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Sustainable Homes No Longer Seen As Just A Fad

August 25, 2010

Carson Matthews, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

While Atlanta’s housing market remains stuck in low gear, the trend toward certified green or “sustainable” homes has been growing.

More builders are adopting sustainable practices and more buyers are weighing the economic benefit of paying a little extra up front for a house featuring environmentally sound design, construction standards and materials.

“Even if the economy had not gone sour, people are looking at sustainable practices and materials, not just for housing, but for the entire neighborhood,” said Sibet Freides, president of Idea Associates Inc., a marketing and consulting firm with a real estate development focus. Idea Associates clients include Reynolds Signature Communities, The Settings Development Companies LLC and Urban Land Institute.

“You might have some builders who have been in the industry for a long time who are thinking this is a passing fad, but people have bought into the concept of sustainability,” Freides said. “Younger buyers have now come to expect it and I don’t think the industry, as a whole, thinks it’s a fad anymore.”

According to a report by Carson Matthews, a Realtor with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, in the first quarter of 2010, green homes comprised 8.4 percent of the new homes on the market, which compares consistently with the 2009 total of 8.5 percent,

Matthews is a certified EcoBroker and the author of a blog, www.GreenToTheScene.com, which delivers news about green residential building in Atlanta.

In April, Matthews launched the Green MLS Toolkit, a resource that can be used by any Multiple Listing Service to track green activity.

In the first three months of 2010, Matthews reported that the median selling price of a certified green home was $494,000, which is 133.5 percent higher than a conventional new construction home; however, the report shows green homes are fetching more at closing.

“In the first quarter, green houses sold at 98 percent of list, whereas standard new construction homes sold at 92.5 percent,” Matthews said. “In the custom home market, that percentage is much higher.”

“Green building is here to stay,” said Les Stumpff, president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) and regional manager for Texas-based Standard Renewable Energy, which provides energy audits for homeowners, businesses and government entities.

“There is a growing awareness of how much energy and water and, therefore, money can be saved by owning a home built to some level of green-building standards,” Stumpff said.

Other benefits, such as better indoor air quality and overall comfort, will increasingly propel demand for green homes.

“The housing recession has made it more difficult to adopt building standards that increase new home prices, but builders who were building green in good times will continue to build green as housing starts return,” Stumpff said.

Although they cost a little more, the formula for building green houses is not very complicated, said Matt Hoots, founder and CEO of The Hoots Group Inc., a full-service green contractor, and co-chair of the GAHBA Green Building Council.

Together with the GAHBA, Hoots helped develop the EarthCraft House residential green-building program in partnership with Southface Energy Institute, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable homes.

“You start with a good design,” Hoots said. “You can save 30 [percent] to 40 percent in operating costs right there.”

Every aspect of the design is critical, from sighting the house on the lot to putting windows in the best location to ease the load on the HVAC system and limit the cost of blinds.

“If you only build to the standard energy-efficiency code, you’re almost building an EarthCraft-certified house,” Hoots said. “Unfortunately, a lot of builders build around the code or to barely meet code.”

As materials, utility and appliance manufacturers jump on the sustainable bandwagon, the expense gap between building green and building traditional housing is diminishing — resulting in more reasonable pricing for higher- performing homes, experts say.

Currently, Freides’ clients are building two new showcase green homes, one in The Settings of West Point Lake near LaGrange, and one at Achasta, a golf community near Dahlonega. Both houses are being built by Johnna Barrett of SUSTAIN house, the residential division of Atlanta-based architecture and interior design firm Barrett Design Inc.

“We started with a budget and we’re learning that it doesn’t have to cost that much more to build green,” Freides said.

Among other products, the green houses incorporate a radiant barrier sheathing that reportedly reduces monthly air conditioning bills by 17 percent, green bedding products, and tile and wood components made from recycled materials.

“A lot of this stuff is common sense and people need to be educated about the products and building practices that are available,” Freides said.
Read more: Sustainable homes no longer seen as just a fad – Atlanta Business Chronicle

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Featured Home: Wonderful Townhome in Midtown (Amy Santrock)

August 18, 2010

Undoubtedly you have seen the building on 10th Street between State and Tumlin Streets.  The location is an ideal one, within walking distance to Georgia Tech, Atlantic Station and so much else that Midtown has to offer.  You most likely have no idea the quality and beauty that you will find inside the building that was built in 2003.

Kitchen

Kitchen

A corner unit has become available and it is nothing short of fabulous.  Three levels with a drive under garage below the main floor.  Impeccably decorated and appointed with upgraded finishes.  Gorgeous color accents throughout showcase this well-planned layout.  On the main level you have a large family room with fireplace and built-in cabinetry on one end.  The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, modern cabinetry and a bar area.  The bar almost appears to be floating, supported on one end by a half column.  The design and geometrical lines keep the area open and unencumbered.

Living Room

Living Room

Beautiful hardwoods provide continuity throughout the majority of the home, while color is used to accentuate room division on the main level.  The two full baths both have tile flooring.  The half bath has a stunning tiled wall behind the clear glass sink basin.  Soft contemporary  touches like this can be found throughout.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Also, you get to enjoy three levels of outdoor living. There are two balconies and a magnificent rooftop terrace!  See sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline as you have a casual dinner party or just sit down for a moment of calm as you take in one of the many reasons you love Atlanta.

Offered at $315,000

401 10th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Two Bedrooms, Two Full and One Half Baths

Please click here for more photos of this townhome

Amy Santrock, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Amy Santrock, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Amy Santrock
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 404.427.6301
Office: 404.835.9600

Carman Pope, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Carman Pope, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Carmen Pope
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 404.625.4134
Office: 404.835.9600

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Luxury Gated Townhomes – Phase One Closeout Sale

August 16, 2010
Turnberry Gates Luxury Gated Townhomes

Turnberry Gates Luxury Gated Townhomes

Turnbury Gates is a stunning, private, gated enclave of 82 luxurious residences and select homes with golf course views that is currently in the Phase One Closeout Sale with units reduced up to $100,000. Boasting a beautifully landscaped pool, spectacular pavilion, stone fireplace and exclusive open-air entertaining area, Turnbury Gates was developed with an intimate yet captivating site plan in mind. This exclusive location affords easy access to it all; shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife in Buckhead and Brookhaven; Lenox, Phipps and Perimeter Malls; Emory University and premier medical facilities including Northside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Fireplace

Inspiring architecture truly creates a charming feel throughout Turnbury Gates. Beautiful covered porches with standing seam metal roofs pepper the community’s board and batten siding, cedar shingle and brick exteriors for a darling atmosphere.

Kitchen

Kitchen

Each unit’s custom interior imparts the best of the best. Coffered and wainscoting ceilings are featured in the Great Rooms along with cozy stone surround fireplaces. Wide plank hardwood floors gleam throughout the main levels. Designer carpet selections cover both the terrace level and each bedroom. Ten foot ceilings on both the main and upper levels are complete with detailed trim for a rich ambience. The Chef’s kitchen is sweeping with must have items such as granite countertops with under mount sinks, under cabinet lighting, custom cabinetry throughout and stainless appliances.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Featuring a large walk-in closet, spa inspired master bath with walk-in shower and soaking tub with stone deck and granite or travertine vanity counters, the master suite is a perfectly luxurious retreat. The custom interiors are finished with Delta plumbing fixtures in oil rubbed bronze finish and designer paint colors throughout.

Living Room

Living Room

With two and three bedroom plans now available starting at $269,000, Turnbury Gates is certainly the place to be for all things luxury and charming in Atlanta. These units will not last at the greatly reduced prices.

Debbie Pille and Charles Gerrick

Debbie Pille and Charles Gerrick

Charles Gerrick & Debbie Pille

#1 Agents Companywide 2009, Small Team

Debbie Cell: 404.668.3465
Charles Cell: 404.218.8993
Office: 404.237.5000

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Featured Home: Inman Park Charmer (Carson Matthews)

August 10, 2010
807 Lake Avenue

807 Lake Avenue

A three bedroom bungalow in Inman Park, could you ask for anything more?  Maybe a renovated three bedroom bungalow with garage and off-street parking?  Well here it is at 807 Lake Avenue!

Loving this neighborhood is easy, finding the perfect home may have been harder, but this most certainly is it.  Originally built in 1920, renovations have added conveniences and more charm.  An addition of a master bedroom and upscale bath give even more serenity to a home that will bring endless joy.

Living Room

Living Room

Welcomed by a front porch swing, step inside to a spacious living room with corner fireplace.  Crisp white trim and natural light give a cheerful demeanor to the home.  Go throw a large cased opening into the dining room and you see into the kitchen via an opening in the back wall with bar seating.  A corner fireplace backs up to the one in the front room and you are happy the current owners did not remove the character during renovation.

Kitchen

Kitchen

The kitchen is absolutely beautiful!  Wood countertops and white cabinetry immediately catch your eye.  Between the stainless steel refrigerator and gas stove there is spectacular storage in glass front stacking drawers.  What a great design element to the space.  The opposite wall of upper cabinets has paned glass front doors adding balance to the space.  A farmhouse sink will make you smile as you think about preparing your first meal here!

Patio

Patio

The back den leads to outdoor living.  A wood deck is home to a grilling and dining area while brick pavers set the stage for an outdoor family room, allowing plenty of room for family and friends and still plenty of space for children to play.  The driveway is gated allowing for extra privacy.

Wake up on Saturday morning and walk to your favorite breakfast or coffee place, then come back home and enjoy your Saturday in your new home that you will undoubtedly treasure and enjoy for years to come.

Offered at $425,000

807 Lake Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Three Bedrooms and Two Full Baths

Please click here for more photos of this charming home

Carson Matthews, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Carson Matthews, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Carson Matthews
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Direct: 678.595.9286
Office: 404.835.9600

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Atlanta home prices up 4% in May (Natalie Ransom)

July 19, 2010
Natalie Ransom, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Natalie Ransom, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

From Atlanta Business Chronicle

For the second month in a row, home prices in metro Atlanta increased.

CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) on Tuesday published its Home Price Index (HPI), which shows home prices, including distressed sales, in metro Atlanta rose 4.03 percent in May 2010 compared to May 2009. This compares to April’s year-over-year HPI, which was 1.11 percent.

Home prices in the United States also rose in May, marking the fourth-consecutive month with a national increase. American home prices, including distressed sales, increased 2.9 percent.

The top five states with the highest appreciation in May were Vermont (5.1 percent), Rhode Island (5.5 percent), Massachusetts (5.7 percent), Virginia (6.8 percent), and California (7.9 percent).

The five state with the biggest price losses were Idaho (-6.6 percent), Alabama (-5.3 percent), New Mexico (-4.2 percent), Maryland (-3.1 percent) and Wyoming (-3.1 percent).

“Home price appreciation stabilized as homebuyer tax credit driven sales peaked in late spring,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic, in a statement. “But given that the labor market and income growth remain tepid we expect prices to moderate and possibly decline the rest of the year.”

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The Aberdeen offers buyers opportunity to participate in Home Sale Program

May 13, 2010

 

Welcome to The Aberdeen

Welcome to The Aberdeen

ATLANTA –The Aberdeen, the beautiful development located in historic Vinings, is partnering with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty to launch an innovative Home Resale Program.  The aim of this program is to assist buyers who are in the market to purchase a condominium but need to sell their single-family home before going to contract.   The Home Resale Program extends to each residence in The Aberdeen except those discounted as a part of Grand Opening pricing incentives.

Here is how the new Home Resale Program works:

1) Make an appointment with Judie Mattie or Beverly Ricker (770.435.6428) to schedule a personal tour of The Aberdeen and experience the exceptional amenities and residences.

2) Decide on the perfect Aberdeen residence for you and your family.  Write a contract contingent on the sale of your single-family home.

3) The experienced sales team at The Aberdeen will pair you with a helpful Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty residential sales associate to assist in the sale of your home.  The agent will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of your neighborhood and the best industry knowledge.  

4) When your single-family home sells, the development at The Aberdeen will reimburse you for the Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty broker listing side commission by issuing a credit at the closing of your new Aberdeen residence.

Developed by Atlanta-based Taz Anderson Realty Company, The Aberdeen is located at 2700 Paces Ferry Road in Vinings.  With current incentive pricing, the value of an investment at The Aberdeen is unmatched in Atlanta.  Offering spectacular skyline views from each residence, The Aberdeen is situated in perfect proximity to Buckhead and all of Atlanta’s major thoroughfares.  Exclusive amenities include state-of-the-art finishes and fixtures, such as Viking Professional Series appliances, a fitness center and an indoor driving range with golf simulator.  Residents also have access to the club room, which offers a full catering kitchen and a wine cellar with private storage lockers.

To learn more or to schedule a tour, call 770.435.6428 or visit www.aberdeenatl.com.

 *Total brokerage fee is 6%, to be paid at closing.

**3% listing commission will be calculated on the sold price of the buyer’s single-family home and will be applied as an additional price reduction at the time of closing of The Aberdeen condominium purchase.

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April 2010 Buckhead Home Sales Report (Carson Matthews)

May 11, 2010
Written by Carson Matthews, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Written by Carson Matthews, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

From The Buckhead Blog

Below are the statistics I have compiled for Buckhead home sales in April 2010. These numbers reflect single-family detached homes in area 21. You can also view the “Buckhead Home Sales Reports” tab above to see historical data for Buckhead.
Closed Sales in Buckhead

Homes Sold in April -46
Average List Price – $796,054
Average Sales Price – $732,320
Average Sales Price/List Price Ratio – 92%
Average Days on Market – 95 Days

These numbers are pretty similar to those in March.  There were 11 less sales but the average sales price, sales price/list price ratio and days on market were all relatively unchanged.  The exciting news is there are 158 homes pending sale right now in Buckhead as home buyers raced to get a home under contract by April 30th to take advantage of the Home Buyers Tax Credit.   

Did you go under contract on a home recently?  If so, I’d be interested to know if the Home Buyer’s Tax Credit was an incentive for you to do so by April 30th.  Please leave your comment here.