8900 North Mount

N 8900 North Mount

This two story contemporary home is in a great golf course community in Johns Creek.  Inside is a beautiful kitchen with stone countertops and updated cabinets.  The cozy family room has an inviting fireplace and high vaulted ceilings.  Awesome private backyard that backs up to a tranquil wooded area, ideal for outdoor entertaining.

2375 Timberbrook Trace

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A Beautiful home for sale in a picturesque marietta neighborhood.  The peaceful front porch with inviting rocking chairs gives this home its southern charm.  Inside is a quaint den , a two story great room, and a spacious kitchen that is perfect for entertaining.  The eye catching view off the back porch gives those who enter the home a lasting impression.  A huge bonus is the well appointed basement suite.

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Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours!

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Inventory is shrinking!

The metro market statistics show it, buyers are feeling it – there are far fewer homes on the market right now.  In December 2011 there were 18,546 active listings on the market (in an 8 county metro Atlanta area) - compared to 26,030 homes a year ago.  And the recent max of 30,130 in June 2010.  Pair that with increasing sales – lower price points have already hit Seller’s Market inventory levels & higher price points are nearing balanced market levels.

But what does that mean for MY home?  I’ve been doing some research for some clients lately and found that every subsection of the market I have studied has followed suit.  Check out this example for townhouses in NE Fulton county (FMLS Area 14):

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Falling inventory

Want me to run this study for you?  As the market turns, it’s going to be ever more important to know the intricacies of your micro-market if you plan to buy or sell.  Call me today & let’s look at it together.

 

When it comes to dating,homeownership can be the ultimate aphrodisiac

hot tub When it comes to dating,homeownership can be the ultimate aphrodisiac

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — When it comes to dating, homeownership can be the ultimate aphrodisiac. In a survey of 1,000 single people, more than a third of women and 18% of men said they would much rather date a homeowner than a renter. Only 2% of women said they preferred to date a man who rents, while only 3% of men said they would choose a woman who rents over one that owns her home, according to the survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive for real estate site Trulia.

Both sexes also clearly prefer it when there’s no roommate in the picture; 62% of survey respondents, men and women, prefer to date singles who live alone.

I’m home! Adult children move back in with parents

And there was bad news for the growing number of boomerang kids — the young adults who went off to college, graduated and then wound up back in their old bedrooms. It’s going to be hard to find love, except (perhaps) from your parents. Less than 5% of all singles surveyed said they would date someone living in their childhood homes.

“That’s a real deal-breaker,” said Michael Corbett, a spokesman for Trulia. “If you’re still living with your folks, you’re dead-on-arrival for dating.”

The home they could love

Trulia also asked which home features are the biggest turn-ons. Number one turned out to be a master bath. Men (64%) love that private sanctum almost as much as women (75%) do.

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Walk-in closets were cited by 55% of men and 72% of women and gourmet kitchens got 51% of the male vote and 62% of the female. Hardwood floors, outdoor decks and home theaters also came in high on the list. Interestingly enough, hot tubs got a lot less love from respondents. Only 26% of men and 22% of women cited the old standby in the science of seduction as an amenity they would truly want.

Single and want to do something about it? Come learn how to buy your first home this Saturday morning!

first home workshop When it comes to dating,homeownership can be the ultimate aphrodisiac

Amazing Plantation Style Estate in NW Buckhead

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My dream kitchen!

I visited this gorgeous home on agent caravan and was really taken by the decor, the graceful setting and the surprisingly comfortable floorplan.  One of my favorite homes currently on the market.  A stunner!

What is your remodel worth?

View the annual report on the relationship between remodeling costs and resale value. You can compare national and regional averages for 33 popular remodeling projects and you can also download a PDF with project data for any one of 80 U.S. cities.

In Atlanta, it looks like replacing your garage door and adding an attic bedroom are the two renovations that are more valuable this year than last.  Find the local data here:

2011-12 Cost vs. Value Atlanta Report

What is HARP 2.0 and How Could It Affect You or Someone You Know?

HARP stands for Homeowner Affordable Refinance Program and it is designed to help those homeowners that have been unable to get traditional refinancing due to the decrease in their home value and may not have enough equity or no equity at all. Homeowners can actually be upside down on their mortgage and still be eligible for this program.

Who is eligible?

  • Mortgage must be owned or guaranteed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae or must have been sold to either on/ or before May 31, 2009.
  • Mortgage cannot have been refinanced under HARP previously.
  • Current loan to value ratio needs to be greater than 80%.
  • Borrower must be current on their mortgage at the time of the refinance with a good payment history in the past 12 months.

As of January 2012 HARP guidelines have changed with the intent of reaching more underwater homeowners. The expanded HARP program – also referred to as HARP 2.0 -has NO loan to value restrictions! This loan program will also allow for more appraisal waivers than in the past.

Call me for more information on this important program and I can refer you to a couple mortgage lenders that can be of help to you. I would suggest if you qualify that you not wait to start the process.

This program will create a backlog eventually since it is coupled with the all time low interest rates.

You can click on this additional website for more information :

http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov

Price it right, Don’t Negotiate!

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1,272 properties sold at 100%, or more, of their Original Listing price

Correctly pricing with the current market can result in multiple offers and sales at prices above the original listing price. In 4Q 2011, 14.5% of sales were at selling prices at or higher than the original listing price (That’s 1272 homes selling for 100% or more of list price!)

2012 – a comeback year for Atlanta real estate?

2011 sales trending up 2012   a comeback year for Atlanta real estate?

2011 sales appear to finally be trending up after a prolonged down cycle

2011 finished the year with several indicators of a comeback market:
·        More homes are selling (+19% in the 4th quarter and +15.1% for the full year)
·        Sellers are seeing a better median Sales price/List price ratio
·        Somewhat fewer listings are failing
·        Listings are taking fewer median days on market to sell
·        There are 40% fewer homes on the market than a year ago:  A continued lower supply of active listings will be the main driver for recovery.

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