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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

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

Closing on your New Home during the Holidays

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Many of the real estate closings in November and December have to be scheduled around the longer holiday breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even New Year’s Day.  Most lenders and attorneys are closed for the Wednesday – Friday period around Thanksgiving. They are also usually closed for an extra day or two before or after Christmas and New Year’s Day.

There are also many buyers, sellers, and agents who will be out of town or otherwise unavailable during these holiday breaks.

Attorneys and lenders  will work hard to accommodate the buyers and sellers, but it is important to check with all parties before scheduling and to make every attempt to have all parties at closing.  Mailouts of loan packages are much more complicated today, and the parties must find a title company or attorney in their location to supervise the signatures.  This is required for buyers and sellers.  In addition, the loan papers must be sent out several days prior to the closing deadline, in order to meet the contract expiration for completing the closing.

Please notify the closing attorney and lender as soon as possible if you know that you or the other party will be unavailable for your closing, and try to reschedule your closing to avoid the extra time, effort, and expense of a mailout.

And, as always, if you want to CLOSE before 2013, call Nancy Aroneck & Company! We are experienced and will actually get you to the closing table  quickly, and with as little “pain” as possible!

Atlanta Real Estate Warrior

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
This morning, I ran into a old friend, who worked for the same builder as I worked for, a few years back. He laughingly called me a “warrior”, which I took as a compliment. It tickled me and got me thinking: what exactly is a real estate warrior?

A “warrior” is defined as ” a person engaged or experienced in warfare; a soldier; a person who shows or has shown great vigor and courage.” In other words, a Realtor!

Who among us agents has not shown courage and vigor by simply staying in Atlanta’s local market? In 2012, our market will be constantly changing, just as it was in 2011.

If you are looking for a “warrior” agent, I’m the one! Pick up the phone or send me an email or text. Let me show you that I’m ready! Set your goals and soar with me!!!

 

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Buckhead Surveillance

Friday, November 4th, 2011

“Operation Shield” is now a go in Buckhead.

The Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID)  approved a proposal from Texas-based Iron Sky, the company behind the surveillance cameras in Sandy Springs. Iron Sky will install 16 cameras around Buckhead. The program, known as Operation Shield, will include 14 pan and zoom cameras and two fixed position cameras for the foot bridge pathway of a proposed pedestrian bridge.

The cost of the cameras, $140,000,  includes hardware and software installation and a one-year service agreement. The Atlanta Police Foundation will also pay $70,000 for the cameras, the Buckhead CID reported. The surveillance network will tie into the city of Atlanta’s new Video Integration Center.

Once the agreement is signed,  the cameras will be operational in approximately 3 months.

The chairman of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods and the president of the Brookwood Civic Association both liked the idea of the cameras, one adding that it is “a great aid to law enforcement.”  The president of the Loring Heights Neighborhood Association said he is in talks with Iron Sky about setting up the cameras in Loring Heights and plans to bring a formal proposal to the neighborhood of Loring Heights in the spring.

 

A New City of Brookhaven

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Recently, there have been two town hall meetings to discuss creating a new city in North Georgia. This new city would be the City of Brookhaven.

The first meeting was held on May 24 to introduce the concept of this new city to the area’s homeowners.  GA Representative Mike Jacobs has introduced House Bill 636 to pay for a study by The Vinson Institute of the University of Georgia.

Between now and late October, the Vinson Institute will study:

  1. The cost aspects of a City of Brookhaven;
  2. The range of services that would be provided by the City of Brookhaven;
  3. What would be the capital expenditures for the new city’s assets (parks, town hall, etc);
  4. What would be the potential sources of revenue from the new city (wine, liquor, beer; property taxes);
  5. What would be the potential revenue sources from franchises serving the City of Brookhaven (cable, gas, telephone);
  6. What would the facility and salary costs be for a new city.

The portion of the meeting that I didn’t understand, were the areas to which the study will apply. The areas being considered are: Historic Brookhaven, Murphy Candler, Brittany, Linwood Park, Silver Lake, Brookhaven Heights, Lenox Park and Brookhaven Fields. Another broader section of the study will include Ashford Park and Drew Valley. The latter two, in my opinion, are closer to being a part of a City of Brookhaven, than Murphy Candler, Silver Lake and Brittany. But then, Rep. Jacobs, one of the key proponents, lives in the Murphy Candler area.

One of the points that the organizers made, was that taxes would probably (???) not go up. The residents of Brookhaven would pay less to the county and the balance of the taxes would be made to the new city. In other words, if the City of Brookhaven opts to create its own police and fire departments, tax payers would pay that portion of taxes to the city and deduct it from their county-paid taxes. It is like a basket of services: pick which ones you want, deduct them from the county’s revenue basket and then put them into the City’s basket.

The town-hall leaders asked the city organizers of the newly-created cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs  to speak at the May meeting. One of them said that there has not been a tax increase in the 3 years that they have operated the city of Dunwoody and that Dunwoody is operating with a surplus of revenue. It was also said that Dekalb County’s property tax millage rate of 2.5 mils will go up to replenish the county’s reserves, perhaps as high as 4 mils. Dekalb CEO Burrell Ellis recently said that taxes must go up to pay for the county’s services (A “mil” is equal to $1.00 for every $1,000. of the assessed value; in Georgia, the assessment is set at 40% of the market value).

Like many of the town hall attendees, I am not sold on cityhood. I will have to hear what the benefits of a City of Brookhaven would be. Is it just more money out of our pockets?

Sandy Springs Phone Apps

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Sandy Springs is launching a smart phone application to allow residents to submit photos of potholes, broken sidewalks, downed trees and other problems that need to be fixed by city workers.

The app, called CoSSpotter, is free and allows residents to photograph and report problems they feel the city should address. Once a problem is reported, a resident may monitor the city’s response through the city website or by using the application, the city said in a press release.

The application uses a smart phone’s global positioning system to provide the location of the problem, the city said.

The application launches Dec. 1. It will be made available through the city’s website at www.sandyspringsga.org/cosspotter.

Dunwoody’s Consignment Sale

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Shop and save at the MJCCA  (Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta) Kids’ Consignment Sale in Dunwoody on August 19, 20, 21. The hours are 10am-1pm on August 19; 10am-3pm on August 20; and 11am-3pm on August 21. For more information, log onto www.Atlantajcc.org.

Find new and gently-used clothing, room decor, toys, bikes, sports equipment, electronic games and equipment, musical instruments, maternity clothes, uniforms and much more.

For help in finding a new or gently-used home in Dunwoody or any other area of Atlanta, call or email me! Experience True Experience!

Atlanta Realtor

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Here are 5 great business commandments that a loan officer just sent me:

  1. The sale is made on what the client says, not what I say.
  2. My clients want a trusted advisor, not a salesperson.
  3. Adversity and opportunity are joined at the hip.
  4. Never tell a client something I can ask him/her/them.
  5. I don’t need twenty ways to close a sale; I need one good way to open a relationship.

If your Atlanta real estate agent does not live by these commandments; I do!!!! Give me a call or send me an email and let’s start a relationship!