Sherry and Maria Team Real Estate Blog


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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Mark your calendar to attend Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin' in Roswell on Sunday August 21, 2016

Ice, Ice Cream Cone, Ice Ball, Pink


You have a chance to taste over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream at Miss Mary's Ice Creak Crankin' - a fun event held in Roswell GA now for 12 years. Proceeds of this event benefit the Drake House which provides short term crisis help and housing to homeless Mothers and their children.  Not only do you get a chance to sample so many flavors of ice cream, you can also participate in ice create eating contests - get that off your bucket list this year!  There will also be live music and a very active "Kid's Korner" where the children can release some of their extra energy that day.  

This event is held at the 600 block of Atlanta Street in

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Up for grabs is one of our Team's favorite homes located in one of our favorite subdivisions in Forsyth County's Woodland Park.  If we sound biased, it is because we are! We love this 3-sides brick for its master on main, convenient location, beautiful interior, and gorgeous mature lot.  The spacious master suite is located on the first floor, rare in most construction.  Having a master suite on the main provides "aging-in place" benefits.  For older homeowners, it allows for one-level living.  For younger homeowners, an upstairs bedroom can be used as a master while the downstairs master is used as a private guest retreat for visiting grandparents.  A main level master offers homeowners of

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Brannon Estates New Construction in South Forsyth - Cumming GA

by Maria

Imagine building your very own custom home on 1+ to 2 acre lot within seconds to shopping, dining and our GA 400 highway!  Brannon Estates, located on Brannon Road, is tucked back behind a wooden preserve providing the privacy you are looking for yet conveniences to everything that Cumming and surrounding areas has to offer. 

Archway Custom Homes recently broke ground on the first of 4 lots at Brannon Estates.  You can choose a floor plan from either the Estates or Manor Collection and also have Archway Custom Homes customize the floor plans for your needs.  Working with a builder who listens and understands your needs is very important and you’ll find just that with Archway

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When you work with The Sherry and Maria Team, you make North Atlanta a better place!

1% of our revenue goes back to charities across North Atlanta. 

Several months ago, The Sherry and Maria Team discussed how we could give back to the residents of our area communities. Besides moving people, we wanted to change lives! After some brainstorming, we created First Fruits. Every quarter we donate to a local nonprofit charity. One of our recipients has been “The Will to Live Foundation,” a nonprofit for the prevention of teen suicide and the “Five Points Challenge” a 5K race that supports childhood cancer, environmental causes, and spinal cord injuries.

Our most recent donation is to No Longer Bound’s 2016 Golf Tournament. No Longer Bound is a

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Termite Bonds:Know your 3 R’s: Retreat, Repair, and Research your options!

by Sherry Ajluni

After numerous years of selling real estate, we’ve encountered and overcome just about everything when it comes to repairs; and with that we’ve acquired a comprehensive list of vendors to assist us.  Part of the inspection process can involve a request for a termite inspection, where the seller must acquire a “free and clear” termite letter, or a more comprehensive and costly “Wood Destroying infestation report,” or WDO.  For those homeowners who own a termite bond with a good, reputable company; this is a relatively simple, pain-free process that should not cost the homeowner any additional fees, nor be a hassle to get in a timely manner. But one thing we’ve

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