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Crack Killed Atlanta Traffic

04/20/2017
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Crack not only killed Apple Jack (for you hip hop fans) it killed Atlanta traffic. We are all doing our best to cope with has to be the worst traffic I’ve ever seen during my 50 years in Atlanta. Wondering what your best work around has been for the traffic; other than the obvious of working from home? As your Atlanta real estate concierge one of my goals is to make your life easier. In that spirit, asking for your suggestions for traffic solutions, will share the responses next week to help you navigate traffic & reach your destination sooner.

Has traffic got you thinking about living closer to work? Always happy to help with that too. Just contact me TODAY. Can’t wait to get started? Simply follow this link to find your dream home with less traffic: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Watch your roof

04/05/2017
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It’s been stormy out there…..Watch your roof for leaks!!!

Two clients had roof leaks recently and I’ve noticed several blue tarps on roofs thanks to all the recent storms lately. That inspired me to remind all of you to be sure to check your roof for leaks. Mother Nature can be VERY powerful, as we are witnessing today here in the South. Wind, hail and falling debris can puncture roofs or lift shingles that may not be visible from the ground. The best way to check for possible leaks is to climb into your attic after a storm. Be sure to examine all the cracks and crevices, especially at points in the roof, valleys where roof lines meet and near the edges along the gutters. BTW, clogged gutters are one of the most common sources of roof leaks. If venturing into the attic isn’t your forte’ at least check for spots/leaks on the interior ceilings in every room, and don’t forget to check the closets.

If you see minor leaks you may want to have your roof evaluated by a qualified roofer prior to calling your insurance company. Should an evaluation reveal you need minor repairs considering paying for them yourself, if possible, instead of making a claim on your homeowner’s insurance. It will save you money in insurance premiums in the future.

Conversely, if you see significant damage don’t hesitate to call your insurance company. That’s why you have hazard insurance. Here’s a perfect example; a few years ago, my house was pelted by hail for at least 20 or 30 minutes. The hail accumulation looked like a snow bank on my deck and driveway. The house had just been painted about 1 ½ years prior. The hail hit so hard it caused the paint to chip right down to the wood on window sills. The gutters were full of shingle gravel. Attending lots of home inspections and dating a contractor taught me a lot about construction. I knew these were not good signs so I made the call to my insurance company. Despite the roof being less than two years old and maxed out with moisture barrier in the valleys, flashing everywhere and drip edge, there was enough damage for the roof to be replaced. Had I not called my insurance company I would not have realized my roof had been compromised that badly and would be chasing roof leaks and ceiling stains all over the house.

If your roof needs to be replaced I’ll gladly refer you to a qualified roofer for the job. Be sure to ask for leftover shingles to have on hand for minor repairs that may arise in the coming years. That way the shingles will match.

Tired of your old roof (current house) and want a new roof over your head? Just follow this link to find your new roof: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

Stay safe out there!

All the best,

Debby


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February Market Brief

03/23/2017
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Atlanta Market Brief

February 2017

Fresh from our friends at the First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) February numbers are looking good; sales prices continue to rise! The Spring selling season has gotten off to a super start & we are expecting 2017 to be a very good year! Inventory remains low with 3.1 months’ supply of listings, which means it’s still a seller’s market; especially in the <$500,000 price ranges. If you or someone you know is considering selling CONTACT ME TODAY to learn more about how you can take advantage of this market’s opportunities.

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? ALWAYS happy to answer questions. Can’t wait to find out? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby

 


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

03/08/2017
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St Patrick’s Day…the one day a year you can get away with pinching someone:)

Impress your friends this year with these silly St Patrick’s Day Facts:

  • Saint Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain at the end of the 4th century AD and taken to Ireland by slavers when he was a teenager.  The exact place of his birth is debatable as some say Scotland and some say Wales but, either way, he’s Irish now.
  • Saint Patrick is said to have banished the snakes from Ireland but in fact, Ireland never had any snakes as the weather was too miserable for the cold-blooded reptiles.  The banished snakes were thought to be symbolic of the pagan druid priests with whom Patrick might have had a few issues to iron out.
  • The global corporate-relations director of Guinness says 5.5 million pints of Guinness are sold on any given day, but this figure rises to an astounding 13 million on St. Patrick’s Day. IBIS World also reports that Saint Patrick’s Day 2012 brought in $245 million in beer sales.
  • Due to strict laws on the curtailment of sales of alcohol on Holy Days in Ireland, from 1927 to 1961, the only place a thirsty Irish person could legally get a drink on Paddy’s day was at The Royal Dublin Dog Show. One TD was reported to complain that it was a grand occasion “except for all the dogs.” At the time, the church and state were worried that the Irish would drink too much on the day. Turns out they were right. Oh well.

Source: http://www.irishcentral.com

Feeling lucky about finding your dream home?  Follow this link to start your search:

http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead…

03/08/2017
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…this Sunday, March 12th! 

And be sure to check your smoke detector batteries

Thinking of moving this Spring?  Use that extra hour of daylight to start the search for your dream home.  Just click on this link to get started:

http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

 

Best Wishes,

– Debby


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Housing supply by price range

03/03/2017
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We all know that inventory in the Atlanta housing market is as shallow as a baby pool. However, you may not know that rule doesn’t apply in all price ranges. The chart above clearly demonstrates we have plenty of housing in the $1,000,000+ range. Sellers in the $750,000-$999,999 will be happy to hear they’re approaching a balanced market (6 months of inventory).  And sellers in the <$500,000 ranges are deliriously delighted about the strong sellers’ market. Of course, everything varies by area &/or neighborhood. Always glad to share specifics about your neighborhood all you have to do is ask. Can’t wait to find out? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

No matter what the price range, choosing the right Realtor® is crucial to getting your house sold too! You want a Realtor® who will help you exploit all the benefits of your house, give you ALL the info you need to make the right choices about price, staging & repairs AND who will properly market the listing. Experience, professionalism & negotiation expertise are extraordinarily important for you have the best representation possible. And you already know a Realtor® who possesses all of those qualities & offers concierge like service. If you or someone you know would like to take advantage of the opportunities presented by our market, contact me TODAY to get started.

All the best,

Debby


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Can you help these buyers find a new home?

02/24/2017
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Some of my favorite clients thought they wanted to live in another city. After being away they realized they missed Atlanta because its sooooooo awesome. The inventory pool here is shallower than the puddle at the end of my driveway and need your help to find them a new home. Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Master on main with a basement
  • Must be on sewer-no septic
  • Level yard for a pool. If it already has one, even better!
  • East Cobb, Kennesaw, Acworth, Woodstock, Alpharetta or Roswell
  • Up to $300,000
  • Fixer uppers OK-thankfully, they have vision

If you or someone you know is considering a move from a house that matches this criteria, please let me know ASAP! This could be a great opportunity to sell your house & save the hassles of getting it ready to list.

Wondering about the value of your home in today’s market? Always happy to help with that, of course. Just call, text or email today for the answer. Can’t wait? Follow this link to check sales in your area: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Happy Valentine’s Day

02/13/2017
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For a heartwarming selling &/or buying experience, call me because Cupid doesn’t work in real estate!!!!  In the meantime, impress your loved ones with this fun Valentine’s Day trivia:

  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year
  • In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  • Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
  • Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
  • Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
  • 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

Source: http://list25.com/25-interesting-facts-valentines-day/5/

All the best,

Debby


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2016 Atlanta Real Estate Market Performance

02/10/2017
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Here’s the scoop on Atlanta Real Estate in 2016

You’ll be pleased to know things are looking good in Atlanta Real Estate! Here’s a brief summary of the numbers:

  • Full Year 2016 Sales: Up by +7.7% compared to 2015
    • Monthly sales in 2017 will likely be higher in each month compared to the same period last year
    • Distressed sales were lower at 4.1% of 4Q 2016 sales, but were 20.7% of sales in the <$100K price range
  • Sales Prices: Median prices were higher by +6.1% in 4Q 2016 at $242K compared to 4Q 2015, at $228K
  • Percent Sales Price/List Price: A median of 96.3%, +.7 percentage points higher compared to 4Q 2015
  • Days on Market: 41 Days, down by -22.6% in 4Q 2016 compared to 4Q 2015

Homes are selling quickly & for more money; great news for sellers! Buyers, don’t fret, interest rates remain historically low in the 4% range (varies by type of loan & amount). Although the Fed is expected to raise the prime rate several times this year. So don’t delay, start your house hunt today…..and you know who to call to help you find that perfect place for your new home.

All the best,

Debby


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Happy Groundhog Day!!!

01/31/2017
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Time to put those winter clothes away for good?  Or will we have another snow day? We’ll just have to wait and see what Punxsutawney Phil has to say about it.  While you wait for warmer weather check out these wacky facts:

  • A groundhog’s diet consists of lots of greens, fruits, and vegetables and very little water. Most of their liquids come from dewy leaves.
  • A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. Groundhogs also whistle in the spring when they begin courting.
  • Insects do not bother groundhogs and germs pretty much leave them alone. They are resistant to the plagues that periodically wipe out large numbers of wild animals. One reason for this is their cleanliness.
  • Groundhogs are one of the few animals that really hibernate. Hibernation is not just a deep sleep. It is actually a deep coma, where the body temperature drops to a few degrees above freezing, the heart barely beats, the blood scarcely flows, and breathing nearly stops.
  • Young Groundhogs are usually born in mid-April or May, and by July they are able to go out on their own. The size of the litter is 4 to 9. A baby groundhog is called a kit or a cub.

source: www.groundhog.org

In loving memory of my favorite Groundhog, my mom, who would be 91 today

All the best,

Debby


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