School Search Matters

Real estate websites offer various search capabilities. Those used by agents are the most robust; however, many standard and semi-automated reporting aggregate data by city, county, or a region referred to as an “area”. Most consumers are limited to searching by map, zip, city or what some may term “neighborhood”. Who knows what goes into the algorithms of the online valuation models such as Zillow’s Zestimate.

The ability to search by school is invaluable because attendance lines don’t follow typical classifications or “natural” boundaries like roadways or rivers.

Here are examples of the dilemma faced when trying to get real estate market information for Walton High School in East Cobb.

  • County is too broad, as it is just 1 of 16 high schools in the Cobb County School District.
  • Zip is better but only about 40% of the homes in 30062, 30067 and 30068 are zoned for Walton
  • MLS Area is worse than using ZIP codes as only about 25% of the homes in Areas 81, 82 and 83 are assigned to Walton.

The Walton High School reputation is a major contributing factor to home prices. Being able to dissect the market by high school is key.

It is our commitment to the area and focus on the higher value Walton High School homes that enables us to personally produce the stats on MillerGroupRealty at the elementary school level for various price ranges.

Contact us when moving comes to mind. We promise you’ll be Moved By The Experience.

Stats 7-31-18 East Cobb High Schools Avg Sales Price

 

False Start

The homeowner who decides to sell their house enters a competition regardless of whether they list For Sale By Owner (FSBO) or with an agent.

In a track meet, an initial false start by one restarts and renews the race for all, but not so in real estate. Placing a For Sale sign in the yard officially enters them in the race but a false start divides the field into those that truly participant (receive offers and close) from those that become spectators (watch the market activity and are left to wonder).

Continue reading “False Start”

What can WHY and ‘Y’ mean to you?

Our WHY is found in our business model, vision, mission, goal and result statements, and it is a simple ‘Y’ that changes the perspective from OUR interest to YOUR best interest. Continue reading “What can WHY and ‘Y’ mean to you?”

The Walton High School Seasonal Trend

Probably not surprising is that the Walton High School seasonal trend has remained fairly consistent with the number of Active Listings hitting lows in the January/February time frame and rising to their highest levels in June/July. (Note the difference in the summer period is about 2x the winter inventory.) Continue reading “The Walton High School Seasonal Trend”

Who To Choose?

How to choose the right agent to sell your home? It’s not easy if you take the decision seriously. When can contacting just one agent be considered a best effort?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) endeavors to provide insight into this topic via their annual surveys which report fairly consistent answers to: “How did you find your agent? How many agents were contacted before selecting one? What was the most important factor in choosing an agent?” Continue reading “Who To Choose?”

Putting & Pricing

If you have played golf, even if just a little, you have experienced the challenge of getting the ball in the hole. What does putting have to do with pricing? Read on to avoid coming up short; i.e., not selling or selling after months on the market and/or leaving money on the closing table. Continue reading “Putting & Pricing”

When The Sun, Moon & Stars Align

When the sun, moon and stars align the stage is set for an awesome astronomical experience. Similarly, Miller Group Realty utilizes its Best Home Marketing approach to set the stage for an optimal outcome and clients Moved By The Experience.  How do we set the stage? Continue reading “When The Sun, Moon & Stars Align”