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Saturday, June 24, 2017   /   by Matthew Biggers

Higher property taxes FROZEN to 2016 levels for Fulton County

Good news for Fulton County owners! Other counties were lucky in that the property tax assessments didn't increase as much, but Cobb, Dekalb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett Counties still saw large property tax increases. But it's also bad news in a way -- although Fulton residents have a reprieve from the huge jump in property taxes this year, if you or anyone you know can't afford the new taxes you might want to consider selling this year. You can expect the inevitable property tax hike next year to stick, and if you sell your home in 2018 you'll be responsible for your prorated portion of those new, higher taxes. With our team selling houses for 4.95% higher sales-to-list ratios, and 35% faster, those are critical savings to offset these increased costs of ownership.
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to "freeze" property tax assessments at the 2016 levels after receiving community backlash for the 2017 rates and increases.
The resolution was p ...

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Thursday, January 19, 2017   /   by Matthew Biggers

Atlanta's Official Neighborhoods

Atlanta is often called a city of transplants -- i.e a lot of residents not from the city or even born in Georgia -- and we always refer to this map when educating our clients to the official neighborhoods in the actual City of Atlanta.
If you're thinking of buying, selling, moving, or getting involved in your neighborhood or NPU organizations (which we HIGHLY suggest if you care about this great city), just reference this easy Google Map we made just for you.
Click on a neighborhood to get more information about it.



From the City of Atlanta on Neighborhood Planning Units:
The City of Atlanta is divided into twenty-five Neighborhood Planning Units or NPUs, which are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues.  The NPU system was established in 1974 to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively in the Comprehensive Development Plan, which is the city's vision for the n. ...

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  buyers, condo, election, homes, real estate, realtor, sellers

Tuesday, November 15, 2016   /   by Matthew Biggers

How the Largest Interest Rate Spike Since 2013 Affects Homebuyers and Sellers

Regardless of your opinions about the campaign trail, election, or its results, I’m betting most of you have own a home, have owned a home in the past, or plan to in the future. And what I want to talk about is interest rates, forecasts, and real estate buying power, and how it affects both sellers and buyer alike.
 
Higher rates lowers the price buyers can pay and sellers can sell for
I’ll cut to the chase. For every 0.5% (one-half percent) rise in mortgage interest rates, buyers purchasing power decreases 4-5%, and if it spikes by a full 1% it results in a 9-11% decrease in buyers purchasing power.
 
Now before you freak out, know that in the grand scheme of things 0.5% is a blip on the radar, granted a costly one if you want to buy a nice home or sell your home to the widest pool of buyers. But when you couple this rise with the fact that the only reason the Federal Reserve postponed rate rises to far was because of BREXIT and that the Fed shows ...

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