Sherry and Maria Team Real Estate Blog

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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Temperatures Fall but Demand Heats Up!

With rising interest rates looming, and low inventory levels, The Sherry and Maria Real Estate Team is predicting an early Spring once again. We’re talking about real estate sales, not weather patterns. For the last two years, we’ve seen the market really heat up in January and February, not March and April as is typical in years past. We believe the rise in interest rates, rise in consumer confidence and rise in the stock market will add to this trend. People that have been thinking about moving are going to feel more of a sense of urgency to move before rates go up further. Consumer confidence makes people feel more positive about buying.

This and the fact that our business grew this year by 40%,

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3rd best place for First Time Home Buyers to purchase a home is our very own Johns Creek GA!

Johns Creek GA real estate is HOT among first time home buyers

by Maria

NerdWallet took 448 cities into consideration when they recently named Johns Creek as the 3rd best place for 1st time home buyers.  They notated safety and schools as a couple of the reasons behind the high rating.  They also analyzed the median household income as well as average sales price of a home based on real estate stats. NerdWallet also commented that the suburbs dominated the list of their top ten best places for first time home buyers to purchase.  Also, in all of the 10 cities recognized, they had the highest ranked schools and lowest ranked crime.  The stability,

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December 2016 Holiday Things to Do in Alpharetta, Roswell and Surrounding Areas

Eat Good Food, Enjoy North Atlanta Local Events this Holiday Season

by MariaBall, Christmas Ball, Christmas, Decoration

If you are friends with us on facebook, you may have seen that we recently posted a link to a list of places to eat in Atlanta while you are finishing up your holiday shopping.  This could also be a good list to reference throughout the year.  Created by the NY Times, you can check out the information here.

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy local events throughout the Atlanta area and here are just a few more ideas for you to enjoy during the month of December.

Holiday Tours at Bulloch Hall in downtown Roswell.  They are open every day and you can check out their times here.  This

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Typically, when we think of home selling we think of spring and summer.  When our grass is green and our flowers are in full bloom, to our mind this seems like the ideal time to list.  However, this is no longer the case.  If your home is priced correctly, is clean, and is in good condition, you can list your home anytime, even during the holidays. 

Holiday decorations can be distracting and make it difficult for potential buyers to see the important features of your home.  A10-foot tree crammed into a room with 9-foot ceilings can be overwhelming and claustrophobic.  Covering mantels, staircases and picture windows with large, fussy decorations tend to camouflage the architectural charm of a home.  Presenting your home in the best possible

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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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