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Before Buying a Lake House – What You Should Know

A-Room-With-A-View-CopyThere are a lot of benefits to purchasing a home in Forsyth County, especially if you’re someone who has worked hard to realize your dream of living on the lake.  Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway, a retirement home, or a primary residence, buying a lake house can be an exciting process.  However, as with anything in life, it’s important to remember that living along a large body of water isn’t always going to be beautiful sunsets and serene mornings.  Homes near or on the lake have their own unique set of struggles, so it’s important to begin the process with your eyes wide open.

SELECT AN AGENT WITH EXPERIENCE

Lake homes aren’t like regular homes, so you don’t want to make the mistake of hiring a regular agent.  When it comes to waterfront properties, you’ll want to make sure that you’re working with someone who can explain the various aspects of owning a lake house and who has the right experience to back it up.

DON’T JUST LOOK AT THE HOME – CONSIDER THE WHOLE PROPERTY

Purchasing a waterfront home is about more than the home itself—it’s about the water that goes along with it.  Therefore, don’t make the mistake of falling in love with the house, only to discover that the water is murky, filled with invasive species, or regularly traversed by noisy powerboats.

It’s important to take some time to think about your reasons for wanting to live on the lake.  If it’s about swimming, fishing, or peaceful relaxation, make a point to check out the water quality and consider speaking with the neighbors to get a better idea of what area water traffic looks like.

LAKE ASSOCIATIONS

When it comes to waterfront properties, many lakes require homeowners to join the lake association that governs the water and the beaches, so it’s important to remember that your property’s shoreline may be the subject of various regulations.

For Lake Lanier, while it’s not mandatory to join the lake association, it’s worth noting that the water—including the shoreline—is governed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  For the most part, this shouldn’t be an issue, but they may be able to dictate what you can and cannot do with your property, especially if it jeopardizes the integrity of the shoreline.

Before you buy, it’s wise to find out what types of rules govern the property and to assess whether they are things you can live with.

PAY ATTENTION TO EXTRA EXPENSES

While lake homes frequently promise a great return on investment, keep in mind that they are often filled with extra expenses, such as increased property taxes and higher insurance premiums.  In addition, it’s important to be aware of the fact that most waterfront septic systems need to be routinely checked to ensure the lake isn’t being polluted.  While this may not seem like much, these checks can be expensive, especially if they require the replacement of an aging septic system.

CONCLUSION

Whether you’ve just started shopping or you’ve been searching for a waterfront property for several months, I have a solid knowledge base to work from and understand that shopping for a lake front home is very different from shopping for a land-locked home.

If you’d like to see what types of properties are available or would like some more information about what the market is like along Lake Lanier, I’d love to help.

Please call me.

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

Marie Dinsmore Named RE/MAX All Properties 2014 Top Sales Associate

Along with being given the 2014 Five Star Professional Real Estate Award, being named to Trulia’s 2014 “Best of” list, and earning the 2014 RE/MAX Platinum Club Award, I am proud to announce that I have rounded out a fantastic year by being named the 2014 RE/MAX All Properties Sales Associate of the Year.

IMG_0016With over $11 million in sales for 2014, this is the second time I’ve been given this amazing honor and I am so thankful to everyone who helped me along the way.  My success is not an individual feat—it is something that is a direct result of the support I have gained from my customers, network family, and friends, and I am unbelievably grateful for all of their blessings.

At the end of the day, real estate is my profession and I am proud of where it has taken me but more than that, I am so thankful for the opportunity it has given me to interact with the community in a way that gives back and builds relationships which go far beyond simply buying and selling.

Thank for this latest honor.  It is truly one of the highlights of my life and career.

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

Featured Neighborhood: Carramore in Cumming

17_5389982_0_1422480313_636x435Located off exit 14 on 400 and within close proximity to The Collection at Forsyth, this beautiful community offers a variety of floor plans starting at 2,800 feet.  With luxury master bathrooms and designer kitchens, homeowners are guaranteed an upscale lifestyle with the option of both basement and non-basement properties.

Situated just minutes from Lake Lanier, Midway Park, Forsyth County Greenway, and a short drive from the North Georgia Premium Outlets, this beautiful subdivision is also located within the award-winning Forsyth County school district and boasts the addition of community gates for added neighborhood security.

Filled with an assortment of beautiful upgrades, each Carramore home comes standard with desirable features such as quality G.E. stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tray and vaulted ceilings, premium hardwood floors, and a free standing bathtub in the master bath.

Architecturally, each home has designed exterior elevations of brick, stone, and shake, and comes with the option of a side-entry or three-car garage.  In addition, pre-finished aluminum gutters and downspouts protect your foundation, which consists of poured concrete with steel reinforcements.

woodridgeStarting around $400,000 and topping out around $425,000, if you’re interested in taking a look at one of these lovely homes, it’s important to remember that utilizing the services of your own Realtor is important.  While new communities generally have their own buyer’s agents on hand, in order to make sure you get the best deal possible, it’s wise to consider the advice of an agent who is solely in your corner.

If you’d like help, please feel free to contact me.  I’m very familiar with this neighborhood and would love to support you during the buying process.

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

Featured Neighborhood: The Preserve at Wild Rose

5373327_0If you’re in the market for a beautiful craftsman-style home, The Preserve at Wild Rose in North Forsyth County is a brand new community that boasts 51 gorgeous, large wooded homesites that start in the high $200’s.

Built by Martin Associates Homebuilders & Fidelis Signature Homes, the neighborhood includes a large playground, kid-friendly swimming pool, and a neighborhood association, as well as close proximity to the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville and Lake Sidney Lanier.

While open floor plans, gourmet kitchens with granite, and formal dining rooms come standard in each home, additional homesite features include options such as stainless steel appliances, coffered ceilings, larger closets, and upstairs lofts.  With this, for homebuyers who are looking for a property with a bit more storage, several homes also offer an unfinished basement option, as well as secondary bedrooms that can be converted into a playroom or study.

The-Shoal-Creek-home-planFor buyers with children, the local schools include Chestatee Elementary, North Forsyth Middle School, and North Forsyth High School, as well as Covenant Christian Academy, Horizon Christian Academy, Ivy League Montessori School, and McGinnis Woods Country Day School.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to tour the community, I would love to set up a time to show you the area and answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to contact me or, if you would like to speak with one of The Preserve’s associates, contact Jennifer Baxter at 678-469-1413 or click here to visit their website.

Happy house hunting!

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

Community Resources

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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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