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After a long period that seemed like Stillwood was going to remain "forever unfinished", it's great to see that new construction is once again on the rise there.

Stillwood has had several different builders throughout the years, and that has kept the properties from being too "cookie cutter", even though the building restrictions have remained in place to protect the look and feel of the neighborhood. 

A return to building has its advantages and disadvantages for sellers.  Having active building reassures the buying public that the community is still viable--but new construction can be a tough competitor.  After all, many people love the idea of having a brand new home. 

The good news is that the price per Square Foot has risen dramatically over the past year.  What had been as low as $43 per SF (no thanks to some foreclosures and short sales), is now routinely $87 - $90 per Square Foot. 

If you have thought about selling your home but didn't think you could sell it, now could be a good time to reconsider.  With property values up, and inventory down--it could be the ideal time.  Call me at 678-416-2326 if you'd like to talk about what it would take to get your house "market ready" and put you in a good position to compete with the new construction in Stillwood.

Thanks,

Jackie 


Posted by Jackie Campbell on April 15th, 2014 11:38 AMPost a Comment (0)

I'M THINKING OF A NUMBER
The trend for improvement in Fayette County's real estate market is being shown in the growing price per Square Foot.  True to economic principal, it's really a matter of "supply and demand".  As of this writing, there are only 560 total active listings in the county, which is just under a 3 month supply of inventory.  That’s considered within a “healthy and balanced” range for any real estate market, but it indicates a favorable trend for sellers, especially when you consider the average number of listings that we have in Fayette County in a "normal" market.  The current number of listings represents roughly half of the number of houses that were available for sale during 2011 and 2012.

TRY, TRY AGAIN
Another one of the most encouraging indications of recovery in Fayette County is that the number of expired listings has dwindled dramatically.  The average number of days on the market is still higher in the $300,000+ price range, but the overwhelming majority of formerly expired listings eventually relisted and sold, and that’s a huge improvement over previous years! 

SELL YOUR HOUSE
If you have considered selling your home, but thought that the timing was not right in the past….call me.  I have experience in successfully marketing and managing real estate transactions--high-end real estate transactions included.  In Feb 2014, my team and I listed and sold the largest single family home in Georgia-- 794 Evander Holyfield Hwy, Fayetteville—which was also the most expensive home ever sold in the Georgia Multiple Listing Service.

 

Sincerely,
Jackie Campbell


Posted by Jackie Campbell on April 14th, 2014 3:38 PMPost a Comment (0)

If you're familiar with Coweta County, you may know Arbor Springs as one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the area.  With bragging rights to the county's top ranked high school, a nice golf course, and homes with impressive curb appeal, Arbor Springs has it all. 

Almost.  Arbor Springs has everything but a quick selling cycle.  Or at least it has, until now. 

If you're a home owner in Arbor Springs, you'll be glad to know that the average days on market has improved significantly, and is down from just under 200 days (more if you count the 150 expired listings that added an additional 262 average days on the market!) to just over 115 days on the market. 

The market has improved, with more buyers confident in making a higher-end purchase.  And now that they are ready to buy, they are finding less homes to choose from, since we only have 16 homes for sale in this particular neighborhood right now.

Prices are up, too! 

For resale homes, the average price per Square foot is $99, with the highest price per Square Foot being $140.21.  New construction is, as is customary, more expensive.  The average price per Square Foot for new construction homes sold in Arbor Springs was $155, with the high sale of $200.55 per Square Foot on a sale that closed in July of 2013.

Don't overlook the power of market timing when considering your entry into the market--a reduced inventory and increased buyer demand may be the perfect recipe for a successful home sale!

If you are considering selling your home, please contact me.  I'd love the opportunity to work with you to make your move a reality.

Jackie

678-416-2326


Posted by Jackie Campbell on April 11th, 2014 2:05 PMPost a Comment (0)

BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com is Teaming with NewnanHomesOnline.com for Home Search Tools!

BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com is teaming with our sister site NewnanHomesOnline.com to offer our users the best of all worlds in Georgia Real Estate information and property search services.  

BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com will continue to be our number one source of Market Information, Seller Listings, and of course My Blog. However, the home and property search functions have changed. 

Now, when you select "Find Homes" on the homepage or "SEARCH HOMES HERE" on the navigation menu, you will be directed to NewnanHomesOnline.com.  No worries, you are still with the Campbell Team at Keller Williams! 

You can search the entire GAMLS for all properties in Georgia, not just Newnan!

NewnanHomesOnline.com is our website, purpose-built, to provide the best personalized home and property search tool on the Internet.  

Your personal account will allow you to easily set-up, modify, and track searches that YOU define.  You can save listings that interest you and your email alerts come with pictures of houses – not just a “link” to the results.  You can search for all property types, including commercial and even rentals.  You can search for just foreclosures or exclude them from your results, based on your exact needs. 

Best of all NewnanHomesOnline.com is mobile-friendly and results are displayed FAST!

If you have any issues with our websites, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks and Successful House Hunting!

If you have a house to sell, PLEASE call us!!

Thanks,

Dan

Dan Campbell
Associate Broker, REALTOR®
The Campbell Team at Keller Williams
Dan@BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com


Posted by Jackie Campbell on April 2nd, 2014 4:36 PMPost a Comment (0)

There are fewer people renting their homes now--that's because more people are BUYING and more Seller's can now command the sales price they need to make selling a good idea.  Still, we have clients who rent their homes out and need to know where to start. 

Here are some tips if you are going to rent your house without the assistance of a property management company. 

1.)Get a Home Warranty (First American Home Warranty, 2-10 Home Warranty, Old Republic Home Warranty, and American Home Shield are the companies we work with the most—they all have websites and you can order online or by calling their 800 numbers)

2.)Do a Move In Move Out Inspection that both you and the tenant signs. Don’t just write down what’s wrong---PHOTOGRAPH any issues so that you won’t have any question about what was pre-existing.  This protects both you and the tenant and helps to avoid possible "finger pointing" when it's time for the tenant to move out.

3.)Offer a rebate of $100 per month on the rent if they decide to buy it next year. That may give them the incentive to take care of the property more--after all, it may one day be their property!

4.)Don’t have “late fees” in your lease. Instead, set the rent at a higher amount and give a discount if the rent is paid by the 2nd of the month. It’s a WHOLE lot easier to give a discount than to collect a “penalty”.

5.)Limit the number of pets you’ll allow and require a pet deposit for the ones you do allow.

6.)Set expectations on maintenance. The tenants need to cut the grass regularly, keep the driveway swept at least once a month, don’t allow newspapers or other trash to collect in the yard, etc.

7.)Plan on having the shrubs cut and other “large yard /exterior maintenance” like gutter cleaning done TWICE PER YEAR. Once in the Spring, Once in the Fall. There just aren’t many tenants out there who will take care of this kind of stuff for you.


Posted by Jackie Campbell on March 31st, 2014 4:23 PMPost a Comment (0)

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$196,750.00
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Beds: 4 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 2007
Garage: 2 Built: 2002
 

Located in Eastlake at Summergrove. 4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bathroom, 1.5 Story Ranch listed for $196,750. Master Plus 2 Bedrooms on Main. Great Condition!
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The Campbell Team at Keller Williams
678-416-2326
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Posted by Dan Campbell on March 19th, 2014 12:00 PMPost a Comment (0)

March 6th, 2014 4:52 PM

The Campbell Team - 2013 Report Card

Everyone knows someone, or someone who knows someone, “in the Biz” (real estate).  Should you trust your $500k home purchase or sale to Aunt Betty’s younger sister’s uncle’s cousin because he is “in the family” or a Real Estate professional team that has a proven track record of success?

Regularly, a lot of our friends, clients, and on-line followers ask us about our business and how we are doing. We constantly track our progress and success throughout the year and we would like to share our 2013 report card with you.

We actively track 4 dimensions in our business:

1.) Gross sales (both Buyers and Sellers) against our targets
2.) Listing Sales
3.) Buyer Sales
4.) Special Projects / Initiatives

Gross Sales

We finished 2013 with gross sales of $ 9,699,759 with a total of 58 closed home sales.  This was under our original goal for the year of $15M in gross sales.  The $15M number was predicated on adding additional staff in our sales organization during the year.  We were only interested in adding quality talent and were not able to fill these sales slots in 2013.  As a result, we were off the gross sales number, but finished the year close to our profit targets since we did not add the additional expense associated with more headcount. 

We are still looking for talented, hard-working agents; if you or someone that you know is interested, please call us.  

Listing Sales

Of our 58 closed sales units, 37 closings were Listing Sales.  Based on 2013 Statistics, The Campbell Team sold homes on average 26% faster than other Listing Agents in the GAMLS!  On average, The Campbell Team Listings sold 31 days faster than other Listing Agents – that is a full house payment!

Average Days on Market

In 2013, Sellers who listed with The Campbell Team received on average 97.3% of their Listing Price. This was .7% more than the average of other Listing Agents in the GAMLS. Does this make a difference? Yes! 

Average Sales to List Price

For example, if a Seller listed their home with The Campbell Team at $250,000, statistics show the final Sales Price was on average $243,250.  This was on average over $1,700 more than other Listing Agents in the GAMLS – another house payment.

Buyer Sales

The remaining 21 transactions were Buyer side sales.  Our Buyer focus remained working with Buyers to purchase a home at a fair price and close the transaction as smoothly as possible.  The shortage of available inventory and the subsequent increase in prices left many buyers either unable to find a house to purchase or priced out of the market.  We carried forward a number of Buyers into 2014 that were unable to find properties in 2013. 

We are still looking for talented, hard-working agents to work with these existing and new Buyers; if you or someone that you know is interested.  

Special Projects and Initiatives

2013 saw the culmination of our multi-year platform change-out and improvement and our full push into social media marketing on a consistent basis. 

Our equipment upgrades, toolset improvements, and other back office processes were completed in early 2013 and full deployed.  In the 4th quarter, www.BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com was completely revamped, stream-lined, and refocused back to conventional sales and away from distressed property activities.   The new format is completely mobile friendly in its native mode – no need to be forced into the limited feature mobile site of the past when using your smartphone or tablet.

Our Blog posts are now the most searched pages on the site.  Blog page views exceeded 50% of total pages for the site on a daily basis in 2013 and the Blog was the top site entry page, even exceeding the home and search pages.  This tells me that we are providing valuable information that you are interested in receiving – Thank you for that feedback.

We are continuing to improve the search functions with our website provider.  “Members Only” pages proved to be a challenge and were delayed in 2013.

Additionally, Best Georgia Home Search is on Facebook and Twitter and our following is growing daily.  We are interested in using these tools to engage you - our users - in more real-time and with the more tailored information that you request. 

From all of The Campbell Team - Thank you for a Great 2013 and an even better start to 2014!!

If you have a house to sell, PLEASE call us!!

Thanks,

Dan

Dan Campbell
Associate Broker, REALTOR®
The Campbell Team at Keller Williams
Dan@BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com


Posted by Dan Campbell on March 6th, 2014 4:52 PMPost a Comment (0)

If you're like a lot of homeowners in the Newnan area, you may still be thinking that you may not be able to sell your home without bringing money to the closing table.  That may or may not be true, depending on several factors-- including where you are located, how much you have paid into your mortgage, and what kind of condition your home is in.

But consider this:  as of this moment, inventories all over Georgia are extremely low, but especially in Coweta County, where most price ranges have about a THIRD of the number of homes for sale that they normally have.  Right now, there are only enough properties listed between $150,000 to $175,000 to fill a 2.3 month demand and industry experts say that a "balanced" market exists when there is approximately a 6 month's supply. 

Homeowners in Summergrove, Stillwood, Lakeshore, Stonebridge, Legacy Estates, Chesterfield, Pebble Creek, and Woodstream--I'm talking to you.  Values are up from where they were in 2012, so now could be the time to take a closer look at whether you can sell.

Call me if you want to know what your home would probably sell for in today's hot real estate market.  I won't charge you to evaluate your property, and I'll even give you some ideas on what it will take to get your home "top-dollar market ready" in the event you do decide to sell.


Jackie


Posted by Jackie Campbell on January 28th, 2014 3:57 PMPost a Comment (0)

Fayette County Home Sales Volume Up 27.3% in 2013

Fayette County home sales (MLS area 171) in 2013 were VERY strong.  In summary, the 2013 Home Sales Volume for the Fayetteville, Peachtree City and Fayette County overall was up in 2013 from 2012 by over $90M.  Single Family Home Sales were over $420M in 2013 as compared to just over $330M in 2012, a 27.3% volume increase.

Prognosticators and economic experts attempt to primarily link home sales to interest rates and subsequently home mortgage rates.  In my opinion, home sales are primarily linked to the consumer’s confidence in his/her JOB and job stability. Consumer confidence for major purchases is highest when he/she is confident that he/she will have a paycheck at the end of the next month. 

Sellers are finally seeing relief after being locked into their homes for the last 4 to 5 years. Sellers are now able to sell existing homes and move up to larger homes or downsize to smaller homes based on their current lifestyle requirements.

This Report will give you a look into the data and reports that we as real estate agents use to assess home prices and market conditions. Conclusions here are drawn from analysis of Single Family Detached Home listing data from the Georgia Multiple Listing Service (GAMLS), the real estate tool used by most real estate agents in the Fayette County Area.

Check out the complete report here.

Thinking of Selling, Buying, or Both?  Give us a chance to show you why we remain one of the top Real Estate Teams in the SW Atlanta area.

Thanks,

Dan

Dan Campbell
Associate Broker, REALTOR®
The Campbell Team at Keller Williams
Dan@BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com


Posted by Dan Campbell on January 26th, 2014 12:53 PMPost a Comment (0)

Summary of Market Conditions

Coweta County home sales (MLS area 181) in 2013 were VERY strong.  In summary, the 2013 Home Sales Volume for the Newnan area and Coweta County overall was up in 2013 from 2012 by over $84M.  Single Family Home Sales were over $396M in 2013 as compared to just under $312M in 2012, a 27% volume increase.

Prognosticators and economic experts attempt to primarily link home sales to interest rates and subsequently home mortgage rates.  In my opinion, home sales are primarily linked to the consumer’s confidence in his/her JOB and job stability. Consumer confidence for major purchases is highest when he/she is confident that he/she will have a paycheck at the end of the next month. 

Sellers are finally seeing relief after being locked into their homes for the last 4 to 5 years. Sellers are now able to sell existing homes and move up to larger homes or downsize to smaller homes based on their current lifestyle requirements.

This Report will give you a look into the data and reports that we as real estate agents use to assess home prices and market conditions. Conclusions here are drawn from analysis of Single Family Detached Home listing data from the Georgia Multiple Listing Service (GAMLS), the real estate tool used by most real estate agents in the Coweta County Area.

Check out the complete report here.

Thinking of Selling, Buying, or Both?  Give us a chance to show you why we remain one of the top Real Estate Teams in the SW Atlanta area.

Thanks,

Dan

Dan Campbell
Associate Broker, REALTOR®
The Campbell Team at Keller Williams
Dan@BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com


Posted by Dan Campbell on January 23rd, 2014 10:37 AMPost a Comment (0)

The Top Three Deal Killers when Selling Your Home

If you were to ask what is the top issue that prevents a house from selling or even getting an offer, most people who are not buying or selling a house will generally answer – PRICE.  Although, I agree that PRICING is very important; it is generally quite a way down the list for most actual Buyers (unless the buyer is a real estate investor).

From my over 10 years of experience, here are my Top Three Deal Killers when you are selling your home in the Atlanta area once the Buyer has picked a general area of the city and a neighborhood(s). 

Surprisingly, today, they are the same deal killers as 10 years ago.  
Here is my list of the top three deal killers when selling your home – nothing fancy, just my opinion.

1.) Killer 1 - Making your house hard to see

The inability to see your house or extreme difficulty in scheduling a showing can pretty much guarantee you that you will continue to live in your current home.  This deal killer is generally manifested in one or more of three distinctly different ways.  Many times a failed home sale effort will have more than one of these “hard to see” deal killers.

a.) No pictures or poor pictures for online websites
You will find differing estimates, but realistically today, 100% of buyers will view your home on line either before or right after they see it in person.  Work with your agent (of course that would be us) to prepare the house for photos and make sure that the photos show the specific current hot buttons for Buyers.  If you only have one front photo or worse, no photo at all, Buyers (and Agents) wonder what is there to hide and will generally not visit the property.

b.) “Shown by Appointment Only” remarks
Security is always important, so don’t show your house to folks who just “drive up” and want to see inside.  However, unless there are specific extenuating circumstances, the longer you force an “appointment” to be made or require “talking to the agent” before showing, the longer you will remain in your house.  You are going to get calls to see your house – especially now, since inventory levels are REALLY low – so be ready.  Have a contact number where you can be reached during the day and do not leave the house to go to work or shopping unless it is in “ready to show” condition.  An agent should be able to contact you and show your house with no more than a 4 hour notice - the shorter the better. 

c.) Staying in the house when showing
If you stay in the house when it is being shown, you WILL stay in the house forever.  There are a number of reasons for this, so just leave during the showing. NOTE: Always take your house keys (not just the garage door opener) with you or you WILL get locked out.

2.) Killer 2 - Smoking in your house

No one has ever requested that I find them a “smoker house”, not even smokers.  The only reason that this is not number one on the list is that the Buyer has to get into the house for this to be an issue.  Once inside, this is the “numero uno” of Deal Killers when selling your house. Do not smoke in the house, at the doorway, or in the garage where the smell will linger and get back inside the house.  If you have smoked in your house, think about repainting, having the ductwork cleaned, and having a professional house cleaning.  At the very least, have the carpets professionally cleaned and the furnace filter replaced with a high quality micro filter with baking soda in the filter.  Please do not burn scented candles to cover up smoking – they just add to the smell and pose a fire hazard during showings.

3.) Killer 3 - Failing to clean up after your pets

Many people love pets – including me.  Most people love THEIR pets, not yours.  THEIR pets are sweet angels – YOUR pets are smelly dogs, cats, and other vermin.  Move litter boxes, beds, and feeding bowls out of the kitchen or other food prep and food storage areas.  I see a number of cat owners who keep the litter box in the pantry – not sure why???  If you have inside pets, have the house professionally cleaned top to bottom and replace the furnace filter with a high quality micro filter element.  Also, make arrangements for the pets to be kept outside the house when you are not available to remove them.   Do not force the agents or potential Buyers to look out for your pets.  Non-traditional pets – snakes, tarantulas, and large birds – freak out buyers and they will generally leave without seeing the house. If you have pets in the house, be sure that this is noted in the agent listing.  Pet management is especially important during the crucial, first 30 days that the house is on the market.

These are my top three home sale deal killers.  Feel free to ask a question or add a post to our blog. 

I appreciate the feedback!

PS: WE NEED HOUSES TO SELL, we are OUT of Inventory!  As of today, we only have two houses that have not already sold or are not under contract.

Thinking of Selling, Buying, or Both?  Give us a chance to show you why we remain one of the top Real Estate Teams in the SW Atlanta area.

Thanks,

Dan

Dan Campbell
Associate Broker, REALTOR®
The Campbell Team at Keller Williams
Dan@BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com

  


Posted by Dan Campbell on January 3rd, 2014 4:41 PMPost a Comment (0)

UPDATE: BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com Status Report

WOW!  Things have really changed at the best home search tool for real estate in Georgia.  Here is a quick update on the changes so far:

  • Mobile Friendly – The site has been completely changed to a scaling platform that works on all devices, both desktops and mobile – iPhone, iPad, Android, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.   If you were being forced to use the mobile portal (www.bestgeorgiahomesearch.com/iphone), you can now change your mobile device to use the full featured site at www.bestgeorgiahomesearch.com.

  • New Search Tool – The new search tool is running at SEARCH HOMES HERE and we have set up city specific home and property searches for Atlanta, Newnan, Fayetteville, and Peachtree City.  You can also search by zip code.  All of your favorite search filters for property type, price, bedrooms, and other features are available.  Don’t forget to set up your free “My Property Binder” account in order to set up your own searches and save your favorite homes.  The old search engine will be retired at the end of the year.

  • What happened to Foreclosures? – We have made a conscious choice to move away from our previous foreclosure and distressed property focus.  The market has changed.  Bank owned properties, foreclosures, and other distressed sales are now the exception and no longer the rule. The previous prebuilt foreclosure searches will be going away.  You can still search directly for distressed properties with our new search tool by selecting the distressed property types - foreclosure, bank owned, etc. – in the “Special Listing Conditions” in the “Features” field of “Advanced Search”.

  • New Shared Focus on Sellers and Buyers – Traditional resale properties and new construction homes are moving again and the prices have begun to move back up.  Great news!  Best Georgia Home Search will begin introducing new ways to use the site and our tools to better prepare Sellers to sell their homes.  We will still provide our traditional tools and information to assist Buyers in finding and purchasing a new home.

Thanks to all of you, our users, and I really appreciate all of the positive comments about the changes to BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com.

If you need to reach us or want to know more about us, check out the “About Us” section in the top navigation bar or contact us directly at the “Contact Us” section of the left navigation bar.

Thanks,

Dan

Dan Campbell
Associate Broker, REALTOR®
The Campbell Team at Keller Williams
Dan@BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com

  

Posted by Dan Campbell on December 10th, 2013 12:07 PMPost a Comment (0)

Five good reasons to sell your home during the holidays

Contrary to popular belief, buyers shop for homes all year round, including the holiday season. In fact, sellers who put their homes on the market during the holiday season (roughly between November and January) may have an advantage because there are fewer houses on the market so there's less competition. There are several other reasons to consider putting your home on the market during the holidays:

1. Many home buyers have extra time off during the holiday season so they have more time to look for their new home.

2. Because of the limited supply of homes for sale, sellers may be able to receive a higher purchase offer than expected.  As always, you need to follow the guidelines on what your house will APPRAISE, since ultimately, it will need to meet an appraisal value to sell.

3. Buyers looking for homes during the holidays are usually highly motivated to buy before the end of the year so they can get extra itemized income-tax deductions for mortgage loan fees, interest and pro-rated property taxes.

4. Festive lights and holiday decorations can help a home "show better."   AS LONG AS IT'S TASTEFUL AND NOT OVER THE TOP.  Umm, let's not have a Griswold Family Christmas, ok?

5. Because January is traditionally the month for transfers, having a home on the market at the end of the year can capture the transferees who may not be able to wait until the Spring to buy a home.

Give us a call at 678-416-2326 or email Jackie at Jackie@BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com to further discuss if listing your home during the holidays is right for you.


Posted by Jackie Campbell on November 22nd, 2013 3:15 PMPost a Comment (0)

November 13th, 2013 12:17 PM

BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com Updates

We are making changes to BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com to make your web site experience better!  Over this final quarter of 2013, you will begin seeing some new features and changes to the Best Georgia Home Search site on the web.

Why Change?

Our Changes are focused on providing improved service to you in these three primary capabilities and usage areas of our site:

  • Mobile Friendly – We will be moving away from features on the site that are only supported on Flash devices, such as desktop PCs. More and more of our users are on mobile devices, so our features and capabilities are becoming more “mobile friendly”. This will require some changes to our site. You asked and we listened!
  • New Search Tool – Our previous search tool was the best available when it was added to the site a few years back. Times change. Our new search tools are more streamlined and allow you to search in an increasingly more precise fashion as you hone down the results of your search to just the homes that match your specific criteria. Your new “My Property Binder” account allows you to set up and save your own searches and notify yourself when properties that meet your criteria are added to Georgia MLS. Explore our new capabilities at SEARCH HOMES HERE.
  • Single User Account – We now have the capability for you to only have ONE site login for Blog commenting, Search “Property Binder” Account access, and in the near future “Members Only” pages.

What’s Changed and What’s Coming Soon?

  • New Search ToolSEARCH HOMES HERE gives you access to our latest “Quick Search” tool. Start by entering a city or ZIP code and the property type. You can also specify price range and beds and baths, but those fields are not required to get your results. Once in your initial results, you can further hone your potential properties through the “Advanced Search” and “Features” search selections. Use as few or as many as you like. Click “Update” to get the refined search results. Yes, it is that easy!
  • “Our Featured Homes” Changes – Our personal listing pages (Our Featured Homes) have a new format for PC users with quick access to ALL photos that are available for the property right on the property detail page. There is also a “Large Photos” option in the “Highlights” section that opens the photos in a larger screen and includes the photo labels. For mobile users, just scroll through all photos using the arrow keys on each side of the main property photo on the listing details page.
  • New Overall Site Look and Feel – We will be updating the complete site the WEEK of NOVEMBER 17. Specifically, you will see:
    1. New page size – This is a techy thing, but we will be resizing the width of the site to be more mobile friendly and better fit differing display sizes and types WITHOUT scrolling horizontally.
    2. Fresh Look – We will be changing the overall site layout to eliminate most flash specific content components that impact our tablet and smart phone users without dramatically impacting our PC user experience.
  • MEMBERS ONLY Pages – We will begin to add “Members Only” pages in the site that require site login to provide you (our 4000+ Monthly Loyal Users) with specific subdivision, property type, or special market place situations that may interest you. You will be prompted that this information is available either through our Blog Posts or directly via your email.

We hope that you enjoy the new changes.  

Thanks,

Dan

Dan Campbell
Associate Broker, REALTOR®
The Campbell Team at Keller Williams
Dan@BestGeorgiaHomeSearch.com

  

Posted by Dan Campbell on November 13th, 2013 12:17 PMPost a Comment (0)

Georgia Property Disclosure Rules:  What Do You Say When You See Dead People?

So, with Halloween upon us, it is once again an appropriate time to discuss the issues surrounding the sale of homes that have been rumored to be…. well, umm….haunted.

Stranger Things Have Happened

There is an agent in my office who tells the story of a couple whom he met early in his real estate career. This couple was adamant that they would ONLY consider houses that were haunted, and so (naturally) he focused on showing them older homes with the hope that eventually, they’d find one with a ghost. The couple did eventually purchase a house that they were convinced was haunted, but the determination of whether it was haunted was something that their agent was unable to make on their behalf. It came down to a feeling that the buyers had when they were in the house, and so it was not based on anything the agent said or did. (Thankfully.)

But That Creeps Me Out

It’s probably safe to assume that most people do NOT want to live with an uninvited, un-paying tenant—regardless of whether the tenant is from this world or another. The question is this: do you have to say something to a potential buyer if there is a rumor that dearly departed Aunt Maybell still lives in the attic?

Basically, it comes down to an issue of DISCLOSURE (as usual)…

From the Georgia Real Estate Commission…”Licensees must affirmatively disclose material defects in the physical condition of the property. However, they are not required to disclose whether a homicide or other felony or a suicide occurred on a property unless a prospect asks them. The key distinction is that felonies, suicides, and infectious diseases generally do not involve the physical condition of the property. Their impact on the property is psychological...... However, the Attorney General's office indicated that when a client or customer questions a licensee as to whether a property "was the site of a homicide or other felony or the site of a suicide," the licensee should "answer truthfully to the best of such [licensee's] knowledge. ”

Disclosure? That is easy, if the issue is physical. The roof leaked? The water heater doesn’t always work? Easy. Disclose it! We think we see dead people? Another thing altogether. So you can see that the rule in Georgia is that hauntings do not have to be disclosed (really, how would an agent truly know?), but—if asked about whether the property was the site of a homicide or other felony or the site of a suicide—an agent should do their best to give a correct answer.

So Where Does That Leave Me?

Well, now! I’ve been in plenty of creepy houses over the years, but I can’t say that I’ve ever had a client ask me specifically whether the property was haunted or whether there was a homicide, felony, etc. I did have a guy ask whether someone had died in the house---it turns out the answer was, “yes”. (He didn’t make an offer on that one.)

So, what would I tell a SELLER facing the issue of what to say about the strange goings on (paranormally speaking, of course) at their property? Disclose it IF you are convinced that your property is haunted. If there’s ever any doubt, you’ve covered your liability.

What would I tell a BUYER, concerned about whether the house comes with a free ghost? Ask! Be specific. And ask whether there has been a violent crime or suicide in the house, since that’s the only tangible thing (let’s hope, anyway) that an agent would be able to research on your behalf.

AND OF COURSE, IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS about how to interpret disclosure laws in the State of Georgia, seek the advice of a licensed attorney.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Jackie Campbell

The Campbell Team at Keller Williams Atlanta Realty Partners

 

 

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT THE OFFICIAL GEORGIA CODE:

The Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 44-1-16 addresses this issue directly:

(a)(1) No cause of action shall arise against an owner of real property, a real estate broker, or any affiliated licensee of the broker for the failure to disclose in any real estate transaction the fact or suspicion that such property:


(A) Is or was occupied by a person who was infected with a virus or any other disease which has been determined by medical evidence as being highly unlikely to be transmitted through the occupancy of a dwelling place presently or previously occupied by such an infected person; or
(B) Was the site of a homicide or other felony or a suicide or a death by accidental or natural causes;
provided, however, an owner, real estate broker, or affiliated licensee of the broker shall, except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, answer truthfully to the best of that person´s individual knowledge any question concerning the provisions of subparagraph (A) or (B) of this paragraph.
(2) An owner, real estate broker, or affiliated licensee of the broker shall not be required to answer any question if answering such question or providing such information is prohibited by or constitutes a violation of any federal or state law or rule or regulation, expressly including without limitation the federal Fair Housing Act as now or hereafter amended or the state´s fair housing law as set forth in Code Sections 8-3-200 through 8-3-223.
(b) No cause of action shall arise against an owner of real property, real estate broker, or affiliated licensee of the broker for the failure to disclose in any real estate transaction any information or fact which is provided or maintained or is required to be provided or maintained in accordance with Code Section 42-9-44.1. No cause of action shall arise against any real estate broker or affiliated licensee of the broker for revealing information in accordance with this Code section. Violations of this Code section shall not create liability under this Code section against any party absent a finding of fraud on the part of such party.


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