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Commute to Atlanta’s Airport

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Looking for an easy commute to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport? Smyrna-Vinings will do it! 5BR/4BA, full basement, bedroom-on-main.Tons of upgrades; 2 new HVAC systems; 3 living spaces; stereo wiring throughout; hardwood floors; plantation shutters; private, level backyard; near ‪The Silver Comet Trail‬ and the neighborhood’s amenities. Easy, fast commute to ‪#‎HartsfieldJacksonAirport‬!

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Why Sellers Need to Keep their Homes on the Market for the Holidays

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers!
2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you!
3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money for you!
4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays!
5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price!

6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during a working week!
7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons!
8. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs.  Since transferees cannot wait until Spring to buy, you must be on the market now to capture that market!
9. You can still be on the market, but you have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days during the Holidays!
10. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year!
11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring, when many more

houses are on the market for less money! This will allow you to sell high and buy low!Santa at Xmas_iStock_000002255010XSmall

FSBO or Realtor?

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Recently, I saw an online article, giving the major reasons why a seller should use a Realtor, rather than doing it themselves (FSBO=For Sale By Owner).

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  1. A professional Realtor knows how to sell and close a property. We do it all day, every day. We see properties in every shape, condition, price range. We professionally list and sell homes for a living.
  2. A Realtor knows how to work the system to receive maximum exposure from prospective buyers. When selling a house, the property must be listed on hundreds of internet sites. Realtors know how to  do this, getting maximum exposure with professional photographs, pulling emotional heart-strings and providing financial criteria for their buyer audience. We know who is looking and who to contact.
  3. A Realtor will know how to prepare a house for sale and get it ready for the market. Is the seller prepared to deal with home contractors or know where to find trustworthy home-vendors? Does the house need costly repairs, such as interior and exterior painting, flooring, wood or brick repairs, kitchen or bathroom remodeling? Or does it just need to be decluttered, with the furniture rearranged and staged? Sometimes, a house doesn’t need anything and a seller wants to make unneeded repairs; it’s the Realtor’s job to stop them!
  4. A Realtor can get buyers into your home. Will a FSBO know how to properly and safely hold an Open House, then recognize and pre-qualify the buyers who come to the Open House? i.e.: does a visitor have to pre-sell their existing home before buying another; are they financially qualified to purchase a home in that price range; are the visitors just nosy neighbors? A good Realtor knows how to deal with these situations. In our market, relocating buyers (“relos”) will be using only Realtors, and their Realtors won’t show a FSBO because (a) they don’t know about it, (b) it is not prepared or priced correctly for the market and (c) their relo company is controlling the process. That company will not allow the buyer to purchase a non-Realtor-listed property. Relo’s receive incentives for moving; many of those incentives and exclusions, are specified in advance by the relo company. Relos are usually in a time crunch and cannot waste valuable showing time looking at houses they cannot/will not purchase.
  5. A Realtor knows the different areas of the city. Is the area declining or inclining in value? What are the future plans for the surrounding area? Are there plans for a school redistricting, a major street expansion, a sports stadium nearby? What grocery stores, recreational amenities, schools and entertainment venues are near the property?
  6. A trained Realtor knows how to effectively negotiate. She/he will negotiate objectively and fairly, not allowing emotions into the process and will strive for a win/win situation, in which a seller and  a buyer get what they want out of the sale. A Realtor knows how to get everyone to the closing table in a fast and effective manner. A happy closing is what everyone wants!

Best day to Buy a home is…..

Friday, September 25th, 2015
Atlanta in the Fall

Atlanta in the Fall

According to RIS Media, a real estate magazine, RealtyTrac analyzed over 32 million sales of single family homes and condos sold since 2000, and found that, on average, buyers got the best deal in the month of October. The best day of the week to buy a home is Monday; the second best day is Friday. The worst day is Thursday.

On average, the study also showed it’s October 8, when buyers averaged 10.8% below estimated market value at the time of the sale, followed by:

  • November 26 (10.1% below market value)
  • December 31 (9.7% below market value)
  • October 15 (9.1% below market value)

The best “average” day of the year in North Atlanta was January 15, as buyers recognized a whopping 14% discount in the last 15 years!

If you are a buyer, and with interest rates about to rise, why are you waiting? Call me today!

Nancy Sold Another One

Nancy Sold Another One

Cobb County, GA Schools

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

If your home or workplace is in the Cobb county school district, you will notice heavier traffic this coming Monday, August 3. It’s the first day of school. If you would like to live in Cobb because of affordability, good schools and lower taxes, call me. I can help you find and buy your dream home!

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Sell my house fast

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Have you ever said the phrase, “I need my house to sell fast”, then followed it with “but I must have $X dollars for it”? Yes, we all have. And yet, we are in a “Seller’s market” but many buyers don’t know that!

If you are having trouble selling, and more importantly, getting to closing, you should talk to a Realtor who knows how to get buyers AND sellers to the closing table: me!!! Call, text or email me – I’m here, waiting to talk with you!

Nancy Sold Another One

Nancy Sold Another One

Is your Realtor/agent a control freak?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Control Freaks? Yes, when we sell a home, we like to control all aspects of the process, not just the negotiations. We do this because we think it is our responsibility that the house  goes to closing with happy sellers and buyers.

Once the house is under contract, we follow up with the buyer/buyer’s agent about any planned home-inspections, then we go to these inspections, checking in with the inspector, introducing ourselves to everyone. We do this because we believe that it is our job to make sure that everyone knows we are personally invested in the sales process and that there are no future ‘issues’ for either party.

We are now in an appreciating market, unlike the depreciating market we’ve been in for several years. In this current market, it is too difficult to “hope and wish” that the property will appraise for the sales price. If we are representing the seller, after the inspection(s), but before the appraisal, we take the lockbox off the door, calling the appraiser in advance, and telling him/her why we want them to “go through” us for their property visit. We do this so that we are able to meet and talk with the appraiser. Taking the lockbox off, meeting and personally opening the house for the appraiser, enables us to validate the sales price. We do this no matter which side we are representing.

What does your agent do for you? If you are not being represented in all areas of the sale, call us and allow us to show you how we sell houses. We’re a short call, text or email away!

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Atlanta Home Appraisals and Inspections

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

When I list a home, I try to control all aspects of the process. I do this because I think it should be my responsibility that the house not only goes under contract, but that it goes to closing!

I follow up with the selling-agent about any inspections, and go to the home- inspection, checking in with the other agent and the inspector and if they are there, introducing myself to the buyer, as the seller’s representative. I do this because I believe that it is my job to (a) make sure that there are no non-related items on the report  and also (b) to represent the seller.

We are in an appreciating market, unlike the depreciating one we’ve been in for several years. In this current market, it is too difficult to “hope and wish” that the property will appraise for the sales price. After the inspection but before the appraisal, I take the lockbox off the door, courtesy-calling the selling agent in advance, and telling him/her that I what and why I am doing this. I do this with all my listings, so that I am able to meet and talk with the appraiser. Because I am the one who is letting the appraiser into the house, taking the lockbox off enables me to justify the listing price/sales price to an appraiser, usually in-person.  Once the home is appraised, I put the lockbox back on the house, enabling the buyer to take another look, most times “locking” them into their love of the property.

After the house is strongly “Under Contract”, ready for closing, an “Under Contract” sign is placed on the house. Why so late? Because I want to encourage back-up offers.

Does your agent do this for you? If not, call or email me and allow me to tell you all of the other things I do for a seller!

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Building a New Home

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Have you ever wondered about the steps it takes a builder to clear a lot and build a new-home? Follow my video, as a builder-client begins a new home: Clearing the Site for a new home

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Atlanta’s Housing Boom? Oh really?!!!!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

CNN Online News says there may be a housing boom in the coming months:  http://money.cnn.com/2012/10/12/news/economy/housing-boom/index.html?source=linkedin. Duh — where have you guys been???!!! I noticed a shift in February 2012 and that shift is becoming louder and louder.

Atlanta and the East Coast are always behind the “left” coast in trends. California has been reporting a shortage of for-sale homes for several months; inventory levels there are approximately 2.5 months. In November, the entire metropolitan area of Atlanta had only 11,400 homes listed for sale (I can remember levels of 95,000+ a few years ago).

So, again, I ask, where have the news reporters been?