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Featured Neighborhood: Post Oak Glen in Cumming, GA

picture-uh=475f9a16cf4f9ff71f50df65d7641625-ps=d7d8ea577078b455bfdf3fd885d726b6-Sinclair-Plan-in-Post-Oak-Glen-Cumming-GA-30028Poised on 40 acres of pristine North Georgia rolling hills and wooded glens, Post Oak Glen is the newest community for adults over the age of 55 in the Atlanta area.  Situated on the Northwest edge of Cumming, this stunning subdivision will boast 94 ranch and two-story homes upon completion.

Currently in the pre-sale phase, homes in this beautiful neighborhood start in the low $300,000’s and include gorgeous landscaping, resort-quality amenities—that comprise a sprawling clubhouse and pool—and convenient access to GA-400, as well as a wide assortment of distinctive shops and fine dining.  In addition, residents will also enjoy close proximity to wooded hiking trails and picnic pavilions, as well as the grandeur of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve and Lake Sydney Lanier.

POG-Site-Plan_Amenity_webWhile still in the building phase, homebuyers can now reserve lot spaces for their future home purchase, which includes six floor plans with luxurious home designs and lawn cutting services.  From 2,270 to 3,111 square feet, each home has a living space of three to four bedrooms, as well as two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.

For more information, feel free to visit the Acadia Homes website (www.acadiahomes.com) or contact me to set up a meeting with one of their representatives.

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

Special Home Buying Considerations for Families with Children

norris-familyAs a single person, you can be free to be a bit creative when it comes to buying a home, especially since too much space can be a burden.  However, if you’re starting the buying process with a few kids in tow, you may find yourself in a situation that’s a bit more complex.

Children not only need a safe place to lay their heads at the end of the day, but space to play and express their individuality.

Therefore, to assess a home’s kid-friendly potential, home buyers with children or those planning to start a family should consider the following tips:

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF SIZE.  For families, size is one of the most vital considerations since children need an abundance of space to run and play.  Until you have kids, you never fully appreciate how much room they are capable of consuming—along with the amount of constant destruction they can leave in their wake—so making sure you purchase a home with extra square footage is important.

PRACTICALITY.  When taking the size of a home into account, don’t forget to put a little thought into how it fits with your family’s lifestyle.

-Is there enough closet space for everyone’s things?

-Will your entire family be able to fit into the kitchen or dining room at meal times?

-Is the yard large enough to help your children burn off a bit of steam?

-Is there a mud room or laundry room for your children’s dirty clothes or muddy sports equipment?

-How many bathrooms will you need?

SAFETY.  There’s something to be said for feeling like you don’t have to worry about your children at all times.  When looking for a home, search for someplace that will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your kids are safe, both inside and outside the home.  Particular considerations may include the layout and fixtures, as well as the possibility of furniture placement.

If you’d like to be able to supervise them without having to move from room to room, you’ll probably want to make sure your new home has an open floor plan and if there’s a pool, you’ll probably want to make sure it’s surrounded by a fence.

With this, you may also want to check with your agent to see the location of the nearest hospital and to assess additional safety concerns such as local traffic levels, violent crime rates, and sources of pollution.  Additionally, Georgia contracts allow you to check for registered sex offenders, which can be done through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation website (www.gbi.georgia.gov).

LOCATION.  Even if you’ve already decided that the area is safe enough for your standards, location is still important because your children will need to attend the local schools.  Take notice of their distance from your potential home and pinpoint things like after-school child centers and local parks.

Additional considerations may involve the location of the nearest hospital for emergencies, as well as entertainment ventures such as nearby restaurants, stores, and movie theaters.

In the end, if the home buying process feels like a lot—especially if you’re trying to do it with four or five other people in mind—consider starting with a list of items that are essential for your family and go from there.

If you need help, don’t be afraid to hire the services of an experienced Realtor who can organize your wish list and help you search for the perfect home.

For assistance, please call me.  I’d love to help your family find the property of their dreams.

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

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 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

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

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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