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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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Fall Festival on Ponce 2015

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

This weekend come out to Atlanta’s arts and crafts festival set in the Olmsted Linear Park! Guests will have a wonderful time enjoying the beautiful landscape designed by one of America’s favorite landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr. along with over 100+ displays of fine arts and crafts, and “outsider art”.

Children will also love coming out to the festival as well with the designated children’s area! Multiple local food trucks will be set up around the premises for guests to enjoy. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity for locals and visitors to appreciate the vision and legacy of Fredrick Olmsted, and the Olmsted Linear Park!

Event Date: October 17th & 18th, 2015.

Festival Hours:

Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
 

Admission: FREE!

For more information, visit the website here.

Olmsted Linear Park
1451 Ponce de Leon Avenue, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
 

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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Cost vs Value of Remodeling Projects

by Page Plager

There are lots of questions to ask yourself when you're talking about your home and tossing around the idea of remodeling.

That's because whether you're looking to add aesthetically pleasing décor to a room, or looking to sell your home, you're still looking to add value without spending a lot of money. And believe it not, many times the money that it costs you to remodel doesn't add up to the value you'd hoped to have received.

It's important to know what can be done to add value, without wasting money on unnecessary improvements. According to Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2014, by replacing the front door—or sometimes simply painting it—you can add, on average, a 96.6 percent return on the amount you spent on the door and add that value to your home. That's great value.

Most people like to remodel rooms that they spend most of their time in, like the kitchen. They're not wrong. Updating kitchens and bathrooms is still one of the most profitable, if not difficult, ventures you can undertake, often adding 82.7 percent of the cost back to the overall value of the home. And while that sounds well and good, the average minor kitchen remodel still averages out to about $19,000. Not exactly pocket change for the average consumer.

Sticking with small renovations and growing as you run out of ideas is always a good rule of thumb. By replacing or fixing things all over the house - guttering, energy saving windows, heating and cooling elements, and small decks - you can add value without having to knock down walls. If you're in the adventurous, “We need a new room” category, you can easily convert an attic or other usable space into a bedroom or powder room and have a return of 84.3 percent. That's not to say that adding on a spare bedroom and expanding your house isn't profitable, but there are a lot of factors you should think about before taking that step.

Here are three renovations with great returns on investment:

  • Deck addition (wood): 87.4 percent
  • Garage door replacement: 83.7 percent
  • Minor kitchen remodel: 82.7 percent

Here are three renovations with not so great returns on investment:

  • Home office remodel: 48.9 percent
  • Sunroom addition: 51.7 percent
  • Master suite addition: 67.5 percent

Remember that while these are monetarily based figures, you still can't put a price or return on what a change would mean to you or your family. If you want to add that game room or bed that hangs from the ceiling, do it. Just remember that it's your home, and you should enjoy it as much as possible. 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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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.