I'd go really slow paying high 300-low 400 in that area. It's not so much the house, it's the schools; test score wise they are not the best in the NE Cobb area. Additionally the area in general is older and the predominant value under where you will be.
I think you can do better than this and your focus has to be support from the market area - this market area doesn't have the same juice as others. I say this from fifteen years of appraising as well as being a local Marietta associate broker - the data doesn't lie.
I'm happy to detail things for you -
Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
Prudential GA Realty
Considering I currently pay over $1400 a year for the neighborhood that I live in, and it's an older neighborhood, I don't think that $900 annually sounds high. I know the other agents thought so, but I don't. Look at what you're getting. Break it down into monthly figures...$75/mo and you've got a beautiful new community with access to Tennis Courts, Pool, Club House, Park, Playground...plus you have the benefit of Underground Utilities and Sidewalks. I say it's a great price.
I'd love to be able to show you your next dream home in Canterbury.
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I would think there would be room to negotiate some of this as well. My concern is making sure that the HOA is funded properly and that the builder is maintaining these funds in a separate account. It has occurred where a builder has needed these funds for their operations and goes out of business leaving the HOA with little to no funds. Then, an assessment is levied to make up the shortfall. A good agent can find this out for you and help you.
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The fee seems high but here is what includes: 49 acres of green space with walking trails. 4 Tennis Courts, 1 Large Swimming Pool with Zero Entry, a sport area with playground.
I would love to show you the subdivision all the amenities that the home owner association fee includes.
If you decide to submit an offer to the builder, I will be glad to negotiate that the HOA to be paid by the builder for at least the first three years, plus other concessions.
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