“Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
There were many reasons I elected to work under the Coldwell Banker umbrella. The training a sales associate receives is unmatched. The tools available to market homes are outstanding. And the people — my colleagues, my broker, etc. — are fantastic.
I didn’t choose Coldwell Banker because of its television advertising campaigns — that would be as smart as grossly over-pricing a split-level with foundation cracks located next to an airport runway. Still, I’m proud to be associated with a company that produces high-quality advertising and hits customers squarely in the heart.
The latest CB campaign is themed “Catch” (above) and it’s going to be perfect for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight this spring.
The “Catch” theme is almost as good as the “Home’s Best Friend” which ran earlier this year and really tugged at the heart strings. Enjoy
There are a number of reasons I chose to cast my real estate lot with Coldwell Banker. Too many to list in just one blog.
I could talk for days about my broker and Coldwell Banker colleagues, the on-going training we receive and the code of ethics we all follow.
Then there is the Coldwell Banker brand. In terms of national brand recognition, Coldwell Baker ranks right up there with the big boys. It’s mentioned in the same brand-recognition breath as companies such as Nike.
Other brokerages may have commercials that air on national television. Quite honestly, I’m not sure, but I know that Coldwell Banker are the only national real estate commercials I remember seeing.
The latest Coldwell Banker ad is a gem. It also fits my philosophy when it comes to TV commercials: If you want a successful ad campaign, use dogs or babies or both.
CB’s commercial may not me the tear-jerker that Budweiser recently produced, but it makes me happy as a pet-lover. It also makes me proud to be affiliated with Coldwell Banker.
Here’s a website you may just want to bookmark.
If you think that one day, whether it’s in the immediate or distant future, that you may want to purchase a home in Metro Atlanta, this is a good website to begin your search. If you know someone who is considering a move to the Atlanta area, this is an ideal site for them.
This home-search site could not be more simple to use, and more importantly: it’s accurate and up to date.
Full disclosure: I’m biased when it comes to this home-search tool.
My company, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, has provided all its agents with this tremendous tool. Much of the same information you can find on well-known home-search websites can be found here.
Go ahead, play around on the site and let me know what you think.
And if you are curious of what your home is worth, get a free market analysis by just clicking here.
A plush, 24-hour gaming resort featuring up to 425 machines that pay out non-cash prizes may be coming soon to an underdeveloped area of South DeKalb.
The Atlanta Braves aren’t the only folks moving to Smyrna.
Construction is well underway at Belmont — near Atlanta Road and Windy Hill Road — and this area in changing daily.
I’ll write more about what type of homes, cottages and townhomes that are being constructed in a future blog, but this location is going to be great for almost any home-buyer. This community is being built literally steps away from the Smyrna Elementary School campus and it’s only a football field or so away from Campbell Middle School. And from the intersection of Atlanta Road and Windy Hill Road — you are a short drive away from I-285 and I-75. It’s 12 miles from here to the heart of Midtown.
The homes are being built by David Weekley Homes and this is what is says on the builder’s website:
“Located in Smyrna, GA, David Weekley Homes will soon begin building new homes in Village of Belmont! Choose from several unique floor plans with stunning architectural elements and incredible interiors in this charming community. Here, you’ll also enjoy:
You can see Smyrna Elementary School in the background of this photo:
Do any of the following describe you or someone you know?
There’s a new program to Georgia that many Coldwell Banker customers are using to get into their dream home without a down payment or even a mortgage. This program allows you to lease the house for as long as you would like, but with an option to purchase it at any time — whether it’s after just two months or two years or even longer.
There’s no obligation to ever purchase the home. After renting it for one year, you can just walk away, no strings attached.
Obviously, there are many more details, but there are no “catches.” We’ve had numerous customers enjoy successful transactions using this program.
Call me at 404.295.8703 or email me at email@example.com and I’ll be glad to tell you all about it.
And you thought Monday night’s Ohio State-Oregon game had been broken down every way possible…
As a Realtor, I would be remiss not to compare which city — Columbus or Eugene — is champion when it comes to real estate.
Football may be a game of inches. But what about square feet and acres? Turns out the biggest difference between the Buckeyes and Ducks may be something other than the uniforms.
Using statistics compiled by Trulia, I put together the chart below:
In 2014, Ohio State may have enjoyed a remarkable football season under head coach Urban Meyer, but Columbus’ real estate numbers took a dip during football season. Perhaps Buckeye fans focus so strongly on football, they just don’t have time for real estate. Maybe the early-season loss to Virginia Tech caused a cloud of depression over the city.
Alas, Buckeye fans, one year produces a very small sample size of data and we’re just having some real estate agent fun here.
Meanwhile, real estate flourished in Eugene in 2014. The average sales price for Eugene homes went up 8.4 percent over the previous year.
The difference is median sales price between homes in Columbus and Eugene (in 2014) was $117,000 — which is about the same number of Oregon’s uniform combinations.
So, which team will capture the first ever National College Football Playoff Monday night? That may be even more difficult to predict than the real estate market.
I think most of us who are older than 30 fantasize at times about going back to college.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington — I like to jokingly refer to it as “The Harvard of the South” — is where I went to school and I don’t regret it for a second. Campus was just a few miles from Wrightsville Beach, my favorite beach on the planet. Between beach, beer and bikinis, it was difficult to focus at times…
Focus, Dean, focus.
If we only knew then, what we know now.
I happen to know a lot of recent college graduates (through my association with Georgia Tech and Tech athletics) and they are embarking on “the real world” for the first time. Soon, they’ll be getting the largest paychecks of their young lives. Some will spend loosely, some will pay off student loans and still others will start saving and investing.
Almost all of them, however, think that owning a home is a distant dream, or at best, an investment down the road. What many of them don’t understand — as smart as they may be — is that it’s easier than they may think to own a home, and it may not be necessary to continue renting that apartment when you could be making mortgage payments.
This is part of a story written by Jon Coile on Inman.com:
You do not need to wait while you save huge amounts of money for a down payment. As we all know, the mortgage world is changing rapidly and dramatically right now. A mortgage that might have been impossible to obtain before Thanksgiving 2014 may, in fact, be totally possible now in the New Year. Lender standards are regaining some flexibility. Down payment requirements are going down — now, in many cases, a down payment is only 3 percent of the sales price, or even 0 percent for veterans. Underwriting for self-employed borrowers that was incredibly strict in 2014 is moving back towards a common-sense standard.
The pendulum isn’t swinging back to the wild days of 2006, but if a buyer was dis-qualified by a lender just last month, re- engage! We are in a new market with new guidelines. Potential millennial buyers shouldn’t think that just because they have a high-speed Internet connection and the brains to read between the lines on blogs that they also have the ability to self-qualify — or, even worse, disqualify themselves for a mortgage. We need to strongly encourage them to meet face-to-face with a mortgage professional. Help is free, so take it.
The Millennials will play a huge role in real estate in 2015, according to the experts. Statistics show that owning a home remains a goal for America’s youth, who are just pursuing the dream at a different pace than their parents did.
This is part of a story written on Realtor.com by Melissa Dittman Tracey.
Millennial force: Younger professionals are having more luck in the job market, which is expected to help more of them jump into home ownership in the new year. Overall, employment is on the rise, but jobs for Millennials — particularly those aged 25 to 29 — has risen by 3 percent. That’s one percentage point above the nationwide rate. According to some forecasts, Millennials are expected to drive two-thirds of household formations over the next five years. The forecasted addition of 2.5 million jobs next year, as well as an increase in household formation, will likely drive more first-time home buyers into home ownership, according to realtor.com® projections.
Tracey and Realtor.com do a great job on this article.
More on the Millennials from this Trulia article about what to expect in 2015:
“Undoubtedly, the purchasing power of the millennial demographic packs a serious punch. And it seems that homeownership still plays a key role in the American dream, especially among young adults — an overwhelming 93 percent of young adult renters responded yes when asked if they will be purchasing a home someday.”
Atlanta is a great city for running enthusiasts, and this should come as no surprise to anyone.
The annual Peachtree Road Race (10k), which attracted 60,000 runners on July 4, is one of the most popular (and largest) races on the planet. Don’t plan on running your best time there (because of the crowded streets) but the scenery and atmosphere makes it a bucket list type of race.
The Atlanta Track Club, which actually hosts the Peachtree Road Race, is one of the largest of its kind.
It also helps that the climate in Atlanta is suitable for those who tend to go into hibernation during cold months. And don’t be fooled by the outdated label of “Hotlanta” — it’s not any hotter in the A than it is in most parts of North and South Carolina.
I consider myself a running enthusiast, which is a level of running somewhere between ultra-marathoner and couch potato. Below, I list my six favorite places to run in the Atlanta area.
1. Piedmont Park — Located right in the heart of Midtown and the finishing point for the Peachtree Road Race, Piedmont Park is an oasis among the high-rise condo buildings. The paved trail weaves around ponds, a dog park, picnics and frisbee-throwers. It’s a great people-watching, dog-petting route. Warning: there are a couple of big-time hills. And for those who hate hills, in the middle of the park is a completely level half-mile track that envelopes sand volleyball courts, kickball and softball games.
2. Silver Comet Trail — Part running and biking trail, part nature walk and almost completely flat, the “Comet” goes on for miles. Technically, you can bike all the way to Alabama on the trail. This is a great spot for long runs as there are distance markers every quarter-mile.
3. West Paces Ferry Road — I like to start at the intersection with Northside — just a stone’s throw from the Flying Biscuit — and run past the mansions, including the Governor’s mansion, and head toward Buckhead. To Peachtree Street and back it’s about a six-mile loop. It’s slightly uphill on the way out, and a little easier to breathe on the way home.
4. Alpharetta Greenway — I’ve only run there one time, but was impressed. It’s similar to the Silver Comet Trail, just shorter and with a few rolling hills.
5. Atlanta Road in Smyrna — Between Spring Road and Paces Ferry Road, this completely flat little stretch of sidewalk is close to my heart. No, literally, it’s close because that’s where I live. I love Smyrna, in part, because of it’s diversity and you catch a glimpse of that on your run. Want to throw in a couple of serious hills? Just go beyond West Paces Ferry down to Cumberland Parkway and back.
6. The Beltline — You might say that this one has the most upside because it’s constantly growing. The Beltline has been especially great for runners and cyclists inside the city, who can now continue on their trek without having to stop at stoplights and dodge traffic.
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