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Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 12:15pm. 235 Views, 0 Comments.
Around Atlanta inventory is falling, prices are rising and our business is better than ever. Mortgage rates have remained low and even set some new records in the last few weeks. Finally, if you’re interested in selling or buying, give me a call. You can benefit from both sides of the market these days.
Smyrna is a Seller’s Market
If you are considering selling a home in Smyrna, now is the time. We are solidly into “seller’s market” territory with only a 3.7 month supply of homes for sale. Traditionally a balanced market is a 6 month supply. What this means is that at the current rate the entire Smyrna inventory of homes will be sold out in the next 3.7 months if no one else lists their home for sale.
This example is just a small snapshot of what…
Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 12:00pm. 51 Views, 0 Comments.
Final numbers haven’t been announced yet but individually and as a brokerage firm, 2012 was our best year yet for Hirsh Real Estate Specialists! The Atlanta market has continued to gain momentum and our clients have continued to reap the benefits. Inventories have decreased and more buyers are scrambling to find the deals and buy while mortgage rates are low. This has started to drive prices higher. So if you are interested in selling your home but have been hesitant due to market value, please give me call. Now might be the perfect time to sell and move up.
The Atlanta Board of Realtors will share 2012 sales numbers in a few weeks but at this point we can say our brokerage volume was north of $30million. This represents scores of…
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 at 10:46pm. 814 Views, 0 Comments.
A historic single family home with 16 bedrooms and 35 bathrooms, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC was recently valued by Zillow to be worth a cool $284.9 million. Yes, I'm referring to "that" 1600 Pennsylvania, otherwise known as The White House.
With just a few days to go until the presidential election, I was struck this week by an article in The Wall Street Journal about the value of The White House. There are actually some interesting parallels that can be drawn between the DC market and at that of Smyrna, Vinings, Buckhead and greater Atlanta.
The first parallel and piece of good news is that some of these areas have actually shifted from a buyer's market to a seller's market. As more and more buyers have…
Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 10:59am. 1210 Views, 0 Comments.
Built in 1957, the stylish home located at 1172 West Wesley Rd in the heart of Buckhead, exudes the classic Mid-Century Modern aesthetic: a simple, open floor plan and lots of oversized windows throughout, opening up the interior space and bringing the outdoors in. Situated on 2.3 acres, there is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy.
Much larger than the popular bungalow style, this home features approximately 3000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a huge family room. The kitchen has since been updated, but fans of the popular "retro modern" look will appreciate the original design accents like exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, floor to (vaulted) ceiling windows, a double sided fireplace, porcelain tile in the bathrooms and authentic…
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 4:15pm. 643 Views, 0 Comments.
Every once in a while, I find a home that just feels so welcoming and comfortable from the moment I walk in the front door. Even more rare is when a home this warm has nearly a century of Buckhead history and stately architechture, evoking a "back in the good old days" charm.
You may even recognize this home! Homes like this don't come around often. Located at 78 West Wesley Rd in the heart of Buckhead, it is all of that...and more. The past 80 years have aged this home like a fine wine. The two prominent families who have made this their home left behind a legacy that seems to pervade the home and gives it a rare charm.
I believe that the true test of an achitect's skill is how gracefully their homes age, because good design is timeless. It is…
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 11:56am. 896 Views, 0 Comments.
A question that comes up with almost every buyer I represent is, "Should I ask the seller to pay my closing costs?" The short answer is, "Maybe," but there are several factors you want to consider before making this decision.
The first question to ask yourself is, "Do I have enough cash to pay my own closing costs and down payment and still have enough in savings for my emergency fund?" If the answer is, "Yes," then it's a good idea to pay your own closing costs.
If you don't have enough cash for all three of these items...closing costs, down payment and savings, then it is usually a good idea to ask the seller to pay a portion, or even all, of your closing costs.
As a side note, closing costs vary but average about 3% of your purchase price,…
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 2:42pm. 995 Views, 0 Comments.
Earlier this summer my wife and I decided to sell our home in Buckhead. We had purchased the home 3 years earlier and completed a significant renovation. I have been selling real estate in Atlanta for over 8 years now, but it just so happens that this was my first personal residence that I have ever put on the open market (previous properties have been kept as rentals or traded).
I know exactly what sellers must do to successfully sell their home, but my sellers do not always follow my advice. Now I had a test in front of me....would I follow my own advice (even the painful parts), or would I rationalize why my home was "different" and should sell for more than all of the other homes on the market?
Well, following my own advice worked! I sold my…
Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 2:39pm. 861 Views, 0 Comments.
We are half way through 2012 and there is already great news for Atlanta and Hirsh Real Estate Specialists. Inventory is dropping, mortgage rates remain at all time lows and Hirsh is receiving both local and national recognition for achievements in real estate.
According to a recent USA Today article, of 18 major markets in the United States, 10 had less than a 3 month supply of homes which is incredibly low. While Atlanta's supply is closer to a 6 month supply, the same article noted that the North Atlanta market has seen a 36% drop in inventory since this time last year.
This is actually causing bidding wars among multiple buyers in some areas and as a result prices are starting to rise in those same markets. I wrote a blog in…
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 at 12:38pm. 632 Views, 0 Comments.
Yes, I did title this post in the third person. Last week the Atlanta Business Chronicle wrote a glowing half-page article about my work in Atlanta real estate over the past 8+ years. It certainly is a positive piece, highlighting the importance of trust between a Realtor and their clients.
Thanks to ABC for the great coverage and to my clients who were interviewed for the story! See the full article below:
Friday, May 25th, 2012 at 11:09am. 700 Views, 0 Comments.
Built in the 1920s, Peachtree Commons in Peachtree Hills is noted on the National Register of Historic Places. Although Atlanta is inundated with them, a contemporary hi-rise is not a lifestyle that appeals to all buyers seeking convenient, low maintenance condominium living.
A 3-story building with units boasting architecturally desirable accents reminiscent of the past like arched doorways, glass door knobs, an original tin ceiling, crown moulding and real hardwood floors, combined with recent modern renovations like stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and tile backsplash, this first floor 2 bedroom condo offers a perfect combination of character and convenience!
This is a real gem for downsizers and city dwellers…