Recently, I went to a Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce event at a local company, Solar Energy USA of Atlanta. Back in my teen years, I actually won the Grand Award at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair with a project based around solar energy. That win allowed me to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair, which was a phenomenal experience because it brought me to my first encounters with science vs. human emotion / established industry / etc.
During my conversations with some of the folks at Solar Energy USA, I found that photovoltaics have advanced a LOT in the last 25+ years. We also had a discussion about homeowner’s associations, including mine at Polo Golf & Country Club.
Lo and behold, just a few weeks after that conversation, Vickery Lakes subdivision in Cumming, Georgia is in ABC News regarding this exact subject. Here’s the article here.
As a former high school debater, I could take either side of this story, gather some evidence and argue my case passionately. I’m not going to do that here, but I would like your opinions and thoughts just to gauge the general feeling on the subject. You can comment here at FoCoNotions.com or go to my Facebook Page and comment on the thread there as well. If you’d like to check out the discussion on the Georgia Tech forum, just go to The Hive.
I was curious about the top selling mid-range communities in Forsyth County, so I ran a search in FMLS for subdivisions in Cumming, Georgia with home sales during the 2011 calendar year, having 4+ bedrooms and selling between $200,000 and $400,000. Here’s the top 5 (with ties):
1) Windermere – 15 Sales
2) Fieldstone (all sections) – 13 Sales
3) Polo Golf & Country Club (all sections) – 11 Sales
3) Thorngate – 11 Sales
4) Evans Farm – 10 Sales
5) Green Summers – 9 Sales
5) Jamestown – 9 Sales
Each of these communities had foreclosures and short sales as part of the volume.
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From the ages of 7 to 18, I worked in our family plumbing & electrical supplies store. During that time, I saw lots of DIY (Do It Yourselfers) come in needing help with some issue. With leaky faucets, especially these days, a full replacement just isn’t necessary. Usually, the problem is one of the following or a combination: O-ring(s), seat, spring(s) or a stem. Find the model of your faucet, at the very least get the manufacturer. Turn the water off and remove the innards of the faucet. You might want to consult Google or Youtube for a video on taking it apart. You’d be surprised how many are available. Then, take the innards to your local hardware or plumbing store and ask someone for help. Since you already have it apart, I would replace as much inside as possible. Trying to assemble / disassemble & test to see what’s the problem just isn’t worth the time, and you may be causing more damage tan necessary. If there’s a complete repair kit, buy that and install it. One little tip, a little white grease never hurts around O-rings. Ask the store employee first, though. Yes, you may have a little grease coming out of the faucet when you first use it, but it can do wonders to make things work smoothly and seal things up.
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Back when my beloved black Lab, Buster, passed away, we didn’t look for a replacement for quite a while. We wanted a smaller dog than the 110lb small horse that Buster was. We looked at breeds, etc. and had made a decision. So, before we went and picked out a pup, we stopped by the local PetSmart to get some supplies. That day, the Humane Society of Forsyth County was having a pet adoption day.
While this varied off our carefully planned route, a particular dog, Simon really took a liking to my wife. We talked about it awhile and talked to the representative about his situation (some previous abuse), house training, etc. and decided to take a little leap of faith. Because we thought his old name of Simon may retain some feelings from his former family, we decided to name him Petey (as a nickname for Peter and as a reference to the Biblical transformation of Simon Peter). Since the day we brought him home, he has totally infused himself into our family. Not only is he a fantastic guard dog, he’s by far the most well-trained member of the household.
So, if you’re in the market for a companion, he/she might be waiting for you right now.
Humane Society of Forsyth County
(770) 889-1365 or (770) 887-6480
This article does a great job explaining the problem of foreclosures in the market, how they affect home prices and how long we still have to go. tinyurl.com/3tdkev8
I do a fair amount of training in our offices regarding personality profiles, sales psychology, etc. A while back, I had a buyer who loved my listing, made an offer and had the inspection done. She got cold feet and wanted to terminate her offer. At first, the impulse is to fight and save the deal. Instead, I had my client do the opposite.
I called them and let them know the whole situation, why the buyer wanted to walk, etc. I also explained to them that I was going to allow this buyer to quickly get what she wants, give her a week to calm down and then see if I could save it.
Sure enough, we got her the T&R paperwork within hours, which relieved the pressure of her cold feet. I didn’t communicate with anyone for about a week. On Monday morning, I called the buyer and asked her if she had seen anything better than my listing over the weekend. She said no. I let her know that she wasn’t the only one looking for a home of this quality in this location and that it wouldn’t last much longer. I empathized with the home buying process she was going through and all the emotions that entails. After a calm conversation, I asked her if she would like to consider re-engaging. I told her the sellers understood her situation, etc. and there would be no bad blood.
In the end, we got the deal done and everyone was happy, which is the whole point of real estate – creating Win-Win-Win situations.
These will go into effect April 18th, 2011.
There are no changes to the Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP).
15 Year Loans
If LTV is under 95%, then monthly MIP will be 0.25%
If LTV is 95% or higher, then monthly MIP will be 0.50%
Senior Mortgage Loan Originator
NMLS# 206695 GA MLO# 25049
30 Year Loans
If LTV is under 95%, then monthly MIP will be 1.10%
If LTV is 95% or higher, then monthly MIP will be 1.15%