoming adversity! His story is one of determination and true grit. He's fought through numerous injuries over the past few years and came back strong in 2013. It does not matter what school you root for, this is one young man that deserves our recognition. 

As always vote early and often!

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