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YES, please, please, remove your wallpaper!Sorry but it's very true.   There are so many boomers downsizing and many of you have great homes on larger lots, some even four sides brick which is always desirable.   But, not everyone has updated and if they have, not completely.   Wallpaper has to g...
Market update for January. . .mixed report  - some very good news with sales up 20% but inventory is still challenging in most areas of metro ATL.   On Ground Hog Day, General Beauregard Lee did not see his shadow which forecasts an early spring. Our company is having a very fast start to 2016 wi...
You want to move for whatever reason but you have no urgent situation so timing is up in the air.   Sell and move now or wait?   Will I get the most money out of my house now or could I wait and squeeze a little more out of this market recovery?Well, attended a great meeting this morning at Cobb ...
What is a hobby home?   It is a home owned by a person or persons whose main "hobby" is improving and uber-maintaining their home.   Call them over improvers if you wish but that is not always the case.   Most hobby homes are owned by folks who can afford to do things right and really enjoy const...
   Berkshire Hathaway HomeServicesGeorgia PropertiesReal Estate Advisor – January 2016   We are providing this monthly real estate advisor to keep you informed about the latest trends and issues in the real estate market. Remember that real estate is local and every market is different. Contact u...
Closings were down in Metro Atlanta for January, about 39% compared to last month and down 9.5% from previous year.   Seasonal slowdown most likely. Average sales price was $243,000 versus $255,000 in December.   Average sale price in 2014 was $250,000, up 42% from the bottom in 2011. Listed inve...
If there is even the possibility that you might sell in the near future, please do not refinance your current mortgage on your home or you may not be able to buy another one.   When you refinance, you are telling the lender that this is your primary residence which is part of the reason that they...
In the past couple of years, in the metro Atlanta area, we have had a strong market.   Many sellers getting back into the market were more than pleasantly surprised at the amount of equity that they were able to walk away with from the closing table.   Foreclosures and short sales are considerabl...
        Berkshire Hathaway HomeServicesGeorgia PropertiesReal Estate Advisor - April 2014 We are providing this monthly real estate advisor report to keep you informed about the latest trends and issues in the real estate market. If you know someone else who might be interested in receiving this ...
How many times have I heard some version of that statement?   Too many to count.  I am often asked by both sellers and buyers about the "zestimate" on the public real estate website Zillow.   I think it's a good idea to try to demystify what goes into the Zillow zestimate - what a catchy marketin...

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