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Things to Avoid When Holding an Open House

This weekend was national open house weekend. I had the opportunity to see an open house go wrong in a million dollar neighborhood, so I'm going to share some pointers to help your open house go smoothly.

1. Ensure that there are no malfunctions with the home. A defective air conditioner ruins the experience for everyone including the agent. You do not want the agent to be in a bad mood!

2. Have an agent who will not push prizes, giveaways, or follow prospective buyers as they look at the house. The idea is to make everyone comfortable and the way to do that is by making all information readilly available and be available to answer questions.

3. Have drinks and/or snacks on hand, especially on a hot afternoon. At a minimum, bottles icewater and soda is a must.

'Flip This House' Stars Host Real Estate Workshop

'Flip This House' Stars Host Real Estate Workshop

DUNWOODY, GA -- HomeWise Solutions is offering local real estate professionals the chance to take part in a free workshop featuring Peter Pasternack and Brian Trow from the A&E reality show "Flip This House."

The real estate investment duo is offeirng their take on the state of the local market, opportunities for real estate professionals and ways to maximize income in a recovering market.

"We are so excited to have Peter and Brian join us for what will be a very informative session for anyone in the real estate community," said Shauna Smith, CEO and co-founder of HomeWise Solutions.

Dekalb Foreclosure Registry Begins on October 27th

Atlanta, GA--  DeKalb County will launch its Foreclosure Registry, Wednesday, Oct. 27.  The DeKalb County Foreclosure Registry was established as a means to protect neighborhoods from becoming blighted as a result of the lack of adequate maintenance and security caused by the foreclosure crisis.

Creditors or mortgagees who foreclose on a property after Oct. 27 will have up to 30 days following the foreclosure sale to register the property with DeKalb County and pay a fee of $175.  Creditors or mortgagees located outside the geographical boundaries of Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale Counties are required to designate a local property agent located within these geographical boundaries to ensure security and maintenance of the property.

Tips on Selecting a Qualified Home Remodeler

You've thought your remodeling project through from start to finish. You have determined what you want to achieve, have a realistic budget, and know when the job needs to be completed. Finding a qualified remodeling company to do the work is an equally important step.

We've all heard horror stories about remodeling projects gone bad. Here are 10 tips to help you select a qualified remodeling contractor.

Loan Modification Could be Good, but Short Sale is Better says 1 Expert

Atlanta, GA--  As more and more Atlanta homeowners find themselves in financial distress and are forced to make tough decisions regarding their homes and specifically their dropping values and ballooning mortgage payments, we turned to a housing expert to help us navigate this complex situation.

Marian Anthony is a real estate finance expert and author of Short Sale RUSH- A How To Guide for Nonperforming Assets.  According to Marian, a Short Sale is more advantageous than a Loan Modification or a Foreclosure because "the reduced payoff in a short sale releases you from the debt obligation." He states that a foreclosure will ruin the homeowner's credit, and "a loan modification actually builds a debt trap around the borrower, milking them for every last nickel."

With so much information and marketing dollars being spent on homeowners getting into Loan Modification programs which may keep you bogged in debt for years, take Marian's su