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Home Buying in Sandy Springs : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Aug 8, 2016
Solomon Greene answered:
Hello,

The link below is connected to both FMLS and Georgia MLS, the two local MLS real estate listing services in Metro Atlanta where agents post their listings for sale. You can register there, set up and save your search. You'll get a notification anytime a property matching your preferences enters the market. Its my raw IDX search that is supposed to be framed into websites and only I get the notification that anyone has registered. You're not required to provide a phone number, but you will need to use a correct email address in order to get the listings. You can shut it off at anytime.

Please don't worry. I only call or write in response to inquiries, so no hassles from me.

Good luck and happy searching.

Solomon Greene
678-775-2677
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Fri Nov 6, 2015
dploves2sellhomes answered:
I would contact a Realtor in the area(s) you are interested in. He/she will have access to accurate information regarding what is for rent as well as guiding you through the process should you decide to purchase a home. Beware of scams on the internet. If this is your first time moving to a new area, you should have an expert assist you. ... more
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Tue May 13, 2014
Robert A Whitfield Broker answered:
Amin,

There are several.

Email me and I will get back to you after Christmas - ebbroker@bellsouth.net.
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Mon Apr 21, 2014
phillipcchandler answered:
I plan to list my 2Br 2Ba condo at Serrano this week. In extremely convenient area and fairly new construction (2008....bought in 2011....original owner). Email me at phillipcchandler@yahoo.com if interested. ... more
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Mon Sep 30, 2013
Veronika Barash answered:
Hi Sonia,
There are plenty of options all accross Ga. The size of the property, most importantly , the pasture area requirements per horse, may vary by county... If you can share more info about your budget and how many many horses do you have, I will be happy to send you listings to look at. ... more
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Tue Aug 6, 2013
Jennifer Fivelsdal answered:
Instead of such a specific suggestion, give the seller a link to the latest trend in kitchen and he or she can use that as a guide.
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Thu Jun 20, 2013
Steve Parsons answered:
This property states that it is 14,779 square feet. That's .34 acres. (14779 / 43560 = .34)
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Fri May 31, 2013
Leianne Messina-Brown answered:
Hi Alex. I am a Sotheby's agent and the social chair for our Chaparral Estates neighborhood next to the Dunwoody Country Club. I have lived here since 2009, first rented a home in the neighborhood when we moved here from South Tampa and loved the neighborhood so much we bought a home 6 doors down. I'm happy to assist you in understanding the makeup of the neighborhoods that surround the Dunwoody Country Club. I am on the Membership Development Committee for the Dunwoody Country Club as well. The Chaparral Estates neighborhood surrounds the club but their are numerous, highly desirable neighborhoods in the DCC area. You would technically search zip 30350 which is Fulton County or Sandy Springs but we consider ourselves "Dunwoody" because we are off the DeKalb County line or Dunwoody "city" by one street....much longer story but one to understand. Feel free to email me: LeianneMBrown@AtlantaFineHomes.com or (770) 354-9070 cell. ... more
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Mon Nov 26, 2012
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Wed Jul 11, 2012
Maureen Bergeron answered:
We looked at some of the new homes in The HIghlands off of Roswell Road, and the interior finishes seemed nice, but the mortar was spaced so wide(to save bricks, I suppose) and was so full of sand in the mix for the three buildings we looked at that there were already cracks and open seams in the outside walls of all three buildings. Seemed to be made to sell quickly with little heed paid to the long-term investment considerations for the buyers. We ran, not walked, away. Too bad, because we loved the floor plans and the design. However, if what's behind the finishes isn't up to snuff or is questionable from the start, what's the point? ... more
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Fri Jun 22, 2012
Chuck Green answered:
REO homes like other homes built in that time frame may have HOA fees depending on the subdivision....you may have a challenge @ $ 800 for a 1 bedroom...
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Tue Jun 19, 2012
Diman Nyembwe answered:
DO your homework, drive by , check with current owners, look at the rental cap, ratio renters versus owner occupied. Is this for investment or owner occupied. I have visited the community myself if you pay the fair market value you should be fine in the long run. Please call me with specific questions.

Sincerely,

Diman Nyembwe
Buyer's Agent
Southern Reo
404-314-4277
dimann@southernreo.com
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Wed Mar 16, 2011
Magpie72 answered:
Apparently I just need reading comprehension improvement, I went back and looked at the listing I'd seen and realized it was 600 per year, not month! Big difference.

Thanks for all the info though. ... more
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Sun Jan 16, 2011
Hank Miller answered:
Like a bad penny this house keeps coming back. I've showed this home to three other buyers, it has multiple gigs, issues and baggage that none of them wanted to deal with. We saw issues from design to lot to quality.....I couldn't get close to endorsing this price from either an appraisal or broker standpoint. Consider that this place has been on the market for about two years running - what is the market saying?

Consider as well that while Sandy Springs has many awesome pockets, there are many things to watch for that impact appeal, marketability and value. Finally, consider the following year over year 3rd qtr FMLS stats for this specific area:

1. 25% fewer sales
2. -11.6% drop in median sale price
3. A 63% INCREASE in days on market
4. 18 month supply of homes on the market
5. 74% of homes fail to sell

That looks bad but its better viewed as a caution; many sellers here are way overextended and looking for lightning to strike. In this type of market where more blood will spill and values are likely to slide through ’11, buyers need to factor this into their plans. Consider this home – you already know that it’s not worth near this price and you already know it’s been listed for two years. Unless you buy it at a price that allows you to make it irresistible when it’s time to sell – you bought a problem and not a home. Consider as well the issues that will preclude ANY buyer from looking at this – did you see the height of the decks and sloping rear yard? Two of my clients envisioned kids dropping off....all saw a useless rear yard.

Each of the folks I showed this home to found great homes in Sandy Springs that we nailed for great prices because WE LOOKED AHEAD. If any of them had to sell tomorrow, it’s almost certain that they’d get out whole. I cannot overstate the point that buyers have to see and understand the data – and work with an agent that is going to level with them and explain this. The market is still a mess despite the realtor talking points. Banks are miserable to deal with and don’t care. The shadow inventory is significant and will drag the market for years. I know – I’m a very very busy FNMA foreclosure appraiser as well and see these homes long before the public does. It’s ugly just about everywhere.

So – forget this home and if you are a serious buyer in the 500+ range you need to pick your agent VERY carefully because if you go in without a complete understanding of the area trends, you cannot possibly enjoy a favorable outcome. Notice how many 500K buyers have disappeared since they actually have to qualify again?This is total business and numbers don’t lie – you can see weekly data for Sandy Springs or any areas right here - http://www.hrmiller.com/sandy-springs-hm-val.asp

I’m getting high valued clients into good homes but understand that it takes a deep knowledge of the market, access to more than the MLS, the ability to interpret and explain the data and the guts to tell a client that they might be making a mistake. It’s all about the preparation, there are cherries out there but it takes work and time to find them. This is all I’ve been doing since ’89; let me know if I can help.

Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Certified Appraiser & Associated Broker
Keller Williams Atlanta North
678-428-8276
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Thu Jul 29, 2010
Robert A Whitfield Broker answered:
Hi East Cobb vs Roswell,

Just checking in to see if our answers were helpful or provided enough insight regarding your question? You may not be aware of it, but there are other nearby family neighborhood options that you might like more than either Pine Grove or Chickoring in the Roswell area, and there are also two other nearby areas that can work well for you and your wife.

Again, I would be happy to provide unmatched Buyer Representation and Buyer Protections to assist you in finding the ideal home in the easiest possible manner and at the best possible price and terms. My unique service model also assures that you have more information about each property and area so you can make far more informed and sound purchase decisions than other buyers in the market.

If you fill out the proactive web form on the Dream Home page of my specialized Buyers Website below, and provide a little more of your most important criteria, I would be happy to offer more targeted suggestions about other options, and the best plan of action based on your time line to move and your individual situation. I can also set you up on your own Online Homefinding Gateway that will target any area or neighborhood you like and send you daily updates of all new listings coming on the market as well as going under contract or off market.

My Wise Buyer Program provides over $5000 worth of free home structural and major systems analysis in addition to top buyer representation. There is nothing else like it in Atlanta - with this system you are more informed because you know what you are buying Before you ever submit your offer! That approach has many significant benefits - for more information, see the site below.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have further questions, or need immediate assistance.

Regards,

Robert Whitfield
Broker/Owner - Realtor
Professional Buyers Broker
Relocation Expert
ICC Code Certified Building Inspection Expert
Advantage Realtors
678-585-9691
877-787-7167
“Know what you’re buying - Before you submit your offer!”
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Sat May 29, 2010
Karen Colbert answered:
It is impossible for me to advise you in a public forum but you can find information on my website
www.forsalesandysprings.com. I do not know if you can find my other site rent2ownlending.com which came frommy many years of experience with just what you are looking for. If you give me a call I can probably lead you in the right direction. 678 777 5626 (loan). ... more
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Sun May 16, 2010
Carol Moson answered:
Hi Kevin

A lot of the answer will have to do with the level of your relocation package. If you don't have a buy out you have one set of options and if you have a buy out you may have part of your question answered by the terms of the buyout. Some relo packages will offer to "make you whole" which means they will make up the difference between what you owe and what you can sell the house for.

If you don't have the buy out and have some money in savings you may be able to rent your current home
and put minimal down on a purchase here.

For the best answers you should see the relo package and then we could give you more pointed suggestions and possible options you may have for your move. We would love to assist you and help walk you through the steps. We have worked with relo companies for many years.

One more thing - if you are relocated with a relo package they often refer to you a REALTOR but you can usually tell them you have one you would like to use. As long as that agent meets their qualifications and is willing to pay the referral fee to them it normally is often acceptable to the company to use an outside agent.

Please let us kow if we can help. 678-784-4289 direct.

Thank you

Carol
Carol Moson
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
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Sun May 16, 2010
Carol Moson answered:
Hi Sonia

In any market, even a foreclosure market, the best way to make an offer is to find out what other properties in the neighborhood have sold VERY recently as well as how many that have sold have been foreclosures. You should gather this information for both the subdivision the house is in as well as comparable homes in the immediate surrounding area. That will help you establish value and then you would make your offer based on that. The listing price really does not play a part in the value, it is just the price the seller has placed on the home.

Banks do have a ratio that they work with in establishing their losses and that number is based on the banks perceived value which is based on independent evaluations of the property.
Let us know if we can help

Carol

Carol Moson
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
678-414-0760
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