Renae Johnson's Blog Posts

How to file for your Georgia Homestead Exemption

Filing for Homestead Exemption helps save you money on your property taxes. To file for homestead exemption in GA, homeowners may need to provide the following:Warranty Deed book

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Seven projects you should consider to improve your quality of life and your home’s (eventual) resale value

Here are seven projects you should consider to improve your quality of life and your home’s (eventual) resale value. 1. Apply fresh interior paint Refreshing your home’s

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Houses Are Still Selling Fast...

Have you been thinking about selling your house? If so, here’s some good news. While the housing market isn't as frenzied as it was during the ‘unicorn’ years when

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Don’t Wait Until Spring To Sell Your House...

As you think about the year ahead, one of your big goals may be moving. But, how do you know when to make your move? While spring is usually the peak homebuying season, you don’t actually

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Will a Silver Tsunami Change the 2024 Housing Market?...

Have you ever heard the term “Silver Tsunami” and wondered what it's all about? If so, that might be because there’s been a lot of talk about it online recently. Let's dive

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3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House in 2024...

If one of the goals on your list is selling your house and making a move this year, you’re likely juggling a mix of excitement about what’s ahead and feeling a little

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2 Reasons Why Today’s Mortgage Rate Trend Is Good for Sellers...

If you’ve been holding off on selling your house to make a move because you felt mortgage rates were too high, their recent downward trend is exciting news for you. Mortgage rates

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Why You May Want To Seriously Consider a Newly Built Home...

Are you putting off your plans to sell because you’re worried you won’t be able to find a home you like when you move? If so, it may be time to consider a newly built home and

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Ways Your Home Equity Can Help You Reach Your Goals...

If you’ve owned your house for at least a couple of years, there’s something you’re going to want to know more about – and that’s home equity. If you’re not

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3 Keys To Hitting Your Homeownership Goals in 2024...

If buying or selling a home is your goal for 2024, it’s important to understand today’s housing market, know your why, and work with industry experts to bring your

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Things to consider if your house didn't sell...

If your listing has expired and your house didn’t sell, it's completely normal to feel a mix of frustration and disappointment. Understandably, you're probably wondering what may have gone

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Retiring Soon? Why Moving Might Be the Perfect Next Step...

If you’re thinking about retirement or have already retired this year, it’s a good time to consider if your current house is still a good fit for the next chapter in your life,

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Why Now Is Still a Great Time To Sell Your House...

If you were worried buyer demand disappeared when mortgage rates went up, the data shows there are plenty of interested buyers still out there. The housing market isn't

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Why the Economy Won’t Tank the Housing Market..

If you’re worried about a coming recession, you’re not alone. Over the past couple of years, there’s been a lot of recession talk. And many people worry, if we do have one, it

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Experts Project Home Prices Will Rise over the Next 5 Years...

Even with so much data showing home prices are actually rising in most of the country, there are still a lot of people who worry there will be another price crash in the immediate

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When You Sell Your House, Where Do You Plan To Go...

If you’re thinking about selling your house, you may have heard the supply of homes for sale is still low, and that means your house should stand out to buyers who are craving

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How To Turn Homeownership into a Side Hustle...

Does the rising cost of just about everything these days make your dream of owning your own home feel less within reach? According to Bankrate, many people are seeking additional

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People Are Still Moving, Even with Today’s Affordability Challenges...

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home, you might have heard that it’s tough right now because mortgage rates are higher than they’ve been over

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Three Pivotal Real Estate Considerations for Gen Xers

The real estate market is a uniquely diverse landscape, influenced by an array of economic, social, and generational factors. As we delve deeper into the 21st century, Generation X — those of

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Remote Work Is Changing How Some Buyers Search for Their Dream Homes...

The way Americans work has changed in recent years, and remote work is at the forefront of this shift. Experts say it’ll continue to be popular for years to come and project that;

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Home Prices Are Not Falling...

During the fourth quarter of last year, some housing experts projected home prices were going to crash in 2023. The media ran with those forecasts and put out headlines calling for

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Today’s Housing Inventory Is a Sweet Spot for Sellers...

One of the biggest challenges in the housing market right now is how few homes there are for sale compared to the number of people who want to buy them. To help emphasize just how limited housing

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Homeownership Helps Protect You from Inflation...

Some HighlightsWondering if it makes sense to buy a home today even when inflation is high? When other costs go up due to inflation, buying a home helps you keep your monthly housing expense steady

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Owning a Home Helps Protect Against Inflation...

You’re probably feeling the impact of high inflation every day as prices have gone up on groceries, gas, and more. If you’re a renter, you’re likely experiencing it a lot as your

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The Best Time To Sell Your House Is When Others Aren’t Selling...

If you’re thinking about selling your house, you should know the number of homes for sale right now is low. That’s because, this season, there are fewer sellers listing their houses for

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The True Cost of Selling Your House on Your Own...

Selling your house is no simple task. While some homeowners opt to sell their homes on their own, known as a FSBO (For Sale by Owner), they often encounter various challenges without the guidance of

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The Benefits of Selling Now, According to Experts...

The Benefits of Selling Now, According to ExpertsIf you’re trying to decide if now’s the time to sell your house, here’s what you should know. The limited number of homes available

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The Role of Access in Selling Your House...

Once you’ve made the decision to sell your house and have hired a real estate agent to help, they’ll ask how much access to your home you want to give potential buyers. Your answer

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Why Buying a Home Is a Sound Decision

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you want to know the decision will be a good one. And for many, that means thinking about what home prices are projected to do in the coming years and

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What Buyer Activity Tells Us About the Housing Market...

Though the housing market is no longer experiencing the frenzy of a year ago, buyers are showing their interest in purchasing a home. According to U.S. News:“Housing markets have cooled

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Leverage Your Equity When You Sell Your House...

One of the benefits of being a homeowner is that you build equity over time. By selling your house, that equity can be used toward purchasing your next home. But before you can put it to use, you

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Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer This Spring...

Though there are more homes for sale now than there were at this time last year, there’s still an undersupply with fewer houses available than in more normal, pre-pandemic years. The Monthly

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2 Things Sellers Need To Know This Spring...

A lot has changed over the past year, and you might be wondering what’s in store for the spring housing market. If you’re planning to sell your house this season, here’s what real

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4 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home...

Are you planning to buy a home this spring? Though things are more balanced than they were at the height of the pandemic, it’s still a sellers’ market. So, when you find the home you

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Experts Forecast a Turnaround in the Housing Market in 2023...

The housing market has gone through a lot of change recently, and much of that was a result of how quickly mortgage rates rose last year.Now, as we move through 2023, there are signs

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3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year...

3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This YearA new year brings with it the opportunity for new experiences. If that resonates with you because you’re considering making a move, you

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Wondering How Much You Need To Save for a Down Payment?...

Wondering How Much You Need To Save for a Down Payment?If you’re getting ready to buy your first home, you’re likely focused on saving up for everything that purchase involves. One cost

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Why It Makes Sense To Move Before Spring...

Why It Makes Sense To Move Before SpringSpring is usually the busiest season in the housing market. Many buyers wait until then to make their move, believing it’s the best time to find a home.

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Tips To Reach Your Homebuying Goals in 2023...

Tips To Reach Your Homebuying Goals in 2023 [INFOGRAPHIC]Some HighlightsIf you’re planning to buy a home in 2023, here are a few things to focus on.Work on your credit and

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What Are Your Goals in the Housing Market This Year?...

What Are Your Goals in the Housing Market This Year?If buying or selling a home is part of your dreams for 2023, it’s essential for you to understand today’s housing market, define your

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What Experts Are Saying About the 2023 Housing Market...

What Experts Are Saying About the 2023 Housing MarketIf you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you probably want to know what you can expect from the housing&

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Confused About What’s Going on in the Housing Market? Lean on a Professional...

Confused About What’s Going on in the Housing Market? Lean on a Professional.If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, you probably want to know what’s

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Today’s Housing Market Is Nothing Like 15 Years Ago...

Today’s Housing Market Is Nothing Like 15 Years AgoThere’s no doubt today’s housing market is very different than the frenzied one from the past couple of years. In the

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Planning To Sell Your House? It’s Critical To Hire a Pro...

Planning To Sell Your House? It’s Critical To Hire a Pro.With higher mortgage rates and moderating buyer demand, conditions in the housing market are different today. And if you’re

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Applying For a Mortgage? Here’s What You Should Avoid Once You Do...

Applying For a Mortgage? Here’s What You Should Avoid Once You Do.While it’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating after you’ve applied

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Do You Believe Homeownership Is Out of Reach? Maybe It Doesn’t Have To Be

Do You Believe Homeownership Is Out of Reach? Maybe It Doesn’t Have To Be.It turns out, millennials aren’t the renter generation after all. The 2022 Consumer

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Homeownership Is an Investment in Your Future...

Homeownership Is an Investment in Your FutureThere are many people thinking about buying a home, but with everything affecting the economy, some are wondering if it’s a smart decision to

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What Is Ahead for Mortgage Rates and Home Prices

What Is Ahead for Mortgage Rates and Home PricesNow that the end of 2022 is within sight, you may be wondering what’s going to happen in the housing market next year and what that may mean if

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Three Ways You Can Use Your Home Equity

If you’re a homeowner, odds are your equity has grown significantly over the last few years as home prices skyrocketed and you made your monthly mortgage payments. Home 

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Why There Won’t Be a Flood of Foreclosures Coming 2 the Housing Market

With the rapid shift that’s happened in the housing market this year, some people are raising concerns that we’re destined for a repeat of the crash we saw in 2008. But in,

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Your House Could Be the #1 Item on a Homebuyer’s Wish List for the Holidays

Each year, homeowners planning to make a move are faced with a decision: sell their house during the holidays or wait. And others who have already listed their homes may think

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How Landis helped Tammy achieve her dream of becoming a homeowner

Hear about how Tammy and her daughter Tiana are becoming homeowners with Landis! Learn more about Landis on https://bit.ly/renaejlandisfbad Landis allows customers to select their dream home, rent

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More People Are Finding the Benefits of Multigenerational Households

More People Are Finding the Benefits of Multigenerational Households TodayIf you’re thinking of buying a home and living with siblings, parents, or grandparents, then multigenerational living

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3 Questions - Selling Your Home This Winter

Top Questions About Selling Your Home This WinterThere’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season, and that may leave you with some questions about whether it still

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What Can Sellers Do About High Interest Rates?

Interest rates are on the rise. While they’re still historically low, they’re definitely higher than they were a year ago, which can be less than optimal for buyers. Many of the buyers&

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Friendly Reminder: You Can Still Win!

Spoiler alert: even though the market is shifting, you can still win whether you’re a buyer or a seller!When you work with the right real estate agent, you can make good real estate decisions

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Should I Sell Before the Market Crashes?

Are you worried about the real estate market crashing and what that might mean for your home’s value? A lot of homeowners are in the same boat. But let’s get the record straight, with a

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More On Why Experts Say the Housing Market Won’t Crash

Some HighlightsMany people remember the housing crash in 2008, but experts say today’s market is fundamentally different in many ways.First, there isn’t an oversupply 

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Can a Seller Back Out after a Low Home Appraisal?

Low appraisals have become the norm for the inflated real estate industry lately and for good reason. Bidding wars have caused home prices to inflate significantly, but the prices aren’t

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Do Lenders Require a Home Inspection for Mortgage Approval?

Securing home financing can feel overwhelming. Lenders ask for a lot of information not only about you, but the property too. It’s their job to make sure the collateral is worth what you&rsquo

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How Long Does It Take to Close on a Home?

Buying a house is exci/ng and overwhelming all at the same /me. Not only must you find your dream home, but you must secure financing too unless you’re paying cash.The financing part causes a

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Sellers Have an Opportunity with Today’s Home Prices

As mortgage rates started to rise this year, many homeowners began to wonder if the value of their homes would fall. Here’s the good news. Historically, when mortgage rates rise by a

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Today we remember and honor those who gave all.

Today is Memorial Day, a day to remember all those who have served our country. We are happy to honor those who have given so much for us, and we are grateful for their sacrifice.Today, let us all

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First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid

Buying your first home is one of the most exciting decisions you’ll make in your life! It comes with a lot of responsibility, but a lot of excitement too.Before you jump in and buy your first

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What is a First Time Buyer Program and How do you Qualify?

First time homebuyers have one major obstacle – the down payment. When you already own a home and sell it to buy another, usually you have equity to use for the down payment. You don’t

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Selling your House As-Is, What it Means for the Buyer

If you want to sell your home without doing any repairs, you’re looking at an ‘as-is’ sale. While it may seem more convenient at the time, it’s important to know what it

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The Best Mortgage Loans for First-Time Homebuyers

Buying your first home can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. You’re fulfilling the American dream but at the same time, taking on the largest debt of your lifetime. 

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Should I buy now or wait?

We are in a very amazing market!  So many opportunities to buy, sell and invest in real estate!  I've had multiple conversations about purchasing in this market.  This  is a very

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Which Home Renovations Generate the Highest ROI (Return on Investment)?

Did you know that not all home renovations affect your home’s value? In other words, your ROI could be next to nothing on some renovations. Even if you do see a return on your investment, it

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1031 Exchange Everything You Need to Know

1031 Exchange - What is it and How Does it Work?When you sell a real estate investment, you make capital gains, or at least that’s the hope. Those profits come at a price, though. You’ll

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When is the best time to sell your home?

When is the Best Time to Sell my Home?You want top dollar for your house, and you want it to sell fast too. It’s a tall order to fill, but when you know the best time to sell your house, it

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My Tips for a Higher Home Appraisal

The home appraisal determines how much you’ll get for your home. You could ask for any price you want, but if your buyers need financing, it all depends on the appraised value. While you can

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Renting vs Owning – Which is Right for You?

If you’re thinking about moving this year, you may wonder if renting or owning is the best choice? While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to the matter, there are certain

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How to Calculate your Debt-to-Income Ratio

If you’re in the market to buy a house, your mortgage lender will look at a couple of main factors to determine if you qualify. Most people know they check your credit score and credit,

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Market Pulse 30078_30017 1.20.22

Happy Thursday!  Here's a quick look at the Real Estate Market in Snellville 30078 and Grayson 30017 in Gwinnett County.  Absorbtion rates are really low!  What's an asorbtion rate?

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Housing Market Predictions for 2022

After a couple of years of short demand and crazy high sales prices, everyone wants to know, what will the 2022 housing market look like?While they are just predictions, here’s what the

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