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Not Enough Homes To Go Around

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Many people enjoy the freedom of renting: You don’t have to deal with home improvements or come up with extra cash when something breaks. You can even pick up and leave as jobs come and go or as the mood strikes. Now, with the creation of new jobs in a slowly recovering economy, there is an increase demand by new renters wanting to take on the joys of apartment living. However, the lack of credit needed to finance new apartment developments is causing some rents to increase and may lead to a shortage in the near future.

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) chief economist, David Crowe, we will likely see the construction of 133,000 new apartments across the U.S. in 2011. However, to keep the demand in balance there needs to be between 250,000 and 300,000 units constructed.

This pressure is felt across all types of multi-family housing. Even affordable rental housing, the kind that is primarily driven by the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, is feeling the strain. According to Robert Greer, president of Michaels Development Company, the affordable housing market is rebounding. However, the depth of the current recession means that there are more people needing this type of assistance than there are apartments. Read More→

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new home shoppingGetting a free copy of your credit report and disputing anything unusual on it could be the best step you take in applying for a mortgage on  your dream Atlanta real estate. Sometimes it is best to fix it first before your lender discovers it.  Luckily for those new to home shopping, the experts at the

Equifax Personal Finance Blog have some words of advice.

In the Equifax article, “

How to Find and Dispute Credit Report Errors,”  the experts reinforce the basics. And it all starts with a copy of your credit report.  If you’re turned down for a loan for new home,  can’t get your credit limit increased or even if you’re denied insurance, you can – and should – get a free copy of your credit report within 60 days. You may also request a free copy if you’ve placed a Read More→

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Did you “Shine To Achieve Recognition” this year or want to help recognize someone who did? If you want to participate in an exciting awards ceremony and haven’t already signed up for the Annual AAA S.T.A.R. Awards sponsored by NRI Construction, time is running out.

The registration for the AAA S.T.A.R. Awards dinner meeting that will take place on Nov. 18 at the Cobb Galleria Centre ends today.

This year’s event will include AAA’s 2010 president, John Inman, as the MC of the evening, recognition of the top participating companies in the AAA Food-A-Thon as well as the overall success of the event, the 2010 Industry Achievement “STAR” Awards, Read More→

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Do you love musicals? Are you a fan of romantic comedies? Do you enjoy a good horror flick? Whether you answered yes to one or all three questions, you won’t want to miss the showing of the musical comedy, Zombie Love, at Rockledge

Marietta apartment‘s luxury 80-seat movie theater on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

Zombie Love tells the story of  200-year-old zombie, Dante, who falls in love with a mortal girl named Claudia after saving her from an attack from grave robbers. Dante vows to change his zombie ways to win Claudia’s love. However, Claudia is already in love with the zombie who saved her life.

Zombie Love is presented through Rockledge’s partnership with Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival. A representative from Dragon*Con will be present at the showing to introduce the film and answer questions at the end of the movie. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For more information about Zombie Love or to reserve your seats, visit

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Atlanta’s apartment royalty, John Williams, is launching a new company that will buy apartment communities around the country. Williams made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s when he founded and built Post Properties Inc. He then left the company in 2003.

Williams’ new venture, Preferred Apartment Communities Inc., is actively looking to raise $75 million in public offering and to have its stock listed on the NYSE Amex exchange.

Preferred Apartment Communities’ target markets will include metro areas around the country with populations of 1 million residents or more. Within these communities the company will buy properties from owners with debt and no way to refinance. The company is not expected to invest in unimproved property, develop new construction or acquire new construction.

Preferred Apartment Communities already has an Atlanta property under Read More→

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October is the best time to watch scary movies. The atmosphere is perfect as Halloween is quickly approaching, the light seems to turn a bit more mysterious and the shadows grow longer all around us. If October is your favorite time to indulge in buttery popcorn, bubbly soda and scary movies, then be sure to check out Rockledge

Marietta apartments horror movie showings this month.

The movie showings will be housed in the luxury community’s 80-seat movie theater and will include a mix of mainstream films and Independent Films from the 2010 Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival. Some of the movies include The Village on Oct. 14, Nightmare Before Christmas on Oct. 16 and A Nightmare on Elm Street on Oct. 28.

The 80-seat theater is only one of many resort-style amenities offered at Rockledge. Residents have a bevy of activities available for entertainment including seven swimming pools, tennis courts and sand volleyball. The new 18,000 square foot clubhouse includes an indoor running track, basketball court, state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga studio and party room with billiards. Whatever you like to do for fun, you’ll find it at Rockledge.

All tickets are complimentary, but seating is limited. Be sure to RSVP for the showings. For a complete listing of films and show times, visit

Rockledge’s website.

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Should I Rent or Buy a New Home?

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moving in AtlantaDo you wonder whether you should rent your next home or apartment or just go ahead and buy? How do you decide what is right for your family or your budget?

Real estate expert Ilyce Glink gives tips on whether buying or rending is right for you in the Equifax Blog article, “

Renting vs. Owning Property: How to Make the Call?”  She says the very first step is to decide your location and get to know it. If your chosen neighborhood has lots foreclosures, you may get a better deal by buying one of the foreclosed homes.

Other considerations are less location specific and more related to your personal situation. If you’ve got a stable, long-term job, buying might be for you. If you’re still finding your place in terms of jobs, relationships or parenting status, Read More→

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Party in Style at Rockledge

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Does your apartment community have a party room? Mine sure didn’t back in the day.  Ok, so maybe your community has a party room, but can you rent it? Well, if you are a resident of Rockledge

Apartments in Marietta you have access to the spectacular party room pictured!

Located in the new 18,000 square foot clubhouse, the gorgeous great room creates a welcoming atmosphere where neighbors can gather to play a friendly game of billiards, catch-up on their favorite episodes on the big screen television, kick back in the comfy chairs, or socialize with friends.

The party room is also the gathering place on movie nights. Thirty minutes before any movie showing, Rockledge employees serve residents complimentary popcorn and beverages. Plus, residents can watch their neighbors compete in sand volleyball games and tennis matches from the Adirondack chairs on the grand deck that is located just off the party room.

Of course this is just one of the amazing amenities at Rockledge. The luxury community also has swimming pools, tennis courts, outdoor fireplaces, walking trails and state-of-the-art fitness center with personal trainers, yoga studio and indoor running track.

For more information about the resort-style amenities offered at

Rockledge, visit the website.

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Want S’mores?

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smoresIt is fall and that means it is time for S’mores! I absolutely love s’mores and always want more, don’t you?

Well the lucky residents who live at Glen Lake

Apartments in Dunwoody get to enjoy s’mores on their outdoor fireplace on a regular basis. Isn’t apartment living great? Long ago when I lived in an apartment, my community offered nothing like this.

Residents can even use the outdoor fireplace area at their convenience; it’s a fun way to socialize with friends and neighbors during the fall. Read More→

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Atlanta Apartment News

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Atlanta area apartmentsWhen was the last time you Googled “Atlanta apartment news?” Well, from the Google alert it would seem that nothing is going on at apartment communities in Atlanta. And we know that is simply not true. From yoga classes to jogging clubs, gardening to bunko nights, apartments around metro Atlanta are teaming with activity.


Atlanta Apartment Association states on its website that apartments are not just for people who cannot afford to purchase a home.  Today’s apartment residents represent a wide cross section of the population Read More→

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