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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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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!

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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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!

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 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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Atlanta’s Real Estate and New Homes Market

Friday, November 18th, 2011

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I’ve been feeling, and saying, that Atlanta’s real estate market is getting better. One of the ways to gauge Atlanta’s home market, is to look at new-construction. I feel like I’ve been right all along, as here’s another signal that the market is improving.

Single-Family Housing Starts rose to a seasonally-adjusted, annualized 430,000 units in October – a 4 percent increase from September and the highest reading in 3 months (a “Housing Start” is defined as a home on which ground has been broken).

The increase surprised Wall Street analysts, although it shouldn’t have.  Earlier this week, the National Association of Homebuilders showed that Homebuilder Confidence is at its highest point since May 2010, the effect of better market conditions and more sold units. Rising housing starts, amid a lift in builder confidence, is to be expected — the two metrics have moved with loose correlation since mid-2000.

Of course, as with everything in real estate, Single-Family Housing Starts volume varied by location. The nation’s 4 regions posted wide-ranging results:

  • Northeast Region :  +10.0% from September
  • Midwest Region :  -4.1% from September
  • South Region:  +11.3% from September
  • West Region:  -10.2% from September

Buyers of new construction in Atlanta can infer two key points from last month’s data. First, with more homes being built, home supply should rise, thereby softening pressure on rising home prices. This should help keep homes affordable. However, the second point is
that with builder confidence rising, buyers are less likely to win price concessions and “free upgrades” in negotiations.

The last 6 weeks of 2011 may be the optimal time to buy new construction. Home prices remain affordable and mortgage rates are rock-bottom, the lowest they’ve been in decades. If you are a buyer and because there are typically fewer active home buyers during the holidays, you’ll be more likely to locate one of the few remaining new construction “deals” in the next several weeks.

Talk to me, your Realtor, about neighborhood trends and new construction. Simply done and always at your service!