Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Good morning and Merry Christmas!

I hope this holiday season finds you in good spirits and surrounded by your loved ones. This is a great time of year to reflect on our blessings and all that we have to be grateful for.

I'm spending the day with my family and have seen many friends in the past few days. I am truly blessed!

One of my friends, Dorothea, gave me an interesting present. Its a statue of Quan Yin, a Buddhist God. This is by far the most unique Christmas present I've received. I must admit that I wasn't familiar with Quan Yin but I did some research online and learned that Quan Yin is known as the Goddess of Mercy and people often look to her for wealth, protection, and children.

Quan Yin is pictured on the right. Perhaps she will bring us all prosperity in the new year!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Back to the Auction!

I just found out that there will be two more model home furniture auctions before the end of the year. If you haven't been to one of these, you should check it out. I've written two posts about this already. My friend Emma bought a sofa for $75 and my other friend Benita bought a sofa and loveseat for $200 total. The deals are amazing!

The first one is actually a warehouse auction so there should be a lot more stuff than you would normally find at your typically auction. The last time I went to one of these, they were selling boxes of lamps for $25-$40 and artwork in sets of 5 for $20 and up. Great deals!

The warehouse auction is on Saturday, December 29th in Cumming. The second auction is the next day in Atlantic Station.

Here are the details:

Saturday, December 29, 2007
Warehouse Auction
1445 Pilgrim Mill Rd
Cumming, GA 30040
Preview Furniture at 8AM
Auction Begins at 10AM

Sunday, December 30, 2007
Atlantic Station
395 Laurent Street Unit 3
Atlanta, GA 30363
Preview Begins at Noon
Auction Begins at 2PM

Here are a few things you should know about the auction:
  1. Everything is sold as is. There are no refunds on items purchased.
  2. There is a 15% buyer's premium on items purchased so if you buy something for $100, it will actually cost you $115 plus tax.
  3. Payment can be made with cash, check, Visa, or Mastercard.
  4. You must take your purchases with you the same day. There are people at the auction for a couple of hours after it ends so you will have time to rent a truck if necessary. Your best bet for a last minute rental is Lowe's or Home Depot. I know a mover that may be available both days if you decide to buy something and don't know how you'll get it home. Let me know if you need the number.
  5. There are people on hand that can help you load heavy furniture into your vehicle.

I'm looking forward to the auction. Hopefully I'll see you there!

Friday, December 21, 2007

4 Days Til Christmas

I was at the mall on Wednesday and the outlet earlier today and they were packed. You can tell that Christmas is right around the corner. If you have procrastinated with your Christmas shopping, its best to make a list and head out early. Forget about shopping online. Its too late to get anything in time for Christmas.

If you can't stand the idea of going to the mall, try in store pick up. This can be done at stores like Circuit City, Linens N Things, Best Buy, Sears, and Crate and Barrel. This will definitely save you time since you will have paid for everything online. Just head to customer service to pick up your items.

If you have to be out in the stores, wear comfortable shoes and have a plan. The worst part of last minute holiday shopping is roaming around while you try to figure out what to buy.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Model Home Funiture Update!

My good friend Benita attended the model home furniture auction this past Monday and she got a ridiculous deal on living room furniture. She bought a Bassett sofa and loveseat for $200 total. Talk about exciting! The loveseat is in the picture on the right.

Another auction is in the works before the end of the year. There will be a warehouse auction on Saturday, December 29th. I don't have the details just yet but will post them as soon as I know more.

Hope to see you there!!!

Babyface in Concert!!!

I had the pleasure of attending the Babyface concert Wednesday night at the new Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. It was a great concert! Babyface has an incredible collection of songs he has written and produced for himself and many other artists.

The evening started with his opening act, Ayo. She took the stage for about 30 minutes with her acoustic guitar and was awesome. Its not personally my style of music but she is very talented and has a beautiful voice.

Then Babyface took the stage and had everyone singing along. He started out with a song from his new cd, Playlist. Then he went into a few of his older hits like Whip Appeal and Never Keeping Secrets, and then went into a medley of songs he wrote and produced for other artists like Bobby Brown, Boys to Men, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, the Deele, Madonna, Karyn White, TLC, and other artists.

It was a great show. Babyface doesn't tour often so if you get a chance to see him, don't pass it up!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Trump Towers Atlanta

Earlier today I previewed Trump Towers Atlanta. Okay, that's an overstatement. There isn't anything to see just yet but I toured the sales office, got great info on the development, and saw a "model" of the kitchen and bath.

It goes without saying that its beautiful and comes with great amenities. For instance, there are private elevators to the residences. You will share an elevator with two of your neighbors so it will be much more secure than your typical condo development. Also, all the parking is valet so you won't have to worry about having a decent parking space or the time it takes to maneuver through a 7 story parking garage. If you have groceries or packages, the valet will bring them up for you. Very posh.

The developers are counting on the Trump name to bring in buyers and they may be on to something. So far, they've sold over 80 units in the first tower out of 336. That's pretty good considering they've just opened up a sales office and don't have a true model home. With a starting price right around half a million dollars for a 1,008 sq ft one bedroom unit, its definitely a lifestyle that you are purchasing. Its may also a good investment. An associate of mine had a client that reserved a unit months ago for just under $400,000. That same unit is now selling for $500,000+.

If you are interested in floor plans or more detailed pricing, click here to send me an email.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Housing Assistance for Police Officers

Are you a cop in the city of Johns Creek? If so, the city has money for you to buy a home. Johns Creek is promoting home ownership for police officers by offering an additional $600 per month for housing.

While this helps offset the cost of housing, it is still out of reach for many in law enforcement as the average home price for the area is about $400,000. There are, however, a few deals if you know where to look. For instance, the 4 bedroom home pictured above is currently listed for $199,000. Click here to send me an email if you'd like more information.

Another option for police officers is the Good Neighbor Next Door Program offered through HUD. A police officer can purchase a HUD home for 50% of the purchase price as long as its located within a revitalization zone and occupy the property for at least 3 years. If you qualify for FHA financing, you can move into your new home with only a $100 down payment and finance your closing costs. This is an incredible deal!

The Good Neighbor Next Door Program is also available to teachers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. This is a wonderful opportunity available to those whose work makes all our lives better. Keep up the good work!

Model Home Auction!

Calling all bargain hunters! Three model home communities will be auctioning furnishings this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Paul Thomas Homes' in Dacula, Atlanta, and Suwanee are in the close out phase and selling furniture from its model homes.

This is an awesome opportunity to get great deals on furniture. My good friend, Emma, bought a brand new sofa for $75 at an auction this summer. Even if you aren't looking for furniture, you can find wall art, mirrors, lamps, vases, and all kinds of decorative items.

Here are the details:
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Harbins Landing Estates
1417, 1427 & 1437 Rolling View Way
Dacula, GA 30019
Preview Furniture at 9AM
Auction Begins at 11AM

Sunday, December 9, 2007
Stonewall Manor
5595 Jamerson Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Preview Furniture at Noon
Auction Begins at 2PM

Monday, December 10, 2007
Collinswood Park Townhomes
247 Bell Grove Lane
Suwanee, GA 30024
Preview Furniture at 5PM
Auction Begins at 7PM

Here are a few things you should know about the auction:

  1. Everything is sold as is. There are no refunds on items purchased.
  2. There is a 15% buyer's premium on items purchased so if you buy something for $100, it will actually cost you $115 plus tax.
  3. Payment can be made with cash, check, Visa, or Mastercard.
  4. You must take your purchases with you the same day. There are people at the auction for a couple of hours after it ends so you will have time to rent a truck if necessary. Your best bet for a last minute rental is Lowe's or Home Depot.
  5. There are people on hand that can help you load heavy furniture into your vehicle.
The furniture pictured above will be sold during the auction in Dacula this Saturday.

See you there!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Weekend Events!

Happy Thanksgiving! Its the day after Thanksgiving and most people here in the States have the day off, making it a long holiday weekend. Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions...

  1. Have a good laugh! See D. L Hughley @ Center Stage Friday, November 23, 2007 at 7pm. Another option is Damon Wayans, David Allen Grier, and Tommy Davidson @ Fox Theatre, Saturday, November 24th 7pm.

  2. Go to the movies! Check out This Christmas or Fred Claus.

  3. Go shopping! This is a great time to pick up electronics. Great deals can be found on HDTVs, digital cameras, and GPS units.

  4. Take in the holiday events like Holiday in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

  5. Go to Fernbank for Martinis & Imax

  6. Hear some good music – See Patti LaBelle & John Legend in concert at Philips Arena on Sunday, November 25th at 7pm

  7. Hang out at Atlantic Station – See a movie, do some shopping, even play in the man made snow. (The picture above is of the Atlantic Station Christmas Tree)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

How to Invest in Real Estate with Your IRA

Did you know that you can invest your retirement funds in real estate? Section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code permits you to purchase land, commercial property, residential property, condos, and more with money from your IRA retirement account.

The first step is establising a self directed IRA. Your typical IRA restricts your investment options to a variety of mutual funds. A self directed IRA allows you to personally choose where the money will be invested. The next step is to purchase the property in the name of the IRA. This means that the property won't actually be held in your name but rather the name of the retirement account where you've contributed your money.

Use caution with this option as the IRS does not allow you to use property owned by your IRA as a personal residence or vacation home. You also cannot lease space in the IRA owned property for your business.

All in all, this is a great way to take advantage of the current buyer's market and prepare for retirement. Click here to read the National Association of Realtor's article on buying real estate in your IRA. You can also send me an email at c_lusby@kw.com if you'd like more information on getting started.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Atlanta is One of the Best Places for Young Professionals

Forbes.com has named Atlanta as one of the best places for young professionals. The financial website tracked graduates from the country's leading universities and looked at where they ended up 10 years later.

All of the cities listed below received high marks because they had the best business opportunities, the most young and unmarried people, and paid young professionals the most money.

Atlanta ranks number 3 on the list of best places for young professionals! Yet another great reason to call Atlanta home. :)

1. New York city
2. San Francisco
3. Atlanta
4. Los Angeles
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Boston
7. Seattle
8. Minneapolis
9. Philadelphia
10. Denver

Click here to read the Forbes.com article.

Monday, November 12, 2007

On Going Green...

Thanks to Al Gore and the Inconvenient Truth documentary, there is a heightened awareness of global warming and the impact we have on our planet. As a whole, people want to go green but what exactly does that mean? We know that we should recycle and that hybrid cars are a great idea but is there anything else?

Here are a few ideas that may help you go green. None of them are time consuming or difficult to do.

1. Buy a reusuable shopping bag. This prevents plastic bags from filling landfills. I have a canvas shopping bag that I picked up at Trader Joe's. I take it with me each time I go grocery shopping and it eliminates the need for plastic or paper grocery bags. An added bonus is that Trader Joe's enters me into a raffle each time I shop with the canvas bag. The prize is $25 worth of groceries.

2. Wash your car at a car wash that recycles water. There is a water ban in metro Atlanta so you shouldn't be washing your car yourself anyway. A professional will probably do a better job and if they recycle water then you know they are acting responsibly. Cactus Car Wash is a popular carwash in the city that recycles water. Cactus Car Wash

3. Reconsider public transportation. The cost of gas is rising so its a timely alternative. Give MARTA a try. If MARTA can't get you there, then try a Flex Car. Its a service that allows you to rent a low emmission, fuel efficient vehicle for a few hours at a time. This way you have the benefit of a vehicle without the long term expense. Flex Car

4. Donate your old computer and accessories. Electronic equipment is a significant component in landfills around the world because it is slow to decompose. Instead of throwing away your old pc, monitor, printer, etc; you can donate it to a local school or charity. I did this a few years ago. I gave an old pc to an elementary school and they were very appreciative. It was a win-win situation because they received a free pc and I got the tax write off.

If donating your equipment is not an option, you can recycle it at no charge. One option is Hewlet Packard. They have a recycling program where you receive coupons on the purchase of HP products. Its a great way to save a few bucks on new equipment and also recycle the old. Click here for more details.

5. No list on going green is complete without talk of recycling. If your community doesn't offer recycling services, you can drop off your paper, aluminum, and plastic items at Ikea. Click here to learn more about Ikea's committment to the environment.

For more ideas, check out the 10 Things To Do from the Inconvenient Truth website.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Person to Person Lending

The internet gives us so many options. Not only can you check movie times, look at houses, and find out about your favorite celebrities; now you can lend money. Its a new trend called person to person lending and the web makes it easy to do.

You go to a lending website and search among borrowers that are looking for loans. I skimmed the Prosper website and found a person looking to consolidate high interest rate credit card debt in anticipation of a new baby. Another person is expanding his business and wants to pay off the company truck. Credit ratings and debt to income ratios are provided so that you can determine the likelihood of being paid back.

Its a great concept. I may try it myself. If so, I'll write another post about it in the future.

Click here to read more about person to person lending.

Person to Person Lending Sites:

Atlanta is One of the Best Places To Live Well

According to Forbes magazine, Atlanta is one of the best places in the country to live well. What does it mean to live well? It means we get high marks for quality of life, arts and leisure, reasonable housing prices, and consistent growth. The city falters when grading the overall cost of living, traffic, and pollution.

For more details, check out the article online Best Places to Live Well

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Wow. Its hard to believe its that time of year already. Halloween was just last week and already there are signs of Christmas all around us. Just go inside Target or any department store and you'll see what I'm talking about. Before Christmas, of course, is Thanksgiving. If you will be traveling for the holiday, now is the time to buy your airline tickets. The closer we get to the holidays, the more expensive it will be to fly.
Happy Holidays!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Loan Modification Can Save Your Home

You can barely turn on the tv or read the news without hearing about how bad homeowners have it these days. Whether its due to the loss of a job and high interest rate loans, the picture sounds pretty grim. So what do you do if you fall behind? The first step is to contact your lender and let them know what's going on. This isn't something you want to do if you fall behind but there are more options than you know. Countrywide recently agreed to modify the loan terms of tens of thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure. I'd love to think that Countrywide did this from the kindness of its heart but the reality is that foreclosure is very expensive for the lender. The lender incurs the cost of lost mortgage payments, fees associated with foreclosure process, decline or damage to the property, and more. The list goes on and on.

Its more advantageous for them to modify your loan so that you have a payment you can afford rather than go through the foreclosure process. This means your adjustable rate loan may become a fixed rate loan or your 15 year fixed loan may become a 30 year fixed loan. If you think this is an option for you, you should know that your lender will want to verify how much you can actually pay. They will likely want to see your recent pay stubs, bank statements, tax returns, and a hardship letter explaining how you got into your current situation. Feel free to send me an email if you'd like more information c_lusby@kw.com

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Atlanta is home to many celebrities. The house above belongs to superstar Usher Raymond. Its currently listed for sale at $1.9 million. Other well known Atlanta figures have opened their doors to the AJC and allowed the paper to get a peak at how they live. I've compiled a short list below with links to the photos. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Candler Park Tour of Homes

The 2007 Candler Park Tour of Homes takes place this Sunday and features nine homes, ranging from Craftman style bungalows to modern lofts, and one garden.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following locations: Candler Park Market, Little Five Points Pharmacy, Radial Cafe, Urban Gardener, Intown Hardware, Donna Van Gogh's and Kirkwood Feed & Seed or online via PayPal. Tickets may also be purchased during the Candler Park Fall Festival this weekend for $15 at the Gilded Angel located at 1404 McLendon Avenue in the heart of Candler Park.

Tour Hours: Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. For more information, call 404-522-5455 or visit the website Candler Park Tour of Homes.

Live at Sweet Auburn!

Renaissance Walk at Sweet Auburn is a great example of the redevelopment plans for the the city of Atlanta. This is a $45 million mixed use development aimed at revitalizing historic Sweet Auburn. Its conveniently located within walking distance of the Apex Museum, the King Center, and Ebenezer Baptist Church.

There is currently TAD (Tax Allocation District) pricing offered on a one bedroom condo. This unit would normally sell for $207,000 but can be purchased for $144,000. This is a discount of $63,000 for the right buyer. The buyer must be either a first time home owner or not have owned property in the last 18 months and will have to meet certain income criteria to be eligible for this pricing.

This is certainly the best deal in town right now! Click here c_lusby@kw.com to contact me for more details.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station is Atlanta's own city within the city. This community features over 10,000 homes, 30,000 jobs, and shopping and entertainment for many more.

This area includes trendy restaurants like Strip and Geisha House, a bowling alley, a movie theatre, Ikea, Target, and a park. This month, Atlantic Station will host Oktoberfest, Taste of Atlanta, and a breast cancer awareness walk. There is always something to do in this community and its all within walking distance!

One great feature of Atlantic Station is that its MARTA accessible. There is a free shuttle for the area that runs to and from the Arts Center MARTA station. Once at the station, you can hop on the train to Lenox Mall, downtown Atlanta, Cenntennial Olympic Park, and the airport.

Curious about home prices in Atlantic Station? Feel free to contact me at c_lusby@kw.com for more information. The best deal right now is a one bedroom condo priced at $182,000. Its definitely worth looking into if you work intown and are tired of the commute. Its a great alternative to many other areas as its centrally located. Living in the heart of the city means you can get to most other places in 20 minutes instead of an hour.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Atrocity Within

My good friend, Adriene, has written her debut novel, Atrocity Within, and its a great read!

Its the story of Elle Corday, an attorney who works her way through college as an escort and is later haunted by her past. The first chapter is available online at Atrocity Within.

Be sure to visit the site to learn more about the book and enter the drawing for a $500 American Express gift card.

Congratulations Adriene Allen! I'm really proud of you!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Halloween in Atlanta

Atlanta is a great place to experience Halloween. This month, take in a haunted house, tour a historic cemetery, or get spooked at Six Flags. The possibilities are endless. Read on for a few ideas...

Netherworld Haunted House is one of the top haunted houses in country. Admission ranges from $18-$25. Check out http://www.fearworld.com/ for more details.

Six Flags Over Georgia holds Fright Fest every October
Fright Fest

Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place of Atlanta's rich and famous. Tour the site October 26-27th and see its residents return to life and offer insights into local history.
Oakland Cemetery Tour

Check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden for its annual event, Scarecrows in the Garden. This event features original masterpieces by local businesses, organizations, and artists. There is also a costume party for children, Goblins in the Garden, on October 28th. Scarecrows in the Garden

A Halloween favorite of mine is the Peanuts classic, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. You can count on this playing a few times this month. Its showing Friday, October 27th at 8pm on ABC. Check your local tv guide for specific info or pick it up at Blockbuster or Hollywood Video. It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Now is the Time to Buy

Real estate is a very hot topic right now. A leading financial expert, Jim Cramer, recently stated that now is the worst time to buy. Jim Cramer may know about stocks and bonds but he doesn't know real estate.

Anyone that is familiar with supply and demand will tell you that now is the best time to buy real estate. Homes are taking longer to sell so there is a larger supply of homes thereby lowering the overall demand. This means that buyers have more leverage than ever before. If this same buyer waits for the market to turn around, he or she is likely to pay a much higher price.

The flipside of this, of course, is that conditions are not as favorable for sellers. If you have a home to sell, all is not lost. Many sellers feel they should wait for the market to turn around before putting their homes up for sale. The downside to this approach is that it works against them when they become buyers themselves. They may realize a better price on the sale of their home if they wait but they will also pay more for the next home.

In reality, "timing the market" doesn't work for the stock market and it doesn't work for real estate either. A home that is priced accurately and shows well will sell in any market.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Lately I've been feeling nostalgic and thinking of days long gone. Whenever I do this, I remember my favorite poems.

One such poem is Invictus by William Ernest Henley. It speaks of overcoming the odds and remaining true to yourself. I find it encouraging whenever I'm in a challenging situation. Perhaps it will speak to you as well.


OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Castleberry Hill's 4th Friday Art & Dine

Check out Castleberry Hill this Friday for Art & Dine. You can start your night at Castleberry Point Lofts on Nelson Street at 6pm. Drinks and food will be provided by Slice while you preview the loft development. You can also enter a raffle for a chance to win original artwork.

Next stop on the stroll is No Mas Cantina! on Walker Street. They have a 4th Friday Artstroll Special 3 Course Dinner for only $25 per person. (This is a great deal!)

Several galleries are participating in this event. This is an awesome opportunity to check out the art scene and developments in Castleberry Hill.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Featured Property

Today's featured property is a 3 bedroom home in Lithonia, just minutes from Stonecrest Mall and Dekalb Medical System, priced at $75,000. This home has a large backyard and is a great investment for a saavy buyer. You could live in it yourself or rent it out and earn passive income.

Feel free to send me an email at c_lusby@kw.com if you'd like more information on the property.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

My Favorite Time of Year

Fall is my absolute favorite season. This time of year I love to check out the fall festivals and take scenic drives to see the leaves changing colors. Last year, I drove up Georgia 400 past Dahlonega and made a day of it. There are some great scenic drives to take in.

This link Scenic Drives provides details and directions for 5 amazing scenic drives. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Where the deals are...

I know I said this before but the $35,000 buyer incentive offered by D.R. Horton is, by far, the best deal in town. See my post from September 13th for more details. There are, however, many builders offering incentives to make buying their homes more attractive to someone that may be sitting on the fence. For instance, Tryson Homes will buy your current home if you purchase one of theirs. (This could be a better deal than D.R. Horton if no one wants your home.) Ryland Homes is offering a choice of one of the following: a 1/2 price basement, 40% off upgrades, or $15,000 toward closing costs. Finally, Pulte and Bowen Homes are both offering $10,000 in buyer incentives. This money can be used for upgrades, closing costs, and other expenses. One caveat is that you often are required to use the builder's preferred lender to receive these incentives.

This is truly a great time to be a buyer. The deals are there and builders are certainly motivated.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Grant Park Tour of Homes

The 2007 Grant Park Tour of Homes takes place this weekend and features 10 historic homes. The tour will provide great info on the history of the homes, as well as, their sustainability and eco-friendliness. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at Grant Central Pizza, Dakota Blue, Six Feet Under, the Grant Park Conservancy Office, or online at www.grantparktour.org/

Tour Hours: Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. For more information, call 404-349-0005.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Maya Angelou & Iyanla Vanzant on the Hill

This month marks the 36th anniversary of Hillside Chapel and Truth Center on Cascade Road. Dr. Maya Angelou will honor the church with her presence on Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 10:30am. (I'd arrive early to get a good seat.)

Also, Iyanla Vanzant will be at Hillside on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 2pm. Tickets are $36 in advance and $40 at the door. There is a student rate of $30 with valid id. (There is no charge to see Dr. Maya Angelou.)

I hope to see you there! For more details, go to http://www.hillsidechapel.org/

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Peachtree Malone Loft Available for Rent

Today I visited Peachtree Malone lofts. This community is located ITP (inside the perimeter) near 285 and Peachtree Industrial. There is currently an awesome 1 bedroom, 2 bath unit available for rent. Its got great concrete floors and exposed ductwork that everybody loves in lofts. It also has an additional room that can be used as a den, office or really, really, really small bedroom. The community has covered parking and is within walking distance of the MARTA station. The monthly rent is $1,095.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

What to do this weekend...

This weekend there are plenty of options. Stevie Wonder will be at Chastain Park on Friday, September 14th. Lizz Wright will be performing at the Variety Playhouse that same night. Carl Thomas, Tank, Musiq Soulchild, J Holiday, Mario, and others will be performing this weekend at For Sisters Only at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Builder offers $35,000 in buyer incentives!

We've all heard that its a buyer's market. Well one builder is offering an incredible incentive to convince you that now is the time to buy. D. R. Horton is offering $35,000 to buyers that purchase in any of their communities and close by the end of September. Unfortunately, you can't receive this as cash. (I wish!) You can, however, use it to reduce the purchase price, pay closing costs, upgrade the home, or buy down the interest rate. As a side note, buying down the interest rate is the way to go. This is far more effective than reducing the purchase price. You reduce your monthly payment and that allows you to buy more house than the $35,000 would get you if it were applied to the purchase price. D.R. Horton has over 35 communities in the metro Atlanta area. Check out their website for more details http://www.drhorton.com/