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September 2016

There are 4 blog entries for September 2016.

Moving ChecklistThey say moving is one of the most stressful things a human can do.  So we thought to put together a guide to your move.   This guide starts at 8 weeks.  So for most of the people reading that this year, that likely means you need to start this plan as soon as you list your home. 

8 Weeks Out

  • Decide to make a plan - most people simply wait until a week before they move and start packing.  That's insane!  Come up with a plan.  That's a bit redundant though since you're here. 
  • Create a move file - You can use evernote with great results or use a specific box or folder.  Specifically you want moving receipts
  • Ask your CPA - ahead of time - which moving expenses are tax deductible. 
  • Get estimates on moving NOW, not when you're behind the 8
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Top 10 Neighborhoods In Alpharetta

Top 10 Neighborhoods In Alpharetta, GA

Alpharetta is one of the most popular relocation destinations for people moving to the Atlanta metro area and also from within the area itself.  It's price point of the median home makes it a move-up destination for most and the amenities make most envious.  So let's dive into the places that you'd likely consider if you're moving to Alpharetta.  

This list was compiled using just quantity of sales.  So there could be a great smaller neighborhood but it won't compete with the likes of the biggest neighborhood Windward which will dominate any "quantity" based study. 

  1. Windward - As the largest neighborhood calling Alpharetta home, Windward will be the top of any list. 
  2. Country Club of the South - This
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Atlanta Best Place To LiveMetro Atlanta Named Top 3 Places To Live By Bankrate

Every year a variety of magazines do a "best places to live" article and this year Bankrate did another look and named Atlanta number 3 overall as a best places to live.  Basing its study on several factors – including affordability, maintenance costs, property taxes, appreciation, foreclosure rates and energy costs – Bankrate graded the nation’s largest metro areas on a scale of zero to 10, assigning a final score after all the grades were added up.

By that standard, Atlanta received a score of 57.55, with only Phoenix and Portland rating higher. The ATL received particularly high marks for its high affordability, low property taxes and steady appreciation.

In addition, this "study" was based

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Atlanta Housing Market Millennials, Boomers and X-ers Oh My! 

Atlanta Housing MarketEver since 2007 when the real estate market bubble burst there's been a shift in the Atlanta Housing Market.  Many home owners "move horizon" got shifted a few years.  Now instead of moving up, many gen xers are staying in their home and waiting until their kids graduate.  While boomers are downsizing and finding nothing to buy and being forced to rent, stay or relocate.  For them the income is generally there to make the move but at the risk of their retirement plans.

Low inventory means higher prices for homes to buy and for homes to rent, that's why we've seen a 13% decrease in Millennial buyers.  This would be the first time buyer group.  Between the low inventory and investor

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