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Atlanta is in the Top 10!

04/04/2019
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Atlanta is one of the Top10 Cities that will Dominate Home Construction in 2019!

According to Realtor.com, Atlanta is #4 in new construction starts! Affordability, desirable climate & an International Airport are just a few of the reasons people move to Atlanta. More of them keep coming, thank goodness & there’s a HUGE demand for more housing! Despite the fact that we have more new construction than most cities, we still have a housing shortage.  Which is why renovating older homes is popular in Atlanta. We were in the top 10 in “Fix & Flips” too!

https://www.atlantahomebuilders.com/these-10-cities-will-dominate-home-construction-in-2019/

https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/where-home-flipping-is-up-and-down-the-most/

Whether buying or selling in a low inventory market, one needs to be very strategic in the process. That’s where an experienced Realtor©, like me, who knows what tactics to use to achieve the best for her clients is crucial to your success. So if you or someone you know is considering a move, contact me TODAY to learn more about how you can enjoy a smooth transaction.

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? Always happy to help with that too, all you have to do is ask! Can’t wait? Just follow this link:http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby

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Under contract in only 3 days!

03/20/2019
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4451 Orleans Drive

Dunwoody, GA

Listed this house on Thursday & it was under contract by Sunday! Which also happened to be St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t need the luck of the Irish to get your house sold quickly & for the best price, all you need is ME! So if you or someone you know is considering a move contact me TODAY to learn how you can have the same excellent experience!

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? Always happy to help with that too! 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 St. Patrick’s Day!!!

03/05/2019
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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. Patrick’s Day facts:

  • St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish national holiday with banks, stores, and businesses closing for the day.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston (1737).
  • Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.
  • The color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue.
  • Wearing green has become a staple of St. Patrick’s Day, but the holiday was originally associated with the color blue. It’s thought that the shift to green happened because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag and the shamrock, or clover. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn as early as the 17th century.
  • Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.
  • 1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed their river green for St Patrick’s Day.
  • Guiness is one of the most popular drinks on St. Patrick’s Day. Here are 34 recipes: http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/eat-cook-with-guinness-stout-beer-recipes-st-patricks-day
  • Shamrock shakes are also very popular (and tasty!)
  • There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
  • The real St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family.
  • Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
  • The world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in an Irish village. It lasts only 100 yards, between the village’s two pubs.
  • To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago dyes the river green for a few hours.
  • St. Patrick never got canonized by a pope, making his saintly status somewhat questionable.

Source: https://www.proflowers.com/blog/interesting-st-patricks-day-facts

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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Spring Forward!

03/05/2019
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Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead…

…this Sunday, March 10th! 

And be sure to check your smoke detector batteries

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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January Market Brief

02/28/2019
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Atlanta REALTORS® Market Brief

January 2019 Edition

The Atlanta REALTORS® (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its January 2019 Market Brief on residential housing statistics in metro-Atlanta. The Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single family residential properties. This summary covers 11 counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Paulding and Rockdale.

January Comments

Demand: January residential sales were at 2,866, a decrease of 10.1% from the previous year.

Price: Average and median sales prices continue to gain traction and outpace 2018’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in January was $256,000, an increase of 4.9% from last January. The average sales price was $318,000, up 7.1% from the previous year.

Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 12,894 units in January, an increase of 20.1% from January, 2018. New listings totaled 4,624, up 29.1% from January, 2018 and up 53.4% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period decreased to 2.6 months.

*Each month, the numbers reported for the previous month are updated to reflect additional recordings.

My unofficial opinion about the increase in inventory is that many sellers are getting over exuberant about the value of the houses. That was their first mistake. The next mistake was hiring an inexperienced agent who doesn’t know how to or is afraid to tell their sellers what the seller really needs to hear. So if you or someone you know is considering a move the best thing you can do is list with an agent who has a proven track record of getting homes under contract in as little as 24 hours. Of course, that would be me.

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? Always happy to help with that too, all you have to do is ask! Can’t wait? Just follow this link:http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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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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