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How Do I Find a Realtor that Best Suits my Needs?

In order to have the best experience when selling or buying a home, a Realtor is needed. A realtor can work so many wonders, help in so many ways, provide so much comfort, relieve so much stress. The only “problem” is finding the right one for you and your home, whether you are buying or selling it.

There are many things you need from your realtor including:

  • Trust
  • Knowledge
  • Uniqueness
  • Clarity

You are deciding to trust one person or team with your potentially largest asset financially and most prized possession- a roof over your family’s head. You need to be able to trust in every step of the way.

You need your Realtor to have knowledge whether you are buying or selling your home.

For Buyers: You need your Realtor to know exactly what you want in a home, in location, and in timing. They need to know the area you are wanting to purchase a home in, to know the current market values, the market trend for the area is, and any special circumstances affecting the area that could potentially increase or decrease the value of your future home.

For Sellers: You need your Realtor to know your home in order to be able to market it efficiently. They need to know the area your home is located to be able to sell it in a timely manner to a buyer. Marketing is key for your Realtor when selling a home, they need to know the in and outs of your local community to sell its key features, to know the current market values, what the market trend for the area is to correctly help you price your home, and any special circumstances affecting the area that increases or decreases the value of your home to potential buyers.

Uniqueness is such a essential characteristic of a good Realtor. If a realtor has a unique advertising front in their technique it can make the timing of you selling or buying a house be much quicker than if they are doing simple and average methods. If the Realtor is working as an individual Realtor under a large Home Services Business, the tools they are given can potentially help the selling or purchasing a home tremendously if the Realtor knows how to take advantage of them.

Last but not least in the list, Clarity. As a buyer and seller you need to fully know and comprehend the steps you and your Realtor need to take to buy your new home or sell your old home. If your Realtor is vague in the steps that need to be taken, then that is not a good sign, they need to be able to tell what you need to do when to prepare your home or to view your potentially new home. There are too many legal steps and paperwork that needs to be completed for your Realtor to not have a complete and clear concept of what needs to occur when. If you are already working with a Realtor and your mind is fuzzy on what is happening in this fast, whirlwind of events, ask to meet and discuss everything that has already happened and what your next steps are. I am sure they will be more than happy to clarify with you the productivity they have made on helping you buy or sell your home already and what they plan on accomplishing next.

What do you need to do for your Realtor? Come back and Read our next Tuesday’s Post! October 6, 2015.

This blog post was co-authored by Christy Bonner.

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The Home Selling Process

For Sale! The first time you buy or sell a house can be terrifying. There are many papers to sign, steps to take, and no one can seem to give you a clear step by step directions of what you need to do first. Realtor.com did an excellent job of laying out the steps you should take as a seller in the article, “The 7 Step Guide to Selling a House,” but as I refer you to read their article I want to highlight the first major step and Realtor’s Step 2 is finding a Realtor. Finding a quality and trustworthy Realtor will make those last 5 steps clearer with your specific needs in selling your home. Come back and read our article on Thursday to know how to select a Realtor!

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Uh… How Do I? Where? When is that…? Help?!?

Okay. It is definitely in our best interest to make the Move. Where do I begin?

Always begin with more evaluation and questions.

Do I need to buy first or sell first? Which is best for me financially? Re-evaluate whether you should buy then sell, sell then buy, or rent out your home.

How do I prepare my house to sell? De-clutter.

Moving is the perfect time to go through what you need versus what you want. Get rid of anything you don’t use. The primary part of selling your house is showing it off to potential buyers! And you want it to look clean and simple. Remove the knick-knacks, and declutter! Look for my future post about decluttering and how to present your house to show it off!

STEPS TO BUYING. You have already completed half the battle. Now it is time for research! Start with online sites of looking and researching to get a feel for what you are looking for. Create need and want lists. Create desires for your location. All of the questions you have answered from the past few weeks write down. Find an agent that best suits your needs and discuss all of this with them. Your agent knows the best process and decision for you once you share all this information with them.

This blog post was co-authored by Christy Bonner.

Susan Carroll

Phone Number

Cell: 404-903-7653

Office Main: 770-692-8050

Office Fax: 678-833-2413

Email Address
susan.carroll@bhhsgeorgia.com

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Now or Later?

So many questions. It will all be worth it in the end.

When you are all unpacked, when your family is settled, you will know because you are confident in every decision you made because you were given the proper tools to make every decision the best way for you and your family and because you answered every question possible in the planning stages and not in the active stages.

So finally it is time to answer the most important question; based on all the previous questions…

Is now the time to move?

This blog post was co-authored by Christy Bonner.

Susan Carroll

Phone Number

Cell: 404-903-7653

Office Main: 770-692-8050

Office Fax: 678-833-2413

Email Address
susan.carroll@bhhsgeorgia.com

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Oh No! Honey, We Left the Kids!

A move is never simple, but it can be a lot easier if we only have to think about me, myself, and I. Typically though, we move for many more reasons than just ourselves and we have to take into consideration every person in our lives that the Move will influence.

So. Do you have children? Will they be transferring schools? Separated from lifelong friends?

Does a parent or in-law live with you? What will change for them? What will they have to leave behind or get a fresh start in?

It is more than just the location of your home that changes. Even the simplicity of your home’s layout can change your family dynamics.

Is/was/will your house be one story when it was two stories? Or vice versa?

This can create a closer or more strained relationship depending on your family dynamics.

Will the Move result in your moving without someone? Or is someone moving without you? Are you moving out for the first time or is your child? Have you had a roommate since college and now it is time to be completely independent?

Or are you creating a new family and adding to your home’s need for space? Could it be you and your new spouse looking for your first home? Or are you having twins you weren’t prepared for in terms of space?

Now that your life is in transition what can and can’t you live without when it comes to location, services, education, etc. for you AND those the Move is impacting?

Thinking of everyone you are going to be moving with or leaving behind, how can we ease the transition? Does everyone need time to process the Move? Or does everyone want it to occur immediately?

This blog post was co-authored by Christy Bonner.

Susan Carroll

Phone Number

Cell: 404-903-7653

Office Main: 770-692-8050

Office Fax: 678-833-2413

Email Address
susan.carroll@bhhsgeorgia.com

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Location, Location, Location.

Home searching and buying is personal. This is your future life that we are looking at.

So evaluate what you have where you are now. What would you change? Do you prefer something closer or further from you that you have now?

Do you wish a certain kind of store, environment, entertainment, were available to you?

That can change NOW!

All those wishes, wants, desires, can be motivations and key ideas you look for in your future home.

So what services do you and your family require? Do you want rural, urban?

Look into your personal life, the big and small!

What preferences do you have for your pets, hygiene, lawn care, doctors’ offices, religious activities, etc.? What type of commerce or community activities do you prefer to have?

Think about land geography, weather, will you be commuting with the sun in your eyes every morning?

Only your past experiences can answer these questions. It is all preference, there are no right or wrong answers, but it is all about what you want or need.

This blog post was co-authored by Christy Bonner.

Susan Carroll

Phone Number

Cell: 404-903-7653

Office Main: 770-692-8050

Office Fax: 678-833-2413

Email Address
susan.carroll@bhhsgeorgia.com

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The Move: Fantasy or Reality?

The worst mistake we can make is putting too much time, effort, and money into something that does not pan out. We all know this, yet allow ourselves to dream too big for our house shoes. So this is why the first question we must ask ourselves when looking to buy, sell, and move, is the question, “Why am I doing this?” “What is my motivation?”

If there is no drive, purpose, or motivation, there is no cause and no effect. If there is no reason to move, there will not be a move.

So now you are thinking, “Okay Susan. I’ve got it. How do I know?”

Well I am glad you asked!

Check everything. Go over everything to make sure this is really what you need to do. A home is an investment, not just a pack of gum.

See what you say to the following questions.

Do we need more space?

Is my commute too long?

Is this home fulfilling our needs?

Our wants?

Can we fix or update something to make our home more enjoyable?

Do we want our kids in a better school system?

Are we too far away from the rest of our family?

Is this area safe and suitable to our desires?

Some other thoughts are addressed by Maria Patterson in her article, “To Sell or Not to Sell? 5 Signs it’s Time to List Your Home.”

The next step is to ask, “Should I sell my home or rent it if I decide to buy another one?”

Are you financially stable enough to maintain both houses until your first home creates a profit?

Is your current home paid off and can create a profit immediately?

Do I have the time and energy to be a landlord?

Do I have the money to hire a landlord for the property?

Now I definitely know what you are thinking.

“Susan. Stop with the questions!”

Do not worry! I know this is a lot to think about and process, but every aspect has to be thought about and an honest answer needs to be provided in order for you to be successful in selling your home, renting it out, or buying a new one.

This blog post was co-authored by Christy Bonner.

Susan Carroll

Phone Number

Cell: 404-903-7653

Office Main: 770-692-8050

Office Fax: 678-833-2413

Email Address
susan.carroll@bhhsgeorgia.com

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Preparing for The Move

You are getting ready for The Move of a lifetime! Are you ready? Are you stressed? Completely lost at what to do first?

Me too… Just kidding!

I hope I have shown you in my first blog that I am ready to serve you in the field of Real Estate and I truly long to help make The Move as easy as possible. So I am going to jump right in and get started with that!

I am going to begin with 5 questions you need to ask yourself as you begin thinking about The Move and then over the next 3 weeks we are going to go through the questions together. Remember you are not alone in this!

In the following list of questions there are the 5 Main questions when you are Preparing for The Move but I have also included some of the follow up questions we will be covering in the next few weeks.

  1. Why am I moving?
    A. Is there a purpose to The Move?
    i. What is the purpose?
    B. Or am I just daydreaming about The Move?
    ii. Why do I need to wait?
  2. What location is best for me?
    A. What services need to be near my future home?
    B. What is the furthest distance/time I am willing to drive to get to everything I need to get to?
  3. Who is involved?
    A. Who is coming on The Move with you?
    B. What factors do I need to consider for them?
    C. What can I do to make the transition easier?
  4. Is now the time to move?
    A. Evaluate the first 3 questions.
  5. Where do I begin?
    A. Do I need to buy first or sell first?
    B. How do I prepare my house to sell?
    C. What do I need to do first to buy?

Along with these 5 root questions many more questions follow.

BUT DO NOT FEAR! Do not feel overwhelmed! We are going to dissect all of this together and help you feel more comfortable and confident in making these decisions.

This blog post was co-authored by Christy Bonner.

Susan Carroll

Phone Number

Cell: 404-903-7653

Office Main: 770-692-8050

Office Fax: 678-833-2413

Email Address
susan.carroll@bhhsgeorgia.com

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Hello world!

I wanted to start by telling you a little about myself so you can understand how I can be an exceptional real estate agent for you. I grew up with a strong sense of purpose, a desire to help others, and a love of my country, which I still hold dear today because of my family. My father was a career Army man and I was what is termed an “Army Brat.” I’m not sure where that term came from, as I don’t think I was much of a brat. I was pretty much a quiet, respectful child, calling my Elders “Sir” and “Ma’am” when addressed. I may have gotten into a little mischief here and there, like the time I dumped all my neighbor’s pots and pans on the floor so I could hide under their kitchen cabinet when playing hide-and-seek, but I never recall doing anything mean or destructive on purpose.

 

As I mentioned before, my family is what has pushed me to be who I am. Being raised in a military home, my Mother was my very best friend my whole life, but sadly left this world a few years ago. I think of her every day. When I was fourteen, I lost my brother, Bob, in Vietnam and that loss affected our whole family in ways that we will never recover from. But before going to Vietnam, Bob was in Korea and laid the foundation for the adoption of my little sister, MaryAnne, whom I love dearly and wish I were able to see more often. Jim, my other brother and I are also close friends even though we live in different states. I guess because of the way we were raised, everyone in my family picks up and moves periodically and we are now spread out across the US.

 

From a young age, I knew I was going to join the Army and follow in my Father’s footsteps, just as my two older brothers did. The day after I graduated from college and had to turn in my dependent’s ID, I was issued an active duty ID. I served 14 years on active duty and then entered the reserves as an IMA. When I left active duty, it was because my knees had taken all the abuse they could and not because I was unhappy in the military. I liked the lifestyle, the travel and the fact that you met great people who became friends forever. I spent some time working for Barton Protective Services, which is a private security company. I worked for the Atlanta Olympic Games Committee for the Atlanta 1996 games, and then as a contractor for several different companies providing support to the US Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, primarily in the former Yugoslavian countries of Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina following the end of their civil war.

 

I can’t even venture to say how many states and countries I have lived in or visited. I have owned homes in several US states and rented homes and apartments in Europe. I have moved – a lot. I have never found the experience to be overly easy and each time was marked by different challenges. I’ve moved three times and owned three homes in Georgia alone, since I retired from the Army. One of the reasons I decided to become a realtor was to be able to help others through the process. It can be confusing. It can be terrifying for someone who has not done it before. Trying to understand the options available to the first time buyers can be daunting. Trying to prepare a home for sale can be frustrating. And trying to rent a home and manage it yourself can be a nightmare depending on your renter. Because of my experiences buying and selling homes, I started out just wanting to know more about the real estate business for myself. But learning about all the laws, forms, relationships, types of real estate, people involved, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, attorneys, marketing, etc., opened a new world to me. I decided to enter the Real Estate field and apply my newfound knowledge to easing the way for others. After all, I grew up with a strong sense of purpose, a desire to help others, and a love of my country, which I still hold dear today.

 

So why am I telling you all this? I want to be your advocate, your assistant, and your guide through the next great adventure in your life as you buy, sell, or rent your new home. I want to help you make the best-informed decisions possible. I want take the mystery out of buying or selling your home. I want to create a pleasant Real Estate experience for you that will make you want to refer your friends, family and colleagues to me so I can do the same for them. I am here. I am ready. Call, text or email me.

Susan Carroll

Phone Number

Cell: 404-903-7653

Office Main: 770-692-8050

Office Fax: 678-833-2413

Email Address
susan.carroll@bhhsgeorgia.com

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