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Monthly Archives: January 2016

    8 Unwritten Etiquette Rules Every Home Seller Should Know

    By Zana Dillard | January 29, 2016

    If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down from floorboards to rooftop as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape—but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too! That’s right:... Read More

    Starting the New Year on Firm Financial Footing

    By Zana Dillard | January 25, 2016

    New year, new you? Here’s how to start things off right financially, and boost the odds of having a prosperous 2016. Pay off high-interest credit card debt Sure, you hear this every year, but paying off high-interest credit card debt is particularly relevant now, since the Federal Reserve has started raising rates. In December 2015,... Read More

    Demand In Atlanta’s Real Estate Market Up Nearly 5% Heading Into 2016

    By Zana Dillard | January 15, 2016

    The Atlanta Board of REALTORS® (ABR), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its December 2015 Market Brief on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metro-Atlanta. Market Brief, now compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single family... Read More

    7 ways to maximize your 2016 tax refund

    By Zana Dillard | January 8, 2016

    With the 2016 tax season upon us, an accounting professor at Augusta University is offering advice on ways to make the most of your tax refund. Joey Styron, the director of the Knox School of Accountancy in the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University in Augusta, Ga., offers these tips: 1. File... Read More

    Give Up These 8 Money-Wasters for a Down Payment Before 2017

    By Zana Dillard | January 4, 2016

    By cutting a few things from your budget this year, you can speed up your progress toward having a down payment by the time those holiday decorations come back out of the closet. You probably knew these were splurges eating up your discretionary income, but did you know just how much? Don’t worry—we’ll do the painful math... Read More