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Reminder: Property taxes due Oct. 20

Reminder: Property taxes due Oct. 20

CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Athens-Clarke County Tax Commissioner has issued a friendly reminder to all county property owners -- property taxes are due next Monday, Oct. 20.

Property tax statements were mailed in August. Anyone who did not receive one should call the tax commissioner's office at 706-613-3120.

Bills can be paid online or in person. Visit athensclarkecounty.com to pay a property tax bill online; click PAY ONLINE at the bottom of the screen.

To pay a bill in person, visit the tax commissioner's office, which is located in Suite 250 of the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

ATLANTA -- Twenty-three years ago, this month, Atlanta was the focus of the Academy Awards when "Driving Miss Daisy" won "Best Picture.

The film was written by Pulitzer prize winning Atlanta playwright Alfred Uhry who grew up in the Druid Hills area.

The story deals with the relationship between an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur after World War II.

And as of today, the home from the movie, which forever linked Atlanta to Hollywood is, now, up for sale and it's going to the highest bidder.

To some, the home is as defining as Jessica Tandy & Morgan Freeman and as unforgettable as Alfred Uhry's words.

It's located at 922 Lullwater Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood.

Jeff Hullinger asked, the listing agent for Coldwell Banker Doris Robinson, "How did this home get selected for the movie?"

Kenny Rogers avoids auction, sells Ga. home

Kenny Rogers avoids auction, sells Ga. home

JEFFERSON, Ga. -- Kenny Rogers sold his Jackson County home after it was scheduled to be sold at auction.

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Grand Estates Auction Co. in Charlotte, N.C., says Rogers sold the house and its 150 acres Wednesday for $2.25 million.

The auction was called off suddenly Tuesday afternoon after attracting almost a dozen potential buyers. Soon after the auction was scheduled to take place, organizers announced Rogers had taken the house off the market.

The property, located near Nicholson, Ga., included a 5,681-square-foot house, a 2,675-square-foot pool, an eight-acre lake, horse riding trails, go-kart track and other amenities.

Kenny Rogers auctioning Ga. home

Kenny Rogers auctioning Ga. home

ATHENS, Ga. -- Grand Estates Auction Co. will auction country music legend and Grammy Award winner Kenny Rogers' secluded lakeside retreat near Athens on June 26.

The custom-built Polynesian-inspired, five bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom lake home is on a property that includes a fully stocked private lake with an island, fenced horse pastures and miles of wooded riding trails on 150 acres of virgin forest.

The home was built around a lanai and pool and features oak and marble inlayed floors, custom millwork, a gourmet kitchen, three-car garage and separate guest house.

Banks Offering Incentives to Sellers in Short Sales

Banks Offering Incentives to Sellers in Short Sales

If you or someone you know is facing the loss of their home you should know that lenders are now, more than ever, offering incentives to Sellers to complete a short sale. Homeowners should speak with their lender to see which programs they qualify for.The most common incentive program is HAFA. Sponsored by the government, HAFA will give eligable homeowners $3000 at closing to help with moving and other expenses. It also protects the Real Estate Professional's commission and forgives the Seller of the debt. The homeowner will receive a 1099-C for tax purposes.

For individuals not eligable for HAFA some lenders are offering alternatives. One example of this is Bank of America's co-op program for sellers. They will allow up to $2500 to the Seller at closing to help with expenses.

Charges dismissed in mortgage fraud case

Charges dismissed in mortgage fraud case

ATHENS, Ga. -- A judge has dismissed racketeering charges against two men who had been accused of being involved in what prosecutors described as an elaborate mortgage fraud scheme involving new home sales in a Clarke County subdivision.

Earlier this month, Western Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Lawton Stephens reportedly ruled the charges against Brian C. Dupree and Marc Canty should be dismissed.

The judge said in his ruling that prosecutors allowed too much time to pass -- from the time Dupree and others were arrested in April 2006 until they were indicted in March.

Dupree's lawyer, Edward Tolley, said the documents crucial for his client's defense had disappeared and witnesses could not be located.

Authorities said a third defendant, Rashid Wilson, has not been located.

Foreclosure Crisis, Homeowners Seeking Help Too Late

We are in the midst of a knowledge crisis among homeowners and we are far from the end of the housing nightmare. There are far too many homeowners letting their homes become foreclosed on because of the lack of planning and proactive nature. I am seeing homeowners waiting until their home is in foreclosure before contacting the banks and, more often than not, by then it's too late. 


I spoke on the phone to a woman who's bank told her to stop making payments to pursue a loan modification. Two years later they have two years of missed payments added to their debt along with no loan mod! Unfortunately, this is far too common. Hope is not lost though! People in situations where they feel as if the back is against a wall need to contact professional real estate and legal help.