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Determining to the answers to questions on any of the topics listed above is something that you would need to do on your own. It is up to the individual to make their own determination about a specific area. If a Real Estate Agent were to comment on such a thing, it could be steering which is a prohibited act.
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These links should be able to provide some of the answers you are seeking.
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There may be some homeowner pride but it can be offset by the poor quality of construction. The siding, roof, HVAC and windows need to be studied carefully. Generally the quality of the finish work is not outstanding and the material used were lower end.
That was the bad, now the good. The schools are excellent and the location is very strong as well. Look for this neighborhood to do well in the long run as people improve the original homes.
Make sure you purchase at a good price and get a good inspection. You do not want to pay too much for a home in here. I only live a couple of miles away so please feel free to contact me if you would like to see inside the homes for sale. All the best, Jeff
I know this area very well, I have working the Alpharetta/Roswell area for 7 years. Are you looking to purchase or rental in this area? I can find you what you maybe looking for in real estate. Please give us a call so we can help you in your search.
Sellect Realty, LLC
We do have new construction in North Fulton/Alpharetta. What price point are you interested in? What area will you work in? When do you plan to move here? I am from Jacksonville but have lived in Alpharetta since 1979 - long before it was the place to be...... more
Marksman is a great company for most. They can unofficially do an inspection but do not do reports now. It will cost less with out a report. You would need to accompany him on his 2-3 hour inspection for all. He mostly specialized in the pest side of the business. Pillar to Post is another good one. email@example.com... more
hmm. This is not in zip code 30022. Are you sure?. You mean McGenny Ferry road where lot of construction is happening? it must be 30024 . Is it fulton/forsyth Please check.
As to your questions, I have no idea and will let the good folks here speak... more
I've sold two in there and appraised two others - Vickery Crest is outstanding as is Tom Sharp. They were incredibly patient with a buyer of mine, nothing but good things to say about them.
As for the area, also outstanding. Milton and now the new Cambridge HS are solid value anchors; exceptionally stout economics, demographics and a stable balanced real estate market.
I'm very familiar here between sales and appraisals - let me know if you need help.
Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood
Your neighborhood has a big impact on your lifestyle. Follow these steps to find the perfect community to call home.
Is it close to your favorite spots? Make a list of the activities — movies, health club, church, etc. — you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering to engage in your most common activities.
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Determine if the neighborhood is economically stable. Check with your local city economic development office to see if income and property values in the neighborhood are stable or rising. What is the percentage of homes to apartments? Apartments don’t necessarily diminish value, but do mean a more transient population. Do you see vacant businesses or homes that have been for sale for months?
See if you’ll make money. Ask a local real estate agent to get information about price appreciation in the neighborhood. Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, this information may give you a sense of how good of an investment your home will be. A government planning agency also may be able to tell you about planned developments or other changes in the neighborhood — like a new school or highway — that might affect value.
Make personal observations. Once you’ve narrowed your focus to two or three neighborhoods, go there and walk around. Are homes tidy and well maintained? Are streets quiet? How does it feel? Pick a warm day if you can and chat with people working or playing outside.... more
You will have to go through the listing agent. As for only accepting offers above the sales price. Most likely there are several ofers on the table and they are ablove listing price. The agent should have told you that there are multiple offers and to give your highest and best offer.
If you would like a Buyers agent to assist you I would like to interview for the job.... more
Depends on how much you want the house. Back about 40 years ago, my mother put a contract on a new townhouse. Pretty much the same thing happened. It was supposed to be exposed brick, but about halfway through--for some unknown reason--they switched to another color. It made no sense. My mother, though, pretty much wanted the townhouse. The builder agreed to paint the brick--all of it. So now the townhouse is painted gray.
The question of whether stained brick would depress the resale value of your house depends on the quality of the job. Basically: How does it look? If it looks OK--if it looks like that's how it was meant to look (to a prospective buyer who didn't know the history), then it shouldn't have any negative effect on resale value. On the other hand, if it looks odd or improperly done, then--yes--it would depress the resale value.
As for "just walking away," be sure to check your contract very, very, very closely before doing so. The contracts that builders use are notorious for being slanted in favor of the builder and against the buyer. Just because the builder didn't go with the color of brick specified in the contract doesn't ensure that you'd be able to get out of the contract. Far from it.
And what does your Realtor say? (You did have a Realtor represent you, didn't you?)
It's possible that--if the exterior appearance can be corrected in some way--you'd also be able to negotiate with the builder for some extras or amenities that you hadn't previously agreed to. Your Realtor can advise you on the best way to approach that.
Hope that helps.... more
I would look for house without the power line situation - particular for resale in the future. Psoepctive buyers will have same concern you have. Obviously, I'd be happy to help you find something more sutiable!
Just wanted to put it out there that we are NOT working with an Agent as of now. Since this is a new construction, we decided to go in without an agent , so please do not offer services. We have family members who have been Real estate agents , so using their services for now :-) .
But I would appreciate your honest views / experiences on the high tension wires. This is something that more you think about , the more I don't want to ...... more
No you can certainly submit your own offer, but I woul dnot recommend representing yourself. It does not cost you anything to have representation as the buyers agent is paid from the proceeds of the sale as agreed in the MLS. Unless you have Real Estate training, you may find yourself unaware of some pitfalls which could cost you more than you think.
Again, this is just my opinion, but there is no reason to represent yourself when you can hire someone for FREE.
Craig Fialkowski, GRI, CDPE
A local agent can help you find all the available homes in the area. I wouldn't focus strickly on foreclosures however, keep your options open. By seeing all the available inventory you'll have a better idea of whether a foreclosure is really a better deal or not.
Because the bank never lived in the home, they are excluded from making a meaningful disclosure regarding the home. If there are issues that are missed by your inspector and you end up with more projects then you anticipated the money you thought you saved can disappear pretty soon.... more
You certainly may; however you will probably find out whether your bid was the highest in the event that it is. In other words if you hear it is, it was, and if you don’t, it wasn’t.
Sounds so harsh, but that is how it works.
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That sounds shaky at best as you can't force a buyer to use a particular lender. That said, you can twist them pretty hard -
One common way is for a builder with a mortgage company arm to offer a home for 100,000....you come in and are told that if your use their mortgage lender you will receive a "discount" of say 10% either through discounts on upgrades or closing costs.. This is an incentive for you to use their lender and buy the home. Bottom line is that you'll likely pay a bit higher rate and the costs will be buried in the loan somewhere. You see the lower initial cost and as long as they compete rate-wise (most will be a bit over than market) most take the deal.
Builders without mortgage arms may have an affiliate. These can work the same way but many are used to validate your credibility; essentially to ensure you're legitimate. You lose nothing by entertaining their rates but I would never suggest paying a dime for that.
Now, that 2K deposit may be nonrefundable if you don't qualify - and that's not all that unusual in this market. It may be a case of if you use your own lender and the deal falls apart you've lost it - use theirs and they'll some how get it done.
What's you buyer's agent telling you?
There are homes located on Jones Bridge Rd that would be in your price range and would go to Dolvin Elem. and Autrey Mill Middle School. The high schools would be Jonhs Creek or Chattahoochee. If you are interested I would be happy to email you listings from them.... more