Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rasmussen on First-Time Home Buyers Tax Credits

Most Like Tax Credits for First-Time Home Buyers, But 47% Oppose Continuing Them

Most Americans favor the soon-to-expire program that provides first-time home buyers with tax credits of up to $8,000, at least until they hear how much it costs. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of adults support the tax-credit program passed by Congress to help the sluggish U.S. housing market. Just 24% oppose it, with 18% not sure.

Most Like Tax Credits for First-Time Home Buyers, But 47% Oppose Continuing Them

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bowen Family Homes’ Model Home at Stonehaven Terrace for Sale

Fully furnished townhome move-in ready

Bowen Family Homes recently announced that its fully furnished model home at its Stonehaven Terrace community in Cumming is on the market. The beautifully designed, 1799 square-foot home includes three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half bathroom and is priced to sell at $174,900.

The furnished home is a highly sought after end unit and comes complete with window treatments, furniture and appliances. Homebuyers will be impressed by the townhome’s cozy center family room and corner fireplace that is welcoming not only for its owner, but guests and out of town relatives as well. A spacious kitchen and bright Morning Room, makes this an ideal location for homeowners who love to spend time in the kitchen.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is interested in a country club style lifestyle without the country club style prices,” said Kelly Fink, Bowen Family Homes’ marketing director. “The home comes beautifully furnished, which will lower the eventual homeowner’s cost dramatically.”

The unique master planned community that features150 townhomes, offers over 10 acres of recreational amenities, including an elegant clubhouse where families can gather and entertain. A junior Olympic pool with slide and an aquatic play park where young children can splash, to multipurpose fields where residents can go for a pick-up game of their favorite sport, also highlight this Forsyth County community. Six tennis courts are lighted for play into the late hours, and sidewalks and streetlights throughout the community connect everything for easy, safe access. The community also features a dog park where residents can take their four-legged friends for playtime and to meet with their neighbors.

Families residing at Stonehaven Terrace are served by Whitlow Elementary, Otwell Middle and Forsyth Central High schools. The community is located only 2 miles to The Avenue at Forsyth and is only minutes from GA 400. To visit, travel on Ga. 400 North to Exit 13 (141/Peachtree Parkway) and turn left onto 141. Turn right onto Highway 9, then left onto Piney Grove Road. Stonehaven Terrace is half of a mile on the right. For more information on Stonehaven Terrace call on-site sales agent David Kunis at (770) 844-0779 or 1-877 MY BOWEN.

Since 1969 the Bowen name has stood for excellence in new home construction and community development. Recognized as the 25th largest privately owned builder in the country by Builder Magazine for 2005, Bowen Family Homes is a dynamic homebuilder with operations in Georgia, Florida and Texas. The Atlanta Business Chronicle ranked Bowen Family Homes 5th among metro Atlanta builders in 2007 and 40th among Atlanta’s Top 100 Private Companies for 2007. Additionally, Bowen Family Homes was named the Georgia Family Business of the Year for medium sized companies by Georgia Trend and the Cox Family Enterprise Center at Kennesaw State University in 2006.

Bowen Family Homes was ranked 83rd on the 2007 Professional Builder Giant 400 largest homebuilders in the United States list. These successes have been achieved by simply offering the best new home value in all price ranges. Earlier this year Bowen Family Homes launched their social media marketing plan with a new company blog, www.bowenfamilyhomesblog.com and presence on several social media outlets such as Twitter, twitter.com/bowenfamilyhome, Facebook, www.facebook.com/bowenfamilyhomes and YouTube. For more information about Bowen Family Homes, please call their Atlanta region headquarters at 678-325-4554 or 1-877- MY BOWEN or visit online at www.bowenfamilyhomes.com.

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Prudential Georgia Realty Announces New Leadership Team for its Midtown Office

Experienced real estate professionals Dale Modica and Anne Miller have joined Prudential Georgia Realty as the broker team for the Midtown office. The branch, located at 1409 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, has been an award-winning office within the company.

Formerly the broker team at the Harry Norman Realtors Intown office, Dale will serve as managing broker and Anne is the assistant broker. They will continue to expand the office’s team of real estate professionals and are actively interviewing experienced agents who wish to join a local real estate firm at the forefront of technology and agent training.

“We have watched Prudential grow and prosper inside the perimeter. Their technology and resources for agents are second to none in the area,” said Dale Modica. “And now, as part of the Prudential management team, we can’t wait to lead and grow the Midtown office.”

They each have nearly 25 years real estate experience, are members of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Dale is a life member of the Atlanta Board’s Million Dollar Club, earning its Phoenix Award in 1997, and serves on the Board’s Grievance Committee. Anne is an Atlanta native and Georgia State University graduate.

“Prudential is excited about the opportunity to continue to expand our presence in the Midtown, Intown, Decatur and Buckhead markets. Our company has made significant gains in market share over the past two years,” said Prudential Georgia Realty President and CEO Dan Forsman. “Our innovations in property marketing, agent skills development, technology and agent support are showing in real results for our associates.”

Among these innovations are adding a Job Loss Protection program for home buyers in June (details at www.getjoblossprotection.com); online property search options in several languages; ability to save these searches and receive e-mail notifications when new listings match search criteria; and online search capabilities at www.PrudentialGA.com for foreclosure and bank-owned (REO) properties.

For more information about the Midtown and Intown real estate market or foreclosure properties, call the Prudential Georgia Realty Midtown office at 404-266-8100 or visit www.Midtown.PrudentialGA.com.

Prudential Georgia Realty is an independently owned and operated member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, a full-service residential and commercial real estate network with offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. Ranked by Real Estate Magazine as one of the top 100 real estate companies in the U.S., Prudential Georgia Realty placed 43rd for most 2008 sales in the real estate trade magazine’s 2009 Power Broker Report. It is the 12th largest Prudential real estate affiliate in North America.

Prudential Georgia Realty recently became the first large brokerage company in the nation to win the Realtor.com Online Marketing Award of Excellence. For the last five consecutive years, the Atlanta-based firm has been honored with a Consumers’ Choice Award as Best in Class for Executive Home Sales in metro Atlanta. Prudential Georgia Realty annually has real estate sales well in excess of $1.5 billion and just completed its 45th year serving metro Atlanta. The company has some 23 locations in metro Atlanta and 1,200 Realtors. Search all available properties including Atlanta new homes and Atlanta foreclosures at PrudentialGA.com. To learn more about the state of the Atlanta real estate market, visit www.atlantarealestate2009.com to view a quarterly-updated, information-filled video by Prudential Georgia Realty President and CEO Dan Forsman with local housing market outlook details.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Construction Resources Joins Elite Artisan Group

Atlanta Kitchen is Georgia's only provider of premium Artisan Stone Collection countertops

Construction Resources, Inc. is proud to be selected as a member of the Artisan Group, a national organization of over 30 independent granite fabricators who have joined together to offer Artisan Stone Collection™, the first and only brand of granite wholly owned by Artisan Group, with a comprehensive lifetime warranty, Heritage Wood™ countertops and Kohler® sinks and faucets. The Artisan Stone Collection™ is the first and only natural stone countertop with a residential limited lifetime warranty, available in Georgia exclusively through Construction Resources' Atlanta Kitchen, Inc. The collection includes a choice of 25 unique stones from sources around the world, each with their own natural characteristics.

Artisan Group members are dedicated to the art and craft of working with natural stone to create countertops of lasting beauty. Members like Construction Resources offer the highest quality granite and wood surfaces from all over the globe and use proven and accredited manufacturing techniques to fabricate and install stunning countertops that will last a lifetime. All Artisan Group members must achieve accreditation from the Marble Institute of America further ensuring absolute perfect craftsmanship.

“We are excited about our partnership with the Artisan Group because with it, we are able to offer the industry’s first and most comprehensive lifetime warranty, ensuring that homeowners are making a wise investment that will bring years of satisfaction and tremendous value. We are certain that this is something that customers will embrace,” says Mitch Hires of Construction Resources. “The partnership also gives us the advantage of the Artisan Stone Collection, which is backed by the people who choose the slab, fabricate and install it and own the brand. Because we share best practices and buying power we are able to offer unbeatable prices and the best warranties in the industry.”

In addition to the Artisan Stone Collection, Artisan Group members offer Heritage Wood, a line of custom, high-end, solid wood countertops. The Heritage Wood line includes extensive choices from the world's finest domestic, exotic and reclaimed woods. When properly treated, solid wood surfaces are waterproof, heat- resistant, stain-resistant, sanitary, food safe and low maintenance.
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Veritas Homes Sees Exceptional Success at Water Stone Crossing

Georgia builder sells 29 new townhomes in six months at suburban Atlanta community

Ask this small home builder about Georgia's troubled housing market and you might not believe his response. Veritas Homes, a Georgia-based design/build home building company has seen phenomenal success at Hall County's Water Stone Crossing, selling 29 new townhomes there in the first seven months of 2009. Water Stone Crossing is a 200-unit Flowery Branch community with townhomes priced from $99,900.

“It is the affordability and value of the homes at Water Stone Crossing that has made the community such a success.” says John Gatlin, president of Veritas Homes.

“The homes at Water Stone are perfect for first time buyers, families and retirees looking for a quiet community of friendly neighbors, great amenities and a new home, at a price that competes with resale homes,” continues Randall Moore, director of sales and marketing of Veritas Homes. At Water Stone, buyers can get the quality and security of a new home built by Veritas Homes at or lower than resale home prices.”

Water Stone Crossing is located just off I-985 and offers 1,600 and up square foot townhomes with single-car garages. Homes are built with either three bedrooms or two master suites and include top of the line standard features such as tile backsplashes and crown molding. Hardwood floors, fireplaces, cultured marble vanities, 9-foot first-floor ceilings and vaulted ceilings are also available.

Amenities at Water Stone include a pool and cabana, park, fully equipped playground, basketball court and double sidewalks. The community has a homeowners association that covers lawn maintenance, as well as amenity and common area maintenance. Children at Water Stone attend Flowery Branch Elementary, West Hall Middle and West Hall High schools.

To visit Water Stone, take I-985 North to Exit 12 (Spout Springs Road) and turn left. Turn right on Thurman Tanner Road and left on Cantrell Road. Water Stone Crossing is on the right.

Georgia-based Veritas Homes is a family owned company founded on family and Christian morals. The knowledgeable staff at Veritas Homes averages over 20 years experience in the home building industry. Veritas Homes has four outstanding subdivisions destined to be reputable, quality living areas: Sycamore Glen, Lynnfield Park, Creekside at Pinecrest and Sandy Creek. The goal at Veritas Homes is to provide quality homes that will facilitate their client’s needs, making their dreams come true. For more information on Veritas Homes, call 770-614-4698 or visit www.veritashomes.net.
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