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Cost vs Value 2019

02/05/2019
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Cost vs Value 2019

Thinking of doing some remodeling of your home?  According to a recent study, here are the top 3 projects with the best return on investment:

  • Garage Door Replacement
  • Siding Replacement
  • Manufactured Stone Veneer

source: http://www.costvsvalue.com

So if you are looking to get the most “bang for your buck” and need some contractors for these projects, contact me TODAY and I can get you in touch with my favorite local vendors.

Wondering how sales are going in your neighborhood? All you have to do is ask & I’ll gladly share the info with you! 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 Valentine’s Day

02/04/2019
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Impress your loved ones today with these fun Valentine’s Day facts:

Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.

Flower Facts:

  • It’s estimated that the U.S. alone is going to spend $3.3 billion on flowers for loved ones this year.
  • The only other day that beats Valentine’s Day in floral sales is Mother’s Day.Of the 124.6 million households in the U.S. it’s predicted that 43 million of them will purchase flowers.
  • And the most likely flower to be purchased? Red roses of course!
  • Would you believe that young people are leading the trend in floral sales? In 2016, 63% of floral-buying households were under the age of 35.
  • Who says you can’t be your own Valentine? In 2015, 18% of women sent themselves flowers.
  • Ordering a bouquet? Have it tied in lace. The word “lace” comes from the Latin laques, meaning “to snare or net,” as in to catch a person’s heart.

Source: http://www.1800flowers.com

Looking to fall in love with 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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Interested in a career in real estate?

01/31/2019
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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. Please let me know if you’d like to join us so I can look out for you.

All the best,

Debby


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01/25/2019
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Atlanta Market Summary 2017 vs. 2018

Once again, the Atlanta Real Estate Market performed well in 2018! Although the % of sold & pending listings were down in 4Q 2018 compared to 4Q 2017, the YTD sales were down only 1.4%. Overall sales prices rose 7% in 2018! We are seeing more listings that didn’t sell on the first try (or failed listings). The main cause of the failed listings is sellers being overconfident in the value of their homes &/or agents who lack experience to (or are just plain afraid to) give their sellers the best advice.  Did you know that overpriced listings tend to stay on the market longer & eventually sell for less? Therefore, if you or someone you know is considering a move, you need an experienced agent, like me, with an excellent track record of getting homes under contract in as little as 24 hours!

Wondering how sales went in your neighborhood in 2018? All you have to do is ask & I’ll gladly share the info with you! Can’t wait? Just follow this link:http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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We’re #1!

01/16/2019
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Keller Williams is #1 in Customer Service!

Extremely pleased to announce that Newsweek Magazine has named Keller Williams as #1 in customer service! Our Culture is a big part of that & one of the many reasons why I love Keller Williams! It is by far the most positive place I’ve ever worked!

The KELLER WILLIAMS® Culture

Win-Win … Or no deal

Integrity … Do the right thing

Commitment … In all things

Communication … Seek first to understand

Creativity … Ideas before results

Customers … Always come first

Teamwork … Together everyone achieves more

Trust … Starts with honesty

Success … Results through people

Wouldn’t you want someone with these crucial core values representing your best interests? Of course! So If you or someone you know is considering a move call me today to learn more about how you can enjoy concierge like service!

Want to check out the market for that perfect new home or to see what’s happening 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 for the holidays?

12/14/2018
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Inventory is still low & need your help to find homes for these buyers. Here’s what we’re looking for:

Condo in East Cobb or Roswell

  • 2 BDR/2 BA
  • Bottom unit, no steps
  • Up to $150,000
  • Cash buyer

Single Family Home in East Cobb

  • 4 BDR/2 ½ BA
  • 3 bedrooms is OK if there’s a spot to make a 4th bedroom; i.e. unfinished basement, loft that can be transformed into a bedroom.
  • Garage
  • FHA Loan-no fixer uppers
  • Up to $275,000

If you or someone you know has a match for these buyers please contact me ASAP so we can get them into a new home for the holidays or at least the New Year.

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood, just follow this link http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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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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