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Macon County Real Estate UpdateThere’s good news for the residents of Macon County: not only is our Real Estate Market doing well, we remain the most affordable housing market in the country. 

Here’s the good news, by the numbers:

- The average sales price of a home rose from $109,859 in 2018 to $118,195 in 2019 which represents an increase of 8%.

- Days on market averaged 85 in 2018 and 66 in 2019 which represents a decrease of 29%.

- The average sale-price to list-price ratio was up to 96% in 2019, representing an increase over 2018’s 95%.

- A lack of housing inventory over the past year is the main factor driving these positive numbers. At the time of this publication, there are less than 400 active residential listings being marketed in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).…

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Booker's BakersLooking through all the Facebook posts this Christmas season, I have enjoyed seeing families, schools, friends, and communities come together for the good. The picture of the little boy seeing Santa at the Christmas parade and the wonder and joy on his face made me smile. The pictures of the school Christmas programs, and seeing the smiles on the children’s faces because they were enjoying singing for their parents and friends make me smile. 

The community coming together to provide toys and food for so many people in need, makes me smile. Seeing friends around tables having conversation without phones and enjoying each other’s company, makes me smile. 

Last Thursday Team Booker baked holiday treats for three lucky winners. We were the winners,…

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Grateful HeartsI wake up each morning and give thanks for the bed I slept in, my home, my family, my friends, and a new day.  This is the time of year when being thankful is brought to everyone’s attention. Thanksgiving is that reminder that we need more than once a year that we have abundant blessings. Let’s all have that grateful heart and let it last the year long.  

I want to take a moment to say thanks to all the people I encountered this year.  To those buyers I helped with the purchase of their first home, thank you for reminding me of the joy of beginning and the excitement of planning projects. To those buyers who were transferred here from places far, thank you for reminding me of the resilience of each us when we have to adapt to changes in our lives.…

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Key Team 4 Keys to SuccessAt Brinkoetter Realtors, we not only have access to a full-time marketing team, the latest technology and best website, we have access to a wealth of experience through the great teamwork of everyone in the office. That has been very helpful for our buyers and sellers, whether that is talking about our listings in weekly meetings, touring our listings together as a group, or just in the friendly conversations we have in passing at the office. The Key Team decided to take this teamwork to the next level by creating a smaller, more focused team which will allow very intentional collaboration about each and every one of our listings. Pooling our marketing dollars to increase the impact for our sellers, and the flexibility of all of our schedules, will…

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Writing has been a stress outlet for me for many years.  I have written and am writing journals for my four grandchildren. I write in them every three to four months, and tell them about the funny things that they did or said. I also include the price of gas (which is a family joke) and write about what is happening in the world or our family.  I just gave the first one to my grandson Will for his 18th birthday.

I just finished my Ethical Will to give to my children. I have worked on this for over ten years and it includes my thoughts on love, death, family, God and many other topics.   I have written many notes, some of which were delivered and others that were thrown in the trash. The reason I write was brought to my attention when I read a short book…

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Sneaky PeeksAs you’re preparing to list your home on the market, most Realtors will tell you it’s important to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential Buyers can imagine themselves living there. 

Your Realtor may even advise you to put things in storage - things like family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes, all in the name of maximizing the full potential of your home.

But what your Realtor may not tell you? Potential Buyers LOVE to sneak a peek.

“It always amazes me the number of Buyers that open the refrigerator or freezer to take a peek inside,” says Brinkoetter Realtor, Jenny Lambdin.

“They’ll open up your stove and microwave. They’ll pull back shower curtains, and inspect bathtubs. They’ll open…

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Booker’s Books Review  “The Silent Patient,” a debut novel by Alex MichaelidesWhen I visit my son and daughter-in-law, I almost always visit the Amazon store which is close to them.  There is something about a book store or a library that I desire, enjoy, and need in my life. I was searching for a new “read” and browsed through the many options that were available. I decided on "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides. This was his debut novel (and I tend to love to try someone’s debut) so away I went with this book in hand. 

 Alicia Berenson, a famous painter is married to Gabriel, a fashion photographer, and they seem to have a fabulous life living in London and seeing their dreams of artists’ lives being fulfilled. Then one evening Gabriel returns home late when Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks…

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As summer winds down my mind turns to what outside projects need to be completed and what book I can read on a pleasant evening on the deck.  Today I would like to highlight a very special book to me, BLOOMING INTO LIFE by Kristie Booker. Kristie is my daughter-in-law and I am so very proud that she followed her desires and dreams and had a book published. We all need to be reminded that we should follow our dreams and help others in this life.  Kristie did both of these by writing BLOOMING INTO LIFE as it is the story of a woman searching for her true self. Being true to ourselves in this life is a daily activity as  we react and respond to life events each day.  Sometimes we fail but we have to never give up and know that tomorrow is a new day and it is…

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