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I always like to go to the source when it comes to trying make sense out of current events.  So when FBI director Comey came out the other day and layed out the case of gross negligence in the handling of Clinton's emails but then said that he didn't recommend bringing charges due to not having t...
3986 Loch Highland Pass is a great home for someone who loves a lake community with tons of trees but wants a renovated home with a beautiful kitchen and luxurious bathrooms.Listed for $420,000.  Great area with great schoools.Go to for more pictures and a 3D w...
 Do agents really sell home for 18% more than FSBO's (for-sale-by-owners)?That's what the National Association of Realtors (NAR) wants everyone to believe. The NAR 2014 Field Guide states:The typical FSBO home sold for $210,000 compared to $249,000 for agent-assisted home sales.You'll hear this “...
Great home in River's Call gated community in East Cobb, Georgia.We hired DS Murphy Appraisers to do a pre-listing appraisal to determine the list price of $1,225,000.  So there shouldn't be any worries about it appraising.Will hold an open house on Sunday June 12, 2016 from 2-5pm.  I'll be bakin...
It's amazing how many subdivisions now have restrictions on rentals.In the past, I never seemed to really have to be concerned about that with single family homes.   It seemed like the neighborhoods with rental restrictions were few and far between.  It was an oddity.But lately it seems like abou...
I wrote this little story 6 years ago but didn't want to post it and stir up controversy.  Yes, I guess I'm what you call a climate change denier.  But I have one question, What if they're wrong?  There actually might be other explanations like this new theory about solar cycles.  So here's my li...
I have found a stat that seems to be able to tell you which way prices are likely to go in the next 6-12 months.  In real estate there's a term called absorption rate.  Sometimes people refer to it as the number of months of inventory.  One takes the number of current listings and divides it by t...
A title search is usually done near the end of the transaction after most of the main contingencies are over.  A closing attorney usually doesn't want spend the hard cost for doing a title search until they know that the transaction is very likely to close.Usually the title work doesn't pull up a...
When I first saw HDR photos mentioned in some article, I just assumed that it meant "High Definition something".  I thought it's not a big deal because everyone seems to have an HD camera with mega pixel resolution.  I thought that to get those beautiful magazine like photos all you needed was an...
It's been several years since I did a Zestimate analysis.  I am working with a buyer who seems to put a lot of trust in Zestimates in determining what price to offer on a home.  Of course, buyers will always trust a Zestimate instead of any data you put in front of them to the contrary.So I thoug...

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