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Thu Dec 8, 2016
Spencer T asked:
I like the area and see a number of cheap homes listed for this area. I am curious if anyone knows why so many homes are for sale in case there is something I don't know about the area.
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Wed Apr 2, 2014
MaKay Swanson answered:
One of the first things I give my buyer clients is the website - mylocalcrime.com Plug in your prospective address and do your due diligence. If a break in down the street doesn't freak you out, but an arson or murder would, this site tells you what your prospective neighborhood is up to. ... more
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Mon Feb 10, 2014
Malia Stamey (Bilingual) answered:
Hi! I can very easily perform the search for you and email you a list of all listed homes for rent in your desired school zone. If you would like me to do this for you please contact me at mstamey@kw.com and I'll be very happy to help. ... more
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Thu Apr 19, 2012
Samanthaa52 answered:
Thanks! well, I have looked around and I think 900 a month would be ok to spend. The 3rd bedroom would be an office/extra space so I could be flexible if it was a sun room type thing. Anywhere in Marietta would be fine. I need to be half way in between KSU and my husband will work in City of Atlanta as a firefighter paramedic. He may also start in the middle of June. Would it be possible to rent somewhere for half a month if that was the case instead of beginning the first of July? What would be even cooler is if we could find a first month free type thing on a townhouse or home. I just don't want an apartment. ... more
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Fri Oct 29, 2010
User124 answered:
Honestly - if you see real estate improvement, you are lucky. Bentley Road is a PIT. If you (attempt) to contact Cobb County for crime stats (and I wish you the best of luck in getting a response), you will find that this area has steadily declined. A young person was murdered in the parking lot of one of the churches on Powers Ferry Road a few years ago. There are always "unsavory" characters roaming the area, I consider myself lucky to have moved away (far far away). Pay attention to the other apartments in the Delk/Powers Ferry area. Drive thru them - but be sure your doors are locked and you don't talk to anyone. It's a JOKE.
If you are hellbent on investing - stay away from Garden Villas - their "monthly maintenance fee" is over $275/month and it includes TRASH SERVICE - 1x/week. NOTHING ELSE. Don't believe the hype - they'll tell you landscaping is included - there is no landscaping. Tree maintenance is non-existent and requires an annual special assessment. Good luck!
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Sun Aug 1, 2010
Lynn Monachese, CRP, SFR answered:
This area of East Cobb is lovely, stable and offers all the conveniences in shopping, interstates and Atlanta. I live in this area in a neighboring sub to Hasty Meadows and we enjoy the quiet enjoyment that you look for when buying property.

Hasty Meadows is predominantly brick ranches in varying degree of updating; some properties have enclosed the carport and/or expanded the dwelling. Neighboring subdivisions offer membership in their swim/tennis community, and the properties are on large and predominantly flat lots. We enjoyed putting our children through the school district and if schools are an important choice in making your decision I will suggest looking up the scores and reports in the GA Dept. of Education websites. School districts and performance change from year to year, as does size of classrooms and curriculum.

I will be happy to assist you in obtaining the answers that will help you make the best decision for your household and your real estate purchase.

Lynn Monachese, CRP, SFR
Residential Sales
...A Resource You Can Trust!
Off: 678-784-4388
Mob: 678-462-3179
Fax: 678-301-4170

lynn.monachese@atlantarealestate.net
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Sat Jan 24, 2009
Whatever answered:
I actually did this and it was the best financial thing I ever did. In 1997 I found a place that was rented out and the owners were sick and tired of their rotten tenants. I gave the owner $4000 and started making payments. I did NOT assume the loan. The loan stayed in the original owner's name. I did however, take title to the property. I made the payment on time each month. People who have not done this all say the lender will call the loan. They could. However, consider that the loan I took over was at 10% and it was 13 years into the loan and the property was distressed....what bank would want to let go of a 10% interest loan with regular payments? Consider today that banks have so much inventory to deal with, and property is going down in value....do you really think they have the time or inclination to call the loan when someone is making the payments on time? NO.

In my case, I moved in. The way I looked at it, I needed a place to live. The worst I would be out was my $4000 as I would have had to pay rent anyway and the mortgage I took over was way less than the going rate for rents in the area.

If you can find people who have actually done this, I think you will find they are all very happy. I use the word ALL because I believe loans are hardly ever called under these circumstances. You have to weight the risks and rewards. I am currently looking for another property I can do this with. I am looking in blue collar areas. This time I hope to put down less than $4000! Last time it took me 9 months to find the deal.

That's my story.
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Thu Sep 11, 2008
Wendy Bunch answered:
Head to Smyrna/Vinings and the Mableton area. You need proof, check out the AJC & the MDJ about a month ago it stated..."despite a soft market these area's off Cobb County have stayed consistant and will continue to do so thru this "soft market"........remember..location location location..like Greg H said as close to Sandy Springs as possible..does not get much closer than that....good luck:)

www.wendybunchsellshomes.com
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Thu Sep 11, 2008
Wendy Bunch answered:
Is everyone for Real?

Location is key..........Matthew Share did make a great point do not rely on ZILLOW.COM, the prices are not accuarate. You have someone from Cherokee and Atlanta telling you about your home. I am sure they know their market very well.

**Best advice seek advice from an agent that know's your area. Good Luck!

www.wendybunchsellshomes.com
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Mon Sep 1, 2008
Hank Miller answered:
Hi Maggie,

Cedar Forks is an older (25-35 yrs) neighborhood where you'll find primarily cedar sided multi level homes - many are contemporary in nature. Prices average about 180+- over the last two years and there have been distressed homes sold in here, one is presently pending and one is currently for sale. There are also a few rental homes in here as the price point and location make it an attractive investor development.

The community benefits from excellent schools and the conveniences found in the immediate area. As with anywhere, yuou must buy right and estimate the repairs accurately or you will twist in the wind. If you do that, this is a good 5-7 year bet, but don't expect any tremendous return as these homes have a slow but steady appreciation.

My office is right on Roswell Road, I know the area very well.

Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker - Certified Appraiser
REMAX Greater Atlanta
678-428-8276
www.hankmillerteam.com
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Mon May 5, 2008
Krystine Shonfelt answered:
Hi there,
I happen to have a listing coming on the market in Oakley Downs (Goodwood dr.). The townhouse is multilevel and is not in great shape right now. My Investor has purchased and is going to completely redo the inside and outside. It will be priced below others for sale in the neighborhood but will look better than anything else in there once its done. One good/bad thing about the neighborhood is that there is no HOA which will save you money every month, but it also does not restrict home owners from letting their houses look trashy. So far, all the houses look pretty good in there, no wild colors and no lawns being over run with weeds. If you would like to keep in touch, please feel free to visit my website and contact me. You can search from there and I can set you up with a personalized search as well. Thanks for the interest! ... more
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Fri Oct 19, 2007
Tracy Bedenbaugh Cash answered:
If you are talking about the Park at Papermill in Marietta, GA...It is in a great location with access to several areas of town (Roswell, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Smyrna, Kennesaw, etc). The community was built in the early 90's and is in a great East Cobb school district. If I can be of further assistace, please let me know. I would be happy to assist you with finding a home anywhere in the Metro Atlanta area. ... more
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