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Staging Your Atlanta Home to Sell

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 12:00pm. 8382 Views, 0 Comments.

Home staging is an important step in the successful sale of your home. Sprucing up your house inside and out can pay off big dividends in your final sale price. The art of home staging is often best left to Atlanta real estate professionals, but there are a number of steps you can take to get your house market-ready as well. We have four steps to home staging to help you attract buyers and a higher price tag.atlanta luxury kitchen

First Impressions Count
Potential buyers form an opinion of your home within 30 seconds, which means curb appeal counts. Lawns should be freshly mowed, flowers tended and walkways swept. Clean your front door and touch up paint if necessary. Invest in a hanging basket or flower pot by your entrance to provide a welcoming touch.

Make a Grand…

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Home Staging Tips

Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 12:00pm. 4002 Views, 3 Comments.

Staging your home for a timely sell doesn't have to be complicated or stressful, but it will take some elbow grease and time.

First, ask your Tina Fountain Realtors real estate agent for suggestions about accentuating your home's positive points. In addition to knowing the overall impression your home needs to make, your real estate agent is in a unique position to know what local home features are in highest demand and what regional tastes prevail.

Next, go through each room of your house, clearing out clutter and removing personal items. Clean your house thoroughly, including carpets, furniture and window coverings.

If you've re-purposed some of the rooms in your house, such as using a formal dining room as an office or bedroom, return the room to its…

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Selling Your Home in 2013

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 10:44am. 5542 Views, 2 Comments.

Atlanta KitchenMany first time homebuyers who jumped on the tax credits from a few years ago, are now thinking of becoming first time home sellers and second time buyers.  The forecasts for most real estate markets across the country for 2013 are positive, with some particularly hot areas showing significant growth predictions.  These two factors are gearing up to make for an exciting upcoming spring/summer in real estate throughout the United States.  With that being said, and despite the fact that the residential housing market has turned a corner, things are just as competitive as ever.  For those who will be on both sides of the contract, this means you need to be diligent in your new home search, competitive in pricing your existing home, and strategic in your…

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Pricing Your Atlanta Home Correctly is Important

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 2:24pm. 7183 Views, 6 Comments.

reduced_price_240.Pricing your home correctly is one of the most important decisions you will make when selling a home. The price that you list your home for sale in Atlanta will determine the type of home buyers you attract, how long your home is on the market, how buyers feel about your home and a myriad of other emotional and financial repercussions.

Studies and numerous examples show that correctly priced homes attract more potential home buyers, have more showings, sell more quickly and sell at more lucrative prices. Some home owners take a calculated risk and under-price their homes in the hopes that the incredible pricing will encourage a bidding competition. While that's not always a recommended strategy in this buyer's market, a slightly under-priced home will…

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SOLD - Cobb County

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 2:52pm. 3576 Views, 1 Comments.

1447_falkirk_lane_250Tina Fountain Realtors recently sold another property in Cobb County’s exclusive Overlook at Marietta Country Club community.

1447 Falkirk Lane features three levels of luxury living complete with a masterfully finished terrace level. Artisan style kitchen boasts extra space and chef-grade appliances ideal for entertaining your guests.  The oasis style backyard is nestled directly on the golf course with a firepit and stone Jacuzzi surrounded by lush landscaping. 

If you are interested in selling your home or purchasing a home at the Overlook at Marietta Country Club, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

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Tips to Keep Your Atlanta Home Warm This Winter

Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 9:26am. 3842 Views, 2 Comments.

By Randy Stark - Hughes Real Estate Group

With winter right around the corner it's time to prepare for some cold nights. Whether you're an Atlanta native or new to area, it's time to bundle up and prepare for the long winter months. Atlanta temperatures in January average about 40 degrees and residents can expect freezing temperatures 40 nights a year (weather.com). Each year people all over the city contemplate the best ways to keep their homes warm without breaking the bank. Utility costs can rise considerably during the winter months, but these additional costs can be kept at bay with a few minor improvements to your home. The following list of tips can help with home heating efficiency and assist you in staying warm and comfortable this winter.

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Tips For Buying Atlanta Luxury Real Estate

Sunday, October 21st, 2012 at 8:18am. 4845 Views, 3 Comments.

Buying an Atlanta luxury home is a bit more complicated and time consuming than buying a more modest home. Following a few tips to help you navigate through the process of purchasing a luxury estate can make the experience more pleasant.

Financing
Because of the cost and time-consuming procedures involved, making the decision to purchase a new luxury home is not something most people take lightly. With market trends showing that real estate investments are more long term in the current environment, luxury home purchasers should really consider what their lifestyles will be like five, 10 and 20 years from now. If a new luxury estate fits into that long-term life plan, then take that as a green light to proceed on the purchase.

While about a third of…

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Atlanta Short Sales: Avoid These Common Seller Mistakes

Monday, September 3rd, 2012 at 10:25am. 3510 Views, 5 Comments.

atlanta-short-sale_agentsFor metro Atlanta homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than their houses are worth, short sales can offer an escape. Though the short sale process is neither quick nor stress-free, it is a way to get out of a difficult mortgage situation and avoid foreclosure. Unfortunately, many Atlanta homeowners make mistakes during the short sale process.

Learn from the experiences of other sellers, and avoid these common short sale missteps.

Choosing an inexperienced agent

Short sales differ in a number of respects from regular listings. They can drag on for months, and it is best to hire an Atlanta real estate agent with extensive short sale experience who will stay on top of the process. Certification in selling distressed properties and completion of…

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Should You Renovate Your Atlanta Home Prior to Selling?

Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 3:36pm. 7956 Views, 13 Comments.

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We recently listed a home for sale in Buckhead for a repeat customer who was buying a larger home in their same neighborhood. They purchased the home they were selling through us several years earlier and had made some nice changes, but they were wondering if they should do more renovations prior to selling?

The right answer depends on a number of variables. The right renovations made to a home could increase its value and lead to a quicker sale. If you overdo it, on the other hand, you may actually cut into your profit.

Most often, the kitchen and baths are the dealmakers or breakers for buyers. Renovating these spaces is a good idea, but unless you're going to be there long enough to enjoy the changes yourself, it's wise to resist going overboard.…

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Early Signs Of A National Housing Recovery?

Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 1:13pm. 2149 Views, 4 Comments.

tina_fountain_realtors_for_sale_sign_302For the past six years, the housing market has been an anchor that has weighed down the entire American economy. After reaching the height of the bubble in 2006, housing prices have fallen by 34 percent nationwide, and the decline has been even more severe in certain areas where the real estate market was particularly frenetic before the credit crisis. Some areas of the metro Atlanta real estate market have seen prices drop even more that the 34 percent national average.

Declining Housing Values

With the dramatic decline in housing prices, millions of homeowners who bought at the top of the market found themselves "underwater" on their mortgages – the value of their home was less than the debt owed on the house. Given the negative equity in their…

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