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6 Questions if You Are Ready to Buy a Home

by Page Plager

There comes a time in everyone’s life that they begin to think about putting down roots and buying a house. Buying a home is a big event, and the largest purchase most of us will ever make.

It’s important to make sure you’re ready before you buy a house. Here are some questions to find out if you’re ready to make the commitment and own your own place.

  1. Do you plan to stay put for several years? Ideally, experts say that you should plan to stay in your home for 5 to 7 years to make buying a house pay off. If you think you’ll need to move before that time, you might be better off renting.
  2. Are you are in control of your finances? Owning a home means paying your mortgage on time every month, and paying for your own repairs. You’ll need to be able to budget your money to pay for a home.
  3. Do you have a stable income? If your income fluctuates, you may have trouble making your monthly mortgage payments.
  4. Do you have savings? You’ll need savings to cover your closing costs, home maintenance, and anything you need for your house like curtains or furniture. You’ll also need savings to cover emergencies, such as storm damage.
  5. Do you have good credit? A good credit score will ensure you get a good interest rate on your mortgage. If you’ve had a bankruptcy or missed several payments on credit cards or loans, you may need to wait on buying a home until you can repair your credit.
  6. Are you handy around the house? There’s no landlord a call for repairs when you own your own home. You are responsible for fixing your own leaky faucet, broken dishwasher, or backed-up sewer. You’ll also have to take care of maintenance like yard work and painting.

If you can answer yes to these questions and are still excited about owning your own place, you’re probably ready to buy a home. Contact me for an appointment to get the process going. I’ll be happy to help you determine how much house you can afford, and 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.

Photo courtesy ponsulak, FreeDigitalPhoto.net.

Spring EGG-stravaganza

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

This Saturday at Fernbank’s Museum of Natural History, they’re welcoming in springtime with a slight twist and want you and your little ones to join them! Instead of your traditional egg-hunt, Fernbank has set up special egg stations where guests can participate in games and complete activities all over the museum. While participating in the activities you will get the chance to gather a variety of prize-filled eggs, so be sure to bring a basket!

This spring time extravaganza is also featuring Sam’s Path Petting Zoo. From 10am to 2pm in the Great Hall, you can pet and learn about piglets, ducklings, lambs, and Flemish giant rabbits. While you’re visiting the animals in the Great Hall, you can also play a life-size version of tic-tac-toe, try and balance an egg on a spoon while making it through an obstacle course, and you can get your very own spring themed temporary tattoo!

So grab your family, and your baskets, and come celebrate the season festival at the Museum of Natural History!

Museum Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
 

For more information regarding the EGG-stravaganza, please click here.

For museum prices, please click here.

767 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
404.929.6300
 

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 Hans/pixabay.com

Simple Home Maintenance Tips

by Page Plager

Every homeowner is interested in keeping the value in their home. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep up with maintenance on your property. This will help protect your investment, and make it easier when you are ready to sell.

Fortunately, most important maintenance chores are quick and and don’t need any special skills. Here are some simple maintenance tips that will help keep your home in good shape.

In the Kitchen

Your range hood helps keep your home clean by pulling cooking smoke and grease out of the air. Clean the vent filters on your range hood before they get clogged with grease and dirt. If you have metal filters, wash them by hand. Disposable filters can be replaced regularly.

Check the oven door to make sure it seals properly, so you don’t lose heat and energy every time you use it. Keeping the drip bowls under your stovetop burners clean will help keep your stove in good condition and prevent food particles from burning when you cook.

Your refrigerator is one of the biggest energy users in your home. Keep it running efficiently by vacuuming the coils a couple of times a year.

It’s easy for food to get caught in your garbage disposal, which can create a bad smell in your kitchen. Remove any large pieces stuck in your disposal, then run ice through the it to help clean out any small particles. You can add salt or vinegar to the ice for extra cleaning. Freshen your entire kitchen by running a few small pieces of lemon or orange peel through the disposal.

Major Appliances

Your clothes dryer is another big, expensive energy user in your home. Save energy and help protect your home from fire by vacuuming the lint out of your dryer exhaust vent at least once a year.

Protect your air conditioner and keep your home cooler by changing your disposable filter at least once a month. If you have a reusable filter, vacuum it every month. Your air conditioner will run more efficiently, use less energy, and last longer.

By keeping up with these small maintenance projects, you’ll protect your home and make it easier to take care of larger issues as they come up. You especially need to keep up with maintenance if you are getting ready to sell your home. Get in touch with me for a consultation on selling your house, and to find out how much your home is worth.

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 Kinetics, Stock.XCHNG.

The Georgia Aquarium

by Page Plager

Georgia Aquarium

This weekend take your whole family on an under-sea adventure they’ll never forget! The Atlanta aquarium is the home to over 100,000 animals, 500 different species, all of which inhabit 10 million gallons of salt water and fresh water. Not only is this the largest aquarium in the nation, it’s also the only aquarium outside of Asia to house whale sharks. Speaking of whale sharks, you can snorkel or scuba dive with them at the Georgia Aquarium! Maybe want to start off with something a little smaller? There are many different animals to encounter. Such as: belugas, otters, penguins, and much more!

And after you have worked up an appetite, stop by the aquarium’s Café Aquaria. Choose from a wide variety that will surely satisfy the whole family. Café Aquaria opens one hour before the Aquarium opens, and closes one hour prior to the Aquarium's closing.

For more information regarding the Georgia Aquarium, please click here.

To view ticket packages, ticket combos, and prices, please click here.

Aquarium hours:
Sunday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 6pm
 
225 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
404.581.4000
 

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 skeeze/pixabay.com

Prepare to Find Your Dream Home this Spring

by Page Plager

Spring and summer are the absolute best time to buy a new home and move. The weather is perfect, you get the entire summer to get the kids settled in and enrolled in their new schools and you have time to complete all those renovation projects before the cold weather sets in.

According to some experts, almost half of the home sales recorded in the United States occur between March and July. This means if you attempt to buy a home in the spring and summer you will face competition from other buyers. That makes it even more important that you have your proverbial ducks in a row before you begin.

Take these steps to prepare to buy a home when the weather begins to warm up.

Set a Budget

Budgeting for your new home involves two parts. First, you need to budget how you plan to save for such one-time expenses as your down payment, closing costs, renting a moving truck, and perhaps furnishing and painting your new home. Setup a separate savings account and begin saving as soon as possible.

The second part of your budget is determining how much home you can comfortably afford. As a general rule, you should spend a maximum of 2.5 times your current annual income on your new home and your total debt payments (mortgage, car note, credit cards and student loans) should not exceed one third of your gross monthly income. Stay within these parameters and you should have no trouble paying your bills each month.

Decide What You Want and Need in a Home

Establishing what you want and you need is an important part of the process of buying a home. Wants are simply things that would be nice to have in a home. Need are must haves. They are essential. You should make a list of both before you begin to explore available properties whether online or in person. Sit down with your real estate agent to discuss what you are looking for in a home.

Apply for Loan Preapproval

Contact several lenders – either online or in person – and explore your options as far as terms and rate. Once you decide on the right loan and lender for you, gather the necessary documents and submit them. Once you have a preapproval letter in hand, you have the ability to move quickly when you find the right home, and that can give you an advantage when competing against several interested buyers for the same property.

Follow these steps, and you will be ready to enter the competitive real estate market this spring. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and 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.

Photo courtesy of Ken Whytock at Flickr.com.

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

by Page Plager

Ralph McGill, Pine St. and Piedmont Ave. Atlanta, Ga

Come join us in the celebration of Atlanta’s 133rd St. Patrick’s Parade this weekend, March 14th. This Atlanta tradition started in 1858, the St. Patrick’s Parade is known as one of the oldest parades of its type. You can expect to see over 2,000 dancers, musicians, cheerleaders, clowns and Irish marching this year.

Whether you have Irish heritage or not, when St. Patties comes around, everyone gets the chance to celebrate all things Irish! So don’t forget to wear green, and be sure not to miss out on this Atlanta custom! With over 200,000 people attending the parade last year, and more to be expected this year, be sure to arrive early for a decent view of the celebration!

For more information regarding the parade, please click here.

March 14, 2015 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Ralph McGill, Pine St. and Piedmont Ave.

Atlanta, Ga 30309

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


 

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investment property, vacant land and lots for sale in the Great Atlanta, Georgia area.