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An Attitude of Gratitude - A Grateful Woodstock Thanksgiving Pardon - 11/30/11 11:59 PM
We live in a beautiful community with a big heart as big as our Southern Hospitality and we believe in making a place for everyone, including Bob. You see, Bob does not like Police officers or the Police Department in our city as a whole. He tends to go ballistic around Police Cars in general, jump on their cars, attempt to inflict damage on their tires and has been known to chase them down the street. Despite all of this, our fine city, including the mayor has made a place for Bob. Heck, Mayor Donnie Henriques even pardoned Bob in a (3 comments)
Market Report October 2011 Woodstock Georgia - 53% Increase in Sales Volume - 11/30/11 11:23 PM
The Woodstock Real Estate Marketplace has performed much better than most of the Metro Atlanta. Overall the market in Atlanta is at a an all time low point in pricing. Overall Sales are below 2003 levels and prices are at over 20% below October 2010 for the month of October 2011. Average days on the market remained at 89 days up 1 day from the 88 in October of 2010. Although Prices dropped further in October, sales volumes increased, so that is good news. Sales in October 2011 were up to 106 sales in 2011 from 69 in 2010, that is (0 comments)
Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek October 2011 Market Report - Sales Up 42% in Volume - 11/30/11 11:00 PM
Because Johns Creek and Milton Homes are still oftentimes listed as Alpharetta Homes, it is difficult to do an individual report for each city. Since only us natives really understand all the new city boundaries and people tend to shop Alpharetta as an area, I am still having to report this area as Alpharetta, so bear with me for a few more months and maybe the public will become more informed about the individual cities. This area has performed better than overall than most of the Atlanta Metro Suburbs in October. Overall the Atlanta Market is at a an all time (0 comments)
Market Report - Roswell Georgia October 2011 Sales Are Up!!! - 11/30/11 10:03 PM
The Roswell Marketplace has performed better than many of the Atlanta Metro Suburbs in recent months. Overall the market in Atlanta is at a an all time low point in pricing. Overall Sales are below 2003 levels and prices are at over 20% below October 2010 for the month of October 2011. Average days on the market remained at 89 days up 1 day from the 88 in October of 2010. In Roswell we bucked the trend with some good news. Sales in October 2011 were up from 73 sales in 2010 to 76 sales in 2011. Not a huge jump, (2 comments)
Water based polyurethane vs. oil based: Which is better for refinishing your hardwood floors? - reblog - 11/30/11 10:13 AM
Refinishing Hardwood Floors can be tricky and so can decisions on installing and putting on the initial finish. Here is a great post on the aspects of chosing Water Based VS Oil Based Poly for finishing/refinishing your hardwoods. It is alway best to check with an expert when having this done, you can do more damage than good not doing it the right way first. Via Debbie Gartner - Westchester Flooring -Hardwood Floors Carpet Tile Refinish - (Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT): Which type of polyurethane is better for refinishing hardwood floors - water-based or oil-based polyurethane? We offer (1 comments)
To those of us with Facebook Business Pages.....let's share and "like" each other! - 11/27/11 11:56 PM
This is a great idea for everyone to share their Facebook Business Page and Like each others pages if they are great, hey, why not get the community involved. Go to Denise's blog and post your facebook page there, what a great idea. Via Denise Dutson, Real Estate Broker, Cape Cod (Real Estate Associates): A lot of us have taken the time to produce a Facebook Business Pages. Let's share our pages and use as a network venue.
Mine is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Denise-Dutson-Cape-Cod-Real-Estate/378211368704?v=wall
Denise Dutson Denise@DeniseDutson www.UpperCapeHouses.com Mashpee Realtor Falmouth Realtor The views expressed herein are (6 comments)
Go ahead. Shoot yourself in the foot. The pitfalls of overpricing your home. - reblog - 11/27/11 11:43 PM
Overpricing a home is a very expensive mistake and actually loses money for the seller in the long run, this is a great post written by a fellow agent in Huntsville, Ala. It is the same everywhere, overpricing costs a seller money and precious time. This article will help sellers to understand this mistake. Via Elizabeth Cooper-Golden Huntsville AL MLS - (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)): The art of pricing your home to sell is SO IMPORTANT. While I understand your thoughts on overpricing your home, I'm here to tell you, you are making a HUGE mistake. Go ahead and (1 comments)
Shelter Dogs Deserve a Comfortable Place to Sleep – You Can Help - reblog - 11/27/11 10:52 PM
If you are looking for that unusual gift to give for Christmas and you are an animal lover like I am, this is a great way to give a gift in someone's honor that helps your local animal shelter. This was a great post by my frient in Mt Pleasant, you can give to the Cherokee County Humane Society, Cherokee Animal Shelter here or the Fulton County Shelter or the shelter in your local community. Via Kristine Ginsberg (Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC): Shelter Dogs Deserve a Comfortable Place to Sleep – You Can Help The holidays are a (1 comments)
Internet Home Value Calculators - How Accurate Are They? - reblog - 11/27/11 10:04 PM
The many websites with information on home values can be really confusing to consumers when they are attempting to determine the value of their home. This is a great post summarizing the article in Smart Money Magazine regarding the hugh inaccuracy of many of these home value calculators. Via Myrl Jeffcoat (Real Living Great West Real Estate): Occasionally, I will hear or read comments from homebuyers, homeowners, sellers and real estate professionals, about the value and use of online housing calculators that provide estimates of property value.Earlier this week, I came across an interesting article in the Yahoo Finance section titled, “The (1 comments)
My Short Sale Offer Has Been Accepted. Now What? - reblog - 11/20/11 09:42 PM
Here is a great checklist of all the items that need to be covered with a buyer or seller to understand the process, and it is a process, of getting the short sale to closing. This is a great read for clients and agents alike to understand all the items that must be covered in a short sale closing. Via Karen Crowson, ABR, SRES, Livermore, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors, Livermore, CA): Buying a short sale is different than a regular sale. Once your short sale offer is accepted, what happens next? Here’s the series of events that will occur: 1) The (1 comments)
Pricing That Listing To Sell Every Time! - reblog - 11/20/11 09:31 PM
Price is the most important tool that we have in our marketing bag when we sell a house, You certainly can't move the house or change the neighborhood location, You can do somethings to improve the condition, but price is the most important tool because it needs to be right on to even get the attention the house needs to sell. Here is a great article that every seller should read on pricing homes correctly in the market. Via Gary Woltal - Assoc. Broker REALTOR® SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty): Getting a home to sell EVERY time is really not (1 comments)
Separating "VALUE" from "SALEABILITY - Reblog - 11/20/11 09:20 PM
Many things need to be done to a house to make it Salable, don't confuse Salability with Value. Replacing and updating certain items in a house are required in this market to sell the house and do not add value, they just increase salability. See the discussion in this post, this is very timely and good information. Via Steve Roake, ABR, SFR (McColly Real Estate): Separating "VALUE" From "SALEABILITY" An error commonly made by sellers when pricing their homes is that they fail to distinguish value from saleability. The value of a home references the factors related to the property to cause (1 comments)
Solve the Debt Crisis with more Debt, Interesting Proposition!!!! - 11/18/11 05:21 PM
The European Central Bank is buying bonds in the Eurozone with freshly printed Euros. That is what Federal Reserve did here, printed money and is fixing to do again. With the many European Bond markets being pushed past tipping points, the ECB purchases are keeping these countries from breaching these barriers. You can read the entire article in Barrons.com. This crisis is not being caused by reckless Hedge Fund Managers or speculators driving up the costs. The Natural Buyers are not only not buying the bonds, they are selling and unloading the bonds. The ECB is the buyer of last resort. (5 comments)
Good News, or is it???? Another week of the Housing Mess!!!! - 11/18/11 04:52 PM
The Good News - The new revamped HARP (the bill that allows underwater current homeowners to refinance their home at todays interest rates) will will finally have the regulations released for borrowers who are underwater, hopefully some of them can hang on until it actually will work. The Bad News - The caps have been removed for some loans by the bill, however, it appears that Fannie Mae's automated underwriting will not officially recognize removal of the Loan to Value Cap which leaves underwater borrowers waiting for Fannie/Freddie to change this until March of 2012. Since HARP is a Fannie/Freddie program, (0 comments)
A semi-long term experiment: zinc strips on a moss covered roof - reblog - 11/13/11 07:31 PM
Black Mold on Roofs is a big problem here in Atlanta, as it probably is in most humid states. I never realized the value of zinc and this simple inexpensive tip to keep mold off of the roof. What a super post and great information. I am going to have this put on my roof the next time I reroof my house for sure. The proof is in the pictures Via Minneapolis Home Inspections - Reuben Saltzman (Structure Tech Home Inspections): While black stains on roofs are a cosmetic issue, moss growth is more than just cosmetic. Not only does moss look (1 comments)
Why this is the Best Season to Sell Your Home!!! - 11/12/11 06:40 PM
I guess maybe I am partial to the fall and winter markets because in 1986 when I started selling real estate I got my start in October. Every year I always sell 60% of my homes in the fall and winter makets, most people don't understand the huge advantage to listing their home this time of year. Here are some of the Huge advantages: Many people are relocated at the end of the year when their companies move people to start the new year, so there are a lot of people who are moving at the end of the year. Relocation (10 comments)
Cherokee County Tax Time Cometh!!! - 11/06/11 11:24 PM
Taxes are due in Cherokee county on December 20, 2011 and the tax bills have been mailed for 2011. If you don't get yours, you need to contact the tax office, or you can look your bill up and pay it right on line this year at Pay Cherokee Georgia Property TaxesThe 2011 Millage Rate works out this way:State .250County M&O 5.365School M & O 19.45School Bond .400Fire 3.129Park Bond .6412011 Millage UnIncorporated 29.398 Incorporated 25.448There are many different Homestead Exemptions that can be filed for in Cherokee County and the lower Senior Deductions are one (1 comments)
Time Is Of The Essence - Or IS It?? - reblog - 11/06/11 09:52 PM
Here is some great information on how to handle the timeleness part of contracts to assure that everything gets done and you can close on your dream home. This is some good information for homebuyers to understand when they are completing that all important first purchase. Take a few minutes to review this it is great information on contracts. Via Bill & Cyndi Daves REALTORS in the NC/GA Mountains Call Us Today: 828.361.9783 (Murphy Andrews Hayesville Blue Ridge Blairsville Hiawassee):
CONGRATULATIONS!!! The Seller said YES! They’ve signed the contract and your agent has forwarded a copy to you. Your next (4 comments)
I Recommend this Book: "The Big Score: Getting It and Keeping It" - Reblog - 11/06/11 09:48 PM
Here is a great book recommendation for getting your score upgraded and keeping your credit score where it needs to be to get great interest rates. This is a must read for anyone who wants to make sure they save lots of money when financing a home or any large purchases. Hope you enjoy. Via Louise Thaxton #6 in Nation for VA Loans 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA Louisiana Loans (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289):
I Recommend This Book! Third in The Series "The Big Score - Getting It and Keeping It" Whether we like it (3 comments)
I am So Grateful to be Living in Georgia!!!!! I really enjoyed the C-Span Program tonight!!! - 11/05/11 10:06 PM
I was watching 2 amazing souls who are great communicators, very articulate and very well versed and educated in many areas of the economy and from the great State of Georgia discuss many current issues that affect us all. It was a great discussion and one of the best I have watched, so much better than the debates as this was really conversational and educational. It gave me a greater insight into who these 2 really are and what great plans they have for our country. The information covered on the budget was really eyeopening and very enlightening. I am proud (3 comments)
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