May 28, 2013 by Greg Saunders
The 1st Quarter 2013 data from the C2ER Cost of Living Index shows Fayette County’s Composite Index is 96.5, 3.5 percent below the national average of 100.
There were 302 communities across the United States which participated in the 1st Quarter 2013 survey, representing all areas of the country. Fayette County’s cost of living composite index was the lowest of participating communities in Metro Atlanta, including Atlanta (Composite index of 96.6), Roswell (96.6), Sandy Springs (96.6) and Marietta (100.2).
Nationally, Fayette County’s cost of living Composite Index is lower than Asheville, NC (103.6), Denver, CO (103.2), Los Angeles, CA (130.5), Minneapolis, MN (108.6), San Francisco, CA, (168.6) and Washington, D.C. (150.8).
July 8, 2011 by Greg Saunders
The process of making purchase decisions
You’ve all been told you need to be using social media and some have even pitched to you that it is the end all be all, and although we wildly disagree and remind people it’s simply a communication channel people are coming to expect you to be on (much like when telephones were introduced, people slowly adjusted as did business). But does social media have enough of an influence over purchase decisions (like hiring a Realtor or where to buy) to demand your presence?
February 15, 2011 by Greg Saunders
Hey folks, just the other day I was enjoying a pre-Valentines Day/anniversary brunch with my daughter Arhonda and her husband Kevin. By the way, my daughter is a Veterinarian who just opened a new animal hospital in the Midtown Atlanta area. Excited about her new venture, the conversation soon focused on the hospital.
It is very apparent that this was a daunting task that has weighed heavily on her. She had come a long way through construction but there was still a ton of things that demanded her attention. One thing about Arhonda that you can always count on is her big infectious smile that seems to warm even the coldest of strangers. The smile today was gripped by fatigue, worry and stress. I could tell by her tone of voice that she had really hoped to just enjoy a great meal and engage in much lighter conversation.
October 24, 2010 by Greg Saunders
Hey folks, you probably have heard this old adage, “Nobody knows how much you know until they know how much you care…”
It’s ironic because my wife and I often accuse each other of assisting people too much sometimes. Just so you know, she is a human resources professional at a company that has a staff of over 200 employees. But believe it or not, she made it her business to know the names of each and ever associate. In fact, she may also knows the names of many of their spouses, significant others, and/or kids. For each of us, customer service takes on a whole new meaning!
July 25, 2010 by Greg Saunders
Hey everyone….it seems that lately in the news gloom & doom continue to be the featured items on the menu. Yeah, its real easy to get caught up in the daily soap opera of event revolving around BP,escalating unemployment, health care, various political escapades, and the economy. Hmmmmm….Crime seems to be on the decline, well at least lately according to statistics. Maybe because it’s just been so darn hot everywhere its a health risk now to wear the offical black attire of criminals. Ask the recently celebrated criminal known as the barefoot bandit!
June 6, 2010 by Greg Saunders
Hey Peachtree City…..The Memorial Day holiday is the official start of the summer season! Yes this is the time were food, fun, and frolic are at the fore-front of our itineraries. For you sports enthusiast there is the NBA playoffs, NASCAR, baseball, and of course……golf!
So what has all this to do with homes, mortgages, and the economy? Absolutely nothing! However, I wanted to take a minute and give some recognition to our son who through hard work, courage, tenacity, and just sheer athletic ability has managed in 4 years to make a huge mark on the track and field community.
May 17, 2010 by Greg Saunders
Okay Peachtree City, I apologize because it has been a minute since I’ve posted an article. But honestly I have been swamped with assisting first time home buyers get their deals closed by the deadline which was April 30th. After I finally got a chance to take a breather I had to stop and think about what would happen now that the tax credit is gone. Did this initiative help stabilize our fragile economy or was it all just a waste of taxpayers monies to the tune of approximately $35 billion?
April 1, 2010 by Greg Saunders
Okay, I’ve heard all the excuses why folks have not sent their in yet. If you have a legitimate one, I’d like to add it to the list and make your voice heard. However, just so you know….this information is mandated by law. Additionally, the law required that all census data be returned by April 1st. By the way, that why they have that question there about how many people will reside at your particular address as of April 1st.
March 25, 2010 by Greg Saunders
As of January 1 of every year, it is the responsibility of the Fayette County Board of Assessors to fairly and uniformly establish a value of “real” and “personal” property throughout the entire County, at what is known as “fair market value” — the value one would be able to sell the property for. This appraisal process ensures that all property owners pay only their proportionate share of tax. In May of each year, the Office of the Assessors mails a “Notice of Value” to all taxpayers whose value has increased from the previous year. This document is commonly known as an “Assessment Notice”. If the notice a taxpayer receives declares a value for property that is higher than the taxpayer believes is valid, the taxpayer can file a written appeal of that value within 45 days of the date of the Assessment notice from the County. Georgia law sets out a specific process that occurs whenever a taxpayer files an appeal.
March 10, 2010 by Greg Saunders
Hey Peachtree City…..facing a projected shortfall of $757,128 for fiscal year 2010-2011 and a projected $621,674 shortfall in the current year’s budget…..Peachtree City Council is looking at making some tough decisions. Officials are not only contemplating using reserve funds but also projecting tax increases. City staffers are projecting a .269 mill property tax hike for fiscal year 2010-2011 which begins on October 1st. This increase would be equivalent to a $26.90 property tax increase for homes with a fair market value of $250,000.