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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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!

March 9, 2011

219+/- Atlanta Homes MUST BE SOLD!!! The REDC (Real Estate Disposition Corporation) HOME AUCTION COMES TO ATLANTA MARCH 19, 2011!

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219+/- Atlanta Homes MUST BE SOLD!!! The REDC (Real Estate Disposition Corporation) HOME AUCTION COMES TO ATLANTA MARCH 19, 2011!!!

Auction in Atlanta is coming back on Saturday March 19th.

Many will flock to this event in the hopes that they will strike it rich with their “deal of a lifetime“!! As an owner of FOUR properties bought at the REDC auction, can I please give you one, tiny, little piece of advice??? Go, BUT DON’T EXPECT TO FIND YOUR DEAL OF A LIFETIME!! If you haven’t already done so, YOU MUST read my blog about the 10 Biggest Mistakes Buyers Make in Today’s Market, of which Mistake Number 7 is trying to find your bargain at an auction.

Don’t get me wrong, I got a fairly decent price on the four properties I bought at the REDC Home Auction. But, by the time you add the auction fees, lender fees, closing costs, repairs (of which all of my homes needed between $10,000-30,000 worth of work), I realized that if I just would have been better off buying the home down the street directly from Mr. & Mrs. Seller……and FOR LESS. Of course, this was early off in my investing portfolio and just a little mistake I made that I have the privilege of sharing with you, so you don’t make the same mistake. I see it too many times; people getting caught up in the labels of “auctions, foreclosures and short sales” and miss unbelievable buying opportunities that are staring us in the face.

 Now you HAVE to read my blog about auctions…….

 Here are a Few Other Recommendations if you Plan to Buy at an Auction:

  • Do Your DUE DILIGENCE-no inspection contingencies here, you get what you get and sometimes that can be substantial. Do your research BEFORE you bid.
  • DON’T let your emotions take control-decide your highest and best bid BEFORE you go and don’t go over it under ANY circumstances. 
  • Practice PATIENCE throughout the entire process-from the winning bid, to the paper work to closing, you will need patience. Imagine how busy the closing attorney’s are with the amount of Atlanta homes being sold.
  • Don’t be surprised about the disorganization-these events move fast and they are not always well orchestrated.
  • Keep Your Eye on the Prize and WAIT-if the auction property you want ends up going to another bidder, WAIT, 40% of the homes come back around and you can get it on the second go round and maybe for LESS!!!
  • Despite everything if you still want to buy at an auction, GET A QUALIFIED REALTOR to represent you. It’s great to have a non-biased, non-emotional third party representative there to help you with the bidding, interpret the price point, explain the risks, as well as walk you through the process and paperwork. Your job is JUST starting once you leave the auction. There is a mountain of items that have to be handled and an agents fee is paid for by the auction house, so this service is completely FREE to you!

One thing is certain DEALS OF A LIFETIME are out there…..lots of them… And, if you REALLY want a good deal, call me and let me show you how to offer in on the property NO ONE’S offering on, instead of putting you in a room with hundreds of other buyers all going after the same one.

If you are looking for a Nationally-Recognized, top producing real estate agent that understands the Atlanta home auction process, then CALL ME immediately. I’ll be happy to represent you FREE.

 BUT, don’t wait!! I will need to make sure that you are registered properly!

 The REDC (Real Estate Disposition Corporation) HOME AUCTION

When: Saturday Mar. 19, 2011
Where: Georgia International Convention Center – Exhibit Hall D  2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337
Time: Registration Starts Promptly at  8:00 a.m. Auction starts promptly at 9:30 a.m.
What to bring: Last 2 yrs W-2 , $2,500 Cashier’s Check ($5,000 for each subsequent) , Checkbook for balance of 5% Earnest Money Deposit (15% for each subsequent)
Properties open for inspection from 11AM to 4PM on 3/5/11, 3/12/11 & 3/13/11.  Please check individual property for specific open house information.

P.S. Did you know you can buy properties “auction-style” ONLINE from auction houses that are not as popular and have many less people bidding on them??? I can help you with that as well!

March 2, 2011

THE TOP 7 FORECLOSURE MYTHS for ATLANTA HOME OWNERS & THEIR TRUTHS REVEALED….

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THE TOP 7 FORECLOSURE MYTHS for ATLANTA HOME OWNERS & THEIR TRUTHS REVEALED….

I come across some of the same questions and “myths” from home owners over and over about 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: The bank really wants your home back.

THE TRUTH: Believe me, the LAST thing the bank wants is your home back. It’s important to understand that the banks are not brokers, property managers, or agents, and they do NOT want that business. It’s not your home they want, BUT THE MONEY LENT FOR ITS PURCHASE that they want to recover. Foreclosure is a time-consuming, last-resort process for banks, and most will do everything possible to work things out with a homeowner in order to avoid it.

Myth #2: Filing for bankruptcy stops a foreclosure.

THE TRUTH: This one stumps everyone. First, you have to look into the different types of bankruptcy and what you will find is that they vary as much as the color of socks in a sock drawer. While many think they can “cheat” the system this way, bankruptcy creates only a temporary delay in the foreclosure process, so using it as a strategy for stopping it altogether will ultimately fail.

Myth #3: The Atlanta Home Owner is NOT Responsible for Paying the Bank’s Legal Fees.

THE TRUTH: SURPRISE……as an Atlanta Home Owner in default, you actually are responsible for ALL THEIR LEGAL FEES. All of the details are in your mortgage agreement, so take a close look at the fine print…I think the revelations might ASTOUND you.

Myth #4: Even if I pull together the money I owe after the foreclosure process has begun, it’s too late to stop it.

THE TRUTH: : It’s NEVER to late to work out options. I have had some Atlanta foreclosures stopped the DAY it was supposed to be foreclosed on. Banks and lenders do not want borrowers to lose their homes and they REALLY don’t want another asset on their books. They consider the foreclosure option to be the ABSOLUTE last resort.

The truth is that lenders can expect MOST of the time to lose money in the foreclosure process. Even if foreclosure proceedings have begun, it’s not too late to be considered for a loan modification, short sale or other foreclosure alternative. Borrowers should contact a REALTOR®  to find out what their options are as soon as they know their mortgage is becoming a difficult thing for them to pay. The best way to avoid a foreclosure is to put yourself in contact with the people who can help you along the process. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO AT IT ALONE.

 MYTH #5: The bank will take all my stuff along with the house.

THE TRUTH: All personal property is yours to take; however, fixtures, floor coverings, appliances and anything else permanently attached to the house must stay.

MYTH #6: My involvement with the property is over once the bank takes it back.

THE TRUTH: After Atlanta foreclosure, if the bank sells the home for less than you owed on the mortgage, you’ll still be responsible for the difference, or “deficiency.” What’s more, they can collect interest on that amount. A deed in lieu of foreclosure or chapter 7 bankruptcy may clear you of owing a deficiency, so consult a bankruptcy attorney if you have questions about your status and options.

AND, ONE OF THE MOST COMMON FINAL MYTHS IS…..

 Myth #7: If you’re foreclosed on, you will not be able to get another mortgage.

THE TRUTH:  Will a foreclosure hurt your credit…YES and it’s true that it may take a several years to qualify for a mortgage after a foreclosure, but it can be done with some effort and planning. If the default was caused by extenuating circumstances, such as a job loss or serious illness, then Freddie Mac guidelines state that the borrower must re-establish an acceptable credit reputation for at least the most recent 36 months before applying for a new mortgage.

March 1, 2011

MAJOR CALIFORNIA PRODUCTION COMPANY COMES TO ATLANTA TO FILM LOCAL REALTOR IN UPCOMING EPISODE OF HGTV’S ‘HOUSE HUNTERS’

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MAJOR CALIFORNIA PRODUCTION COMPANY COMES TO ATLANTA TO FILM LOCAL REALTOR IN UPCOMING EPISODE OF HGTV’S ‘HOUSE HUNTERS


PRESS RELEASE

Media Contact:

Brian Cowling

Director of Strategic Growth

bcowling@solidsource.net

770-757-2411

  Agent Contact

Winter Baserva, Realtor®

winter@seasonsrealtygroup.com

678-463-3173

For Immediate Release

MAJOR CALIFORNIA PRODUCTION COMPANY COMES TO ATLANTA TO FILM LOCAL REALTOR IN UPCOMING EPISODE OF HGTV’S HOUSE HUNTERS
March 5-8, 2011

Realtor®, Winter Baserva, Defies Odds in a Down Market &
The Networks Are Paying Attention!

ATLANTA, GA-February 28, 2011 – A major California production company will be in Atlanta March 5-8, to film local real estate agent and wave maker, Winter Baserva, of Seasons Realty Group team of Solid Source Realty, Inc. in her second episode on HGTV’s 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. Shot over four days, the episode will be release approximately 6-8 months following shooting.

“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 a handful of agents EVER 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.”

“I’m so excited about where the real estate market is heading. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see enough ‘good news’ about the housing market and I can say that I’m thrilled that I am able to be a part of how Atlanta is getting positive exposure for being the wonderful, amazing, resourceful, business Mecca that it truly is,” concludes Baserva.

It’s this type of resourcefulness and mindset that has landed Baserva a spot on a national television show for her 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 active in many community organizations and donates to several community causes including Center for Visually Impaired, and Smile Train, a company that gives children with clef lips a new chance at life, and Have a Heart. 

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.

February 24, 2011

Free Foreclosure and Short Sale Lists at 760 Spalding Dr. in Atlanta this Sun.,Feb.27th,2-5pm

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FREE FORECLOSURE & SHORT SALE LISTS at 760 Spalding Drive in Atanta THIS SUNDAY, Feb. 27, 2-5!!!

FREE FORECLOSURE & SHORT SALE LISTS at 760 Spalding Drive in Atanta THIS SUNDAY, Feb. 27, 2-5!!!

Got FORECLOSURE and SHORT SALES LISTS??? WE DO! And, We’re Giving them away for FREE THIS Sunday AT 760 Spalding Drive, Atlanta.

GOOD DEALS come in ALL forms INCLUDING regular sellers TOO. And, if you happen to be looking for the best deal in Sandy Springs come check us out!!!!

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 2/27: 2-5 PM! And, have the opportunity to capitalize on this ONE-OF-A-KIND GEM without dealing with ANY BANKS!!!!

IF …….

*You DON’T need an abundance of space.
*You want a “small home”
*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 DON’T want Top-Notch Schools, Loads of Parks and Tons of Activities to do!
*You just DON’T enjoy the finer things in life.

You can KEEP ON DRIVING!

HOWEVER, if you’re looking for a Pottery Barn PERFECT, Traditional Brick Beauty that has the best of New-Age design while still maintaining the Old-World Intimate Community Feel, COME ON BY SUNDAY!.

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 a TOTAL RENOVATION and LAVISH backyard, this home boasts the ULTIMATE in Luxury Living in the ULTIMATE LOCATION.

I COULD GO ON, BUT YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME BY ON SUNDAY TO SEE THIS HOME AND OTHER HOMES LIKE IT FOR YOURSELF!

January 10, 2011

FILING FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR ATLANTA HOMES IN 2011

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Fulton County – deadline is April 1, 2011                  404-612-6440

Its that time of year. If you’ve owned your Atlanta home for a year, its time to receive those discounts. Below is the list of contact information to proceed with the filing of your homestead exemptions. Homeowners may need to provide the Warranty Deed, proof of residence, social security numbers, driver’s license and car tag info… 

 

http://www.fultonassessor.org/Forms/HtmlFrame.aspx?mode=content/Taxreliefinformation

 DeKalb County – deadline is March 1, 2011               404-298-4000

http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/taxcommissioner/homesteadgen.html#applications

 Gwinnett County – deadline is March 1, 2011           770-822-8800

http://gwinnetttaxcommissioner.manatron.com/Tabs/Property/HomesteadExemption.aspx

  Cobb County – deadline is April 1, 2011                   770-528-8600

http://www.cobbtax.org/Forms/HtmlFrame.aspx?mode=content/Exemptions.htm&LMparent=189

 Clayton County – deadline is April 1, 2011                 770-477-3311

http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/departments/tax-assessor/residential-property.aspx

 Cherokee County – deadline is April 1, 2011              678-493-6122

http://www.cherokeega.com/departments/department_section.cfm?displaySection=Homestead%20Exemptions.txt&departmentid=30

 Henry County – deadline is April 1, 2011                   770-288-8180                 

http://www.co.henry.ga.us/taxcommissioner/PropertyTaxExemptions.shtml

Forsyth County – deadline is April 1, 2011                770-781-2106 

http://www.qpublic.net/ga/forsyth/faq.html

Douglas County – deadline is April 1, 2011                 770-920-7272

http://www.douglastaxcommissioner.com/

Fayette County – deadline is April 1, 2011               770-461-3652

http://www.fayettecountytaxcomm.com/subpages/HOMESTEAd.asp

Paulding County – deadline is April 1, 2011               770-443-7606

http://www.paulding.gov/index.aspx?NID=210 

 FILING FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR ATLANTA HOMES IN 2011

 

January 4, 2011

Atlanta Homes for Sale: Year in Review.Winter Baserva, as Featured on ‘HGTV’

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Atlanta Homes for Sale: Year in Review..Winter Baserva, As Featured on HGTV’s HOUSE HUNTERS!

Atlanta Homes for Sale: Year in Review

Winter Baserva, As Featured on HGTV’S HOUSE HUNTERS!

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 2010…..WHAT A YEAR!!!!!!

In what others consider it to be a “down” market, these are the most opportunistic times available, for those willing to see that. According to the National Association of Realtors, your average agent sells 8 homes a year. This year, I sold 59!

The cherry on top of it all was that my episode of HGTV’s House Hunters aired for the first time in January 2010 and due to the large response has continued airing ever since:

Fifty-nine homes… It all started with my first sale of the year to one of my repeat investors and some of most amazing people I’ve ever met. We buy these homes for pennies on the dollar, fix them up and flip them for net profits of $25k+++ per home and we’ve done it MANY TIMES. Here’s a sampling of our after product that was SOLD to buyers this year:

          

And, boy with profits like that, my investors sure are happy with me!

As the first time home buyer’s credit diminished, buyer enthusiasm did not. This first time home buyers was over the moon when she got her good deal:

Many think that during the holidays, people aren’t buying homes, but on 12/23 just 2 days before Christmas of last year, and WITHIN TWO DAYS OF PUTTING IT ON THE MARKET, I pulled a buyer for my sellers on this lovely Roswell home.

 

Only to turn right back around and upgrade my folks into this amazing Roswell Home in Huntington Estates. My clients couldn’t believe how fast their home went and how easy the buying process was.   

As the first quarter came to an end, my pool of homes to market increased. Lovely products, with TOP OF THE LINE finishes hit the market under my direction, and sellers were able to walk away with TOP DOLLAR  for the properties they had loved so dearly, for so long.

                                  

And, while most people think that the “young” and “affluent” are buying houses, I was honored to sell Tom Ryan, a published author, 65 years wise, his FIRST HOME EVER! He was uncertain about whether we were negotiating too hard, but ended up with a STEAL on his first home and couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. Go Tom!

 And, as my team, Seasons Realty Group started ramping up, we saw a trend in more buyers hitting the waves and more families able to start their new lives off in a place they could call HOME.    

                     

Happily, the Seasons Realty Group team and their leader continued to have nothing but rave reviews:

 

This year, I even saw a pick up in Atlanta new construction sales, which are all signs that the market is improving:

             

And, many Buckhead Homes and Brookhaven Homes in high price points were being taken off the market like wild fire; this young family upgraded from their 2 bedroom condo in Lenox Heights, to one of the most prestigious gated communities off Lenox Road.

 

And right after they bought, I got their condo under contract in TWO DAYS!!

As time went on, I made my mark in Horseshoe Bend in Roswell. A neighborhood where homes average 100-389 days on the market before they sell; I sold this man’s home in 11 days for FULL PRICE. We had another FULL PRICED back up offer in the wings just in case….:

And, his neighbors that hired me after they saw the successful marketing of his home; pleasantly saw their home sell shortly after despite unsuccessfully selling with another agent prior to me:

While many Atlanta Home Sellers were worried about whether their homes would sell, I continued to bring the buyer pool they were looking for and dwindled the housing supply in Atlanta:

                    

Roswell, GA homes for sale was a term I used MORE than once. This area was HOT, HOT, HOT, in 2010. It’s no wonder why when CNN listed it as one of the Top 100 Places to live in the US.

 In less than 3 weeks, I was able to get this seller’s LAKE FRONT home under contract and SOLD!

And, my others sellers good offers came rolling in shortly after….

                                                        

And my buyers continued to buy…

                        

And, while we saw a decrease in Atlanta Foreclosures this year, I was still able to find the needle in the haystack with an UNBELIEVABLE amount of equity:

The new owners couldn’t believe how we structured their offer to get the bank to accept our terms:

And, just when I thought I couldn’t be more blessed or busy, I was able to work yet ANOTHER deal on this SEXY Brookhaven Home

And, with all of this success came the need for me to expand, and in came some more Seasons Realty Group agents. But, I COULDN’T have done it all without the most amazing business manager extraordinaire Suzanne Martin, a former top producing agent in MD who is my right hand gal, and CERTIFIED professional stager whose comments, and suggestions have been pivotal in selling my homes

As I end this year with 59 home sales, I leave you with the possibility that ANYTHING you want in life is possible. I feel SO BLESSED and HONORED that I get to practice what I LOVE every single day….

They say, “Find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life,” I have found that, and I thank all of the people who trusted their home sale or home purchase with me and my team. For those of you who have worked with me or for me, know you’ve earned a friend for life and I’m always here for you. For those who haven’t, feel free to see what others have to say about my dedication and service.

“Everything you read about Winter here is ABSOLUTELY TRUE. She is AMAZING and her marketing and home selling expertise brought me 4 offers in 11 days!!! I COULDN’T BELIEVE in a down market Winter brought me a FULL-PRICE offer  on the 11th day AND had a fully-executed back up as well. I’ve watched homes in this neighborhood sit for 100-200 days and not sell. NOTHING about this transaction was easy, but Winter walked the buyers, the other agent, the attorney and the lender through the transaction. It was like watching a powerhouse! There was never a doubt that I would hire Winter, but she NEVER CEASED to amaze me with her energy, pride of work and professionalism. I have referred her to everyone I know and have been and will always be her WALKING BILLBOARD. If you even come CLOSE to having the possibility to work with her, consider yourself lucky! From Her marketing to her professionalism, to her dedication, to her experience, Winter IS ATLANTA REAL ESTATE!
R. Friedrich, VP Data Enterprise Architecture, Equifax”


I’m excited about what 2011 has to bring and what I bring to the table for those I get to work with. Here’s to a healthy, happy, prosperous and balanced 2011.
                  

                      

 

 

December 8, 2010

How to SELL During the Holidays! Top 10 Reasons to Sell Your Atlanta Home Now!

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How to SELL During the Holidays! The Top 10 Reasons to Sell Your Atlanta Home Now!

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

•1)      Low, Low Inventory-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.

•2)      More Serious Buyer Pool-If you are having showings on Christmas Day, 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.

•3)      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.

•4)      Many agents take time off during the holidays-so hire one who you know will be in town and can help filter all the calls and continue to market the home.

•5)      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.

•6)      Buyers Have the TIME-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.

•7)    Interest Rates-Interest rates are still at an all time low, so even more incentives for buyers to buy.

•8)      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 theirs sold quicker. While we don’t have a crystal ball, we do know what we are working with RIGHT NOW.

•9)      Because I Said So-In my six years as a real estate agent, November and December marked my BEST months of the year. My proven track record confirms all my previous reasons.

•10)   Don’t Fail-You only FAIL if you fail to try. Test my theory and see the results for yourself.

 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 2010 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 MASSIVE results and getting sellers TOP DOLLAR for their homes, call Winter Baserva at 678-463-3173. But, don’t take my word for it, just see LIVE testimonials here.

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