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6/22/2015 RE/MAX vs. the Industry

RE/MAX vs. the Industry

One chart really can sum up a whole lot. And this chart does! RE/MAX is the only major franchise organization with agents selling into the double digits for annual transactions! RE/MAX could come close to or surpass the 1 million annual transaction mark in 2015.


With stats like this and the most recognized logo in real estate, is it any wonder why our broker/owners, Ben Christopher and Denny Jones have stayed with the RE/MAX organization for decades!


Call our RE/MAX Greater Atlanta office today at 770-973-9700 if we can assist you or answer your questions about metro Atlanta real estate.


6/5/2015 Atlanta Real Estate Spring Market Update

Spring Atlanta Real Estate Market Update

The April numbers are in and the Atlanta real estate market continues to look up. Nationally, the same is true, according to the latest RE/MAX National Housing Report. The national snapshot continues to match most of the Atlanta real estate market conditions, including issues about listing inventory. Across the major metropolitan markets, home inventory continues to be low, with 3.6 months' supply (and 6 months' inventory is considered to be a market equally balanced between buyers and sellers). In April alone, listing inventory was down more than 11 percent, in a year-over-year comparison with April 2014.

The April median sales price has broken the $200K barrier at $203,500 (compared to the April 2014 median price of $189,956). In addition, April transactions, nationally, were up 6.5 percent, year-over-year. What a difference a year makes!

According to RE/MAX CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder Dave Liniger, “The spring selling season has gotten off to a very strong start. We saw a significant jump in sales in March, and now April has pushed even higher. With an improving economy and continuing low interest rates, potential buyers are motivated to enter the market. These conditions, along with rising prices are also encouraging sellers.”

So take a look around our website today. Conduct a property search. Contact us for a trusted mortgage lender referral. Ask a trusted member of our RE/MAX Greater Atlanta team to create a comparative market analysis on your property. And as always, we are here to answer your questions. Call us at 770-973-9700.


5/8/2015 Mother's Day in Metro Atlanta

Mother's Day in Metro Atlanta

From everyone here at RE/MAX Greater Atlanta, we wanted to take a moment to wish moms everywhere a happy and fun Mother's Day this weekend. You deserve the best day possible!

Everyone knows mothers are the glue of the family and the household, so be sure to call or see your mother this weekend. And check out our Facebook Page at where we've included a link to an article about local Atlanta attractions that are generously offering free admission to moms this Sunday.

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

4/24/2015 Shortage of Homes for Sale in Atlanta Market?

Are You Aware of the Shortage of Homes for Sale in the Atlanta Real Estate Market?

For so long, you only heard bad news about the real estate market, home values, foreclosures, etc. You probably got to the point where you tuned out the repetitive message. If this sounds like you, it may be time to "tune" in again! This is especially true if you need to sell your home. Whether you are upsizing, downsizing or just relocating for an easier work commute, now may be the time to have a market analysis done on your house.

The National Association of Realtors just released numbers that said home values in the South went up 9.6 percent, year-over-year. That's a significant jump. Fewer than half the homes that were underwater still remain so today. Our agents at RE/MAX Greater Atlanta can tell you, firsthand, that there's a shortage of homes for sale on the market in nearly all price points and zip codes.

This has been the case for several months but, with the busy spring and summer markets upon us, this shortage is being felt even more deeply. It's a classic seller's market right now and this may be your time to benefit from that. Call a professional, full-time Realtor today to have a market analysis done on your property.

4/7/2015 Simple Ways to Go Green at Home

When it comes to electricity, the savings in energy are enormous. Anything that has an LED light that glows even after you turn it off continues to draw power (that you pay for). Your TV, cell phone charger, and printer are likely culprits. Unplug these electronics from wall sockets and plug them into power strips instead. When you leave a room, flip the strip switch to cut the flow of electricity. By unplugging your electronics, you could save up to $200* each year.

It is easier to save energy when you know exactly how much and where you are using it. Investing in a home audit will pay off enormously. After your energy audit, you will receive a list of things you can do to limit consumption. On average, this will show how to save up to 30 percent* on utility bills. You can find an auditor through your utility company at low or no cost or click here.

When it is time to replace a household appliance, consider a product with an Energy Star label. Sponsored by the EPA and the Department of Energy, the Energy Star program rates products from light bulbs to kitchen appliances. This label guarantees that products are energy-efficient. Energy Star products use about 30 percent* less energy than the average comparable product -- an annual savings of about $570*. Purchasing Energy Star products may qualify you for a tax credit. For more information click here.

*These numbers are projected savings each year. Numbers are not guaranteed.

4/7/2015 Does The Condo Life Suit You?

Buying a condo instead of a single-family home offers first-time buyers, urbanites and empty nesters many advantages, including less maintenance, access to more amenities and sometimes a lower price tag. Not all condo associations or boards are created equal, so you should definitely research the property. Here are a few things you should consider when buying a condo or a townhome.

Find out how the homeowners association makes decisions about finances, use of common property and enforcement of bylaws. It's also a good idea to learn whether the property is managed by the homeowners or by a third-party management company. Be sure to review what is included in the homeowners association fees, and ask if there have been any special assessments, which could signal construction issues or poor financial management.

Determine if there are any rules that may be difficult to comply with. Common bylaws include pets, noise, parking, use of amenities and maximum occupants of the unit space. Just like a house, you should have the unit inspected before purchasing and assess the overall building.

The property management company should be able to provide a technical audit that details current conditions and anticipated repairs.

4/7/2015 RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and its Agents Recently Honored

While we seldom do this in our blog space, we felt it was important to let you know about some exciting honors RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and some of its agents have recently received.

First, long-time owners Ben Christopher and Denny Jones were each honored by RE/MAX of Georgia with a Legacy Award. This prestigious award is given at the discretion of RE/MAX for at least 25 years’ service within the company. Ben and Denny have owned this RE/MAX franchise in the East Cobb area of metro Atlanta since 1986.

Our 2014 top team, led by Matt Hester, was honored by the Cobb Association of Realtors as the #2 team in the Cobb metro area for sales production. Last week, Matt was also honored by RE/MAX of Georgia when his team made the top 10 RE/MAX teams in all of Georgia, placing eighth.

Kudos must also go to Scott Tufford, who was our 2014 top individual agent in our office.

In addition, today starts our new affiliate partnership with BrandMortgage. We are excited to have this company on board to help with our clients’ mortgage questions and needs.

As always, you can reach our RE/MAX Greater Atlanta office during normal business hours with your real estate questions, by calling 770-973-9700. Also, be sure to follow us on our Facebook Page for additional metro Atlanta real estate market updates at



3/16/2015 Tips for Selling in the Spring

Tips for Selling Your Home in the Spring Atlanta Real Estate Market

With Spring fast approaching in Atlanta, many begin to think about changing addresses by summertime. So, if listing your home in the Atlanta real estate market is on the horizon for you, here are a few tips to make sure your home sells quickly.

1. Keep your home clean--from listing appointment to accepted contract.This means decluttering, reducing amount of furniture if necessary, thinning out closets and possibly even cabinets, having the garage is tidy and not overflowing with extra belongings, and making sure the place looks fresh and clean. This may mean getting the carpets cleaned, the hardwoods shined up or even a fresh coat of paint in frequently trafficked areas. If necessary, rent a small storage unit to keep the overflow.

2. Do repairs you know about now. There's an extremely good chance these will be noticed by the buyer or the buyer's home inspector anyway, so why not take care of that leaky faucet, drafty bay window area, pressure-washing the sidewalk, driveway and siding, fixing doors or windows that stick, etc.

3. Don't forget about the exterior. As temperatures warm, so does the Atlanta real estate market. That's the perfect time to plant some colorful flowers by the mailbox, use flower planters by the front door, trim overgrown hedges, clean any clutter, lay down new mulch, etc. If the outside doesn't look warm and inviting, there's a very good chance potential buyers won't even get out of the car. No matter how amazing or updated the interior may be, you first have to get buyers in the door, so spend that small amount of time and money to make the outside looks like something that buyer would want to call home.

4. Price your home competitively. This can often mean interviewing more than one Realtor. It also means not necessarily accepting the highest listing price if comps in the area don't support that price. Make sure your Realtor comes to the appointment with a Comparative Market Analysis for your area. If homes similar in size and features to yours are selling for $300,000, it would be a mistake to try selling yours for $399,000. Grossly overpricing often leads to a very long period of time on the market, price reductions and can even lead to issues with the appraisal when your purchaser attempts to get a loan. Lending institutions will not issue loans beyond the value of the property. Otherwise, they would lose money should they have to take ownership of the house.

Make use of the tips above to make your home-selling experience go more smoothly. Questions about this or what home values are going for in your neighborhood? Call our RE/MAX Greater Atlanta office today at 770-973-9700. And be sure to follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at for the latest news, articles and stats on the metro Atlanta real estate market.

2/21/2015 Quick Home Tips for Cold Weather

A Few Quick Home Tips for Cold Weather

With the extreme temperatures going on in metro Atlanta this week and into next week, a few quick reminders may be helpful to keep your home running well.

First, leave a couple faucets dripping, especially during overnight hours. If possible, leave a cabinet door open to help warmer area get to the faucet's pipes as well. The best faucets for this would be those nearest exterior walls. If you have a bathroom in a basement, do this there as well.

Second, don't make your furnace work too hard all at once. It's understandable to turn the heat down during daytime hours when everyone is away from home. However, upon returning home, it's best not to change the thermostat by more than a couple degrees at a time. This way you can gradually raise the temperature in your home without having your furnace work nonstop for a long stretch of time.

Third, check your furnace filter. HVAC professionals often recommend these be changed monthly during winter months.

Fourth, make sure all vents are unobstructed in your home. If you have an area such as a guest bedroom that's not being used, consider closing that vent so more warm air can flow to other areas of the house. If your basement is not getting a lot of use, these vents should still remain open as that area has closest access to the pipes for your plumbing.

Fifth, don't leave space heaters unattended. Be sure such heaters also have a wide area of clearance.

And finally, while this does not directly affect your home, it could affect being able to leave your home. With such sustained temperatures below freezing level, the oil and other fluids in your car tend to thicken up. Allow a little extra time to warm up your car for a couple minutes before leaving home. Your car will thank you and be less likely to strand you somewhere due to unnecessary wear and tear on your engine.

2/9/2015 Atlanta Real Estate Market Forecast for 2015

Atlanta Real Estate Market Forecast for 2015

We were fortunate to see mortgage rates remain low and even dip a few times in 2014. That trend should, for the most part, continue in 2015, with some economic experts predicting about a half percent rate increase during this year. If the Federal Reserve were to decide to raise that rate higher, it would stunt the new home sales price growth that has already started in the real estate market.

And in metro Atlanta, new home construction is sharply on the rise. When construction is on the increase, that’s a big boost for the local economy—more jobs, more money flowing into the economy for building supplies and from those added workers, etc. The University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business is projecting new home starts to increase nationally by a hefty 30 percent. In addition, existing home values were predicted to appreciate by 4 percent.

RE/MAX Greater Atlanta co-owner Denny Jones believes lower gas prices will have a very positive impact on the spring Atlanta real estate market and possibly beyond. He warned that conflicts in the Middle East, depending upon how much they escalate, could dampen the growth of the American economy, including the real estate market. It’s a gray area worth watching.

Jones also pointed out an important point that most media outlets are not covering. Those who completed short sales of their homes three years ago can now re-enter the real estate market as long as they have kept their credit up in the few years since the short sale. We will start seeing a surge of these people looking to become homeowners again. Nationally, for 2015 alone, this is at least a half million people. Realistically, this would mean several hundred if not thousands of metro Atlanta residents would fall into this category.

Overall, there will be an increase in metro Atlanta housing demand. For those who have been debating about selling or waiting for their homes to appreciate back to a better level, 2015 might be your year to change addresses. Get a market analysis done on your home today by a qualified, full-time real estate professional.

For those potential buyers who moved back in with parents after college or who never thought they could save up a hefty down payment, this may be your year as well, with down payment requirements easing. Pay down your debts such as credit cards as much as possible, check with a mortgage professional to see what you can qualify for and decide from there.

As always our RE/MAX Greater Atlanta real estate team is here to guide you and answer any questions you may have. Call us today at 770-973-9700.


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