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Georgia’s top cities for young families


Young families seeking Southern charm, excellent schools and plenty of outdoor recreation can find it all in the Peach State.

According to a report from, one of the biggest attractions is the lower cost of living -- the median home price in Georgia is just $128,100.

The personal finance website found the average population of the top cities for young families in Georgia is just more than 14,100 people, and half of the places have less than 10,000 people.

Further, family income is higher for all of the top places on’s list with an average of $70,000 — well above the state average of $53,029. The highest average family income is nearly $97,500 in…
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9 INSIDER Design Inspiration Trends

Trade shows are inspiration engines. Interior design trade shows, by their very nature, rev up inspiration even more.

The recent 17th annual Interior Design Show, known fondly as IDS15, had mental sparks flying for interior designers, media, and exhibitors alike.

Here's 9 INSIDER IDS15 DESIGN INSPIRATION TRENDS to spark creativity and insight while buying or selling dream real estate:

#1 An Inny or an Outie?  

According to BLANCO National Sales Manager Steve Guterres, when it comes to kitchen sinks, personal preference wins. Since both cut-in undermount and stand-out topmount sinks have strong pluses going for them, color is now the deciding factor. Guterres says Metallic Gray is hot, while white

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Rent Increases Expected to Continue Through 2015

Rent Increases Expected to Continue through 2015 | Keeping Current Matters

CNBC’s Diana Olick recently reported that rents in the residential housing sector continued to rise in 2014. She interviewed Jed Kolko, Chief Economist at Trulia, who revealed:

"Rents are rising because of strong demand that supply hasn't kept up with. Nearly all the new households are renters, and young people moving out of their parents' homes will keep fueling rental demand."

Where are rents headed in 2015?

The question now is where rents will be heading over the next twelve months. In a press release last week, Zillow chief economist Dr. Stan Humphries predicted residential rental prices will continue to climb in 2015:

"Home value appreciation will

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 Our lives today are on a fast track. We never seem to take time for the things most important to us.

A bit of holiday wisdom from Tina ... when your child calls (no matter what age) ... STOP, BREATHE AND GET INTO THE MOMENT with your child. This is something I have practiced for many years. You will not regret it!

This Christmas, in memory of our son Zack Gamble, we built a very special Christmas Tree with Zach’s entire book collection ... Take a look!

Have a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas!

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Not only is this Leon's and my favorite place to eat on the run, but It is amazing how an event such as the fire at the OK Cafe in Buckhead can affect a real estate transaction! The buyer of one of our properties scheduled to close this Thursday happens to work at the OK Cafe! The buyer's lender heard about the fire in media reports and this threw up a red flag! Now the lender wants to verify her employment so the closing has been put on hold until this can be done!   Real estate transactions are like a house of cards, one card falls and whoosh -- Thankfully, this should be resolved and we will be closed soon!

OK Cafe in Buckhead burns

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This time of year home sales in the Atlanta region tend to slow down a bit, depending on a number of factors. We believe the article below may explain why homes will be staying on the market longer in the 4th quarter of 2014. By keeping our clients informed of the current trends, we can report that our average days on market is 35 days!  If you are considering selling, or would just like to know your property's current value — call us today for a FREE Market Analysis of your home!

Metro Atlanta Home Prices Down 0.3% in September


Nov 25, 2014, 10:57am EST Staff, Atlanta Business Chronicle


  house for sale*600xx3692 2461 0 118     Metro Atlanta home prices dropped in September, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price…
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Holiday Decor That Can Help You Sell Your House


It's that season where you want to celebrate the coming holidays with a grandiose display of ghouls and goblins followed by pumpkins and wreaths and hand-traced kindergarten turkeys glued on paper plates and then, of course, garland and lights and ornaments hanging from everything and inflatables and a giant incredible tree. We get it. A visible display of festivity is our idea of holiday happiness too.

But going overboard while your home is for sale can actually keep it from selling. And there's nothing festive about that.

"Remember that buyers looking at houses during the holidays are generally ready to buy," said REALTOR Barbara Alteri .

Here's how to strike the right

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Inexpensive Ways to Add Curb Appeal When Selling a Home


When you start considering sellinInexpensive Curb Appeal Improvementsg your home, you often begin to look at it differently than you did before. What once seemed acceptable no longer does – especially when it comes to the look of your home. This is especially true when you are talking about your curb appeal. Wilted plants and bare patches of dirt become hard to ignore when you start thinking about asking for money for the house.

Fortunately, there are plenty of inexpensive things you can do to improve your home's curb appeal. My name is Bill Gassett, a Framingham Massachusetts Realtor and I am here sharing some useful tips for the the budget conscious

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Preparing Your Garden for Winter



Putting the garden to bed for the winter is mostly a matter of cleaning up and covering up. As fall progresses and temperatures drop, those plants that aren't killed outright by frost prepare for dormancy. Clear out the blackened stems and foliage of annual flowers and vegetables to prevent the possibility of their harboring disease pathogens and insect eggs over the winter. The cool weather is a good time to make a cold frame, dig and box in raised beds, and make general repairs.

While it appears as if all activity in the garden has stopped, there's a lot going on under the soil until it freezes. Newly transplanted trees and shrubs, divisions of perennials, and

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Kids Buying Their First House?

Written by Desty.

Buying 1st Home

The do’s and don’ts of helping your adult children buy their first home.

Just last month, I had an old friend call me about his son and daughter-in-law.

“They’re ready to buy, Desty,” he said. “And we want to help them look at their first house.”

First-time homebuyers finding a home in today’s market: great idea. Parents helping them look for a time: potentially great — and potentially disastrous.

As a parent myself, I remember all of the big milestones of my children’s lives; heading to high school, then off to college, then starting careers. Just like we have to temper ourselves as parents to give too much unsolicited advice during these big life changes, we need to do the

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