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Why Statistics Are Not A Good Evaluator Of Real Estate

Recently RealtyTrac did their usual evaluation of zip codes to see the best place to flip real estate.  While numbers are hard to argue with they certainly don't tell the whole story, which is Why Statistics Are Not A Good Evaluator Of Real Estate (or possibly the only good evaluator). 

RealtyTrac offers a great look at the data and sure there are some great opportunities to be had but it's missing the story and that my friends can be fatal.  For example, if you bought a home for $10K and then sold it for $110K, you'd have a 1000% profit.  With this example you can see why numbers can lie.  RealtyTrac's numbers tells us that Stone Mountain and Decatur are up and coming and great places to flip.

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Olde Atlanta Club in Suwanee GA

Olde Atlanta Club Homes in Suwanee

Suwanee is one of the most popular destinations for people relocating to Atlanta.  The combination of luxury and value and convenience is hard to top.  Today we're featuring Olde Atlanta Club.  Olde Atlanta Club is a neighborhood in Suwanee that features a great setting of picturesque rivers, lake, golf course, and forests. This gorgeous neighborhood offers a first-class living experience for those who deserve the best things in life.

This 600-acre premier neighborhood has 640 homes located along the Chattahoochee River Valley. Inside this community is the Olde Atlanta Golf Course with 6,789 yards designed by Arthur Hills, a well-known architect. This course is awarded not only because of its great play but

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3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent Matters When Selling Your Home

If you're considering selling your home you might wonder why you need an agent.  If you're like most people you'll just go with the first person that you think of, your ALTA tennis partner or perhaps that sweet old lady at church.  Here's 3 reasons why your real estate agent matters when selling your home and why you should interview! 

REASON 1:  Why Your Real Estate Agent Matters - Marketing3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent Matters When Selling Your Home

Take the 4 most expensive homes in all of Lawrenceville Real Estate and you'll quickly get an idea of who the best marketer is.   If you had the money to buy one of these 4 homes which one would you pick just off the photos?  I can bet you won't be picking number 4.  Although, the lowest priced

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Most Popular Neighborhoods In Gwinnett

Most Popular Neighborhoods In Gwinnett

Home sales are soaring in Gwinnett County and if you're new to the area you might want to know what are some of the Most Popular Neighborhoods In Gwinnett to begin your search.  This list contains some of the largest and therefore they will be perennially on this list but there's some new comers so let's run down the list.  Most all are in great school districts and all but one feature grade "A" amenities.  Not every one of these is in the north section, there's a Loganville subdivision here.

  1. Daniel Park - (Dacula) This is one of our team's favorite subdivisions in Gwinnett County to sell a home and to show in.  Great Schools, great access to 85 and the mall it's no wonder it's on the list.
  2. Edgewater
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Charlotte Vs Atlanta

Atlanta, GA vs Charlotte, NC

Two renowned southern cities – which city has the superior real estate?

The parallels between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, N.C. are staggering. Both cities boast a healthy unemployment rate of 5.3, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with steadily growing labor forces over the last decade. Both are young cities with a median age of 35 which is 2.7 years younger than the national average.  The biggest difference is the sheer size of each city.  Charlotte is more than two times larger than Atlanta at 297 square miles compared to 132 square miles. From a real estate perspective, the Atlanta median home sales price in the month of February 2016 was $178,465, and Charlotte was just behind with $177,650 in the

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How Much Money Do You Need To Put Down When Buying A House?

When you're thinking of buying a home, you'll often ask, "How Much Money Do You Need To Put Down When Buying A House?"  Well I'm here to tell you that it's likely less than you think.  In fact, it's much less.  A standard, popular loan type (FHA) only requires 3.5% down.  This might make the rest of this post somewhat anti-climatic, but it's such a pervasive myth that I thought it was worth debunking. 

I recently got interviewed and this is the very question I got:

The standard down payment is 20 percent, but many people struggle to get there. Can you get by with less than 20 percent down?

To which my response was... Where'd you get that information?  Standard loans have

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Atlanta Real Estate Market 2016 Predictions

Atlanta Median Price Graph

Last year saw yet another record increase in terms of median price increase, a whopping 7.4% for metro Atlanta! (Typically it's only about 3% every year). The cause of this was an economy that although very fragile was as strong as it's been in the past 8 or so years and low inventory.

Ultimately, new construction started again last year and all was right in the real estate world. What you might not notice is that we've been saying this very same thing for 5 years! Here's a review:

  • Prices are low but increasing
  • The interest is so low that affordability is very good
  • Rent rates are also rising

So what's changed - nothing really except rates did go up for the first time in a LOOONG time

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Why You Should Sell Your Home Instead of Renting it Out this Year

A lot of investors have this one investment property that they have purchased to rent out in hopes of selling it in the future. If you are one of these people, then let us tell you why this year is the best year to sell your home:

1. Your property is prone to damage. Many investors have had horror stories of their rental properties not being cared for, their furniture destroyed, their fixtures damaged. The owners end up with spending a lot of money for repairs (and sometimes, even in lawsuits) when it’s time to sell, or if not, the value of their properties decline significantly. You might think, “well, I interview my tenants before I give them the keys” and that sometimes works,

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Highest Priced Homes In Gwinnett Are In Buford

Homes For Sale In Buford GA

Whether you're thinking of selling your home or looking to buy a new one the median price of a home dictates a lot of things for an area. First let's talk about what the median sold price really means.   It's basically the line of of the market.  Everything under this median price tends to move faster and while it's an over generalization, homes that are priced under the median price are typically in a "seller's market."  At the very least it means that the homes will likely sale faster and have more overall buyers.  Additionally you can assume that homes over the median price might sell slower and have fewer overall buyers. 

Now that that's out of the way let's look at this graph here to the right.

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Atlanta Real Estate Market Update November 2015

The Atlanta market continues to give signals that it's full steam ahead.  What's telling here is that despite new listings being higher then the 5 year average the active listings are so much lower then the 5 year average that there's still a shortage, which means prices are rising.   In the lower price points tensions have eased a bit due to the absence of professional hedge fund investors.   The means that local investors have more choices and first time home buyers can now browse homes that need to fixed up.  This is great overall for metro Atlanta, basically until that "Active" listing increases by a large percentage you won't see a huge shift in the market.  Thank goodness new construction hasn't…
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