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Thu Oct 24, 2013
Elizabeth Walton answered:
Hello Ms. Dennis, thank you for your inquiry about a rental property in the Druid Hills Drive area.

I would be pleased to help you, please see below and feel free to contact me via phone/email or

I look forward to your reply and to assisting you.


Elizabeth 'Beppy' Walton, Realtor
Keller Williams
C/404 234 9418
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Sun Apr 21, 2013
Bruce Ailion answered:
There are many companies doing this work, most have established relationships and while some are open to new vendors it is difficult to break in. It is not easy or clean work and the margins are thin because pricing is competitive and a bunch of companies have workers that live in trailers in rural Georgia or Alabama working at or below minimum wage.

Bruce Ailion,
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
An Atlanta Real Estate Expert Serving Clients Since 1979
Certified Residential Specialist
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Accredited Buyers Agent
MS Real Estate and Urban Affairs
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2050 Roswell Road
Marietta GA 30062
404-978-2281 Direct
404-386-3682 Assistant Robin
678-760-6266 Buyer’s Agent Adam
770-973-9700 Office
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Tue Feb 5, 2013
Sally English answered:
Check At that price you are looking at properties outside the perimeter. The dog situation severly limits your options. Good luck
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Sat Feb 16, 2013
Sarah Moore answered:
When looking in areas, what is most important to you? Just the travel to Buckhead? Are school systems important? Do you want a single family home or are you looking for a condo/townhome? This is a pretty open ended question and having a conversation with a Buyer's Agent would benefit you. A 30 minute consultation could help you save hours down the line. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about purchasing in Metro Atlanta,

Sarah Moore
The Live in Atlanta GA Team
KW Midtown
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Mon Feb 4, 2013
Foreclosure auctions in GA always take place on the courthouse steps on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

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 lending experience.

Prospect Mortgage offers a full selection of mortgage programs including:
Conventional | FHA | FHA 580-639 FICO | FHA 203K Renovation (Streamline & Consultant) | HomePath® | HomePath® Renovation | HomeStyle® Renovation | VA | USDA | GA Dream | Jumbo Financing.
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Sat Feb 16, 2013
Fred Yancy answered:
How much did the investor spend on fixing the house? Updating? New Appliances? New Carpet? New HVAC? These items are not cheap. He/she may be only making a couple of thousand on the deal. You need more information, than just assuming that the investor did nothing and is expecting to make $50,00 just because. ... more
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Fri Feb 22, 2013
Mckenley A. Washington© answered:
I would suggest you show by appointment only. This allows you to properly monitor the traffic for your listing. Also, you will get to have a personal touch with all the potential buyers that are interested in your listing. ... more
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Sat Feb 2, 2013
Lee Taylor answered:
Use common sense.

Before - Don't compromise on things that affect quality of life just because it meets budget. Be duly diligent.

After - pay on time, .live by the lease terms, be a good neighbor, don't be stupid ... more
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Sun Oct 12, 2014
Ron Thomas answered:
There are certain Landlords out there, many it would seem;
who are only interested in the money and what the Tenants can do for them.
No thought is given to circumstances that brought a family to rent a place to live:
The vast majority of the people who have to rent, do not have the where-with-all to buy their own appliances. If they had $1000 to $2000 laying around; they might as well buy a condo.
I have also had the privilege to work with Landlords who care about the people who rent from them; they attract the "good" tenants because they genuinely care about them, and want to help them.
You do what is in your character.
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Sat Feb 16, 2013
Tyler Willis answered:
Because REALTORS are not considered professionals in the knowledge of crime rate we cannot legally speak on statistics. I would recommend contacting the local police. Whenever I show homes to clients I like to make sure that we see a number of homes in the same location. That way a person can get a pretty good feel for the neighborhood and see what their comfort level may be.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime.

Tyler Willis, REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta
621 North Ave NE, Suite C-50
Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404)541-3500
Direct: (678)656-5524
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Susan Davis answered:
Since there is no right of redemption in Georgia, once the sale is verified, ownership is transferred. Homeowners who do not vacate the home are evicted, however the eviction is another process that differs per county. ... more
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Sat Feb 16, 2013
Sarah Moore answered:
You are looking to invest in Atlanta for buying and holding, correct? Are you planning to pay cash for your investments? There are a number of questions ad factors that go into purchasing investment properties and you need to work with a Realtor who is experienced in Atlanta investments. Feel free to call me and I would be happy to discuss. Thanks!

Sarah Moore
The Live in Atlanta GA Team
KW Midtown
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Wed Jan 30, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
Foreclosures are POSTED on the local MLS, by the LISTING AGENTS, when the Banks release them.
Your Realtor can print a full list, or they can FILTER the list according to your priorities.
As a BUYER, this costs you nothing.
Talk to your Realtor.
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Mon Oct 14, 2013
Fred Yancy answered:
No you will need to have filed taxes for the last two years. I work with investors regularly and am certain that I can assist you in purchasing investment property in the Atlanta area. Plase feel free to review my website, especially under the tab foreign investors as well as properties that are available for sale.

Fred Yancy, Broker
Crye-Leike Realtors
(678) 799-4663
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Tue Feb 12, 2013
Abayzar Muhammad answered:
There are a few things that can make an owner consider a tenant with bad credit:

1. Up front rent payment for several (3-6) months. Though it is risky for you if the owner default on his payments.

2. Higher security deposit. I recently did two such deals with 2 month's rent as security deposit upon signing lease with first month's rent due upon move in.

3. Stable employment.

4. Not too many defaults. May be one bankruptcy or some credit cards or one foreclosure instead of a long list of credit issues.
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Tue Jan 29, 2013
Brian Berman 678-564-1522 answered:
Hello Bill- there are lenders in GA that will do this - We can do 80% on the first and then you can have a second up to 90% with no problem. We do this all of the time with our clients. We also have single loan options up to 90% with no PMI which is a really great program. Feel free to give me a call and we can talk about your specific needs at 678-564-1522 Thanks ... more
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Tue Jan 29, 2013
Lee Taylor answered:
Is the Clayton market a good proxy? No. The good ESDs, MSDs and HSDs will remain remain stable, in Clayton and in Dekalb. I don’t know enough about Clayton schools to even know if a school like Vanderlyn or Fernbank is down there.

Clayton doesn’t have a Dunwoody or a Druid Hills.

Across Dekalb – the market is simply too broad to judge things.

So, in Evansdale, there were 22, 2011 sales total in FMLS – average sold price $223K.

In 2012 there were 37 sales total in FMLS – average sold price $226K.

I know that we are cleaning house in Dekalb – CEO Burrell Ellis is lawyering up, and he has officers now outside his house at our expense, ever since the raid that surprised his 80+ year old Mom earlier this month.

Certainly, since I’m in FMLS right now, I gotta look up Clayton’s numbers…wow.

1041 sold total in 2012…only 4 sold above $200K, and the highest SOLD was – get this – a 1993 5/5 in a swim / tennis community originally listed for $424K, and sold short after 121 DOM for $324K.

There were 2278 sales over $200K in Dekalb last year…

Ya get where I’m coming from yet?

Fret not…

I like your question so much that I turned my answer into a blog post - check the web reference.
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Sat Feb 16, 2013
Tommi Hicks answered:
Peachtree Communites in S. Fulton has great floor plans in your price range.

TommI Hicks
Vision Quest Realty
(404) 590-0693
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Sat Jan 26, 2013
Fred Yancy answered:
Kookies - best thing to do is work with an agent who is familiar with the area you want to live. Best to be in close proximity to work due to traffic concerns in the area. Where will you be working?
If you need any assistance, let me know. Also you can find a ton of information about the local communities on my website at under the "local communities" tab

Fred Yancy, Broker
Crye-Leike Realtors
(678) 799-4663
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Mon Feb 18, 2013
Stephan Roberts answered:
I have properties that range from 58K - 78K that have already been rehabbed, and some have tenants. What kind of ROI are you looking for, and are y ou paying cash?

Looking forward to helping you.

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