Sherry and Maria Team Real Estate Blog

Random Choosing paint color can cause us such anxiety that we resort to all sorts of negative behaviors - grinding of teeth, emotional eating, and binge watching Netflix (just for starters)!  Our first advice is to take a deep breath and chill.  Remember that we are not reinventing the wheel or navigating world peace.  We are just homeowners interested in freshening up our homes.  Let's keep it simple today and concentrate on bedrooms.  We have a few tips for selecting a bedroom paint color:  
  • Look at decorating magazines, binge watch home shows like "Fixer Upper" and "Rehab Addict," and check out The Sherry and Maria Team on Pinterest and Houzz (click here for 5 bedroom color recommendations by Houzz).  Take notice of what appeals to your senses. 
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50 Best Cities to Live - Johns Creek #3

by Maria Livingston

It doesn’t surprise me that our very own Johns Creek made the top of the list in the "America’s 50 Best Cities to Live" list. Congratulations to Johns Creek’s residents who overall demonstrate low poverty, low crime and high levels of education. This 50 Best Cities to Live list was compiled by 24/7 Wall St. who reviewed and analyzed information on US cities with a population of 65,000 or more. From that pool of some 550 US cities, 24/7 Wall St.took into consideration housing affordability, crime rates, access to restaurants, attractions, employment growth and education.

According to the information from 24/7 Wall St, Johns Creek has a median household income of nearly $100,000 and a

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Breakfast with Santa to Support Katie Baden Cancer Fund December 19th, 2015:


The Sherry and Maria Real Estate Team’s charity organization, First Fruits, is sponsoring a Breakfast with Santa event open to everyone! Please mark your calendar for December 19th, 9:30-12pm at the Windermere Clubhouse, 4444 Front Nine Dr, Cumming, GA. Pancakes, Bingo, Prizes for kids and adults and Pictures with Santa all for just a $15 donation per person (you can of course donate more to the cause). All proceeds will go to the Katie Baden Cancer Fund. Santa Claus is Coming to Cumming! Join us!


Katie Baden was an Allstar and University of South Carolina Cheerleader. Katie is the girl with an infectious smile, a laugh that brightens even the gloomiest days, and

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Benefiting the Katie Baden Cancer Fund

When:Saturday December 19, 2015, 9:30am - 12:00pm.

Where: Windermere Clubhouse, 444 Front Nine Drive, Cummings, GA 30041.

$15 Donations (all proceeds to KBCF).

Come join us for pancakes, bingo and pictures with Santa!

All proceeds benefit the Katie Baden Cancer Fund. Katie Baden is an amazing 26 year old woman, a former USC cheerleader, full of life, but fighting a tough battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She has one year left of weekly chemo. She's living on her own and only able to work part time. She needs your help to pay medical bills that aren't covered by insurance!

Katie and her longtime boyfriend Tyler are engaged to be married October 2016. Let's help Katie and her amazing

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Recently the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners granted zoning approval for a $370 million mixed-use development at the southeast quadrant of GA 400 and McFarland Road (Exit 12).  Approximately 550,000 square feet will be devoted to commercial use – retail, restaurants, Class A office, build-to-suit offices, and hotels.  Additionally up to 690 homes and luxury rental units will be built. 

This 134-acre complex is focused on a pedestrian-friendly community, specifically targeting seniors and millennials.  According to the proposal, three-bedroom residences will be prohibited in an effort to reduce the number of families and children in an already crowded school district. There will be with close access and connectivity to

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new stores coming to alpharetta, gaby Maria Livingston

Our very own Avalon in Alpharetta just keeps getting better and better!

Recent announcements just came out about eight new stores and restaurants who will be taking up space at Avalon:

  1. The Container Store – organization and storage.
  2. AYA Med Spa – an Atlanta-based chain of spas.
  3. Café Intermezzo – an Atlanta-based coffeehouse company.
  4. Branch and Barrel – featuring local chef, Todd Hogan’s southern-inspired menu.
  5. Madewell – a clothing store, owned by J. Crew.
  6. Parisian Nail Salon.
  7. Peter Miller – a well-known for golf attire retailer.
  8. Farm to Ladle – European farm stand and café (first store opened in Ponce City Market).

I don’t know about you but I’m excited to be able to soon shop at The Container

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recent changes to mortgage lending in north atlanta

by Maria Livingston

As of October 3, 2015, changes to mortgage rules and regulations recently created by the CFBP (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) are making the mortgage industry much stricter.

The CFPB’s intentions with these recent changes are to number one, improve old industry forms dating back to 1968 (TILA) and 1974 (RESPA) and number two, to slow down the mortgage process in order to provide the borrower with more time to review new forms.

We now have 2 new residential mortgage forms:

  1. The Loan Estimate (LE) – a new 3-page document which is provided by the creditor to the borrower within 3 business days of a borrower’s completed Loan Application being submitted. This Loan Estimate shows, in detail, the specifics of the
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north atlanta real estate advice 

By Sherry Ajluni

What is farmhouse style? Well, it takes shape in many different forms, from the traditional farmhouse look with antiques to what we call modern farmhouse that has some of the style of the traditional farmhouse with a rustic yet modern twist to lighting, paintings and décor. So if you are looking for a fun way to update, consider this style! Every home that I’ve sold this year with the farmhouse style sold quickly and for more than the traditional homes in the same community.

Since the Kitchen is the heart of the home, let’s start there. Use marble instead of granite (although you can use granite), farmhouse sinks, stainless commercial style appliances, large pantries, open shelves stocked with glassware and white dishes, and

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north atlanta real estate market reportShould I stay or should I go - that’s a song from the 80s, remember? It may also be a question you are wrestling with. What is the market doing? When is the right time to move? What are rates going to do?

Obviously, when to move may be a personal question of when the time is right for your family. Or it may be when you have to relocate for a job. If you don’t have to move for a job, and you want a larger, smaller or just different style house, you are likely watching the North Atlanta real estate market and trying to figure out when you will maximize your investment on your current home and when you can get the best deal on your new home.

Volatile Market Activity: Slow Growth in Some Segments

The market has been a bit volatile lately which tells

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Gorgeous Master on Main level with Secondary Bedroom on Main Level in West Forsyth High School District!

Marseille Subdivision Home for sale - Popular Dogwood floor plan - Every upgrade imaginable 

Check out the special Features below about this Master on Main Level home for sale located at 4350 Martel Drive, Cumming GA 30040.  Click here to see the fabulous virtual tour.

Offered at $489,500

4350 Martel Drive Cumming GA real estate and homes for sale by sherry and maria team

Welcome Home to 4350 Martel Drive, Cumming GA 30040!  This well appointed home has been meticulously maintained and ready for you to call home! 

Excellent curb appeal with Professional landscaping in your new front yard and back!  

Kitchen boasts oversized island with shelving on the ends to hold recipes books and more.  Granite kitchen with

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