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Atlanta’s best example of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture – for sale for $950,000

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Shortly after Robert Green returned to his Georgia home from his 1958-1959 apprenticeship at Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright’s school), he designed then supervised the construction of a remarkable house for a C&S Bank executive named William Copeland and his family in 1960. That remarkable house is now for sale for $950,000.00. Jason Wieloch and I are co-listing the property. “Nobody buys a Wright house by mistake or coincidence” said Ron Scherubel, the retired Executive Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Ron also said that the market for a Wright house “is a narrow market. It’s an active market. And it can be a lucrative market…most of the time, buyers pay a 25 to 40 percent premium because it’s a Wright design.” Usonian design is Mr. Wright’s coined term for his simple style that enabled the integration of structure with the natural order of the landscape. The Copeland House typifies Usonian design. Robert Green, … [Read more...]

Dekalb ain’t no Clayton

That’s Dekalb’s esteemed CEO, Burrell Ellis. That’s Clayton County Commissioner Shana Rooks and Commission Chairman Jeff Turner This question arose on Trulia Voices today. “Given recent news about Dekalb county school system and its mismanagement, have we seen bottom yet for real estate values in our Doraville neighborhood? How much more drop could we see in next 2-5 years? Will prices stabilize if the school board is removed? Not removed? Is the Clayton market a good proxy?” I answered: Is the Clayton market a good proxy? No. The good ESDs, MSDs and HSDs will remain remain stable, in Clayton and in Dekalb. I don't know enough about Clayton schools to even know if a school like Vanderlyn or Fernbank is down there. Clayton doesn't have a Dunwoody or a Druid Hills. Across Dekalb - the market is simply too broad to judge things. So, in Evansdale, there were 22, 2011 sales total in FMLS - average sold price $223K. In 2012 there were 37 sales total in FMLS - average … [Read more...]

Directions to my office

Here is the map to 315 West Ponce De leon Avenue Decatur, GA 30030. Click here for a google maps link. The Keller Williams office is in suite 100, on the first floor - the parking is free on the east side of our building and marked "Keller Williams Guest." The parking spaces can be reached by driving on Ponce De Leon Avenue to Ponce De Leon Place. You will see the Wells Fargo bank teller lines on the left, which align along the eastern perimeter of our building. Pull into our driveway and the teller lines will be ahead. You will see about 10 parallel parking spaces adjacent to the teller lines. Call me if you have questions at 404-218-4126. … [Read more...]

What’s your ONE thing?

Last week, “Kellerink” (my company’s book division) announced: “The ONE business book you need in 2013 is finally here! New York Times bestselling authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan have once again teamed up to pen a game-changer – The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. In The ONE Thing, Gary and Jay conquer the question: If everyone has the same number of hours in a day, why do some people accomplish extraordinary things, while others struggle to take a single step forward? Through compelling research and personal life experiences, The ONE Thing teaches you how to cut through the clutter, narrow your focus and achieve a big life by getting small. The ONE Thing won’t hit bookshelves until April 1, but if you pre-order today at The1Thing.com, you can start reading now – no fooling! With every pre-order we’ll send you a free eBook available for download immediately. Why wait to reach your highest potential? Pre-order The ONE … [Read more...]

Underwriters and appraisers

  The lesson I've learned with appraisers and underwriters is that there is nothing I can do to change anything about their worldview almost every time I encounter them. … [Read more...]

Surprise and delight in Inman Park

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This photo was taken at the Inman Park Cooperative Preschool at some point in Spring 2012. Surprise and delight – keys words that I learned to align with great marketing. I learned the true meaning of those two words from one of the smartest people that I know. She’s a world renowned specialist in retail store advertising, in-store marketing, consumer experience, demand demography, and point of purchase “surprise and delight.” Marketers must surprise and delight. So, I have a meeting with a client today. Her house is right around the corner from my old house on Euclid Avenue and she has a gorgeous property on a picturesque lot. She might sell it; she might lease the upstairs home, and continue to lease the sunny terrace level suite. For those of you who don’t know what a sunny terrace level suite is just think “finished basement.” Regardless, the reason that I’m writing is that ever since I moved Intown in 1998, into a $300,000 4 square 3/3 upstairs home just 300 … [Read more...]