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Coach Mark Richt is Selling His Home!

Alright UGA fans it looks like Coach Richt is gone for good!  But you can still have a part of his legacy if you purchase his sprauling 5700 square foot Watkinsville estate.  The home was just listed and according to the GAMLS is priced just under $800,000.  This beauty features 5 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, as well as 2 half baths.  Other exciting home details include a finished basement, theater, library, separate dining, outdoor fireplace and more.  I am happy to show and sell this delightful piece of Georgia Real Estate.  Call me for help or to have all of the home's photos emailed directly to you!  

Posted by Amie Bozeman, Associate Broker

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7 IMPORTANT TIPS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME
By Amie
October 9, 2014

1. De-clutter!!!  Space, space, and more space are what home buyers want to see.  The more space they see available the larger a home looks.  The seller’s responsibility is to take the clutter away.  For instance, in the kitchen remove all unnecessary items from the counter-tops leaving behind the appearance of open space for food preparation and clear the refrigerator of all magnets.  In the living areas remove any unused coffee tables and put away all remotes, magazines, etc for a neat, polished look.  Another simple idea is in the bathrooms; leave nothing on the vanity area except the soap dispenser and toothbrush holder.  All other items can be neatly stored away in easy to pull out storage baskets for daily use then tucked back away out of site for a nice home preview from a potential buyer.

 
2. Clean and sanitize your home.  A filthy or un-kept home turns buyers away quickly!  Remember home buyers are looking for their “new” home.  Clean your home making everything look fresh and new including carpets, walls, light switch-plates, out of reach ceiling fans, air flow filters, showers, ovens, base-boards, etc.  If you do not have time to properly clean yourself, hire a cleaning professional for a one-time full service-cleaning, and then maintain the cleanliness daily from there. 


3. De-personalize the home.  Buyers want to see themselves in the home and not you.  Take down and put away all personal photos, awards, diplomas, etc.  This allows the buyers to concentrate on finding “their” home rather than buying “yours.”  Remember to re-patch and repaint any left behind nail holes. 

4. Don’t think too little of curb appeal.  Many sellers put their efforts and attention on the inside of the home while leaving in neglect the exterior.  This is a costly mistake.  Make sure the yards, hedges, and beds are manicured at all times.  Try to plant and cultivate inexpensive seasonal flowers for splashes of color.  Keep the entrance walkways clear of all overgrowth and pressure wash home and driveways if needed.  Your home, when selling, needs to have one of the best looking yards on the block. As with the cleaning, a one-time professional overhaul may be worth the expense and then maintain from there.

 
5. Make sure your home is inviting!  When a buyer comes to preview your home invite them in with your actions although you yourself are absent.  Leave lights and lamps turned on, play soft instrumental music in the background, bake a fresh tray of cookies and leave a note along side to take one, and have soft-scented candles burning.  These are simple ways to make your potential buyer feel right at home in what could be their new home!


6. Do not over-price your property!!  Make sure you are asking no more for your home than what its worth.  Overpricing in order to have “negotiation room” often will detour buyers all together.  Price the home right and try to offer buyer incentives when possible. 


7. Hire a professional!  Make sure your Realtor works for an experienced company with many advertising outlets.  You will want your home displayed extensively on the internet, in written publications, and in the media.  Make sure the photos of your home display well and written ads are proof-read and are interest peaking.  When interviewing your Agent request a list of all advertisements they use, and ask for a monthly evaluation of where your home has been specifically advertised along with a list of all showings and given feedback. Lastly, make sure you like your Realtor and feel you can work with them throughout the process.

Amie Bozeman, Atlanta Real Estate Pro

Email: amie@amiebozeman.net

Website: http://amiebozeman.net

Direct: 770-855-5590

ANNOUNCEMENT: RENTERS, THE ECONOMY IS IN YOUR HANDS!
By Amie
October 9, 2014

As everyone knows the housing market has been at one of its all-time lows over the past few years causing the economy to suffer some of the hardest hits in American history.  During this time in Real Estate we Realtors have noticed a significant increase in qualified buyers choosing to rent rather than take a risk on purchasing in today’s uneasy housing market.  A major factor that leads to this is the fear of foreclosure if in the future a buyer needed to sell for any reason and were unable do so. 

At my brokerage, Freedom Realtors of Middle GA, and most other real estate companies in the nation a stringent process is taken to approve a renter.  This process includes a credit check and an income verification assessment.  The credit check is to ensure that the person desiring to rent has had a good history with paying their prior debts and an income verification assessment is to make sure the applicant can indeed afford the rental amount required by the home owner.  Keep in mind both of these steps are also required to purchase a home with any mortgage lender.  With so many rental applicants being approved around the nation, a real estate professional can only assume that most of the applicants if so desired would be approved to purchase a home since they have been approved to rent a home.  I often make the statement to buyers and sellers that “if we could sell homes as fast as we can rent homes the economy of American would turn around over night.”  Hence the statement “Renters, the economy is in your Hands.” 

I would like to point out a few of the pros to buying instead of renting if you are indeed qualified to do so:

1. Buying a home means paying your mortgage rather than someone else’s mortgage.
2. Buying a home means investing in your personal wealth rather than the wealth of someone else.
3. With interest rates on mortgages at all-time low and rental rates on a constant incline due to supply and demand, you are likely to save hundreds to thousands of dollars annually on a mortgage.
4. You will be able to claim special home owner deductions on your taxes annually just for being a home-owner.
5. You are able to make the property “your own” with special touches such as paint colors, adding square footage, landscape, etc.

Renters, in taking some of these facts into consideration I hope you will take a second look at your home buying options.  Contact a Realtor to see if you may benefit yourself and the American economy by becoming a home owner today!  Together we can all make a difference!

Amie Bozeman, Atlanta Real Estate Pro

Email: amie@amiebozeman.net

Website: http://amiebozeman.net

Direct: 770-855-5590

TIPS FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS; 2012 IS YOUR YEAR!!!
By Amie
October 9, 2014

If buying a home has seemed like a dream to you and you are just not sure how or if you would be able to purchase a home here are some key tips to help you go from merely dreaming of buying a home to actually buying a home:

1. First and foremost evaluate your financial situation.  Examine your finances by determining how much money you have left over in your month after paying all of your expenses and evaluating your savings account.  If you are able to comfortably pay your bills each month without any late fees this is very positive and shows that you are financially stable. A good rule of thumb for your savings account is to always have a 3 month emergency fund saved at all times.  The emergency fund should cover ALL of your bills in the event that you had to go 3 full months without pay for any reason.  If you look at these areas and determine you don’t quite make the mark don’t completely rule yourself out, make some financial adjustments to determine how to reduce your debts and build your savings.

2. Next you want to check your credit report.  Mortgage lenders do not mind pulling your credit and reviewing it with you, so ask a Realtor to refer you to a good lender.  Most require a minimum of a 640 credit score in order to purchase a home these days.  If your credit has a few areas that need improvement decide on a good plan with your lender to improve your credit to achieve your target credit score.  Because lenders deal with challenging credit situations daily they are very well equipped with ways to help you improve your score.  One of the biggest mistakes people make is not speaking with a professional about their credit.  Without making improvements on your credit homeownership will only remain a dream.  Lenders will help you, call one today to get started on your path to home ownership.


3. Make sure you have fees other than your emergency funds set aside to cover the costs of your loan closing and your down-payment.  The average amount of closing costs and pre-paid items needed to cover your closing are approximately 4% of your loan amount.  Sometimes the seller will help you off-set some or all of these expenses by contributing towards your closing costs but this is not always the case.  Your down payment (in addition to your closing costs and pre-paid items) can range from 0-20% depending on your loan type.   One of the most common loans used for home owners planning to occupy the residence is an FHA loan.  This loan requires 3.5% of the loan amount as your down payment.  If you are a veteran using your VA loan or approved to buy a home in a USDA area your down payment could be as little as 0%. A lender is also the one to speak to on this matter; they will help you decide which loan type best fits your situation.


4. Find a REALTOR!  A Realtor has access to all home listings.  They can show you all properties and can adjust the search to fit your desired specifications.  Your specifications can include things such as price range, location, number of beds/baths, square footage, school zones, etc.  One of the best things about a Realtor is that it’s FREE to use one as long as you buy a property listed with a Real Estate Company.  Realtors are well trained on Real Estate contracts, negotiations, and the local market.  Find one that fits your personality and understands your wants and needs.  Then enjoy the process as your Realtor works hard to find you the home of your dreams. 

Don’t be afraid to make your dream of home-ownership a reality.  Use these first time homebuyer tips to help you get started today.  2012 is a great time to buy your first home.  Rates are still at an all-time low and the market is full of wonderful homes in all price ranges.  Enjoy the process, it’s an exciting experience!

Amie Bozeman, Atlanta Real Estate Pro

Email: amie@amiebozeman.net

Website: http://amiebozeman.net

Direct: 770-855-5590

 

 

 

“HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT LISTING AGENT”
By Amie
October 9, 2014

Whether you are upsizing, downsizing, relocating, or just getting rid of your current home, it is very important not to make the mistake of hiring the wrong type of listing agent.  A person’s home is often referred to as the “largest purchase anyone will ever make” so when selling home the opposite would be true in that this is likely one of the largest sales you will ever make.  Hiring the right professional to handle the transaction for you is a very important decision. 

Here are some key ‘must haves’ for a Great Listing Agent:

  1. Experience.  How long has the Realtor been in the business and how many sellers have they represented?  In addition make sure they are still actively selling, some agents have been in the business a long time but may not make Real Estate their full time career anymore.
  2. References.  Ask the Realtor you are considering for previous seller references (3 that have sold in the past year).  Call them to see how they felt about the overall experience, the transaction negotiations and the outcome of their sale, and then ask them if they needed to sell again would they rehire this same Realtor.
  3. The Marketing Plan.  Your listing agent IS your marketing agent!  Ask to see links to their current listings, and then check out their marketing verbiage, photos and exposure.  **Tip: before deciding on Realtors to interview Google their names to see their level of internet presence and reviews.
  4. The connection.  When interviewing agents make sure you feel the Realtor you choose has connected with you and has a good understanding of your needs and desires when it comes to selling your home.
  5. Your Realtor’s standings in the Realtor community. (Often over-looked).  How do other Realtors feel about the Realtor you have chosen?  Most MLS systems co-op and so the likelihood of another Realtor showing and selling your home is pretty high.  Therefore it is imperative that your Realtor have good standings with other agents for when the time comes to “co-operate” and get a deal done!  **Tip:  check out their social media pages such as Linked In and Facebook to see their professional relationships in the community.

In using these guidelines in combination with your intuition you should be able to make a great decision when choosing a listing agent to market and sale your property.

Wishing you a great experience with whom you choose,

Amie Bozeman, Atlanta Realtor

Email: amie@amiebozeman.net

Website: http://amiebozeman.net

Direct: 770-855-5590