Spring No Longer the Start of Housing Sales

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Spring is no longer the target time for selling your home. New data suggests February and even January are when today’s buyers are starting there search. I can only assume this is due to the tight housing market in desirable areas. Housing inventory in Metro Atalanta remains at historic lows sine the 2009 downturn. Given this information if you are …

The Dumpster Effect

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Can simply counting the number of tower cranes in a city become an economic barometer? I think so! Years back a good real estate friend advised me that when looking for neighborhoods on the rise pay close attention to the number of dumpsters in each neighborhood. The thought process is that if there are many dumpsters in a given area …

Eviction: When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go!

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Your Landlording skills are Jedi and your screening process is the bomb, but you may not be immune to signing a bad Tenant… which is not unusual.  Even in good Tenant relationships, sometimes they just won’t be able to pay, but they simply cannot stay for free.  Sometimes they just won’t leave and the process of eviction can take 30 …

Purchasing New Construction In Atlanta

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Buying a new construction home in Atlanta sounds simple enough, right?  The Builder has the plans and there is a shiny new Model Home to walk through allowing you to feel at ease with the task at hand.  But, I want you to engage in the task with your eyes wide open and the following information may help… Research the …

Realtors are Buffers

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In a world of instant and virtual gratification, why should you use a Realtor to guide you through a real estate transaction… Realtors operate a higher level First, not all Real Estate Agents are Realtors. A Realtor adheres to a higher standard of performance and ethics. They do this by paying to belong to the most important professional organization in …

OMG, This Property Is Infested With Tenants

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“Buying property as a residence occupied by tenants” When the house you want to purchase for a home is occupied by tenants there a few points that need to be discussed. Keep in mind I am not an attorney… If you have specific issues you should consult an attorney who works in your specific area.   Tenants have rights When …

Specifications vs Quality Build

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Most of us want and enjoy bright, shiny and new, free of imperfections and smooth. When buying new stuff we look closely look for these traits and balk when not found. Furniture, clothing and cars fall into this examination, but today let’s talk about houses. Unlike cars that are designed to be punched at 300,000 units, new homes are mostly …

Tiny is as Tiny does

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[Current zoning laws prohibit tiny houses in Atlanta, but a new proposed piece of legislation could change that.  TONY GUTIERREZ / ASSOCIATED PRESS ] Tiny is definitely a relative term and for this purpose homes under 800 square feet will apply.  Atlanta has a zoning requirement designed to prohibit these contemporary styles, apparently to keep adjacent home values from decreasing… …

Too Many Crappy Agents

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[“The No. 1 problem of the industry is that we have too many crappy agents,” Rob Hahn tells Vendor Alley’s Greg Robertson in the fourth episode of Listing Bits. “Bottom line, the problem is we have far too many people helping consumers buy and sell real estate who have no business helping people buy and sell real estate.”] I agree! …