Deciding Between Two Homes

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deciding between two houses-smallWhen you begin the process of house hunting, you may find that you come to love two, or maybe even three, houses. It can be difficult trying to decide which house is right for you and your family. When trying to make your decision, here are a few things to consider to help make the process a little easier:

NEIGHBORHOOD:  Consider the area or neighborhood. Is it a desirable area which will not only suit your family, but provide great re-sale value?

PROXIMITY:  Consider where the home is in proximity to your job, the grocery store, the shopping malls, your favorite restaurants, etc.

FAMILY:  Think how close each home may be to other family members.

SCHOOLS:  Consider the school districts.  For excellent information on schools in the North Georgia area, check out this page and choose your desired community.

KIDS:  Check out your neighbors to see if they have children the same age as yours.  You may also want to consider nearby parks and playgrounds.

CRIME: Look into recent newspaper articles or police reports to review the current crime activity. This may help you to see which neighborhood would be safer for you and your family.

COMPS:  Check out comparable home prices in your area of choice to ensure you’re staying within budget and/or not paying too much.

IMPROVEMENT:  Consider things like the age of the appliances within the home, and any recent replacements of windows, roofing, HVAC units, etc.

TIME ON MARKET:  Ask your real estate agent how long each house has been on the market. A home that has been on the market for a longer period of time can sometimes mean more negotiable sellers.

WISH LIST:  Consider the house itself, and compare each against your wish list.  This may seem obvious, but if one house has more pros than the other, that may help you to make your decision.

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Michael Carr

Michael Carr is America’s Top Selling Real Estate Auctioneer. He has been an auctioneer since 1991 and has sold billions of dollars in auto, heavy equipment, land, commercial and residential properties. Since becoming a licensed real estate agent in 1994, Michael has been actively involved in the sale of over 78,000 homes and licensed in as many as 27 states in the continental U.S. as a broker and an auctioneer. Overall, he has conducted over 8,400 auctions throughout the last 28 years. Michael is a former Senior Vice President of Brokerage for Auction.com and personally conducted over 2,000 auctions during his tenure there. He resigned from that post in order to continue to expand his own companies, focusing on a more customer service oriented direction. Michael Carr & Associates, Inc. was founded in 2000 and serves as the umbrella corporation for his auctioneer practice and real estate company. He currently spends part of his week traveling to consult investors or conduct auctions, while balancing the rest of his time at his Jefferson, Georgia headquarters. Michael also co-authored a marketing and personal branding book called ”BrandFace® for Real Estate Professionals (Be the Face of Your Business & a Star in Your Industry), and is currently scheduling a book and speaking tour. See www.BrandFaceRealEstate.com for more information. He is available for interviews and appearances on the subjects of real estate investment, real estate management, real estate marketing and auctions. View the video below to learn how Michael Carr got started, and what keeps him motivated to stay on top and continue his passion for his craft after 28 years as one of America’s premier auctioneers.