Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today as we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I want to encourage you to take a moment and reflect on his life and the passion in which he lived it. He had a dream so big that he alone would not be able to accomplish it in his lifetime. He was so passionate about fulfilling his dream that he was willing to give up everything in pursuit of it.

Below are just a few of my favorite quotes from his lifetime. Feel free to add your own. Don’t make this political! If you don’t have something nice to say don’t say it at all here.

“The only reason evil prevails in this world, is because good men and women do nothing.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was a dreamer, and as my friend, Leif Hetland so beautifully said, “I believe each of us has a dream inside that originated in the heart of God. His desire is to dream with us and then give us the desires of our heart (Ps.37:4). As a son, I have the opportunity to partner with God to make these dreams a reality.”

Everything MLK did with his life was to pave a way to move his dream from just a dream to a reality… consider your dream and the legacy you are meant to leave.

Are your goals and dreams big enough? Are you willing to give up everything for them? What will your legacy be?


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Why you need an agent when buying directly from a builder

New Home Construction

Have you ever considered having your dream home built or buying directly from a builder? Stop and consider that despite builders having their own in-house lenders, contractors, and inspectors, buying a home without your own representation could be a costly mistake.

Contract errors that aren’t in your favor, delayed closings, leaving money on the table in sales price negotiations, and missed opportunities for upgrades are all examples of why you should engage an agent before entering a builders sale’s office.

Here are 3 reasons you should hire a professional real estate agent to represent you.

1) Advice and Opinion: Two of the most important and valuable reasons to engage an agent before buying directly from a builder is their advice and opinion. Any home buying endeavor can be filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and lots of opportunities for things to go sideways. Buying directly from a builder is no different. A professional real estate agent can help you navigate through all the pitfalls that can arise during the home buying and building process. Lot selection, upgrade selections for resale value, inspections, and home plan selection are just a few of the consideration an agent can help you through.

2) Preferred Vendors: A builder will likely have their own preferred vendors including sub-contractors for work outside the scope of what the builder provides such as audio/visual installation, landscaping and sprinklers, etc. as well as their own preferred mortgage lender or title company, however they may not be the best option or offer the best value for you. A real estate professional will have their own vendors and affiliates that they know and trust that you can use to comparison shop to get the best value for you.

3) Expert Negotiations: Despite what they say builder pricing isn’t always set in stone and a professional real estate agent is a trained and skilled negotiator who can potentially help you get a price reduction and or a few extra upgrades thrown in.

By hiring an agent you gain an advocate to fight for you and your best interest from the very first meeting through the day of closing and beyond.

If you are interested in purchasing a new construction home and would like a list of builders in your area or would like to learn more about the new home buying process or are interested in finding the perfect lot to build your dream home on, get in touch with us today. We are here to help!


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Mortgage News Update

Here is a video update from our preferred vendor Movement Mortgage on the recent changes to interest rates.



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Eastpark Village: Kennesaw Revitalization Continues with the Largest Land Assemblage in the History of the City


The Meridian Real Estate Group recently closed on a land development deal representing Sanctuary Companies that will transform the area to the north of downtown Kennesaw along Cherokee Street into a vibrant mixed-use community focused on walkability and providing more diverse housing options.        

The development called Eastpark Village is being designed by award winning architect Tony Miller, and will consist of 850 residential units along with approximately 300,000 square feet of commercial, retail, and office space. There will be shopping, restaurants, open markets, courtyards, and a network of sidewalks and strategically placed parks connecting the area to historic downtown Kennesaw. It is an estimated three year development project at $280 million with construction starting in January 2019.

A decade ago the City identified the area, that was underperforming economically and high in crime, as prime for redevelopment. The City had to modify zoning ordinances, adopting form based code, to set the stage for redevelopment in the area.

City of Kennesaw Zoning Administrator, Darryl Simmons stated that this is the largest land assemblage in the history of Kennesaw in terms of the number of parcels with individual owners assembled. He views this project, along with the Revival on Main in downtown Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Marketplace at the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Barrett Parkway, as catalyst projects that will change the direction of Kennesaw in a positive way and help to revitalize the entire area.     

Tony Morris, of the Meridian Real Estate Group, worked diligently over the last three years to put this deal together and get it to the finish line. Darryl Simmons had this to say about the efforts of the Meridian Real Estate Group: “I think the reason why we were successful in getting this done is because you guys were really on your game as far as getting out there, talking to your clients, and talking to the property owners. Obviously this is the largest residential assemblage Kennesaw has had, you’re talking over 70 parcels in a small area. There’s a lot of ways it could have gone wrong. There’s a lot of things that could have derailed the project, but because of your diligent work and you guys hitting the bricks everyday to keep the project going forward, the assemblage part, which is the heavy lifting, was possible.”

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Buying a For Sale By Owner Property

Interested in buying a For Sale By Owner?

Properties being sold as For Sale By Owners or (FSBO’s) are more common than you might think – especially in a Seller’s Market. They account for about 8% of the properties currently on the market for sale. So if you’re currently considering purchasing a property you have, or, will likely come across one of these in your search.

Below are 4 things to keep in mind before purchasing one of these properties.

1. Get Agent Representation: Just because the Seller chose not to get representation doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. If you want to ensure the transaction is handled correctly and legally it’s vital that you get a professional to represent you. Market knowledge, proper Contract preparation, access to preferred vendors such as lenders, inspectors and closing attorney are just a few of the benefits of having a real estate professional represent you.

2. Negotiations: FSBO’s are rarely priced correctly. Almost all Sellers believe their property is worth more than it is and almost all Buyers believe a Seller’s property is worth less than it is. This disparity can often become frustratingly evident when dealing with a For Sale By Owner. This is why an Agent is so valuable in these situations. Having a professional negotiator on your side gives you access to real-time property comparable data to help navigate you through the offer and likely counter-offer process to get to the right price and Terms.

3. Home Inspection: An owner may not know that they are legally required to disclose known issues with their property, and that oversight could mean costly repairs for you down the road. A good home inspector can enlighten you on potential problems with the property while you are still in Due Diligence giving you an opportunity to renegotiate or walk away before its to late.

4. Adding Contingencies: Contingencies can allow you a valid way out of a contract should something come up during the Terms of the Agreement, such as hidden issues with the property arising during the inspection, the property not appraising for the sale’s price, or you not being able to acquire a loan. A real estate professional will have the needed expertise to guide you through these Contingencies and other important Contract items such as Exhibits, Amendments, and Special Stipulations. All of which, if crafted correctly, are designed to protect you and your hard earned money.

Contact us for more information on how we can save you time, money, and heart ache by professionally representing you with your next property purchase.


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