Fulton County, GA Real Estate News

By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
How's the market in Alpharetta, GA? Alpharetta is one of the most desirable North Atlanta suburbs and a great indicator of real estate market trends in the greater Atlanta area. A current look at the Alpharetta, GA real estate market using Altos Research data:This week the median list price for Alpharetta, GA is $897,000 with the market action index hovering around 40. This is less than last month's market action index of 42. Inventory has decreased to 136.The drop in inventory is evident but coming into the early spring market we expect inventory to increase. Look for this over the next 30 days as the spring market opens. Days on market increased due mainly to seasonal trends and rising interest rates. This will drop as interest rate sticker shock subsides and the spring market starts....
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
Well who didn't know this was going to happen? Since no one is  is personally responsible for their actions, it's only right to find blame. Even better, sue for damages - including the emotional duress. Over 70% of home buyers have regrets about their purchases, but were they forced? Were they coerced? Or were they keeping up with their social media nonsense, FOMO to the point of stupidity.That said, the real estate sales industry will never be accused of impossibly high standards; if the check doesn't bounce the license is valid. But the buyer is the single decision maker and trying to sue anyone involved in their decision, is frivolous.Hopefully the courts see through this nonsense and tell these whiners where to go.   CLICK TO READ 
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
How to Get Rid of PMI on Your Mortgage  Want to drop your private mortgage insurance (PMI) payments like a pair of cheap sunglasses?  Don't know where to start?  Look, when interest rates were moving lower and property values were moving higher, the headache of canceling PMI took a back seat. And why not? In that climate, homeowners typically just refinanced and both dropped PMI and got a lower rate. But when interest rates move higher and home values flatten or even go lower, many owners strive to preserve their great mortgage rates and focus on getting rid of that extra monthly insurance payment through cancellation.   Whether borrower-requested, lender-required or value driven, let's rock all the ways you can eliminate PMI!  Got me under pressure,  Rob SpinosaSVP of Mortgage LendingG...
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
Cue Sinatra..."Regrets, I have a few...". Last survey taken (Q4 22), over 70% of home buyers had regrets about their purchase. Chalk it up to FOMO, the pandemic, the free money, the low rates...whatever. Experienced agents knew the last two years were a buyer minefield, most did what they could to keep clients from stepping on one. The rookies and pandemic agents....who knows.The results of the survey are not good: 70% of buyers in 21-22 were first timers 33% of these buyers found the process more difficult than expected 22% of home buyers were unsatisfied by the buying process 31% paid over list price, paying a median price of +65K 80% made offers on more than one home, 41% on five or more 36% made offers without physically visiting the home 20% bought homes in locations they did not p...
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
Yeah, I know, touchy subject. No one put a gun to a home buyer's head, but did anyone slow them down, have them take a minute to think? Did realtors get home buyers into trouble? Many, including the industry as a whole, certainly acted as enablers.Why so Many Agents?This is not a new question. Over three decades I've asked this countless times. Why are there 2M+ agents? There is absolutely no need for that many. The answer is one word "fees". Desk fees, license fees, membership fees, training and classes, equipment...brokerages could care less if sales are made, just pay those fees. So at every level, real estate is pitched as the ideal part time hustle, beat your "spear" of influence to death and make a cool couple hundred grand a year. The idiotic idea that a real estate transaction i...
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
For whatever reason, HGTV captures views like cheese captures rats. Everything looks dicey at first, then a bit better and down the trail they go. 22 minutes later, everything is wonderful...except when it's not. The flip home before the flip is certain to have a ton of issues that either won't be caught or not considered by the flipper when budgeting for repair. And just like the rat, home buyers can find themselves in a very bad spot.This home is a great "flip home before the flip" example. Located in the Marietta area of north Atlanta, it needed mostly cosmetics. But there is more than paint and cleaning...Mold is almost certain to be present, full remediation is needed along with treatment of the HVAC system. In this case, a septic tank was present which also needed a good once over...
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
How to Rock the 2023 FHA Loan Limits!!!  I ain't foolin'! Even though it seems like there's been nothin' but a whole lotta interest rate hikes in 2022, thankfully FHA borrowers, including first-time homebuyers, will see an increase to the FHA loan limit in 2023. This means that where the one-unit conforming limit was $420,680 in 2022, it will become $472,030 in 2023.  That puts a house purchase of nearly $490,000 into range with FHA's lowest down payment requirement of 3.5%. And in high-cost (aka high balance) metropolitan statistical areas like much of CA, NY and other housing-expensive counties, you will see the FHA limit go from $970,800 all the way up to $1,089,300.  And that means that the maximum purchase price with the minimum down payment approaches $1,129,000 in those counties!...
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
How to Rock an Interest Rate Buydown!!!  R U gonna let the interest rate elevator bring you down? Look --- it's a tough real estate environment right now.  Sellers and builders still would die 4 to get the list price and buyers would laugh in the Purple Rain to keep their rate and payment as low as possible. So what if lenders offered a temporary interest rate buydown, like a 3-2-1 buydown or a 2-1 buydown, that made it all possible?  Let's go crazy!  Rob SpinosaSVP of Mortgage LendingGuaranteed RateNMLS: 22343 Cell/Text: 415-367-5959 rob.spinosa@rate.com Marin Office:  324 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA  94960 *The views and opinions expressed on this site about work-related matters are my own, have not been reviewed or approved by Guaranteed Rate and do not necessarily repre...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
November 2022 - First GratitudeGratitude walks with me every day. Whenever things get difficult, I stop and think about how to re-frame to acknowledge what I feel grateful for in my life.Real estate as a career enhances my daily life. What a wonderful path - helping others realize dreams! Seeing my Clients in their new spaces is a continual joy.Real estate knowledge allows me - after stating clearly every single time that I am neither an attorney nor an accountant - to share answers with Clients. One very crucial aspect is making sure that our Clients understand all details of the contracts they are about to sign.  We remind our Clients that as they initial each page of the Buyer Agreement, they are stating that they both have read and understood the contents of each page. Are the Purch...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
  Top Places to Live in the USA: Atlanta Georgia  Atlanta, Georgia topped Money Magazine’s 2022 list of “Best Places to Live.”  The magazine cites trendy examples for Atlanta’s popularity.  These represent the frosting.  The grace and beauty, creativity and ingenuity of the Atlanta area has long taken the cake. A destination itself, the Southern city lies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  Atlanta features the densest urban tree coverage of any major city in the United States.  Its rolling hills and lush greenery produce a calming effect midst the city bustle.A Sense of BelongingAtlanta happens to be the number one place where “anyone can feel like they belong.” The medium-size city itself is home to under 500,000 residents.  The culture and economy overcome much.  Some wri...
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
How to Rock an FHA Home Loan!!!  Are FHA loans just for first time home buyers?   Is an FHA mortgage the best choice if you have bad credit? What if you have a low down payment, or even no down payment from your own savings? If you're ready to quit renting right here and right now, let's learn how to rock an FHA home loan:  Watching the world wake up,  Rob SpinosaSVP of Mortgage LendingGuaranteed RateNMLS: 22343 Cell/Text: 415-367-5959 rob.spinosa@rate.com Marin Office:  324 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA  94960 *The views and opinions expressed on this site about work-related matters are my own, have not been reviewed or approved by Guaranteed Rate and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Guaranteed Rate.  In no way do I commit Guaranteed Rate to any positio...
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
How to Rock a Housing Recession!!!  Is now a good time to buy a house? Are we headed into another housing recession? What happens if mortgage rates keep going up? Should I just keep renting while we wait to see what happens with the economy? Since these have been the predominant questions on our clients' minds, I thought I would take a step back to the basics and look at how to make the best decisions possible in uncertain times. Are the lights going down on the real estate market?  Let's take a look...And the sun shines on the bay,  Rob SpinosaSVP of Mortgage LendingGuaranteed RateNMLS: 22343 Cell/Text: 415-367-5959 rob.spinosa@rate.com Marin Office:  324 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA  94960 *The views and opinions expressed on this site about work-related matters are my own...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
April '22 -  Success And Friendship! That's What ActiveRain Means To Me. Back in the Dark Ages of 2010, interesting posts from a group called ActiveRain began to show up in my reading. Looking into the community, I discovered that it actually had a phenomenal philosophical base.The Founders offered a set of Community Guidelines for individuals within the group. In fact, right there, they spelled out good conduct and "bad" as well. Good conduct included maintaining ActiveRain as"a place where real estate professionals can network with their peers and discuss industry insider topics. It is also a public forum where consumers can pull back the curtain and see what the real estate industry is really about."Because of this level of transparency and openness, ActiveRain members must remain ze...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Exciting New Approach To Email and ProductivityOn Zoom May 3rd - 2pm ET   Join us to hear some wonderful suggestions for increasing yourproductivity and savingtime as you do!  Greg Vetter - Vetter Productivity - will be leading the weekly learning session for Members which meets every Tuesday, via Zoom, at 2:00pm ET.Link to Zoom available from George Souto.Over the past two plus years, Debe Maxwell, CRS and her able committee, including Kathy Streib and others, has provided an extensive assortment of learning opportunities at our Member Zoom Sessions.   You'll enjoy learning from Greg given his strong background in enhancing his Clients' success with entrepreneurship. His book, "Find It in 5 Seconds"  details the entire process.With 30+ years of experience as a  Productivity Speaker, Tr...
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By Nikkia Lucas Hill, REALTOR
(Atlanta's Absolute Realty)
Home for sale in the Lakewood Ga, 30315         169 Adair Ave SE Atlanta Ga, 30315       169 Adair Ave Se Atlanta Ga 30315 property and community information                                                                                Why Do People Live here?  Lakewood is a beautiful community full of single-family bungalows.  These homes are conveniently located near the Cellairis Amphitheater at Lakewood, eleven minutes from downtown Atlanta, and a local coffee shop- Community Grounds Coffee shop.  While in the community you will see charming homes and newly renovated properties.  The lots feature large backyards and massive porches to enjoy the birds singing and view lush leafy foliage. Looking for a home in Lakewood?Interested in finding homes for sale in Atlanta Lakewood neighbor...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown - CRM - EZ Search Using IXACT Contact What's the BEST Client Relationship Manager (CRM) on the market? The one you actually use!Don't continue to search around in all the possible locations where Client info might be stored. Make your business life easy! Use a Client Relationship Manager to store everyone in one place! Quite a few options exist. In an earlier post, Which CRM Is The Absolute Best To Use?,  you'll find a list of 32 different company names and the results of the AR Survey about CRM's.After trying about three options, ODAT Realty settled in with IXACT Contact. IXACT Contact offers free weeks to start and free assistance to upload your existing contact list(s) to your trial of the new CRM.  For complete system access in a FREE TRIAL* of IXACT Contact...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown: Client Feedback At Its Best  In Atlanta, Buckhead, Midtown, the Westside and throughout the country, many real estate professionals have enjoyed working with amazing Clients during home searches. When they respond to our service by sending a special review, the process is brought full circle!In the 21st century, as everyone knows, Client Reviews are very important. I treasure the Reviews I have received for sure. Chose Lee Fox photo above to represent what we REALTORS may achieve when working with Clients.We can be the beacon that gets them home safely!In December 2013, I helped someone find his first house. In 2021, he and his new bride asked me to help them find a home to share! And we did! I loved what he said about me back in January 2014. Especially liked ...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown: How Many Repetitions Before You Listen?  In Atlanta, Buckhead, Midtown and the Westside, plus many other areas in Metro Atlanta, computers are "Basic Furniture".  So are Mobile Phones. So are Tablets and Laptops. In some homes, even the thermostats have computer components. The question for tonight is:When you hear about a "a zero-day exploit", do you immediately pay attention and take the 15-45 seconds to update your Browser, shut down the Browser and then start it again? EDIT:  If you don't shut Browser down completely and then restart the Browser, the Update may not succeed.Pay attention when DANGER is announced. The upgrade for Microsoft EDGE and for Chrome are just waiting to be used. Detailed instructions below.Microsoft EDGEGoogle ChromeDON'T BE THE PERS...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown: EDGE Browser URGENT UPDATE NEEDED - Now!    In Atlanta Buckhead Midtown and the Westside, browsing safely on the web is crucial. When the Browsing Site itself identifies threats -- URGENT UPDATE needed immediately. Microsoft can only protect your computer if the LATEST version of the Browser is in use.NOTE:  Before beginning the UPDATE...Remember to save any web pages or online work. For the "patch" to take effect, the browser must restart. Unless SAVED before restart, work may be lost. If you use Chrome Browser, check here. Edge Open your browser and click the three horizontal dots upper right corner. Click "Help and feedback" at the bottom of the menu that pops up Select "About Microsoft Edge." Edge will automatically check for updates. If you need to restart...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown: Chrome Browser  URGENT UPDATE NEEDED - Now! In Atlanta Buckhead Midtown and the Westside, browsing safely on the web is crucial. When the Browsing Site itself identifies threats -- URGENT UPDATE needed immediately. Chrome can only protect your computer if the LATEST version of the Browser is in use.NOTE:  Before beginning the UPDATE:Remember to save any web pages or online work. For the "patch" to take effect, the browser must restart. When it restarts, previously unsaved work may be lost.                                                        Steps to reach the the latest version, 98.0.4758.102: Open the Chrome browser on your desktop computer. Click the three stacked dots in the upper right corner (the menu). Hover over Help at the bottom and click on About G...
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