Archive for August, 2012

Holy cow, pending home sales rise again.

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index rose 2.4 percent in July from June and is now more than 12 percent higher than a year ago. The index, which counts signed contracts to buy existing homes, is now at its highest level since April of 2010.  It’s one more indicator that housing has […]

Home prices may be increasing faster than we thought!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Yesterday we told you about Case-Schiller’s survey which showed an increase of .5% nationwide in housing.  But this article in USA Today makes the case that home prices may be increasing faster than the C-S Index indicates.  Why?  Case-Schiller looks at house closings.  But you can look at home contracts (before they close) and current […]

Home prices increasing all across the country

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

  We’ve been telling you this for months but now the data is coming in to back us up.  Home prices increased in all 20 metropolitan markets across the U.S. where Case-Schiller surveys home sales.  Closed home sale prices in June 2012 were up over June 2011 prices by .5%.  You always have to be […]

How about that? Home sales jump again in July!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

     You’ve been reading it here for months.  Inventory is driving up and there are fewer homes on the market.  That pressure pushed home prices up but we started to see a lag in the number of homes sold due to the lack of inventory.  But look what happened in July.  Prices are up across […]

Keller Williams again Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Keller Williams Realty Ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Home Buyer and Seller Segments” by J.D. Power and Associates   AUSTIN, TEXAS (August 16, 2012) — According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM released yesterday, Keller Williams Realty, Inc. ranks highest in customer satisfaction in both the homebuyer and home […]

My neighbors fence is on my property. Now what ?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

What do I do if my neighbors fence is on my property?  We run into problems like this all the time in real estate.  Fortunately my closing attorney, Kati Heller of McManamy, McLeod and Heller has provided us with some great information when dealing with these issues.      Implications of Building Line Encroachments     […]

Atlanta foreclosures hit a four year low

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

  Foreclosure notices in the Atlanta metro area fell to their lowest level in four years this month, which included a 30% drop from July to August.  Some of the reason for the drop is a new law which tightens the documentation requirements for lenders that are processing the foreclosure.  That may be a reason […]

August's This Month in Real Estate

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

10 things a burglar doesn't want you to know

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Want to know how to keep your home safe?  Here’s a great article from HouseLogic from the burglars point of view to remind you about dealing with your trash,  trimming shrubs and even to the position of mirrors in your home.  You can read it all here.  10 things a burglar doesn’t want you to […]

Atlanta Foreclosures are Dropping

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

We continue to see improvement in the Atlanta housing market and here’s another sign.  Metro Atlanta foreclosures fell over 6% year over year in July (that’s July 2012 vs July 2011) according to this study from RealtyTrac.  They also fell over 9% from June to July.  This is no surprise to us because we’re seeing […]