Stone Mountain, GA Real Estate News

By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
Advantages of Real Estate Mobile Apps https://epro.realtor/work-e-pro/why-use-e-pro  (Why use an epro?), www.stonemountaingeorgiahomes.com  Since most people are constantly on-the-go, professionals like real estate agents must keep up. With the help of mobility and digitization, real estate mobile apps were born. These handy and easy-to-use digital aids can home buyers become more efficient and reliable in what they do. Here are known benefits of real estate mobile apps: Better sharing of commission. Real estate mobile apps that are integrated with MLS (Multiple Listings Services) enable present real estate listings more up-to-date based on what the app users need and want. Through the app, agents and sellers have more choices to consider. Further market reach. Mobile property searches ...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
Buying A Distressed Property Near the End of The YearThe flood of property foreclosures in the U.S. housing market provides opportunities for investors and prospective homeowners. As home prices continue to rise, homebuyers seek more economical choices for the home they want. Purchasing a distressed property may well be an ideal option, especially if you buy towards the year’s end. It’s always a great risk to buy a home. The risk becomes even more considerable if homebuyers decide to purchase a distressed property even at the end of the year. Here are some pointers to consider: Be prepared to spend on necessary repairs. What you see is what you get when it comes to distressed properties. Do not expect to get discounts on materials and labor you need in fixing up the property you bought....
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
Home Buying TipsSometimes the sheer amount of available property options in the market can really cause a headache. Thankfully, buying a new home for you and your loved ones is all about keeping a lookout for a few key features. We will help you locate your next abode with a simple checklist.BudgetMost of us would love to live in a cozy mansion overlooking the sea but we must face the cruel reality of budget constraints. By accessing the practicality of your total cost, you can make informed decisions in picking the right property and allocating additional fees such as renovations and furniture.Amenities‘’Where is the nearest grocery store’’, ‘’where is the closest school’’, ‘’is there a train station nearby?’’ These are all useful questions to present to your agent when browsing for a ...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
BUYING A HOUSE DURING MARCH MADNESS www.stonemountaiingeorgiahomes.comWhen it starts getting warmer, you sense March Madness coming your way soon. This means that homebuyers are finally getting their energy and enthusiasm back in buying homes. At this time, the interest rates are still low. March Madness is ready to reactivate the housing market.Below are some pointers in getting started with your property buying during March Madness: Keep a positive state of mind. It is truly stressful when you set out to buy a home. To make things lighter, just prepare things ahead of time. Planning ahead helps make your transaction go smoother. Always keep a positive attitude about your home buying endeavors. It is natural to have many competitors for the house you want. If you don’t get it, keep in ...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
TYPES OF HOME DOWNPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS   It is not easy for everyone to accumulate enough for a house down payment especially with student loans, inflation, and high rental fees. . Here are the types of down payment assistance for the home you want: Affordable First Mortgages. This is assistance from housing agencies of the state. It is meant to lower the mortgage payments. Affordable First Mortgages also cut down the interest rate of a loan based on the buyer’s budget. They can also lower mortgage insurance, closing costs, and fees. Mortgage Credit Certificates. These are actual federal tax credits that can reduce your income tax payments. This is offered by local government and state agencies. Down Payment Help. This is a type of financial help that are usually 2nd or 3rd grant...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
TIPS IN BUYING THE RIGHT HOUSE AS THE YEAR STARTSAnother year has passed, and the new year has arrived. For many home buyers, purchasing a home is the ultimate way to start a life, especially if they want things to get better for their families.The following are some tips in buying the right home at the right price this New Year: Get to know the new tax bill first. According to the 2017 Tax Bill that concerns financial considerations in purchasing a home, there is already an increase in the conforming loan limit. You should check out these changes, just in case they concern the month in which you plan to purchase a home. Be pre-approved. A pre-approval letter can make a difference in purchasing your new home. Some home sellers want that letter before they accept an offer. This is how co...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
TIPS ON HOW TO BUY A FORECLOSED HOME Purchasing a foreclosure looks tempting because of the price offers, but when you get your feet wet in it, you will find that it is an endeavor that has many things to consider such as the following: The home seller wants a letter or pre-approval from the lender before accepting the bid. The property is on an “as-is” basis, meaning the home buyer will be responsible for any repairs. One real estate agent is required from beginning to end. There is almost no room for any negotiation. To make things a lot easier, here are some tips in buying a foreclosed property: Find a broker who believes in your goals. Finding a good agent is a priority if you want that foreclosed home you have been eyeing. Meet with the real estate agent and talk to the lender in ...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
TIPS IN PURCHASING A FIXER UPPERwww.stonemountaingeorgiahomes.comA homebuyer who does not want to be influenced by the real estate market’s temperature usually wants a fixer upper. This type of property costs less than any other around it. Yet, always remember that the purchase of a fixer upper can either be a success or a failure.To make your purchase a good one, you should choose the right property and learn how to evaluate any repairs done to it already. You should also get a credible inspector or a group of reliable inspectors to help you spot the areas that need more improvement. Below are some tips in making your fixer upper purchase a successful one:1. Consider the location. It is best to look for fixer upper properties in areas still undergoing development. This is so that you c...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
OUTDOOR FUN IN SMOKE RISEwww.stonemountaingeorgiahomes.com(678)495-6050Any potential homeowner would love to find a residential spot in Smoke Rise Stone Mountain. If you want to include outdoor fun in your daily activities, it is best to join the Smoke Rise Country Club (SRCC). SRCC is world class when it comes to its facilities and amenities you and your family are sure to enjoy.This exclusive country club offers the residents and guests of Smoke Rise casual dining, unbelievable scenery, banquet facilities, catering, clay tennis courts, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, hard tennis courts, family programs, a main fitness center, and youth programs.The main feature of the club is the eighteen-hole golf course, which is the most desirable one in the south. It was designed by renowned ...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
WHY YOU SHOULD BUY A HOUSE ON THANKSGIVINGWhen November comes, the weather becomes extra nippy and the air smells of Thanksgiving. It is the start of selfless service and warm cheer. It is also the beginning of house hunting for those who understand why. Once again, the mind of a house buyer shifts during the season of Thanksgiving.As the turkeys await their fate, you may be contemplating purchasing your next home. This would be a great time to welcome friends and family to your new nest by Christmas. Here are the reasons you should buy a house during the Thanksgiving season: Low interest rates. During this time of year, interest rates drop because the Federal Reserve suppresses all rates until they almost reach zero. The interest rates of the fall season extend up to Thanksgiving. It w...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
FOR THE WATER-LOVER AT SMOKE RISEwww.stonemountaingeorgiahomes.comAre you ready for your new life at Smoke Rise Stone Mountain? If you are, do you want to incorporate swimming in your daily activities? If you do, you should know a lot about The Summit Swim & Tennis Club (SSTC).Located at Silver Hill Road, SSTC is open for the summer from May to September. It was renovated last 2016 and is now equipped with more varied swim areas such as lap swimming, diving, and wading. It also has two tennis courts and a covered pavilion.Take note that the pool at SSTC is a saltwater pool. Here are some of the guidelines to follow: Children who are younger than 10 years old must always be accompanied by a swimmer at least 15 years of age. The lifeguard on duty may ask for proof that the child could swi...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
WHY LIVE IN SMOKE RISE? www.stonemountaingeorgiahomes.com Smoke Rise Stone Mountain is a unique, beautiful place in Georgia. Do you dream of living in the arms of Mother Nature? Do you love engaging in outdoor activities? If you do, this is the right area in which to have your next home. If you want to have an exclusive experience while residing in Smoke Rise, you must consider becoming a member of SRBRC (Smoke Rise Bath & Racquet Club). In the 1960s, this exclusive club was established around the time the Smoke Rise neighborhood was established. The Smoke Rise Bath & Racquet Club has the following facilities for every member to enjoy: Four tennis courts. Built for competitive tennis, these courts are up to standards. Two of the courts can even accommodate games at night. All courts hav...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
LIVE IN BELOVED STONE MOUNTAIN, GAwww.stonemountaingeorgiahomes.com Are you tired of living in a place filled with the hustle and bustle? Perhaps it is time to leave that hectic lifestyle and live in Stone Mountain, GA.Many people want to buy homes in Stone Mountain Georgia because they want to be surrounded by natural history and memories of the past. The simple life draws them in. Stone Mountain is home to a community that has restaurants and shops ready to cater to their residents’ every need. Located several miles from the famous city of Atlanta, this most visited spot is the state’s pride. It boasts of the many unique shopping and dining locations that would surely make your stay there unforgettable.Perhaps the most treasured aspect of living in Stone Mountain would be the park. St...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
 Buying a home in Stone Mountain GA is not an endeavor you will regret. Stone Mountain is a place that’s perfect for you and your household. It allows you to enjoy urban comforts in a laid back setting. It has so much to offer, especially when you fancy the outdoors. Here are some of the things you can do in Stone Mountain if ever you decide to live here:1. Plant and care for plants. Yes, there is a garden—the Stone Mountain Community Garden. Established in 2009, the SMCG is composed of 50 garden plots (4 feet b 12 feet), a pantry garden, a site for composting, an herb garden, and a wildflower patch. If this is the ultimate hobby hub for you, you must pay 25 USD yearly.Gardening at the SMCG will also help you settle smoothly in Stone Mountain because of all the new neighbors you are goi...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
BUYING A HOME ON HALLOWEEN Halloween is a festive holiday that happens in the fall. Trick or treaters, costumes, and decorations tend to overwhelm homebuyers like you. If you want to buy a house, you should take note of the following tips before you make that important decision: Search for Halloween themed open houses. Use your social media accounts in looking for open houses this Halloween. Check out any links that can lead to the actual photos of the house and the neighborhood. Also look for full descriptions of the house and the nearby establishments in the area. Do not be content with photos. Photographs of the house are helpful, but some may have just been made to look nice. Descriptions and videos are more helpful. Some home sellers post video walk-throughs of their houses on YouT...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
Buy a Home in Stone Mountain Georgia!www.stonemountaingeorgiahomes.comBuying a home in Stone Mountain Georgia has its advantages—close to nature, laid back lifestyle, and myriad establishments. The best thing about residing in Stone Mountain is that you get to be surrounded by parks. Your connection to Mother Nature will never be broken. Here are some of the known parks in Stone Mountain:1. Medlock Park. Situated at 735 Ridge Avenue, Medlock Park has on-site parking, a playground for kids, several basketball courts, tennis courts, restrooms, a pavilion with picnic tables, and a football field. What a perfect place to play the all-American game of football or just watch it as locals participate.2. Leila Mason Park. Located at 5510 Stillhouse Road, Leila Mason Park is equipped with basket...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
Most homebuyers want to buy their houses early in the year. Those who have kids want to wait until the school year ends before they change their address and school district. Others want to take advantage of choosing from a wide selection of homes that are simultaneously placed in the market. In the world of real estate, buyers have a shift in thinking right after Labor Day. To help you with your real estate decisions, here are some reasons you should sell or purchase a home during the fall season:          You can improve your home’s look in time for the buyers. Since there is no hurry for you to sell your home during the fall, you can take a closer look at it and make some improvements. A fresh splash of paint on the outside walls of your house and some new landscaping usually attracts...
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By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
 Don’t miss the 46th Annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration in Stone Mountain! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers have voted Stone Mountain Park as the best place in Atlanta to enjoy fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday. Don’t miss the BIGGEST Fireworks Finale EVER, July 1st-4th! Fantastic Fourth Celebration was voted a “Must-See Fireworks Show” by USA Today and one of Reader’s Digest’s picks for “America’s Most Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks.”Stone Mountain Park will be open from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. on July 1st-4th and the Fantastic Fourth Celebration Lasershow and Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.Experience the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®, a not-to-be-missed Atlanta tradition that promises to wow your family with state-of-the-art digital graphics and awe-i...
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By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
 Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Atlanta Street Food and Music Festival 2016 moves from Midtown Atlanta into its new location at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday June 11, from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Atlanta’s food truck fanatics and music enthusiasts will experience a weekend dedicated to the city’s finest food truck fare, live musical guests, DJs and artisans during this fun-filled event in Stone Mountain.Artists slated for entertainment pleasure include headliners Vertical Horizon, Vivian Green and Bilal. Finishing out the entertainment roster are local favorites Gritz & Jelly Butter Band, the Velvet Stones, Atlanta Funk Society, Wasted Potential Brass Band and up to 12 more local bands and performers throughout the weekend.Renowned as Atlanta...
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By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
Credit Repair. How to do your own! In days past, the transfer of goods, properties, or services involved nothing more than a direct exchange of bartered goods or currency. As time progressed, systems such as promissory notes and promise to pay contracts began to be used in place of cash transactions and transfer of goods became a bit more complex.These days, anyone who meets certain qualifications can obtain credit with merchants, banks, etc. and while this offers greater flexibility, it brings with it a greater possibility that consumers can overextend themselves. Sadly, it has also opened a window of opportunity for things such as fraud and identity theft. This has led the government to respond by instituting laws that regulate certain aspects within the credit industry that protect n...
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