Clicks and Mortar

A Real Estate Blog - Est. 2009

Decatur -- Progressive Mecca With Small-Town Charm

Posted on 26, June 2009 by csadmin

Decatur is an independent city which means it's not actually part of Atlanta. Nevertheless, it ranks as one of the most sought-after close-in suburbs. Decatur manages to maintain a quaint small-town feel that seems a world away from nearby Atlanta, yetfalse

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Thoughts on Pricing Your Atlanta Home to Sell

Posted on 17, June 2009 by csadmin

It's one of the least favorite meetings that a Atlanta home seller can have these days---Reviewing the comps to either set the list price for their home or to determine if a price reduction is necessary. Despite assertions that claim otherwise, an agentfalse

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Atlanta Real Estate Market Conditions According to S&P/Case-Shiller

Posted on 16, June 2009 by csadmin

There are many tools and indices that experts use to help measure the state of the housing market. One of the most recognized tools in measuring house price movements is the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. This index tracks changes in the marketfalse

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Grant Park -- Antique Charmer

Posted on 16, June 2009 by csadmin

Grant Park, Atlanta's largest historic neighborhood, was named for railroad magnate Lemuel Grant, who in 1882 donated 100 acres of land to create an inner suburb. It soon became a posh garden enclave where many wealthy Atlantans built gorgeous mansionsfalse

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Edgewood and Reynoldstown -- Convenience and Value

Posted on 16, June 2009 by csadmin

Bordering main thoroughfare Moreland Avenue are the neighborhoods of Edgewood (to the east) and Reynoldstown (to the west). Edgewood was its own separate town until it was annexed by the City of Atlanta in 1909. Reynoldstown was the approximate site offalse

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Old Fourth Ward -- Unity in Diversity

Posted on 16, June 2009 by csadmin

Arguably one of Atlanta's most desirable areas due to its central location just south of Midtown, the Old Fourth Ward (O4W) has been an established neighborhood since the mid-1800s. Its name is reference to the neighborhood's historic administrativefalse

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The Best Deals in Atlanta Real Estate (based on Price Reductions)

Posted on 15, June 2009 by csadmin

We recently pulled the top 50 price reductions in the Atlanta real estate market. Does this mean these are the absolutely best deals available? No, but it is interesting to take a look at top decreases to find out how that impacts you as a buyer. 

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Brookhaven -- Urban-Suburban Wonderland

Posted on 12, June 2009 by csadmin

This urban-suburban wonderland is one of the largest neighborhoods in the Atlanta area. Originally built in the 1910s as a subdivision of country club estates and summer cottages, its core is the Capital City Country Club and its surrounding homes, whichfalse

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Cabbagetown -- Colorful Modern-Day Mill Village

Posted on 02, June 2009 by csadmin

The colorful shotgun houses lining Cabbagetown's jumble of narrow streets make it one of the quirkiest and most charming neighborhoods in Atlanta. Originally a mill village built around the Fulton Cotton Mill, a massive red-brick building which stillfalse

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Druid Hills -- A Forested Oasis with Storybook Ambience

Posted on 02, June 2009 by csadmin

The placid sylvan setting for "Driving Miss Daisy" and the modern-day nerve center for Emory University and the CDC, Druid Hills feels like a forested oasis in the middle of a thriving city. Initially designed by famous landscape architect Frederickfalse

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Atlanta Luxury Homes VS Atlanta Premium Homes

Posted on 02, June 2009 by csadmin

I recently read a good post over at Seth Godin's blog that talks about the difference between luxury and premium. It got me thinking about the difference between the two in the Atlanta real estate market. In selling your house, which are you conveying tofalse

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Inman Park -- Atlanta's Small-Town DownTown

Posted on 02, June 2009 by csadmin

Founded in 1883 as Atlanta's first streetcar suburb, Inman Park is one of the most attractive and history-steeped neighborhoods in the greater Atlanta area. Originally the site of the Civil War's devastating Battle of Atlanta, the area was transformedfalse

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10 Ways to Sell Your Home with Twitter

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

Clickscape is new to Twitter and thus by no means an expert, but we recognize the importance of it in the social media arena as well as the home selling process. Twitter is another great tool to extend a seller's reach to help sell their home. It's afalse

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Atlanta Real Estate Words to Know: All About Title

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

Deed

The written document where a property owner (grantor) transfers an ownership interest in real property to a buyer (grantee). There are many types of deeds that are different in the type of covenant made by the grantor:

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Vast Majority of Atlanta Real Estate Listings Less than $200,000

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

If you are looking for a home for $200,000 or less in the Atlanta real estate market, you are in luck. There are 32,808 homes for sale in that price range---well over 60% of all Atlanta homes for sale. If you happen to be looking for a million dollarfalse

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Atlanta Real Estate Words to Know: All About Agency

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

Agency

A relationship when a principal (buyer or seller) delegates to an agent (the real estate broker/agent) the right to act on his behalf in a home buying or home selling transaction. Creation of an agency relationship doesn't depend on a writtenfalse

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Definitions of Value in Atlanta Real Estate

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

One question that many people have is concerning the difference between market value and appraised value. Similarly, I also regularly get asked about the difference between appraised value and assessed value. Both are good questions. Many factors affectfalse

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Write a Truly "Awesome" Atlanta Real Esate Listing Description

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

Neck puncher. That's what the state of Atlanta real estate listing descriptions has made me. With poorly written and ineffectual home listing descriptions littering the MLS like abandoned cheeseburger wrappers, within me has slowly risen the desire tofalse

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Atlanta Real Estate's Top 20 Most Used Words

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

While we were integrating all the Atlanta listing data into Clickscape, we ran a report to see what listing description words were used with the most frequency. We were curious to see how much of Steven Levitt's Freakonomicsapplied to Atlanta realfalse

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No Registration Atlanta MLS Access? Sign me up!

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

A big step in real estate transparency has slowly evolved over the past couple of years---No registration required Atlanta MLS access for home buyers. In the past, all sites, both big and small, required you to sign up before giving you access to all thefalse

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Number of Realtors Working the Atlanta Real Estate Market Decreases by Thousands

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

According to the most recent NAR (National Association of Realtors) monthly membership report, Georgia Realtor membership is down 18.73% over the past year--the biggest decline in the United States. Where are they all going? Many Realtors are leavingfalse

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Where You Search for Atlanta Homes for Sale Does Matter

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

I have talked to several people recently who were searching for homes using Zillow and Trulia. For those who don't know, www.zillow.com and www.trulia.com are national home data aggregators. Both are platforms where Atlanta real estate agents can listfalse

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Buying Atlanta Foreclosures Q&A

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

This article is written from a homebuyer's perspective and is based on my experiences with house-hunting in the Atlanta real estate market over the past year and a half.  As such, it represents my own personal tips and pointers (not legal advice) andfalse

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Roswell Real Estate Market Conditions-Q1/2009

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin
In the first quarter of 2009, 120 Roswell homes sold. In comparison, Q1/2008 saw 188 homes sell in Roswell and in Q1/2007 266 homes were sold.
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Alpharetta Real Estate Market Conditions- Q1/2009

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

In the first quarter of 2009, 203 Alpharetta homes sold. In comparison, in Q1/2008 313 homes sold in Alpharetta and in Q1/2007 an astounding 534 homes were sold.

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Cumming Real Estate Market Conditions- Q1/2009

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

In the first quarter of 2009, 247 Cumming homes sold. To compare, in Q1/2008 381 Cumming homes sold and in Q1/2007 570 homes were sold. It's amazing the sales volume that was done in 2007 as there were more than double the amount of homes sold in Q1/2007false

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Quick Clicks: Atlanta Short Sales

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin
  • Depending on the circumstances and the bank involved allow several months for final approval of Atlanta short sales. If the home has a first and a second mortgage with different lenders or a Private Mortgage Insurer, short sales can take a long time tofalse
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Atlanta Home Buying Hot Words-Real Estate Words to Know

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

Due Diligence

The time period in which a buyer is given the opportunity to have experts inspect the property, examine the title, and review all aspects of the property to determine if the property is suitable and a good fit for the buyer. Common itemsfalse

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Giddy Up! Recent Gallup Shows Many Believe Now is a Good Time to Buy Atlanta Real Estate

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

According to a recent Gallup poll, 71% of Americans believe it is a good time to buy a home. This sentiment is the strongest since August 2005. While it is interesting that this is the highest since 2005, it is not without reason. With plenty offalse

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What Home Buyers Want in the Atlanta Real Estate Market

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

A lot of sellers these days are starting to wonder what it will take for their Atlanta home to sell.  "The house is in a great location, it is nicely updated, and it is priced fairly," they reason.  "Why are there still no takers?"  They are left shakingfalse

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Atlanta Foreclosure Hot Words-Real Estate Words to Know

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

Short Sale

A sale of secured real property that produces less money than is owed to the lender. The lender releases its mortgage so that the property can be sold free and clear to the new home buyer. The lender basically cuts their losses rather thanfalse

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What You Need to Know about Atlanta Real Estate Listing Agreements

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

Today we'll take a look at the listing agreement the majority of Atlanta real estate brokerages use---the GAR Listing Agreement. A listing agreement is one of the necessary documents that need signed when you list your home with a real estate brokerage.false

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Lockboxes in the Atlanta Real Estate Market (Part II)

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

The second option that people have to choose from when deciding to use a lockbox on their Atlanta home for sale are combination lockboxes. 

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Lockboxes in the Atlanta Real Estate Market

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

The role of lockboxes in Atlanta real estate

Lockboxes are essential to having success in the Atlanta real estate market. Without some sort of lockbox, showing your Atlanta home can become quite a hassle as you always have to be available to unlock yourfalse

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Why Won't Anyone Give Me the Square Footage of Atlanta Homes For Sale?

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

Seriously. Why is it so hard to get the actual square footage of a home? We hear this question all the time. It would make perfect sense that this information would be readily available since it is used across the United States and is a useful andfalse

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Upgrade Your Chances of Selling Your Home in the Atlanta Real Estate Market

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

Should I make improvements to my home to help sell it? Many home sellers facing this Atlanta real estate market are asking themselves that very question. In the past with seemingly limitless home equity lines of credit to pull from and solid yearly homefalse

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Why The Lack of Pictures of Your Alpharetta Home for Sale is Hurting Your Chances of Selling

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

So you're ready to put your Alpharetta home for sale...There's so much to do to get ready that taking pictures is usually forgotten or pushed to the side. I'm here to say that not considering the picture-taking process as important is misguided. Here arefalse

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5 Things to Remember When Taking Pictures of Your Alpharetta Home for Sale

Posted on 01, June 2009 by csadmin

Taking pictures of your Alpharetta home for sale is easy, right? Just point and click. Not so fast, shutterfly...Please step away from the Polaroid and no one will get hurt. Here are 5 points to remember when photographing your home to put it on thefalse

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