Nest Atlanta’s New Peeps

Nest Atlanta’s New Peeps

Over the last year, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming some amazing real estate agents to our little Nest! Our goal on the Nest Atlanta team is to have agents who represent each of the local communities around Metro Atlanta.  So far, it’s working and we have real estate agents who specialize in almost every community from South Atlanta to Woodstock! Meet our newest peeps….  Deb Cherry Specializing in Smyrna / Vinings area, Deb brings more than 20 years in the real estate industry. She’s the kind of person you’ll immediately feel comfortable with and always takes great pride in finding the best “nest” for her clients. Stefanie Zulueta Speciality neighborhoods include East Lake, City of Decatur and South Decatur. Stefanie comes to us after several years on a team at Metro Brokers and is always in the know about the latest up and coming Intown developments! Danny Dwyer Lives and works in Woodstock / Canton area, but loves the Intown neighborhoods, so you’ll find Danny all over town!  He’s also a firefighter and one of the nicest (and most energetic!) people you will ever meet. Leja LeBar Leja has lived all over the Intown Atlanta area, from Lake Claire to her current home in Grant Park.  She’s helped more than 40 families find homes in the last year, most of which were in the Intown Atlanta neighborhoods. Amy Langer When you meet our Kirkwood / Intown specialist, you’ll quickly realize that “ethusiastic” doesn’t even begin to describe Amy! She loves helping others and will go well out of her way to ensure that you have an amazing experience buying your...
How to Apply for Homestead Exemption in Georgia

How to Apply for Homestead Exemption in Georgia

Have a new home? Here’s How to Apply for Homestead Exemption in Georgia In Georgia, homeowners are able to get a significant discount on their property taxes if the home is their primary residence.  In order to qualify for the homestead exemption in 2017, most counties require that you must have owned and occupied the property as of January 1st and complete the homestead exemption application in your county.  Most of the Georgia counties have an application deadline of April 1st, but you can get all of the details below. When applying for homestead exemption, please note that you may need to provide to provide a copy of your Warranty Deed book and page, proof of residence, social security numbers, driver’s license and/or car tag info.  Also, if the property is located within city limits, the homeowner may be required to file with the city as well. Learn how to apply in your county below… APPLYING FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IN 2017 Cherokee County Deadline is April 1, 2017  ::  678-493-6120 Homestead Website Clayton County Deadline is April 1, 2017  ::  770-477-3311 Learn how to apply Cobb County GA Deadline is April 1, 2017 ::  770-528-8600 Cobb Homestead Website DeKalb County GA Deadline is April 1, 2017 :: 404-298-4000 Apply for Homestead Exemption online Douglas County Deadline is April 1, 2017 :: 770-920-7272 Homestead information and forms Fayette County Deadline is April 1, 2017 :: 770-461-3652 All the details Forsyth County Deadline is April 1, 2017 :: 770-781-2106 Get Homestead Exemption Application Fulton County GA Deadline is April 1, 2017 :: 404-612-6440 Homestead application info Gwinnett County GA Deadline is April...
How can I get out of my real estate contract?

How can I get out of my real estate contract?

Don’t want to buy the home after all? Wondering how you can get out of your real estate contract? It is possible, but terminating a Purchase & Sale Agreement (i.e. real estate contract) is different in each state and the rights of of the Seller versus Buyer may vary. We are going to explore the different ways both Buyers and Sellers can get out of your real estate contract in Georgia. How Buyers Can Get Out of a Real Estate Contract A large majority of the real estate contracts have several contingencies, meaning that the sale of the property is contingent upon certain situations to happen in order to get to the closing table. As a home buyer in Georgia, you are typically protected by the Due Diligence Period, the Appraisal Contingency and Financing Contingency. If you also need to sell your home, you and your agent may also make an offer that is contingent upon the sale of your current home. Let’s explore each contingency and how it will help you get out of the real estate contract, if needed. 1) Due Diligence Period During the Due Diligence Period you can terminate the contract for ANY REASON here in Georgia. During this period, it is critical that you do the home inspection, negotiate any repairs (if needed), research the neighborhood, schools, commute times any anything else that you need to to ensure that you are 100% comfortable moving forward with the purchase of the home. If you do need to terminate your Purchase & Sales Agreement, you and your Realtor must submit a Termination and Release Agreement before...
Building or Renovating a Home? Be sure to get a Lien Waiver

Building or Renovating a Home? Be sure to get a Lien Waiver

Are you Building or Renovating a Home? Make sure you get a Lien Waiver from each contractor. Did you know that contractors or subcontractors can put a lien on your home?   ….and that it can prevent or delay the sale of your home in the years to come? Georgia law permits a person who has supplied goods and/or labor to the improvement of real property (i.e. your personal home or investment property) the right to place a lien on your home if the work has not been paid for within 3 months after the date of completion of the work. After that time, the lien shall be valid for 365 days from the date of filing the claim of lien to file Notice of Suit. The lien shall be disregarded after 395 days from the filing of the lien if no Notice of Suit has been filed. This is a concern for anyone improving or constructing a home, because the law allows subcontractors to file such liens as well.  So if you hire a general contractor to renovate or build your home, the person who installed the tile or added the new HVAC system can file a lien.  You may think that your General Contractor paid the subcontractor, but they may have paid them less than what was initially agreed or didn’t pay them at all.  There is also a chance that the contractor paid the subcontractor, but they weren’t reputable and decided to file a lien to make some additional money. A good way to prevent these types of liens from being filed upon property that you are working with is to obtain “lien...
5 Ways Home Buyers Can Get Earnest Money Back

5 Ways Home Buyers Can Get Earnest Money Back

Atlanta Home Buyer Advice: How to Get Earnest Money Back When you are buying a home in Atlanta, you have to put down “earnest money” when you have an accepted contract on a property. This deposit is typically held in a 3rd party escrow account until closing and shows the seller that you are committed to purchasing their home. Earnest money is typically 1% of the purchase price (but could range from 0.5% to 5.0%). Once the money is deposited, many buyers want to know how they can get their earnest money back if something goes wrong during the transaction. Here are a few tips to make sure your earnest money doesn’t end up in the hands of the seller. Five Ways You Can Get Earnest Money Back #1 :: HOME INSPECTION PROBLEMS It may look like your dream home, but a home inspection could reveal major problems—such as issues with the foundation, an old roof that needs to be replaced or even toxic mold. In that case, you can get your money back if the seller doesn’t agree to repair the items prior to closing or offers to reduce the price of the home so you can make the repairs after closing. Here in Atlanta, the home contracts have a ‘Due Diligence Period’ that allows the buyers to do their home inspection, research the neighborhood, etc and they can terminate any time during this period (for any reason) and get their earnest money back. #2 :: APPRAISAL CONTINGENCY If the home doesn’t appraise for the agreed upon purchase price, you can get out of the contract and get your earnest money...
It’s Time to Apply for Your Homestead Exemption

It’s Time to Apply for Your Homestead Exemption

Ready to Apply for Your Georgia Homestead Exemption? If you purchased a home in Georgia last year and were the owner of the home as of January 1, 2016, you can apply for your county homestead exemption that will reduce your property taxes, usually by at least 20%, depending on the county that you live in. As a homeowner, you may need to provide a copy of your Warranty Deed book and page, proof of residence, social security numbers, driver’s license and car tag info. In most Georgia counties, to be eligible for homestead exemption for the current year, you must have owned and occupied the property as of January 1st. If the property is located within city limits (i.e. City of Atlanta or City of Decatur), you may be required to file a homestead application with the city as well.  Because every Georgia county has a slightly different homestead application process and homestead deadline, so look for your county below and follow the simple instructions! Cherokee County Deadline is April 1, 2016 :: 678-493-6120 http://www.cherokeega.com/Tax-Assessors-Office/homestead-exemptions/ Cobb County Homestead Deadline is April 1, 2016 :: 770-528-8600 http://www.cobbtax.org/property/exemptions DeKalb County Homestead Deadline is April 1, 2016 :: 404-298-4000 http://taxcommissioner.dekalbcountyga.gov/TaxCommissioner/pdf/homesteadinfo.pdf Forsyth County Homestead Deadline is April 1, 2016 :: 770-781-2106 http://www.forsythco.com/Departments-Offices/Board-of-Assessors/Homestead-Exemption Fulton County Homestead Deadline is April 1, 2016 :: 404-612-6440 http://www.qpublic.net/ga/fulton/basic_homestead.html Clayton County Deadline is April 1, 2016 :: 770-477-3311 http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/departments/tax-commissioner/exemptions.aspx Henry County Deadline is April 1, 2016 :: 770-288-8180 http://www.co.henry.ga.us/taxcommissioner/formsapplicatons.shtml Gwinnett County Homestead Deadline is April 1, 2016 :: 770-822-8800 http://gwinnetttaxcommissioner.publicaccessnow.com/homesteadexemption.aspx Douglas County Homestead Deadline is April 1, 2016 :: 770-920-7272 http://www.douglastaxcommissioner.com Fayette County Homestead Deadline is April 1, 2016 770-461-3652 http://www.fayettecountytaxcomm.com/subpages/taxpayers_return.asp Paulding County Homestead Deadline is April 1, 2016...
Its Raining! Its Pouring! My Gutters are Snoring!

Its Raining! Its Pouring! My Gutters are Snoring!

Are Your Gutters Ready for the Next Rainstorm? With all the rain that we’ve had here in Atlanta over the last few months, many people are having problems with leakage because their gutters are full.   It’s so important to awaken gutters at least twice a year (regardless whether your gutters are open or covered) with a good cleaning and inspection to avoid:  Flooding both in and around your home, foundation damage, soil erosion, wood rot, mold and/or paint damage. Many reputable gutter cleaners can confirm if your gutters perform their best, and many gutter installations come with a warranty to cover repair. However, if you are a DYI kind, take caution when leaning ladders against the gutters to avoid denting or loosening the gutter. But don’t stop the maintenance of the gutters just along your roofline. Inspect the downspouts and leaders to insure they are attached properly, un-clogged and point in the right direction according to the water flow. If using leaders, be sure they lead at least 4 feet away from your home’s foundation. And remember, consider your neighbors. Georgia’s Water Laws found in O.C.G.A. Sec. 44-8-1 and Sec. 51-9-7 codify what’s known as Riparian Rights. In a nutshell, these codes prevent a homeowner from diverting water, including rain water, onto a neighbor’s yard. To do so is considered trespassing. Similarly, a homeowner cannot prevent neighbor’s run off to flow onto the homeowner’s yard when the water follows the “usual channel” of drainage. Fingers crossed that we have some sunny, dry weather in our future.  We want to help protect your...
Top Elementary Schools in Metro Atlanta 2016

Top Elementary Schools in Metro Atlanta 2016

Metro Atlanta’s Top Elementary Schools Looking for the top elementary schools in Metro Atlanta?  The popular Niche website just released its  2016 rankings of elementary school districts from across the country and highlighted the top 20 elementary schools in Metro Atlanta.  As you’ll see below, Buford Academy in the Buford City School District is the top elementary school in the Metro Atlanta area and the City of Decatur elementary schools took five of the top six elementary schools in Metro Atlanta!  The Forsyth County elementary schools also fared quite well in this report.  View the full list below and search for the latest homes for sale by elementary school district. Top 20 Elementary Schools in Metro Atlanta Buford Academy Buford, GA Fifth Avenue Elementary School Decatur, GA 30030 (City of Decatur School District) View homes for sale in this district Clairemont Elementary School  Decatur, GA 30030 (City of Decatur School District) View homes for sale Glennwood Elementary School  Decatur, GA 30030 (City of Decatur School District) View homes for sale Winnona Park Elementary School Decatur, GA 30030 (City of Decatur School District) View homes for sale Oakhurst Elementary School  Decatur, GA 30030 (City of Decatur School District) View homes for sale  Cumming Elementary School  Cumming, GA (Forsyth County Schools) View homes for sale Whitlow Elementary School Cumming, GA (Forsyth County Schools) View homes in this school district High Shoals Elementary Bishop, GA Johns Creek Elementary School Johns Creek / Duluth / Suwanee View homes for sale Daves Creek Elementary School Cumming, GA (Forsyth County Schools) Available homes in Daves Creek Gwin Oaks Elementary Snellville / Grayson (Gwinnett County Schools) Homes for sale Shiloh Point Elementary School Cumming,...
Common Expenses When Buying a Home

Common Expenses When Buying a Home

So you’re ready to make the jump into home ownership? …. but are wondering how much money you’ll need to buy a home? Most first time home buyers are a little nervous about the home buying process because they aren’t sure what to expect.  Here at the Nest Atlanta Real Estate Group, we are on a mission to ensure that our readers are well-informed, confident home buyers.  Doing a little research ahead of time can make the home buying process much more enjoyable.  In today’s post, we will cover all the typical expenses BEFORE you get to the closing table. Common Up-front Expenses when Buying a Home The home buying expenses can vary from from state to state and possibly county by county, but we are going to be focused on the common expenses when buying a home in the Metro Atlanta area.  Keep in mind that these are the upfront costs. In a future post, we will discuss closing costs, down payment options and miscellaneous closing fees. Earnest Money 1% of purchase price Home Inspection $400 to $550 Low-Flow Water Certificate $75 to $100 Termite Inspection Letter** $50 to $95 Appraisal $350 to $500 Property Survey** $375 to $450 Loan Application / Credit Check Varies by lender                                                                                                ** Optional Most of the expenses happen in the first week after you have a signed contract...