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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
Welcome to our real estate blog, where we delve into market insights and offer guidance to homeowners considering selling their properties. In this post, we'll explore why the current real estate landscape presents a prime opportunity for sellers to maximize their returns.Low Inventory, High Demand:As of 04/19/2024, the real estate market is characterized by a significant shortage of available homes for sale. This imbalance between supply and demand has created a seller's market in many regions, with a surplus of eager buyers vying for limited inventory. This scarcity of homes has led to increased competition among buyers, often resulting in multiple offers and bidding wars.Favorable Selling Conditions:For homeowners contemplating selling their properties, these conditions couldn't be m...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
Welcome to our real estate blog, where we delve into the current market trends and offer insights into why buying now might be the best decision for prospective homebuyers. In this post, we'll explore how current interest rates are influencing the real estate market and why waiting might not be the most advantageous choice.Understanding Current Interest Rates:Interest rates play a significant role in the real estate market, affecting both buyers and sellers. As of [insert current date], interest rates remain at historically low levels. The Federal Reserve's efforts to stimulate the economy have resulted in favorable borrowing conditions, with mortgage rates hovering near all-time lows.The Impact on Affordability:Low interest rates translate to lower monthly mortgage payments for buyers....
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By Ava Anderson, Selling Atlanta from A-Z!
(A-Z Atlanta Realty )
Large Home in Lithia Springs OverviewMapsPhotosFeatures $475,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 4,456 sqftLot: 00 sqftYear Built: 2008MLS #: 20163980 Location 7903 Alta CourtLithia Springs, GA 300122USA Ava Anderson A-Z Atlanta Realty(770) 369-5121avasellsatlanta@gmail.comhttp://www.avasellsatlanta.com   Listed by: A-Z Atlanta Realty Our recent listings Large Home in Lithia Springs | $475,000 | Lithia Springs, GA Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby  properties for sale
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
Last week was a slow one for U.S. real estate developments—no surprise toward the end of August. Still, all was not quiet: Zombies were back in the news. Although there were no local zombie updates—and Douglasville zombies were not seen roaming our streets—there were distinct reasons why local homeowners might want to keep up with the latest Z-world developments. As Hollywood often reminds filmgoers, you never know…First, a week ago Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported on the continuing stealthy presence of the nation’s “Zombie Properties.” Data-gatherer ATTOM released its 2023 Vacant Property and Zombie Foreclosure Report—the annual publication that’s a must-read that vigilant Douglasville zombie-watchers monitor for national trends. “Zombie foreclosures” happen after a homeowner r...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
An article in last Wednesday’s U.S. News headlined a thought-provoking question: is an ARM a Good Idea in 2023? Now that mortgage rates are significantly higher than they were even only a few months ago, a question that might then have been answered with an almost automatic ‘no!’ has new relevance. Buyers daunted by the prospect of budget-challenging monthly payments may be penciling in the difference, seeing an attractive answer—but then unsure of whether the risk-reward formulations make Douglasville ARMs a prudent choice.The article discussed the tradeoffs which it summarized in brief:· If there is a fixed period, how long does it last?· How often does the rate adjust?· What is the limit to how much the rate (and monthly payment) can change?· But the bottom line—and its unknowable el...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
“If mortgage rates weren’t enough,” began last week’s CNBC.com commentary, “it was even harder to qualify for a mortgage in July…” That dour introduction was followed by a series of Eeyore-worthy observations. Lest Douglasville house hunters—many of whom will soon be among home loan seekers—take the discouraging news as catastrophic, it’s only fair to point out that the national outlets like CNBC are describing U.S. markets as a whole rather than Douglasville itself. Still, the generalizations are such that many American markets do face strong fiscal headwinds.Some of the noteworthy details:· The Mortgage Bankers Association gauged that in July, it was “harder…to qualify for a mortgage…than it has been in a decade.”· “Credit availability” (the measure of lending requirements) was the lo...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
For past generations, the magic summoned up by the phrase “Million-Dollar!” would be hard to exaggerate—so the idea of Douglasville million-dollar homes would have represented gawk-worthy artifacts of success. Even though today, “million-dollar” this and that are attached to everyday news items, last week’s announcement from Redfin’s Economic Research unit may have come as something of a surprise. The news was short and sweet:“Nearly one in 10 U.S. homes are worth $1,000,000 or more.”The rising proportion of million-dollar properties may be due in part to a weakening U.S. dollar, but by no means is that the whole (or most interesting) story. Some details:· 55 of the 99 most populous metros have seen a rise in million-dollar and million-dollar+ homes.· Of those, “in almost all,” their nu...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
One major way to enhance the curb appeal of any Douglasville house is to freshen it with a new coat of paint in an attractive color scheme that adds life and beauty. However, when the weather turns really hot, it’s best to hold off on painting the exterior of your Douglasville house. When paint dries too quickly, it creates all sorts of problems you can avoid by just waiting for a cooler spell. Excessive heat can cause paint to lift, crack, or discolor when it cures too rapidly. But if ‘right now’ isn’t right, it can be an excellent time to get all your ducks in a row for the coming efforts. Before visiting your preferred Douglasville paint outlets, some research is in order. Bob Vila has long been a media mainstay for do-it-yourselfers, so reading his site’s “Do’s and Don’ts” essay bef...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
Last Thursday, under the headline “The Housing Recession is Over…,” Douglasville real estate observers found a MarketWatch report laden with positive indicators. All of them were, however, less than earth-shaking in scale. The optimism-tinged phrases like ‘ticked up,’ ‘inched up,’ and ‘small positive increase’ were balanced by negative results that were equally minuscule—‘falling only slightly,’ was one of those.Even so, it was hard not to applaud the overall message—a fairly convincing gathering of June month-end numbers that look as if real estate industry momentum is stirring. The springtime doldrums seem to be over—but only ‘just.'Here are MW’s particulars:· Pending home sales advanced a bit on a month-to-month basis—the first time in four months.· Economists had expected a pending ...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
If there’s one question about Douglasville residential real estate that is posed more often than others it’s the one that’s hardest to answer: “What do you think? Are prices heading up or down?” Usually, that question is an easy one to answer without really answering: “Short term, anyone’s guess. Long-term, history says, ‘almost certainly, up’!” It has a lot of history to back it up, so it sounds authoritative.At this moment in Douglasville’s history, the long-term portion of that answer still holds, but increasingly, the ‘anyone’s guess’ part seems unsatisfactory. Despite an abundance of published data on how markets have performed from the West Coast to the East, the trend lines seem more scrambled than usual. Last week, Fortune magazine provided an unblinking analysis of the forces c...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
It’s always a good idea for local homeowners who are in the planning stages for some serious property updating to check into some of the new Douglasville home design trends that have recently surfaced. It’s not that they are likely to mindlessly follow the newest and greatest trends—few homeowners actually make expensive decisions based on those. It’s more likely that one of the newer creative ideas could spark a direction that hadn’t been considered before. After all, to qualify as one of the “most popular” trends it must have captured more imaginations than others.Identifying design trends that are more than just promos for their creators is easier said than done, though—but home improvement site houzz.com came up with what looks like a valid methodology. Their new “2023 Houzz Emergin...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
At first blush, one of those time-wasting web emails that get shared by the millions seems to be entirely time-wasting. But upon somber reflection, the email about The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest contains a lesson or two that could easily apply to Douglasville real estate marketing.There is no need to go into the details of the story attached to the email, other than to verify that the winning canine, Scooter, is well qualified for the title of Ugliest. Scooter’s history is the expected rags-to-riches saga with the requisite heartwarming outcome. In short, despite birth defects that had the pup slated for euthanasia, a last-minute rescue by a sympathetic new owner produced a well-cared-for dog that’s now “not only surviving but thriving.”Not to mention, he’s now a world title holder, ha...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
It seems as if it’s taking more resolve and skill than ever just to go about the tasks of daily living without getting financial institutions involved one way or another. Among other inroads, the banks are always looking over Douglasville consumers’ shoulders through the credit and debit cards they offer. The service is substantial—a quick insert of the plastic at checkout is safe and speedy; at month’s end, an online statement of purchases neatly listed onscreen—it’s a matter of real convenience.It’s hardly surprising that Douglasville merchants will attest to the increasing percentage of cashless transactions. The once-familiar cash register sign, “NO CHECKS ACCEPTED” now increasingly reads, “NO CHECKS OR CASH ACCEPTED.” Once the pandemic hit, the promotion of touchless payment method...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
This year’s calendar dictates that Douglasville’s Father’s Day arrives a bit earlier than usual (the third Sunday in June hits this week). That makes the contrast with Mother’s Day more blatant. For most families, it’s hard to ignore the disparity. They may strive (manfully) to give Dad the same degree of fussing-over that Mom got on her Day, but for most, it’s an uphill battle. In our culture, the archetype has it that Mom gets two dozen red roses and a mega-expensive dinner out, while Dad gets a necktie which then assumes its place at the back of the closet with all the previous years’ neckties.It's only fitting that the history of how the two parental honorific observances came to be officially acknowledged—and how Father’s Day has always struggled to win the same degree of enthusias...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
Last week, Elon Musk was in the news again—this time for a housing prognostication that immediately prompted sharp counters from industry experts. Twitter’s new owner tweeted that he expected the hard times currently being experienced in the commercial real estate sector would be followed by the same result in the residential sector. If his crystal ball is clearer than it was when he paid twice its true value for Twitter, Douglasville real estate could get the fallout along with the rest of the industry.Musk reasoned that banks now face mounting risks due to commercial real estate’s failure to repopulate office buildings following the pandemic—and that risk-averse bankers might raise mortgage rates to homebuyer-repelling levels. Certainly, that’s possible. On the other hand, there is la...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
For many Douglasville residents, the choice of their next Douglasville home is between existing homes and new ones. For those whose initial house-hunting forays produce little more than sticker shock, there’s a third, less popular option: building your own Douglasville home!While there are plenty of examples of success for those choosing the third path, by the time that option is move-in ready, the end result may not have significantly reduced the bottom line. Especially now, with supply snags and inflation weighing heavily on construction costs, building your own Douglasville home isn’t a sure way to greatly ease the financial burden. As dozens of online checklists reveal, building your own home involves many more details than just buying a lot and hiring a contractor. Here’s a shorten...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
Even for homeowners who moved into a new Douglasville house as recently as a few years ago, the pace of technological advance is such that it’s easy to lose track of many fledgling household products that use technology in new and useful ways. Whereas earlier introductions often qualified as little more than nifty, fun-to-mess-with gadgets, many newer arrivals are well worth looking into:· More than just a cold storage unit, some smart refrigerators can sport touchscreens that put recipes right there where the ingredients are kept. They allow grocery list inputting—and make online grocery ordering quick and simple. Once Douglasville users get used to the convenience, it’s easy to see why running the household kitchen with a dumb ol’ fridge may one day become a relic of the past.· Smart ...
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By Bion Grady, Douglas County Real Estate Specialist
(Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors)
At last week came the long-awaited official pronouncement of the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to interfering with almost every aspect of U.S. economic activity, it had played havoc with the usual patterns expected for Douglasville’s spring selling season. This year, although the week may have ended on a decidedly positive note, up until midweek the national real estate news looked less like what you’d expect in May and more like what’s normal for the middle of a sleepy summer: that is, nothing much happening.That didn’t stop U.S. headline writers from creating positive-sounding ways to embellish the ‘not-much-happening’ details. Typical was Mortgage News Daily’s lead story, “Mortgage Application Volume Boosted by Fed Comments.” That certainly sounded good—both home purchase...
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By HomeSalesForce.com Team Brokered by eXp Realty, Canton, Alpharetta, Roswell, Woodstock, Atlanta
(eXp Realty)
Stunning home directly on the 15th fairway of Chapel Hills Golf Course! This grand home's main level offers walls of windows, beautiful hardwoods, speaker syst, 3 car garage, master w/spacious bath & walk-in closet, open kitchen, 1/2 bath, laundry, fireplace, & huge deck overlooking the golf course. Upstairs has 3 bdrms, 2 baths, a room for storage, & pulldown attic. Terrace level has an incredible covered porch, full bath, 2 bdrms, sitting area, & 4 storage/work areas! Home has tankless water heater, central vac, landscaping, incredible views, & in a private culdesac! Homes Close to Where You Work Follow This Home Free Home Values Schedule a Showing/Request Info Presented By: Showing Agent: John Thomas Associate BrokereXp Realty770-650-9300Licensed In: GALicense #: 179339  
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By Homes For Heroes
(Affiliates nationwide for Hero Rewards)
Wife, Mom of 5 and Grandmother of 4. I've been involved in the Real Estate industry for over 9 years now. I'm always looking for a way to give back to those that are most often overlooked. I've found a wonderful way to do just that through HFH. My dad served 39 years in the military and my son in law, 8 years. To understand their struggles is to appreciate them. I'm thrilled to be here and be a part of such a wonderful group. Thank YOU!
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