How we helped Dustin sell his home with our phenomenal service



"They actually sold my home twice because we had a buyer walk out of closing. We were on the market for a total of 8 days and they priced it well, marketed it extremely well, and from top to bottom worked well as a team. Their whole office was phenomenal and always followed up with me and got a lot done for us."

How we helped Yoo Bin Jin buy a home by working around his schedule

"I got a home and everything was smooth. I really didn't have any problems. My work schedule is a little tough because I work 12 hour days so I have to look at houses on my days off and they were able to schedule times that fit in with my schedule. It was all very convenient for me."

Lorie Gould Reviews Peggy Armstrong How we helped Peggy sell her home by setting the right price and pulling the deal together

"Lorie did a really great job of pulling all the houses for sale and all the houses that sold so we could compare it to my house. After looking at those complete files, I knew that we had the right price. Sure enough we did, in a few weeks we already had some offers. Even after the purchaser ran into some issues, Lorie was able to pull it together and get the deal. She did a great job for me!"

How we helped Keisha sell her home in its first week of listing by providing her resources to get the house prepared



"She got my home on the market fairly quickly and it sold within the first week of it being on the market. She was just incredibly helpful throughout the whole process and gave me a lot of tips on things I needed to do to prepare the house. She also gave me a lot of information to help me save money on a few things that I could do myself and gave me a list of services, like a cleaning company or a carpet cleaning company that would actually come in and help me. I didn’t have to do any research on my own to find those vendors and it was extremely helpful!"

How we helped Mary sell her home in less than a month by making sure the listing price was right



"We had originally discussed one price and then after Lorie got to thinking about it, she strategically raised the price. It ended up being terrific and we went under contract in a week of it being on the market then we closed in less than a month. There’s nothing else I can say, Lorie was great!"

How we helped Dan sell his home by staying on top of the process



"My expectations were definitely exceeded. She really did a great job of telling me upfront what to expect and how we needed to work through the process. She guided me through everything and we had a quick closure at the price I was looking for. She knew what I needed to accomplish and just stayed on top of everything."

Atlanta Real Estate Market Update for August 2014



Looking to buy or sell a home in Atlanta, Georgia? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price  Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (678) 428-5841 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

Today we are going to talk about what's happening in Atlanta real estate in 2014 and what is coming soon. 2014 has been an exciting year in real estate. The Atlanta market has recovered nicely and we have seen great appreciation for homes across the board.

There is good news in this market, for both buyers and sellers. Sellers have returned to the marketplace and have been walking away with a pretty good profit. Low interest rates have  given sellers those nice appreciation rates. These rates have also benefited buyers, making homes more affordable. 

We are not in a natural market. We are in what we like to call a faux market. Most of this market has been hedge fund groups that have purchased thousands of properties. We have investors in every market, but they don't make up the majority of the market or decrease the inventory as much as they have in our market. The home buyer who is looking to actually live in a home is in a daily fight against cash buyers looking for investment properties. 

So what is to come? Well, there probably won't be any significant changes until the next presidency, but we will see a correction. Because of the low inventory, appreciation has gotten out of hand and we are seeing above normal appreciation numbers. Anytime you have appreciation that's not normal, a correction needs to take place because you don't want homes to get too expensive for people to buy. Interest rates will also start to climb in the next 5 years. Now is an opportune time for a real estate transaction, whether you are a buyer or a seller.

Home Inspections Protect Your Finances and Your Family



Looking to buy or sell a home in Atlanta, Georgia? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price  Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (678) 428-5841 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

As part of my bi-weekly updates for you, I'm here with Hank Spinnler from Harmony Home Inspections. This was brought to my mind the other day on the news when I saw that a deck had collapsed and significantly injured some people that were on it. Hank knows home inspections from top to bottom, but we're going to discuss decks for a moment, as they are rather common in the Atlanta area.

Decks are only one component of a home, but they are important components because they can function as major selling points. However, safety is paramount to deck construction and maintenance. Decks are sometimes a large focus of home inspections when dealing with the exterior of a property. There had been a huge gray area in regards to deck construction in Georgia until just this last year when construction codes were altered to add a deck construction guide to the list of codes.

Flashing is an important inspection for decks that prevents moisture from building up in your deck. It occurs when moisture builds up in between the deck itself and the area where it is attached to the home. This could lead to wood rot and eventually a collapse.

For years, Georgia has been very lax on construction codes and the law does allow for contractors with only a few years worth of experience to come and build your deck. This could put you in a very bad scenario, so if you are unsure about how your deck was built or by who, give Hank a call and he would be glad to come make sure you and your family are not standing on top of a potential disaster.

Home inspections not only protect you financially, but they will be protecting your family and any other guests who enter your home. If you want to get in touch with Hank for an inspection, you can reach him at 770-235-5793 or email him at InspectorsATL@gmail.com or visit www.harmonyinspection.com

Now Is Your Chance To Sell For Top Dollar



Looking to buy or sell a home in Atlanta, Georgia? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price  Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (678) 428-5841 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

Today I have Scott Murphy from D.S. Murphy & Associates with me and we're going to be talking about appraisals and what point in time you should choose to sell this year in Atlanta.

With new construction heating up, now may be the time to make your move into a new property. Also, inventory is very low here in Atlanta so this is one more reason you should be starting to look for homes right now, rather than in the middle of a busy spring / summer market. You should also know that this new construction is going to take time, because builders are struggling to get materials. They don't have the endless amounts of capital that they used to have.

This spring, Scott expects resale properties to drive the market. If you're thinking about reselling, now would be a window of opportunity for you because the new construction will be done in a few months, and that will bring a lot more competition to the market. When these new builds hit the market, they will also bring resale homes' values way down.

Often times when new construction is competing with resale properties, the resale properties' home values can take a hit as large as 20-30%. When compared with a brand new home, these resale properties just don't stand up against them.

Scott actually sits on the Board of Appraisers, and he says that when compared with new homes, resale properties will often lose value. Currently, homes on the market will be compared alongside other resales, so their values will not take a hit until the new builds are complete. However, there are disadvantages to new builds, like having construction going on across the street and dump trucks going up and down your street.

The point is that new construction will certainly take some of your buyer pool away, so now is a great time to sell in Atlanta while this construction is still ongoing for the next year. The window is closing fast, though, so be sure to make your decision now to get it marketed and sold for top dollar.

If you want to contact Scott, he can be reached at (678) 584-5900.

As always, if you would like help with buying, selling, or investing in Atlanta real estate, then please do not hesitate to contact me at (678) 428-5841 or email me at lorie@homesbylorie.com

Promising 2014 Atlanta Real Estate Update for Buyers and Sellers



Looking to buy or sell a home in Atlanta, Georgia? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price  Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (678) 428-5841 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

Hello, and welcome back to my bi-weekly video blog about real estate in the Atlanta area. Today I will be giving you a market update for 2014 and give you a little taste of what is to come in 2014.

As you probably know, 2013 was a very strong year for real estate in Atlanta, as well as most other real estate markets across the country. Some neighborhoods in Atlanta experienced larger gains than others, but real estate is driven by location, so appreciation will differ depending on what area you're working in.

What Sellers Can Expect...

There is a very low inventory right now, which means that you will have much less competition from other sellers and also more buyers competing to buy your own property. This will bring you higher value for your home. If you are staged properly and priced strategically, then you should do quite well in our current market.

  • Notice how I said 'priced strategically'. This doesn't mean that you need to price your home very low or very high. We have a strategic method for pricing that pushes the envelope but doesn't break it. The result is a great price for your home. If you're interested, we would love to share with you how we price our properties in that way.

What Buyers Should Look For...

A low inventory can be a challenge because it means less homes and more competition. Luckily, our team here doesn't just search the MLS to find properties that are for sale. We can contact sellers who have not yet listed their homes, and we also communicate with people who were thinking of selling their homes, but just weren't sure if it was the correct time to do so.

We like to think of ourselves as home hunters because we like to find great homes for our clients that wouldn't ordinarily be found by a traditional search. We're here to work for you and find you a good home for a great price.

As always, contact me for any assistance that you require. I can be reached at (678) 428-5841 or email me at Lorie@HomesByLorie.com

Interest Rates have Temporarily Lowered - Take Advantage Now



Looking to buy or sell a home in Atlanta, Georgia? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price  Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (678) 428-5841 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

Hello, I'm here with you again to let you know about an exciting and unprecedented change in interest rates.
  • Rates have decreased to 4.25% (for conventional properties) and FHA rates have dropped to 4%
  • They were sitting right around 5% before, so this is an exceptional amount of savings.
  • These rates are lowering because of investors pulling funds out of overseas markets and into our bond market.
  • However, these rates will not stay low for long, so act now!
If you or anyone you know wants to take advantage of these very temporary, but very affordable rates, please contact me.

You can call me at (678) 428-5841 or email me at Lorie@HomesByLorie.com

Have a great week, I look forward to hearing from you!

Selling Your Home While Buying a New One in the Atlanta Area



Looking to buy or sell a home in Atlanta, Georgia? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price  Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (678) 428-5841 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

I get asked all the time when the best time to sell is in relation to buying a new home. Do you sell before, during or after you find your next home? There's three different approaches.
  1. You can list your home and put in a contingent offer for another - What does this mean? You are making an offer that says you will purchase their home as long as you sell yours. The problem is this contingency will have a 'kick out'. If the seller finds another buyer to make an offer, you will have a certain amount of time to either withdraw your offer or move forward. If you can't sell your home in time, you can lose out on that perfect home.
  2. You can make a non contingent offer on a home if you are able to obtain a home loan without selling your current - The risk is you may then be stuck with two mortgages. What if for some reason the market takes a down spiral and your home doesn't sell?
  3. The best way, in my opinion, is to wait until your current home is under contract and then place an offer on another home - This way the purchase of your new home is only continent on closing.
If you have any questions about buying or selling, or any other real estate advice, please give me a call today. Thanks for watching!

3 Tips to Properly Price Your Home



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Welcome back to my video blog. Having a good price is one of the most important parts in getting your home sold. With a higher inventory and less transactions happening, now more than ever it is important to price correctly. I have three tips on how we choose the best price for your home.
  1. The internet is a major tool in real estate - While it hasn't replaced the need for a real estate agent, it has become a huge part of marketing. Most buyers start their search online and they search by using price increments. If you price your home too high you are eliminating a huge amount of potential buyers. It's better to cast a larger net to get more exposure.
  2. How does your home compare - Finding the right price is also about your competition. We look at the recent sales, current pending  and similar homes listed in the MLS. It's important that we price your home aggressively.
  3. Make your home stand out - It's better to list your home lower than higher. You might think this will lose you money. It's actually the opposite. When a great home is priced low, lots of buyers are attracted to it which creates a bidding war. Often times you end up getting more than you asked for. If you price your home too high though, you may have to reduce your price just to get buyers interested.
I hope you found these three pointers helpful. If you would like our help in pricing your home, please give us a call!