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The Atlanta Homes Team Real Estate Blog

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ATLANTA IN JULY

 

Here is a our guide to living in Atlanta in July. This month is literally abuzz with events, music, and more. Check out what's on our radar.  This is a work in progress...so don't fret, we are still adding events by the hour:)  

 

Month of Music

Speaking of music, this month has an incredible mix of performances and concerts in the city. Starting the post-Fourth weekend is Rob Thomas at Chastain Amphitheater. 7/9/, Wiz Khalifa takes the stage for The Decent Exposure Tour at Cellariis Ampitheatre at Lakewood.  On July 10, Train with Goo Goo Dolls starts their performance at 7pm at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. And back to the 80s, we go on July 11, as New Kids on The Block: he MixtapeTour is finally here

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Atlanta at these fun Atlanta events.  There are so many more, but these are the “big ones”.  So be safe and have fun and get ready for our July full calendar of events coming at the end of the week.

It wouldn’t be the  Fourth of July in Atlanta without the annual Centennial Olympic Park Celebration.

Expect the annual celebration brought to you by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority to have a massive display of fireworks, a variety of food trucks and a set by DJ Yvonne Monet. This is the 22nd year for the family-friendly event which many say is the largest and best Fourth of July Fireworks in the Southeast. Those of you live in a downtown condo, midtown or even Buckhead condo may have the pleasure of watching

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metro atlantas farmers markets

Nothing says summer quite like a morning stroll through a well-stocked farmers market. There is no better way to guarantee that you have healthy, locally grown foods stocked within your fridge.

Metro Atlanta features a wide variety of farmers markets, featuring everything from the freshest fruits and vegetables to vibrant flowers and home-baked bread. Forget the grocery store and instead buy local and indulge in handmade cheeses, raw honey and specialty cured meats. Other artisan products include soaps, preserves, condiments, and fudge.

We first shared this post over five years ago!  So much has changed since then and the number of great, local farmers markets has increased greatly. While we still love the ones we listed back then, we have more

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With the weather warm and in the midst of the dog days of summer, get Fido out of the house at our favorite Atlanta dog-centric and dog-friendly spots. If we missed some of your favorites, be sure to let us know. 

Patios with your Pooch

Some of our favorite spots to eat or grab a beer are pup-friendly. Grab a burger at Grindhouse Killer Burger and let your dog mingle on the patio and drink from the bowls of fresh water they replenish regularly. Park Tavern is the ultimate spot for you and your four-legged pal to plop down after a nice run in Piedmont Park. Lucky's Burger & Brew, with four locations, was inspired by the owner's Lab Lucky. The Brookhaven location is the perfect patio for people watching and grabbing a burger and beer with

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Are you thinking about selling your home in Atlanta or in the metro area? If yes, it's time to get moving and put your home on the market while the weather is nice and the summer heat still hasn't quite set in.  We realize this doesn't give you much time, but we are here to help you move swiftly and effectively and get your home listed in the "prime time". 

Before you list your home, take a moment and read these few easy suggestions to get your home sell-ready in no time. Just follow these simple guidelines, work with an experienced Atlanta agent, and sit back and watch as people clamor to get a look at your home. 

Slap on a coat of paint 

There is nothing like fresh paint on the walls to liven up a home. Paint over the darker and more daring

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Buying a home--it’s the American dream. But recent events have caused financial experts to push the advantages of renting over buying that home! Arguments include flexibility on leasing contracts, lower insurance rates, no property taxes, and elimination of maintenance and repairs. Of course, there are pros and cons for either side but here are 5 reasons for the purchase of your dreams.

  1. Roots –How long do you plan on being in the location? Is this where you plan to be in a few months or a few years? For short term living, renting is obviously the way to go but if you plan to stay put, a home will entrench you in the community. There’s nothing like settling down and stability. Long term residency will also convert that throwaway rent money into a
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Joshua Guider is a locally home grown Realtor who’s passionate about helping people make good financial decisions, find the homes they love, and be able to make money when it’s time to sell.  Joshua has purchased two homes: one in Buckhead and one in East Cobb.  He currently owns rental property and enjoys discussing investing in real estate and helping investors to find properties that will cash-flow as rentals.  His own experience of purchasing real estate and creating passive income can only provide clients with expert guidance and detail oriented assistance in purchasing the home of their dreams.

His track record includes doubling the renewal rate as a National Account Manager and Co-Managing the Renewals & Retention department at MFG.com, the

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Did you remember to file your Homestead Exemption?


Here’s what Homestead Exemption means for you. If you purchased a home, more specifically, your new primary residence last year, you’re now eligible to apply for / qualify for homestead exemption. Georgia law provides that every homeowner is eligible to claim a Homestead Exemption for a primary residence owned on January 1st. This property tax benefit can amount to considerable annual savings for you.

You still have time to file your exemption, make sure that you take advantage of potential savings on your property taxes.                                                                         

Basic Requirements for Homestead Exemption:

  • Must be legal resident of the county
  • Must
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When looking for the right space to call home, why limit yourself to townhouses and apartments? For the city-savvy homebuyer, Atlanta lofts for sale are an aesthetically pleasing alternative that stand out from the crowd.

What Makes A Loft?

Atlanta lofts for saleIn the heart of major urban cities, you will often find older industrial warehouse buildings—called lofts—that have been repurposed into living spaces for city-dwellers on the go. Lofts are typically characterized by their high ceilings, open floor-plans due to a lack of interior walls, exposed ductwork, and large windows facing major urban sprawls, making them a highly-customizable, chic space to live for artists, empty nesters, and those tied to the heart of the city.

But before you put a bid out on a loft,

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In Georgia, there’s no sweeter feeling than closing on a home. However, last minute twists seem to come out of nowhere where real estate is involved. From signing refusals, to changes of heart, shifty lenders, to structural anomalies - knowing what to be prepared for at the eleventh hour is crucial to keeping control of the situation.

This list is not meant to dissuade you from buying or selling your home, only to give you perspective on very real possibilities that can arise during closing. Here are the top 11 things that can go wrong at the eleventh hour, and how to avoid them:

1. Misprints

atlanta homes for saleMisprints and misspellings in the paperwork can take hours or days to correct. The devil is in the details. Go over all paperwork with clarity before the

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