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Is it real?

01/11/2018
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The REAL deal about

Real Estate Transactions

 

Many new “services” are popping up to help people buy & sell homes. They make all sorts of promises & suggest they have a new twist when it’s really anything anyone can do & have been part of most real estate transactions since inception. For example:

  • “Buy & sell on the same day” -We call that back to back closings & it’s been done for years
  • “Close when you want to” -Selecting a closing date is a negotiating point in any transaction
  • “We’ll tell you want to do to get the house ready & send contractors” – That’s called staging, an experienced Realtor can share pointers on what buyers like & they know the people to get the work done.
  • “We’ll buy your house” – People stop listening after that part & miss the huge disclaimer about buying it at “their price” which is less than market value. They want to make money flipping it which means they “buy low”.  Ask them how many houses they’ve bought & at what % of market value.
  • “Discounted commission or fee only” – You get what you pay for. If the person helping you is only making a few hundred dollars, what is their incentive to do the extra work to make a transaction go smoothly? Also, if they’re discounting their commission right off the bat, what does that say about their negotiating skills?

These companies work on the quantity model vs. the quality model. Their goal is cram as many transactions as possible into a day. Not to mention, most of the agents are brand new & lack the necessary expertise to fully represent their clients.

Buying & selling homes is one of the biggest investments most people will ever make in their lives. Do you want an inexperienced rookie, whose priority is doing as many deals as possible working “for” you? Or do you want to be represented by an experienced Realtor with the knowledge, expertise & finesse to get it done right? If it’s, the later, look no further. Call me TODAY to get started! Can’t wait to find your dream home? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby

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12/19/2017
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Atlanta Market

November Sales

 

Unlike the weather, Atlanta Real Estate Sales remain HOT! Closings for Single Family homes are up 4% YTD from the same time last year. Sales prices are 5% higher than last year & inventory is down 16%.

The same applies for Attached homes (condos & townhouses).  Closings for Attached homes are up 3% from last year, average sales prices are 8% higher than 2016 & inventory has dropped by 9%.

Increasing sales prices are usually what catch everyone’s attention; we all like to know our homes are worth more money. However, the low inventory is a BIG part of the picture; it’s a huge contributing factor to rising sales prices. It also represents an awesome opportunity for sellers & challenges for buyers.

Whether buying or selling, the crucial key to your success is to be represented by an experienced Realtor© who knows how to help clients win over other buyers & help sellers get the highest price possible. This can include multiple offer situations (among other things) which sends many agents into a tailspin & not the best time to learn your agent is overwhelmed & clueless. So if you or someone you know is considering a move you need a Realtor like me, with 17 years of real estate experience, who will work hard to get the best for you! Contact me TODAY to learn more about how you can exploit the opportunities presented by today’s market.

Ready to start your search? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Career Night

11/29/2017
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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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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

11/15/2017
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Impress your friends and family with these fun Thanksgiving Day facts:

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade didn’t feature any balloons. But when the parade made its big debut in 1924, it did have something that might be even cooler than balloons: animals from the Central Park Zoo.

A Thanksgiving mix-up inspired the first TV dinners. In 1953, a Swanson employee accidentally ordered a colossal shipment of Thanksgiving turkeys (260 tons, to be exact). To get rid of them all, salesman Gerry Thomas came up with the idea of filling 5,000 aluminum trays with the turkey – along with cornbread dressing, gravy, peas and sweet potatoes. They were sold for 98 cents, and were a hit. Within one year, over ten million were sold.

About 46 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving each year. It’s tradition, after all! And on Christmas, 22 million families host an encore with another turkey.

Only male turkeys actually gobble. You may have been taught in pre-school that a turkey goes “gobble, gobble” — but that’s not entirely true. Only male turkeys, fittingly called gobblers, actually make the sound. Female turkeys cackle instead.

The Butterball Turkey Talk Line answers almost 100,000 calls each season. Last year, the company’s popular cooking crisis management team also introduced a 24-hour text message line for the lead-up into the big day.

Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers. Thanks to all that food we gobble up, Roto-Rooter reports that kitchen drains, garbage disposals and, yes, toilets, require more attention the day after Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.

source: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com

Doing all your Black Friday shopping from the comfort of your own home?  Start the search for your new home purchase without ever having to leave the couch:

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

One thing I’m thankful for this year is knowing great people like you.

Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

Best Wishes,

– Debby


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2016 vs. 2017

11/15/2017
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Atlanta Market 2016 vs. 2017

 How’s the Atlanta Market doing compared to this time last year? Here’s the latest:

Single Family Detached Residences

Essentially, the Atlanta Market is still performing well & very similar to last year. Median sales prices are up 4.7% from the same time last year which is a good thing. The biggest conundrum is inventory. We have 6.4% fewer listings than last year, which is part of what’s driving up prices. Again, a great opportunity for sellers! Who wouldn’t be happy with less competition & higher prices?

If you or someone you know is considering a move, contact me TODAY to see how you can take advantage of this seller’s market. Can’t wait to find out how sales are doing in your neighborhood? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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12 Reasons to List Your Home Over the Holidays!

11/09/2017
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12 Reasons to List During Fall & Winter Months

Why Acting NOW Could BENEFIT You… NOW!

1. Inventory of Competition is Lower. Law of Supply and Demand works! Your home stands out with serious buyers who have less to choose from now. Your odds of selling go UP during this time of year. The % of total inventory sold is great during these months.

2. Only SERIOUS Buyers are out in the fall/winter. Fewer people are in the house, yet are more likely to make an offer.

3. Taking Exterior Photos with Holiday Decorations. This can be a big asset before being left with full-on-winter, dead landscaping… and nothing to dress it up!

4. Homes Show Better While Decorated. Fireplaces, evergreens, and scented candles, all add to the beauty inside… when it’s not so pretty outside. This Contrast can cause YOUR home to show BEST NOW.

5. Little Know Fact: It’s perfectly OK to have specific “no showings-times” during the Holidays. In fact, it’s expected. Just because you’re planning a few days of no showings is no reason to not be for sale the REST of the time. “None this weekend” is perfectly OK.

6. Houses Feel More Like “Homes”. Coming in from the cold… some cozy-home-feelings causes emotion you can’t get other time of the year. People are generally just grateful and happier during this time of year. That can equal a Sale since a lot of Buyers buy on emotion.

7. Online Searches Go Way Up. People stay indoors and tend to do more home research online during times they were outdoors over the spring/summer. If you aren’t listed, they can’t find you online. If you don’t play, you can’t win!

8. End of Year Buyers May Even Pay More. End of year buyers may have mental or actual deadlines they want to meet. With less time to negotiate AND fewer homes competing that could = the BEST price for YOU. Often the % of asking price received is statically higher Nov-March.

9. More Day-time Showings mid-November through January. With holiday time-off, daytime showings increase during this time of year leaving your home free for you during evenings and weekends.

10. End of Year Buyers often has an “urgency factor” they must meet. Many employers hire to start January. There are also tax benefits and other urgency factors that may affect Buyers in Nov/Dec. If you don’t list now, you miss those buyers. They’ve already bought before you ever go on the market if you wait until the new year.

11. Late occupancies are common during this time. Many that need to buy by end of year don’t have to occupy right away, allowing a real win-win. They win buying now, and you may be able to negotiate your move for later while taking your profit out now. This happens over the holidays more than any other time of year.

12. Decreased Demand on Vendors means easier quicker closings. Lenders, appraisers, home inspectors, movers and other vendors are less busy during this time of year, resulting more time for YOUR transaction to be smoother & easier. A huge reason to do this NOW rather than with the “crowds”.

Think of the Peace of Mind you’ll have to be “all done” while others are just starting! — Not listing now could cause you to miss YOUR perfect buyer who needs to buy NOW.

What’s the real downside to listing NOW… when there are so MANY good reasons NOT to wait?

The Question really is – Why delay?

If you or someone you know is considering a holiday move, contact me TODAY to see how you can take advantage of this seller’s market. Can’t wait to find out how sales are doing in your neighborhood? Just follow this link:: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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11/02/2017
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Don’t forget to turn your clocks back…

…this Sunday, November 5th! 

And be sure to check your smoke detector batteries.

That extra hour will give you plenty of time to search for your dream home or investment property.  Just click on this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

 

Best Wishes,

– Debby

 

PS  If you know someone thinking of engaging in a real estate transaction, that would appreciate concierge like service, I would be delighted to help!  So as these people come to mind, please let me know.  I promise to take excellent care of them!


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10/27/2017
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Move-In Ready!

 

2087 Plantation Rd.

Saratoga Park Subdivision

4 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths

$210,000

  • Updated & Move in Ready- Freshly painted inside & out! NEW Carpet upstairs, NEW LVT floors on main & more!
  • Kitchen –Totally redone w/freshly painted cabinets, NEW granite counters & NEW Stainless appliances! NEW LVT floor, NEW cabinet hardware & NEW plumbing fixtures!
  • Breakfast Room-Open to kitchen & family room!
  • Family Room– Just painted, NEW LVT floor! Built-in bookshelves surround a cozy fireplace w/gas starter!
  • Sunroom-Tile floor, skylights & French door to HUGE deck!
  • Formal Living Room-Crown molding & recessed lights!
  • Formal Dining Room-Chair rail, crown molding & updated chandelier! Off kitchen; excellent for entertaining!
  • Fabulous Master Suite –  Spacious room w/NEW carpet, His & Hers walk in closets, 2” blinds & ceiling fan!
  • Marvelous Master Bath – Double vanities, tumbled marble tile floor & shower, soaking tub, vaulted ceiling & skylights!
  • Secondary Bedrooms –With big closets, ceiling fans, NEW carpet & NEW paint too!
  • Hall Bath-Freshly painted cabinets w/tile tub/shower!
  • 2 Car Garage- NEW door & tons of extra storage space!
  • Private, Fenced Back Yard – Chill & grill with friends & family in the gigantic, level backyard. Plenty of space for everyone in the family to play, garden & have fun!
  • Great Location-Just minutes from shopping, restaurants, Outlets, Falcons Training Camp & I-85!
  • NEW $70,000,000 Discovery High School District!

Be among the first to view this home:

Open House this SUNDAY from 2:00-5:00

Not the home you’re looking for?  Start the search for your dream home here: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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10/18/2017
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UNDER CONTRACT in 24 HOURS!!!

 

3004 Fetlock Drive

Horseshoe Ridge Subdivision

3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths

$150,000

The market is HOT right now and timing is everything…which means you need an agent who will work their tail off for you!  I listed this home on October 5th and stayed up way past midnight to to make the listing live in the GAMLS system.  That late night paid off, as we received the first of THREE OFFERS at 9:15am the next morning.  My clients accepted a CASH offer with a TWO WEEK CLOSE!!!  Doesn’t get much better than that.  Whether you are buying or selling, if you are looking for an agent who will “burn the midnight oil” for you, call me TODAY.

Wondering about the value of your home in today’s market? I’m ALWAYS happy to help with that too! Simply call or email for the answer. Can’t wait? Click here:http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Best Remodeling Projects

10/12/2017
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Remodeling projects that appeal to buyers

& increase value

Whether selling or staying in your home, we always want to get the most from whatever we do. Hot off the press, from the National Association of Realtors© these are the remodeling projects that will give you the highest return in the long run. Of course, I’m always happy to answer questions about your home as well as connect you with the right contractor for the job. All you have to do is ask.

For a more in depth look at these projects & the full report, just follow this link:

https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/remodeling-impact

Wondering about the value of your home in today’s market? I’m ALWAYS happy to help with that too! Simply call or email for the answer. Can’t wait? Click here:http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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