In many north-metro Atlanta sub-markets, like Brookhaven, Buckhead and Sandy Springs, single-family home sales have slowed; properties are staying on the market longer and sellers are dropping asking prices. Are home values falling or is it simply time for sellers to adjust their expectations?
$11 million in improvements were recently approved for Lynwood Park in Brookhaven’s popular Lynwood Park neighborhood. Because of its location and walk-ability from within the neighborhood, the park is, by any measure, a valuable amenity of the Lynwood Park neighborhood. The approved park improvements will enhance not only the park, but the lifestyle value of living in the Lynwood Park neighborhood.
A recent study shows that more than 2/3 of By-Owner sellers (FSBOs) end up listing with an agent. Marketing and selling a home is like any business; if you are not immersed in it day-to-day, you won’t have the knowledge, experience or resources to do it well. Moreover, you won’t know what you don’t know. This reality can be costly in terms of both time and money. These are the top six reasons why FSBOs fail.
Sustained strength in the real estate market brings out the career changers. You can almost hear it: “I’ll get my real estate license and all my friends will use me.” Sadly, the real estate industry has trained consumers to commoditize real estate services, opening the door for social connection to become a proxy for experience and competence, and the default criterion for choosing a Realtor. Consider the cost of misguided loyalty in one of your most important legal, financial and lifestyle undertakings.
For certain properties, aerial (drone) photography can be a valuable part of a home marketing photo strategy. Drone photography, however, is too often nothing more than realtor “listing fluff” to impress a listing client. Misused / overused aerial photography will actually detract from the presentation of the home
Anyone who has bought or sold a home is familiar with the Seller Property Disclosure Statement form. The form is designed to guide sellers in disclosing to prospective buyers known property defects. The form, a detailed checklist, gives the impression that Georgia law imposes a high seller disclosure standard. The disclosure standard is actually very limited; in fact, the law places a high degree of responsibility on the buyer to inspect the home.
Over-pricing a home in the electronic marketplace is like putting underwear in the jeans drawer. Someone looking for undies won’t find them. Someone looking for jeans will see the undies and and wonder why they are in the jeans drawer. For qualified buyers to find your home, it needs to be in the right price drawer.
At its July 24th meeting, the Brookhaven City Council approved placing the $40 million Parks Bond Referendum on the November Ballot. Included in this figure is nearly $11 million in improvements for Lynwood Park, located in Brookhaven’s Lynwood Park neighborhood. Upgrades would be made to
The City of Brookhaven has one more thing to be proud of. Both Moody’s and S&P have given the City a “Triple A” credit rating. Brookhaven is one of only five cities in Georgia to receive a “Double Triple-A” rating.
Exciting improvements may be ahead for Lynwood Park (the park itself), located in Brookhaven’s Lynwood Park neighborhood. The proposed City of Brookhaven plan for Lynwood Park includes almost $11 million in park improvements. Upgrades would be made to virtually all elements of the park, including the pool, tennis courts, playground, landscaping and parking.
If you are a buyer touring a home, be careful of what you say and do; the sellers (or their agent) may be watching, listening or recording. That’s right, the nanny cam, security camera or other audio and video devices may be active in a home during a showing, watching and listening to what you are saying about the house.
The spectrum of knowledge, skill and experience among Atlanta real estate agents is broad. Sadly, name recognition, social obligation or unvetted referral are often the basis for choosing an agent. With so much at stake in buying or selling a home, deciding with whom to place your trust and confidence warrants more. Resume matters! Access, Advise and Advocacy offer a meaningful framework for qualifying a real estate agent.