Let’s face it, everyone wants to save costs when purchasing a new home.  As such, the question most real estate agents hear at some point or another is whether you need a home inspection. What is a home inspection? A home inspection is a full visual inspection of the structure and systems of a home – from the roof to the foundation.   An inspector comes to the home, visits inside and out, including attics and basements, crawl spaces, garages and more.  He will look at the home for any foundational issues as well as internal systems.  This includes heating and air systems, insulation and electrical.Read More →

If you are relocating for a new job or other reason, you may be wondering if it would be a better decision to rent your home rather than list it for sell.  Over the past couple of years, our economy saw a huge decline in the housing market, which made it difficult for buyers to afford homes.  For those who could afford the purchase of a home, credit approval become an issue.  This resulted in a large need for rental homes.  Families with children required homes with a larger layout, often in better school districts.  If you were fortunate enough to own one of thoseRead More →

 Should you remodel or move? Making sense of your cents Everyone loves a new look, right?  The fresh clean feel of new carpet or the way new counter tops shine.  It’s a wonderful feeling.  But remodeling your home can be expensive and buying a new home can cost even more.  Which is the better choice?  Well, it depends. What size is your remodeling job?  Are you looking to return your investment immediately or over the next 10-15 years?  What is the average value of homes in your neighborhood?  Are there new homes being built around you now? Before you jump into a second mortgage toRead More →

Walking into a home packed wall to wall with boxes, clothing, toys, old furniture and groceries still stored in plastic bags can be a daunting experience for someone who is not accustomed to that type of life style but to a person who collects things and keeps a “cluttered home” this is a natural setting.  If you own such a home, do not panic.  There is a way to sell your home for the money it is worth, provided you are willing to do some work. Be realistic.  Your possessions and personal items may not mean anything to a potential buyer.  Therefore, you can chooseRead More →

Continuing our series about the things that stay in a home upon the sale of that home, we are going to look at “What is a Fixture” in this article.  The confusion and miscommunication over what is a fixture and what is not a fixture can create havoc during a real estate transaction. In our previous article – What Stays in the Home – we discussed the types of items that stay in a home.  A fixture simply stated is any landscaping in the ground, items mounted to the walls such as window shutters and or blinds, cabinets and built-in items like bookcases. When IRead More →

When selling or buying a home, it’s important to know what items stay with the home and which items do not.  Without knowing the difference, issues can arise prior to the closing, especially during final walk-through.  That is NOT the time to learn that those lovely curtains you had your eye on are not part of the deal!  Here are some tips on knowing what stays with the house. Landscaping – any types of flowers, trees, or bushes that are in the ground will stay. Built-in items – shelving, wall units, cabinets and other items that are built into the walls or home will stay.Read More →

I am often asked when is the best time of year to sell a house. Clients and buyers wonder if the best time is Spring when the trees are blooming and flowers are at their peak.  It depends. There are several factors which should be considered before you put your house on the market. Some of them are merely business decisions but the main ones are purely personal. Do you really need to sell if this is not the right time? Can you afford to wait it out? Are you moving for a new job and cannot afford two house payments? Are you going throughRead More →

So, you have decided it’s time to sell your home.  Maybe you have a new job and need to transfer quickly?  Maybe you found a home that better suits your needs?  Perhaps it’s time to downsize?  Whatever the reason, selling your home doesn’t have to be as painful as it sounds.  Here are a few tips to help you sell your home fast. De-Clutter the Clutter.  A potential buyer cannot see the possibilities if the rooms are cluttered with furniture, boxes or other personal effects.  If you have begun to pack, simply line the boxes up neatly along the walls.  Remove the Personal Touch.  AlthoughRead More →

Not all real estate agents are alike.  Let’s face it, some will aggressively pursue your interests and some will not.  There are many reasons why you should look for a qualified agent when you are selling your home.  It really does matter about the type of training and experience the agent brings to the table when you are listing your most valuable asset.  Here are some tips for choosing the right person for the job. Is the agent a real estate professional or a qualified REALTOR®?  “The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of theRead More →

What is MLS: Multiple Listing Service in Georgia? If you have been looking at property, either to buy or sell, you may have noticed the letters MLS with a number.  MLS stands for Multiple Listing Service.  This is a service that all experienced realtors use to index and “list” properties, whether commercial or residential.  It is used for land and lots as well. MLS services provide a way for the details of the home to be entered into a giant database and shared nationwide without the need to list it over and over.  These listings can contain the number of rooms, listing price, square footage,Read More →