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Why Days On Market Are More Important To Home Sellers

Home Pricing Guide

After studying 8 in demand cities located in Georgia's rising suburban towns, it became very obvious that there were statistical trends that almost all home buyers were likely not conscious of, and thus needed a Home Pricing Guide. Just for the record, we reviewed the most recent 6 months of information in 2011. Each data set had between 120 homes and 500 homes that had sold.

Updated 2015 - note that average days on market is less then 30 days it's impossible to do a study like this.  However, as homes exceed this 30 day trend it's even more pronounced in 2015 then it was in 2011. 

Days On Market Real Estate

Why Getting It Gone in 30 Days Matters

Many of the home sellers we've talked to

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3 Things All Buyers Should Expect In GA

3 Things All Buyers Should Expect In GAAfter discussing a few issues with my team and explaining what makes us successful on the short sale side, it turns out the same skills on the short sale side apply to the buying side as well. When helping a seller through a short sale, it's very stressful for them.  So preparing them what to expect such as how the bank will react to offers, how to postpone the foreclosure, will the bank come after, what about taxes and how soon do they need to move are all questions we as a team have to answer.  For a buyer we found it's very similar, most buyer need to know a few things.  I thought it would be good to cover the 3 key expectations for you:

  1. Expect Multiple Offers on homes under $150,000 - This is pretty
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Atlanta Real Estate MarketRecord Highs! - Atlanta Market Update

It's likely you've started to hear that the real estate market might be coming back.  We've said it before but it's worth repeating.  In real estate, if you heard it on the news, it's likely too late or at least they are always late to game.  Like buyers who rely on Zillow for a search, newscasters wait for reports that are often 6 months after the fact in order to report "the news."  Unfortunately for the public, the real estate market continues to march forward.   Metro Atlanta as a whole is up 10% over last year.  First Time Home Buyers are really feeling the crunch right now as homes in those price points continue to get smaller and less desirable forcing them to act sooner or perhaps increase their bid. 

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Lawrenceville Homes For SaleWhat To Look For When Hiring A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

Sometimes we at the Jarvis Team members will sit with a potential home selling client and will tell them all about what we do to get homes sold and they respond with, "yeah the other agent said that."  Our values separate us and integrity is doing what you will say you will do.  I had to screen capture this image for you because this home will be under contract and off our site but thought you might get a kick out of seeing our marketing of a Lawrenceville home for sale (located in Ivey Pointe) vs another agent.  Not sure if it's worth of or or not, but it's still pretty funny. 

Our photo and listing is on the left at $175,000 and theirs in on the right. 


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Real Estate AppraiserThe Most Powerful Person In Real Estate

There's a little unspoken rule in real estate that always comes up.  It doesn't matter whether buyers are beating up each other for a home at a certain price, or what your tax accessor says or even what's plausible...  all that matters is what the appraiser things.  The Real Estate Appraiser has become the most powerful person in real estate and it's the exact opposite of what was intended. 

How did this happen?

If you remember appraisers were one of the original scape goats of the "fall."  Supposedly they appraised homes too high and worked with other members of the empire to cause the public to over pay for homes.  So the powers that be thought a good idea would be to separate the people ordering the

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Brooke Farm - Suburban Feel With Urban Convenience

Brooke Farm Real Estate In DekalbBrooke Farm Subdivision is a neighborhood situated in Dunwoody, South of Mount Vernon Road and Dunwoody Club Drive. This Dekalb County subdivision features upscale homes built within 1985-2001.  This planned development is the last of it's kind in Dunwoody, GA.  

Dunwoody real estate for sale in this neighborhood include cluster and traditional homes. The list price for the available homes ranges from $499,000-770,000 with 3-6 bedrooms and 2.5-6 bathrooms.  

Brook Farm Subdivision homeowner's association membership includes access and maintenance contributions to the playground swimming pool, and tennis court for $550.00 a year. Brooke farm schools are Kingsley Elementary School, Peachtree Middle

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Atlanta Rent To OwnAtlanta Rent To Own Homes

When you search for homes on you will see what's on the MLS.  This site is admittedly slanted to buying a home in Georgia and frankly we think buying makes the most sense in almost all circumstances.  However, there are times when renting is necessary.  We've found for a very small percentage of people that rent-to-own homes  or lease purchase are the way to go.  There's a few things you want to make sure you are aware of when you choose to go down the road of looking at rent to own homes. 

  1. Rent to own seller/landlords will likely still require a credit report.
  2. Rent to own seller/landlords will likely want some sort of money down to lock in the price. 
  3. Lease Purchase options need to be in writing
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6 Tips To Handle Multiple Offers In Buying Real Estate

Multiple Offers In Buying Real EstateIt turns out that there's a seller's market going on in the metro Atlanta area.  You might not have heard this on the news but if you're buying a home that's priced under the median price point in an area then you're likely to be in a multiple offer scenario.  Multiple offers in real estate is nothing new.  Most of the time there posts are written to counsel the seller on how to play the buyers to get the highest price possible.  The biggest difference is now the sellers are mostly the banks. For example in Lawrenceville Real Estate, anything under $150K is likely to be sold in less than 2 weeks!  So there's going to be multiple offers on the lower stuff such as HUD homes.   So here's a few thing

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Zillow Exposed - Duplicate Listings

You've heard for some time now that Zillow cares most about traffic and not about having accurate information.  Even their own disclaimer says their "zestimates" are 20% or more off.  So if you were wanting to find out your Atlanta home value, zillow can often times get you into metaphorical parking lot of the ball park but if you want a true value you will need a professional.  That being said, this is pretty low, even for Zillow.  Not only does zillow not have accurate information but they've got duplicate listings.  This video shows you very clearly that Zillow has two pages for the same home with different information.  Last time I looked, homes located at one specific address are unique from one another

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Top Schools In Metro Atlanta

Search For Homes by School In GeorgiaIt's a common question that gets posed to Atlanta real estate agents, "what's the best schools?"  "What's a good school district to live in?"   Well School Digger put together a list of the top 50 or so schools and based it on a variety of factors.  As with Great Schools and other sites, even statistics can be misleading.  For example, Mill Creek High School in Gwinnett County is a very highly rated school but if you wanted a small setting, you'd be greatly dissapointed as there's 4,000+ students.   

Here's a list of some of the Top Schools in Metro Atlanta, that we service.

#4 Buford High School - Buford City Limits
#5 Lassiter High School - Cobb County
#9 Pope High School - Cobb County
#10 Walton High School - Cobb

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