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A Word to the Wise About Home Warranties

Tuesday Sep 04th, 2018

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by Alexia Gallagher I recently had a past client that I helped build a new home from the ground up contact me to see if they should purchase a home warranty after the builder's one year warranty expires.  This prompted a long discussion about the value of home warranties and the exceptions consumers should be aware of. Home warranties can be a great benefit when an appliance or mechanical system breaks in your home.  After paying an initial cost between $400 and $800,... [read more]

A.C. Studios & Cafe in Alpharetta - A Place to Get Your Creative Juices Going & Enjoy Fresh Cuisine!

Tuesday Aug 28th, 2018

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by Alexia Gallagher I just visited A.C. Studios & Cafe (also known as Alpharetta Creative Studios & Cafe) and it is such a breath of fresh air!  As a Realtor, I was immediately impressed with the architectural design and features of the building with its soaring ceilings, oversized windows and shiplap laden walls.  But it was the passion of the team that encompass A.C. Studios & Cafe that made my experience so special. Kim Dolleh, the creator and owner of... [read more]

July 2018 North Fulton County Market Update

Thursday Aug 23rd, 2018

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by Alexia Gallagher Highlights include: 479 total units sold - an increase of 3% in comparison to 467 total units sold in July 2017 $228,648,144 total dollars sold - an increase of 4% in comparison to $219,672,940 total dollars sold in July 2017 Average price per square foot increased by 1.61% up to $151.73 in comparison to $ in July 2017 Total new construction sales remained the same as July 2017 and continue to represent 8% of the... [read more]

July 2018 Forsyth County Market Update

Monday Aug 20th, 2018

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by Alexia Gallagher Highlights include: 510 total units sold - virtually unchanged from the 511 total units sold in July 2017 $199,675,709 total dollars sold - an increase of 9% in comparison to $182,695,886 total dollars sold in July 2017 Average price per square foot increased by 3.52% up to $126.04 in comparison to $121.75 in July 2017 Total new construction sales fell to 14% of the market in comparison to 17% of the market in July... [read more]

Avalon - North Atlanta's Hottest Address!

Friday Aug 17th, 2018

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by Alexia Gallagher Avalon, a vibrant mixed use development in Alpharetta, features boutique shops and restaurants, a hotel, offices, and luxury apartments, townhouses and single family residences.  View this video to see why so many people want to live in North Atlanta's most sought after and hottest address!   Do you want to live at or near Avalon? Contact Alexia today to learn more about available homes and communities at or near... [read more]

Forsyth County Schools Named the 2nd Best School District in Georgia by Niche!

Saturday Aug 11th, 2018

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by Alexia Gallagher The 2019 Best School District Rankings by Niche is out and Forsyth County Schools are #2 on the list!  The rankings are heavily based on academic achievements, however, other factors considered include a teachers grade based on teacher salary, teacher absenteeism, state test results, and survey responses on teachers from students and parents a culture and diversity grade based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on... [read more]

Remodeling Projects that Offer the Best Return on Investment

Friday Aug 10th, 2018

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by Alexia Gallagher Are you interested in adding a deck or remodeling a kitchen or bathroom?  Wouldn't it be nice to know what your return on investment might be before you tackle this project?  Below is the 2018 Remodeling Statistics Report for Atlanta.   According to the 2018 Remodeling Cost versus Value Report which can be found at www.costvsvalue.com, replacing your garage door offers the highest return on investment at an average rate of... [read more]

Neighborhoods on the Big Creek Greenway

Saturday Aug 04th, 2018

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By Alexia Gallagher The Big Creek Greenway is one of my favorite parts of Forsyth and North Fulton Counties!  Currently spanning 13.5 miles through Alpharetta, Cumming and Roswell, the Big Creek Greenway is a combination of concrete and boardwalk trails for walking, running, biking, rollerblading and more.  Not only is this a great place to get exercise, but you also have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of trees and native plants plus lots of wildlife including deer, rabbits,... [read more]

Two Forsyth Schools Top 90 Percent Proficiency in Milestones Testing | Alexia Gallagher - North Atlanta Real Estate

Friday Aug 03rd, 2018

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By Alexia Gallagher Forsyth County remains a popular county to live in part due to its excellent schools.  The Forsyth County School District and Forsyth County Schools have received many accolades over the years.  Most recently, two Forsyth County Schools were recognized as they topped 90 percent proficiency on the Milestones tests for the 2017-2018 school year. For third grade language arts, Daves Creek Elementary School scored the highest, with 90.2 percent of... [read more]

The Best 7 MEXICAN Restaurants in Forsyth & North Fulton Counties | Alexia Gallagher - North Atlanta Real Estate

Thursday Aug 02nd, 2018

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Including Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Roswell and Suwanee by Alexia Gallagher Finding a Mexican restaurant in our area is not difficult - there seems to be one on every corner!  Whether you are looking for popular restaurant chains you are familiar with or if you are searching for unique family owned and operated restaurants, you will have many Mexican restaurants to choose from.   We are fortunate to have great patio dining, family friendly and more upscale options... [read more]

2018 Design Forecast: Statement Floors and Floral Prints

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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Out with succulents and in with floral prints—2018 is shaping up to be a big year for color! With 2017 coming to a close, many companies are releasing year-end predictions for what home decor will look like come the new year. Trulia recently unveiled its 2018 Home Design Trend Predictions, which named pattern on pattern, wallpaper and high gloss lacquer on walls as some of the trends that will be “in” next year . . . Read More [read more]

Cost vs. Value: The Home Improvement Projects With the Highest ROI in 2018

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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A strong housing market isn't necessarily all good news for sellers. As evidenced by Remodeling magazine's newly-released Cost vs. Value Report for 2018, average return on investment (ROI) for home improvement projects dipped across the board, with "upscale" projects taking the biggest hit. The report, which measures the average cost of 21 popular remodeling projects and their average resale value one year later, found that  . . . Read More [read more]

Defining Principal Residence: Its Your Home!

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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In order to take advantage of the up-to-$500,000 exclusion of gain (or up-to-$250,000 if you file a tax return as a single taxpayer) the house you sell has to be your "principal residence". Under most circumstances, we do not need a legal definition of this concept. "This is my house, and I have lived here for many years; what's the problem." But as we all know, life is often not that simple. And, unfortunately, there is no definition provided in the Tax... [read more]

How to Get Approved for a Home Improvement Loan

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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Whether you’re building an addition, completely remodeling or just finishing your basement, a home improvement loan can help add value and comfort to your home. There are a variety of loan options available that we detail later in this article, but before you explore those, there are four steps you should take to ensure that you'll get the money you need . . . Read More [read more]

The Pet Owner’s Guide to Home Automation

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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Many people know home automation provides benefits to humans. With connected devices such as smart thermostats, cameras, locks and light bulbs, people can now live in more comfort, safety, security and cost savings. But for the humans with furry or feathered friends, questions inevitably arise about home automation and pet safety . . . Read More [read more]

Investing in Real Estate: How to Diversify Your Portfolio

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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Andrew Carnegie—founder of U.S. Steel and one of history’s richest men—once observed, “More millionaires have been made through owning real estate than through all other industrial investments combined.” Owning real estate investments remains one of the most effective means of growing one’s wealth. But to fully take advantage of the opportunities the real estate market affords, those planning on purchasing investment properties should familiarize... [read more]

5 Tips to Reduce Your Home’s Holiday Energy Consumption

Wednesday Dec 06th, 2017

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The smell of pine and cinnamon, cookies baking in the oven, lights twinkling inside and outside your home, and… An enormous electric bill. Ouch. The holidays in America are known for being a little over the top, and excessive energy consumption from lights, decorations and appliances are no exception. While it may be exciting to make your house light up like a beacon that can be seen from outer space, it’s not actually that... [read more]

Home Renovations That Can Hurt (and Help) Property Value

Saturday Nov 18th, 2017

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If you’re into renovation projects, then updating and revamping your home can be a lot of fun. But before you get too excited about knocking down walls and setting up a custom movie room, you might want to consider resale value. Flashy renovations don’t always yield the best returns, so you’ll need to take care when picking projects. To make things easier for you, here are four remodels to avoid and four to invest in . . . Read More [read more]

The Real Estate Contract's Kick-Out Clause

Thursday Nov 16th, 2017

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Question: We are selling our house and have found a nice couple who have expressed interest. Unfortunately, they cannot afford to buy our house unless they sell their house first. We would like to work something out with this couple, but are concerned about taking our house off the market for an indefinite period while the buyers try to sell their house. How do you resolve this dilemma? Read More   [read more]

What Are Mortgage Points? Should You Pay Them?

Tuesday Nov 14th, 2017

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When people want to find out how much their mortgages cost, lenders often give them quotes that include loan rates and points. What Is a Mortgage Point? A mortgage point is a fee equal to 1 percent of the loan amount. . . . Read More [read more]

Mortgage Interest Deduction Safe in New Senate Tax Bill

Saturday Nov 11th, 2017

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The proposed tax overhaul isn’t a done deal just yet. While the House Republicans’ bill was approved on Thursday by the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee unveiled its own version that is sure to cause delays in a tax reform resolution . . . Read More [read more]

5 Smells That Sell Houses

Saturday Nov 11th, 2017

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What’s that smell? The sense of smell is the strongest of all the senses to connect buyers to a home. While a bad smell can really deter buyers, a good smell can tempt buyers to a sale. From “green” scents to seasonal scents, discover the right smells for triggering positive emotions and home sales . . . Read More [read more]

How To Create An Enjoyable Outdoor Space On a Budget

Tuesday Nov 07th, 2017

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The lawn and landscape outside your home can be your own personalized creation, and it does not have to be expensive. It is through the effort of creating what you want within your limitations – both financial and physical – that you come to love the space you craft. By learning frugal methods to care for your lawn and landscape, you can have the lawn you want within the budget you can afford . . . Read More [read more]

All About Clean: Master Bathroom Trends

Monday Nov 06th, 2017

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Thumb through any home decor magazine, and you’ll see a master bathroom with a soaker or shower as the showpiece. Ta-da! Homeowners, it turns out, are splurging to scrub up, according to the recently released U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study. Ninety-one percent of homeowners in the study added a spacious shower to their master bathroom (after tearing out the tub), and many added on deluxe features, like a body sprayer or rainfall showerhead, for an improved, spa-like space . . .... [read more]

What Keeps Buyers From Finding Their Next Home

Monday Nov 06th, 2017

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Buying a home is like searching for a mate. You'll go on many first dates and in the end, the one that has most, but maybe not all of the characteristics that you want, will win your heart. However, first-time buyers and sometimes even serial homebuyers are disappointed by how long the process takes. Yet they may not understand how their expectations, beliefs, and lack of action may be causing the delay in finding the right home. Here are five pitfalls that buyers can fall into that... [read more]

The Best Early Black Friday Deals You Can Buy Now

Monday Nov 06th, 2017

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We're still weeks from the "official" Black Friday shopping period, but that doesn't mean you can't save on a great array of items right now. "It's true that the biggest sales in terms of hype and deal volume won't take place until Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, but you don't need to wait until then to find deep discounts," said Yahoo. "In fact, some of the deals you'll find beginning November 1st are just as good as any Black... [read more]

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