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August 2013

A L P H A R E T TA • C U M M I N G • C H E R O K E E • D U L U T H • F O R S Y T H • G W I N N E T T • J O H N S C R E E K • M I LT O N • R O S W E L L • S U WA N N E E

Jump Start Your Home Sale By Eve Jones – Harry Norman A little known fact: the first three weeks are the most critical when selling your home. Why is that? Because new list-

ings initially generate a lot of excitement among agents and buyers. There are many buyers out there waiting for the right home to magically appear on the market. And, agents are checking the

multiple listing service “hot sheets” (new listings) every day. With all this attention, you had better be ready! There’s a saying in our business, “real estate is a beauty contest”. I’d like to add

to that, “and, beauty is only skin deep”. Yes, your home should be clean, clutter-free and hopefully, updated but, beneath the surface are some of the most important features of a home; mechanical/HVAC systems, roof, structural integrity, siding and trim condition, hot water heaters, windows etc. This is the non-sexy stuff that, if left to chance, can kill a deal. Many of the homes in North Fulton are advancing to 20+ years in age and require maintenance and systems replacements. Some sellers mistake replacing an 18 year old HVAC unit or replacing/painting wood rot for an “upgrade”. These are not upgrades.

They are simply maintenance (and, the joys of homeownership!). Buyers do not want to fix your problems that should have been addressed long ago. Here’s where a fullservice Realtor can really earn his/her commission on the front-end of a sale by finding an inspector who can help you identify issues before you get all those agents and buyers excited about your home! And, that agent will have reliable contractors to do the repairs. This is the “putting the horse before the cart” approach to selling and the thing that may keep the buyer “in-love” with your home all the way to the closing table.


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Who is the most optimistic about a home as an investment? By Jody White – Atlanta Fine Homes

“Homeownership is an investment in your future and the future of our country. It is one of the major ways young American families begin to accumulate wealth,” says Paul Bishop, NAR (National Association of Realtors) vice president of research. Millennials are more confident than any other age group that their recent home purchase was a good investment according to a new study released last week by the NAR. The inaugural 2013 National Association of Realtors Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends evaluated the generational differences of recent homebuyers and sellers and found that while eight out of 10 recent buyers considered their home purchase a good

financial investment, the number was even higher, 85 percent, for young buyers under the age of 32. These Buyers are known as Millennials. The oldest of the Millennial generation are now entering the years in which people typically buy a first home, and despite the recent downturn, home ownership still matters to them. They are looking forward to owning a place of their own. Buying furniture for their new place --inside and outside! The sheer size of the Millennial generation, the largest in history after the baby boomers, is expected to give a powerful boost to long-run housing demand, though in the short-term, mortgage accessibility and student debt repayment remain challenges. But let’s look at the bright side, the Millennials are eager and willing to invest time and energy toward buying a home. So, if you are thinking about selling your three bedroom home and moving up to something with four or five bedrooms, the Millennial Buyer is your target— those Buyers born between 1980 and 2000. The median age of Millennial homebuyers was 28, their median income was $66,200 and they typically bought a 1,700-square foot home costing $165,000. The typical Gen X buyer (those born between 1965 and 1979) was 39 years old, had a median income of $93,100, and purchased a 2,100– square foot home costing $235,000.

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Housing Market Health — How Atlanta compares to the U.S. By:Jenni Bonura Considering a move? Here is some current data on three key economic factors that may influence your decision: APPRECIATION: 1 year price appreciation in Atlanta is 31.1% compared to 11.2% nationally. The three year appreciation rate of 4.5% was lower than the 5.8% national number but recent significant gains indicate strength in our market. (Source: NAR Local Market Report 1Q2013) JOB GROWTH: According to the National Association of Realtors Local Market Report 1Q2013, “Atlanta’s unemployment rate lags the national average, but has improved relative to the same period last year. Local employment growth is strong compared to other markets”. Atlanta’s 1 year job growth rate is 2.4% versus 1.6% nationally. SUPPLY and DEMAND: New construction is returning to our market but levels are still far below the long term average. For several years prior to 2008, the foreclosure rates in Georgia were higher than the national average but since 2009, we are lower than the national average. The

low number of new homes and decreases in foreclosure inventory both impact the supply of homes. These are contributing factors as to why price gains have occurred in the last year. (Source: Mortgage Bankers’ Association) In summary, the Atlanta

market has positive economic indicators especially within the last year especially compared to the national averages. If these numbers remain consistent and continue to trend positively then we have many bright days ahead. If you are considering a move,

the most valuable advice you can receive is from a local expert - someone who understands the macroeconomic view but also can cite relevant statistics on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. A true expert is someone you can trust who can provide person-

al attention and real estate expertise. If you need a recommendation for a local expert, an agent from Harry Norman, Realtors, please call me directly at 770-594-4901.


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700 650 600 UNDER CONTRACT SOLD SOLD 550 FOLLOW US ON: 500 (gated): 225 Eagles Cir Holcombe’s Farm: 625 Oak White Columns Six Hills: 13185 Owens Way 5 bd • 4.5 ba • basement 5 bd • 5.5450 ba • pool 6 bd • 6.5 ba • pool 400 FMLS #4201249 • $535,000 FMLS #4201212 • $825,000 FMLS#4073782 • $1,295,000 350 300 The 250above information is believed to be accurate but it is not warranted. Subject to errors, changes, omissions, prior sales, and withdrawals without notice. Equal Housing Opportunity. 200 150 100 50 0 FOLLOW US ON: Jun-12 Jul-12 Aug-12 Sep-12 Oct -12 Nov -12 Dec-12 Jan-13 Feb-13 Mar -13 Apr -13 May -13 Jun -13

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