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4 Places to buy your Thanksgiving Pie

Colder temperatures and the approaching holidays mean pie season is here! Served a la mode, at the end of a big holiday meal, or even for breakfast (we won't judge), there's no wrong way or time to enjoy a slice of pie. Check out our list of some of our favorite Atlanta pie places! Buttermilk Sky- We're partial to their Buttermilk and I40 flavors, but their seasonal pumpkin is not to be missed! Sugar Shack- With fruity flavors (like apple, blueberry, or cherry) or the classic Thanksgiving staple, pecan, there's something for everyone at this Brookhaven favorite! Alpine Bakery- This spot is convenient for those OTP, with two locations to choose from (Woodstock and Crabapple). ...

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What I Learned From Flipping a Home

Throughout my years in Atlanta real estate, I have helped many investors grow their pockets with investment property flips. So last fall with the Atlanta real estate market on FIRE, and my husband and I looking for a new investment adventure, we thought we’d try our hand in a home flip of our own! How We Found Our Home In addition to scouring the MLS for potential properties, I signed up for emails from wholesalers to find off-market deals. The property we ended up purchasing was close to our home (which was important to us to be able to check in on the contractors) and was listed in the MLS. We ended up getting the home for 10% under their ask price. Why We Chose Our Home We c...

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Simple Staging Tips To Sell Your Home

The Atlanta housing market is sizzling this summer! Even though the lack of inventory is creating a seller’s market in most areas, buyers are still choosy and have big expectations when selecting their next home. Sellers need ensure their home is staged well and shows its best in order to get top dollar. Perhaps a huge renovation project isn’t in the budget prior to listing your home. That’s okay! You don’t always have to spend big money to have a big impact. Our resident design expert and Nationally Certified Home Stager, Liz Booher, is sharing some easy staging tips to make sure your home stands out above the competition. 1. Stage your closets. Ample storage is atop many buyers...

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Should You Appeal Your Tax Assessment?

If you’re still suffering from sticker shock from your most recent Fulton County tax assessment, you’re not alone! County-wide, Fulton County property owners should expect to see an increase in their assessed value as the real estate market continues its upward trend and prices continue to rise. Assessments were mailed this week, but if you haven’t received your assessment yet, you can check online through the Fulton County Board of Assessors website. Remember, the notice of assessment IS NOT A BILL. So what happens if you think the valuation is unfair or inaccurate? You have the opportunity to file an appeal, but you must do so within 45 days of the date printed on your assessme...

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Why You Need a Listing Agent in a Hot Real Estate Market

It’s no secret that the Atlanta real estate market is highly competitive right now and is certainly favoring sellers in most areas. It seems like all you have to do is stick a sign in the yard and call for highest and best offers. Buyers are falling all over themselves and throwing earnest money deposits at you. They’re waiving inspections and contingencies, offering over ask price, and letting the sellers occupy the home post-closing, free of charge. As a seller, you might be asking yourself, “why wouldn’t I try to save some money on that listing agent’s commission and just handle the transaction myself? Do I really need an agent?” Yes! You absolutely do! Any experienced listing...

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Homebuying Do’s and Don’ts

Spring is here and the Atlanta spring market is in full frenzy! Check out these tips for buying real estate in this crazy market from our lead buyers’ agent Kristen Feldman. If you’re getting a loan, DO get prequalified! This is SO important! Not only do you need to know the price range of what you can afford, in this ultra-competitive market, most sellers will not even take a second glance at an offer that lacks a prequal letter from a reputable lender. I encourage you to shop around and see which bank and loan officer you feel the most comfortable with and who can offer you the best rate. Once you get the thumbs up from your lender, contact your agent and you can begin your sea...

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Lights, Camera, Listing!

As I mentioned in a previous blog post (here), professional photography can mean the difference in getting buyers through your door or having them discard your home into their pile of “no’s.” But professional photography can only do so much. To ensure your home truly shows its best online and in marketing materials, you need to do the prep work! Below, my checklist for getting your home picture perfect! Focus Your Efforts Photos of kitchens, master bedrooms, master bathrooms, and living rooms tend to be heavily featured in marketing materials and buyers specifically focus on these areas when browsing photos. These areas should be top priority when getting your home photo-rea...

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How Long Does the Buying Process Take?

This is one of the most often asked questions from buyers. The problem is, there is no simple answer. Everyone’s journey is different. Getting Your Finances in Order Before you even visit your first property in person, you might need to spend time examining your credit profile or saving money in order to qualify for a home loan. Checking your credit scores before you begin your home search can help you determine if you need more time to build your credit. (There are various services that allow you to check your credit scores for free, including Credit.com.) The minimum down payment amount for a conventional loan is 3%. FHA is 3.5%. Scraping together enough cash to simply meet those...

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A Short Guide to Short Sales

When the real estate market hit the bottom, the number of short sales reached record highs. Due to the high volume of distressed sellers banks were faced with, and the lack of experience/preparedness, the odds of a short sale making it to the closing table were slim. And if it did make it to closing, it was a several months (and sometimes years) long process. The short sale environment has certainly changed and is much more streamlined now. There are systems, processes, and third party programs to facilitate a smooth transaction. For a buyer looking for a “deal,” a short sale may be a great fit. What exactly is a short sale? A short sale has nothing to do with the time frame in ...

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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Selling Your Home!

With the Spring real estate market quickly approaching, many sellers will be scrambling to get their home ready to put on the market. Around this time, I am often consulted to help sellers decide which home improvement projects will yield the best return, how their home should be staged to show its best, and which maintenance items they should spend their money on. But even the most beautifully staged, impeccably maintained, newly updated home won’t sell if the it’s overpriced. Or the seller is stingy with letting buyers in to see it. This infographic from ActiveRain illustrates some of the top mistakes sellers make. With the selling season upon us, make sure you don’t find yoursel...

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