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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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Brick-or-Treat

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

Ready for a little LEGO Halloween fun? Every weekend in October the LEGOLAND Discovery Center is getting ready and a bit spooky for Halloween! Bring your little ones in their costumes, and they’ll be able to go from room to room throughout the attraction and trick-or-treat for candy from the hosts! See if your youngster can guess how many pumpkins are in the MINILAND, and they’ll win an Annual Pass if they’re the closest!

Don’t forget about all the LEGOS, come let your kids build the spookiest and most amazing pumpkin they can, and it’ll be added to the LEGO pumpkin patch! This is going on all October, so don’t miss out on all the Halloween fun!

Event Date: October 10th & 11th, 2015.

Purchase your tickets online here.

For more information, visit the website here.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta
3500 Peachtree Rd. Suite G-1
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-848-9252
 

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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Sunday in the Park

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

This Sunday you’re invited to the 36th annual fall festival at the Oakland Cemetery, also known as Atlanta’s oldest city park! This Victorian-inspired festival features live musical entertainment, an antique auto display, Irish dancers, a costume contest and much more!

Bring the kiddos along and let them play in the children’s area set up with countless activities planned just for them! And with all these exciting activities going on, you’re bound to get hungry. Local Atlanta food trucks will be set up and ready to serve festival guests.

Come spend your Sunday in the park, bring the family along and welcome in the wonderful fall season!

Event Date: Sunday, Oct 4, 2015. 12pm - 6pm.

Admission: Adults - $7. Children under 3 - FREE

For more information, click here.

Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-2107
 

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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Autumn Curb Appeal

by Page Plager

That fabled first impression is no myth, and if you're trying to sell your home, take a half- hour to evaluate what prospective buyers are seeing when they drive up to your home. Doing that by yourself can be a lot harder that you might think, simply because it's hard to separate your subjective experience out of the equation. This is simple to solve. Simply ask friends or acquaintances who are unfamiliar with your home to give you an honest account of their first impressions on your curb appeal. Certainly, your real estate agent is going to give you an objective appraisal as well.

Your job is to take those observations and find ways to improve the view from the curb. You should try to do everything you can to maximize the positives and minimize the negatives.

Landscaping of the space between the curb and the front door is a primary concern. Maximize by trimming, edging and weeding. Neatness counts! Minimize by removing ailing or dead trees, shrubs, bushes and other plants. If you just can't get a decent looking lawn, perhaps resodding is the answer, or even more radical approaches like changing ground cover completely. Refresh that mulch! Deep browns and reds are so much more appealing than a dull, washed out grey at the base of your landscaping pieces. And prepare your lawn for spring now, following the guidance in this Lowes.com article.

Structurally, make sure any damaged siding, roofing or other exterior parts of your home are repaired. Make sure the front of your home is clean and attractive. A power-wash is always a great place to start, and the DIY network has some excellent tips on doing it yourself. A new coat of paint is often a good idea, but you don't have to paint everything. Just touching up the trim, window and door frames after everything else is clean can brighten the appearance of your home.

A little color can go a long way. Carefully coordinated window treatments are an excellent accent; check out this article from HGTV for ideas. Colorful flowers just inside the windows can create a sense of warmth and depth, especially in the drab, colder months of the year. If you have a lot of decorations on the front of your house, make sure they're clean and in good condition. You don't want to overdo those, either. Remember, you want a buyer to imagine the home as their own, not see it as someone else's!

Spending some time on these projects will be worth the effort when you are ready to show your house to buyers. They will be impressed with how well-maintained your home looks outside and will be enticed to see the rest. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and 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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Fall Folklife Festival

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

Come welcome the beautiful season of fall at the Fall Folklife Festival held at the Atlanta History Center this weekend! This fall festival is taking its guests back to a more traditional time.

There are plenty of activities to take part in such as traditional crafts, the petting zoo, cooking demonstrations by Michael Twitty, live music, and much more! Local Atlanta-based food trucks are on site and have food available for purchase.

Bring the family and enjoy a day of fall-festival fun!

Event Date:

September 26th, 2015. 10:30am – 4:30pm

Ticket Prices:

Adult - $16.50
Senior - $13
Student - $13
Youth - $11
 

Purchase your tickets here.

For further information, click here.

Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-814-4000
 

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.

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Make the Moving Process Easier

by Page Plager

Moving, in theory, is a pretty straightforward process. You pack everything into boxes, put those boxes into a large truck and head off to your destination.

But if you're one of the forty million Americans that pack up their homes and move each year, you probably don't find it that effortless. That's why you need an action plan to help you manage your belongings and your time.

Here are five things you should think about when preparing your move:

Pack Early, Pack Often

Inside most everyone's residence are a bunch of things they want to keep, but don't use very often. Stay ahead of your move by packing these things up and putting them aside in a spare room or the garage. It also helps to pack at least one box every day.

Labeling Made Easy

The basic labeling system for most people is a black permanent marker. But when you're using recycled boxes, or feel you don't have enough time to write everything on a box, you may need a different solution. Buy tape with different colors, or use multi-color Post-It Notes, to color code boxes on the fly. This makes it easier to match boxes with rooms.

You Almost Forgot

When we're packing, we often forget places in the house we don't often go, such as the garage, the attic, or that storage under the stairs. Don't forget to start with those places first.

Garage Sales

The less you have to pack, the less you have to move. By holding a garage sale you can earn some extra money for other things like gas, food or a U-Haul.

Boxes, Boxes and more Boxes

Buying boxes and bubble wrap can very quickly get expensive. Luckily, there are free resources to help you get started.  Local stores often give them away, people share them on Craigslist, and if you're environmentally conscious, you can use Freecycle.org.

The truth is that moving isn't easy. But when you're prepared for the transition your entire family will have one less stress, which is always a good thing.

Oh yeah, and don't forget to forward your mail!

Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the moving process, buying or selling a 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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Music Midtown 2015

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

This weekend, don’t miss one of the biggest music festivals to hit Atlanta. This annual festival, which began in 1994, will be featuring chart toppers such as Elton John, Drake, Hozier, Sam Smith, Van Halen, Vance Joy, Tove Lo, Lenny Kravitz, and so much more!

With a lineup like that, there is no way you can miss this show. Grab your friends and get ready to jam out to all of your favorite performers all weekend!

Ticket options include: General Admission to Music Midtown on Friday and Saturday - $125. 2-Day VIP tickets include preferred viewing areas, complimentary food and drink, and more - $600. 2-Day Super VIP includes valet parking, dedicated entrances, luxury lounge, full open bar, access to specialty catering, exclusive viewing decks, and more - $1200.

Event Date: September 18th & 19th - Gates open at 4pm

For the 2015 Line-Up, click here.

For further information, visit the website here.

Piedmont Park
400 Park Drive Northeast
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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How to Find the Right Neighborhood

by Page Plager

Finding the perfect home is about more than just bedrooms, baths, walk-in closets and a formal dining room; the neighborhood is equally if not more important than all those things.

But how do you research a neighborhood if you don’t live nearby or have friends in the area?

Fortunately, it’s gotten much easier that it was in the past when word of mouth was the only option.

Start with an online search. Go to your preferred search engine and type in the name of the neighborhood. You will instantly see a list of reviews and perhaps even a neighborhood message board describing what the people that live there or have visited think about the area. Take these with a grain of salt, but they are a great way to get a “feel” for the area.

If you are considering buying a house in a neighborhood with which you are unfamiliar, talk to the neighbors after you view the house. Likely, they are out in the yard or walking down the sidewalk. Say, “Hello,” and ask them how they like the neighborhood and let them know you are considering moving close to them. People love to talk about their neighborhood, and you will likely get an honest, unbiased opinion of the neighborhood from those that live there that are not trying to sell you anything. A smile can go a long way.

It is normal and preferable to keep an arm’s length relationship with the sellers of a home. It helps during the negotiation process, but asking the sellers about the neighborhood is normally an acceptable question. Ask about commute times, good restaurants or how the schools are; most of the time, if they want to sell the home, they will be more than happy to answer.

Where you live is as important as what you live in; please, don’t forget to do your due diligence regarding neighborhood selection. It will cost you nothing and I am sure you will enjoy your home more if you are in a neighborhood that meets your needs rather than one that does not.

Contact me today if you want to know about schools, zoning or anything else to do with a neighborhood or area. 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.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Poh/Flickr.com

Dancers Unite Against Cancer

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

This Saturday come take part in an evening of dancing, live music, an Asian styled dinner, and the chance to make a difference for the 2015 Nancy Falco recipient.

The Nancy Falco Fund fundraising event is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to provide financial aid and hope to cancer patients, all in a loving manner. Each year 100% of all proceeds are donated to a Georgia resident currently experiencing the financial hardship associated with a cancer diagnosis.

So get your tickets now and come show your support by carrying on Nancy’s legacy, and by doing so you will be helping somebody in need.

Event Date:

Sep. 12th, 2015. 6:00 – 10:00pm

Ticket Prices:

Adults: $30 pre ordered - $40 at the door
Kids (Under 13): $10
 

To order tickets, or make a donation, click here.

For more details, click here.

1579 Monroe Drive NE, F146
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
(404)-290-6799
 

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.