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February 10th, 2017 2:38 PM

5 tips To Help Sell Your Home Faster


There’s nothing worse than having your home sit on the market for months with no sure answers for why. Here are our top 5 tips to help you sell your home faster:


1.       1. Make Sure The Price Is Right.

Your house could be the prettiest home on the block but if it’s not competitively priced it may be the prettiest house siting on the markets for months! The number one reason an otherwise, attractive home stays on the market forever is price. Why? Because home buyers tend to not make offers on them. Why don’t they make offers on them? Because no one wants to be considered a “lowballer”. Making a substantially low offer on someone’s home can be insulting. Home buyers might also assume that the seller must have turned down lower prices since the home has been listed and the buyer may not be confident that their offer would be accepted. Knowing the true value of your home is so important when selling. Getting an appraisal should be the first step on your list of to-dos when deciding to sell.


2. Make It Look Nice.

Although pricing your home correctly is important, if your home looks bad, the price becomes a secondary factor. Curb appeal should be your first project when making updates to your home. Cut your grass, clean up the trash or toys the kids leave in the yard. Paint, add some window boxes. These small, inexpensive changes to the outside of your home can pique the interest of sellers to want to at least see the inside.

I know you hear all the time; the most important rooms in the house are the bathrooms and kitchen when it comes to selling your home. And that statement could be truer. If you come up with a renovation budget and are trying to figure out what part of the house to invest the money in, choose these two rooms. Many studies have shown that an updated kitchen and bathroom can be the biggest selling point in your home, above even the square footage.

3. Market Your Home.

Marketing your home for sale doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Nowadays, there are so many different ways to reach home buyers in the market for a home.

“For Sale” Signs

You can purchase these at your local home improvement store for a few dollars. Many home buyers ride around in neighborhoods they are interested in living in to see if there are any homes for sale that they may want to view.

Home Listing Ad

You know your home better than anyone. What you love about your home may be what others will too. Get creative and brag a little. Make sure to add in critical features buyers look for such as the number of bathrooms, re-modeled kitchen, school district etc.


If listing your home online, you cannot skip this step. Adding pictures of your home is crucial.  When taking pictures of the outside of your home, make sure to remove, trash cans, clutter and parked cars out of the driveway. The same applies to the inside. Remember, less is more when it comes to your furniture and belongings. Too much clutter can turn off a buyer and distract them from your home itself.


4. Home Inspection

Real estate contracts give the home buyer the right to hire an inspector to inspect the property. Inspectors are going to inspect the plumbing system, the roof, electrical and heating etc. The home buyer is then responsible to repair any problems found.

The buyer’s home inspection is usually the last thing on the list to do. Once the inspection is complete the buyer makes an application to the mortgage lender. To insure a smooth process in the end, you may want to consider having your own home inspection done so you can fix whatever problems before they’re found later.



5. Consider Any Offer and Negotiate

When a buyer makes an offer, consider it. However, carefully look through (with a real estate lawyer if possible) the contract’s terms and conditions. You may find too many contingencies in the contract that cause the deal to fall through. Many contingencies favor the buyer and if not read carefully and understood, can result in the home seller finding themselves in a bind.

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Airbnb, a site that allows users to rent their homes to interested lodgers, has been the topic of discussion for quite some time now. Whether you agree with the idea or not, there is no denying that the online platform is both innovative, lucrative and consequently, here to stay.

As it competes with hotel chains worldwide with its cheap prices and unique vacation options, Airbnb has completely transformed travel as we know it. Rather than staying in a subtly filthy hotel room with mediocre Wi-Fi and basic cable, you can pay less money while vacationing in a beach villa complete with Netflix and your own wireless router. Feeling at home while on vacation is a luxury nobody ever expected to have.

This worldwide phenomenon features a large variety of properties ranging from small apartments in a big city, to spacious mansions in the country. Even Beyoncé utilized the app for her stay in California during the Super Bowl. However, while you can stay in a simple third floor apartment, you can also search for some more unique locations.

The Treehouse

Apparently, the most requested Airbnb in the world is a property right here in Atlanta, Georgia. The listing boasts about being only minutes from downtown, which is surprising since it manages to remain a quaint and serene place to stay.

The property is a true-to-life treehouse in Buckhead. Found amidst a small piece of woods, it literally requires a trip up a wooden ladder to get through the front door. It is made from reclaimed materials, and resembles your favorite fantasy flick. Don’t be surprised if you see a prancing unicorn or a find a fairy sleeping in the corner of your windowsill. The entire location is something straight from a dream. 


Every review under The Treehouse’s listing revels in their relaxing stay, and the convenience offered by the owners. Many guests went for special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays, and claim that the property far exceeded their expectations.

If you’re looking to stay in the quaint wonderland amongst the woods of Buckhead, make your plans in advanced because The Treehouse is booked for months. 

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It’s no secret that Atlanta’s cost of living is rivaled by the rest of the nation. It only takes a couple pieces of pocket change to find an adequate roof in this bustling city. On the other end of the spectrum, it may be an even more common piece of knowledge that New York City is one of the most expensive places to reside. While Atlanta merely requires a decent-paying job and sufficient credit in order to be able to sign your name at the bottom of a lease agreement, NYC demands a full time job, a part time job, an organ, a loc of hair from your great grandmother on your father’s side, and the shoes you are currently wearing.

In an effort to visualize the drastic comparison, we did a bit of research in regards to this topic. What would happen if someone went to New York with the expectations based on the Atlanta cost of living? How much can one get in both cities with $2,000? $3,000? Check out what we found out during our investigation.

For under $1,000 in Atlanta:

The Auburn Glenn has apartments starting at $690 and reaching up to $868 in price. The roomy property comes complete with a gym, clubhouse, pool, and other fun amenities. 

For under $1,000 in New York City:

This two-bedroom apartment is currently renting out one of the rooms to the best candidate. With a good credit score, considerably high income, and $800 for monthly rent, you may be considered to share this apartment with the young female professional who lives there currently. 

For $2,000 in Atlanta:

Apparently at this price you have upgraded from renting apartments into the realm of house rentals. This subdivision offers a pool and quiet neighbors, perfect for a family.

For $2,000 in New York City:

We found a newly renovated 2 bedroom that boasts about its heat and hot water that are included in the monthly rate. The view makes it worth the price, however.


For $3,000 in Atlanta:

This telephone factory-turned-apartment complex has such a unique look and it's extremely spacious. The loft-styled apartment still slightly resembles an old factory, but that's what completes the overall look. 

For $3,000 in New York City:

For this, you can live in a nice three bedroom apartment that has been remodeled to fit six beds. Of course, space is tight. However, it's in a decent area and has central air conditioning. 

For $4,000 in Atlanta:

Located in the middle of Buckhead, this 4 bedroom/4 bathroom home is modernly designed and built with an abundance of space in every room. 

For $4,000 in New York City:

Unfortunately, for this amount of money we still haven't upgraded to anything more than a Harlem apartment. While it fits a small family, the bedrooms are still relatively small. However, for the New Yorker, this is the norm.

Posted by Michael A. Nix, AGREA-CR on February 15th, 2016 12:12 PMLeave a Comment

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September 15th, 2015 11:04 AM
Picking a home that will be yours for the next 10 plus years is a serious decision to be made. With a tough decision up ahead, there are a couple tips you can use to help narrow down your decision...

1. With each home you visit make a list. List pros and cons to the home. This way at the end you can compare list and help you eliminate the homes that are not fit for you.

2. Do some research on the neighborhoods. Are the school districts up to your standards? Is business around the home good business or are there business that are suffering? How are your potential neighbors?

A little homework goes a long way.

Posted by Michael Anthony on September 15th, 2015 11:04 AMLeave a Comment

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September 1st, 2015 2:37 PM
First time home buyers or those of you who have been out of the purchasing scene for some time now, Curbed has come up with a great informative Home Buying Process that will help and can possibly make this process a lot more easier for you and everyone else involved.

Posted by Michael Anthony on September 1st, 2015 2:37 PMLeave a Comment

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