Some real estate truisms seem eternal, like "buy land; they're not making it anymore," but recent developments could make that Mark Twain quote obsolete!
Our area isn't immune to “the great American single-family home problem”: the lack of affordable homes. A hurdle seemingly only for big cities may one day affect us, too.
If Dorothy's folks tried to refinance the farmhouse, they'd have a steep interest rate due to risks like flying monkeys, uncaged lions, and uncanny weather.
Despite the seller's desire to hold all offers the 7 days, one offer got instant attention. The listing agent "was blown away" by it, making national news.
When it comes to "Homes of the Future", we may still be years away from the dream of housekeeping robots and self-cooking meals! But keeping an eye on realistic and popular home technology is smart if you're going to be buying or selling real estate soon. Are innovations that affect property values on the horizon?
There's been a remarkable rebound in home values, and earlier this month, the real estate recovery was the topic of CNBC commentary: "Homeowners are sitting on trillions in equity". Understanding the scale in terms that are more meaningful to Cherokee and Cobb County readers calls for some imagination...
This year’s edition of the Consumer Electronics Show—the annual trade extravaganza that grabs headlines for its bounty of new electronic product unveilings—revealed a number of smart home tech debuts. Here's a few that caught my eye.
Readers who check in here regularly know that every once in a while, I’m moved to relate Cherokee and Cobb County real estate matters to various hot issues that are claiming the popular imagination. Such topics used to be called “water cooler talk” (but that was before we all started carrying water bottles around all [...]
Heard of pet-friendly homes? With 84+ million US families with pets, it's likely many home buyers will view your home with Fido or Fluffball in mind.
Most consider landscaping in Spring, but Cherokee & Cobb County gardening pros know NOW is the optimal planting time for many spring-blossoming foliage.
A pristine historic mansion, yours for $10. Buyers who never offer full price might make an exception; it was already reduced from $1.4M! What's the catch?
Cherokee and Cobb County real estate—like all real estate—is a supremely local activity. Area homeowners who like to keep an eye on Georgia and national trends do so because some of them may surface in future buyer preferences. For Cherokee and Cobb County homeowners in a remodeling frame of mind, it doesn’t hurt to be [...]
It’s that time of year again when those of us who write about Cherokee and Cobb County homes for sale and related matters have a hard choice to make: do I run the risk of boring everyone to death by writing the same ol’ spring cleaning blog, or can we (please!) just skip it this [...]
A number of “Smart House” products made headway in 2016, so before the crystal ball gets hauled up over Times Square, this is an appropriate moment to review which ones promised relevant real estate applications. Anyone who will be house hunting or selling in Cherokee and Cobb County anytime soon might want to become [...]
The holiday season surely makes for a neat package: wrapping up the whole year in a sort of satisfying finale. Whether it’s your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday you can think of, for most Cherokee and Cobb County residents, the last weeks of December make up a sort of endpoint/beginning point for [...]
It just could be that the absolute best Halloween gift has been identified. It’s one that every Cherokee and Cobb County resident would certainly be surprised to receive. Now, in case you are asking yourself who gives gifts at Halloween (other than the candy we hand out to the pint-sized ghosts and goblins), I agree [...]
A home is so much more than just a shelter, according to the most recent Life at Home report. The 2016 report, which is published annually by the IKEA global home furnishings company, says a home is defined by what inhabitants experience through their senses: sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch. Together, these five senses [...]
Rack of Lamb Provencale. Dad's old recipe box. My late father enjoyed cooking when I was young and kept a recipe box of note cards with all these old-school, gourmet dishes he ate in his travels (or would one day liked to have tried). Many of the dishes were hastily scribbled on napkins; [...]
It is no secret that one of the key things people look at when they are buying a house is the bathroom. That is why it is so important to make your bathroom look as big, beautiful and up-to-date as possible. Unfortunately, many bathrooms these days are quite small, but there are ways of making [...]
Having a focal point is critical if you want to create a room that feels comfortable and useable. And when you're selling your house, you'll make the room more attractive to buyers because they'll feel more at home when there's a focal point for them to rest their eyes on. Some rooms have natural focal [...]
A home office is on its way to becoming an essential item on a house buyer's wish list. After all, many people work at least part of the time at home — and even if they don't, they still want somewhere to store the computer and their household papers. Here are some tips to help [...]
To many homeowners and buyers, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. This is where we do most of our “living” and usually most of our family interaction. The trend for kitchens in 2015 has been the wide open floor plan. But many people don’t want to invest in the cost of [...]
Formulators, chemists, and designers have been busy developing new products and new color designs and schemes for 2016. Color trends have changed and new formulas have been developed that are both more environmentally friendly and easier to apply. The major paint manufacturers have refined their single application paints for wider use in 2016. A single [...]
Unfortunately, the work of maintaining a garden and a yard does not end or even slow down during the winter. There are a variety of tasks that you must do to prepare your yard and garden for the spring. Some of these tasks are absolutely necessary to have a great looking yard and a productive [...]
When advising our clients on how to prepare their home to sell, Carol and I often talk about the need to make their home appeal to a buyer’s five senses. Smell is one of the strongest (and least thought about) of those senses. Carol recently showed some buyer clients a home which definitely passed the [...]