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Angelica P, Home Buyer in Seattle, WA
Fri Jul 8, 2016
Angelica P answered:

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V P Marchione, Both Buyer and Seller in Atlanta, GA
Sat Mar 19, 2016
V P Marchione asked:
Solomon Gree…, Real Estate Pro in Duluth, GA
Sun Oct 11, 2015
Solomon Greene answered:
That is a highly desirable area and the proximity near the freeway may be less of a concern to future buyers. You as the buyer, however, should confirm that the freeway noise is inaudible from the inside of the property. Hopefully the seller has addressed the potential noise issue with, among other enhancements, double-hung windows, community barriers, etc.

We built a property that backed up to a freeway a few years ago and the appraiser did, in fact, discount our value. Fortunately, the area was so desirable and the inventory so light that we sold fairly close to our asking price as a FSBO despite the valuation.

Hope that helps.

Solomon Greene
Georgia Real Estate Brokers Associate
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
(678) 775-2677
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Suzanne MacD…, Real Estate Pro in Morristown, NJ
Sun Jan 4, 2015
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
You may need to contact the listing agent and ask them to remove the pictures. If the listing is for sale, the feed to Trulia has to come from the listing agent, ask them to take the photos down. ... more
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Cory Trevor, Home Buyer in Aberdeen, OH
Mon Oct 27, 2014
Cory Trevor answered:
The cost of grass can vary greatly, depending on the form. Sod is pricey, but it gives you an immediate lawn. Hydroseeding is much easier and less costly, but it will take a while to grow in. If you don't need grass right away, I would recommend hydroseeding.
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Sandy Thacker, Real Estate Pro in Sandy Springs, GA
Sat Nov 9, 2013
Sandy Thacker answered:
I suggest you wait until the servicing transfer is complete. I handle your type of scenario on a regular basis. Feel free to reach out to me.
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retentionstr…, Home Owner in Douglasville, GA
Mon Jun 3, 2013
retentionstress answered:
my home has a retention pond flowing through my back yard to the front yard from the subdivision behind me, Augusta woods 30134. I have been in touch with the water company they said that they are not responsible for it, that Augusta woods fought for the rights and won it. i need help i have two dogs i have to watch because i do not want them to go into the water. I have been in touch with AW HOA here is the email we had.
I have reread my last statement to you. It was well thought out, articulate and communicated effectively. It needs no further clarification. Your restating of my message is an inaccurate characterization of my statement.

Thank you,


Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:13 AM
To: Pete Nugent
Subject: RE: Retention pond flowing thru my back yard

Hello Pete
Well i did not understand it, i did not say that there was a court case, they said you fought for the water rights and won.
I do understand about your HOA rights, so what you are saying is that My rights do not count ? my home my land ?.
You can run water thru it and it should be ok because you have to do what is best for Augusta Woods ? is this correct ?
Thank you


Subject: RE: Retention pond flowing thru my back yard
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:59:35 -0500


No such conversation you are asking about was to be expected at this time. Our latest message to you said what we were doing. We had let you know that we were involving professional assistance and would next forward information on the findings of the engineer hired to inspect the site. I will have information to forward you once the engineers report is completed. By the way, I did not understand clearly your last message. It states that you had a conversation with someone at the courthouse whom told you that the HOA fought for the water rights and won. I do not know to what that statement is referring to. We are unaware of any court case the HOA has had regarding water rights.

The association has a duty to you to do what is right, to the residents of the community who's money the HOA operates with to do only what is required of us, to the governing authority to do what is required of us and if a court is involved to comply with court rulings.

Please understand that we are protecting ourselves appropriately, but we are also determining what is in fact the right thing to do concerning your issue. We cannot take on the responsibility for your issue as our responsibility without a reason. To do so would not be properly caring for the homeowners in Augusta Woods. If we find that there is no duty on our part to take any action or incur any expense to correct any deficiency or if no deficiency is found to exist, then the HOA Board will be advised it would be a misuse of association funds to take any action.

Thank you,


Hello Peter
I never said sue let me make myself Very clear, I want the water stopped from running thru my yard. I already new about the position of the Douglasville - Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority in witch i stated in my emails to Morgan. I donot
understand why you keep referring to them, at the court house they told me this that the HOA fought for the water rights and won, i told Morgan this. I hope she has a healthy baby.
Thank you

Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 7:41 AM
Subject: Retention pond flowing thru my back yard

Hello Peter
I was checking in with you to see if you have had the opportunity to talk with the heads of your HOA
on how you will stop the water from running thru my back yard.
Thank you
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Marc D'Angelo…, Other/Just Looking in Roswell, GA
Wed Jan 23, 2013
Marc D'Angelo - Lender answered:
Natalie Kell…, Home Owner in Atlanta, GA
Thu Dec 20, 2012
Natalie Keller Williams answered:
Hola como estas? Ojala que todo bien.

Mira, si usted necesita ayuda con los bienes raíces debe ponerse en contacto con Helen Hernandez
de Keller Williams, ella te puede ayudar con eso.

Aqui esta la informacion de ella:

Helen Hernandez
Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta

Suerte! :)
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My NC Homes…, Real Estate Pro in Chapel Hill, NC
Sat May 12, 2012
My NC Homes Team answered:
You can do almost anything for a price, the question is how much. You're unlikely to get the information you need here on Trulia as none of us know the proeprty you're referring to or can visualize exactly what you're trying to acheive. You should speak with some local landscapers or site work people in your area to get estimates on doing what it is you're envisioning.

You should also confirm the boundaries of the property and touch bases with the local authorities and make certain that what you want to do is permissible.
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Glen Cooksley, Home Owner in Outside U.S.
Tue Apr 24, 2012
Glen Cooksley asked:
I believe I can find some turn key investment properties in the price range that will return $1000~$1200/month. I don't want to limit myself with finer details but ideally i'd…
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Tamara Stout,  in Alpharetta, GA
Wed Dec 14, 2011
Tamara Stout answered:
I am familiar with the community you are referring to though I am not familiar with this builder. I am working with a couple of builders in a nearby community called Old Station. I';d be happy to discuss opportunities in this community with you. You may call me directly at 678-360-2720.

Tamara Stout
Results Realty Services
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John Reinhar…, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Sat Jan 15, 2011
John Reinhardt answered:
Aretha -

For demographics go to the 2010 US census government site. The realtor your working with will also be able to give you detail demographics of subdivisions. The best public schools are in Alpharetta in a certain zip code.

John J. Reinhardt
Solid Source Realty

T 770.475.1130 Ext. 6806
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Michael Hamm…, Real Estate Pro in Suwanee, GA
Wed Aug 18, 2010
Michael Hammond answered:
"Having said that........... Did the builder, look you in the eye and say he would have it completed so you could beat the tax credit deadline??? If he personally guaranteed me it would be finished and it was not, then I would look him in the eye and ask for compensation off the price."

Based on the facts as Atl presented in the original question, Steve, the buyer had a binding agreement date " april 2010 and was to close by mid july/august..." which would have made the tax credit a moot point when the deal was finalized, since the deadline for claiming it was June 30, 2010.
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Deryk Harper, Real Estate Pro in Alpharetta, GA
Mon Dec 14, 2009
Deryk Harper answered:
Hi Barry,
Many of the solds recorded are pulled from public tax records instead of actual formal Realtor listings or Trulia listings. The tax record data does not include pictures. That's probably the case for most of the sales you see without pictures. Hope that helps.
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davidwbrower,  in Woodstock, GA
Wed Sep 23, 2009
davidwbrower answered:
For the sake of repetition maybe it will sink in the 7th time - there is way too little information for anyone to responsibly answer this question. It would all depend upon the market area and comps for the home you are wishing to purchase. A seller can ask $299K if they want, but if after a professional realtor who knows how to do the proper research determines it's only worth $200K, then your $250K offer looks pretty silly doesn't it. That's why it's so important to have a realtor work for you and and seek to provide you with as much information as possible and guide you in making offers and utilizing his negotiating skills to accomplish your goal, which is to purchase the home you have picked out to live in for many years. Right now is a great time to buy, but you can still make a grave error and pay too much. Just because someone says they are "motivated" doesn't mean it's priced right and doesn't mean they are truly motivated. That's why listing prices do not determine value.. only recent sales of comparable properties determine value. It takes a realtor to help you know that information. I suggest you hire one if you really want to save the most amount of money and get the best deal possible. ... more
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Kevin Pind, Real Estate Pro in Alpharetta, GA
Tue Sep 8, 2009
Kevin Pind answered:
I am a Buyer's agent with Prudential Georgia Realty's REO Division and would be happy to provide you with our list of foreclosure listings that is constantly being updated as the Listing side of the team brings new properties on the market from the different banks. Aside from that, I can provide you with all of the listings that are currently for sale as foreclosed properties. Buyer representation does not cost the Buyer anything in Georgia and most of the services that you mention besides being fee based are also uploading public data that is typically out of date and will not help you secure a property in a timely fashion. I will be glad to elaborate as there is so much more information you you will need. Please visit my website at ... more
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Hank Miller, Real Estate Pro in Alpharetta, GA
Tue Sep 8, 2009
Hank Miller answered:
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Looking at it from an appraisal point of view and using SMART data to analyze the stats, the market area where Abbotts Pond is located has been essentially stable since March 07, (+0.78 to -0.23). I culled the data for the 250-350 price range within the overall market area, there is insufficient data to make a call just on the community as the area influences things as well.

This is a good area, strong market appeal and the data demonstrates that it has done better than many areas in retaining and holding value. If you need anything in advance of your move please let me know, it takes literally minutes to cut and slice data.

Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
Prudential GA Realty
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Hank Miller, Real Estate Pro in Alpharetta, GA
Tue Jun 23, 2009
Hank Miller answered:
Barry -

You are correct, I was a few key strokes ahead of myself - I know the community having been in it and the area numerous times but went hair trigger on the county. Actually this goes to my point of the homogenous design of homes, areas, shops, traffic in Alpharetta/South Cumming/Johns Creek....You will have lower taxes; the debate will go on over school performance vs the NFulton ones.

Anyway - I pulled data for the easily defined area that Deerlake occupies, interesting stats - based on median sale price only (the best indicator of value trends) -

The peak was June 07 but by June 08 prices were off 7.75%, June 08 to current they're off by 4.37%. From June 07 to current there's a statistical drop of 11.79%. Avg days on market from June 07 to current is up by 141% to about 173; avg number of sale is down 89% over the same period.

Chalk all that up to the usual suspects. Anyway, that's what an appraiser will see when the defined market area and defined price bracket is considered. Still, homes and area carry the same characteristics as NFulton - lower taxes, different schools so that's an individual choice. You can develop opinions based upon the data, but that's a bit more work. Hope it helps.

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Goat,  in Denmark, IA
Sat Jun 20, 2009
Goat answered:
Prices are going down according to:

Ramping unemployment and mortgage rates will reduce the price of homes going forward.

Did I mention that Fulton Co. has exorbitant tax rates?
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