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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


Should I Renovate My Home for A Real Estate Sale?

With the recent housing market conditions showing rapid improvements many homeowners are now entertaining the idea of a Real Estate sale.  One common question that I am asked as a Realtor is "Should I renovate my home for a Real Estate sale?"  The answer of course varies, however here are some key things to consider:

1.  Will the makeover cause the home to sell quicker?  Most renovations, let me add 'well done' renovations, can cause a quicker sale.  Often home buyers like to see more modern amenities and an updated look when purchasing homes.  The less they feel they need to do to home to make the home move in ready the more comfortable some home buyers feel about the purchase. However, this may not always be the case, if the price is right some home buyers prefer to "make it their own."

2.  Will you have a return on your investment? This is a big factor to consider.  Many renovations, while they may bring you a faster real estate sale, don't always put the money back into your pocket.  Be cautious and speak to a local Realtor before making costly renovations so that you can get a good market estimate for selling your home in it's current condition verses having it renovated.

3.  Do it yourself or hire someone?  Yet another big question to consider.  I cannot tell you how many DIY renovations gone wrong that I have seen actually kill the home owner's  Real Estate sale.  If you are going to spend the money and take the time to make renovations please be sure the improvements are completed properly.  When it comes to your home, if you are not an expert please don't try to become one overnight by watching YouTube and HGTV.  Your Realtor is a great resource for connecting you with local professionals.  Ask for referrals and get some estimates, then make a good decision on what's best for your home and budget.

4.  Will you need a permit?  Keep in mind that many aspects of home remodeling and renovations are regulated by your local government.  Check with your local officials to see if your renovation will require being permitted.  Often home owners renovate without pulling permits only to find out later by their buyer's home inspector that the renovation is not up to current code standards.  Don't get yourself caught up in this situation, it could cost you the home sale or a costly 'renovation' of the renovation.

Renovations can be a great perk to a home buyer but they can also be a costly project to a home owner.  Each property is different and each home owner must decide on options that best fit their individual situation.  

For more home selling tips and ideas concerning a home renovation in or around Atlanta, GA I am happy to help, contact me anytime.  


Written by:

Amie Bozeman, Atlanta Real Estate Pro
Direct: 770-855-5590


How Do Real Estate Agents Get Paid?

The Simple Answer:  Sales Commission. 

That's right, Real Estate agents are paid when they sell a home.  It seems that much of the public is unaware of how Real Estate agents earn their living, this blog post is intended to bring simple clarification to this matter. 

Typically Real Estate agents will enter into a signed contractual agreement with a home owner and in that agreement the home owner agrees to a certain percentage or commission that will be given to the Real Estate agent(s) when their home is sold and closed.  Once the agreement is signed the Real Estate agent begins their listing duties of posting the home to the MLS (in which they have paid a lucrative amount to join), advertising with all of the important Real Estate marketing avenues, holding open houses, alerting other agents about the listing, and so forth and so on all in the hopes that the home will sell resulting in them being paid their promised commission. If the home that the Real Estate agent has listed does not sell, the agent in the vast majority of cases, does not receive any compensation no matter the extent of their prior investment. 

Some of you may be buyers and are wondering how it works for you.  The answer is simple, if you buy a home through your Real Estate agent and the home is listed with a Real Estate company, your Real Estate agent will be paid by the seller.  This means that your Real Estate agent's services are free to you. The services in which your Real Estate agent will provide to you is locating and showing homes to you, advising you and helping you through your offer and negotiations, assisting you through the inspection processes, processing your paperwork with the attorneys and lenders to ensure a successful closing and so forth.  Please keep in mind that no matter how many hours your Real Estate agent invests into your home search and negotiations they will not be paid unless you purchase and close on a home with them. One of the hardest pills for a Real Estate agent to swallow is having spent hours invested with a buyer who ultimately purchases with another agent, buys a "for sale by owner" property, etc.  Keep in mind that if you are working with a Real Estate agent they can call and negotiate "for sale by owner" homes for you.  Often these by-owner sellers will compensate your Real Estate agent for you if you purchase their home. 

Having a better understanding of how Real Estate agents are paid will hopefully bring about better customer and client loyalty.  I have often said that Real Estate agents work when everyone else doesn't: nights and weekends.  Please be considerate of our hard work and time spent away from our homes in an effort to find or sell your home! 

Final Point:  Hire an experienced agent that will work hard for you, be honest with you, give you their best in loyalty and in return you be loyal to them. 

Buying or selling around the Greater Atlanta area?  I would appreciate the opportunity to work for you!

Amie Bozeman, Atlanta Real Estate Pro
Direct: 770-855-5590

A Buyer is Coming - Be Sure to Prepare Your Home for Your Buyer Showing!

Your Realtor has completed the CMA, the listing agreement has been signed, the sign is in the yard, the lock-box is on the door, and a call has just come in announcing a buyer is coming for a home showing!  This is your time to let your home shine!  


Here are some Seller Home tips on ways to prepare your home for your buyer showing: 

1.  Clean!  Be sure the home is sanitized and clear of all debris, clutter, odors, etc.  An unclean home is one of the biggest turn-offs to a buyer, no matter how awesome your home is, most buyers just can't get past filth and clutter. Do not miss this huge step, if you don't have time to do it-hire a professional! 

2.  Pack!  That's right begin removing unused furniture, decor, and the 'dust collectors' we all have.  This will allow the home to appear neater and show off more space.  Tip:  use one side of your garage to start storing boxes, this will get them out of the home and ready for you to move on after the sale. 

3.  Clear the walkways and front entrance.  Buyers do not want to fight past your shrubs, cobwebs and bees to see your home.  Trim the hedges, clean the outer entrance, place a fresh flower or two, get a new welcoming mat, and remove any outside pests. In your absence, a welcoming entrance will invite buyers in for you. 

4.  Neutralize the air!  One of the worst mistakes sellers make just before a showing is cleaning with harsh chemicals or hosing the home down with perfumed air fresheners, plug ins, etc.  Do not do this, buyers only assume you are hiding black mold and 20 cats.  Bake some cookies or use a light clean fragrance if you have a little stench to cover. 

5. Turn on all lights, lamps, and some soft music.  This really sets the tone for a welcoming home showing.  Often when lights are left off the feeling is cold and uninviting.  

6.  Lock up your valuables and medications.  When a Realtor is showing your home to buyers they cannot always see everyone at all times.  With large families sometimes everyone splits off in different directions potentially leaving your valuables and medications at risk.   

7.  Leave!  That's right, unless you have an emergent reason to stay get the kids, get the dog and get out!  Buyers want to freely look at your home with an opportunity to discuss the likes/dislikes, ideas and so forth with their Realtor and family.  When an owner is home the buyer feels constrained, like an unwelcome guest. 

While this list may not cover all items needed to prepare your home for a buyer showing, these must do tips will give you a great start.   

Thinking of selling in the Greater Atlanta area?  I will be happy to stop by and give you personalized home tips on ways you can prepare your home for today's Real Estate market. 

Amie Bozeman, Atlanta Real Estate Pro
Direct: 770-855-5590

Spring, A Terrific time to Sell Your Home!

While summertime home sales actually peek the market, spring is a great time as well!!  Here are some reasons buyers begin their search just as the warm weather hits:

1.  People have been locked inside with the cold temps therefore the nicer weather stirs people to get out and about.  This results in higher traffic at open houses, and open houses are always a great opportunity to present your home to home potential buyers starting a new search.

2.  Flowers are in bloom, that's right curb appeal. Beautiful, colorful landscapes can catch a buyer's attention and peak their curiosity about the homes that are for sale.

3. Buyers try to prepare for the summer buying season.  Summertime has the top selling months, but buyers are often out seeing whats on the market so that when summer arrives they are ready to make their move. The good news is that if your home shows well and they fall in love with it, they will often buy early so that they don't miss out on "their" favorite home.

4.  The in-between school year moves.  Summer host the largest moves because parents are trying to get the kids in and settled before the next school year starts.  The concern that gets them out searching in the springtime is 'what if we don't find a home during the summer months.'  Again if they love your home they just may buy early so that they don't miss out!

5.  Spring in general is a hopeful time, things are new and fresh the suns out and the air is light. This prompts people to make changes and sometimes those changes are moving to a new place.  

Thinking of selling your home or buying a home this spring in or around the Atlanta, GA area?  I would enjoy helping you, contact me so we can get started. 

Written by:

Amie Bozeman, Atlanta Real Estate Pro



Direct: 770-855-5590