Sherry and Maria Team Real Estate Blog

Your Home is a Big Investment. Let Us Show You How to Make More Money!

By Sherry Ajluni and Stephanie Percynski

For most people, their home is one of their largest investments. We take that investment seriously. Our job is to help sellers get the highest possible price. How do we do it? We get the home in the best possible condition by decorating, staging and providing the most beautiful photography available. We need those photos to pop! To get potential buyers in the door, our photography needs to be better, more crisp, and highlight the best features of your home. Our team only works with professional photographers who use the most advanced equipment currently available.

 Thinking about selling but don’t know where to start? You don’t

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Sherry Ajluni

That’s a song from the 80s, remember? It may also be a question you are wrestling with. What is the market doing? When is the right time to move? What are rates going to do?

Obviously, when to move may be a personal question of when the time is right for your family. Or it may be when you have to relocate for a job. If you don’t have to move for a job, and you want a larger, smaller or just different style house, you are likely watching the market and trying to figure out when you will maximize your investment on your current home and when you can get the best deal on your new home.

The market has been a bit volatile lately which tells me the Fed is less likely to raise rates as quickly as we

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by Sherry Q.

Recently, I had the chance to visit Atlanta’s newest hot spot, Ponce City Market.  Housed in the nearly 100-year-old Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, PCM is home to various upscale shops, well-curated restaurants, office space, and flats.  It is just one part of the redevelopment movement going on in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward area and Ponce de Leon Avenue.  The premise of PCM is to make it a community hub, to connect the adjoining neighborhoods and then those that lie just beyond -- Virginia Highlands, Morningside, Candler Park, and Druid Hills.  It is also linked directly to the Atlanta Beltline (there’s even a bike valet!). 

The structure has the feel of an outdoor market that is reminiscent of Seattle’s Pike Street Market but with an

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The Sherry and Maria Team loves this custom upscale single-family home in the Wentworth Manor community in Suwanee, Georgia.  Located in Forsyth County, Wentworth Manor offers residents a gated entrance, a community pool and clubhouse, and an active HOA. Architecturally traditional to craftsman European style homes are featured in Wentworth Manor.

Looking for a fantastic school district?  You will be particularly pleased with the award-winning schools comprised of Lambert High, South Forsyth Middle, and Sharon Elementary.  Just a few minutes away is an abundant selection of shopping, dining, medical facilities, movie theaters and much more.  For commuters, GA 400, I-85, and Hwy 141 are easily

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Home selling is stressful on everyone in the family.  When we include pets in the process, the stress level can be even higher.  Should Fido be allowed to stay while the house is for sale?  Should we hide the dog bed, Tinkerbell’s litter box, the food bowls?  Does the house smell like “dog” or “cat?”  Our pets are well-loved members of the family, but they can be a hindrance when it comes to selling your home.  It is important that buyers are able to envision themselves living in your home.  This means depersonalizing the space, and this includes our wonderful, sweet pets.  Below are some tips for staging your home if you are a pet owner.

Talk to Your Vet
Discuss the plan with your vet.  Some animals do not adjust well to change, become homesick, and

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atlanta braves suntrust park

by Maria

Our very own Atlanta Braves will open their 2017 season at the new Suntrust Park! With a total of 41,500 seats (20% smaller than our current Turner Field), the idea is to have more of seating situation where fans feel like they have the best seat. Our well-known Chop House, led by Coors Lite, will have 10,000 square feet of space featuring three levels with two party decks and even a large group area directly behind right field.

The Suntrust Park concept is more of a “play, work, stay” with both shopping and entertainment that can be utilized all year round. The Battery Atlanta is incorporated into this experience with more than 400,000 retail and office square feet, a nine-story office tower, a new hotel from Omni Hotel & Resorts,

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peachtree corners town centerPeachtree Corners, Gwinnett county's newest and largest city, will soon have a new mixed-use development with retail, office space, townhomes, restaurants and a town green. This new town center will be located near the intersection of the Medlock Bridge and Highway 141 with the idea of connecting the business and residential community together.

Our very own Atlanta-based Fuquay Development will be responsible for the development of this 20.6-acre town center including office, retail, ten restaurants (at least) as well as a theatre and two-acre town green for residents and the surrounding community to enjoy. John Weiland will be building over 70 townhomes with 3 or 4 stories and a minimum square footage of 2,500 with a price that has yet to be

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Right now most of us are scrambling to shop, to wrap, to decorate, to hang the lights, to air out the guest bedroom, to volunteer and that’s just for starters!  Oftentimes, we feel as if we are trapped within a huge stress bubble, struggling to find the “wonderful” in “the most wonderful time of the year.”  Here at The Sherry and Maria Team we want to encourage you to have some fun by enjoying some of the "wonderful" holiday events and festivities in our area.  There are dozens and dozens of opportunities in and around Atlanta.  This comprehensive 2015 guide includes everything from outdoor snow activities at Stone Mountain, to parades, tree farms, live nativity scenes, musicals and plays, happenings at our local state parks, “drive by”

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As Georgia residents, we typically have relatively mild, short-lived winters.  However, we did have our famed Atlanta Snowmageddon of 2014, which brought icy, hazardous roads, stranded motorists, cold temps, and extensive damage.  The 2015-2016 winter forecast looks like we are in for the strongest El Nino on record since 1950.  What does that mean for Georgia residents?  It means an active storm track with lots of rain (how about these last few weeks of November!), the potential for a few big storms (the abundant moisture combined with an active storm track) and the possibility of icy weather due to cooler than average temperatures.  With that in mind, below are some easy winterizing tips for your home.

  1. Heat:  Turn the thermostat to heat mode
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Random Choosing paint color can cause us such anxiety that we resort to all sorts of negative behaviors - grinding of teeth, emotional eating, and binge watching Netflix (just for starters)!  Our first advice is to take a deep breath and chill.  Remember that we are not reinventing the wheel or navigating world peace.  We are just homeowners interested in freshening up our homes.  Let's keep it simple today and concentrate on bedrooms.  We have a few tips for selecting a bedroom paint color:  
  • Look at decorating magazines, binge watch home shows like "Fixer Upper" and "Rehab Addict," and check out The Sherry and Maria Team on Pinterest and Houzz (click here for 5 bedroom color recommendations by Houzz).  Take notice of what appeals to your senses. 
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