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Explore Georgia

Is it just me or did mother nature spent a little extra time on Georgia? It’s time to break out the maps, let the windows down, and experience what Georgia has to offer- because trust me it’s a lot. Check out this list of the top destinations for afalse

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Amazon Launches Their Own Plant Shop

Amazon is doing the most. The e-commerce giant is taking over and other companies should (and probably are) shaking in their boots. I guess buying Whole Foods wasn’t enough for Amazon because they are ending 2017 by launching their own plant shop.

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Five Reasons to Sell Your Home This Holiday Season

Thinking of selling your home early next year? Why wait? Believe it or not, there are positives of putting your home on the market during this time. Here are five advantages of selling your home this holiday season.

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5 Over-the-Top Celebrity Homes in Atlanta

Atlanta is a movie mecca; a booming multi-million film industry where the top-grossing movies of 2017 were filmed. Not to mention, home to music legends including Scarlett O’Hara and hip-hop-and-R&B legends like Ludacris, Usher, and Outkast. And offalse

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Pay It Forward This Holiday Season

Help lift the spirits of others this holiday season by getting involved in one of Atlanta’s various charities. From volunteering your time at food banks, helping at community meals, or making donations, there are plenty of organizations that need yourfalse

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Atlanta's Top-Rated Fitness Classes

‘Tis the season to eat comfort food, wear oversized sweaters, and cuddle up on the couch with some hot chocolate. You may not notice how this seasons food and parties are affecting you but come spring, trying to fit back in those skinny jeans, willfalse

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Atlanta Restaurants Serving Up a Thanksgiving Menu

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Home Trends We Loved In 2017

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Homes that make Atlanta a "Prime" Location for Amazon's HQ2

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Family Fun in Atlanta

Who needs Disney World when you live in Atlanta? There is so much to do here in ATL that will keep the whole family entertained. From theme parks, museums, gardens, and more, Atlanta has it all! Check out our top picks for family fun in ATL:

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Atlanta Events- August & September 2017

Back to school doesn’t mean back to a boring routine. Atlanta has plenty of events in August and September to keep the summer fun going.

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Back to School

Parents are superheros, I am convinced of it. You juggle a million different things, going a million miles an hour. The season of back to school is upon us and, while you are probably ready for the break a few hours a day, this brings a whole new setfalse

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Clickscape's Community

Atlanta is FULL of people-- 5,710,795, to be exact! This means that we all have neighbors, whether they be above, below, and beside us in a condo or apartment; the next driveway over in a subdivision or neighborhood; or a couple of acres away in thefalse

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Get Involved Atlanta- Volunteering in the ATL

Atlanta is a huge city with so much to offer. The city has a multitude of charities that makes getting involved easy. Whether you want to volunteer with food, kids, animals, recycling, organizing or building, the city has it. Dedicating your time tofalse

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STREET smARTs: Get'em Here.

The ATV loves wall art. We do! If you’ve ever visited our 103,000 sq. ft. abode, you may have realized that nearly every wall—glass filled or white-board lined—is embellished with the writings and drawings of our tenants. The art has generated purposefalse

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ATLiens Guide to Celebrating Fourth of July

Don’t have plans for the Fourth of July? New to the city? We’ve got you covered on the best Fourth of July celebrations going on around the city. Atlanta is a big city full of Independence Day spirit! Here is a guide to the best fireworks, parties,false

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Lights, Camera, Ashton? Welcome to Y'allywood

Never did I think that a day of work in the ATV would mean a visit from Ashton Kutcher. But just four short weeks ago. This. Actually. Happened. What? Yes. Kutcher mingled with the Clickscape team for 5+ minutes! As a star in That ‘70s Show, Two and afalse

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Atlanta Guinness World Records: Breaking Records Like A Boss

Throwback time! You’re in elementary school, and it’s the week of the Scholastic Book Fair. Yes—good times. You’re perusing the rows and rows of shelves and displays when…suddenly, a large, vibrant, (perhaps) metallic book cover catches your eye. It’sfalse

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An Ice Cream A Day, Keeps The Heat Away

Atlanta isn’t nicknamed Hotlanta for kicks. The average daily temperature during the summer months of May through September is 81°F. Pretty steamy if you ask me. So find some time to “chill” out (literally) at seven of Atlanta’s best ice cream shops!false

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Atlanta Summer Festivals

Summer is on the horizon and that means a whole new lineup of festivals in Atlanta! It is officially time to go outside, soak up some vitamin D, and checkout the events Atlanta has to offer.

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Bloom Bloom Pow: Flowers and Shrubs to Plant this Summer

S is for Summertime…and Shrubbery! S is not for flowers, but in the summer, I always think of them too. Days on days of sunshine are ahead for Georgia, meaning it’s the perfect time “spruce” up your home’s landscape. Whether you’re inactive in thefalse

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3 Ways to Pay it Forward in Atl

Posted on 17, May 2017 by Ryann Hogan

Interested in giving back to Atlanta but not sure where to jump in? In a city that is vibrant and always changing, there is no shortage of places to lend a helping hand or contribute to a cause. Try these 3 Ways To Pay it Forward in ATL this month.

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Atlanta Spring Festivals

Spring has sprung in Atlanta! Be the first to know about everything going on this season with this list of Atlanta Spring Festivals.

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3 Quick Atlanta Falcons Facts

We love just about everything Atlanta-related, but even the biggest Atlanta fans have to admit that sometimes sports here can break your heart. Not this year! As the Falcons are headed to Houston for the Superbowl, we realized we needed to brush up onfalse

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Atlanta's Hottest Neighborhoods: 2017 Edition

2017 is already off to a great start for Atlanta (Rise Up!) and things are just going to get better. Metro Atlanta is expected to grow by 2.5 million people by the year 2040. Where are they all going? Great question. But for the coming year, we have afalse

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Terrible Real Estate Pictures

‘Terrible Real Estate Pictures’ is a collection of the worst of the worst when it comes to showcasing properties. They are inexplicably bad property photos that include everything from unusual features to overgrown yards that must make selling thefalse

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Four Totally Achievable New Home Resolutions

Raise your hand if you've ever made a New Years Resolution? Now keep your hand up if you've ever failed to keep your new years resolution. You are not alone. If buying a home is on your agenda for 2017, now is a great time to start the process. Checkfalse

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The Best Holiday Events around Atlanta

It's official the Holiday Season! Don't miss a minute of fun- check out our list of the best holiday events around Atlanta.

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5 Reasons to List Your Home in the Winter

Winter is a great time in Atlanta - mild weather, plenty of activities, and tons of holiday shopping. It's also the best time to sell your home. You may think the spring is the best time to sell your Atlanta home, but you might be surprised by all thefalse

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Best Smart Home Technology

The latest trend in home design is allowing homeowners to be more connected than ever. Smart home technology is quickly moving from the stuff of movies to everyday life. A wide range of products allow you connect with your space in ways like neverfalse

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Atlanta New Development Round Up: Fall 2016

If you have spent any time at all in Atlanta, you probably have noticed that there seems to be a new construction site on every corner. Ever wonder what new developments are being built in your neighborhood and around Atlanta? Check out our round-upfalse

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5 Reasons to Love Georgia in the Fall

Happy Fall, Y'all! Although the weather might be fooling you, fall has arrived. September 22nd marks the first official day of Fall. Even though it may still be warm, there is no place better than Georgia in the Fall. If you are still on the fence,false

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Tiny Houses to Inspire Your Minimalist Atlanta Life

Leonardo DaVinci said "Simplicity is ultimate sophistication." If you believe that to be true, then you are in luck- tiny houses are officially coming to Atlanta.  Epo Cottages, a 40 unit development, will be built on a currently empty lot near Eastfalse

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Five Things to Do in Atlanta This Weekend

The weekend is here! Don't miss out on any of the action in Atlanta, check out these ways to spend your Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Atlanta.

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4 Reflections on the 1996 Olympics

It's hard to believe that Atlanta was home to the 1996 Olympics 2 decades ago. Four Summer Olympic Games have occurred since our city had the privilege of hosting them, and in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games beginning in just a few days, we arefalse

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Featured Property of the Week: Father of the Bride

If your dream wedding includes a backyard reception, swans in the bathtub, a quirky (that’s an understatement) wedding planner, and your dad taking wedding stress out on the hotdog buns at the supermarket, today is your lucky day! The home featured infalse

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How to Refresh Your Home Without Leaving It

While summertime means beach trips, popsicles, and pool days, it also means school is out and therefore that tiny window of errand running between carpool, work, and sport practices no longer exists. Whether you’re working full time, you’re a new momfalse

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Atlanta's Bean Scene

While I’m a huge fan (and loyal customer) of Starbucks, Caribou, and Dunkin' Donuts coffee, I’m also a big believer in the coffee shop experience. Of course there are days when we are in dire need of caffeine, are in a rush and take advantage of thefalse

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Our Favorite ATL Comfort Food

We all have those days where we don’t want to do that work out (as the snooze button is pressed), go on that long run before getting the kids ready for school, eat that healthy Tupperware packed lunch at work, and really don’t want to cook a mealfalse

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5 Things to Do in Atlanta This Weekend

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I Scream You Scream We All Scream for (Craft) Ice Cream!

With Atlanta’s outrageously hot summer afternoons, there is nothing better than a fresh scoop of Jeni’s Brambleberry Crisp or Mayfield’s Moose Tracks, especially after a walk through Piedmont Park or on the BeltLine. Now I present to you Atlanta'sfalse

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Georgia Weekend Getaways: Athens

It's Saturday in Athens! Only an hour and fifteen minutes away from Atlanta, this artistic and entrepreneurial spirit filled college town is the perfect getaway for an afternoon or weekend. Plan your trip ahead or simply just jump in the car; Athensfalse

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June Festival Round Up

Summertime means festival time! Here are just a few of the many kid friendly, adult friendly, and family fun events to explore this month in or around Atlanta.

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Super Bowl: Atlanta Then & Now

As if SunTrust Park and the Mercedes Benz Arena weren’t enough upgrades for Atlanta sports fanatics, this past week, the NFL gods also gifted us with the opportunity to host the 2019 Super Bowl. With much speculation regarding the finances and timing,false

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Memorial Day: Our 5 BBQ Favorites in the ATL

No need to spend all of your holiday afternoon grilling when you are surrounded by the best eateries in town. Kick back by the pool (it’s going to be 90+ degrees anyway), hang out with your friends, and later check out our 5 BBQ favorites in the ATLfalse

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Adios Ted: 4 Things to Know About SunTrust Park

Atlanta is out with the old and in with the new. Though you may not want to sit through a (painful) Braves game given their current record, the future is bright with the new and improved Ted, SunTrust Park! Here are 4 things you need to know aboutfalse

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Atlanta Farmers Market Round Up

Ready to get your veggie on? Spring means Farmers Market season for Atlanta. We've found the best Farmers Markets in almost every Atlanta neighborhood, so you be sure to visit one close to you.

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Atlanta's Best Last Minute Mother's Day Brunch

Bombed the gift? Forgot to book a table at Canoe?  Mother's Day is still three weeks away, but most of the classic brunch spots are booked months in advance. You can still make Mom's day- we've found Atlanta's Best Last Minute Mother's Day Brunch.

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Atlanta's Best Running Trails

Atlanta is a great place to find balance.  Many transplants move here seeking the promise of career opportunity and stay for the lush greenery and plenty of outdoor activities to pursue. If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a fewfalse

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Five Things to Do in Atlanta This Weekend

 

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Update the Outdoors: the Best Budget Patio Furniture Buys

If you are anything like me, your patio has been severely neglected during the past few months. Now that the weather is warming, having a usable patio space can feel like a second living room. Unfortunately, the patio on my condo is desperate for anfalse

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Our Favorite Places - Riverside

Our very own Client Engagement Coordinator Julia DeBruler became a homeowner in 2015 with the purchase of her Riverside home with her husband, Dan.  Julia and Dan collaborated on their list of their favorite things about their neighborhood.

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The Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Atlanta: Spring 2016

2015 was a banner year for the Atlanta restaurant scene. Can 2016 top it? While there are plenty of old favorites, a new restaurant is always cause for excitement.  We’ve selected the five most anticipated restaurant openings this spring around thefalse

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Five Things to Do in Atlanta This Weekend

Friday, March 4th   

Frozen: A Tale of the Ice Queen Ballet When/Where: 7pm, Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluthfalse

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Real Estate Unicorns

Spring is coming in Atlanta.  That means warmer weather, blooming blossoms and growing grass. Spring also brings the busiest season for real estate sales. With more buyers on the market, demand for inventory goes up as well.  We've identified threefalse

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Movies Filmed in Atlanta: 2015 Round Up

Atlanta is undoubtedly the Hollywood of the South. Since 1972, over 800 film and television projects have been filmed or produced in Georgia. Recently, there has been a huge upswing of filmmakers wanting to take advantage of the tax credits provided tofalse

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Our Favorite Places - Decatur

The don’t say “It’s greater in Decatur” for nothing! Decatur is home to a long list of nationally registered historic sites, as well as privately owned historic homes. Anchored in the center by the famous Decatur square, this area has become afalse

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Five Things to Do in Atlanta This Weekend

It looks like we might finally get a break from winter weather. Get out there and enjoy it with our list of the top five things to do in Atlanta this weekend.

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Atlanta Spring Break Dates

Winter in Atlanta may be mild, but we are still ready for a break- a spring break! Use our free printable to keep track of spring break dates for most of the major Metro Atlanta public and private schools, or simply refer to the list below.

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Most Charming Atlanta Neighborhoods

Living in a charming neighborhood is almost always on homebuyers wish lists.  The idea of living in a community of neighborhood cafes, small local businesses, dreamy parks and museums is widely considered preferable to pawn shops, strip clubs andfalse

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Top 5 Apps For Home Buyers

If you are in the market for a new house, there are plenty of ways technology can make the process easier for you. With the abundance of real estate related apps, you can manage the entire process directly from your phone.  We have compiled a list offalse

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5 Things to Do in Atlanta This Weekend

The holidays might be over, but Atlanta is brimming with action! Here are the 5 best events happening around the city this weekend.

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Switchyards Downtown Club Exclusive Tour

When construction manager Thomas Paz of Village Construction offered us a hard hat tour of the newest Atlanta co-working space, we couldn't say no.

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5 Tips for Effective Furniture Shopping with Minhnuyet Hardy

Minhnuyet Hardy has long been our personal favorite interior designer, and was recently profiled by the AJC. Her use of pattern, layers, and subtle color creates an eclectic feel that suits single-family homes and attached dwellings alike. We went on anfalse

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5 Things to Do in Atlanta this Weekend

The Holidays are swiftly approaching.  Don't miss out on a single event.  Here is a list of the five best events happening around Atlanta this weekend.

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5 Things to Do in Atlanta This Weekend

Nothing on the agenda yet for this weekend? Here’s five fun ideas to make your weekend in Atlanta that much more exciting to look forward to. Enjoy!

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Top 10 Fourth of July Festivities Around Atlanta

Light up your holiday weekend! Celebrate America's birthday this weekend Atlanta style with firework shows, parades, festivals, and much more. Below is your guide to some of the best local events, many family-friendly and free of charge. May thesefalse

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5 Atlanta Races to Give Back and Get in Shape This Summer

Not quite ready for bathing suit season? Looking for a way to get involved in your community? How about an active way to spend time with the family? Hit the ground running literally this summer in accomplishing any of the above goals with one of thefalse

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5 Must Visit Atlanta Rooftop Hangouts

Everything is better with a view. Plain and simple. Why not elevate your outdoor lounging experience with a beautiful cityscape view? With cocktails and dishes as delicious as the scenery, rooftop lounges are ideal for happy hours and weekend fun. Wefalse

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Raise Your Roof Game: Architectural Style Guide

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Most Commonly Restricted Dog Breeds

Your pup may be the apple of your eye, but your insurance company or landlord may consider Fido to be a huge liability. Dogs and insurance have been at odds for years and because of some bad claims situations, some insurance carriers and rentalfalse

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Top 5 Safest Places in Georgia

Motovo Real Estate recently complied a list of the safest places to live in Georgia. They looked at areas with a population over 100,000 and collected data from the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report. The crimes were divided into four categories - murders,false

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Georgia Weekend Getaways: Helen

Posted on 30, July 2014 by Sarah Eick

Looking to escape the city for a weekend? Look no further, we have the answer! Just 2 hours north of Atlanta, you'll find the German-inspired mountain town of Helen, Ga. These are just a few of our favorite things about Helen, so get some ideas andfalse

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Hunting for a Condo in Atlanta's Northern 'Burbs?

Posted on 02, July 2012 by csadmin

Condo living: it's not just for the big city anymore. In recent years, developers have discovered that not all suburbanites want a house and a yard to accompany their laid back lifestyles, especially empty nesters and young professionals. This hasfalse

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Over-The-Top-Property of the Week: Living Large in Rittenhouse Square

Posted on 09, May 2012 by csadmin

2023 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 - $3,350,000

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Foreclosure fraud settlement funds might elude victimized homeowners in Georgia

Posted on 27, March 2012 by csadmin

Hoodwinked homebuyers who fell victim to questionable lending practices have a lot to celebrate with the recent $25B federal settlement in their favor. The U.S. Justice Department filing sought redress against the five biggest mortgage servicers --false

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Atlanta's Best Bets for St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Posted on 16, March 2012 by csadmin

If you’re planning on heading to Savannah for the St. Patrick’s day festivities this weekend, take a moment to consider your options.  Gas is expensive.  I-16 is the most mind numbing roadway in the state.  And do you really want to drive all the wayfalse

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The Three Million Dollar Bunker

Posted on 07, March 2012 by csadmin

In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in our service area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is 3031 I'on Avenue, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 - $3,000,000.

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Charleston Beach Communities Primer: Sullivan's Island

Posted on 02, March 2012 by csadmin

We might not be exactly ready for bathing suit season, but the warmer weather has us itching for that yearly pilgrimage to the beach.  In honor of that longing, we’ll be taking a closer look at the seaside communities that surround Charleston, Southfalse

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Memphis Cracks the NHBA’s List of Improving Housing Markets

Posted on 09, February 2012 by csadmin
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High School Classmates and the Atlanta Neighborhoods They Call Home

Posted on 19, January 2012 by csadmin

Let’s pretend Facebook was never invented and Mark Zuckberberg isn’t a 26 year old worth $17.5 billion.  Barring an awkward 10 year reunion, you might have never had the pleasure of knowing what ended up happening to so-and-so and what’s-her-name fromfalse

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This week's Over the Top Property: Music City Glamour

Posted on 17, January 2012 by csadmin

In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in the Nashville metro area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is…

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The Historic, Hip Environs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Old Stomping Grounds

Posted on 13, January 2012 by csadmin

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s upcoming holiday, we decided to take a  glimpse at some of the current residential listings that surround his birthplace in Old Fourth Ward.  A lot of attention has been lavished on this area sincefalse

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2011's most over-the-top properties, continued

Posted on 30, December 2011 by csadmin

Today we continue our look at 2011’s most over-the-top properties.  Cheers!

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas from Atlanta’s Indie Shopping Meccas

Posted on 23, December 2011 by csadmin

There’s always a couple of people on your holiday shopping list that you put off buying for until the last minute.  They’re usually the ones hardest to please.  Here’s my advice:  take a deep breath, focus, and think outside the box.  The last thingfalse

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Neighborhood Focus: Lindridge-Martin Manor

Posted on 19, December 2011 by csadmin

Nestled next to I-85 where it births GA 400 is the neighborhood of Lindridge-Martin Manor.  In my opinion, it’s one of the best locations in the city; full disclosure:  I call LMM home.  The homes are unassuming and Cheshire Bridge Road is one offalse

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Attn: Kris Kringle - My 2011 Real Estate Wish List

Posted on 14, December 2011 by csadmin

Dear Santa,

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Some Thoughts on the 2011 Virginia Highland Tour of Homes

Posted on 13, December 2011 by csadmin
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Vote for your favorite real estate horror story

Posted on 30, November 2011 by csadmin

We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to submit a real estate horror story for our contest. We knew there was some bad behavior out there but some were truly cringe-worthy. It was a difficult decision but our panel of judges has selected fivefalse

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The Healey Building Proves That the Goth Look Can Be Charming, Too

Posted on 17, November 2011 by csadmin

The Fairlie Poplar District is by far my favorite nook of downtown Atlanta.  The tight street grid, historic architecture, and general buzz (well, at least during the week) just feels so classically urban.  And the Healey Building offers up greatfalse

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Well Wattle Ya Know? The 6 Best Places to Buy a Turkey in Atlanta

Posted on 07, November 2011 by csadmin

Thanksgiving is fast approaching!   If you want your feast to impress, you'd better start planning now.  Remember last year when you were cooking that expired frozen lasagna twenty minutes before everyone arrived, and the only thing you had tofalse

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6 Home Improvement Tips Courtesy of Lindsay Lohan

Posted on 20, October 2011 by csadmin

OK, I'll admit it.  One of my guilty pleasures is reading celebrity dirt, particularly as it relates to those people who just can't seem to get it together.  It's sad that our culture seeks entertainment in the tribulations of others, but that'sfalse

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The 2011 Lake Claire Home and Garden Tour

Posted on 04, October 2011 by csadmin

Maybe you've seen a few cars around Atlanta sporting a bumper sticker that proclaims "30307: It's not just a zip code, it's a lifestyle."  This weekend presents the opportunity to experience that mantra first hand at the Lake Claire Home and Gardenfalse

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What's in a Mortgage Payment?

Posted on 18, August 2011 by csadmin
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What to Expect When You Are Expecting (to Buy a Foreclosure)

Posted on 28, June 2011 by csadmin
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What exactly is an AVM?

Posted on 27, June 2011 by csadmin
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Attend Summer Festivals to Find Your Ideal Atlanta Neighborhood!

Posted on 06, June 2011 by csadmin
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you already know that here at Clickscape, we're big proponents of neighborhood festivals and local seasonal celebrations. These events provide fantastic opportunities for newcomers (and potential homebuyers) tofalse
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This Week’s Over-The-Top Property: It Must’ve Been Providence

Posted on 03, June 2011 by csadmin

In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in the Atlanta metro area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is...

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Above and Beyond: Ansley Above the Park

Posted on 26, May 2011 by csadmin

Perched directly across the street from Piedmont Park, sits one of my favorite residential buildings in Atlanta, Ansley Above the Park. This unique condo building is not your typical new Atlanta construction. It isn’t made entirely of glass, steel andfalse

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This Week’s Over-The-Top Property: Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto!

Posted on 07, April 2011 by csadmin
In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in the Atlanta metro area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is...
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Property Tax Attack!

Posted on 21, March 2011 by csadmin

It's everybody's favorite time of year again. No, I don't mean springtime. It's tax season! This means of course that it's time for homeowners to pay their dreaded property taxes. This year might bring more of a shock than ever. What's with thatfalse

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This Week’s Over-The-Top Property: Fantasy Island!

Posted on 18, February 2011 by csadmin

In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in the Atlanta metro area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is...

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Be a MacGyver Homebuyer with 5 Simple Items

Posted on 10, February 2011 by csadmin
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Get compensated for doing your real estate homework

Posted on 10, February 2011 by csadmin

Are you searching for your next home online? Of course you are. The NAR (National Association of Realtors) reports that over 90% of all buyers do at least part of their home search on the Internet. In fact, they also report that nearly 40% of all buyersfalse

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Clickscape Unveils New and Improved Advanced Search!

Posted on 07, February 2011 by csadmin

If you haven't already used our site's Advanced Search feature, we urge you to check it out. We've recently introduced a clean, easy-to-use format that we think you'll like.

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Does the health insurance reform law require a 3.8% tax on all home sales?

Posted on 03, February 2011 by csadmin

There are many emails currently circulating that claim that under the current health insurance reform there will be a 3.8% sales tax on all home sales starting in 2013. The original article by the Spokesman-Revew that ignited the uproar was written infalse

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Clickscape Introduces Buyer Rebate Calculator

Posted on 02, February 2011 by csadmin

Clickscape has just rolled out its brand new buyer rebate calculator! This is a great resource for homebuyers browsing our site, as it helps you estimate what your rebate will be at closing when you work with a Clickscape agent. The calculator appearsfalse

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Clickscape Ch-ch-ch-changes

Posted on 27, January 2011 by csadmin

If you are an avid Clickscaper, you may have noticed some changes around here lately. I wanted to take a second to let you know the method behind the madness.

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New on Clickscape: Map Search!

Posted on 17, January 2011 by csadmin

It's not really news that Atlanta got walloped with Mother Nature's assault of snow and ice last week. While most Atlantans were housebound and not getting much done, our web team was hard at work on a brand new feature for our website. Hence, onefalse

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This Week’s Over-The-Top Property: New Year's Resolution

Posted on 31, December 2010 by csadmin

In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in the Atlanta metro area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is...

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As Seen on TV

Posted on 18, October 2010 by csadmin

 

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This Week’s Over-The-Top Property: Holier Than Thou?

Posted on 15, October 2010 by csadmin

In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in the Atlanta metro area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is...

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Is Your Dream Home a Repair Nightmare?

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Appraisal vs. Assessment: Making Sense of Property Taxes

Posted on 17, August 2010 by csadmin

Last time, we defined the terms appraisal and assessment. You’ll notice that both of these terms appear in property tax records (as Appraised Value and Assessed Value) . But what exactly do these items tell you about a given property?

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Appraisal vs. Assessment: What’s the Difference?

Posted on 11, August 2010 by csadmin

Buying a home can be a bewildering process, and mastering the finer points of homeownership takes time. Becoming familiar with the related terminology can be like learning a foreign language. Among the most frequently confused terms are appraisal and false

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Get Paid for Going Green?!

Posted on 04, August 2010 by csadmin

The homebuyer tax credit might have expired, but there are still plenty of other ways that savvy homeowners can get a little cash back in their pockets while enhancing their home’s value in the process. Georgia residents can take advantage of a range offalse

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Loan Pre-Approval Gives Buyers an Edge

Posted on 29, July 2010 by csadmin

In the market for a new home? Whether you are a first time home buyer or an experienced real estate investor, one of the best ways to streamline the buying process is to obtain a pre-approval letter. This post will review some of the biggest benefitsfalse

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Intown Atlanta Neighborhood Festivals...for House Hunters??

Posted on 09, June 2010 by csadmin

Spring just sprang and summer's getting underway, which means it's prime festival season in Atlanta. Many intown neighborhoods have annual events that bring residents together for seasonal fun. But they're not just for residents! Local festivals can befalse

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Q: How Does a Lease Purchase Work?

Posted on 24, May 2010 by csadmin

A:  We get a lot of inquiries here at Clickscape about homes with a lease purchase option, sometimes called rent-to-own. Lease purchases are offered purely at the seller's discretion. Sometimes this will be noted in the listing's property description,false

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Notable Economist Confirms Our Predictions About the Housing Market

Posted on 19, May 2010 by csadmin

Just recently came across this report on a recent interview given by American economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). Baker first garnered lots of attention by predicting the housing bubble long in advancefalse

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Get $100 When You Rent Through Clickscape!

Posted on 14, May 2010 by csadmin

A couple of months back, Clickscape announced the introduction of several new property types to its searchable database of Atlanta real estate. One of these property types, and the most popular new category so far, is rentals. To our knowledge, we're onefalse

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New FMLS Status: Pending Existing Lender Approval

Posted on 05, May 2010 by csadmin

Not too long ago, we blogged about the troubling disconnect between the listing status of a property (Active, ContingentPending, etc.) and what's actually happening with that property on the ground. Just after that blog was published, the Georgia Firstfalse

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Atlanta: A Forbes Top 5 City to Buy Real Estate

Posted on 04, May 2010 by csadmin
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How to Buy a House

Posted on 29, April 2010 by csadmin

I'm a fan of marketing guru Seth Godin's blog. It's well-written and usually makes for a pretty entertaining read. Last week, he wrote an excellent piece called "How to Buy a House." I was intrigued. What was Seth Godin doing giving me advice aboutfalse

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What's Up With the Atlanta Housing Market? Pt 5

Posted on 26, April 2010 by csadmin

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the strange changes that have taken place as of late with the Atlanta housing market. Part 2 detailed the tougher lending standards that have curbed sales prices, Part 3 suggested that the decline in newcomers tofalse

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What's Up With the Atlanta Housing Market? Pt 4

Posted on 19, April 2010 by csadmin

In Part 3, we talked about how local home prices have been affected due to fewer out-of-town transplants relocating to Atlanta and buying higher-priced homes. We're seeing a shift in buying activity to the lower end of the market (<$300K), whichfalse

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What's Up With the Atlanta Housing Market? Pt 3

Posted on 13, April 2010 by csadmin

In Part 2, we talked about the effect that tougher lending standards have had on Atlanta home prices in recent months. Several important finance-related reasons have begun to bring Atlanta home prices down to earth. As I pointed out last time, thefalse

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Georgia Statewide Open House this Weekend

Posted on 10, April 2010 by csadmin

If you are one of the many buyers out there actively looking to take advantage of the tax credit, prepare to do some house hunting this weekend. On April 10th & 11th (Saturday & Sunday) approximately 10,000 homes throughout Georgia will be featured byfalse

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What's Up With the Atlanta Housing Market? Pt 2

Posted on 22, March 2010 by csadmin

This is Part 2 in our What's Up With the Atlanta Housing Market? series. In Part 1, I talked about the recent downward trend in home prices in the Atlanta metro are, as well as the virtual flatlining of sales activity in the upper end ($300K+) of thefalse

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Don't Judge a Property Status by Its Cover

Posted on 17, March 2010 by csadmin

You've worked with a lender to get a pre-approval letter. You've done your research. You've driven through the neighborhood and you've finally found that elusive property that you want to buy.

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What's Up With the Atlanta Housing Market? Pt 1

Posted on 15, March 2010 by csadmin

Strange things are afoot in the Atlanta housing market.

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There's Something for Everybody on Clickscape!

Posted on 12, March 2010 by csadmin
We here at Clickscape are excited to announce one of our site's newest features: We've expanded our offerings to include other property types. Initially we focused on three basic types:
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Should I Buy Now or Later?

Posted on 24, February 2010 by csadmin

I was catching up on my real estate blogs today when I noticed the same question coming up again and again in posts on various forums. It seems that first-time buyers are facing a real conundrum right now:

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Is There Hope For Traditional Sellers?

Posted on 22, February 2010 by csadmin

There is a huge backlog of foreclosed homes on the Atlanta real estate market right now, and experts predict that the number is only going to increase over the next year or so. The perception is that buying a foreclosure means getting a good deal, sofalse

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Listen Up! New Rules For FHA Loans

Posted on 28, January 2010 by csadmin

Last week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced some new rules for FHA loans:

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Turning Cons Into Pros When Listing Your Atlanta Home For Sale

Posted on 27, January 2010 by csadmin
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Getting Approved For A Mortgage in Tough Times

Posted on 22, December 2009 by csadmin

* Disclaimer: I am not a mortgage broker, nor do I have financial expertise or credentials of any kind. This article was written from a layman's perspective (from one buyer to another) after undertaking careful research and numerous discussions withfalse

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They Always Make It Look So Easy On TV

Posted on 18, December 2009 by csadmin

I'm addicted to those first-time homebuyer shows you see all the time on TV these days. I love seeing the different options side by side and and then watching how buyers make decisions as to which home best suits their needs. I guess it's not toofalse

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7 Easy Tips for Taking Photos of Your Atlanta Real Estate Listing

Posted on 04, December 2009 by csadmin
  1. Use a decent camera. Cellphone cameras aren't good enough -- the photos come out too grainy and dark in most cases, and shots of your home won't come across well. If you really want to sell your house, invest in a quality digital camera, or at the veryfalse
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Top 5 Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make

Posted on 17, November 2009 by csadmin

Buying a home for the first time is one of life's milestones. The process can be overwhelming, so it's only natural to look back and wish you'd done some things differently. Based on my conversations with recent first-time buyers, as well as my ownfalse

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Record Low Interest Rates

Posted on 12, November 2009 by csadmin

As a mortgage professional for the past 4 years, I have seen interest rates fall to record lows (3.875% for 15 year fixed).  Rates are being held to record lows for one reason.  The Feds are the only game in town who are buying Mortgage Backed Securitiesfalse

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What the Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension Means For Atlanta Real Estate

Posted on 05, November 2009 by csadmin

As of today, both houses of Congress have passed legislation that will extend the wildly successful $8000 tax credit to first-time homebuyers through April 30, 2010. The new bill also has a clause that will make a $6500 tax credit available to homefalse

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Best Advice To First-Time Homebuyers: Know Your Neighborhood(s)!

Posted on 30, October 2009 by csadmin

When my husband and I first started hunting for the perfect Atlanta home about two years ago, it was in advance of his job transfer to Atlanta. We were still living in California and were trying to do most of our searching online, with a few trips tofalse

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Trick or Treat? Top 5 Intown Atlanta Neighborhoods For Trick-or-Treating

Posted on 30, October 2009 by csadmin

Thinking of taking the kids out for some trick-or-treating this year? Need help deciding which intown Atlanta neighborhood offers the most bang-for-your-buck for Halloween? Well, the Atlanta real estate experts at Clickscape have some suggestions as tofalse

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Selling Your Home in Today's Real Estate Market-Part V

Posted on 22, October 2009 by csadmin

Manage Your Home's Brand/Image

No one is a better spokesperson or more knowledgeable about your home than you as the homeowner. No one knows all the nuances of your home like you do. No one knows all the perks and benefits better than you---the greatfalse

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Selling Your Home in Today's Real Estate Market-Part IV

Posted on 15, October 2009 by csadmin

Your Home's Own URL 

One of the ways you can dominate your online real estate is by having your own URL for your home. In the MLS, a broker/agent can only upload 16 photos and are limited to the number of characters they can use in your listingfalse

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One Buyer's Negative Experience With an REO

Posted on 15, October 2009 by csadmin

I've blogged a few times now about my two-years-running quest to find the perfect home in Atlanta. As of late, my husband and I have decided to shift our search from multifamily homes (see my recent post, Why We're Reconsidering Buying a Multifamilyfalse

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Selling Your Home in Today's Real Estate Market-Part III

Posted on 12, October 2009 by csadmin

Maximize Your Online Exposure

Other than price, there is no greater driver of selling a home (that a seller can control) than exposure. One of the main objectives in selling your Atlanta home is getting the most buyers to look at it---more looks increasefalse

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Why We're Reconsidering Buying a Multifamily Property

Posted on 05, October 2009 by csadmin

As I've discussed in previous blog posts, my husband and I have been looking to buy a home in Atlanta for almost two years now. We've focused our search on multifamily properties in the hopes that we could live in one unit and rent out the others as afalse

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Selling Your Home in Today's Real Estate Market-Part II

Posted on 04, October 2009 by csadmin

Atlanta MLS

In Atlanta, we have two MLS (GAMLS & FMLS) and it is important to be in both. Here's why having your home in the MLS is important:

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What's Happening in My Atlanta Neighborhood

The Atlanta real estate market is an ever-changing, living, breathing organism. "Market values" change constantly according to the most basic economic theory of supply and demand. The best way to see these changes most clearly is through the lens offalse

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Selling Your Home in Today's Real Estate Market-Part I

Three major factors affect if and how quickly your home will sell: 1) Price 2) Exposure 3) Condition. Far and away right now, price is the single most important factor. This is why it is crucial to scrutinize the comparable home sales in your area---seefalse

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Selling Your Home in Today's Real Estate Market-Intro

Marketing your home online has been important for years, but it has now officially become essential to selling a house. With the large majority of buyers starting their search online, the days of visiting open houses and driving around town to go "homefalse

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Atlanta Real Estate Closings Delayed by Flooding

With 15-20 inches of rain hammering most of the Atlanta metro area over the past 3 days, Governor Sonny Perdue has declared a state of emergency in 17 Georgia counties including Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Crawford, DeKalb,false

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National Call Before Digging Number

Are you planning on putting in a fence, building a deck, or even planting trees? Before digging get your underground lines marked by simply calling 811 from anywhere in the country. Because the depth of utility lines can vary, it's important to call evenfalse

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Has the Atlanta Real Estate Market Bottomed?

Posted on 27, August 2009 by csadmin

When Johnny Nash penned the famous lyrics "I can see clearly now, the rain has gone..." he may have had an eye to August 2009 and the Atlanta real estate market, if you believe the data released Tuesday by the S&P/Case-Shiller Index. Have the heavyfalse

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Most Popular Atlanta Real Estate: August 2009

Posted on 14, August 2009 by csadmin

Here are the top 15 most viewed active listings for the Atlanta real estate market for August.

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Current Atlanta Real Estate Conditions (Case-Shiller)

Posted on 23, July 2009 by csadmin

On the last Tuesday of every month, S&P/Case-Shiller releases their Home Price Index. This index is a good barometer of the market conditions for the 20 largest metro real estate markets. The index runs on a 2-month lag so the most recent data we havefalse

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Atlanta Short Sales & The Tax Credit Don't Mix

Posted on 23, July 2009 by csadmin

Attention First-Time Atlanta Homebuyers!

I first read about this potential short sale issue on Rain City Guide (Looking for an invaluable resource about the Seattle real estate? Their blog is a must) and it's one that needs to be trumpeted far and wide. 

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What is a FHA-insured loan?

Posted on 23, July 2009 by csadmin

A common misconception about FHA loans are that FHA actually lends directly to the buyer. They do not. FHA guarantees the loan giving your approved lender assurance that they will be paid back some of their investment if you default on your mortgage. Infalse

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FHA Section 203(k) Program

Posted on 23, July 2009 by csadmin

The Section 203(k) Program allows homebuyers to purchase fixer-uppers more easily by allowing them to wrap the money needed to fix-up the home into the mortgage. As you may know, most lenders will not lend more than the appraisal value of the home. Thisfalse

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FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac Loan Limits

Posted on 23, July 2009 by csadmin

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 reinstates 2008's loan limits for FHA, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae loans. The limits are equal to 125% of the 2008 local area median home price or $271,050 for FHA and $417,000 for Fannie and Freddie. Infalse

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American Recovery & Reinvestment Act

Posted on 23, July 2009 by csadmin

Passed in mid-February, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 is a $780 billion package made up of spending and tax cuts designed to both create and save jobs and jumpstart the economy. By offering incentives related to housing, the Act alsofalse

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Castleberry Hill -- SoHo South

Posted on 21, July 2009 by csadmin

Formerly one of the most blighted locations in Atlanta, erstwhile commercial district Castleberry Hill once served as the grim backdrop for the bleak dystopian flick Freejack (1992). However, in the past few years it has experienced a remarkablefalse

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Poncey-Highland -- Walkable Authenticity

Posted on 20, July 2009 by csadmin

Poncey-Highland is the ultimate neighborhood for hip city-dwellers looking for a green lawn, a skyline view, and easy access (preferably on foot) to all of life's necessities.  Named (rather uncreatively) for the intersection of its main thoroughfares,false

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Georgia Homebuyer Tax Credit

Posted on 17, July 2009 by csadmin

Since we just did a refresher on the $8,000 First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit, let's take a look at the Georgia Homebuyer Tax Credit as well. House Bill 261 was signed into effect on May 11, 2009. This bill provides additional incentives for homebuyers tofalse

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First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

Posted on 17, July 2009 by csadmin

As the major provision of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit allows an $8,000 tax credit for all those who purchase a home before December 1, 2009 and meet eligibility requirements. Here is a quickfalse

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Most Popular Atlanta Real Estate on Clickscape

Posted on 04, July 2009 by csadmin

Once and awhile we like to review what active listings are the most popular among our visitors. Here are the top 10 most viewed active listings on Clickscape for the Atlanta real estate market.

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Atlanta Foreclosure Data

Posted on 03, July 2009 by csadmin

I read the other day that the overwhelming majority of homes going into foreclosure were lower price point homes. I wanted to see if this was the case for the Atlanta market as well.

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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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6 Free Steps to Make Your Atlanta Home More Appealing to Buyers

Posted on 29, May 2009 by csadmin

Looking for ways to improve your home's showings for no cost? Check these out:

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Most Desirable Intown Atlanta Neighborhoods

Posted on 29, May 2009 by csadmin

For the typical homebuyer, location is everything.  Finding the right neighborhood is a crucial part of the homebuying process, and for some buyers, it is the most important element of their search.  It turns out the old real estate cliche "Location,false

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Atlanta Real Estate Advice on Buying a Multifamily for Aspiring Owner-Occupants

Posted on 29, May 2009 by csadmin

My husband and I aren't your average first-time homebuyers.  Rather than searching for a sleek condo or a cozy bungalow, we're really in the market for an income-generating multifamily property -- one that will not only provide our basic shelter but willfalse

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Is $100 Preventing Your Atlanta Home from Selling?

Posted on 29, May 2009 by csadmin

Have you noticed the magic of '9' lately? The number 9 has taken over in the pricing of many items in our money-spending lives--everyday items at grocery stores & retail stores, cars, and most significantly homes. Car dealers and real estate agents lovefalse

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Finding the Perfect House in a Crowded Atlanta Real Estate Market

Posted on 29, May 2009 by csadmin

Searching for a home these days can be overwhelming for anyone, much less a first-time buyer, given the sheer volume of properties on the crowded Atlanta real estate market. The bulk of these have been sitting on the market for months, creating afalse

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Know All Your Atlanta Real Estate Options Before Listing Your Home

Posted on 29, May 2009 by csadmin

When it comes to Atlanta real estate, it is crucial for homesellers to align themselves with real estate experts that will offer the most value to them in the home selling process. To do this, sellers should be diligent in interviewing and evaluating allfalse

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House-Hunting Online For the First-Time Atlanta Real Estate Buyer

Posted on 29, May 2009 by csadmin

My husband and I are first-time homebuyers who have been looking for a place in Atlanta for about a year now.  We are adept Googlers who are very comfortable using the internet, so we've been doing most of our searching online, using the various toolsfalse

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3 Factors that Determine if Your Home Sells in the Atlanta Real Estate Market

Posted on 29, May 2009 by csadmin

Because there are fewer qualified buyers in the Atlanta real estate market, getting the attention of these buyers is harder than ever. If you expect your home to join the ranks of the sold, then it needs to be competitive in at least 2 of the 3 belowfalse

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Why You Should Not Pay Upfront Real Estate Fees in the Atlanta Real Estate Market

Posted on 29, May 2009 by csadmin

What are Upfront Fees?

First, what are upfront fees? Upfront fees are fees charged by a real estate broker or agent for the privilege of listing your home with their company. The most common reason that these fees are paid are so the seller's home willfalse

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Be Seen in Atlanta Real Estate- Don't be Invisible

Posted on 29, May 2009 by csadmin

Take a trip with me back through time (cue cheesy 80s music). You're in the backyard playing superheroes with your friends. Everyone's got their masks, utility belts, boots and a varied assortment of dish towel capes. Bring back memories? Well, I don'tfalse

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