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6 Design Trends That Will Be Popular This Summer

tim-henning-6-design-trends-this-summerThe sweltering summer hear is here! And that means new fun summer design trends! Here are six design trends that will be popular this summer:

Bold, statement rugs — these can really bring a room together!

Chintz — this type of textile design can be fun (but only in moderation!)

Mustard colored furniture — Love this and chartreuse colored furniture too!

Layered neutrals — Summer is the perfect time to outfit your home with soothing neutral colors such as pale blushes, subtle blues, and grey that border on white.

Leafy, tropical accents — nothing says summer like bringing the outdoors in (minus the bugs!)

Wood Accents — not necessarily a “trend” because I don’t think this is going away anytime soon!

5 Tips For Buying a Foreclosure

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Buying a foreclosed home can be a complicated process. It looks somewhat different than a normal contract to close for a regular listing. Here are 5 tips for buying a foreclosure:

  1. Find a real estate broker and a lender. These steps should be done at the same time. When you’re looking for a real estate broker who works directly with banks that own foreclosed homes, get a preapproval letter from a lender. Look at a database of foreclosed homes, either in the paper or online. When you see the abbreviation REO (Real Estate Owned), that means it’s a foreclosed home.
  2. Get a broker on your side. The goal of going through foreclosure listings is not to find a house; it’s to find an agent. Banks typically hire real estate brokers to handle their foreclosures. In most cases, the buyer works directly with the bank’s broker instead of using a buyer’s agent. This way, the two brokers don’t have to split the commission.
  3. Get a preappoval letter. Unless you plan to pay cash, you’ll need a recent preapproval letter from a lender. This letter will detail how much money you can borrow, based on the lender’s assessment of your credit score and income. Buyers will want to find the house first, and they think the financing will work out later. But foreclosures go so quick, you may not have time to figure out the financing.
  4. Look at comps. There is  no set rule on what the bank’s bottom line is on price. As with other real estate purchase, you have to look at the recent sales prices of comparable properties, or “comps.”
  5. Find industry people to assess damage. Most likely a foreclosed home will not have been taken care of. You need to get the right people in there to assess the damage so you know what you’re getting into.

Open House this Saturday in Cumming

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There is an Open House this Saturday at my listing in Cumming. The list price is $425,000. This stunning executive home in desirable Ashebrooke has a master on the main, new roof with gutter guards, and upgraded lighting throughout. It has hardwood floors on the main floor, a whirlpool tub, leaded glass window, double vanities, separate shower, his/hers closets in master bath. It has a two story great room with gas log fire place. The kitchen has corian counters, stained cabinets, pantry, breakfast nook  and bar, wall oven & microwave, gas cooktop, stainless steel refrigerator, pantry. There are three bedrooms, two full baths up. The listing has a three car garage, ready-to-finish daylight basement.There is a sprinkler system, and a professional landscaped yard.

Open House
Saturday, June 9
12 – 2pm
4095 Northridge Dr.
Cumming, Ga 30040

Hip, Trendy Loft for Sale in Atlanta

This is a cool chance to own a trendy, renovated lofted in Atlanta’s The Stacks! This is truly a one-of-a-kind loft & one of the largest units in the building. The price is $519,900.

There are two large bedrooms and two full baths. It has a huge living and dining area plus a raised bonus room with a 20 x 20 storage area underneath. Ceiling high windows with East and West views of the city. This loft has concrete floors, open ceiling, brick walls, stained cabinets, granite counter-tops in the open kitchen.

There is a large walk-in laundry room with tons of extra storage. Both bedroom closets have custom closet systems. Designer touches throughout this elegant loft condo. The unit comes with parking spaces. There is a rooftop deck, fitness room, and community pool. The exact address is 171 Boulevard Ave, Atlanta, Ga 30312. Contact me if you want to see the inside in person!

June Atlanta Festivals

tim-henning-june-atlanta-festivalsAtlanta is definitely not lacking in the festival department! Here are a list of fun festivals in June:

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Loews Atlanta Hotel
Friday, June 1 – Monday, June 4
11:30am

Candler Park Music & Food Festival
Candler Park
Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival
Roswell
Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3
10am

Renaissance Festival
Fairburn, Ga
Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3
10:30am

Atlanta Fringe Festival
Atlanta, Ga
Wednesday, June 6 – Sunday, June 10

Atlanta Moon Ride
Piedmont Park
Friday, June 8
11pm

Virginia Highland Summerfest
Virginia Highlands
Saturday, June 9 – Sunday, June 10
10am

Tunes from the Tombs
Historic Oakland Cemetery
Saturday, June 9
10am

Atlanta Streets Alive
Westside
Sunday, June 10
4 – 8pm

Juneteeth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival
Mozley Park, Atlanta
Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17
11am

Lift Up Atlanta
Lawrenceville, Ga
Saturday, June 16
10am

10 Tips to Sell Your House Quickly

tim-henning-10-tips-to-sell-your-homeSpring is here, and summer is right around the corner! Now is the time to list your house on the market. Want to get it done quickly? Here are tens tips to sell your house quickly!

  1. Take amazing photos – get a fabulous real estate photographer. A study by Trulia.com shows that listings with more than six pictures are twice as likely to be viewed by buyers as listings that had fewer than six pictures. A good number is 25.
  2. Set an appealing list price – make sure not to list too high, and have your home sit. Take comps from the neighborhood by looking at houses of the same size and year built and see when they sold and what they sold for.
  3. Take a video. Use a body cam to walk through the property, so buyers will see the flow and layout of your home.
  4. Get critical feedback from the showings. Make changes (if you can) to improve your home based on the feedback.
  5. Organize and declutter spaces – your house will show much better when people can see your spaces more clearly.
  6. Enhance your home’s curb appeal. You could add sod, plant flowers, paint your front door, trim your bushes.
  7. Stage the house to show your rooms how they are supposed to be used. This gives buyers a more realistic feel to your house.
  8. Make the property easy to show. Be flexible with your showing time.
  9. Make sure your listing is on all major portals, including MLS. Remember to do your own marketing as well, using Facebook and emailing your network contacts to see if they know of anyone looking to buy a house.
  10. Find an experienced agent. I may know of a great one! 😉

Summer Veggie Planting Calendar

tim-henning-summer-veggiesSummer is almost here! Do you want to have your own fresh, organic veggies? Here is a Georgia Summer Veggie Planting Calendar for you to plan your own garden! Click here to see the calendar!