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house appraisalAre you selling your home?

Home sellers have plenty of concerns, including pricing, inspections, renovations and staging. The last thing sellers should need to worry about is the appraisal.

Unfortunately, many sellers are robbed of sleep by the threat of receiving a property appraisal that undermines your contract price.

And sellers are right to worry about this, because appraising a house is as much art as science (actually mathematics).

But if you’ve set a realistic price – a good real estate agent can help you there -- you should be able to receive an appraisal that helps seal the deal.

To ease your concerns, let's chat about a few appraisal basics, including:

  • What's an appraisal?
  • Can you influence the appraisal?
  • What should
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old vs. new constructionThere’s nothing like a newly constructed home, a pristine place unmarred by floor scratches and nail pops.

On the other hand, an older home has withstood the test of time. Over the years, the house has settled, leaks have been discovered and patched, and, in general, the bugs have been worked out.

Is a new or older home better for you? Here are the advantages of each type of construction.

New Home Advantages

Low Maintenance:

New construction is far less costly to maintain than older construction. The 2009 American Housing Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that 26% of all homeowners spent $100 or more a month on house maintenance, compared to only 11% of owners of newly-constructed homes.

The average lifespan of appliances and HVAC

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Stage Your HomeYou've seen the house flippers on HGTV use staging techniques to make empty properties look lived-in, but as a homeowner trying to sell your house, you’ve already got plenty of stuff. Do you really need to bother "staging" it?

In a word: Yes.

According to the Real Estate Staging Association, professionally staged homes sell 73 percent faster and often garner a higher selling price. That’s because staging is all about showing off your home’s best features while eliminating or reframing as many downsides as possible. Just as you’d dress up a little nicer for a date you really wanted to impress, dressing your home up can help make potential buyers fall in love with it.

And you don’t need to hire a professional to achieve results. Here are 9 great

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Which Home Improvement Projects Increase Home Value...and Which Ones are a Waste of MoneyMaking a major change to your home?

Before you splurge five figures, think about how your update will impact your home's eventual re-sale value.

An upgrade that seems like an awesome idea now (like turning your garage into a giant ball pit for the kids) could come back to haunt you when you put your home on the market ... and find the market doesn’t like what you’ve done with the place.

If you’ve got a renovation or new project on your wish list, take a look at the following first to make sure your future self will remain happy with the changes.

Go For It

A new roof – Roofs are expensive, and if yours is on its last legs, you better believe a home inspector will let potential buyers know. A leaky roof should be fixed immediately, for your

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What to expect when getting a home inspection

A house is one of the most important investments you’ll make, and it's also the place you and your family will call home. 

But what you don't know can hurt you. An unexpected major repair – like needing to replace the roof – can yank tens of thousands from your bank account.

How can you minimize this risk? Before you sign on the dotted line, get a home inspection to make sure you know exactly what issues to anticipate. 

Here’s what you can expect when you schedule an inspection. 

Preparing for the Inspection 

Finding an inspector. Your real estate agent should be able to recommend some good inspectors they’ve worked with in the past, or you can do some research yourself by asking friends and family members for recommendations. Make sure

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Great Ways to Fix Bad CreditIn today’s economy and credit driven society, bad credit is becoming the norm rather than the exception.  And bad credit may be keeping you from securing loans for a new home or vehicle, or the resulting high interest rates may be putting heavy stress on your finances. The good news is there are hassle-free ways to repair your credit and improve your rating.

Before you do anything else, get a copy of your credit report to discover what things are weighing negatively on your credit. Contact all of the individual creditors listed and find out if you can put together a workable repayment plan that you can afford. As you pay off the debts, get a letter in writing stating that payment has been fulfilled. If you note inaccuracies on your report, dispute them

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Preparing for College Years with Real EstateA new trend in real estate investment is emerging: parents investing in real estate to fund their children’s college education.

With the ups and downs of the stock market this past decade, more parents are seeking to invest for their children’s future through other assets, including real estate.

How Does It Work?

These parents believe that the time is right to purchase real estate because of low prices and mortgage rates, and have a strong belief that real estate prices will show considerable appreciation by the time their children are in college.

The idea is to purchase a house as an investment property when a child is born or very young. Ideally, a 15-year fixed rate mortgage is used for a property that cash flows in the first year.


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Show qualitySelling a home can be a real pain in the butt.

I talk with a lot of folks who are considering selling their home, but just don’t have the time. Or they want to sell, but don’t know where to begin.

Experience tells me they're referring to upgrading their house from its average, everyday living condition, to a condition that sells. All the cleaning and painting and purging and organizing can quickly overwhelm even the most motivated would-be home seller.  

On the other hand, there are those sellers who  jump head-first into the market without considering how the condition of their home affects the outcome.

In the Business, We Call it "Show Quality"

How well does a home show? How prepared is your home for the market, and how attractive will it

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Atlanta Home InspectionsIt’s common for home inspections to be a point of stress for a buyer. I recently wrote a segment about choosing a home inspector and the types of home inspections to consider when purchasing a single family home.  

Experience shows that many buyers, especially first timers, have no idea what to expect from a Home Inspection. I sure didn’t when I bought my first place (well, before I was in the business). I remember how stressed and anxious I was about my home inspection, only to have it all fall into place. I was so excited to move into my first digs.

It's Normal To Stress, but Preparation Helps

Buying a home is a big event for most people, and anxiety can understandably run high when awaiting the results of a professional Home Inspection. Your

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5 Good Reasons to Sell Your Home

Several of our clients realize now is a great time to buy a home. In Fact, Ben and I helped more buyers purchase this year than any single year in our careers.

I'm realizing as the year comes to an end, I may have overlooked why the next 3 to 6 months might also be a great time to sell.

There are 5 good reasons I believe 2015 will be a good time to sell your home. You'll find them below.

1. Demand

My most recent analysis of the Intown Atlanta Real Estate market shows a 5.2 percent increase in sales when compared to this same time in 2014.

Sales have remained above last year's levels going on 3 years now. There are serious buyers out there, and they're looking for their dream home. It could be yours.

2. Supply

Housing inventory in

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