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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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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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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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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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Joshua Jarvis In The NewsYou might already know that we were quoted in Forbes and you might also know that Joshua Jarvis is the most connected Realtor on Linkedin but if you needed media refernces we thought we'd put therm here for you.  A frequent contributor to Trulia and Realtor.com the Jarvis Team prides itself on market reports.  In fact, over the years we've tried to answer questions on youtube and other outlets and we'd love to answer your questions! 

  • 7 Ways Buyers Can Compete in a Tough Market - Forbes
  • 5 Inspection Deal Killers - Realtor.com
  • 7 Financial New Years Resolutions - Bankrate.com This was for 2016 but may very well apply to 2017
  • Best Mortgage Lenders of 2016 - Simple Dollar
  • How To Start A Real Estate Business - Bplans
  • 8 Real Estate
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You might think that Forsyth is the reigning champion when it comes to sales but you'd be wrong.  Here's the top sellers in the metro Atlanta according to the MLS. 

  1. Fulton County - of course Atlanta's county would have the most homes at 1,440 homes sold,  that's a 10.26% increase with a median price of $245,000.  That's 5.15% appreciation over last year, ya'll. 
  2. Gwinnett County - No "top" list would be complete without Gwinnett.   With 1,233 homes sold which represents a 15.45% JUMP!  The median price just crested over $200K at  $205,000 which represents an appreciation of 8.75%!!
  3. Part of the big 3 - Cobb County!  With 1,001 homes sold, Cobb is steady as she goes with a very small increase over last years sales (0.20%).  The median price of
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Moving ChecklistThey say moving is one of the most stressful things a human can do.  So we thought to put together a guide to your move.   This guide starts at 8 weeks.  So for most of the people reading that this year, that likely means you need to start this plan as soon as you list your home. 

8 Weeks Out

  • Decide to make a plan - most people simply wait until a week before they move and start packing.  That's insane!  Come up with a plan.  That's a bit redundant though since you're here. 
  • Create a move file - You can use evernote with great results or use a specific box or folder.  Specifically you want moving receipts
  • Ask your CPA - ahead of time - which moving expenses are tax deductible. 
  • Get estimates on moving NOW, not when you're behind the 8
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Home Seller LiabilitiesAs real estate agents, we have a duty to take clients from one home to the next and show them what is out there for them to purchase. While we expect the home to be in decent shape and ready for someone to take over, there are a number of things lurking beneath the surface that many people end up overlooking along the way. Take a look at some of these top locations where many real estate agents have wound up getting hurt on someone else's property.

Areas Of Potential Liabilities For Home Sellers From Agent and/or Buyer Injury

Uneven Sidewalks

One of the more common problems in Atlanta, especially with older homes is Uneven Sidewalks.  According to AtlantaAdvocate.com, property owners need to ensure that the property is "reasonably safe".

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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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