Monthly Archives: October 2014

Get Ready for Home Builder Year-End Sales

cyrus-exteriorWhen it comes to big-ticket purchases such as cars and electronics, many people expect year-end sales and incentives; however, what they may not realize is that developers and builders are also willing to propose incentives as well.

By offering a variety of extras such as freebies, upgrades, reduced prices, and other enticements, many builders hope to boost sales during the typically slow winter months, especially since most buyers are too busy with holiday events to focus on relocation.  By sweetening the deal, builders create a win-win situation for themselves, as well as the buyer, which allows them to finish one division before embarking on newer projects.

Still, year-end incentives are not just about drawing potential home owners to close-out communities—in many ways, they help attract shoppers to start-up developments as well.  In these neighborhoods, once the first four or five homes have been sold, the early-bird pricing goes up, making it important to take advantage of low prices as they occur.

In regards to what types of year-end incentives are offered, it generally depends upon what the developer thinks local buyers will value the most.  Kitchen upgrades tend to garner a lot of attention; however, other builders offer everything from third garages and closing costs, to design options and flat screen TVs.

As we get further into fall, if you’re in the market for a new home, it’s wise to consider your options before the year is through.  Instead of waiting until spring when prices will have gone back up, you’ll save a lot of money by getting a head-start on the process in November or December.

If you need assistance or would simply like some advice on how to best utilize the next few months, I’d love to speak with you.

Please do not hesitate to contact me.

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

Marseille Final Lots Available – Cumming, GA

112512-HF-cover_4If you’ve had your eye on the Marseille neighborhood in Cumming, GA, but have found yourself putting off serious consideration, the time has come to start making some decisions!  Earlier this month, Edward Andrews Homes announced the marketing of the remaining ten homes within the Marseille community, and with an abundance of high-end appliances and luxurious materials, each one is a steal at just $399 to $480K.

Most of the original homes within this neighborhood closed within in the mid to high $500’s, so you don’t want to let this pricing pass you by.  Below is a list of the remaining homesites for your consideration.

HOMESITE 1– This Camellia floor plan includes a basement, as well as a keeping room, Jack & Jill secondary bath, a closed-in media room, and a FANTASTIC backyard!  With an elegantly upgraded interior and a craftsman fill, this home is one of the best values in the community.  For a limited time, buyers will still have the option to change the flooring, tile, or paint colors—$459,000.

Marseille-forsyth-georgia-camellia-master-bathroom-1024x682HOMESITE 29- Located within the second phase, this wooded homesite is still in the pre-planning stage but will be built with an Orchid layout that includes a basement, a keeping room, and a closed media room.  Additionally, since EA Homes values a customized experience, buyers will still be able to pick their colors for a limited time—$454,900.

HOMESITE 49- If you’re looking for a home that includes a useable backyard, as well as a beautiful front porch and basement, then this is the homesite for you.  This particular house was designed with the Camellia layout and also boasts a keeping room, a closed-in media room, a truly amazing master closet, and an abundance of beautiful upgrades—$469,900.

HOMESITE 50- If you want a home with curb appeal, this house comes equipped with a large front and side yard, as well as a basement.  While still in the pre-planning stages, this home also features a Burton floor plan, which is one of Marseille’s most desirable options, and for a limited time, is open for buyers who would like to select their upgrades—$474,900.

HOMESITE 59- Featuring a stunning stone covered entryway and custom hanging light fixture, this Orchid basement plan includes a keeping and media room, as well as an upgraded professional landscaping package which lends itself to a truly serene home—$449,900.

Marseille-forsyth-georgia-camellia-kitchen-dark-cabinets-1024x682HOMESITE 62- If you’re looking for a home with a master on the main floor, this is the last remaining home featuring this option in the division.  Featuring a Woodruff layout which includes a large basement, beautiful open floor plan, five bedrooms, and a closed-in media room, this gem of a house is located on a premium lot with an abundance of privacy and a rolling creek—$479,900.

HOMESITE 67- If you want a home which you can fully customize to meet your needs, this Camellia basement layout is still in the pre-planning stages and is available for buyers looking to select their own colors, upgrades, and other options—$474,900.

HOMESITE 100- As the last slab homesite within the community, this lot will feature an Orchid layout, which includes an amazing backyard, as well as a keeping room and close-in media space.  If you’re looking for value, then this is the home for you—$399,900.

If you want to learn more about any of these homes or would like to schedule a viewing, I’d love to assist you with the process.  When it comes to new subdivisions, while it’s always possible to work directly with the builder’s agents, it’s always a wise idea to work with an experienced Realtor who can make sure your interests and needs are being protected.

Please feel free to contact me for more information.

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

Traditions in Cumming, GA: Phase I Now Open

130909_ProjectSitePlan_FromHook_Updates-01 Ground was broken on this desirable neighborhood in 2013; however, Traditions in Forsyth County has announced their initial release. With pricing ranging from about $433-$537 thousand, this beautiful, tree-lined development is located within close proximity to some of the top-rated schools in the state, as well as a wide variety of shopping and dining options.

With 12 available homesites—four of which have basements—and four available homes, this first phase sits within close proximity to the community amenities, as well as Fowler Park and the Big Creek Greenway.

AMENITIES

siteplanFront Door Communities, which is an award-winning, full-service firm with extensive experience developing neighborhoods and building homes, has made it their goal to create an amazing community that truly honors the needs of its residents.  From over a dozen neighborhood parks with a competition pool and children’s splash area, to a lake with walking trails and four lighted tennis courts, the amenities at Traditions are second-to-none.

HOMES
The homes, which feature a blend of classic materials—brick, stone, shake, board and batten, and siding—come standard with architectural shingles and stone front porches, and boast professional landscaping and carriage-style garage doors.

130917_Traditions_Rendering-01Inside, gleaming hardwoods line the foyer, kitchen, breakfast and powder rooms (living room and dining room included in larger models), while granite countertops come standard in all homes.  Each kitchen boasts an oversized kitchen island, as well as Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, and each bath comes complete with cultured marble countertops, with a Barclay free-standing soaking tub in the master.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY & SAFETY

For their residents who are interested in making sure their homes are saving them money on heating and air costs, each home in the community has been built with an array of eco-sensitive and energy-efficient options such as LP TechShield radiant barrier roof sheathing, Low-E, double-pane vinyl windows, and ENERGY STAR appliances.  From there, homeowner safety is also of the utmost importance, leading to pre-wired security systems with two keypads and motion sensors on all doors and windows, as well as carbon monoxide detectors and decorative exterior door hardware with dead bolt lock.

CONCLUSION

If you’re interested in learning more about this luxurious community (www.traditionsatl.com), it’s important to remember that utilizing the services of an experienced buyer’s agent is a prudent move when purchasing a new construction.  The community will have their own agents; however, by having a Realtor working in your corner, you can rest assured that your best interests will be protected throughout the buying process.

If you have questions, I’d love to be of service to you.  For more information, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

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

Why You Need a Realtor

RealtorWithClients-wide8Right off the bat, I understand that having a licensed Realtor write a blog about the reasons you should hire an agent may seem like a conflict of interest; however, I entered the complex world of real estate specifically because I believe that all current and future homeowners deserve to have someone in their corner when attempting to navigate the often confusing process of purchasing a home.

Plain and simple, with the over-abundance of technology flooding our consciousness every day, it’s no secret that searching for the perfect house has gotten easier.  Right at your fingertips, there are thousands of homes with details about everything from neighborhood locations and prior purchase dates, to photos, virtual walk-throughs, and a variety of builder specifics.  Gone are the days when you would have to spend hours driving through neighborhoods while collecting home fliers and scheduling dozens of showings—today, your access is instant.

Still, there’s a tried-and-true saying that is extremely pertinent in today’s market and it helps explain my list of reasons why you should hire an agent:

“Keep calm & let a Realtor handle it!”

1.)  APPRAISERS – When it comes time for an appraiser to look at your home, it helps to have someone who can run interference and provide them with the comparable sales which were used to determine your home’s proper listing price (this is especially helpful if the appraiser is not familiar with your neighborhood).

2.) BRING EVERYONE TOGETHER – While you may not realize it, closing on a home requires a lot of parties to be on the same page—from the loan officer, inspector, and appraiser, as well as the buyer’s Realtor and closing attorney—which means a lot of behind the scenes work will need to take place before everything is settled.  If you don’t want to see your deal fall apart before closing, it’s important to understand that a Realtor will keep things running smoothly.

3.) THEY KNOW THE MARKET – When it comes to getting a fair property price, a Realtor who understands the area is imperative so you don’t wind up overpaying for a home.  Plus, when it comes time for those nerve-wracking negotiations, an experienced agent will be able to fight on your behalf.

4.) SERVICE RECOMMENDATIONS – One of the great things about Realtors who have been in the business a while, is that they have a wealth of information about a myriad of service providers.  From contractors and painters, to roofers, landscapers, and electricians, your odds are good that a Realtor will be able to send honest, good providers your way.

5.) GREATER ACCESS – Sure, the internet will help you see some of what’s available; however, to truly gain access to the listed homes in your area, you’ll need a Realtor.  Otherwise, while you may be able to peruse “For Sale by Owner” homes on your own, it’s also important to note that those owners are NOT obligated to use sales contracts or disclosure forms (which protect you as the buyer) upon closing.

6.) CUTTING ACROSS STATE LINES – If you’re looking to move to another part of the country, a Realtor is imperative, especially if you aren’t familiar with where you’ll be heading.  Instead of worrying about the unknowns, a local agent will be able to take note of adequate neighborhoods, schools, shopping venues, etc.

7.) EXTENDED REACH – If you’re considering listing your home on your own, it’s important to remember that this may drastically limit your pool of buyers.  Realtors have an abundance of networking, advertising, and marketing resources at their disposal, so your home will sell that much faster.

In the end, an important bonus of working with a Realtor is that they will be there AFTER your sale is complete.  It’s only natural for questions to arise weeks—or even months—after you sign those papers, so if you’ve been working with an agent, you can rest assured that you’ll never be left in a lurch.

If you’re looking to buy or sell your home, or if you simply need some advice about the current market in North Georgia, I would love to be of service to you.

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

 

So, You’ve Bought an Imperfect House – Learn How to Deal With It

After 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.

renovation-businessIf 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.

Still, if this is your first house, it’s important to go into the process with realistic expectations about what kinds of time and money will be involved, as well as what you can reasonably expect for a final result.

To help you along the way, here are a few tips to make the process easier:

1.)  CAPITALIZE ON AN EMPTY HOUSE: While it may not be possible to delay your move-in date, if it’s even in the realm of possibilities, it presents a great opportunity to begin the transformation process without having to worry about getting your things covered with renovation dust.

2.) DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP: In our individualistic culture, many of us feel that we have to deal with things on our own, but what’s the point of having friends and family if you can’t exercise a bit of reciprocity when you need a few extra hands?  When it’s time to paint, turn it into a fun party with food and drinks, and chances are good that no one will mind the work.

3.) RELY ON EXPERTISE: There are times when pride can be a good thing; however, if you’re not totally sure what you’re doing, it’s important to swallow it when you need to admit that you cannot get the job done without the advice of your local hardware pro.  Don’t be shy about asking questions—that’s what they’re there for!

4.) HAVE PATIENCE: Yes, renovating your home—especially when you’re attempting to do it on your own—takes work, but if you attempt to rush or try to go beyond your comfort level, you’re likely to make mistakes.  Don’t risk making bad decisions when a little patience would have saved you a botched design.

5.) ORGANIZATION, ORGANIZATION: When you’re attempting to leave your old home, move into your new one, and manage renovations, staying organized is clearly easier said than done, but it doesn’t mean it’s not extremely important.  To get started, make a point of keeping all of your receipts in one place, registering new appliances and electronics, and filing for rebates within the first five days of making a purchase.  It might be tempting to postpone these tasks in the chaos of getting settled, but all that will do is lose you money in the long run.

If you’re considering a move, I’d love to help you get things going.

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

Community Resources

WELCOME

2019 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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