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Happy Halloween!

10/30/2012
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To get you ready for Halloween, we wanted to share some fun facts about pumpkins that you may not have known:

 

  • Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, which includes cucumbers, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, watermelons and zucchini. These plants are native to Central America and Mexico, but now grow on six continents.
  • The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was in 2005 and weighed 2,020 pounds.
  • Pumpkins have been grown in North America for five thousand years. They are indigenous to the western hemisphere.
  • In 1584, after French explorer Jacques Cartier explored the St. Lawrence region of North America, he reported finding “gros melons.” The name was translated into English as “pompions,” which has since evolved into the modern “pumpkin.”
  • Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.
  • The heaviest pumpkin weighed 1,810 lb 8 oz and was presented by Chris Stevens at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minnesota, in October 2010.
  • Pumpkin seeds should be planted between the last week of May and the middle of June. They take between 90 and 120 days to grow and are picked in October when they are bright orange in color. Their seeds can be saved to grow new pumpkins the next year.

courtesty of www.history.com                

Have a safe Halloween!

Debby

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Atlanta ranks as the 2nd MOST AFFORDABLE place to live!

10/24/2012
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More good news about our awesome city; Interest.com just ranked Atlanta as the 2nd most affordable place to live in the entire Country! Per Mike Sante, Managing Editor at Interest.com “Our study shows that homes in the Atlanta Market are very affordable and that anyone in the market for a home, regardless of price range, should be able to buy a bigger, nicer house than similar buyers in other cities”. To see how Atlanta ranked compared to the other top 25 cities in the report, just follow this link:

http://www.interest.com/mortgage/home-affordability-grade-paycheck-rating/

A recent article by Real Estate Guru, John Adams supports our market’s desirability and encourages buyers to “lock in a rate as soon as you can and rest confidently in the knowledge you caught one of the greatest financial bargains in the history of commercial enterprise.”

Mr. Adams also offered advice for sellers; “I know you are unhappy with the price you will get when you sell, but you will more than make it up on your replacement house if you act now. More importantly, you may miss the chance to put a super-low rate loan on your replacement house.”

Activity for investment properties is still quite brisk; to the point that we’ve attracted out of town Investors who have created a very competitive environment for these lower priced properties. Investors are continually being beaten to &/or out bid on properties. Here’s the entire article:

http://money99.com/content/view/899/29/

So if you or someone you know wants to take advantage of the opportunities presented by today’s market, contact me NOW to be sure not to miss your own deal of the decade. As well as get another last minute tax deduction.

Can’t wait to get started? Just follow this link to find your dream home or ideal investment property: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp


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Can you help these buyers find a new home?

10/18/2012
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Did you know that Business Week has declared Atlanta as the 16th best place to live in America? And I can confirm that with confidence since I grew up here!

http://images.businessweek.com/slideshows/20110920/america-s-50-best-cities#slide20

The good news is lots of other folks think so too and we could use your help locating a new home for them.

I’m still looking for a home in Brookhaven/Ashford Park/Peachtree Dunwoody-Windsor Pkwy/Harts Mill Rd areas:

  • Minimum 5 BDR/4 BA-one bedroom on main
  • Two stories plus basement
  • Brick or brick & frame
  • 1980+-if older must be updated
  • 2+ car garage-not drive under
  • Prefers wood/stained cabinetry (vs. white)
  • Pool or area for pool a big plus
  • $500,000 to $800,000

And here are a few needs from my colleagues:

Buyer Need:

  • Buckhead area
  • Up to $850,000
  • Jackson Elementary District
  • 4+Bdrms (prefer 5)
  • 3,000 square feet
  • Terrace level – daylight preferred
  • Pool or room for a pool
  • Renovated (need not be fully renovated, but move-in ready – not a project)
  • Preferably in an active community with swim/tennis opportunities nearby

Buyer Need:

  • Dunwoody
  • Up to $415,000
  • Vanderlyn Elementary District
  • 3bdrm/2ba or larger
  • With or without a basement
  • Charming with renovations complete in either Kitchen or Bathroom so Buyer has to make limited updates

Buyer Need:

  • Condo/Townhome in Buckhead
  • 2 mile radius of Lenox Square
  • $200k-$400k (may even go a little higher for something really HOT!)
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms minimum
  • High-rise, mid-rise, and townhomes are all OK!

If you or someone you know has a match, please contact me ASAP! Thinking about making a move yourself? Just follow this link to find your dream home: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp


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Happy Columbus Day

10/07/2012
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Some think of Columbus Day as little more than a three-day weekend, three states don’t even formally recognize it (Hawaii, Nevada & South Dakota), and it’s not typically celebrated or paraded in any particular way.  However, our country may not exist as it does today without the courage of the day’s namesake.

So, to celebrate Christopher Columbus and his holiday, here are some quick and interesting facts:

  • Columbus landed in the Bahamas for the first time on Oct. 12. The holiday, however, is always celebrated on the second Monday in October, even if that day is not the 12th.
  • Cowboys might do well to call Columbus their patron saint. After all, it was Columbus who introduced horses to the Americas. Technically, a breed of horses existed in the Americas beforehand but migrated away to other parts of the world. Until Columbus, Native Americans had not seen horses in thousands of years.
  • Many think of Columbus’ fleet as including three ships – the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. But, in truth, only two ships managed to make the full round trip. The Santa Maria was wrecked on Christmas Day in 1492.
  • Columbus Day first became a state holiday in 1906 in Colorado, and first became a federal holiday in 1937. However, three states (Hawaii, Alaska and South Dakota) do not recognize it at all.
  • Columbus’ final resting place is unknown. He was buried and re-buried several times around the world, including in Spain and modern-day Haiti.

Source: www.monroe.patch.com

Use your extra day off work searching for your new home! Just click on this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp


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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/04/2012
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

Here are some facts about Breast Cancer in the United States that you may not have known:

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.

However, there is some good news about Breast Cancer Trends.  In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part to better due to screening and detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

Source: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

If you’re looking for a way to show your support for the fight against breast cancer, here’s a VERY worthy team that would be delighted to accept your donations for the Atlanta Breast Cancer Walk: http://2daywalk.kintera.org/2012walkers/spongeboobs

For all of you participating in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer this weekend in Atlanta and the Susan G. Koman 3-Day Walk in Atlanta on October 19-21, we wish you well!


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Can you help these buyers & renters find a new home?

10/01/2012
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Even the media is finally reporting about the housing shortage. Yes, that’s correct; there is a shortage of good listings. My colleagues and I have been burning a lot of gas searching for homes. That’s no fun, especially at $4.00/gallon and we could use your help!

My highly qualified buyers are looking for a home in Alpharetta/Milton:

  • Cambridge or Milton HS
  • Minimum 5 BDR/4 full baths
  • Must have a bedroom on main
  • Finished basement that could accommodate an in law suite
  • 2nd driveway or ability to add driveway access to basement suite a huge plus
  • 3 car garage-must have ceilings high enough to add a car lift
  • Keeping room off kitchen is a big plus too
  • Built after 1990-if older, must be updated
  • $500,000 to $800,000

And here are a few needs from my colleagues:

Buyer Need:

  • Glenwood Park, Brookhaven, Midtown or Virginia Highlands
  • Up to $500,000
  • At least 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms
  • Updated

Buyer Need (2 different, ready to buy & pre-approved clients):

  • Inside the Perimeter
  • Min 4 beds/3 baths
  • Max purchase price = $675K
  • Move in condition, except maybe painting and minor repairs.
  • Peaceful, Quiet area 
  • Lots of light through windows
  • Some backyard, no deck-only.

Buyer Need:

  • Smyrna area
  • Under $400k
  • Craftsman Style home
  • New to newer preferably
  • Nice size backyard

Rental Need:

  • Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area
  • Minimum of 4 bedrooms and 2 baths
  • Up to $3,200 (schools are not important)

If you or someone you know has a match, please contact me ASAP! Thinking about making a move yourself? Just follow this link to find your dream home: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp


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