I am very excited to have moved my license to Engel & Völkers and working with Traton Homes. Traton is a local builder who has been building homes in the Atlanta market for 46 years with outstanding reputation for altogether more!! A family run business that has earned respect and admiration from their peers but most importantly confidence from thousands of homeowners .You cannot ask for more than that in a home builder–can you? You can learn all about Traton by clicking on the Traton name.
Diana Stowe and I will be working at Woodland Parc in Smyna within walking distance of the new Braves Stadium and Battery Park. Our office at Woodland Parc is officially open so don’t hesitate to stop by to visit us. With prices starting in the low $400’s these are going to go fast. With such easy access to the interstate, you can be anywhere in no time. Walk to shopping and restaurants. We are so excited to be working for Traton in this new community. Don’t wait to visit us to take a virtual tour click here now.
These are 3 story, 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths with 2 car garages, oversized decks and best of all, built by Traton Homes. Check out our floor plans and give us a call.
Looking for a home today is so different from the days when we first obtained our real estate licenses. There was no internet back then. Everything was print ads or in a book. That’s right, the multiple listing server was in a book and there were no pictures. We actually had to read the description. Print ads did often provide pictures but just the front view of the home. We counted highly on written descriptions.
Today we have so many websites to visit to find a home. The biggest problem with that is accuracy. Some websites do not update daily. Surprisingly some update on a weekly or monthly basis. In addition to the multitude of websites that feature all the homes for sale, buyers have access to all kind of information that may or may not be true. Or it might be true in one state but not in another. The internet can be a help and it can be a hinderance. We have found less people trust us (real estate agents/REALTORS®). They believe what they read on the internet or what their friends and family tell them. Recently we had a buyer tell us that their parents did not have to do something (something that today is required) when they bought a home. Well it happens their parents bought a home more than 30 years ago. The entire process has changed in 30 years so, it might be best to listen to someone who has had recent experience in the industry. Lending rules and guidelines change constantly and relying on someone who obtained a loan even 3 years ago could lead you in the wrong direction.
We would like to meet to explain to our buyers the process–it rarely happens but, when someone takes the time to let us explain how things work–we have a much smoother transaction. Most people think looking at homes and then “picking” one is pretty much it. If only that was the case. Looking at homes is the easy part. It is all the things in between that can become frustrating. In fact, looking for the home can also become frustrating. We have discovered, finding that home is like finding your wedding dress. Once you find it, STOP looking. Seriously, you will always find something you like. The problem with that is when do you stop? How do you stop? How much time do you have? Don’t waste it.
Once you find a home, make your offer. Not that you have to “jump” but, don’t wait to see some more and then find the one you really liked was bought by someone else. Or don’t wait until your favorite has another offer and then you are in a bidding war. We know this is not easy but, we firmly believe a pre-showing consultation with your REALTOR® will help you make decisions that will place you in your dream home. This is your dream and we want to make it happen. Trust us and we will find your dream home
Do not hesitate or you will miss out. This one will go fast!! Going live this coming Friday. For a sneak preview, give me a call 678-618-9688
This fabulous home in Dallas will be on the market next week. 4 Bedroom 3 Bath home has beautiful commercial grade hardwood floors, exotic granite countertops and a bedroom on the main. Keep your eyes and ears open for this one, you won’t want to miss out.
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Spring has always been the best time to list your home. Flowers are blooming, leaves are popping out on the trees, grass is greener and it is warming up. On top of that the days are getting longer. We have several listings coming up including this beautiful town home in Marietta. It is a corner unit and it is going live next week — we don’t expect it to last long.
There are not many listings on the market so it is typical for them to go quickly. Looking in Marietta? Call Property Pros
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In addition to working residential real estate we, Diana, Karen & Mary, work in New Homes. Back in the day when real estate was booming this was our niche. We still enjoy it, but it has changed. It has changed in many ways. There was a time that we would sit with a buyer going over plats with lot dimensions and and lot elevations to help them choose their lot. Then we would pour over the different floor plans/blue prints to help them choose their dream home. Today, there are no plat maps. There are no blue prints. We look at artist renderings of the plat and artist renderings of the different floor plans. We do not know lot dimensions nor the square footage of different rooms in the floor plan. We do not even know the “foot print” of a house plan. (the foot print is the width and length of a house). We can walk a lot with buyers and we can sit there and describe the floor plan, but we can’t give any dimensions. We are lucky to have a spec home to show. In addition, there are no lists of options. Let me rephrase that. There is a huge list of options but not something we can pass out. The option list is made for each individual floor plan and includes every option for every room for every plan. Typically the options are about 13 pages long for each floor plan. And then there is the contract. No longer do we use the GAR (Georgia Association of REALTORS® )contract. Builders have bought into these programs that generate a “builder contract” while placing orders for all the different subcontractors who are involved in the construction of the house. Basically it means the sales agent is now doing the production work as he/she writes the contract. In theory this is a great idea. It saves the builder money because he/she does not have to pay anyone to do the production. The agent works solely on commission. For the buyer this could mean lower prices, if the builder choses to pass that savings on to the purchaser. What this also means to the buyer is that “custom” options are a thing of the past. Though some programs allow for Custom Option Requests, some do not. If the program allows for it, the process of writing a contract could take much longer. The program also creates stopping points for adding things to the contract at different stages of construction. Take for instance, as a buyer you suddenly realize you need an additional electrical outlet in a room. You notice this as you are walking through the house while the electrician is working in the house. Back in the “old” days you could run to the model home and the agent could call the on site builder. From there the builder could run over to the house or call the electrician to put in a new outlet. That’s not how it works. Today, an order must be created, signed by both parties and then sent to the vendor. Even though the vendor/electrician is there in the house, he cannot make a change without a change order. This is where there could be a cut off. While you the buyer are busy trying to get this change order signed, and the agent needs to get the seller to sign, construction is still going on. Most times it will be too late.
If you are thinking of buying a new home, especially if you are having it built. Please be patient. Don’t be surprised to hear the words no, a lot. Prices are generally not negotiable. A builder has to keep prices up for appraisals. If a neighborhood is in close out, you may have a chance to negotiate. If a spec home has been sitting for a while, you may have a chance to negotiate. If the neighborhood is having trouble getting “off the ground” you may have a chance to negotiate but most often, there is no negotiating.
Read the standard features as that is really all you are going to get. If it is not in the contract nor on the standard features page, it will not be in your house. Once you have a binding contract there is not much to do but watch it go up. There will be times you will think they stopped working on your house. They are probably waiting for a city or county official to inspect. Concrete has to cure, depending on the weather this could take a few days. When you do your walk through, make sure everything you mention is on the punch out sheet. Don’t let anyone tell you, “Oh, don’t worry about that. I have someone coming this afternoon to fix it.” It must be on the punch out sheet.
Trust the on site agent. I don’t say this just because I am an on site agent but, I have done this a long time. I know so many agents in this niche and believe me they want you to be happy. We do our best to give you correct information. We rely so much on the on-site builder and the corporate office to give us truthful/honest answers for all your questions. We want you to be happy because you might refer us to a friend. We want you to be happy because you are living in the neighborhood and will meet potential buyers on the street. We want you to be happy because you just made the largest purchase of your life and you should be happy.
We have formed a team!! That’s right. Behind every good agent is another good agent, but in this case there are two more good agents. Property Pros consists of three agents who have worked together for nearly 20 years. For all those years we never formally formed a team but, we worked as one. So may I introduce to you,
Diana Stowe Karen Foster and then there is me
With our new name we also have a new website: Property Pros
and we have a new facebook page Property Pros Facebook Page
Now is your chance to own a brand new home for only $129,900. This fabulous ranch features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, very open plan with island in kitchen. And the best part about this property is you can obtain a USDA loan which means no down payment. If you would like to see this home please call me at 678-618-9688 or call your agent. If you would like to talk to a lender to see if you qualify for this loan please call Lori Thompson with Eagle Home Mortgage at 770-596-4779.
We had two successful open houses today and all our registered guests will be entered in BHHS Mega Open House contest to win $500. or an iPad Air 2. Thank you to those who previewed our homes, and thank you to our home owners who opened their homes. If you could not get by today, don’t hesitate to call for an appointment. These two homes are still available and waiting for a new owner.
Thank you again
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We are hosting not 1 but 2 Open Houses on October 18th from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM. Please stop by to visit and enter to win $500. or an iPad Air2. You don’t have to be looking to buy a home, just stop in to register. Increase your chances of winning by visiting any BHHS Georgia Properties open house this Sunday, October 18th.
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