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Restaurants: Top 100

Three of the nation’s top 100 restaurants area in Atlanta, according to the reservation service OpenTable. The list, which is in alphabetical order includes Bones, La Grotto, and UMI. This list of 100 Best Restaurants in America reflects the combined opinions of more than 12 million restaurants reviews submitted by openTable diners for more than 26,000 restaurants in all 50 States including Washington DC. Stop by and see why Atlanta remains a great place to relocate for affordable living and also amazing restaurants!

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FHA Loan Limits Increase in Georgia!

The new loan limits will take effect for FHA case numbers assigned on or after Jan. 1, 2018.

FHA is required by the National Housing Act, as amended by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, to set Single Family forward loan limits at 115% of median house prices, subject to a floor and a ceiling on the limits. FHA calculates forward mortgage limits by Metropolitan Statistical Area and county.

Back in 2016, the FHA increased loan limits for just 188 counties. Then, in 2017, this number jumped to 2,948 counties that saw an increase. And now, the number of counties increased even further to 3,011 counties for 2018.

In high-cost areas, the FHA’s loan limit ceiling will increase to $679,650, up from $636,150 this year. The floor will also increase from $275,665 to $294,515 in 2018.

However, in 223 counties, the FHA loan limits will remain the same.

The National Mortgage Limit for FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, or reverse mortgages, will also increase, rising from $636,150 to $679,650. Currently, the FHA regulations implementing the National Housing Act’s HECM limits do not allow loan limits for reverse mortgages to vary by MSA or county; instead, the single limit applies to all mortgages regardless of where the property is located.

The FHA’s minimum national loan limit, or floor, is currently set at 65% of the national conforming loan limit of $453,100. This floor applies to those areas where 115% of the median home price is less than the floor limit. Any areas where the loan limit exceeds this floor is considered a high-cost area, and HERA requires FHA to set its maximum loan limit ceiling for high-cost areas at 150% of the national conforming limit.

For most of Georgia Residents FHA loan limit shall now be $358,900

Click here for a complete list of FHA loan limits.

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Path 400

Nick Huston, of Sandy Springs (pictured above),  jogs on the Path 400 trail along Ga. 400 in Buckhead. Sandy Springs has scheduled two public meetings Oct. 25 to provide information about extending the trail from Loridans Drive to the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

PATH400 is quickly becoming Buckhead’s favorite spot to get outdoors. Whether you’re looking for a great place to take your little companion for a walk or a new trail to work into your exercise routine, PATH400 is perfect for you. The GA 400 corridor is being transformed into PATH400, a 5.2-mile multiuse trail that will unify and improve the community, and that also forms the backbone of a visionary plan for increasing parks and greenspace in Buckhead. This gives the Beltline a bit of competition for North Atlanta residents! Come on out and play!

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It’s official: Atlanta will gain 744 acres in 2018

Emory and CDC annexation marks largest expansion of the city in more than six decades.

On Jan. 1, Atlanta will celebrate more than just a new year, as the city marks its largest footprint expansion in more than six decades.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta City Council has paved the way for the annexation of Emory University and the CDC campus along Clifton Road, with a unanimous vote.

The 744-acre expansion has been in the works for more than a year, requiring lengthy negotiations (and a cash payout) to DeKalb County.

The move means the city’s population will instantly grow by more than 2,000 residents. But the impact is much greater than that.

Annexation paves the way for a long-planned MARTA expansion along Clifton Road. By joining the City of Atlanta, the corridor will now be eligible to receive funding as part of last year’s vote to expand MARTA within city limits.

It’s unclear when a Clifton Road light rail line could come to fruition, but the proverbial foundation for physical tracks will be laid in just a few weeks.

Link to Original Article HERE.