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6 Tips To Selling Your Home Faster


If you’ve heard the latest news about real estate, chances are it may have scared you off and held you back on selling your home. Here are a few tips that will help you sell your home faster!

Help Your Agent Market Your Home

Unfortunately in real estate, first-time homebuyers may judge a house based on the lack of photos it has. It’s in your best interest as an individual who wants to sell their home faster to post more pictures of your house and its many features. Studies show that listings with more than six photos increase their chances of their home being viewed by potential homebuyers. We often send professional photographers to our listings to take good photos for the listing.

Become a Video Blogger

Posting a walkthrough of your home on YouTube will help potential homebuyers visualize the many attributes of the home you are selling. Most of our smartphones today have the ability to record videos; this is a cheap but strategic way of opening your home to your community and potential homebuyers. This is helpful if you are a FSBO (for sale by owner). In many cases, agents who are registered with their local MLS, the MLS will also provide a virtual tour of the home based on photos taken.

Leave Good Appliances Behind 

It’s in your best interest to leave some of your valuable appliances behind like your stainless steel fridge, stove and even dishwasher. This gives your home a distinguishing feature that other homes on the market lack. Not only do you have a competitive advantage as an individual selling your home, but you may get the offer you’ve been waiting for. Leaving major appliances can also make good negotiation points once a buyer is interested in your home. In some cases, you might be able to negotiate the sale of your washer and dryer, or even furniture and electronics.

Fix the Eye Sores

There are many investment properties like foreclosures that are sold based on their exact condition. To differentiate your home for potential homebuyers, it’s best to have your home inspected for rodents and fix the scratches and nicks around your home. A prospective homebuyer will appreciate a well-maintained home that they are looking to buy.

Staging Is Beneficial

This could mean painting the outdoor of your home, maintaining the landscape and even adding furniture in your front and backyard that allows prospective homebuyers to visualize their life in this home. Entertaining and spending time outdoors may be a selling feature for many homebuyers so purchasing or renting furniture will benefit you in the long run.

Listen to Your Agent

It’s important to do your research and to find an experienced realtor that has a successful track record. Listen to their recommendations! When it comes to pricing your home, ask your realtor for the sales prices of three homes around your neighborhood. Calculate the average of all the prices and drop your price 10-15% lower than the other homes. This gives your home more viewings and a potential bidding war for your home!

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Before You Buy Your First Home – Tips for Home Buyers


If you’re a homebuyer and you’re looking for that dream neighborhood, here are a few tips that you should take note of before jumping into that real estate investment.

Outweighing the Benefits

Folks who are looking to buy a home for the first time will have crunched the numbers before even looking for a home. Your friends and family will have recommended that you buy a home as it will ultimately benefit you in the future and reward you with a great investment opportunity. Once you’re aware of the cost of renting a home versus paying a monthly mortgage, you’ll soon realize that the numbers are pretty close. When that hurdle has been passed, you can start searching for your dream home.

Researching the perfect property

The Internet is an incredible discovery that gives homebuyers a greater chance of finding that perfect neighborhood, the type of home you want and the location you prefer to reside in. You’re given the opportunity of viewing countless properties, which will help you in creating a list of needs that are required in your home.

The length it takes to find the perfect home

It’s important to note that homebuyers who are highly motivated will purchase a home in less than a month. It’s crucial that you have a great relationship with your realtor and that they understand your essential needs in a home.

Rating each home you see

Viewing homes can be an exhausting experience, our tip is to keep a digital camera (or camera phone) handy and take pictures of each property you view. Take notes on what you love and dislike about each home and note the overall design to get a better grasp of the differences between the homes you view. Also, pay attention to what is around the neighborhood, such as where the closest hiking trails are, shopping malls and even major freeways. After having viewed the home, rate it on a scale from 1 to 10 and revisit the photos of the properties to start eliminating your options.

Do a double take

After you have viewed all the homes the realtor has for you, you will have a good idea of the homes you are interested in. Ask your realtor for another viewing and make sure there aren’t any offers on it yet. The homes you look at again will be seen in a different light as you view elements that you overlooked the first time. At this stage of the game, it’s in your best interest to contact your realtor and let them know that you are interested in buying your dream home and making an offer!

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Tips Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Know


Buying a home is always an intimidating experience, especially if you’re a first time buyer and lack sufficient resources to purchase and look for a home. Doing your research beforehand will save you time, money and a potential problem that could have been resolved in advance.

What better than to share with our readers two great tips that every first time homebuyer should be aware of.

Tip 1: Be flexible with your price range

When we first start to consider the idea of purchasing a home we crunch numbers based on what we can afford and what the bank is willing to lend us. Occasionally we become so confident that our price range starts going up, hoping that our dream home is listed in that category and that we’d be willing to bring the price back down to our range. Unfortunately, homes that are at a higher range than what you’re willing to spend will have a number of different offers and tend to sell higher than the asking price.

The solution to finding your dream home is to bring your price back down, even lower than your budget and your options will widen. Real estate can be tough sometimes, the trick is to be a little bit more flexible with your price and alter it based on the asking price.

Tip 2: Never judge a home by its current interior

Sometimes viewing a home with your realtor can be an emotionally draining experience. The homes that you fall in love with tend to be off the market in a very short time as chances are another homebuyer purchased it in the blink of an eye. When buying a home, we never recommend you dwell on a property that you lost out on. It’s best to move on and look for something that has lots of potential. The majority of the time you’ll stumble upon a home that has been decorated for a different era. Your expectations were high and you anticipated a well maintained home with a spectacular kitchen and move in ready, unfortunately that’s not always the case.

The solution is to invest in a property that has major potential to become your dream home. Sometimes all it takes is fresh paint, new hardwood floors and an optimistic attitude when you think about the return on investment in the future.

Our advice for you future homebuyers is to always do your own research before buying a home. It’s best to have a general price range that you’re flexible with and an optimistic vision when faced with an unfortunate interior. As always, when in doubt ask your local realtor for advice, they’ll be happy to bring you closer to your future home!

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The Rise in Home Prices– A Great Opportunity for All


If you’re a current homeowner in Atlanta thinking of selling your home, you’re in luck as existing home sales have risen to 4.2% since 2009. The future of real estate has been proven to be profitable with these promising numbers, as residential homes have risen in terms of investment. This is an incredible opportunity for those buying a home as well! Your dream home awaits you in the Greater Atlanta Area with spectacular city views and spacious living for you and your family.

Home prices have risen up to 15.4% in the past year, which is great for the economy and those who are looking to sell. As of May 2013, the national median for existing home prices is at a staggering $208,000. Metro Atlanta has seen a significant rise in home prices and they are now at their highest in 7 years. The sudden rise is as a result of fewer people selling their home and more waiting for the best time to increase their return on investment.

Compared to previous years, real estate numbers have undeniably risen and realtors across Atlanta are confident that existing and future homebuyers will benefit from these figures. Part of the reason behind home prices rising is the limited supply of foreclosures. The lack of competition has given sellers the ability to raise the price of their homes. The rise in home prices also gives current homeowners who are looking to reduce their debt a good opportunity to sell. It also boosts the economy by increasing the construction of homes and kick starting employment rates.

For the house hunters looking for a deal, now is your chance to buy a foreclosure or home at an affordable price as they have decreased from 25% originally to 18% in May. From a realtor’s perspective, purchasing a foreclosure is a great investment opportunity at a fraction of the cost. It is a win-win situation as the bank avoids the costs of having to foreclose, the owner avoids foreclosure on their record and you get a bargain price for investing in this property.

Although the rise in home prices is considered a catch 22, the near future is the best chance to purchase or sell a home. If you’re a homebuyer looking for the perfect home, now is the time to contact your realtor to inquire about the opportunities surrounding you. For the home sellers, you have the ability to wait for the value of your house to rise or you can sell it now if you’re struggling to pay the bills. Take full advantage of the foreclosures that are offered around your community, as those tend to be the best return on your investment!


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3 Things You Need to Know before Selling a Home:

People sell their homes for various reasons. Here are a few things you’ll want to know to facilitate the process.

1. The Value of Your Home.

The one thing that is most likely on every seller’s mind is how to get top dollar for their home! Agents will look at what has sold in the area and make comparisons to competitively price your property. The market may be slightly different from when the last houses in the area sold, but these numbers will give your Real Estate Agent a point of reference.

2. The “How-To” for Attracting Buyers.

Attracting buyers is one of the fundamental steps in selling a home. The front of the house, landscaping, and exterior features are the first things that the buyer sees, so be sure that these are presentable to potential buyers. There are several ways to attract buyers and create quality traffic. Some of the most effective ways to attract potential buyers are to have:

  • Professional signage
  • A broker’s network of associates
  • Prospects
  • Open houses
  • Hard work

3. The Impact of Simplicity.

Keep the staging simple when selling your home. Simplifying your space allows prospects to visualize and use their imagination for decorating their potential new home. Clutter may create a block in this imaginative process and be a distraction. When there is less to look at, it is easier to make a decision. Make buying your home the easy choice.

Whatever your reason for selling your home, these three tips will be of great value to your selling experience.


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The Atlantic

Growing in popularity lately, I have received a lot of requests from some of my new clients wanting to see homes available at The Atlantic. The Atlantic is a 40+ story condo building located in the heart of Atlantic Station. It rests just between Midtown and West Midtown with it’s own zip code for the area.

Pool at The Atlantic Condos

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Some really nice features:

  • Floor to ceiling glass windows in many of the units.
  • More than 50 unique floorplans
  • Great value and price – homes start from the $280s
  • Luxurious lobby and common areas
  • Large fitness room and club room
  • Pool area with hot tub

From the time you witness the architecture of The Atlantic’s building style up to entering the lobby, it has a luxurious feel that is reminiscent of early 1930’s art deco style with a modern twist. As one of the newer high-rise developments in Atlanta, this one definitely tops the list for many of our clients who want to call this place home.

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Top Reasons To Buy a Home for the Next 20 Years

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