Truncate the ?blog?
      NAR stats tell me that real estate blogs in general do not deliver the highest level of engagement nor the highest level of “impressiveness” in the minds of the consumer. Says so in their recent “Generational Trends” report. So, I stopped “blogging” months ago. Maybe years ago…with any vitality. Why? Because, I’m too busy [...]

    Market in a Minute reports available
      For the Week Ending January 16, 2015 Shelter Mortgage writes a vivid little weekly report on what?s happening this week in the housing and financial markets. I wondered if I could cut and paste it. i can! Look for these Market in a Minute reports as often as I can post them.The banker joke at [...]

    2015 Appraisal time bomb for Intown Atlanta
    Appraisal changes – some call it a time bomb. The video link in this email is VIVID, very real world and worth watching if you intend to sell or buy property in Intown Atlanta in the future. Maybe because many of us know how much of a hassle it is when real estate transactions don’t [...]

    FHA loan limits will rise in Georgia ? expect a sales spike in 2015
    Hot first time buyer zip codes will likely see a 15-20% increase in sales in 2015, when FHA loan limits increase. Currently in Metro Atlanta and the  surrounding counties the FHA loan limit is $320,850.00 this will increase to $342,700.00.  This will include the following counties: Fulton, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, [...]

    Buying in Atlanta is 52% cheaper than renting
    Trulia’s “Rent vs. Buy” index once again credits Atlanta as a healthy city for buying in lieu of renting. Dollar for dollar, it is 52% cheaper to own and maintain a residential property than it is to lease a similar residential property. Phenomenally, other leading RENT cities like Chicago and NYC have become cheaper BUY [...]

    First time homebuyers ? carpe diem!
    First Time Homebuyers – Carpe Diem!   The two charts from Trulia below offer a close up look at my neighborhood of 30033 North Decatur, and compare it with the 5 zip codes that comprise “greater Decatur.” The Decatur example can be easily compared to other parts of metro Atlanta – the trends look similar. [...]

    Agent to agent feedback
    I love feedback. My almost 49 year old ears have listened to occasional bursts of it for 38 years or so. Yes indeed. That link does not lead you to an example of the feedback that I’m talking about. I’m talking about real estate agent to real estate agent feedback. Agents, when providing feedback to another [...]

    Poolside and sitting pretty for $245,000 in downtown Decatur
    If you like what you see on the outside, then get with me to see the inside. Just $245,000.00. Not yet listed, and I have written permission to show it and to present contracts to the seller. Check your comps – call your advisors, and have them call me.     Or, just cut to [...]

    Listings headcount in Intown Atlanta is down ? it?s a good time to sell a house
    The listing headcount remains down. The listing headcount peak occurred in late 2011; back then, listings headcount was at an all time high in metro Atlanta. Prices were at all time lows when list to sales price ratios were at 70% or so – that was early 2009. That means that sales prices were roughly [...]

    Intown Atlanta real estate crystal ball: 3.5 changes coming
    CHANGE #1 stable mortgage fees, higher interest rates CHANGE #2 home price stabilization…for the most part Here is one headline grabbing way to look at that issue – from December 2013: Here is yet another way to consider prices in Atlanta – from February 2014: Huh? Who is right? Call me if you want a real [...]