Decatur, GA Real Estate News

By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
For almost two years, the Federal Goverment has offered first-time home buyers a tax credit if they purchase a home.  The parameters of the tax credit have changed quite a bit from 2008 to 2009 so there is a good chance that you are swimming in a sea of information on the internet.  To help break it down for you, to follow is a quick overview of the different programs:  Summary of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit 2008: First-time home buyers would receive a tax credit of up to $7,500.  The credit would be PAID BACK to the government every year at tax time for 15 years (i.e you would pay back $500 per year).  January thru November 2009: First time home buyers receive a tax credit of up to $8,000.  The credit DOES NOT need to be paid back.  Qualifying buyers must not make more than $75,000...
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By Sally English, Sally English Atlanta Real Estate Agent
(The English Team)
Decatur Georgia Tour Of Homes Friday December 4th and Saturday December 5th are the dates for the Decatur Georgia Candlelight Holiday Tour of homes.  5:30 to 9:30 pm.  Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the following locations: Bicycle South The Seen Gallery The Seventeen Steps Intown Ace Hardware Proceeds benefit the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.   Park your car at the Decatur FIrst Baptist Church )at the corner of Commerce and Clairmont) and ride the free shuttle.    The tour will encompass eight homes and two points of interest.  You could walk between them or hop on the free shuttle.  ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PURCHASING A DECATUR GEORGIA HOME? Sally English and The English Team at REMAX Executives specialize in homes convenient to Emory Universi...
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By Buddy Snipes
(Trusted Agent, Inc.)
Thanks to DecaturMetro, the Historic Resources Survey commissioned by the City of Decatur is now available on-line. The survey reviewed all properties within the City and categorizes anything 50 years old or older as “historic”. The full 77 page report is here. Starting on page 13 there is a nice timeline of when neighborhoods were first developed. Here is just one of the many great charts showing the history of annexation:
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
Want to do something different? Check out Ghost Tours in Decatur, GA. It's an easy 1 mile walk that takes about 2 hours and leaves from the Bandstand in downtown Decatur. It goes to the old train depot and through the Historic Decatur Cemetary. I haven't been yet, but one of my friends went on the Ghost Tour recently and said it was awesome! Hmmm, will this change my mind about walking through the old cemetary, as so many people do for their workouts? The Tour begins at the Bandstand in Decatur Square. They start at 7 p.m. and the days vary, right now they are mostly Friday and Saturday nights. See the schedule on www.DecaturGhostTours.com. The picture below is one my friend sent me. She said the white dots are orbs or spirits hanging around the cemetary. Decatur GA is a great place to ...
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
Decatur GA - Holiday Events  -Decorate Decatur Community Grab your outdoor lights,  garland, and yard "art" and get ready for the annual Decorate Decatur Contest! On December 20th, judges will drive through Decatur and pick their 10 favorite homes, as well as one favorite business and one favorite neighborhood.  There will also be one "overall" winner that will receive the Commissioners Cup from the Decatur City Commission. If you are planning to join in on the fun, all you have to do is pull the decorations out, flip on the lights and call 404-371-9583 to give your address and alert the Decatur judges that you will be participating in the contest. To view the previous winners, visit the Decorate Decatur web page.    Thinking of buying or selling a home in Decatur Georgia?  >>> View All...
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
Candler Grove in Decatur GA is an upscale town home community. It backs up to quiet historic Decatur Cemetery and fronts Church Street with walking distance to sought after downtown Decatur. It's also just a few doors down from City of Decatur's Glenlake Park and Tennis Courts. Glenlake Park has 17 acres with swimming pool, playground, lighted tennis courts and ball fields. Other neighborhoods in close proximity include Ridgeland Park, Medlock Commons, Willow Park and Decatur Square. The all brick luxury townhomes at Candler Grove have 2 car garages and were built with elevator options. The floor plans at Candler Grove are spacious and open. High end finishes include hardwood floors throughout the main level, granite counters in the kitchens and Viking appliances. Extensive trim really...
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By Buddy Snipes
(Trusted Agent, Inc.)
DEKALB PARKS AND RECREATION IS HOLDING A PUBLIC MEETING ABOUT KITTREDGE PARK The DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2009 to discuss conceptual plans for Kittredge Park. The general public is invited to attend. WHO: DeKalb Parks and Recreation Representatives WHAT: Public meeting to discuss the conceptual plans for future development of Kittredge Park and to take input from the public. WHEN: Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 6:30pm WHERE: International Student Center 2383 N. Druid Hills Road Atlanta, Georgia 30329 For more information, contact John Bateman, Project Manager at 404-687-3542or e-mail at jwbateman@co.dekalb.ga.us .
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
The Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes 2009 will be Friday & Saturday December 4 & 5 from 5:30-9:30 pm.  The Tour of Homes will focus on the Clairmont - Great Lakes neighborhood in Decatur GA.   Homes on Tour include: 716 Clairemont Avenue 235 Wilton Drive 540 Clairemont Avenue 324 Oakland Street 332 Oakland Street 511 Ponce de Leon Place 152 Vidal Boulevard 116 Huron Street Points of Interest include Clairmont Oaks and Holiday Marketplace + Café at Clairmont Elementary School. Volunteers are needed for the Decatur Holiday Tour of Homes. If you are interested you can Download the Form to sign up. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at: The Seventeen Steps 235 Ponce De Leon Pl. #L Decatur, GA 30030  Intown Ace Hardware 1404 Scott Blvd. Decatur,...
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By Buddy Snipes
(Trusted Agent, Inc.)
What: Wine 101 This is the class that will thrust you on the path of becoming a connoisseur. Join Don as he discusses the fundamentals of wine and wine tasting. In addition to a brief overview of winemaking and major wine growing regions, this class will provide you with the basic tools to taste and evaluate wine [...] 404 377 4005 When: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 7:00 PM Where: The Cook's Warehouse-Decatur 180 West Ponce de Leon Avenue Decatur, Georgia 30030 United States
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By Scott Eaves
(Chapman Hall Realtors)
   Friday, December 4, 2009Saturday, December 5, 20095:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. The 27th annual Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes will feature eight, beautiful homes, the Clairemont Elementary Marketplace and Clairmont Oaks, a senior adult retirement community in downtown Decatur. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.  Advanced tickets are $20.00 and can purchased from merchants around Decatur.  You can also buy tickets at the door for $25.00.  Search for homes for sale in Decatur
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
The ARTISAN in Downtown Decatur Condos and townhomes for sale in Decatur GA - Downtown Decatur homes for sale In the heart of Downtown Decatur, on the corner of Ponce de Leon and Commerce Drive, this upscale condominium home has one of the largest floorplans in the building and includes a BONUS room (perfect for a 3rd bedroom or home office), as well as hardwoods, an open floor plan, light-filled rooms, and storage galore. The spacious master suite is large enough for a king-sized bed and features a spacious master bath with double vanity, garden tub and separate shower, and a French door that opens to the patio overlooking the courtyard (a great spot for your morning coffee!). A gourmet kitchen opens to the living room and  includes stainless appliances, breakfast bar and granite count...
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By Buddy Snipes
(Trusted Agent, Inc.)
I love mashups. I don't know how much good it does but I do like to embed them in my sites. I just came across SpotCrime and they have done a really cool job of geolocating crimes on Google maps. This app could easily be a winner but I think it's still pretty new. I tried going back 1 year to see what an area looked like and when I refreshed the map it displayed the one month data that was already there and nothing new. Either their db isn't old enough or there search is buggy. Still, I think this one is a keeper. It does require registration for which you get automatic alerts for any crime events within 2 miles of your home.
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By Buddy Snipes
(Trusted Agent, Inc.)
Rarely do I hear people talk about "affordability" as a key component of the real estate market. By affordability, I mean the number of people who can actually afford to buy a home. We focus on inventory, days on market, averages and the like. But the number of people in the pool who can actually buy a home is the bottom line. When jobs go away, the number of people in that pool gets smaller and smaller. Michael Kanell with the AJC writes that "It may be 2012 or 2013 before we get back to where we were," Ouch. And if you are an agent in the metro area, do not read the very last sentence of this article. I'm not one to be pessimistic, but until people can get back to work things can't change.
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By Buddy Snipes
(Trusted Agent, Inc.)
This is from one of the neighborhood watch coordinators: There are three important events in the community this week that you should not miss. WEDNESDAY 11/18/09: 7:00 p.m. Briarwood Recreation Center (identical meeting at 5 p.m at Buckhead Library 229 B’head Ave) Proposed Biomass Energy Plant (burning wood products to produce energy) Southeast Renewable Energy is planning to apply for a rezoning from M (industrial) to M2 (heavy industrial) and for a special land use permit in order to operate a biomass facility at 1800 Briarwood Road, roughly b/n REI and Northeast Plaza. They are holding two community public informational meetings on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18. Raine Cotton, the rezoning applicant from SRE, says that this facility will process yard mulch into steam, which will then be sold...
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
Terrific Thursdays are back in Decatur, GA! From now through December 17, be sure to check out Decatur  for holiday shopping and special events.  On Thursdays you'll find good deals at Decatur's hottest shops, galleries and restaurants. Park once and take Decatur's Pedicabs for free around town. Participating businesses will stay open late, offering beverages, snacks and special offers. In December you'll see Santa visiting shops and restaurants within the city limits. My friends and I make Terrific Thursdays our weekly get together. Each week, we "tackle" a different part of Downtown Decatur for shopping. After the stores close, usually by 9 p.m. we'll stop at one of the great bars and restaurants in Decatur like Parkers on Ponce, Leon's, the Brick Store Pub or the Chocolate Bar. It's ...
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
Ready to get out and enjoy this beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon? Check out Junktique at the Solarium in Oakhurst Village in Decatur GA. Sunday, November 15th from 12 - 6pm at the Solarium, shop an exciting community marketplace and artist market at the first-ever Junktique. Junktique is a benefit for Oakhurst Elementary School featuring a great artists' market, collectibles sale and yard sale with live music, good food, and beverages. The Solarium at Old Scottish Rite is located at 321 West Hill Street Decatur GA 30030. It's right up the street from the Oakhurst Community Garden.  Oakhurst is also home to Taj Ma Hound the bakery for dogs. Once you've gone to Junktique come on over to Kirkwood and see about 30 homes open for Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. Be sure to stop by 49 Clifton St. ...
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By Buddy Snipes
(Trusted Agent, Inc.)
TheDailyGreen has got an article today on green decorating ideas for the Holidays. It's that time of year. Could be a nice article to share with friends and clients.  The article has some particularly nice links one of which is about artificial trees and whether or not they are a better choice. The first link in the title takes you to some information on HolidayLEDs.com. Apparently they will accept trade ins of you old incandescent strands on the purchase of their products. Who woulda thunk...
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By Sally English, Sally English Atlanta Real Estate Agent
(The English Team)
The Grange Public House in Decatur Georgia; Contemporary Dublin Restaurant and Pub Note From Jan 2010: The Grange changed it's name to The Marlay House after this article was written Tim and I were in Decatur last Friday evening for a high school football game at Decatur High School.  We had planned to grab a bite to eat before the game and after missing the turn in to Watershed restaurant did a turn around in the parking lot of The Grange Public House.  As fate would have it a parking spot magically appeared and we pulled in to grab a bit of parking karma. T The Grange Public House looked familiar and we later learned it was originally known as The Angel Pub.  The new owners opened it back up as The Grange and stamped their Dublin heritage all over the menu and drink selection. As we w...
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
Atlanta Home Search - Georgia Real Estate B R E A K I N G   N E W S ! ! ! Moments ago, the House voted 403-12 to expand and extend the Homebuyer Tax Credit (as part of the Unemployment Insurance Bill).  The bill is now on its way to President Obama for his signature... so this is ALMOST a done deal! The agreement on the extension and expansion of the credit is as follows: Credit available for purchases before May 1, 2010. Prospective purchasers with binding contracts in place as of April 30, 2010 will be allowed an additional 60 days to complete the transaction.  Credit remains at $8,000 for first-time purchasers. No change to definition of first-time purchaser.   NEW $6,500 tax credit for REPEAT BUYERS who purchase between December 1, 2009 and May 1, 2010. Repeat buyers must have lived...
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
8th Annual Decatur Wine Festival - Decatur GA Come taste over 350 domestic and imported wines and enjoy live music from the community bandstand during the 8th annual Decatur Wine Festival. The weather should be great for this event with high temps in the mid 60's. Saturday, November 7, 2009 1pm -  4pm Old Courthouse Square in Downtown Decatur, GA Tickets are $30 per person Admission includes a commemorative wine glass No one under 21 allowed No animals allowed The Decatur Wine Fest is sponsored by the Decatur Arts Alliance. Tickets are available from Ticket Alternative or from the Decatur Package Store on Clairmont Rd in Decatur, GA next to the YMCA. Tickets are limited to 1,500 people. This event is just one of the many events in Decatur GA and is one of the reasons why Decatur is a gr...
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