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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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The saying is, "Any offer is a good offer", especially in this market.  If you are a seller, just accept the reality that most buyers today are going to want to at least try to get a home for as little as possible, wouldn't you?  They feel compelled to at least try.  But sometimes they are actual...
06/22/2012
The volume of sales continues to go up in Atlanta. For the 13th month in a row, the number of single family detached homes has gone up on a year over year basis.  For May of 2012, we saw a 13.5% increase in the number of sales.  And finally, we saw a very slight increase in prices year over year....
06/22/2012
I get asked this question a lot.  Many buyers are under the assumption that banks are stuck with a ton of homes and are taking 50 cents on the dollar.  I guess the first thing to define is what is "fifty cents on the dollar"?  If a home sold for $200,000 in 2007 and is now $100,000, is that what ...
06/20/2012
I just updated my market stat charts for 38 market areas around Atlanta. Here is the overall picture for the entire Atlanta area.  The first chart is the raw data and the second chart is a volume weighted 12 month moving average. You can see how the double dip is starting to flatten out. Look at ...
05/25/2012
I've been working with an investor this past year over in the Gwinnett County area. It seems like it has become a very competitive market over the past few months.  We keep coming upon homes that we'd like to buy but there seems to be a lot of multiple offer situations. As a recent example, there...
04/05/2012
Little things in a listing can take your home off the radar for some very motivated buyers. I'm working with a couple who is waiting for the right home to come on the market.  They know what they want and are ready to buy when they see it come on the market. I set them up in the MLS system to rec...
03/02/2012
I just had a closing on a $2800 land lot.  It was a 0.3 acre buildable lot. The good thing is that I received a $1000 commission.  A person from Maryland saw it on my website, had a friend look it over and came down and bought it with cash.  I had received a call from an asset manager back in the...
03/02/2012
I always thought that the much quoted line in the Declaration of Independence, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights such as "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" actually meant the same thing to everyone who read it. I always thought "Liberty and the pursuit o...
02/08/2012
I like a good deal and Publix has a really good deal this week.  Hopefully the Publix in your area is running it too. Just buy $25 in groceries and you can buy a $50 gas card for only $40. Think about that.  That's 20% off gasoline.  If you are paying $3.49/gal that means that it would be $2.79/g...
01/19/2012
On Thursday morning CBS News had a story about the Republican Primaries from New Hampshire. You can watch the whole video below.  But this screen shot says it all.  There's a candidate that they didn't include in the results of a poll that they showed.  This candidate was in 2nd place in this pol...
01/10/2012
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