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Sept. 30, 2022

The Top 8 Preschools In Marietta, GA

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As any parent knows, choosing the right preschool for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make. It's where their education begins, and it sets the tone for their future schooling. With so many options out there, it can be tough to know where to start. That's why we've put together a list of the top 8 preschools in Marietta, GA.

Rest assured, all of these schools come highly recommended by parents and educators alike. They offer a variety of programs designed to help your child grow academically, socially, and emotionally. So take some time to read through this list and reflect on what's most important to you and your family. We're confident you'll find the perfect preschool for your little one.

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Posted in Buying a Home
Sept. 15, 2022

Find Out What The Top 5 Gated Communities In Suwanee GA

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Suwanee, GA is a beautiful city in the northern part of Gwinnett County in Georgia. Having flourished over many years, Suwanee, GA is now home to some of the best-gated communities in the state. Whether you are looking for a primary residence or a vacation home, finding the perfect fit for you in this area will not be difficult. In this blog, we will explore some of the most luxurious and excellently-maintained gated communities that Suwanee has to offer.

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Posted in Buying a Home
Aug. 30, 2022

Ranked: Top 8 Best Schools In Roswell GA

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Roswell is a gorgeous city that is located just 40 minutes away from Atlanta, and it's full of rich history. The city also has plenty of excellent schools in the city and around the area that serve the students of Roswell. If you are thinking about moving to Roswell, have a look at this list of the top 8 best schools in Roswell to see which ones will suit your children the best. 

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Posted in Community News
Aug. 17, 2022

Downtown Alpharetta: 8 Things You Must See And Do

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Technology City of the South due to a high number of tech-related companies operating within this one-of-a-kind place. Beyond technology, however, Alpharetta is still renowned for its vast job market, impressive shopping spots, high-achieving schools, and booming economy.

Today, we’re going to go through the best things you simply must do in downtown Alpharetta so that you may experience the true beauty of this city.

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Posted in Buying a Home
July 14, 2022

The Top 5 Best High Schools In Alpharetta Georgia [2022]

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Alpharetta is a gorgeous city with about 65,000 people, and it's a great place to consider if you want to move with your family. If you are considering moving to Alpharetta, GA with your school-aged family members, then the schools in the area are very important. The schools in the area are excellent and highly rated, so keep reading to see the Top 5 High Schools in Alpharetta, Georgia. 

Some of these schools are located in areas that might be designated as different cities, but they still serve the high school students in Alpharetta. 

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Posted in Community News
June 28, 2022

July 4th Celebrations in and Around Atlanta

Sandy Springs - Stars and Stripes

Join us on Monday, July 4 for the Sandy Springs Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration at City Springs! 
4:00 p.m. The Lawn opens.
6:00 p.m. Food trucks open. 
7:30 p.m. Electric Avenue, called America's Greatest 80s Tribute Band, will rock the City Green with the MTV Experience.
9:30 p.m. Fireworks start!

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Posted in Community News
June 20, 2022

What The Fed Interest Rate Hike Means For Home Buyers

In an effort to cool inflation the Federal Reserve has launched its largest interest rate increase since 1994 and indicated it is doing so in order to tame price hikes and bring down the cost of gas and food. There are plans to apply further ongoing increases as appropriate. The Fed issued a statement pointing to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia as a tremendous human and economic hardship that is affecting the economy and contributing to rate hikes.

The average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rate spiked by 55 basis points from 5.23% to 5.78% for the week ending Thursday, June 16, 2022, according to the latest figures released by Freddie Mac.

For perspective one economist said a $300,000, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage with a rate of 5.23% would normally cost a borrower about $1,653 a month, excluding other costs like taxes and insurance. At today’s new average rate of 5.78% that same loan would cost a borrower $1,756 which equates to $1,236 a year and $37,080 over the lifetime of the loan.

the rate increase could be an over correction by the lenders, and could possibly fall over the coming weeks as lenders adjust to the current high-inflation environment.

Keep in mind that believe it or not, rising rates isn’t all bad news. Less demand for housing could help alleviate the housing supply issues we’ve seen nationwide. We don’t expect housing prices to come down drastically but with increased supply there should be a slow down to home price growth giving home buyers more housing options.

Posted in Real Estate News
June 15, 2022

10 Best Neighborhoods In Marietta GA [2022 Edition]

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Are you thinking of moving to Marietta? You're making a great decision! There are so many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from, each with its own unique advantages. How do you know which one is right for you? This blog post will help make the process a little easier by giving you an overview of some of the best areas in Marietta. Keep reading to learn more!

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Posted in Buying a Home
June 7, 2022

The Rising Demand for Homes May Be Slowing

 

Demand may be slowing

It appears housing prices are beginning to decline. The reason home prices shot up 34% in the last two years is because of the demand for housing, but not enough inventory of homes available to purchase.

 

What does it mean?

It seems a lot of properties are coming onto the market just as demand slows, analysts say. With demand slowing, prices could level off and maybe in some cases could even start to decline.

 

The median existing-home sales price reached an all-time high in April of $391,200, up 14.8% from a year ago, according to data released in May by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

 

Fewer competing offers

Signs are showing that the breakneck pace of rising demand for homes may be slowing, after the cost of a monthly mortgage payment for a median-priced house went up by 27% from a year ago. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates in March and May of this year causing existing home sales to slow down for the third straight month in April, falling 2.4%, according to the NAR. Real estate experts say that in April, just 60.7% of home offers faced competing offers, compared to 63.4% a month earlier and 67.4% a year ago.

 

New Construction

According to the National Association of Realtors confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell to the lowest reading since June 2020. And the Census Bureau said on May 17 that the number of permits issued for new single-family homes fell 4.6% in April from the previous month.

 

New Construction on the Rise

The U.S. housing market is finally seeing a surge of newly built properties, after more than a decade, and this is happening right when the slowdown in demand is taking place. A record number of single-family homes were under construction in April which was the most we’d seen since November 2006. Newly built homes coming on the market will compete with resale properties.

 

Supply of homes

There is currently about two months of supply of houses on the market, but real estate experts predict that prices will stall if that amount reaches about six month’s worth.

 

Are we in a housing bubble?

Analysts say we’re not in a bubble because current lending standards are different today. When interest rates jump and home prices decline it helps to combat inflation. The most likely scenario is that home prices will level off.

 

Bottom line 

If you’re in the market to buy a home more inventory is available and prices are no longer climbing at a rapid pace, so all signs are leaning toward a more normalized market.

 

Posted in Real Estate News
May 17, 2022

Johns Creek has Seven Champion Golf Courses

The city of Johns Creek is consistently recognized as one of the most affluent golf communities in the Metro Atlanta area because of its seven champion 18-hole golf courses. Offering over 50,000 yards of golf and recognized by both the U.S. Golf Association and Professional Golfers Association, these private and public courses offer year round golfing because of our mild climate.

Johns Creek has hosted many championships over the years, including the 1976 US Open Championship, the 1981, 2001 and 2011 PGA Championship, the 1990 US Women’s Open, the Champions Tour Nationwide Championship from 1991-1994 and the U.S. Amateur in 2014. These courses were designed by some of the sport’s best, which include Robert Trent Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Thomas Fazio, Joe Lee and Arthur Hills.

The popularity and prestige of these courses consistently produces nationally ranked top area junior golfers from men’s and women’s golf teams at each of the four area high schools in Johns Creek. With the help of the City of Johns Creek, we’ve brought you a breakdown of each golf course located within the city. Call us today for a private VIP home tour within and around these luxurious communities.

Atlanta Athletic Club (private)

Founded in 1898 in downtown Atlanta, the Atlanta Athletic Club moved to Johns Creek in 1967, and is the home club of golf legend Bobby Jones. It offers two 18-hole championship courses (Highlands, Riverside) designed by Robert Trent Jones and one nine-hole, par-3 course. The Atlanta Athletic Club hosted the 2011 PGA Championship.

Country Club of the South (private)

Founded in 1987, the Country Club of the South is a 900-acre, gated residential community with an 18-hole championship course originally designed by Jack Nicklaus. Its 18-hole championship course is 6,950 yards, par 72. Of all the Jack Nicklaus golf courses in Georgia, the Country Club of the South presents one of the most challenging layouts.

Rivermont Golf and Country Club (private)

Founded in 1973, the Rivermont Golf and Country Club's 18-hole course is 6,767 yards, par 72. Originally designed by Joe Lee, the course saw a $3.6 million renovation in 2007 by Michael Riley and offers a relaxed, family friendly retreat from the busyness of Atlanta.

River Pines Golf (public)

Founded in 1990, River Pines is nestled along the Chattahoochee River, and features one 18-hole championship course and one nine-hole, par 3 course. Designed by Denis Griffiths, the 18-hole course is 6,002 yards, par 70. Mike Perpich, a Golf Magazine "Top 100 Instructor," is based at River Pines.

St. Ives Country Club (private)

Founded in 1989 and completely renovated in 1999, St. Ives Country Club is a gated residential community with an 18-hole championship course. Designed by Thomas Fazio, ASGCA, the course is 6,932 yards, par 72.

Standard Club (private)

Founded in 1866, the Standard Club is the oldest golf club in Atlanta. It moved to its present location in Johns Creek in 1987. Its 18-hole championship course (7,075 yards, par 72) was originally designed by Arthur Hills and redesigned in 2005 by Michael Riley. In addition to the golf course, the Standard Club offers a 125,000 sq. foot clubhouse that features 4 indoor air-conditioned tennis courts, 8 outdoor clay courts, 4 outdoor hard courts, a state of the art fitness center, pool complex, racquetball and basketball courts.

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