Relevant Real Estate Issues

Appraisal rebuttals in Johns Creek, Roswell and Alpharetta

I recently received a call from a Keller Williams agent seeking insight into how to rebut an appraisal on a home in Roswell.  The appraisal had come in below the contract price, and her clients, the sellers were unwilling to adjust the price to the appraised value.   In an appreciating market where inventory is low, and Buyers are offering more than list price to insure that their offers are accepted, elevated values will often times need to be supported during the appraisal process.

A Recent Appraisal Rebuttal

Below is an appraisal rebuttal for a home in Roswell that specifically addresses the appraiser’s comments and approaches to the appraisal.

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  • A flyer box will be left in the foyer or other location such as a dining room table, where agents can pick up a flyer of your home and leave their card.  
  • Special feature cards will be placed throughout the home to assist would be buyers in noting and remembering key features of your home.  They will contain QR codes that will allow for a buyer to access your listing on line with their mobile device while in your home.
  • For best results you may want to tidy up before a showing.  This should include turning on light, opening blinds and leaving soft background music playing.  
  • Please put valuables away to insure their safe keeping.
  • We will notify you via text, email or by phone to alert you to a showing.  You need merely to
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This home for sale in Alpharetta provides easy access to Ga 400, North Point Mall, beautiful Newtown Park, which offers walking trails, dog park, teams sport venues, and Starbucks, which only a short walk away. A truly unique floorplan with 2 bedrooms and full bath on the upper level, and bedroom and full bath on the main, with a family room on both levels.  Great roommate plan, or for those desiring separate living spaces. Significant improvements over the last couple of years include concrete siding, new roof, enlarged deck, plus kitchen and bath enhancements.


From Ga 400, north to exit at Haynes Bridge Rd exit 9, and go right.  Proceed to left on Alvin Drive, to left on Berkshire Manor Dr, to right on Birch Rill Dr, to home on

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Atlanta Real Estate – A Return to Normalcy

As we prepare to enter spring and the time of year when the real estate market begins to awaken from the winter, we will notice that things have begun to calm down a bit. Although inventory is still a little low, and interest rates continue at less than 4%, the frenzy that existed last year that contributed to double digit appreciation rates has subsided.

This year should be a year of increasing inventories as sellers who were previously underwater have emerged, and are now able to sell.  Additionally as new home construction continues it will be an encouragement to some sellers to move ahead with their plans to move up.

For buyers, low interest rates and easing qualifying guidelines are very

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Deadline For Filing Homestead Exemption Is Near

The beginning of a new year reminds us that the tax season is soon approaching.

 As a first time homebuyer or if you recently purchased a new property, you have a tremendous tax advantage and may be eligible for what is known as Homestead  Exemption.  The term homestead exemption can refer to exemptions from property tax that homeowners can claim. It can also refer to homestead protection, which protects a person's primary residence in the case of financial hardship, such as the death of a spouse.

Homestead Exemption laws are not the same in all states.  Some states provide automatic protection under the law, while other states require the filing of a claim for Homestead Exemption. In Georgia,

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Competition for Foreclosures..
As you have heard this past year represented a reversal in housing trends.  As the number of foreclosures began to decline and institutional investors became involved in the market, prices began to rise very quickly.  The results were almost a buying frenzy, motivated by the desire to get in before prices returned to pre-crash levels.

It was not uncommon for a property to receive multiple offers.  In fact we recently made an offer on a home in Alpharetta that had 31 offers and sold for 127% of asking price.

This video is what a typical day at the auction looks like.  Organized chaos!!

Trying to Get Ahead of the Competition
In an effort to get ahead of the game we decided to work the foreclosure market for a

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After months of looking at homes in the Alpharetta and Johns Creek areas, our clients looked at a Fannie Mae foreclosure in Kimball Bridge Crossing off of Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta, and fell in love with the floor plan.  The problem was that it needed a lot of work.   

This Fannie Mae property had been under contract previously, but was terminated due to the buyer becoming aware of the amount of worked required after going under contract.  Once it returned to the market there were multiple offers received, and my client elected to make an offer above list price and was awarded a contract on the property.  

As we entered the Due Diligence period it became extremely important to estimate the cost of the improvements and the affect the

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With all of the foreclosures and great deals on the market having the right tools on hand when looking at a property can save you lots of time and money. By knowing the tools and by having them on hand, you will be able to properly evaluate a home on the first visit, resulting in being able to make an offer afterwards, without the assistance of an inspector or engineer, and without needing to return for a second or third visit prior to making an offer. This alone will allow you to make offers more quickly and will result in more deals going under contract.

The Basic Tools

A Flash Light
I can’t tell you the number of times would be buyers show up with a pin light on their key ring to look at property. A heavy duty flash will allow you to examine

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HOME FOR SALE IN GRAYSON GA.  CUL-DE-SAC lot abutting Tribble Mill Park. Great neighbors, beautiful level yard. Open floor plan with 9 and 10ft FOOT CEILINGS. BEAUTIFUL HARDWOODS throughout main level. Custom cabinetry, HEAVY MOULDING and CRAFTSMAN finishing. Stainless appliances, granite in all baths.  Keeping room with fireplace, LARGE PANTRY and private SCREEN PORCH. Elegantly upgraded finishes and fixtures plus MASTER ON THE MAIN.  All of this plus a huge basement ready for your finishes. This home screams BUY ME in every room. 


Van Purser is a licensed real estate broker in Georgia.  Since1981 he has successfully purchased and renovated over 400 homes.  His expertise

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