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Luxury Kitchen

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel before you sell your home, then you surely know the importance of kitchens for today’s sellers.

In fact, concentrating your remodeling dollars in your kitchen is almost always a smart financial move. Kitchens are the heart and soul of a home.  They are a gathering place, a place to socialize, and a place to unwind after the stressors of the day.

With that said, there are a few things that buyers of today are looking for in remodeled kitchens:

Custom cabinetry – Although stock cabinets are much, much less expensive than custom cabinetry, you will definitely get the most bang for your buck with custom cabinetry. Think exotic woods, beautiful moldings and trims and attractive hardware for your cabinetry. Also

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Decorating with feng shuiBy Marc Rasmussen - Sarasota Luxury Homes

Owning a home is exciting. Everyone likes his or her own space. You can choose your finishes, color, floors, paint, and anything else that comes with purchasing and decorating your home.

There are so many decisions to make it can make your head spin. You just have to be methodical. When you are in the early stages of decorating, you want to have an idea how you want your new home to feel. Many people rely on Feng Shui for guidance.

Feng Shui is the Chinese art of placement. The direction of your front door is an important decision when looking for a house. For example, you do not want a straight path or a narrow hallway from your front door to a window or door in the back of the home. The belief is that the

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Atlanta Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor living spaces are just as important as indoor living spaces to many homebuyers today. Because of the slowdown of the economy, many homeowners are spending their free time close to home; in fact, they are taking their vacations in the comfort of their own backyard!

Subsequently, the outdoor room has become quite popular for today’s homeowners.  If you are selling your home and are looking for ways to make it stand apart from the crowd, consider giving your outdoor space a mini-makeover.

Remember: when setting the stage for potential homebuyers, don’t ignore your outdoor spaces! They could be just what your buyers are looking for!

The following five steps will help you whip your outdoor space into shape in no time:

1.     Make your

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Landscaped Atlanta HomeIf you want to attract buyers, one of the first things you must do is present them with a beautiful yard. After all, your yard is the first thing your buyers will see when they drive past your home or when they pull up for a closer look.

We all want to make our homes look warm and inviting to potential buyers, and one of the quickest ways is to improve the look of our landscaping. However, at the same time, we want to show them that the landscaping is also eco-friendly and easy to maintain.

If you are interested in selling your home and your landscape needs a little TLC, here are some tips to help you get started:

1.     Before planting, consider whether your landscape would benefit from an irrigation system. Because irrigation systems will disrupt

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If you are buying a home, it is important to understand where and how contingencies come into play in a sales contract.

In short, every sales contract will include its share of contingency clauses. Some of these clauses are designed to protect the buyer, while others are designed to protect the seller. Either way, it is important that you understand the ins and outs of sales contracts and contingencies when buying a home. Below are several key factors to consider when reviewing contractual contingencies. Real Estate Contract Contingencies

  • Before you ever sign the sales contract you should understand each and every line of the contract. If there is something you don’t understand, ask! A home will likely be the largest purchase you will ever make, so take the time to thoroughly
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When searching for Atlanta real estate online you'll notice a few properties listed as short sales. These properties are a little different than a normal home and it takes an experienced real estate agent to ensure you get to closing as they are subject to a bank (third party) approval. The short sale process can be long and grueling so be prepared to get dirty! Here are 5 things you need to know before buying Atlanta short sales:

The Listing Price Doesn't Tell The Whole Story

If short sales are so difficult, why do so many people want to buy them? The answer is listing price. Short sales are normally listed below true market value causing quite a ruckus with home buyers. It's typical for a buyer to see a short sale priced lower than comparative

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When putting a home on the market, it is essential to do everything possible to grab the attention of potential buyers. This is particularly true in a buyer's market, as the market is more saturated with options for buyers who are looking for a great home at a good price. One way to ensure your home is viewed favorably by potential buyers is to take stage your home to sell.

Proper staging techniques are typically applicable in any local real estate market. Proper staging techniques will help you sell a home in Austin just as well as it will help you sell a property in Atlanta. However, staging techniques may vary based on property type. A condo seller will not need to worry about landscaping, while someone selling a single family residence will.

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Time-lapse video of the 2010 snow storm in New York, and I thought the 3 inches we got in Atlanta was bad!



December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo.

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By Tim Ryan

For many people, obtaining a home mortgage in a market of tighter lending policies can be a problem. Even for those who have good credit scores, mortgage lenders are now requiring borrowers to place larger down payments, obtain Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) on mortgages that have a loan balance that is greater than 80% of the home’s value as well as cover the usual closing costs. Fortunately, Fannie Mae now offers a program called HomePath Mortgage Financing that is structured to assist people in purchasing a home without burdensome upfront costs. For those who qualify, a HomePath mortgage offers many benefits that cannot be found in other mortgage programs.Fannie Mae HomePath Mortgage

The HomePath program was designed to support the sale of

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Atlanta Real Estate Sold SignAs a seller, you want to get the most money for your home. However, do you know what you need to do during the negotiation process to achieve the highest dollar?

The art of negotiation may be a complicated one. Will you get the most for your money? Will you do what is needed to ensure a quick sale? Will you scare off the buyer with stiff demands and very little flexibility?

Most sellers want to close on their homes in a reasonable amount of time. They also want to get the most for their money. The following tips will help you accomplish both of these so you can sell your home and move on:

1.     Don’t dismiss a low-ball offer – Many sellers make the mistake out of dismissing a low-ball offer all together. Sure, some buyers are simply

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