Category Archives: Buying a Home

Roswell one of the hottest markets… in the nation

Roswell City Hall

If you’ve spent any time in Metro Atlanta (or even considered moving here) you know some of the hottest real estate markets are north of the city. I’ve been working this area for more than a decade, so a recent story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle came as no surprise… 

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Featured Neighborhood: Creekstone Point (Cumming, GA)

Creekstone Point

“Relaxation, serenity and seclusion: They’re all at home in Creekstone Point.” – SR Homes

Active adult communities are becoming increasingly popular, especially in suburban Atlanta. Suburban lifestyle with proximity to a major city and airport make this an attractive option for those heading into retirement but looking to travel, be near family and enjoy amenities.

I have more than a decade experience selling homes in the northern suburbs of Atlanta and I’m happy to report on new and exciting opportunities. Allow me to introduce you to Creekstone Point, a new 55-plus community in South Forsyth Co.

Pre-sale opportunities began at Creekstone July 8.

The neighborhood features ranch-style, master-on-main homes, a clubhouse and gym. The community is gated and, according to Creekstone Point, “built for luxury.” Conveniently located off 141 near GA-400, this community is less than an hour from downtown. New shopping and entertainment venues have also popped up in the area, adding to the convenience.

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Address: 1860 Old Alpharetta Rd, 30041
Website: http://www.srhomes.com/creekstone-point


Marie Dinsmore
The Dinsmore Team
www.DinsmoreTeam.com
770-712-7789

 

Navigate multiple offers with ease

shutterstock_142213210-ae5bd4There’s nothing like the feeling you get when, after touring what seems like—or might actually be—dozens and dozens of houses, you finally find the one.  The minute you enter, you can see your life playing out within its walls and try as you might, you cannot squelch the array of possible paint colors floating through your head.  It has to be yours.  You’re certain it will be…

…until you discover that nine other bidders are waiting in line.

How did that happen?  You’re angry and anxious, especially since you know that you’re attempting to buy in a seller’s market.  After the housing collapse several years ago, it might seem strange to see buyers without the upper hand; however, with less inventory currently on the market, it’s not unusual for sellers to receive upwards of 15-20 offers on a home.

Therefore, if you find yourself in this type of situation, whether you think you stand a chance or not, it’s always a good idea to write an offer anyway.  To help you along, here are a few tips to put you in the best possible position:

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE EXPERIENCE.  You wouldn’t go to court with an inexperienced, novice attorney, so why would you bet your financial livelihood on an inexperienced real estate agent?  When it comes to navigating a multiple-offer situation, hiring the services of a seasoned Realtor—who is not only familiar with the process, but has a track record of successful closings—is one of the most important steps you can take.

GET PREAPPROVAL.  Generally speaking, each offer will undoubtedly be accompanied by a prequalification letter from a lender; however, you can appear to be the strongest buyer by entering negotiations with a loan preapproval letter.

PUT YOUR BEST OFFER FORWARD.  Instead of expecting negotiation, write your best offer and make it attractive.  In an effort to determine pricing, a solid Realtor will be able to give you a comparative market analysis, which is important since many sellers intentionally set low prices in an effort to generate multiple offers.  Just because you’re paying above their asking price, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re paying more than the market value.

UNCOVER WHAT’S IMPORTANT.  All sellers have certain wants that will help you land in their good graces.  Whether it’s a fast closing or a longer than normal escrow period, ask your Realtor to find out what those hot buttons are and work hard to make them a reality.

DON’T GET HUNG UP ON CONTINGENCIES.  While it’s essential to get a home inspection before you close on a property, there’s nothing wrong with tightening the time period a bit.  When it comes to contingencies you have the power to speed things along, so if your loan is solid, don’t be afraid to waive the loan approval contingency.

MAKE IT PERSONAL.  In some instances, it may even be helpful accompany your offer with a handwritten letter that will explain to the seller why their home is perfect for you and your family.  Making things personal will not only help you stand out, but it will take you from being just another offer to being a real person.

In the end, multiple offer situations can be challenging, especially if you’ve found yourself on the losing end of a similar circumstance in the past.  To make yourself the best possible candidate, straighten your affairs and hire a practiced Realtor who can walk you through the process.

To learn more or to see how I can help you, please feel free to contact me.  I’m a proven Realtor who is great in multiple offer situations—and I’d love to hear from you!

Marie Dinsmore
The Dinsmore Team
www.DinsmoreTeam.com
770-712-7789

Featured Neighborhood: Cheswyck in Cumming, GA

5658837_1These stunning, five-plus bedroom homes by D.R. Horton are located in Cumming, GA and feature resort-style amenities, including lighted tennis courts, a luxurious club house, community lake, and a large pool with five lanes.

Each homesite boasts professional landscaping with either wooded, lake, or greenspace views and include interior trim packages, five-inch hardwood floors, and an abundance of crown molding.  Basements are also an option—along with cul-de-sac lots—which complement the luxury of upscale interiors that feature full oak staircases with iron spindles, coffered ceilings, and large walk-in closets.

5658837_22For buyers particularly interested in homes featuring beautiful kitchens, Cheswyck homes include gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, ceramic tile backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, double wall ovens, and gas cooktops.

SCHOOLS:

Shiloh Point Elementary     PK-5th

Piney Grove Middle     6th-8th

South Forsyth High     9th-12th

14906380-150416If you’d like to learn more or would like to schedule a showing, I’d love to help you.  Please feel free to contact me.

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

Deal with a Home that’s Not Move-In Ready

lkjAfter months—and possibly even years—of planning, searching, and organizing, you’ve finally done it—you’ve signed the paperwork and left with the keys to your new home; however, unless your purchase is totally move-in ready, you’re just getting started.

If you’ve decided to close on a house that could use a little bit of TLC, it’s important to understand the amount of money and effort it will take to make your home something you are truly happy with.  At the very least, a little paint will help spruce things up; however, in all reality, if there’s updating to be done, it may take more than a new color scheme.

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Community Resources

WELCOME

2017 Welcome Services

The Dinsmore Team has created this handy guide for both Buyers and Sellers. The guide lists trusted service providers that we use personally and professionally. The providers listed service the Forsyth and North Fulton County areas.

2014 Complete Guide to Moving

This 20-Page Guide will be your comprehensive source for selling your home and planning your move. It includes tips for getting ready to sell, planning your move, packing and transitioning into your new home.

2014 Home Owners Tip Guide

This 20-Page Guide will help you develop an annual maintenance schedule for your home's systems and appliances to help you avoid bigger problems by taking care of them while they are small. It's also a great resource for trouble shooting malfunctions on your own, saving you time and money.


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Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com

770-712-7789