I often receive a lot of questions about investing in townhomes or condos in Alpharetta, and I wanted to share what I know to help make the process smoother. Alpharetta is an incredible subburb to invest in, from the award winning schools, great shopping, tons of green space, job opportunities, and entertainment you can’t go wrong. I meet a lot of prospective clients who would like to invest in a property to rent out, but don’t know where to start. Most Alpharetta townhomes or condos have what is called a rental restriction, these restrictions are put in place for a lot of good reasons 1 being to keep the communities in good standing with FHA. This means that a would be buyer would be able to use FHA financing and their low 3.5% down payment. There are still a lot of communites in Alpharetta priced between 150k and 220k where rentals are allowed. Below are a few. These properties rent between $1200-$1800. I would encourage anyone to invest in Alpharetta.
Regency at Windward Village
For the first time last week I got to try out this very cool, and healthy Acai bowl shop called Luv-a-bowl located at 9700 Medlock Bridge Rd in Johns Creek. The shop is tucked away inside the Medlock crossing shopping center across from the Medlock Regal Theatre. I actually stumbled across the shop after my daughter’s decided that they wanted ice cream for a job well done at school. Me trying to shed a few pounds and trying to change my eating habits decided I needed something a little more healthy and low and behold I found it. Luv-a-bowl is very bright and welcoming upon entering. I told the young man taking orders that it was my first time in, and asked what he suggested. He told me the Johns Creek bowl was the most popular and I took his suggestion. My bowl had yummy creamy blended acai fruit topped with granola, berries, coconut, and honey. It was delicious and just what I needed to beat the Georgia heat. Luv-a-Bowl is that place to come to enjoy delicious, one-of-a kind acai bowls, as well as to experience a range of products to help you look and feel better! I promise you will not be disappointed. Stop in today and tell them I sent you!
I know finding things to do over the Summer break with the kids is not easy especially free things to do! Well for all of my Alpharetta/Johns Creek residents you don’t have to look any farther than Newtown Park. Year after year they have a ton of free events over the Summer to help with boredom. Below are just a few of the events scheduled. For more information visit their site http://www.johnscreekga.gov/RecreationandParks/Special-Events
Johns Creek Farmers Market
Be a part of the local food movement and shop at the Johns Creek Farmers Market. The market is held during the summer at Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at Newtown Park on Saturday mornings (May 6 - Aug. 26) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Each market features local farmers and vendors with organic and/or sustainable foods and produce.
Movies At Newtown Park
“Movies at Newtown Park” is a free summer outdoor series of family-friendly movies presented on a huge inflatable screen.
Pre-show activities include an inflatable moonwalk, face painting, children's activities, giveaways, and music.
Dates: Saturday, June 10; Saturday, July 8; Saturday, Aug. 12
Time: Movie starts at dusk. Pre-Show activities begin at 7 p.m.
Location: Newtown Park
Families are encouraged to bring blankets and relax as they watch the movie. No alcohol or pets please.
Foodtrucks are scheduled for each of the Movies at Newtown Park events!
Saturday, June 10: Patty Wagon
Saturday, July 8: Flatbread Bistro
Saturday, Aug. 12: Big C's Chicago Kitchen
Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate our country's independence at Newtown Park with live music, activities, food, and an exceptional fireworks display!
Date: Saturday, July 1
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Newtown Park
Ages: All ages
This past week was the 2nd annual Kentucky Derby Party at Avalon! This is becoming one of my favorite events to attend. There are plenty of big fancy hats, bow ties and mint juleps. Not into mint juleps there was a choice of plenty of beverage selections including beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. There is live coverage of the races on a big screen, raffles, cornhole, retailer activities, and a 8 man band. Place your “bets” on your favorite horses by placing your tickets in their raffle jar. Prize Packages will be given to the raffle winners from the First, Place, and Show horses. Best part is proceeds benefit The Lionheart School. The Lionheart School is a 5013 non-profit independent school for children ages 6 through 21 with autism or other disorders of relating and communicating. The school was established in 2000 and is located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Don’t miss out next year you definitely want to be there! I give this event 2 big thumbs up!
Yes you absolutely need your own Realtor when you are purchasing a new construction home! I know the on site agent is extremely nice and it really seems like she is trying to help you, but I need you to remember one thing she works for the builder not you. Since the builder has someone working for him why not have a Realtor that is on your side and is looking out for your best interest? You need someone that will look over the contracts, stay on top of deadlines, contact the builder or construction manager when there is a issue, hire the inspector, and is constantly checking on the progress of the home. The on site agent has hundreds of other homes she/he is helping to get sold for the builder your home will not be a priority. Before you decide to walk into a new construction site you should have your own Realtor with you. You will be happy you did.
How Will I Know This Is The Home For Me
I get asked this question a lot and the truth is there is no right or wrong answer to this question. I have had clients that purchased the first home they viewed. With that being said I have also had clients that searched months and months, and viewed over 30 homes. Home is a feeling not just a place. When you walk into the home of your dreams you will know it because you will get the feeling that this one is the right one for you. If you start thinking about the Christmas mornings and Thanksgiving dinners that would be spent at the home and you can literally see it then that particular one may be right for you. Buying a home is a very personal decision you may not want to run it by family or friends because they aren’t the ones living there you are. Make a decision that is right for you.
Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered
As a Realtor I get asked a lot of questions on a daily basis from home buyers and sellers that I work with and meet with. I wanted to share some of the answers to those questions in hopes that it will help you in this process.
Cost Associated With Buying A Home Before Closing
A lot of first time home buyers often times are very aware of the cost associated with purchasing their first home but what about your out of pocket cost before closing. I have had a few clients that felt blindsided by these cost and thought they wouldn’t have to have any out of pocket cost until the actual closing. Let’s talk about the most common!
Earnest money is going to be your first out of pocket expense. Earnest money is a deposit made to a seller showing the buyer's good faith in a transaction. Earnest Money is typically held by the listing agent or buyer’s agent’s broker in a escrow account until closing. At closing you will see the earnest money on your closing statement as a credit to you.
A home inspection is something I recommend to all of my clients. If ever you are working with a agent and they tell you that you don’t need to bother with a inspection the home looks like it’s in great condition get you a new one. They do not have you best interest in mind. A home inspection can cost anywhere from $325-$800 depending on the size of the home. Below are some items a home inspection will normally check.
You can also ask for additional services like an asbestos inspection, radon inspection and a termite inspection. In Georgia where it is very warm most of the time a termite inspection should always be added.
Your appraisal will be ordered by your mortgage lender. A appraisal will typicall cost $300-$600 depending on the kind of loan FHA, VA etc. Also depending on the size of the home.
When you start thinking about buying your first home there are questions you should ask the agent whom you are going to be working with. Asking these questions ahead of time can save you time and trouble in the long run.
Be prepared to ask you Realtor these questions they will help your home buying or selling process go a lot smoother.
When selling a house in the springtime, you should know how to stand above the rest and increase your odds at success. Many homeowners are unsure of how to proceed when they sell a home in the spring months. With this in mind, here are the top six tips to selling a house in the spring.
When you sell a home, you want it to be in great shape. Otherwise, a potential buyer won’t want to offer the highest price. To do this, you should call a local property inspector who can take a look at the foundation and other parts of the house. If you have trouble finding an inspector, contact a real estate agent who can give you advice on how to find a professional.
Prepare the yard
After a long winter, the yard can look dirty and disheveled, so you should clean out your yard and throw away old leaves and rubbish. Remember, plenty of folks will check out the yard, and you will want it to look great in the spring. If you already have a nice looking yard, buy some flowers and place them in and around the yard. This will excite visitors and help them see your home’s potential.
Porch and patio
While people love the yard, they also love to check out the porch and patio. Since springtime is a great time of the year to sit on the porch and enjoy the weather, you should improve your patio and make it attractive to potential buyers.
Of course, when people want to check out a place, they are likely to enjoy it more if it is clutter-free. If you want to get to get the highest possible offer for your house, you should de-clutter it and get rid of old possessions. You’ll also have an easier time moving if you sell off some possessions.
If you power wash the sidewalk and parts of the house, you can improve its curb appeal and excite a potential buyer. Think about it: when a person walks up to a house that was recently cleaned, they will be much more interested. This is an inexpensive way to improve your house, since you can rent a power washer for about $50.
Open it up
When you show you’re house, you need to accentuate its positives. To do this in the spring, you should open your windows and let the sun shine through. You’ll let in fresh air that makes the house more enjoyable, and also show off the outdoors.
With these six tips, you can sell your house in the spring with little effort. Remember, the competition is tough, and you will want to stand above the rest by doing more.
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I want to start by saying I had an amazing time at Kona Grill at Avalon. My husband and I visited one night before going to view a Movie at Regal Cinema. It was just what the doctor ordered a night away from the kiddos at a very cool, and trendy restaurant. The food, decor, and service was outstanding. The decor reminded me of a LA restaurant complete with blue ice fire pit on the terrace perfect for dining al fresco. It was really crowded but we only waited a few minutes for a table. Our server was really attentive, and checked on us several times throughout the night. I ordered the Lemon Garlic Shrimp Penne made with parmesan, baby arugula, roasted tomoatoes, and lemon cream. It was divine. Pasta is my weekness. When I do go back I will be ordering it again. My husband ordered the Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon with Sauteed Green Beans, and fried rice. The green beans were delicious, and prefectly cooked with just a little bit of garlic. I will say the next time I visit I would like to sit outside there weren’t any tables available, and I can see why the fire pits and open air bar are a major draw. Overall I would give Kona Grill 5 stars it definetely met my expectations.
Sometimes saving money for your down payment can be a big challenge, but I am here to tell you it doesn’t have to be. Whether your goal is $5000 or $20000, consider some of these easy ways to save.
I often receive a lot of questions about investing in townhomes or condos in Alpharetta, and I wanted to share what I know to help make the process smoother. Alpharetta is an incredible subburb to invest in, from the award winning schools, great shopping, tons of green space, job opportunities, and entertainment you can’t go wrong. I meet a lot of prospective clients who would like to invest in a property to rent out, but don’t know where to start. Most Alpharetta townhomes or condos have what is called a rental restriction, these restrictions are put in place for a lot of good reasons 1 being to keep the communities in good standing with FHA. This means that a would be buyer would be able to use FHA financing and their low 3.5% down payment. There are still a lot of communites in Alpharetta priced between 150k and 220k where rentals are allowed. Below are a few. These properties rent between $1200-$1800. Alpharetta values are only rising. I would encourage anyone to invest in Alpharetta today.
Regency at Windward Village