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You don’t know where the housing bottom is until you look in the rear view mirror!

Looking in the rear view mirror~ ahh…. the market has finally turned!!

Ahhh… hindsight is everything!  They say we won’t know when we hit the bottom of the market until we look in the rear view mirror~  well look here!  I saw this moving truck today in my rear view mirror and had to laugh!  Yes, I think we have definitely hit bottom and we are now on our way back up!!!

~ A Mayflower Moving truck hauling down Hwy 400 in Atlanta GA.   WOW… I like this kind of “flower” blooming!

Typical to spring, the market heats up here in Atlanta,  but it’s been a long while since we have had listings fly off the market in record days!  The Under $200K category is strong.  Buyers are shying away from foreclosures and short sales due to the uncertainty of actually getting a contract to close!  It seems most foreclosure deeds are not of record, so closings are being delayed over and over again.  Buyers are frustrated.  Short sales are really long sales and unless a home is an “approved short sale” from the banks then you, the consumer may have months of waiting for the banks response on whether they accept or reject your offer.  Consequently those homeowners who have a non-distressed house to sell are getting great activity! If the house is staged well and maintained well, as well as realistically priced, then you can count on it selling within 45 days.  Yhea!!!

I had the good fortune to contract on 2 listings in the past 2 weeks before we could get them listed in the data base!  If you want more information contact the WOW Team of Keller Williams (#1 company in Atlanta)  We will help you SELL your home !

Paint, Pruning and Positioning to Sell your Home in 2012

BEFORE Staging Photo


How does a home sell before it officially goes on the market?  Here in Alpharetta Ga. where the schools are great, the pastoral settings enticing and the homes above average we create BUZZ prior to the listing.  After the WOW Team secures a signed listing agreement we go in and have a home “staged” prior to officially listing it.  First impressions are so important!  But, while we are preparing the property for sale we allow the word to ‘get out’ on the street…. and this creates momentum.  When a home is priced “right” meaning it is the house to beat out the competition it often creates an auction affect.  Even more, when a home is priced right and not on the market yet, prospective buyers want a first crack at it. 

This home pictured,(photos taken with my cell phone)  on a gorgeous lot walking distance to downtown Alpharetta just needed some  “framework”  to draw people in. For less than $500.00 we were able to prune up the trees and cut down a couple of trees that detracted from this home.  Trees should not hide a home but ‘frame a home’. Painting the shutters a more universally accepted color (a rich deep bronze) made a huge difference in curb appeal as well. What do you think?    See the before and after photos and you be the judge.

With a little paint, pruning, and positioning in todays market you too can sell in record time!  The WOW Team average days on market for homes under 1mill in 2011 was 45 days. 


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