Emory Area

Asked by Kl, Atlanta, GA Mon Jun 2, 2008

Is it realistic to shop for a condo in the Emory area (Candler Park, Decatur, Morningside/Lenox Park ,Virginia Highland,Toco Hills) with $160-180K price range for 2 bedroom 2 bath within next 2 months?

I would like to work with a realtor who really knows that area VERY well (inside out) but don't want to be pressured to sign a contract. Any suggestions?


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Sarah S. Tur…, Home Owner, Atlanta, GA
Tue Jun 3, 2008
2 bedroom/2bath, Realistic... 2 bedroom/1 bath, more realistic (you'll at least have more options in these neighborhoods, and more desirable locations).

For your price range you need to be open to possibly buying a unit with only one bath in any of these neighborhoods. It's not totally out of the question, but you need to know what you're walking into. Once you start working with a Realtor and get out there and see what you can get for your money, the idea of what you WANT vs. what you NEED will evolve.

You're right, you do need a Realtor who knows these areas inside and out. I work on North Highland, I used to cocktail at Hand In Hand, rented in the Emory area before buying my place in Inman Park.... have listed, worked with buyers, and sold homes in every area you mention - but so has a thousand other Agents. You won't have a problem find a Realtor who consider themselves experts in this area.

You will however have more of a problem finding a Realtor you mesh with. I encourage you to sit down with a Realtor at a bar or coffee shop or at their office (like Lee suggested) and get to know them, and let them get a better understanding of what you're looking for. If you feel comfortable with them, let he or she take you to look at a few things. Noticed how prepared they are, how much extra information about the property they can provide you upfront (ie: tax records, past sales, etc.), and how well they cater to you. Sometimes the most experienced Realtor isn't always the BEST Realtor because he or she may have too much on their plate or be too big for their britches. You should feel like your Realtor's #1 priority every time you're with them and speaking to them. Communication is key, and you should be able to see if they have that or not within the first week of working with them.

A Buyer/Brokerage Agreement is easy to break. All you have to do is give written notification to the Realtor and their Broker, and you're free! So, don't be scared of the contract, but like Lee said - don't feel pressured. I personally don't feel comfortable presenting this contract to my buyers until the 2nd or 3rd time I'm showing them property, unless we're submitting an offer before that point. I look at it as an interview process, but I do ask for some verbal loyalty, and it hasn't screwed me yet. Just be honest with whoever you're working with. We don't get paid until we get you through closing, so don't make us work our butts off, if you're going to close with another Realtor. It's only fair.

I think that's all I have to say! Thanks for reading through my ramble! Good Luck & if you have any additional questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me personally!

Sarah Turner

Sanctuary Real Estate, Inc.
300 North Highland Avenue Suite B | Atlanta, GA 30307
T: (404) 688-3363 | F: (404) 688-3372 | M: (404) 323-9976
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Jen and Mark…, Agent, Holmes Beach, FL
Sun Jun 8, 2008
Yes, there are some great options for you. I have lived in Virginia Highland, and lived/worked/played in Decatur for the past 12 years. I know this area and love it. Feel free to contact me.
Jennifer Bowman
Success Realty
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Pamela Holmes, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Tue Jun 3, 2008
there are several properties in the Emory area in your desired price range. Please visit, http://www.movetoatlanta.org and see for yourself. You can then save your search criteria and see the updated listings at your lesiure until you are ready to buy. Also you can get a free market snaphsot on the site and get a comprehensive picture of all market activity in the area.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please call me at 404-429-9244.
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Brent Garris…, , Atlanta, GA
Tue Jun 3, 2008
Click the link below to see what is available with at least 2 beds and 2 baths in the Emory area between $160k and $180k. There are about 17 properties to review, some better than others. I prefer the townhomes because they have better resale potential and a bit more privacy.


Good luck, and call me if you would like to talk - 404-392-7368.


Brent Garrison
Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty Intown
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Lee Taylor, Agent, Decatur, GA
Tue Jun 3, 2008
I'll meet with you at the Rise and Dine tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

If not then, this week - somewhere in the area. Famous Pub is always good for a pitcher.

Thanks for writing - there are about 36,000 real estate agents in Atlanta who would be happy to serve you, but we narrow the field here at Trulia pretty well.

Identify a hyperlocal real estate consultant who will make sure that you get your needs met, on your schedule.

Choose one after getting to know them. Sign a brokerage agreement to specify the business rules. Gain a disproportionate benefit for the services of a professional.

My business partner Greg Ruis is your guy.
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Dwell Atlanta, , 30324
Mon Jun 2, 2008
Emory is a great area to buy a condo. There are many great deals especially in this market. Please visit my award winning website for all the active listings in the Emory area as well as Atlanta.
Web Reference:  http://dwellatlanta.com/
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