I Dislike “Appointment Only”

Selling a home in this market is not easy.  The obstacles seem endless, from competing with foreclosure prices,newly renovated homes,better locations and now what seems an unfairly matched battle of obtaining correct appraisals..why would any seller want to add to the challenge?
I’m sure you wouldn’t, but YOU may be adding to this unknowingly.
Currently, we have just about 200 single family listings  “available” in the 30310 zip code.  I present my sellers with as much data as possible to prepare for the challenges we may face when listing, and to understand that this process will not be completed over night, in a week and may even take a few months before we obtain a solid buyer.
Initially this could be fine, but once the home is on the market-anxiety often sets in and “is my home being viewed?’ becomes a constant thought.
As an agent, there are a few punch list items we can do to make sure your home is being viewed, but most importantly- availability is KEY.
It is more of a challenge to sell a home listed as “Shown by Appointment Only” or a home that is occupied by a tenant with an unpredictable or varying work schedule.
Buyers AND agents love the flexibility of being able to show a home anytime- at the buyers request and this could come as soon as they see a listing. Often giving the agent less than 24hrs notice.  While working as a buyers agent, it has been my experience to schedule appointments to show a home, and then to line up readily available homes to show my buyer THAT DAY.  Usually, after we view the ‘available and vacant’ homes, we have an idea of which we would like to make an offer on, leaving us to either cancel our appointment or briefly view out of courtesy but without the intention of moving forward.
I have lost many viewers by not having my homes available “now” to view while an agent was out touring my community with their buyer.  Keep in mind, buyers and agents may not live locally and it isn’t always convenient for them to come back another day to view 1 home.
If you are listing a home, although you may feel a bit uneasy with it, having a Supra (agent computerized) lockbox really is best! There are many
ways to ensure your home(and personal items)are protected. Your home should be available for your listing agent to adequately preform their job.
Also, Surpa boxes are a great way to track viewers! Your agent and print off a list with contact information to agents that have shown your home. It’s a good reporting tool and a great way to measure your homes performance.
Another challenge, which could hinder the sale of a home is listing a home currently occupied with a tenant who has a lot of furniture.
I remember viewing one home and feeling immediately over whelmed, and I do this professionally– I can’t imagine what my poor buyers felt.(Well, I can since we did NOT go back to view nor did we make an offer)
Once we left-neither of us could remember if the home had hardwood floors or carpet.
It is difficult for buyers to feel comfortable going through closets, and even bathrooms of these homes. No matter how neat and clean the tenant may be, it feels very intrusive-as if we’re snooping.  Buyers spend less time in these listings and therefore walk away feeling unsure or not at all familiar with the layout.
In this day, no one wants to lose money- so I do not recommend losing a tenant to list your home, however you must make it very clear to have the home in “show” condition daily, and that a lockbox will be added to the home. You might even want to offer a bonus or incentive for your tenant to motivate them to help the process.
Asking agents to “courtesy call” the tenant prior to showing is reasonable and could make your tenant feel better about the process and lockbox.
These are just a few challenges I’m up against on my listings,and hope this will help you when you make your decision to list!
Nia

1455 Lucile Ave SW Atlanta 30310

I’ve been watching the transformation of this beautiful home for a few weeks. It’s hard to believe this is also a  home I put a bid on- and was disappointed to lose. I KNEW this would be a great deal for anyone looking in-town  near the Beltline, and hoped I would have the opportunity to be apart of making someones dream come true.

From the time you step foot on the stairs to the grand entry, you know you’re in for a treat.  The spacious front porch is ready to be filled with welcoming plants and to fall in line with neighboring homes.  You are greeted by a solid wood door which opens to gleaming hardwoods.  Straight ahead behind a French door is a hall leading to Master suite, secondary bedrooms and baths. To your left is a bright  secondary room- most in our community are using this room as an office space or guest room (when needed)- some, are using this room as a “den”-(not wanting to take any attention away from their fireplace or built-in bookcase in the main livingroom.) Mines is a “catch-all” room…but it did begin as an office. To your right are beautiful picture windows facing both the front of the home and above the built-in bookcase, the side of the home.  A large masonry fireplace stands demanding “center-stage” attention in-between two built-in’s. Imagine and hear the crackle of pine come winter.   A second set of French doors open into a very spacious dining room- large enough to seat 12 or host a number of people for cocktails!  The dining-room continues with gleaming hardwoods, picture moulding, ceiling fan, and built-ins for additional storage.   My favorite is the butlers swing door opening to a Butlers Pantry and Kitchen. Who will send time in the kitchen of such a lovely home??– Well, I would- being that I have THREE kids…and what a kitchen?  Lovely granite counters, ample wood cabinets and walk-in pantry ensures cooking for my rowdy crowd is a breeze..

A spacious laundry/mud room is right off the back deck and kitchen. The deck is the width of the home and is enclosed within a private backyard.  I’m a bit jealous of the neighbors garden-but I’m sure the new owners of 1455 Lucile will NOT be like me, and this home will have a garden to admire too.

Heading back into the house through the kitchen, cutting through the dining room into the hall you can turn right and head back to the “Master suite”.  A great retreat!!  There are two walls of windows to receive great morning sun(this will help you wake up and make the most of your day), TWO closets- one walk-in (must be HERS) 🙂  a little sitting/dressing area and an enormous bathroom (the size of my sons nursery space). The master bath has double vanities and a beautiful claw foot soaking tub! I would never leave my room…. But, when you do- you can head downstairs to the daylight finished basement. The daylight basement has TWO additional rooms, plus a full bath. Make one a guest suite and the other an exercise or media space.  I would certainly make use of an exercise room on concert floors because my treadmill is killing my hardwoods.

This home is worth an in-person tour, see for yourself how this could be the next best move you make!

Tour this amazing 3bed/3.5 bath brick corner Bungalow (with bonus rooms on a basement) in Westview (www.westviewatlanta.com) FMLS# 4226542 list price  $160K

 

**640 Holderness Street, Atlanta GA 30310 Historic West End**

Renovated and FHA Ready- 3bedrooms, 2bath home located steps away from the Beltline!  Motivated sellers can make this an easy sale and great new home for First Time Buyers.  Appliance package to be selected by buyers (with full price offers).  This 1925 Craftsman Brick Bungalow features gleaming Hardwoods, 3 Fireplaces, 2 sets of French Doors-to the office/bedroom and diningroom, breakfast bar, NEW bathrooms with bead board  paneling and custom sinks.  The home also has a private fenced backyard and a spacious deck-great for entertaining.

Historic West End and it’s neighboring community Westview, were deemed one of Atlanta’s “Hidden Gems”.  The Historic West End is a community quickly rebounding in popularity due to affordable 1920 Craftsman Bungalows very similar to those found in Grant Park and Virgina Highlands. Active residents drive the tone of this community- making it a great place to live,work, play, pray. Easily accessible and  7mintues from Downtown,  the Airport  and on MARTA (Train and Bus) makes this an ideal location to relocate to from up North.  West End of Atlanta is also the FIRST location for the Beltline!

Both neighborhoods have active associations (www.AtlantaWestEnd.com or www.WestviewAtlanta.com). Education, Public Safety and Code Enforcement issues are actively addressed here and at the Neighborhood Planning Unit level (www.NPUTAtlanta.org)

Come enjoy the many little treasures-  SPACE Restaurant/ Bar, The Grounds Coffee Shop, The Hammond House Museum, The Wrens Nest, Atlanta University Center (now building the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center), The Mall West End, Parks/Playgrounds and much more!  When you move to the Historic West End or Westview communities- you are joining a family!

J.W.Kelly Properties

www.jwkellyproperties.com

510 Hopkins St Atlanta, GA 30310

Restored  3bedroom 2bathroom 1920’s Craftsman Bungalow- no stone left unturned:gleaming hardwoods, seamless master suite addition, high end fixtures, top stainless appliances. This gem is a MUST see. Seller has termite and will provide home warranty. Strong offers- last renovation had multiple offers and sold at 169K! List price $154.9K

Busy Week in the West End

August was an incredibly long…but productive month. The last week leading into September was the longest for me…

The West End Merchant Coalition had a good turn out at their monthly Merchant Social, at the Wrens Nest- too bad my picture taking skills have not improved- lol.  But you know me- I was ‘in’ and ‘out’…had another meeting to attend. 😦

Frank Simmons, Suna Om, Oluyemi Yikealo (President Elect)
Frank Simmons, Suna Om, Oluyemi Yikealo (President Elect)

… Meeting with Morehouse, Dr Franklin. As Morehouse prepares for their NPU-T day of service; they invited the community out to discuss how we would like to see that day spent.

Mr Bertrand Set the tone for our meeting
Mr Bertrand Set the tone for our meeting

West End  dream wedding…it was a beautiful occasion/event as the owners of 584 Holderness St, not only seal the deal in selling their home- but also in their lives.

Shannon & Maurice
Shannon & Maurice

While the ladies of Spelman College worked hard to make bags for children throughout Atlanta. Dr. China has been wonderful to work with. NPU-T is looking forward to strengthen our relationship with the colleges.

Dr. J. China/ Spelman Bonner Scholars
Dr. J. China/ Spelman Bonner Scholars

I picked up 4 new listings:

4094 Tahoe Ct, Stone Mountain
4094 Tahoe Ct, Stone Mountain
2552 Plantation Dr., East Point
2552 Plantation Dr., East Point1841 Dorsey Ave, East Point2651 Plantation Dr., East Point

Now it’s time to get to the grind of selling them. Any approved buyers?

Sneak Peek.. Westview listing

Release: March
Stats: 3bed/ 2bath Bungalow- meticulously restored, 4 fireplaces, Hardwoods, Built-in’s, Butler’s Pantry, Claw foot tub, Jetted Tub, SS Appliances- MUST SEE to believe how much more!
Community: Diverse, Multi generational , Energetic, Inviting,- feels like “home”
Neighborhood: Intown Atlanta, Beltline, Public Trans, Sidewalks, Restaurant, Shops/Boutiques
Homes: Spacious 1920 Bungalows, Frame, Brick, 2 story Traditional and a few Cali Bungalows
Residents: Architects, Artists, Media Designers, Corporate Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Lawyers
Cool: This community published their own Neighborhood, “WESTVIEW”, book! Chili & Pizza parties, walking tours, a solid neighborhood association
Website: www.westviewatlanta.com
What do you think?