Live in competitive Seattle market looking to buy in Atl, Atl market similar? multiple overbids. Do I have a chance from out of state?

Asked by annwright, Atlanta, GA Wed Dec 25, 2013

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Hank Miller, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Sat Dec 28, 2013
You have a chance just as any buyer does.

2. Define success
3. Prepare and be ready to execute
4. Act when success is found
5. Listen to your agent - assuming #1 to be completed
6. Do not over pay and be ready to move on

If you screw up #1, you will have major problems. There are agents in Atlanta that see someone like you as an easy commission.
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Todd Shoemak…, Agent, Roswell, GA
Fri Jan 3, 2014
Call me and we can discuss Ann there is so much more to all this then just an email can explain. You can do this from afar but only if you are ready to come and see the house once you have it under contract and then you have not long to decide if you want to move forward. My email is and phone is 678-485-2922, call me and we can discuss your goals and objectives and then go over a game plan.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Fri Dec 27, 2013
The success you will or will not experience depends on the nature of your offer.
If the SELLER is expected to take the home off the market while you clear your schedule and book a flight from Seattle to Atlanta to inspect a home, your success WILL depend on upping your purchase offer. (i.e. overbid)
Clean, solid, assured offers are better received by sellers than those accommpanied by a Wells Fargo preapproval letter. There is one parameter valued by sellers that is MORE IMPORTANT than price. Any association with a big bank portends trouble.
Work with an Atlanta REALTOR to structure your purchase offer to me as competitive as possible. And be prepared to make quick decisions.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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LaShonda Sol…, Agent, Marietta, GA
Fri Dec 27, 2013
Purchasing a home in Atlanta is a great decision. There are certain communities in the metro Atlanta area that are in higher demand than others. Oftentimes you may see multiple bids on a property. I suggest that in such a case you make sure that you are submitting a strong bid. I would suggest being aggressive with you offer so that you can win the bid.

LaShonda Solomon
Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty Signature Partners
(678) 477-5226
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Cheryl Kates, , Atlanta, GA
Thu Dec 26, 2013
Hey Ms. Wright,

Here in Atlanta, it is still a great time to buy Real Estate. If you would send me your wish list I could forward you some listings to give you a good idea of what's what. Let me know if I could be of any help. Thanks!
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Kirsten Cono…, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Thu Dec 26, 2013
Ann, Congratulations on your move to Atlanta--I have several clients who have moved here from the Pacific Northwest and love it!

Though the intown Altanta market (where I sell) and close in suburbs do see multiple offers that sometimes exceed list price (more often seen intown), it's definitely not at the level that people are seeing in Seattle and California.

That being said, the best listings will go quickly and you want to have a sharp agent on your side that knows the market and the tricks of the trade (and also how to protect you financially and legally) should a bidding war occur!

Hopefully you can get a chance to come to Atlanta at least once and meet with a qualified realtor. I'm a certified corporate relocation specialist, and part of my skill set is helping relocating buyers get a "feel" for different neighborhoods and what they have to offer, so that my clients can narrow down the areas in which they'll want to live.

But there are lots of great agents in Atlanta--I recommend you do a little research, make some phone calls and find someone who you feel is well-qualified, will look out for your best interests and that you can communicate with.

Best of luck!.

Kirsten Conover
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Georgia Properties
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Sally Wildas…, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Thu Dec 26, 2013
Hello Ann,

Congrats on your future move to will love it here.

On your home purchase, just make sure you have all your ducks in order. I was in the same situation as yourself when we came here to Georgia from Seal Beach, California. Get pre-qualified first with a Mortgage Lender. Then interview a few Realtors in the Atlanta area who you would like to represent you. It would be best to be a Client vs. Customer, this way you will get the best advise and help in your home purchase.

I can refer you to a local Realtor through our "Leading Real Estate Companies of the World" that I am affiliated with.

Best of Luck,
Sally Wildasinn, Realtor
ABR, e-Pro, SRS

Fickling & Company
Warner Robins, GA
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Laurence Del…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Alphretta, GA
Thu Dec 26, 2013

You need to get preapproved then we will get you with a great agent to preview homes and take tons of pictures.

Larry Delbridge
Great Plains National Bank
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Don Lantier, Agent, smyrna, GA
Thu Dec 26, 2013
The Atlanta market is not like the Seattle market in that Seattle did not feel the drop in housing prices like the Atlanta metro area. You should have little problem purchasing here. As most everywhere in the U.S, foreclosures and short sales may get multiple bids, but there is plenty to homes in general to choose from here that do not get multiple bids.
Go to our main website and you can search all the homes for sale in the Atlanta metro area:
We at Lantier Realty would be glad to assist you in your search and can be reached at 770-309-5297
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Bailie Rhea…, Agent, Nashville, TN
Thu Dec 26, 2013
You absolutely have a chance from out of state. In fact you have as much a chance as anyone else. Find an agent in Atlanta and read through their recommendations. Find one that is on top of it and answers your phone call immediately. It's imperative that you find an agent that is very fast. These homes sell quickly and you need an agent that won't drop the ball. Although we're in Nashville you're more than welcome to call us if you have any questions.
-Bailie and Paul
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