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09/27/2017
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Wonderful Woodstock Retreat!

 

510 Ragsdale Terrace

 $575,000

4 Bedrooms,  2 1/2 Baths

Parking for 6+ cars, 1.85 Acres

  • RARE Find-1.85 Acres on a private cul-de-sac! All the benefits of living in Woodstock w/no city taxes or HOA!
  • Showcase condition/Loaded with Upgrades-Maintained to perfection; NEW thermal windows, paint, carpet, lights, plumbing, door hardware & updated baths throughout!
  • Kitchen – Features durable beauty w/practical convenience; wood cabinets, hardwood floor, desk, pantry, NEW granite counters, tile backsplash, 5 burner gas stove/oven!
  • Formal Living Room – Off foyer, dbl crown moldings!
  • Family Room – Features a cozy fireplace w/gas logs, Judges paneling, hardwoods, bar, bay window & French door to patio!
  • Formal Dining Room – Accommodates 12+, hardwoods, chair rail, crown molding, off kitchen, excellent for entertaining!
  • Perfect Powder Room-NEW granite, tile floor, lights & more!
  • Fabulous Master Suite –  HUGE room w/trey ceiling, crown molding, dressing/sitting area, cedar closet & NEW 2” blinds!
  • Marvelous Master Bath – NEW dbl. vanities w/granite, jetted tub, sep. shower, tile floor, NEW mirrors, lights & plumbing!
  • Gigantic 4th Bedroom– Appx. 20’ x 14’ w/10’closet! Vaulted ceiling, 2” blinds & add’l walk in storage! Great spot for home office, home schooling, lots of possibilities; you choose!
  • Big Bonus Room – Has rear stairs leading to laundry room!
  • Private, level back yard-  Plenty of space to play, garden, chill & grill! Even better; patio furnishings stay!
  • Plethora of Parking – 2 car carport & 2 car, attached garage!
  • 2nd Garage –  Fully insulated & wired, 1500 sq. ft., w/20’ ceiling, 2 auto lifts, compressor, sand blaster, welding equipment, security camera, extra storage & tons of tools!
  • Great Location-Minutes to 575 & downtown Woodstock!
  • Click here for additional info and pictures: http://fmls.mlsmatrix.com/matrix/shared/MyBJB7CN3t/510RagsdaleTerrace

Be among the first to view this home:

Open House this SUNDAY from 2:00-4:00

Hosted by Alicia Burr

727-743-3085

aliciaburr@kw.com

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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August 2017 Market Brief

09/21/2017
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August: Inventory Down, Prices Up

 

 

Demand: August residential sales were at 5,229, a decrease of 6.1% from the previous year.

 

Price: Average and median sales prices continue to gain traction and outpace 2016’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in August was $250,000, an increase of 5.0% from last August. The average sales price was $309,000, up 3.0% from the previous year.

 

Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 15,237 units in August, a decrease of 4.7% from August, 2016. New listings totaled 4,951, up 1.4% from August, 2016 and down 4.1% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period decreased to 3.2 months.

 

A Word from 2017 Atlanta REALTORS® President Bill Rawlings: “Atlanta’s new listings have lagged behind the number of homes sold for a few months, which is keeping the housing market competitive. Nevertheless, sales are very strong, and we continue to be in a seller’s market in most price ranges across the city.”

 

Source: The Atlanta REALTORS® Market Brief is published monthly at atlantarealtors.com/marketbrief and is compiled using data from First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS).

 

Can’t wait to find that dream home or the value of your home in today’s market? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Post-storm Check-In…

09/13/2017
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With all these storms lately, I just wanted to check in with all of you.  I hope everyone fared well and has minimal damage, if any.  If you’re in need of a contractor for some repairs, let me know and I’ll connect you with one of my trusted vendors.

To help us all prepare for any future storms, send me your favorite storm survival tip. I’d love to compile a list to share with you all.

Do these storms have you thinking of relocating?  Or maybe you want a basement? Start your new home search now:

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

All the best,

Debby


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Seller’s Market Continues in July

08/23/2017
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JULY: Inventory Down, Prices Up

 

Georgia housing indicators for July are in, and the market in Georgia mirrors the now two-year national trend of low inventory and higher sale prices:

–   New Listings increased 3 percent to 14,873.

–   Pending Sales increased 14.7 percent to 11,772.

–   Closed Sales were stable, posting a 1 percent increase to 11,256.

–   Days on Market decreased 9 percent to 50 days.

–   Median Sales Price increased 4 percent to $208,500.

–   Average Sales Price increased 4.5 percent to $256,125.

–   Inventory levels decreased 13 percent to 38,169 units.

–   Months’ Supply of Inventory was down 20 percent to 3.7 months.

Click here to access the full report for July.

That’s great news for sellers! For buyers the market is HIGHLY competitive! Whether buying or selling, it is CRUCIAL you have an experienced Realtor® representing you to help you navigate the many twists & turns of a real estate transaction. Of course, you know who to call.

Can’t wait to find that dream home or the value of your home in today’s market? Just follow this link: http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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Solar Eclipse Facts

08/16/2017
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Photo source Ian Wardlaw

I’m sure you’ve all heard about it now.  This spectacular event that will take place on Monday, August 21…the Solar Eclipse.  What you will see depends on your location, but it should be quite incredible no matter what.  To get you ready for this amazing event, I’ve compiled some fun facts about this Solar Eclipse:

 

  • This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one occurred February 26, 1979. Unfortunately, not many people saw it because it clipped just five states in the Northwest and the weather for the most part was bleak. Before that one, you have to go back to March 7, 1970.
  • A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth. The Moon, directly between the Sun and Earth, casts a shadow on our planet. If you’re in the dark part of that shadow (the umbra), you’ll see a total eclipse. If you’re in the light part (the penumbra), you’ll see a partial eclipse.
  • Yes, the Sun’s a lot bigger. Our daytime star’s diameter is approximately 400 times larger than that of the Moon. What a coincidence that it also lies roughly 400 times farther away. This means both disks appear to be the same size.
  • First contact is in Oregon. If you want to be the first person to experience totality in the continental U.S., be on the waterfront at Government Point, Oregon, at 10:15:56.5 a.m. PDT. There, the total phase lasts 1 minute, 58.5 seconds.
  • The center line crosses through 10 states.  The extreme northeast part of Georgia does experience some totality, but at no point does the center line pass through that state.
  • Cool things are afoot before and after totality. Although the big payoff is the exact lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and your location, keep your eyes open during the partial phases that lead up to and follow it. As you view the beginning through a safe solar filter, the universe will set your mind at ease when you see the Moon take the first notch out of the Sun’s disk. Around the three-quarters mark, you’ll start to notice that shadows are getting sharper. The reason is that the Sun’s disk is shrinking, literally approaching a point, and a smaller light source produces better-defined shadows. At about 85 percent coverage, someone you’re with will see Venus 34° west-northwest of the Sun. If any trees live at your site, you may see their leaves act like pinhole cameras as hundreds of crescent Suns appear in their shadows.
  • The future is bright but long. The next total solar eclipse over the continental U.S. occurs April 8, 2024.

source:

http://www.astronomy.com/great-american-eclipse-2017/articles/2016/06/25-facts-about-the-2017-solar-eclipse

 

If you decide to take part in viewing this event, be sure to do safely and follow the viewing instructions directly from NASA found here https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

 

Have no interest in viewing this event?  Keep your eyes safe and start searching for your dream home instead by following this link http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

All the best,

Debby


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08/10/2017
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Three friends recently found themselves in the position of selling their mom’s house. Two of the friends got pre-maturely excited when they received a letter from the bottom feeders who search obituaries for leads. The letters promised top dollar for the homes. Which is soooo not the case. Case in point, one friend was smart & contacted me after receiving several letters about selling her mom’s house. I sold it for $310,000, without listing. Another friend who got sucked in by the buyer’s reassuring promises sold her mom’s house for $285,000. Here’s the kicker, they are both in the same neighborhood; the one I sold (for $310,000) was a ranch on a slab, the other house was a 2 story with a basement. Obviously there was money left on the table ($35,000+) for the 2 story. The 3rd person sold her mom’s house for at least $30,000 less than what I could have brought her & I had buyers waiting in the wings.

PLEASE don’t make this mistake!!! You could be unwittingly costing your family a significant amount of cash & that breaks my heart. If you or someone you know find yourself in the situation of selling mom’s house contact me first before making any decisions. Promise it will be worth it & your family will be very appreciative!

Also, as your Real Estate Concierge, I know who to contact to help with everything else associated with selling mom’s house; Estate Sales, Charities that pick up furniture, who to call to haul away the “other” stuff, handymen, probate attorneys, etc. I’m here to help you through what can be a challenging, daunting task (know that from personal experience).  So if you or someone you know is trying to figure out what to do with mom’s house contact me TODAY for the answer.

Curious about sales in your neighborhood? Always happy to help, all you have to do is ask. 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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June Market Brief

08/02/2017
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The lack of homes available for sale combined with rising prices led to a slower housing market, according to the Atlanta Realtors’ June report.

Home sales dropped 2.1 percent compared to last year, from 6,099 in June 2016 to 5,974 in June 2017. This is down 1.8 percent from May’s total of 6,086. However, this is still higher than in June 2015, which saw 5,742 home sales.

Inventory fell 4.9 percent year-over-year to 15,498 units. New listings totaled 5,731, which is down 2.0 percent from last year and 2.9 percent from May 2017. However, the month’s supply over a 12-month period increased from 3.1 months in May to 3.2 months in June.

The lack of inventory has driven up competition for homes as well as home prices. The average and median sales prices continued to outpace 2016 with median sales prices growing from $250,000 in June 2016 to $267,000 in June 2017, a 6.8 percent increase. Average sales price saw similar gains, rising from $307,000 last year to $327,000, a 6.5 percent increase. On a month-over-month basis, median sales prices grew 3.9 percent, while the average sales price grew 2.2 percent.

“The number of year-over-year transactions maintains a pace that tracks with the overall economy and prices continue an even stronger recovery trend as the inventory levels remain at about 3 months, which is tighter than last year and a sign of a healthy local market,” said Atlanta Realtors President Bill Rawlings.

Wondering about sales in your neighborhood? Always happy to help, all you have to do is ask. 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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Back to school already???!!!

07/19/2017
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Is it just me, or did this summer FLY by???  Hard to believe some school districts are back in session JULY 31st!!!  I hope you all enjoyed your break and wishing you the best with this upcoming school year.

And just like this weather, the Atlanta Real Estate Market is HOT, HOT, HOT.  Now that the kids are back in school, contact me TODAY to see how I can help make your real estate dreams a reality.

Can’t wait?  Start searching for your new home now:

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

All the best,

Debby


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Check out my customer reviews

07/19/2017
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To follow up on the blog about the importance of choosing the right Realtor©, wanted to share a few recent raving reviews from my very happy clients:

***** Highly likely to recommend

07/05/2017 – David White

Bought a home in 2015 in Holbrook, GA 30004.

“My wife and I have worked with Debby Braun on a number of properties and we can always rely on Debby to have the latest market knowledge and to guide us on making the best decisions. Debby is incredibly responsive and we highly recommend her to you!!”

***** Highly likely to recommend

06/26/2017 – jim mcginnis

Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $175K in Woodstock, GA.

“Debbie helped me in selling my father’s home and finding him an appropriate place for him, a senior whose mobility is decreasing. Showings always met search criteria, I was always kept in the loop, and Debbie made my father feel as though he was her most important client. Her professionalism and immediate responsiveness was greatly appreciated.”

***** Highly likely to recommend

06/23/2017 – jmaw

Sold a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $250K in Roswell, GA.

“Debbie was very down to earth and easy to talk to from day 1. I never felt like I had to impress her. She was very helpful pointing out what needed to be done before the house went on the market. She also supplied names of people who could make the minimal improvements. I was very happy with them. Thanks Debbie for getting our house sold in such a crazy, short period of time. :)”

Contact me TODAY to find out how I can use my Realtor© expertise to help you with your real estate needs.

All the best,

Debby


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Interested in a Career in Real Estate?

06/11/2017
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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.

Debby


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