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Atlanta is known for its influx of relocation clients. Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties is the largest Relocation provider in the city. Often when I have one of these clients, they are trying to figure out what area of the City to live in. I just saw this post on Facebook and it made me chuckle, but hopefully it will be helpful to people in their search. Vinings isn’t included, but its often been described as just like Buckhead without the lipstick. Enjoy!
When a home has good bones like this one, all it takes is a little refresh to make it sparkle! Fresh paint, beautifully refinished hardwoods, and updated kitchen and bathrooms have brought this classic beauty up to date and move-in ready. A lush, established neighborhood in a great location are just icing on the cake.
The Georgian center hall floor plan opens with a grand staircase and entrance hall and the main floor radiates out from it with living and sitting rooms on one side and dining and kitchen on the other.
There is a relaxed formality to the home; at once very livable and open and also elegant. With enough separation between spaces to make for quiet conversations there is still with a great entertainers flow to the main floor.
The gorgeous hardwood floors are throughout the main floor; built-ins, moulding, and a fireplace with a tile surround are classic details that you’ll find in every room.
This dining room was made for family holiday meals!
Open to a great breakfast room, a sun room, and is steps to a spacious laundry room, the kitchen has been updated recently.
The kitchen is impeccable, with modern finishes that blend into the home’s classic style.
The master suite is huge, with tray ceilings, beautiful fresh paint, and beautifully refinished hardwood floors.
The master bath has been updated to include a soaker tub and a walk-in shower. Built-ins make the most of the abundant closets.
The home’s 5 bedrooms are bright, large, and well-proportioned, with plenty of room for kids to spread out and create their own personal refuge.
A classic southern feature, the charming sunroom is just off the kitchen and family room, a great place for kids to spread out with creative projects when it’s too hot to enjoy the yard. Or, you could indulge your inner green thumb and fill it with plants!
With a bonus room, a full daylight basement with a kitchenette and private entrance, there is abundant flexible space for a media rooms, home office or gym, teen space, or an in-law suite. There is a fenced yard, although the lot is larger than the fenced space at almost 3/4 acres.
4560 S Elizabeth Lane SE Atlanta GA 30339
Property Overview: 5 bedrooms/ 5 bathrooms; 4,485 square ft; finished daylight basement with kitchenette; 4 side brick Georgian traditional; Cochise Club swim/tennis eligible; fenced yard; enclosed sun room
Schools: Teasley / Campbell / Campbell
Speaking of Grand Openings- Chicken Salad Chick is opening its newest Atlanta location in Vinings Station, Wednesday, March 7. If you haven’t heard of Chicken Salad Chicks, they’re an Auburn, Alabama based fast-casual restaurant owned by Stacy Brown with great Southern classics like chicken salad and pimento cheese.
Southern Living raves about their grape chicken salad recipe and for a good reason- it’s addictive! Here is their Vinings store page with all the details of their location and menu. I’ll do a Facebook live video tomorrow to share my experience with you all. You can “like” or follow my Real Vinings|Buckhead page for more of what makes my town a great place to call home.
As always, if I can show you around and help you find a home here, I’d be more than happy to chat or meet with you. Let me know how I can help!
Rates are going up and now is a better time to buy than any other time this year. Here’s what the anticipated interest rate increases mean in terms of monthly mortgage payments.
We don’t expect any softening in values, so the rate increase means you’ll be able to buy less house. I’m up to date on what you can get at many price points and can help you buy quickly.
Berkshire Hathaway has released its Buckhead real estate market update for January 2018 and it looks like 2018 was off to a slow start. However, I believe it is related to the weather we experienced here and not the demand. I do see activity picking up in February and a sense of urgency with the threat of higher interest rates on the horizon.
We have basically 3 markets going on right now. If a buyer is looking under $500,000 they can be prepared for a bidding war with multiple offers on properties that are priced right. That’s particularly true in the under $350k price range. Buyers that are looking from $500k-$1.5M can expect an even balance of buyers and sellers and should expect to pay comparable pricing to last year with little increase in pricing. The buyers in the over $2M price range are in a buyers market and should expect to get deals. There is about 4 years of inventory out there and plenty to pick from. These buyers may have a high cash percentage as a down payment but due to the higher price points they are particularly sensitive to interest rate increases.
As always, your home is unique and as such requires an expert to help you price. Hitting the range at the right price will help you sell in a reasonable amount of time. I pride myself on my recommendations, not that all of my clients take them, but I’m confident in the analysis and getting your home sold rapidly if it is within the range. We are ready to help you take the most advantage of this upcoming Spring market!
Please feel free to reach out with any questions!
Don’t let the mid-century exterior of this sweet bungalow fool you- this place is SPACIOUS! Surrounded by mature trees in an established neighborhood, but fully renovated with thoughtful additions, this home offers an open floor plan and flexible space for a really comfortable family home.
Hardwoods in the living room continue through the keeping room and dining area off the kitchen for a clean, cohesive look with few barriers to break up the space. Fresh neutral paint and lighting make this home completely move-in ready.
Unlike many mid-century homes, dining and kitchen areas have been opened up so there is an easy flow for entertaining – no one is stuck in the kitchen when guests are here!
Beautiful light granite, clean Shaker cabinetry, and stainless appliances keep the spacious kitchen light and bright while maximizing storage and counter space.
The kitchen is open to the adjacent bonus room; perfect to keep an eye on the kids as a playroom.
The keeping room is a quiet spot for a reading nook just off the main living room.
The spacious master suite is a really well-done addition to the home’s original footprint. Hardwoods, lots of windows, and a great lighting plan keep the space light, bright, and fresh.
The master suite continues with it’s own private full bath with dual vanities and a generous walk-in closet.
Two more bedrooms with gleaming hardwoods, and two full bathrooms make for plenty of space for family and guests.
With both outdoor and kitchen access, the bonus room has the potential to be anything you want it to be. Home office with a door for clients, playroom for the kids, even a home gym, this room is ready to go with lots of built in storage.
The back yard is spacious with mature trees and lawn. Not only only did the homeowners add the master suite, but a great deck, fire pit area, and gazebo seating were added as well for great use of outdoor space.
This home is a gem and I look forward to sharing it with its new owners. Call me with any questions or to set up an appointment to view. and take a look at the full listing on my website for all the details (and lots more photos!)
821 Lake Court SE Smyrna, GA 30082
Property overview: 3 bedroom/3 bathroom, Bungalow style, keeping room, large corner lot, deck, master suite addition. Square footage n/a.
Schools: King Springs/ Griffen/ Campbell
Listing price: $299,000
For those of you that obsess over getting into Paces View, I have a rare single family home in this gated community inside the perimeter, coming on the market later this week. I will hold it open on Sunday July 23rd, 2017 from 2-4 if you’d like a look. The photographer will be shooting it on Thursday night and I should have it in the system soon after that, so this is your chance to beat the crowds! The price will be $1,140,000 and the best part is has the master on the main, an elevator and 3 car garage! Everything you all ask for. It is barely lived in and has hardwoods in all of the bedrooms, a nice light and bright kitchen with quartz. 12 ft ceilings in the family room and 10 foot everywhere else on the main with city views! This is a former model home so it has all of the JW Collection upgrades. Call me now (404-931-3944) and I’ll arrange to get you in later this week!
How to Handle 2017 Property Tax Assessment “Sticker Shock” in Fulton and Cobb Counties – Deadline approaching!
We all know we’ve been living in a hot spot for real estate sales and values, but it seems like the Atlanta area tax assessors offices are finally starting to notice and the 2017 property tax assessments have been a shock for many residents.
I’ve had clients calling me with concerns about what this will mean for their tax bill this year and asking if it’s worth appealing. In short, the answer is often yes, but the procedure varies from county to county, and there are times when appealing may actually not be a great idea. I can help you with that decision if you’d like and pull the comparable properties and assessments that the County is most likely looking at.
- The deadline to appeal in Cobb County is June 18. Thankfully, the procedure in Cobb County is also pretty simple; click here for the Cobb County Tax Assessors Office for the details of your property’s assessed Fair Market Value and to get started on an appeal. If you run into trouble, give me a call; I’d be happy to help with the first level of appeal or with the Board of Equalization.
- Fulton County residents have 45 days from receipt of their assessments to appeal. Click here for the Fulton County Board of Assessors with links to property search and appeals. Fulton County government has also posted instructions here for how to appeal online.
If you find that your appeal is more complex than you are comfortable handling on your own, I recommend a couple of firms that have had a lot of success in handling appeals for my clients.
- Walter Holtz at BOE Tax Appeals has been successful for my clients in the City of Atlanta
- Campbell & Brannon specialize in real estate law and have been helpful with clients in both Fulton and Cobb. They sent out an email recently with some key points that I thought were good to know:
- The county assigns a property a Fair Market Value (FMV) for taxation purposes
- This assessment includes an estimate of taxes for 2017 based on the FMV
- No taxes are due at this time, 2017 tax bills will be sent out later this year
- Assessments can be appealed with the county
- The assessor mails the notice to the owner of record as of Jan. 1, 2017
- A 2017 buyer will not receive the notice in their name as it was mailed to the seller
All appeals must be filed within 45 days from the date of the tax notice
It’s important to note that an increased assessment of FMV is not necessarily going to reflect the same percentage increase in your tax bill. Municipalities, school boards and counties set their millage rate based on budget needs and the assessed property values so the estimated tax rate on the assessment may change. That’s why it’s a good idea to get as much information as you can and be aware of your options in advance. A surprise tax hike is never fun, but preparation and information is key. Cobb County has a timeline and explanation of its procedure here.
When is it not a great idea to appeal? If you don’t want a spotlight on your property value, don’t appeal. If you’ve made significant improvements that aren’t reflected in the assessment, don’t appeal. If comps are selling in your area for significantly higher than your assessment, don’t appeal. However, make sure that you have all of the data you need to make that decision, and I am happy to help, either with information or referrals to trusted experts in this field.
I personally went thru the process last year and have quite a few lessons learned. For example: the Board of Equalizations in Cobb doesn’t equalize to different neighborhoods, only your street. Living in Vinings, I felt that the comparable properties would be most streets in “Vinings Village”, not true. My street has had a spike in high property sales, thus all of us on the street have received higher assessments as a result. They will only equalize you to the lowest value on your street. To fight a larger battle, it may require action of many members of a street to appeal jointly. With senior exemption coming into play in Cobb, many neighbors have less of a desire to fight the assessment as their tax is so low already. Whereas in Fulton County, the increase applies to seniors as well and may be a good reason to fight the battle. If you’ve just purchased your property and the next year it goes up, you may need to appeal. If it’s what you paid, you may still have an argument if the others on the street are significantly lower. Once you’ve won the battle, you will have that value for 3 years before they can raise it again. I’ve tried to compile some helpful information here so be sure to click on the links in this article for a little more context and some basic tools for navigating your appeal.
Surrounded by large private estates, exclusive neighborhoods, and the Chattahoochee National Forest, this rare listing includes just under 3 acres of pristine, private land with incredible potential.
Located in an enclave of large estate properties in unincorporated Cobb County, you’ll have easy access to the new Braves Stadium and low Cobb County taxes whether you choose to create your own large estate (the property is zoned to allow horses) or subdivide the lot for up to 3 homes.
The beautiful Rivers Call neighborhood is a stone’s throw away, as is the Windy Ridge Office Park, so the property offers unparalleled privacy with easy access to work, entertainment, and shopping.
This rare piece of land is actually two subdivision lots with additional land purchased later covered with mature trees and a beautiful and private natural setting.
Bring your builders! There are a house and stables on the site but the property is being sold for land value. Please take a look at the details on my website and give me a call to set up a viewing!
1268 Timberland Drive SE, Marietta, GA 30067
Overview Lot/Land; 2.96 acres; 4 br house on lot; stables; zoned for horses; sub-dividable for up to 3 homes
Schools: Brumby/ East Cobb/Wheeler
List price: $675,000