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Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Yesterday, I went on a listing appointment that I thought would take 15 minutes. I figured I would politely decline listing the over-priced home and go on my merry way. Boy, was I surprised! The seller not only wanted me to market and list the home at the price I recommended (thousands below what they originally paid), he agreed to spend money replacing the carpet, rebuffing the hardwood floors and re-painting the interior and exterior portions of the home to make it shine!

Agents have been saying to Sellers for four years, that price sells a home in this market. But up until yesterday, I didn’t realize they were starting to listen. It just goes to show that even experienced Realtors can still be shocked! Thank you, my new Smyrna home-sellers!

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Atlanta’s School Re-districting

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Saturday night, Atlanta’s School Superintendent announced his plan to redistrict or close certain schools. It is not yet   final but here are Superintendent Davis’s recommendations, with NO BOUNDARY CHANGES at this time.

For more information, take a look at this post:http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/Page/413 . For more information on Atlanta’s schools and the best bet for homes, call me, your best for a Realtor!

Finding a Realtor in Atlanta

Monday, March 5th, 2012

How does one go about finding a good Realtor in Atlanta? Are you looking for one that is trustworthy and honest or one who knows the real estate market and all of Atlanta’s neighborhoods? Do you want a Realtor that will find you the right house or one who can negotiate on your behalf for your new Atlanta home? Can you combine these attributes and get it all?

The answer to all of the above should be a resounding “Yes”!

Ask your friends who own a home: “how did you find your Realtor”? In a recent study by the National Association of Realtors’ of how buyers/sellers found their agent, over 80% of buyers/sellers say, as they walk away from the closing table, they would use their agent again*. Yet when it comes to actually re-buying or re-selling, less than 10% actually used their previous agent*.

How frequently do you hear from your agent? Does  she keep up with you and your family’s lives? Does she know the market and give you information regarding the Atlanta real estate market’s fluctuations? If not, you could be one of the 70% that forgets your agent’s name and number, when you sell or buy property.

For many of my buyers/sellers, I am on  the 2nd, 3rd and in one case, 4th “generation”, of purchases/sales! My clients refer me to their friends and relatives because I keep in touch and keep my clients in the-know. Does your Atlanta Realtor do that? If not, may I help you with your real estate needs?

* From a National Association of Realtors’ study of buyers/sellers.