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Should you Buy or Rent?

08/07/2020
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This is a question most of us will likely face in our lives, whether buying a house makes more financial sense than renting a home.  Need help with the calculations?  Check out this helpful tool https://www.realtor.com/mortgage/tools/rent-or-buy-calculator/

Does buying a new home make more sense for you?  Can’t wait to get started hunting for your new home? Just follow this link to start your search and let me know how I can help:  http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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It’s that time of year again…

07/31/2020
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Property Tax Notice of Assessments are now out in many counties.

You’ve probably received your tax assessment by now.  I’ve already received my first call asking for help appealing the estimated value. And I’m happy to help!

Some homeowners are seeing significant increases in the tax assessor’s opinion of their property value. If that happened to you, don’t worry, you can appeal the tax value. However, you must act quickly; all appeals must be filed within 45 days from the date of the Notice of Assessment.  The notice will have instructions on how to file your appeal & I’ll be happy to help you with comps for your appeal, all you have to do is ask.

If you or someone you know feels like their property has been hugely overestimated contact me today to help with your appeal!

If tax value isn’t a concern & you just want to know what homes are selling for in your area I can help with that too! Just contact 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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Time for a new Career?

07/22/2020
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July 2020 Career night (1)

If you or someone you know is considering a career change to real estate this is a great opportunity to learn more about the industry to help you make that decision. You’ll hear the truth (really) about the real estate business from some our office’s top producers. BTW, our office was the top producer in the Southeast Region last year, which is another reason it’s a great place to start! Please let me know if you’d like to join us so I can look out for you.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89022536076?fbclid=IwAR3CRH58lkaLjJ6IaGPnGPuY2Vmew1fmcZnD3Zuaj6e3KkGfF2dlczqEVDc#success

All the best,

Debby


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Can you help these buyers find a new home?

07/15/2020
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home search

Inventory was already low & that situation hasn’t improved. Overall, the stock of homes for sale in Atlanta is down at least 25% from the same time last year. That makes it a little challenging to find homes for our buyers. We need your help to find a new home for a father, his daughter & 3 young grandchildren. We’ve searched & searched & searched with no luck. Here’s what they’re looking for:

  • Single Family or Townhome in Woodstock (or as close to Woodstock as possible)
  • Minimum 3 bedrooms & 2 full baths
  • Backyard that is usable for play (single family home)
  • Basement is a nice to have
  • Some cosmetics OK, just not a major fixer upper
  • Up to $240,000

If you or someone you know has a match please let me know TODAY. This could be a great way to sell the house while avoiding all the preparation for listing & showing! Just like “those sites” offer except you’ll have better representation. 😉

And if you’re rethinking your housing needs; I’m ALWAYS happy to help with that too! Just contact me ASAP to get started. Can’t wait? 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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Historically low interest rates-REALLY

07/10/2020
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Interest Rates are in the 2’s!

low interest rates

Good news; interest rates have reached historical lows….in the 2%’s! That gives you a TON MORE BUYING POWER! Which means you can get a lot more home for your money! This won’t last forever & you’re encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity NOW!

Additionally, if you like your current home & want to stay, this is also an amazing chance to save money each month by refinancing your existing mortgage! As your Atlanta Real Estate Concierge I’ll gladly connect you with the right Lender to help you explore your options. Just contact me TODAY to get started!

Can’t wait to get started hunting for your new home? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Whole house disinfecting discount

06/11/2020
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bugbuster

Great news! Bug Busters is offering a super special on whole house disinfecting for only $100. This special was for agents & recent clients only. However, Your Atlanta Real Estate Concierge has special permission to offer to my friends, clients & colleagues.  Even if you’re not buying or selling, you may still want to consider taking advantage of this great opportunity to help keep your house germ free. All you have to do is contact Mario Ceo & be sure to mention I sent you:

Mario Ceo

Director of Strategic Accounts

Bug Busters USA

mceo@bugbustersusa.com

WWW.BugBustersUSA.com

770-517-0200 x738

PO Box 2129

Acworth, Ga 30102

And if there’s anything else I can do to help you, just ask!

All the best,

Debby


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Get Ready for a Fast-Evolving Market

06/03/2020
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Yun: Get Ready for a Fast-Evolving Market

6-3-20

Click here for the full video:

https://www.nar.realtor/pivot-in-place/navigating-the-economy-housing-market-through-covid-19

Pent-up housing demand during state shutdowns is about to be unleashed as many coronavirus-related restrictions to daily life are lifted or relaxed and consumers return to the real estate market, says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®. In the latest video from NAR’s “Pivot in Place” series, Yun says home sales are bouncing back from their bottom during the COVID-19 pandemic and offers strategies to prepare your clients to make moves quickly amid the return of bidding wars.

Looking forward, the market is ripe for robust activity. Mortgage applications are defying economists’ expectations, rising 54% since April, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported last week. Mortgage rates for 30-year loans have broken through record lows three times in as many months, making borrowing costs favorable for prospective buyers who are looking to get off the fence and purchase. And even though NAR reported a 21.8% drop in pending home sales in April, the association says they likely won’t go any lower. Meanwhile, home prices continue to rise, even as uncertainty around the pandemic persists.

June is Homeownership Month! If you or someone you know is considering selling (&/or buying) a home this is the time to get your property ready for the market! New research shows that despite the ongoing risks of the pandemic, 65% of consumers are ready to attend an open house or take a home tour in person. (Learn more about buyers’ and sellers’ attitudes and expectations in the current market.) Here are six low-budget home improvement ideas to help sellers spruce up their homes.

NAR is keeping REALTORS® up to date on coronavirus-related news & wanted to give you an inside peek at some of the info the National Association of Realtors® shares with us. Click on any of the links above to dig deeper into that topic. Still have questions? You know I’m always happy to help!

All the best,

Debby


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Time for a new Career?

05/27/2020
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career5-27-20

If you or someone you know is considering a career change to real estate this is a great opportunity to learn more about the industry to help you make that decision. You’ll hear the truth (really) about the real estate business from some our office’s top producers. BTW, our office was the top producer in the Southeast Region last year, which is another reason it’s a great place to start! Please let me know if you’d like to join us so I can look out for you.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82074576070?

All the best,

Debby


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Sometimes it’s WHO you know!

05/20/2020
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Especially in a real estate transaction! Someone recently shared a story about a Closing Attorney who kept the money instead of paying off seller’s mortgages. In an effort to remain under the radar, he continued making the mortgage payments. He eventually got caught. Imagine that? The person that shared this story with me, Larry Feldman, ended up helping one of the nefarious closing attorney’s victims. Larry is a TOTALLY AWESOME closing attorney who truly does go that extra mile! When one of those big banks sat on a payoff check for 10 days & then wanted to charge the seller for 10 days of interest, he got it fixed. He helped a client of mine save a $340,000 deal & avoid foreclosure over a $23,000 2nd mortgage. If Larry hadn’t gone to the extra effort to get the deal closed on New Years Eve it would have gone to auction on the courthouse steps a few days later (1st Tuesday of every month). Larry has been beyond instrumental in helping me with miscellaneous issues too.

Therefore, it goes beyond having a trusted Realtor®, like me. It’s also who that Realtor® knows. My success is partially reliant on being a trusted resource with vendors who have my client’s & my back! So next time you need repairs around the house, Inspectors, Lenders, Attorneys, etc. just ask. Always happy to connect you with the right person for the job! To get things started, here’s who to call for ALL of your real estate related needs that involve an amazing person & Closing Attorney:

Larry Feldman, Esq.

Feldman Law Offices, LLC

1847 Peeler Road – Suite C

Dunwoody, GA 30338

770-393-4757 phone

678-391-4915 fax

www.feldman-law.net

BTW, if you’ve had an absolutely amazing vendor experience, please share their info, it’s always good to keep adding to my list!

Meanwhile, if you’re getting bored & looking for a diversion; check out the NEW features on my KW App; you can search anywhere in the Country, over multiple platforms! 

https://app.kw.com/KW4RHIFV

All the best,

Debby


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Can you help these buyers find a home?

05/13/2020
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home search

Need your help to find a new home for some extra special buyers; my nephew & his girlfriend. They’re expecting their first baby in a few months & we need to get them in a house before the baby makes his appearance. We’ve had low inventory & COVID isn’t helping. Here’s what they’re looking for:

  • Newnan/Sharpsburg area
  • Prefer East Coweta, Newnan or Northgate High School Districts
  • Up to $325,000
  • 3 or more bedrooms
  • At least 2 full baths
  • 1+ Acre
  • Built from 1984 on-open floor plan
  • Basement is a nice to have
  • They’d REALLY love a lot on a lake (small, private lake is OK)

 

If you or someone you know has a potential match, please let me know ASAP! We’ll all be eternally grateful!

 

Meanwhile, if you’re getting bored & looking for a diversion; check out the NEW features on my KW App; you can search anywhere in the Country, over multiple platforms! 

https://app.kw.com/KW4RHIFV

Be well!

All the best,

Debby


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