Cobb County Real Estate and Community News

Feb. 5, 2019

Aging in Place: Will Your Home Work For You

Aging in Place; Will your home work Aging In Place:  Will your home work for you

Will your home work as you get older?  This is a question that keeps getting asked more and more.  Many older people want to stay in their home and community.  According to an AARP survey 71% of 50-64 year olds want to stay in their homes and communities.  This is called aging in place. according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aging in place is the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. In order to stay in your home and community you must evaluate them.  Make sure your home is functional and will work as you age, and the community has the resources that you need.  Below are some universal designs for the home.

5 Universal Designs to Help Age In Place

Universal design is the design of environment and products that are usable by all people and that will not need any adapting or specialized design.  There are many universal designs but the 5 most common are below.

  • One-floor concept/living: This is just like a ranch home and most 55+ communities are ranch homes.  It gives a homeowner complete access to all parts of the home without having to use stairs.
  • Lever style handles: Most homes have doorknobs that turn.  A great universal design that is functional and visually appealing is the lever style handle.  It makes it easier for everyone to open doors, including wheelchair users.  Instead of turn a knob you just push down on the lever handle.  I have these in my home.
  • No-step entry:  This is a great universal design.  It allows people who use wheelchairs walkers, etc. to easily enter a home.  This is great for everyone.  Imagine if you broke you leg and you had to climb 10 stairs to get into the house.
  • Easily accessible controls and switches:  Light switches  and thermostats should be no more than 24-48 inches from the floor and electical outlets should be 18-24 inches off the floor.  These measurement are really important for people in wheelchairs
  • Wide doors and hallways:  Doorways should be 36 inches and hallways 42 inches wide.  These are very important for people in wheelchairs or walkers, because it allow them enought space to enter rooms and turn around in hallways.

Universal designs are important to help a person age in place.  Another factor that is equally important for older adults is amentities that are available in the community.  AARP did a survey of what older people want and need near there home and community

Amenities Older Adults Want Close to Home

Bus Stop 50%
Grocery Store 47%
Pharmacy/Drug Store 42%
Park 42%
Hospital 29%
Church/Religious 29%
Train/Subway 23%
Big Box Store 18%
Entertainment 16%
Mall 13%

houses-for-saleSo where can a person or buyer go to find the right community that will work for them long term.  AARP has a liveability index that was developed and is the only one that is a nationwide neighborhood-base livability index. This idex covers seven different categories and scores it according to how the neighborhood or community compares to the national average. The index include categories such as housing, neighborhoods, and transportation.  Check it out.

If you need more information or have questions contact me.  I am glad to help.  Below are some other great articles about this topic.

Help to transition - Transition Checklist

Universal Design ideas for the entire house







Posted in Uncategorized
Feb. 5, 2019

Senior Housing: There are Lots of Options

As people get older,  life changes and it is only natural to think of the next stages in your life. Depending on what stage you are in or what level of care you need will determine what your next move might be.  In today society there are lots of senior housing choices.   Right now 70 is the new 50.  People are living longer and are in better mental and physical shape.  When you are entering the next phase or stage of your life – prepare yourself so that you are in the best position to enjoy your older years.  This requires some thought into the type of housing/care you or a loved one might need in the future.  There are many great options to choose from.  I recommend to always have a plan just in case.  Below is a list of different housing and care options that will assist you in making the right decision on the next stages of you or loved one life.

Types of Senior Housing

  • Active Adult Communities (55+):  This type of housing is one of the most popular.  Many 55+ communities are being built.  These communities are often age targeted or age restricted.  These are typically maintenance free and offer a monthly association.  Most of these communities offer single family homes, cottages, patio homes, condos or town homes.  These types of communities offer lots of amenities as well.  Typical amenities are pools, clubhouse, various activities, fitness center, and walking trails.  There are a variety of communities in all prices ranges and amenities.
  • Senior Apartments:  These are regular apartments with typical amenities, but the only difference is they are age restrictive.  Typical age restrictions are 55 and 62 years of age.  Senior apartments typically have two types of payment plans.  One is a reduced rent for people that can qualify.  The second is market rate that mirror the rental rates of standard apartment communities.  Both types offer many amenities such as pools, fitness centers, clubhouse, various types of activities.
  • Independent/Retirement Communities with Services:  These are retirement communities that have many of the amenities, social activities, and services as other housing options offer.  The  difference in these  independent communities is that some offer health care services, and can accommodate older people with chronic health problems.  These communities offer a restaurant style meals and many social activities.  The usually have exercise facilities, planned activities, and resident clubs.
  • Assisted Living / Personal Care Homes / Senior Living Communities:  These communities offer help with all aspects of daily activities such as administering medication, or supervision with self-administered medication, eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting.
  • Memory Care Communities:  These are very specialized communities that only work with seniors that have been medically diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory related disorders.  These facilities typically provide 24 hour staff, meal plans, activities and programs to help stimulate the mind and body.five_reasons_to_retire_in_atlanta
  • Skilled Nursing (Nursing Homes)/ Physical Rehabilitation Communities:  This type offer hospital type attention in an institutional setting.  The amount of services, food, activities, personal care attention, and structure of the facility can vary depending on the nursing home.  Some nursing homes may specialize in short term or acute care, intermediate or long term skilled nursing.
  • Rehab:  This type offers rehabilitation services to restore and strengthen abilities of that person.  This can be done in an inpatient or outpatient treatment plan.
  • Hospice:  This service can be provided at home or a senior care facility.  Hospice services can include pain management, physical, emotional, and spiritual support.
  • Home Care:  The services are usually offered licensed home health care service providers and companies that provide medical and non-medical assistance  such as:  bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and transportation.
  • There are different levels of senior housing based on the level of service a loved one needs.  Do your research on the different type and levels of care and services before you make a decision.  Call me, I will be glad to talk with you about the next steps for your loved one.
Posted in 55+ Information
Jan. 18, 2019

Time to File for Homestead Exemption

Tax season is around the corner, if you bought a house as a primary residence, then you will need to fill out the Homestead Exemption for your county before April 1st to save money on your property taxes. Below is the Homestead Information for different counties. If you have any questions just send us an email and we'll be glad to help you!




Homestead Exemption



Jan. 18, 2019

Under Contract Home in Villages of Cascade, Atlanta GA

748 Celeste Lane SW #91,

Atlanta, GA 30331


Fantastic town home in a gated community. Located in Villages of Cascade. This home has 3 spacious bedrooms, an open floor plan, great deck with tons of privacy and hardwood floors. The owner is offering a $3400 carpet allowance.


  • HOA security camera/surveillance
  • 15 minute downtown 
  • 20 minute to mid-town
  • All grocery stores less than 10 minutes away (Publix, Kroger, Walmart)

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Posted in Homes for Sale
Jan. 11, 2019

Captivating Home for sale in Briarcliff Estates, Mableton GA

4626 Glore Road

Mableton, GA 30126


Captivating home in an excellent location, close to East/West Connector, 285 and 20. It is a well maintained and move in ready home with large kitchen, upstairs great room, spacious screened porch, and wonderful private lot with yard. This home also features a full partially finished basement with a big great room and fireplace. There is a new construction to be built across the street starting in the 300's.


  • 3 bd/2 ba
  • Bedroom roomate floor plan 
  • Move in ready
  • Walk-in closets
  • Family room
  • Large kitchen 
  • Partially finished basement

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Posted in Homes for Sale
Jan. 11, 2019

UNDER CONTRACT: Fantastic Brick Ranch For Sale in Briarcliff Estates, Mableton GA


4630 Glore Road

Mableton, GA 30126


Fantastic brick ranch with full unfinished basement. Open floor plan with updated kitchen and baths. Large vaulted great room and off the great room is a spacious screened in porch - top notch location. Close to East/West Connector, I285 and I20 and a 5 minute walk to Silver Comet Trail. There is a new subdivision to be built across the street starting in the 300's.


  • 3 bd/2 ba
  • Master on main 
  • Separate dining room
  • Updated kitchen and bath 
  • Full unfinished basement 
  • Hardwood floors
  • Close to East/West connector

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Posted in Homes for Sale
Oct. 4, 2018

Beautiful Townhome for Sale in Crescent Park Lane Atlanta

2845 Crescent Park Lane

Atlanta, GA


Open House: November 4, 2018, 2:00-5:00pm 

This fantastic and meticulously maintained townhome is a short walk to the Atlanta Braves stadium and the Atlanta Battery. It has 3 spacious bedrooms, and 3.5 baths, which includes a large master suite, there is ample living space. This home boasts tons of upgrades such as granite and hardwood floors. It has a wonderful private deck. Close to all shopping, and fine dining (Cumberland Mall), trails, nearby parks, I75 and I285. Atlanta address but Cobb County taxes!


  • 3 bd/3.5 ba
  • Open living/kitchen concept
  • Each bedroom has its own bath 
  • Newly refinished floors
  • Close to Atlanta Battery, shopping, and parks
  • Easy access to I75 and I285

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Posted in Homes for Sale
Sept. 26, 2018

Stunning Home For Sale - Close to Smyrna Village and Atlanta Battery

3800 Ridge Road SE

Smyrna, GA 30080


If you are looking for a move in ready home, on a basement, this is it. This home boasts a renovated kitchen and baths, newer roof, new HVAC, exterior paint March 2018, over-sized pantry and laundry room, and a wonderful floor plan. It has a stunning panoramic view from the great room. Minutes to Smyrna Village, The Battery, all the great restaurants, and close to I75 and I285 and in a great school district as well.


  • 4 bd/3.5 ba
  • New HVAC
  • New roof
  • New windows
  • Professional landscaping
  • Updated laundry room and pantry
  • Close to Atlanta Battery, Jonquil Plaza, Smyrna Village
  • Stunning panoramic view from the great room
  • Close to I75 and I285

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Posted in Homes for Sale
Aug. 20, 2018

Home Partners of America

Home Partners of America

Home Partners of America

Home Partners of America is a company that offers a lease with the right to purchase program.  It does have specific guidelines, but it does work and helped many people to get into homeownership.

This program can work for a variety of people.  For example:

  • First time homebuyers that have never bought a home before
  • For people have relocated and not sure which area or neighborhood to live in
  • People who cannot obtain a mortgage now, but will in the future and want to live in a community with great schools

How Does Home Partners of America Work?

The Process 

  • Apply to – a potential homeowner will fill out a pre-qualification application.  Once the pre-qualification is approved, then the buyer will fill out a full application.  When a full application is filled out, Home Partners of America will treat like any loan application.  They will collect all you document, check your income and assets, have a credit and background check completed, etc.  Once the application is approved, Home Partners will discuss the maximum monthly rent for which the home buyer qualifies for.
  • Find a Home Partners Qualified home – You will work with your choice of Realtor.  Once the home has been identified, Home Partners will try and purchase the home. 
  •  Home Partners purchases the home – the potential buyers will have to sign a one-year lease and a Right to Purchase agreement.
  • The Right to Purchase Agreement – allows the potential buyer the right to buy the home, at any time that they are living in the home, at a pre-set purchase price within five years.  If they choose not to renew the lease, they can walk away without penalty.

Pre-qualification checklist for more information

Home Partners will provide a right to purchase price and rent for each lease term up to five years.  A potential buyer must agree to the terms before an offer is made.

  • Rent increases are 3.75% each year
  • Purchase price increases are between 3.5-5% each year
  • Move in date - minimum of 10 business days

Basic Requirements

  • Annual house hold income of $50,000 or more
  • Have stable employment
  • No pending bankruptcy, history of eviction, acceptable criminal history

Potential Buyer Must Provide

  • Full application for everyone 18 years or older
  • Application fee of $75
  • Income and asset verification

One the buyer gets approved then you can look at homes.  The homes on the Home Partners of America website qualify for purchase. The property criteria are below.

  • Single family home or fee-simple townhome
  • The list price of the home must be between $100-$450,000

  • No condo associations
  • Cannot be a commercial or multifamily property
  • Homeowners Associations are allowable on a case by case basis
  • Pool are permitted in certain states
  • Must be a traditional sale or FSBO – no distressed properties (Foreclosure, short sale, or auction).
  • Must be in an approved community
  • Minimum of two bedroom and no more than three acres
  • Cannot have material deficiencies (major structural issues, aluminum wiring, etc.)

This is a basic list of the property criteria for more information click on the link below

1.      Full Property Qualification Criteria

2.      Homeowners Association Guidelines

3.      Fence Policy

Once the potential buyer agrees to all terms:

  • Home Partners will generate a signed contract and return it with a proof of funds
  • The Realtor will make an offer on the home
  • Home Partners pay cash, no appraisals, and closes quick
  • They make offers at fair market value

Once the home is under contract

  • The potential buyer signs a one-year lease and the right to purchase agreement
  • Must provide a two-month deposit
  • Home Partners schedules and pays for a home inspection

Once the home is purchased

  • Home Partners will perform and make ready repairs or agreed upon renovations
  • The potential buyer will provide the first month’s rent – it will be pro-rated from the date they move in
  • The potential buyer may purchase the home at any time they are leasing the property for the predetermined price and must give a 60-day notice.

Renovation Checklist and Property Standards

Some of the information came directly from the Homes Partners of America Website. This program does is not fit for everyone, but it can and does help a lot of people. This is just one of many different types of loan programs.  See link below to get a better understanding of many other loan programs.  If there are any questions, please contact me.  I would be glad to help.

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June 22, 2018

Charming Townhome for Sale in Windsor Trace, Peachtree Corners

6195 Windsor Trace Drive

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092


Gorgeous private professionally landscaped townhome in sought after Peachtree Corners. This townhome has a great open floor plan with tons of updates which include a stunning renovated kitchen, hardwoods, master bath, and oversized two car garage. It is at the back of the community so it has complete privacy with views of woods off the back deck. Great location and schools, only 10 minutes from 285.
  • 2 bd/2.5 ba
  • Open floor plan 
  • Professionally landscaped
  • Stunning home updates
  • Complete privacy 

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Posted in Homes for Sale