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Staging your home for a timely sell doesn't have to be complicated or stressful, but it will take some elbow grease and time.

First, ask your Tina Fountain Realtors real estate agent for suggestions about accentuating your home's positive points. In addition to knowing the overall impression your home needs to make, your real estate agent is in a unique position to know what local home features are in highest demand and what regional tastes prevail.

Next, go through each room of your house, clearing out clutter and removing personal items. Clean your house thoroughly, including carpets, furniture and window coverings.

If you've re-purposed some of the rooms in your house, such as using a formal dining room as an office or bedroom, return the room to

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Atlanta KitchenMany first time homebuyers who jumped on the tax credits from a few years ago, are now thinking of becoming first time home sellers and second time buyers.  The forecasts for most real estate markets across the country for 2013 are positive, with some particularly hot areas showing significant growth predictions.  These two factors are gearing up to make for an exciting upcoming spring/summer in real estate throughout the United States.  With that being said, and despite the fact that the residential housing market has turned a corner, things are just as competitive as ever.  For those who will be on both sides of the contract, this means you need to be diligent in your new home search, competitive in pricing your existing home, and strategic in your

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reduced_price_240.Pricing your home correctly is one of the most important decisions you will make when selling a home. The price that you list your home for sale in Atlanta will determine the type of home buyers you attract, how long your home is on the market, how buyers feel about your home and a myriad of other emotional and financial repercussions.

Studies and numerous examples show that correctly priced homes attract more potential home buyers, have more showings, sell more quickly and sell at more lucrative prices. Some home owners take a calculated risk and under-price their homes in the hopes that the incredible pricing will encourage a bidding competition. While that's not always a recommended strategy in this buyer's market, a slightly under-priced home will

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By Randy Stark - Hughes Real Estate Group

With winter right around the corner it's time to prepare for some cold nights. Whether you're an Atlanta native or new to area, it's time to bundle up and prepare for the long winter months. Atlanta temperatures in January average about 40 degrees and residents can expect freezing temperatures 40 nights a year (weather.com). Each year people all over the city contemplate the best ways to keep their homes warm without breaking the bank. Utility costs can rise considerably during the winter months, but these additional costs can be kept at bay with a few minor improvements to your home. The following list of tips can help with home heating efficiency and assist you in staying warm and comfortable this winter.

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Buying an Atlanta luxury home is a bit more complicated and time consuming than buying a more modest home. Following a few tips to help you navigate through the process of purchasing a luxury estate can make the experience more pleasant.

Financing
Because of the cost and time-consuming procedures involved, making the decision to purchase a new luxury home is not something most people take lightly. With market trends showing that real estate investments are more long term in the current environment, luxury home purchasers should really consider what their lifestyles will be like five, 10 and 20 years from now. If a new luxury estate fits into that long-term life plan, then take that as a green light to proceed on the purchase.

While about a third of

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Are you ready to negotiate your way to a good real estate deal? For many Atlanta home buyers, this aspect of purchasing a home is the least understood. In fact, many home buyers rely on the expertise of a great real estate agent to take care of the negotiation end of the real estate transaction.

While employing the help of a qualified Atlanta real estate agent to handle negotiations is a smart move, it is in your best interest to also have a good idea of the ins and outs of negotiating the deal so you can be sure you are getting the most bang for your buck.

Here’s what you’ll want to consider:

The Local Market – One of the most important considerations when making an initial offer or negotiating the sales price of a home is the local market

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What does the perfect Atlanta home look like? Is it a condo overlooking the city or a small country home that comes complete with a white picket fence?

If you ask 10 people about their idea of a perfect home, you will likely get a decidedly different answer from each person. This is because what you desire and need is likely far different from what your friend or neighbor desires or needs.

If you want to convey your thoughts of your perfect home to your Atlanta Realtor so that he or she can find the home that’s right for you, consider the following:

The home’s location – Don’t just think in terms of geographical location, like the city or town. Instead, think beyond that. In other words, consider the location of the home. Do you want to live on a

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The process to buy a home can be anything but short and sweet. It seems like there is an opportunity at every turn for something to go wrong with the volumes of paperwork to sign and documentation to review. When you get worn down, it can get confusing to figure out which steps are necessary to take and which ones can be avoided. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind that you’ll be thankful you made time for.

Choose your real estate agent wisely

Just because a friend of a friend recommended someone to be your agent doesn’t mean they will be a good fit personally or professionally. You should work with a real estate agent who is also a REALTOR, which is someone who has additional training and adheres to a national code of ethics. Your

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Certainly, there are things about any home you can look past: the stain on the carpet, the peeling wallpaper in the kitchen, or the outdated bathroom sink. But there are five areas of a home that simply can’t be overlooked in terms of damage or flaws. They are:

Foundation problems – A home’s foundation, and the integrity of it, is of extreme importance because if the foundation is compromised, you can be sure that the rest of home is too. From bowing walls to large cracks or a shifting foundation, there are a number of things that can go wrong with the foundation. Although many foundation problems can be repaired, it is best to get the advice of a professional before making an offer on a home that has foundation problems.

Moisture problems

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Home staging is an important step in the successful sale of your home. Sprucing up your house inside and out can pay off big dividends in your final sale price. The art of home staging is often best left to Atlanta real estate professionals, but there are a number of steps you can take to get your house market-ready as well. We have four steps to home staging to help you attract buyers and a higher price tag.atlanta luxury kitchen

First Impressions Count
Potential buyers form an opinion of your home within 30 seconds, which means curb appeal counts. Lawns should be freshly mowed, flowers tended and walkways swept. Clean your front door and touch up paint if necessary. Invest in a hanging basket or flower pot by your entrance to provide a welcoming touch.

Make a Grand

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