Archive for October, 2012

Haunted Houses Across Georgia

October 22, 2012

As Realtors®, we’re used to seeing homes haunted by crumbling foundations, leaky faucets, and – worst of all – angry sellers! But as Halloween approaches, you may want to take in a good scare for fun with the family. Georgia actually boasts a number of top haunted attractions!

Here’s a quick list of some of the haunted houses in your area that you can share with your friends, family and customers: (more…)

My Tips for Preparing for 2013

October 15, 2012

An Editorial, the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the management.

It’s October already! Where did the year go? Although 2012 is and has been a “better” year for real estate practitioners, most are still working very hard to keep that positive trend going.

A couple of things are working in our favor. Inventory is very low, meaning that decent properties will sell.  In much of our market area, properties priced under $200,000 are flying off the shelf after multiple offers. The media is now conveying the message that this is the time to buy. (more…)

What Are Your Best Practices?

October 8, 2012

Teaching newly-licensed real estate agents how to get started in the business can be very gratifying. Most newbies to our business truly appreciate tips and techniques passed on from “wily veterans”. I smile every time someone asks, “Have you written all this down in a book?” or asks if they can record the classes. I smile because I remember the “veterans” who passed those same tips to me when I was new in the business and am forever grateful that they took the time to do so.

Here are some of my all-time favorites: (more…)

Outdated Design Features That Have to GO!

October 1, 2012

I just read a wonderful article on the Zillow Blog titled “Wanted Dead or Alive: 10 Criminally Outdated Design Features”, and although it was funny, it was also insightful. It’s amazing that I still see a lot of these features in listing photos today!

The author discussed several features that might have been big during the 80’s and 90’s, but are surefire killers today. She hit on three of my biggest pet peeves as far as home features go: Wood paneling, fluorescent lighting and gold-plating. (more…)