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By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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Investors who manage rental property in the Emory or Decatur neighborhoods don't generally have to worry about severe winter weather - except when the temperatures drop and snow and ice incapacitate the area.  While the colder weather only lasts several days, a few precautions could protect your home and the safety of your tenants. There are a few steps you can take to limit the number of issues that might affect your property. According to FEMA, residential fires cause more fatalities, injuries and property damage during the winter months between December and February.  The furnace of your Emory home should be inspected before it gets cold.  Your Lease should specify that your tenants are responsible for keeping the heat on at a temperature to prevent pipes from freezing. Smoke and car...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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Holidays are festive times filled with activities that include shopping, planning, attending holiday events, cooking, and being together with our families. While we are preoccupied with accomplishing these pleasant chores, unsavory characters may be targeting our package deliveries, or stealing from our mailbox. It's also a time when colds and flu are incubating in our offices and homes. We may be trying to overdo and become rundown or stressed. Child safety and fire hazards are also a concern during this hectic time. Take a moment to review some helpful safety tips:CDC Health Tips Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly can prevent the spread of germs Stress - if you are trying to accomplish too much, you may become overtired and stressed, and more prone to colds and flu.  Give yo...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
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Decatur GA Luxury Homes for Sale | Decatur Luxury Real estate Decatur GA luxury homes for sale. Are you looking to buy or sell luxury homes in Decatur? You're in luck! We designed this Decatur luxury homes quick search page just for you. Now you can search GAMLS listings for luxury homes for sale in Decatur GA by home price range and more. View Decatur new luxury homes, town homes, condos, private estates, mansions, country club homes, and Decatur luxury golf homes currently listed for sale in Decatur GA. Decatur GA Luxury Homes for Sale - Click Here!  Decatur GA Homes for Sale $100K – $250K Decatur GA Homes for Sale $250K – $500K Decatur GA Homes for Sale $500K – $750K Decatur GA Homes for Sale $750K – 1 Million Decatur GA Homes for Sale 1 Million +
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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Decatur Homes - Clairmont Heights Area HistoryClairmont Heights and the surrounding Decatur neighborhoods have an interesting history.  Clairmont Heights Civic Association put together an intriguing history of Decatur real estate in this area.  Clairmont Heights was developed after a lottery of Creek Indian lands in 1821 by the State of Georgia, when 202+ acres were transferred to individuals.  According to local historians ,by 1860, most of the land was owned by Ezekel Mason, an esteemed citizen of Decatur who died in 1879.  His widow then ran a profitable mill in the area called Mason's Mill.  Remnants of the Mill and the old Decatur Waterworks are still visible along the recently constructed pathways in the area and can also be accessed through several Decatur parks.Original plats da...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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Preparing Your Decatur Rental PropertyRenting your Investment Home in Decatur is important, but attracting good, long-term tenants is vital.Before you begin marketing your Decatur property for lease, take a critical look at the overall condition of your home.  Renters have certain expectations when they are searching for a place and Condition matters!   Here are a few essential preparations that will help attract good, qualified tenants : Curb Appeal - The exterior appearance of your investment property is your first chance to make a great First Impression.  Make sure that shrubs are trimmed, lawn mowed, flower beds cleaned.  Paint or pressure wash the exterior if necessary. Door Locks/Garage - It's always a good idea to change the locks after each tenant vacates.  Check all locks and w...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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Leafmore Hills/Vista Grove/Oak Grove - Part 1 History of Decatur Real Estate Near Leafmore/Oak GroveThe current Leafmore/Oak Grove area of Dekalb County has changed a great deal since 1822, when real estate sold here for 10 cents an acre.  The following year, Decatur was named the County Seat and the area began developing. Leafmore Hills and the surrounding Oak Grove area was a rural farming community with few homes and no 4-lane highways.  Dairy farms dotted the landscape and Clairmont Road, now a major artery, was part of an Indian Trail. There were no shopping centers, grocery stores or restaurants - just small crop farms and cows!An expanding population pushed Atlanta eastward towards Decatur, which was becoming a prestigious suburb by the early 1950's.  According to history compile...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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If you plan to lease a property in the Emory Area or in Decatur, you should know what may be expected before you complete an application to rent a home.Finding the right home in the Emory Area where you want to live is an obvious first step, but prospective tenants often have to pass stringent credit and background checks. In popular neighborhoods where rental properties are at a premium, there may be tough competition for a desirable home. It's best to be prepared in advance: Check your credit - most credit companies allow you to have one free credit check per year.  Here are the phone numbers for the major credit card companies: Equifax - Customer Service - 866-640-2273 Experian - Customer Service - 888-397-3742 TransUnion - Customer Service - 855-681-3196 While it is always advisable...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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Winter climate in the Atlanta area is generally mild - at least milder than in many other parts of the country.  Temperatures do dip lower, trees lose their leaves, and shorts are no longer popular apparel.  There may not be snow in the backyard, but cold days and nights are interspersed with incredible sunny days when you could enjoy a picnic on the deck, and many days when curling near the fire or the heat register is an appealing option.This is a time when most homeowners in Decatur focus on a cozy interior, rather than the bleak exterior landscape.  With a little creativity, however, it is possible to enhance the exterior of your home and enjoy outside activities on those beautiful days:Once the leaves are raked, consider decorating outside your home for the cooler months. ​Make you...
By Ellen Crawford, Alpharetta Real Estate Agents & Alpharetta REALTOR
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Selling a Home in Decatur GA?  Free Home Selling Solutions and Strategies  Selling a home in Decatur GA? Choosing the best Decatur GA listing agent is a priority if you want to sell your Decatur GA home for the best price and the shortest time. After all you want to sell your home in Decatur not just put a sign and the ground and hope it sells. There is no point when your home in Decatur becomes an expired listing and did not sell. No one wants that!Getting the best results when selling a home in Decatur Georgia starts with hiring Decatur best listing agents to represent you and your needs. You need to have experienced Decatur real estate agents that have a proven track record to guide you through the entire home selling process. That is where we come in.Jim and I have been selling Deca...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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Most homeowners considering the sale of their home in Atlanta or Decatur plan to to sell in the spring, rather than in the winter months.  The weather is generally milder, trees and flowers are in bloom, and there are more prospective buyers are looking for homes in the spring.There are several compelling reasons, however, why selling your home during the holidays might make sense.  First of all, fewer homes are on the market, which  means the buyers looking during this time are serious buyers. ​Buyers often have more time during the holidays to look for a new home, as work demands ease. During the holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Years, most homes show at their best with all the holiday glitter and decorations in place. A lighted tree, candles in the window and a table set w...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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Our church recently decided to sponsor a refugee family in partnership with another local church.  They asked for donations of furniture, lamps, school supplies, bedding, alarm clocks and a number of other household items.​In thinking about what extra things are cluttering my Atlanta home, I realized that my excess would probably furnish several family homes.Aside from a semi-annual clearing ​of clothes dropped at the Salvation Army and an occasional bag of books donated to my local Decatur library, that's usually the extent of my annual household donations.  A major clear out is in my future!​Who could utilize all those extra lampshades and lamps we never use, the paintings and pictures we thought we might hang again, or the duplicate glasses, mugs, and stainless silverware taking up s...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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What happens if a tenant who owes you money moves out of your Decatur rental property in the dead of night?​You happen to stop by your rental property in Decatur shortly thereafter and discover an unoccupied home.  The place is in terrible condition with debris on the floor, dirty dishes in the sink and on the counters,  a filthy refrigerator with food inside.  Clothes and other items are strewn about.  The tenants also left numerous personal property items behind - some of value and some obviously trash.  Your tenants have definitely abandoned the premises and are long gone!After you've calmed down, your first impulse might be to start clearing the property, disposing of items, and cleaning it up for the next tenants.Before you fill up the trash cans, you may need to consider filing an...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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If you had a dream hometown, it might be a place like Decatur, Georgia!  Decatur has so much to offer as a small city just a eight miles from Atlanta - convenience, frequent social activities, great shopping and incredible restaurants.Homes in Decatur are in demand and sell very quickly.  Even rental properties here are at a premium.  Everyone who can possibly afford to wants to live in this lively small town for a variety of reasons.Near the top of the list of reasons to live here would be the top-notch Decatur School System, Fire Department and Police Department. Being able to walk to breakfast, or dinner without getting in your car, or shopping at the local Farmer's Market, or the upscale shops along Main Street all come to mind.Decatur has been named one of the best small cities in ...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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When I began selling homes in the Emory and Decatur neighborhoods back in the early 1980’s, it was a rather settled and somewhat stodgy environment.1930’s – 1940’sFamilies had moved to the area in the late 1930’s or 1940’s when much of the area was developed.  Smaller bungalow style homes were created in neighborhoods like Emory Grove, Great Lakes, and Glendale Estates.The original owners bought what they could afford in a new area where many of the streets were still unpaved.  In a few years, the area was full of young children, who played together and grew up together on the same streets.  Everyone knew their neighbors, their children and their pets. Garden Clubs were formed and play areas were established.It’s hard to image what North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard might have been ...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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Some Pet owners are finding it difficult to lease a property in Atlanta and in the Emory area because many property owners are reluctant to accept pets. We Love Our DogsAccording to a recent survey by Apartments.com, more than 70% of renters own a pet. In fact, 65% of American households own a pet – 42% owned a cat and 54.4% owned a dog.Some two-thirds of pet owners have experienced difficulty in finding a rental property that allowed pets.If you are an investor with a rental property, one of the frequent questions you will hear is “do you take pets”? There are horror stories about dogs that destroyed the woodwork or chewed the carpet, but most pets are well-behaved or crated when their owner is away. If the investment property is in a townhome or condo community, you should consider yo...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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Managing your own Decatur investment property is often difficult, especially if you need time for a demanding full-time job, a busy family life, and want some precious down time.  Those annoying tenant requests always seem to come at critical times – just when you are leaving for vacation or an important business trip. You may have inherited a family home or become a new Decatur investor. Your Decatur home may need repairs or updates – someone will need to meet the workmen. When your property is ready, you will need to advertise for new tenants – someone will need to screen them carefully by requiring credit, background, criminal checks, employment and more. How will you market your home for tenants? Who will prepare the Lease? Who will hold the Security Deposit? How will the rent be co...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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This post was originally published on 7/3/2016 by Emory Decatur Property Management According to Georgia and Federal Law, if you own investment property near Emory University or in Decatur, certain responsibilities fall on your shoulders.As long as you are not involved in a federal government housing program which have additional requirements,  here are some concerns you should consider: You are required to inform your Decatur renters of the presence of lead based paint on your property.  Lead based paint was banned in 1978 so any newer home is unlikely to contain lead paint. Fair Housing laws also require that you  avoid  discrimination of any kind in leasing your property - - race. color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. You should be aware that Military ...
By Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes
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This Blog was first published by Emory Decatur Property Management on 7/4/2016 You may need a little assistance in managing your Emory area investment home or Decatur property – particularly if  you have moved away from the Atlanta area.Some investors and owners do successfully manage their own properties.  An experienced Decatur property manager, however, can save you many headaches, like those calls in the middle of the night to syfon water out of a flooded basement or an alarm going off that your tenant can’t locate.  Tenants have called me recently for both of these issues and they need to be handled quickly.Managing property for other people requires special skills: A very thick skin helps -a property manager acts as a Mediator between the Owner and the Tenant Organization is essen...
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
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Get on your feet and join the 2016 Pied Piper Parade as it makes its way through downtown Decatur on Monday, July 4, 2016. Gather friends and family, ride your bike, walk or skate in this community parade – it’s for anyone and everyone! Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to make floats and join the fun too. And don’t forget your red, white and blue! For those new to the area, the Pied Piper Parade has nothing to do with the Silicon Valley sitcom.Parade lineup is at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave. Pedestrians should gather on the lawn and vehicles will line up in the parking lot. The parade begins promptly at 6 p.m., winds its way to the square for the presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner. The parade route is approximately ...

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