This is the time to sell…right now!

Who puts there house on the market in the first week of February?   You should. Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which Groundhog you witnessed this week, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season. Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. However, the next six weeks before spring hits also have their own advantages. Here are five reasons to sell now. 1. Demand is Strong… Read More

Can I still buy a home and get a good deal?

Wow what a ride! While we have seen a decline in the amount of “awesome deals” coming to the Atlanta market, there are significant savings that can occur when buying real estate in 2015. Consider this: A 30 year, $200,0000 loan financed at 3.75%, equates to roughly $133,000 of interest you will pay over the life of the loan.  Staggering I know, but stay with me….If the same loan is financed  at 5% the accumulated interest is nearly 187,000. DO THE MATH.  That is $55,000 of saving.   There are STILL opportunities to save BIG money in the real estate market.   And… Read More

Sterling on the Lake enjoys a return to higher home values.

2014 has been good for residents of Sterling on the Lake.   Coming up on midyear, we have seen a major drop in foreclosures and short sales in the neighborhood.  This has contributed to home values returning to higher levels.  Good news for everyone!  The average list price for resales that are currently under contract is almost $372,000. To date in 2014, we have had 11 resales close and have 5 more “pending” home sales.  The new homes have had a good run also, closing 12 already this year.  Which is similar to the pace of 2013.  As I stated… Read More

More than 300,000 Homes return to positive equity in Q1

More Than 300,000 Homes Make Return to Positive Equity in Q1 Fri, 2014-06-06 17:41 — NationalMortgag… CoreLogic released new analysis showing more than 300,000 homes returned to positive equity in the first quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity to more than 43 million. The CoreLogic analysis indicates that approximately 6.3 million homes, or 12.7 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage, were still in negative equity as of Q1 2014 compared to 6.6 million homes, or 13.4 percent for Q4 2013. As a year-over-year comparison, the negative equity share was 20.2 percent, or 9.8… Read More

Selling your home and need tips to beat the competition?

12 Ways to Stop Home Buyers in Their Tracks If you are selling your home, nothing matters more than making a good first impression. Get potential buyers to stop and notice your property by amping up its curb appeal. With a few inexpensive fixes, you can help your home stand out. Photo by: Shutterstock If you are selling your home, nothing matters more than making a good first impression. Get potential buyers to stop and notice your home by amping up its curb appeal. With a few inexpensive fixes, you can help your home stand out. The #1 thing to… Read More

Mortgage rates are a little volatile, but have remained low. It’s a great time to buy a home!

Mortgage Rates Take Wild Ride to 6-Month Lows May 2 2014, 2:26PM Mortgage rates and many other areas of financial markets moved in shockingly counterintuitive ways after today’s big jobs report. Nonfarm payroll creation stood at 288k in April, significantly higher than the 210k forecast. This is the single most important piece of economic data out each month, and when it’s so much stronger than expected, that historically all but guarantees that rates will be heading higher. But that was NOT the case today! To give you an idea of how rare this is, a 78k ‘beat’ has never before… Read More

Why you should sell your home this Spring!

http://www.keepingcurrentmatters.com/2014/04/08/3-reasons-you-should-sell-your-home-this-spring/ There is a lot going on this spring.  Listings are selling fast and multiple offers are still happening.  We should see a good run of activity the next 120 days.  I believe this will set the stage for the last half of the year to be productive as well.  Last year we had political forces which frightened a lot of buyers.   Appraisals have also become less of an issue.  2014 should see smoother sailing.  DON’T procrastinate if your considering making a move. Lets discuss your options and make an informed decision.

Home Purchase & Education Go Hand in Hand

For many families, schools are an essential consideration when searching for a new home. However, most property searches only offer property related criteria such as price, beds, baths, and square feet. As such, locating properties that meet the criteria for your family and your child’s education can be challenging, especially when you are less familiar with an area. For this very reason, this website provides you with the ability to incorporate school ratings directly into your property search as a primary criteria.  Additionally, you’ll have access to detailed information and statistics on local schools and neighborhoods on every listing detail… Read More

How to Track Your Home’s Value

Buying a home is generally the single largest purchase that we make in our lifetimes and most of us are interested in not only the value of our properties, but also the general value of like properties in our neighborhoods. Whether you have just moved into a new home or have lived there for years, tracking the market value of your property is essential for any informed homeowner. This website’s property search provides an excellent platform to track property values and market trends in your area.  In this post, you will learn strategies for tracking the value of your home… Read More

Become an Expert on New Homes Hitting the Market

Knowledge is power and early knowledge can offer you a powerful advantage, especially in tight real estate markets. Those who find properties first gain an edge by being the first have a chance to see new properties and thus the first to make offers. More often than not, this first to market knowledge pays off. This post will review how you can leverage the property search on this website to quickly access the newest properties on the market and how to setup email alerts when new properties match your criteria. It’s important to first point out that this website offers… Read More