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Sun Aug 20, 2017
aritasilokun answered:
I am reading this in 2017, after trying to research if there were any blogs about the issue. We live in one of the subdivisions on Douglas road. The mosquitoes are terrible. During the summer I cant go out to stand or sit for 5 mins without coming back in with multiple bites.
To top it all my kids swell up so bad when they get bitten.
I dont have any standing water on my property. My neighbors also experience the same issue.

I used to live on the other side of Windward parkway off Mcginnis ferry/Morris Rd. It is not nearly so bad.
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Tue Jun 6, 2017
RS answered:
Please check this newly listed townhome at:

SCHOOLS : Alpharetta High, Hopewell Middle, Manning Oaks Elementary. ... more
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Wed Apr 26, 2017
Kmonty2470 asked:
I'm unable to drill down to neighborhoods that have rental within this school district. Please help
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Fri Nov 6, 2015
Marcella James asked:
Wed Jan 8, 2014
Dee Allen answered:
There are actually many options for active adults over 55 in the Alpharetta area. The Orchards developments are certainly one of the options but there are also many other choices in the area. Jim Chapman is a major developer in the area for 55 and over communities who has a number of nice neighborhoods in Johns Creek, Duluth and East Cobb; these are all very convenient to the Alpharetta area. There are even 55 and over apartment complexes in and around Alpharetta that offer a great lifestyle for active adults who don't want to purchase a property. And we have condominium complexes geared to the 55 and over community in Alpharetta; Jamestown and The Villages of Devonshire just to name a couple.

So please don't limit your thinking when considering an active adult community. There are many more options out there if you know where to look. I would suggest that consider working with a Seniors Real Estate Specialist who is an expert in the field. And of course being an SRES myself I would be happy to help in any way I can. Call any time at 678.206.6041
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Sun Mar 31, 2013
Cassandra M. Bickel answered:
Not sure if you got this resolved or not but I recommend Andy Hartman with Hartman-Imbriale. 678-445-2059. He has worked with a number of my clients with RE closings as well as issues like this and RE Litigation.

Also, this sounds like it might be something covered by title insurance. Do you know if you purchased a policy at closing? If so, was it a basic or enhanced policy. I would definitely seek advice to get the builder to pay for THEIR mistake and double check that title policy. This is a common occurrance with new construction.

Good luck,
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Sun Mar 31, 2013
Karen Roszyk answered:

I do not see a property you are referring to, but if it is just the general area in Alpharetta, Crane Micro Optics is on the east side of Alpharetta and there are several neighborhoods, with excellent schools, easy access to GA 400, and many amenities that are very close to this Crane Micro Optics.

If you need specifics or are referring to a particular subdivision or property, please let me know and I will be glad to pinpoint it for you. Or, if you you like to visit my website, ( you can search and map properties.

Hope this helps!

Kind regards,

Karen Roszyk
"A Reputation for Results"

PalmerHouse Properties & Associates
5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 16
Alpharetta, Georgia 30022
Cell: 770-355-7833
Office: 404.876-4901
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Sun Jun 10, 2012
Lee Taylor answered:
Check out where I live...downtown Decatur.

At my downtown Decatur townhouse community, we are goverened by condo association bylaws and we restrict the landlord headcount, but like a few other nearby communities, we are heavily populated by owner occupants and landlord options are available on some current purchase opportunities.

What is your budget?

Outside of what I just described, there are very few opportunities for immediate landlording rights in a condo association community in a sought after neighborhood in metro ATL.

There are quite a few fee simple townhouse communities along Ponce, N. Decatur Road and Briarcliff and throughout the Emory area, but again, what is your price range?
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Tue May 29, 2012
Katherine Morrison answered:
Windward was originaly developed in the 1980's as a PUD (Planned Unit Development) and consists of many small communties, built in a wide range of prices by many builders and took over 20 years to build out. Interestingly, when they were first selling, their ads were promoting a "Camelot" feel to the area! While it's central attraction is Lake Windward, there are many other amenities for families to enjoy including parks, pools, tennis courts and a private golf course. It's unique in size and attractions (including being very convenient to Highway 400, shopping and good schools), you should also look at a number of other neighborhoods to compare and find the right fit for you as historically there has been a bit of a price preminum on homes in this neighborhood and you may find your dollar goes a little farther in another neighborhood, if you are looking based on square footage.

The zip codes of 30022 and 30005 are a good place to start (if you want to stay on the east side of Alpharetta). The schools are all consistently ranked at the top. What you need to decide is the age range of the house you would like to buy. Keep in mind that in Windward, you'll most likely have to spend above $300k. For resale, I would recommend being in a community with swim/tennis facilities, as they are the most popular, great for the kids as they get older (and a good way to socialize & meet your new neighbors).

Some great neighborhoods near Windward are Seven Oaks (has a large swim/tennis amenity package) and is just off McGinnis Ferry east of Jones Bridge; off Douglas Road (the east border of Windward) is a small community with an optional swim/tennis called Calumet that you can find homes in the mid-$200's and Leeward Walk is another nice, small swim/tennis community in a similar price range. Wellington is a somewhat larger neighborhood, developed by Pulte Homes (a giant national developer known for their very popular floor plans), again with swim/tennis facilities and traditional style homes, with prces starting under $200k (other Pulte neighborhoods in the area include Silver Ridge & Breckenridge). There are a number of great communities also along Abbotts Bridge, inlcuding Abbots Cove and Hillbrooke, just to name a couple.

Another popular developer in the area was Jim Cowart who had a great stable of builders with very popular floor plans and his communities are maturing very graciously with mostly brick homes. Some of those communities are Tuxford, Glen Abbey, Dunmoor, Oxford Mill and Park Brooke and those prices are over $300k.

I've just scratched the surface and this is just a start of the dozens and dozens of communities in the area and I would recommend finding a trusted agent who has the experience and knowledge to educate you on your many choices. While the internet is great, there is still no replacement for getting in the car, driving neighborhoods and touring homes. This will focus your search in short order.

The major challenge in the current market conditions is that, while it's a buyer's market and prices are down, the inventory is down as well and many of the sellers are in a distressed situation. So you need to really research the properties and the reason for the sale to make sure you are not buying someone else's troubles, getting the most home in the best area for your money.

Finally, my husband/partner and I have been selling real estate for over 30 years each and have lived in Alpharetta for over 22 years (Chip has been selling Alpharetta/Roswell for 35 years), so we have put our "money where our mouth is" and helped grow this area into the fine community it is today. We'd love to help your family join the community in any way we can. Good luck with your search.
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Mark Laycock answered:

Sounds like you need an agent that lives and breathes the rental market. You are asking a great question - the market is red hot. Keep in mind, who do you want to rent to and where will that tenant come from? It's important to know both sides of the market.

I have the ideal tenants looking for great properties, but they don't want to spend a fortune either. They are educated and professional. You must figure out what they want in a rental home. How will you know if your property is what they want?

If you already have an agent - please disregard. If you need help with property management, leasing, buying, or selling....

Mark Laycock
Buying, Selling, and Renting
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
#1 on Google - "Metro Brokers Rentals"
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Mark Laycock answered:
Hello David,

If you want to search rental properties on your own, you can try Just point and click.

This may help in your research - showing you active listings (most recent are listed first). This is also a good guide to show you how much you could expect to pay rent as a tenant or could expect to collect as the landlord - so you could calculate your ROI.

Mark Laycock, REALTOR®
Buying, Selling, Renting
#1 on Google - "Metro Brokers Rentals"
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
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Mon Jan 24, 2011
John B. McKernan II answered:
Sun Feb 14, 2010
Lisa Chasin answered:
Hi Filiz,

The contractor I would recommend is Brian Champion. He has done major renovations for 2 clients of mine in the past six months and is currently in the process of another large renovation for a third client. Each of these clients were analytical, thorough people who expect the best. All have been extremely pleased with Brian and his work. Brian's contact info:

Brian Champion

Enjoy your new basement,

Lisa Chasin
cell: 404-642-1091
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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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Mon Feb 23, 2009
davidwbrower answered:
I'm sorry to hear you are getting frustrated with agents not calling you back. It's unfortunate but I'll let you in on a secret. There's not a lot of money involved in showing rental property and some agents just don't want to spend time with rentals. I work with rentals because it makes me mad it's hard for a renter to find a good agent to represent them. I do it because everyone deserves a good agent regardless of how much money I might make from them. Also, i know that maybe one day you'll buy a house! Give me a call and I would be glad to show you rental properties and find you what you need.


Is your home listed with an agent? It would be inappropriate to comment if you have an agent. In my experience in working with banks mainly for seller's who are in trouble or behind in mortgage payments, a short sale will not even be considered unless you are behind. As one agent already said, it's hard for an agent to recommend stop making payments, but in reality, if you make 1 payment, you no longer are a bad customer to the bank. You are paying something and so long as that is the case you will most likely not negotiate a short sale. A short sale is not a bailout program for people who can afford their house payment but just made bad financial decisions. You may get right down to the final days and get denied a short sale even though you've submitted all the proper documentation. I had a seller denied the day before the foreclosure auction because it was revealed they paid their cable bill, cell bill, boat payments, truck payments, etc... just walked away from paying for their house. Banks to like this. I have extensive experience with SS's and if you need some help in determining if you would qualify please give me a call. If you currently have an agent, please ask him/her for assistance.

David Brower, Assistant Manager/Realtor
Crye-Leike Realtors
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Wed Oct 22, 2008
Hank Miller answered:
David -

Shoot me an email and I can send you what you need - I also suggest my investor clients use the AJC & Craigslist to get an idea on rents.

Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
Prudential GA Realty
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Tue Apr 22, 2008
Joshua Jarvis answered:

If you based it on price alone, then the West Side would be more desirable to live. It depends on what you want. Do you want convenience (East Side) or do you want rolling hills and horse farms (West Side). ... more
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