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The marketplace can be frustrating right now. What specifically causes you to believe that you can sell your home yourself, when less than 10% of the homes listed for sale with real estate agents are selling?

No matter what you ask for, homeowners are trying to save money by selling their homes themselves. We can create more competition through the brokerage community to get your home sold.

To see how the zac team would get your home sold (and to see the list of the 53 websites we would list your home on!) please visit www.GotZac.com for our Plan of Action and Marketing Plan! Curious as to how much your home would sell for? Check out www.atlanta-homevalues.com for your estimated selling price!

This is part of an on-going question and answer series of the most frequently asked questions we get in real estate. From seller objections to buyer concerns, the zac team will help explain our rationale behind our philosophy in selling real estate here in Atlanta!

#1: “If I list my home with you and buy my next home from you, will you cut your commission?”
#2: “What should I do about keeping my promise to the agent from which I originally bought the home?”
#3: "I have seen this marketing plan from many different agents, what makes yours different?"
#4: “Why is your price so much lower than the other agents that we have talked to? I mean, they have comparisons that show higher prices than yours.”
#5: "Should I wait to sell my Atlanta home until home values go up?"

#6: “How much advertising will you do? Because I want a lot of advertising!”

#7: “Why should I hire such a busy agent? You have so many listings, we want someone that can give us the attention we deserve.”
#8: “Should I find a house before I put mine on the market?”
#9: “What do I do if I need to net a certain amount in order to move?"

"What do I do if I need to net a certain amount in order to move? I have to be at my new job in 90 days, but I can’t afford to buy a new home if I take a loss."

Many people in our area are in the same position. Has there ever been a time when you knew you were going to have to make a sacrifice? You knew it was going to be tough and in the end, after analyzing all of your options, you realized that you just had to go for it? And in the end, it all worked out. You made it through the tough times and life went on, maybe even better than before.

Is it more important to get out from under this house, take the new job and work through the tough times, or are you in a position to keep making mortgage payments on this house for a couple of years until property values go back up?

To see how the zac team would get your home sold (and to see the list of the 53 websites we would list your home on!) please visit www.GotZac.com for our Plan of Action and Marketing Plan! Curious as to how much your home would sell for? Check out www.atlanta-homevalues.com for your estimated selling price!

This is part of an on-going question and answer series of the most frequently asked questions we get in real estate. From seller objections to buyer concerns, the zac team will help explain our rationale behind our philosophy in selling real estate here in Atlanta!

#1: “If I list my home with you and buy my next home from you, will you cut your commission?”
#2: “What should I do about keeping my promise to the agent from which I originally bought the home?”
#3: "I have seen this marketing plan from many different agents, what makes yours different?"
#4: “Why is your price so much lower than the other agents that we have talked to? I mean, they have comparisons that show higher prices than yours.”
#5: "Should I wait to sell my Atlanta home until home values go up?"

#6: “How much advertising will you do? Because I want a lot of advertising!”

#7: “Why should I hire such a busy agent? You have so many listings, we want someone that can give us the attention we deserve.”
#8: “Should I find a house before I put mine on the market?”

News, Atlanta market statistics, & new Atlanta homes for sale in Wednesday Morning With Zac!

by the zac team @ RE/MAX Greater Atlanta

Dear Colleagues,
When HGTV came up with a hit series with their show "Trading Spaces," they probably didn’t think they would see the real-life trading of properties for sale. However, sellers have been finding new ways of getting out of their homes without using an agent or putting it up FSBO - listing it with an online matching service to seek out those looking to move into their area and trade their own home. Read Sunday’s AJC article here...

FMLS stats are here for December 2008. Click here to check out our quick reference format for metro Atlanta’s latest housing statistics!
And for an encouraging article from the AJC about the 6.5 percent rise in home prices, please click here!

Case-Shiller index report released. On the front cover of today’s paper was an article with statistics from Case-Shiller’s most recent report. And the good news? Atlanta’s market stayed stronger almost a year longer than the national median and didn’t experience as big a spike as other metro areas. While our home prices here dropped 14.6 percent from our peak by November 2008, the overall average drop was 25 percent. Read more here!


BeltLine threatened by Georgia DOT & AMTRAK. Yesterday, news hit the streets out of the blue of the Georgia DOT and AMTRAK attempting to undermine the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta BeltLine and take over the rail corridor located in the Northeast section of the city. Read more here and spread the word about the meeting this afternoon at Trees Atlanta (225 Chester Avenue) at 4:30 p.m.!

Twelve Atlantic Station homeowners sue. After losing their skyline views of downtown Atlanta, eight residents of Twelve Atlantic Station are suing the developer of their building for putting up a new condo building across the street. Read the article here...
New listings and new prices from the zac team @ REMAX Greater Atlanta!

 

Upcoming listings! Call me for more info at 404.564.7272!
Candler Park, 2BD / 1BA for $325,000
Atkins Park Lofts, 2BD / 2BA for $299,850
Candler Park, 4BD / 3.5BA for $750,000
Vistavia Hills, 4BD / 3BA for $350,000

Where is your career taking you? Do you feel like you’ve reached a plateau with your skill level? Now is the best time to increase your personal education and sales skills! At the zac team, we offer a variety of classes and workshops to ensure your continued education and support! Check out the training and technology support we offer by clicking here!
For more information on our training schedules and our various compensation plans, please give me a call to discuss at 404.564.7272. And for all of our current zac team opportunities, check out the careers page on our website!

And if you have friends who are interested in joining the business, we also have a link on our careers page to real estate licensing, appraisal, and home inspection schools!

Bucking the national trends. While the rest of the nation saw a rise in office vacancies, Atlanta actually saw a decline. In addition, business seems to be either moving back intown or deciding to set up shop in the city. Suburban office vacancies rose while the downtown area saw a decrease from 13.5 to 12.6 percent from the end of 2007 to 2008. Read more here!

When to keep it close and when to delegate. It can be hard to discern as a manager when tasks can be delegated, but any good business person will tell you that letting it go can be the name of the game. Read more from the E-Myth here on effective delegation...

A referral fee is better than nothing! Have some listings you wish you’d thought twice before taking? Don’t plan on renewing some of them? Don’t let them keep you down anymore - give me a call and I will pay you a referral fee for them. Please call me directly at 404.564.7272.

Long-term success vs. short term victories. Have you ever closed a great deal just to turn around a find an unhappy customer? Read more here about sales that create clients for life...

Best wishes for a successful week!
Zac

404.564.7272 | zac@zac.biz | www.zac.biz | http://blog.zac

Atlanta Housing & Real Estate Market Statistics for December 2008

by the zac team @ RE/MAX Greater Atlanta

Get your Atlanta housing market statistics! Direct from the First Multiple Listing Service, these numbers are published by Smart Numbers with extensive research and statistics on the Atlanta market. Here, we break down the most significant real estate numbers and put it into a quick reference format to share with our sellers and fellow agents. The compilation shows November 2008 market statistics versus November 2007 numbers. Enjoy and please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions! Our office # is 404.564.7200.

Units Closed:                     2008        2007
Single Family                           2,994         3,609
Condos/Townhomes                   437           680
Total                                     3,431         4,289
 
(20% decline)
                

New Listings:                     2008        2007
Single Family                           7,382          8,525
Condos/Townhomes                  1,470         1,560
Total                                        8,852         10,085
(12% decline)

Withdrawn:                          2008        2007
Single Family                             1,751         2,070
Condos/Townhomes                    307            333
Total                                          2,058         2,403
(14% decline)

Expired:                                2008        2007
Single Family                             7,833         8,173
Condos/Townhomes                   1,697         1,660
Total                                          9,530         9,833
(3% decline)

Current Inventory:              2008        2007
Single Family                             45,227       52,229
Condos/Townhomes                    9,453        10,549
Total                                          54,680       62,778
(13% decline)

Inventory:                              2008             2007
Single Family                        12.7 months      16.4 months
Condos/Townhomes               16.2 months     18.2 months

Sales Price to List Price:    2008        2007
Single Family                               92.3%       95.4%
Condos/Townhomes                      94.2%       95.8%

Average Days on Market:   2008        2007
Single Family                               89.8           99.4 Condos/Townhomes                      98.3          106.6

Click here for the November 2008 report!
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for the October 2008 report!
Click here for the September 2008 report!
Click here for the August 2008 report!
Click here for the July 2008 report!

Want more stats? We can email you monthly reports on current listings and the last six months of sales for the following areas. Just click below for the neighborhood or condo building that you're interested in!

Click here for Atlanta
’s fabulous intown neighborhoods!
(including Morningside, Virginia Highland, Candler Park, and Lake Claire real estate)
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’s Midtown condo scene!
(including 12 Atlantic Station, Plaza Midtown, Metropolis, Spire, Mayfair, and 905 Juniper mid-rise and high rise condos)

If you're thinking of selling your home, we have tips on selling your home for the most money, too Just check out our guide, “How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar Fast” which we will send to you automatically when you sign up for your home prices report.

You can also view our listing Plan of Action and Marketing Plan online anytime to get a preview of how we would get your home SOLD! Just visit www.GotZac.com.

Top Real Estate Questions Answered! #8: “Should I find a house before I put mine on the market?”

by the zac team @ RE/MAX Greater Atlanta

Finding your new home is important, however, it may take as long as three months for your home to sell. The it will take another two months to get all of the paper work done and, by that time, any home that you would have found, would already be sold.

Have you sen a home or are you ready to make an offer on one? If so, we can go ahead and schedule a time with our lender and one of my sales consultants to help handle that for you.

In the meantime, let's get to work on getting your home sold now so that you don't have to wait any longer than necessary to get moved into your new home!

To see how the zac team would get your home sold (and to see the list of the 53 websites we would list your home on!) please visit www.GotZac.com for our Plan of Action and Marketing Plan! Curious as to how much your home would sell for? Check out www.atlanta-homevalues.com for your estimated selling price!

This is part of an on-going question and answer series of the most frequently asked questions we get in real estate. From seller objections to buyer concerns, the zac team will help explain our rationale behind our philosophy in selling real estate here in Atlanta!

#1: “If I list my home with you and buy my next home from you, will you cut your commission?”
#2: “What should I do about keeping my promise to the agent from which I originally bought the home?”
#3: "I have seen this marketing plan from many different agents, what makes yours different?"

#4: “Why is your price so much lower than the other agents that we have talked to? I mean, they have comparisons that show higher prices than yours.”
#5: "Should I wait to sell my Atlanta home until home values go up?"
#6: “How much advertising will you do? Because I want a lot of advertising!”

#7: “Why should I hire such a busy agent? You have so many listings, we want someone that can give us the attention we deserve.”

Blue Skies on the Horizon for Atlanta Real Estate Market!

by the zac team @ RE/MAX Greater Atlanta

Dear Neighbors,
Hello this week from the Manchester Grand Hyatt in sunny San Diego where I am attending the Mike Ferry Superstar retreat! Below is an email that I send out every Wednesday morning to my fellow real estate agents here in Atlanta and I wanted to share it with you this morning.

I just read an optimistic article yesterday from Lisa Schoolcraft at the Atlanta Business Chronicle with developers predicting that the market will soon pick back up. Historically low mortgage rates and Obama’s anticipated stimulus package have led one developer to express the opinion that the large number of new homes will start selling by mid-year, leading to a stronger second half. Read more here!


A lot riding on Obama’s stimulus package. The rumble has been increasing lately about Obama’s stimulus package, including how exactly to handle the remaining $350 billion from the original stimulus package this past fall. The focus is turning more towards lifting up the housing market in ways that the first package didn’t fulfill (oops). Read more on Bernanke’s thoughts here...


Peach State offers up low rates. Zillow.com reported last week that Georgia has the second lowest average mortgage rate in the country according to their Mortgage Rate Monitor. Click here for more.


A breath of fresh air. Here are a few notes from day one of the conference this week, among them encouraging words on the decrease in competition and the increase in potential listings. Read more from Mike here!
And here are a few notes from yesterday on creating consistency in your real estate business...
New listings and new prices from the zac team @ REMAX Greater Atlanta

For our new listing on Briarlake Road, our sellers wrote an article on their home and its wonderful features. You can read it here!

Looking for 100% commission? I am thinking about adding a new group of agents to my organization where the fees would be $250 per month, $250 per transaction, and 100% commission to augment my menu of services and benefits. We would maintain a hands-off approach, letting sales associates tailor their relationships with clients in whatever way they think is most effective. If this interests you, please give me a call to discuss at 404.564.7272.

For all of our current zac team opportunities, check out the careers page on our website!
And if you have friends who are interested in joining the business, we also have a link on our careers page to real estate licensing, appraisal, and home inspection schools!

What is the walkability of your listings? This is a cool tool that many of you may know about where you can out in the address of one of your listings (or your own home) and it will rate it based on how close it is to shops, restaurants, and public transit. This could be a great listing tool to use, especially as people move back intown and look for alternate transportation! Check it out here.

Support the Georgia Conservancy and Shop Whole Foods today! I wanted to share this email sent out by the Georgia Conservancy: "Whole Foods in Buckhead has generously named the Georgia Conservancy the recipient of 5% Day on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. As a part of this event, 5 percent of all sales at Whole Foods in Buckhead will be donated to the Georgia Conservancy to support environmental advocacy and education in Georgia. Georgia Conservancy staff and volunteers will be on hand at the store throughout the day distributing information on what it means to be a Georgia Conservancy member. So, stop by and say hello, and get out there and shop! Whole Foods Buckhead is located at 77 W. Paces Ferry Rd N.W., Atlanta, Ga."

A referral fee is better than nothing! Have some listings you wish you’d thought twice before taking? Don’t plan on renewing some of them? Don’t let them keep you down anymore - give me a call and I will pay you a referral fee for them. Please call me directly at 404.564.7272.

Best wishes for a successful week!
Zac

404.564.7272 | zac@zac.biz | www.zac.biz | http://blog.zac.biz

Benjamin Franklin said, "If you need something done, ask a busy person." As we mentioned above, the more listings we have, the more signs we have on the street. The more signs we have on the street, the more calls we get from buyers. And, of course, most of those buyers don’t buy the house they call about and many of them will be very interested in your house. Can you see the advantage of listing with a very successful agent that has 30-40 signs working for you?

To see how the zac team would get your home sold (and to see the list of the 53 websites we would list your home on!) please visit www.GotZac.com for our Plan of Action and Marketing Plan! Curious as to how much your home would sell for? Check out www.atlanta-homevalues.com for your estimated selling price!

This is part of an on-going question and answer series of the most frequently asked questions we get in real estate. From seller objections to buyer concerns, the zac team will help explain our rationale behind our philosophy in selling real estate here in Atlanta!

#1: “If I list my home with you and buy my next home from you, will you cut your commission?”
#2: “What should I do about keeping my promise to the agent from which I originally bought the home?”
#3: "I have seen this marketing plan from many different agents, what makes yours different?"

#4: “Why is your price so much lower than the other agents that we have talked to? I mean, they have comparisons that show higher prices than yours.”
#5: "Should I wait to sell my Atlanta home until home values go up?"
#6: “How much advertising will you do? Because I want a lot of ad
vertising!”

Zac Pasmanick attends the Bill Barrett Superstar real estate workshop

by the zac team @ RE/MAX Greater Atlanta

Zac Pasmanick of the zac team @ RE/MAX Greater Atlanta attended the annual Bill Barrett Superstar Workshop at the National Association of Realtors convention in Orlando on November 4th, 2008.

 

Bill Barrett is an international real estate speaker who brings together agents from all over North America once a year to share their latest ideas and systems to give buyers and sellers better services.

 

The average agent only sells 7 to 13 homes a year, but Barrett only accepts agents into his workshop that sell more than 100 homes or $40 million in annual sales.

 

Zac was selected nationally as one of the top agents from the Atlanta area to participate in this once a year sharing event.

 

Stated by so many of the participants, “This is the best day I spend in real estate every year because I get the best ideas from the very top agents in the nation.”

 

“This is one more way to give the best possible services to the home buying and selling public,” says Zac. “I am privileged to be invited as representative of this great profession.”

It's a great time to be in Atlanta real estate! As a home buyer, home seller, or real estate agent!

by the zac team @ RE/MAX Greater Atlanta

It’s such a beautiful day here in sunny San Diego! When I arrived yesterday, the sky was so blue and it was 80 degrees. Last night, I had dinner with my older brother Phillip’s son, his wife, and their infant son. It was so nice! What a great way to start the Mike Ferry Organization conference here for three days.

Today Mike talked about some of the biggest advantages of being in real estate at this time and some of them include:

1. The least amount of competition in over 25 years. In less than three years, we've lost over 1 million agents – isn’t that amazing?!

2. There is nothing worse then being in competition with lousy competition. So many of us that are still here (and in the next wave of layoffs) have such poor attitudes, poor sales skills and poor work habits. But we know how to sell and we're going to keep selling!

3. The interest rates are the best ever! The government is doing so much to keep the rates down.

4. Excessive inventory to choose from. We must have the skills to sell now more then ever so we are not showing buyers everything on the market. Here is where great sales skills are necessary.

5. More potential listings then ever before… FSBOs who have no clue or give up after a few weeks of no calls; all the expireds and withdrawns who are out looking to replace their current agent; and don't forget all the banks and their inventory.

6. More buyers then ever before - and they are out there! This past weekend in my office, almost every one of my team members had at least one appointment and some as many as five. What another great day at the zac team!

7. Sellers are more willing to negotiate than ever before. What a great time to be in real estate! Sellers are also recognizing a great job we are doing for them. They’re reading the paper, watching the news, and they know what's going on. They’re even watching HDTV and now realizing it’s a beauty contest out there and they no longer want to be the third runner-up. You know what I mean – the home that gets multiple showings (sometimes the buyer even comes back two, three, or four times), but no offers. Yep, that's the third runner up. Also the sellers don't suffer from PDS as they have in the past. Oh yes, that's Price Denial Syndrome.

8. Real estate is an even better investment now than it has been for years. Mike says that if each agent would buy an investment property with 30% down and if we asked our former clients to do the same as well as our centers of influence, then we would come out of this bad real estate recession. Also, think of the additional commissions we would earn. This would be a bigger stimulus package than what Uncle Sam is doing.

One of my team members, Annie Lynch, has an investor that she wrote four or so offers for this weekend on some great properties under $50k each. When I get back, I am going to communicate with everyone I know that now is the time to start buying very inexpensive homes. These are some of the same homes the cost 3-5 that much 2 years ago.

9. The need for professional services like ours is at an all time high... There has never been a better time to do well!

10. Today is a better chance to be productive then ever before!

In order for us to move forward, we need to narrow the gap between who we are and who we want to be, to succeed in 2009. We need to figure out which skills are we going to master this year.

As our skills improve, the demand for our services increases and as our skills increase, so does our income (although I love my job, that’s not the only reason I do it)!

Best wishes for a successful day!
Zac

"We love our Briarlake home here in Decatur and hate to sell and leave Atlanta!"

by the zac team @ RE/MAX Greater Atlanta

Welcome Home!
(a personal note from one of our families selling their home!)

We’re so happy you are here - we LOVE this house and definitely wish we could put it on the moving truck with us to Charlotte, NC! We are moving because my job is in NC and with the birth of our son 10 months ago, it’s been a little hard to make that commute on a regular basis! So, we’re going to move back home to NC and hope that this house passes to a family that will love it for all the reasons we love it:

 

 Decatur GA homes for sale


1.  
Location, Location, Location! You’re close to everything!

    You’re a 5 minute walk to Briarlake Elementary, a GA School of Excellence and the #2 Elementary school in DeKalb County (second to Oak Grove Elem., which is our neighboring school) and Lakeside High School is just down the hill and around the corner! We also are very close to Arbor Montessori and St. Pius X Catholic High School.

    You’re less than 5 minutes to 285, 85, Publix & Kroger, Office Depot, Starbucks, Northlake Mall, Michael’s crafts store, and a number of great restaurants. We’re also close to LA Fitness and Bally’s. 

    The neighborhood is really friendly - there are many generations in this neighborhood, and we’re seeing a lot of young families with children moving in. There are a lot of kids walking to school in the morning with their parents and folks always take a moment to chat.

2.   It’s a great house for kids and folks who prefer convenient, one-floor living- the fact that most of the house is all on one level was a huge selling point for us. The hardwood floors throughout the main level are easy to maintain and get around on.

3.   The yard - we love the fact that the house is set back and down off the street and that it feels secluded. We think the upper front yard has definite curb appeal and the lower front yard and the fenceDecatur Georgia homes for saled in backyard is wonderful for children and pets. The natural area in the front yard acts as a great visual (and physical) barrier to the street. Also, the yard is pretty year-round. The front yard is bursting with color in the spring with all the azaleas, dogwoods, rhododendron, and hyacinth. There are dozens of red amaryllis. The fig tree up near the street at the corner puts forth a ton of figs twice a year and the magnolia tree is always great for decorations. In the backyard, the enormous hostas are lovely, the crepe myrtles add great color, and there is a lot of room to run and play!
Decatur GA homes for sale

4.   The house is great for entertaining and family gatherings - the kitchen is wonderful to cook in and the layout and generous counter space makes it easy for many chefs to be in the kitchen at once! The stainless-look Frigidaire refrigerator has a lot of space and there’s an extra fridge in the basement just in case.

 

5.   The sunroom gives additional living space and is a great room for playing, looking out into the green backyard, and relaxing by the fireplace.

6.   The built-ins in the sunroom and eat-in kitchen are fabulous and hold a great amount of stuffHome for sale in Decatur Georgia! Also, all the custom-installed Elfa closet shelving conveys to the new owner.

 

7.   We also really like the little hints of “personality” with the stained glass accents designed by the previous owner and the custom-crafted wood door with stained-glass accents is original. When we bought the house, we felt that little things like that made the house unique and unlike any other property we viewed.

 

8.   The downstairs has a great guest bedroom, au pair suite, or in-law suite. Our guests always like that they have their own full bathroom downstairs, a sitting area (which can also be an office) and a patio.

 

9.   We love the fact that on rainy days, we can back the car under the carport and load everything and everyone in without getting wet!

 

10.   This house has had three owners - the original owner passed the house on to her grandson and then we bought it. It’s been very well maintained.

 

So, we hope you like the house as much as we do! Good luck with your home search!

The Lewis Family

 

For more information and the most current price of this home, please call our 24-hour hotline for free, recorded information at 1.888.510.1884 and enter code 2224!

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