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Atlanta Real Estate MarketRecord Highs! - Atlanta Market Update

It's likely you've started to hear that the real estate market might be coming back.  We've said it before but it's worth repeating.  In real estate, if you heard it on the news, it's likely too late or at least they are always late to game.  Like buyers who rely on Zillow for a search, newscasters wait for reports that are often 6 months after the fact in order to report "the news."  Unfortunately for the public, the real estate market continues to march forward.   Metro Atlanta as a whole is up 10% over last year.  First Time Home Buyers are really feeling the crunch right now as homes in those price points continue to get smaller and less desirable forcing them to act sooner or perhaps increase their bid. 

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Lawrenceville Homes For SaleWhat To Look For When Hiring A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

Sometimes we at the Jarvis Team members will sit with a potential home selling client and will tell them all about what we do to get homes sold and they respond with, "yeah the other agent said that."  Our values separate us and integrity is doing what you will say you will do.  I had to screen capture this image for you because this home will be under contract and off our site but thought you might get a kick out of seeing our marketing of a Lawrenceville home for sale (located in Ivey Pointe) vs another agent.  Not sure if it's worth of or or not, but it's still pretty funny. 

Our photo and listing is on the left at $175,000 and theirs in on the right. 


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Real Estate AppraiserThe Most Powerful Person In Real Estate

There's a little unspoken rule in real estate that always comes up.  It doesn't matter whether buyers are beating up each other for a home at a certain price, or what your tax accessor says or even what's plausible...  all that matters is what the appraiser things.  The Real Estate Appraiser has become the most powerful person in real estate and it's the exact opposite of what was intended. 

How did this happen?

If you remember appraisers were one of the original scape goats of the "fall."  Supposedly they appraised homes too high and worked with other members of the empire to cause the public to over pay for homes.  So the powers that be thought a good idea would be to separate the people ordering the

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Brooke Farm - Suburban Feel With Urban Convenience

Brooke Farm Real Estate In DekalbBrooke Farm Subdivision is a neighborhood situated in Dunwoody, South of Mount Vernon Road and Dunwoody Club Drive. This Dekalb County subdivision features upscale homes built within 1985-2001.  This planned development is the last of it's kind in Dunwoody, GA.  

Dunwoody real estate for sale in this neighborhood include cluster and traditional homes. The list price for the available homes ranges from $499,000-770,000 with 3-6 bedrooms and 2.5-6 bathrooms.  

Brook Farm Subdivision homeowner's association membership includes access and maintenance contributions to the playground swimming pool, and tennis court for $550.00 a year. Brooke farm schools are Kingsley Elementary School, Peachtree Middle

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Atlanta Rent To OwnAtlanta Rent To Own Homes

When you search for homes on 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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Zillow Exposed - Duplicate Listings

You've heard for some time now that Zillow cares most about traffic and not about having accurate information.  Even their own disclaimer says their "zestimates" are 20% or more off.  So if you were wanting to find out your Atlanta home value, zillow can often times get you into metaphorical parking lot of the ball park but if you want a true value you will need a professional.  That being said, this is pretty low, even for Zillow.  Not only does zillow not have accurate information but they've got duplicate listings.  This video shows you very clearly that Zillow has two pages for the same home with different information.  Last time I looked, homes located at one specific address are unique from one another

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Top Schools In Metro Atlanta

Search For Homes by School In GeorgiaIt's a common question that gets posed to Atlanta real estate agents, "what's the best schools?"  "What's a good school district to live in?"   Well School Digger put together a list of the top 50 or so schools and based it on a variety of factors.  As with Great Schools and other sites, even statistics can be misleading.  For example, Mill Creek High School in Gwinnett County is a very highly rated school but if you wanted a small setting, you'd be greatly dissapointed as there's 4,000+ students.   

Here's a list of some of the Top Schools in Metro Atlanta, that we service.

#4 Buford High School - Buford City Limits
#5 Lassiter High School - Cobb County
#9 Pope High School - Cobb County
#10 Walton High School - Cobb

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Best Cities For Young Families In Georgia

Best Cities For Young FamiliesIn Real Estate there's a bunch of no-no words for us to use making much of we can tell the public sound like a politician running for office.   Lucky for us Nerdwallet isn't at all concerned and in fact, we agree at least in part that both Buford and Flowery Branch make excellent choices for young families (or older families).  

Nerdwallet looked at 4 key factors:

  1. Affordability
  2. Schools
  3. Growth
  4. Family Friendliness - a made up measure involving poverty levels, school aged children and the ratio of these factors. 

Let's take a look at the cities that made their list and why in Metro Atlanta. 

#6 Buford - Buford was cited as a top city for young families in Georgia due to it's small size,

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Daniel Park - The Other Great Neighborhood In Dacula

Daniel Park Homes For SaleDaniel Park is a great neighborhood in Dacula that offers a lot of amenities inside the community.

One of the amenities are the pools. There is a Junior Olympic-sized pool and a children's pool. This is the perfect place for families to splish, splash, and swim together. There are also courts such as a basketball court and tennis court which are open for the sport's lovers the whole year round. There is also a playground for the kids.

Families who want to host private parties can rent tables, grills, tents, at Daniel Park. It can be done in their HOA Website easily!

As for the amenities, there are also events such as Easter Egg hunts during the Spring for the kids. For the adults, on the

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Now Hiring!

The Jarvis Team is looking for it's next great team member. We're looking for someone who is ready to be part of a team and take their career to the next level.  The Jarvis Team is having a record year and we need your help.  Our values of God, Family then Business and how we fuse that into our DNA is resonating with families looking for homes all over Atlanta.    We're at capacity and need one lucky agent to join us that has our values and might just need more leads and systems and tools to get to the next career level. 

Was your last year in real estate your best ever? Did you have more leads and support then you had time for?

Positional Narrative

Buyer Specialist is an individual who is highly sociable, draws energy from working with
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