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Making a Georgian Garden

With cold weather all around us, a garden or outside greenery might by the last thing on your mind. However, planning takes a good bit of time, and taking the time now to organize will allow you get a head start and really dig in this Spring. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Simple Moves to Save Energy this Winter

Georgia winters are notorious for having a myriad of weather conditions, but one thing is for sure. When it’s cold, it gets really cold. Many people find that during the winter, whether it stems from the use of heaters or the new twinkling of holiday lights every night, their energy bill increases. Here are a few ways to keep costs down this merry season.

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What Goes Into Home Pricing

Scrolling through Trulia, Zillow, or any other real estate website, you may see a wide range of price ranges for different areas. The question comes down to: what goes into pricing a home and what makes some homes more expensive than others? The truth is the value of a home depends on many factors, and there’s not a simple answer. To explain how the pricing of homes break down, we’ll use our currently for sale property: 4656 W Village Drive, Smyrna, GA, priced at $435,000.

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8 Reasons to Buy New: The Hidden Value in New Construction Homes

Article originally published in the November 2017 issue of Our Town Magazine; reformatted for the online medium. 

So you’ve decided it’s time to buy a home, but what kind of home are you looking for? Style, stories, location, and price all factor in, but many people don’t consider another important element: age. The older a home is, the more likely it is to have deep-rooted problems that could cost you thousands after closing to fix. On the other side of the coin are newer homes. While new construction homes may not have some of the character and story attached to older buildings, they have much, much more.

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Pet-Proof Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I know many of you are already creating grocery lists and planning your family dinners. While there are many delicious meals your family will enjoy, there are also plenty your pets won’t! Many Thanksgiving staples can actually harm your furry friends. Make sure to keep the following foods away from your pets, and you’ll successfully pet proof the holidays.

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Don’t Buy into These 7 Common Real Estate Misconceptions

As with any major purchase, you spend a lot of time worrying about if you’re being steered right or not when you’re buying or selling a home. Whether you’re nearing the finish line to buy or sell a house or have yet to even start looking or listing, you’ve probably heard some commonly held real estate misconceptions. Here are a few you should dispel if you’re looking to buy or sell. 
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The Buyer’s Market: Five Reasons You Should Buy a Home this Fall

Any good Realtor will tell you: as the seasons change, so does the housing market. The key to getting your best deal, either buying or selling, is to capitalize on the season. The spring market sells houses quickly as long sunny days, blooming flowers, and good weather presents homes in their best light. Conversely, sales slow in fall, signalling the start of the buyer’s market. If you’re looking to buy, here’s why autumn can be a wonderful time for a potential home buyer.

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Protecting Your Investment: Preparing Your Home for Major Storms

Article originally published in the October 2017 issue of Our Town Magazine; reformatted for the online medium. 

In light of the recent Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, many homeowners are left wondering if they’ve done all they can to protect their home in hurricane season. For those of us further inland, protected from the full brunt of the hurricane, tropical storms are still a concern. Since your home is likely one of your largest investments, keeping it safe should be among your top priorities. In preparation for these seasonal storms, here are some of the many steps you can take to protect both your home and property.

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