Advantages to Buying Atlanta Intown Property

save money on home expensesIf holiday shopping for you is a little more than a new pair of shoes or a TV, like say, a house, you’ve probably been heavily weighing the pros of low prices and interest rates and the cons of uncertainty about when to make the purchase. In the event that you need a few more items on the pros side, you might want to check out an article by real estate expert Ilyce Glink, “Hidden Benefits of Buying a Home.”

For one thing, many homes in the Intown area are older, historical homes. While there might be a little more to pay in the way of renovation and repairs, you could also benefit through tax credits both on the state and federal level. Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division has a 25 percent income tax credit for certified historic properties, both owner-occupied and income-producing, and an additional 5 percent credit if the residence is in a Housing and Urban Development Department target area. Those incentives can certainly help offset a little more maintenance and sometimes stricter building guidelines.

Another benefit that’s often glossed over with a number of people being underwater in their mortgage, i.e. owing more on their mortgage than their home is currently valued, is the growth of equity. Putting money against the principal value of your loan means that you’re paying into an investment for the future worth of the home every month. Homes are a long term investment, and with historically low interest rates and home prices, you won’t be looking to get a return for another five to eight years as excess inventory from foreclosures slowly leaves the market.

Glink’s article also explores other benefits and provides several resources for homebuyers. To read her full article, visit the Equifax Finance Blog.

Do you have any benefits to share about homeownership? Let us know in the comments!

Pay No Mortgage Payments for Three Months on Atlanta New Homes

Skip 3 ProgramWith Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods’ Academy Mortgage Skip 3 program, homebuyers that close on Atlanta new homes by Oct. 30 do not have to pay mortgage payments for three months. The seller pays the first three months of interest, taxes, insurance and monthly mortgage payments.

“We decided to partner with Academy Mortgage because they are committed to their customers and offer great customer service,” stated Sam Bass, vice president of sales and marketing at Acadia Homes and Neighborhoods. “We hope that our homebuyers enjoy their experience with Academy Mortgage and the peace of mind that comes with having no mortgage payments for a few months when they move into their new homes.”

Homebuyers that sign-up for the program still pay the first three months of principle at time of closing along with their down payment of 3.5% and any remaining costs.

The Skip 3 program can be applied on any Acadia full-priced home but cannot be combined with any other promotion.

Started by three Atlanta-based real estate/building veterans with over 50 combined years of experience, Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods hopes to re-invent and re-energize this great city and its great communities that were the victims of the worst housing downturn this country has ever seen. Acadia strives to focus on not only the homes that it builds, but also the families that make up the neighborhoods. By presenting homebuyers a wide variety of styles of homes throughout the metro-Atlanta area, Acadia seeks to inspire homebuyers to once again pursue the American Dream of living in a new home community. For more information, call (678) 318-7908 or visit

Traton Homes is Building Intown

Traton HomesTraton Homes will have Buckhead Homes ready to move in this fall. Known for building quality homes outside the perimeter, this Georgia homebuilder is sure to delight those living inside the perimeter too which great values, large homes and convenience.

Four Buckhead homes at Valley Brook Parc will be ready for move-in this fall. Valley Brook Parc features large and luxurious homes in the heart of Buckhead from the mid $500,000s. This is a terrific value for single-family homes located near Chastain Park. There are only 18 available homesites in this intimate enclave of homes. You’re just minutes away from all the shopping, dining and entertainment Atlanta has to offer, not to mention office buildings and more. Right now, four homes have started and are slated for a fall move-in, meaning you could live in you luxury Buckhead home sooner than you thought.

Traton Homes recently received a 2011 Guildmaster Award from GuildQuality. This customer satisfaction award is a big deal and is indicative of the level of service the builder provides to homebuyers. Find our more about all the happy homeowners that Traton has built homes for over the years at Traton Homes Reviews.

Traton Homes is one of only 154 home builders, remodelers, developers and contractors in North America to be recognized for superlative performance by GuildQuality this year. To receive the Guildmaster Award, companies must show exemplary customer service, as demonstrated by an extremely high customer recommendation rate of 90 percent or better. In the real estate industry, the average recommendation rate for businesses is approximately 70 percent.

Rockhaven Homes Starts New Construction in Sandy Springs

A newRiver Overlook interior home is being built by Rockhaven Homes in River Overlook, an established development within the Grogan’s Bluff community in North Sandy Springs.

The home has 4,000 square feet with five bedrooms and four baths. The home features a side entry garage, brick and stone exteriors and a spacious deck. Elegant interior features include site finished hardwoods on the main floor, tiled wet areas, an over-sized master bedroom and a basement. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, iron spindles and semi-custom cabinetry. The home is priced at $549,900.

River Overlook has tons of amenities, including a clubhouse, swimming pool, lighted tennis courts and professionally maintained common areas.

Located in Sandy Springs just off Roswell Road, River Overlook is convenient to Perimeter Center and is only nine miles from Lenox Square.

Students living in the community attend Ison Springs Elementary School, Sandy Springs Middle School and North Springs High School.

Sales for River Overlook are handled by About Sales, Inc. To schedule an appointment, contact Melanie Burruss at 404-593-5319 or e-mail

Construction Beginning at The Village at Reflection Lake Nantahala

Construction has been started on the first The Village at Reflection Lake Nantahala home. Another home site has just sold as well. This means only 11 opportunities are left in this exclusive and gated North Carolina community. The time to visit and start planning your own dream vacation home in this perfect setting is now!

The Village at Reflection Lake Nantahala offers a serene natural retreat a mere two hours outside of Atlanta. The location is still close to sites like Nantahala River, Gatlinburg, Maggie Valley and the Biltmore Estate. Don’t you want to escape to the mountains, but be not too far away?

Bank-sanctioned pricing on the homes has been enacted, and homes start from $94,900.

Site owners won’t feel rushed in designing their home as no build-out requirement is imposed on them. For buyers who want to enjoy lake life as soon as possible, Reflection offers a mountain cabin program with 1,400 square foot homes and incredible view-facing porches.

If you plan your visit to the community before September 30, you’ll have the chance to win a weekend at the lake for yourself and 14 friends. When you visit, you’ll experience complimentary Lakes End Diner lunch, a pontoon boat tour of the lake, a tour of the home sites and a $25 gas gift card to make the travel easier.

Come see why this community is such a great place to vacation, live and play. For more information, visit at The Village at Reflection Lake Nantahala.

One Opportunity Remaining at The Enclave at Peachtree Dunwoody

One home remains to be sold at The Enclave at Peachtree Dunwoody. This intimate community of Atlanta real estate by Rockhaven Homes is located in the sought-after Buckhead area and consists of only three luxury homes.

The elegant Vanderbuilt plan has five bedrooms, four baths, and 3,300 square feet of space and is priced at $634,900. The home has a gourmet kitchen with stained maple cabinets with trim details, granite countertops with a tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances.

The home’s main floor features 10-foot ceilings, a formal living room, a formal dining room, a grand room open to an island kitchen and a breakfast room, as well as a bedroom/study with a full bath. Located on the main floor, the gourmet kitchen has stained maple cabinets with trim, granite countertops with a tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. The main floor also has hardwood floors throughout.

The second floor is home to the master suite, which features a tray ceiling and a sitting area. The luxurious master bath has a garden tub and separate shower, dual vanities and granite countertops. In addition to the master suite, the second floor includes three bedrooms, two with a jack-and-jill bath, and one with a separate bath and a large bonus room.

The home is located inside Interstate 285, and is just minutes away from shopping venues in Buckhead and Sandy Springs as well as Perimeter Mall.

Students at The Enclave at Peachtree Dunwoody attend High Point Elementary School, Ridgeview Middle School and the award-winning Riverwood High School.

Sales for The Enclave at Peachtree Dunwoody are handled by About Sales, Inc. To schedule an appointment, contact Melanie Burruss at 404-593-5319 or e-mail

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…)

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