Part 6 | Guide to Selling Your Home by Real Atlanta

If you’ve been keeping up with the Real Atlanta Guide to Selling Your Home, it’s time for Part 6 – Settlement.

You’ve accepted an offer. Congratulations! Now the REAL work begins. Your Realtor© will give you a list of “Important Dates” which will list out the ending date of every contingency and due dates for various agreed upon items.  Some of the terms may be unfamiliar to you. If you’re like most people, anything unfamiliar can induce anxiety – especially during a large financial transaction. That’s ok – once you familiarize yourself with the terminology, you’ll feel more prepared and confident! Dig in to this week’s installment and you’ll be a little better prepared to sell your house!

By the way, if you are an Atlanta homeowner and you’re interested in learning more about the value of your home or what it would take to get your home ready for market, give me a call 404.564.2609. If you prefer to do a little more research on your own, I send out monthly emails that include information such as: the best home improvement investments, what you need to know before selling your home, the current state of the Atlanta Real Estate Market and more. If you’d like to sign up for that send me an email at with the subject line: Homeowners News and I will add you to the list!

Without further ado, I present Part 6 – Guide to Selling Your Home by Real Atlanta

Step 6 - Guide to Selling Your Home by Real Atlanta

1813 Terry Mill 2BR-1BA $159K

For Savvy Buyers Only! | East Lake is the ATL’s Best Kept Secret

If you’re looking for a home that is destined to climb in value, take a look at East Lake. With approximately 500 people moving to Atlanta per DAY, intown home inventory is hotter than ever. Ask anyone who is searching for a home in one of the intown neighborhoods right now. Homes are flying off the market. I had 15 requests for showing appointments on Easter Sunday that I couldn’t schedule because the homes were already under contract. Buyers and Renters alike are in a frenzy! When you finally find a home that isn’t under contract, you’ll have to be ready to make an offer quickly.  With all the competition, other Buyers will likely be submitting offers on the same home.

It’s no surprise that competition is fierce, Intown neighborhoods are simply the best. From Buckhead to Grant Park and everywhere in between, residents are privy to walkable neighborhoods, belt line access, great school systems and a bevy of intown commercial districts. If you simply MUST have access to all of those things, then get ready to enter the arena! Arm yourself with a local, knowledgeable agent who has access to listings the moment they come on the market and be prepared to make showing appointments at a moment’s notice.

However, there is another option. If you are content with being 10 minutes away from midtown and you’re not AS concerned with school districts, take a look at East Lake. This little neighborhood might be Atlanta’s best kept secret but don’t count on it remaining a secret for long! As an unprecedented number of people migrate to Atlanta, the peripheral neighborhoods are getting more and more attention. East Lake isn’t as swank as Inman Park or O4W – yet. Investors have been quietly buying up property in this quiet little community for quite a while now. If investors are putting their money down, then it’s a safe bet that values are set to climb.

It makes sense. East Lake benefits from lower Dekalb taxes and, can we all agree, better tasting water. A short 10 minute drive will get you to CNN center or Midtown via I-20 & I-75. Looking for local flavor? Two minutes in the car can land you in hip and trendy EAV or quaint Oakhurst Village.  Easy access to the city and a neighborhood of steadily improving homes will quickly grow East Lake into the next hip ‘hood. Check it out! Homes are still very affordable but probably not for too much longer!

If you’re interested in seeing what you can get for well under $200K, join me as I host an Open House on Saturday, April 11 from 2-4 pm. This darling 2 bedroom, 1 bath home has already been lovingly renovated and boasts a huge, level, private back yard. Listed at only $159K, you’ll have plenty of room in your budget to upgrade the appliances or even add a pool! Or you could just move right in and enjoy the ridiculously low mortgage payments.

1813 Terry Mill Open House 4-11

Real Atlanta OPEN HOUSE 151 Cavan Way Mableton, GA Sunday 2-4PM

Open House Sunday, March 29 2-4PM

I’m holding a beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home Open tomorrow for my dear friend, Sam Phillips. If you’re in the area, please come out and join me! This great home was previously on the market for only THREE DAYS before it went under contract. Unfortunately, the Buyer’s financing fell through so you have another chance to snap up this gem!

Real Atlanta OPEN HOUSE 151 Cavan Way Mableton, GA Sunday 2-4PM

Part 5 | Step by Step Guide to Selling Your Home by REAL ATLANTA Infographic

Part 5 | Step-By-Step Guide to Selling Your Home

Congratulations! You’ve gotten through steps 1-4. You’ve made repairs and decluttered your home. You’ve employed the help of a home stager and you’ve chosen a Realtor©. With the help of your Realtor©, your home has been marketed for the best exposure and Buyers have viewed your home. Now you have an offer or maybe even multiple offers. What do you do now? You NEGOTIATE!

So you need to catch up? No problem! You can find the previous installations in this seven part series here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Caught up? Good! See below for Part 5 Continue reading

Design Osession: Mixed Metals

Brass and copper are making a big comeback. No need to revamp everything – mix in some pieces for an updated look. Mixed metals are hot! Check out this article originally posted on Vim & Vintage.

Vim & Vintage - design. life. style.

With brass and copper making a huge comeback in the design world, one of my favorite looks is to mix metals.

black and white kitchen and mixed metals

mixed metal fashion

Black and white kitchens are the perfect set up for contrasting metal tones.  The faucets and hardware become like a piece of jewelry.

black and white kitchen with brass and chrome accents

mixed metals in the kitchen

Brass and chrome are an obvious pair, but the possibilities are endless.


Aged Bronze with steel gives a modern vintage look.

love this kitchen - black, white, stainless

The key is contrast.  Pairing very different metal tones will give a unique, high-styled appearance.

mixed metals living room

Loving the brass and copper accents together in this kitchen.

copper in the kitchen

Is that a blinged-out shampoo niche or what?!

sparkly accent tile niche

Here’s a few of my favorite metallic finds:

mixed metals inspiration board - Vim & Vintage Blog 1. Avery Metal Lamp | Crate & Barrel 2. 3pc Mixed Metal Canister Set | CB2 3. Fulton Light | Hinkley Lighting 4. Winslow Cabinet | World’s Away 5. Copper Real Good Counterstool | Blu Dot 6. Stool | Jayson Home

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Part 4 | Step-by-Step Guide To Selling Your Home by Real Atlanta Infographic

Step 4 – Marketing For Maximum Exposure | A Step-by-Step Guide by REAL ATLANTA

Today we move on to Step 4 of the Step-By-Step Guide to Selling Your Home. If you’re just catching up, this is the fourth in a seven part series breaking down the overwhelming process of selling your home into bite-sized bits. You can find previous installations here: Step 1, Step 2, & Step 3.

This week the focus is on marketing your home for maximum exposure. You and your Realtor© will partner together to form a plan and each of you will have work to do. Check out the infographic below to find out what is involved.  Be sure to leave your questions and comments for me after you look it over! Continue reading

Real Inspiration – Cottage Style

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do? I do a LOT of pinning! I loved the very IDEA of Pinterest when it was launched and I signed up to join waaaaaay back when it was invitation only. I’m extremely visually oriented – I think visually, I learn visually, I even dream in color. Naturally, when I discovered a site where I could create idea boards online and access them from anywhere, I was totally gung ho. Continue reading