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8 Home Care Tips for November

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Help Maintain Your Home in the Greater Athens Area

(Information via Keller Williams)

 

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Service your kitchen disposal by grinding several cups of ice cubes.
  2. Make sure any outdoor furniture is put away or properly covered, including your grill.
  3. Pour 1 gallon of water down unused drains.
  4. Clean debris from gutters and ensure down spouts are free of obstruction.
  5. Check for leaks under sinks and toilets.
  6. Check for cracks in your foundation, brick or stucco.
  7. Review emergency procedures and ensure all the members of your family know what to do in the event of a home fire.
  8. Examine your chimney. Clean flue; repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.

Thinking about selling your home, or looking to buy a first home, downsize or make room for a growing family? Submit a request for contact, or simply give us a call! We’d be happy to provide you with a custom home sale or purchase plan.

This Month In Real Estate November 2017

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November 2017 Real Estate Market Update

(Information and photos via Keller Williams)

Here’s your national market update for November! Interested in what’s going on here in our greater Athens area, or your specific home? Send us a request for contact, or give us a call today at Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates!

decorative image Monthly VideoAccording to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales inched up slightly this September. While buyer demand remains strong in much of the country, these marginal gains reflect the inventory strain that continues to impact many markets.
Interest Rates decorative image   Monthly VideoAccording to Freddie Mac, 30-year fixed rates rose from 3.83 percent to 3.88 percent. This rate remains well below the historical average of 8.90 percent.
Home Sales decorative image   Home Sales Graph   The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of approximately 5.4 million homes during the month of September. This was an increase of 0.7 percent from August and a decrease of 1.5 percent from September of last year.
Home Prices decorative image   Home Price Graph   The median home price decreased to $245,100 in September, which was down 3.2 percent from August and up 4.2 percent from September of last year. The median home price has increased by approximately $9,900 in the past year alone.
Inventory decorative image   Inventory Graph   There was a 4.2-month supply of housing inventory in September, which was flat from August. The total number of available homes for sale has decreased by 6.7 percent compared to September of last year.
decorative image   Brought to you by KW Research. For additional graphs and details, please see the This Month in Real Estate PowerPoint Report.The opinions expressed in This Month in Real Estate are intended to supplement opinions on real estate expressed by local and national media, local real estate agents and other expert sources. You should not treat any opinion expressed on This Month in Real Estate as a specific inducement to make a particular investment or follow a particular strategy, but only as an expression of opinion. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., does not guarantee and is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of information, and provides said information without warranties of any kind. All information presented herein is intended and should be used for educational purposes only. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. All investments involve some degree of risk. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information contained in This Month in Real Estate.

Winterize Your Home in the Greater Athens Area

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Help Winterize Your Home in the Greater Athens Area

9 Hints To Help Protect Your Home as Temperatures Drop

Information and photo via Keller Williams

…Start Saving!

  1. Inspect your roof and replace any damaged or missing roof shingles.
  2. Make sure gutters and downspouts are free of leaves and debris.
  3. Consider a fresh coat of paint or sealer on your deck.
  4. On a windy day, close your windows and feel for air leaks.
  5. Seal any leaks with rope caulk.
  6. Install weather stripping on the sides or bottoms of any leaky doors.
  7. Insulate exposed plumbing.
  8. Remove leaves or debris from your air conditioner’s condensing unit, cover for winter.
  9. If you haven’t had your fireplace chimney cleaned in a few years, hire a professional chimney sweep.
If you need a recommendation for local professionals who can perform this or any other work around your home, I can help! Contact us today, or visit our home resources page!

And as always, if you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home, you can count on me for the utmost professionalism, expertise and results! Submit a request for contact, or give us a call today for your custom plan.

21 Popular Things to do in Athens GA

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TripAdvisor compiled a list of some top Things to do in Athens in the greater Athens area, according to travelers! With such so many options how could you not love living in the classic city?

Here they are!

  1. State Botanical Garden of Georgia
  2. Sanford Stadium
  3. Georgia Museum of Art
  4. University of Georgia Performing Arts Center
  5. The Georgia Theatre
  6. University of Georgia Golf Course
  7. Athens Welcome Center
  8. Iron Horse
  9. South Lumpkin Street
  10. Cine BarCafe
  11. T.T.R. Cobb House
  12. Bear Hollow Zoo
  13. World of Wonder Playground
  14. Taylor-Grady House
  15. Double Barreled Cannon
  16. Tree That Owns Itself
  17. Seney-Stovall Chapel
  18. Ware-Lyndon House
  19. We Let the Dawgs Out Public Art Exhibit
  20. Georgia Museum of Natural History
  21. Athens Heritage Tour

We love the Athens community and are happy to have been a part of it for many years! Need more information  on moving to Athens or surrounding areas? We would be happy to talk with you about it! Send us a request for contact, or give us a call today. Visit our Facebook page or twitter page to share your favorite things to do in the greater Athens area as well!

Buyers in Athens and Oconee Looking For Homes

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Buyers in Athens and Oconee Looking For Homes

Do you have anything these buyers are seeking?

The current market certainly seems to be a sellers market, especially in certain price points and neighborhoods here in the Athens area. Have you been thinking about listing your house due to a growing family, downsizing or for other reasons? Now may be a fantastic time! Take a look below. Here are some of our current clients that haven’t been able to find just the right home for them and are interested in purchasing a home here in the Athens and Oconee markets!

  • Buyer – Cash buyer. Under 155k in Oconee County, Minimum 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and needs to be in by the end of summer.
  • Buyer – under 130k in Clarke, Oglethorpe, Statham, Bogart, or south Madison county, minimum 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with separate dining room. Must have 2 car garage.
  • Buyer – under 250k in Oconee County. Needs 4 bedrooms and at least 2.5 baths, and would prefer a basement.
  • Buyer – under 100k in Barrow county. Prefers 2-3 bedrooms and 2 baths. VA loan. A shed or workshop in the back would be preferred.
  • Buyer – Baxter Street Courtyard Unit. There is nothing currently on the market
  • Buyer – The Arches at Mitchell Street. There is nothing currently on the market.

This is only a sample of our current pre-qualified buyers. Ready to discuss listing your home with the JWA? Give us a call 706-389-9953, e-mail us or submit a request at our website today! We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and fully explain the process.

How to Pick Paint Colors

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Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws.

“Paint is a powerful tool that can enhance the architectural character and intent of space,” says Minneapolis architect Petra Schwartze of TEA2 Architects. “As you choose your paint, think about what the experience in the room should be.”

More Schwartze advice:

Always sample paint colors on a few walls. Don’t be shy about painting a few large swaths on walls and trim to consider the effect of natural and artificial lighting. Add samples to opposite sides of a room to judge the paint color from different angles.
Check the space with the samples in place and watch how the paint color changes at different times of the day.
Evaluate your reaction to the proposed colors: Does the space feel cozy or is the openness enhanced?
How to enlarge space with color

Painting walls white, cream, pastels, or cool colors (tinged with blue or green) creates the illusion of more space by reflecting light. Paint trim similar to walls (or use white on trim) to ensure a seamless appearance that visually expands space.

White or light colors lift a ceiling; darker shades can have a similar effect if you select a high-gloss paint sheen, which reflects light and enhances space.

Employ a monochromatic scheme to amplify the dimensions of a room. Select furnishings in one color and paint walls and trim to match. Lack of contrast makes a room seem more spacious.

Make walls appear taller by extending wall color onto the ceiling. Create a 6- to 12-inch-wide border of wall color on the entire ceiling perimeter, or wherever walls meet the ceiling.

Vertical and horizontal stripes of alternating color can make a room grand. While vertical stripes enhance room height by drawing the eye upward, horizontal stripes lure your gaze around the perimeter, making walls seem further away. Use similar light colors for low-contrast stripes, and your room will look even larger.

Creating intimacy

When a space feels cavernous, draw walls inward and make it cozy with warm colors (red-tinged) because darker hues absorb light. Similarly, a dark or warm color overhead (in a flat finish) helps make rooms with high or vaulted ceilings less voluminous.

Give peace a chance

The right paint choice can lend tranquility to a bathroom, master suite, or other quiet, personal space. A palette of soft, understated color or muted tones help you instill a calming atmosphere. Some good choices include pale lavenders, light grays or greens, and wispy blues.

Define your assets

Call out notable features in a room with paint. Dress crown mouldings and other trims in white to make them pop against walls with color. Make a fireplace or other feature a focal point by painting it a color that contrasts with walls.

“Using a higher sheen of paint on woodwork, such as baseboards and door or window casings,” says Schwartze, “creates a crisp edge and clear transition from the wall to the trim.”

Hide flaws

Not everything should stand out in a space. Using a low-contrast palette is a good way to hide unappealing elements or flaws. Conduit, radiators, and other components painted the same color as the wall will seem to disappear.

Selecting low-sheen or flat paint colors also helps hide flaws. Unless walls are smooth, avoid using high-gloss paint because it reflects light and calls attention to an uneven surface.

What’s the cost?

As a DIY job, painting a 12-by-12-ft. space costs about $150, including paint, primer, brushes, drop cloths, and other painting tools and supplies. A professionally painted room using high-quality, brand-name paint costs $200-$400.

Thank you Jan Soults Walker and HouseLogic for the article How to Pick Paint Colors.

If you have any additional questions, contact us at kevin@foryoureverymove.com or post on our Facebook page or twitter!

Food Truck Festival Coming up, Save the Date!

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Thanks to the delicious success of last year’s festival in downtown Athens, Oconee County will host their own festival in just a few months!

Save the date on your calendar, May 4th from 3-7pm, and prep your belly like you’re getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner! Try something from every truck!

Some of the participating trucks include Nana G’s Chicken and Waffles, Athens’ Farm Cart and Skillet and Spurs.

Read Food truck fest booked at Oconee County nursery by OnlineAthens.com for all the details!

If you have any additional questions, contact us at kevin@foryoureverymove.com or post on our Facebook page or twitter!

Simple Home Staging Tips!

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Here’s 5 DIY staging tips from Fox News for selling your home!

1. Get rid of clutter
2. Let natural light fill your home
3. Clean!
4. Manicure your yard and set the scene of a perfect home
5. Update the photos of your home

Read the original article, 5 DIY tips for home staging on the cheap, for all the details!

If you have any additional questions, contact us at kevin@foryoureverymove.com or post on our Facebook page or twitter!

5 Things You Forgot to Clean in Your Bathroom

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Your bathroom, one of the rooms you clean most, hides areas that rarely see a scrub brush. It’s time to tackle these 5 nasty spots you probably forgot.

But we presume you or someone else regularly swishes out the toilets, wipes out the tubs and sinks, and mops your bathroom flooring.

But you may be missing some critical areas. With the help of Kristi Mailloux, president ofMolly Maid, we’ve compiled a list of 5 bathroom spots home owners often forget to clean:

1. Showerheads: A warm white vinegar bath will get rid of mineral deposits, making yourlow-flow shower head flow even lower. Let the showerhead soak for about 20 minutes, then poke a paperclip into shower head holes still clogged. Scrub with an old toothbrush, then rinse and repeat if necessary.

2. Toilet bases: Mildew can grow on the caulking around the base of your toilet. Spray with white vinegar or disinfecting household cleaner, then scrub with a hard-bristled brush. Dry thoroughly.

3. Shower curtains: Clean soap scum and mildew from plastic shower curtains by tossing them into your washer on the gentle and cold (never hot!) water cycle, with detergent and ½ cup vinegar. If mildew is present, add ½ cup of bleach instead of vinegar. Toss a couple of large towels into the machine to act as scrubbers. Hang curtains back on your shower curtain rod, spread them out, and let them drip-dry. If you turn on the bathroom fan, they’ll dry faster.

4. Drains: We don’t usually pay much attention to drains until they’re clogged. But all year your hair, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner are building up in sink and tub drains. Remove the stopper — unscrew the shower drain — and clear away obvious gunk, like hair and soap. Soak the drain in vinegar to clear away mineral deposits. Then, pour boiling water, or a mixture of ½ cup white vinegar and ½ cup baking soda, down the drain, which will bubble away crud sticking to pipes.

5. Medicine cabinet: Throw out prescription and over-the-counter drugs you no longer need or want. But don’t dump them down the drain, where they become part of the watershed, or into the trash, where anyone can fetch them out. Instead, take them to a local collection site, often at police or fire stations. Or check U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Initiative’s website for dates and sites for their next collection.

Bonus tip: Just for the fun of it, launder those powder room towels you won’t let anyone use. And be sure to clean out your dryer’s lint filter when you’re finished.

Thank you to HouseLogic for the article, 5 Things You Forgot to Clean in Your Bathroom by Lisa Kaplan Gordon.

If you have any additional questions, contact us at kevin@foryoureverymove.com or post on our Facebook page or twitter!

Things to do Over the Saint Patrick’s Day Holiday Weekend in Athens, GA!

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St. Patrick’s Snake Day Celebration

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Melting Point!

Sandy Creek Park Monthly Fishing Contest

Comet PanSTARRS viewing

And a whole slew of ongoing art exhibits:

Color & Clay: Art in Harmony Exhibit

Americans in Italy

Defiant Beauty: The Work of Chakaia Booker

From Savanna to Savannah: African Art from the Collection of Don Kole

Object in Focus: The Orpheus Relief Project

Remixing History: Manolo Váldes

William H. Johnson: An American Modern

Wish Exhibit at the Gallery Hotel Indigo Athens

Check out www.visitathensga.com to find fun events and activities! OnlineAthens.com best-bets can be a helpful guide as well.

If you have any additional questions, contact us at kevin@foryoureverymove.com or post on our Facebook page or twitter!

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