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"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

ATLANTA -- Twenty-three years ago, this month, Atlanta was the focus of the Academy Awards when "Driving Miss Daisy" won "Best Picture.

The film was written by Pulitzer prize winning Atlanta playwright Alfred Uhry who grew up in the Druid Hills area.

The story deals with the relationship between an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur after World War II.

And as of today, the home from the movie, which forever linked Atlanta to Hollywood is, now, up for sale and it's going to the highest bidder.

To some, the home is as defining as Jessica Tandy & Morgan Freeman and as unforgettable as Alfred Uhry's words.

It's located at 922 Lullwater Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood.

Jeff Hullinger asked, the listing agent for Coldwell Banker Doris Robinson, "How did this home get selected for the movie?"

Underwater on your mortgage?

Underwater on your mortgage?

HARP 2.0 CAN HELP!

What is HARP?  HARP is Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP).  How does this affect you?  HARP is designed to help home owners that have been unable to get traditional refinancing due to the decrease in home value and may not have enough equity or no equity at all.  Home owners can actually be upside down on their mortgage and still be eligible.

Who is eligible?

  • The mortgage must be owned or guaranteed by Freddi mac or Fannie Mae
  • The mortgage must have been sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie mac on or before May 31, 2009.
  • The mortgage cannot have been refinanced under HARP previously
  • The current loan to value ratio needs to be greater than 80%
  • The borrower must be current on their mortgage at the time of the refinance with a good payment history in the past 12 months

As of January 9, 2012 HARP Guidelines have changed.  Prior t

Clean up the mess! $60 = 2 HRS of Home Organization by Drab to Fab Organizing ($120 value)

Clean up the mess! $60 = 2 HRS of Home Organization by Drab to Fab Organizing ($120 value)

Has it been months since you've seen the surface of your dining room table? Can the kids find their homework? Do you have boxes and bags filled with things you need to return, but can't find the receipt?

Metro Atlanta foreclosure rate 16th highest in nation

Metro Atlanta foreclosure rate 16th highest in nation

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's foreclosure rate slowed by the middle of 2011, but remains among the metros with the highest rates.

Atlanta had 44,1560 foreclosure filings from January through June, down about 16 percent from the first half of 2010. This gave Atlanta the 16th highest rate of foreclosures, according to RealtyTrac, which publishes the largest list of foreclosures in the country.

The company defines a foreclosure as default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. 

Real Estate has a Long Road to Recovery

 

The next years of real estate are not going to be positive for homeowners. In fact, it’s estimated that in 2012 over 60% of all home sales will be foreclosures or short sales. This means that the banks will control the pricing of more than half the real estate market and we can expect continued declining values. This idea may not sit well with many after the mortgage meltdown and moral hazard issues we had over the past five years.

Further, we at Sellect Realty believe that it will be another five to seven years before we see home values near their previous peaks and then we expect a plateau for several years to follow before growth. Currently our market is still declining. Despite month-over-month gains we have had another drastic decline in home values over the past 12 months. According to the recent statistics released by Realtor.com the average listing price decreased by 11.42% from June 2010 to $250,933.  

Things to Avoid When Holding an Open House

This weekend was national open house weekend. I had the opportunity to see an open house go wrong in a million dollar neighborhood, so I'm going to share some pointers to help your open house go smoothly.

1. Ensure that there are no malfunctions with the home. A defective air conditioner ruins the experience for everyone including the agent. You do not want the agent to be in a bad mood!

2. Have an agent who will not push prizes, giveaways, or follow prospective buyers as they look at the house. The idea is to make everyone comfortable and the way to do that is by making all information readilly available and be available to answer questions.

3. Have drinks and/or snacks on hand, especially on a hot afternoon. At a minimum, bottles icewater and soda is a must.

Metro Atlanta Home Values Sink to 2000 Levels

Metro Atlanta Home Values Sink to 2000 Levels

ATLANTA -- The S&P Case-Shiller Index, released last week, shows home sale prices in Metro Atlanta are where they were 10 years ago.

A trip to one in-town neighborhood highlights the slipping values.

A tidy, freshly painted craftsman style bungalow sits across the street from the Zoo Atlanta with a sweeping view of the park. It's prime real estate for Grant Park, but the value of this house, like many houses across Metro Atlanta, has been steadily falling. Owners bought the home in 2002 for $266,500 but Fulton County tax records appraise it today at just $230,000, an $80,000 drop in value from 2009.

Sliding home values have landed Metro Atlanta back where it was exactly a decade ago. Whatever you paid for your house then is hopefully what you can get for it now.