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Mon Jan 14, 2013
Fred Yancy answered:

I'd be happy to assist you in your relocation. Feel free to review available properties on my website (see link below). Also feel free to review the tab "local community". It has aton of information that you will need in making a decision as to where you would like to live in and around the city.

Fred Yancy, Broker
Crye-Leike Realtors
(678) 799-4663
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Robin Lanese answered:
I can't tell you enough about Gwinnett country...., voted one of the nation's top for their parks and recreation programs. Many affordable gated communities in great schools districts such as Peachtree Ridge High, Brookwood High and Collins Hill High school districts. Moderate property taxes. One hour's drive to the beautiful North Georgia Mountains with fantastic camp grounds, waterfalls and a lot of history.

I could go on although, I think it would be best for you to check out My team and I have successfully assisted many families to relocate to the Metro Atlanta area. Feel free to contact us for any other questions of concerns moving forward.

Robin Lanese, Realtor, ABR, CRC,REOS
Solid Soure Realty
Atlanta Housing Source Team
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Mon Jun 18, 2012
Rick Hamilton answered:

I can help you find lease with purchase options in Sandy Springs. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:

Straight Lease (GAR F40) + Option to Purchase

No commitment to purchase
No upfront due-diligence expenses are required.
Option payment may be applied to purchase price.

Purchase Price could rise.
Other Purchase & Sale challenges by owner could pop up 12 months later.
Due Diligence discoveries could pop up 12 months later.
Option payment may be forfeited if closing not completed.
Option can expire, allowing other buyers to purchase.

Lease-Purchase Agreement (GAR F29) + Lease (GAR F30)

Owner cannot change Purchase Price, price negotiated upfront.
FEW Other Purchase & Sale challenges by Owner can pop up 12 months later.
Due Diligence discoveries occur in FIRST 30 days of lease.
(Home Inspection, Termite Inspection, Stucco Inspection, Lot Survey, etc.)
Earnest Monies are credited towards “purchase funds required at closing”.
Other buyers not likely to interfere with purchase, since Purchase and Sale Agreement is binding and merely dependent on contingencies in P&S (Inspection, Financing, etc.)

Tenant is committed to purchase.
Tenant must expend cash for upfront due-diligence expenses.
Earnest Monies forfeited if closing never completed.

Let's meet and discuss your options.

Best regards,

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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Fred Yancy answered:
Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood
Your neighborhood has a big impact on your lifestyle. Follow these steps to find the perfect community to call home.

Is it close to your favorite spots? Make a list of the activities — movies, health club, church, etc. — you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering to engage in your most common activities.

Check out the school district. This is especially important if you have children, but it also can affect resale value. The Department of Education in your town can probably provide information on test scores, class size, percentage of students who attend college, and special enrichment programs. If you have school-age children, visit schools in the neighborhoods you’re considering. Also, check out

Find out if the neighborhood is safe. Ask the police department for neighborhood crime statistics. Consider not only the number of crimes but also the type — such as burglaries or armed robberies — and the trend of increasing or decreasing crime. Also, is crime centered in only one part of the neighborhood, such as near a retail area? You can also check out

Determine if the neighborhood is economically stable. Check with your local city economic development office to see if income and property values in the neighborhood are stable or rising. What is the percentage of homes to apartments? Apartments don’t necessarily diminish value, but do mean a more transient population. Do you see vacant businesses or homes that have been for sale for months?

See if you’ll make money. Ask a local real estate agent to get information about price appreciation in the neighborhood. Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, this information may give you a sense of how good of an investment your home will be. A government planning agency also may be able to tell you about planned developments or other changes in the neighborhood — like a new school or highway — that might affect value.

Make personal observations. Once you’ve narrowed your focus to two or three neighborhoods, go there and walk around. Are homes tidy and well maintained? Are streets quiet? How does it feel? Pick a warm day if you can and chat with people working or playing outside.
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Thu Nov 24, 2011
Tye Jones (770) 475-1130 Ext. 9507 answered:
Hello Karen:

Yes, that is the smartest thing to do. I can send you areas and schools for you guys to select. I will guide you guys along and make sure you guys are satisfied. That is what I like to do is help folks. Just let me me know your preferences in your desired home and budget for the rental and we will go from there.

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Sun Nov 13, 2011
You'll want to look in midtown. Piedmont park area. That's where it's all happening. If you want to get a little more affordable, look towards Decatur. I won't say the internet is a bad thing to find homes, but it's better to go through a Realtor. If you find a place that's 800 a month for a half million dollar home, it's a home for sale and you rent month to month until they sell the house. Great way to live like rich folk but you might have to move a lot, home has to be showable at any moment to prospects. I'm a lender, not a Realtor but I'm looking too. ... more
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Sun Nov 13, 2011
Erik Fortner answered:
Hi. I relocated from the Bay Area myself. Unless you like to spend time sitting in traffic, you probably want to live in one of the intown neighborhoods close to downtown. Atlanta�39;s traffic is horrible and its mass transit is sadly lacking. Nothing like BART, CalTrain, etc. I work as a real estate agent helping renters and buyers. Feel free to email me directly if you would like discuss neighborhoods in more detail.

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Fri May 13, 2011
Juneann Lewis answered:

There are several choices for you to make. It would depend on what price range you want to be in. I would be happy to help you. Please give me a call so I can ask some more question and narrow it down for you.

Juneann Lewis
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Thu Apr 21, 2011
Michael Hammond answered:
Are you thinking of a townhome or detached residence, Latran? Price range?

Michael Hammond
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Wed Mar 26, 2014
Stacy Carter answered:
I made a similar move, 18 years ago!!! Packed my bags, said so long to the family, and drove south! I didn't know anyone, had never been here and didn't have a job! (What was I thinking?)

I stayed in some extended stay hotels and signed up with a temp agency. I can't really recall how long I went without a job, but if I had to guess, it was probably 2 months.

I did do some research before I left (Massachuiestts by the way) and sought the services of a roommate finder. Obviously having a job and a place to live would have been more responsible but I have to say, I love the fact that I had that experience and an adventure to share with people like you!

I can send you some helpful websites that I use for people relocating to the area. And of course, if you would like to talk with me in person, I am happy to share more tales from my trip!

All the best. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

Stacy Carter
aka - Northern Transplant
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Mon Jun 1, 2009
Deryk Harper answered:
Hi Lizzy,
We don't service that area but you are welcome to use our search engine to look for your rental. It's at It pulls data straight from our MLS and should be a good start. Make sure you select rentals instead of resales. Then you should also be able to add the school you want to the search criteria using the advanced feature. Some other sites you can try are:

Good Luck!

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Wed Apr 22, 2009
Michael Hammond answered:
Congratulations on your upcoming move, Vee. As metro Atlanta (toll-free land line calling area) is about 6500 square miles, a few questions if I may. Will you be commuting to a job daily or work from home? Do you have school age children? At what price range are you looking and where does your income qualify you to purchase? What types of homes do you see buying-style, construction materials, number of bedrooms, basement or slab, etc.? We have many active metro agents that can pinpoint homes for you in their markets if some or all of these answers are provided. Good Luck! ... more
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Mon Apr 27, 2009
Michael Hammond answered:
I did not realize you had posted this twice, Vee. I have the same questions, however, and once again, Good Luck!
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