Real Estate Market 3rd Quarter 2019

The real estate market has been chugging right along the last year and a half. If you had a home to sell it would sell relatively quickly, almost regardless of its condition. But are things changing in the market? In this short write up we’ll go over just that and what market experts are saying.

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Housing Prices

It seems that prices may have reach their tipping point. It looks like more home owners are having to lower prices throughout the U.S. to get their properties to sell. It does seem that home buyers are tired of the bidding wars and rising to record highs. This is covered in an article by CNBC that talks about how bidding wars are down –

In September, 11% of offers written by Redfin, a national real estate brokerage, faced a bidding war. That is down dramatically from 41% a year ago, but up from the 10% reading in August.

That might not seem like a big deal, but in the past four years, the bidding war rate has dropped — not increased — from August to September.

The bidding war rate usually falls about 15 percentage points from the height of the housing season in March to the beginning of the slow season in September, at least according to seasonal patterns from 2013 to 2018.

Read the entire article

What’s Causing The Downturn?

It could be that first time home buyers are scared about the economy. Trade wars could be a concern. Many people listen to the news that talks about a recession coming in the near future which could impact their jobs.

One bright point, the Federal Reserve is lowering interest rates which may help give the housing market a boost.

Are We Headed For Another Crash?

There has been talk in circles that another housing market crash is on the way for a while. Do we believe it? Not really, at least not as bad as what happened in 2007. Here is a little bit of an article from a market expert that explains why –

So Are We Headed For Another Housing Crisis?

In all actuality, we don’t think so. There were two major factors that really had an effect on the crash of ’07-’08.

  • First, there were a lot of homes available. Builders were going crazy putting up new subdivisions everywhere throughout the Metro Atlanta area. The supply far outweighed the demand.
  • Second, Banks and Mortgage companies were making very risky loans and basically lending money to people that couldn’t afford to make the payments. Since the crash though lending standards have tightened up, to a degree.

Read the entire article

It’s important to note that the vast housing supply wasn’t just in Atlanta, but all around the United States.

What Do We Think?

Actually we think the housing market is still very strong and will remain that way, especially if the Fed continues to lower their rates. To us it looks like consumer confidence is up, however, we don’t have a crystal ball. The market could go in any direction. The best advice we can give – if you are in a position to buy a house and find one that you like and can afford – buy it. If you are a homeowner thinking of selling – there probably isn’t a better time than now.

We have not received any compensation for writing this post. We have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that we have mentioned.

Inexpensive Remodeling Tips For Selling Your Home

Selling your home? If so you may be tempted to go crazy with a lot of remodeling to get the most money for your property. You need to be careful though because not all remodels are created equal. There are some things that you can do to maximize the amount of return on your property, and things that you could do that you won’t get your money back on when you sell the property.

Getting The Best ROI From Remodeling & Updates

In our previous article “Tips To Sell Your House Fast” we covered a lot of the basics, and one of the most important things to get the most money for a property, and that is cleaning and decluttering. A lot of people overlook the decluttering and how much it can add to the overall sales price of your property, especially closets.


But when it comes to remodeling, there are things that you can do to add value and others that won’t.

One of the least expensive things you can do is improve your landscaping. If you don’t have a professional landscaper maintaining your property, then it will cost you some additional “sweat equity”.

Spruce up the grounds

This is one of the easiest—and cheapest—tricks in the book: Good landscaping can add up to 28% to overall home value. Why pass up free money?

“When it comes to houses, they are often read by their cover,” says Helaine Newman, a Realtor® in Fairfax, VA. “Homeowners should make sure their home is nicely landscaped so buyers want to come in.”

Hire a landscaper to give your front yard the once-over, or just clean up the details yourself (e.g., edge the lawn, plant flowers), and update the outdoor furniture on the front porch to give the space a fresh, “buy me now” appeal.

But if you don’t have time for a full overhaul of your front yard, small changes can still have big impact.

Continue “6 Must-Do Home Improvement Projects to Tackle Before Selling a House” HERE

Who wouldn’t want to add a full 28% to their selling price?! Now these numbers are subject to the type of property you are selling, more likely from 200k and up. It’s also important to note that this is what is known as “curb appeal”. The more inviting your property is when buyers arrive the more likely you are to get a buyer faster.

The next thing to consider that is relatively inexpensive is paint:

Paint over reckless color choices

If your bedroom is purple or your living room, orange, cover it up with a nice light beige. Even if your house is already painted in neutral colors, consider repainting rooms where the walls and ceilings are stained or faded. Nothing makes rooms look new like a fresh coat of paint, and it’s one of the most affordable ways to update your space.

Continue “8 Home Improvements To Boost Your Chances of Selling” HERE

Paint colors can be a big selling point. If you have really radical colors throughout your home you are going to limit the amount of potential buyers willing to make an offer. Some families are just to busy to plan on performing a lot of painting before or after they move into a property. Some buyers maybe so turned off by radical colors that they might be turned off from the property all together.

The last thing we will talk about is the kitchen. Kitchens are a big selling point in all homes, unless it’s a bachelor that is purchasing the property 🙂 . It is easy to go over board on kitchen remodels, but Bank Rate has some excellent advice on this topic:

Minor kitchen remodel

Average cost: $21,198
Average resale value: $17,193
Cost recouped: 81.1%

Before you go for a major kitchen overhaul, consider a minor one. This approach will recoup about 81 percent of its cost. This upgrade uses a 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry. Instead of removing cabinet boxes, update the fronts with modernized shaker-style wood panels and drawer fronts. The same goes for the countertops; simply replace them with new laminate. Next, swap out older appliances with energy-efficient models. Update the sink and faucet; refresh the paint trim; add wall covering; and replace resilient flooring.

Continue “6 home renovations that return the most at resale” HERE

Great advice on the kitchen, especially the kitchen cabinets. However when it comes to the countertops you have to take into consideration what the houses in your neighborhood have. If they are granite, then you will have to update to granite, just shop around for the best price.

In Conclusion

You don’t have to go crazy spending money to get the most out of your sale. With some “sweat equity” inside and out, you can make your property look like new again. If you have more funds available to you, you can always do a kitchen “tune up” to help get the most for your property.

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Tips To Sell Your House Fast

It’s the beginning of a new year and things are looking really good. However some homeowners find themselves in a spot where they need to sell their house quickly. Sometimes it’s because of a new job in a different location, or maybe you have inherited a property that you can’t afford and a host of other reasons why you might need to sell quickly. So what do you do? That’s what we will cover in this short article.

Getting Your House Ready To Sell

The first thing you have to do is get your house READY to sell. This can seem a little overwhelming, but hopefully you have kept up with maintenance as well as kept your home clean. If you have, this process will go a lot smoother.

The Balance has a great article concerning getting your house ready for a quick sale;


Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”

1. De-Clutter is the number one priority
People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.
If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?

  • Remove all books from bookcases.
  • Pack up those knickknacks.
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
  • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

2. Rearrange bedroom closets and storage cabinets
Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

  • Alphabetize spice jars.
  • Neatly stack dishes.
  • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
  • Line up shoes.
  • Consider renting a temporary storage unit

Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?”

Continue reading “How To Prepare Your House For Sale

De-personalizing and de-cluttering are probably the 2 biggest things you can do to help sell your house fast. It helps buyers imagine themselves living in the house.

Get Your House Sold!

So now you have your house all cleaned up and ready to sell.  However, time and time again we see sellers make mistakes when it comes to selling their property.

Today actually has some great tips on what NOT to do when selling your house;

Making small price reductions again and again

Nothing smacks of desperation more than incremental price drops. The longer a property is on the market, the more jaded the buyers become. The more times the price is cut, the staler the offering appears. Buyers reason that a lot of people must have seen it and that a lot of people must have rejected it. And if that is the case, then why even bother to consider it?

Instead, slash the price. Find out what your house is worth by looking at similar properties in the neighborhood and price it 10% below them. The most enticing houses on the market are the newest and the cheapest. If you can be both, you’ll offload yours in no time at all.

Hiring the wrong broker

There are many ways of finding a good broker. Personal recommendations from friends and colleagues are often the best way to go. If someone outside the real estate business with nothing to gain is bringing up a broker, you can be pretty sure you’re on to a winner. The best brokers — the top 10 percent — do 90 percent of all the business. So don’t get stuck with a lemon. You want someone with enthusiasm and drive, someone who will give you the attention you need and steer you through the whole messy process with courtesy and professionalism.

Waiting it out

If you decide to wait, you are joining the thousands of other homeowners who have also decided to wait. When a few decide it’s time to take the plunge, you are already too late. If you need/want to sell now, then sell now. There will never be a better time.

Continue reading “Dump this house! How to sell your home fast


Having to sell your house is never fun. But then add on top of that having to sell it fast can even add more stress. If you want to be rid of a house quickly, follow the simple steps outlined above and you should have your house sold in no time.

Recommended Reading To Learn More:

10 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

6 Tips to Sell a House Fast in Any Market

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Using Internet Marketing For Real Estate

Okay, so I haven’t posted on this site in a long, long time! And there is a very good reason for that – the Real Estate market has turned around! I have been busier than a 3 legged dog at the dog track 🙂

We have been crushing it with our real estate investment business. Probably the biggest contributor to our success is the use of the internet to find motivated sellers and buyers. There is so much that can be accomplished with the internet, it’s almost hard  to believe. Especially for someone like me who has seen the dawn of the internet and the ways we used to go about our business.

Our website has been a big part of our success. We constantly are bringing in leads from the site on a daily basis. It wasn’t always that way though. We had to hire someone to do what is called SEO to do on our website to get it found in the search engines.

Not only do we have a website for our business, but also use social media. Social media is something that has really come to be relevant in just the last couple of years. In this post I wanted to give everyone a good foundation for using social media and the internet for their businesses.

I found a great post from Entrepreneur that has some great tips on using social media for your business:

How to Properly Use Social Media to Fit Your Business Strategy

1. Choose the right platforms and practices

It might be tempting to follow the social media trends that are considered “hot” in popular culture and jump on whatever platform is being talked about the most. Maximizing your social media use means choosing those platforms and practices that suit your core business strategy. For instance, it may or may not make sense for your company to update its Twitter account every hour; what works for another company may not have the same effects for yours.

One strategy could be to first determine which platforms your customers and leads use, and then build your social media presence with those outlets in mind so as to achieve predetermined and measurable business objectives. Even if revenue impact is hard to measure, you should have specific key performance indicators in place that will help you evaluate the extent to which you are doing a good job and generating meaningful value for your company.

In many cases, the objective of a social media strategy is to increase the reach and visibility of your company. Therefore, it would make sense to consider fostering a social media presence on most – if not all – of the major platforms to maximize those reach results. For instance, Facebook may be the largest social media platform, but Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram have the highest growth rates. Which outlets are likely to benefit your business most, both in terms of the users you’ll reach and how you do business? Twitter users, for example, often expect near-immediate responses when they mention a company. If you do not have the resources to answer quickly, Twitter (and other similar platforms) may not be ideal for your company’s social media strategy.

2. Set goals for your social media use

The location, purpose, and size of your business will naturally affect your social media goals. However, many companies use social platforms to:

  • Increase referral traffic to their website
  • Drive lead generation or e-commerce purchases
  • Increase company credibility
  • Demonstrate a corporate identity and culture that makes people more likely to want to work with as consumers or employees
  • Increase the quantity of feedback that they receive from customers and leads.
  • Offer an additional avenue for customer service interactions. Your clients may find it more convenient to compose a Tweet or write a Facebook post than to call or email you. It may even help them like you more. One survey found that 43% of customers are likely to recommend a product or service to others when that brand responds in a timely manner on social media outlets.
  • Media outlets may even consider your online presence when deciding whether to feature your company in a piece. The stories that you portray of an exciting company through social media may help you connect with reporters and writers who are looking for interesting businesses to profile.

Read the whole story…

While that article isn’t geared directly at real estate investors, there are still some good take aways for you.

Another place that we have learned from is Above the RE Max Magazine. Here is a video from an article that they did – Secrets From A social Media Master –


I’m here to tell you that if you aren’t using the power of the internet to grow your real estate business, and no matter what type of real estate business you are crazy! Take it from us who has really been turning the real estate world on it’s head.

I have some additional links for you to learn more on social media and SEO for your real estate business:

Using Social Media For Real Estate

Top 7 Real Estate Social Media Sites


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Selling Your Home Without A Realtor

Selling your house without a realtor

Can I sell my home without a real estate agent? It is possible to offer your property without calling for the abilities as well as competence of a realty broker. When you choose to market your own property as an owner, you are presuming complete responsibility of the entire promo and also marketing procedure along with all the needed documents to complete the sale of the residence. Nevertheless, it enables you the potential of conserving a minimum of 6 % to 7 % on the quantity of the final sale that won’t be paid to a realtor or broker. Continue reading and also find out how you can offer your home without a real estate agent or a property agent.

Similar to when you are offering any other item, you should guarantee that you price your residence correctly for it to get a buyer promptly. You should carry out a thorough market research to guarantee that you understand the prices array of residences in the market before determining your final price. Do not deal with out of date cost varieties. For example, if you try to market your home at the very same cost your neighbor did last year, you may wind up loosing prospective purchasers because 6 months ago, the price was higher, now it has actually dipped. This is why you need to know the dominating market price instead of depending on past data. To guarantee your house sells quickly, attempt to under value it by a few dollars.

When looking for prospective customers, you first should discover in your circle whether there is someone that could be thinking about buying your property. If there are no prospective purchasers in your circle then you can broaden your market by asking from fiends of pals, associates of associates, as well as kin of kin and discovering if there is one interested in buying your property. Integrate this research with marketing methods like newspapers, setting up advertisements that your property is for sale using different advertising and marketing techniques such as radios, Televisions and also one of the quickest technique is that you need to supply your ad in the a number of social media sites websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Despite this type of mediums you could additionally examine experts that are experienced in the industry of acquiring and offering properties. These people focus on assisting people to get potential purchasers which you could conveniently close a sale with as quickly as feasible.

Decide early just how much you can lower the price from the marketplace value of your property. It assists to be prepared to manage offers from purchasers. Typically the initial price provided turns the best. Your target needs to be acquiring closer to the marketplace value however you should beware not to value your property too high as it might take long time to sell. Your representative needs to assist you in weighing cons and pros of offers by possible buyers and also reaching the very best as well as most competitive. If the asking rate does not attract offers, take into consideration lowering your asking price and see if it will work. You could start by decreasing with a 5 % cut from the asking rate to examine whether that will certainly entice potential buyers. Here is a site to help you determine what fair market value is of your

If you are in the Atlanta area, you can sell your house without a realtor very easily and not have to deal with a bunch of people going through your belongings and dealing with a lot of people just looking. You can contact this investment company here – Sell Your House Without A Realtor In Decatur, Sell Your House Without A Realtor In Dunwoody, and Sell Your House Without A Realtor In Douglasville

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Bridge Loans For Real Estate

Hard Money Loans For Real Estate Atlanta

Do you fix as well as resell homes for a revenue? Do you require a financing or a bridge loan for your following investment? Then we have found the best firm in Georgia. Angel Oak Prime Bridge Of Atlanta has lots of special loan programs to assist you get your following real estate financial investment property done.

Numerous lenders desire you to pay all up front costs. These include their points as well as application costs. Angel Oak Prime Bridge does not necessary these. They are the place for no minimum down payment and also One Hundred Percent funding in Georgia. If you can get our home as well as acquire the repair services done at 65 % of the residential properties mended value then you do not need to pay any cash at closing. No methods and also no gimmicks. No surprises when you show up to closing. When purchasing a home to refurbish they will certainly lend you the money not just to acquire our home however will likewise lend you the money to make all the repair services. Some lending institutions will simply provide on the investment of our home as well as not provide on the repair services making you use your very own squander of pocket to make all the fixings.

If you are a land lord then hard money loans do not consistently help you. Rates at 12 % to 15 % make it challenging to have a profit at the end of the month. Angel Oak Prime Bridge is special in the reality that you acquire a hard money loan and also after repair works are complete then you could then get a normal loan with a set price for 30 years making it much easier to earn a profit on a monthly basis. They also have loans for brand-new building likewise. They will certainly provide on the building of the new house as well as allow you to have withdrawals throughout the building procedure to be able to pay your professionals. So no matter what type of real estate bargain you are having to obtain financed Angel Oak Prime Bridge is the challenging money lender in Atlanta Georgia that serves all Georgia as well as can get your deal done.


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Who And What Are These “We Buy Houses” Signs?

We Buy Houses Cash...Fast!


We have all actually seen them. They are posted pretty much anywhere and everywhere these days. You will see them on signboards and you will observe them embeded in the ground at the stop light. They are at street light corners and electricity poles. So who are they? The short answer is real estate investors who put up these signs say “We buy Houses As-Is”. There are lots of Real Estate Investors readily available that say we purchase homes in As Is condition, but discovering the right real estate investor is the largest thing.

As investors, they tend to buy residential properties in ‘As-Is’ condition. The capability to pay cash allows investors to close on your schedule, within 3 days if necessary. One perk is you do not have to bother with having loads of  unfamiliar people walk through your house, potentially poking through your personal things. You don’t have to pay any sort of realtor commissions, which can be as much as 6% these days. You won’t need to wait months for a qualified buyer to come along, just to discover before the closing that they want you to make lots of repairs to the property before they will consider purchasing your property.

Real Estate Investors, unlike the standard real estate professionals, are not in the marketplace for listing homes. This means, they are instead proactive, which is definitely great for you as it allows you in getting rid of your property pretty fast and for a good amount of hard cash. And even better, as we stated above, you do not need to pay the real estate agent professional’s commissions or any kind of realtor’s costs as well as you do not need to make any repairs to the property or improvements to make your property saleable.

So, just how do you find theses real estate investors to sell your property fast too? Honestly, there are in reality lots of places to locate real estate investors. One way is to look at all of those signs at stop lights that say, we buy houses or we buy houses As Is and the little signs all along the sides of roads that says we we buy ugly houses. Probably the best place to start is the internet. You can find many reputable investors on the web and also look and search to see what kind of reviews they have and also testimonials from other sellers. So, the next time you see such an advertising campaign or website or even a  banner that says that they will buy your house fast and buy it in As Is condition, go ahead and give them a phone call. Give them the details of why you need to sell, get some offers and pick the investor you want to work with and then relax. Your old house that needs lots of repairs will be bought for a nice amount of cash and within the minimal time period.

One such company that we have found is Fast House Buyers of Atlanta. To Contact them to get a fast, free, no hassle offer to you offer on your property, click hereWe Buy Houses and here is a video –

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