Decatur, GA Real Estate News

By Syreeta Smith
(Morris and Raper Realtors)
Berkely Village has just reduced there prices by $35,000.. Buy a 3x31/2, 2200 sqft townhome for $249,900. Located in the heart of Avondale Estates. All homes will feature: Hardwood Floors Trey Ceilings in Master Bedroom Low Maintenance Living Brick, Stone, Hardi-Plank Siding and Shake Steel Exterior Doors Two Car Front Entry Garage Custom Gourmet Kitchen Features Recessed Cans (per plan) Tile Floors in All Wet Areas Garden Tub in Master Bath with Separate Tile Shower Granite Countertops with Backsplash Buyer Incentives- 3,000 towards closing cost.   Take Advantage of the Buyer's market and get the home of your dreams. 
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By Scott Eaves
(Chapman Hall Realtors)
Saturday, October 25, 200810:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Holiday Inn - Decatur130 Clairemont Ave. Map & Ticket Locations The Greenest House is One Already Built Do you live in an older home?  If so, the Decatur Old House Fair is a must see this weekend.  The fair will include vendors, seminars and workshops for rehabilitating, furnishing and maintaining your older home. Scott Eaves, Associate Broker(404) 518-3820 - DIRECT(404) 920-3439 - FAX www.scottsellsatlanta.comKeller Williams Realty/Atlanta Classic 3800 Camp Creek ParkwaySuite 18-100 Atlanta, GA  30331 (404) 564-9500
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
There are plenty of great options for condo living in Decatur, GA. List prices as of today range from $12,500 to $799,900. There really is something for everyone. Why live in a condo? You’re busy. You travel or would like to. You want a low maintenance lifestyle. You want the opportunity for social interaction with your neighbors. You do not want to deal with lawn maintenance. You do not want the responsibilities of dealing with exterior maintenance. You want amenities. You are renting now and are ready to stop paying someone else’s mortgage. You want to be part of a community. You are ready to have something of your own. You are ready to downsize and have a simpler life.   As for being involved in your community, that is up to you. Many condo Homeowner’s Associations have social events...
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
What are you doing this weekend?  October is such a great month with lots of Fall Festivals and Events for all to enjoy in Decatur and Metro Atlanta.  Here are some of my picks for the weekend. Martinis and Imax at Fernbank Museum Friday nights are great.  Oktoberfest in Helen, GA, is just an hour and ½ North of Atlanta.  Get out and see the fall foliage! The Decatur Beer Festival on Saturday October 18th has sold out to the first 4,000 people.  But, the whole Downtown Decatur area will be a flurry of activity.  Come anyway and check out the local establishments. Boo at the Zoo at the Atlanta Zoo in Grant Park should be great for the kids.  The Home Show at the Georgia International Convention Center 10/17/2008-10/19/2008. Here's 3 days of ideas, inspiration and hundreds of ways to cros...
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
Foreclosures in Decatur, GA More and more people are discovering the charming City of Decatur, thanks to the strong neighborhood associations, multiple special events and some of the best schools in Metro Atlanta. Because of this, the housing market has remained strong and foreclosures are few and far between.  I thought it would be helpful for my current investors and future first-time home buyers if I created a one-stop source for the latest Decatur foreclosures.  Please be sure to bookmark this page, as the foreclosure listings will be updated DAILY.  >>> View ALL foreclosures in the City of Decatur / Oakhurst / Winnona Park (30030) >>>  View ALL foreclosures in South Decatur / East Lake (30032) >>>  View ALL foreclosures in North Decatur (30033) If you are considering buying a fore...
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
I was out previewing homes today. As a real estate agent in Decatur, GA it's part of my job to know what's out there and available for my clients. Sure, I could lookon-line and I often do. But, I get a better feel for a home and neighborhood by actually being there. I'll take you along on my little tour of homes in Decatur and Atlanta, GA. You can view the map to see the push pin numbered with each location. My 1st stop was a home on Edmund Park Drive off of Rock Springs Rd in Atlanta. It's listed at $759,900. It's a 4 bedroom/4.5 bath home, tastefully decorated and had amazing interior decorator paint. It has a full finished terrace/basement level. This one had a very cozy, OK tiny yard, but what we would expect for in-town living. Home #2 is a newer home with 4 bedrooms/3.5 baths in M...
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
As a real estate consultant in Metro Atlanta, my job is to ensure that my clients are armed with as much information as possible in order to make an informed decision when purchasing a new home.  I want my first-time home buyers to be 100% comfortable with their decision today... and in the years to come. The most important question for a new home buyer is usually "How much will this cost?"  This may vary from state-to-state, but here is the breakdown for Georgia home buyers: 1)  Earnest Money.............Typically 1% of the purchase price      ** Due when you submit your offer on a home.  The earnest money will be credited towards your  downpayment or closing costs at closing. 2)  HOME INSPECTION...................................$375 - $500 3)  HOME APPRAISAL.............................
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
The Punchline is not the only place for Comedy in Atlanta. If you haven’t been to a Sketchworks Comedy Show in Decatur, GA yet, now is the time. Be forewarned, this comedy is not for the faint of heart. If you are easily offended, well you will be here. This show is not politically correct and doesn’t discriminate on who they offend. It is all original work and the show changes 4 times a year. Come prepared to laugh, a lot. Come watch Atlanta's most outrageous actors and writers wreak havoc with all that is sacred. Masterminded in 2001, Sketchworks is an original, cutting-edge sketch comedy troupe featuring some of Atlanta's top working pros. Sketchworks is part of yourACT, an acting studio with on camera classes for Adults and Children. They offer a variety of on-camera acting classes ...
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
Twice a year, in October and March, the city of Decatur, GA holds an Electronics Recycling Day. This semi-annual event has been dramatically successful in diverting electronic equipment from landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water. Electronics Recycling Day Saturday, October 25 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Decatur High School Parking Lot (on the corner of N. McDonough St. and W. Howard Avenue) Don't throw away that old cell phone, camera or PC component! Save it and recycle it at Decatur's Fall 2008 Electronics Recycling event. Batteries and Styrofoam will also be accepted. For the first time at this event, TV's will be recycled for a minimal fee of $10 cash only per TV set with exact change. There is no charge to recycle other items. You do not need to be a resident of Decatur, GA to p...
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
What's going on with real estate in Decatur, GA?  Well, the good news is that homes are still selling. Here is an analysis of single family homes in Decatur.    July 2008 Sold Homes Sold 152 REO Properties 30 Average Days on Market 72 Original List Price $238,592 List Price $266,152 Sold Price $215,511 Range $26,100-$725,000                                                                         August 2008 Sold                          Homes Sold 164 REO properties 55 Average Days on Market 70 Original List Price $243,255 List Price $191,973 Sold Price $183,212 Range $22,500-$824,500  September 2008 Sold Homes Sold 85 REO properties 27 Average Days on Market 81 Original List Price $221,443 List Price $208,048 Sold Price $200,591 Range $22,500-$1,025,000 There are currently 1251 single ...
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
Decatur GA Real Estate - Oakhurst Homes Thanks to the phenomenal Decatur GA school system and the outstanding Oakhurst Neighborhood Association, the home sales in Oakhurst have been very stable.  Even with all the "doom and gloom" on the national news, this quaint little neighborhood just outside of Downtown Decatur is doing very well... Oakhurst homes are selling for 98% of the list price The average number of days that an Oakhurst home is on the market (DOM) is 65 The average sale price for a 3 bed / 2 bath home is $340,880 If you have any questions about the Oakhurst home sales, if you would like a full report of what has sold in your neighborhood or if you would like a complimentary home analysis for your Oakhurst  home, call me anytime at 404.432.1844.  I work and live in the Oakhu...
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By Scott Eaves
(Chapman Hall Realtors)
  Saturday, Spetember 27, 200810:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 200812:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m The 2008 Decatur Garden Tour will feature 16 gardens, a plant sale, children's activities, a Saturday evening tour of select gardens, speakers and much more!  Find more Atlanta home tours at www.atlantatourofhomes.com Scott Eaves, Associate Broker(404) 518-3820 - DIRECT(404) 920-3439 - FAX www.scottsellsatlanta.comKeller Williams Realty/Atlanta Classic 3800 Camp Creek ParkwaySuite 18-100 Atlanta, GA  30331 (404) 564-9500
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
Decatur, GA is full of great things to do.  Have you checked out Jazz Nights in Oakhurst Village yet? Every Thursday night in April and September from 7-9 p.m. there are free Candlelit Concerts on the lawn.  Even if it's raining, it's moved indoors to the Solarium.  Concerts are at 321 West Hill St, Decatur, GA in Oakhurst Village which is between downtown Decatur and the Atlanta neighborhood of Kirkwood. Bring your blankets and some picnic food and come enjoy the beautiful evening weather we're having.  Come early and enjoy a drink or get some takeout from one of the restaurants around the Village.  You have your choice of great places to eat. The Universal Joint is across the street, it was a gas station, now it's a bar.  Wahoo Grill is around the corner on College Ave, it's a place t...
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
The 11th Annual Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival is just around the corner!  On Saturday, October 11th  the Oakhurst festival will kick off with the Oakhurst Fun Run and then the festival will take place in the center of the Oakhurst community in Harmony Park (at the intersection of Oakview & East Lake Drive).  The Festival seems to get bigger and better each year.  There will be a parade, 50+ local artists, a community information area with local non-profit groups, an activty area for the kids, and live music -- Eight different groups are scheduled to play throughout the day.  The festival starts at 10 am on Saturday and ends at 7 pm.  After that, be sure to head over for some great food and beverages at one of Oakhurst's many restaurants, such as the Universal Joint, Mojos, Kavarna, Pa...
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
Did you know that the City of Decatur, GA has created 6 Informative Walking Tours?  They range from easy 1 mile to what they call challenging 4 mile.  I did the "challenging" 4 mile with my Dad who is in his mid 60's the other day.  The temperature was in the upper 80's so it was kind of hot out.  It is pretty level walking and we managed it just fine.  But, just for fun we stopped for dinner in between at Tesoro the new Mexican restaurant next to Twains at the end of Church St. in Decatur.  We did Tour #3 which they call Sycamore and More.  I actually learned something about Decatur, although I've lived here 12 years.  The first 2 story house ever built in Decatur was in 1830. It's listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It's callled the High House, an appropriate name if y...
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By Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
(Keller Williams on the Water)
If you haven't been to a Concert on the Square in Decatur, GA now is the time to get out and enjoy these free events.  The concerts are played at the center of the Square in the Gazebo behind the old Courthouse.  Bring your blankets and a cooler and just relax. Concerts are every Saturday night in May and September from 7-9:30 pm.  Stick around after the show and visit one of the many local pubs and restaurants.  Or get some food to go and enjoy it on the lawn.  These events are just another reason why Decatur, GA is a great place to live, work and play. Haven't been to Decatur yet? Here's how to get here: From the MARTA rail line:Go to Decatur Station (E-6). Take east exit for Church Street and west exit for bandstand. From I-285 Southbound: (Stone Mountain, Snellville, Athens, Conyers...
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
THE 3rd ANNUAL AJC DECATUR BOOK FESIVAL IS JUST A FEW DAYS AWAY! Downtown Decatur will be the center of the literary world from August 29 - 31.  The AJC Decatur Book Festival will feature lectures and signings from 250 national and local best-selling authors, representing all genres of books. .. There is even a rumor that our local Ty Pennington will be there! Whether you're 8 years old or 80, there will be something for everyone. >>>  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION  While you are in the Decatur area, please be sure to stop by one of the BEST BUYS in Downtown Decatur... a really cute condo in the Historic Decatur Condominiums! Located at 423 Clairemont Ave, this 2 bedroom / 2 bath corner unit has been FULLY UPDATED and features an open floor plan, hardwoods, new covered patio, master s...
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By Karen Dembsky, Atlanta Home Staging
(Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA)
Atlanta has so many quaint neighborhoods that feature small older homes offering nostalgic appeal.  Of course, the main draw for many of these neighborhoods, however, is location, location, location! Whether or not a home should be home staged really isn't about the price point of the home, nor is it about the size of the home, or even the demographics of the home. It should be staged. That being said, HOW a home should be Professionally home staged is all about the price point of the home, about the size of the home, and the demographics of the home. Many of the older and smaller homes in Atlanta have the front door opening into the living room. No foyer or hallway entrance to be found.  This often creates a difficult space as you see here in this Decatur home in Dekalb County.  It is ...
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
Decatur GA Townhomes - North Village If you are a first-time home buyer trying to find a beautiful new home under $185,000, you have come to the right place!  I just toured the new Decatur towhomes at North Village and they are well contructed and give you lots of  Craftsman bungalow details and charm.  The homes have 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and prices start at about $150,000 up to $183,900. The homes are beautifully constructed with 2-stories, master suites, crown molding, spacious kitchens and a 1-car garage. The North Village townhomes are centrally located, just off of Memorial Drive, near the new Super Wal-mart that just went in at the old Avondale Mall location.  You are also very close to Downtown Decatur, Oakhurst Village, MARTA, Avondale Estates and 1-285.  >>> VIEW ALL A...
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
Deal of the Week - OAKHURST Bungalow in Decatur As an Intown Realtor, I see more than a dozen homes each week and this Oakhurst Craftsman Bungalow really stands out from the crowd!  With 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and an open floor plan, you will be impressed the moment you walk in the home.  Gleaming hardwoods, vaulted ceilings, updated kitchen and a great back deck, this home is move-in ready!    Located just a few blocks from the popular Oakhurst village and less than a mile to the Edgewood Retail District, I would consider this to be one of the best values in the neighborhood.  PRICED AT $315,000.                  If you are not already working with a Realtor and would like to schedule an appointment to view this home, please call Kerry Lucasse, Keller Williams, at 404.432.1844.  ...
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