Smyrna Real Estate and Community News

May 14, 2019

Offline Advertising Matters for Smyrna Real Estate


With real estate being advertised so heavily online these days, it’s easy to get the impression that offline advertising might  not be all that important. Realtors will tell you different, however. Here are some of the ways that Realtors make sure that your Smyrna property gets as much exposure as possible, including exposure that doesn’t involve a potential buyer using a computer or a mobile device to view your listing.


Open Houses


Open house signs still get people's attention and they have some advantages over online advertising. For example, if buyers are touring houses in the area on a given day, having signage out for your home ensures that, even if they haven’t checked all the online listings thoroughly, they’ll know that your house is a convenient distance from the houses they’re already touring. Since it doesn’t really take long to tour a house, seeing signage for yours can persuade those buyers to invest the time in having a look!


Reputation and Personal Connections


Smyrna Realtors who’ve been in business for a long time rely on their connections in the real estate world to move houses for their clients. Word-of-mouth, the Realtor’s track record, and their skill in dealing with potential buyers all contribute to their client’s success, and those are things that aren’t really represented online as well as they are in person. Realtors can help their clients to find the right house or to sell their properties and, at the same time, their competence makes working out deals easier for their clients and the people with whom their clients are doing business.


Creativity Matters


Realtors are generally very good at coming up with creative and fun ways to get the properties they represent noticed. In some cases, this might be something simple, like offering open houses during the weekdays in the summer, when people are less likely to be out of town on vacation. Sometimes Realtors will use creative signage or other tools to make sure your house stands out among many others when people are out touring. Experience helps Realtors to put their efforts where they’re most likely to work, and to help their client’s properties to get the attention they deserve.


While there are plenty of sites that claim to be one-stop solutions to selling and buying property, in reality, Realtors use all the resources available to them, and their offline skills are just as important to their buyers as are their online skills.

Posted in Community News
May 13, 2019

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space


Most people are aware that the Smyrna real estate market gets busier during the summer, but there’s more to the summer real estate season than increased foot traffic. Summer gives you an opportunity to show off your property in ways that aren’t nearly as easy in the cooler months, particularly where showing off your outdoor spaces are concerned. Here are some tips for doing that.


Know Your House’s Strengths


First and foremost, work with your Realtor to show off what your property really has to offer. Some features are obvious. A swimming pool, for instance, deserves a lot of attention, as it’s a major selling point for some buyers. There are other aspects of your house that you may not have considered as far as strengths go, however.


If you have a big yard, it’s not only good on paper, it can be great aesthetically. Consider some improvements like more sophisticated lawn maintenance, or adding some landscaping features. If you have room, setting up an area as an outdoor gathering place can be very attractive to buyers. The point is to show off the amount of space you have and, whatever you do, to make sure it’s well-maintained.


If you have a smaller lot, that has its advantages, too. Adding some landscaping features is usually inexpensive and, for buyers who really don’t want to spend a lot of time and money on a yard, a smaller, simpler yard can be a big advantage for those who want to keep down the amount of maintenance the house requires.


Furniture and Decoration


If your house has a good porch or a good yard for it, set up some furniture outside to show off the potential for an outdoor space. Work with your Realtor to figure out classy, attractive ways to stage your outdoor space, and buyers will be more likely to pull over to have a look at your house.


One of the advantages of selling your Smyrna property in the summer is just how easy it is to show off every part of the property. The yard looks its best, the deck is inviting on warm days, the advantages of having a porch really come through: summer really lets you give potential buyers a proper tour, with all the best features included. Take advantage of that and your property is likely to sell more quickly.

Posted in Community News
May 8, 2019

Mortgage Rate Predictions Reduced


For much of the year, mortgage rate experts have been predicting that rates would hit five percent by the end of the year. That’s been modified recently, with forecasters lowering the expected rates. This and other recent developments make May a promising month for those who are looking for financing options for Smyrna real estate.


Rates Lower than Expected


At the beginning of April, mortgage rates fell more than they had in the past ten years. While rates have started to move up again, they stayed just north of 4 percent for most of April, defying expectations and staying quite low.


Mortgage predictions are always subject to change and revision, but this particular outcome is good for home buyers who want to purchase a home in Smyrna this year. With the busy summer real estate season getting underway and mortgage rates being unexpectedly low, those seeking financing are likely to have more and better options than they may have anticipated.


One of the factors that played into mortgage rates becoming more favorable to borrowers was the Fed opting to not raise interest rates. Experts don’t expect this to change, but remember that it’s always worth it to move fast when rates are favorable, as they can go up unexpectedly, resulting in a missed opportunity if one waits for too long.


Getting Good Predictions of Rates


There are plenty of good, authoritative sources where you can get information on mortgage rates, but one of the best things you can do is start working with a lender who can give you the latest information and, just as importantly, give you information that’s specific to your situation.


Improving your credit score is always advisable before seeking mortgage lending. Even if rates are favorable, if you have a spotty credit history, you’re not likely to get the best rates out there, and any effort toward resolving issues on your credit report is worth it when you’re looking to finance a house.


If you’re not sure about your price range, get in touch with a Lender for a mortgage information and you’ll have a good estimate of how much you can borrow. Your Realtor can take that information and help you find options for Smyrna real estate that fit your budget and your particular needs for a house. Remember that rates can go up fast, however, so moving while they’re low is highly advisable if you’re looking to buy a property in Smyrna this summer.


Posted in Community News
May 1, 2019

Smyrna Events for May, 2019


There’s always plenty to do in and around Smyrna and, as summer gets going, that’s even more the case than it is at other times of year. If you’re looking for other events or attractions, be sure to ask your Realtor; they’re always aware of things to do.


Acworth Dragon Boat Festival

May 4




This is the Third Annual Acworth Dragon Boat Race, and it’s a great family event to check out if you’re in Smyrna during the beginning of May. The Event helps the Loving Arms Cancer Outreach. Competitors include corporate, city, and other teams. If you haven’t seen a Dragon Boat, it’s worth the trip. These vessels have 20 rowers each and are adorned with dragon heads on each end of the boat. If you’re an avid photographer, this is a great event. You can get more information by clicking here.


Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays

Starting May 7


3180 Atlanta Rd SE



Food Truck Tuesdays are back and you’ll be able to enjoy this weekly event all the way through October this year. Every Tuesday, at Taylor-Brawner Park, a variety off different food trucks gather, offering plenty of options to explore. You’re sure to have some favorite food trucks by the end of the season, and are unlikely to run out of new options to try. The trucks set up near the playground. If you have a hard time finding parking, you can also use the Community Bank of the South lot, located close to the intersection of Atlanta Road and Concord Spring. This is a fun community event and a great way to meet your neighbors. You can get more information by clicking here.


Kennesaw Grand Prix 5K Race Series

May 11

Race Day begins 6am



Over the course of the summer, there will be six races that make up the Kennesaw Grad Prix. The May event will be held on the 11 and, in addition to the race, there will be plenty of information available on getting fit and health in general. If you ran during the Jonquil Festival in Smyrna last month, these races are good opportunities to stay competitive and in great shape. For more information on the first of the races, the Swift Cantrell Classic, you can click here.


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

May 24


Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre

117 North Park Square



This John Hughes classic will be playing at the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theater and, if you want a night out at the movies with the assurance that the selection will be a good one, this is a great event. Tickets cost $8-$9, with senior citizens, military members, and students all eligible for the discounted prices. Come early and you can catch a show by the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. For more information click here.

Posted in Community News
April 30, 2019

Showings, Open Houses, and Selling Your Smyrna Property



Showings and open houses are ways that your Realtor gives potential buyers a chance to see your Smyrna property up close. These are somewhat different types of sales events, though they have features in common, and they’re both occasions that can kick off the process of working with an interested buyer, so it’s definitely advantageous to understand how to get the most out of them.




Showings Versus Open Houses


A showing is arranged by your Realtor, when an interested party contacts the Realtor and asks them for a tour of your house. This is often the second or third step a buyer takes: first they see the listing online; they might drive by on their own to have a look or they might show up at an open house; and then they’ll contact the Realtor to schedule a showing. Your Realtor will accompany interested parties around your house; do not allow people to come through the property without your Realtor present. If you, however, want to leave the house during the showing, that’s usually preferred. It allows the potential buyer to interact with your Realtor, and your Realtor will make sure to handle all their questions and concerns professionally and ethically.




Open houses are usually held on weekends. During the open house, the Realtor will put out signage and give any interested parties a tour of the property on demand. Realtors usually do this for two or three hours on a day when there’s likely to be a lot of people touring properties. You don’t have to be home for these events and, again, it’s usually better if you’re not home while people are touring the property, so let your Realtor take some work off your shoulders and do the selling for you!




Remember, Don’t Make Commitments


When you’re selling your property in Smyrna, you should always let your Realtor handle all interactions with potential buyers. Saying the wrong thing to a potential buyer could put you in a bad negotiating position when they make an offer or, even worse, you might inadvertently make a commitment to a buyer without realizing it; a commitment you shouldn’t have made. Let your Realtor handle everything for you. Realtors know what to say and what not to say, and they also have a good sense of which of the potential buyers that tour your home are serious about and capable of purchasing your home and which ones might still be exploring lots of different options. Let Realtors do the heavy lifting where the sale of your property is concerned and help us to increase interest in your property by making it available for tours and showings.


Posted in Real Estate News
April 26, 2019

Maximizing Your Time When Touring a Property


If you’re looking for a property in Smyrna, touring houses is going to take up some of your time until you narrow your options down to those properties on which you really want to make an offer. Here are some ways you can make touring properties more productive so, ideally, you can work your way through the inventory more quickly.




Make a List and Keep Checking It


Make a list of all the things you must have in a property. It might include items such as a fenced-in yard, a certain amount of square footage for the living room, and so forth. Every time you tour a property, check off these boxes as those conditions are satisfied. As you go back through the properties you toured, you can quickly eliminate the ones that met the least of your must-have criteria and schedule second showings for those that met all your needs.




Don’t Get Caught Up Conversing


Smyrna presents buyers with plenty of options for property, so consider time to be of the essence when you’re touring the property. Don’t get caught up in conversations with the owners or their Realtors. To make sure you’re not making the Realtor feel like you’re totally disinterested, when you are interested in a property, ask for the Realtor’s card so you can have your Realtor contact them in the future. Don’t try wheeling and dealing on your own, however; it’s never a good idea to do so without your Realtor there.




Don’t Browse too Much


Remember that you don’t have to tour every property where a Realtor is holding an open house. If a house doesn’t appeal to you from the curb, just drive onto the next one and save the time. To make the tour more fun, be sure to schedule something for after you’re done touring houses. Have dinner in one of Smyrna’s restaurants or do something else that gives you an excuse to unwind and explore the town.




Your Realtor Will Help


Most people do tour homes before they get a Realtor, but you don’t have to do things in that order. If you’re at the very beginning phases of shopping for a home, contact a Realtor and they’ll take you on a tour of Smyrna properties to give you some idea of what’s out there. Touring with a Realtor is, by far, the most efficient and time-saving way to view properties, as they can narrow down the inventory to what's most likely to suit your needs.


Posted in Buying a Home
April 19, 2019

Home Showing Checklist



If you’re selling your house in Smyrna, your Realtor will let you know about showings, how best to schedule and accommodate them, and how to make your house look its best when people take a walk through. Before each showing, however, if you’re occupying the property while it’s on the market, you’ll want to take care of the following items before each interested buyer comes over.




Minimize Distractions


Turn off your television, radio, and computers. Where computers are concerned, this is also about security, so be sure to shut everything down before people come to the house, whether you’ll be there or not. If you have portable devices or laptops in the house, be sure to stash them before people come over.




Put out Clean Towels


In the kitchen and bathrooms, make sure that any towels are clean and dry. To make sure the people viewing your home don’t end up seeing your dirty towels laying around, keep a clean set in a drawer and hang them before the visitors come by. Even if your house is very clean, dirty dishtowels and hand towels make it look unpleasant.




Make the Beds


It seems obvious but it’s easy to forget: make all the beds in the house before visitors come by. Check the bedrooms for clutter or clothing left laying around, as well.




Take Out the Trash


Empty trash cans are best when you’re showing your home. Particularly with spring and summer coming up, trash can start to stink very quickly, so be sure to take yours out before visitors come over, even if there’s very little in the bag.




Make it Bright


Open up all your drapes and shades and turn on all your lights. There shouldn't be any part of your home that’s dimly lit when visitors come by. Natural light is best, of course, but use tabletop and floor lamps to brighten up any dark spaces in the home.




Sweep and Vacuum


This should be among the last things you do before anyone comes over to view the home. It’s a good idea to clean up the floors after visitors come by, as well. Even if they’re very contentious, most people will track in a bit of dirt here and there, and it builds up fast.




Be Available!


We will use showings and open houses as ways to get your house in Smyrna sold quickly, so be available to your Realtor so you can schedule showings.



Posted in Selling Your Home
April 15, 2019

Easy Potted Plants for Your Porch




Spring is upon us and that means two things: the real estate market will be picking up for the spring and summer seasons; and, increasing the curb appeal of your home is more important than ever.




When people peruse pictures of houses on the Internet or drive through neighborhoods looking for properties in the winter, they might be a bit more forgiving about the yard not looking vibrant. When spring comes around, however, it’s more vital—and much easier than it is in the winter—to make your house look great from the street. If you’re not interested in having sophisticated landscaping done at your property but want to dress up the porch and sidewalk with some flowering and other types of plants, here are some suggestions to make that endeavor as easy as possible.






Ferns are easy to keep healthy and they like shade, so consider putting some out if you have a shady porch that could use a bit of dressing up. Better yet, if your Realtor is having someone stage your home professionally, ask them where the plant will look good.






Marigolds are bright, sun-loving plants that are very easy to maintain. Where flowers are concerned, they give you a lot of colorful flowers for minimum effort and gardening knowledge. You can pick up pre-planted pots of marigolds at some stores, so keep an eye out for them if your porch is sun-drenched and you want to make it more inviting.






Gardenias require a bit more care than some other flowers, but they’re very popular and not particularly hard to keep thriving. These do require a larger pot, however, so be sure to check for adequate space on your porch before you pick up any of these.






Geraniums like well-drained soil and full sun, but not too much of the latter. These are hardy plants and, if they do stop blooming, this can oftentimes be remedied by providing them with a bit of shade in the afternoon. There are many different species of geraniums, so options abound.




Getting Assistance with Curb Appeal


We are experts at presenting houses, so be sure to ask yours if you’re not sure how to make your Smyrna property stand out. In many cases, just a few small touches here and there will make a house look much more attractive to potential buyers.


Posted in Real Estate News
April 9, 2019

Making Sense of Mortgage Rate Predictions



If you’re a first-time homebuyer, particularly, understanding why mortgage rates fluctuate, and learning how to anticipate how the market will move in the future, is a bit confusing. Right now, many homebuyers might be particularly confused by two seemingly contrary trends: the economy is generally regarded as being strong, but mortgage rates are going up. In addition to that, when reading predictions about where mortgage rates are headed, how does one separate the good from the bad? Information that explains both is included below.




Stronger Economies Often Mean Higher Interest Rates


The Fed generally raises interest rates when the economy is doing well. Saying that the Fed raises interest rates is a bit confusing, however. The Fed doesn’t raise the interest rate on your mortgage, or change the best interest rates that mortgage lenders offer: the Fed raises the interest rates on the money it lends to banks. This effect trickles down; borrowing money is more expensive for banks and the banks increase what they charge consumers to borrow money to compensate for the increase.




The thing to keep in mind about this is that when the Fed increases interest rates, it’s likely that mortgage interest rates will go up, too, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the rate you’re offered personally will go up, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t find affordable mortgages.




How to Read the Predictions


If you check around the web, you’ll notice that different venues give different projections as to where mortgage rates are headed. Those predictions can vary quite a bit, so it’s a good idea to get information from several different sources and see whether they agree or disagree—they’ll almost always disagree a bit—and, if they do disagree, you can average out their predictions to get what might be a more useful number to go with. Check out the National Association of Realtors, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and other authoritative sources to ensure that you’re getting well-researched information.




Remember Rates Vary By the Borrower


If you have a solid credit history, a low debt-to-income ratio, and other qualities that are desirable to lenders, finding affordable lending shouldn’t be a problem at all. If you have some spots on your credit history, don’t despair: a lot of good lenders work with clients who deserve a chance at a mortgage but who might need help matching with the right lender.




We can also give you information on lenders and other aspects of financing real estate.


Posted in Community News
April 1, 2019

April Events in Smyrna, GA



Visiting Smyrna this April? It’s a great time to be in town looking for real estate. Smyrna’s Jonquil Festival is held during this month, and it’s one of the best ways to get out and meet your new neighbors!




Earth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure


April 3




Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway


Atlanta, 30339




A short drive to Atlanta will land you in Earth’s distant past, as the creator’s of Earth's Dinosaur Zoo Live present another family adventure. This presentation details ocean life in prehistoric times, featuring reptiles and more. The show features detailed puppets, the latest scientific findings on prehistoric life, and plenty of entertainment for children and adults alike. You can get more information by clicking here.




An Evening with the Easter Bunny


April 13


5pm – 9pm


Smyrna Community Center


200 Village Green Circle SE


Smyrna, 30080




There will be plenty to do for younger children at this event, which includes eggs, of course, but plenty more. Kids will be able to participate in a bunny hop, enjoy carnival rides and inflatables, and much more. Toward the end of the night, kids are treated to a movie. Admission is $5 per child for residents of Smyrna and $8 for non-residents. The city recommends that you preregister to ensure your child gets in, which you can do by clicking here.




Jonquil City Jog


April 27




Smyrna City Hall


2800 King Street


Smyrna, 30080




It’s that time of year again, and runners of all ages are invited to participate in the Jonquil City Jog 5K and Kids run, right here in Smyrna. This yearly event features three events: a 1K jog, a 5K jog, and a Tot Trot for the little ones. First out of the gate are the 5K competitors, beginning at 8am. The route is flat, so expect fast times and a great race. The winners get Kenny’s Key Lime Pies so you’ll get a great treat after giving it your all during the race. For more information and registration, click here.




Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival


April 27-28


Smyrna Market Village


2840 Atlanta Road


Smyrna, 30080




Free admission, plenty of art and crafts to peruse, great food and much more are only some of the reasons to head down to the Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival. This is one of the biggest events of the year, with attendance reaching approximately 25,000 over the course of the two-day event. This is a family event, so there’s plenty for the children to do, lots of entertainment to take in and, of course, if you’re new to the community, the Festival is an opportunity to meet your neighbors. For more information on this event, click here.




If you need more information on local events, be sure to check with us!


Posted in Real Estate News