Smyrna Real Estate and Community News

June 16, 2017

Securing Your Property if You Move

 

 

It’s not unusual for people to move out of their Smyrna real estate before they sell it. If this applies to you, you’ll have to consider how you can keep your property safe while you’re away. Here are some tips that can make a big difference in home security if you’ve already moved on to a new home.

 

Light Timers Make a Huge Difference

 

Light timers are cheap, reliable, and are great deterrents to break ins. You can pick them up at any home improvement or department store. Set the lights to come on around dark so that it looks like someone is in the house. You can also set them to come on at different times in different rooms to make the effect more convincing. For instance, your living room lights might come on in the evening and stay on until 10pm and your bedroom lights might come on at 10pm and stay on for an hour or so. The idea is to make it look like someone is moving around the house.

 

Let Your Neighbors Know You’re Not Around

 

Your neighbors can be the best security system of all. No matter how smart home alarm systems become, people are still smarter. Let your neighbors know you’re not going to be back to the property and, if they’re amicable, give them your Realtor’s number so that they can verify that anyone coming to the property claiming to be from the real estate agency is supposed to be there. Communication and community are two of the biggest deterrents to crime, so talk to the people you live by and they’ll likely help you by keeping an eye on the place.

 

Add Some Cameras

 

Security cameras have never been more affordable than they are now. You can pick up Internet-enabled security cameras with motion detectors, sound detectors and cloud recording storage that make a formidable security system for any home. You’ll have to keep your Internet service on for these to work, but remember that they’re not bandwidth intensive, so you can likely reduce your Internet speed and save some money on the monthly cost of keeping it live. If someone enters the home, motion detectors start recording and you can check in live to see what’s going on.

 

Your Realtor Knows Security

 

Vacant properties are nothing new to us. They use technology such as lockboxes to secure homes while the owners are gone, while still allowing for showings. If you have questions about how we help keep your property secured, don’t be afraid to ask!

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
June 12, 2017

Keeping Your Swimming Pool in Great Shape this Summer

 

 

Swimming pools are attractive home features, particularly at the higher end of the real estate market. While you’re considering what kind of improvements to make to your home before you put it on the market, remember that maintaining what you have is just as important as adding new features. As far as maintenance goes, swimming pools are demanding. Maintain them well and they’re very desirable; forget to take care of them and they’re liabilities. Here are some tips to help you keep yours in great shape as you’re showing your home.

 

Skim, Skim and Skim Again

 

There are few things that are a bigger disappointment in otherwise attractive properties than a dirty swimming pool. While you might slack on the skimming when you’re not showing the home, it’s a very bad thing to overlook if you’re selling.

 

Get in the habit of skimming your pool before every showing. If anything manages to start growing on the sides of the pool, scrub it. You might be able to overlook those stains and spots, but anyone looking at your home as an investment is going to see them as detracting from the house.

 

Keep Up with Treating the Water

 

Chemical levels in pools are tricky. Too low and the pool might become contaminated but, if the chemical levels get too high, the pool water might become an irritant.

 

Make sure you test your pool’s water once a week at least. If you can’t seem to get the chemical levels right, hire an expert and get their assistance to straighten things out. If the water looks dirty, it’s going to make your house look poorly maintained, even if the rest of the property is pristine. If the chemical levels are too high, some people are going to notice that just walking by and it might give them the sense that the pool is a problem rather than a desirable feature.

 

Repair as Needed

 

Check the surfaces next to the pool. If there are cracks in the concrete or other surfaces, have them repaired. If the area near the pool is dangerous—prone to becoming slippery, in other words—have the issue addressed by a professional. The last thing you want is to have people take a spill while touring your home, so make sure it’s safe and well-maintained in every regard.

 

If you’re not sure who to call for help, ask us. They’ll usually have access to reliable professionals who can help fix any issues with your pool.

 

Posted in Community News
June 5, 2017

The June 2017 Smyrna Real Estate Market

 

 

Throughout 2017, real estate prices in Smyrna have been on an upward trend. That’s great news for sellers and homeowners in Smyrna, of course, but it shouldn’t be discouraging to buyers. The increase in prices reflect a healthy, not over-priced, market and, overall, prices have been stable.

Smyrna by the Numbers

Right now, the median listing price for real estate in Smyrna is approximately $350,000, which works out to $139 per square foot. That’s a modest increase from the $340,000 median listing price in January of 2017. In fact, that’s a nice, steady growth in prices that shows that the market’s a good investment for buyers. It’s not a bubble, nor is it a bust; it’s sustainable.

What did move significantly over the first quarter of the year was the median days on market. In December of 2016, houses were on the market for a median figure of 56 days. By March, that had fallen off to 27 days. Demand, like prices, seems to be increasing.

Over the long term, Smyrna real estate has performed very well. At the beginning of 2014, the median listing price was below $250,000. If you’d bought back then, you might be seeing a nice return on your investment already.

What to Expect for June

June, July and August are all very busy months for the Smyrna real estate market and that means, in all likelihood, that demand for properties is going to go up. There’s a good chance that the median days on market will fall a bit more over the summer, though they’re quite low at the moment.

The Fed is likely to raise interest rates in June, but that shouldn’t have too much of an effect on people’s ability to get lending, even first-time buyers. Lenders already know that the hike is coming, yet mortgage rates remain lower than they were at the beginning of the month and some experts don’t predict that there will be much of a change at all.

For people shopping for Smyrna real estate, all this means that summer is likely to be busy. If you’re selling, be sure you work with us to ensure that you’re asking a fair amount for your property. If you’re buying, don’t let the rise in prices put you off. They’re modest and, because real estate has performed well in Smyrna over the past few years, there’s every reason to expect that performance to continue.

 

 

 

Posted in Real Estate News
June 1, 2017

June Events Near Smyrna

 

 

 

 

Are you exploring Smyrna as a possible place to live or have you just moved into town? There’s plenty going on in and around Smyrna during the summer. Here are some events to check out.

 

Smyrna Summer Concert Series: June 10, Village Green Circle

 

The Smyrna Summer Concert Series couldn’t be more convenient for people who live right in town. Held at the Village Green, it’s a short drive from anywhere in Smyrna and offers plenty of great music over the summer.

 

On June 10, from 7pm to 10pm, The Get Right Band will fill the air with music. The band draws from numerous different influences to create a unique sound that’s heavy on improvisation and creativity. They list among their influences everyone from James Brown to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so be ready to dance, if you’re so inclined. Remember that this is a smoke-free event. The concerts are held at the Community Center, at 200 Village Green Circle. You can get more information about the event here.

 

The Women of Jazz et Soul: June 24, Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre

 

At 6pm on June 24 at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre you can check out Maysa Leak, Althea Rene, Lindsey Wester and Karen Briggs, who will be gracing the stage for some great music. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and the doors open up at 5pm. Be sure to get there on time to get settled in for the show. It’s a short drive from Smyrna and well-worth the trip! You can get more information about the show and tickets by clicking here.

 

The World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide: Until September 4, Acworth

 

We’re not sure who ranks these things, but the Acworth Slide is the largest inflatable water slide in the world and you can go check it out in the space of a short trip. It’s located at the Dallas Landing Park on the Beach at 5120 Altoona Drive in Acworth. The slide is available Monday through Friday from 11am until 5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 6pm. It’s a short drive, but it’s great for a getaway on a hot summer day! You can get more information by clicking here.

 

If you’re looking for other things to do in and around Smyrna, talking us is a sure bet. If you’re about to purchase or have just purchased real estate in Smyrna, remember to check out the city’s site at CityofSmyrna.com. Not only does the site provide regularly updated listings of events, it’s full of information about the local government and services.

 

Posted in Real Estate News
May 31, 2017

Summer Home Improvement Projects

 

Whether or not you’re planning on selling your house in Smyrna, summer is a great time to tackle home improvement projects. If you are thinking of selling, talk us about what kind of improvements might make your home more attractive to buyers. Some improvements are much easier to tackle in the summers, so concentrate on those during the beautiful weather that Georgians enjoy each and every summer.

 

Upgrade your Windows

 

For obvious reasons, changing out the windows in your home is much easier to handle in the summer, so take advantage of the opportunity the season presents. If you choose to do this upgrade, it’s worth it to go for high-efficiency windows. If you remain in your property in Smyrna, you’ll enjoy reduced heating and cooling bills. If you decide to sell, buyers will certainly find the upgraded windows desirable.

 

Energy.gov has extensive information on energy-efficient windows. Even if you’re no home improvement expert, the site can provide you with a good idea of what kinds of questions you should ask about any products you find on the market. If you’re not up to handling this particular task on your own, hire a contractor to do it for you. Energy-efficient windows are great additions to any home, but they have to be installed right for you to get the most out of them!

 

Add Some Shady Landscape Features

 

Just as energy-efficient windows can make your house more comfortable, smart landscaping can make your outdoor environment a lot more appealing when the days get hot in Smyrna. Choose plants that add shade to the yard and you’ll be able to stay outside longer without getting too much sun.

 

It’s important to take into consideration factors such as irrigation, soil, maintaining the landscaping and so forth. Plan ahead before you start planting and your results will be much better. Again, if you’re not sure you can handle this on your own, talk to a landscaper about having the work done. It might end up being less expensive to hire an expert than to handle these improvements by trial and error.

 

Check Your Weather Stripping

 

Weather stripping is something most people associate with keeping out the cold, but be aware that compromised seals on doors and windows might be costing you real money in higher cooling bills. Since it’s comfortable enough to have the doors and windows open this time of year, it’s the ideal time to change out old stripping for new!

 

A well-maintained house is always more attractive to buyers, so remember that the hard work you put in will pay off in getting more interest in your home if you put it on the market.

 

Posted in Community News
May 30, 2017

How Big Is Summer for Home Sales?

 

 

If you’re selling a home, you’ve probably read that summer is the biggest season for real estate. In Smyrna or anywhere else, that happens to be the truth.

 

Nonetheless, any time of year can be a good time to put your house up for sale, depending upon how the market’s faring at the moment. Summer, however, is really where it’s at. The extent to which that’s the case might be surprising to you.

 

Sales Go Up, Way Up

 

If you’re selling real estate in Smyrna, summer is absolutely the busiest time. Nationwide, the summer months account for around forty percent of the total homes sales in any given year. The reasons people want to put their houses on the market during the summer, clearly, aren’t due to bad information. It’s quite simply the best time to sell overall.

 

What Drives the Summer Market?

 

A lot of factors play into why summer gets so busy for real estate. One of the biggest factors is summer break. Parents with children prefer to look during the summer months, as their kids are out of school and, if they happen to find a great property to move into, their kids can start the new school year at their new school, rather than having to leave during the academic year. It’s a big deal for parents, and understandably so.

 

Summer itself, with its long, warm days is perfect for people who want to drive around, explore neighborhoods and the cities they’re located in. Consider that some home shoppers are even on a sort of business vacation. After all, if you’ve fallen in love with a community and want to live there, why not visit and look for a home at the same time?

 

Marketing Your Home

 

Of course, if you’re selling property in Smyrna, you want to make sure your home stands out. That’s one of the challenges with selling in summer; there’s a lot of property on the market and it might be hard to get noticed. That’s where we come in.

 

Good marketing ensures that the maximum amount of people who might have an interest in your home are aware that it’s available. With good marketing skills, we are able to reach out to the many people who will be looking for property this summer, make sure they’re aware of your home and get them to come by to see it. No matter how busy the market is, we can get your house noticed.

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
May 26, 2017

Inexpensive Upgrades for Sellers

 

 

 

If you’re putting your home in Smyrna on the market, it’s natural that you’d want to fix it up. Not everyone has enough cash to make major improvements, however. There’s good news: making your house look a bit better doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and the results can still be spectacular.

 

Start with the Obvious

 

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve your home is to repaint the interior. Even if you’re not up to repainting the exterior, the interior is much easier to handle. Make sure you go with neutral colors. While an innovative color scheme might be what the new owners have in mind, they probably want to do it themselves, and no one is really offended by white or off-white paint, so keep it simple.

 

Clean!

 

Giving your house a deep cleaning can do wonders for the appearance. It goes further than that, in fact. Cleaning out the home makes it smell better and reduces dust and musty smells, making your home a lot more inviting.

 

Remember to dust and clean those places you never get to when you’re a homeowner. From the tops of the door frames to under the stove, make sure it sparkles. If you really want to save money, you can use dish soap and water for just about everything. If you’re not convinced, check out this site. You’re likely to find that you’ve been spending too much money on a variety of different cleaners all along!

 

Clean Up the Yard

 

You’ve probably heard about curb appeal, but you don’t have to have an immaculately-manicured yard to achieve it. In fact, some people rather like simple, neat and easy-to-maintain lawns and you can show off yours with some basic mowing and trimming. Make sure to keep the grass cut and rake up the clippings when you’re done so it looks as tidy as possible.

 

Clean Up the Windows

 

You’d be surprised how much clean windows improve a house. Maybe you can’t afford to install energy-efficient windows to make your home more attractive, but clean up those old windows and your home will be brighter and a lot more inviting.

 

If you need more tips for making your property as attractive as possible, without breaking the bank, ask your us! You don’t have to be a wealthy investor to improve a property enough to make a profit and, sometimes, you’ll find that your ideal buyers are really just looking for something clean, pleasant and affordable.

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
May 25, 2017

Security and Showing Homes

 

It’s certainly not unreasonable that buyers will want to see your Smyrna property before they buy it. After all, for most people, home purchases are the largest purchases they will make during their lifetime. It’s also not unreasonable to be a bit nervous about letting strangers into your home. It’s natural to want to protect your personal space, even if you’re ready to move out.

 

Here are some tips to help you show your home without taking unreasonable risks.

 

Always work go through a Realtor!

 

Never let someone into your home without your Realtor being there. Sometimes, your Realtor might send an assistant to meet a client, but don’t show your home yourself. Realtors are very good at screening people and they know what questions to ask before they bother offering someone a showing.

 

If someone does ask to see your property, give them your Realtor’s number and let the Realtor handle it. Remember: even though they might not be up to something nefarious, someone who wants to see your home without your Realtor there might just be trying to get you to commit to a bad deal, so don’t handle potential buyers alone!

 

Lock Up Valuables

 

Most people touring your home are going to be honest folks looking for a house. Some, however, might not be entirely trustworthy, so it’s always good to keep valuables out of sight. The items you do not want to leave laying around include:

 

·         Prescriptions

 

·         Jewelry

 

·         Cash and credit cards

 

·         IDs

 

·         Papers with personal information—for example, your Social Security number—on them

 

·         Names of friends and relatives

 

·         Expensive, portable electronics

 

Use some common sense in this regard. If something you own could be taken out of the house without you knowing it, lock it up or hide it. Again, most people have absolutely no intention of stealing anything from your home, but better safe than sorry.

 

Don’t Fall for Someone Acting Offended

 

If you have a sign in your yard and someone knocks on the door asking to see the house, again, refer them to your Realtor. Some people might try to play on your hospitality—it is Georgia, after all—and act offended that you won’t let them see the house without setting up an appointment. Don’t fall for this. Houses are not impulse buys. If a buyer is serious, they’ll have their buyer’s agent call your seller’s agent and not letting them in yourself will not quash the deal.

 

We will have plenty of other good advice about staying safe and showing your home, so never be afraid to ask.

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
May 19, 2017

Where Can I Find Serious Information on Real Estate?

 

 

 

 

If you’re shopping for a house in Smyrna and you’re searching online to learn more about how real estate works, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed. The Internet is full of information on real estate and, let’s be direct here, not all of it is good or particularly useful.

 

Here are some ways you can determine whether or not what you’re reading is reliable.

 

Consider the Source

 

This is probably the oldest tip in the book, but it’s still a good one. Consider where the information you’re reading came from and why someone might want you to believe what you’re reading. For instance, if you read sites where homeowners try to sell their homes online, you’ll find plenty of information about why selling your property yourself is a great idea. Generally, it’s a bad idea, but such sites have a vested interest in you thinking otherwise.

 

That’s not to say that good information can’t come from a site with an interest in getting you to think one way or another about any given option. Financial sites, for instance, that oftentimes tie into financial services providers, sometimes provide great information on the market, what to expect and so forth. Just keep in mind whether or not the information you’re reading is well-considered and thoughtful or so slanted as to be unreliable.

 

Expertise Matters

 

The National Association of Realtors is one of the most popular places to get information among people who make their living selling homes. That should tell you something. Whether it’s a Realtor in Smyrna, Atlanta, or anywhere else, they probably visit this site when they want numbers. You can visit it, too!

 

The best thing about the NAR is that they don’t sugarcoat statistics. They give them to you straight and, because the people who sell homes as a profession need those numbers to be right, you can generally rely on the stats that the NAR publishes. Check them out if you like to dig deep into the market to truly understand what’s going on and what to expect. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Local Is Better

 

Ever looked at a property online, visited it in person and found yourself confused at how different it looked up close? Working with a Realtor local to the market you’re interested in can help you to avoid that feeling.

 

Posted in Real Estate News
May 4, 2017

Walking, Running and Biking in Smyrna

 

 

 

If you’re shopping for property in Smyrna and you also happen to be a participant in the run, you might be wondering where you can run in Smyrna. The good news is that there are plenty of trails in and around Smyrna, and many of them are good for walking, biking and other activities.

 

If you need to shave some time off your mile for this year’s 5K, or you just want to go for a casual stroll to bust stress and keep fit, here are some places to go.

 

Silver Comet Trail

 

This is currently the #1 trail on Yelp and that’s in no small part due to the fact that Silver Comet Trail is good for biking, running, or just taking a stroll. Remember that popular spots tend to be busy when people have free time—weekends, holidays, etc.—so, if you have the luxury of getting your workout in during the workweek, parking will likely be easier if you go then. The Silver Comet Trail is located on Mavell Rd. You can check out a map of the trail here.

 

Rottenwood Creek Trail

 

Located in Vinings, right next to Smyrna, the Rottenwood Creek Trail gets rave reviews; don’t let the name fool you. The trail is great for biking and offers beautiful natural surroundings. The total length is just shy of four miles and, if you happen to be training for a 5k like the Spring Jonquil run, that means you can get a nice, eight-mile endurance run on this trail with one complete circuit, or break it up for intervals, or whatever else your training program calls for. Of course, if you’re just out for a hike, you’ll get to enjoy a stunning Georgia landscape. You can get more info here.

 

I Just Want a Nearby Route

 

If you’re moving into a new house in Smyrna and want to know the best spots to run that don’t involve a drive, you can check out any of the many running apps out there that let people share their routes. MapMyRun is just one example, and it’s packed with routes around Smyrna.

 

Learn the Local Spots

 

If you want more information on where runners, bicyclists or casual walkers are likely to have the most fun in Smyrna, ask us. If the Georgia heat makes you more of an indoor workout fiend, be sure to ask about local gyms and other facilities.

 

Posted in Community News