Alpharetta, GA Real Estate News

By Gloria Losie
(Solid Source Realty Ga)
Real Estate in Alpharetta Ga is my favorite Real Estate market.  Homes For Sale in Alpharetta or Buy Homes in Alpharetta Ga.  If you need to buy or sell Real Estate in Alpharetta, Ga.  Fulton County contact me.  Visit the Greenway in Alpharetta.  6 m iles of biking or walking trails.  Alpharetta Real Estate is HOT.  Historic Alpharetta is quaint and close to shopping and malls.  Visit my website for links to Schools and Activities. Find Mls Listings.   visit my website:www.northgeorgiafoothillsproperties.com 8/6/07:  If you would like a personal contact from Gloria Losie call 770-317-4555  Free information is on my website for Alpharetta Ga in Fulton County.  6/23/07:  Come see the new subdivisions in Alpharetta or look at the more mature homes.
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By Angie Vandenbergh, A Crye-Leike Blogger
(Crye-Leike, Realtors)
Parks in Alpharetta, GeorgiaAlpharetta residents enjoy a high quality of life with all of the nearby park and recreational facilities. Whether you love to bike, rollerblade, play team sports, tennis, ride horses, walk/jog or just enjoy the outdoors - Alpharetta has a spot sure to become one of your favorites.Wills Park110 Acre ParkLocated on Old Milton Parkway west of 400 and 9. 11925 Wills Road  - Alpharetta, Georgia 30004.Walking TrailCovered picnic areasPlaygroundsDisc golf courseBaseball and tee-ball fieldsRecreation CenterTennis courtsAdjoining Dog Park (see below)Adjoining Equestrian Center (see below)Need a good place to take your four-legged companion?Try Waggy World Paw Park just next to Wills Park.-  1.5 Acres-  Located between Roswell Street and Wills Road     on Old Milton P...
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By Ryan Ward
(Keller Williams Realty Consultants)
Here are the current statistics for Alpharetta homes for sale provided by the Alpharetta MLS, the FMLS:Currently, there are 1888 Alpharetta homes for sale and another 505 pending sale. Interestingly, in the last 30 days only 141 homes sold while there were an additional 636 new homes for sale. Another 231 homes either had their listings expire or were withdrawn. What you can gather from this is that there are currently more active buyers in the market than there were just a month earlier. This is the typical trend as we see more buyers and sellers enter the market in the spring and homes sales begin to ramp up.You can view all of the Alpharetta homes for sale at your leisure at my website while you get to know more about the city of Alpharetta and what it has to offer residents. If you ...
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By Ryan Ward
(Keller Williams Realty Consultants)
Mark your calendar for April 21st and 22nd as Alpharetta holds its annual art festival know as Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. The two day event is held in historic downtown Alpharetta and includes local and national artists and art of all kinds. The event is one of many reasons that help make Alpharetta, GA real estate continue to be one of the most popular places to lice in the Metro Atlanta area. There will be events and music for adults and children and food from many of Alpharetta's best restaurants. If you have never been to the art festival, it's a great time to get out and learn more about Alpharetta, meet other residents and enjoy a beautiful spring afternoon with friends and family.
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By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
Now that your home has been on the market for a while you will know that your marketing is on track if you have received an offer.  Even a bad offer is good.  It shows you that that the fish are biting, and you have used the right bait, you just have not been able to bring the fish into the boat!  You have a little bit more fine tuning to do the land the next offer.  Once you receive an offer it is very important that you realize the market is now what it once was just a short while ago.  It is important for the home seller to sit down and go over the offer to view the merits, pluses and minuses.  You then must listen to the advice and view the current market statistics before just using the broad stroke of the pen in a counteroffer.  Perhaps this offer is not so much about price, but t...
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By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
Now that buyers are coming to view your home, it is important that your listing agent stay on top of the momentum.  If there are no offers, and you have had quite a bit of traffic through your home, then something is wrong.   But just what is wrong, and if you could identify what is preventing the buyers from making an offer perhaps it can be fixed or remedied.   An easy way for your agent to find out isto request feedback from other real estate professionals.  They can go online and view showing activity from your lock box, and create an email follow up to those agents to thank them for showing your homes, identify your property, and request as a professional courtesy any feed back they can share about your home.  This is a very easy thing to do, if it is email based, they can foreword...
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By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
Now that your home is on the market, your home should start to get some home showings.  Your agent will advise you of procedures. The normal rule is courtesy call the owner, leave a message, and then show with lockbox.  There are other protocalls if an agent shows up at your front door at dinner time, but your agent will go over all scenarios with you, and instruct you on what works and what doesn't. It's very important not to have any or if you have to very few restrictions on access to your home.  The biggest mistake and home owner can request is "Appointment only, and no lockbox!"  The hot buyer will pass on it, and so will their agent.  Limited access works against the seller, and so does trying to coordinate the showing time that I acceptable to everyone's schedules.  Inexperienced...
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By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
We have just began to market your home.  We are now in just the initial stages of marketing your home. YOu can now see that there is so much more to do than signing paperwork, putting a sign in the ground, and entering the home in the MLS. Once all the paperwork for your listing agreement has been entered into the Multiple Listing Service MLS it is now time to begin the marketing.  The first place to start is the most obvious. Signs, directional signs are all in the ground.  Signs are very important for selling a home.  Signage can bring 7-8% of all home sales. No opportunity for a sale can be over looked.  Once this is done, now it is back to the MLS.  Your agent should immediately go to a section called "Reverse Prospects!"  Reverse prospecting is matching home buyers that are already...
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By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
After all the listing papers are signed, your agent will take interior and exterior photos for the Multiple Listing Service MLS!  With signed listing agreements and camera in hand your agent sets off to enter your home into the MLS.  This will not take too long, but special attention has to be paid to doing everything just right.  Your agent will be careful to enter only the best possible descriptions, entering all the features of your home, the easiest directions to your home, and the best possible pictures.  This is very important because the MLS is the best possible solution to sell your home through other participating members that are searching for their buyers.  Nothing should be overlooked! And nothing should be wrong!  The closest anyone can get to see your home will be in the M...
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By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
Your listing agent meets with you do choose the best listing price for your home after they have pulled up all the research available. Their research should take them into tax records, appraisal records (researching private sales, and square footage comparisons) actives, solds, expireds, withdrawn listings, solds, pending sale and under contract.  That research then has to be reconciled to the current condition your home is in, and subtract or add to your listing price.  Comparative pricing.  In other words does your home have an addition, a finished basement, or a 2 car garage?  Because the others homes do! A listing agent cannot just pick the price for your home out of the air.  It doesn't work that way!  If you get a contract on your home that requires a mortgage, and appraisal will ...
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By Ryan Ward
(Keller Williams Realty Consultants)
The luxury real estate market continues to be popular in Alpharetta. Maybe its the great schools that allow parents to save money that they would otherwise spend on private schools. Maybe its the top notch emergency services offered by Alpharetta that allows homeowners insurance to be lower. Maybe it's the lower tax rate than Atlanta or the crime rate or...Well, this could become a very long list very quickly.The good news for buyers is that builders have also realized that many people are looking to buy luxury real estate in Alpharetta. This has led to an oversupply of inventory. Now, if you are one of those buyers that builders were hoping for, you have a much better negotiating position and numerous choices. You may be able to get big incentives from builders because they also know t...
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By Ryan Ward
(Keller Williams Realty Consultants)
I have had my website up for about 4 months now and I am beginning to climb in the serps in Google for some longtails. I was hoping I might get a few opinions from anyone who reads this about the search, navigation, colors....whatever. I will preface this by saying that evemtually I will install a custom IDX but until then I am Iframed from my MLS. Thanks in advance for any input. www.ryanwardrealestate.com
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By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
Years ago in real estate designations in real estate made a big difference, not only to the consumer and clients, but to other agents.  It was a recognition of achievement, and accomplishment.  It was quite the thing to have a Graduate of Realtor Institute GRI or Certified Residential Specialists- CRS designation.  Then the Accredited Buyers Representative ABR became the hot item, and E-Pro.  The promotion and education of these designation however seems to have fallen on hard times.  Some company real estate websites do not even allow specialized searches to find a CRS, GRI, ABR...etc.  http://www.realtor.com does. Real estate magazines are loaded with promotion of the designations, seminar and events, but it sort of like preaching to the choir.   The ads need to extol the accomplishme...
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By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
All too often home sellers make a fatal mistake when selling a home.  They view all agents the same, and have the thought that we get paid too much for entering the listing into the MLS.  That is a fatal mistake!  Selling a home isn't a magic trick!  It is the result of strategic marketing!  It may make the difference between listing your home, and staying on the market for an extended period of time with no offers or very low offers.  It may mean if your home real quickly that your home was way under-priced and that you gave it away.  There is no strategy on anyones part to just put a sign in the ground in a slower real estate market and just expect it will sell.  Open Houses and Agent Caravans will not sell a home either.  We are in different times, changing real estate markets, fewer...
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By Ryan Ward
(Keller Williams Realty Consultants)
With all of the advertising you see today that promises to tell you the value of your home, you may find it interesting to know that the value of your home that is given to you by these companies is of absolutely no value to anyone who has any say in whether or not a buyer can obtain a loan to purchase your home. That's right - these values are 100% worthless. For you, as a seller or someone who is looking to refinance your home, the only assessment of value that carries any weight whatsoever is that of the appraiser who is hired on behalf of a lender to determine fair market value of your home. Furthermore, the only person who can influence the valuation of an appraiser is a licensed real estate agent or broker, armed with facts and information that is sometimes not readily available t...
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By Ryan Ward
(Keller Williams Realty Consultants)
Possibly the most contentious part of a discussion between a seller and a real estate agent happens over the suggested price for a home. Certainly this is understandable, as the ultimate sales price reflects how much money a seller stands to net when the transaction closes. When you list your home for sale, the most important factor for determining whether your home will sell is the list price. Here are some important reasons why:The First Week is Very Important - When your home first goes on the market, many agents and buyers will have an interest in your property that only lasts a short time. Even more buyers have notification emails so that when properties that meet their criteria come on the market, they will be notified. If your home is not priced correctly, you will miss the oppor...
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By Ryan Ward
(Keller Williams Realty Consultants)
Whether or not you intend for your home to be an investment, it is. The school district where your home is located influences the value considerably. The foremost reason is that many potential buyers have children and the quality of education is an extremely important factor in where they a willing to move. Parents value a good education for their children, and if the public schools are not satisfactory, many elect private schools or move to an area with better public education. The costs associated with a private school education generally run into the thousands of dollars every year. If a home is located in a school district with an excellent track record, private school education may not be necessary, saving a family money that would otherwise be spent on education. In this case, a l...
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By Ryan Ward
(Keller Williams Realty Consultants)
I have created a map of neighborhoods in Alpharetta to help buyers and sellers learn more about real estate in Alpharetta in an interactive way. My hope is that residents of individual neighborhoods will contribute by providing information to me that I will post on the map and that others might find useful. I plan on adding 1 new subdivision every week or so if you would like information about your neighborhood added to the map, let me know your subdivision and any information you would like posted.Feel free to post your comments directly below and I will contact you for more information as soon as possible.
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By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
For the past several years I've been using narrated video tours to post online.  Consumers love them, and so do sellers!  It costs a little more but I find our homes always sell, and I can track behind the scenes how many times it is view and emailed!  I also have access to the comments of the viewers to their senders!  It is incredible!  Here is a link to view the Video tour.  It is called a "Glide Tour ,"  because a special video camera is used that absorbs the shocks of walking while filming.To get better results you have to do different things!  This works big time!Jim Crawford - http://www.atlantabesthomes.com/
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By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR
(Maximum One Executive REALTORS®)
I ofter receive calls from brokers wanting a seminar on beefing up the listing presentations.  I always ask them first, "What type of real estate market are you in?  A buyer's market or a seller's market?"  The brokers balk at answering first... and ask why am I asking the question!  The question is vital to agent survival.  In a buyer's market you need BUYERS!  Why?  You'll walk away from the closing table with more money.  A good negotiator will always reap their rewards by taking a full commission, perhaps even an increased commission and a bonus.  Any buyers agent worth their salt will never have to give up any of their commission.  Unlike the buyer's agent, the listing agent in a "Buyer's Market"  has to deal with a seller that is financially up against it.  The sellers need consta...
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