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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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In a house appraisal, a licensed appraiser visits the property and writes a report that includes basic features of the property and an assessment of its value. Most people know of appraisals in the context of home sales because a lender orders an appraisal to ensure that the mortgage amount does not exceed a certain percentage of the home’s value.

Types

Two major types of appraisals for homes serve different functions. A market cost appraisal assesses what the home should sell for in the current housing market and is the type used by lenders to assess how much money to loan the buyer. A replacement cost appraisal is more commonly used in the sale of new homes and for other purposes, such as insurance.

Comparisons
As one step of the appraisal process, the appraiser compares the home to other comparable homes that have sold in the area within the past six to 12 months. In a quickly changing real estate market, the appraiser may limit the comparison to more recent sales for accuracy. If the buyer knows of any special circumstances that affected the sale price of homes in the area, such as a short sale due to a divorce or relocation, mentioning these to the appraiser can help keep the low sale prices from having too much of an influence on the home’s appraised value.
Neighborhood
Part of the appraisal considers the neighborhood in which the home is located. Factors such as having good schools, parks or shopping districts within walking distance and ample street lighting can increase the value of a home. A location near noisy or undesirable areas such as train tracks, busy roads or airports may decrease a home’s appraised value.
Home Structure
A home appraisal is not an inspection and therefore does not check to be sure that the appliances and plumbing all work well. Rather, it assumes the home is in good working condition. The appraisal looks at more basic information such as the number of rooms, type of flooring, layout of the home, square footage, the garage and yard and landscaping.
Considerations
Although an appraisal does not necessarily take a home’s cleanliness into account, the homeowner may want to tidy up the home before the appraisal to ensure that the appraiser is not hindered by clutter. Drawing the appraiser’s attention to the home’s best features or defining features, such as an addition, new roof, new windows or remodeled kitchen, may help increase the home’s value if these are noted on the appraisal.
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Ever since I began my real estate career in 2003, I have been associated with Atlanta’s top luxury real estate brand.  In 2008, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty opened its doors, making accessible a new level of customer service and access to a pristine brand and….of course…ultimate luxury.

It was during November 2009 that I joined the North Atlanta Office of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty as a Founding Partner.   It was a change that I made with much thought regarding my clients’ experience and my own ability to serve them.

As I reflect on my experience over the past year or so, a few thoughts come to mind that my clients have said regarding Sotheby’s International Realty brand:
– “I love Sotheby’s!”
– “We love having the Sotheby’s International Realty sign in our yard.”
– “The print marketing and overall branding for my house through Sotheby’s International Realty is amazing!”
– “The Sotheby’s International Realty website (content specifically) is really good.”

And me? What do I like about the company?
– The  very distinguished brand we can offer every client in all price ranges
– The buyers we attract from around the world
– The marketing materials we have to promote a listing for a seller client
– The forward thinking of the company including how we promote homes through social networking, technology
– An overall understanding of what it takes to get a buyer and home sold in this market

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