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11 Reasons to List During the Holidays


1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers! 

2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you! 

3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money for you! 

4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays! 

5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price! 

6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during a working week! 

7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons! 

8. January is

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Selling during the dead of winter? Absolutely!
"Should I sell during the winter?"

I get asked this ALL the time.

My answer is, YES, if you want to possibly sell for more money, have your house on the market for less time and only show to those who are truly ready, willing and able to buy. 

Homes that are marketed for sale during the winter months: 

1. Have a 9% better chance of selling in six months.
2. Sell in one weeks less time.
3. Sell for 1.2% more.

Our Team does not take off during the winter months and we are constantly looking for homes for our Buyers to purchase. We receive over 400 leads per month from people looking to sell. If you or someone you know is looking to sell this winter, please give us a call. We won't
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As a new home buyer, you may be wondering what to expect at closing.  Here is some great information, provided by O'Kelley & Sorohan, Attorneys at Law.

Prior to closing, you will need to provide the following information: 

  1. Current Mailing Address
  2. Social Security Number.  This is necessary to verify whether or not there are liens or judgments made against you in the county that the property is located.  Once the property is transferred into your name, any liens placed against you will attach to the property.  The social security numbers will not be released to anyone but the State of Georgia and/or IRS as required by law.
  3. Corporation/LLC:  If you are signing on behalf of a corporation, you must supply a copy of the corporate resolution.  If
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Atlanta is ranked as one of the top 5 cities for millennials.  According to Wikipedia, "Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X." This generation is usually classified as those born in the early 1980's to the early 2000' used the following criteria for ranking the top 5 cities:  projected job growth above average; cost of living is relatively affordable; and there are high concentrations of amenities, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and laundromats. These cities also offer leisure activities, including great restaurants, fun bars, and a high population of 20-34 year olds.  

1. Austin, Texas
  • Great quality of life
  • 26.2% millennial population
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Inaccurate Zillow estimates creating issues with potential home sales? Absolutely! Many home owners in and around the Hamilton Mill subdivisionwill often take a look at Zillow's "Zestimate" prior to calling us to talk about selling their homes. While doing research and getting a good ballpark idea of what your homes value is, it is vitally important to get ACCURATE information. Zillow, however is not the place to get this information in my opinion and let me tell you why. 

A recent article in the LA Times, titled "Inaccurate Zillow 'Zestimates' a source of conflict over home prices" pointed out the huge disparity in actual sales price versus Zillow's Zestimate that was provided. For a number of years I have challenged Zillow on their estimated values

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According to Bob Villa, there are 10 home projects you must do in October.

1. Patch Concrete.  Concrete will continue to deteriorate through the colder months, causing repair costs to increase.  Fix your concrete now, before the cold sets in.

2. Refresh the Bath.  The humid months of summer can cause mold and mildew to grow.  Clean surfaces with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to kill the mold and mildew.  Remove old caulk and replace with waterproof silicone.  

3. Winterize the Yard.  Clear away dry or dead annuals to prevents pests and rot.  Cover garden beds with a thick layer of mulch.  Bring container plants in when temps dip into the 50's.  

4. Plant Bulbs.  This is a great time to plant perennials that will bloom in the spring, such as

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Home prices rose in July, by 5% over July of 2014.  This is based on the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20 city home price index.  Home prices have risen in all 20 cities over the last 12 months, with San Francisco seeing the highest gain of 10.4%.  

The growth in the economy, including job growth, has led more Americans to buy homes. With a diminished supply of available homes for sale, prices have risen.  As prices rise, existing homeowners feel wealthier, which leads to more spending,. Not only does this help boost the economy even more, it also reduces the number of Americans who owe more than their homes are worth.  

The housing market still faces challenges, as prices rise more than wages, many would-be home buyers are priced out of the

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Hamilton Mill Garage Sale Friday and Saturday, September 25th and 26th.  
Dacula, GA    I-85 North to Exit 120, Hamilton Mill
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With curriculum standards getting tighter in schools, reading, writing and math take up most of the day.  There is no time left for extra lessons, such as personal finance.  How can we teach our kids these valuable, life lessons about money?  

We can start teaching our kids at an early age.  Start by teaching kids the difference between wants and needs, showing them how you earn money to pay the bills.  Set up savings accounts, save for specific short term goals and set up long term savings goals. Consider giving allowances as a way to manage money, not to be used as a source of reward or punishment.  

As children get older, you can introduce more financial principles, such as the stock market.  You can make a game of investing in companies that

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Fall days may be shorter, and the weather may be changing.  Yet Autumn can be a wonderful time to showcase your home.  
Many home buyers are anxious to buy, and to get moved in before winter comes.

Here are six ideas to ready your home for fall buyers:

1.  Decorate for fall.  Your pumpkins, gourds, and mums can all stay out through Thanksgiving.  
Add a fall wreath and welcome matt to your front door.  
2.  Let the light in.  With shorter days, your home will need more light.  Keep interior lights on and perhaps
even increase wattage for additional brightness.  
3.  Remove clutter.  This is always important, but especially now as we tend to leave jackets and boots out.  
Take the time to put them away.  Keep a basket in each room to gather items when a…
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