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Monday, February 4, 2019   /   by Admin Maki Group

What’s in Store for Atlanta’s Real Estate Market?

What’s in Store for Atlanta’s Real Estate Market?

If you’ve been wondering what’s in store for the local real estate market, then it’s time to find some answers. Based on expert opinions and recent studies, we predict the Atlanta market be neutral in 2019.

In other words, you can expect to see the market reach a balance so that for the first time in years it will favor buyers and sellers equally.

In the years following the recession in 2008, local housing prices have skyrocketed to create a market that favored those who were selling, or as we in the industry say, a seller’s market. And thanks to sudden population growth, Atlanta became a highly active seller’s market. Between 2016 and 2017, the metropolitan area saw an influx of 90,000 people, making it the third largest growth in the nation at the time.

This sudden influx bolstered housing prices as well, and in 2017 the increase in housing prices reached 13.8%, acco ...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018   /   by The Maki Team

How To Sell Your Home For Top Dollar

How To Sell Your Home For Top Dollar:

Whatever the motives are, most people who sell their homes have one common goal- to sell their home for the highest amount possible.
Of course, there are other variables. Some need to sell fast and will take the best bid in their set time frame. Others may want to take their time to find a bid that meets their asking price. Regardless of your motives, there are a few simple steps to take that can help you sell your home for top dollar.
Know the value of your property:

When determining the right price for your home, it’s best to consider the pro’s and con’s related to the property. In other words, what will buyers realistically invest in your home? It’s always a good idea to check the market value of other properties in the neighborhood to set a range and determine a feasible priceline.
Perhaps your home has more luxury features than others in the area. These features can cer ...

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017   /   by Caroline Maki

First Impressions Count!

Whether they know it or not, prospective home-buyers are heavily influenced by their first impression of a respective property. The average house hunter will often decide, within a matter of seconds, if they are interested in a house. Therefore, it is imperative to void the property of any potential drawbacks or visually unappealing characteristics. A bad first impression may be all that is needed for a potential buyer to avoid looking at a property all together.
Whether online or in person, “that first impression sets the tone for the whole experience,” said Roger Piro, president of the Sarasota Association of Realtors, and an agent with Town and Country Real Estate. “If it’s negative, then they’re going to be on the lookout for other things they may not like. They’re thinking, ‘What else might be wrong with this place?’”

Three Factors to Curb Appeal
There are three particular thresholds to take into consideration wh ...

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017   /   by Caroline Maki

How to Declutter


A Bag a Day Keeps the Clutter Away…That’s my mantra for the year!

1. Pick whatever clutter category (sample categories I plan to use are below) you are most inspired to work on first. You don’t have to follow the monthly format, choose whatever works best for you.

2. Each category also suggests an area of the house or room to focus on, but adapt it all to suit your home and needs.

3. Tackle each area/category by filling up at least one bag per area and donating it (or dispose of trash.)

4. Keep on going every day, each month, even into the next year, eliminating the excess, until your home is clutter free! Keep up the bag per day concept (even if your bag gets much smaller!) to keep any clutter from sneaking back in. :)

5. Just say NO to more clutter coming in. You will get better at saying no to clutter as you see the results of your hard work! Be firm about it ...

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017   /   by Caroline Maki

How to Sell Your House: 100 Tips for Selling Your House Faster and For More Money

Photo Credit: beccaxsos

New pulls on kitchen cabinets and drawers– Replacing the pulls and handles on kitchen cabinets and drawers give an overall new appearance to older cabinets. This is one of the easiest and lowest cost replacements you can do to make your kitchen pop.
Buy it Right – You’ve heard it said before: you make your money when you buy – so one of the best ways to ensure you’ll sell your home is to buy it right in the first place. Don’t overpay for a property, or you may find yourself underwater when it comes time to sell. By “buying smart” – you open up many more options for your exit strategy!
Pressure wash driveway and any decks – You probably haven’t noticed just how much dirt has slowly accumulated on your driveway and deck over the years – but trust me: it’s not clean. Having a pressure washed driveway and deck is inviting and can be one of the first things potential ...

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