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It’s the first week of November and cool weather has finally settled into North Georgia. It’s a great time to perform some simple home improvements to have your home and property looking its best before the holiday season begins.

Trim Trees Close to Home

If you have mature trees near your home, now is the time to call in the professionals and have them trimmed. Dying trees can look perfectly healthy to the untrained eye, but could pose a real hazard when winter storms blow in. Having trees near your home trimmed before the seasons change might just save your roof from damage and will certainly avoid debris from piling up in the spring.

Clean Gutters – DIY or Call the Pro’s?

If gutters are clogged with leaves and debris before icy winter

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This Halloween as our princesses and super heroes go house-to-house gathering tricks and treats, there are a few easy steps to take that will keep them safe and smiling.  Some are the same ones we hear every fall, but others might surprise you: 

  1. Trick-or-treat in a group and stay with your group.  It helps to know your route ahead of time, too. The more parents accompany children, the better.
  2. Glow in the dark! Reflective materials and flashlights let drivers more easily see kids who accidentally wander into the street.  The Center for Disease Control reports that children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year.
  3.  While it’s important to be seen, glow sticks should be handed out carefully
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Southern Orchard Group is now offering a fall incentive of $5,000 “Any Way You Want It” plus discounted 1% closing costs* on select new homes in The Orchard at Mill Creek, an amazing Auburn/Dacula community!

High-end, luxurious finishes come standard in The Orchard at Mill Creek, and there is a new model decorated and open now to showcase them. Homes feature real brick and stone exteriors, granite counter tops in the kitchens and baths, stainless steel appliances, gas stoves and cook tops, hardwood floors, and beautiful deluxe trim packages.  Trendy design elements like ship lap, accent cabinet colors, and subway tile are also featured. Spacious secondary bedrooms allow space for the entire family.  Master suites include a sitting room, walk-in

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Crisp fall temperatures have finally arrived in Metro Atlanta. Shelves are stocked with everything pumpkin spice, mums are blooming, and leaves are beginning to fall. If you’re thinking of selling your home, autumn is a great time to do it; fewer homes in the market means less competition and a faster sale. Help buyers fall in love at first sight by sprucing up your curb appeal with a few simple tips:

  1. Autumn colors are beautiful, but not on your lawn.  Keep your grass free from leaves and other debris that gathers this time of year by raking and bagging regularly.
  2. Spiders and other creepy-crawlies move their homes closer to yours as the temperatures drop, leaving nests and webs galore.  Clean your front porch and doorway top-to-bottom with a
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Fall is bringing fantastic incentives to Metro Atlanta new home communities, all courtesy of Richardson Housing Group and its preferred lender, Fidelity Bank Mortgage. On new contracts that close by 12/31/2018, get All Closing Costs PAID* in these beautiful Gwinnett and Jackson County neighborhoods. For more details on any of these communities and homes available NOW, please call Wayne Kelley at 770-330-5978 or Phil Nardone at 678-794-0431. 

Braselton Farms

Braselton Farms is one of Richardson Housing Group’s newest communities, located in the quiet town of Hoschton in Jackson County. These homes feature award-winning floor plans with designer finishes like subway tile, shaker-style cabinetry, and hand-scraped hardwood flooring. Generous lot

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Sometimes buyers sabotage their own home closing by making easily avoidable mistakes. These are the top five money miss-steps that can jeopardize your purchase – and they are all within your personal control:

  1. New Loans

Once you have secured financing, do NOT open any new lines of credit.  This means no new store credit cards, car loans, or financed purchases of any kind. If your new home needs new furniture, either use cash or wait until 30 days after closing so your debt-to-income ratio does not change.  After all, the furniture won’t do you any good if you can’t buy the house to put it in. 

  1. Missed Payments

Make all your standard monthly payments on time.  Just before closing is not the time to be forgetful about that credit

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This fall get $7,500 in closing costs* from EMC Homes in seven of their Metro Atlanta communities! EMC Homes is opening new doors across the North Metro area, offering homes great for every price point, from first-time buyers to those looking to upgrade or even downsize. Backed by over 40 years of experience in new home construction, EMC is known for its attention to detail and superb craftsmanship. Come see for yourself in these seven great communities:

McIntosh Place

     

McIntosh Place is located near Sugarloaf Parkway in the award-winning Archer High School District.  These Craftsman style homes start in the mid-$200’s and feature upgrades galore, including brick and stone exteriors, granite counter tops, and hardwood flooring. EMC Homes

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Fall has officially made its way to North Georgia! As temperatures start to cool, it's a great time to start home shopping. You can be in one of these fantastic resale homes in time to celebrate the holidays!

7651 Tenspeed Court, Flowery Branch

$389,900

     

This stunning home is located in a highly sought after neighborhood: Sterling on the Lake! The home is situated on a very private lot with a big back yard to enjoy from the covered back porch. It has a large gourmet kitchen with stained cabinets and granite counter tops that overlooks the family room. The master suite includes his/hers walk-in-closets and separate his/hers vanities. The upstairs loft could easily be converted into a fifth bedroom or used as a media room, work-out room, or

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New homes are waiting in Heritage at Jefferson, where great community events bring neighbors together, kids get the benefit of award-winning schools, and parents can work close to home with Jefferson’s growing businesses.

     

Homes in Heritage are priced in the low $300’s, with beautiful features like stone fireplaces with cedar mantles, over-sized granite islands, and hand-scraped hardwood flooring.  There are several floor plans available, including basements and slab homes, with private, wooded backyards.  This is a swim/tennis community with clubhouse, outdoor grill, and playground. Richardson Housing Group, a builder with more than 45 years of experience in residential home construction, is proud to offer these beautiful homes with

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September is Realtor Safety Month, a good opportunity to review how you stay safe as a realtor and to update your routine if needed.

There are too many stories of predators who target real estate professionals, including one from Gwinnett County in the recent past. Read about it HERE.  The encounter left the agent bloodied and battered, now a cautionary tale to inspire more vigilance in other agents. Here are a few practical ways to make your job safer:

  • Always let someone know where you are and who you are meeting. Have someone check in with you at an appointed time and have a plan in place if you don’t respond.
  • Park on the street, not in the driveway, so your vehicle cannot be blocked in.
  • Allow potential buyers to walk in front of you
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