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Atlanta Real Estate Market Update Jan 19th Edition

Overall the market is still hot!  It's still heavily on the seller side for price ranges under $300,000 for most area and under $200,000 for more rural areas.  

Cobb County Homes

Average number of home sold per month is down and the overall months of inventory (absorption rate) is up to 3.5 months which is up about a half month.  This means it's still favors home sellers but that inventory levels are increasing. 

Gwinnett County Homes

Gwinnett is now into the 4+ months of inventory of homes for sale and this increase of the overall county means that some areas are back to a balance market.  In fact, most home owners over $300,000 can expect a fierce competition with home builders and

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FHA TO REDUCE PMIFHA To Reduce Annual Insurance Premiums PMI

HUD announced earlier this month that they would be lowering the annual insurance premiums, otherwise known as PMI.  FHA says that these accounts are healthy and that now is a great time to reduce the overall annual premium.  While this isn't going to make it so everyone can get a loan that couldn't before it's a welcome decrease that will save a few hundred dollars a year and could help marginal home buyers be a little better overall on their budgets. 

The FHA PMI reduction will significantly expand access to mortgage credit for these families and is expected to lower the cost of housing for the approximately 800,000 households who use FHA annually.

FHA's new annual premium prices are expected to take

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Atlanta Real Estate Market ForecastAtlanta Real Estate Market Update 

Last year our market updates where some of the most visited blog posts we did!  So this year, every Monday, schedule willing we'll be posting our Monday Market Update!  Every Monday it might be localized to neighborhoods like Hamilton Mill and other times it might be school districts, but we'll always try to give a Metro Atlanta perspective to this. 

Is Spring Time The Best Time To Sell Your Home?  

This is a common question that we get all the time, especially coming off the holidays.   Last year, we told you that you do not want to wait until 2014, but rather get your home on the market before the rush.  Now, it's even more imperative.  Many home sellers have waited and missed their window, and now they will

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Atlanta Rent To OwnAtlanta Rent To Own Homes

When you search for homes on GaHomesDigest.com you will see what's on the MLS.  This site is admittedly slanted to buying a home in Georgia and frankly we think buying makes the most sense in almost all circumstances.  However, there are times when renting is necessary.  We've found for a very small percentage of people that rent-to-own homes  or lease purchase are the way to go.  There's a few things you want to make sure you are aware of when you choose to go down the road of looking at rent to own homes. 

  1. Rent to own seller/landlords will likely still require a credit report.
  2. Rent to own seller/landlords will likely want some sort of money down to lock in the price. 
  3. Lease Purchase options need to be in writing
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Renters Insurance FAQ

Getting Renters Insurance

Many people who look for rentals for the first time don't know that they might want to get insurance.  Renters insurance covers everything inside a "dwelling."  In addition, people who look for townhomes and condos for sale can will often be able to get renters insurance vs the more expensive "home owner's policy."  There tends to be a lot of questions around renters insurance so we wanted to create a FAQ (or Frequently Asked Questions) around Renter's Insurance.  We figured if you were going to pay for it, might as well know how to shop for renters insurance.

Q: "What does renters insurance cover?"
A: Depending on your coverage options, a renter's insurance policy covers your personal items lost due

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Atlanta Renter Resource Opens! 

Every month a few hundred families visit our website looking for rental homes.  Unfortunately, Jarvis Team Realty is not able to help many of our renter families.  However, we are changing all that now by opening the Atlanta Renter Resource!  In this blog category, we'll be covering different tips and highlight some vendors that help the Atlanta renter. 

Even though rent rates are up and rental homes can be hard to find, you can do a few things to find more opportunities and then seize those opportunities.  For example, you can get your credit report for free and know exactly what the landlord will see.  If there's things on there that you feel shouldn't be we can show you how to get those removed.  We'll even point

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Wheatfields Reserve Homes For Sale

Why Wheatfields Reserve in Grayson Could Be The Best Value

Wheatfields Reserve is a neighborhood built by Paran Homes. This Grayson new construction neighborhood features beautifully designed homes created with high quality materials that are energy efficient. There are also amazing amenities that each family member will surely enjoy.

However, one of the reasons why many families have chosen to relocate to Wheatfields Reserve is the abundance of high quality schools where they can send their children to. The best part is that these schools won't require a long commute!

Starling Elemetary School is a 6-minute drive from Wheatfields Reserve via GA-20 E and Grayson New Hope Road. They provide great programs for young children to learn from to

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Community Spotlight: Bright Water in Snellville GA

Bright Water SnellvilleBright Water in Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia is a Swim-Tennis Lake community with homes available for sale now! This neighborhood has a great location as it has easy access to shopping facilities, great schools, and medical centers.

Inside Bright Water are great facilities that residents can use for fun or if they would like to join their active teams. There is a 7-lane, 25-yard, swimming pool that residents can use from May to September. During these hours, a life guard is available to watch over the swimmers. The community team is The Bright Water Breeze swim team and they compete in the Gwinnett County Swim League. In 2003, 2008, and 2009, they have won the Division Championship.

The

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Just Listed:  6215 Spring Lake Drive In Flowery Branch

6215 Spring Lake Drive6215 Spring Lake Drive is an impressive property in Flower Branch, GA newly listed by the Jarvis Team Realty. This Flowery Branch real estate for sale has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a 2-car attached garage which means it can accommodate everything that a family needs in a home.

This home has a huge front yard with a 2-story foyer as well as a back yard which includes a deck perfect for entertaining guests or hosting intimate gatherings. Inside, there is a separate carpeted living room that can be decorated at any way that the future homeowners prefer, it can even be turned into an office. Right across this living room is the beautiful kitchen that features granite countertops, breakfast area

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Summer Haven In Buford Real Estate Market Condition Report

Summer HavenSummer Haven offers luxury living to the residents of Georgia. This community features new construction homes in Buford priced as low as $300,000. There are a few re-sales, as well.

Currently, there are 5 Summer Haven homes for sale that are in the $300,000 - $450,000 range. These homes are listed at an average price of $380,929. All of these active homes have 5 bedrooms but the average bathroom count is 4. One of these homes was built in 2006, another one was built in 2013, and the remaining three were newly built in 2014.

At the month of August, one home in the $300,000-$450,000 price range was sold for $386,793. This home was built in 2014 and had 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

All

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