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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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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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