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Happy Groundhog Day!

01/28/2016
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Time to put those winter clothes and sleds away?  Or will we have to wait six more weeks? 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:

  • In 2014, New York City’s groundhog, Charlotte, predicted six more weeks of winter. She proceeded to fall from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s arms and land on her head, leading to the rodent’s death a week later. De Blasio is no longer authorized to hold the animal.
  • The founding town of the most famous Groundhog Day celebration, Punxsutawney, Pa., hosts upward of 18,000 spectators Groundhog Eve to await sunrise for Punxsutawney Phil to make his grand entrance. The celebration includes a Groundhog Club banquet, bingo, a top hat decorating contest and a fireworks show.
  • According to folklore, the iconic Punxsutawney Phil was born in 1887 making him 123 years old. Although the average groundhog lives 10 years, Phil is an anomaly, says the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. His longevity is due to an elixir called “groundhog punch,” administered during the summer annual Groundhog Picnic. The magic punch is supposed to guarantee seven more years of life, according to caretakers.
  • “The Inner Circle,” Punxsutawney Phil’s entourage, sports the top hats and tuxedos we see at the annual ceremony and cares for Phil throughout the year. The 15 members of this distinguished group each have their own nicknames based on their groundhog duties such as “Shingle Shaker” and “Iceman.”
  • Groundhog Day originated from German settlers who came to the USA in the early 1800s. Before their arrival in America, Germans would look to the badger to forecast weather. Upon immigrating to Pennsylvania, settlers replaced their beloved European badger with the groundhog, more easily found in the USA.

source: http://www.usatoday.com

In loving memory of my favorite Groundhog, my mom, who would be 90 today

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All the best,

Debby

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Buyer needs

01/28/2016
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Can you help these buyers find a new home?

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Inventory is at an all-time low. Several of my colleagues are struggling to find homes for their buyers. Wanted to share their needs with you in case you or someone you know has a match:

1. CHATSWORTH (Marietta) with finished basement and updates
2. Up to 400k in active swim/tennis neighborhood; updated, in Lassiter HS District
3. Up to 600k in Northampton, Garrison Oaks, Princeton Cove or similar, also in Lassiter HS
4. Up to 700k in any neighborhood, in Lassiter HS District
5. 4+ bedrooms/2+ full baths, detached home in Duluth. They really like the Riverbrooke subdivision. Up to $280,000. Quick close. Basement not needed. Decent yard and updated a plus.
6. Client needs 4+ bedroom home on 1+ Acre! No HOA preferred. North of Atlanta- Cherokee, Canton, Ball Ground, Lake Lanier, Hall. Home schooled so school district no issue. Sold their home, so currently in temp housing. $300-325K.
If you do have a match please let me know and I’ll connect you with the right agent.

Are you considering a move this year? Of course, I would be delighted to help. Just contact me TODAY to get started. Can’t wait to find that perfect property for your dream home? Just follow this link to begin the search:http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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December Sales in Atlanta

01/21/2016
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December Sales #s are in…..

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Hot off the press (or Internet), the preliminary December sales numbers are in from the Atlanta Board of Realtors®. You’ll be pleased to know that prices continue to rise and homes are selling at a brisk pace. Extremely low inventory levels, low interest rates and increasing rental rates are key contributing factors to current market activity. Here’s the rest of the story:

Demand: December residential sales were at 4,054, an increase of 4.7% from the previous year.

Price: Average and median sales prices continue to gain traction and outpace 2014’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in December was $225,000, an increase of 7.1% from last December. The average sales price was $286,000, up 5.5% from the previous year.

Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 13,840 units in December, a decrease of 2.9% from December 2014. New listings totaled 2,904, up 2.3% from December 2014 and down 16.4% from the previous month. The supply for sales over a 12 month period declined to its lowest in 2015, at 3.2. (FYI, below 6 months of inventory is a super seller’s market.)

A Word from 2016 ABR President Lane McCormack: “December was a very healthy month for the Atlanta housing market. Once the final numbers are in for 2015, I am confident that we will see a year of immense improvement, setting the stage for a return of more normal conditions in the months to come. According to Realtor.com, home prices rose 5-7% nationally in 2015, this growth is very evident in Metro Atlanta. Despite these rising prices, affordability remained strong, as we ended 2015.”

For more info including charts & graphs, follow this link:
https://magic.piktochart.com/output/10504620-abr_december-market-brief

Good news is a great way to start off the New Year! If you’re wondering about the value of your home in today’s market I’m happy to provide the answer. Can’t wait to find out? Just click on the link below: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Easy New Year’s Resolution-No Diet or Exercise Required

01/07/2016
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It’s that time of year when everyone is making resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, do better (at something), achieve a goal, etc. We all know that many resolutions are broken within the first few weeks. Here’s a great idea for a resolution that requires very little effort & is easy to keep; a WILL.

Just closed a transaction where there was no Will. The Closing was delayed for several months. We almost lost the buyer while the Executrix was jumping through hoops settling the Estate. Overall, it took at least 6 months. All of which could have been avoided if her mother had a Will. Surprisingly, the daughter still doesn’t have a Will. As your Real Estate (& life) Concierge my goal is to help make your life easier. Having a Will makes life sooooo much easier for the person settling your Estate. There is absolutely no reason to make ones heirs go through extra challenges including fighting for what is rightfully theirs in court. If you or someone you know does not have a Will you are highly encouraged to get one NOW.  In addition to saving time and headaches, a Will can ensure that the equity from the sale goes to your Estate and is not lost on the courthouse steps at an auction.

Also, if you own real property, stocks, etc. that you would like to pass on to a particular individual (like a spouse, friend or family member) consider holding these assets as “joint owners with right of survivorship”. It makes the transition of ownership VERY simple; the asset simply transfers to the chosen person.

Of course, I’ll gladly connect you with the right person to help you with your resolution. And if there is anything I can do to help you with any other resolutions, just ask. I’m ALWAYS happy to help with that too!

Is one of your New Year’s resolution to find your dream home? Just follow this link to find the perfect property to match your needs:

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

Best Wishes,

Debby


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