Lots of questions, that is good. Do your homework.
Good news is 3 years ago we were in a boom. Bad news is it is 3 years later.
Call an agent who specializes in the area you are talking about. One with several years experience and lives in the area if possible. Ask him/her to get into MLS and find out what has sold that would be a comp to you in the past 90-120 days. Go further back if need be. Ask what is for sale now that would be a comp. Find out what the percentage of the asking price property is selling for. He/she can give you an average. Also, days on the market. They will have that also.
Appraisals are great if you are getting refinaced, but what you need are the cold hard facts on what is selling.
Once you have this, call another company and ask for the new kid on the block and have him run the same exercise for you. Chances are you are going to get more info from the kid than the old guy, but both roads will lead you to where you want to go.
The information you need to make an intelligent decision is out there. You just need someone to pull it together so you can review it. Continue to ask questions. Information is critical to making smart decisions.
In answer to your question about is this a good time to sell. It is truly a buyers market unless you have a one of kind property that people have been waiting to come on the market. People are looking for deals and there are plenty out.
Get your information, study it and then you make the decision on of you want to pull the trigger or not.
Keep in mind the market does not care what your home appraises for. Save that money for something else.... more
As much as I love my home state I think you should consider Western North Carolina. The mountain views in this area are spectacular and the opportunity for snowfall is much better than Georgia.
I would look into areas such as Cashiers, Sylva, Franklin, Bryson City. My aunt lives in Sylva and I just love that area of N.C. I think it will provide for much of the criteria you are looking for.
I know of a few agents in that area and would be happy to get you their contact information if you are interested.... more
Hi Lgbrooks. You have to contact the Georgia Bar Assocation and ask them about that. Most likely they have an attorney bar that you have to take. I know that in CA, attorneys from other states have to take the attorney bar, which is a 2-day test instead of the 3-day test and the attorney must also have practice for the past 5 years to qualify for the attorney bar. Good luck.... more