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7 BEST RUNNING TRAILS NEAR ATLANTA FOR LATE FALL

by Page Plager

7 BEST RUNNING TRAILS NEAR ATLANTA FOR LATE FALL

 

Hit the ground running at these great Atlanta places to jog in the fall.


Fall's cool, crisp temperatures make the season prime time for all sorts of outdoor adventuring. Couple the idyllic weather with the colorful, soft mosaic of the changing foliage and you've got the stuff of dreams -- especially for trail runners.

In and around Atlanta, there are numerous trails perfect for viewing beautiful fall foliage in the already stunning scenery. Riverside jaunts, treks along ponds and even urban in-town runs all get a boost from the seasonal colors this time of year, and the options run the gamut of skill levels. Here are seven of the best places to run when the leaves start falling.

1. Sweetwater Creek Trails

Sweetwater Creek has a variety of trails for runners to enjoy along the water, across meadows, and through forests. (Alexa Lampasona)

Sweetwater Creek State Park, which is a quick 20 minutes or so from downtown, boasts three history-rich trails, and each of them is exceedingly gorgeous in the fall. The shortest is the beginner-friendly Red Trail, which half a mile in meets the ruins of the five-story New Manchester Mill, part of a Mid mill town. Experienced runners and hikers can hit the White Trail, a 5.2-mile loop that passes several stream covers and leads upstream to Jack's Lake. The trail then passes through a farming community that has plenty of pretty, open meadows. The Yellow Trail, accessible where the Red Trail meets Sweetwater Creek, is a moderate 3.4-miler. Take the wooden footbridge across the water and find a challenging ascent up the ridge and through stunning hardwood forests on the left. The south side of this trail is marked by a massive rock overhang that archeologists believe was used for thousands of years as shelter by Native Americans.

2. Atlanta BeltLine Northside Trail


While it's right downtown, the Atlanta Beltline Northside Trail makes runners feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. (Nate Shivar)

The April 2010 opening of this mile-long trail around the Collier Hills neighborhood marked the first BeltLine trail on the north side of the city. Its best feature is easily its stretch through Tanyard Creek Park, which is full of lush greenery and includes passage through a wooden bridge beneath the railroad line. Enter on Collier Road between Peachtree Street and Northside Drive; there's a parking lot across from Over brook Drive that leads to a public entrance.

3. Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

This two-mile, paved, urban trail doubles as a sightseeing tour of some of the city's coolest attractions. It encompasses three neighborhoods -- Midtown, Inman Park, and the Old Fourth Ward -- and starts at 10th Street and Monroe Drive by the iconic Piedmont Park and ends at Irwin Street near DeKalb Avenue. Sporadic murals and commissioned sculptures along the entire route offer museum-worthy sights. You can hop off at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark to watch skaters dominate the ramps and bowls or exit the trail at North Avenue for a break at Ponce City Market. There, you can shop and eat, or, at its rooftop Skyline Park, play games, breeze down the slide or get a lift on the Hedge Tower. This trail is easily the most popular of the BeltLine offerings, and it's poised to be an even bigger hit once construction through Kirkwood Avenue in Reynoldstown is completed.

4. Cochran Shoals

Soak in fantastic views of the Chattahoochee River along the Cochran Shoals 5K loop. (Alan Cressler)

If you're a long-distance runner who favors flat trails, but who doesn't want to sacrifice exciting terrain and interesting views, you'll appreciate the 5K loop at Cochran Shoals. Not only do you run alongside the Chattahoochee River, but you get to run through a well-groomed marsh area, too. Advanced runners can opt to extend their run to 8.5 miles by adding the Sope Creek Trail, a more technical trail full of tricky roots and rocks that end at a serene pond.


5. Tribble Mill Park

Great for new runners, Tribble Mill Park has a mix of paved and dirt trails. (Alan Cressler)

A short, fully paved 2.8-mile path, this Gwinnett County spot is ideal for new runners. The expansive playground and multiple pavilions mean families will love it, too. Tree-lined Ozora Lake, around which the trail wraps, is especially picturesque during fall -- and that's a sight anyone will enjoy. Thrill seekers can still get a quick rush, too: There are a few dirt side trails leading into the woods that will add some length onto your run.

6. East Palisades Trail

Run through a bamboo forest on this great 4-mile route along the East Palisades trail. (Alan Cressler)

Let rushing water and the knocking of towering bamboo stalks be the soundtrack to your run on this in-town Chattahoochee River trail. Start the 4-mile route by crossing a wooden bridge over Charlie's Trapping Creek before heading north to a bluff overlooking the river. Below, you'll likely catch kayakers traversing the minefield of angular rock slabs jutting out from the rapids. A descent toward Cabin Creek and a north turn across an old stone bridge will ultimately land you smack dab among towering 30-foot bamboo stalks that, with enough wind, will add a perpetual percussive element to your run. From there, go down the bluff again, run the switchbacks south of Cabin Creek and a travel along a gravel path to the finale.

7. Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is a long time staple of Atlanta, but that doesn't make the 4-mile run any less special. Head out from the 10th Street entrance across from Argonne Avenue and run north into the park. You will pass the sports fields, tracks, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which requires a ticket to enter but still affords a peek at its gorgeous exhibits from the outside. A more recent addition, the Legacy Fountain, is up next and is followed by two off-leash dog parks on either side, as well as an unpaved Wetlands Trail. You'll spot the pool, circle Lake Clara Meer, loop around folks relaxing or flying kites on the meadow, then ascend to run alongside 10th Street to the finish. The skyline views you get throughout are simply unbeatable.

Originally written by RootsRated for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

 

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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7 WAYS TO GET OUTSIDE IN ATLANTA THIS FALL

by Page Plager

7 WAYS TO GET OUTSIDE IN ATLANTA THIS FALL

Feed your soul with an outdoors adventure in and around Atlanta.

The crispness of fall comes as a welcome relief to the summer heat in Atlanta. Autumn is a time when the weather is perfectly moderate and the air feels amazingly fresh in this city. Take advantage of the break from Georgia's intense temps and get outside -- and often. Here are seven great ways to have fun outdoors in Atlanta and nearby while the forecasts are nothing but calm and cool.


1. Hike Stone Mountain.

Amazing views from the summit of Stone Mountain make this trek worth the effort. (Eric Epps)

The massive carved monadnock and the 3,200 acres around it remain one of Georgia's most popular outdoor attractions. Most locals remember riding the cable car as a kid and can name at least a couple songs in the soundtrack to the longstanding nighttime laser show at Stone Mountain Park. Climbing up the mountain itself is basically a rite of passage. There are six trails of varying difficulties and lengths to get you to there. On the 2-mile Songbird Habitat Trail, you'll hear the chirping of Eastern Bluebirds and Northern Cardinals. The shorter Nature Garden Trail is especially scenic in the fall and connects to the 5-mile Cherokee Trail, the longest of the Stone Mountain paths.

2. Traverse the Chattahoochee River.

 

Catch the changing fall colors from a different perspective as you paddle down the Chattahoochee River. (Alan Cressler)

There are a few ways to run the length of the Chattahoochee River and several spots to enter. Start around Azalea Park in Roswell where you can rent a kayak, stand-up paddleboard or canoe for your adventure. It’s important to note that there are rambunctious stretches with Class I and Class II rapids along the route, but most of the river is calm and allows for long looks at the changing colors of the landscape around you.

3. Follow the Silver Comet Trail.

Run, bike or hike your way along the Silver Comet Trail. (Flickr user 7263255)

Built on abandoned railroad lines, the fully paved Silver Comet Trail clocks in at a whopping 61.5 miles and runs from Smyrna to the Alabama state line. This is a peaceful trek, and the trail passes over creeks, through small towns, and by a restored railroad depot. The trail is for non-motorized activities and is great for anything from zooming on a Rollerblade to biking, running or walking. Around the Dallas area, there are even farms that rent their horses for riding on the grassy stretch alongside the trail.

4. Gauge your hiking guts at Tallulah Gorge.

The Sliding Rock Trail at Tallulah Gorge State Park will even have the hearts of thrill seekers pumping. (Alexa Lampasona)

Within two hours of the city is a hike that is absolutely not for the faint of heart: the Sliding Rock Trail at Tallulah Gorge State Park. The Tallulah Gorge in northern Georgia has plenty of offerings for folks of all levels, but thrill-seeking hikers will go nuts for the strenuous 3.4-mile Sliding Rock Trail challenge. In fact, you have to take a safety class before you get a pass to head out on it. To start, you must brace yourself along a skinny, swaying suspension bridge, then descend more than 600 stairs to the gorge floor 1,000 feet below. The trail isn't clearly defined, which leaves a bit of room for interpretation, but there’s no doubt you'll crawl through slippery, rocky waters, then climb over boulders and through crevices along the way. You know you've succeeded in conquering the trail once you reach the giant sliding rock.

5. Explore the Atlanta BeltLine.

The popular Atlanta BeltLine is a great way to get outside and enjoy the cool air of fall. (Daniel Lobo)

The Atlanta BeltLine is a project that is still in the works -- it ultimately will hit 33 miles and link 45 in-town neighborhoods -- but there already are four fully accessible trails perfect for running, walking or biking. The Eastside Trail is hands-down the most popular and runs from Piedmont Park to Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. If you're looking to get the most fall colors on the BeltLine, though, try the Northside Trail through Tanyard Creek Park, which you can enter on Collier Road between Peachtree Street and Northside Drive. The trail was designed to preserve historic growth, so you'll see plenty of beautiful fall foliage along the way.

6. Hike the Cascade Springs Natural Reserve Trail.

A hike along the Cascade Springs Natural Reserve Trail makes you feel like you're miles away from the city when you actually haven’t even left it. The natural oasis of Cascade Springs on the city’s southwest side has 120 acres of green space and contains some of the oldest forests in Atlanta. In addition the area is home to the babbling Utoy creek, multiple small streams, impressive boulders and, ultimately, a rumbling waterfall surrounded by beautiful English ivy. Deer, birds and turtles populate the whole reserve and make this trail one of the most genuine and special outdoor trail experiences in Atlanta.

7. Spend an afternoon (outside the perimeter) at an Alpaca Farm.

Awww...how can you resist visiting an alpaca farm and petting this cute face? (Aden Davies)

The number of alpaca farms just outside the perimeter of Atlanta is a bit bewildering, but a lot of fun. Fewer than two hours away from downtown -- many closer to just one -- are havens for the fluffy llama-like creatures. At family-run businesses like Macon's Yellow Rock Farm and Southern Estate, visitors are encouraged to pet and even smooch the gentle, undeniably adorable alpacas.

Originally written by RootsRated for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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The Gifted Ferret Wine Tasting

by Page Plager

Woodstock, GA.

Looking for something different to do with your Saturday evening? The Gifted Ferret is the perfect place to wine and unwind. Every Saturday night The Gifted Ferret offers free public wine tastings. Guest will get to sample three different boutique wines and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres. 

It is not mandatory, but asked that you register prior to the wine tastings to ensure that they are properly staffed and have enough refreshments to serve everyone.

Bring a date or a couple of friends, and mix up your usual Saturday night plans with a visit to The Gifted Ferret!

Event Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2015. 6pm-8pm

Admission: FREE

* Must be 21+ to attend event

To register call (770)-693-5889. For more information, click here.

The Gifted Ferret
1910 Eagle Dr. Suite 400
Woodstock, GA 30189
(770)-693-5889
 

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Finding the Right Community

by Page Plager

I'm going to let you in on a secret; there's more to buying a home than simply loving the home itself.

Shocked? Of course you're not.

Just like us, you've heard "location, location, location," so you know that the surrounding community is just as important as where you sleep at night. But you may not know exactly what you should look for, so we've come up with a short list of things you should think about before putting an offer on that dream home.

Think of the Children!

If have children, or will in the future, it's important to know how active the streets are in your future neighborhood. You want your children to be safe when playing or walking near your home, so take a few trips to the area at different hours of the day to see how traffic flows. You can also ask neighbors and they'll generally give you an honest assessment. It's also a good idea to see if there are speed bumps or signs in the area to alert drivers of children. Keep an eye out to see how well-lit the streets are as well.

But It's So Far Away...

There are those that love living out in the solitude of the wilderness, but for many others they like having stores, schools, parks and other amenities readily available. You should time your trips, during heavy traffic times, from your prospective house to other areas that you'll frequent. You'll be able to decide whether or not you're too close, too far away, or just right when it comes to these times.

Remember, the closer you are to a major road, the likelier you are to hear that highway or interstate traffic at night. It's also pertinent to know if businesses in your area have early open or late closing times, especially if you have a job that isn't the traditional 9-to-5.

Safety First

In today's society, it's especially important to know who you're going to live by and what support is offered in the area. You can find out tons of information online about crime statistics (including sex offenders in your area), efforts on recycling, distance to hospitals, availability of public transportation and local ordinances. Talk to your local alderman's office, town hall or council meetings to learn more. You may even be able to talk to the neighborhood watch if one is available.

Keep Fun Close

If you and your family are always looking to have a little fun, it's important to know if there are parks, sports teams, or other activities in the area. You don't want to have to drive across the city, or country, just to have a good time.

Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Free Family Festival at the High Museum of Art

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

Bring the family out to the Free Family Festival at the High, this Saturday! The Alliance Theatre and the Object Group have collaborated to bring the Habsburg Splendor exhibition to life! Explore the Habsburg family tree with Maria, Theresa and Rudolf as they run into some characters while on this colorful and musical journey.

There are plenty more activities going on throughout the day such as the Gilded Stroller Tour, Drop-in-Art-Making Workshop, Waltz Workshops and more. So bring the whole family and come be a part of a world class family experience.

Event Date: November 8th, 2015. Noon-5pm

Admission: FREE!

For more information, click here.

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-733-4400
 

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo Courtesy of Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr.com

Choosing Between a House Vs Condo

by Page Plager

On our quest to find the perfect home, debating whether to purchase a house or a condo sometimes factors into the debate. Sure, there are lots of factors that make this an easy decision for some—kids, location, money, space—but for others there isn't a black or white answer.

That's because each has its advantages and disadvantages. Let's take a look at some of those now.

Traditional House (Pros and Cons)

Houses are traditionally more appealing to the "do-it-yourself'ers" and those with children because they have the advantage of having total remodel power over every inch of the house, without having to worry about consent from others—homeowners association rules aside. This allows for more flexibility when it comes to children and pet accommodations, as well as more room both inside and out. This also means that your neighbors generally don't live close enough to know what you're having for breakfast just by peering in a window.

But there are also drawbacks to homeownership, mainly in the form of effort. When you own your own home, you're required to perform (or pay for) maintenance on your yard and trees, which means you have to purchase equipment and tools to keep up with things. Then it not only becomes a financial investment, but a time investment as well. Utility bills can also be higher due to the size of a house.

Condominium (Pros and Cons)

There's a growing sect of people that pushed for more urban living, giving rise to larger and larger cities. The appeal of living in these close quarter areas is the accessibility of stores, restaurants, sports facilities and other amenities. If you're one of the many that struggle to find free time each day, condos can be an attractive choice for their convenience and low-maintenance living. And because you're only responsible for the interior of the condo, association fees cover exterior concerns such as a structural damage and lawn care, leaving you more time to enjoy the area.

Just like owning a traditional home, condos have a few drawbacks. Remember those association fees we talked about earlier? Well, these are extra fees that are in addition to your monthly mortgage payment. Think of them as H.O.A. fees, but for your condo. Oftentimes these may not be a set fee, and can fluctuate depending on needed maintenance. Not to mention that you're continuously surrounded, elbow-to-elbow, with all your neighbors. If you don't particularly like that neighbor that blares music until the early AM, you better hope that your homeowners’ rules have something that can help you.

It's Easy, Choose More Pros

There are pros and cons to every situation, you just have to determine which cons you can live with, and which pros you most look forward to enjoying. Both housing situations can be perfect depending on your lifestyle. Just remember that when the pros outweigh the cons, the cons will eventually start to dwindle away. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Franks N' Steins Halloween Bash

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

Not sure what to do this Halloween? The Red Brick Brewing Co. is inviting you to their ‘Franks N’ Steins Halloween Bash’ this Saturday! Grab your ticket(s) before they run out, and come enjoy five hours of complimentary beer, hot dogs & veggie dogs, and receive a Red Brick Brewing Co. limited edition pint glass.

Wear your best costumes and enter to win the costume contest! A live DJ will provide the entertainment while you enjoy the party, and the spacious patio is the ideal place to mingle throughout the night.

With fully staffed bars, party favors and more, this will be your best Halloween yet! Grab some friends and your tickets and make some fun memories!

Event Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015. 9:00pm - 2:00am

Admission: $75 per person. Ticket includes: 5 Hours of Complimentary Beer, Hot Dogs, and a commemorative pint glass.

*Must be 21+ to attend. Drink responsibly!

Purchase your ticket(s) here. For more information, visit the website here.

2323 Defoor Hills Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-5558

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Is it Time to Repair the Roof?

by Page Plager

​"All I need are four walls and a roof over my head."

Most of us have heard this line once in or twice in our lives. Some of us have even used it ourselves. That's because they represent the metaphoric requirements for having a home. But as any homeowner knows, those parts sometimes need some work—especially the roof.

It's important to know when to repair a roof, because all it takes is a small leak in the roof to damage drywall, rot wood, ruin belongings and promote the growth of mold. And spending money on replacing a roof is very often cheaper than spending money on replacing your stuff. Think of replacing your roof like making an investment in your home. It adds longevity, curb appeal and value to your property. All important factors to consider, especially if you plan to sell your home.

Let's take a look at a few tips to know when to call in an expert.

Shingles All the Way

Missing, cracked, curled or fallen shingles are your first indicator that your roof may need some repair. It's also a sign that your roof is starting to break down. When tar strips—glue for your shingles—starts to wear out, shingles will start to break off and fall away from the house. If you look at your roof and you're missing a single shingle, it may simply be a rogue shingle; or it may mean the beginning of a larger problem. Ask an expert to see if it's a one-time deal or if it's time to get the process going.

Moss is for Trees Only

You may love nature, but nature can also be pretty destructive to our man-made homes. If your roof is covered in moss, it's very likely that the moss has grown steadily because of roots that have dug their way into and under the shingles. This, coupled with the moisture they retain, means the moss could be freezing and expanding, stretching the tar strips and pulling the shingles away from the house.

Spotting the Spots

Discolored shingles aren't just an eyesore, they're also an indicator that the granules that protect the asphalt in the shingle have started to be broken down by the sun. Though it is a natural process over the life of the shingle, it also means that the asphalt on the shingle is unprotected and more prone to wear down faster due to weather effects. Not only that, but discolored spots could also indicate damp areas on your roof, which means you may have an even bigger problem than needing to replace your shingles. 

Taking care of these roof issues will mean that you not only are protecting your investment, but will be a step ahead when it comes time to sell your home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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4th Annual Atlanta World Kite Festival

by Page Plager

Atlanta, Ga.

This weekend come out to the 4th Annual Atlanta World Kite Festival. This festival was created for a memorable family-friendly day, with kite flying, games, and plenty of outdoor activities. And this is the biggest one yet! Make a kite of your own design, and enter it in the 2nd annual kite decorating contest. If you do not own a kite, visitors will be able to purchase kites at the festival.

Not a fan of flying kites? Not a problem, there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy out here such as arts & crafts, live entertainment, contests, food vendors, a kids fun zone and more!

Get ready to make memories with your loved ones, and come enjoy the festival!

Event Date: Saturday, October 24th, 2015. 1pm – 6pm

General Admission: FREE!

For more information, visit the website here.

Piedmont Park
Charles Allen Drive & 10th Street
Atlanta, GA 30306 
 

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Getting the Best Deal on Your Dream Home

by Page Plager

​Competition is generally considered a healthy, natural happenstance in life. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for buyers looking into real estate. That's because the more people there are bidding on your dream property, means there's the less chance of getting a great deal on it.

There may not be a better time to get in on the action. Why? Economists believe—and rightly so—that the rise and fall of the real estate market holds a close relationship to the rise and fall of employment rates. That's why it's especially important to be cognizant of the job market in your area; you'll want to get the best deal while you can.

Here are five things you should know as a buyer that will help you negotiate the best real estate deal:

1) If you find that house you're looking for, look for comparable sales in the area. There's nothing worse than insulting a seller with a lowball offer before you've even done your research. A good seller will know what houses in his/her market are going for, so don't try to outsmart them.  

2) There are other ways to get the "discounts" you're looking for. In your proposals ask for things that you'd like to see done, or left in the house. Keeping appliances and other amenities in the home, or cutting out dead trees in the backyard, are both good ways to save money on changes or additions you'd make anyway. Getting these into the agreement (on the buyer's dime) can help you save on your bottom line anyway.

3) Combine our first two tips with this one: find out why the seller is getting rid of the home in the first place. If you find out if it's because of job relocation, divorce, retirement or any number of other factors, you may be able to come to a better understanding which often means a better deal.

4) Determine whether you want an established home or a fixer-upper. Houses can sometimes be priced comparably even though one may need significantly more work than another. Understanding property values in your area can help.

5) Don't get caught holding all the cards. Remaining in a bidding war over a few thousand dollars is meaningless on a 30-year loan, especially if the house you're looking at it is your dream home. It's OK to stand your ground for a good deal, but don't run yourself out of the deal by asking for too many things at once.

Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

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Page and Blaise Plager are the owner/agents of Property Sellutions.  We provide real estate services in Greater Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding communities North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County, Dekalb County,
Hall County, Glynn County, and The Golden Isles


 

We list and sell residential real estate including single family homes, condominiums, townhomes, rental property,
investment property, vacant land and lots for sale in the Great Atlanta, Georgia area.