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Buying a home can be a lengthy and strenuous process. Couple that with selling your current home at the same too. It can be rough. This blog is dedicated to

  • helping you through this process
  • make it as easy for you as possible
  • keep you up-to-date on the real estate knowledge you need to know
  • and more

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15 words to know


When you're buying and selling a home, it can feel like your realtor is speaking an alien language. No one likes being in the dark!

With us, education is the name of the game. Our agents know their stuff and will explain each step of the buying and selling process to you. Until you can meet with them, however, here is a tidy list of the 15 most important terms every buyer, seller, and eventual homeowner should know:


Buyer’s Agent

 A realtor who specializes in purchasing homes on behalf of the soon-to-be-homeowner. Buyer’s agents are generally paid commission from the home seller, and we've got three awesome buyers agents on our team.

Listing Agent

A realtor who specializes in selling homes on behalf of the homeowner. Listing

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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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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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 How to determine your home buying power

Do you know that some states provide a less stressful home buying environment than others? This could be news to you, but Georgia is definitely one of them. 

In some states across the country, home buying power is increasing. Yay! But, what is home buying power? It's a measurement based on several variables which all differ in their importance. These variables include the housing market where you're located (or looking to purchase), your annual income, monthly debt, and credit score, plus your expected down payment.

A home loan advisor can help your determine your home buying power. We'll connect you with a few trusted, local ones if needed. Give us a ring at (678) 207-1542 for the info. so you too can harness your home purchasing power now and

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Active Community Boom in Braselton Georgia

Earlier this year another new adult community was approved to begin development here in Braselton, GA. Currently already home to Del Webb Chateau Elan and The Village at Deaton Creek by Del Webb, we'll soon be welcoming Friendship Village too. This new community is slated to be an age-restricted, amenity-filled adult living community with a plan that includes over 350 residential units. 

Come home to Friendship Village either to one of the 177 detached single-family homes, 50 assisted living apartments, 30 memory care apartments, or even the 120 independent living apartments. Shopping on site is included in the project with a 38,000 square foot retail center, and Friendship Village may be completed by May of 2021. Ring The Bell Team to be one of

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Buying a foreclosure?

Because foreclosed homes are generally available at a huge discount, they are an appealing house purchase. However, there are certain things to consider before finalizing that buy. If you don't, be prepared for some very costly mistakes. Let's start with a little Foreclosure 101.

1. What is a foreclosed property?

It's a property that is auctioned by the bank to help recover the loans in which the homebuyer failed to pay the mortgage. Sometimes banks will try to sell the property quickly by offering incentives to prospective buyers. But, how is a foreclosed property different from the normal resale of a home?

  • There's usually no room for negotiation.
  • The seller, i.e. bank, requires a pre-approval letter before even entertaining an offer,
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Smart phones to smart homes, technology keeps on keepin' on... even in real estate. Did you know that you can use mobile apps to help ease the home buying process too? They can be great time savers and with the right ones, you can have access to real-time real estate information at your fingertips.

KW mobile app

No matter the location, the Keller Williams Real Estate app will help you search for your next home. See what's for sale in specific neighborhoods, or find open houses nearby. Finding the home of your dreams is as easy as drawing a circle on a map. This app is an easy-to-use GPS-powered platform that puts all local properties on the market (not just KW listings) literally in the palm of your hand.

Want to fast track reaching your Bell Team agent? Let

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If you've been thinking about hooking up your house with some smart technology, you could be a Millennial. Or maybe you've just got the insight that Millennials are willing to pay more for a smart house? But, they're not the only ones interested in smart technology. Baby Boomers will also pay more for a smart home. 

So what's involved to "smarten" up your house?

It's not just sticking a programmable thermostat on the wall and voila you're done. Beyond the thermostat, buyers who want smart technology in their new homes really want it decked out. We're talking a smart watering system, smart doors and locks, programmable lights, security systems, smart air filtration vents, smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, smart refrigerators, and more.

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