8 Reason to List Your Home This Fall

Spring and summer are often considered the best times to list your home for sale, however this fall looks to be the best fall for real estate in nearly a decade. Here are eight reasons to list your home for sale this fall:

1.    There is less competition when listing a home in the fall instead of spring

2.    Inventory is near all-time lows in most price ranges (below $1 million)

3.    Buyers are fewer but overall more serious about buying, resulting in fewer but more productive showings

4.    Appraisals are more favorable and easier to find following a robust summer market

5.    Interest rates remain historically low

6.    Companies look to relocate employees before the end of the year, creating a desire for a quick closing

7.    It’s the last chance to photograph your house under the best circumstances until next spring as leaves and other foliage have not gone into winter hibernation

8.    December is historically the biggest month for closings from September to March every year

Would you like for me to do a market analysis on your current home? Contact me and we can schedule a time to talk more about your plans! 

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Robbie Harris

As a native Atlantan with a passion for this city and its people, real estate isn’t just a way to pay the bills, but a way for me to meaningfully engage with those passions. I don’t look at the market as a bunch of past and future transactions, but as an opportunity to help people invest in their communities. As a REALTOR®, my role is to use the expertise I've gained to be your guide, advisor, and emotional support as we walk together on the journey of buying or selling your home. In addition to the support you will receive from me, you'll also benefit from a team that has almost two decades of experience. With that amount of experience between the four us, you can trust we have seen it all, and are prepared to address any of the number of complexities that may arise.

First Time Homebuyer Interviews - Jay and Andrea

I recently interviewed Jay and Andrea about their experience as first time homebuyers. Unfortunately, their story started with an agent who didn’t have their best interest in mind, which created a hesitancy in them about using a real estate agent at all.

Understanding where they were coming from, it was important to me when we first met that they felt zero pressure to hire me as their agent. I’m a firm believer in earning the trust of my clients, so I set out to show them that I was on their team and was willing to move as fast or as slow as they liked.

Earning their trust was extremely rewarding for me, and working with Jay and Andrea was an absolute pleasure.

Robbie: What surprised you most about your experience?

J&A: We were very surprised at how emotional the whole process can be. It's easy to get wrapped up in a house, picturing your kids growing up there; and then it can be devastating and heartbreaking if it doesn't work out. We had to be intentional about taking a step back and considering all the angles.

Robbie: What was your favorite part?

J&A: The more houses we looked at, the more we could dwindle down what was important to us, and I really enjoyed seeing my husband's priorities (and mine, too) develop. It makes you feel closer to one another. When you do find the right house, you definitely know it's the best choice because of those priorities.

Robbie: What was most frustrating?

J&A: Before working with Robbie we worked with an agent that was manipulative. Generally speaking, we are trusting people, so we had to develop a "BS filter", so to speak, and try to recognize what was legit advice and what wasn't. That was really tough.

Robbie: What one piece of advice would you give other first time buyers?

J&A: This is connected with our first answer: try to be as unbiased with houses as possible. Make a list of top priorities and don't budge on them (especially price). If your priorities start to shift, that's OK, but be sure to look at all angles: price, location, schools, commute, what if in-laws need to stay with us?, etc. Go back to the list often and make sure you're hitting your most important ones.


If you would like to get in touch with me about starting the home buying process, or just have some general questions, click here for my contact information and I’ll be happy to help!

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Robbie Harris

As a native Atlantan with a passion for this city and its people, real estate isn’t just a way to pay the bills, but a way for me to meaningfully engage with those passions. I don’t look at the market as a bunch of past and future transactions, but as an opportunity to help people invest in their communities. As a REALTOR®, my role is to use the expertise I've gained to be your guide, advisor, and emotional support as we walk together on the journey of buying or selling your home. In addition to the support you will receive from me, you'll also benefit from a team that has almost two decades of experience. With that amount of experience between the four us, you can trust we have seen it all, and are prepared to address any of the number of complexities that may arise.

First Time Homebuyer Interviews - Matt and Melissa

Being a first time homebuyer is an experience unlike any other. Although there are valuable resources available to help prepare you for the adventure, who better to hear from than people who were just like you not too long ago?

Many of the people I work with are buying their first home, and each has their own unique experiences along the way.  After the sale is over and they have become homeowners for the first time, I ask each of them four simple questions to capture what buying a home was like for them. 

I will be regularly posting a short blog entry with answers to these questions in hopes they will give you a better idea of what to expect and how to prepare for your own unique home buying journey.

First up are Matt and Melissa who closed on their home in July 2015.

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Robbie: What surprised you most about your experience?

M&M: The precariousness of the process. It's one thing to hear the phrase, "A deal can fall apart at any time," but it's another to live it.

Robbie: What was your favorite part?

M&M: It was exciting to find a house we fell in love with as soon as we walked in. The seller required that we waive the appraisal contingency in order to accept our offer, so learning our house appraised was one of the single best moments. Working with Robbie was great too, and not just because he's a fun guy. There is so much to worry about during the home buying process but who we hired as our real estate agent was never a concern.

Robbie: What was most frustrating?

M&M: All the waiting! Waiting to hear if the seller would accept our offer, waiting for the appraisal, waiting for the contractor the seller hired to do the agreed upon work on the house. They were still working on the house right up until the moment we closed.  So nerve-wracking!

Robbie: What one piece of advice would you give other first time buyers?

M&M: Start researching the housing market well before you think you are ready to buy and keep up with it. You'll have a much better idea of what you want when you are ready and you'll have the confidence to act fast, especially in a competitive situation.


If you would like to get in touch with me about starting the home buying process, or just have some general questions, click here for my contact information and I’ll be happy to help!

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Robbie Harris

As a native Atlantan with a passion for this city and its people, real estate isn’t just a way to pay the bills, but a way for me to meaningfully engage with those passions. I don’t look at the market as a bunch of past and future transactions, but as an opportunity to help people invest in their communities. As a REALTOR®, my role is to use the expertise I've gained to be your guide, advisor, and emotional support as we walk together on the journey of buying or selling your home. In addition to the support you will receive from me, you'll also benefit from a team that has almost two decades of experience. With that amount of experience between the four us, you can trust we have seen it all, and are prepared to address any of the number of complexities that may arise.