Ayelet Gilad

Alpharetta Living, Real Estate and Community

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The Top 10 Signs You Are Ready to Own a House

  • You’re ready to stop paying your landlord’s mortgage payment, and start building wealth of your own.
  • You could use the property tax and mortgage interest deductions.
  • You want a vested interest in your community.
  • It’s mid-August and you can no longer tolerate waiting for your landlord to send someone to fix your air conditioner.
  • You are working at a job where you won’t leave the country every other year.
  • You want to provide your family with a sense of stability and plant roots.
  • There are more than twice as many people as bedrooms in your current residence.
  • You want to paint the walls of your bedroom any color you please.
  • You are tired of saving all your quarters for the laundromat.
  • When you say you are “going home,” you want to really mean it!

Sounds familiar? If you identified even with only one of the above signs, contact us today for a free consultation!

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The Hardship of Relocating – Can You Make it Easier?

Moving to a new place is an experience accompanied by mixed feelings: there’s the sadness of leaving the old and familiar from one hand, and the excitement of a new beginning. But when you add to the mix relocating to a new country and unfamiliar area, the fear of the new kicks in, and this can be stressful.

How do we look for a house? Where should we live? Is there a shortcut to work? How will we make new friends?  Is this a good school? How do I find a daycare for my toddler? And more…One of the questions that probably comes up is “who should I work with? Should I work with an American or a local Israeli Realtor?

Beyond the immediate benefit of speaking the same language, allow me to share with you the advantages of working with me.

One of the biggest advantages is the fact that I was new here once as well. I also moved my family across the ocean to a new place, with a baby – a place I knew nothing about and didn’t know anyone there. And I remember, till this day, how it feels not to know where the supermarket is, where to buy furniture or what to do if I need a physician. Moreover, I remember the loneliness: not to know anyone, when there are no friends to ask for help, there’s no one to ask for a cup of sugar like we say in Israel. Therefore, as a real-estate agent, I made it my business to help couples and families who move to this area to become part of the local community – whether by introducing them to similar families, or refer to a pediatrician or to the best priced supermarket.

It is true that as a real estate agent I’m “only” supposed to help you find a house, and there are other realtors that speak Hebrew that can help you with this, but because of my experience, it is my top priority to help you become part of the community and make it a pleasant and painless process. Since I live and work here for more than 8 years, I have strong ties to the local Israeli and Jewish community and I can help you make new friends, recommend a Mediterranean restaurant and tell you where to buy Israeli pickles.

The buying/ renting process here is very different than the one in Israel, and even varies between states within the U.S. Just like in any profession, the real-estate world has its own jargon, which newcomers are not familiar with. There’s a seller agent, a buyer agent, a landlord agent and a renter agent and even dual agent, and you need to know who you work with and why. As someone who knows how it works in Israel and how it is here, I’m very aware of the issues, questions and concerns you might have through the process, and I’m always here to help, answer any questions and address your concerns.  Working with someone who knows and understand your culture (yes, yes, with the typical Israeli honesty and directness), and is highly experienced in the local one is PRICELESS.

So if you are relocating to the metro Atlanta area, contact us today and I’ll be more than happy to talk with you, get to know you and understand yours and your family needs, whether it’s work-related, school for your kids or your pets. I’m always here to help you find a new place to call home, become part of the community and make the whole experience joyful as possible!

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The Top 8 Questions You Should Ask Your Agent

Qualifications are important. However, finding a solid, professional agent means getting beyond the resume, and into what makes an agent effective. Use the following questions as your starting point choosing your licensed, professional real estate agent, after all – they will assist you with one of the biggest purchases in your life!

  1. Why did you become a real estate agent?
  2. Why should I work with you?
  3. What do you do better than other real estate agents?
  4. What process will you use to help me find the right home for my particular wants and needs?
  5. What are the most common things that go wrong in a transaction and how would you handle them?
  6. What are some mistakes that you think people make when buying their first home?
  7. What other professionals do you suggest we work with and what are their credentials?
  8. Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?

Wondering how I answered these questions? Click here to read.

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Why did I become a Real-Estate Agent?

It is my passion to help people materialize their real estate dreams. I make sure my clients get ALL the information they need to make the best decision for themselves.  In addition, I relocated twice: once from Israel to San Antonio, TX and from there to Alpharetta, GA and in both times I was facing numerous difficulties with no one to help!  This is why I decided to pursue a career where I can help make people move easier, helping them from A to Z in whatever they need.