May 20, 2011

NAR says Buyers are Passing on ‘fixer-uppers’ in favor of ‘move-in ready’!

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NAR Says Buyers are Passing on ‘Fixer-Uppers’ in favor of ‘Move-in Ready’

I recently came across an article written by the National Association of Realtors reporting that most buyers today are bypassing Fixer-Uppers in favor of houses that are move-in ready. They further state that according to recent surveys ‘87% of first time buyers say they desire a move-in ready home.’

“This is absolutely the story of this market. It seems buyers will pay a premium, engage in a bidding war, and even overpay just to avoid buying a ‘project’ house,” says Beth Freed of Terrie O’Connor REALTORS in Ridgewood, NJ.

According to the NAR’s latest findings, homes that have been spruced up before being put on the market will sell quicker. For the seller this doesn’t mean they will be needing to take out a second mortgage to do major repairs or costly renovations, it simply means they need to put a fresh face on their home before putting up that ‘for sale’ sign in the front yard.

Here is a list of recommendations for homeowners getting ready to put their house on the market:

DO NOT SHOW A HOME BEFORE IT IS READY- ONLY ONE CHANCE FOR A FIRST IMPRESSION
DO UNDERSTAND THAT ‘LIVING IN’ AND ‘SELLING’ A HOME ARE DIFFERENT
DO NOT ALLOW ODORS TO KILL THE ‘SELL’ OF THE HOUSE
PAINT THE EXTERIOR, AND/OR ANY INTERIOR ROOMS THAT NEED IT
MAKE SURE THE ‘CURB APPEAL’ IS THERE- DOOR CLEAN & PAINTED, MAILBOX CLEAN, SHRUBS AND BUSHES TRIMMED, GARDEN AND YARD CLEAN
REMOVE ALL PERSONAL PICTURES, ETC FROM TABLES, REFRIGERATOR, AND BOOKSHELVES
DECLUTTER!
And finally, with buyers looking for move-in ready homes, it is a good idea for sellers to get their homes inspected before they put it on the market so that any major maintenance issues, leaky roofs, electrical or safety issues are discovered and taken care of BEFORE the house goes on the market.

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May 4, 2011

Alpharetta Relocation…..What to Look for in an Atlanta Relocation Home!!

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  Atlanta, the sixth-largest city in the Southeastern region and home to over 5.3 million residents, has undergone a transition from a city of regional commerce to a city of international influence. It has been among the fastest growing cities in the developed world for over a decade. And, fortunately for those of us who live here, we see no signs of this slowing down. As a matter of fact, by the year 2020 Atlanta is projected to house over 8 million residents!!! And, with all of the global technology companies and international corporate headquarters such as UPS, Delta, Coca-Cola, CNN, TBS, the Center for Disease Control, etc. there will continually be a steady flow of people relocating to the area.

 So, when you are being relocated to the sweet tea capital of the world, keep in mind these simple tips when your company or you are looking for your perfect relocation home:

1)    LOCATION-How many times have we heard this one?? We’ll, you will need to consider this EVEN MORE carefully in Atlanta, as some of the commutes can have you in your cars for days. Most people who are relocating to the area opt for a “suburban feel” with proximity to “the city” where most headquarters are located…..But, a GOOD BIT of the technology jobs as well as many others have named ALPHARETTA their headquarter location. Perfectly situated off GA-400, this is one of the BEST areas in terms of being able to get more BANG for your buck. It’s proximity to shopping malls like North Point and  entertainment like the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, in addition to every restaurant imaginable, make it one of the ideal locations to relocate to. The air is clean, people friendly and you have access to a plethora of parks, and family rich activities.

 2)    SCHOOLS-Even if you don’t have children, schools play a big park in resale in Atlanta and Alpharetta is chock full of good ones.

Abbotts Hill-great elementary school for those budding minds.

Taylor Road-voted one of the best middle schools by the locals
Chattahoochee High School-
Home of the Cougar and I’m proud to say this is where I graduated High School.

 3)    FEATURES-Most people that are being relocated to the area tend to hold high power, high stress and highly time consuming jobs. Renovations and rehab are not items that most are able to do and even if they wanted to or could afford to, just don’t have the time. You will want to find a home that has the features you want, so you can move right in and get settled. Things that resell in Atlanta and hold significant value include BRICK homes, RENOVATED kitchen’s and having basements either for storage or for additional play area. Yards go a long way here too, so in your search, be sure to find homes that have these things taken care of, so you can get on to the more important things in life!

4)    VALUE-Who doesn’t want a good deal in this market?? But, where does value exactly come from?? This point can be summed up by my previous points, having the right location, the right features and the right price….THIS EQUALS VALUE!! Be sure to find a home that exudes this quality!!!

5)    BASEMENTS-While this is really one of the “features” you are looking for, finding a home with square-footage and more importantly, a basement will be KEY to your resell value. Atlanta is BIG ON BASEMENTS. Its pretty hard to find homes with FINISHED basements that go beyond your typical crawl space.

While these are just some of the things to look for when relocating to Atlanta, other things such as low land taxes will need to be considered. Although, its hard to find all of the items above in a home, its not impossible.

Recently, this ALPHARETTA POTTERY BARN PERFECT HOME has come up for sale and represents EVERYTHING above which is just about impossible to find all in one shot!

   

If entertaining is one of the things you enjoy in life, you have arrived!! Welcome to 5522 Laurel Ridge Drive.

This Pottery Barn PERFECT, Brick Beauty has the best of New Age design while still maintaining the Old World Intimate Community Feel.

From the moment you step in this lavish ENTERTAINER’S ESTATE, your breath is taken away by the architectural details and superb layout.

Complete with CHEF’S KITCHEN renovated with tile backsplash and GRANITE counters to the fireside family room with a WALL OF WINDOWS and DETAILED trim work, this home boasts the ULTIMATE in Luxury Living.

No expense has been spared and your tastes are ignited as you witness the designer features like the GENEROUS master suite with walk-in closet and SPA-LIKE master bath retreat.

Located near a cul-de-sac near Chattahoochee High School, yet still within a stone’s throw of major shoppings, restaurants and parks, you will know that you are AT HOME in this private luxury oasis.

 Other Special Features Include:

DRAMATIC Entertainer’s OPEN Floor Plan with WALL OF WINDOWS in MASSIVE Two-Story Family Room!
GORGEOUS Chef’s Kitchen with GRANITE Countertops & Tile Backsplash~Complete with Island!
EXTENSIVE Millwork & Trim Details Throughout the Home!
Gleaming Hardwoods on Main Level!!!!
Custom, Designer Paint Throughout, Makes this Home…..SHINE!!!
Newer Carpet in EXCELLENT Condition, Means Move Right In!
MASSIVE, OVERSIZED FULLY-FINISHED Basement, Complete with Additional Room & FULL Bathroom!!!
Terrace Level Access to Your LOW MAINTENANCE Yard!!
ADDITIONAL Loft Space for Extra Sitting Area or Computer Room!
Large Secondary Bedrooms!!!
LAVISH Master Suite with Walk In Closet & Dual Vanities!
BEAUTIFUL, Brick Construction & Maintained to a
Formal Living & Dining Rooms & ADDITIONAL Breakfast Nook!
IMMACULATE Condition!!!
Entertainer’s Deck Overlooking PRIVATE Backyard!
Perfectly Situated off Abbotts Bridge and Just a Stone’s Throw to Chattahoochee!!!
AWARD-WINNING School District!!!
Swim/Tennis Available in Westbury!!!

But, don’t take my word for it, see for yourself:

For more information or to schedule your own private tour, visit www.SeasonsRealtyGroup.comor call Winter Baserva at 678.463.3173