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My honest opinion on things that I find interesting about the real estate industry. I'm here to help you save money and avoid making mistakes.



Market stats can be deceiving.   Every month the MLS in Atlanta comes out with average home sales prices for the Atlanta metro area.  They are useful in general terms but let me show you how easy it is to get an entirely incorrect picture of what's going on in the Atlanta market. Fulton county is...
I was so excited this morning when I saw my website as the #1 Google result for a a series of keyword phrases I've been trying to improve on. I thought it was a new "Google Dance" but when I searched a few webmaster forums I didn't see anyone writing about any big changes today.  I finally figure...
Below are the numbers for the total FMLS area for April 2009. They are for single family detached homes.  I  have graphs for 26 local market areas around Atlanta.  Links with a reference map are down below. Overall, the numbers were encouraging. The average price actually went up vs. the previous...
The more things "change" the more they stay the same. Now even a big Obama supporter, Rachel Maddow, is waking up and actually trying to listen and understand the words of Obama.  Unfortunately, it's pretty much the same stuff as Bush. I didn't get a chance to see the entire Obama speech on the G...
Governor Sonny Purdue has a press release on his website announcing his signing of House Bill 261. Governor Sonny Perdue today signed House Bill 261, which provides a $1,800 tax credit for home purchases. The credit, which would be taken over three years, takes effect immediately and is meant to ...
Many people ask me about property taxes. Usually it's around 1% of the home value. But it depends on the homestead exemption and some other exemptions like the senior citizen break they give you in Cobb County.  Cobb has a neat online property  tax estimator.  Just put in the value of the home an...
With every home that I help a buyer purchase, I get a little smarter. I show the typical buyer between 20-50 homes before they make their decision.  For every buyer who ends up buying, there are probably 3-5 who don't end up buying for one reason or another.  The bottom line is that over the yea...
These numbers came out two weeks ago.  I've been really busy but I finally got time to update all of my charts.  Below are the numbers for the total FMLS area for March 2009. They are for single family detached homes. It's nice to know but the important numbers are what's happening in your more i...
At first this Onion story made me laugh a lot. It's so true. "Tired of hearing the grim truth about their economic future, Americans demanded that the bald-faced lies resume immediately, particularly whenever politicians feel the need to divulge another terrifying problem with Wall Street, the h...
Have you ever tried to get something to work but just kept running into roadblocks? This morning Katerina Gasset had a feature post about a neat online tool that helps them format their posts with colors and different fonts. All I really wanted to do is find an HTML editor that would highlight te...

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