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On the heels of the General Motors announcing that they will open an IT Innovation Center in Roswell, creating 1,00o jobs over then next 3-5

Ernst and Young opens global IT center Alpharetta GA

Ernst & Young announces plans to open a global IT center in Alpharetta.

years Ernst & Young announced that it will also be opening a global IT center in Alpharetta within  5 years. The Ernst & Young facility will create approximately 400 new jobs. The new positions will be filled by a combination of new employees and relocating existing employees.

IT and software are the largest contributor to Georgia’s economy and workforce. In recent years North Fulton specifically has become known as a great place for IT and tech companies. Alpharetta is in the top 10 of cities considered for tech jobs and IT start-ups on multiple lists. In an interview with Trade & Industry Development, mayor David Belle Isle of Alpharetta was quoted as saying:

“We are excited to welcome EY to Alpharetta, the Technology City of the South,. This decision serves as a continuing reminder that more and more global companies look to Alpharetta as the No. 1 city to locate their technology efforts.”  

The next few years we are going to see big changes in the landscape and employment possibilities in North Fulton.  While not IT related, The Avalon development  has already broken ground  and we will see the positive impact of that project in the next 12 – 18 months. It will add jobs and housing to our communities. These two powerhouses are not only going to add jobs, but continue to make North Fulton known as a place for technology. This is an exciting time to live in our area!

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On last Thursday some very exciting news came out of Governor Nathan Deal’s office. It was enough to make everyone in North Fulton end their

General Motors brings jobs to Roswell. Photo © General Motors.

General Motors brings jobs to Roswell. Photo © General Motors.

week with a smile on their face. General Motors will open an IT Innovation Center in Roswell, creating 1,00o jobs over then next 3-5 years. The Roswell location will be one of four such centers across the U.S., two of which are already open in Austin, Texas and Warren, Michigan. The fourth will be announced later this year.

According to GM’s Chief Information Officer, Randy Mott,

These Innovation Centers will design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to our GM customers.

The company plans to begin recruitment immediately for database experts, developers, project managers, and other IT professionals. This is great news for college graduates and industry veterans looking for a new challenge.

It is also great news for homeowners looking to sell their existing home. Such a large volume of jobs, will undoubtedly bring more buyers into North Fulton communities. If you have been putting off getting your home ready to list, don’t wait any longer.  Finish those last jobs you have planned or give The Cueny Team a call if you are having trouble figuring out where to begin. Our team is experienced in helping sellers assess their homes and determine what can be done to grab a buyers attention. It will probably be easier than you think and it always helps to have a fresh pair of eyes! We are ready for you!

To read more about the new plant opening visit The North Fulton Chamber of Commerce website.

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Atlanta has long been a car-centric city, but the Eastside Beltline’s opening is providing residents of nearby neighborhoods an alternative to the car. Despite the possibility of sitting in traffic, is the car still a faster option?

FOX 5’s Justin Gray decided to put it to the test by seeing which could get across town quicker: a bike, a car or a runner. They began at one end of a newly-paved trail in Inman Park and headed to Piedmont Park – a 2.25 mile trip on the trail.

So who won? Click the video to find out!

The Atlanta Beltline promises to change the way you think about getting around Atlanta. FOX 5's Justin Gray decided to put it to the test by seeing which could get across town quicker: a bike, a car or a runner.

Click the video to find out who reaches Piedmont Park first!

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Crabapple Crossing Elementary is one of the best schools in North Fulton and was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon school. Check out this selection of homes for sale in the Crabbapple Crossing district.

Secluded private estate with 7 bedrooms, 6 full and 3 half baths. Offered at $1,999,900 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Secluded private estate with 7 bedrooms, 6 full and 3 half baths. Offered at $1,999,900 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Custom showcase home on lake with 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 3 half baths on 2.43 acres in premier neighborhood. Offered at $1,250,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Custom showcase home on lake with 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 3 half baths on 2.43 acres in premier neighborhood. Offered at $1,250,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Surrounded by award winning schools, parks, and dining why not call this 6 bedroom, 6 full and 2 half bath estate home! Offered at $999,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Surrounded by award winning schools, parks, and dining why not call this 6 bedroom, 6 full and 2 half bath estate home! Offered at $999,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Wonderful traditional home with finished terrace level located on a private professionally landscaped lot with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths. Offered at $399,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Wonderful traditional home with finished terrace level located on a private professionally landscaped lot with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths. Offered at $399,000 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Beautiful five bedroom home in sought-after swim/tennis subdivision, Brierfield. Offered at $364,900 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Beautiful five bedroom home in sought-after swim/tennis subdivision, Brierfield. Offered at $364,900 by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click on the image for more photos and additional information.

Also to search more homes for sale in Crabapple Crossing Elementary click here to search homes for sale in this area on my website.

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Add color and curb appeal to your home with a statement-making front landscape

Sprawling and beautifully manicured front yards line the streets of Metro Atlanta, no doubt about it. A well-landscaped yard creates curb appeal and helps your property retain maximum value. The walkway to your front door is one of the most important elements of the overall landscape because it greets guests to your home even before you do!

So whether you prefer something simple to fit into your traditional exterior or crave something extraordinary for a grand estate, there’s a perfect landscape scheme for every front walk. Below are a few tips and tricks, as well as shining examples of how to spruce up your outdoor spaces.

Green up the grass

If your house has a front yard, make sure it‘s neat and green. You don’t want bare spots, sprawling weeds, or an untrimmed appearance.

“It’s so simple to go to Home Depot, buy fertilizer, apply it every six weeks, and water it,” says Mitch Kalamian, a landscape designer. “It will green up.”

If the yard looks really scruffy, you may decide to invest in some sod. According to the National Gardening Association, the average cost of sod is 15 to 35 cents per sq. ft. If you hire a landscaper to sod your yard for you, labor will add 30% to 50% to the total cost of the project.

This Milton home for sale at 545 Treyburn View features a very green, well manicured lawn. Currently listed at $559,000, click on the image for more photos and information from Andrea Cueny of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

This Milton home for sale at 545 Treyburn View features a very green, well manicured lawn. Currently listed at $559,000, click on the image for more photos and information from Andrea Cueny of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

Add colorful planting beds

Flower beds add color and help enliven otherwise plain areas, such as along driveways and the edges of walkways. In general, annual flowers are a bit cheaper but must be replaced every year. Perennials cost a bit more but come back annually and usually get larger or spread with each growing season.

If you’re not sure what to plant, inquire at your local garden center. Often, they’ll have a display of bedding plants chosen for their adaptability to your area. Also, they‘ll be inexpensive because they’re in season, says Peter Mezitt, president of Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Mass. Try pansies in the summer, and asters and mums in the fall to add vibrant color. “That’s what we do around the entrance to our garden center,” Mezitt says.

Line it up

A row of simple shrubbery flanking the walkway to your front door feels clean and classic. Boxwoods are a great choice for imitating the look of one cohesive hedge.

Currently listed at $369,000, this beautiful brick home in Marietta features shrubbery that lines the driveway and directs you to the front walk. Click on the image for more photos and information of 143 Gant Quarters Lane from Andrea Cueny of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

Currently listed at $369,000, this beautiful brick home in Marietta features shrubbery that lines the driveway and directs you to the front walk. Click on the image for more photos and information of 143 Gant Quarters Lane from Andrea Cueny of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

For longer front walks, try incorporating shrubbery with different layers of height. Multiple heights add depth to a landscape and tall shrubs can mimic the effect of a beautiful gate.

5215 Estate View Trace in Suwanee is currently listed at $489,000. Along the front walkway shrubbery with different layers of height frame the front porch and highlight the dramatic double doors. Click on the image for more photos and information from Andrea Cueny of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

5215 Estate View Trace in Suwanee is currently listed at $489,000. Along the front walkway shrubbery with different layers of height frame the front porch and highlight the dramatic double doors. Click on the image for more photos and information from Andrea Cueny of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

Add landscape lighting

For homeowners who have made a sizeable investment in landscaping, it makes sense to think about adding another 10% to 15% to the bill for professional lighting. “You can’t see landscaping after dark,“ says Brandon Stephens, vice president of marketing for a landscape lighting firm in Lubbock, Texas, “and buyers are not always looking at houses on a Saturday afternoon.”

The cost of a system runs from $200 for a DIY installation to more than $4,000 for a professional job. If you‘re doing it on your own, the key is to light what you want people to see, such as mature trees and flowering shrubs.

Source: HouseLogic

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Sotheby’s International Realty releases a monthly newsletter to all affiliate offices announcing record sales and upcoming brand news. I am so proud to announce that they featured our company and one of my sold listings!

Sotheby's International Realty Acknowledges Record Sales in Atlanta

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty in Atlanta, Ga., was number one in sales over $1 million in the metro area year-to-date as of April 30, according to Trendgraphix. They also were number one in Buckhead for sales above $750,000 for the same period!

Sotheby's International Realty Acknowledges Record Sales in Atlanta

Mark Bhaggan’s listing, 2750 Habersham Road, the third highest sale in Atlanta in 2011.

The firm recently enjoyed two record sales as well. Mark Bhaggan sold a $6.5 million home there, the third highest sale in all of Atlanta for 2011.

5 Most Expensive Homes Sold in North Atlanta 2011

The second most expensive home sold in North Atlanta, 215 Manor Lake Way, also known as Mariposa.

Andrea Cueny and Rhonda Haran also sold a $2.17 million home in Alpharetta in just 33 days! It was the second highest sale in the North Atlanta market in 2011.

The firm also recently opened its third office, located at 1545 Peachtree Street in Atlanta!

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Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty SkyRise Group

Written by Anne Schwall. Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty’s SkyRise Group Vice President

First quarter sales for the Atlanta housing market have confirmed what real estate agents having been praying over for the last four years: housing sales are up.

Better yet, they have continued to stay strong.

Brokerages are experiencing sales volumes they have not seen in five years. At Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, closed transactions during April topped $100 million, a record in sales volume since the founding of the company five years ago- a great sign the market is truly rebounding.

The most telling sign of a market recovery is that sales are up in all housing sectors, single family and condominium in both Buckhead and the submarkets just outside Buckhead, according to statistics from First Multiple Listing Service.

The luxury condominium market, which has felt the greatest residential pangs in this downturn, is finally seeing a significant uptick in sales. The Sovereign, within the 50-story Buckhead mixed-use tower 3344 Peachtree, closed seven luxury condominium transactions in the first quarter, with an average sales price of more than $1.6 million each.

These first quarter sales numbers match the sales numbers for all of 2011.

There is a wide spectrum of pricing in the luxury condominium market. Homes at the St Regis are at the top of the list, topping over $750 per square foot. Even at this ultra premium pricing, the St Regis closed two homes in the first quarter with an average sales price of more than $4 million.

Another project in the luxury segment is the Ritz Carlton Residences, which averages $360 per square foot. The Ritz sold 11 condos during the first quarter at an average sales price of $800,000.

All of these luxury properties are located in Buckhead and boast the most prestigious addresses on Peachtree Road or West Paces Ferry.

Stepping just outside of Buckhead, another property in the luxury market that also experienced first quarter sales success is the Aberdeen in Vinings, where four homes sold during the first quarter with an average sales price of $900,000.

These strong sales in the luxury market mirror the same robust sales at all price points for the condominium and townhome markets of both Fulton and Cobb County. Sales at all price points for residential attached homes are up 9 percent in both counties from first quarter 2011. As inventories continue to shrink and supply and demand get back in line over the next several months pricing, yes, might even begin to inch upward making a true rebound sustainable.

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