Author Archives: mshare

Renovating homes for profit; sometimes referred to as “flipping” houses has gained popularity in recent years.  The recent market downturn created an unprecedented opportunity to do this and several popular television shows have gained viewership which depict various people doing this and follow them through the process.  This article is a resource and snapshot of […]

So you want to move to a new home but you already own a home.  What is the best way to orchestrate this move?   Should you start by looking at houses you would like to buy or focus on selling your home first?  The mere thought of this dilemma can be paralyzing to many homeowners.  This blog post will […]

Real estate auctions have become more popular in recent years as they were used to unload a great number of foreclosures that we had in the marketplace during the recent recession.  Before you head out to an auction to buy a property, here is some helpful information that you should know: There are 2 basic […]

Many of my clients with loans in process have been concerned about the government shut down and how it will impact their home loans.  I have checked with several lenders on this matter and here is what I was able to find out: Conventional loans will likely not be impacted at all.  However, buyers who […] just released by Carter Machinery ranked Fulton County (Atlanta) the #2 county in the entire southeast states for new home building, as measured by residential building permits issued in the second quarter of 2013. The report details the recovering housing market in the southeast, noting that new construction efforts increased 6.6% in Q2 in […]

I am often asked by both buyers and sellers who is responsible for closing costs. There is a lot of misconception about this so I thought I would write this post to clear things up. Firstly, it’s important to understand what closing costs are.  Closing costs are any costs associtated with closing a real estate […]

There is a bit of a misunderstanding among people about whether the buyer or the seller is respoinsible for certain closing costs.  Most (but not all) of the closing costs are officially the buyer’s responsibility in Georgia.  However, a large percentage of transactions close with the seller paying most or all of these costs.  This […]

FILING FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IN 2013 Homeowners may need to provide their Warranty Deed book and page, proof of residence, social security numbers, driver’s license and car tag info. In most counties, to be eligible for the current year, you must have owned and occupied the property as of January 1st. If the property is […]

I am often asked for an expectation of closing costs.  Closing costs will vary slightly depending on which attorney is conducting the closing and what loan product, if any is being used to obtain financing.  Furthermore, taxes and homeowner association dues will be settled up on a prorated basis based on the exact closing date.  […]

They say history has a tendency to repeat itself.  I believe that to be true in the housing market as well.  For the past several years, I have watched homes sell in my market (Atlanta Metro Area) for prices that I have always considered way under valued.  Atlanta has been on the hot list of […]