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Featured Neighborhood: Marseille

MARSEILLE-SUBDIVISION

MARSEILLE by Edward Andrews Homes

Located in Cumming just off Post Road, the Marseille development is a beautiful oasis of gracious, craftsman-style homes in a lush, natural setting.

112512-HF-cover_4With low tax rates and access to a whole host of amenities such as a sparkling pool and a welcoming cabana area with tennis courts, this striking neighborhood also sits within easy driving distance to an abundance of restaurants and shopping, as well as Atlanta Highway, GA 20, and GA 400.

It’s important to note that since Marseille is located within Forsyth County, residents will also have access to some of the best schools in the state—which include Sawnee Elementary, Liberty Middle, and West Forsyth High School.

While all of their homes come standard with gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, media rooms, three car garages, and hardwoods in the kitchen and breakfast areas, what truly sets them apart is the control they provide their homebuyers.

CUSTOMIZED, REIMAGINED

112512-HF-cover_5Built by Edwards Andrews Homes, the Marseille development is unique in that they allow each customer to be at the center of the building process with a level of optimized flexibility that other standard builders cannot provide.

Additionally, through their preferred lending groups they offer $5000 in closing costs, which represents their conviction that custom home building doesn’t have to involve a complex process.  Instead, they want their buyers to feel like they’re joining forces with a true building partner who takes pride in helping each customer discover a home that reflects their individual tastes and needs.

 

OVERVIEW

Schools                                           Amenities                      Points of Interest

ELEMENTARY—Sawnee              Pool                                    Forsyth Avenues

MIDDLE—Liberty                          Tennis Courts                   North Georgia Premium Outlets

HIGH—West Forsyth                     Large Cabana                   GA 20, GA 400, Atlanta Hwy

 

CONTACT

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team | www.dinsmoreteam.com

Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

 

 

Buyers: Navigate a Multiple Offer Situation

Desperate couple doing their accountsThere’s nothing like the feeling you get when, after touring what seems like—or might actually be—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 of several years ago, it might seem strange to see buyers without the upper hand, but 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:

1.) 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.

2.) 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.

3.) 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.

4.) UNCOVER WHAT’S IMPORTANT—All sellers have certain wants that will help land you 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.

5.) 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.

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 steps.

To learn more or to see how I can help you, please feel free to contact me.  I’d love to hear from you.

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

Featured Neighborhood: Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park is a luxurious, gated community located in Johns Creek. Just 30 miles outside of Atlanta and 20 miles from Lake Lanier, this area offers residents numerous amenities and recreational opportunities, including the Atlanta Athletic Club and the Country Club of the South.

Greenwich

With homes built by the respected builders, Traton Homes, these estates will have stunning architectural exterior and interior design, including four sides of exterior detail, elegant yet functional features and 3 car-side entry garages. Gourmet kitchens will be garnished with stainless steel appliances and granite countertop; hardwood flooring will spread throughout the homes and each owner’s suite will be equipped with a luxurious bath and walk in closet.

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Johns Creek is a diverse community that is proud of its impeccable public safety, various national park services and exceptional public schools. In fact, the children of Greenwich Park will attend the finest public schools in Georgia, including State Bridge Crossing Elementary, Autrey Mill Middle and Johns Creek High Schools.

With easy access to I85, I285, 141 and GA400, Johns Creek offers its residents the perfect balance between rural and city life. Johns Creek national park services include the Chattahoochee River, National Recreation Area, Autry Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center and the Johns Creek Art Center. Music lovers will also take note of the 45-acre Encore Park, which includes the 12,000 seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, the summer home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and venue for top musical acts.

Each of the 21 Greenwich estate homes rest on 1/3 acre to 3/4 acre lots, and prices are in the $800,000’s. For more information about this fabulous community, please contact me.

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team | www.dinsmoreteam.com

Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

 

The New RE/MAX App Is Here!

Now you can search for homes just like Realtors do, using MLS.   If you are in the market for a home, or just curious as to what homes in your area are selling for or what features they have, simply text DINSMORETEAM to 678-929-2100 to receive this powerful, free tool.

Remax App Demo

With the new app, in a few taps of the screen users can:

  • Download and enjoy it free of charge on your mobile phone or iPad.
  • Instantly search by your current location, city, zip code, or draw your own search area on the map.
  • Search by type of home desired, price, square footage, year built, # beds/baths, and much more!
  • View all photos of the home saved to MLS.
  • Quickly zoom and navigate neighborhoods with interactive “balloon view” maps.
  • Generate turn-by-turn driving directions from your current location to properties that interest you.
  • Save your favorite listings.
  • Easily share properties for sale with friends and family.

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team  |  www.dinsmoreteam.com

Marie@DinsmoreTeam.com  | 770-712-7789

Even With A Newly Built Home, You Still Need A Buyer’s Agent.

Close up of a welcome mat in front of an inviting house With the accessibility of today’s housing via the internet, many home shoppers may feel that they don’t need a buyer’s agent to help them find their dream property.   And for newly built homes, while you can do a lot of the legwork yourself, in the end you won’t be saving either money or time.

Plain and simple, even though the buyer’s agent works for you and not the seller, the seller is the one who will wind up paying for your agent upon closing.  Therefore, the first question you should be asking yourself is, “Why would I pass on a service that is in essence…FREE?”

In today’s market, most new homes are being built by national builders who employ salaried agents to sell their properties who don’t always have your best interest in their heart.  Generally, the first thing a seller’s agent will want to know about you is whether or not you have representation – if you don’t, the commission that they would normally have to split with your agent will go directly into their pocket.

With this, a selling agent is obviously interested in getting you to pay top-dollar for their property; however, a buyer’s agent will help counteract this by taking note of other similar sales in the area and making sure you aren’t paying too much.  In essence, your buyer’s agent is there to buffer you and negotiate on your behalf so that by the time you close, your house has not only been properly inspected, but has also been placed in perfect condition.

Similarly, when it comes to financing, a good agent will help you walk through the process of finding a solid mortgage company who can give you options which fit your lifestyle.  While the agent employed by the builder may also come ready with financing through a partnered company, it’s important to remember that they may not be looking to help you find the best solutions.

In short, when entering into a real estate transaction, it’s important to have someone in your corner who will make sure that you are taken care of throughout the entire process.   The Dinsmore Team can help you find the right mortgage lender, closing attorney and help you find your perfect home.

Marie Dinsmore, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

The Dinsmore Real Estate Team  |  www.dinsmoreteam.com

Marie@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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770-712-7789