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					Atlanta, Georgia Relocation Guide

Volume 2

Including Metropolitan Atlanta Counties and Demographics
Disclaimer—The accuracy of all information, regardless of source, is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed. The information in this relocation guide is provided solely for informational purposes.

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Table of Contents

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Welcome To Atlanta!----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 Finding The Right Area To Live ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 5 Meet Kathy and Vivian ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 Georgia Facts---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 Atlanta’s Average Temperature ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 Georgia Government ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 Fun Facts----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 Atlanta Expressions ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 11 Greater Atlanta Shopping--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12 Atlanta Dining --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13 Greater Atlanta Radio Stations ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 16 Atlanta Media---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 17 Popular Atlanta Attractions ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 19 Annual Events --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21 Fortune 500 Corporations ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23 Best Companies To Work For--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24 Top Major Employees --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25 Spectator Sports----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26 Transit Systems ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 28 Things You Should Know---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 30 Top Home Builders ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 32 Architectural Styles------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 33

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Greater Atlanta County & Cities----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 34 Metro Atlanta County & Cities-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 35 Cherokee County Information-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 36 Clayton County Information------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 39 Cobb County Information --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 42 Coweta County Information------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 45 DeKalb County Information------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 48 Douglas County Information ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 51 Fayette County Information------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 54 Forsyth County Information------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 57 Fulton County Information ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 60 Gwinnett County Information --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 67 Henry County Information -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 70 Rockdale County Information -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 73 Questions & Answers --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 76 Items Needed For Loan Application ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 89 Understanding Closing Cost----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 90 Real Estate Glossary Of Terms ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 91 Long Distance Move Checklist------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 96 The Advantages Of A Buyers Specialist----------------------------------------------------------------- 97 How We Are Compensated ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 98 Image Maps ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 99 Useful Links ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 103

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Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia!

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The state of Georgia is ranked the second best state in the nation in which to do business, according to an influential national economic development trade publication. In its November 2007 issue, Site Selection magazine ranks Georgia the state with the second best business climate in the nation, up from number four last year. “Georgia’s rich resources for businesses, including our skilled workforce, transportation and logistics network, and low operating costs have encouraged top-notch companies like Newell Rubbermaid, ADP and Kia to locate or expand in our state recently,” said Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Top rankings like these reflect our success in maintaining a competitive edge in the global marketplace.” Come and discover what Georgia has to offer. Home to golden beaches, lush forests, majestic mountains, and the bustling city of Atlanta has something for everyone. Atlanta is a young city, even by American standards. New Orleans, Charleston, Cincinnati and Chattanooga were all thriving cities before Atlanta was even a settlement. Metropolitan Atlanta is a bright, brash, and aggressive area. its rough edges smoothed by time and a dash of Southern charm. Despite its relative youth, metro Atlanta has proud and unique heritage, a past well worth preserving. From the beginning, Atlanta was in the South but not of the South. Founded as a rail terminus, ante-bellum Atlanta was a small, rough-and-ready railroad crossing. Its manners and mores were more like the frontier towns of the Old West than the mint julep-and-magnolia cities of the Old South. Transportation was, and still is the catalyst for Atlanta’s growth and economic vitality. From the beginning Atlanta attracted men and women of vision—opportunists who had the foresight to provide the facilities that would make Atlanta the most important city in the Southeast. Present day Atlanta, with an estimated population in 2006 of 486,411 in the city and an estimated 4,755,459 in the metropolitan area, is the capital, biggest city, and leading economic center of the state, and the main city of the entire southeastern United States. Increase in the white-collar service economy, led by enlargement of corporate headquarters and services such as giving legal advice, computing, and advertising, makes up for a large part of Atlanta's recent expansion. The metropolitan area centered on the city now contains three suburban cores in addition to the original central business district. These suburban cities, each possess an impressive skyline of tall buildings and major retail shopping centers. The Atlanta region's economy was also backed when the city hosted the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Atlanta's economy is also tied closely to government agencies and activities, transportation, and the hospitality and convention industry. The capital of Georgia, is host to a wide assortment of state departments and agencies. The Atlanta metropolitan area also has the largest concentration of federal agencies outside of Washington, D.C., including the national headquarters for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Finding the Right Area to Live

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How do you go about finding the right place to live in an unfamiliar area? First, examine your reasons for moving. Are you seeking to escape ice and snow or escalating taxes? Maybe you want to pursue the possibilities of year-round outdoor recreation? Perhaps you’re dreaming of doing some traveling with the extra money you’ll save with a lower cost-of-living. Or maybe your employer has transferred your position. These are just a few of the many reasons that millions of people move each year, purchase Atlanta real estate as an investment or buy a home in metro Atlanta. Our expertise is in providing peace of mind by helping you envision your lifestyle, compare places conducive to your desired lifestyle and help you decide where you want to live in metro Atlanta.

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Meet Kathy and Vivian. Your Professional Real Estate Source to Finding the Right Place to Live!

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Kathy Drewien brings a wealth of experience with her; a real estate consultant in metro Atlanta since 1994 and broker/owner of North Atlanta Realty Group. Kathy stays ahead in today’s competitive real estate industry by leveraging technology to maximize our creative marketing efforts. Kathy is an innovator- keeping up with internet technology enthusiastically and successfully. She is featured on the July/August 2007 cover page of “The Residential Specialist” - a highly respected magazine among Realtors® nationwide. Kathy closes millions in residential real estate transactions each year and is a life time member of the million dollar club. MSW, Clinical Social Work, Pensacola, FL. CRS - Certified Residential Specialist® - held by 4% of Realtors® nationwide e-Pro - Internet Professional Allen F. Hainge CYBERSTARS™ - Chosen by Allen F. Hainge as one of the leading Realtors on the net who have a great homepage and use technology well. Email: Kathy@AtlantaRelo.com Direct: 404-409-1189 Office: 770-321-4005 Vivian Lacy also brings an abundance of experience with her. Vivian is a real estate consultant and joined the team of North Atlanta Realty Group as their exclusive Buyers Agent in 2002 from a competing real estate agency. Vivian successfully represents dozens of relocating families each year. Her knowledge of the housing market and high attention to detail is unparalleled. Vivian caught the eye of her peers in the section of “Whose Who in Atlanta Real Estate”, a local real estate magazines. Her clients include a long list of first time and experienced home buyers. Bachelor of Science - Computer Information Systems, Alpharetta, GA. CRS - Certified Residential Specialist® - held by 4% of Realtors® nationwide ABR - Accredited Buyers Representative® AHWD Certified - At Home with Diversity NS Certified - Nehemiah Specialist Email: Vivian@AtlantaRelo.com Direct: 770-366-3112 Office: 770-321-4005

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Georgia Facts
General
Name Origin: Nickname: Motto: Song: Statehood: Capital: Largest Cities: Area Codes: Counties: Bird: Game Bird: Fish: Butterfly: Amphibian: Insect: Flower: Tree: Fruit: Crop: Vegetable: State Forest: State Parks: Named for King George II from England The Peach State, Empire State of the South Wisdom, Justice, Moderation Georgia on My Mind (1922) January 2, 1788, 4th state admitted Atlanta Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Savannah 229, 404, 470, 478, 678, 706, 770, 912 159 Brown Thrasher (1935) Bobwhite Quail Largemouth Bass Tiger Swallowtail Green Tree Frog Honeybee Cherokee Rose (1916) Live Oak (1937) Peach Peanut Vidalia Sweet Onion 6 (63,294 ac) 64 (65,066 ac)

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Weather
Georgia experiences all four seasons. Summers typically consist of lengthy spells of warm and humid weather. average highs 80’s - 90’s. Average lows 60’s - 70’s with high pollen counts Winter months are more variable. Mild weather will alternate with cold snaps. Average temps 40’s to low 30’s Wettest month is March. Driest months are September and October. Average snowfall is 1 to 2 inches lasting only 1 to 2 days. Thunderstorms are common in the Spring and Summer. On a typical year thunder will be heard 50 - 60 days.

Agriculture
Poultry and Eggs, Peanuts, Cattle, Hogs, Dairy Products, Vegetables

Industry & Products
Textile and Apparel, Transportation equipment, Food Processing, Paper Product, Chemical Products, Electric equipment and Tourism

Geography
Border States: Area: Highest Point: Lowest Point: Top Range: Major Rivers: Major Lakes: Tennessee, N. Carolina, S. Carolina Florida, and Alabama 58, 977 sq. mi., including 1,011 sq. mi. of inland water and 47 sq. mi. of Coastal waters Brasstown Bald 4,784 feet. Atlantic Coast, Sea Level North to South 320 miles East to West 274 miles Chattahoochee, Savannah, Suwannee Lake Sidney, Clark Hill, West Point, Lake Hartwell

Major Industry Groups
Wholesale & Retail Trade 25% Services 26% Manufacturing 17% Government 16%

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Atlanta Average Monthly Temperatures

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No doubt you’ve heard Atlanta referred to as “Hot-lanta”. Some would prefer to think of this as a description of the active social scene, not the temperatures. Judge for yourself, based on the average monthly temperatures listed below. Metro Atlanta weather offers four distinct seasons, but winters and summers are short, giving way to long, gentle springs and falls. With this moderate Atlanta, Georgia weather outdoor sports, cultural activities can take place year round. Average Annual Rain Fall: 48 inches Average Annual Snowfall: 1.5 inches Average Spring Temperature: 72° F Average Summer Temperature: 88° F Average Fall Temperature: 65° F Average Winter Temperature: 55° F Latitude: 33°36’N Longitude: 84°25’W Elevation (ground): 1010’

Average Temperature by Month (ºF)
Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.

51.0

55.8

63.5

73.5

80.2

86.0

88.8

88.1

82.7

62.3

63.1

54.5

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Georgia Government

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A form or representative government has existed in Georgia since January 1751. Its modern embodiment, known as the Georgia General Assembly, is one of the largest state legislatures in the nation. The General Assembly consist of two chambers, The House of Representative and the Senate. In 1868 the capital– and the assembly settled in Atlanta permanently. Today the General Assembly meets in the state capital, an impressive granite building with a distinctive gold dome.

U.S. Congress Representation
13 U.S. Congressional Districts 2 U.S. Senators 56 State Senators 180 State Representative The state has 13 electoral votes

Executive Officers:
Governor, four-year term, with succession to one consecutive term allowed. The Governor has a number of powers in state government, including proposing new programs and laws for the state, proposing a state budget for the legislature to consider, vetoing legislation and appointing members of many of the boards in state government. Lieutenant Governor, Term, 4 years Secretary of State, Term, 4 years Attorney General, Term, 4 years Commissioner of Insurance, Term, 4 years Superintendent of Schools, Term, 4 years Commissioner of Labor, Term, 4 years Commissioner of Agriculture, Term, 4 years

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Fun Facts About Metro Atlanta
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There are 110 municipalities in Greater Atlanta and 20 counties. Metropolitan Atlanta consist of 12 of the 20 counties in greater Atlanta area. Atlanta is located in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. Metro Atlanta is home to nearly 135,000+ businesses, including Fortune 500 companies. Atlanta ranks third in the nation among cities with the most Fortune 500 headquarters, according to Fortune Magazine. Georgia is home to 16 Fortune 500 companies, 14 of them are located in Metro Atlanta. There are three major interstates that meet: I-75, I-85, and I-20. Highway I-285 perimeter circles Atlanta with a 62.77-mile radius. 83 percent of U.S. cities are within a two-hour flight of Atlanta. Approximately 55 streets in Atlanta have “Peachtree” in their name. The Georgia Dome is the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world and the roof is made of 8.6 acres of Teflon-coated fiberglass. The escalator in the CNN Center is the longest freestanding escalator in the world, rising 160 feet or approximately eight stories. You must dial the three digit area code 770, 404, or 678 to make a local call. Atlanta is host to over 16.5 million visitors each year. Atlanta is the fifth city to be the capital of the state of Georgia. It was preceded by Savannah, Augusta, Louisville and Milledgeville. The Varsity Restaurant has earned the distinction of serving the highest volume of Coca-Cola anywhere. It dispenses nearly 3 million servings of Coca-Cola annually. With a passenger terminal complex equivalent in size to more than 45 football fields, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport bears the proud distinction of being "The World’s Busiest Passenger Airport." The Capitol Dome is layered in 43 ounces of pure gold that was mined in Dahlonega, Georgia the site of America's first Gold Rush. Atlanta has more shopping center space per capita than any other city except Chicago. Atlanta is home to the Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10K race in the world with approximately 50,000 runners annually. Atlanta is the only city in North America destroyed by a fire as an act of war, when General Sherman burned the city on November 15, 1864. Today, the city's symbol is the Phoenix, a legendary bird of Egyptian mythology that rose from its own ashes with renewed strength and beauty. Atlanta is home to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the largest museum in the world solely dedicated to a famous civil rights leader.

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Atlanta Expressions
“SHOOT THE HOOCH” Taking a raft trip on the Chattahoochee River. Usually starts just outside of the Perimeter.

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To a newcomer, some of the expressions people throw around casually can lead to utter confusion. Rather than appear unknowledgeable, most simply nod and pretend to understand. Here is a quick list of a few things you should know how to translate... “NEKKED DOG RUNNING” A plain hot dog to go. Especially good when you’re in a hurry to get back on Peachtree.

THE “PERIMETER” Atlanta’s “beltway” interstate highway, I-285. If you’re not careful you can wind up going through Spaghetti junction about four times.

“PEACHTREE” Hard to tell. There are at least 55 streets in Atlanta with the word “Peachtree” in their names. Not to be confused with “the Peachtree.”

“SPAGHETTI JUNCTION” Nickname for the Tom Moreland Interchange, where I-285 and I-85 loop over and around, up and down. It actually has a certain sculptural appeal—as long as you’re just looking at it from the lowest level. If you play your cards right, you will eventually make your way to the Downtown Connector. “DOWNTOWN CONNECTOR” The interstate highway running through downtown that is created by the merging of I-75 and I-85. It goes right by The Varsity. “THE VARSITY’ A fast-food restaurant established in 1928 as the largest drive-through restaurant in the world. It was cut down in size when the downtown connector was built, but you can still get a Nekked Dog Running.

“THE PEACHTREE” The nation’s largest 10k footrace held every fourth of July morning with approximately 50,000 participants. Although it’s covered on local TV, it’s a great excuse to get up and get going by cruising down to Piedmont Park to watch the runners cross over the finish line. Many parties with “breakfast drinks” are held along the route at residences and eating/drinking establishments. Be forewarned, however, It’s usually a pretty hot day … maybe you’ll want to Shoot the Hooch instead!

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Greater Atlanta Shopping
Akers Mill Square, Akers Mill Rd. & US Hwy. 41, Atlanta Arbor Place, Chapel Hill Rd.@ Douglas Blvd. & I-20, Douglasville Atlantic Station, I-78/85 @ 17th Street, Atlanta Avondale Mall, Memorial & Columbia Dr., Decatur Banks Crossing, Rt. 85 & Banks Rd., Fayetteville Belmont Hills, North Atlanta Road & Windy Hill Road, Smyrna Belvedere Plaza Shopping Center, Columbia Drive & Memorial Drive, Decatur Cobb Place, Barrett Pkwy. & Cobb Place Pkwy., Kennesaw Cofer Crossing, LaVista Rd. & Lawrenceville Hwy., Tucker Colonial Mall - Lakeshore, Dawsonville Hwy & Pearl Nix Pkwy., Gainesville Conyers Crossroads, Dogwood Drive and Hwy 138, Conyers Crossroads Shopping Center, Stewart & Lakewood Aves., Atlanta Cumberland Mall, SWC US Hwy. 41 & I-285, Atlanta Cumming Marketplace, NEC of Georgia 400 & St. Rte.20, Cumming Discover Mills, I-85 & Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville, Douglasville Crossing, Stewart Pkwy. & Hwy. 5, Douglasville Greenbriar Mall, Greenbriar Pkwy. & Lakewood Frwy., Atlanta Gwinnett Place, I-85 & Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth King's Market, Holcomb Bridge Rd. & Old Alabama Rd., Roswell Lawrenceville Market, Georgia 316 & Highway 120,Lawrenceville Lawrenceville Town Center, Georgia Hwy. 20 & Gwinnett Dr., Lawrenceville Lenox Marketplace, Peach Tree Rd. & Wieuca Rd., Atlanta (Buckhead) Lenox Square Mall, Peachtree St. NE & Lenox Rd., Atlanta Lindbergh Plaza, Sidney Marcus & Piedmont Rd., Atlanta Mall of Georgia, Interstate 85 at GA Highway 29, Buford, Mall of Georgia Crossing, I-85 & Hwy 20, Buford Mansell Crossing, Hwy. 400 & Mansell Rd., Alpharetta Marietta Trade Center, Cobb Pkwy. & Hwy. 120, Marietta Merchant's Walk, Johnson Ferry & Upper Roswell (GA 120), Marietta Midtown Place, Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta Mill Creek Crossing, I-985 & GA S.R. 20, Buford Newton Plaza, Hwy. 278 & Pace Street, Covington North DeKalb Mall, Lawrenceville Hwy. & N. Druid Hills Rd., Decatur

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North Point Mall, SR 400 & Haynes Bridge Rd., Alpharetta North Point Market Center, GA 400 & Mansell Rd., Alpharetta Northeast Plaza, Buford Hwy. & Briarwood Rd., Atlanta Northlake Mall, Briarcliff Rd. & LaVista, Atlanta Northlake Tower Festival, LaVista & Briarcliff, Tucker Peachtree/DeKalb Crossing, Buford Hwy. & Clairmont Rd. @ I-85 & I285, Atlanta Perimeter Mall, I-285 bet. I-85 & I-75, Atlanta Perimeter Pointe, Perimeter Center West & Mt. Vernon Rd., Atlanta Perimeter Village, Ashford Dunwoody, Meadow Lane Ext., Atlanta Phipps Plaza, Peachtree, Lenox, & Weiuca Rds., Atlanta Presidential Market Center, Rt. 124 & Ronald Reagan Pkwy., Snellville Prime Outlets @ Calhoun, Hwy. 53 & Outlet Center Drive, Calhoun Providence Square, Johnson Ferry & Upper Roswell Rd., Marietta Roswell Corners, Woodstock Rd. (GA Hwy. 92) at Hardscrabble Rd, Roswell Roswell Town Center, Holcomb Bridge Rd. & Hwy. 9, Roswell South DeKalb Mall, I-20 & Candler Rd., Decatur Southlake Mall, GA 54 @ I-75 South, Morrow Stone Mountain Festival S/C, Hwy. 78 Rockbridge Rd. & Westpark Place Blvd., Stone Mountain Stone Mountain Square, US Hwy. 78 & Rockbridge, Stone Mountain Stonecrest MarketPlace, Turner Hill Rd. & Mall Pkwy., Lithonia The Avenue East Cobb, Roswell Road (GA 120) & Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta The Mall at Stonecrest, Turner Hill Rd. & I-20 East, Lithonia The Marketplace at Mill Creek, I-85 & Old Georgia Hwy 20, Buford The Village at Mableton, Mableton Pkwy. & Veterans Memorial. Hwy., Mableton Town & Country Shopping Center, Powers Ferry Road & Roswell Road, Marietta Town Center At Cobb, Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy. & I-75, Kennesaw Towne Center Prado, Bells Ferry Rd. & Ernest Barrett Pkwy., Marietta Woodstock Square, I-575 & Hwy. 92, Woodstock

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Taste of The South
Atlantic Station
DOLCE ENOTECA RISTORANTE (Italian) $$ 404-872-3902 GEISHA HOUSE (Japanese) $$$ 404-872-3903 LOBBY AT TWELVE (Eclectic) $$$ 404-961-7370 ROSA MEXICANO (Mexican) $$$ 404-347-4090 $$$ STRIP, STEAKS AND SUSHI (Surf & Turf) $$$ 404-385-2005

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Prices: $—20 and below; $$—20-35; $$$—35-50; $$$$—50 and above.
La Grotta (Italian) $$$ 404-231-1368 MF Buckhead (Sushi) $$ 404-841-1192 McKinnon’s Louisiane Restaurant & Seafood Grill (Surf & Turf) $$ 404-237-1313 Nava (Southwestern) $$$ 404-240-1984 New York Prime (Steak) $$$ 404-846-0644 Nino’s (Italian) $$$ 404-974-6505 Pano’s & Paul’s (Continental) $$$ 404-261-3662 Paul’s (American) $$$ 404-231-4113 Posh (Continental) $$ 404-869-0777 Pricci (Italian) $$$ 404-237-2941 Restaurant Eugene (American) $$$ 404-355-0321 Roy’s (Hawaiian) $$$ 404-231-3232 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Steak) $$$ 404-365-0660 Taurus (Steak) $$$ 404-214-0641 The Café’ (Continental) $$$ 404-237-2700 The Dining Room (Eclectic) $$$$ 404-237-2700 The Varsity (American) $ 404-261-8843

Brookhaven
HAVEN (Southwestern) $$ 404-969-0700 VALENZA (Italian) $$ 404-969-3233

Buckhead
10 Degrees South (South African) $$ 404-705-8870 Anis (French) $$ 404-233-9889 Antica Posta (Italian) $$$ 404-262-7112 Aria (American) $$$$ 404-233-7673 Atlanta Fish Market $$$ 404-262-3165 Au Pied De Cochon (French) $$$$ 404-946-9070 Benihana (Japanese) $$ 404-355-8565 Bluepointe (American) $$$ 404-237-9070 Blue Ridge Grill (American) $$$ 404-233-5030 Bone’s (Steak) $$$$ 404-237-2663 Brick Top’s (American) $$ 404-841-2212 Buckhead Diner (American) $$$ 404-262-3336 Chima (Brazilian) $$ 404-424-8281 Chin Chin (Chinese) $$ 404-816-2229 Chops And The Lobster Bar (Surf & Turf) $$$$ 404-262-2675 Coco Loco (Cuban) $ 404-364-0212 Corner Café’ (American) $$ 404-240-1978 Dante’s Down The Hatch (Fondue) $$$ 404-266-1600 Emeril’s Atlanta (Cuban/Creole) $$$$ 404-564-5600 Fogo De Chao (Brazilian) $$$ 404-266-9988 Horseradish Grill (Southern) $$ 404-255-7277 Ibiza Restaurant and Lounge (Mediterranean) $$ 404-352-3081 Imperial Fez (Moroccan) $$$ 404-351-0870 Joel (Eclectic) $$$ 404-233-3500 Johnny Rockets (American) $ 404-231-5555 Kyma (Greek) $$$ 404-262-0702

Decatur/Emory
Feast Restaurant (Eclectic) $$ 404-377-2000 Floataway Café’ (Eclectic) $$$ 404-892-1414 Watershed (American) $$ 404-378-4900

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Taste of The South (Continued)
Downtown
City Grill (American) $$$ 404-524-2489 Dailey’s (American) $$$ 404-681-3303 French American Brasserie (French) $$ 404-266-1440 Hard Rock Café (American) $$ 404-688-7625 Johnny Rockets (American) $ 404-525-7117 Luckie Food Lounge (American) $$ 404-525-5825 Max Lager’s American Grill & Brewery (Brewpubs) $$ 404-525-4400 McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant (Surf & Turf) 404-521-1236 Nikolai’s Roof (Continental) $$$$ 404-221-6362 Pittypat’s Porch (Southern) $$ 404-525-8228 Ray’s In the City (Seafood) $$ 404-524-9224 Room At Twelve (Surf & Turf) $$ 404-418-1250 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Steak) $$$ 404-223-6500

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Prices: $—20 and below; $$—20-35; $$$—35-50; $$$$—50 and above.
Shaun’s (Eclectic) $$$ 404-577-4358 Sotto Sotto (Italian) $$$ 404-523-6678 Surin Of Thailand (Thai) $$ 404-892-7789 Vickery’s (American) $$ 404-627-8818 Vine (American) $$ 404-892-2393 Woodfire Grill (Californian) $$ 404-347-9055

Stats (American) $$ 404-855-1472 Sun Dial Restaurant Bar&View(American)$$$$ 404-589-7506 Thrive (American) $$ 404-389-1000 Midtown Trader Vic’s (South Pacific) $$$ 404-659-2000 Agnes & Muriel’s (American) $$ 404-885-1000 Allegro (Italian) $$ 404-888-1890 Alluvia (American) $$$ 404-892-3037 Atmosphere (French) $$ 678-702-1620 Baraonda Caffe’ Italiano (Italian) $$ 404-879-9962 Beleza (Brazilian) $$$ 678-904-4582 Chin Chin (Chinese) $$ 404-881-1511 Ecco (Mediterranean) $$$ 404-347-9555 El Azteca (Mexican) $ 404-249-1522 Eno (Wine Bar) $$ 404-685-3191 Enoteca Carbonari (Italian) $$ 404-810-9110 Gilbert’s Café & Bar (Mediterranean) $$ 404-872-8012 Mary Mac’s Tea Room (Southern) $$ 404-876-1800 MF Sushi Bar (Sushi) $$ 404-815-8844 Nam (Vietnamese) $$ 404-541-9997 Oceanaire Seafood Room (Seafood) $$$ 404-475-2277 One Midtown Kitchen (American) $$ 404-892-4111 Park 75 (American) $$$$ 404-881-9898

Intown
(Cabbagetown, Candler Park, Cheshire Bridge, East Atlanta, Glenwood, Inman park, Morningside and Virginia-Highland)

Agave (Southwestern) $ 404-588-0006 Alon’s (Bakery) $ 404-872-6000 Babette’s (Eclectic) $$ 404-523-9121 Belly General Store (Bakery/Café) $ 404-872-1003 Fontaine’s Oyster House (Seafood) $$ 404-892-5230 Harry & Sons (Thai) $$ 404-873-2009 Highland Tap (Steak) $$ 404-875-3673 Kevin Rathbun Steak (Steak) $$$ 404-524-5600 Krog Bar (Mediterranean) $$ 404-524-8280 La Tavola Trattoria (Italian) $$ 404-873-5430 Murphy’s (American) $$ 404-872-0904 Pura Vida (Latin) $$ 404-870-9797 Rathbun’s (American) $$$ 404-524-8280 Repast (American) $$$ 404-870-8707 Sala (Mexican) $$ 404-872-7203

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Taste of The South (Continued)
Pleasant Peasant (Continental) $$ 404-874-3223 Shout (Global/Fusion) $$$ 404-846-2000 Silver Skillet Restaurant (Breakfast) $ 404-874-1388 South City Kitchen (Southern) $$$ 404-873-7358 Table 1280 (Eclectic) $$$ 404-897-1280 Tap (British) $$ 404-347-2220 The Globe (Eclectic) $$ 404-541-1487 The Varsity (American) $ 404-881-1706 Tierra (Latin) $$$ 404-874-5951 Trois (Eclectic) $$$ 404-888-0659 Twisted Taco (Mexican) $ 404-607-8771 Two Urban Licks (Eclectic) $$$ 404-522-4622 Veni Vidi Vice (Italian) $$$ 404-875-8424 Vickery’s (American) $$ 404-881-1106 South Metro Area
(College Park, East Point and Morrow)

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Prices: $—20 and below; $$—20-35; $$$—35-50; $$$$—50 and above.
The Varsity (American) $ Norcross 770-840-8519, Alpharetta 770-777-4004, Kennesaw 770-795-0802 Twisted Taco (Mexican) 770-407-7014

Mo Mo Ya (Chinese & Japanese) $$ 770-960-9988 Oz Pizza (Pizza) $ 404-761-7006

North Metro Area
(Alpharetta, Buford, Duluth, Dunwoody, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs/Perimeter, Roswell & Vinings)

McCormick & Schmick’s (Surf & Turf) $$$ 770-399-9900 McKendrick’s Steakhouse (Steak) $$$ 770-512-8888 Mirage Persian Cuisine (Persian) $$ 404-843-8300 Mo Mo Ya (Chinese & Japanese) $$ 770-945-1224 Ray’s Killer Creek (Seafood) $$ 770-649-0064 Ray’s On The River (Seafood) $$$ 770-955-1187 Relish (Southern) $$ 770-650-7877 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Steak) $$$ 404-255-0035 South City Kitchen (Southern) $$$ 770-435-0700

Alon’s (Bakery) $ 404-872-6000 Benihana (Japanese) $$ 678-461-8440 Cal. Dreaming Restaurant & Bar (American) $$ 770-813-9240 Canoe (American) $$$ 770-432-2663 Chin Chin (Chinese) $$ 678-560-5550 El Azteca (Mexican) $ 770-399-7757 Fire of Brazil (Brazilian) $$ 678-366-2411 Joey D’s Oak Room (Continental) $$ 770-512-7063 La Grotta (Italian) $$$ 770-395-9925 Longhorn Steakhouse (Steak) $$ 404-843-1215 Westside Bacchanalia (American) $$$ 404-365-0410 JCT Kitchen & Bar (Southern) $$ 404-355-2252 Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Mexican) $ 404-352-9009 Quinones At Bacchanalia (Eclectic) $$$$ 404-365-0410 Spoon (Thai) $$ 404-522-5655 The Food Studio (American) $$$ 404-815-6677 West Egg Café (American) $$ 404-872-2973

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Greater Atlanta Radio Stations
FM Radio Stations
88.5 WRAS Diversified rock Georgia State University www.wras.org 89.3 WRFG Jazz, blues, Afro-pop, bluegrass, folk, Latin, Indian www.wrfg.org 90.1 WABE NPR news/classical www.wabe.org 91.1 WREK Diversified Georgia Tech www.wrek.org 91.5 WWEV Christian www.wwev.org 91.9 WCLK Jazz/soul Clark Atlanta University www.wclk.com 92.1 WJGA Contemporary/oldies 92.9 WZGC Adult-oriented rock www.929davefm.com 93.3 WVFJ Contemporary Christian www.j933.com 94.1 WSTR Top 40 www.star94.com 94.9 WLTM Light rock www.peach949.com 95.5 WBTS Top 40 www.955thebeat.com 96.1 WKLS Rock www.96rock.com 97.1 WFOX Urban/R&B www.971jamz.com 97.5 WPZE Gospel www.praise975.com 98.5 WSB Light rock www.b985.com 99.7 WWWQ Top 40 www.allthehitsq100.com 100.1 WNSY Oldies www.sunny-100.com 100.5 WNNX New Rock www.99x.com 101.5 WKHX Country www.wkhx.com 102.3 WLKQ La Raza - Spanish 102.5 WAMJ-FM Classic soul www.classicsoul1025.com 102.9 WMJE Oldies www.majic1029.com 103.3 WVEE Urban Top 40 www.v-103.com 104.1 WALR Urban adult/oldies www.kiss1041fm.com 104.7 WFSH Contemporary Christian www.thefishatlanta.com 105.3 Alternative rock www.buzzatlanta.com 105.7 WWVA-FM Spanish contemporary www.vivaatlanta.com 106.1 WNGC Country 106.7 WYAY Traditional country www.wyay.com 107.1 WTSH Country www.south107.com 107.5 WJZZ Contemporary jazz www.1075wjzz.com 107.9 WHTA Urban Top 40 www.hot1079atl.com 590 WDWD Radio Disney 610 WPLO Spanish

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AM Radio Stations

550 WDUN News/talk www.wdun.com

640 WGST News/talk www.wgst.com 680 WCNN Sports/talk www.680thefan.com 750 WSB News/talk www.wsbradio.com 790 WQXI Sports/talk www.790thezone.com 860 WAEC Christian www.waeclove86.com 920 WGKA News/talk www.920wgka.com 970 WNIV Christian talk www.wniv.com 1010 WGUN Variety 1040 WPBS Gospel 1080 WFTD Regional Mexican music 1100 WWWE Spanish 1160 WMLB Eclectic www.am1160.net 1190 WAFS Praise and Worship music www.wniv.com/WGKA.asp 1230 WFOM News/talk (simulcasts with WALR 1340) 1260 WTJH Gospel 1310 WPBC Regional Mexican music La Invasora 1340 WALR News/talk www.talkradio1340.com 1380 WAOK News/talk www.waok.com 1400 WNIV Christian talk www.wniv.com 1410 WKKP Contemporary/oldies 1420 WATB Spanish 1430 WGFS Oldies www.wgfs.com 1440 WGMI Southern Gospel www.wgmiradio.com 1460 WXEM Spanish 1480 WYZE Gospel 1500 WDPC Gospel 1520 WDCY Gospel 1550 WAZX Hispanic www.enespanol.com/radio.exitos 1570 WSSA Christian www.wssa1570.com 1600 WAOS Spanish www.radiolafavorita.com 1690 WWAA Air America Radio www.airamericaradio.com

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Atlanta Media

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Atlanta News Media Title Atlanta Daily World (race & ethnic) Atlanta Intown Atlanta Journal Constitution Bright Side Brookhaven Buzz Champion DeKalb Neighbor Emory Wheel (university) Georgia Technique (university) Story Where Atlanta Medium Magazine Newspaper Newspaper Newspaper Newspaper Newspaper Newspaper Newspaper Newspaper Newspaper Magazine Language English English English English English English English English English English English

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Atlanta Media (Continued)
Atlanta Entertainment Media Title Atlanta (city guides) Atlanta Homes And Lifestyles Creative Loafing Atlanta (city guides) Jezebel (lifestyle: affluent) Newcomer Atlanta (city guides) Southern Voice (lifestyle: gay & lesbian) Sunday Paper (city guides) Vida Latina (race & ethnic) WAGA TV 5 (FOX) WATL TV 36 (MYTV) WGCL TV 46 (CBS) WGTV TV (PBS) WPBA TV 30 (PBS) WSB TV 2 (ABC) WTBS TV 17 WUPA TV 69 (CW) WXIA TV 11 (NBC) Medium Magazine Magazine Magazine Magazine Magazine Magazine Magazine Newspaper TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV TV Atlanta Business Media Atlanta Business Chronicle Atlanta Tribune (black Atlanta) Georgia Trend (business/politics) Newspaper Magazine Magazine Atlanta Sports Media Atlanta Sports and Fitness ChopTalk (team sports) Comcast Sports South Georgia Runner (fitness) Magazine Magazine TV Magazine

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Language English English English English English English English English English English English English English English English English English

English English English

English English English English

Atlanta Society Media Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (religion: christian) Atlanta Jewish Times (religion: jewish) Metro Jewish News (religion: jewish) Russian Town (race & ethnic) TV Magazine Newspaper Newspaper English English English Russian & English

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Popular Atlanta Attractions
Centennial Olympic Park Mailing Address: 265 Park Ave West NW Atlanta, GA. 30313 Recorded Info: 404-222-7275 www.CentennialPark.com Chateau Élan Winery and Resort The Inn at Chateau Élan 100 Rue Charlemagne Braselton, GA. 30517 1-800-233-9463 www.ChateauElanAtlanta.com Chattahoochee River Park Mailing Address: 1978 Island Ford Parkway Atlanta, GA 30350 678-538-1200 www.nps.gov/chat Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker Street Atlanta, GA 30313 404-581-4000 www.GeorgiaAquarium.org Lake Lanier Islands Resort Mailing Address: 7000 Holiday Road Lake Lanier Islands, GA. 30518 770-932-7200 www.LakeLanierIslands.com Six Flags Over Georgia 275 Riverside Parkway Austell, GA 30168 770-739-3400 www.SixFlags.com/parks/ overGeorgia Six Flags White Water Atlanta 250 Cobb Parkway North Marietta, GA. 30062 770-948-9290 http://www.sixflags.com/ whiteWater/index.aspx Underground Atlanta 50 Upper Alabama Street Atlanta, GA. 30303 404-523-2311 www.UnderGround-Atlanta.com World of Coca Cola 121 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313-1807 1-800-676—2653 www.WOCCAtlanta.com High Museum of Arts 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Atlanta GA 30309 404-733-4400 www.High.org Atlanta History Center 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta GA 30305 404-814-4000 www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com Fernbank Museum 767 Clifton Road N.E. Atlanta GA 30307 404-929-6400 www.FernbankMuseum.org The King Center 449 Auburn Avenue NE Atlanta, GA. 30312 404-526-8900 www.TheKingCenter.org

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Jimmy Carter Library & Museum 441 Freedom Parkway Atlanta GA 30307 404-865-7100 www.JimmyCarterLibrary.gov Jewish Heritage Museum 1440 Spring St. N.W. Atlanta GA 30309 678-222-3700 www.TheBreman.org Center For Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring St. N.W. Atlanta GA 30309 404-873-3089 www.Puppet.org Zoo Atlanta 800 Cherokee Ave. SE #A Atlanta, GA 30315 404-624-9453 www.ZooAtlanta.org Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE Atlanta, GA. 30309 404-876-5859 http:// www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/ home.do CNN Center 190 Marietta St. NW Atlanta, GA. 30303 404-827=2300 http://www.cnn.com/tour/atlanta/ atl.tour.home.html

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Popular Atlanta Attractions (Continued)
Cyclorama & Civil War Museum 800 Cherokee Ave. S.E. Atlanta, GA. 30315 404-658-7625 http://www.bcaatlanta.com/ index.php?pid=81 Birth Home of M. L. King Jr. 501 Auburn Ave. Atlanta, GA. 30312 404-331-6922 http://www.nps.gov/malu Callanwolde Fine Arts Center 980 Briarcliff Road N.E. Atlanta, GA. 30306 404-872-5338 http://www.callanwolde.org/ Fernbank Science Center 156 Heaton Park Drive, N.E. Atlanta, GA. 30307 678-874-7102 http://fsc.fernbank.edu/ Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree Street N.E. Atlanta, GA. 30308 404-881-2100 http://www.foxtheatre.org/ index.htm Georgia State Capitol 206 Washington Street Atlanta, GA. 30334 404-656-2844 http://www.sos.ga.gov/ State_Capitol/ Imagine It! Children’s Museum 275 Centennial Olympic Park NW Atlanta, GA. 30313 404-659-5437 http://www.imagineit-cma.org/ home.asp Kennesaw Mountain NBP 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive Kennesaw, GA. 30152 770-427-4686 http://www.nps.gov/kemo

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Southern Museum of Civil War 2829 Cherokee Street Kennesaw, GA. 30144 770-427-2100 http://www.southernmuseum.org/ Stone Mountain Park U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8 Stone Mountain, GA. 30087 770-498-5690 www.stonemountainpark.com

The APEX Museum Margaret Mitchell House & Museum 135 Auburn Ave 900 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA. 30303 Atlanta, GA. 30309 404-521-2739 404-249-7015 http://www.apexmuseum.org/ HOME.html http://www.gwtw.org/ Michel C. Carlos Museum - Emory 571 S. Kilgo Circle Atlanta, GA. 30322 404-727-4282 http://www.carlos.emory.edu/ Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Ave. S.E. Atlanta, GA. 30312 404-688-2107 http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/ Rhodes Memorial Hall 1516 Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, GA. 30309 404-885-7800 http://www.georgiatrust.org/ historic_sites/rhodes_hall.htm The Hammonds House Galleries 503 Peeples Street SW Atlanta, GA. 30310 404-612-0500 http://www.hammondshouse.org/ The Wrens Nest 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd Atlanta, GA. 30310 404-753-7735 http://www.wrensnestonline.com/ Yellow River Game Ranch 4525 Highway 78 Lilburn, GA 30047 770-972-6643 www.yellowrivergameranch.com/

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Atlanta’s Annual Events
January
The Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner Hyatt Regency 265 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30303 404-577-1234 atlantaregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp Martin Luther King Commemoration Service Ebenezer Baptist Church 407-413 Auburn Ave. 30312 404-688-7263 A King Celebration MLK International Chapel, Atlanta 830 Westview Drive SW Atlanta, GA 30314 Woodruff Arts Centers Box Office 404-733-5000 Southeastern Flower Show Georgia World Congress Center 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW 30313 404-223-4000 http://www.flowershow.org/

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High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction High Museum of Arts 1280 Peachtree NE Atlanta, GA 30309 404-733-4400 http://www.atlanta-wineauction.org/ Georgia Marathon Atlanta, GA. Start Line: Philips Arena - Downtown Atlanta http://www.georgiamarathon.com/site3.aspx ING Georgia Marathon Race Party Underground Atlanta 50 Upper Alabama Street Atlanta, GA 30303 404-523-2311 http://www.underground-atlanta.com/

April
Atlanta Dogwood Festival Piedmont Park 400 Park Drive NE Atlanta, GA. 30306 404-329-0501 http://www.dogwood.org/ Inman Park Spring Festival & Tour of Homes Inman Park, Atlanta Euclid Ave 31107 770-242-4895 http://www.inmanpark.org/

February
FIM World Championship Supercross Atlanta Georgia Dome One Georgia Dome Drive Atlanta, GA 30313 404-223-9200 www.supercrossonline.com/

May
Sweet Auburn Springfest Historic Sweet Auburn District - Downtown Atlanta http://www.sweetauburn.com/springfest2008/ Gardens of Connoisseurs Tour Atlanta, GA 404-591-1575 http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/

March
St. Patrick’s Day Festival Underground Atlanta 50 Upper Alabama Street Atlanta, GA 30303 404-523-2311 http://www.underground-atlanta.com/

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Atlanta’s Annual Events (Continued)
Atlanta Jazz Festival Various sites: Atlanta GA 404-817-6851 www.atlantafestivals.com/atlantajazzfestival/index.html

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October
AIDS Walk Atlanta Piedmont Park 400 Park Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30306 404-876-9255 http://walk.aidatlanta.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=1100 October Scarecrow Festival Atlanta Botanical Gardens 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE Atlanta, GA. 30309 404-876-5859 http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/home.do

June
Screen on the Green Piedmont Park 400 Park Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30306 http://www.tcm.com/2007/screenonthegreen/index.jsp

July
Peachtree Road Race Start Line: Peachtree Road at Lennox Square Atlanta, GA 404-231-9064 http://www.atlantatrackclub.org/ Heritage Arts Festival Underground Atlanta 50 Upper Alabama Street Atlanta, GA 30303 404-523-2311 http://www.heritageartsfestival.com/ National Black Arts Festival Atlanta, GA - Various locations 404-730-7315 http://www.nbaf.org/

November
Atlanta Marathon & Half Marathon Hank Aaron Drive– North of Turner Field Atlanta, GA 404-231-9064 http://www.atlantatrackclub.org/

December
Peach Drop Underground Atlanta 50 Upper Alabama Street Atlanta, GA 30303 404-523-2311 http://www.peachdrop.com/HTML7.phtml New Year’s Eve - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Woodruffs Arts Center 1820 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309 404-733-5000 http://www.atlantasymphony.org/

August
Peach International Tennis Championships Renaissance Atlanta Hotel 590 W. Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30308 404-881-6000 http://www.glta.net/

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Atlanta’s Fortune 500 Corporations
The Home Depot
Specialty retailer

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Atlanta ranks third in the nation among cities with the most Fortune 500 headquarters, according to Fortune Magazine. Today, Georgia is home to 16 Fortune 500 companies, 14 of them are located in Metro Atlanta.

The Southern Company
Utilities: Gas & Electric

UPS
Mail package and freight delivery

Genuine Parts
Wholesalers: Diversified

SunTrust Banks BellSouth Corporation
Telecommunications Commercial Banks

Newell Rubbermaid

The Coca-Cola Company
Beverages

Home Equipment/Furnishings

Georgia Pacific Corporation
Forest and Paper Products

AGCO
Industrial and Farm Equipment

Coca-Cola Enterprises
Beverages

Mirant
Energy

Delta Air Lines
Airline

Cox Communications
Telecommunications

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Atlanta’s Best Companies To Work For
FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES IN ATLANTA

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RPC Company and Radiant Systems are the fastest growing companies in Atlanta. According to Fortune Magazine, the following companies are the best to work for in metro Atlanta. Fortune Magazine rate companies by looking at the number of employees, job growth, annual pay, benefits, health-care coverage, work-life, and diversity.

Children’s HealthCare of Atlanta
Health Care

RPC
Energy

Deloitte & Touche USA
Audit and Consulting Firm

Radiant Systems
Technology

BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN ATLANTA

Ernst & Young
Audit and Accounting

Alston & Bird
Law Firm

Marriott International– Atlanta
Hospitality

Bright Horizons
Early Education Family/Employer Support

Quicktrip
Gas Station and Convenience Store

Carmax
Used-Car Dealer

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Atlanta’s Top 10 Major Employers
20,000 Employees 13,184 Employees

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16,855 Employees 10,500 Employees

15,500 Employees

7,763 Employees

14,700 Employees 7,500 Employees

14,680 Employees 6,000 Employees

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Atlanta Spectator Sports
Atlanta Braves Baseball P.O. Box 4064 Atlanta, GA. 30302 404-552-7630 http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com

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Atlanta Falcons Football 4400 Falcon Parkway Flowery Branch, GA. 30542 770-965-3115 http://www.atlantafalcons.com/

Atlanta Thrashers Hockey 1 Philips Drive Atlanta, GA. 30303 1-866-715-1500 http://thrashers.nhl.com/

Atlanta Hawks Basketball Centennial Tower Atlanta, GA. 30303 404-878-3800 http://www.nba.com/hawks

Georgia Force Arena Football 440 Falcon Parkway Flowery Branch, Ga. 30542 770-965-4344 http://www.georgiaforce.com/

Atlanta Motor Speedway Car Racing P.O. Box 500 Hampton, GA. 30228 770-946-4211 http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/

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Atlanta Spectator Sports (Continued)

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets College Sports 150 Bobby Dodd Way, NW Atlanta, GA. 30332 404-894-5447 http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/

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Metro Atlanta County Transit Systems

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Cherokee County - Canton

MATS (Mountain Area Transportation System) CCT (City of Canton Transit) C-TRAN (C-Tran Public Transit System) CCT (Cobb Community Transit) MetroVanPool (VPSI) CobbRides CCS (Commuter Club) NWCS (Georgia Regional Transportation Authority Northwest Connectivity Study)

Clayton County - Jonesboro Cobb County - Marietta

Coweta County - None DeKalb County - Atlanta MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) CCTMA (Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association) EUS (Emory University Shuttles) GRTA (Georgia Regional Transportation Authority) PTC (Perimeter Transportation Coalition) ARC (Atlanta Regional Commission) CPT (Citizens for Progressive Transit) Commute Connections (CC) GDOTCRP (Georgia Department of Transportation Commuter Rail Plan) GRPP (Georgia Rail Passenger Program) DCR (Douglas County Rideshare)

Douglas County Fayette County - None Forsyth County - Cumming

FCDAR (Forsyth County Dial-a-Ride)

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Atlanta, Georgia

Fulton County - Atlanta

MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) BUC (Buckhead Upton Connection) EUS (Emory University Shuttles) Tech Trolley (Georgia Institute of Technology Stringer Bus System) GRTA (Georgia Regional Transportation Authority) PTC (Perimeter Transportation Coalition) ARC (Atlanta Regional Commission) BATMA (Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association) CPT (Citizens for Progressive Transit) Commute Connections (CC) DTMA (Downtown Transportation Management Association) GDOTCRP (Georgia Department of Transportation Commuter Rail Plan) GRPP (Georgia Rail Passenger Program) NWCS (Georgia Regional Transportation Authority Northwest Connectivity Study) Midtown Alliance (MA)

Gwinnett County - Lawrenceville Henry County - McDonough Rockdale County - Conyers

GCT (Gwinnett County Transit) Henry Transit (HT) RCSS (Rockdale County Senior Services)

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Things You Should Know
1. Previous driver’s license 2. Two pieces of identification 3. An eye exam at the time of issue 4. A $20 fee (in cash)

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DRIVER’S LICENSE - Out-of-state drivers are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. To obtain your license, you will need to provide the following:

Licenses are valid for five years and are issued through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at several locations. Click link Georgia Department of Driver Services or visit http://www.dds.ga.gov and click “Locations” tab. CAR TAG - You must register your car within 30 days of residency. Bring with you the following information: 1. Car title, name and address of lien holder, or copy of lease agreement 2. Current tag registration 3. Mileage reading of vehicle 4. Proof of insurance 5. Emission certification (if applicable). See Vehicle Emission Inspection Note: there is an approximate $20 fee for your tag. In addition, you will be required to pay an ad valorem tax (property tax) at the time the license tag is issued. Depending on the county, your ad valorem cost will vary. Contact the county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office. VEHICLE EMISSION INSPECTION - All vehicles dating back to 1975 must be checked each year for emission standards compliance. Visit a state designated Emission Inspection Station for the service. The average cost is $25. VOTER REGISTRATION - Registration applies to U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. You have up to 30 days before an election to register. Register at your local Voter Registration Office, and most public libraries. Refer to the Bellsouth directory for locations, or download a registration form at www.sos.state.ga.us.

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Things You Should Know (Continued)

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MAKING A PHONE CALL- All phone numbers in the metro-Atlanta area include the area code plus the sevendigit number. To make a call, dial one of the three area codes (404, 770, 678) and the seven digit number. In general, the 404 area code is designated for intown areas, the 770 area code for suburbs, and the 678 area code is normally for cell phone, fax numbers and some suburbs. REGISTERING FOR SCHOOL - By law, children must be five years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and six years old on or before September 1 to enter the first grade. To enroll your child in either kindergarten or first grade, you will need a certified birth certificated from your state department of vital statistics; a vision, hearing and dental screening from a family practitioner or local health clinic; and immunization records on Georgia State Form 3032. MASS TRANSIT - One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Offering both train and bus service, MARTA is a convenient way to travel to downtown or the airport. The fee for traveling one way is $1.75 including transfers, and payment is even easier now with the “Breeze” limited-use and extended use cards. Weekly and monthly passes can be obtained at discounted rates.

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Metro Atlanta’s Top Home Builders

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Selecting a new home in metro Atlanta can be an overwhelming task. There are hundreds of builders to consider. We have complied a list of Atlanta’s top home builders. Feel free to contact us to take advantage of the relationship we have with the builders in our area. Our clients understand the importance of buyer representation when purchasing a home; a lot of money can be left on the table without it. We work to ensure that clients receive all builders buying incentives - not just the one’s they advertise.
Atreus Homes & Communities Bainbridge Homes Beazer Homes Bowen Family Homes Brayson Homes Capital City Properties Comstock Homes Crabapple Communities Crown Communities David Weekley Homes The Hearthstone Group Homes by Williamscraft, LLC Jim Chapman Communities JLW Homes John Wieland Homes Jones & Minear John Willis Homes, Inc. Lone Star Custom Homes LPI Homes Maxwell Properties Maxwell Properties McCAR Homes O’Dwyer Homes Peachtree Residential Properties The Providence Group Royce Builders Sharp Residential Sivica Homes Star Home Builders Traton Homes Waterford Homes Windwood Homes

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Architectural Styles of the South
Contemporary—This style attempts to borrow some of the best features from all the designs that came before it. Although the emphasis is on large glass openings, geometric shapes, and bold lines, if you look closely you may find hits of Tudor, Georgian, Salt Box, or Cape Cod elements. Contemporary interiors cater to the busy lifestyle with many built-in conveniences, open spaces efficient kitchens, and multipurpose rooms.

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Colonial—This term refers more to the floor plan of a house than its outward appearance. With the main entrance centered in the façade, a Colonial is laid out symmetrically. There are generally the same number of rooms on one side of the center hall as there are on the other. This holds true for both first and second floors. Of course, many newer Colonials also include additions or porches which break the symmetry rule, but the main floor plan is the same. Georgian is one type Colonial common in the South. Georgians feature the two-story symmetric design of a Colonial, but are highly embellished with a pair of chimneys and intricate Transitional—Transitional homes wood trims and molding, inside and out. Sometimes a are very popular in this area right two-sided curved set of steps to the front door, known as now. Much of the new construc- the “welcoming arms” is part of the ornamentation on a Georgian-style house. tion in the subdivisions is transitional. Transitional homes are Ranch—This is a single-story generally two-story, with cathedral structure first popularized in the ceilings, large windows, island mid-1900’s. Ranches generally kitchens, and open floor plans. feature a gable or hip roof and an elongated floor plan with public rooms open to each other and a long hallway from which the bedrooms and bathrooms can be accessed. A Split-Level or Raised Ranch, is a common Bungalow—Originally borrowed variation on the Ranch which gives the appearance of a from the Hindu “bangle,” or dwell- two-story home. Actually, the ground floor is built paring, the bungalow was designed by tially below ground level, although higher than a full basethe British for use in colonial India, ment and a second floor is added. fashioned mainly for warm weather. Modern versions of this style are generally one-and-a-half stories, featuring hipped roofs that provide large attic space and a place for heat to escape the main living quarters. Windows are grouped together to increase light and ventilation, and overhangs are broad to shade the house from excessive heat. Bungalow is also referred to as Lowcountry style in some areas of the Southeast, especially coastal towns.

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Greater Atlanta County & Cities

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Barrow - Auburn, Bethlehem, Carl, Russell, Winder, Statham Bartow - Adairsville, Cartersville, Emerson, Euharlee, Kingston, White Carroll - Bowden, Carrollton, Temple, Villa Rica, Mt Zion, Roopville, Whitesburg Cherokee – Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska, Woodstock Clayton - Jonesboro, Forest Park, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow, Riverdale Cobb - Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs, Smyrna Coweta - Newnan, Grantville, Haralson, Moreland, Senoia, Sharpsburg, Turin DeKalb - Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain Douglas - Douglasville, Lithia Springs Fayette - Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Tyrone, Woolsey

Forsyth - Cumming North Fulton - Alpharetta, Roswell, Mountain Park, Sandy Springs South Fulton - Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto, Union City Gwinnett - Berkeley Lake, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Snellville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee Henry - Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough, Stockbridge Newton– Covington, Mansfield, Newborn, Porterdale, Oxford Paulding - Dallas, Braswell, Hiram Pickens - Jasper, Nelson, Talking Rock Rockdale - Conyers Spalding - Griffin, Orchard Hill, Sunny Side Walton - Monroe, Social Circle, Walnut Grove

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Metro Atlanta County & Cities

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Cherokee – Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska, Woodstock Clayton - Jonesboro, Forest Park, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow, Riverdale Cobb - Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs, Smyrna Coweta - Newnan, Grantville, Haralson, Moreland, Senoia, Sharpsburg, Turin DeKalb - Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain Douglas - Douglasville, Lithia Springs Fayette - Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Tyrone, Woolsey

Forsyth - Cumming North Fulton - Alpharetta, Roswell, Mountain Park, Sandy Springs South Fulton - Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto, Union City Gwinnett - Berkeley Lake, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Snellville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee Henry - Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough, Stockbridge Rockdale - Conyers

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Cherokee County

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In Cherokee County, newcomers are faced with decisions, decisions, and more decisions. Whether you prefer to be tucked away in the rolling foothills adjacent to your favorite fishing hole or overlooking a nearby golf course in the heart of luxury, Cherokee County has the atmosphere for you. One of the fastest growing counties, The housing opportunities is diverse and costs will be reasonable when compared to other communities in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The county offers starter homes from the 100s to upwards of $1 million. More than 140 churches representing 14 major denominations provide spiritual guidance in Cherokee County. These places of worship actively work together to improve the quality of life for all citizens. The county also has eight golf course communities and two private golf clubs.

Cherokee – Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska, Woodstock

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Cherokee County Demographics
Income
Median Income................................................... $64,978 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 98th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 97th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $81,572 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 97th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 96th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ..................................................................68.28% Single.....................................................................31.72% Married w/Children...............................................35.35% Married w/No Children .........................................32.93% Single w/Children....................................................6.46% Single w/No Children............................................25.26%

Population
Total Population.................................................. 184,211 Land Area......................................... 423, 6779(Sq. Mile) Population Density ............434.79 (People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 14.76% National Density Ranking....................................... 19.4% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 5.35% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 14.22% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 6.57%

Housing
Single Family Detached ....................................... 85.42% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value........ $179,839 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value ............... $740 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools
Elementary Schools .....................................................21 Middle Schools................................................................ 6 High Schools.................................................................... 5 Intermediate Schools...................................................... 1 Alternative........................................................................ 1 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................13:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures..........................................$7,693 Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. ............................................................ 1551 State.......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 34 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 16.39% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 11.76% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 14.76% Age 30-39 Years ..................................................... 19.4% Age 40-49 Years ..................................................... 16.9% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 14.22% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 6.57%

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
Unincorporated......................................................$26.49 Incorporated ..........................................................$23.75 Ball Ground ..............................................................$5.86 Canton......................................................................$6.78 Waleska ...................................................................$4.27 Woodstock ...............................................................$6.12 Sales Tax..................................................................... 6%

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Cherokee County Information
• Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Cherokee Chamber http://www.cherokee-chamber.com • Cherokee County Cherokee County Government http://www.cherokeega.com • Medical Northside Hospital-Cherokee, Canton 770-720-6839 http://www.northsidecherokee.com Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta 770-793-5000 http://www.wellstar.org Piedmont Physicians at Hickory Flat, Canton 770-704-6988 http://www.piedmontpyhsicians.org • Electricity Cobb EMC/Cobb Energy, Marietta 770-429-2100 http://www.cobbemc.com Sawnee EMC, Cumming 770-887-2363 • Water Cherokee County Water Authority 770-479-1813 City of Ball Ground 770-735-2123 City of Canton 770-704-1502 City of Waleska 770-479-2912 City of Woodstock 770-592-6006 • Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of marketers. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http//www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/certified) marketers.asp • Telephone Alltell 770-479-5586 AT&T– 800-757-6500 TDS Telcom 770-735-2000 Windstream 800-501-1754 • Cable Adelphia Powerlink 888-683-1000 Comcast 404-266-2278

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• Garbage City of Canton, Waste Management 770-704-1500 Robertson Sanitation 770-944-4974 Woodstock Sanitation 678-495-0058 • Public Schools Cherokee County Public Schools http:// www.cherokee.k12.ga.us • Private Schools Cherokee Private Schools http:// schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ Cherokee.html • Higher Education Appalachian Technical College, Jasper 706- 253-4500 Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw 770-423-6300 North Metro Technical College, Acworth 770-975-4000 Reinhardt College, Waleska 770-720-5600 • Libraries Ball Ground Public Library 770-735-2025 Canton - Hickory Flat Library 770-345-7565 Canton - R.T. Jones Memorial 770-479-3090 Woodstock - Rose Creek Public Library 770-591-1491 Woodstock Public Library 770-926-5859

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Atlanta, Georgia

Clayton County

Relocation Guide

The quality of life in Clayton County is defined by the tremendous variety of people, places and events to see and experience. A diverse population is a valuable resource to the community, which has become a crossroads for many cultures (more than 40 different language groups), and the traditional southern surroundings offer a contrasting backdrop to the variety of the population. The great outdoors plays an important role in the leisure time of Clayton County residents. More than 50 wooded parks, including Reynolds Nature Preserve, provide acres of recreational space for hiking, fishing and wildlife watching. Patrons of the arts enjoy talented performers in Clayton County’s outstanding facilities. Many dance, music and dramatic performances find an audience at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center as well as Spivey Recital Hall on the campus of Clayton State College. Clayton County is also home to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Clayton - Jonesboro, Forest Park, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow, Riverdale

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Clayton County Demographics
Income
Median Income................................................... $42,877 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 79th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 78th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $49,621 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ........ 63rdPercentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 50th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ....................................................................46.4% Single.......................................................................53.6% Married w/Children...............................................25.13% Married w/No Children .........................................21.27% Single w/Children..................................................16.23% Single w/No Children............................................37.37%

Population
Total Population.................................................. 184,211 Land Area............................................ 267.966(Sq. Mile) Population Density ......... 1878.86 (People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 19.55% National Density Ranking....................................... 18.7% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 2.52% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 11.54% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 5.85%

Housing
Single Family Detached ....................................... 61.69% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value........ $118,203 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value ............... $699 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools
Elementary Schools .....................................................35 Middle Schools..............................................................14 High Schools.................................................................... 8 Alternative........................................................................ 1 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................15:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures..........................................$6,680 Avg. SAT Scores Clayton Co................................................................. 1310 State.......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 30 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 17.29% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 12.58% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 19.55% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 18.77% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 14.49% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 11.54% Age 65+ Years ...........................................................5.8%

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
Unincorporated......................................................$32.91 Sales Tax..................................................................... 7%

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Clayton County Information
• Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Clayton Chamber http://www.claytonchamber.org • Clayton County Clayton County Government http://www.co.clayton.ga.us • Medical Southern Regional Medical, Riverdale 770-991-8000 http://www.southernregional South Fulton Medical Center, East Point 404-466-1170 http://www.southfultonmedicalcenter.com • Electricity Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 Central GA EMC 770-775-7857 • Water Clayton County Water Authority 770-961-2130 Forest Park Office 770-960-5890

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• Public Schools Clayton County Public Schools http://www.clayton.k12.ga.us • Private Schools Clayton County Private Schools http://schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ Clayton.html • Higher Education Clayton College and State University, Morrow 770-961-3400 http://www.clayton.edu • Libraries Jonesboro - Library System Headquarters 770-473-3850 Forest Park Branch 404-366-0850 Jonesboro Branch 770-478-7120 Morrow Branch 404-366-7749

• Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of mar- Riverdale Branch 770-472-8100 keters. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http//www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/certified)marketers.asp Lovejoy Branch 770-472-8129 • Telephone AT&T 800-753-2909 • Cable Comcast 800-266-2278 • Garbage Jonesboro -Robertson Sanitation 770-944-4974 Forest Park City Hall 404-366-4720 Lake City 404-366-8080 Lovejoy 770-471-2304 Morrow 770-960-3000 Riverdale - Robertson Sanitation 770-997-8989

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Atlanta, Georgia

Cobb County

Relocation Guide

Suburban megaplex. Office Towers. Shopping mecca. Lockheed aircraft. Entrepreneurial spirit. Historic heritage. Kennesaw Mountain. Marietta Square. Chattahoochee River. Six Flags. Six Flags White Water Park. American Adventure Park. Excellent schools. Quality housing … Cobb County is all these things and more! Cobb is a diverse community of long-timers and newcomers all with a “can-do” spirit. The well educated populace is supportive of its two public school systems (one for the county proper and one for the city of Marietta) and numerous private schools. The business community collaborates with schools through the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Partners In Education program. Cobb schools are ranked near the top in the state. Cobb citizens enjoy museums, art centers, a symphony, libraries, shopping and parks. And golfers flock to the 13 golf courses throughout the county. Lakes Allatoona and Acworth and the Chattahoochee River bring thousands of surrounding county citizens to this Northern Atlanta suburban county year round.

Cobb - Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs, Smyrna

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Cobb County Demographics
Income
Median Income................................................... $56,452 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 94th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 95th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $79,750 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ........ 96thPercentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 95th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ..................................................................55.47% Single.....................................................................44.53% Married w/Children.................................................28.5% Married w/No Children .........................................26.97% Single w/Children....................................................7.97% Single w/No Children............................................36.56%

Population
Total Population.................................................. 663,818 Land Area.......................................... 340.1499(Sq. Mile) Population Density .......... 1951.55(People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 18.03% National Density Ranking..................................... 18.72% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 1.78% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 13.77% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 6.95%

Housing
Single Family Detached ....................................... 66.22% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value........ $188,942 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value ............... $809 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools
Elementary Schools .....................................................72 Middle Schools..............................................................26 High Schools..................................................................17 Alternative........................................................................ 2 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................15:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures..........................................$6,816 Avg. SAT Scores Cobb Co. ................................................................... 1538 Marietta City ............................................................. 1510 State.......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 33 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 14.51% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 11.43% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 18.03% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 18.72% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 16.59% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 13.77% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 6.95%

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
Unincorporated......................................................$29.75 Acworth ..................................................................$37.44 Austell.....................................................................$30.31 Kennesaw ..............................................................$38.00 Marietta..................................................................$29.94 Powder Springs......................................................$38.00 Smyrna ...................................................................$36.36 Sales Tax..................................................................... 6%

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Cobb County Information
• • Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Cobb Chamber http://www.cobbchamber.com Cobb County Cobb County Government http://www.cobbcountyga.gov • • Medical Davereux Treatment Center, Kennesaw 770-427-0147 Emory—Adventist Hospital, Smyrna 770-434-0710 Piedmont Physicians at East Cobb, Marietta 678-560-0511 Piedmont Physicians at Marietta, Kennesaw 770-422-0064 Piedmont Physicians at Vinings, Atlanta 770-437-4200 Ridgeview Institute, Smyrna 770-434-4567 Wellstar Cobb Hospital, Austell 770-732-4000 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta 770-793-5000 Wellstar Windy Hill Hospital, Marietta770-644-1000 • Electricity Cobb EMC/Cobb Energy, Marietta 770-429-2222 http://www.cobbemc.com

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• Garbage Robertson Sanitation 770-944-4974 Marietta Sanitation Division 770-794-5581 Public Schools Cobb County Public Schools http://www.cobb.k12.ga.us Marietta City Schools http://www.marietta-city.k12.ga.us • Private School Note: Admission, testing and tuition vary with each school. Contact the school for details.

Cobb County Private Schools http:// www.schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/Cobb.html • Higher Education Kennesaw State University 770-423-6300 http://www.kennesaw.edu Southern Polytechnic State 678-915-7778 http://www.spsu.edu

Georgia Power– 888-660-5890 http://www.georgiapower.com Acworth Power 770-917-8903 Chattahoochee Tech College 770-528-4545 http://www.chattcollege.com Greystone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power 770-794-5150 North Metro Tech College 770-975-4000 http://www.nmtcollege.org • Water Cobb County Water System 770-423-1000 Life University 800-543-3345 http://www.life.edu City of Marietta Water 770-794-5150 Shorter College 770-951-1950 • Gas http://www.shorterdegree.com Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of marketers. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: • Libraries http//www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/certified)marketers.asp There are 19 public libraries in Cobb county please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/ for information on each branch. • Telephone AT&T 888-764-2500 • Cable Comcast 800-266-2278 Charter Communications (south of Dobbins AFB 800-955-7766

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Atlanta, Georgia

Coweta County

Relocation Guide

Rolling and forested hills, blue lakes and eye-pleasing valleys comprise the picturesque setting for Coweta County. In the community were people wave whether they know you or not, strangers aren’t strangers for very long here. With the beauties of nature all around, residents of Coweta County enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest. Located nearby are two large state parks and West Point Lake with 26,000 acres of water and more than 50 miles of shoreline. The Parks and Recreation Department programs offer a wide range of sports, arts and crafts, and other activities for residents of all ages. Like the big city, the town is not without its celebrities. Country music star Alan Jackson is a Coweta County native. Some others who have chosen to live in Coweta County include former Braves left fielder, Dale Murphy, Steve Bedrosin of the Atlanta Braves and country music star Doug Stone.

Coweta - Newnan, Grantville, Haralson, Moreland, Senoia, Sharpsburg, Turin

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Coweta County Demographics
Income
Median Income................................................... $55,442 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 94th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 94th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $68,346 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 94th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) ...91st Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ..................................................................62.65% Single.....................................................................37.35% Married w/Children...............................................31.06% Married w/No Children .........................................31.59% Single w/Children....................................................8.75% Single w/No Children..............................................28.6%

Population
Total Population.................................................. 109,903 Land Area.......................................... 442.6171(Sq. Mile) Population Density .............248.30(People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking............................................ 14.9% National Density Ranking..................................... 17.89% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 4.25% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................... 14.9% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 8.52%

Housing
Single Family Detached ..........................................81.9% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value........ $157,863 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value ............... $628 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools
Elementary Schools .....................................................18 Middle Schools................................................................ 6 High Schools.................................................................... 3 Charter ............................................................................. 1 Alternative........................................................................ 1 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................16:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures..........................................$6,705 Avg. SAT Scores Coweta Co....................................................................980 State.......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 34 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 16.18% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 12.47% Age 18-29 Years ..................................................... 14.9% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 17.89% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 15.14% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 14.19% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 8.52%

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
Unincorporated......................................................$27.49 Grantville................................................................$28.14 Newnan ..................................................................$25.58 Palmetto.................................................................$25.58 Senoia ....................................................................$34.19 Sharpsburg ............................................................$30.88 Sales Tax..................................................................... 7%

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Coweta County Information
• Coweta County Chamber of Commerce Coweta Chamber http://www.newnancowetachamber.org • Coweta County Coweta County Government http://www.coweta.ga.us • Medical Piedmont Newnan Hospital , Newnan 770-253-1912 http://www.newnanhospital.org • Electricity City of Granville 770-583-2289 Coweta-Fayette EMC 770-502-0226 http://www.utility.org Georgia Power– 888-660-5890 http://www.georgiapower.com Newnan Utilities 770-683-5516 • Water Coweta County Water & Sewer Dept. 770-254-3710 • Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of marketers. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http//www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/certified) marketers.asp • Telephone AT&T 800-753-2909 • Cable Charter Communications, Newnan 800-955-7766 • Garbage Newnan Sanitation County residents 770-245-3785 Newnan residents 770-253-0327

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• Public Schools Coweta County Public Schools http://www.coweta.k12.ga.us • Private Schools Coweta County Private Schools http://schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ Coweta.html • Higher Education University of West Georgia at Newnan, 770-254-7280 http://www.nc.westga.edu Main Campus—Carrollton, GA. • Libraries Grantville Public Library 770-583-2565 The Newnan/Coweta Public Library 770-253-3625 Senoia Area Library 770-599-3537

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Atlanta, Georgia

DeKalb County

Relocation Guide

When Atlantians boast about their city as the world’s next great international metropolis, they need look no further than the region’s most urban county - DeKalb - for proof of that claim. DeKalb County today is metro Atlanta’s most ethnically diverse community. Chances are a visitor to DeKalb will hear Chinese, Hindi, Spanish or Japanese as frequently as English. A visitor will see entire shopping centers catering to Asians or Hispanics, such as Asian Square, Pinetree Plaza, Chinatown Mall or Korea-town. The county is also Georgia’s international business address, with over 250 internationally-owned firms from as close as Canada to as far away as Australia, basing operations in DeKalb, from national and regional headquarters to manufacturing to sales and distribution. It’s also the headquarters for the Center for Decease Control and Protection (The CDC).

DeKalb - Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain

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DeKalb County Demographics
Income
Median Income................................................... $49,584 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 88th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 90th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $63,808 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ........91st Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 87th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ..................................................................41.39% Single.....................................................................58.61% Married w/Children...............................................19.79% Married w/No Children ...........................................21.6% Single w/Children..................................................11.85% Single w/No Children............................................46.76%

Population
Total Population.................................................. 677,959 Land Area......................................... 268.2055 (Sq. Mile) Population Density .......... 2527.76(People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 20.75% National Density Ranking..................................... 19.08% Population Growth Rate .............................................36% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 12.48% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 8.09%

Housing
Single Family Detached ....................................... 58.32% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value........ $173,598 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value ............... $767 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools
DeKalb Elementary Schools .....................................................84 Middle Schools..............................................................20 High Schools..................................................................25 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................15:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures..........................................$8,187 City of Decatur Early Learning.................................................................. 1 Elementary ...................................................................... 4 Middle Schools................................................................ 1 High Schools.................................................................... 1 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................11:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures........................................$12,768 Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co................................................................. 1365 City of Decatur.......................................................... 1535 State.......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 32 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 14.08% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 10.47% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 20.75% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 19.04% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 15.09% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 12.48% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 8.09%

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
Unincorporated......................................................$39.30 Atlanta....................................................................$41.99 Decatur ..................................................................$42.44 Sales Tax..................................................................... 7%

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DeKalb County Information

Relocation Guide

• DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce • Garbage DeKalb Chamber http://www.dekalbchamber.org/Index.jsp Garbage pickup is public and provide by DeKalb County 404-294-2900 or local municipality 404-378-4475 • DeKalb County DeKalb County Government http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us • Public Schools DeKalb County Public Schools http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us • Medical Comprehensive list of medical centers • City of Decatur Schools Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Atlanta http://www.decatur-city.k12.ga.us 404-785-6000 http://www.choa.org Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Johns Creek 678-474-7000 • Private School DeKalb County Private Schools http://www.emoryjohnscreekcom.com http://www.schools.privateschoolsreport.com/ Emory Clinic Northlake, Decatur 404-778-6400 county/GA/Dekalb.html Emory University Hospital, Atlanta 404-712-2000 http://www.emoryhealthcare.org • Higher Education Decatur Hospital DeKalb Medical Center, Decatur DeVry University Keller Grad of Management 404-541-1111 404-292-2645 or 404-298-9444 http://devry.edu/decatur FamilyCare-Decatur, Decatur 404-501-4270 DeKalb Technical College 404-297-9522 Dekalb Medical Center at Hillandale, Lithonia http://www.dtae.org/teched/colleges/dekalb.html 404-501-8000 Columbia Theological Seminary 404-378-8821 Piedmont Physicians at Brookhaven, Atlanta 404-231-4231 http://www.ctsnet.edu/indes.asp http://www.piedmontphysicians.org Emory University 404-727-6036 http://www.emory.edu Georgia Perimeter College 404-299-4564 • Electricity http://www.gpc.edu Georgia Power– 888-660-5890 Argosy University-Atlanta 888-671-4777 http://www.georgiapower.com http://www.argosye.edu Snapping Shoals EMC 770-786-3484 Mercer University –Atlanta 678-547-6000 http://www.ssemc.com http://www2.mercer.edu/default.htm Oglethorpe University 404-261-1441 Walton EMC 770-972-2917 http://www.oglethorpe.edu http://www.waltonemc.com Agnes Scott College 404-471-6000 http://www.agnesscott.edu/home/p_home.asp • Water DeKalb County Water System 404-378-4475 http://dekalbwatersewer.com/index.html • Libraries DeKalb Public Libraries http://www.dekalb.public.lib.ga.us/branches • Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of marketers. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http//www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/certified) marketers.asp • Telephone AT&T 800-723-2909 • Cable Charter Communications 800-955-7766 Comcast 800-266-2278

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Atlanta, Georgia

Douglas County

Relocation Guide

In Douglas County residents enjoy the best of both worlds—big city convenience with a small town atmosphere. Residents enjoy unmatched accessibility to Atlanta’s business and transportation centers. For those who are looking for a new home, housing in Douglas County is plentiful and affordable, with abundant new construction and many swim, tennis and golf communities as most metro Atlanta counties boast. The rolling, woodsy terrain of Douglas County provides a natural setting for numerous outdoor activities. Sports and recreation play an important part of the lifestyle of area residents. Douglas County boast four golf courses, two driving ranges and a miniature golf course.

Douglas - Douglasville, Lithia Springs

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Douglas County Demographics
Income
Median Income................................................... $51,540 Median Income Ranking (State) ..............91st Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)....... 92nd Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $62,515 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 89th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 85th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ..................................................................59.85% Single.....................................................................40.15% Married w/Children...............................................29.41% Married w/No Children .........................................30.44% Single w/Children....................................................9.87% Single w/No Children............................................30.28%

Population
Total Population.................................................. 112,760 Land Area......................................... 199.2992 (Sq. Mile) Population Density .............565.78(People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 16.02% National Density Ranking..................................... 17.78% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 4.11% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 14.76% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 7.61%

Housing
Single Family Detached ........................................74.71% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value ....... $129,516 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value............... $731 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 34 years Age 0-9 Years.......................................................... 15.3% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 12.29% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 16.02% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 17.78% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 16.24% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 14.76% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 7.61% Elementary Schools ..................................................... 19 Middle Schools................................................................ 7 High Schools ................................................................... 4 Alternative ....................................................................... 1 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................16:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures ......................................... $6,800 Avg. SAT Scores Douglas Co. .............................................................. 1379 State ......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
County ....................................................................$28.79 City..........................................................................$32.64 Sales Tax..................................................................... 6%

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Douglas County Information
• Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Douglas Chamber http://www.douglascountgeorgia.com/chamber • Douglas County Douglas County Government http://www.co.douglas.ga.us • Medical Tanner Medical Center-Villa Rica 770-456-3000 http://www.tanner.org Wellstar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville 770-949-1500 http://www.hospital-data.com/hospitals/WELLSTARDOUGLAS-HOSPITAL-DOUGLASVIL722.html • Electricity Georgia Power 888-660-5890 http://www.georgiapower.com GreyStone Power Corp, Douglasville 770-942-6576 http://www.greystonepower.com • Water Douglasville-Douglas County Water & Sewer 770-949-7617 http://www.ddcwsa.com/main.html • •

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Public Schools Douglas County Public Schools http:// douglas.k12.ga.us

Private School Note: Admission, testing and tuition vary with each school. Contact the school for details. Douglas County Private Schools http:// www.schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ Douglas.html • Higher Education

Mercer University, Lithia Springs 678-547-6200 http://www.mercer.edu State University of West Georgia, Carrollton 678-839-5000 http://www.westga.edu West Central Technical College, Douglasville 770-947-7200 http://www.westcentraltech.edu West Central Technical College, Carrollton 770-836-6800 http://www.westcentraltech.edu • Libraries Douglas County Public Library, Douglasville 770-920-7125 http://www.wgrl.org/Branches/Douglasville/DCPL.htm

• Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of mar- Lithia Springs Public Library, Lithia Springs 770-944-5931 http://www.wgrl.org/Branches/Lithia%20Springs/lspl.htm keters. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http//www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/certified) marketers.asp • Telephone AT&T 800-753-2909 • Cable Comcast 800-266-2278

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Fayette County

Relocation Guide

Fayette County’s link to the novel Gone With the Wind is part of its rural heritage. Author Margaret Mitchell’s great grandparents in Fayette County were the inspiration for Scarlett’s family, the O’Haras. Peachtree City, Fayette County’s largest city is also its youngest. Arising from a 15,000-acre planned community, the City of Peachtree City, was incorporated in 1959. Peachtree City also has the distinction of having the South’s highest per capita ownership of golf carts. Residents can reach almost any venue in the city along its seventy miles of cart paths. The county’s school system is often cited as the chief reason for Fayette County’s phenomenal growth. Just as the school system has fueled the county’s growth, the county’s growth has fueled the school system. Fortunately, Fayette’s citizens have continued to financially support the asset that led them to the county.

Fayette - Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Tyrone, Woolsey

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Fayette County Demographics
Income
Median Income................................................... $74,342 Median Income Ranking (State) ........... 100th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 99th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $96,833 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ..... 100th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 98th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ..................................................................72.86% Single.....................................................................27.14% Married w/Children...............................................37.45% Married w/No Children .........................................35.32% Single w/Children...................................................... 5.9% Single w/No Children............................................21.24%

Population
Total Population.................................................. 104,248 Land Area......................................... 197.0495 (Sq. Mile) Population Density .............529.04(People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 10.08% National Density Ranking....................................... 13.8% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 2.69% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 18.15% National Growth Rate Ranking .................................... 9%

Housing
Single Family Detached ........................................84.92% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value ....... $221,321 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value............... $890 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 38 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 13.82% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 15.18% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 10.08% Age 30-39 Years ..................................................... 13.8% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 19.97% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 18.15% Age 65+ Years .............................................................. 9% Elementary Schools ..................................................... 17 Middle Schools................................................................ 6 High Schools ................................................................... 5 Alternative ....................................................................... 1 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................15:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures ......................................... $7,775 Avg. SAT Scores Fayette Co. ............................................................... 1050 State ......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
Unincorporated......................................................$30.19 Fayetteville.............................................................$31.08 Peachtree City........................................................$33.63 Brooks ....................................................................$39.79 Tyrone.....................................................................$33.89 Sales Tax..................................................................... 6%

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Fayette County Information
• Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Fayette Chamber http://www.fayettechamber.org • Fayette County Fayette County Government http://www.admin.co.fayette.ga.us • Medical Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Fayetteville 770-719-7000 Piedmont Physicians at Peachtree City 770-486-5000 Piedmont Physicians at Fayette, Fayetteville770-460-4285 • Electricity

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• Public Schools Fayette County Public Schools http://www.fcboe.org • Private Schools Fayette County Private Schools http://schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ Fayette.html • Higher Education

Griffin Technical College, Griffin 770-228-7348 http://www.griffintech.edu • Libraries

Coweta-Fayette EMC, Fayetteville 770-486-5000 http://www.utility.org Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 http://www.georgiapower.com • Water Fayette County Water 770-461-1146 http://www.admin.co.fayette.ga.us/water/info_water.asp • Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of marketers. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http//www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/certified) marketers.asp • Telephone AT&T 800-753-2909 • Cable Comcast 800-266-2278

Fayette County Library, Fayetteville 770-461-8841 http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/public_library/index.asp Peachtree City Library 770-631-2520 http://www.peachtree-city.org/index.asp?NID=125 Tyrone Library 770-487-1565

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Atlanta, Georgia

Forsyth County

Relocation Guide

Nestled between the waters of Lake Lanier and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Forsyth County offers a rich blend of rural and urban living. Forsyth continues to keep pace as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Forsyth County is located 30 miles northeast of metro Atlanta and business is good! The county industries produce a wide variety of goods and products from national defense equipment and hydraulic cylinders to telephone booths and baby clothes. Georgia Highway 400, with six interchanges in Forsyth county, provides the link south to the metro Atlanta area and north to the scenic Appalachian Mountains, Atlanta’s perimeter highway, I-285, in only minutes away.

Forsyth - Cumming

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Forsyth County Demographics
Income
Median Income................................................... $72,086 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 99th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 99th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $96,148 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 99th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 98th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ..................................................................72.62% Single.....................................................................27.38% Married w/Children...............................................37.19% Married w/No Children .........................................35.43% Single w/Children....................................................4.63% Single w/No Children............................................22.75%

Population
Total Population.................................................. 140,393 Land Area......................................... 225.7954 (Sq. Mile) Population Density ............621.77 (People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 12.58% National Density Ranking..................................... 21.35% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 7.36% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 14.74% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 7.09%

Housing
Single Family Detached ........................................86.53% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value ....... $231,334 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value............... $683 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 35 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 17.51% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 10.41% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 12.58% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 21.35% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 16.32% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 14.74% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 7.09% Elementary Schools ..................................................... 17 Middle Schools................................................................ 8 High Schools ................................................................... 5 Alternative ....................................................................... 1 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................20:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures ......................................... $7,196 Avg. SAT Scores Forsyth Co................................................................. 1030 State ......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
Forsyth County .......................................................$22.88 Sales Tax..................................................................... 7%

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Forsyth County Information
• Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce Forsyth Chamber http://www.forsyth-monroechamber.com • Forsyth County Forsyth County Government http://www.forsythco.com • Medical Northside Hospital, Cumming 770-844-3200 http://www.northside.com • Electricity Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 http://www.georgiapower.com Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 http://www.sawnee.com • Water City Water Department, Cumming 770-781-2020 Forsyth County Water 770-781-2160 http://www.forsythco.com/department.asp?DeptID=28 • Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of marketers. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http://www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/ certified_marketers.asp • Telephone AT&T 800-753-2909 • Cable Adelphia 888-683-1000 •

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• Public Schools Forsyth County Public Schools http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us Private School Note: Admission, testing and tuition vary with each school. Contact the school for details.

Forsyth County Private Schools http://www.schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ Forsyth.html • Higher Education

Gainesville College, Oakwood 678-717-3639 http://www.gc.peachnet.edu Lanier Technical College, Cumming 770-781-6800 http://www.laniertech.edu • Libraries

Forsyth County Public Library 770-781-9840 http://www.forsythpl.org/

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Atlanta, Georgia

Fulton County

Relocation Guide

Fulton County, the most populous county of the Atlanta metro region, snakes and stretches for 173 miles from end to end. As the location of the central city of Atlanta, Fulton county represents all that is metropolitan. Colorful and diverse, the county is composed of many unique communities. The Atlanta City limits divide the county into two distinct parts– North and South– with each taking on its own personality, both with lifestyle and in geographical appearance. For these reasons, we have broken Fulton County down into two sections.

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North Fulton County

Relocation Guide

Just beyond the urban mecca of Atlanta lies one of the fastest growing areas in the country, North Fulton County. Characterized by its graceful Southern charm, abundant history and progressive attitude, North Fulton is truly a prime example of the New South. Within the 13 miles of North Fulton County lie Roswell, Alpharetta , Sandy Springs and Mountain Park, cities where responsive local governments and community spirited companies enjoy a partnership that is unique and conducive to progress. Quality of life, in fact, is what North Fulton is known for. In the midst of expansive growth, local, city and county governments, business leaders and residents work together to insure that quality family life is a top priority. As a result, North Fulton has nationally acclaimed parks and recreation, numerous progressive churches, diverse health-care facilities and services and a low crime rate. North Fulton’s award-winning educational system is both progressive and aggressive. North Fulton’s students score above average on national and statewide tests—with 97 percent of students continuing their education with a post-secondary program.

North Fulton - Alpharetta, Roswell, Mountain Park, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton

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Income
Median Income North Fulton............................. $92,050 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 98th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)....... 97th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children........$126,145 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 96th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 94th Percentile Median Income South Fulton ............................ $44,065 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 87th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 90th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $93,484 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 98th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 98th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
North Fulton Married ..................................................................72.92% Single.....................................................................27.08% Married w/Children...............................................47.41% Married w/No Children .........................................25.51% Single w/Children....................................................7.35% Single w/No Children............................................19.73% South Fulton Married ..................................................................38.14% Single.....................................................................61.86% Married w/Children...............................................18.34% Married w/No Children ...........................................19.8% Single w/Children....................................................11.2% Single w/No Children............................................50.66%

Fulton County Population
Total Population.................................................. 950,392 Land Area......................................... 528.6581 (Sq. Mile) Population Density ......... 1797.75 (People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 20.46% National Density Ranking..................................... 17.92% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 2.33% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 13.32% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 8.54%

Housing
North Fulton Single Family Detached ........................................80.29% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value ....... $297,262 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 4 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value............ $1,170 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2 South Fulton Single Family Detached ........................................49.15% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value ....... $228,603 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value............... $709 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Fulton County Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 33 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 13.95% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 10.43% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 20.46% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 17.92% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 15.38% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 13.32% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 8.54%

Public Schools
Fulton County Schools Elementary Schools ..................................................... 53 Middle Schools.............................................................. 18 High Schools ................................................................. 12 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................16:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures ......................................... $8,483 Atlanta City Schools Elementary Schools ..................................................... 59 Middle Schools.............................................................. 16 High Schools ................................................................. 14 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................18:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures .......................................$11,665 Avg. SAT Scores Atlanta City schools.................................................. 1297 Fulton Co. ................................................................. 1580 State ......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
City of Atlanta.........................................................$32.14 Incorporated Fulton County ..................................$29.83 Unincorporated Fulton County..............................$34.73 Sales Tax..................................................................... 7% City of Atlanta.............................................................. 8%

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North Fulton County Information
• Greater North Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Greater North Fulton Chamber http://www.gnfcc.com • Fulton County Fulton County Government http://www.co.fulton.ga.us • Medical North Fulton Regional Hospital, Roswell 770-751-2500 http://www.northfultonregional.com/CWSContent/ northfultonregional • Electricity Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 http://www.georgiapower.com Cobb EMC/Cobb Energy 770-429-2222 http://www.cobbemc.com City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of Fairburn 770-969-3481 City of Palmetto 770-463-3377 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 • Water Atlanta Water Bureau 404-658-6500 Alpharetta 678-297-6000 Roswell 770-641-3759 Mountain Park 770-993-4231 Fulton County 404-730-6830 • Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of marketers. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http://www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/certified_marketers.asp • Telephone AT&T 800-723-2909 • Cable Comcast 800-266-2278 Charter Communications, Roswell 800-955-7766 •

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• Public Schools Fulton County Public Schools http://www.fultonschools.org Private School Note: Admission, testing and tuition vary with each school. Contact the school for details.

Fulton County Private Schools http://www.schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ Fulton.html • Higher Learning

DeVry University/Keller Graduate School of Management Under Graduate : 770-664-9520 Graduate: 770-521-0118 http://www.atl.devry.edu Georgia State University-Alpharetta Center 770-566-2200 http://www.robinson.gsu.edu/alpharetta/index.htm Reinhardt College, Alpharetta 770-720-9191 http://www.reinhardt.edu • Libraries There are more than 30 branches of Libraries in the Fulton County system. To search by city and location, click http://www.afplweb.com/cms/

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South Fulton County

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South Fulton is alive with communities of opportunities. Encompassing six municipalities, 12 industrial parks and the unincorporated area, South Fulton offers numerous assets for residents and employers alike. Transportation has always played a leading role in South Fulton’s development. South Fulton’s cities are all in close proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. A second airport, Fulton County’s Charlie Brown Field, is located adjacent to Fulton Industrial Park. It is the third busiest airport in Georgia and serves as a reliever to Hartsfield-Jackson. For those seeking a place to live, South Fulton has a broad range of housing opportunities, from older homes in picturesque small towns to newly built single-family and multi-family homes in modern developments containing recreational facilities. Jefferson Park is a beautiful neighborhood of older, well-kept brick homes.

South Fulton - Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto, Union City

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North & South Relocation Guide Fulton County Demographics
Income
Median Income North Fulton............................. $92,050 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 98th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)....... 97th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children........$126,145 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 96th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 94th Percentile Median Income South Fulton ............................ $44,065 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 87th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 90th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $93,484 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 98th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 98th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
North Fulton Married ..................................................................72.92% Single.....................................................................27.08% Married w/Children...............................................47.41% Married w/No Children .........................................25.51% Single w/Children....................................................7.35% Single w/No Children............................................19.73% South Fulton Married ..................................................................38.14% Single.....................................................................61.86% Married w/Children...............................................18.34% Married w/No Children ...........................................19.8% Single w/Children....................................................11.2% Single w/No Children............................................50.66%

Fulton County Population
Total Population.................................................. 950,392 Land Area......................................... 528.6581 (Sq. Mile) Population Density ......... 1797.75 (People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 20.46% National Density Ranking..................................... 17.92% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 2.33% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 13.32% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 8.54%

Housing
North Fulton Single Family Detached ........................................80.29% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value ....... $297,262 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 4 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value............ $1,170 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2 South Fulton Single Family Detached ........................................49.15% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value ....... $228,603 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value............... $709 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Fulton County Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 33 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 13.95% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 10.43% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 20.46% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 17.92% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 15.38% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 13.32% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 8.54%

Public Schools
Fulton County Schools Elementary Schools ..................................................... 53 Middle Schools.............................................................. 18 High Schools ................................................................. 12 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................16:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures ......................................... $8,483 Atlanta City Schools Elementary Schools ..................................................... 59 Middle Schools.............................................................. 16 High Schools ................................................................. 14 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................18:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures .......................................$11,665 Avg. SAT Scores Atlanta City schools.................................................. 1297 Fulton Co. ................................................................. 1580 State ......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
City of Atlanta.........................................................$32.14 Incorporated Fulton County ..................................$29.83 Unincorporated Fulton County..............................$34.73 Sales Tax..................................................................... 7% City of Atlanta.............................................................. 8%

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South Fulton County Information
• South Fulton County Chamber of Commerce South Fulton Chamber http://www.sfcoc.org • South Fulton County Fulton County Government http://www.co.fulton.ga.us • Medical •

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• Public Schools Fulton County Public Schools http://www.fultonschools.org Atlanta City Schools Board of Education http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us Private School Note: Admission, testing and tuition vary with each school. Contact the school for details.

There are a dozen or more Medical Centers and Hospitals in Fulton County Private Schools Atlanta. To search by county Fulton click http://www.schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ http://www.theagapecenter.com/Hospitals/Georgia.htm Fulton.html • Electricity • Higher Education Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 Argosy University 770-671-1200 http://www.georgiapower.com The Art Institution of Atlanta 770-394-8300 Cobb EMC/Cobb Energy 770-429-2222 Atlanta College of Art 404-733-5100 http://www.cobbemc.com Atlanta Technical College 404-225-4400 City of College Park 404-669-3759 Atlanta Metropolitan College 404-756-4004 City of Fairburn 770-969-3481 DeVry University/Keller Grad.404-296-7400 City of Palmetto 770-463-3377 Georgia Institute of Technology 404-894-4154 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Morehouse College 404-681-2800 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Morris Brown College 404-739-1000 Spelman College 404-681-3643 • Water Clark Atlanta University 404-880-8000 Atlanta Water Bureau 404-658-6500 Alpharetta 678-297-6000 • Libraries Roswell 770-641-3759 Mountain Park 770-993-4231 There are more than 30 branches of Libraries in the Fulton Fulton County 404-730-6830 County system. To search by city and location, click link below. • Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of mar- http://www.af.public.lib.ga.us/hours_and_locations.html keters. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http://www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/ certified_marketers.asp • Telephone AT&T 800-723-2909 • Cable Comcast 800-266-2278 Charter Communications, Roswell 800-955-7766

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Gwinnett County

Relocation Guide

Living in the county known as Atlanta’s “Comfort Zone,” residents of Gwinnett truly enjoy the best of both worlds. Just minutes away from Atlanta, Gwinnett residents have at hand all the amenities and advantages of the world’s most exiting and vibrant counties. Gwinnett consistently ranks among the fastest growing counties in terms of building permits issued. It’s home to some 250 international firms. Three of the top ten Georgia public companies and 30 percent of Atlanta’s Fast Tech 50 are in Gwinnett. Gwinnett is also full of leisure-time activities, including the Chateau Élan winery, golf hotel and spa complex; Lake Lanier Islands water sports center, Stone Mountain Park, Road Atlanta raceway, Vines Botanical Gardens, Yellow River Game Ranch, many historical attractions and 18 county parks, not to mention easy access to the many attractions in the metro Atlanta region.

Gwinnett - Berkeley Lake, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Snellville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee

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Gwinnett County Demographics
Income
Median Income................................................... $58,192 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 96th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 96th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $73,109 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 94th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 93rd Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ..................................................................62.48% Single.....................................................................37.52% Married w/Children...............................................35.44% Married w/No Children .........................................27.04% Single w/Children....................................................7.61% Single w/No Children............................................29.91%

Population
Total Population.................................................. 726,273 Land Area......................................... 432.7299 (Sq. Mile) Population Density ......... 1678.35 (People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 16.32% National Density Ranking..................................... 20.09% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 4.29% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 12.59% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 5.29%

Housing
Single Family Detached ........................................71.55% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value ....... $182,830 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value............... $824 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 33 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 16.03% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 12.13% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 16.72% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 20.09% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 17.15% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 12.59% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 5.29% Elementary Schools ..................................................... 66 Middle Schools.............................................................. 20 High Schools ................................................................. 16 Alternative ....................................................................... 6 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................15:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures ......................................... $7,705 Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co.............................................................. 1541 State ......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
Unincorporated......................................................$32.10 Lilburn ....................................................................$36.36 Snellville.................................................................$35.75 Lawrenceville .........................................................$34.41 Duluth.....................................................................$37.29 Norcross.................................................................$38.63 Sales Tax..................................................................... 6%

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Gwinnett County Information
• Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce Gwinnett Chamber http://www.gwinnettchamber.org/ • Gwinnett County Gwinnett County Government http://www.co.gwinnett.ga.us • Medical Emory Eastside Medical Center 770-979-0200 http:/www.emoryeastside.com/ Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Glancy Outpatient Center 678-584-7000 Gwinnett Medical Center 678-442-4321 http://www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/ Gwinnett Woman’s Pavilion 678-442-3600 http://www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/facilities/ womenpav.asp Meridian Medical at Gwinnett 770-931-5130 SummitRidge Behavioral Health 678-442-5800 • Electricity Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 http://www.georgiapower.com Jackson EMC 770-963-6166 http://www.jacksonemc.com Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 http://www.sawnee.com/ • Water Gwinnett County Department of Public Utilities 678-376-6800 Note: Duluth, Lilburn and Snellville use the county water system. For other areas: Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Buford 770-945-6761 Norcross 770-448-2122 • Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of marketers. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http://www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/ certified_marketers.asp • Telephone AT&T 800-753-2909

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• Cable Comcast 800-266-2278 http://www.comcast.com/ Charter Communication 800-955-7766 http://www.charter.net/index.php Adelphia Communications 888-683-1000 http://www.adelphia.com/ • Public Schools Gwinnett County Public Schools http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us • Private School Note: Admission, testing and tuition vary with each school. Contact the school for details.

Gwinnett County Private Schools http://www.schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ Gwinnett.html • Higher Education Gwinnett Technical College 770-962-7580 http://www.gwinnetttech.edu/ Gwinnett University Center 678-407-5000 http://www.gwinnettuniversitycenter.com/ DeVry University/Keller Graduate 678-380-9780 http://www.atl.devry.edu/ • Libraries Gwinnett County Public Libraries http://www.gwinnettpl.org/

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Henry County

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Henry County is booming, thanks in part to ease of travel. Henry County has seven I-75 interchanges - more than any other county in the state. As a result, builders have “discovered” the county. Subdivisions and developments in all price ranges are springing up throughout the county. The arts also play a big part in the overall quality of life of a community, and Henry County is no exception. Henry County is one of the few counties in the southern crescent to have an arts council. With a board of prominent community leaders representative of the entire county, the Henry Arts Alliance was organized to create awareness, stimulate interest and encourage involvement in all the arts; music, theater, dance, literary and visual art. Easy access and affordable land prices all provided good incentive to take a closer look at Henry County

Henry - Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough, Stockbridge

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Henry County Demographics
Income
Median Income................................................... $62,415 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 98th Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 97th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $73,506 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 95th Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 94th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ..................................................................67.68% Single.....................................................................32.32% Married w/Children...............................................35.49% Married w/No Children .........................................32.19% Single w/Children....................................................8.09% Single w/No Children............................................24.23%

Population
Total Population.................................................. 167,848 Land Area......................................... 322.7118 (Sq. Mile) Population Density ............520.12 (People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 14.51% National Density Ranking..................................... 19.38% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 7.05% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 13.71% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 7.36%

Housing
Single Family Detached ........................................83.12% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value ....... $156,043 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value............... $740 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 34 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 16.32% Age 10-17 Years ................................................... 12.84% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 14.51% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 19.38% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 15.88% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 13.71% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 7.36% Elementary Schools ..................................................... 26 Middle Schools................................................................ 9 High Schools ................................................................... 8 Alternative ....................................................................... 1 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................16:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures ......................................... $7,439 Avg. SAT Scores Henry Co. .................................................................. 1457 State ......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
Unincorporated......................................................$37.50 Stockbridge............................................................$37.47 McDonough............................................................$36.48 Hampton ................................................................$36.23 Locust Grove..........................................................$35.68 Sales Tax..................................................................... 7%

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• Henry County Chamber of Commerce Henry Chamber http://www.henrycounty.com • Henry County Henry County Government http://www.co.henry.ga.us • Medical Henry Medical Center, Stockbridge 770-389-2200 http://www.henrymedical.com/ Hallmark Youth Care, Stockbridge 770-474-8888 • Electricity Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 http://www.georgiapower.com Snapping Shoals 770-786-3484 http://www.ssemc.com Central Georgia EMC 770-775-7857 http://www.cgemc.com • Water Henry County Water and Sewage Authority 770-957-6659 http://www.hcwsa.com/ Locust Grove 770-957-5043 McDonough 770-957-3915 Stockbridge 770-389-7900 Hampton 770-946-4346 Note: The above cities have city-owned water systems; the rest of the county is serviced by the Henry County Water Center. • Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of marketers. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http://www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/ certified_marketers.asp • Telephone AT&T 800-753-2909

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• Cable Comcast 800-266-2278 Charter Communication 800-955-7766 • Public Schools Henry County Public Schools http://www.henry.k12.ga.us • Private School Note: Admission, testing and tuition vary with each school. Contact the school for details.

Henry County Private Schools http://www.schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ Henry.html • Higher Education Mercer University (Henry County Center),678-547-6100 DeVry University/Keller Graduate 678-284-4700 http://www.atl.devry.edu/ • Libraries Henry County Public Libraries http://www.henry.public.lib.ga.us/

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Rockdale County

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Rockdale County is a well-planned and well-managed area with both city and county governments providing excellent services. Established businesses such as John Deere and AT&T have chosen this quiet community. Rockdale County’s convenient location on the eastern side of Atlanta along I-20 makes it the ideal location for new and expanding industries. The community has easy access to I-20, I-285, I-75 and I-85. Along with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, smaller airports are located nearby including Covington Airport and DeKalb Peachtree Airport. The CSX System railroad and more than 26 freight carriers serve the area. Rockdale County Schools strive hard to achieve a standard of excellence. SAT scores have been above the Georgia and national average. The housing market is mixed, offering a wide range of prices, from the mid $100s up to million dollar homes.

Rockdale - Conyers

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Income
Median Income................................................... $54,203 Median Income Ranking (State) ............. 93rd Percentile Median Income Ranking (National)........ 94th Percentile Average Income Households w/Children.......... $66,204 Income Ranking w/Children (State) ....... 93rd Percentile Income Ranking w/Children (National) .. 89th Percentile

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Household Characteristics
Married ..................................................................63.01% Single.....................................................................36.99% Married w/Children...............................................30.53% Married w/No Children .........................................32.48% Single w/Children....................................................9.45% Single w/No Children............................................27.54%

Population
Total Population.....................................................78,545 Land Area......................................... 130.6308 (Sq. Mile) Population Density ............601.27 (People Per Sq. Mile) State Density Ranking.......................................... 14.34% National Density Ranking..................................... 15.24% Population Growth Rate ......................................... 2.29% State Growth Rate Ranking ................................. 15.93% National Growth Rate Ranking .............................. 9.32%

Housing
Single Family Detached ........................................76.93% Owner Occupied: Median Housing Value ....... $153,182 Owner Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms........... 3 Renter Occupied: Median Housing Value............... $757 Renter Occupied: Median Number of Bedrooms .......... 2

Public Schools Age Breakdown
Average Age ....................................................... 36 years Age 0-9 Years........................................................ 14.36% Age 10-17 Years ..................................................... 13.2% Age 18-29 Years ................................................... 14.34% Age 30-39 Years ................................................... 15.24% Age 40-49 Years ................................................... 17.61% Age 50-64 Years ................................................... 15.93% Age 65+ Years ........................................................ 9.32% Elementary Schools ..................................................... 11 Middle Schools................................................................ 4 High Schools ................................................................... 3 Alternative ....................................................................... 3 Pupil/Teacher Ratio Avg. ...........................................15:1 Per-Pupil Expenditures ......................................... $6,785 Avg. SAT Scores Rockdale Co. ............................................................ 1449 State ......................................................................... 1477 National .................................................................... 1518

Property Taxes Property Tax per $1,000 of Assessed Value
Unincorporated......................................................$37.50 Stockbridge............................................................$37.47 McDonough............................................................$36.48 Hampton ................................................................$36.23 Locust Grove..........................................................$35.68 Sales Tax..................................................................... 7%

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• Rockdale County Chamber of Commerce Rockdale Chamber http://www.conyers-rockdale.com/ • Rockdale County Rockdale County Government http://www.rockdalecounty.org • Medical Rockdale Medical Center, Conyers 770-918-3000 http://www.rockdalemedicalcenter.org/ Rockdale Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services 770-918-6677 • Electricity Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 http://www.georgiapower.com Snapping Shoals 770-786-3484 http://www.ssemc.com Walton EMC 770-267-2505 http://www.waltonemc.com • Water Rockdale County Water Department 770-918-6512 http://atlanta.citysearch.com/profile/36408965/ conyers_ga/rockdale_county_water_department.html • Gas Georgia residents can buy natural gas from a variety of marketers. For a list of marketers click Certified Marketers or visit: http://www.psc.state.ga.us/gas/ certified_marketers.asp • Telephone

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• Garbage 770-785-6883: Residents within the city limit, a garbage fee is added to property taxes. Outside city limits, residents must pick a private company. • Public Schools Rockdale County Public Schools http://www.rockdale.k12.ga.u • Private School Note: Admission, testing and tuition vary with each school. Contact the school for details.

Rockdale County Private Schools http://www.schools.privateschoolsreport.com/county/GA/ Rockdale.html • Higher Education Christian Life School of Theology, Covington 770-784-8189 • Libraries Conyers-Rockdale Library System, Conyers 770-388-5041 http://www.rockdale.public.lib.ga.us/about.html

AT&T 800-753-2909 • Cable Comcast 404-266-2278

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Everything you’ve always wanted to know about buying a house but were afraid to ask ... Turn the page for the answers to the most commonly asked real estate questions!

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The house you ultimately choose to call home will play a major role in your family’s life. A home can be an excellent investment, of course, but more importantly, it should fit the way you really live, with spaces and features that appeal to everyone in the family. “At each home, pay close attention to these important considerations.” Is there enough room for you now, and in the near future? Is the home’s floor plan right for your family? Is there enough storage space? Will you have to replace the appliances? Is the yard the size that you want? Are there enough bathrooms? Will your present furniture work in this home?

hen I start visiting homes, what should I be looking for the first time through?

It’s a matter of personal preference. Both new and older homes offer distinct advantages, depending upon your unique taste and lifestyle. New homes generally have more space in the rooms where today’s families do their living, like a family room or activity area. They’re usually easier to maintain, too. However, many homes built years ago offer more total space for the money, as well as larger yards. Taxes on some older homes may also be lower. Some people are charmed by the elegance of an older home but shy away because they’re concerned about potential maintenance costs. Consider a home warranty to get the peace of mind you deserve. A good Home Warranty plan protects you against unexpected repairs on many home systems and appliances for a full year or more after you move in.

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an older home as good a value as a new home?

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Bring your own notebook and pen for note taking and a flashlight for seeing enclosed areas. Be prepared to “snoop around” a little. After all, you want to know as much as possible about the home you buy. Sellers understand that because their home is on the market, it will be looked over pretty thoroughly. If you need to go back to a home for another look, North Atlanta Realty Group will be happy to schedule an appointment. Be sure to ask any questions you have about the home, even if you feel you’re being nosy. You have a right to know. It’s important to know that the seller will supply the buyer with a Residential Property Disclosure, which will disclose any defects known by the seller.

I need to bring anything along when I’m looking at homes?

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As a rule of thumb, ask any questions you have about specific rooms, features or functions. Pay particular attention to areas that you feel could become “problem” areas—additions, defects, areas that have been repaired. And above all, if you don’t feel your question has been answered, ask until you do understand and are satisfied. In most cases, North Atlanta Realty Group will be able to provide you with detailed information.

hat should I ask North Atlanta Realty Group about each home that I look at?

Tell North Atlanta Realty Group what you liked and didn’t like about each home you saw. It is important for the us to really get a feel for what you’re looking for in a home in order to find your dream home. Don’t be shy about talking about a home’s shortcomings. Was the home perfect except for the carpeting? Let North Atlanta Realty Group know that, too!

hat should I tell North Atlanta Realty Group about the homes I look at?

There is no set number of homes you should look at before you decide to make an offer on one. That’s why providing North Atlanta Realty Group with as many details as possible up front is so helpful. The perfect home may be waiting for you on your first visit. Even if it isn’t, the house-hunting process will help you get a feeling for the homes in the community and narrow your choices to a few homes that are worth a second look. If you’re looking in more than one community, try to make the most of each house-hunting trip. Stop by the local Chamber of Commerce to pick up promotional literature about the community. Ask North Atlanta Realty Group for community welcome kits, maps, and information about schools, churches, recreational facilities, and on line information. Also, be sure to take along a camera and snap some pictures of all the homes you like. That’ll make it easier to remember.

ow many homes should I look at before I buy?

When you find a home you are interested in buying, add the following to your list of questions for us to get the answers to: • How much are the monthly utilities for this home? • What features have the sellers enjoyed most about living in this home? • Are there known defects or problem areas that would need to be fixed right away? • How old is the furnace and central air conditioning system? • How old is the roof? Have the sellers experienced any leaking?

“House Hunting Tips”

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Good city services, nice parks and playground facilities, convenient shopping and transportation, a track record of sound development and good planning—these are just a few considerations that are important to many people when they choose a community in which to live. As for individual neighborhoods within a village or city, there is no better source of information North Atlanta Realty Group! North Atlanta Realty Group knows the people and the communities they serve, and chances are, they]can help you find a neighborhood that really fits your family’s needs.

hat should I think about when I’m deciding which community I want to live in?

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Again, North Atlanta Realty Group is perhaps your best source. They know where the local schools are, and can provide you with valuable information about school districts, including test scores, extracurricular activities, bus service and more. If you’re relocating, North Atlanta Realty Group may even be able to put you in touch with teachers and principals when you visit the area.

here can I get information about local schools?

Home sales are a matter of public record. The Recorder’s Office, a local residential appraiser, the planning department for the locality or the public information department of the local Multiple Listing Service (if they have such a department) are all resources the buyer can call on. All can be searched for recent sale histories, sale prices (or average sales prices), time on the market and other listing information for sales in any given area. However, a better and easier way for you to get this information is to ask North Atlanta Realty Group. If you’re interested in a particular home, North Atlanta Realty Group may be able to provide you with a list of comparables—sale prices of homes in your area that are roughly the same size and age as the home you’re considering. Although there will certainly be some differences between the homes—the house next door may have an extra bedroom, or the one down the block may be older than the one you’re looking at—it’s a good way to evaluate the seller’s asking price.

ow can I find out what homes are selling for in a given neighborhood?

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For your own safety, and to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth in the home you choose, using a professional home inspector is highly recommended. A home inspector will check a home’s plumbing, heating and cooling, electrical systems, and look for structural problems, like a damp or leaky basement. Usually, you call an inspector immediately after you’ve made an offer on a home. However, before you sign any written offer, make sure that it includes an inspection clause or other language which says that your purchase obligation is contingent on the findings of a professional home inspector. North Atlanta Realty Group’s contracts automatically contain this important verbiage. Your home cannot “pass” or “fail” an inspection, and your inspector will not tell you whether he or she thinks the home is worth the money you are offering. The inspector’s job is to make you aware of repairs that are recommended or necessary. A seller may be willing to renegotiate a price to accommodate needed repairs, or you may decide that the home will take too much work and money. A professional inspection will help you make a clearheaded decision. In addition to the overall inspection, you may wish to have separate tests conducted to check for termites, or the presence of radon gas. Talk to North Atlanta Realty Group for information about these tests and companies in the area that perform them. In choosing a home inspector, consider one that has been certified as a qualified and experienced member by a trade association. North Atlanta Realty Group will refer you to several qualified inspectors.

like to have a professional look at the home before I buy it. What does a home inspector do?

Yes. It’s not required, but it is very much to your advantage. You’ll be able to clearly understand the inspection report, and know exactly which areas need attention. Plus, you can get answers to many questions, tips for maintenance, and a lot of general information that will help you when you move into your new home. Most important, you’ll see the home through the eyes of an objective third party.

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hould I be present during the inspection?

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Yes, and the sooner, the better. Most insurance professionals have a lot of experience in working with homeowners and can offer useful tips about home ownership, particularly regarding home safety and keeping your premiums low. Once you’ve found a home, work together to develop a homeowner’s policy that meets your individual insurance needs. You’ll need to supply your policy to your mortgage lender prior to closing.

I need to talk to my insurance agent?

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When you sign an offer to purchase, North Atlanta Realty Group will ask you for earnest money—that is, money that shows you are serious about wanting to buy. Usually, you will be asked to write a check for one percent to five percent of the sale price, made payable to North Atlanta Realty Group. This money will be held in a special escrow account. If your offer is accepted, your earnest money will be included as part of your down payment. If your offer is not accepted, you’ll get back all your earnest money. But keep in mind that if you back out of the purchase after the contingency of the contract have been met by both you and the seller, you will forfeit the full amount.

hat’s “earnest money,” and how much do I need?

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Yes. Home warranties offer you protection against many potentially costly problems not covered by your homeowner’s insurance. They’ve become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason: the coverage can save you thousands in the event of a major mechanical breakdown, at a time when your cash reserves have been depleted by your down payment and moving expenses. Ask North Atlanta Realty Group whether a Home Warranty is offered when looking at homes. But remember, if it is not offered by the seller, we customarily include in the offer that the seller purchase a One Year Home Warranty when writing an offer for our clients. The Home Warranty will give you the peace of mind necessary to feel comfortable in your new home. In most cases, the warranty plan will cover appliances, hot water heater, air conditioning units, electrical systems, garage door openers, plumbing systems, heating systems, faucets, ceiling fans and water softeners.

there any way I can protect myself against emergency repair bills in my new home?

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There is really no rule to use in calculating a realistic offer. Naturally, the buyer wants the best value and the seller wants the best price, but negotiations can be influenced by many factors, such as a seller who may be changing jobs and wants to sell quickly, or a buyer who really wants a specific home. After you’ve looked at the home’s features, asked questions, checked comparables, and talked about it with North Atlanta Realty Group, you should have a good idea of what the home’s value is in the current market. Consider what you can afford and make an offer that you consider to be fair. Most buyers and sellers negotiate on price, with both sides “giving” a little until both agree. When the price is agreed upon, the paperwork will be initialled by both parties. At that point, you typically will begin the process of arranging for an inspection and applying for a mortgage.

ow do I determine the amount of my initial offer?

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Yes. North Atlanta Realty Group is proud to be associated with some of the best relocation agents in the nation. Whether you’re moving across town, across the nation, or around the world, we can help. Our Relocation Networks are skilled in handling the special needs of families involved in the relocation process. We understand your needs, concerns, fears, anxieties and joys, but most of all, we know how to get you and your family from here to there with minimal stress and inconvenience. And, our Relocation Network is made up of the top 5% of the industry. They know how to get you results in the shortest amount of time, with the fewest hassles and the best price for you. In addition, today’s Multiple Listing Services—which include up to 90% or more of the homes listed in any given community—have made it relatively easy for buyers to access detailed information on homes for sale practically anywhere in the country.

I’m moving a considerable distance, is there any way I can gather information before I start traveling?

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In almost every case, you can save yourself time and energy by using a reputable moving company to help you move. Ask North Atlanta Realty Group, friends, and co-workers for recommendations, then get estimates from several companies. Don’t choose a mover based on price alone—consider the reputation and professionalism of the company, too. Work closely with the moving company to coordinate your efforts and your move will be achieved with maximum efficiency.

hould I move myself or use a moving company?

If your move is work-related, many expenses may be taxdeductible!

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Simply put, a mortgage is a loan that a home buyer obtains directly from a lender to purchase real estate. The mortgage is a lien on the property that secures a promissory note (promise to repay the debt) that states the terms of the loan, including the interest rate, and the number of payments.

hat is a mortgage, and what are the benefits of different kinds of mortgages?

The most popular mortgages available to home buyers today can be divided into two general categories: those which offer fixed interest rates and monthly payments, and those where one or both of those factors are adjustable. Fixed rate/fixed payment loans are more traditional, and remain the most popular home financing method, currently accounting for about two-thirds of all residential mortgages. Their advantages are well-known: You always know what your monthly principal and interest payment will be, so your basic housing cost will remain unaffected by interest rate changes until the mortgage is paid off. Mortgages that entail flexible rates and/or payments have grown in popularity during periods of high interest rates and/or rapidly rising home prices. Many, including the popular ARMs (Adjustable Rate Mortgages), offer lower-than-market initial interest rates that allow buyers a measure of affordability unavailable in fixed-rate loans. The tradeoff may be higher interest rates and higher monthly payments later on.

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Before someone lends you the money to purchase your home, they’ll want to know a lot about you. And you’re entitled to know as much as you can about them, too.

hat are the different types of lenders, and how do I choose the right one for me?

It’s important because getting a mortgage is not just a one-time signing of documents, a handshake and a check. You will be depending on your lender to fund the loan as promised, on time, and over the life of the loan, to keep good payment records, pay your taxes and insurance (if included in your monthly payment) and many other continuing services. Look for a lender that has the authority to approve and process your loan locally. It’s easier to obtain information on the status of your loan and discuss conditions directly with the person who will approve your loan, rather than some far away loan committee. It’s important that your lender know home values and conditions in your local area. And while biggest doesn’t always mean best, financial stability, reputation, qualifying procedures, and unique programs benefit are what they offer home buyers.

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Today, first-time buyers enjoy a number of mortgage options that make purchasing a home more affordable by minimizing down payments and keeping monthly payments as low as possible during the early years of the loan. Most ARMs feature an interest rate that is often below market for the first year, and may only rise gradually after that. VA and FHA-insured loans call for extremely low down payment (0-5% of the purchase price), and often offer a below market interest rate. Similarly favorable terms can also be arranged with the help of Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. Finally, first-timers who can find a cooperative seller or third-party investor can look into such nontraditional financing methods as a lease/buy arrangement.

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re there any mortgages especially designed for first-time buyers?

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Just about anyone can apply for an FHA-insured mortgage through banks and other lending institutions. They are particularly well-suited for buyers of moderate income; the low down payment requirements (as low as 3% of the purchase price) are matched by a relatively low maximum mortgage amount. Similarly, VA-guaranteed loans often require no down payment for up to four times the amount guaranteed by the VA. These loans are reserved for either active military personnel or veterans, or spouses of veterans who died of service-related injuries. If there is a downside to these loans, it’s the qualifying process. Though you apply for governmentinsured financing through a lending institution, the Federal Housing Administration or the Department of Veterans Affairs must insure or guarantee the loan and may require specific documentation or procedures not necessarily required for conventional financing. That may take more time than is generally required for conventional mortgage approval. Additionally, FHA-required insurance must be added to your payment. Make sure the lender you select has approved authority by each of these agencies to ensure a quicker loan process.

an I get an FHA or VA mortgage?

Anyone can apply for an FHA mortgage, provided the loan amount doesn’t exceed the maximum allowed by law.

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A down payment of 20 percent has been the benchmark for conventional financing, but today, many options are available, some requiring as little as 5 percent down. For buyers who qualify for conventional financing but can’t handle the high down payment requirements, lenders offer this financing with PMI, or Private Mortgage Insurance. Designed to protect the lender against default by the borrower, PMI allows you to obtain traditional financing with a down payment significantly lower than the standard 20 percent. By using PMI, you may be able to get a fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgage by putting as little as 5 percent down. As with an FHA-insured loan, you must pay premiums for PMI coverage, the amount of which are determined by the lender. Moreover, PMI premiums are often lower than FHA insurance, and may be paid as part of your monthly mortgage payment, in annual installments, or in a lump sum at the time you obtain the loan. Your mortgage expert can help you determine which down payment option is right for you and your budget.

ow much of a down payment will I need to buy a home?

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The three primary areas lenders examine in determining the size of mortgage you can handle include your monthly income, non-housing expenses, and cash available for down payment, moving expenses and closing costs. There are a number of different ways lenders interpret these variables to estimate your mortgage capacity. The most popular method is detailed here. Most lenders feel a family should spend no more than 28% of its gross monthly income on housing costs, including the mortgage, insurance, and real estate taxes. Also, these housing costs plus your long-term debts (car loans, student loans, etc.) shouldn’t exceed 36% of your income. If your down payment is 10% or lower, most lenders will tighten these restrictions even further. Some lenders may also include home maintenance costs and utility payments in their calculations.

ow does a lender determine the maximum mortgage I can afford?

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The information your lender needs is not much different than what is needed when you apply for a major credit card: names and addresses of your employer and bank account numbers and balances. The lender will also need other financial information such as installment payments, auto loans, charge cards, and department store accounts. The location and description of the property also are required. Your lender will verify this information with your present and past employers, order a routine credit report on your current and past accounts, and order a professional appraisal of the property you’re wanting to purchase. Allow yourself two to four weeks to complete the application process. Then once all the verifications have been completed, your lender will underwrite and approve the loan. Overall, the time from the date of application to the date of move-in is generally four to five weeks for conventional loans and five to seven weeks from the date of application for FHA and VA loans.

hat are the steps involved in the loan process?

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hat are “Points”? In real estate, the term “point” refers to 1% of the total mortgage loan amount. Buyers often pay lenders this supplemental fee, calculated in points, to get a better interest rate on a particular mortgage.
For instance, a lender may offer you a choice of two 30-year mortgages: the first at 10% with no points, and the second at 9-1/2% with an additional three points. If the loan is for $100,000, those three points will cost you an extra $3,000 up front—but you’ll get a payback of significantly lower monthly payments ($840.85 vs. $877.57) for the lifetime of the loan. Many lenders will advise you to pay the points for the better rate if you can afford it, especially if you plan on keeping the home for more than a few years. Like interest, the money you pay for points may be tax-deductible, and the investment may pay for itself through savings generated by lower monthly payments. We suggest you call your tax preparer.

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hat is APR, and how is it calculated? The Annual Percentage Rate is a calculated rate of interest for a loan over its projected life. This rate includes the interest, all points (which are considered prepaid interest), mortgage insurance, and other charges associated with making the loan that the lender collects from the borrower. The APR is calculated by a standard formula that all lenders use. This enables the borrower to comparison shop between lenders and/or loan products.

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faith estimate within three days of your application. This is the information you need to make a fair and accurate judgment when shopping for a loan. Your estimate is a written document that shows all the costs that can be estimated in advance by the lender. You need this information so there are no surprises on the day you close your sale on the property to be purchased. You will be expected to pay closing costs. You should review all costs, know which are non-refundable in the event your loan is not approved, and be prepared to pay outstanding fees at closing. You may also want to compare these costs to those charged by other lenders when shopping for your home plan.

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The bulk of your monthly mortgage payment goes toward paying off the principal and interest of your loan. (You may hear lenders refer to this as “PI”, for Principal & Interest). In addition, most lenders require that you pay a sufficient amount to cover your local real estate tax, plus your homeowner’s or hazard insurance. (You may hear this “total” payment referred to as “PITI”, or Principal, Interest, Taxes & Insurance.) This amount is placed in an escrow account, from which your lender then pays your tax and insurance bills as they come due. When shopping for a loan, it is important to ask the lender if the monthly payment you are being quoted is PI or PITI.

hat does my monthly mortgage payment include? And what does PI and PITI stand for?

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fixed rate mortgage remains the standard mortgage, with an array of valuable benefits designed especially for buyers who expect to stay in their homes for a long time. Because the borrower pays more interest than principal for the first 23 years, the tax deduction is substantial. And as inflation causes income and living expenses to increase, your unchanging monthly mortgage payments account for a relatively smaller portion of income as the years go by. As you’d expect, a 15-year monthly mortgage means higher monthly payments than an equivalent 30-year loan ... but not as much higher as you may think. At the same rate of interest, payments on the 15-year mortgage are roughly 20-25 % higher than a loan that takes twice as long to pay off. And one of the benefits of choosing a 15-year mortgage is that you can generally get a lower interest rate for an otherwise similar loan. Another advantage is faster equity build-up because a larger portion of your early payments are going to pay off principal. This makes the 15-year mortgage an ideal alternative for couples approaching retirement or anyone else interested in owning their home free and clear as quickly as possible.

hat are the respective advantages of 15-year and 30-year terms? The 30-year

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adjustable rate mortgages offer any protection against rising rates? Yes. ARMs and other variable rate or payment plans offer lower-than-market interest rates initially, but because they are tied to the interest rates of U.S. Treasury Bills or other indexes, interest rates later in the loan term may rise. However, many such loans offer built-in safeguards designed to minimize the effect of any rapid escalation in interest rates.
One such safeguard is the rate cap. Many ARMs include provisions for the maximum amount your rate can rise, both annually and over the life of the loan. For example, if your initial rate is 8%, the loan may include 1 % annual and 5% lifetime caps ... which means even if rates rise dramatically, you’ll pay no more than 9% next year, 10% the following year, and so on until a maximum rate of 13 % is reached. ARMs may also allow your rate to decrease when the index it is tied to goes down. As you might expect, decreases are usually capped as well. A second protective device included in some ARMs is the payment cap. Under this provision, your monthly payments may rise by only a set dollar amount. The potential disadvantage of this type of cap is that it can slow or even reverse your equity build-up. If rates rise dramatically, you could actually wind up owing more principal at the end of the year than you did at the beginning. Of course, ARM holders can also consider refinancing to a fixed rate loan after a few years. Some ARMs even include a provision for converting to a fixed rate after a set period of time.

Usually, the total amount of the previous year’s property taxes is included on the listing information sheet for the home you’re interested in. Remember, tax rates change from year to year, so the previous year’s bill should be considered simply as a “ballpark” figure of what you would pay. For a more precise projection, call the county assessor’s office for assistance.

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When interest rates drop significantly, the homeowner should investigate the financial advantages of refinancing. Essentially, this means taking out a new loan to pay off your existing loan. Refinancing may require paying many of the same fees paid at the original closing, plus origination fees. Most mortgage experts agree that if you can get a rate 2% less than your existing loan, and you plan on staying in your home for at least 18 months, refinancing is a good investment. Pre-qualifying for a mortgage up to a certain amount is an increasingly popular practice among buyers who don’t want to worry about going through the approval process after they’ve found the home they want. It’s a verbal exchange in which the lender tells you in advance approximately how much money the buyer is able to borrow, based upon the information you provide the lender on your debt and income. Pre-approval goes a step further than pre-qualifying. It is an actual commitment to lend, provided that, when the borrower is ready to buy, he or she still meets all the qualifying conditions that were met at the time of conditional approval. We strongly recommend it! If you can afford it, and are interested in the considerable advantages of having more equity and/or owning your home free and clear at the earliest possible date, the answer in most cases is yes. The FHA, VA, and even some states do not allow lenders to charge penalties for paying mortgages early or refinancing. In fact, many lenders now include space on monthly statements for borrowers to itemize any additional principal payment they wish to include with their regular payment. If your’re unsure about the rules governing pre-payment, review your mortgage agreement.

hat can I do if I have a fixed rate loan, and interest rates go down?

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Save extra every month. With the interest you earn on savings you may be able to make an extra payment at the end of the year. Pay an extra twelfth of your P & I payment monthly. Or just send whatever
extra you can every month. Whichever method you choose, be sure to clearly indicate that the excess payment is to be applied to principal.

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Items Needed For A Loan Application
Employment •Addresses for two full years •Gross monthly income •W-2’s, if available •Proof of pensions, retirement, disability or Social Security •Proof of income from rentals, investments, etc. •Year-to-date pay stub •If self-employed: Two years 1040 Tax Returns Current year profit and loss statement Creditors •Each creditor’s name, address and type of account •Account numbers •Monthly payments and approximate balances •Amount of child care expenses Banking •Names and addresses of saving institutions •Account numbers for all accounts •Type of accounts and present balances Miscellaneous •List of assets in stocks, bonds, land •Life insurance cash value (documented if used as cash down payment) •If applicant is selling a home, a copy of sales contracts •Social Security numbers for all parties •Veterans—Certificate of Eligibility & DD-214 •Cash or check to pay for application fee

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Real Estate Agents •Copy of sales agreement (Provided by North Atlanta Realty Group) •Copy of listing on property (Provided North Atlanta Realty Group/Listing Agency) •Instructions on how appraiser is to gain entrance( Provided by North Atlanta Realty Group)

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Understanding Closing Cost
Application Fee: Closing Fee:

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Fee charged by lender to offset fixed costs related to mortgage loan processing such as appraisal, credit report, and underwriting. The fee charged by the closing attorney who prepares the closing documents and closes the loan on behalf of the lender. This is often called an origination fee and is generally computed at 1% of the mortgage

Commitment Fee:
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Discount Points: Funding Fees:

Each point is equal to 1% of the mortgage amount. Points are used by the lender to adjust the yield on the mortgage when it is sold to an investor. By paying more points, the borrower can obtain a lower mortgage interest rate.

Normally applicable on VA loans only, equal to 1% of the loan amount. The fee is due at closing or may be added to the loan amount and financed. One year premium is due in advance at time of closing.

Homeowner’s Insurance: Mortgage Insurance: Pre-payables:

Insurance required by the lender when the down payment is less than 20%. In the case of loan default, this insurance reduces the lender’s loss. Adjustment to escrow accounts from the date of closing to the date of the first payment. Interest is paid through the end of the month of closing, taxes are paid through the end of the month of closing plus the following month. Two months of PMI (Principle Mortgage and Interest) are collected. Two months of homeowner’s insurance may be collected. A homeowner’s insurance policy must be provided along with a receipt showing that the first year’s premium is paid.

Processing Fee:

Fees charged by the escrow processor, either working for the escrow company, title company, or real estate company, for administrative escrow services performed from the point of contract through closing. Fees charged by state or municipal entities for entering the closing documents into the public record. Is usually required and is used by the lender to check for encroachments from within or from outside the subject property. Provides protection for lenders and homeowners against financial loss resulting from legal defects in the title. Usually included in the application fee. However, practices vary from lender to lender.

Recording Fees: Survey Fee:

Title Insurance:

Underwriting Fee:

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Real Estate Glossary of Terms
Acceptance: Consent to an offer to enter into contract.

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Abstract of Title: A summary of the public records relating to the ownership of a particular piece of land. It represents a short legal history of an individual piece of property, and traces the ownership of that property from the time of the first recorded transfer to present.

Adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM): A mortgage that allows the interest rate to be changed periodically. Agency: A legal relationship in which an owner-principal engages a broker-agent in the sale of property or a buyer-principal engages a broker-agent in the purchase of property. American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI): A professional trade association that provides training and education in home inspections. Members must meet qualification requirements to join. Amortization: The gradual repayment of a mortgage by periodic installments. Annual percentage rate (APR): The total finance charge (interest, loan fees, points) expressed as a percentage of the mortgage amount. Appraisal: An evaluation of a piece of property to determine its value. Appreciation: Increase in value due to any cause. Asbestos: A mineral fiber used in some building materials such as flooring, siding, insulation and roofing. It is presently banned for most uses in real property. Assessed value: The valuation placed on property by a public tax assessor as the basis of property taxes. Assumption of mortgage: An agreement whereby the buyer assumes responsibility for a mortgage owed by the seller. Balloon mortgage: A mortgage where the amount financed is not fully amortized over the period of the loan. When the loan becomes due, a large sum or “balloon” payment is required to satisfy the mortgage. Bridge loan: A short-term mortgage made until a longer-term loan can be made; it’s sometimes used when a person needs money to build or purchase a home before the present one has been sold. Broker: A person licensed by a state real estate commission to act independently in conducting a real estate brokerage business. Although requirements vary from state to state, an individual must usually have at least one year of experience in the industry and pass an examination to earn a broker’s license. Building codes: State and local laws that regulate the construction of new property and the rehabilitation of existing property.

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Cap: The maximum amount an interest rate or monthly payment can change, either at adjustment time or over the life of the mortgage. Closing: The final step in the sale and transfer of ownership of a property. The title is transferred from the seller to the buyer; the buyer signs the mortgage and pays costs of settlement; any money due the seller and purchaser are paid. Closing costs: Fees and expenses, not including the price of the home, payable by the seller and the buyer at the closing (e.g., brokerage commissions, title insurance premiums, and inspection, appraisal, recording, and attorney’s fees). Closing Statement: A financial statement rendered to the buyer and seller at the time of transfer of ownership, giving an account of all funds received or expended. Cloud on the title: Any condition which affects the clear title to real property. Commercial bank: A financial institution authorized to provide a variety of financial services, including consumer and business loans (generally short-term), checking services, credit cards, and savings accounts. Comparables: Properties similar in size and character to the one being bought or sold. Condominium: Ownership of a unit only, rather than of the entire building with the land. Consideration: Anything of value to induce another to enter into a contract (i.e. money, services, a promise). Contingency: A condition that must be satisfied before a contract is binding. Contract: An agreement to do or not to do a certain thing. Conventional mortgage: A fixed rate, fixed-term mortgage not insured by the federal government. Deed: A legal document conveying title to a property. Deed (quit claim): A deed that transfers only that title or right to a property that the holder of that title has at the time of the transfer. It does not warrant or guarantee a clear title. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): A U.S. Government agency established to implement certain federal housing and community development programs. Disclosure laws: State and federal regulations which require sellers to disclose such conditions as whether a house is located in a flood plain or whether there are known defects in or affecting the property. Earnest money: A portion of a down payment given to the seller by a potential buyer indicating the buyer’s intent to complete the purchase of the property. Easement: A right to use the land of another.

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Encroachment: A condition that limits the interest in a title to property such as a mortgage, deed restrictions, easements, unpaid taxes, etc. Equity: The value of real estate over and above the liens against it. It is obtained by subtracting the total liens from the value. Equity mortgage: A mortgage based on the borrowers’ equity in their home rather than on their credit worthiness. Escrow: The placement of money or documents with a third party for safekeeping pending the fulfillment or performance of a specified act or condition. Federal Housing Administration (FHA): An agency within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that administers loan guarantee programs and loan insurance programs to make more housing available. Fannie Mae: Nickname for Federal National Mortgage Corp. (FNMA), a tax paying corporation created by Congress to support the secondary mortgages insured by FHA or guaranteed by VA, as well as conventional home mortgages. FHA Insured mortgage: A mortgage under which the Federal Housing Administration insures loans made, according to its regulation, by approved lenders. Fixed rate mortgage: A loan that fixes the interst rate at a prescribed rate for the duration of the loan. Foreclosure: Procedure whereby property pledged as security for a debt is sold to pay the debt in the event of default. Freddie Mac: Nickname for Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (FHLMC), a federally controlled and operated corporation to support the secondary mortgage market. It purchases and sells residential conventional home mortgages. Graduated-payment mortgage: A mortgage that starts with low monthly payments and increases at a predetermined rate. Growing-equity mortgage: A mortgage loan in which the monthly payments increase by a specific amount each year, with the “Overpayments” applied to the principal. Installment debts: Long-term debts that usually extend for more than one month. Investor: The holder of a mortgage or the permanent lender for whom the mortgage maker services the loan. Any person or institution that invests in mortgages. Joint & Survivorship Deed: (Also known as “Warranty deed creating tenants in common with right of survivorship”) Upon death of one of the owners, title to the interest transfers “by contract” to survivors. Lease purchase agreement: Buyer makes a deposit for the future purchase of a property with the right to lease the property in the interim.

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Lien: A legal claim against a property that must be paid when the property is sold. Loan-to-value ratio: The relationship between the amount of a home mortgage and the total value of the property. Lenders may limit their maximum mortgage to 80-95 percent of value. Lock-in-rate: A commitment made by lenders on a mortgage loan to “lock in” a civilian rate pending mortgage approval. Lock-in periods vary. Market value: The highest price a buyer will pay for a property and the lowest price the seller will accept. Mortgage: One type of document used to make property the security for the payment of a loan. Mortgage broker: An individual or company that obtains mortgages for others by finding lending institutions, insurance companies, or private sources to lend the money; may also make collections and handle disbursements. Mortgagee: The lender of money or the receiver of the mortgage. Mortgagor: The borrower of money of the giver of the mortgage document. Negative amortization: An increase in the outstanding balance of a mortgage resulting from the failure of periodic debt service payments to cover required interest charges on the loan. Note: A written promise to pay a certain amount of money. Origination fee: A fee or charge for work involved in the evaluation, preparation and submission of a proposed mortgage loan. Pre-payment penalty: A fee paid to the mortgagee for paying the mortgage before it becomes due. Also known as pre-payment fee or reinvestment fee. Private mortgage insurance (PMI): Insurance issued to a lender by a private company to protect the lender against loss on a defaulted mortgage loan. Its use is usually limited to loans with high loan-to-value ratios. The borrower pays the premiums. Promissory note: A written contract containing a promise to pay a definite amount of money at a definite future time. Radon: A colorless, odorless gas formed by the breakdown of uranium in subsoils. It can enter a house through cracks in the foundation or in water and is considered to be a health hazard. REALTOR® and REALTOR®-Associate: Registered collective membership marks that identify real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and who subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. Rent with option: A contract which gives one the right to lease property at a certain sum with the option to purchase at a future date.

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Savings and loan association (S&Ls): Depository institutions that specialize in originating, servicing, and holding mortgage loans, primarily on owner-occupied residential property. Savings bank: A financial institution organized to hold individual depositors’ funds in interest-bearing accounts and to make long-term investments, such as home mortgage loans. Second mortgage/Second deed of trust/Junior mortgage or Junior lien: An additional loan imposed on a property with a first mortgage. Generally a higher interest rate and shorter term than a “first” mortgage. Severalty ownership: Ownership by one person only. Sole ownership. Shared equity mortgage: A home loan in which an investor is granted a share of the equity, thereby allowing the investor to participate in the proceeds from resale. Survey: The process by which a parcel of land is measured and its area ascertained. Tenancy in common: Ownership by two or more persons who hold an undivided interest without right of survivorship. (In the event of the death of one owner, his/her share will pass to his/her heirs.) Title: A document that’s evidence of ownership. Title defect: An outstanding claim or encumbrance on property that affects marketability. Title insurance: Protection for lenders and homeowners against financial loss resulting from legal defects in the title. Veterans Administration (VA): A government agency that provides services for eligible veterans of the armed forces. Among other programs, it guarantees mortgage loans made by private lenders to veterans. Variance: A special suspension of zoning laws to allow the use of property in a manner not in accord with existing laws. Zoning restrictions: Local municipal ordinances that classify property according to specific uses such a single family, residential, commercial, industrial, multi-family, etc.

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Long Distance Move Checklist
PLAN AHEAD BY:
Deciding what to move and what not to move. Possibly plan a garage sale!

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Getting estimates from several moving companies or truck rental companies, depending on how you plan to make the move. Planning your travel itinerary and making transportation and lodging reservations in advance. (Leave a copy with a friend or relative.) Transferring your bank accounts. They will be happy to open your accounts by mail. Contacting your local credit bureau to find out if they are on the same system your new home town subscribes to; if not, they will be able to transfer your credit file. Requesting records from doctors and dentists, including eye glass prescriptions, dental x-rays and vaccinations. Obtaining your childrens’ school records to make for an easier transfer. Drawing up a floor plan of where your furniture should be placed. This will help avoid confusion for you and your movers. Paying existing bills and closing out local charge accounts. Recording expenses incurred during your house-hunting trips. You will also want to save your moving expense receipts (if the move is employment-related) for tax deductions.

North Atlanta Realty Group’s Moving Checklist ... For Local Moves!
PLAN AHEAD BY:
Deciding what to move and what not to move. Possibly plan a garage sale (extra cash & less to move). Arranging transfer of children’s school records if applicable. Drawing up a floor plan of where your furniture should be placed to avoid confusion for you and/or your movers. Arranging any special movers, such as for an expensive piano, or such as is necessary to break down and move a pool table or above-ground swimming pool.

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In the past, when you worked with an agent to find a home, the agent almost always was employed by the seller. That meant that while you and the agent may have worked closely together, he or she had a fiduciary responsibility to always act in the best interest of the seller. Now you can put the agent squarely and exclusively in your corner. We can offer you the opportunity to have your own Buyer's Consultant. The concept is relatively new, extremely popular, and could save you thousands of dollars. Our Team would be pleased to serve you in that capacity. That would mean we would enter into an agreement, become YOUR agent and work diligently to find your perfect home. Our Team would be responsible only to you - not the seller. Under this relationship, we will be able to do all of the things listed below under Buyer Specialist. Please Note: Real Estate fees are set with the builder/seller at the time the home enters the market. Therefore, when you work with an on-site agent, the builder/seller has already agreed to pay the fees for buyer's representation. If you do not exercise your right of buyer representation, you are leaving much of your advantage unused. When you work with North Atlanta Realty Group to purchase a "listed" home, there is never a commission fee for our service! Services & Duties Provided Arrange property showings Assist with financing Provide property data Explain forms and agreements Monitor closings Prepare a property value study Provide access to the entire market (listed and unlisted) Promote and protect buyer's best interest; advise buyer Negotiate the best price and terms for buyer Point out reasons not to buy Assist in the offer with buyer's best interest in mind Keep buyer's bargaining position confidential Research property for liens and original purchase price Provide anonymity, if desirable Put the buyer's interest first during the entire buying process Seller Agent X X X X X X Buyer Specialist X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

This comparison clearly demonstrates the value of the dedicated Buyer's Specialist representing the buyer, over the Seller Agent, who represents the seller only.

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How We Are Compensated

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We think you should know how the professionals associated with North Atlanta Realty Group are compensated for their services. Our professional associates work for commission fees and are not paid a salary. They are independent contractors and are only paid when a transaction is closed and the title has transferred. Traditionally, the home seller pays all commission fees. Therefore, for a home buyer, our professional buyer services are FREE. When a commission fee is earned, it is shared first between the real estate companies involved in the transaction, then the company's share is divided with the agent(s) involved in the transaction. North Atlanta Realty Group and its professional associates incur expenses and overhead just like any other business or independent contractor. Like all U.S. Citizens, our associates must pay taxes, which include State and Federal income taxes, FICA taxes, and any other obligations as a self-employed professional. When our professional associate is working for you, she is investing her time to help you sell or acquire a property. Time is our associates greatest commodity. Your loyalty to our firm is highly regarded. A completed transaction will be mutually beneficial. Your satisfaction as evidenced by referrals of friends and associates is the ultimate sign of the gratitude you might demonstrate. Here at North Atlanta Realty Group, we continually strive to provide the highest quality service, offering every technological advantage you should expect. Your loyalty and business are appreciated. Sincerely,

North Atlanta Realty Group

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Useful Links

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Elementary School Reports http://www.atlantarelo.com/reports/ElemComplete.pdf Middle School Reports http://www.atlantarelo.com/reports/MiddleComplete.pdf High School Reports http://www.atlantarelo.com/reports/HighComplete.pdf Where Are The Best Public Schools http://propertylinesatlanta.com/best-public-schools/ Moving With Children http://www.atlantarelo.com/reports/Children.pdf Moving With Pets http://www.atlantarelo.com/reports/Pets.pdf Alpharetta Tidbits http://propertylinesatlanta.com/alpharetta-tidbits/ Quick Facts About Roswell http://propertylinesatlanta.com/quick-facts-about-roswell/ Where is Marietta http://propertylinesatlanta.com/where-is-marietta/ About Us http://propertylinesatlanta.com/atlanta-real-estate-agents/

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North Atlanta Realty Group
Meet our team of professionals !
Accredited Buyer Representative

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Allyson Arthur, Office Manager

Vivian Lacy, CRS, ABR Metro Atlanta Specialist

Kathy Drewien, CRS, e-Pro Broker / Owner

Debbie Pemberton, Design Specialist

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