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Holiday Safety Tips

12/05/2018
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With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season among us, it’s easy to get distracted, especially while shopping.  Had an email reminder from the Dunwoody Police Dept about some recent purse snatchings happening in the Atlanta area.  Think we all can use this reminder to keep our self and our belongings safe this time of year.

1. When shopping at a busy mall, if possible, leave your large handbags at home

Bring only items that you really need, such as ID and a bit of cash in your wallet. Place them safely in your pocket. You can use a small purse or a bag if you want to bring additional items like keys, phone or makeup, but do keep them hidden in plain sight.

2. Don’t carry any more cash or credit cards than needed

More often than not, bringing one credit card is enough. Make sure you have written the customer service number on a piece of paper or somewhere, so you can report it in the event your purse is stolen. That said, it is better to keep your cellphone in your pocket and not in your purse while shopping. (Keep them separated)

3. Be aware of the area around you

Awareness of your surroundings is one of the most important factors you need to consider when you’re out shopping. Take a good look at the faces and hands of people who might approach or pass through you. Do not appear to be vulnerable or exposed and make sure you can describe them if such incident occurs. Most of these snatchers like to strike swiftly without being recognized. They also like to strike from behind so be fully aware of your surroundings all the time.

4. Hold your purse close to your body

Whether you’re on a bus, a train, or just walking/shopping – hold your bag securely and close to your body. You can also wear it under your jacket or coat and keep it unexposed.

5. Do not leave your purse in your shopping cart or on a counter

Not even for a moment. Also, do not hang your purse in a stroller.

6. Do not leave your belongings unattended on a table or chair beside you in a restaurant.

Keep your belongings very close to you at all times. This includes purses, shopping bags, laptop bags and any other personal belonging that you have.

7. Record credit card assistance numbers.

You will want to call and cancel your credit cards immediately in the event your cards are stolen. Never record account numbers or other personal information in your cell phone in the event of your cell phone being stolen.

Be alert and safe this holiday season and be sure to pass these tips on to friends and family!

All the best,

Debby

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Pictures with Santa

11/07/2018
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Keller Williams Realty-First Atlanta Presents……

Pictures with Santa

Get your holiday season off to a good start with FREE Pictures with Santa!

We’ll have cookies, cocoa & holiday crafts for the kids too!

When: Saturday, December 1st from 10-12

Where:

Keller Williams Realty-First Atlanta

200 Glenridge Point Pkwy, #100

Atlanta, GA 30342

Reserve your time by following this link: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/sqheo

HURRY! Space is limited and spots are filling up fast!

Is a new home on your Christmas Wish List?  Start searching now! Just follow this link:

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

All the best,

Debby


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Atlanta Market-3rd Quarter

10/24/2018
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Atlanta Market is

Lookin’ Good in the 3rd Quarter!

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Our 3rd Quarter Report has just been released. Delighted to say the Atlanta Market performed well during the 3rd Quarter! It’s still a seller’s market (in most price ranges)! Inventory remains relatively low in the <$500,000 range which continues to drive prices up. Sales prices for single family detached homes are up 7% compared to last year & 11% higher for attached homes. This is causing some sellers to be overconfident in the value of their homes. They are overpricing their homes & that’s why failed listings (that didn’t sell the first time) are up 2.9%. The pending listings will ultimately offset the lower # of sold homes. Another encouraging factor is the % of Distressed Sales (foreclosures & short sales) continues to decrease.  If you would like to see the entire 3rd Quarter Report just ask & I’ll be happy to email it to you!

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? I can help with that too! Just call or email for the answer. Can’t wait? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Free pumpkin…

10/17/2018
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Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? Call me today for the answer. Can’t wait? Just follow this link…

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

All the best,

Debby


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Atlanta is in top 15 of fastest growing markets

10/09/2018
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More good news……USA Today ranked Atlanta as #13 in top growing markets! The article specifically mentions: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta (the areas I know best) based on this data:

  • 1-yr. change in median home sale price: 11.7 percent
  • Median home sale price 2017 Q2: $204,900
  • Median home sale price 2018 Q2: $228,800
  • July unemployment: 3.5 percent

A big contributor is that people are moving from large, urban areas in the Northeast to suburban areas in the South & West. Which is one of the reasons I chose real estate as my 2nd career; those Yankees keep moving here. I’ve watched this city grow since I was a small child. The plethora of info/trivia I know about the city & its Suburbs has been very useful to my clients.

Additionally, after 17 years as a Realtor® I’ve gained an abundance of knowledge about home construction, maintenance, etc. Including how truly clueless I was, about taking care of a home, prior to real estate. It would be my pleasure to put that expertise to work for you as well! So if you or someone you know is considering buying or selling a home, contact me TODAY to take advantage of all this intelligence!

To see the rest of the article just follow this link:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/real-estate/2018/09/21/fastest-growing-shrinking-housing-markets/37867847/

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? Call me today for the answer. Can’t wait? Just follow this link…

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

Picture source: https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2016/03/16/atlanta-skyline-ranks-among-most-beautiful-in.html

All the best,

Debby


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09/26/2018
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Look out for Leaves

 

We’ve had quite a bit of rain and falling leaves lately. Soon your roofs, gutters and walkways will have a thick coat of wet leaves. It’s important to clear those leaves off of your roof and gutters to prevent damage to your roof as well as avoid wood rot and other potential home maintenance issues. Even if you have gutter guards; debris still gets in the gutters which can lead to back up. It’s also a very good idea to pull leaves away from your house and foundation to be sure water flows away from the house instead of toward it.  Another beneficial item on the list is to add extensions to your gutter downspouts to insure water goes as far away from the foundation as possible. Heed this wise advice and you’ll thank me later because your home will be warm, dry and cozy this winter. You’ll also have less maintenance chores in the Spring.

Looking for a new home with less trees & leaves, more space, less space or different locale? It would be my pleasure to help! Just contact me today to get started. Can’t wait? Just follow the link below to find your dream home:

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

All the best,

Debby


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August Market Brief

09/19/2018
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Here’s the latest sales data from the Atlanta Board of Realtors:

Atlanta REALTORS® Market Brief

August 2018 Edition

The Atlanta REALTORS® (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its August 2018 Market Brief on residential housing statistics in metro-Atlanta. The Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single family residential properties. This summary covers 11 counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Paulding and Rockdale.

August Comments
Demand: August residential sales were at 5,062, a decrease of 9.7% from the previous year.

Price: Average and median sales prices continue to gain traction and outpace 2017’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in August was $268,000, an increase of 8.1% from last August. The average sales price was $335,000, up 9.5% from the previous year.

Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 14,812 units in August, a decrease of 2.8% from August, 2017. New listings totaled 5,208, up 5.2% from August, 2017 and down 2.9% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period increased to 3.0 months.

A Word from 2018 Atlanta REALTORS® President Bill Murray: “The most significant challenges facing the housing market stem from insufficient inventory, where new home construction is not keeping up to meet demand. I expect that over the coming year, home sales will remain robust with an anticipated rise in inventory that will help moderate price growth.”

The data in this report was compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS). For more information on details of this month’s report, please contact the Association at 404.250.0051.

*Each month, the numbers reported for the previous month are updated to reflect additional recordings.

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? Call me today for the answer. Can’t wait? Just follow this link…

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

All the best,

Debby


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New listing – Lovely Lithia Springs Ranch!

08/29/2018
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No Labor required here…this one is MOVE-IN READY!

4235 N Martin Way

Rocky Hills Subdivision

 $162,000

3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths

  • Hard to find ranch with a full basement!
  • Showcase condition-Maintained to perfection by only 2 owners; fantastic upgrades throughout! Extra amenities include NEW ROOF, hardwood floors, updated lighting plumbing fixtures & much more!
  • Kitchen – Features durable beauty w/practical convenience; stained cabinets w/granite counters, under counter sink,  tile backsplash, oven w/warming drawer, gas cooktop, stainless appliances & hardwood floor!
  • Family Room-Generous sized room w/crown molding & hardwood floors, big windows provide plenty of natural light!
  • Dining Room – Open to kitchen & family room; excellent for entertaining!
  • Marvelous Master –  Big room w/ large closet, hardwood floor & ceiling fan!
  • Master Bath –Updated vanity, mirror & lights, tile floor & partial tile wall!
  • Generous Secondary Bedrooms –Gleaming hardwood floors & updated light fixtures!
  • Laundry Room-Conveniently located off kitchen, includes pantry & extra storage area!
  • Full, Daylight Basement- Interior & exterior entry, unfinished; ready for your customizations!
  • Private, fenced back yard w/patio- Great spot to chill & grill, play & garden! .475 Acres; lots of space!
  • Great Location-Just minutes from I-20, Arbor Place Mall,  Deerlick Park & Six Flags!

Click here to check out additional pictures: https://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview-tour/fmls/6061276

Not the home you’re looking for?  Start the search for your dream home here: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

All the best,

Debby


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Another satisfied Seller

08/22/2018
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In this real estate market, a good agent is very important when buying or selling a home.  See what my latest client had to say about his selling experience below:

Review Rating: 5

“Debby Braun provided great real estate service when I wanted to sell a condo. She suggested steps to take to prepare the condo for showing, including referring me to a great and reasonably priced painter. She was organized and professional throughout the process. She is very knowledgeable about her business and able to clearly explain answers to any questions a client may have.”

mcoggen
3206 Lake Pointe Circle

To read more reviews from my past clients, click here: https://www.zillow.com/profile/DebbyBraunKW/#reviews

Wondering how I can help you with your real estate needs? Contact me TODAY to learn more. Can’t wait to find out how sales are doing in your neighborhood? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Can you help these buyers find a home?

08/17/2018
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Know of an available home that fits the criteria below?  We’ve seen everything on the market and my buyers haven’t quite found exactly what they are looking for.  Here’s a brief description of what we need:

 

Roswell, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody or East Cobb area

  • Townhouse or Condo (prefer townhouse)
  • Minimum 2 BDR/2 BA, 3 bedrooms is even better
  • Covered parking would be nice to have but not necessary
  • Up to $200,000

 

If you or someone you know has a match for these clients please contact me ASAP! It will help you get to your next spot faster & you’ll save time, money & energy because you won’t have to get the house in showing condition. If this is a match for you I can help you find your new home too! Can’t wait to see what’s out there? Just follow this link to find your dream home:

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

All the best,

Debby


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