November 23, 2011

SELLING Your Home During the Holidays. Get Ready to Sell Your Atlanta Home Now!

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I know what you’re thinking “What! sell my house during the holidays….You’ve got to be kidding me! With all the shopping, baking, tree decorating, parties, and on and on why in the world would I want to put any more STRESS into my holiday season!”

It’s fairly common for most sellers to have this mindset, that “Winter” months equals a NO SALE season. Allow me to debunk this common myth. While showings can be stressful during a time when there is family over or on a Sunday while you’re putting up a tree, there are substantial reasons why the end of the year is one of the BEST times for sellers to sell their Atlanta home.

 

  • · LESS EQUALS MORE- During the holidays, many sellers take their homes off the market, which means there are LESS homes available to prospective buyers. Low inventory increases the chance a seller can sell quickly and for more money.

 

  • · SERIOUS BUYER POOL -If you are having showings on Christmas Day (perish the thought!), or any of the weeks leading up to it, you can rest assured that these are not the “looky lous”. These are serious buyers who NEED to buy, so having your home on the market during this time means we are dealing with a SERIOUS buyer pool.

 

  • · RELOCATION, RELOCATION, RELOCATION– Did you know Atlanta is home to the TOP 50 Global Corporations like Coca-Cola Company, NCR,Delta, Equifax, UPS and more?? These companies tend to staff their corporations right before the end of the year to get in their “calendar budgets” for the next year. Keeping your home on the market during this time means that you have a better chance of snagging up a high-powered executive.

 

  • · INTEREST RATESInterest rates are still at an all time low, so there is even more incentive for buyers to buy.

 

  • · COMPETITION-Today, your home is based on the valuation of your current competition, which is less due to low inventories. When the market picks back up in the Spring, sellers will be “competing” with each other to get their sold quicker. While we don’t have a crystal ball, we do know what we are working with RIGHT NOW!

 

  • · BECAUSE I SAID SO! -In my seven years as a real estate agent, November and December has proven to be my most productive months of the year. My proven track record confirms all my previous reasons.

 

  • · DON’T FAIL!-You only FAIL if you fail to try. Test my theory and see the results for yourself.

 

  • · REAL ESTATE AGENTS LIKE TO TAKE THE HOLIDAYS OFF- so hire one who you know will be in town and can help filter all the calls and continue to market the home.

 

  • · TAX SEASON -Some buyers NEED to buy before the end of the year due to the tax benefits. Don’t deny them the right to capitalize on this pivotal time.

 

  • · MORE FREE TIME FOR BUYERS– And, time is money. Buyers have more time to look during the holidays outside of work hours, so keep your home on the market to ensure every possible buyer is able to see your home.

 

According to the National Association of Realtors, the average agent sells 8 homes a year. YES, 8 HOMES A YEAR. In a time of anxiety and hardship for many agents, I have sold 58 homes of which 8 were sold in the month of November 2011 alone.

If you’re looking for an Atlanta real estate agent who WILL be in town for the holidays and has a proven track record of producing IMPRESSIVE results and getting sellers TOP DOLLAR for their homes, call Winter at 678-463-3173.

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October 12, 2011

Winter Baserva, Atlanta’s Real Estate Expert is the Only Agent to Be Featured On HGTV’s House Hunters Atlanta..Twice!

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Winter Baserva, Atlanta’s Real Estate Expert is the Only Agent to Be Featured On HGTV’s House Hunters Atlanta…Twice!

Shooting my first episode on HGTV’s House Hunters in 2010, “Pampered Poochwas such an amazing experience. My clients Kelly & Brian had set out to find their perfect Brookhaven Home and we were able to capture all of the good, bad and ugly of the home buying experience. It truly bonded us along the way as well. Here is a little scene from my first episode, Pampered Pooch:

 

    

If you aren’t familiar with “House Hunters” the popular show, which has an average of five million viewers per episode, takes viewers behind the scenes of the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home.

My most recent episode: Engaged Couple Buys First Home in Atlanta aired on Sept. 25, 2011 and all I can say was it was a hilarious time filled with lots of funny moments…I think HGTV’s description says it all:

Tyler and Sherry are getting married in a few months and want to buy their first home in Atlanta, Georgia. But, with Sherry picking apart every cosmetic detail in the homes they see, and Tyler rating the quality of each room on a scale of 1 to 5, their realtor, Winter Baserva, is being put to the test. Can she find a place that meets their high standards?
http://www.hgtv.com/house-hunters/engaged-couple-searches-for-first-home-in-atlanta-ga/index.html

And, here is a sneak peak of the second episode

I felt so honored and humbled to be choosen to do another Atlanta episode. This officially makes me the only Atlanta Real Estate Agent to be featured on the show twice.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

 

But, aside from the glitz and glamour of being on TV, there is actually A LOT more than meets the eye….

For one, Atlanta is receiving BIG International Media attention for the business Mecca that it is. Being home to some of the Nations TOP global corporations like Delta, Coca-Cola, Center for Disease Control and NCR to all of the growth projections for the city, its truly rewarding to see Atlanta being highlighted on the map.

In addition to Pietown Productions, lots of other production companies are bringing their business, just see how much Atlanta is on the MAP in terms of movie making and that is all helping to fuel our local enconomy.

But above all else, this popularity, the increasing number of home sales and the influx of business is hopefully helping home owners understand that the economy is picking up, things are NOT that bad and we will ALL get through this.

I can’t speak for other agents, but I can tell you that according to the National Association of Realtors your average agent sells 6 homes a year, and to date my team, Seasons Realty Group and I have sold over 60 homes. That is 10 times your average agent….How, you ask??

We’ll aside from working 28 hour days everyday, there are still people buying and selling homes and we provide them with the utmost service and advice to help them get into their home or get it sold quick ….So sellers be happy, things are turning around …buyers enjoy this wonderful opportunity you have at your hands, it won’t be here forever…..

If you don’t get a chance to watch the second episode, here are a few clips:

The episode will continue to air throughout the year, so check HGTV for the upcoming schedule. And, if you would like to start your own house hunt with me and possibly be on my next episode, please give me a call at 678-463-3173.

September 21, 2011

Tune in to HGTV’s House Hunters on 9/25/11 at 10PM EST local Realtor Intro. Viewers to ATL

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TUNE IN TO HGTV’S HOUSE HUNTERS ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 AT 10:00 P.M. EST AND WATCH HOW LOCAL REALTOR® INTRODUCES VIEWERS TO ATLANTA 

PRESS RELEASE  

Winter Baserva

winter@seasonsrealtygroup.com  

678-463-3173

Solid Source Realty Contact
Brian Cowling

Director of Strategic Growth

bcowling@solidsource.net

770-757-2411 x.7998

 

For Immediate Release

TUNE IN TO HGTV’S HOUSE HUNTERS ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 AT 10:00 P.M. EST AND WATCH HOW LOCAL REALTOR® INTRODUCES VIEWERS TO ATLANTA


Realtor®, Winter Baserva is the ONLY Agent in Atlanta Featured on International Television Show HGTV’s House Hunters…Twice!!

ATLANTA, GA— September 20, 2011– A major California production company, Pietown Productions, with the assistance of Realtor® Winter Baserva is bringing BIG media attention to the Atlanta area. Winter Baserva, of Seasons Realty Group of Solid Source Realty, Inc. will be featured in her second episode of HGTV’s House Hunters on September 25, 2011 at 10:00 p.m. EST on the HGTV Network, Channel 59 in Atlanta.

The popular show, which has an average of five million viewers per episode, takes viewers behind the scenes of the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home. Shot over four days, the episode will be released to the public for the first time on September 25, 2011 and it should definitely get the interest of viewers by the description on the HGTV website:

Tyler and Sherry are getting married in a few months and want to buy their first home in Atlanta, Georgia. But, with Sherry picking apart every cosmetic detail in the homes they see, and Tyler rating the quality of each room on a scale of 1 to 5, their realtor, Winter Baserva, is being put to the test. Can she find a place that meets their high standards?
http://www.hgtv.com/house-hunters/engaged-couple-searches-for-first-home-in-atlanta-ga/index.html

“I was approached directly by the show in 2009 because of my out-of-the-box approach to buying and selling in today’s real estate market. My original episode, Pampered Pooch, featured me and my buyers ‘shopping’ in the Brookhaven area. Since its launch date in January 2010, it continues to run on HGTV,” said Winter Baserva, Realtor®, Seasons Realty Group of Solid Source Realty, Inc. “I’m honored and humbled to be the only real estate agent in Atlanta featured on the show TWO times, in addition to being less than handful of agents to ever be featured on the show two times.”

In a time where most agents are struggling for business, Baserva is defying the odds and has set ground-breaking records within her brokerage. “Winter’s commitment to provide exceptional service, coupled with genuine care for others, is felt by clients and co-workers during every transaction.  She consistently delivers service beyond client expectations and extraordinary success continues to follow her hard work.  Winter ranks in the top 1% of over 2700 Solid Source Agents in one of the most challenging real estate markets in real estate history.  Achievement of this magnitude is a direct reflection of her commitment, attention to details, focus and drive.  It is an honor to have her representing Solid Source Realty,” said Michele Velcheck, owner, Solid Source Realty.

She has also set records for her own personal production. “More millionaires were made during the Great Depression than any other era in U.S. History,” said Baserva. “I specialize in good deals and selling homes for top dollar. There are tremendous opportunities for both buyers and sellers in today’s market for those willing to find them.”

While buyers still have the upper hand, Baserva says her sellers are benefitting from today’s market as well. “My sellers are also seeing the benefits a down market can bring, especially if they are looking to upgrade, downgrade or purchase a second home.”

It’s this type of resourcefulness and mindset that has landed Baserva a spot on a national television show for the second time. For more information, please contact Winter Baserva at 678-463-3173, winter@seasonsrealtygroup.com

 

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As an expert in all aspects of real estate from buying and selling to investing and REO properties, Baserva builds her business based on honesty, respect, and trust by empowering her clients with the education and tools needed to make an informed decision.  Raised in Roswell, GA, and a graduate from Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, she moved back to Atlanta in 2007, after working for a residential brokerage and commercial developer in Florida.

Her career originally started out in communications, marketing and public relations. Baserva has previously held positions with the Miami Art Museum, Miami Children’s Museum, Grove Garden Luxury Residences, and others helping them grow their businesses through publicity management and strategic marketing campaigns. Her skills have received attention from highly-accredited publications such as Interior Design, Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and many others.  She is currently team leader of Seasons Realty Group of Solid Source Realty, Inc., a Mecca of extraordinary agents dedicated to Atlanta GOOD DEALS and superior performance.

She is active in many community organizations and donates to several community causes including Center for the Vision Impaired, Have a Heart Foundation and Smile Train, a company that gives children with clef lips a new chance at life and.

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Baserva graduated from The Florida State University with a bachelor of science in communications with an emphasis in public relations. She currently resides in Sandy Springs.

September 8, 2011

Warren T. Jackson School District FINALLY Offers AFFORDABLE LUXURY!!

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Warren T. Jackson School District FINALLY Offers AFFORDABLE LUXURY!!

Declared one of the highest-rated schools in terms of curriculum and overall parent rating is the very famous Warren T. Jackson elementary school. Families from all over flock to find a piece of affordable real estate, so they can offer their kids the luxury of attending such a highly-rated school. And, those without kids, move to the area simply for the resale.

However, what most find are brick ranches with little closet space, and no yard or huge,  outdated homes for over the million dollar mark with tons of work to be put into them. Its not uncommon for the average home in this area to be built in the 1950s-1970s.  What’s even more astounding is that this area is so highly sought out, that its not uncommon to see raw land sell for $500,000…and that’s WITHOUT a home on it. Finding a newer construction, luxury home in a reasonable price is hard to come by ….UNTIL NOW….

This Custom Built Entertainers Estate is NOW priced with a $276,000.00 reduction (no that was not a typo).

The palatial elegance masterminded on this CUSTOM-BUILT, STUNNING 4-sided brick beauty provides a place of indulgence and TOTAL comfort in this extraordinary home, perfectly situated in the Heart of Atlanta.

Built in 2004, this one-of-a-kind, COMMISSIONED home proves every modern convenience, yet still captures its authentic old-world European, Colonial Willamsburg-like charm at a FRACTION of what you might expect to pay.

This gem boasts so many well-appointed features; it’s hard to cover them all. What I can say for sure is that this home is NOT the home for you if…..

*You DON’T need an abundance of space.
*You want to be located “OTP
*You ONLY entertain two times a year.
*You want a “FIXER UPPER”.
*You DON’T want to impress your friends and family.
*You’re NOT looking for a GREAT value!
*You just DON’T enjoy the finer things in life.

This resort-like home provides a luxury living experience with every possible convenience one can imagine….From the LAVISH Master on Main Suite with Dual-Side Fireplace and Sitting Room to the GORGEOUS Chef’s Kitchen imagined only in DREAMS, to the TWO Home Theatres and the MIND-BLOWING BASEMENT all the way down to the TOP NOTCHconstruction details like R-30 Insulation, no detail has been left untouched.

Other Special Features Include:

CHEF’S Kitchen with MASSIVE Juparana Persa GRANITE Island & prep sink PERFECT for Entertaining!   

Top-of-the-Line Stainless Steel Appliances with Dual Ovens & Retractable Vent Hood!

SPACIOUS Keeping Room with Recessed Lighting that Opens to Breakfast Nook~Entertainer’s Dream!

Wrought Iron Spiral Staircase Extends Throughout Two-Story Foyer & Great Room~So Beautiful!

Custom-Built Butler’s Bar in Great Room!

LAVISH Master-on-Main Suite w/ Trey Ceilings and PRIVATE Sitting Area that Extends to the Deck!         

Spa-Like Master Bath Retreat with Dual, White Spring Beveled Granite Vanities!!

Double-Sided Fireplace in Master Oasis that Overlooks the WHIRLPOOL Tub and Master Suite!!

MASSIVE Walk-in Master Closet Suited for a KING!!! The Other Closets Are BIG Too!!

Whole-House Main Floor Surround Sound that will BLOW Your Mind!

TWO Home Theatres: Main Level and Basement Level with Paneled Acoustics!!!

Got In-Home Gym Wired for the ULTIMATE Work Out Experience?? We Do!

MIND-BLOWING Basement Renovation: GREAT Room w/HIGH Ceilings, GYM, In-Law Suite, Theatre & More!

Terrace Level & Main Level Access to Your LOW MAINTENANCE, FENCED and PRIVATE Outdoor Oasis!

Custom Camera System to Monitor Back Yard Festivities~There isn’t ANYTHING We Haven’t Thought of!!!!

99% of ALL Closets are ELFA CUSTOM DESIGN~WOW!!!

With R-30 & R-19 Insulation Throughout this Custom Home, You Hear ABSOLUTELY No Noise!!!

Not 2, Not 3, BUT 4-ZONE Heating & Air Systems, so Pick & Choose Your Zone!!!

Large Secondary Bedrooms w/ Walk-in Closets & GRANITE On Every Stitch of this HOME!!!

EXTENSIVE Millwork & Trim Details Throughout the Home!

PRESTIGIOUS Buckhead Location, TOP-NOTCH Schools and OH SO LOW PRICE for SO MUCH HOME!!!

Perfectly Situated with Easy Access to Hwys, Chastain Park & EVERYTHING Atlanta!!!

King Features: Real Copper Gutters, Plantation Shutters, 3 Fireplaces, 4 Types of Granite & More!

LOW, LOW, LOW Water Bills = One BIG Benefit!!!
The ability to merge the SMART HOME new construction details, while capturing the authenticity of EVERYTHING Buckhead, has come to fruition in this GORGEOUS RMK Construction Design. This one will absolutely BLOW YOUR MIND!!

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

August 31, 2011

Labor Day in America, do Americans work too much???

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According to the History channel “Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.”

As manufacturing became the mainline of American employment, the labor unions found their voice and became exceedingly vocal in their protest against poor working conditions. They began to organize and set up strikes and rallies, as well as attempting to negotiate better hours and pay. In September of 1882, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, thus holding the first Labor Day parade, if you want to call it that, in U.S. History. This caught on and became known as the ‘workingmen’s holiday’, and has since that time been celebrated on the first Monday in September.

Ironically, the very right that was hardfaught and passionately disputed in the 1880’s has become in the present day work world a moot point! Granted, the working conditions here in America are extravagant compared to those days, and the pay has adjusted nicely with the times, although in many fields that is also debatable; but how many of us are working ’12-hour days and sad to say some seven-day weeks’ as the NORM?

The facts show that the good ole U.S. of A. works more hours in an average week than ANY other country in the world. No siestas like our southern neighbors, no four-6 week ‘holidays’ like our European and Australian counterparts. Have you ever met a grumpy Aussie? ME EITHER! In the business of real estate we are the worst offenders as far as I can see. Most Realtors don’t have any boundaries with their time, and when they do, they are considered by others as ‘unprofessional’ or it’s viewed as  ‘bad customer service’. Yes, I get it, we are in a ‘commission based’ career field, but if we don’t take some time to relax and enjoy the fruit of our labors, what are we working FOR? If we show some respect for ourselves, our time, and our SANITY, maybe our clients will too! So….have fun and follow my lead on taking TIME for yourself. Here are a few pics from my recent vacation!

 

               

August 18, 2011

The one call a Listing Agent NEVER wants to get!

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As I flew out the door headed to my seller’s house I went over in my mind what the showing agent had said, “The basement carpeting is soaked, can’t tell where it’s coming from, better let the owner’s know!” Yeah, not so easy to do since my seller was out of the country, with no return in sight. As I opened the lockbox and headed for the basement I hoped for the best, but feared the worst. The carpet was wet in different places, and I couldn’t tell where the water was coming from. My mind immediately kicked into recovery mode and I called my assistant to get the number for a few of our plumbing vendors, and restoration clean up companies. Five phone calls later, including one to my trusty home inspector to find out where the water shut off valve might be, I had a moment to take a breath, and regain some vestige of composure. This might have been something I could wrap my brain around if my home owner was in the same HEMISPHERE as me and knew about his EMERGENCY home disaster! But being the ultimate professional Realtor that I am, who thinks on her feet, I realized I was on my own with this little misadventure.

According to my assistant, it was approximately 12:30 AM in the region that my home owner was visiting, and as he slept peacefully, with full confidence in my ability to protect his interests in his absence, I tried to convince myself not to run away, since I could think of a few countries I would rather be visiting myself at that exact moment. One more deep breath, and the plumber finally arrived. He found the culprit pipe leak within minutes and proceeded to ask who was paying for his services today. I looked around and didn’t see anyone else, so I reluctantly signed off on the $350 service fee, happy that the flood had subsided. Not long after, the restoration company showed up for what was going to turn into a much longer stay than the plumbers. As I threw the clothes that had gotten soaked in the washer, turned it on, and gathered up the remaining delicate items to drop off at the dry cleaners, I looked around at the damage to report to my home owner. It was obvious that it was going to turn into a home owner’s insurance claim, but I didn’t have his insurance information, deductible, etc and did I mention it was the middle of the night where he was? Oh well, story for another day. As the words ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ wafted through my mind, I smiled and thought to myself , “I’d hope that he would have done the same for me if he was in my place”, and either way, this is what being the best is all about.

It’s about protecting your client’s best interest, whatever it takes! If this sounds like the kind of ‘service with a smile’ you are looking for when you are ready to put your house on the market, give me a call at 678-463-3173, that’s Winter Baserva, real estate agent extraordinaire!

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.

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 

April 20, 2011

In Real Estate the Golden Rule rules!

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In Real Estate, the Golden Rule rules!!

I heard recently of a book called ‘The Go-Giver’, where the premise of the book is that in order to be successful in sales, you should put others needs, and desires first, instead of your own. You know, the Golden Rule we (some of us) learned as children? Since I have heard it said that the general public considers real estate professionals to be just a step above car salesman, I can see where this kind of sentiment is coming from. Whereas I have found most real estate salespersons to have entered the field with altruistic motives, it’s not a stretch to believe that some have ‘fallen from the path of good intent’.

I am a little astonished that we need someone to write books to remind us that we should treat others the way we would like to be treated. Has it come to this? Like this is some new, brilliant concept that the world is waking up to. Or is it simply something many have forgotten in their ‘Go Taker’ mentality, as this author calls it?

As the author insists, when you put the other person’s (your clients) needs above your own, then you will most likely come out ahead yourself. In real estate it makes perfect sense to put your clients needs first because this is a business where you get the privilege of helping someone find their ‘dream home’, their ‘first home’ or their investment for their future. All of these are lofty goals, and our priority should be to treat each client like we would want someone else to treat our mother, father, sister, or brother. Real estate is very strongly based on referral business, and your character determines your reputation!

In other words, “It’s not about you, it’s about them.”

So, how can we apply Go-Giver principles to a real estate business?

•·         We can take such good care of our clients that they can’t wait to refer us to everyone they come across whose looking for the ‘best’ agent

•·         We can be completely up front with our sellers about the current market and what the market will bear, instead of taking the listing at a price that will never sell just to get a listing

•·         We can do our homework ahead of time with our buyers and help look at the houses that will suit their needs instead of letting them look thru hundreds of listings hoping they will find the right ones to look at        

•·         We can provide clear explanation of our commission structure to sellers with full disclosure as to what the extent of our services are that we provide for them          

•·         We can help buyers decide if this is the right time for them to buy instead of trying to push them into buying without ‘counting the cost’

For me this is not a new concept, and I hope it isn’t for you either. For all of us, the ‘Golden Rule’ should be the ‘Rule’, and not the ‘exception!’

March 17, 2011

TOP 7 FORECLOSURE MYTHS for ATLANTA HOME BUYERS & THEIR TRUTHS REVEALED

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 TOP 7 FORECLOSURE MYTHS for ATLANTA HOME BUYERS & THEIR TRUTHS REVEALED

I am often faced with the same questions and “myths” from home buyers in regards to Atlanta foreclosures. Its quite interesting how far these myths have spread over time and how inaccurate some of them are……I’m going to debunk a few of the common myths that seem to be circulating among consumers.

Myth #1: Foreclosed properties are always in bad neighborhoods.

THE TRUTH: In the current economic climate, every community and every part of town can contain foreclosed properties, with abodes ranging from modest town homes to extravagant vacation escapes appearing on the market. The economy has hit ALL areas and the result is a bunch of Atlanta Foreclosures and Atlanta Short Sales.

Myth #2: Foreclosed properties are usually in poor condition.

THE TRUTH: Though this isn’t always the case, there can be significant maintenance and structural issues hiding behind an attractive and seemingly well-tended façade. Most foreclosed homes show significant cosmetic work (dingy carpets, poor paint, lack of appliances, etc), but the more costly items will tend to be in your roofs, structure/foundation and mechanical systems.

Do your research and use a Atlanta Realtor before purchasing any foreclosed property. They will be able to connect you to the right contractors for proper estimates and be able to establish how much deferred maintenance will affect your bottom line!

Myth #3: A foreclosure sale takes advantage of the owners.

THE TRUTH: At the point of foreclosure, the owner has already defaulted on their loan. Its too late to take advantage of the owners, the property now belongs to the bank who is now the new owner. Had you purchased the property as a short sale (one of the hardest and most misunderstood items in real estate right now), you STILL would have been helping the owner get to a lesser degree of default and in the end helping them.

Don’t feel bad for the owner. While the situation is not ideal and it shouldn’t be wished on anyone. With the proper adjustments and credit repair, people who have gone into foreclosure can buy another home again in about 3-7 years depending on their situation.

Myth #4:Financial irresponsibility is always the source of foreclosure.

THE TRUTH: All it takes is the loss of a job, an unexpected health issue, or other life emergency to put a previously solid financial picture in jeopardy, and coverage of such major expenses as mortgage payments can easily be impacted. There may be some people taking advantage of the time, but that is not the case for everyone. Each Atlanta Foreclosed home has is own unique individual situation.

Myth #5: Foreclosure guarantees bargain pricing.

THE TRUTH: Banks sometimes have up to 15-20 offers on them just because they are labeled the Scarlett Letter “f”. Just because it says foreclosure, looks like a foreclosure doesn’t mean its priced like a foreclosure.

Before falling completely in love with what looks like a can’t-miss deal, be sure you know the property’s true market value so you’re not paying for more house than you’re getting. I have found that in today’s market, Mr. and Mrs. Seller tend to have the ABILITY to budge on their pricing versus the banks whose asset manager has a reserve they HAVE to meet and 15 offers on the table that they get to pick from.

Myth #6: A lower price equals higher equity.

THE TRUTH: This is one equation that won’t pan out if a property involves unpaid taxes, mechanics’ liens or an expensive string of repairs, all of which subtract from the equity and add to the cost. In any foreclosure purchase, BE SURE to get owners title insurance. This will protect you from any encumbrances on title prior to you owning the property. Its a one-time fee that could end up saving you a fortune.

Myth #7: AS-IS Means I have to buy it no matter what.

THE TRUTH: As is means, the property is sold “AS IS” with no repairs made by the seller. HOWEVER, this does NOT mean you are not entitled to an inspection. If you find something on the inspection report that scares the dickens out of you,  the seller will NOT make any repairs, but you are still entitled to back out of the contract during your due diligence window and/or inspection period without penalty. Making sure you have a qualified Atlanta realtor that knows the “ins and outs” of foreclosures is KEY to your success in this purchase.

While this is just a small sampling of some of the common Atlanta Buyer foreclosure myths, there are many others to be weary of…

For MANY other tips, tricks and tactics to WIN in today’s Atlanta Real Estate Market, call me at 678-463-3173 or visit www.SeasonsRealtyGroup.com!

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