For Sale, or Grave Marker?

For Sale, or grave marker? Honestly, it is sometimes hard to tell which it is.

Unless a house sits at the end of a cul-de-sac the first thing a buyer sees is the yard sign. This featured photo is not staged, it was the greeting I received upon arrival.

I can’t image an agent installing a sign for a new listing in any manner other than perfect, as it is a reflection on the profession and is part of the first impression buyers associate with a house. I can only image the buyer later referring to this house as, “the one with the falling down sign”.

Assuming signs are plumb when first installed, a sign that is leaning over or worse can indicate:

  • agent does not live in the area,
  • on the market for an extended period of time,
  • vacant,
  • does not show well,
  • seller is not motivated,
  • over priced, and/or
  • agent and seller have lost interest.

It seems that I witness yard signs in mourning for just as many luxury estates as lower priced property. This is very surprising as I would expect the market to demand better at the upper price ranges as sellers at the lower end to surmise it is what it is.

With that said, the perfect presentation has a short shelf life when it comes to delivering maximum impact on a seller’s net at closing. And although the best marketing in the world cannot sell an overpriced property the yard sign is still on public display, not under a bushel basket. It is for this reason that I’ve been known to replace a bent sign or one plastered with grass clippings (thanks to the lawn maintenance crew) to order to keep the appearance of a fresh, new listing.

2018 Cobb County Tax Assessment

The 2018 Cobb County Tax Assessment Notice is in the mail, or perhaps you have already opened it. Note on your calendar that the last day to file an appeal is Monday, 6/18/18.

Visit www.CobbAssessor.org for more information.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you believe the county has set an unrealistic value and your Walton High School home is in East Side, Mount Bethel, Sope Creek or Timber Ridge Elementary School.

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”

Offerpad, Knock, Others

National firms like OfferPad, Knock, Home Partners,  and the flock of local firms who purchase houses without intending to occupy are INVESTORS. Yes, they often buy property in any condition, for “cash” and can close quickly. That’s the good news. The bad news is the purchase price is often at a deep discount which is the trade-off for the convenience and ease of selling. Make no mistake, an investor is looking to profit from the deal. Continue reading “Offerpad, Knock, Others”

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”

Walton High School Oct ’17 Stats

Walton High School Oct ’17 Stats are now available at Miller Group Realty, including a detailed breakdown by elementary school (East Side, Mount Bethel, Sope Creek, Timber Ridge) and price range. Continue reading “Walton High School Oct ’17 Stats”