Sherry and Maria Team Real Estate Blog

 

Get Moving!

Information gathered by The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the percentage of Americans moving over a one-year period dropped to an all-time low of 11.2 percent in 2016.  Among regions, the South had the greatest number of people moving out, 901,000 but also had the largest number of people moving into the region at 940,000.  For those of us navigating traffic in Metro Atlanta, it seems as if all 940,000 people have moved here!

Nobody likes the idea of moving.  It’s hard work and stressful.  Most people do not have the flexibility to choose the season they will move.  Oftentimes job changes or family issues make the decision for us.  Right now, we are in the busiest time of the year for moving.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day,

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H.O.M.E. - The Happiest Place on Earth

Tucked away in the west side of Forsyth County is Pleasant Manor Estates, a suburban neighborhood surrounded by mature trees and protected greenspace.  It has a pastoral feel, yet is incredibly convenient to Downtown Atlanta (GA-400 access is 15 minutes away), Lake Lanier recreation (15 minutes), Northside Hospital (10 minutes) and shopping and dining (10 minutes).  If you enjoy nature walks, bike trails, and scenic picnics, then head over to the Preserve at Sawnee Mountain or the Big Creek Greenway.  Both are less than 5 miles away.  LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION!

Practically new, this 2015 resale is the best of both worlds for the discriminating buyer - feels fresh and on-trend in style and decor and

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Why Isn't My House Sold Already???

Every now and then we all see THAT home - the home that's been for sale for what seems like forever.  It is a beautiful home with a plethora of upgrades and features in a family-friendly neighborhood and sought-after schools.  Potential buyers come and go, but no one takes the bite to make an offer.  The seller panics as the days pass and then the months pass.  The For Sale sign has faded, bleached by the sun and hangs crookedly by one corner.  The neighbors drive by shaking their heads, wondering if this is a “bad deal.” The neighborhood kids whisper that Johnny saw a ghost in the window.  Does this sound familiar?  Maybe this is a bit dramatic, but you get the picture.  

As a seller, you feel like you have

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A STAT UPDATE FOR THE 1ST QUARTER OF 2017


For the most part, the stats for the first quarter of 2017 are showing it is still a seller's market for homes under $300K.  Homes in this price point are selling at a higher price and selling more rapidly than the inventory is being replenished.  For buyers at this price point, finding a home can be a challenge but not impossible.  Partnering with a real estate agent who specializes in the buy side of the real estate experience can help a buyer navigate through these challenges, particularly the "multiple-offer situation" that often occurs in this high-demand price point.  Selling and buying a home in the $300-$400K range is a tad bit steadier with months of inventory ranging from 1 to 4 months, depending

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4830 Nantucket Trace - Top Schools, Prime Locale & Low Taxes!


The Perfect Home is Waiting For You!

Built in 2012 by Ashton Woods, a builder known for superior craftsmanship of energy efficient homes, this 3-sided brick residence features high style and design in an open concept floor plan.  The exterior entrance is warmly accented with stacked stone siding, detailed trim work, as well as commercial-grade epoxy flooring - great protection against wear and tear from the elements. 

As soon as you enter, you are greeted by tons of natural light and gorgeous wide-plank dark hardwood floors throughout.  A separate formal dining room with a large picture window and extra architectural moldings opens into the bonus feature of a butler's pantry. 

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It's Not Too Late to Show Your Garden Some Love

Southerners take pride in their manners, food, hospitality, and their gardens.  Having attractive landscaping not only brings us personal pleasure, but it also adds value to our homes.  With the early arrival of spring this year, Georgia homeowners have gotten an early start and are already hard at work sprucing up their yards.  Now is the perfect time to start the clean-up so you can enjoy your flowers throughout Georgia’s long growing season.

Start by removing dead annuals leftover from last season.  Most likely these will not return and if they are self-seeding plants, they have already dropped their seeds and are waiting to sprout.  If starting plants by seed, thin the seedlings out once they

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What 5 Years of Commuting Data Reveals

About Cumming's Traffic Pattern

The Atlanta Metro area is busy.  We have seen tremendous growth, specifically in the northern corridor.  With access to GA 400, Atlanta’s bedroom communities have grown to now include their own office complexes and commercial centers.  Mixed-use developments are booming along the northward direction of GA 400.  We have seen the Avalon pop up in Alpharetta, and in South Forsyth the Halycyon project is underway bringing single-family homes, apartments, offices, and retailers.  One of the fastest growing counties in the country is Forsyth County, ranking 11th in the U.S. for population growth.  If you live in Forsyth County, specifically in the town of Cumming, your work commute

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South Forsyth - Live The Good Life in the Cottages at Creekstone!

 

This 5-bedroom Craftsman cottage home is in the Cottages of Creekstone - a sweet enclave of homes adjacent to the Estates at Creekstone in South Forsyth. This is a beautiful home with a spacious open floor plan loaded with custom architectural details throughout and current on-trend farmhouse decor - making it extra special!

As soon as you enter the foyer, you have an unobstructed view to the 2-story great room and polished hardwood floors.  On the immediate right is the sitting room or formal living room with board and batten walls and a special handcrafted floating shelf.  The staircase curves upward to the open loft which overlooks the foyer.

 

When you enter the

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10 Years Together & Still Growing Strong!

Every now and then someone will ask us, “how did the team start” or “has the team been together very long?”  Since it is Valentine's Day, it just seemed appropriate to visit the story of how our great team of women came together.

Waaaaaaaaay back in the “good ole days,” Sherry Ajluni and Maria Livingston met at a Keller Williams marketing class.  Both a little bored, they left early and over a cup of coffee began a friendship that would eventually evolve into a business partnership.  In the early days of their friendship and before joining forces as partners, they would meet every Monday morning for coffee and talk about their career plans as real estate agents.  Their purpose was to hold each other

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Fantastic opportunity to live in amenity rich Windermere located in South Forsyth, Cumming GA!

Home for sale at 3340 Spencer Street, Cumming GA 30041 in the Windermere subdivision

by Maria

 

This 5 bed/5 bath, 4,800 s.f. home has space for your family to spread out. Gorgeous finishes inside, large patio and deck for entertaining outside.

The kitchen features espresso cabinets, granite, stainless appliances, and custom window treatments!

The breakfast area is light-filled and open to the family room.


Love the bay window in the breakfast area! Custom window treatments remain!

You will absolutely love this huge pantry!

The family room is adorned with built in bookcases and a stacked stone fireplace.

This grand

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