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In real estate, we always say…Appearance Matters!  No where is it more evident than in a messy, nasty garage.  When you walk into your garage, what do you see?  Is there stains on the ground?  Can you see the bare concrete and wonder what can be done?  Which of the below would you rather have?

The answer is to coat the floor with epoxy and with the help of Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield from Home Depot, you can easily do it yourself.  The process does take a little bit of work but over the course of a weekend, you can easily have a shiny new floor in a variety of colors.

The first thing to do to get rid of any current surface issues like old paint, cement chips or oil stains.  To do this, you will need to scrub the floor with degreaser and then rent

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It seems like an innocent question about a home that is actually "For Sale."  "Is this home for rent?"  "Would the owner consider renting the home?"  As professionals in the real estate industry, Brokers and Agents hear this question on a pretty regular basis but as I found out the hard way, there can be much more to the story.  We all know that rental scams are becoming more common but owners, agents and the general public can protect themselves from becoming a victim of this crime by applying a bit of common sense.  The following is a synopsis of a situation that occurred recently on one of my listing.  One potential tenant figured it out and the other was not so lucky.Rental Scams

The online "For Rent" ad probably seemed accurate enough.  There were pictures of

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As a Realtor, one of the first conversations with a prospective Seller generally involves what to do to get the house ready for sale.  Most of the time, the "to-do" list includes simply making sure the paint colors are neutral, the rooms are de-cluttered and the homeowner has removed as many "personal" items as is possible.  These three items are easily addressed with a fresh coat of paint, limiting the number of decor items in the room and removing family photographs and personal collections/displays.  From there the "to-do" list really depends on the Seller and how they have taken care of the home.

When I do see a long list of items in need of attention, I always wonder why.  With the exception of investment property, why would you wait to

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The East Cobber parade marches down Johnson's Ferry Road this Saturday.  This annual East Cobb event provides a great way to get out and enjoy local high school bands, parade floats and various business entries.  A real highlight for the kids is the fact that most of the floats throw candy so bring your sweet tooth!  For more information, check out the East Cobber Parade website.   Here are a few scenes from past parades.  Please come out and support your local schools, businesses and community.       

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Board of Commissioners approves 57-home subdivision in West Cobb         

by Hilary Butschek               March 18, 2015 04:00 AM | 1154 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print                      Bob Weatherford Bob Weatherford         
                          MARIETTA — The Board of Commissioners approved a 57-home subdivision in west Cobb at its meeting Tuesday.
The subdivision was approved with a 5-0 vote for a 32.5-acre property on Mars Hill Road, near the intersection of Camden Lake Parkway.
Commissioner Bob Weatherford, who represents the area, said the developer, Atlanta-based Forestar Real Estate Group Inc., worked hard to reduce the number of homes in the neighborhood from 67 to 57…
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17 Hole Indian Hills Golf Course

East Cobb's Indian Hills subdivision continues to be a hot spot in the Marietta and Atlanta area.  The neighborhood, which is home to 27 hole Indian Hills Country Club, has always been a favorite place for families due to location and the school systems.  Indian Hills is conveniently located in East Cobb between Upper and Lower Roswell and West of Johnson's Ferry.  This location provides excellent access to both I-75 and Ga 400.  The majority of the neighborhood feeds into Walton High School with the remainder feeding into Wheeler with it's outstanding magnet program and all of the elementary schools have outstanding rankings.

Market activity in Indian Hills continues to be strong.  There are currently 18 active listings ranging from $369,000 to

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The market continues to be tight for single family inventory in the East Cobb area and I am wondering if the real estate "ground hog" has seen his shadow and elected to stay in hiding a bit longer. 

When we look at a 2 year history for 30062, 30067 and 30068, we see a strong trend for Spring 2014.  Since that time, there has been an ever tightening of inventory and one would easily surmise that we have entered into a Sellers market.  The chart below demonstrates the tightening inventory for our area.

The good news is that Seller's are contining to see improvement in list pricing which should bring more of them off the sidelines.  This next chart shows a 2 year average with improvement seen in 30068 and 30062 while 30067 experiencing a slight

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Looking At Buying A New Home in Atlanta? Thinking Of Just Going Down To the Lot And Putting A Deposit Down? Don’t Think You Need An Agent To Buy A New Home In Atlanta? You Might Want To Re-think That Strategy!

First things first! Let’s talk about the bottom line which is generally dollars and cents. I rarely have seen a situation where you “save the commission” by buying directly from a new home builder. When a new home builder “comes out of the ground” (starts the building process), the builder knows what they want for the house and marketing costs are already loaded into the project. Going to the home builder’s trailer and working with the “Agent on Duty” generally just means more profit for the builder. Buying a new home

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By now, you have undoubtedly heard that online listing giant, Zillow, is buying their next closest competitor, Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock.  For those real estate agents living under a rock, Zillow and Trulia aggregate listings from MLS providers and present the information via the internet along with pricing estimates, community information and more.  To date, neither company has made a profit but these two companies have been a major force in the shift of our client’s real estate research efforts.   

            

The obvious question is what does this mean for John Q Agent and Suzie B Broker?  Time will truly tell but I believe it is simply another step in the continued improvement and stabilization of our industry and actually a positive

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3003 Asheton Place - Marietta, GA  $450,000  

OWNER SAYS FIND A BUYER!  READY TO MOVE THIS PROPERTY * BRING OFFERS  * Ranch Home In Walton District * Minor Updating Needed * One Story Living In Ashebrooke *  Columns In Entry * Large Master With  Master Bath * His And Her Closets * Beautiful Kitchen With Granite Counters * Private, Partially Fenced Backyard With Stone Patio * Second Floor Expansion Opportunity Plumbed For Full Bath & Ready For Additional Bedroom/Studio Or Whatever The Need Is * Active Neighborhood Ready For You To Call Home!   NOTE:  4th Bedroom and 3rd Bathroom Unfinished In Upstairs.

Find Additional Details, Photos and List Price below or at: 3003 Asheton Place

Find Information on the neighborhood at:  Ashebrooke

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