Newsletter Jan 2011

Greetings, TEAM! 

  • Take Advantage of Slow January to Get A Great Deal
  • Social Media Real Estate Myths
  • 5 Ways to Stay Warm in the Coldest Months
  • Quote of the Month
  • Wacky Website of the Month
  • Home Improvement Tip of the Month

Testimonial Of The Month!

It was Great working with Mark. Quick and easy. Found the home of our dreams within one day!  Kate Evans   The process was very simple and easy. We didn’t have all the headaches you normally have with this type of thing. Mark was very patient and helpful to us. We would recommend him any day.  Justin Evans

Special Message Of The Month!

This is the best time in years to buy a home. We can help. We have new homes coming weekly and you can find them at and If you need to sell a home no one does it better than Do not let 2011 be anything but your best year yet. Take action today and call Mark 770-480-0209

Take Advantage of Slow January to Get A Great Deal

January is one of the slowest months for real estate. People are busy recovering from the holidays, and most people aren’t thinking of buying or selling. However, if you’re thinking of buying, the January doldrums can be the perfect time to get a great deal.

Because January is traditionally a slow month, the people who are selling in January are usually “motivated” sellers who have to sell for some reason. Maybe they’re relocating for a job, or have had a life change; but January sellers are often in a bigger hurry to sell. Otherwise they’d just wait for a better market.

As a buyer, this gives you a huge advantage. Because January sellers are typically more motivated than sellers during peak real estate sales months, you may be able to negotiate a great deal on your new dream home. Sellers who need to move in a hurry or who are selling during a slow time don’t have as much leverage, and that gives you as a buyer the power.

If you’re thinking of buying a home in 2011, now is the time to start your search. In a few short months, the spring market is going to kick into gear and things get much more competitive. In a market where there are more buyers than sellers, you may end up paying more than you plan for your home. Take advantage of the slow January market to buy before the market heats up for the year, and get the best deal on your new home.

Ready to start your search? Not sure whether you can qualify for financing, or don’t have the money down for a home right now? Fill out one of our Creative Homeowner Solution Requests, and we can help you take advantage of the January market to find your own great deal. Our friendly professionals have creative financing options that can enable you to buy your new home now, even if you don’t have a huge down payment saved or perfect credit. So let us help you take advantage of the favorable market before the spring market kicks into gear!

Quote of the Month

“Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.” ~ Robert Montgomery

Wacky Website of the Month

DLTK’s Growing Together

DLTK is a website created as a hobby by a mom who wanted crafts and activities for her two girls. On the DLTK website, you’ll find a variety of kid-friendly activity ideas and printable templates. You’ll find games, coloring pages, craft instructions and some educational tools that are actually fun for your kids. Looking for something to keep you and your family busy during the long winter months? DLTK’s Growing Together site will keep your family entertained during those long days indoors.

Mark and Pam NeighborHelping people Buy and Sell Houses

Social Media Real Estate Myths

Social media is the “big thing” now, and people are using it for everything; from connecting with friends to finding a new job or even buying or selling a home. Social media gurus and enthusiasts would have you believe that you can net your dream home using social media, but many buyers or sellers don’t realize that it’s not as easy as the social media people make it sound. Success stories are out there, but there are also a lot of real estate myths about using social media to buy or sell. So what’s true and what’s a myth?

Social media works by connecting people. Good use of social media can put your content in front of hundreds or thousands of people, or can help you see content that is targeted to your interests and needs. Unfortunately, a lot of social media doesn’t distinguish between a qualified lead and an unqualified lead. That means that if you’re selling, you may get your ad in front of 5,000 people but those people may be on the other side of the country, may be college students who aren’t buying, or may be people who already own a home. For buyers, even the “targeted” content often isn’t accurate, and finding a home is a long step away from buying one.

Realistically, social media is a tool that you can use to help advertise your home, or to help find potential homes to view, but it’s only one small tool in a larger arsenal. For buyers, even if you find a home via social media routes, you have no context; you won’t know if the home is priced reasonably or has the amenities and location you want without doing your research. For sellers, finding qualified leads can take months, and some sellers who have attempted to sell their homes themselves via social media and other self-advertising have their homes on the market for over a year before settling for a drastically lower price, or simply taking the home off the market.

Don’t rely solely on social media to buy or sell a home. Instead, fill out one of our Creative Homeowner Solution Requests, and team up with one of our creative professionals to buy or sell your home. We can help you with every step of the process, and we do the legwork for you. Don’t let your home sit on the market for months or even more than a year, waiting for qualified leads; and if you’re buying, don’t miss out on some great deals. Forego the unrealistic promises of social media and let us help you get the deal of a lifetime.

Home Improvement Tip of the Month

Whether you’re selling your home or simply trying to make your home more comfortable and livable, you’d be surprised by the difference that some simple organization can make. Removing clutter from your home is not only great for Feng Shui; it’s also great for making your home more attractive for buyers. Likewise, a little organization can go a long way toward improving how you use your home, and also making your home appealing to buyers.

Organize and De-Clutter to Make Your Home More Attractive

One of the first things that a real estate professional will tell you when you try to sell your home is to clean it, and there’s a reason for this: a cluttered home leaves a negative impact on potential buyers, and even on your own mental space. An un-cluttered home feels roomier, and enables buyers to better imagine themselves in the space.

Things like simply throwing out those old newspapers, putting away dishes and glasses in your kitchen cabinets, and tidying the house actually go a long way toward making your home more attractive. As a good general rule, if you’re not using it now, it can be recycled, thrown away or put away; and if you haven’t used it in 6 to 12 months, you should probably get rid of it entirely.

If you’re able and willing to put a bit more time and money into the project, consider installing some new shelving or tools to help you organize. Many places sell closet organizers, for example, which give you space to not only hang up your clothes, but also to fold towels and sheets, put away shoes and more effectively utilize your closet space. You can find organizers for just about everything; from shelves for your books or art supplies to organizers for your shoes, racks for your knives or anything else you care to organize.

And the installation of organization tools can help buyers get a more positive impression of your home, and make your home seem like a better investment. In general, buyers who see an organized home assume that homeowners do a good job of taking care of the place, and buy with more confidence – which translates to a better deal for you as a seller.

So the next time you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive home improvement project; start with removing that clutter, and go a bit further and add some organizing elements to your home if you’ve got the time and money.

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