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Why Millennials are Flocking to AtlantaMillennials are moving across the nation in droves. They want the best of both worlds— better jobs, affordable housing, great schools, and a vibrant culture. This is why Atlanta is now one of the biggest hotspots for Millennials to get the best of everything. Over 90,000 people moved to Atlanta in 2016 alone. Since 2010, over half of Atlanta’s population were those that moved from out of town. Many of these people are young professionals settling down into their careers.

Employment Opportunities

With only a 4.9 percent unemployment rate and a 31.61 percent increase in the working age population, the Peach State is ripe with new job opportunities. Millennials arrive in droves to Atlanta seeking to a part of the thriving job market. Every year, more

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Don't Buy A HomeBuying a new home is a huge financial commitment, and more than likely one of the biggest that you will make in your entire life. Its equal parts exciting and nerve wrecking as you will be spending a huge chunk of your hard earned savings, and committing to payments for a significant amount of time.

Getting a new house has various variables and unknowns that you need to consider. Whether they are legal negotiations or finding out whether your bank will let you borrow money, there is lots to consider to make sure you land your dream home. But we’re here to help, here are a few things you should do straight away to get things off to a good start.

Calculate your mortgage

Mortgages play a crucial role in deciding which houses you are able to afford.

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Recently, we asked visitors to our website what specific questions they had and Diana asked this question:

 When listing a home for sale, how accurate are sites like Zillow in their estimates of what you could list it for?

Zillow's own disclaimer says that they can be up to 20% off. I find that zestimates are inaccurate but at the same time often can give you a ballpark. Kind of like those new builder signs that you see pop up all over town saying, "from the $200's" but when you get there the price is $325K. So it's not realistic but if you were just sort of curious I think it's a great tool for getting the most vague reference point... which might be all you want.

The tool I like best if you're looking for a DIY tool is Chase Home

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Home Buyer Mistakes

There's so much information on the internet, I really think not finding a home buyer's agent that you can trust is a big one, but assuming this isn't the direction you want...

  1. Not getting an inspection - I don't care, new construction, resale even Mom's house (buying from family). Get it inspected... the piece of mind alone is worth it.  In Georgia, this will cost you roughly $500 or less.  A good report might be 50+ pages.  The key is to be informed, yet not be alarmed.  There's always things wrong with a home, there's always things that might need to be replaced in the coming months or years.  It's part of owning.
  2. Not shopping / interviewing - (HUGE!!!) Most buyers choose the first vendor they interact with, whether that's a real estate
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Top 10 Country Clubs of Atlanta GA

There's plenty of Country Clubs to choose from in the metro Atlanta area and there's a lot of competition for your hard earned dollars - some clubs offer more amenities than others but our focus is on the top 10 Country Club in Atlanta where you can actually live and own real estate. 

This list is based on recent sales in the country club, along with Amenities and appreciation.  

  1. Atlanta Country Club - Atlanta | Located in Marietta but still considered Atlanta, Atlanta Country Club offers swimming and tennis and a fitness center to go along with it's world class Golf Course.  Atlanta Country Club is often used as an ACC Tournament location.  They also have a great website but it doesn't feature pricing.  Home prices are from $500K to
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It's hard to believe that when we looked at this back in 2014 that this would be so popular, but clearly since posting this video it's even more clear that there are indeed best times to sell your home.   When we did our Atlanta Market Update earlier this year you can clearly see where the swings and valleys are.  So while I'd probably tell you that the best time to sell is when you need to move (in other words, don't time the market) clearly the data is compelling enough to suggest that you could indeed time your move to coincide with a real estate cycle. 

The Best Time To Sell Your Home

When Is The Best Time To Sell My House?

This question comes up almost every day. When is the best time to sell my house?  Ultimately, some things can't be time but if you can time it then

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It's been a while since I did a market update for the metro Atlanta area and the good news is that you didn't miss much (except for the price increases).

So let's run down the hot points of what's going on in the market. 

  • Inventory is still low, causing prices to increase. 
  • Rates are increasing, further causing buyers to move off the fence to act now.
  • Rental rates continue to skyrocket with no real end in sight as Atlanta continues to build apartments and condos.  Did you know that the median price for an Atlanta condo is $400+!!! Only higher end buildings are being built right now (even in new construction). 
  • On the bright side, lenders are loosening restrictions
  • Year over Year Median Price increase 7%!!

Atlanta Real Estate Market 2017

What you see above

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Home With Big UpgradesLast time we talked about the question most home seller's have, and that's, "Should I Upgrade My House Before Selling?"   This time we'll cover the same topic but from the buyer's side, "Is It Worth It To Buy A Home With Upgrades?"   Most buyers are meticulous when it comes to purchasing their own property especially because it is one of the biggest investments that they could have as an individual. One of the factors that these buyers consider is whether or not they should buy an updated/upgraded home.

Many buyers opt to do so as they deem it more convenient than processing the upgrades themselves. If you are one of these buyers, we would urge you to pause for a while and ponder on these questions:

  • Would the upgraded part of the home be useful
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Most sellers ask the question of "should I upgrade my house before selling". This is an interesting topic as several sellers have different opinions on this matter. However, this whether they should or should not question could only have one productive answer: ask a real estate professional.

People are probably rolling their eyes at me right now as this answer may seem like a "cop out" but it is a more than rational answer. Joshua Jarvis, CEO and founder of the Jarvis Team Realty believes that before sellers decide to upgrade a certain part of a home, they should at least let an agent evaluate the home to give them advice as some upgrades can improve the value of the home more than others. Moreover, there are neighborhoods that require certain

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10 Things Your Real Estate Agent Doesn’t Want You To KnowIf you look up a statistics on what consumers want when it comes to real estate agents it’s almost universally the same. It’s honesty! Unfortunately there’s quite a few things that real estate agents don’t want you to know and likely won’t tell you. Here’s 10 Things Your Real Estate Agent Doesn’t Want You To Know. First let’s cover all the ones that you’ve likely seen all over the internet.

  • Commission is negotiable 
  • Yes, You CAN sell the home yourself 
  • Open Houses sell 1% of all home sales. That basically means they don’t work, but they are great for your agent. 
  • Oh and a few had, Buyer’s agents don’t represent the buyer… that’s a state specific one. In our State, we are legally responsible to look out for the best interest of our clients,
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