Super Bowl, Super Home, Super Purchase!

Super Bowl, Super Home, Super Purchase!

What do the Super Bowl, a Super Home, and a Super Purchase have in common??

Other than they are all ‘SUPER’ more than you might think! 

Buyers! This weekend is the PERFECT time go shopping for your new home.  Why?  In spite of all the Super Bowl Party talk, the numbers work out to a 50/50 split.  50% of people planning to watch the big game will either host a party, go to a party, or watch the game at a Bar (only 5%).  The other 50% will be home all afternoon this Sunday.  You only have to be concerned about the 5% who will feel pushed to get to a Bar for a good seat.  The remaining 95% will either be home all afternoon or at least until 4:00pm.  Add to that number the percentage of people who will NOT be watching the game at all! Awesome.  Let’s GO!

Sellers! This weekend is the PERFECT time to show your newly listed home!  Why?  Well, much like the first paragraph, 95% of people planning to watch the game will not be in front of TV before 4:30, and none of the people who DO NOT intend to watch the game will be waiting on it to come on.

Buyers!  Get out there and lock down YOUR Super Home this weekend!   Follow the plan of my Team, and you will likely be making a SUPER PURCHASE!

Sellers! Call me to get your home listed BEFORE Saturday, and when it’s priced right, the foot traffic will be better than the Super Bowl!

The Team to root for THIS weekend is MY TEAM at Keller Williams in Roswell!  We cover North Fulton, Forsyth, Cobb, and Cherokee, and can help you find or list your Super Home for a Super Purchase!  Awesome.  Let’s GO!

My best always!

Denise

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So . . . what about that Kitchen re-do?

So . . . what about that Kitchen re-do?

Marian McPherson, a Staff Writer with Inman.com provides some great info for everyone considering a Kitchen Re-Do!  Whether you are wanting to sell, and want to maximize your listing price by updating your Kitchen (GREAT RETURN ON INVESTMENT), or are settling in for a few more years, updating your Kitchen breathes new life into your home!  

TOP 10 NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTIONS

TOP 10 NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTIONS

It’s that time of year!  If you’ve resolved to ring out the old and start the New Year with clean slate, you’re in good company!  Here are the this year’s most popular resolutions:

#10 in the land is to find a new or better job (real estate sales? Call me!)
# 9 is the resolution to participate in volunteerism, or contribute more to charity (awesome!)
# 8 is near and dear to my heart:  Learn something new.  Being ‘learning based’ is the BEST way to be!
# 7 is the resolution to exercise more.  This ALWAYS makes the list, and it doesn’t have to be drudgery! Just go for a stroll around your neighborhood every day; go to a local Mall and window shop for an hour whenever you can break free. Choose something fun that’s also physical. You can do it!
# 6 is beautiful, and that’s spend more time with family & close friends.  Never let the Holiday season determine the frequency of time spent with family and friends.
#5 is do more new and exciting things!  What are you passionate about?  Make 2018 the year you actually DO something about it!  Learn to fly, take an art class, save up and go fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, volunteer to be a book reviewer if reading is your passion . . . the list is endless.  My husband wrote a book about it called ‘Define Your Passion‘ to help people discover theirs (it’s on Amazon, by JDWalker . . . just saying)!

AND THE TOP FOUR ARE:

#4: Quit smoking. Amen!  Do you own cigarettes or do they own you??  That was my husband’s revelation 20 years ago, and he purposed to put them down so his little girl (age 11 at the time) would never pick them up.  Quit smoking.  This you CAN do.
#3 is to make smarter financial decisions (and watch your future grow brighter – immediately). My husband and I have taught Financial Peace University so I can tell you from personal experience living on a budget makes every week better!
#2 makes the list as often as quitting smoking, and that’s to lose weight and eat healthier.  Here are 5 great ways to achieve losing weight and eating healthier:             > Stop buying frozen dinners  > Take cooking classes  > Eat out at Farm-to-Table Restaurants > Cut back on white bread and white potatoes by half > Add Resolution #7 and incorporate a way to be physically active for 15 minutes each day

AND THE NUMBER ONE RESOLUTION FOR 2018, AND I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP (promise!)

#1 is to buy a home or move.  So many people lost their homes and had to resort to renting during the downturn!  Widespread economic recovery has returned our desire to regain home ownership, plus the ability to relocate to someplace we’ve always wanted to live.  Of course I applaud this, being in the real estate industry, but more so I am so encouraged that families, like yours and mine, have regained control of our destinies!

I wish for each of you the very best in the New Year!   I’m in business with the best Agents. My team will deliver VIP service to you, and help you achieve YOUR resolution to move into YOUR dream home, dream neighborhood, or dream school district.  No matter where in the U.S., Canada, or anywhere abroad I can help you make the move!

All My Best!

Denise

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‘Tis the Season . . . for BUYING A HOME!

‘Tis the Season . . . for BUYING A HOME!

“The quieter winter market brings special pricing considerations.”  This quote from MONEY Magazine is part of the larger story indicating better prices are available this time of year as opposed to the Spring of the year when many more Buyers are in the market.

So, here’s your Holiday Home Buying Strategy . . .

  • Use the weekday evenings for holiday shopping and decorating

  • Call me to connect you with the Keller Williams Agent best suited to help you achieve your home buying goals – we are YOUR Team!

  • Create a Blueprint for Home Buying Success.  It will contain:  The 2 Areas You Desire Most  *  The 5 Must Features of Your Home (move-in ready, hardwood floors, rocking chair porch, big back yard, gourmet kitchen, for example), and  * The 10 Wish Features of Your Home (1/2 acre or more, 3-car garage, white quartz countertops, level yard, master on main, screened porch, a specific subdivision, wood-burning fireplace, in-ground pool, jacuzzi tub – for example)

  • Pre-qualify with a trusted Lender (I use Kathy Vitali w/ Shelter Lending)

  • Saturdays are now free to visit the homes YOUR Team has prepped for you!

  • With your Blueprint completed, build your comparison sheet which lists all the properties you REALLY consider as your first, new, or next home

  • Now YOU are ready to maximize this season of Home Buying!

I look forward to your call!

Denise

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Home Buyers Unite!

Home Buyers Unite!

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Home Buyers Unite!

Unite with a great Real Estate Team that knows this Sellers’ market, and can negotiate the best possible purchase price for you.  It is no secret we are in a Seller’s market for home buying.  The result is properties selling very quickly, so quickly in fact that a home in our subdivision sold as an all-cash purchase within 48 hours of listing!

What to do??

First things first, Buyers, you need to know what you can afford!  Questions you must answer include…

  • “Do I have to sell my current house before I can make another purchase?”
  • “Will my debt-to-income ratio allow me to purchase my dream home?”
  • “How fast can I close this home buying purchase?”
  • “If I can’t buy now due to debt or credit issues, when can I buy?”
  • “If there are multiple bids on the house  I want, can I have confidence my bid will win?”

Experts!  Call in the Experts!

I ran the Roswell Office of Keller Williams for more than 14 years.  I personally know the best Agents, best Lenders, and top residential vendors to get your questions answered.  A phone call with me will put you on the best path to Buying Success!

Follow the links here in my blog to find the homes you want to tour, in the areas of your greatest interest, and call me to discuss.  My partners and I are the first and BEST step to take in this market’s often crazy buying process, and we will be delighted to direct you to the top professionals to make your home buying dreams come true!

My Best Always!

Denise

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Tis the Season . . . for SELLING!

Tis the Season . . . for SELLING!

Tis the Season . . . for SELLING!

According to every credible source it is a SELLER’S Market in Roswell and the surrounding areas (see links to the right)!  If YOU are thinking of selling now, here are FIVE of HGTV’s Top Ten things to do to get your home ready to sell!

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ONE – The first impression is the only impression
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. 

TWO – The kitchen comes first
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. 

THREE – Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.

FOUR – Take the home out of your house
One of the most important things to do when selling your house, and one of the hardest to do, is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes.  YOUR home is wherever you and your family are. Let the Buyer imagine your house as their home!

FIVE – Pricing it right (HGTV’s heading, my advice!)
Keller Williams Agents are the best trained, most knowledgeable Real Estate Agents in the industry.  They have amazing tools, the latest statistics, market knowledge, and broad-based training to help them know how to price your home for the fastest sale possible.  Everyone thinks their home is worth more than it is. However it is the MARKET which will have the final say.  Your KW Agent will be able to price it right for the fastest sale possible, and they will work with you to get there!

IF YOU ARE SELLING YOUR HOME, YOU NEED THE BEST AGENT POSSIBLE . . . CALL ME!  I WILL PUT ONE OF MY VERY BEST AGENTS IN TOUCH WITH YOU!  CHECK OUT THE LINKS TO THE RIGHT FOR WHICHEVER AREA YOU LIKE, FILL OUT THE PROVIDED FORM, AND I WILL BE IN TOUCH TO CONNECT YOU WITH THE BEST AGENT FOR YOU!

I love happy endings!

My best,

Denise

 

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Roswell is a happening ‘burg!

Roswell is a happening ‘burg!

Jump into a great Roswell October!

Every month is a great month to live in Roswell, and October is right in line with that excitement!  Consider this quick overview…

Live Music on the lawn at the Crazy Love Coffeehouse on Canton Street

Date Night and Evening Canoe trips at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  YES,  Groovy canoeing on the Hooch!

Ghost Tours every weekend.  It’s Halloween month so get your ‘boo on’ in Roswell’s haunted hot spots!

The Symphony, and later on you can groove on the beautiful sounds of a Brahms Requiem!

Stars Dancing to Change Lives, the annual ‘Dancing with the Stars’-style event I started a few years ago continues and blesses the outreach of Every Woman Works. EWW was founded by my dear friend Tillie O’Neal (Miss Tillie to y’all).  You will LOVE it!

There’s SO much more!  Go to http://www.visitroswellga.com/community-calendar/ for more events and all the details you’ll need to make October in Roswell YOUR best ever!

Want to make this amazing city YOUR home?  Visit the links to the right so we can chat about your new home in North Fulton.  If you’d rather visit Roswell from your place in a surrounding town, that’s awesome!  Any of the links to the right will have amazing homes from which to choose.

I look forward to chatting with you, and helping YOU have a great home near my favorite ‘burg, Roswell GA!

Best Always,

Denise Buchanan

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Roswell is Rockin’ tonight thru the weekend!

Roswell is Rockin’ tonight thru the weekend!

A Great Weekend to Live in Roswell (as always, right!)

  • Roswell’s acclaimed ‘Alive after 5’ is tonight from 5pm to 9pm on Canton Street
  • Tomorrow (Friday, the 22nd)
    • Roswell Ghost Tours (don’t be skeered, $40 to go)
    • Crazy Love Coffeehouse has live music on their lawn (groovy spot!)
  • Saturday, the 23rd
    • More Ghost Tours! 
    • Civic-minded good stuff!  Roswell Cemetery Cleanup at Old Roswell Cemetery
    • A Free Acting Workshop at Roswell United Methodist
    • Our amazing Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s production of The Jungle Book!
  • Sunday, the 24th get goose bumps again on the Roswell Ghost Tour, and Canton Street is open for Brunch!

Enjoy the weekend in our amazing town!  If Roswell is not yet your home, call me!  I will make sure you get the home of your dreams.  As a 14 year veteran of the Roswell Real Estate Market no one is better suited to match your dream with a great Agent!  Follow the links to the right, browse by the category most important to you, sign up, and we’ll get started!   It’s that easy.

Have a great weekend!

Best Always… Denise

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51st Annual Roswell Arts Festival THIS Weekend!

51st Annual Roswell Arts Festival THIS Weekend!

51st annual arts festivalROSWELL ARTS FESTIVAL

This Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Roswell’s Historic Town Square

Supporting the City of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs Department since 1966, the Roswell Arts Festival is a MUST attend, and the weather should be beautiful!   Shuttles will be available if parking at City Hall.  SEE YOU THERE!!  

 

Originals Wanted:  You and Canton Street!

Originals Wanted: You and Canton Street!

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Canton Street with its shops, art galleries, restaurants and sidewalk cafes is a Roswell Original.  It’s bustling with vitality, having among its many awards the designation as a Great Place In Georgia.  Period storefronts of the historic district blend with eclectic treasures throughout the city.  A varied selection of items in a delightful setting, mixed with friendly service and warm smiling faces….

Yes, Canton Street is a Roswell Original.  You, too, are an original . . . just like Roswell’s beloved Canton Street.

Tonight through Sunday Evening make yourself at home in Canton Street’s eateries featuring sumptuous dishes for all tastes and desires! Browse the kitschy shoppes offering antiques, ice cream, gourmet olive oils, ladies fashions, and so much more!

Now turn your attention to the links on the right and start searching for YOUR home in Roswell.  Now is the time to relocate, upgrade, or downsize to the home that fits you, your style, and your needs!  Roswell, Georgia is the place to make these, and many other, dreams come true!  See YOU on Canton Street!