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Sun Mar 31, 2013
I would suggest using for directions. Googlemaps would be another option.

Rodney Mason, NMLS #151088
Sr Loan Officer
Prospect Mortgage
825 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404) 591-2453
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Licensed in Alabama & Georgia with over a decade of mortgage lending experience.

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Sun Jun 10, 2012
Fred Yancy answered:
I'd be happy to work with you. Feel free to review available properties on my website (link below).

Before you buy, contact the condo board with the following questions. In the process, you’ll learn how responsive — and organized — its members are. You’ll also be alerted to potential problems with the property.

What percentage of units is owner-occupied? What percentage is tenant-occupied? Generally, the higher the percentage of owner-occupied units, the more marketable the units will be at resale.

What covenants, bylaws, and restrictions govern the property? What grandfather clauses are in place? You may find, for instance, that those who buy a property after a certain date can’t rent out their units, but buyers who bought earlier can. Ask for a copy of the bylaws to determine if you can live within them. And have an attorney review property docs, including the master deed, for you.

How much does the association keep in reserve? Plus, find out how that money is being invested.

Are association assessments keeping pace with the annual rate of inflation? Smart boards raise assessments a certain percentage each year to build reserves to fund future repairs. To determine if the assessment is reasonable, compare the rate to others in the area.

What does and doesn’t the assessment cover? Does the assessment include common-area maintenance, recreational facilities, trash collection, and snow removal?

What special assessments have been mandated in the past five years? How much was each owner responsible for? Some special assessments are unavoidable. But repeated, expensive assessments could be a red flag about the condition of the building or the board’s fiscal policy.

How much turnover occurs in the building? This will tell you if residents are generally happy with the building. According to research by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, owners of condos in two-to-four unit buildings stay for a median of five years, and owners of condos in a building with five or more units stay for a median of four years.

Is the condo building in litigation? This is never a good sign. If the builders or home owners are involved in a lawsuit, reserves can be depleted quickly.

Is the developer reputable? Find out what other projects the developer has built and visit one if you can. Ask residents about their perceptions. Request an engineer’s report for developments that have been reconverted from other uses to determine what shape the building is in. If the roof, windows, and bricks aren’t in good repair, they become your problem once you buy.

Are multiple associations involved in the property? In very large d evelopments, umbrella associations, as well as the smaller association into which you’re buying, may require separate assessments.

Fred Yancy, Broker
Crye-Leike Realtors
(678) 799-4663
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Tue May 29, 2012
Deryk Harper answered:
Hi Pa,
That's a tough one to answer. We live in Windward and do not know of any other community like it. We have more than 40 different neighborhoods in Windward, that range in price from about $250,000 to several million $$$$, a 197 acre lake and loads of amenities, many unique to Windward.

Depending on the price range you are loooking in you may find somes of the features we have in other Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Milton communities but you probably won't find the diversity of price, home style/construction or amenity selection in any other neighborhood.

My wife, Debi Key, specializes in first time home buyers. She is very familiar with the area and would be happy to help you search for your first home. We also own, and manage, a successful property management company in the area so we are very familiar with transitioning from renting to owning. If you would like help with your search please feel free to call Debi at 770-906-0317 or email her at She LOVES to shop for homes with her clients and is very good at it.

Deryk Harper
Broker Associate
Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Patrick Meyers answered:
Hello David:

Give me a call, I have been doing the rental market in Roswell/Alpharetta area for the past seven years.

Patrick Meyers
Sellect Realty, LLC
678-641-2209 cell ... more
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Sun Mar 31, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Darrell Hess answered:
The best advice I can give you on this area as well as any other is to buy smart. I've seen a ton of investors buying in this market because the cost of buying is cheep in hopes to increase their rental profits. What they failed to realize is due to the market there are a ton of rentals available as well as renters. Some renters are better then others due to their credit and past rental history, but this is not the problem. The problem is there are a lot of properties to choose from at lots of low rents. Make sure what you buy is attractive and located in a great area close to highway on/off ramps as well as restaurants and shops. Morris Rd is great since 400 is right there and you can take Deerfield to the shops and restaurants. The area has pretty good property value too and in my opinion did not take as big as a hit as other Alpharetta areas. Choosing a 3br is a smart move too as lots of folks in that area like having an office due to the nature of work they are in. I'd love to know which property you are thinking about. Good luck! ... more
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Sun Feb 14, 2010
Deryk Harper answered:
Hi Filiz,
I can give you two. Mike Warren finished our terrace level here in our lake house in Windward and Barton Thiel finished the basement on our ranch home in Cumming. Both did excellent work. If you want to see Mike's work just give me a call at 770-722-6922 and I'll be happy to give you a tour.

Mike Warren - 678-591-3131
Barton Thiel - 678-477-3645

Deryk Harper
Broker/Owner | Key Locations Property Management LLC
Broker Associate | Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta
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Sun Aug 20, 2017
Hank Miller answered:
Everywhere of late has been a mosquito problem due to all of the rain. Don't allow water to collect around your home and you will limit breeding grounds. There are also devices that can be used around the house - and don't discount putting up bat houses - bats are awesome at cleaning up mosquitos.

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Tue Jun 23, 2009
Lisa Allen, Buyers and Sellers answered:
Hi Barry,

Deerlake is a fantastic community in Alpharetta/Forsyth County. Excellent schools and close to everything! Right outside the subdivision are wonderful shops, restaurants and schools are just up the street. Traffic right now is a little on the heavy side but soon road construction will be done and traffice will flow much better.

I've personally seen EVERY home currently listed in Deerlake as I have a client who is very interested in that subdivision. All homes are very nice and worth seeing. Price ranges are holding steady so right now it is a great buy.

Let me know if I can help and I can go into a little more detail for you,

Lisa Allen, REALTOR
Prudential Georgia Realty
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Mon Jan 24, 2011
Jolie Abreu answered:
Hi Nick,

It's great that you are doing research on the area before making a new home purchase! In general, the Alpharetta / Johns Creek / Duluth areas of moving steadily. Of course, there are many great opportunities out there for a home purchase. You'd probably be best buying in a well established community convenient to the main roads (ie. 141, 400, 85). As you get further northwest, there are fewer conveniences nearby. is a good place to start your school research, with parent and teacher reviews you can get a good idea on what a school might have to offer your kids.

As much as us Realtors would love to have a crystal ball to predict when the market will turn around, all we can do is make estimates based upon the current trends. As of the last quarter of 2008, foreclosure sales are still on the rise, though currently fewer new foreclosures are coming on the market. The number of short sale options has increased as home owners are continuing to negotiate with their lenders.

Overall, North Fulton / South Forsyth is a great place to live and raise a family. As a Roswell resident myself, I am really happy with all of the amenities in the area! Please let me know if I can give you more detailed information about the area!

Jolie Abreu, Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty Consultants
(678) 894-4409
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Mon Feb 23, 2009
Hank Miller answered:
Charles -

Lease, Lease Purchase or rent?

Touch base, we have agents that deal in all - we'll get you squared away.

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Wed Oct 22, 2008
Judy Wittenberg answered:
If you can tell me the Subdivision, I can help you. You can email me at I can help you with your previous question also. Judy
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Tue Apr 22, 2008
Louise Lindsay answered:
My son went to Chattahoochee High... great school... I live on the east side... love it. I think you'll get the same response from anyone who lives on the west side... One thing you may want to consider is the commute to work (unless, of course, you are lucky enough to work at home). ... more
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