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Agents Unknowingly in Violation of Ethics

This is a warning to Agents and a reminder to the public to be careful who you chose to represent you in a real estate transaction. I have recently heard some stories that have taken place locally and want to send this reminder to everyone. It is a violation of the ethical requirement for licensure in Georgia to represent a buyer or seller in a matter that the Agent is unfamilliar with. 

The REALTOR® Code of Ethics - Article 1 starts: "When representing a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant, or other client as an agent, REALTORS® pledge themselves to protect and promote the interests of their client."

Metro Atlanta foreclosure rate 16th highest in nation

Metro Atlanta foreclosure rate 16th highest in nation

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's foreclosure rate slowed by the middle of 2011, but remains among the metros with the highest rates.

Atlanta had 44,1560 foreclosure filings from January through June, down about 16 percent from the first half of 2010. This gave Atlanta the 16th highest rate of foreclosures, according to RealtyTrac, which publishes the largest list of foreclosures in the country.

The company defines a foreclosure as default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. 

Real Estate has a Long Road to Recovery

 

The next years of real estate are not going to be positive for homeowners. In fact, it’s estimated that in 2012 over 60% of all home sales will be foreclosures or short sales. This means that the banks will control the pricing of more than half the real estate market and we can expect continued declining values. This idea may not sit well with many after the mortgage meltdown and moral hazard issues we had over the past five years.

Further, we at Sellect Realty believe that it will be another five to seven years before we see home values near their previous peaks and then we expect a plateau for several years to follow before growth. Currently our market is still declining. Despite month-over-month gains we have had another drastic decline in home values over the past 12 months. According to the recent statistics released by Realtor.com the average listing price decreased by 11.42% from June 2010 to $250,933.  

FULTON: County takes foreclosure help to Twitter

FULTON: County takes foreclosure help to Twitter

ATLANTA -- Fulton County answered residents' housing and foreclosures questions through Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Commissioner Liz Hausmann of District 3 and a Fulton County housing counselor took questions via the county's official Twitter feed between noon and 1 p.m.

Hausmann also organized a Foreclosure Prevention Fair for this Saturday at Alpharetta High School.

RELATED: Free foreclosure help for Fulton County residents

Anyone who didn't have the opportunity to ask questions or get answers is encouraged to attend the fair.

To see other Fulton residents' questions, check out the @FultonInfo Twitter feed and any tweets marked with the hashtag #FChousechat.

1Q2011 Stats For The Housing Industry Are Here!

1Q2011 Stats For The Housing Industry Are Here!

The Castles By Chrissy Team would like to be the first to bring you the 2011 first Quarter Statistics on our local housing industry.   I've been pouring over the 1Q2011 stats for 2 months now to try and decipher the good news from the bad news.  The story the numbers is telling is its a mixed bag out there.  We are able to break it out into specific areas (i.e. Smyrna, Vinings, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, etc).  I would like to share with you data from all of metro Atlanta and then I've chosen one specific area so you can see how it compares -- the 30339 zip code - heart of Vinings.  I can do this for each area across the map so please feel free to send an email with the area(s) you would like to know about.

Things to Avoid When Holding an Open House

This weekend was national open house weekend. I had the opportunity to see an open house go wrong in a million dollar neighborhood, so I'm going to share some pointers to help your open house go smoothly.

1. Ensure that there are no malfunctions with the home. A defective air conditioner ruins the experience for everyone including the agent. You do not want the agent to be in a bad mood!

2. Have an agent who will not push prizes, giveaways, or follow prospective buyers as they look at the house. The idea is to make everyone comfortable and the way to do that is by making all information readilly available and be available to answer questions.

3. Have drinks and/or snacks on hand, especially on a hot afternoon. At a minimum, bottles icewater and soda is a must.

Tips on Selecting a Qualified Home Remodeler

You've thought your remodeling project through from start to finish. You have determined what you want to achieve, have a realistic budget, and know when the job needs to be completed. Finding a qualified remodeling company to do the work is an equally important step.

We've all heard horror stories about remodeling projects gone bad. Here are 10 tips to help you select a qualified remodeling contractor.