Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Ivy Creek Manor by Home South Communities

July 31st, 2014

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new home in Ivy Creek ManorThis week’s Deal of the Week is brought to you by Home South Communities, an award-winning home builder in northern metro Atlanta. The builder is currently offering outstanding incentives for both home buyers and agents at its Ivy Creek Manor community in Buford.

From now until the end of August, buyers can receive $10,000 to use toward their choice of closing costs, the price of the home or on upgrades when they use Home South’s preferred lender. In addition, metro Atlanta real estate agents can receive a $2,000 bonus with any contract written during the months of July or August!

Located in Buford, Ivy Creek Manor will have just 33 single-family homes on both basement and slab home sites. Buyers have nine spacious home designs to choose from that start in the $250,000s and offer 2,500 to more than 3,400 square feet of living space. With such incredible values being offered and plenty of space for the entire family, these homes are perfect for first-time move-up buyers and even first-time home buyers!

The homes at Ivy Creek Manor include a variety of luxury features, such as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a ceramic tile backsplash in the kitchens, hardwood and tile floors in select areas, heavy trim and a beautiful lighting package. In addition, the homes include covered outdoor patios with fireplace options, which are perfect for outdoor living and entertaining year-round.

living area at Ivy Creek ManorLocated just off of Hamilton Mill Road, Ivy Creek Manor provides its homeowners with easy access to I-985, Buford Highway and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. In addition, the community is conveniently located near the Mall of Georgia and the area’s many shopping, dining and entertainment options. Lake Lanier Islands and Bogan Park are also located nearby.

Another advantage of Ivy Creek Manor’s excellent Buford location is its inclusion in a top-rated school system. Children residing at this community will attend Ivy Creek Elementary, Glenn C. Jones Middle and Mill Creek High schools.

For more information on Ivy Creek Manor, listen to the full podcast above and then contact community sales agent Susan by calling 678-622-7460 or Ivy at 404-713-3373. You can also visit to learn more.


Chafin Communities Offers New Homes at Two Buford Communities

July 22nd, 2014

new community model home in BufordChafin Communities is pleased to announce it has a variety of new homes under construction in Buford that are priced under $200,000 or in the low $200,000s! Located in both Maplecliff and Willow Leaf, these stunning homes are perfect for first-time buyers, families and those who want to be centrally located near all that Gwinnett County has to offer.

At Maplecliff, buyers will find tree-lined streets and two-story homes that offer spacious, open living areas with prices starting in the low $200,000s. These homes include four bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three bathrooms, formal dining rooms, family rooms with corner fireplaces, hardwood floors and sprawling kitchens with elegant cabinetry and granite countertops. Buyers will have eight unique floor plans to choose from at Maplecliff, and there are currently four new homes under construction.

Maplecliff is located just minutes away from Lake Lanier and the Mall of Georgia. In addition, it’s excellent locations means that students will attend-top ranked schools, including Sycamore Elementary, Lanier Middle and Lanier High.

To learn more information about the new homes at Maplecliff, contact Gary Moran by calling 678-283-4957.

Chafin Communities has just opened a brand new model home at Willow Leaf for buyers to tour. Featuring the spacious Hawthorn plan, this home includes four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

Willow Leaf features two-story Craftsman-style homes priced from the $160,000s. These homes have a variety of luxury features that come standard, such as hardwood floors throughout the main living areas, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and large master suites with spa-like bathrooms. Currently, there are a variety of new homes under construction.

In addition to beautiful homes, Willow Leaf has a wide variety of amenities that the entire family can enjoy. These amenities include a sparkling swimming pool complete with a mushroom fountain, children’s playground, full basketball court, gazebo, sidewalks and an abundance of green space.

To learn more about the model home or the homes under construction at Willow Leaf, contact Lori Hamilton at 404-516-0474 or Pam Cioce at 678-522-8886. You can also visit


Holt Builders Rescues and Revitalizes Failing New Home Community

July 16th, 2014

new home at Stonewater Creek from Holt BuildersAtlanta-based home builder Holt Builders devised and successfully implemented a creative strategy to rescue a Hoschton new home community, Stonewater Creek, from looming failure.

The original developer of this Gwinnett County community was facing hard times and foreclosure due to the economic recession that hit Atlanta’s real estate market starting in 2007. The community’s amenities were only half-completed and the roads were not yet top-coated. In December 2009, Holt Builders purchased 65 of Stonewater Creek’s home sites from the bank and began the process of refurbishing the community. As was the case in many new construction communities at that time, not only was the developer in trouble but many of the homes where unfinished or in foreclosure. At the time, only 18 homeowners resided in the community; not enough to cover the costs associated with a gated community and a huge amenity plan. And, appraisals in the community were coming in low due to all of the foreclosures. This presented Holt Builders with a number of challenges to overcome.

Holt Builders met with the original homeowners and together they came up with an innovative idea: the builder would front the funds to finish building out the amenities. This would work to start stabilizing the neighborhood before they started construction of any new homes. As new homes sold, homeowners would pay a $6,000 initiation fee which would pay back the loan on the amenities and help to cover ongoing association operating costs and short falls.

With completed amenities, home values in the community would rise. In 2012, a two-story clubhouse with a kitchen, bar and multiple gathering spaces opened. The clubhouse boasts stunning stone details and is perfect for entertaining large groups, with a grilling station, covered pavilion, resort-style swimming pool with fountains and a slide directly behind the main clubhouse building. Community amenities now also include a lushly landscaped front entrance and completed main drive that is complemented by iron gates adorned with gas lamps, a guard house and four lighted tennis courts.

new community in HoschtonAnd as predicted, property values did rise. In fact, the community has achieved the highest sales price per square foot for the area due to its one-of-a-kind elegant appeal. According to Daryl Chafin, Holt Builders’ manager, home prices have increased year after year. “We are excited that homes are now selling from the high $300,000s up to the $600,000s, and we expect home prices to continue to rise with the opening of our future phases.”

Future phases of development in Stonewater Creek will consist of 71 new homes, two of which are planned to be estate homes sites of more than three acres, further boosting home values in the community. Additionally, this phase includes plans for a pocket park, tree-lined streets, sidewalks and premium creek home sites. The average home price will be in the upper $400,000s.

The elegant homes at Stonewater Creek offer four to six bedrooms and three-car garages with luxurious interior features including hardwood floors, tile bathrooms, granite countertops, elaborate trim work, wrought iron stair railing, oil rubbed bronze or brushed satin fixtures, stainless steel kitchen appliances, custom stain cabinets and much more. Plans offer options for a home office, two-story great room, keeping room, formal living area, secondary laundry room, outdoor patio and outdoor fireplace. Finishes, from the lighting to tile, wall color and more are customizable by the homeowner.

Stonewater Creek is located in the sought-after Mill Creek school district on Braselton Highway 124, offering easy access to I-85 and I-985. Lake Lanier, Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, Coolray Field, the Mall of Georgia and many more top-notch Gwinnett County and Atlanta-area shopping and attractions are located nearby.

To reach the community from downtown Atlanta, take I-85 North to Exit 120 Hamilton Mill Road. Turn right off the exit. Take an immediate left onto Highway 124/Braselton Highway. Continue 3 to 4 miles to the gated entrance on right. The sales center is immediately on the right located inside the Clubhouse, and it is open daily, Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 404-234-3499 or visit or for more information.


Luxury Homes Ready Now at Moore Road Estates in Suwanee

July 15th, 2014

Willmont plan at Moore Road EstatesHome South Communities is pleased to announce it now has two new move-in ready homes available at Moore Road Estates, an exclusive enclave of just four executive homes in Suwanee. These stunning homes offer buyers plenty of space for the entire family with five bedrooms, as well as a sought-after location that is close to a variety of shopping, entertainment and recreation opportunities.

The first available home is located on home site 1 and features the spacious Ashmore plan. Priced at $637,034, this home has five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, as well as a three-car garage. The open concept floor plan includes a guest bedroom suite on the main floor, custom kitchen cabinetry, granite countertops in the kitchen and master bath, a tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, a huge entertaining island and heavy custom trim throughout the home. In addition, this home has a great backyard that can be enjoyed from the covered deck, which features an outdoor fireplace.

Also available is the Willmont plan, a five bedroom and four-and-a-half bathroom home. Located on home site 2 and priced at $682,075, this home features a three-car garage, a spacious master suite on the main floor, a beautiful gourmet kitchen that opens to the family room with a stacked stone fireplace and a covered rear deck with slate flooring and a second stacked stone fireplace. In addition, this home has many upgrades, including custom cabinetry, granite countertops and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, as well as an irrigation system.

The new homes at Moore Road Estates are conveniently located near Buford Highway, I-85 and I-985, as well as the Chattahoochee River, Bear’s Best Golf Course and George Pierce Park. The homes are also in one of the area’s top-ranked school clusters that includes North Gwinnett High School.

To learn more about these beautiful homes in Suwanee or to schedule a private showing, contact Brittney Landrey by calling 678-463-2912 or Shannon Wilmot at 404-405-0614. You can also visit


Tamra Wade & Partners with RE/MAX Center Ranked Among the Country’s Best in “The Thousand”

July 10th, 2014

Alpharetta (GA), July 10, 2014 – Tamra Wade & Partners with RE/MAX Center recently ranked nationally in the 2014 REAL Trends “The Thousand” as advertised in the Wall Street Journal. Participating U.S. agents with the most home sales in 2013 were listed by transaction sides and sales volume. Tamra Wade & Partners placed Number 146 in the Top 250 team rankings for highest sales volume. The team helped 310 families find a home in 2013.

“We’re seeing a much improved market in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area, our office has been very busy,” said Patrick Finnick, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Center with offices in Duluth and Johns Creek. “Because of our years of real estate experience, many people are asking us about the value of their home or how to prequalify for a mortgage and we look forward to providing them with the highest level of customer service.”

RE/MAX agents had the most top home sellers in “The Thousand.” The survey ranked the top 250 agents and top 250 teams by transaction sides. When the 500 transaction sides rankings for agents and teams are combined, RE/MAX agents hold the most places, 112 (one out of five places). The report ranks participating agents based on their 2013 production.

“The Thousand” also ranked agents by the most sales volume. In all categories, both sales volume and transaction sides, 147 of the 1,000 positions were held by RE/MAX agents. No other brand held more positions.

“Real estate is a very competitive business and we’re proud of Tamra Wade and her team for their outstanding professionalism and commitment,” said RE/MAX Chairman and Co-Founder Dave Liniger. “The real measure of success is customer satisfaction and that’s why year in, year out, folks turn to RE/MAX to help them with their biggest investment.”

“The Thousand” rankings are not the first time this year that RE/MAX agents have been shown to be more productive. In the 2014 REAL Trends 500 survey of the country’s largest brokerages, the data shows RE/MAX agents averaged 17.8 transaction sides compared to an average of 8.4 for all other participating agents, based on 2013 production.


What a perfect time to visit Stonewater Creek!

July 3rd, 2014









There have never been so many different floorplans under construction at one time in this community! The majority of these homes are already sold, but it will give you the opportunity to walk through a plan that otherwise you would only be able to see on paper. The window to be able to see all of these plans is very short since several of these homes are closing shortly! 

 Please visit soon to see our Brookhaven – This is our master on main plan. It is currently being built on a basement with the 5th bedroom option. 

The Brookwood is also under construction. It is the number one selling floorplan in the community. It is 5 bedrooms with a bonus room. Most home buyers add the optional cover  on the porch and the outdoor fireplace. 

The Callaway is also a 5 bedroom plan that is very open on the first floor and second floor. The one currently under construction also features the bonus room upstairs.

Walk through the Freemont floorplan. It is being built on a basement and features a guest bedroom on the first floor and a huge owner’s suite upstairs with his and hers closets. It is 5 bedrooms and can have a bonus room or a 6th bedroom added!

The Norwich is one of the larger plans that we build at Stonewater Creek. It is a 5 bedroom plan with a dual entry stair case, a bonus room upstairs and second fireplace in the master bedroom. The foyer is 2 stories and the main floor is open and perfect for entertaining.

The Oglethorpe is another master on main and is the largest plan we currently build. There is on a basement with a 3 car garage. It features 5 bedrooms, a bonus room, a deck and screened in porch. The majority of these homes are already sold, but what an opportunity to be able to see them all in one visit! Please call us to schedule your visit so that we may show these homes to you!

Please call us at 770-757-8587 or 404-234-3499. The subdivision is located on Braselton Highway (124) between Winder Highway (211) and Hamilton Mill Parkway.       


Chafin Communities Introduces New Model Home in Buford

June 30th, 2014

new community model home in BufordChafin Communities is excited to introduce its new model home at Willow Leaf in Buford! Showcasing the spacious Hawthorne plan, this home will allow potential buyers to see the many luxury features that come standard in this outstanding community.

This Craftsman-style home includes four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, with the fourth bedroom serving as a unique media room with French doors. When visitors enter this model home, they will be greeted by an elegant foyer that has extensive trim with crown molding and an exposed brick wall. The home also features hardwood floors throughout the main floor and wrought-iron spindles on the extra-wide staircase.

The gourmet kitchen features a drop zone with a bench at the entry, as well as a host of upgraded features. Buyers will find granite countertops, an oversized island, 42-inch cabinets, a tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry. The spacious kitchen is open to the family room, which is complete with a coffered ceiling and fireplace.

Those buyers looking for plenty of outdoor living space will love the special features found in the model home. A screened-in porch offers a large outdoor fireplace, while the backyard has a fire pit and entertainment area.

This home’s large master suite has a luxurious bathroom with a separate tiled shower and a garden tub with a tile surround, as well as tile floors, granite countertops and an extra large walk-in closet.

Priced from the $160,000s, all of the homes at Willow Leaf will include a variety of luxury features, just like the model home. In addition, homeowners will be able to enjoy a wide variety of amenities that will please the entire family. Amenities in the community include a sparkling swimming pool complete with a mushroom fountain, full basketball court, children’s playground and an abundance of green space.

For more information on the new homes at Willow Leaf or to schedule an appointment to tour the new model home, contact Pam at 678-522-8886 or Lori at 404-516-0474. You can also visit


Home South Communities Building New Homes in Gwinnett and Hall Counties

June 25th, 2014

Sterling on the LakeHome South Communities is excited to announce that it will soon begin construction on new homes at two communities in northeast Georgia. Buyers will soon be able to find these homes at Sterling on the Lake, a master-planned community in Flowery Branch, as well as The Meadows at Mill Creek, a new community from Home South in Buford.

The Meadows at Mill Creek will feature 31 single-family homes that are priced from the high $200,000s. Available in late summer 2014, buyers will find both two-story and ranch home plans, as well as a plan that offers the master bedroom on the main floor. In addition, buyers will have the option to select either slab or basement home sites, as well as optional three-car garages.

Located on Kilgore Road between I-85 and I-985, The Meadows at Mill Creek is located just minutes away from the Mall of Georgia. In addition, the community will be part of an award-winning school system that includes Duncan Creek Elementary, Osbrone Middle and Mill Creek High schools.

Home South Communities will also be constructing new homes at Sterling on the Lake, an established community in south Hall County that features a plethora of outstanding amenities and events. Home sales will begin in July 2014, with buyers being able to select from both slab and basement single-family homes that feature four or more bedrooms. The model home and first five inventory homes will be under construction soon.

Homeowners at Sterling on the Lake can enjoy the community’s many amenities, from the tennis courts, fitness center and private movie theater to the more than 75 acres of lakes. The community is also home to a stunning clubhouse, sparkling swimming pool, village green, a branch of the Hall County Library System, walking trails and much more.

Sterling on the Lake is located just minutes from I-985, as well as Lake Lanier, downtown Flowery Branch and nearby Chateau Élan.

For more information on the new homes that will be available at either of these communities, contact Tamra Wade at 678-859-8671 or You can also visit for more information.


Final Homes Available Now at Trammel Estates in Cumming

June 16th, 2014


home site 13 at Trammel EstatesHome buyers are running out of time to call the stunning enclave of Trammel Estates home. Located in Cumming, this quaint community consists of just 21 beautiful homes from Home South Communities that are complete with luxurious features and upgraded finishes.

The homes located on sites 11, 12 and 13 are all that remain at Trammel Estates. Two of these spacious home sites border the community’s green space, while two are located on a cul-de-sac.

Located on home site 11, the Fairfax plan is a five bedroom and four-and-a-half bathroom home on a full basement that is priced at $452,808. This home features a bedroom and bathroom suite on the main level that is a perfect retreat for visiting guests. The beautiful gourmet kitchen is complete with granite countertops, ivory cabinets, a tile backsplash, double ovens, a separate cooktop and a huge entertaining island. Open to the kitchen, the family room has coffered ceilings and built-in bookshelves that surround the fireplace. The home also has additional living space thanks to the upstairs loft and a generously sized covered back deck.

The second remaining home on site 12 features the popular Jacobs plan, which is also on a full basement. Priced at $454,353, this home has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, including a bedroom and bathroom on the main level. This floor plan has it all, including a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, ivory glazed cabinets, a tile backsplash, double ovens, separate cooktop and a spacious island, which is all open to the large family room. In addition, this home has a spacious upstairs loft and a large covered deck with stairs to the backyard.

The final available home is located on home site 13. Also showcasing the Jacobs floor plan, this five bedroom and four bathroom home has an inviting front porch and an open interior that includes a gourmet kitchen with ivory glazed cabinets, a huge center island, granite countertops and double ovens. In addition, the spacious family room has built-ins that surround the stone fireplace and coffered ceilings. The main floor also has a guest bedroom suite and hardwood floors throughout, while buyers will find four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a loft space upstairs.

For more information on these final opportunities that are available now at Trammel Estates in Cumming, contact the on-site agent Tamra Wade and Partners at 770-231-1387 or visit


New Model Home Now Open at Grand Oaks in East Cobb

June 11th, 2014


new model home in East CobbHome South Communities is pleased to announce that its new model home is now open at Grand Oaks. Located in the prestigious East Cobb area, this community features stunning homes priced from the $600,000s that offer large floor plans, three-car garages and three-sides brick construction.

With just 19 homes available in this small enclave and top-of-the-line custom features included in each, buyers will have to act fast to make sure they secure the home of their dreams. The luxury features that each home at Grand Oaks will have include covered rear porches with a tongue-and-groove ceiling, granite countertops in the kitchen and master bathroom and a built-in bookcase and coffered ceiling in the great room.

The new model home that is now open at Grand Oaks showcases the Brookwood plan, a five bedroom and four bathroom home that has more than 4,000 square feet of living space. The main floor of this spacious home includes a formal dining room, an optional living room or study, a spacious great room, a gourmet kitchen with an island and a breakfast room. In addition, the main floor has a guest bedroom and bathroom suite.

Upstairs, buyers will find the luxurious master retreat that features a large bathroom with double vanities and his-and-hers walk-in closets that open directly into the laundry room. In addition, the second floor has two secondary bedrooms that share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom and another bedroom with a private bathroom, as well as an open loft space.

Located off of Post Oak Tritt Road in East Cobb, Grand Oaks is convenient to the historic Marietta Square and downtown Roswell, which both feature excellent shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. In addition, White Water, Carl Harrison Park and East Cobb Park are all just a short drive away.

For more information on the new homes that are available at Grand Oaks in East Cobb, contact sales agents Chelsea at 404-307-5867 or Christy at 954-661-4261. You can also visit to learn more about this sought-after community.


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