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What Goes Into Home Pricing

entrance to West Village home

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

new construction home - just the wood frame of the house with particle board shaping it and the roof
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

A couple sitting with their dog.

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

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

protect your home in storm season -- tree fallen next to white house
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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Eight Easy Autumn Tasks to Protect Your Home

Eight Easy Yet important Fall Home Tasks

It’s that perfect time of year: right before it gets too cold and frigid, but after the heat of summer breaks. It’s the best time to get outside and admire changing colors of the season. That’s not the only seasonal change you should watch out for though; as much as fall brings to the table when it comes to outdoor fun, it brings some outdoor challenges for your home.  Here are some easy and quick tasks that will get your home in tip-top shape and ready for Autumn. As a bit of a bonus on this first day of fall, all of these tasks can easily be completed (or for the less home-repair-inclined, the handyman can be called) in a single day!
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Six Questions to Ask Potential Painting Contractors

Having someone paint your home can save you a lot of time and effort and yield a better finished product. Finding a trustworthy contractor may seem daunting, but these six questions will help you on your way. Any reliable painting contractor should be able to easily and quickly provide appropriate answers to all of these questions.

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