Alpharetta is a great place to live and has great schools in the area. Other great surrounding areas include Suwanee, John Creek, and Duluth. That would expand your search area and present additional available homes. In my experience, the the real estate websites do not tend to update the status of the inventory in a timely manner. I would suggest connecting with a real estate agent who can carefully navigate your home search and provide you with timely information on available homes.
Keller Williams Realty Signature Partners
I moved from Massapequa to Alpharetta back in 1995. It was a bit of a change but I love it here. Alpharetta has so much to offer to the community and excellent schools. What I could do for you is send over listings in the 300k and less range that include homes with 4 bedrooms. These homes would let you see what is available within your price range. Please either call or email me your information including your email address and I can get you started. Good luck!
Christine Watermolen, Realtor
Solid Source Realty, Inc
Sorry for the diversion between brokers, but I would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding neighborhoods, homes, builders, schools or anything else that can make your relocation a success.
I didn't say that this location won't cause problems, I said that the location CAN cause problems. I said that the use of paired sales analysis CAN be used to show what if any, impact there will be. I said that some buyers either don't care or will accept adverse external influences to be in a certain area or community. As was noted by others, some buyers don't mind this and some community green space has been designed to have a very soft impact.
I also said that I have no issue with the using quality agents from other firms even in the same areas that I cover. I have also recommended agents in areas that I cover - Lee Taylor and I have done this many times over the years and have deals co-broked right now; it's not a big deal.
And you did take a swipe at Lisa with the snarky way you addressed the topic, it was uncalled for as she wasn't trying to mislead anyone. Candidly speaking, I think you owe her an apology. Congratulations on having your own shingle, it's something that means nothing when it comes to performance and experience.
And as far as that recommendation issue, do you really want to open that up again? I think I have all of the emails....I'd rather move on.
First, we really should take this offline. I am not killing you - you are killing yourself by engaging in this kind of behavior. Your comment giving a thumbs up approval of Michal Hammonds ridiculous "Archie Bunker" comment were both flagged and removed by Trulia because they were plain unprofessional.
Second, we all refer business - usually because we don't work an area, for example, I can't afford to go perform $5000 worth of complimentary building evaluations for a buyer in Fayetteville- so I refer that out.
Third, I did not attack Lisa, - it is one thing to acknowledge another agent as being a good agent, it is another thing to lay it on thick and gush with compliments, and then suggest to a buyer that another agent (from another firm) would serve you very well! I simply pointed out that for one Broker to recommend another Broker when you both serve the same area, is not something most Brokers would condone. I could have let that go, but I found it not only outrageous but highly suspect. Example: When I was with Prudential in East Cobb, if any Pru agent in the East Cobb office had recommended in an open online forum, that a buyer should for example work with Joe Blow with the East Cobb Harry Norman office, I assure you that Pru agent would be fired on the spot. Pick any industry, its the same.
Fourth, I never asked you for a referral of my skills on Trulia - that would be ridiculous, because: A: You don't know anything about me, B: I consider you competition (because we are in the same market) and I am 100% confident the totality of services you offer can't match the totality of my services to buyers, C.I don't need an agent referral, I have not even posted all my client referrals. The issue of my supposedly asking you for a referral is still an open issue with Trulia and they have not responded back to me that no error has been found.
Fifth, I don't mind anyone who has a competitive advantage over all other "ordinary" agents (like you and I do) to portray their advantages in a useful light, but when I see what appears to be a misleading comment or claim put forth in order to get business, I am going to call it no matter who the agent is. In my opinion, to suggest that a house backing up to a lighted noisy tennis court is anything other than "very likely" not a wise investment to a buyer who had already expressed concern with regard to future resale, is dishonest and misleading. To suggest that it might not be a problem because a paired appraisal analysis could determine if there was any degree of negative impact, and then determine a dollar amount of this negative impact, I found to be a highly misleading and self serving suggestion. As we all know, appraisals are not exact science and are one mans opinion of value on the day of the appraisal. IMHO, to suggest that an appraisal is the only viable way to answer this question, or could even do so with a useful degree of accuracy was misleading - so I asked experts. They agreed with my opinion, that it would be very difficult, time consuming, and not of real value in the end.
Our goal should be to advise the client (to the best of our abilities) of the most likely positives and negatives to making any transaction - without regard to how much a client likes or wants a particular house. You and I have more responsibility than ordinary agents in that regard, if we are going to offer our extra expertise in addition to being an agent and a Broker. We should NOT use our extra insights to try to find ways make a questionable deal look ok for a buyer so they can get the property they wanted.
You can have any appraiser in GA look that type property over and run every analysis available to answer that question - will this condition impact the future sale if I buy it, or might it be ok? if they come up with some numbers that say its ok and not a risk, I say BS. I don't care how many agents postulate the situation might be a bonus to a tennis player - I say that point is not in the buyers best interests because if it is such that we have to "point out that at least one type buyer might buy the property", that speaks for itself. I don't base my advice on what a few "imprudent buyers" might do I the future, but on the most likely scenario a client can expect based on my experience of the issue.
Unless a significant barrier can be put up, which will block the view and the light but not the noise, that property will very likely not perform well, and regardless of any paired analysis, would not be a wise investment unless it was priced well under market. Then you might break even.
You commented about my example of homes selling in East Cobb with multiple, significant adverse external influences: "As to the comments about comparing this scenario to Million dollar homes on Johnson Ferry Rd in East Cobb -that is misleading and total rubbish - they are not comparable in any way." No kidding? I was using that as an example of buyers making exceptions in desirable areas. I was not comparing Alpharetta to East Cobb in that example.
Then you jump up and down about me suggesting a paired sales analysis would be productive in this case IF DESIRED. I did not say the agent should do it. Your long winded a response included "consultation" with an SRA and MAI. Well done; MAIs are commercial guys and I earned my SRA back in '91. If you had an SRA say "whoever proposed that is selling a load of something or trying to impress someone", and the other said "that would be extremely hard and time consuming to do correctly, and even if the data were present, the accuracy and value of the analysis would be questionable" then I would in fact like his name as you offered.
As far as you being compared to an Archie Bunker "type", I absolutely laughed out loud. I laughed even harder when you said that was racist. Loosen your tie.
And then there's you attacking Lisa - is that you being a pro? I use many buyer agents that are not in my company - and you know why? Because many in my company are not agents that I trust, not motivated or are not productive. Looking at my board, I have five deals closing this month with motivated, hungry agents from other firms. What Lisa said is 100% accurate and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it - especially when she says it about me.
In fact, I must be doing something right, remember several months ago when you asked me for a recommendation here? Then you denied it and we went to Trulia to research it? They never did find an inconsistency with at "sent from" email address did they?
Now, we dance a very good tango here on Trulia and I really do enjoy it. However you might have better luck throttling back a bit and not attacking every agent on here. I've been slammed and not had a chanced to play on here as much as I'd like - hard to keep up at times.
As for trolling and who was the actual troll, I found this definition: "Trolling requires deceiving; any trolling that doesn't involve deceiving someone isn't trolling at all; it's just stupid."
I don't know what your motivation was, or what you hoped to accomplish by the statement, but there was absolutely nothing deceptive in what I said - and the comment was not just for the purpose of creating controversy - it was to advise other agents that this Broker found that behavior unacceptable.
Bob, I would have replied sooner but I've been busy with closings, inspections, writing offers, and showing houses.
I'm not quite sure why you felt the need to put your two cents in about my complimenting, and yes...I would go as far as... endorsing, Hank on this forum. I am fully aware that this is the internet and open to the public, including my broker. If I was worried about what my broker's reaction would be I wouldn't be ignorant enough to post such views on line.
In my "not so humble" opinion, my reputation is my most valuable asset. If you were to ask anyone and everyone I've worked with and worked for they would say my reputation is: being a straight shooter and always having my clients' backs. Whether recommending, referring, or co-broking with an agent, I base my decision on the other agent's integrity, experience, knowledge, and professionalism. This has absolutely nothing to do with what firm they work for. A smart Realtor once said " Iâ€™m not working with some jug head simply because theyâ€™re in the same company."
Have you not heard the saying, "if you don't have something nice to say..." I think when people put unsolicited, negative comments on line it's called "trolling."
I'm not a realtor, but I can speak to you from personal experience. We moved here from Dix Hills 10 years ago with a 10, 9 and 7 year old(at the time) to Alpharetta.
Our focus was the schools as well. After much research, we decided on the Alpharetta school district and are very happy about our choice.
There's much to choose from in your price range.Call me anytime to discuss and I'll be more than happy to help you in any way I can. We New Yorkers need to help one another.
P.S. It's funny how things tend come full circle. My oldest goes to Hofstra.
Sr. Mortgage Manager | Evolve Bank & Trust
11605 Haynes Bridge Road Suite 125 | Alpharetta, GA 30009
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Just another agent, formerly from Port Washington checking in! (Who would've known!?)
We moved to the Atlanta area (Cobb County) in 1979 and to Alpharetta in 2004. All 3 kids, 2 of which had left Atlanta and subsequently returned, now live in the area. I doubt if any of them would leave because of what the Atlanta area has to offer.
As was already discussed in a previous post, when you think "Alpharetta", think Milton, Alpharetta and Johns Creek, all of which were previously Alpharetta.
Since you stated that Alpharetta was your choice location, I would then go after the best schools. Alpharetta (which again includes Milton, Alpharetta, and Johns Creek) have among the highest rated schools in the state and in the country. You can't go wrong - you can only go better!
To discuss homes FOR SALE, versus rentals, there are many choices, but people in Alpharetta seem to have a bias toward living east of GA-400 or west of GA-400. I don't want to sway you in either direction, but when you visit, keep that distinction in mind.
Currently, in the West of "400" area, for 4 bedroom homes priced between $250,000 and $300,000, there are 15 homes for sale. Generally, they run in the 2,600 square foot size, and most of them are in subdivisions that have a pool.
In the East of "400" area there are 23 homes for sale with the same criteria. Although they probably average the same square footage, the range is bigger, where some are over 3,000 square feet and some are under 2,000. As with the west side, most are in pool subdivisions.
Let me also mention something about the pool situation. When we first moved to the Atlanta area, a neighborhood pool was an absolute blessing because that was where our kids met the other neighborhood kids and where we met so many of the neighbors. A neighborhood pool is a real blessing if you want to integrate yourself into the neighborhood quickly.
On the rental side, determine where you want your eventual home to be and then get a feel of the rentals (homes for rent or apartments). and focus on that.
As with all the other agents who have responded, I would certainly love to help you find what you're looking for. Simply click on my picture and shoot me an email or give me a call.
This is some great feedback from some good agents in a hurry!
I have to get out to evaluate some seller repairs for my purchasers closing on Monday, but I must comment on Lisa's recommendation of Hank Miller. Hank is a good agent indeed, but it is a little unusual for one Broker to recommend another Broker in the same marketplace.
Understand when I use the term Broker, neither Lisa nor Hank is a Broker. Lisa is an agent, and Hank is an associate broker, but the two firms holding their respective real estate license are two different Brokers, and these two agents are supposed to be working as an extension of and on behalf of their Brokers, (hence the name agent) and under the supervision of their respective Brokers.
It almost never happens, but I would suggest agents be very careful in recommending Brokers from other Brokerage Firms in your same market, as "your" Broker might not view that action in a very good light. As a Broker/Owner, if this happened in my firm, I can tell you that agent would be sent packing in a flash! It is all about doing the right thing, and integrity and loyalty to the firm you work for.
Christine...I've read many of Hanks replies to questions on Trulia for years and I believe he would be a great agent for you to work with. I don't know him personally but have been impressed with his knowledge and professionalism...That's saying a LOT since I'm a Realtor too, living in Alpharetta for the past 14+ years and working as a Realtor for 11+ years. I have two kids, ages 11 and 15 so I'm very knowledgable about the local school system.
Obviously I would be an excellent candidate as well :) but you should speak to a number of Realtors to see who you connect with. The most important thing when choosing a Realtor is TRUST.
My sister who lives in the upper east side of Manhattan is moving down in about a year too. She has twin 7 mos olds but is also basing her search on schools (as did I). IMHO the high schools I would focus on are:
North Fulton: Johns Creek, Milton, Alpharetta, Chattahoochee, Northview
East Cobb: Walton, Pope, Lassiter
Although your kids are young I would focus on the HS because the feeder schools are typically also very good.
Alpharetta is an excellent place to bring up kids, we've loved it!
If you want to pick my brain please feel free to contact me. I wasn't kidding about Hank, he seems to be a great choice for a Realtor (if you don't choose to work with me :).
Lisa Chasin (maiden name Siegel...in case we know each other through 6 degrees of separation)
One thing you will need to know is two communities were create in the area that was unincorporated Alpharetta. Those towns are Milton and Johns Creek. So if you are looking at homes consider all of those towns as being part of what used to be Alpharetta. The town of Alpharetta is, of course, still a thriving community. All these towns are served by the Fulton County school system and the schools are almost universally great. There are private school available too. You'll enjoy some great park district facilities and programs.
The links below have loads of additional info about the area.
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I would love to send you infomations on homes in Alpharetta area or many more which could be suitable for your family..I've lived in Atlanta since 1977, so I'm pretty much familar with most of the areas. if you can send me your contact infomatio, I would glad to give datail info.
Harry Norman Realtors
Your options are significant and to properly direct you requires more than this forum allows. Suffice it to say that as an appraiser and agent living and working in North Fulton since '94 I know the place well.
You can hit my site for appraiser level data and trends - unfiltered. You can also search using preset searches, Alpharetta is http://hankmillerteam.com/homes-for-sale-in-alpharetta-ga-2/
Hit my profile on Trulia or see my reviews on Zillow, http://www.zillow.com/profile/BrokerAppraiser/Reviews?s1=0&a
Drop me a line if I can help -
Based on your stated important needs, and without knowing a lot more about your requirements and expectations, you have a few area options: Fulton County: Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Crabapple, Roswell, Cobb County: East Cobb,(Marietta) , Roswell, Extreme West Cherokee County Woodstock, and even South Hall County, Cumming.
I would not direct you toward specific communities to consider without knowing a lot more about you as that would be pointless and not helpful. If you just want to see what kind of home you get for $300K go to http://www.RobertWhitfield.com/ and you can browse thousands of homes by city.
The challenge if you need to rent first and cant find a way to do a bridge loan etc, is that the school where you find a rental may not be the school where you find your home, so your children will have to change schools again when you buy a home.
Let me know if I can help you.
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Corporate Relocations | New Construction | Luxury & Investment Properties
I work with several real estate agents and recommend Stephanie Holland who knows the Alpharetta area quite well and will be in a position to answer your questions. Her information is below
Prudential Georgia Realty
Another agent to consider is Mark Midyette and his information is below
Lynel is right, you need to get prequalified before an agent will be willing to help you find a home. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions
Evolve Bank & Trust
11605 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 125
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009
When you sell your other home and find that you need to purchase. I would be happy to assist you with a *pre-qualification for a home mortgage if you are in need of one. The first step that most realtor's will ask.... if you have been pre-qualified with a mortgage lender.
I would be happy to assist you with that process. In fact if you prefer we could look at numbers and such so you will have an idea of sales price and such, we can step over the current house payment (assuming it will be gone)...that way your first step is out of the way and standing by.
I thank you for the opportunity,
Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer
Silverton Mortgage Specialist