Jeff Jackson

REALTOR

Brookhaven Real Estate by Jeff Jackson

Moving to Atlanta? Should I buy a new home or an existing one?

12/20/2017

Should I Build a New Home or Buy an Existing One?

 Are you looking to buy a new house in the near future? If so, one of the choices you will face is constructing your own brand-new home or buying an existing home. The idea of building a new house on the right piece of land might sound enticing, but what if you could have a larger, more luxurious existing home in the same neighborhood for a much lower cost?

 As you might imagine, there are pros and cons to each kind of home. In today's blog post we will explore whether you should build a new home or buy an existing one.

 Building Your Ultimate Dream Home

 Let's get the obvious out of the way first. If you can afford the combined cost of the land, the house and all of the furnishings, then building a new home is an amazing experience. It is the chance to completely customize everything about your home, right down to having your family put their handprints in the foundation. You will be able to design the garage, media room, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and everything else exactly the way you want it. The house will truly feel "yours," as it's built in your vision.

 Aside from the higher cost, there are other potential downsides to building a new home. Between permits, booking contractors, wrapping up all of the necessary paperwork and construction time, building a new home can be stressful. It can also take much longer than buying an existing home outright.

 Well-Kept Existing Homes Have Lots Of Upside 

 Buying an existing home has its upsides as well. It's almost certainly going to be a much faster process than trying to build your own home from scratch. As long as you can find suitable listings, you can typically purchase and move into an existing home within a few weeks. You can also customize it to your liking, although not to the extent that you would with brand-new construction. It's also likely to be less expensive, although that depends on a variety of factors including the city you're buying in, the real estate market, the size of the home and more.

 In the end, the choice comes down to budget, timing and personal preference. However, whether you decide to build new or you are okay with a lovely home that already exists, our professional real estate team is here to help. Contact me at your convenience and I will be happy to share local home listings that suit your needs and budget. I look forward to meeting you!

 

Jeff Jackson

404-909-1965

jeff.jackson@bhhsga.com

 

Buy Your Atlanta Home Today!

10/19/2017

Buy Your Atlanta Home Today:  Why It's a Bad Idea to Try and Time the Mortgage Market

 

It's often the case that people will opt to postpone home ownership until the best rates are available or it's a more stable investment, but in an ever-shifting market it may not be the best decision to put such a sizeable investment off. If you're wondering whether or not you should put off investing in a home, here are some reasons you may want to start putting your time into searching for a home.

 

Interest Rates Always Fluctuate

 

While interest rates are constantly changing and have certainly risen since the economic recession of 2008, they still remain relatively low and this can make investing in a home an even better financial decision. There are no certainties that market rates will remain low, but given a lower monthly payment and the easier qualifications nowadays to acquire a loan, the present may be the best time to start investing in your own place. 

 

Investing Early Reaps Financial Rewards

 

It's easy enough to wait for a lower home price or even improved interest rates, but there is no guarantee that the market will shift down. In the meantime, you may be spending at lot of your monthly paychecks on rent. If home ownership is one of your goals in life and you're living month to month with a high rental payment, investing money into a home is a sure way to gaining equity for the future, even in the event that the market shifts up.

 

It's A Good Time To Buy

 

When it comes to the market, there may always be a time coming when you'll get a better deal, but the fact remains that homes tend to remain on the market a lot longer these days and it's largely a buyer's market. There are no guarantees that you'll be able to find the house you want at the price you can afford, but there are a lot of good deals to be found these days and investing sooner is an opportunity to reap financial rewards down the road.

 

Many people hold off on home ownership because they are waiting for prices to come down or interest rates to change, but the sooner you invest in a home, the more you can benefit from investing into something that is entirely your own. If you're currently perusing the market for a home at a price you can afford, you may want to contact one of our mortgage professionals for more information.

 

For more information about the current market, please contact me and I will be happy to help!  Also, check out my current listings at www.jeffjackson.bhhsga.com . http://fmls.mlsmatrix.com/matrix/shared/6qmlCzP64v/1836TululahTrail

 

Jeff Jackson

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

404-909-1965

 

Great new listing in Smyrna!

10/15/2017

http://fmls.mlsmatrix.com/matrix/shared/QZqZCFQ3Tv/1836TululahTrail

 

Newly constructed, generously spacious Smyrna residence w/ wooded views and easy access to the Silver Comet Trail. This 2 story home features 5 bed/5 bath and a full finished basement with 2 additional large flex space rooms. This beautiful home has many upgrades including hardwood floors throughout, upgraded lighting and accessories, master closet expansion, irrigation system, fenced backyard and more. Great location convenient to I-285, I-75, Vinings, Suntrust Park, Cobb Galleria, Smryna Market Village and the City of Atlanta.

 

First time home sellers in Atlanta: 4 tips

9/12/2017

First-Time Home Sellers in Atlanta: Don't Miss These 4 Tips That Will Keep Your Sale Moving Smoothly

 Are you selling your home? If it's your first time going through a home sale, you've probably got a lot of questions about the process. In today's post, we'll share four tips that can help to keep your home sale moving along smoothly. Let's get started!

 Tip #1: Enlist The Help Of A Professional

 First, you'll want to ensure that you enlist the help of an experienced real estate agent. Selling a home is a significant financial transaction and the process can be especially daunting the first time. A professional agent with sales experience will be a major asset in having a stress-free sale. They'll know all the legal and other requirements to selling so you won't be buried in paperwork. Plus, they'll have insight into other local sales which can help with listing your home at a competitive price.

 Tip #2: Focus On Your Curb Appeal

 As the saying goes: you never get a second chance to make a first impression. With that in mind, you'll want to ensure that you focus on how your home looks when a potential buyer shows up. If you feel the home could use it, a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive upgrade that can give your home a new look and feel. Don't forget your lawn and other landscaping, which should look well-maintained. The last thing a buyer wants to see is a nasty jungle of uncut grass or dying flowers!

 Tip #3: Don't Turn Down A Solid Offer

 While you likely shouldn't jump on the very first offer you get for your home, you also won't want to pass up on a fair one either. It can be tough attracting a buyer, especially for larger, more expensive, or luxurious houses. If your agent advises you to accept a competitive offer, his or her advice is well worth considering.

 Tip #4: Have Your Share Of The Paperwork Ready

 Finally, it's worth having your share of the paperwork ready to go. There's a lot of documentation required to complete a home sale, and being unprepared is a guaranteed way to make the closing process take longer. Spend the time gathering what you need before you accept an offer and you'll enjoy a faster sale.

 There you have it... Four tips that will help to keep your home sale moving along smoothly! When you're ready to discuss selling your home, please contact me.  I am happy to share my guidance and experience to help you with your sale.

 

Jeff Jackson/Realtor

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

404-909-1965

www.jeffjackson.bhhsga.com

Looking to sell you Atlanta Home?

8/1/2017

Selling Your Home This Summer? Here's Why You'll Want to Recruit the Neighbors to Help

 With the power of social media, it's easier than ever to use Twitter and Facebook and your own home website to sell your home online. However, there are a lot of different buyers on the market and that means it's important to keep all your options open when it comes to marketing your home. If you're wondering how you can harness the power of your neighbors to get the word out, here are some things you may want to consider.

 It's Extra Marketing

 If you have a good relationship with the people in your area, it's possible that they'll be happy to get the word out for you and assist you in the sale of your home. Whether they happen to have friends who might be interested in a property in the area or are happy to place signs on their yard pointing to your place, a positive relationship can lead to opportunities that may come from the most unexpected places!

 Selling The Home's Reliability

 Likely, your neighbors will be aware of situations adversely impacting the community or any past situations that have affected your home, whether there's been a break in or a roofing issue. It's often the case, too, that potential buyers will consult with your neighbors to hear more about your home's history. Since you won't want an interested party to hear any bad news from your neighbor, it's important to be upfront and discuss any adjustments or renovations you've made with your neighbors so you can be on the same page if an issue comes up.

 Keeping Them In The Loop

 In the sanctity of your own home, it can be easy to forget about the neighbors just next door, but the stream of people coming to look at your home can have an impact on those who live around you. Instead of forgetting to prepare your neighbors for additional visitors, go door-to-door and bring some baked goods or other treats to inform them of upcoming open houses. Not only will they appreciate the gesture, they might be happy to push some interested parties in your direction.

 There are many ways to market a home nowadays, but it's important not to forget about how your neighbors can assist you in getting your home off the market. If you're currently preparing to sell your home, Please contact me for additional information and a complimentary market analysis.

 

Jeff Jackson / Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices

404-909-1965

jeff.jackson@bhhsga.com

www.jeffjackson.bhhsga.com

Selling Your Atlanta Home?

5/9/2017

Today's Home Seller Needs a Real Estate Agent More Than Ever -- and Here's Why 

Many home sellers want to get into the real estate market on their own without consulting the counsel of an experienced real estate agent. However, while having an agent will certainly cost you a percentage of your home sale, it can get you a lot more in the end for a lot less headache. If you're currently considering going agentless, here are some reasons you may want to get an expert involved.

They Have Neighborhood Knowledge

It's easy enough to look through the MLS listings and get and good sense of what a home in your neighborhood is worth, but a good real estate agent will already know your area and be able to make a better assessment based on this. Not only will they be able to determine what you can sell your home for in the real estate market you're heading into, they'll be able to provide the appropriate price so it won't sit on the market too long.

Home-Marketing Savvy

With social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, it's never been easier to sell your home online. However, a real estate agent will be able to determine the best social media strategy for you and decide how best to invest their energy in order to reach the kind of homebuyers you're looking for. Beyond making a website and a home video, they'll also be able to leverage their presence online to attract other interested parties who might not have found your home otherwise.

Doing the Tough Negotiating

One of the toughest parts of any real estate transaction is the negotiating, and it goes without saying that having an experienced agent along to seal the deal can be more than a little comforting. While it's all well and good if the home inspection was positive and you got your asking price, the right agent can be instrumental in providing the right advice and price in case there are counter-offers. It's just important to do the research so you can find the right agent for you.

Many homeowners like the idea of navigating the real estate market on their own, but an experienced agent can make the process of selling your home a lot easier and more profitable at the end of the day. If you're currently getting prepared to put your home on the market, please contact me and I can help guide you through the process.

 

Jeff Jackson

404-909-1965/www.jeffjackson.bhhsga.com

jeff.jackson@bhhsga.com

Atlanta home selling tips!

2/21/2017

Considering a Spring Home Sale? Learn How to Appraise Your Selling Chances Like a Pro

 The springtime is known to be one of the best times to put your home up for sale. However, if you're not necessarily planning on engaging a real estate agent, it's important to be prepared for all of the hard work involved in putting your home up for sale. Whether you're new to the market or you've never sold a home on your own before, here are some questions to ask yourself so you're prepared for selling in the coming season.

 Do You Know The Market?

 The neighborhood you live in and the buying market you're dealing with are important factors in how your home is going to sell, so you'll need to know a little about both when determining your ideal price. By looking through the listings in the area and seeing what homes like yours have sold for, you may be able to give yourself a range for the offers you can expect.

 How Will You Sell It?

 One of the added benefits of social media is that you can use sites like Facebook and Twitter to announce your home sale and even highlight its best features. While this may make selling seem much easier, you'll still need to make sure you have good photography that captures your home and a website where homebuyers can learn more details. Be aware that while these items may seem easy enough, it can take a lot of time to manage these details on your own. 

 Are You Prepared To Negotiate?

 It's a good feeling to get an offer on your home, but in all likelihood it will be less than what you're expecting and this means engaging in the art of negotiation. According to the National Association of Realtors, those who sell their home generally get 10-20% less than those who utilize an agent, so it's important to be comfortable negotiating before you dive in. If you're confident in your acumen, you may want to go it alone, but if you have doubts, it can be a better financial decision to engage the help of an agent.

 Before you decide to sell your home on your own, it's worth appraising your skills to determine if it will be worth the time and effort you'll have to put in. If you've come to the conclusion that you'd like to utilize an agent after all, you may want to contact one of our real estate professionals for more information.

 

Jeff Jackson

404-909-1965/www.jeffjackson.bhhsga.com

jeff.jackson@bhhsga.com

 

Atlanta home selling tips!

2/21/2017

Considering a Spring Home Sale? Learn How to Appraise Your Selling Chances Like a Pro

 The springtime is known to be one of the best times to put your home up for sale. However, if you're not necessarily planning on engaging a real estate agent, it's important to be prepared for all of the hard work involved in putting your home up for sale. Whether you're new to the market or you've never sold a home on your own before, here are some questions to ask yourself so you're prepared for selling in the coming season.

 Do You Know The Market?

 The neighborhood you live in and the buying market you're dealing with are important factors in how your home is going to sell, so you'll need to know a little about both when determining your ideal price. By looking through the listings in the area and seeing what homes like yours have sold for, you may be able to give yourself a range for the offers you can expect.

 How Will You Sell It?

 One of the added benefits of social media is that you can use sites like Facebook and Twitter to announce your home sale and even highlight its best features. While this may make selling seem much easier, you'll still need to make sure you have good photography that captures your home and a website where homebuyers can learn more details. Be aware that while these items may seem easy enough, it can take a lot of time to manage these details on your own. 

 Are You Prepared To Negotiate?

 It's a good feeling to get an offer on your home, but in all likelihood it will be less than what you're expecting and this means engaging in the art of negotiation. According to the National Association of Realtors, those who sell their home generally get 10-20% less than those who utilize an agent, so it's important to be comfortable negotiating before you dive in. If you're confident in your acumen, you may want to go it alone, but if you have doubts, it can be a better financial decision to engage the help of an agent.

 Before you decide to sell your home on your own, it's worth appraising your skills to determine if it will be worth the time and effort you'll have to put in. If you've come to the conclusion that you'd like to utilize an agent after all, you may want to contact one of our real estate professionals for more information.

 

Jeff Jackson

404-909-1965/www.jeffjackson.bhhsga.com

jeff.jackson@bhhsga.com

 

Selling Your Atlanta Home?

10/21/2016

Selling Your Home? Here's Why You'll Want to Keep Your Emotions out of It

Selling your home can be an extremely emotional process, but it's important that you don't let your emotions get the best of you.  Learn which common mistakes emotional sellers make when selling their home so that you can identify them during your own sale and overcome them before it's too late.

Price Paralysis

 You love your home, you know the value it provides to its owner, and you think it's special compared to other houses on the market... and that it should be priced as such!

 Be wary of this thought pattern though, as sellers who are emotionally attached to their home tend to overprice their listing, ignore market data, and be stubborn in negotiations. 

 It is perfectly normal for your emotions to cloud your judgement when first listing, but it is important that you listen to your real estate agent's advice and stick to reason, or you may find your home failing to close.

 Pricing Based On Need

 Your home has a market value, and you can't ignore that.  It's fact. 

 When moving to a new property, it is essential that you understand that you cannot price your current home based on the amount of money you need to purchase your desired next home.  This mindset is unrealistic, and can drag out your home sale.

 If the purchase of a new home is contingent upon how much you make from selling your current home, be sure that you do not celebrate too early.  Wait until you have closed the deal before gauging what you can afford to buy next, or stick to a property that is definitely within your budget.

 Maintain An Open Mind

 While you may love the way your personal items and interior design pieces make your home feel, it is best to stage your home very impersonally for showings.  This may require re-painting rooms to more neutral tones, taking down your favorite family photos, and using professional staging furniture rather than your own.  Doing so isn't admitting that you have bad taste, but rather accepting that buyers have a wide variety of taste themselves, and you want to appeal to them all.

 You should also keep an open mind when it comes to who you sell your home to.  You may have an idea of what you consider to be the perfect buyer, but ultimately the goal is to sell your home.  What the buyer does with it after the fact is up to them.

 To avoid these emotional home-seller mistakes, Please contact me so I can guide you through the process and keep you on the right track.

 

Jeff Jackson

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

404-909-1965/jeff.jackson@bhhsga.com

www.jeffjackson.bhhsga.com

 

3 tips to sell your Atlanta home quickly

10/13/2016

3 Tips That Will Help You Sell Your Home in 60 Days or Less

 

It doesn't matter where you live, what kind of home you have or what time of year it is. If you're looking to sell your home quickly, you'll need to do a better job than other local homeowners who are competing against you. Try these top three tips to secure a sale within 60 days.

 1) Enhance Its Appearance

 When it comes to selling your home, looks are everything.  If the appearance of your home is impressive, it will be more inviting to potential buyers.  Remove any items that make the home distinctly yours, such as family photos, kids' toys, or personal items.  Ensure that every space is meticulously clean and clutter free to demonstrate that it is a well-kept property. 

 It is also extremely beneficial to neutralize the design of your home.  Maybe you love the red walls in your living room or the fluffy pink area rug in your bedroom, but this doesn't leave much room for others' imagination.  Make your home a blank canvas upon which buyers can project their own idea of a dream home.

 2) Price Wisely

 While everyone would love to sell their property for more than market value, inflating your asking price could delay a sale.  Research the asking prices of comparable properties in your neighborhood and consult a reputable real estate professional for advice. 

 There are several other strategies you can use to price your home for a quick sell.  Psychologically, certain prices are more attractive to buyers even if there's marginal difference; a home priced at $599,000 is more attractive than a home that's priced at $600,000.  Although there's marginal difference between these two prices, the home that's priced just under the century mark will likely sell quicker.

 3) Go The Extra Mile

 One of the best ways to make your home stand out from the competition is to offer something that no one else is.  Whether it's high quality photos or a video tour of your home, your listing can provide viewers with a unique look at your property that encourages them to become attached to it right away.

 Several other incentives can be offered to help you close quickly, such as including home appliances and transferring your warranties over to the buyer.  You can also offer to cover their closing costs, either partially or fully, which is another financial perk that will set your home apart from the rest.  Everyone likes a gift-with-purchase, but few sellers offer them.

 Need more advice on how to sell your home within 60 days?  Give me a call to discuss solutions for selling your home.

 

Jeff Jackson

Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices

404-909-1965

Jeff.jackson@bhhsga.com

www.jeffjackson.bhhsga.com

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