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Homes for Sale in Walton, Pope and Lassiter High School Districts

 
$1,950,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 6 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 8,069
 
$1,879,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 6 | 2
Sq. Ft.: 9,836
 
$1,650,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 6 | 2
Sq. Ft.: 9,214
 
$1,295,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 5 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 6,880
 
$1,119,999
Beds: 4
Baths: 6 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 5,629
 
$995,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 6 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 7,200
 
$975,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 5 | 2
Sq. Ft.: N/A
 
$975,000
Beds: 7
Baths: 5
Sq. Ft.: 7,747
 
$925,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 5,805
 
$824,900
Beds: 5
Baths: 4 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 6,354
 
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Luxury Homes for Sale In Marietta

The luxury home market is recovering, call me or email me if any of these interest you!

 
$7,300,000
Beds: 7
Baths: 7 | 2
Sq. Ft.: 19,382
 
$4,450,000
Beds: 7
Baths: 8 | 3
Sq. Ft.: 8,693
 
$3,600,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 5 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 8,104
 
$2,790,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 4 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 7,704
 
$2,589,000
Beds: 7
Baths: 7 | 3
Sq. Ft.: 11,472
 
$2,499,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 6 | 3
Sq. Ft.: 13,714
 
$2,400,000
Beds: 5
Baths: 5 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 7,500
 
$2,395,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 6 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 7,386
 
$2,250,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 5 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 7,722
 
$2,250,000
Beds: 6
Baths: 8 | 1
Sq. Ft.: 12,863
 
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Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

by      on October 2, 2013     in For Agents, For Buyers, For Sellers

Today we are excited to have Ashley Garner, a Director of the North Carolina Association of Realtors (NCAR), as our guest blogger.  Ashley was so inspired from our most recent edition of KCM that he chose to expand on one of his (and our) favorite slides from the presentation.  – The KCM Crew

5 Reasons

The real estate market is a place where most people will make their largest investment ever. It is a place where fortunes can be, and often are, made.  It is not a place, however, for you to “wing it”.

While the myriad TV shows about real estate make the process look so simple – it’s not really that simple… they make it seem like all you need to do is slap a for sale by owner sign in the yard, have one open house with fresh flowers and fresh baked cookies and bam! SOLD! in one day.  Well I can tell you that in New Hanover County, North Carolina it takes an average of 121 days to sell a home. An average means that some houses take much longer to sell and some much less than 121 days to sell.

You need a professional, full time, well educated, ethical and trustworthy REALTOR to represent you whether buying or selling real estate.

1 – Paperwork

Currently in North Carolina there are over 24 pages of contracts involved with buying or selling most homes. The state law requires much of this paperwork regardless or whether or not you hire a REALTOR.  REALTORS are trained and educated on the contracts, which are constantly changing, so they can advise you during the process.  They can also refer you to a real estate attorney to represent you on all legal matters involved in the process.

2 – Process

There are about 180 typical actions, research steps, procedures, processes and review stages in a successful residential real estate transaction that are normally provided by  full service real estate brokerages in return for their sales commission. (Based on a report prepared by the Orlando Regional REALTORS Association).  So this means that if you choose to go it on your own, you are going to have to do all 180 things yourself… or they don’t get done… which probably means your transaction doesn’t end in a successful purchase/sale.

3 – Negotiation

While there will always be that one guy (or gal) who thinks he (she) is the all-time greatest negotiator, the vast majority of folks do not like confrontational interactions.  A negotiation for the purchase/sale of an asset as large as a piece of real estate can be a very confrontational interaction. The role of the REALTOR is to act as a buffer between the two parties who are in the midst of a very emotional and high-level financial transaction, both wanting to get the best they can get often at the detriment of the other party. A real estate professional is experienced in all aspects of the negotiation and is bound legally to do only what is in the best interest of his/her client.

4 – Values

Perhaps the single most important aspect of the transaction is the value of the piece of property.

If you are a seller you want to know how much you can expect to get for the sales price and how much of that you will walk away with in your pocket. You want to advertise the property for sale at the right price so you sell for as much as possible but you don’t want to price it so high that no buyers make you an offer (and YES if you price it too high MOST buyers will not want to offend you by making a low offer…thus you don’t get any offers).

If you are the buyer, you want to know how much to offer. Now multiple offer situations are happening more frequently and if a buyer offers too low, they can either be rejected completely by the seller or they can cause the negotiation to take too long thus allowing time for a competing bid to come in… allowing the seller to be in the driver’s seat.

5 – Teacher

Any good professional, whether a real estate professional, doctor, lawyer, CPA, etc., will have the heart of a teacher. Real estate brokerage is a service business. The professional REALTOR is there to educate you about the conditions impacting today’s real estate market.  It is as easy as picking up the newspaper or searching the Internet for real estate news to see conflicting headline after conflicting headline. “Prices are up 20%”, “Among worst markets in nation”, “Best year since the crash”…well which is it? All real estate is local and your real estate professional will know the local market conditions and will lead you through the process, like any good teacher would, making sure you understand all that is going on around you.

A real estate professional is a crucial member of your team when buying or selling real estate. You could be buying your first home or your tenth home, an investment property or a vacation home, commercial or residential…whichever it is you are best served in the care of a full time, well educated, ethical, trustworthy real estate professional.

Selling or Buying? Now may be the time

Autumn Piggy Bank2As we enter the winter months, many expect the real estate market to begin to slow down. However, this winter there are many reasons that both buyers and sellers should consider moving forward with their real estate goals instead of waiting until the spring.

BUYERS

Waiting until the spring will probably mean increases in the two elements that determine the cost of purchasing a home: home prices and mortgage rates.

SELLERS

A seller will get the best price when demand is high and inventory is low. Demand will remain strong throughout this winter (see above) while inventory historically shrinks this time of year

Solds in East Cobb since June 1, 2013

All solds in Walton,  Pope and Lassiter School districts since June 1, 2013! Thinking of selling, call me today at 770-354-0243 for a no pressure conversation regarding what your home might sell for today!Capture

 

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You need a professional to help you buy or sell your home

You Need a Professional to Sell or Buy a Home


You Need a Professional to Sell or Buy a Home

Posted: 08 Oct 2013 04:00 AM PDT

HiResMany people ask us whether they should hire an agent to sell their home or whether they should first try as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). In today’s market, we believe this is an easy decision: you need an experienced professional!

You need an expert guide if you are traveling a dangerous path

The field of real estate is loaded with land mines. You need a true expert to guide you through the dangerous pitfalls that currently exist. Finding a buyer ready, willing and able to pay fair market value for your home at a time when lending standards are so stringent is not an easy task. Finding reasonable financing can also be tricky when interest rates are volatile like they have been over the last several months.

You need a skilled negotiator

In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer, to the possible re-negotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.

Realize that when an agent is negotiating their commission with you, they are negotiating their own salary; the salary that keeps a roof over their family’s head; the salary that puts food on their family’s table. If they are quick to take less when negotiating for themselves and their families, what makes you think they will not act the same way when negotiating for you and your family? If they were Clark Kent when negotiating with you, they will not turn into Superman when negotiating with the buyer or seller in your deal.

Bottom Line

We believe that famous sayings become famous because they are true. You get what you pay for. Just like a good accountant or a good attorney, a good agent will save you money…not cost you money.

If you can’t sell, should you rent your house?

Should I Rent My House If I Can’t Sell It?

Posted: 07 Oct 2013 04:00 AM PDT

For rent real estate sign in front of house

There has been a lot written about how buying a home is less expensive than renting one in most parts of the country. Rents are skyrocketing and homes are still at great prices. These two situations are also causing some sellers to consider renting their home instead of selling it. After all, a homeowner can get great rental income now and perhaps wait until house values increase even further before selling.

This logic makes sense in some cases. We at KCM believe strongly that residential real estate is a great investment right now. However, if you have no desire to actually become an educated investor in this sector, you may be headed for more trouble than you were looking for.

Before renting your home, you should answer the following questions to make sure this is the right course of action for you and your family.

10 Questions to Ask BEFORE Renting Your Home

1.) How will you respond if your tenant says they can’t afford to pay the rent this month because of more pressing obligations? (This happens most often during holiday season and back-to-school time when families with children have extra expenses).

2.) Because of the economy, many homeowners can no longer make their mortgage payment. What percent of tenants do you think can no longer afford to pay their rent?

3.) Have you interviewed a few experienced eviction attorneys in case a challenge does arise?

4.) Have you talked to your insurance company about a possible increase in premiums as liability is greater in a non-owner occupied home?

5.) Will you allow pets? Cats? Dogs? How big a dog?

6.) How will you actually collect the rent? By mail? In person?

7.) Repairs are part of being a landlord. Who will take tenant calls when necessary repairs arise?

8.) Do you have a list of craftspeople readily available to handle these repairs?

9.) How often will you do a physical inspection of the property?

10.) Will you alert your current neighbors that you are renting the house?

Bottom Line

Again, renting out residential real estate historically is a great investment. However, it is not without its challenges. Make sure you have decided to rent the house because you want to be an investor, not because you are hoping to get a few extra dollars by postponing a sale.

We need your house to sell!

Top 5 mistakes sellers make when selling their home

Selling your home is a big undertaking, it can be an emotional experience and stressful.  There are sold housesome things that you can do as a seller to help get your home sold quickly and for the most money possible, and there are mistakes that we see over and over again as agents.  Hopefully this will help you to avoid typical mistakes that sellers make, simply because they are not in the business of selling homes.  Agents such as myself are in the business and we see every day the same behaviors that keep sellers away from their goals.

Avoid these 5 mistakes and you will make more money faster and with less stress.

1.  Don’t Overprice your home.  Step back and try to take the emotionalism out of pricing your home, look at the data carefully with your agent to price it competitively and then hold there.  It is not uncommon for sellers to get 98-100% of their asking price if priced correctly. Some sellers in this market are getting over list price.

2. Going on market before the home is completely ready.  Take care of all the repairs, painting, yard work, and staging.  Make sure you present your home to the marketplace with a splash. You get the most excitement within the first 2 weeks on market.  Don’t go on market until you are 100% ready!

3. Only considering price when you receive an offer.  Look at all terms, not just price.  If someone is offering to close in 30 days but 2000 less than you want, consider your carrying costs on the home.  Additional mortgage payments, utilities, taxes, insurance etc. may cost more than the difference in the offer price.

4. Taking the feedback personally, even though it may be hard, listen to what the market is saying with feedback from the buyers.  If there is a recurring theme that you can make a change pretty easily (paint colors etc.) then do it! The buyers are telling you what they want, respond to it positively.

5.  See the forest for the trees…during the inspection and other negotiations, keep hold of the goal and the big picture.  Don’t let something small get in the way of your goal to sell.  You may regret it later!

Call me today to help you get your home sold – 770-354-0243 or email me! I will be happy to come by and discuss what your home may sell for today!

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