Sherry and Maria Team Real Estate Blog

Santa Claus Visits Alpharetta Georgia!

Happy Holidays from The Sherry & Maria Team - list of Holiday events & Santa Sightings

by: Maria 

While you are planning your December 2016 calendar, here’s some suggestions of places where you and your family can visit with Santa Claus as well as enjoy other holiday adventures.  Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with us and even pictures too!

Photos with Santa in Alpharetta

This Saturday, December 3rd, plan to visit Santa Claus at the Alpharetta Welcome Center.  Make sure to bring your Christmas Wish List and smile for the camera as they will have free pictures with Santa.  The Pictures with Santa is a free event from 10am – 12pm.  Location is 178 South Main Street, Suite 200,

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Supposedly winter is just around the corner, but here in Georgia winter seems like a distant cousin.   The Weather Channel is predicting that the El-Nino warmth will stick around a little while longer with our December temps being near or slightly above average and January temps above average.  However, the 2017 Farmers' Almanac forecast for our area is calling for an unusually cold, wet winter.  Regardless of who you follow for your winter weather predictions, it is definitely time to get your home winterized.  Last November we posted these tips on our blog (hard to believe it has been a year already), and these tips are just as relevant this November.  Happy winterizing!

  1. Heat:  Turn the thermostat to heat mode and set it to 80 degrees. 
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Happy Friday!  Laurie from Laurie Kay Designs is our guest blogger today.  She wants our homes to look fab and explains why doing so enhances our home's value but also our personal well-being.  Give Laurie a big, warm internet "hug" for being with us today.  Be sure to check out her special offer for a 2-hour consultation, too!

 Why Not . . . Stage Your Home NOW, For You? 

by Laurie Kay Designs

Home staging is well known for the positive impact it can make when selling a home. But why not stage your home, for you? Maybe you are waiting for the "empty nest," or aren't even sure if you will sell your house for a few years - why think about staging now?  If you put some money into updating and decluttering your home now, you can enjoy it

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The Sherry and Maria Team’s newest listing is in the swim and tennis community of Wynfield Estates in Roswell.  While this neighborhood is tucked away off Etris Road in Fulton County, it is convenient to Milton, Alpharetta, and downtown Roswell.  In 15 minutes, you can be shopping at the new Avalon, attending a concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, strolling through the Southern Trilogy Tour in historic downtown Roswell, practicing your swing at the Georgia Golf Center, or walking the trails at Sweet Apple Park.  Dining, shopping, schools, fitness, entertainment, banking, healthcare – all are easily accessible.

Interested in top-notch schools?  You will be pleased with this school district – Sweet Apple Elementary, Elkins Pointe Middle

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It's that time of year again... the Best of Forsyth! 

Please Vote for The Sherry & Maria Team - Business - Best Real Estate Company

by Maria

The Sherry & Maria Team has been graciously nominated this year for the Best Real Estate Company.  This certainly is an honor to be nominated and we are very grateful for the opportunity to serve the Forsyth and surrounding North Atlanta counties in the real estate business.  We are also very blessed to have such an amazing group of clients, past clients, family and friends and sincerely love what we do!

You can vote once a day. The more votes, the better the changes of us winning for the 2017 Best of Forsyth Real Estate Company.  While you are voting for us, look around and vote for other business owners

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Today we have a guest blogger, Kathy Vitali, and we love her!  She's the senior loan officer with Shelter Lending Services.  Kathy, an Atlanta native, has been in the lending business for over 29 years and has been instrumental in helping our clients navigate the lending process.  Kathy is totally awesome - experienced, knowledgeable, and caring (did we mention that she is awesome?) Today, she is answering the question we hear frequently on the The Sherry and Maria Team --

Who Pays the Closing Costs?

The time has come: You've found the home of your dreams, you've completed the negotiations with the seller, been approved for your loan and are ready to sign the papers closing your loan. Now comes a big question, and a potentially costly one at

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It is Festival Time in Georgia!

One of the premier arts and crafts shows in the nation is taking place right now in Dekalb County's Stone Mountain - the annual 2016 Yellow Daisy Festival!  Highly regarded, the YDF has won several awards through the years and has been voted as one of the top five arts and crafts shows in the country.  One of the oldest festivals in the nation, the YDF began in 1968.  According to the National Garden Club, it is named after the Confederate yellow daisy flower discovered at Stone Mountain during the mid-1800's.  Its beginnings started out as a small town festival for the surrounding area that has since grown into a blowout 4-day event.  The festival is a showcase for the works of hundreds of professional artists and

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Johns Creek – A Live, Work, & Play City

Abbotts Cove subdivision is located in the heart of Johns Creek and is convenient to everything imaginable.  Within 5 miles of this home, there are several area parks offering a wide array of outdoor entertainment, recreation, and fitness opportunities for every member of the family (including the canine and feline members).  Also available within 5 miles is upscale shopping and dining at the newly built Avalon.  The Johns Creek Technology Park is a hop, skip and a jump away.  Top-notch medical care at Emory Johns Creek Hospital is a mere 7-minute drive, and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, a unique outdoor venue for concertgoers, is 16 minutes away.  Johns Creek is truly a live, work, and play city!


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"Live Large" in This 5-Bedroom Traditional in Alpharetta's Seven Oaks

Looking for a home that "lives large" but is also priced competitively?  This Alpharetta home has over 5,000 finished square feet - perfect for the growing family looking to put down roots.  With an open concept floor plan, it is ideal for entertaining.  The huge 2-story family room flows seamlessly into the equally huge kitchen!  The kitchen boasts an island that will seat the family for a casual lunch or be the appetizer and cocktail center for your next gathering.  There is a spacious formal dining room as well that will comfortably seat 12 of your closest friends.

Another plus is the over-sized main-level master suite.  We love the flexibility that a main-level master

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How Did We Do?

Back in April, The Washington Post published their list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools for 2016. It seemed to fly under the radar with the school year coming to a close, and people busy making summer plans.  For all practical purposes, summer is over for us Georgians.  It's back to the classroom and time to learn.  As usual, the summer has flown by for all of us.  For The Sherry and Maria Team, it has definitely been hectic!  Now that the dust is settling a bit, we have had the chance to catch up on some reading.  Since it is “Back to School Time,” it seemed appropriate to visit this list published by The Washington Post. 

The Challenge Index formula was determined by using the total number of AP, IB, and Cambridge

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