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School Supply Drive

07/15/2019
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The Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta Culture Committee has organized a School Supply Drive.  We have Adopted a Class out of Scott Elementary School in NW Atlanta, Atlanta City Schools.  Here is a note from the teacher and below is the list of supplies needed.  Anything you can dontate would be greatly appreciated!

Our Classroom and School:

    I teach 1st grade at Scott Elementary School.  We are part of Atlanta Public Schools and located in Northwest Atlanta.  Our population is about 93% African American and 7% Hispanic.  100% of our students come from low-income families and qualify for free breakfast and lunch.  Our school is in the process of becoming STEM certified and we challenge our students daily to stretch their creativity and problem-solving skills through hands-on activities and working as a team.  I love working at Scott Elementary.  While there are many challenges that accompany poverty and academic deficits, our students are exuberant, intelligent, kind, and brave.  I learn new things every day from my students, but the biggest lesson has been resiliency.  They are experiencing things at 6 and 7 years old that I could never have imagined at that age, yet they come to school everyday ready to learn, grow, and spread their joy.  

     My school does the best they can to provide for their students, but the truth is there’s simply not enough.  Not enough money, time, manpower, or energy.  But through the help of people like you, we are able to give our students a new narrative.  At the beginning of my first year at Scott, my classroom did not have a rug.  My students were gathering for morning meeting and center work on cold, hard, dirty tile floors and doing so without opposition or a single complaint.  My principal, who is truly amazing, told me that he would try his best but that there was just not enough in the budget to afford a rug right now.  I took the matter into my own hands and, through the generosity of strangers on donorschoose.com, my students were given a beautiful, plush, large, new rug!  My student’s response to their gift was shock.  They couldn’t believe they mattered enough to be given something so nice.  This is the difference we can make in these students lives!  Yes, helping them to learn how to read and do math (which is incredibly important) but also helping them to learn that they are worth more than they could ever imagine.  That is how we give young people in our country a new story and start to break the vicious cycle of poverty and illiteracy.  

    I can’t thank you enough for even being willing to help!  I haven’t met my students for the 2019-2020 but I can assure you they will ecstatic to receive any and all supplies.  Thank you for being a huge part of their success in school and helping them learn that they are deserving of the whole world.

-Mrs. Fisher

Materials Needed:

Let’s do what we can to help these kids have a great school year!!!

 

All the best,

Debby

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How long will it take to sell my house?

06/25/2019
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How Inventory Affects Home Sales

Inventory – Residential-Detached 

We currently have 14% more single family homes for sale than a year ago. As mentioned a few weeks ago, inventory impacts sales prices & selling time. Sellers in some price ranges are enjoying the benefits of less competition, some not so much. For example, months of inventory represents the time it would take to sell a house/absorption (if no other listings were added). Below 6-7 months of inventory represents a seller’s market; homes go under contract in a few days, sometimes with multiple offers & at close to or higher than list price. The reverse can be the case for price ranges with 7-8 months of inventory; up to a year or more to sell. Which also means keeping the house in perfect showing condition for months & months too (trust me, it’s not fun). Here’s a breakdown of housing supply by price range:

   Price Range

$100-$249,000                   1-2 months of inventory

$250-$449,000                   3-4 months of inventory

$450-$599,000                   5-6 months of inventory

$600-$699,000                   7 months of inventory

$700-$799,000                   8 months of inventory

$800-$899,000                   9 months of inventory

$900-$999,000                   10 months of inventory

$1MM-$2MM                    13 months of inventory

$2MM-$5MM                    24 months of inventory

$5MM+                            48 months of inventory

Of course, the absorption varies in different areas. Always happy to share more specifics for your neighborhood. All you have to do is ask. Can’t wait? Just follow this link for the answer: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Atlanta Market Sales Prices

06/25/2019
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Atlanta Market

Average Sales Price

Residential-Detached

The First Multiple Listing System (FMLS) has just released the May numbers. More good news…..Sales prices in the Atlanta Market continue to rise! Average sales prices for both detached & attached homes are up 5% YTD vs. May 2018.  Low inventory, in most price ranges, continues to be a contributing factor.

However, inventory is increasing; 14% more single family homes are for sale this year than the same time last year. More homes on the market means more competition for sellers which can lead to longer selling time & lower price.  Did you know there is a direct relationship between length of time on market & price? The longer a listing is on the market, the lower the sales price. Therefore, understanding the inventory & other market factors is crucial to your sales success. Of course, an experienced Realtor©, like me, will be sure you’re well prepared with all the right market data.

Wondering about sales prices & inventory in your neighborhood? Always happy to answer all your questions, all you have to do is ask! Can’t wait? Just follow this link:

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

All the best,

Debby


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05/09/2019
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The market is hot, do I need a Realtor® to sell my house?

Thankfully, it looks like we’re going to have another HOT selling season this year. This has many sellers thinking they will save some money (on commissions) & sell their house themselves. In reality, they are likely, unexpectedly, costing themselves money. Putting a sign in the yard & lockbox on the door is the easy part. It’s what happens after that when things get tricky. Here are just a few points to consider before committing to sell “By Owner”:

NEGOTIATING PROCEDURES

Are you

1.      Able to accept and evaluate contract offers unemotionally?

2.      Mindful that you and the FSBO buyer have the same primary goal – to save the commission?  Your goal is to receive market price without paying a commission.  The FSBO Buyer’s goal is reduce your market price by the amount of the commission.

3.      Knowledgeable of how to protect your interest and avoid giving away valuable negotiating points while showing your house?

4.      Aware of your negotiating parameters and how to negotiate a win- win situation?

5.      Able to navigate multiple offer situations?

 

ROM CONTRACT TO CLOSING PROCEDURES

Are you

1.      Aware that the greatest challenge in selling your house is not finding a buyer and getting a contract, but getting to the closing table?

2.      Comfortable you can overcome the inevitable “buyer’s remorse” syndrome?

3.      Prepared to deal with any buyer’s loan challenges required for final loan approval?

4.      Willing to deal with and overcome inspection issues?

5.      Knowledgeable of how to deal with low appraisals?

6.      Able to effectively deal with emotional closing issues?

These are only a few points to consider. Of course, there are a lot more things to think about. To see the rest of the potential challenges & pitfalls contact me today. I’ll gladly share the rest of the report with you!

Wondering about the value of your home in today’s market. Always happy to help with that too, all you have to do is ask. Can’t wait, just follow this link for the answer:

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

All the best,

Debby


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RED Day-May 9th–giving back to the community

04/18/2019
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So may be wondering – What is Red Day? RED stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, it is Keller Williams Realty’s annual day of service. RED Day was created in 2009 to honor one of our founders, Mo Anderson’s, birthday by spending the day away from our businesses serving worthy organizations and causes in our communities. RED Day is just another example of our commitment to each other and the cities and towns where we live and work.

This year on May 9th, my office wants to really make an impact – we’ve identified 4 different projects & we need your help to make this happen. You can help by donating items for each Charity. This is what we need:

Project 1 – Dunwoody Nature Center –

Collecting – Bottles of glue/glue sticks, Single Color Packs Construction paper, Colored Markers, Pipe cleaners, Googly Eyes

Project 2 – Foster Care Support –

Collecting – Girls and Boys NEW Swimsuits

Project 3 – Life Line Animal Services –

Collecting – Cans of Wet Cat/Dog Food, New or Used Collars/Leashes

Project 4 – Seven Bridges to Recovery

Collecting – Paper towels, toilet paper & Kleenex

Of course, we will always take donations to purchase supplies as well. If you have items or funds to donate please let me know & I’ll pick them up. We’ll be extraordinarily grateful & you’ll earn some good Karma.

“You can’t always change the world, but you can change someone else’s world.”

All the best,

Debby


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Sip & Shop

04/18/2019
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Happy Hour & Happy Gifts

Mother’s Day, Graduations, Weddings & other happy gift giving occasions are around the corner. Make your shopping stress free & fun by visiting our Happy Hour & Happy Gifts event. Join our super Stella & Dot hostess, Danielle Miller & me at Le Meridien Hotel lobby bar to sip & shop, your first drink is on me:

Thursday, 4/25 from 5 to 7

LE MERIDIEN

ATLANTA PERIMETER

111 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, GA 30346

lemeridien.com/atlantaperimeter

Not able to attend & still want a super shopping experience? Contact Stella & Dot Hostess:

Danielle Miller

678-758-1854

dmiller0719@yahoo.com

Stella & Dot

Please let us know if you’ll be able to join us so we can be sure to keep an eye out for you. Look forward to seeing you on the 25th!

All the best,

Debby

 


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Property Tax Appeals

04/11/2019
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It’s that time of year again…

Property Tax Notice of Assessments are now out in many counties.

Gwinnett County has just sent out tax assessment estimates for 2019. The first call has already come in for help appealing the estimated value. The other Counties will be sending their assessments out soon.

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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Atlanta is in the Top 10!

04/04/2019
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Atlanta is one of the Top10 Cities that will Dominate Home Construction in 2019!

According to Realtor.com, Atlanta is #4 in new construction starts! Affordability, desirable climate & an International Airport are just a few of the reasons people move to Atlanta. More of them keep coming, thank goodness & there’s a HUGE demand for more housing! Despite the fact that we have more new construction than most cities, we still have a housing shortage.  Which is why renovating older homes is popular in Atlanta. We were in the top 10 in “Fix & Flips” too!

https://www.atlantahomebuilders.com/these-10-cities-will-dominate-home-construction-in-2019/

https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/where-home-flipping-is-up-and-down-the-most/

Whether buying or selling in a low inventory market, one needs to be very strategic in the process. That’s where an experienced Realtor©, like me, who knows what tactics to use to achieve the best for her clients is crucial to your success. So if you or someone you know is considering a move, contact me TODAY to learn more about how you can enjoy a smooth transaction.

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? Always happy to help with that too, all you have to do is ask! Can’t wait? Just follow this link:http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Under contract in only 3 days!

03/20/2019
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4451 Orleans Drive

Dunwoody, GA

Listed this house on Thursday & it was under contract by Sunday! Which also happened to be St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t need the luck of the Irish to get your house sold quickly & for the best price, all you need is ME! So if you or someone you know is considering a move contact me TODAY to learn how you can have the same excellent experience!

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? Always happy to help with that too! Can’t wait? 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!!!

03/05/2019
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

May the luck of the Irish be with you today.  And don’t forget to wear your green!

Impress your loved ones today with these fun St. Patrick’s Day facts:

  • St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish national holiday with banks, stores, and businesses closing for the day.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston (1737).
  • Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.
  • The color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue.
  • Wearing green has become a staple of St. Patrick’s Day, but the holiday was originally associated with the color blue. It’s thought that the shift to green happened because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag and the shamrock, or clover. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn as early as the 17th century.
  • Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.
  • 1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed their river green for St Patrick’s Day.
  • Guiness is one of the most popular drinks on St. Patrick’s Day. Here are 34 recipes: http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/eat-cook-with-guinness-stout-beer-recipes-st-patricks-day
  • Shamrock shakes are also very popular (and tasty!)
  • There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
  • The real St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family.
  • Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
  • The world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in an Irish village. It lasts only 100 yards, between the village’s two pubs.
  • To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago dyes the river green for a few hours.
  • St. Patrick never got canonized by a pope, making his saintly status somewhat questionable.

Source: https://www.proflowers.com/blog/interesting-st-patricks-day-facts

Looking to try out your luck in a new home this year? Just follow this link to start your search: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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