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Home Buying in Dunwoody : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Aug 7, 2015
user asked:
for buying a condo , hometown or apartments to live ?? i need your advice ?
am a foreign not living in the US , am a visitor , i come for couple of months then i go back to my country…
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Mon Dec 29, 2014
Lynn B Friedman answered:
Dear "Ready, Willing and Able",
First, I sincerely wish you had good luck with your search since this was posted in 2012!
Second, interesting that you say "no agents". I always wonder why folks say that. Do they have all the time in the world to go to their own jobs and also do a professional REALTOR's job?
Third, look at the responses: "Doesn't meet all of your criteria" and " Half block from Dunwoody in Gwinnett". Neither met your list of "wants".

I am proud to say I am a professional REALTOR. Best to choose someone who specializes in the area you want. The Clients are tying their dreams to the assistance of another person. Choosing an agent is an important process.

I am always happy to refer folks to an amazing agent in their desired area in Metro Atlanta.
Lynn B. Friedman, Broker
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty
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Fri Jul 27, 2012
Kiersten Kleiber answered:
Kept digging and found 2425 Kingsland Drive in Dunwoody. That lot size is .36 acres or 16,000 sq feet. Are you looking for a particular size yard?

Kiersten Howe
Keller Williams Signature Partners
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Sun May 20, 2012
Chuck Green answered:
Holly.....Have you contacted a lender to see when you may be viable to obtain a mortgage as this info will be critical when drafting and negotiating a lease purhase contract?
If not now is the time to find out how long it will take before a lender would be willing to consider you a good risk. This will also be important to any seller willing to lease purchase their home.

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Mon Feb 6, 2012
Deryk Harper answered:
Hi Maranda,
If you are speaking about property taxes I have never heard of any tax abatements in GA. We sell new properties all the time and property taxes are paid from day one with no abatements. Usually the original tax bill may be lower because taxes were paid on unimproved land before the home was built. Once the sale is reported the new tax on land and improvements is calculated and an updated tax bill is created.
Deryk Harper
Broker Associate
Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta
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Fri Jan 20, 2012
Readywillandable answered:

I too am looking for a home in the Sandy Springs / Dunwoody area with the same budget. Am trying to get the word out however I can that we are ready, willing and able buyers just looking for the right place. Please spread the word and email or post back with anyone who may have a property. 400K is our very tops. Jeanie, are you still out there? We only need 3BR, 2BA - a ranch will do just fine. A nice street is a must.

Please no agents. I can easily see what is listed. We can close as soon as anyone is ready.
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Sat Sep 4, 2010
Morgan Hill, Owner Financing Specialist answered:
I apologize but I don't quite understand the question? If you are asking for a yellow page listing of auction houses you are in the wrong place. As Robert suggested, Google is the best place to start and you already named some of the bigger houses.

No agent in their right mind would recommend an auction company. It would be allot like telling a qualified buyer to search out short sales... Please excuse my blunt manner because I am not here to bad mouth the process. Just know that as a retail buyer, looking to purchase a single home to be owner occupied, you should not buy a house sight un-seen or with a single weekend walk through. In other words, Putting all your eggs in one basket with out an inspection or due diligence period is not the smartest thing to do.

However, If you are an investor, looking to purchase a dozen homes in the $100,000-$300,000 price range then you can effectively hedge your bets across multiple homes. That way if you pick up one or two bad ones you are still covered.
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Thu Jun 10, 2010
Dataintel answered:
There are sources for Foreclosed Properties in addition to auction web sites.

RealValuator is a free site that lets you see Foreclosures and properties in PreForeclosure in Georgia. Once you've discovered properties interesting to you, I'd recommend contacting an Agent experienced in dealing with Distressed Properties to help you through the purchase process.

Glad to see you hunting for property- good luck!
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Wed Mar 17, 2010
Mark Lackey answered:
Zoning changes require that the public is made aware so opposing and supporting views can be heard. The property will need to be advertised, signs of notice posted on the property with dates of hearings. Watch out for the signs for the zoning board review date and the full council date. You can go and speak at the hearings.

Mark Lackey
Associate Broker
Atlanta Housing Source at
Solid Source Realty, Inc.
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Tue Mar 9, 2010
Jeanel.carlson answered:
Dunwoody is a high demand, prime location. Tilly Mill and Winter Chapel lines are not high voltage. Most of the power lines are low voltage and are safe. If you are concerned about electric magnetic fields than you should probably not use a cell phone either.

Resale in Dunwoody is always a good investment. There is limited land and not many areas to build. The location is easy access to everything 285/400/141. You cannot get better than living in Dunwoody!
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Sat Dec 5, 2009
Dan Chase answered:
Where to start, look at this other thread. It covers that question fairly well.

As far as financing goes, you may want to ask that in another question. Just post your fico score as no one can guess what bad means to you.
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Mon Aug 10, 2009
Chuck Green answered:
Hi Jane:

After reviewing the sales during the last 60 days in your preferred areas you will find the average cost between $500 to $750 per year annual dues. Some gated communities and upscale communities run between $1800 to $3200 per annum. ...also be aware that most come with initiation fees than can equal or go significantly above the annual dues for the respective neighborhood. The majority of subdivision homes built as planned unit developments after the mid 1990's are mandatory HOA's with a smattering of optional neighborhoods. Typically a pool and tennis complex amenity is desired in this price range but there are some buyers who prefer not to have this amenity and typically look for the optional type neighborhoods or subdivisions without the amenity.

Best of luck in your search. If I can be of further assistance please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience. I would be pleased to represent you.

Thank You.

Chuck Green, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty
770-714-7077(direct line)
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Fri May 29, 2009
Julie Brittain answered:
Hello Sanjay. The best public elem schools are Austin & Vanderlyn in Dunwoody. The best Private schools are Marist and Mt. Vernon Presbyterian. Let me know if you need help finding a home near these schools.

Julie Brittain
JEZEBEL Magazine “Realtor of Distinction” 2006 & 2009
Top 5 Individual Residential Agent 2007 & 2008
#1 Team 2004 - 2005, #1 Individual Agent 2001 - 2003
Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta
Mobile: 404.966.3328
E-Fax: 404.601.6024
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Fri May 22, 2009
Greg Parks answered:
There are at least 31 homes in the listing services available to Realtors that meet that criteria. I would be happy to set you up your own personal website that will notify you when properties that meet your criteria become available on the market . It is a great way to help manage your search. If interested, send me your email to and I'll set it up for you.

Good luck!
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Tue May 27, 2008
Suzanne answered:
There are some beautiful areas around the Perimeter Mall and it's a great area to live in. We moved here a year ago and have lived in lots of different places. We have found it very safe and nothing like the awful place it seems to be from the news on TV. We bought right in Dunwoody, My husband puts his computer in his back pack and has a leisurely 5 min walk to work while he watches all the rush hour traffic. We can walk everywhere from the Mall, to Costco, Home Depot, and dozens of restaurants and can take Marta to the city. My husband travels a lot, so taking Marta to the airport makes his life a breeze. The traffic at rush hour is horrible so I would never live further north. I would rather have a smaller house and no stressful commute. ... more
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