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Are you wondering if you should sale your house now or later? Let us tell you why now is the time!  © chrisdorney

Are you wondering if you should sale your house now or later? Let us tell you why now is the time!
© chrisdorney

One of the key reasons to sell now is low inventory. As a potential seller it may look like a lot of homes are on the market, but there are not. Inventory continues to stay well below that of 2007. New listings can have buyers in a matter of days. Buyers have seen what is available and they are ready to make an offer for their perfect house when it gets listed!

Another plus of listing your home now is that existing homes and resales have a leg up on new construction in the current marketplace.

According to Scott Murphy of DS Murphy Appraisals, “Builders are building houses as fast as they can, but it takes years to ramp up production. New home sales are one-third of what they were. Existing home sellers have the market virtually to themselves – at least for now. By this time next year the new construction market will be back in full swing.”

This is good for sellers because some buyers either don’t have the luxury of waiting on a home to be built and others just don’t want to! There was a six year period where finding any new construction was difficult and it will take time for the market to replenish its new home inventory. This will make a resale shine even brighter for the time being.

The Cueny Team knows the market and has years of expertise is existing home sales. We are ready to get your home on the market and help you with all of your real estate needs. If haven’t checked out our Facebook page, please do!

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Avalon Alpharetta

Live life in a unique work, live, play environment , like nothing else in the Atlanta Metro. Rendering from experienceavalon.com

Each week at Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty we have a sales meeting and discuss a wide range of market information and often have guest speakers. This week, we had the VP from North American Properties, Tim Perry, come tell us more about the Avalon.

Mr. Perry gave us some background on himself and North American Developers. They have changed their business model over the past several years, previously they designed Retail and big box stores -Target, shopping centers, Publix and more. Now they are experience makers – looking to engage consumers in the environments they create.

From dawn-to-dusk the experience at Avalon will be unlike anything else in the southeast. Ideally you could leave the office at Avalon and walk to your yoga class at Lu Lu Lemon…then head to Cru Bar for a glass of wine and then dinner at The Oak steakhouse. At the end of your evening, simply walk up the hill to your luxury residence. For those that will work, live, or visit Avalon it will be an experience for all to remember and enjoy each and every time.

Some details that helps make this such a great project is a 25,000 sq ft state of  the art technology/conference center. Residents will have access to the fastest technology and internet speed, a Gigabit of speed…hundreds of times faster. To put it into an example we all can appreciate, a high definition movie download can happen in seconds! GA Tech is the only other place in the state to offer such technology and speed for users. Hotwire will provide the service.

There will be concierges with a la carte services, valets and a standardized high level service across the property.

Are you curious about what retail is currently signed on to create this exceptional concept. Some of the retail will include:

The Oak steakhouse

Italian restaurant

Whole Foods

18 story luxury hotel which is still being determined

Regal stadium reserve searing

Ford fry (Atlanta’s most recent & renown chef will be opening a Spanish restaurant)

Crü wine bar

Kona grill

Marlow’s

Teds Montana

Pinkberry yogurt

Anthropologie

Lu Lu lemon

athletica

Free People

C Wonder

Fab rik

Gap

Tommy Bahamas

Banaba Republic

Caffe gio Antico

Marmi

Janie and Jack

Bantam Biddy

Orvis

Dry bar

Van Michael

Exhale mind body spa

West Elm

American Threads

Possibilities

Road runners

BCBG

Bantu restaurant

Soft Surroundings decor

Goldberg restaurant

Impeccable pig

 

The first phase is scheduled to open in October 2014.  I will continue to pass along any news I hear about this exciting development! I’m looking forward to shopping and dining at Avalon, are you?

 

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I had another post planned for today, but with the announcement of changes to the flood plain map in Fulton county, I wanted to provide some information and important links to help homeowners!

The new maps will reclassify 3,000 properties as being at high risk for flooding, along a 107 mile stretch of the Upper Chattahoochee River Basin. If any part of the structure on those properties fall into the high risk category homeowners will be required by mortgage companies to acquire flood insurance. If you are a homeowner that is going to be affected by this, it is best to act now and not wait until your lender contacts you. You may still be able to secure a less expensive policy.

Updated flood risk maps have already gone into effect for several other counties including Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb.

According to an article on WABE (Atlanta’s NPR station) by Candace Wheeler, Congress hopes the changes will make the National Flood Insurance program financially stable. The maps going into effect come just two weeks before national flood insurance reform kicks in thanks to the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Act signed by Congress last year. Under the reform act, home and business owners in high risk areas with pre-existing flood insurance will face increases of up to 25 percent.

To review the revised flood maps and find out if there are any changes to your property’s zone, visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website by clicking here and to find out more information about flood insurance visit floodsmart.gov.

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Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC) CEO and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) board member Brandon Beach

Yesterday at sales meeting for Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, Brandon Beach, president of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce shared with us with some exciting news on economic development and transportation for the entire North Fulton area.

The Greater North Fulton Chamber covers all parts of metro Atlanta that are North of Wieuca Road. More specifically, the areas include Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Mountain Park, Milton, and Johns Creek. Beach spoke to us about the companies who have recently grown their business in our area, and also spoke of the GA 400 tool booth removal as of 2013 to 2020.

  • North Fulton often competes with Seattle for relocation business because of the high tech sector. Technology, Insurance, Health Care and Logistics are the focus sectors for North Fulton’s future economic development.
  • State Farm, Lexus Nexus and ADP are all growing their businesses into North Fulton citing the main reason as our excellent schools.
  • The Transit Initiative is something that Beach has personally been involved in as well as serving on the Department of Transportation Board. The upcoming July 31 vote on Atlanta’s transportation referendum is significant. Two websites with information on the referendum are transformmetroatlanta.com and untieatlanta.com. Watch the video below from TransformMetroAtlanta and vote July 31!


To get more information on the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce or to get involved, click on http://www.gnfcc.com/

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Attending the Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty Annual Company Kickoff Event for 2012 is the #1 Team in the North Atlanta Office of the company, The Cueny Team.  Charleen Thompson, Andrea Cueny, Matthew Ferrara, Nicole McAluney, and Jenny Pruitt (l to r).

Attending the Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty Annual Company Kickoff Event for 2012 is the #1 Team in the North Atlanta Office of the company, The Cueny Team. Charleen Thompson, Andrea Cueny, Matthew Ferrara, Nicole McAluney, and Jenny Pruitt (l to r).

The Cueny Team was thrilled to meet Matthew Ferrara in person at the annual company kickoff for Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty held this morning at the Cherokee Town Club in Buckhead.

Matthew is a well-known speaker in the real estate industry and focuses his attention on marketing and examining the way real estate works.  He has a keen interest in social media as well….and recommends lots of videos as a primary form of marketing.

The Cueny Team already has a YouTube Channel set up and we invite you to view our videos, especially the most current one of Top Ten Most Expensive Homes Sold in Metro Atlanta during 2012.

Jenny Pruitt and Matthew Ferrara discuss the opportunities that lie ahead for real estate marketing, including the importance of social media outlets like YouTube.

Jenny Pruitt welcomes Matthew Ferrara as he discusses the opportunities that lie ahead for real estate marketing, including the importance of social media outlets like YouTube.

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The North Atlanta Office of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty has had an enormous impact on the North Fulton area during the past 12 months.

My office has sold the highest volume of all properties priced $750,000 and $1 million and above in FMLS areas 13 and 14 (the North Fulton area)  in the last 12 months.  Please see the charts below.

My colleagues’ persistence and expert knowledge coupled with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand marketing have positioned my North Atlanta Office for continued success. Congratulations!

North Fulton Stats, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International RealtyNorth Fulton Stats, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty

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Congratulations to my colleagues at Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty for an outstanding performance in July 2011.

Our company was the best real estate company in Atlanta for the most number of home sales in units, total dollars sold, most inventory, market share, and lowest days on market for metro Atlanta’s popular Buckhead and Midtown areas.

Click here to find homes for sale in Buckhead over $1,000,000.


Click here to find homes for sale in Buckhead from $500,000 to $1,000,000.

Click here to find homes for sale in Buckhead under $500,000.

Click here to find homes for sale in Midtown over $1,000,000.


Click here to find homes for sale in Midtown from $500,000 to $1,000,000.  

Click here to find homes for sale in Midtown under $500,000.

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