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Home Buying in 30005 : Real Estate Advice

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tue Jun 2, 2009
The Sherry and Maria Team answered:
HI There,

My colleagues are correct. You will not likely qualify for the federal $8k tax credit unless your name has not been on title for 3 years... but there is a new GA tax credit that is for ANYONE that purchases a new home between June 1st and November 30 of this year!! It's not nearly as large, but it's something.

I'd hurry up if I were you. Rates are going up! There are great deals out there but you want to move quickly before rates go up even more. They are over 5% again, how much more depends on credit. Still historically low.

I would call Maria, my business partner right away! She's a buyers agent and very knowledgeable in terms of the area, loan availability (you may qualify for an FHA loan to put little or no money down if needed) and very attentive your needs. She's also a great negotiator!

Give her a call, Maria, 678-548-5513.

Best of luck!

Sherry and Maria
Sherry, 678-283-1710
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Wed Mar 4, 2009
davidwbrower answered:
too many to list Eric. If you need help located a specific type home in a specific area, like school district or mile from work, etc. any agent can pull up all homes for sale, which in turn would give you the list of subdivisions in that area where there are homes available. let me know if i can help you further.

David Brower, Assistant Manager/Realtor
Crye-Leike Realtors
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Fri Feb 6, 2009
Rv answered:
Can any of you tell what will be current price per sq ft at The Gates @ Johns Creek? Any idea about the lot sizes for Single Family Homes.

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Fri Sep 12, 2008
Solomon Greene answered:
I work with several first time home buyers. The programs that are available to them (including the recently announced tax credit) require that they not have owned a home in the past three years. ... more
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Tue May 20, 2008
Anika Sinha answered:
Hi Joshua,

Looking for more explanation:
It's important to look at the HOME and not get caught up with the word foreclosure or be caught up trying to achieve a certain percentage off.
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Sat May 10, 2008
Carlos Castro answered:

It is also a great time to rent. Since folks are having a harder time getting their places to sell, there are more and more people looking at leasing out their homes. If you want to explore this possibility, call me 770-881-7034 ... more
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Thu May 8, 2008
Carlos Castro answered:

The 2008 GAR Contract for home purchase has changed. The wording regarding walking away from the agreement due to financing has changed. If you are using that Purchase contract, and have questions about it, you should consult with a real estate attorney if you have concerns about getting your E/M back if you have to walk away for that reason. ... more
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Fri Apr 11, 2008
Randy Ballard answered:
Most builders have a pricing strategy from the beginning of the development. They price lower in the beginning to get the comunity developed. The builder generally have construction loans to cover. Then they go up in price based on the plan. Near the end of a contstruction phase, they may do some discounts. Also some less than desirable lots me be discounted. Builders generally like to keep the prices going up to help their bottom line and to give the previous buyers a feeling that the community is raising in value.

Of couse the current market is an exception. However most builders have already adjusted their prices accordingly. They are hesitant to lower prices much from the list price. However they may be more willing to negotiate on quality of fixtures or extras.
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