Real Estate


12 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Short Sale Specialist

Make sure you choose a Short Sale Specialist who will provide top-notch service and meet your unique needs.

  1. How long have you been in the residential short sales? Is it your full-time job? While experience is a guarantee of skill, real estate — like many other professions — is mostly learned on the job.
  2. What designations do you hold? Designations such as SFR, CDPE, CSP, HAFA Specialist, CFPC, and others — which require that agents take additional, specialized real estate training. The more designations the specialist holds the more likely your short sale will go through.
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For Seniors - FHA Looks to Strengthen Reverse Mortgage Program

Great news for Seniors. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently proposed a new rule to strengthen its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program. In addition to formalizing many of the structural improvements announced recently, FHA’s proposed rule is intended to make certain FHA-insured reverse mortgages remain a viable and sustainable resource for senior homeowners hoping to remain in their homes and age in place.
 
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5 Real Estate Mistakes Retirees Make

Most people heading into retirement inevitably make some sort of real estate decision—whether they downsize, relocate to a different community or make renovations to an existing home that makes the place more accessible to live in as they get older.

So, not surprisingly, there are numerous real estate mistakes people in this group make.

“Real estate is usually one of the biggest assets retirees have, but it’s the area with the most emotional attachment—and a place where it’s very easy to mess up,” said Larry Luxenberg, managing partner with Lexington Avenue Capital Management, a financial advisory firm in New City, N.Y.

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Selling Your Atlanta Home? 5 Ways to Know when It's TIme To Sell

Your Atlanta home is your castle while you live there, it is your own little piece of the American dream every time you open the door to walk into it. But lately, your little corner of the world has begun to feel a little cramped. Now you are beginning to find yourself eyeing a few of those new and larger homes. Is it time to pull up stakes and move on from your starter home? Here are five reasons that you should consider.

A Growing Family


If you've added to your family in recent years, you may have more bodies than you do bedrooms. A two-bedroom home may have been a great idea when it was just you and your spouse, but with two or more children, you're starting to have turf wars over the play area.

Overflowing With Stuff

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Selling Your Atlanta Home: Is a Real Estate Agent Needed?

Venturing into the area of real estate as a buyer or seller without a real estate agent can be a territory full of unknowns for you.

While you'll want to consider your knowledge level in real estate before moving forward with the process, your real estate agent may be able to disseminate some of the details for you and make the moving process a little more straightforward. The following are a few ways a real estate agent will be able to assist you with their expertise and hopefully help you understand the process a little better.

Diving Into Legal Language

Whether you're buying or selling, it's very exciting to go through the final processes of a home sale, but a real estate agent can help you understand the legal jargon in the final agreement. The...

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Atlanta Homeowners: 3 Easy Ways to Put Aside a Bit of Extra Cash So You Can Pay off Your Mortgage

If your personal budget is similar to many other people's budgets, your home mortgage payment is by far the largest expense that you pay for each month. In fact, this payment may easily account for 20 or 25 percent or more of your take-home income. It is very understandable that you may be focused on trying to pay this expense off as early as possible.

By focusing on this payment, you can build equity and may be able to achieve financial security a lot more quickly. You simply have to find a way to put aside a bit of extra cash regularly so that you can make extra payments, and there are few easy ways that you can consider to take care of your Mortgage faster without breaking your bank.

Use Your Tax Refund


First, if you are one of the...

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Selling Your Atlanta Home: 3 Ways You Can Stage Smaller Spaces

When it comes to selling your home, putting it in its best light is key when it comes to making the sale. While it may seem like you’re more limited with a smaller home, here are a few ways you can enhance what’s best and make a good impression on potential buyers.

Ideal Lighting

If you’ve ever taken note of a room on a perfectly lit day or a downcast one, the difference in how lighting can impact a space is marked. When staging your small space, you’ll want to check the lighting of each room and make sure it ideally enhances the space it’s illuminating as few things can improve the look of a place like lighting. If you’re prepared to go all out, you may even want to install a swanky chandelier or lengthy light fixture...

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Is Repainting Necessary when Selling Your Atlanta Home?

To Repaint or Not to Repaint Before Selling, That is the Question... Here's Why the Answer is Yes!

Selling a home can require a certain amount investments that need to be taken into account. Repairs and replacements to appliances are an example of costs necessary to sell a home and are obviously thought of. Many sellers tend to forget about painting their home with a fresh layer of paint. There are some differing opinions on whether repainting the house you’re going to sell is really worth the cost, but it's one of those investments that can pay off if you paint your house correctly and follow these steps below.

Make An Incredible First Impression

First impressions always matter when it comes to selling your home. The way people...

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Selling Your Atlanta Home: Ease the Stress in Three Easy Steps

Here are a few pointers for how you can keep your stress level low and your attitude positive while you're selling your Atlanta home.

Queue the Clean-Up!

It may seem like a bad time to take on such a task, but de-cluttering your home can have a positive impact on your mental health throughout the selling process. Instead of saving all the cleanup and clutter until the last moment when you’re trying to get your family out under the closing deadline, do some spring-cleaning early. By looking through the items in your bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen – and getting your family involved – you can make the packing up that will come down the road a much more straightforward overall a less stressful task.

Maintain an Optimistic Outlook!

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Selling Your Atlanta Home: Reasons Why Hardwood Flooring Should Be Renovated

There are many reasons why selling your home would be an issue, your hardwood floors shouldn’t be one of them. While this can be a difficult renovation to complete than many other household renovations, here are five reasons you may want to move your Hardwood Floors up on the renovation list.

Improve your Home’s Market Value

There may be a few things that a potential home buyer will be willing to fix in a new home, but your hardwood floors are unlikely to be something they will want to replace right away. Many people who are selling their Atlanta home usually find it harder to sell when the buyer sees that your hardwood floors are in bad condition. By upgrading your hardwood floors before you decide to sell and fixing your hardwood floors before...

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Just Listed 165 Melrose Creek Dr Stockbridge, GA 30281

Just Listed Just in Time for the New Year! 

 

 JUST IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR. THIS WELL MAINTAINED 2-STORY HOME LOCATED IN THE QUIET COMMUNITY OF MELROSE. YOU'LL LOVE THE LARGE OPEN FLOOR PLAN, EXCELLENT FOR ENTERTAINING. THERE'S A BEDROOM AND BATH ON THE MAIN FOR YOUR GUESTS. UPSTAIRS FEATURES 4 LARGE BEDROOMS W/JACK AND JILL BATHROOM. ENJOY RELAXING EVENINGS ON YOUR LARGE PORCH. PRICED TO SELL. COME OUT AND SEE THIS ONE BEFORE IT'S GONE.

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Homeowners - Welcoming Strangers: the Pros and Cons of Hosting Open Houses

Whether you're ready to put your home on the market or you're preparing yourself for the ins and outs of the process, you've probably heard about open houses. While open houses can offer an easy, instant way for many interested parties to view your house, there can also be downsides to this type of showing. If you're considering whether or not to stage an open house, here are some insights into what it may mean.

Potential Buyers Or Open House Aficionados?

An open house will mean that many people can see your house at the same time, which can save the time and energy that goes into multiple viewings, but open houses can also attract many people that have no intention to buy. With so many people interested in the interior of a home or the houses in a particular...

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Downsizing or Going through a Divorce Say Goodbye, Junk! 5 Tips for Reducing the Amount of 'Stuff' Y

Switching your Snellville GA house for a new one? Then now is the perfect time to finally go through all the clutter and make some tough decisions about what needs to move and what needs to go away.

There is no point in waiting until after a move to go through the junk lying around, as tempting as it may be, so here are five ways to decide what should find a new home before a move.

Start With A Trip To The Dump

Before starting the move, grab some garbage bags and do a sweep of the house, making sure to toss out anything that needs to go to the dump. This will clear up the home of anything unnecessary and makes it easier to throw out some items when there's no decision making pressure.

Decide What Furniture Will Be Replaced In Advance

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