Salt Water Pool??

I have always wanted a pool. I don’t know why, because I can’t swim. Maybe being land locked in Atlanta is getting to me. I’m a New Yorker- I went to the beach EVERY summer, it was effortless. I went to Coney Island once a week to eat at Nathans and walk in the sand.  Now, I have to PLAN trips which as caused me not to go as often.

Imagine my excitement when I obtained my first listing with a pool! I honestly wish I could buy his home myself. -THAT’S HOW EXCITED I AM, when my husband tried to burst my bubble by asking “how will you maintain it”.

He is such a kill joy at times, but it did cause me to do some online research. Here is a site on Youtube that has tons of information on how to care for a pool. It’s easier than you may think if you inherit one that has already been well maintained.

The Swimming Pool Learning Channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/MrDgvb1

My listing at 1342 Jefferson Ave (MLS #5046358), in Jefferson Park has an amazing Salt Water Pool…

Info on how to maintain these:

Also we’re having an “Open House” for qualified buyers on September 8th!

Here are a few videos about this home.

1342 Jefferson View

Backyard 1

Backyard 2

 

***New Listings!***

868 Rose Circle SW, Atlanta GA 30310

3bedroom/2 full baths on a basement in the main house. 2bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in the guest house over 2car garage. ($139.9K)

http://www.postlets.com/repb/6683968

684 Grady Place SW, Atlanta GA 30310

2Bed 2bath Craftsman with great upgrades-solid wood cabinets, SS Appliances –a parlor room and 4 fireplaces! ($52K) –Owner will consider investor cash purchase as well at lower price

http://www.postlets.com/repb/6684272

 

South East Atlanta/ Grant Park

1369 Summer Lane Drive. SE Atlanta GA 30316

5bed/ 4bath, full finished basement, upstairs laundry, newer craftsman construction and bonus theater room! ($238K)

http://www.postlets.com/repb/6910369

To come:

1530 S. Gordon Street SW Atlanta 30310

3Bedroom, 2.5bath renovated traditional home with pocket doors, coffered ceilings, original hardwoods and fireplaces in bedrooms

(renovation in process- see stages on my Youtube )

Willard Ave SW Atlanta GA 30310

5bedroom, 2bath home Coffered ceilings, Built-in bookcase, fireplace, pocket doors and craftsman columns

Buyers Should Prepare for Extra Expenses

Home buyers should be prepared for a bundle of extra costs beyond the mortgage payment.

“Some people walk away from closing with a nickel and a stick of gum, and that’s probably not going to be a good idea,” says Dale Robyn Siegel, president of Circle Mortgage Group, in Harrison, N.Y.

People whose only previous experience is renting often don’t realize how costly water, heating and air conditioning, taxes, and general maintenance can be, says Allan Glass, owner of ASG Real Estate Inc. in Los Angeles.

He estimates that buyers should have at least 1 percent of the purchase price of their home set aside for improvements and other expenses.

Source: MarketWatch, Amy Hoak (12/28/2009)

Investors Drive Foreclose Prices Up

Home shoppers in parts of the country with lots of foreclosures are finding it increasingly difficult to buy. Investors are bidding up prices thousands above the original asking price.

Federal legislation slowing the number of foreclosures is adding to the problem by reducing the number of homes on the market. For instance, in Las Vegas, one of the areas where the bidding problem is greatest, home inventories are down 10 percent since March, according to the Las Vegas Association of REALTORS®.

When a bidding war erupts, the problem is particularly difficult for traditional buyers because investors are usually cash purchasers. They can bid up a property without concern whether the appraisal will prevent them from getting a loan.

Experts say the problem is not unlike the situation at the height of the housing bubble. “This market is about as abnormal as the hypermarket that we came out of a few years ago,” says Jay Butler, director of the Realty Studies program at Arizona State University.

Source: The Associated Press, Jonathan J. Cooper 

Industry Lobbies to Extend Buyer Tax Credit

Key organizations in the housing industry are urging Congress to increase the $8,000 home buyer credit to $15,000 and make it available to all home buyers instead of just those buying a first home.

“What is being billed as a recovery is not showing up in the cash register yet,” says Richard A. Smith, CEO of Realogy Corp. and a member of the Business Roundtable, which is orchestrating the lobbying effort.

The Roundtable’s campaign is also pushing Congress to make permanent expanded limits for loans eligible for government purchase or backing. The limit is now $729,750 in high-cost housing markets.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Nick Timiraos