landscape swaleWater is not a home owner's friend, it is constantly looking for ways to cause trouble. But it's predictable, we know it flows downhill and that is the key to successful water control. The short clips below are a great example of proper surface water control. This builder, unlike most, did a great job in setting a predictable pattern to control surface water runoff. This is a big plus, most builders could not care less about things like this; get in and get out as fast as possible and when problems develop just say "the county approved it so...". Salute to this builder.

Swales Provide Surface Water Control

A swale is a shallow, gently sloping depression or channel in the landscape designed to collect and redirect surface water runoff. It is…

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Georgia is a buyer beware state, so does a seller have to disclose repaired defects? Home sellers in Georgia must disclose known latent or hidden defects, things that might not be discovered during a reasonable inspection of the home. A defect that’s been properly repaired is no longer a defect so technically, the home seller has no obligation to disclose it. That doesn't mean it's not a good idea to anyway.

Latent Defects Must be Disclosed

A latent defect is an issue with the property known to the seller but that might not be discovered during a reasonable inspection of the property. Examples of a latent defect might be a mold situation or sporadic water problem in areas not easily accessed. Problems with plumbing or electrical systems,…

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As the spring 2023 housing market around greater Atlanta picks up steam, in many areas it feels like deja vu all over again. The last two years were a ride for Atlanta area home buyers. Although low-interest rates were advantageous, a limited housing supply led to a grueling home buying experience. Atlanta area home sellers on the other hand, enjoyed historical sway and leverage. They could effectively name their price and state the conditions; buyers were willing to comply. Things changed fast, midway through ’22 rampant inflation and the Fed slammed on the brakes. Things quieted and the stage was set for the spring 2023 housing market in Atlanta.

Entering Q2 of 2023, there is no impending crash and many markets remain tight. While the larger market…

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