About Hank Miller

Hank Miller is a full time Associate Broker and Certified Appraiser in Atlanta. He is known as much for his attention to detail as he is for his candor. Visit www.hankmillerteam.com for all things real estate.

Agent Advocacy or Agent Self-Service?



Where is the line drawn between an agent being an advocate for a seller and being an advocate for themselves? How about the line between an agent being unwilling to accept factual data and an agent being unable to comprehend factual data?

Skip the Prelisting Appraisal; Hire the Appraiser as a Consultant



Should a home seller get a pre-listing appraisal? Only if its usefulness is kept in context, otherwise, it’s likely to be a waste of money. As both an active certified appraiser and associate broker I always try to find why the question was asked before answering it. Many times, having an appraiser as a “consultant” is far better than having them complete just an appraisal.

Is It Wise for Buyers to Waive the Appraisal Contingency?



Is it wise to waive the appraisal contingency as a buyer? The appraisal topic continues to cause agitation among many in the home buying process, but is the answer to eliminate it? Current markets operating in the present environment: appraisals operate with historic data; a conflict right out of the gate.

What Is A Real Estate Expert ?



What is an expert? Is there any other field as rich in “experts” as real estate? “Golf course expert, lakefront expert, Atlanta real estate expert, first time buyer expert, short sale expert”; after a while expert loses its punch. Real estate agents love the term, but what actually constitutes expertise in a certain field?

“They” Say – So it Must Be True, Right?



Where does the line between empirical research and hyperbole exist? “Research shows” or “Data Proves” are frequently the opening line to something that ends up making a reader wonder just how “they” know that and if that certain conclusion can really be supported.

How Do You Define a Neighborhood?



What constitutes a neighborhood? Are the terms neighborhood and market area synonymous? How are these defined? That definition is incredibly subjective and incredibly important because value in real estate hinges on location, and location usually means neighborhood and neighborhood means….

Is It What You Know or Who You Know?



There’s no hard data to indicate how many friendships have been impacted by real estate transactions gone wrong, but Google the saying “never do business with your friends” and you’ll soon agree it’s probably not such a good idea.

Challenging Low Appraisals: Think Like An Appraiser!



Problems with “low” appraisals continue to be an issue, and even more so in markets where home values appear to be on the rise. A rising market moves faster than the appraisals; consider that appraisers are required to use only closed sales

“Agent Speak”: Deciphering Real Estate Agent’s Babble



“Words have meaning” is a popular adage; many real estate agents would do well to adhere to it. As the spring real estate markets begin to stir, the “spinmeisters” are sharpening their skills. But who are the “spinmeisters”?

Market Watch: Major Investment Firms Target Atlanta Homes



Much to the chagrin of many home buyers, Atlanta is now the main dish on the investor buffet table. As other markets see distressed inventory shrink, the big investors – those with budgets in the millions and some in the billions, including hedge and retirement funds with both domestic and international roots have turned their attention to Atlanta

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