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Real Estate Agent - Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - GREC #208281
My honest opinion on things that I find interesting about the real estate industry. I'm here to help you save money and avoid making mistakes.
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After you get pre-approved and figure out the area that you are intersested in, it's time to start looking at specific homes in person. Start out with a good home search tool such as the one on my website.  It gets updated every night automatically from the MLS.  It has both the FMLS and the GAML...
09/17/2012
After reading Part 1,  you should know what price range you are comfortable with and what you are pre-approved for. It's  now time to figure out what areas around Atlanta will be a good fit for you. Atlanta is a huge metropolitan area with many options for housing.  Generally speaking, the most e...
09/17/2012
HUD foreclosures can be a good deal but be prepared to have to bid at least full list price if you want to have a good chance at being the winning bidder. I did a quick analysis of bid results for the past 14 days for Gwinnett County Georgia.  Below is the spreadsheet that sorts some things out. ...
09/14/2012
Forget about what you can be pre-approved for.  Figure out what you are comfortable with in your budget.  Don't get sucked into a higher priced home just because some banker says that they will loan you the money for it. Only you can decide how much money you choose to spend on housing. You reall...
09/13/2012
Here are some signs I saw in my travels this past weekend.  Signs leaning over just don't look good to me. These signs were in front of $400,000 homes. I understand the problem well.  I used to use similar sign systems and get frustrated. The problem is that the ground is usually too hard and the...
09/12/2012
I wonder why they just don't get it down to the penny while they're at it.  I guess they don't want to give the impression that they are more accurate than they really are. (sarcasm) For the Zestimate above coming in at $402,981, they give a range of $246K to $806K. Now that's a pretty wide range...
09/10/2012
Can your sign take abuse and still stand straight and tall?   Can it get wacked by a lawnmower?   Can it take the hit of a run away tire?   Can it take the impact of an 18 pound watermelon?   Watch the video to find out how my sign system stood up. Call me crazy, but I love doing experiments in m...
08/28/2012
I have a buyer who actively participates in seaching for homes that might meet her needs.  This past week she has sent me lists of homes that she's interested in seeing.  Unfortunately when I pull them up in my MLS, the majority of them are Pending Sale.  Some of them have been pending sale for o...
08/20/2012
I am working with a buyer who is moving to the US and is trying to decide between Atlanta, Dallas and Austin. One key concern is crime.  It seems that Atlanta is perceived as a high crime area.  I live in the Sandy Springs area which is just north of the city limits.  Crime isn't a huge concern i...
08/10/2012
You gotta love it.  Come and get your free phones.  Get one. Get two.  Hell, get thirty while your at it. It's only costing everyone who actually pays for a cell phone an extra $3.14/month on their cell phone bill.  It feels so good to know that I'm making a difference in someone's life.        H...
08/07/2012
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