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Happy Memorial Day!!! I will be working.


Hope you are having and will have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!

If you have a real estate question or need, please know I am working this and every holiday and easily available to you.

Real Estate is my passion, and work is fun for me.

I understand that when your life slows down for a minute you have an opportunity to consider the possibilities.

As always, it is my goal to help you reach your personal real estate goals; never any pressure, just information.



Should you sell your current home or keep it as a rental?


Deciding whether to keep your current home as a rental or sell it before or after moving is often a difficult decision.  There are pros and cons for each side.,

Thank you Rachel Hollinger of First American Exchange Company for your article....

It would be an honor to meet with you and run numbers on both keeping your current home and selling it.

Remember, if you can answer yes to the following question, there is no capital gain tax on profit when you sell your primary residence.....,

Has this property been your primary residence for 2 of the last 5 years?

As always, it is my goal to help you reach your personal real estate goals; never any pressure, just information.

Should I wait until my house is fixed up to put it on the market?


One of the objections sellers often have when asked to list now is that they need to fix up their property.

We all want to get top dollar for our property. With the many things you can do to help increase your property’s value, waiting to sell because you’re waiting to make repairs might not be the best plan if you’ve been waiting six years to paint your house. Waiting to sell because your home isn’t as up-to-date as it could be puts a lot of responsibility on you, the homeowner. If you have a busy life, it’s likely those projects will take a long time to get done, so waiting to sell until you have your home updated could be a seller procrastination in disguise, and definitely something to avoid.

Each situation is different.

As always, it is my goal to help you reach your personal real estate goals; never any pressure, just information.

With rising interest rates, how much will waiting to buy cost me?


Mortgage rates are living up to expert predictions and have continued to increase as we approach the halfway mark of 2018.


The good news is that rates are still near historic lows. However, if your clients are considering waiting to buy, they should understand what it could COST them as we don’t expect the rates to slow down soon.


Encourage your clients to take advantage of today's rates because it can COST (a LOT) to wait with them on the rise.


See how much a higher interest rate could cost you in your monthly mortgage payment here:


*Mortgage rates are based on a 30 year Conventional home loan of $250,000 with 

an  interest rate of 5% and an APR of 5.424%.


Thank you Sandra Smith for this chart!!!!


Sandra Smith 
On Q Financial 
Mortgage Consultant 
NMLS #200651 | GA #25361 FL # LO7942 
NC # I-176422 | | AL-200651 
(404) 918-7463 

What should Sellers disclose?


One of the questions sellers ask on a regular basis is about what they need to disclose about the property they want to sell.

From the Georgia Real Estate Commission:

The definition of disclose by Webster’s Dictionary is “to open up; to expose to view; to make known or public.” All of these descriptions apply to real estate brokerage in a very direct message. As a general rule of thumb when deciding whether something needs to be disclosed or not, consider the following: if the party that does not have the information might make a better informed decision with the information, it should probably be disclosed.

As always, it is my goal to help you reach your personal real estate goals; never any pressure, just information.

New Listings increased 6.8% in April


Georgia Association of Realtors reports.....

New Listings increased 6.8 percent to 16,623. Pending Sales were up 14.8 percent to 13,425. Inventory levels shrank 15.5 percent to 32,114 units. Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 9.5 percent to $219,000. Days on Market was down 13.6 percent to 51 days. Sellers were encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 21.1 percent to 3.0 months. This winter and spring exhibited unseasonal weather patterns in much of the country. As the seasons change to something more palatable, wages and consumer spending are both up, on average, which should translate positively for the housing market. Being quick with an offer is still the rule of the day as the number of days a home stays on the market drops lower. If that wasn't enough for buyers to mull over with each potential offer, being aware of pending mortgage rate increases is once again in fashion.


to read the full report ...




Congratulations to everyone graduating from preschool to PhD and beyond.

More than 12,600 students are graduating this month from Gwinnett County public high schools, the largest number ever. 

Gwinnett daily post article showing the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of each of the Gwinnett County High Schools


Interesting statistics below, computed from above article

High School     # of graduates/# honor graduates/% honor graduates


Archer                  633/324/51%

Berkmar               613/5/1%

Brookwood            838/286/34%

Buford                  139/61/43%

Central Gwinnett   495/75/15%

Collins Hill             711/218/30%

Dacula                  406/98/24%

Discovery              485/64/13%

Duluth                  618/157/25%

Grayson                715/215/30%

Gwinnett Online     135/14/8%

GSMST                  177/86/49%

Lanier                    435/143/33%

Meadowcreek         603/90/15%

Mill Creek               911/299/33%

Mountain View        567/114/20%

Norcross                 771/195/25%

North Gwinnett        694/305/44%

Parkview                 663/232/35%

Peachtree Ridge       801/281/35%

Shiloh                     487/64/13%

South Gwinnett        624/71/11%



More on the rising interest rates


cutting and pasting this info for those of you that might understand all of it.

Copyright @ 2017 MBSQuoteline

A shift in expectations toward a faster pace of tightening by the Fed was negative for mortgage rates this week. Stronger than expected economic data also was unfavorable. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week higher.

This week, speeches by several Fed officials were more hawkish than expected. This caused investors to expect a faster pace of monetary policy tightening. Futures markets now price in about a 75% chance of a federal funds rate hike at the next Fed meeting on March 15, up from just a 25% chance a week ago. While the federal funds rate is more highly correlated with short-term yields than with long-term yields such as mortgage rates, a faster pace of tightening is bad for mortgage rates because it likely means that the Fed will begin to reduce its holdings of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) sooner. Fed purchases of MBS have helped mortgage rates move lower in recent years, so the shortened expected timeline for reduced demand from the Fed caused mortgage rates to rise. 

One reason that Fed officials may be inclined to hike rates this month is that recently released economic data has generally continued to surpass expectations. Since the election, both consumers and businesses appear to be more optimistic about the economic outlook. The February measure of Consumer Confidence from the Conference Board rose to the highest level since 2001. The ISM national manufacturing index increased to 57.7, the highest level since August 2014. Readings above 50 indicate an expansion in the sector. As recently as August, the index was below 50. The ISM national services index also rose more than expected to 57.6, the best reading since April 2015. Stronger economic activity raises future inflationary pressure, which is bad for mortgage rates.

Looking ahead, there will be a European Central Bank (ECB) meeting on Thursday. No policy changes are expected, but guidance about the outlook for future policy could influence U.S. markets. In the U.S., the important monthly Employment report will be released on Friday. As usual, this report on the number of jobs, the unemployment rate, and wage inflation will be the most highly anticipated economic data of the month. In addition, there will be Treasury auctions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Copyright @ 2017 MBSQuoteline

Mortgage Rates are going up ----


Although mortgage rates vary from day to day, lender to lender, client to client , the average top tier 30 year fixed quote moved sharply higher today, back to 4.25%.

If you have a home under contract most lenders are going to encourage you to lock in your mortgage rate rather than float.

If you are considering purchasing a home, buying now might save you thousands in interest over the term of your mortgage.

As always, it is my goal to help you reach your personal real estate goals --  never any pressure, just information.

Buy a Townhome with total payments under $1000


From my friend and fellow Realtor, Gina Bradley

Information on the Turtle Creek Townhomes

Know someone that might be interested?  Tell Gina I sent you or let me know when you are going and I will meet you out there.


Who do you know someone that would like to own instead of rent with payments from about $955 (our smallest townhome- approximately $1020 our largest townhome with USDA no down payment program? yes that includes PITI! POOL , TENNIS and across the street from Fort Yargo State Park in Winder! Turtle Creek Villas Townhomes

1. Rent Vs Own Payments are less owning!
2. Equity you are building!
3. Tax incentives so you can write off your interest! Saves you money!
4. Paint or hang pictures in your own home no more asking the landlord!
5. Payments will NOT go up they are fixed for the life of the loan. Rent can go up or they can make you move at any time.
6. Swim in your community pool this summer!!
comment below if you think this is fantastic! If you know someone please share! We also have NHF program grant no down payment.
Seller pays 3K with preferred lender!

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