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Need your opinion please

04/05/2018
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Please share your opinion…..

The exceptionally low inventory is making things even more interesting this year. Homes are going under contract in 24 hours or less. Because agents & their buyers know there will likely be competing offers for the hot new listings they are getting extraordinarily aggressive when making offers. That includes a VERY tight deadline to respond to the offer. For example, an offer came in a few weeks ago with a 4 hour deadline. Glad to say we made the deadline & the listing is under contract. Although it was tricky, especially because I was out on an appointment & really only had 1 ½ hours by the time I was able to look at the offer.

Understand completely why the agent gave us such a small window to respond; 2 offers came in right after the deadline. I usually try to be more considerate of the other parties and give them more time, say 24 hours. It’s always best to start negotiations off in a positive fashion vs. pushy.  However, I’m pondering using shorter deadlines (still more than 4 hours) to be able to get the house for my buyers without risking antagonizing the other parties. This is where I’d like your input……if you were a seller how would you react to an offer with very little time to respond? What are your thoughts on an appropriate amount of time for response (6 hours? 12 hours?, etc.)?

Look forward to hearing your thoughts! And if there is ever anything I can do to help you in return for the favor just ask.

Wondering how fast homes are selling in your neighborhood &/or for what price? Always happy to help with that too! 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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Don’t be fooled this Sunday…

03/28/2018
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Just a head’s up…April Fools’ Day is THIS Sunday.  Don’t let your friends fool you.

Instead, impress them with these fun facts:

HISTORY

  • Some historians believe the April Fools’ customs began in France, although no one knows for sure.  It may stem from a calendar change in 16th century France — the moving of New Year’s Day from April 1 to January 1 when the Gregorian calendar was adopted.
  • People who continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st rather than the new date of January 1st were referred to as “April fools” and others played tricks on them.

AROUND THE WORLD

  • In France, April 1st is called “Poisson d’Avril.” French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends’ backs.  When the “young fool” discovers this trick, the prankster yells “Poisson d’Avril!”
  • In Scotland, April Fools’ lasts two days. Victims of pranks are called gowks (cuckoo birds). The second day is known as Taily Day, and pranks involving the backside are played. Supposedly, it is the origin of “kick me” signs.
  • In England and Canada, pranks are only played in the morning of April 1st.

MEMORABLE PRANKS

  • 1986-present – Press releases for the [non-existent] New York City April Fools’ Day Parade have been issued every year since 1986.
  • 1996 – Taco Bell Corp. runs a full-page ad in several major newspapers claiming it has purchased the Liberty Bell and is renaming it the “Taco Liberty Bell.”
  • April 1, 2016 – Google introduces “Mic Drop,” a Gmail feature that enables users to send emails with an animated gif depicting a minion dropping a microphone. The prank goes awry when people accidentally click on the button and unwittingly send business emails with the whimsical animation. The feature is removed after several hours of confusion.

Source: cnn.com

When choosing a Realtor®, don’t get fooled by all the empty promises, contact an experienced Realtor® (like me) to have a smooth transaction!  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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

03/14/2018
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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. Patricks Day facts:

  • His Name Wasn’t Actually Patrick – St. Patrick’s real Irish name was Maewyn Succat. He took the name Patrick when he became a priest. The First Parade Was In 1762 – The first
  • St. Patrick’s Day parade wasn’t held in Ireland, but in New York. Irish soldiers serving in the British army threw a parade to celebrate the holiday in 1762. These days, cities all over have parades full of traditional music and dance.
  • Irish Bars Used To Close On The Holiday – From 1903 to 1961, bars in Ireland were all closed on St. Patrick’s Day for religious reasons. Can you imagine St. Patrick’s Day without a pint of beer?
  • St. Patrick Baptized A Lot Of People – He is thought to have baptized 100,000 people. That’s a whole lot of ceremonies!
  • St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish – He’s famed for bringing Christianity to Ireland, but he himself was British, with Roman parents. He was born in Wales or Scotland, not Ireland.
  • It’s A Lucrative Holiday – In 2016, Americans spent a total of $4.4 billion on St. Patrick’s Day. That’s an average of $35.40 per person celebrating the big day.
  • There Are No Female Leprechauns – Leprechaun scholars have come to the conclusion that there are no female leprechauns, nor has there ever been a female leprechaun. Where do they keep coming from, then? Some folklore says that they are the deformed and shunned children of fairies. Oh my!
  • 25 Pounds Of Dye Turn The Chicago River Green – Lots of cities throw quite the party on St. Patrick’s Day, but no one does it quite like Chicago. On the day of the parade, at 9:15 a.m., the Plumbers Local hop on boats and dye the Chicago River an electric green color. It’s quite the sight to see, but it only takes 25 pounds of the dye to turn the entire river green for a few hours.
  • St. Patrick Didn’t Wear Green – At least not to the extent that you might picture. His color of choice was actually a light shade of blue called “St. Patrick’s blue.” The whole green tradition came along when the independence movement in the 18th century used a flag of the bright green color.
  • It’s Been Celebrated In Space – Not only is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated all across the globe, from Ireland itself to Asia, and South America to Canada, it’s also been celebrated in space. For example, astronaut Chris Hadfield posted a photo of himself all decked out in green on the holiday back in 2013.

Source: https://www.littlethings.com/st-patricks-day-trivia/

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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03/07/2018
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…this Sunday, March 11th! 

And be sure to check your smoke detector batteries

Here’s another way to save time when selling your house, list with me; I listed 2 properties last week, both were under contract within 24 hours! Would love to do the same for you!

Thinking of moving this Spring?  Use that extra hour of daylight to start the search for your dream home.  Just click on this link to get started:

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

All the best,

Debby


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New Listing: Lake Front Living in Roswell!!!

03/01/2018
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Lake Front Living!

 

3206 Lake Pointe Circle

Roswell Pointe Subdivision

2 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths

$150,000

 

  • Updated & Move in Ready- Freshly painted inside, 2” blinds, updated lights, plumbing & more!
  • Great Room-Just painted, hardwood floors & a cozy stone fireplace w/gas logs & glass doors!
  • Separate Dining Area-Off great room & kitchen! Excellent for entertaining! Hardwood floor & ceiling fan!
  • Kitchen –White cabinets, tile floor, updated door hardware & lights! Tons of cabinet & counter space!
  • Fabulous Master Suite –  Spacious room w/2” blinds, walk in closet, French door to deck & lake views!
  • Marvelous Master Bath –Updated vanity, lighting & plumbing fixtures! Updated tile floor & shower!
  • Split Bedroom/Roommate Floor Plan–Perfect for privacy!
  • Second bedroom- Generous size room, NEW paint, big walk in closet & views of the lake!
  • Updated Hall Bath-Freshly painted! Updated vanity, lighting & plumbing fixtures! Updated tile floor & shower!
  • Top Floor, End Unit-Private entrance!
  • Private Deck-Overlooking lake! Has extra storage too!
  • Lake View – Enjoy the relaxing views of the Lake after a long day at work! Rare find; very few units on the Lake!
  • Great Location-Walk to shopping, restaurants & Marta! Just minutes from the Chattahoochee River, parks & trails! Easy access to Roswell & Marietta Square, I-75, GA 400 & the new Braves Stadium!

Click here to check out additional pictures: https://fmls.mlsmatrix.com/matrix/shared/4NGMhfWyBB/3206LakePointeCircle

 

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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02/12/2018
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Impress your loved ones today with these fun Valentine’s Day facts:

1. Valentine’s Day started with the Romans.

There are two theories about the origin of Valentine’s Day. The first is that the day derives from Lupercalia, a raucous Roman festival on February 15 where men stripped naked and spanked young maidens in hopes of upping their fertility. The second theory is that while the Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, he forbade young men to marry (apparently single men make better soldiers). In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages. For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14.

2. The heart shape wasn’t always a romantic symbol.

Prior to the 14th century, the shape we call a heart symbolized the anatomical heart, widely believed to be humans’ center of memory, according to Time. It wasn’t until Italian and French artists began championing the idea of romantic love that the St. Valentine heart became synonymous with love.

3. Experiential gifts are on the rise.

In 2017, 40% of consumers told the National Retail Federation they wanted an “experience gift”—tickets to a concert or other event, an outdoor activity, or other evening out—although only 24% planned to give one. This gift option is particularly popular with millennials: 45% of people ages 18-24 and 40% of people ages 25-34 said they planned to give experiences for Valentine’s Day.

4. It’s not the most popular holiday for greeting cards.

According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.

5. Single ladies have a good shot at finding a date.

There are 119 single men—never married, widowed or divorced—in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same age.

6. True love is apparently not that hard to find.

Over two million marriages take place in the United States every year. That means there are more than 6,000 a day!

7. Husbands and boyfriends like to give bouquets.

Men account for 73 percent of Valentine’s Day flower sales.

8. Roses are the flowers of love.

The favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love? The red rose, of course. The bud stands for strong romantic feelings, so it’s no surprise they make up the most popular Valentine’s Day bouquets.

9. “Wearing your heart on your sleeve” is more than just a phrase.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.

10. Money can buy love.

The average U.S. consumer spent around $146.84 on Valentine’s Day gifts, meals and entertainment in 2016, according to an annual U.S. National Retail Federation survey. Roughly 92 percent of married Americans with children will spend most of that money on their spouse; the rest goes to Valentine’s Day gifts for kids, friends, coworkers and even pets.

11. Americans have a serious sweet tooth.

According to the National Confectioners Association, about eight billion candy hearts were made in 2009.

12. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years.

The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868

Source: http://www.womansday.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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02/08/2018
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Atlanta is in the Top 10

For Cities to Invest in Real Estate

 

 

 

More good news; Atlanta ranks 7th on Forbes list of best cities to invest in housing! At #7, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta market shows a three year price growth forecast of 24 percent. Homes in the Atlanta metro area are undervalued by 7 percent compared to the historic ratio of price and local income, with an average home price of $234,249. One-year price growth was set at 8 percent. That’s all good whether you are buying, selling or investing. Although the article specifically mentions Marietta & Sandy Springs there are many opportunities in other areas too.

 

To see how Atlanta compared to the other markets in the top 10 just follow this link:

https://shar.es/1NOlIC

 

To learn more about investing in real estate (for real), just follow this link:

https://www.kellerink.com/books/millionaire-real-estate-investor/

 

To find your money making investment property contact me today. Can’t wait? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Buyer needs

02/01/2018
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Can you help these buyers find a home?

 

Low inventory is making it challenging to find homes for my buyers & we could use your help to find homes for them. Here’s a brief description of what we need:

Home in Tucker or Smokerise area

  • 3 BDR/2 BA minimum
  • Prefers updated or minimal cosmetics
  • Must have a fireplace & garage
  • Nice size master bath a priority too
  • Up to $350,000

Home in Canton or Woodstock

  • 3 BDR/2 BA minimum
  • Must have a basement & garage
  • Minimum ½ acre lot, the bigger the better, the more private the better too
  • No fixer uppers
  • Up to $400,000
  • “Non-cookie cutter” neighborhood is important too

Fixer uppers in East Point/Ft. Mac area

  • 3 BDR/2 BA minimum
  • <$100,000

Properties for executive rentals in Dunwoody & Sandy Springs

  • 3 BDR/2 BA minimum
  • Garage
  • No fixer uppers, some cosmetics OK
  • Up to $400,000

If you or someone you know has a match for these clients please contact me ASAP! It will help you get to your next spot faster & you’ll save time, money & energy because you won’t have to get the house in showing condition. If this is a match for you I can help you find your new home too! Can’t wait to see what’s out there? Just follow this link to find your dream home:

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

All the best,

Debby


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01/24/2018
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SOLD Twice in Less Than 2 Weeks

For 102% of List Price!

 

2087 Plantation Rd-Lawrenceville

Listed for $210,000; SOLD for $215,000

 

To follow up on the last email, wanted to share a perfect example of what a REAL Realtor© does to get the deal done.  We received multiple offers shortly after listing (my seller’s hard work getting the house ready paid off). We chose the offer with the best terms for the sellers. After a few days the buyer got cold feet (it was her first purchase). Before calling my clients to share the news, I called the Realtor© for our 2nd runner up. Thankfully, his client hadn’t found another home & was still very interested in my listing; we were back under contract within a few hours. Needless to say, the call to my sellers, to tell them the first buyer changed her mind went much better because I was able to tell them another offer was on the way.

 

This is a perfect example of the unexpected & unpredictable situations that arise in real estate transactions. It also demonstrates why it is crucial to the success of your deal to have an experienced professional representing you, like me. So if you or someone you know is considering buying &/or selling a home contact me TODAY to be sure you have the best experience possible.

 

Can’t wait? Just follow this link to find your dream home or to check sales activity in your area:

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

All the best,

Debby


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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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