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Real Estate Agent - Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - GREC #208281
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.

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2009 

It really amazes me how different parts of Atlanta have fared in the last few years.  In the middle of 2007 the real estate market in Atlanta finally began to take a hit.  In some areas the bottom seemed to drop out.  Other areas have held up reasonably well in comparison. Below are market graphs...
12/31/2009
Below are the latest charts for the Atlanta real estate statistics.  They are for single family detached homes. Average sales price Units sold Total days on the maket Sales price to original list price ratio Both raw numbers and 12 month moving averages for each stat. These numbers are from the e...
12/31/2009
I stumbled upon YouTube's custom video player tool. I saw that they have a player for multiple videos. If you have a Youtube account, go to your account and look for a link to "custom video players" and proceed from there.  I fooled around a little and it works pretty well.  You first create a cu...
12/30/2009
I'm tired of all of these "too big to fail" banks.  The government ie. taxpayers, have bailed them out and then they go and jack up their fees and credit card rates and start squeezing the  little guy. Forget about writing your Congressman.  They are all bought and paid for by the banking industr...
12/30/2009
I've always felt that the best way to deal with a problem is to deal with it and be done with it.  If you screw up, admit it and make it right.  If you instead choose to deny accountability or to fail to provide some kind of restitution, you are just setting yourself up for a much bigger mess. I ...
12/29/2009
This past year has been incredible as far as rain goes.  We started the year in a very severe drought with Lake Lanier being about 20 feet below full level.  Docks and boats were stranded in the mud.  Atlanta was down to just weeks before their drinking water supply would run out. (Video version ...
12/21/2009
I received a call yesterday from a person in another state where he experienced a big run up in house prices and now a huge decrease in values. He bought his current home 10 years ago for $125,000.  At the peak of the market he refinanced for $325,000 and did a major renovation.  At the time he s...
12/18/2009
This is why I'm so happy I moved from Allentown Pennsylvania down to Georgia.  When it does snow down here it is a lot of fun.  But then it goes away and we can go out and play baseball or something.I was sent this two Christmas' ago by an old buddy. I laughed so hard I couldn't get rid of it so ...
12/18/2009
I received a great note in a Christmas card that a past client sent to me. It really made my day. Dear Tim, A belated thank you for all you did to get our house sold and your patience in finding us a new home. (We love it.)  We greatly appreciated your attention to detail, your responsiveness and...
12/18/2009
I have a closing today on a new home.  My buyers had a deck put in using Ipe(ee-pay).  At first when they were talking with the builder about it, I thought is was one of those synthetic decking materials made out of recycled tires.  But they were going on and on about how beautiful it would be.  ...
12/18/2009
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