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man vs machine

Companies like OpenDoor, OfferPad, Redfin Now and Zillow Instant Offers are online real estate investment companies, commonly referred to as “iBuyers.” They’re hailed for taking the guesswork out of buying and selling homes, because they provide clients with quick offers at a seemingly fair market price.

The reality is those companies are NOT who you want to work with. iBuyers can’t replace real estate professionals for a number of reasons.

For one, sellers could get more for their home. iBuyers’ offers derive from an imprecise algorithm, meaning sellers aren’t getting the most for their home. These algorithms may gather data from the local and nationwide markets, but they do not even come close to the nuance that an experienced real estate

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confused homeowner

When you're in a seller's market, buying a home can sometimes feel impossible. There are a host of factors that—especially if you're a first time home buyer—can feel overwhelming and make you question whether or not you'll ever find the right home for you and your family. Fear not! While the real estate market is volatile and subject to turn on a dime, real estate professionals like The Bell Team make it their business to know where to turn your focus in order to land the right home no matter how difficult the market. For when you're buying in a seller's market, here are six principles to help you make it through on the other end unscathed.

First, it's important to have a good handle on your current situation before you march into the market. Have

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Fall is in full swing and The Bell Team is gearing up for the season. If you want to get the most out of these chilly fall months, read on to learn more about local events that can keep you and yours happy and active while the weather starts to cool down.

 

First up is Braselton’s monthly farmers market. The market, open every third Friday of the month from 4-6 pm on Davis Street downtown, is your chance to stock up on delicious locally-grown produce, grains, and fruits. This isn’t just a grocery trip! It’s a chance to meet your neighbors and share in the harvest. Buy local! Be local! Mingle with your fellow Braseltonians and know that you’re doing your part to keep Braselton’s money in Braselton.

You can find more info, including the vendor

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Hello again from The Bell Team. We’re contacting you today to let you know of a recent charity effort we’ve undertaken to help our neighbors to the south. In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, thousands of people across the coast have been uprooted from their homes. An estimated 6,700 people have taken refuge in 54 shelters across Florida. Even with the food, water, and ice prepared in anticipation of the hurricane, there is still a tremendous need for supplies.

In order to do our part, The Bell Team will be collecting donations over the next two weeks. We ask that you join us, prioritizing bottled water, diapers, feminine products, and dry cat and dog food. We’ll gather the donations here in Braselton. We will gather supplies until Thursday,

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The Bell Team has been hard at work finding the best properties in our area. Now is your time to come and see for yourself! We've got two open houses this Sunday, October 7 from 2-4. Below you'll find more deets as well as info one the homes themselves and links to our Facebook events where you can RSVP. Happy hunting! 

creekside OH

4634 Creekside Drive in Flowery Branch

Surrounded by a gorgeous wooded area in the Meadow Creek Estates, this fun 4br/3ba is perfect for families and couples looking for a lively space to entertain and host (or nestle down for a quiet night in). This 2-storey is furnished with a stone fireplace with a custom mantlepiece, hardwood, tile, and new carpet flooring throughout. A screened in porch and finished basement will turn your

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deliberating money

The question of buying versus renting is a complicated one, and one that depends on a few factors including (but, like always, never limited to) the stage of life you’re in, the market, whether you plan on moving soon, your preference for doing yard work, and a myriad of other specificities that can greatly complicate your decision to buy or rent. But fret not! This post will lay out the basic ins and outs and will give you a bird’s eye view of the road ahead.

Why rent? Renting affords someone greater flexibility, which is perfect if you expect major changes to be coming along that will necessitate an impending change of location. Moving on from a rental property is easy because you can simply move out at the end of your lease, rather than spend

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piggy bank

In the real estate market, there are definite and obvious advantages to paying for your new home with an all-cash offer. When the buyer produces the entire purchase price upfront—rather than from a lender—the seller knows that the buyer has the necessary funds to complete the transaction without the uncertainty that comes with other payment methods. 

Surprisingly, 29% of home buyers pay for their home with an all-cash offer.  And, often, these people aren’t filthy rich! Usually they are retirees with savings, or are individuals with enough equity in their homes and other investments to produce the cash necessary for purchase.

While an all-cash offer has its advantages, there are times when it’s not in your best interest.  So when should you make

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New Hall County Resident Guide

New to Hall County? We're so glad you've moved in. Even if you haven't moved just yet, you'll find this resource guide super helpful. We're going to cover all the essential information you need to know to help make your move to Hall County as seamless as possible.

Vehicle Registration

We'll start here because there's a process for you whether you're an in or out of state resident. If you've moved to Hall County from another Georgia location, just update your address with the Tax Commissioner's Office.

However, if you're from out of state, you do need to purchase a Georgia tag within 30 days of establishing residency. You can do this at the Hall County Government Center at 2875 Browns Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30504, and you can call in

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Millennial Home Buying Habits

Millennials tend to be a big topic of conversation in every industry because they're the upcoming movers and shakers of the world... and that includes moving and shaking up the real estate industry. There are conclusions flying around out there about Millennials though claiming they have certain home buying habits. So, Millennials, we want to hear from you. What home buying trends match your style?

Let's start with a basic question. Do you want to own a home? Some of the media is fraught with news that Millennials don't want to become homeowners. But, according to research done by the National Association of Realtors' that's not so. In fact, 9 out of 10 people want to buy a home sometime in the future.

What about your home buying process?

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5181 Daylily Dr

About to hit the market, this 5 bedroom/3.5 bath Craftsman style home will be showcased this Saturday, August 18th at 2 pm. In highly sought after Cherokee Bluffs High School District, come see this single-family home in Golden Ridge.

Situated on a large level lot and flooded with an abundance of natural light, the residence features hardwood floors flowing throughout, a spacious master suite with tiled en suite, and a newly remodeled basement. Basement is "Game Day Ready" with large rec space perfect for hosting the big game or family movie night. This home will go fast!

Address: 5181 Daylily Drive, Braselton, GA 30517
Subdivision: Golden Ridge
Bed/Bath: 5bed/3.5bath
Square Footage: 2,948
Price: $239,000

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