Sherry and Maria Team Real Estate Blog


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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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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