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5 Important Considerations for First-Time Home Buyers

ffdaWhen it comes to finding the perfect home to rent, your job is much easier because the goal is to find a home that “meets my needs right now” instead of “meets my needs for the next 20 years.”  Plain and simple, making the decision to purchase a property is a much bigger commitment than renting, both in terms of finances and length of time that you’ll wind up staying in one place.

With that being said, due to the amount you’ll have to invest in your final decision, it’s important to do a bit of upfront homework so you don’t wind up in a bind down the road.

Therefore, if you’re getting ready to buy your first place, there are five things that should be considered in advance.

1.) ADDITIONS TO YOUR LIFE – While it’s important to shop for a space that meets your current space needs, it’s always wise to assume that you might need to make adjustments at a later date should your family expand.  Even if kids aren’t in the picture, you never know what other types of changes life may throw at you—such as having a parent move in—so it’s wise to think about your need for extra bedrooms, bathrooms, and overall square footage.

2.) KNOW THE HOME’S CONDITION – Sure, you may not be able to afford a lot of upgrades at first; however, the basics should still be in working order.  Before making the final decision to purchase, you’ll want to have the property thoroughly inspected so you don’t find yourself stuck with a complete money pit.  Speak with your real estate agent about this process and feel free to ask for the names of reputable inspectors.

3.) BE CAREFUL OF EXPECTING PERFECTION – Much like a first job, first homes tend to represent a stepping stone to something better, so finding the right place is often a matter of balancing your wants and needs with what you can reasonably afford.  Make a list of “must-haves,” “nice-haves,” and “not necessary to-haves,” and focus on the areas where you don’t mind compromising.  Are you willing to sacrifice a three-car garage for a larger kitchen?  Is the larger home worth it if it’s in a less desirable neighborhood?  Only you can measure the importance of the amenities you’re looking for.

4.) REMEMBER TO ACCOUNT FOR ALL OF THE COSTS OF OWNERSHIP – When you’re renting, things like regular maintenance and repairs are the responsibility of your landlord; however, one of the key aspects of homeownership is that the property becomes yours and yours alone.  Therefore, don’t forget to account for the fact that your budget will need to include those extra living costs such as utilities, trash pick-up, sewage fees, HOA dues, and other routine maintenance costs.  When approving your home loan, your lending will not factor in these extra costs, so it’s important to calculate them in advance.  If you’re unsure of how to do this, speak with your real estate agent to determine the appropriate price range for you.

5.) ALL THINGS HAVE A LIFESPAN – Manmade things break and deteriorate, so it’s important to not only identify a potential home’s flaws before you buy, but to have an understanding of its components.  When will the roof need to be replaced?  How old is the furnace?  What kind of shape are the appliances and carpet in?  Sure, everything may be in working order now, but all homes will need these types of repairs or replacements eventually, so it’s wise to research the expected lifespan of the larger-ticket items in your potential home.

When you’re ready to get the process started, please contact me.  I’d love to help you along the way.

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

2014 RE/MAX All Properties Top Sales Associate of the Year

Marie Dinsmore Receives Highest Trulia Honor for 2014

j2014 was truly a great year for The Dinsmore Team and I am thrilled to announce that I was recently recognized in Trulia’s first annual “Best of Trulia” list.

As the leading online marketplace for home buyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals, Trulia has opened up this new program to recognize agents who consistently garner the highest ratings from past clients in an effort to help consumers find and connect with the top agents in their area.

These awards, which are based upon the number of customer reviews an individual agent receives, as well as their client ratings and the number of buy-side or sell-side transactions that were completed in 2014, represents less than 2% of the agents with Trulia profiles in the country.

For consumers, this list offers the opportunity for buyers and sellers to browse top local agents and to see their experience listed in one place, while also allowing potential homeowners to view each agent’s past sales history and customer reviews.

As an agent who has successfully utilized Trulia to market my listings, I am beyond honored to have received so many glowing reviews from my past customers.  At the end of the day, personal recommendations are truly the heartbeat of my business and I am so thankful to have earned your trust.

—here’s to making 2015 just as successful!

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

Marie Dinsmore Earns RE/MAX Platinum Club Award

1394632456When it comes to doing your job and doing it well, there’s nothing like the feeling of receiving an award which truly recognizes all of your hard work and dedication.  Therefore, as we gear up for the spring real estate season, it is with abounding joy that I announce my inclusion into the RE/MAX Platinum Club for Realtors©.

RE/MAX Club Awards are individual awards that are based on levels of annual commission from January 1st through December 31st and are distributed based upon single year commission reports.  As one of the highest designations within the company, the Platinum Club recognizes those agents who have earned anywhere from $250,000-$499,999 in gross commissions.

While I’ve taken great pride in winning the Million Dollar Club every year since 2003—meaning I have consistently sold more than $1 million dollars-worth of property—this designation, which I previously earned in 2005, truly pushes me to continue on my quest to raise the bar for the real estate industry, my clients, and the community.

At the end of the day, I offer my customers a level of experienced understanding and keen attention to detail that are truly second-to-none. If you are looking for the services of a seasoned agent, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I’m looking forward to making 2015 another successful year and I cannot wait to help make your dreams come true along the way.

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

Neighborhood Highlight: Ruth’s Farm – Alpharetta, GA

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12722790Developed through a partnership between The Providence Group and KM Homes, this spacious, upscale neighborhood provides elegant single-family homes starting in the low $600’s.
Each executive style property features all-new designs with standard three-car garages and four-sided brick or stacked stone exteriors; however, buyers also have the freedom to customize their home with an assortment of options, to include third level retreats, covered porches, two-sided fire places, media rooms, bonus rooms, sun rooms, and basement home sites.

Brentwood-Family-Roomw-300x212Currently, Fall move-in dates are being offered and the new Providence Group Design Center is available to help buyers select their interior design options once they’ve settled upon one of our models that range from 3,400 to 5,292 square feet, or four to six bedrooms.

Located just off exit 10 on 400, the division is within walking distance to Milton High School and provides easy access to Atlanta, Northpoint Mall, an assortment of upscale restaurants, and Lake Sydney Lanier.

Ruth’s Farm Schools:

Crabapple Crossing Elementary

12775 Birmingham Highway

Milton, GA 30004sitemap

770-740-7055

Northwestern Middle School

12805 Birmingham Highway

Milton, GA 30004

770-667-2870

Milton High School

13025 Birmingham Highway

Milton, GA 30004

770-740-7000

 

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

Two Years Running: Marie Dinsmore Receives 2014 Five Star Real Estate Award

five starFor the second year in a row, The Dinsmore Team is thrilled to announce that Marie Dinsmore has been selected as a Five Star Real Estate Agent award winner.  The Five Star Professional program is now the largest and most widely published venue for real estate awards in North America and is carried out using market-specific research throughout the U.S. and Canada.  With a focus on identifying service professionals who provide quality assistance to their clients, Five Star’s main research objective is to create a list of real estate agents who demonstrate impeccable levels of integrity, professionalism, knowledge, and concern for their clients. In short, less than 7% of real estate agents in a given market are given this prestigious award.

To qualify, client satisfaction is measured on a yearly basis through recent homebuyer lists, consumer & home buyer evaluations, agent regulatory history, and license information.

Unlike other awards of this nature, real estate professionals do not pay a fee to be represented in the research, which makes us thrilled to know that what we do on a daily basis matters to our customers. Real estate truly is our passion, so we couldn’t be happier about this latest accolade.

To learn more, Marie was featured in the August issue of Atlanta Magazine and further information about the Five Star Real Estate Award can be found on their website.

Thank you for giving us your confidence and your support.  Referrals truly are the heartbeat of what we do, so we look forward to years of continued service.

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.dinsmoreteam.com | 770-712-7989

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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