Monday, November 7, 2022 / by Cindy Bunch
Have you browsed every page of Realtor.com and you’re ready to jump in on your house hunt? No matter your reason for moving, if it’s your first time or your third, the very first thing you’re going to want to do is get a pre-approval and I’ve got a couple of reasons why.
Having been in the real estate industry for over 20 years, our team has seen all market types and helped hundreds of families buy real estate, so we are VERY confident in telling you that your number one step when it comes to buying a home is to get pre-approved.
First, what is Pre-Approval?
The pre-approval process is when a lender tentatively agrees to loan you an amount of money. Similar to when you officially apply for a mortgage loan, your lender completes a detailed review of your finances including your income, assets, and debts. You’ll have to submit financial documentation and there will be a hard inquiry on your credit, which does impact your credit score, but not much of a ; ...
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 / by Cindy Bunch
Thinking of taking on a home improvement project soon? You're not alone! According to the National Association of Realtors 2022 Remodeling Impact Report, demand for contracting in remodeling work steeply increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. When consumers remodel, it is to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes, and materials, to add features and improve livability, and because it is time for a change.
Keep the following tips in mind when you start any home improvement journey and achieve the best bang for your buck:
1. Make clear goals. Consider what you want to achieve by investing (time, energy, money) into this project. For example, you want to create spa-like getaway in your currently outdated primary bathroom... What are the key pieces you need to reach that end result? Do you need to gut the bathroom to the studs or would new plumbing and lighting fixtures achieve your desired look?
2. Align a realistic budget with your goals. Know your numbers first because re. ...
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 / by Cindy Bunch
The Overlook at Old Atlanta: an award-winning, active adult community checks all the boxes for ideal retirement living.
The Overlook at Old Atlanta is located in the sought-after, Atlanta suburb, Suwanee, GA. Jim Chapman Communities designed this amenity-rich, gated community and construction started in 2017. It consists of 74 attached villas and 54 single-family homes in a vibrant, close-knit setting. Square footage of homes in The Overlook at Old Atlanta range from around 2300 to over 4400 including finished terrace levels.
The community was a winner at the National Association of Home Builders Show in 2019 for Best Attached Homes over 1,700 square feet. Each home includes luxury finishes and thoughtfully designed floorplans.
It is a 55+ community which, if you’re not familiar, means at least one resident in the home must be 55 years of age or older. In this particular community, no one under the age of 18 may be a permanent resident. The grandkids can st; ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 / by Cindy Bunch
The first, and arguably, the most important step in preparing your home to sell is decluttering. It's critical because when potential buyers tour the property during a showing, they want to visualize moving in their own stuff. If your stuff fills up the space, that leaves little room for imagination!
Even if you're not planning to move soon, decluttering can improve your quality of life inside your home. Things are easier to find. Fewer items to keep clean. Plus, a decluttered space improves your mental clarity.
Decluttering is understandably a big project, especially if you have lived in the home for a long time. "Stuff" always finds its way into every corner, cupboard, and closet. Follow the below steps to start decluttering.
1. Clear Out Trash
You'll be surprised at the amount of stuff that collects inside the home that no longer serves you. Go room by room with two bags: one for trash and one for donations.
Examples of trash include junk mail, old magazines (that you though. ...
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 / by Cindy Bunch
Are you looking to move to an area with small town charm AND big city amenities? Then Buford, GA should be top of your list!
First, where is Buford?
Buford, GA is 38 miles northeast of Atlanta, up I-85 and 985, and it straddles two counties, Gwinnett and Hall. Plus it has two zip codes: 30518 and 30519.
THE PROS, Why Would You Want to Move to Buford, GA?
Proximity to Lake Lanier, the largest lake in GA
What do you do at Lake Lanier? More like, what can't you do?! You can swim, fish, hike, camp, rent boats, enjoy picnics, go skiing and many other outdoor activities! You also don't want to miss Lake Lanier Island with Ss many fun-filled activities to enjoy at like the outdoor water park, Margaritaville, and you can even stay at the Legacy Lodge or reserve space at the Margaritaville RV park.
Next, You Can’t Beat Buford’s Great Schools.
Buford High School and Mill Creek High School rank an 8 out of 10 on GreatSchools.org scoring above average in coll ...