Destination Atlanta Relocation Kit


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Destination Atlanta Relocation Kit

  1. 1. The Metro Atlanta Table of Contents Area Map Selecting a REALTOR® The Metro Atlanta Area Map Moving to Atlanta Moving Guide Atlanta’s Seasons Finding the Perfect Neighborhood Want a New Home Atlanta’s Strong Job Market How to Get Around Atlanta Has Its Own Language Commute Times Where to Live DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  2. 2. Selecting a REALTOR® One of the best financial decisions you will ever make is choosing a REALTOR® to help with your home search in the city you’re moving to. Just as critical is finding a REALTOR® to sell your home in the city you are leaving. Trust Destina- tion Atlanta to provide the best service and tools for both of these activities. The second best decision you will ever make is choosing a Destination Atlanta REALTOR® to help you find your home in the metro Atlanta area. This is why you should choose us: - All of our agents have earned the distinctive REALTOR® designation - Experienced Relocation REALTORS®, understanding the unique needs of a relocating buyer. - Exclusive and personal attention are the cornerstone of our boutique shop approach - Team Approach work environment working hard to serve your needs - Consumer friendly and State of the Art web site to aid you in the relocation process DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  3. 3. Welcome to Atlanta Thank you for requesting our Relocation Kit. Destination Atlanta is a group of REALTORS® who specialize in understanding the needs of someone locating to a new city. Whether you are looking for your primary residence, your second home or an investment property, Destination Atlanta will help you find the property that best fit your needs. Customer care is first and foremost for us. That’s why each Destination Atlanta REALTOR® is hand-selected, licensed professional with a reputation for great service and extensive knowl- edge about the metro Atlanta area. None of your questions will go unanswered, and your needs will always be our first consideration. We hope you find the enclosed information useful; however, please contact us should you need additional information or would like to schedule an initial meeting. We look forward to helping you find the Atlanta property of your dreams. Your Destination Atlanta Team DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  4. 4. Why Move To Atlanta This is what others say about Atlanta… • Atlanta was ranked #4 of Kiplinger’s “50 Smart Places To Live” in 2006 • Atlanta leads the nation’s cities in low cost of living • 14 of the 100 fastest growing counties in the United States are located in the Atlanta Metro area (U.S. Census) • Forsyth, Henry, Newton and Paulding counties are four of the top 20 fastest growing counties in the United States (U.S. Census) • Median price for a new home in Atlanta is $189,000 (Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce) • Atlanta is the perfect place to acquire a second home – homes in Metro Atlanta resort communities range from $154K up to $5MM (New York Times, April 2006) • Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Atlanta #7 for “Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs” in 2005 • The Forbes “Best Places for Business” list ranked Atlanta #5 in 2005 DESTINATIONATLANTA • Popular Science ranked Atlanta #2 of its Your Relocation Partners “Top Ten Tech Cities” in 2005 678.476.3705 www. • Atlanta was ranked 1st in the U.S. as least costly large city for business in 2006, by KPMG
  5. 5. Moving Guide Eight to ten weeks prior to moving Four to six weeks prior to moving • Begin packing and label boxes • Clear out storage areas of house (attic, • Gather drivers license and registration basement, etc.) documents • Begin taking inventory of your furniture • Gather all legal and personal and household items documentation • Obtain 3 estimates from moving • Contact utilities for disconnect and companies new connections • Call insurance company to secure • Arrange for homeowners insurance moving insurance in new home • Document and file all moving papers • Request refunds for unused services and receipts (cable/security deposit) • Enroll children in school/daycare in your new area Six to eight weeks prior to moving Three weeks prior to moving • Set up all travel plans • Begin searching for new healthcare • Arrange to close current bank professionals accounts/open new accounts • Clean closets/have a garage sale • Arrange for childcare on moving day • Complete a Change of Address form • Notify current state DMV of new address • Tell friends and relatives when and where you are moving • Subscribe to new local paper DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  6. 6. Moving Guide Two to three days prior to moving Two weeks prior to moving • Defrost freezer and refrigerator • Review arrangements with moving • You or moving company finish packing company • Pack first night items and emergency kit • Service automobiles for moving day (put in car) • Arrange special transportation for pets • Record all utility meter readings and plants • Go through entire house to look for forgotten items • Remain at home until movers are finished • Complete and copy bill of laden and inventory list One week prior to moving At your new home • Prepare directions for moving company • Settle outstanding bills with local • Unpack first night items and merchants emergency kit • Pick up dry cleaning • Await moving company • Pick up vet records • Pay movers at the time they finish • Prepare all power equipment for move • Carefully match boxes with inventory (drain oil/gas) list • Cancel newspaper delivery • Place important documents in a safe • Purchase travelers checks place • Purchase 2 weeks of medications • Go to post office to collect mail • Forward all pharmacy records DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  7. 7. Atlanta’s Seasons Average Temperatures in Atlanta… Spring Winter March 54.3 December 45.4 April 61.6 January: 42.7 May 69.8 February 46.7 Fall Summer June 76.8 September 73.3 July 80.0 October 62.8 August 78.9 November 53.4 DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  8. 8. Finding the Perfect Neighborhood • Do your homework. Go to The location of your new home is important to search for homes, check out the top schools, new home – not only in terms of resale value, but also builders, community comparison, average cost of homes for your family’s comfort and enjoyment. So and much more. Also visit chamber of commerce web site take the time out to find the neighborhood – or Visitors Bureau web that best meets your needs. site - Visit to help • Decide what characteristics are most important to you and you find the perfect neighborhood. your family in a neighborhood. Do you want top schools? Do you want to be close to work? A small quiet Here are some tips to help you find the neighborhood? A neighborhood without a Homeowner’s perfect neighborhood for you and your Association? A condo community? family. Consider these success strategies for relocating to Atlanta: • Visit neighborhoods at various times of the day. A quiet, peaceful street may become lively when school is out in the afternoon. • Visit the various places that will be part of your weekly routine: school, supermarkets, work, shopping, banks etc. How far are these places? • Talk to some of the neighbors. This is one of the best ways to get a feel for what the neighborhood is really like. If someone is enjoying the neighborhood, they’re generally happy to express just that… DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  9. 9. Atlanta Has its Own Language Atlanta has its own language. These are terms or words that you should get to know before moving to Atlanta. □ “The Big Chicken” Kentucky Fried Chicken: Landmark in Marietta that sits at the corner of Roswell Rd and Cobb Parkway □ Atlantic Station: located in Midtown. It’s a modern mixed use district with shops, townhomes, office buildings and ample parking spaces. It’s known as the “City within a City”. Great shopping □ Spaghetti Junction: multi level of bridges located where I-85 and I-285 intersect on the northeast side of the city □ Virginia Highlands: located at the intersection of Virginia and North Highland Avenues. Great shopping district and dining □ The Perimeter: known as I-285, the Perimeter is the beltway which circles Atlanta □ Little 5 Points: Great restaurants and shopping near Emory University □ Midtown: great place to live, work and play. Known for its diverse residential living for singles and young professionals □ Buckhead great place to live, work and play. It is located north of Midtown and is considered one of Atlanta’s most affluent areas □ Peachtree Street: Main street in Atlanta, it runs south and north through the center of town DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  10. 10. Commute Times Coweta County tops the list of the nation’s longest commute. New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show commuters living in Here are the top 10 U.S. metro- Coweta County spend an aver- politan areas with the longest age of 51.6 minutes commuting. commutes to work. (Commutes are in average minutes, one Here is how the other counties in way): Georgia rank: -- 1. Vineland, N.J. 39.6 -- Cherokee County, 34.4 minutes, -- 2. New York 34.2 number 21 (nationally) -- 3. Washington, D.C. 33.4 -- Newton, 33.6, number 25 -- Douglas, 32.9, number 32 -- 4. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 32.2 -- Forsyth, 32.4, number 39 -- 5. Atlanta 31.1 -- Henry, 32.1, number 42 -- 6. Riverside, Calif. 31.1 -- Clayton, 31.7, number 48 -- 7. Chicago 31.0 -- Carroll, 31.6, number 49 -- 8. Winchester, Va. 29.7 -- Gwinnett, 31.5, number 42 -- 9. Stockton, Calif. 29.4 -- Rockdale, 30.5, number 70 --10. Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif. 29.2 -- Dekalb, 30.2, number 72 -- Walton, 30.1, number 76 -- Cobb, 29.7, number 82 -- Fayette, 29.4, number 89 DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  11. 11. Where to Live Neighborhood Avg. Selling Price Avg. Days on Market 69 $316,328 Alpharetta 61 $135,811 Austell 93 $596,340 Buckhead 102 $222,380 Canton 70 $194,019 Decatur 71 $272,534 Duluth 68 $357,274 Dunwoody 82 $124,518 East Point 93 $138,198 Jonesboro 69 $199,499 Kennesaw 80 $169,591 Lawrenceville 70 $230,871 Marietta 90 $112,461 Morrow 110 $170,778 Newman 77 $198,012 Norcross 86 $273,812 Peachtree City 76 $295,341 Roswell 93 $422,336 Sandy Springs 73 $226,794 Smyrna 85 $178,222 Snellville 93 $159,710 Stockbridge 87 $158,016 Stone Mountain 79 $260,533 Suwanee 68 $387,016 Vinings 102 $344,917 Virginia-Highlands 74 $186,814 Woodstock DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  12. 12. Want A New Home? Here are our builder picks… Homes by Williamscraft, LLC McCar Homes Price Range: $300-$1 million + Sharp Residential Bowen Family Homes Price Range:$130-$400 Hedgewood Homes Price Range: $180-$400 Price Range: $100-$200 Monte Hewett Homes Price Range:$250- $1 million Sivica Homes Brayson Homes Price Range: $400-$1.4 million John Wieland Homes and Price Range: $100-$200 Price Range: $100-$200 Paul Thomas Homes Neighborhood Traton Homes David Weekly Homes Price Range: $180-$350 Price Range: $100-1 million Price Range: $200-$600 Price Range: High $100-$1 million + The Providence Group JLW Homes & Communities Winmark Homes D.R. Horton Price Range: $150-$400 Price Range: $150-$350 Price Range: $150-$300 Price Range: $100-$300 Pulte Homes Jones & Minear Patrick Malloy Communities Haven Properties Price Range: $130-$600 Price Range: $275 - $1.6 million Price Range: $110-$250 Price Range: $300-$600 Ryland Homes John Willis Homes, Inc Price Range:$120-$500 Price Range: $300- $1 million + DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  13. 13. Atlanta’s Strong Job Market One of the most respected economic forecasters in the nation calls Atlanta home. Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, Ph.D, director of the Robinson College of Business’ Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State Uni- versity, topped the Bloomberg Markets magazine list for most accurate forecasting. As one of the coun- try’s leading economists, he develops economic forecasts for the nation, the Southeast region and metro Atlanta. His most recent forecast predicts that Georgia will see an increase of nearly 80,000 jobs in 2006. He also says that Georgia’s unemployment will drop to 4.9 percent for both 2006 and 2007. Atlanta is home to 13 Fortune 500 and 24 Fortune 1000 corporate headquarters in various industries. Major employers include: AT&T, BellSouth Corpora- tion, CNN, Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises, Delta Air Lines, Earthlink, GE Power Systems, Geor- gia Pacific, Georgia Tech, Holiday Inn Worldwide, Home Depot, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, New- ell Rubbermaid, Panasonic, Philips, Scientific Atlan- ta, Southern Company, Sprint Corporation, SunTrust Banks and United Parcel Service. To search for a job in the metro Atlanta area, go to DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.
  14. 14. How to get Around Major Highways: Marta Bus Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority provides Three major interstates meet in Atlanta: I-75, I-85, I-20. bus service to over 125 routes and shuttle service to The I-285 perimeter circles Atlanta with a 65-mile several attractions. Marta schedule & route informa- radius. tion: 404-848-4711 Georgia Department of Transportation: 404-656-5267/ Marta Train Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority provides Traffic Information: 404-635-6800 two lines Air Travel South-North: lines runs from Hartsfield-Jackson Inter- national Airport to Atlanta’s downtown, Midtown, Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is the busiest Buckhead, Doraville and Dunwoody passenger airport in the United States. It is located ap- proximately 10 miles from downtown Atlanta. Go to East-West: lines run from Indian Creek to Hamilton for customer service or call Homes 800-897-1910 or 404-530-7700. Mailing address: 6000 North Terminal Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30320 Bus/rail fee $1.75 one way including transfers. Marta schedule & route information: 404-848-4711 Ground Travel Greyhound Lines, 232 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA, Other Ground Transportation 30303, 800-231-2222 Cobb Community Transit (CCT) AMTRAK 770-427-4444 Brookwood Station is located at 1688 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA Gwinnett County Transit For more information go to or call 770-822-5010 local station at 404-881-3062 or 800-872-7245 DESTINATIONATLANTA Your Relocation Partners 678.476.3705 www.