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Selling Advice

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Are you thinking about selling your home in Atlanta or in the metro area? If yes, it's time to get moving and put your home on the market while the weather is nice and the summer heat still hasn't quite set in.  We realize this doesn't give you much time, but we are here to help you move swiftly and effectively and get your home listed in the "prime time". 

Before you list your home, take a moment and read these few easy suggestions to get your home sell-ready in no time. Just follow these simple guidelines, work with an experienced Atlanta agent, and sit back and watch as people clamor to get a look at your home. 

Slap on a coat of paint 

There is nothing like fresh paint on the walls to liven up a home. Paint over the darker and more daring

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When looking into real estate either as an investment or as a first home purchase, you’re bound to hear an agent or a broker throw out the term “absorption rate”. An absorption rate is a fairly common market indicator that can help you know when the best time is to list your house on the market, and can help you predict the sale price of a home in a given market.

What is an absorption rate?

Simply put, an absorption rate is the total number of months it takes to sell currently listed homes on the real-estate market.

When you put a market value on selling your home, you know that it may be logically more, less, or the same as when you purchased it. The absorption rate compares your home against others in the area in terms of supply and demand.

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If you are thinking about selling your home, try to imagine what it was like when you bought your first place. Buyers are looking to start a new chapter of their lives in your home, so making them feel comfortable—and ultimately selling them your home—requires a little maintenance.

Listed below is a checklist of home maintenance tips to prepare your home for sale and get it in top selling condition.

Freshen Up Your Home For Sale

Fresh paint – Apply a fresh base where needed, both inside and outside your home.

Yardwork – Your yard is the first impression people will get when looking at your home. Mow and edge your lawn regularly. Try to fix bare spots in your lawn by seeding them and watering them regularly. Remove and replace dead plants.

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Before you begin selling your home, knowing the right questions to ask will help you determine everything: from your asking price, to how to find an agent, to decluttering your home – making the process of selling your home much simpler.

Listed below are answers to four of the most common questions Atlanta-based home sellers ask:

How much is my home worth?

The two most common methods for determining your home’s worth are appraisals and a comparative market analysis.

Appraisals compare your home to others selling in the area in terms of square footage, location, construction quality, garages, baths and so on. An average appraisal is roughly $300.

Your real estate agent can perform a comparative market analysis to other homes currently on

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In real estate, first impressions are important in creating a good relationship.

Similarly, curb appeal is the first thing that a potential home-buyers notice when looking for new homes. An un-mowed lawn, dead flowers, or even a bare yard are enough to dissuade potential buyers from putting in an offer.

According to studies by Virginia Tech, Michigan State University, and The Appraisal Institute, a well-landscaped yard can add between 5.5% and 15% to the property value of a home. When you break it down into dollar figures, the yard/landscaping has potential to add as much as $19,000 to a $150,000 home.

The Virginia Tech study surmised that three landscaping aspects affect the total value:

  • Design sophistication (42%)
  • Plant size (36%)
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