Acadia Offers New Builder Neighborhood Referral Program

Cobb County new homesWhen we move into a new home we can’t help but brag about it to family and friends.  Well did you ever think you could get paid for bragging? With Acadia’s new Builder Neighborhood Referral Program, anyone – not just homeowners, who refers a new homebuyer to one of Acadia’s 11 metro Atlanta communities, will receive a $1,500 check from the builder once the home has closed.

Acadia homes are designed with quality name-brand materials and products and are offered in a variety of locations. With a number of flexible floorplans and custom upgrades, homebuyers are given the freedom of living in a home that fits their individual lifestyle

“Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods has launched this new referral program to give our current homeowners, as well as others, just one more reason to tell their friends about our communities,” says Sam Bass, the Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods sales manager. “At Acadia we understand that personal referrals have a strong influence on buyers. You can find out more about our program by visiting our

Acadia’s 11 metro Atlanta communities include: City Park, and The Reserve at City Park in Atlanta, Reece Farms in Powder Springs, Wellstone at Middle Creek in Cumming, Bakers Farm in the Chateau Élan area of Braselton, Sherwood Park in Smyrna, Crabapple Crossing and Crabapple Station in Alpharetta, Arbor Green in Kennesaw, Burnt Hickory Township in Kennesaw and The Preserve at Wiley Bridge in Woodstock.

For more information on Acadia’s other communities and its new referral program, please visit the Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods website and for continual updates “Like” them on Facebook at

Atlanta Real Estate Forum Summer Launch Pad Giveaway

Atlanta Real Estate Forum Summer Launch Pad GiveawayWith blistering heat already creeping into our summer days, wouldn’t listening to summer tunes on your brand new iPad next to the pool just cool things off? Don’t have an iPad? Well you’re in luck, because your favorite Atlanta real estate blog is giving an Apple iPad* and iTunes gift cards away throughout the summer!

To register to win all you have to do is subscribe to the Atlanta Real Estate Forum’s daily newsletter with these few easy steps:

1) Visit

2) Click on the “Subscribe” tab at the top of the page.

3) Enter a valid email address into the box.

4) Confirm your email address.

Now you’ll be able to enjoy the top Atlanta real estate stories delivered straight to your inbox each morning!

*iPad to be awarded in the form of a $499 Apple Gift Card. Not redeemable for cash. To be eligible, email addresses must be valid and subscribers must be active/confirmed emails.

Drawings for iTunes gift cards will be held on May 31, June 30 and July 29. The iPad drawing will be held on August 31.

Make sure to follow Atlanta Real Estate Forum on Facebook too!

Only Six Opportunities Remain In West Cobb County Community

Only six opportunities remain in the popular Burnt Hickory Township community in Cobb County. A quality-built, affordable home in the desirable West Cobb area is a rare opportunity homebuyers should not miss out on!

Starting from the high $200,000s, these reduced-priced homes are nestled on Kennesaw estate lots of up to 1.5 acres. Homes feature four to five bedrooms, three and a half to four baths and three-car garage floorplans, with basement and master-on-the-main options also available.

“With only six homes remaining, we invite homebuyers to take advantage of these below market prices,” said Tom Stokes, Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods sales consultant. “This community offers homebuyers quality-built homes at affordable prices in a sought-after area of West Cobb.”


Fessler and Team See Success in Just 5 Months

Intown Atlanta real estate“We’ve seen incredible success and growth in just five months,” said Susan Fessler who purchased Morris & Raper Intown last November and recently changed the name to Morris & Raper Real Estate Consultants. Change seems to be positive for the agency. Morris & Raper Real Estate Consultants has generated a large portfolio of bank owned property, secured on-site sales with developers and builders and has assembled a top notch management team along with a group of seasoned real estate agents.

Fessler comments on the early success, “We’ve strategized to capitalize on the current real estate market by putting builders back into business. We are working with hedge funds and capital groups to help builders get financing and collaborating with banks to market homes with reset pricing.”

Since November, Morris & Raper Real Estate Consultants has secured listings at a number of developments throughout the Atlanta area. The company has been assigned a large portfolio from a Bank of America trustee. With 91 homes and more than 600 home sites in this one portfolio alone, the phones are ringing!

Another big project is providing on-site marketing for the final phase of 31 townhomes at The Preserve at Fischer Mansion, a community created around a historic mansion on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. The property is being developed by Waters Edge Group.

In recent months, the company has attracted nearly a dozen experienced real estate agents and is recruiting more agents to help maintain the company’s growth.“We are heavily recruiting experienced agents and we’re getting calls from agents who want to work with us because of all the activity,” Fessler said.

The company is working with Chandler New Hope Builders to market homes at White Horse Creek in Flowery Branch and Preserve at Briscoe in Snellville. (more…)

Custom Builders Atlanta Helps Buyers Interested In Foreclosed Homes

Buying foreclosed Atlanta real estate can be a risky ordeal that raises several questions. What if the house has costly, hidden repairs? If the house needs to be fixed, where do I start? How can I be sure I’ll be protected?

Homebuyers who want answers to all of these questions and more now have a new place to turn to. Custom Builders Atlanta’s new foreclosure inspection and warranty program is here to help homebuyers interested in foreclosed properties. The program provides peace of mind through a home inspection, a list of items that need to be repaired before the home is market-ready, an estimate for the repairs and a 5 or 10 year structural home warranty from StrucSure Home Warranty, LLC, which is ranked third among providers of warranty and insurance products in the homebuilding industry.

Buyers of foreclosed homes won’t be the only ones who benefit from the program. Investors, banks and other real-estate-owned property owners can use these tools to market homes better and sell inventory faster. And because the program can offer increased protection and value on foreclosed homes, neighborhoods with several foreclosures will see market prices rise. This, in turn, will help raise the neighborhood value.

For more information on how the foreclosure inspection and warranty program works, contact Dennis McConnell at Custom Builders Atlanta by calling 404-839-5323, emailing or visiting the Custom Builders Atlanta website. For more information on the 10-year structural warranty, offered by StrucSure Home Warranty, visit

It’s Raining Money at The Astoria Agent Event Celebration

To celebrate success in the real estate industry, The Astoria at The Aramore is hosting a luncheon for Atlanta real estate agents, where – yes, it will be raining money. At the event, $1,000 in cash give-a-ways will be given away every 15 minutes to lucky winners. This luxury Atlanta condominium community will also be donating money to the KW Cares organization.

“We have sold 10 homes in the past two weeks bringing The Astoria to nearly the 50-percent sold mark,” Pauline Miller, with Keller Williams BRIGHTSTAR, said. “This celebration is our way of saying thanks and giving back to all the agents who made this possible.”

The luncheon is on Tuesday, April 12th from noon to 3 p.m. at The Astoria, located at Peachtree Battle and Peachtree Hills in midtown. While previewing the penthouse model homes, guests can mingle with champagne and tasty treats from CamiCakes, a local Buckhead treat shop. Every 15 minutes, $100 will be given away and winners will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.

Additionally for every agent who attends, The Astoria will contribute $10 to KW Cares and will award a $500 donation in honor of the office that brings the most agents, so in total The Astoria will present around $2,500 to the much-appreciated KW Cares organization.

For more information on The Astoria condominium, call 404-355-6999 or visit

For more information on KW Cares, please visit

New West Cobb Homes Available at Reece Farms

Cobb County new homesAtlanta homebuilder Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods recently announced the opening of Reece Farms, a community of 40 West Cobb homes nestled on estate-sized wooded lots in West Cobb. This Cobb County neighborhood has floorplans that offer four and five bedrooms with prices from the $170,000s to the low $200,000s.

Buyers can select from a number of plans including the Hamilton, a luxurious four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home with a two-car garage, a covered patio and many customizable options. The kitchen includes a breakfast area and a large pantry. A grand family room is perfect for large families and has an elegant fireplace. Right next to that, there is a study that can also be transformed into a fifth bedroom or a sun room. Upstairs, residents will find a huge owner’s suite with separate walk-in closets and a lavish master bath.

Reece Farms also offers floorplans with master suites on the main level, basements and side-entry garages.

The community is convenient to Barrett Parkway for shopping and dining. And since the Windy Hill-Macland Road limited access connector is schedule to open shortly, (more…)

The Astoria Provides Luxurious In-town Living for Kennesaw Family

atlanta luxury condosAaron and Gillian Ribner knew how great Atlanta was, having spent many weekends in the city over the years. But they also knew that their current residence just wasn’t close enough to everything Atlanta had to offer. For this reason, the couple and their two children recently closed on a luxury condo at  The Astoria at The Aramore in Buckhead.

“My wife and I spend two or three weekends a month in Atlanta, whether it’s attending cultural or sporting events, going to the High Museum or just having dinner,” said Ribner. “We also travel a lot for business and pleasure, so something that was maintenance-free was high on the list.”

After a bit of searching, the Ribners decided on The Astoria because of its low prices and fantastic location. Because they received such a great deal, the couple was able to combine two units into one 3,800-square-foot space. And thanks to the wide breadth of amenities, no one will mind leaving the exercise room and home theater behind. The Astoria offers residents a state-of-the-art (more…)

Sandy Springs/Perimeter Restaurant Week Coming Soon

The air is starting to have that certain chill in the mornings, promising fall is on the way. With fall comes a whole host of festivals and activities in the Atlanta area. Quite a few of those festivals are in the Perimeter area, and if you’re living in Glen Lake Apartments in Sandy Springs, you’re always close to the action.

Kicking off fall is Sandy Springs/Perimeter Restaurant Week. The variety and amount of restaurants participating is sure to whet your appetite. The only problem for the week will be deciding which bistro, steakhouse and more to attend. Restaurants will offer 2 and 3 course pix fixe menu. Each participating restaurant offers a meal for $15, $25 or $35 per person.

Just a sampling of the participating area favorite restaurants are Fleming’s, Food 101, Fuego Mundo, Ruth’s Chris, Wild Fire and The Flying Biscuit. All of the restaurants are located within five miles of Glen Lake, so lucky residents don’t have far to travel for a fantastic meal.

Visit the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Restaurant Week website to see all of the participating restaurants and the price level offered.

How to Get More Money to Spend at Your Favorite Intown Locations

save money on home expensesFor residents of Intown Atlanta, there’s no better place to live – or to spend your money, for that matter. With the restaurants, the shopping and the events, you’re never lacking for a place to pull out the debit card.

The problem is, most Americans (and presumably those who live Intown) have less money to spend these days. According to the Equifax Personal Finance Blog, 55 percent of Americans have experienced a reduction in income. Earning more money may not be an option because of high unemployment rates. So if you want more money to spend on your favorite Intown activities, you’ll probably have to look at cutting back somewhere else.

The Equifax article, “How to Save Money at Home,” offers some good places to start. One idea is to contest your real estate taxes. With property prices (more…)

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