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Solid Source Realty

Buy a Home in Stone Mountain Georgia!

Sat, 03 Nov 2018 - Buy a Home in Stone Mountain Georgia!

Buying a home in Stone Mountain Georgia has its advantages—close to nature, laid back lifestyle, and myriad establishments. The best thing about residing in Stone Mountain is that you get to be surrounded by parks. Your connection to Mother Nature will never be broken. Here are some of the known parks in Stone Mountain:

1. Medlock Park. Situated at 735 Ridge Avenue, Medlock Park has on-site parking, a playground for kids, several basketball courts, tennis courts, restrooms, a pavilion with picnic tables, and a football field. What a perfect place to play the all-American game of football or just watch it as locals participate.

2. Leila Mason Park. Located at 5510 Stillhouse Road, Leila Mason Park is equipped with basketball court, a children’s playground, a ball field, on-site parking, restrooms, and three pavilions with picnic tables. You and your family can spend time here for picnics and playtime.

3. McCurdy Park. This is a park at 5190 West Mountain Street that caters to those who love to play baseball. There are three baseball fields here, plus a children’s playground, on-site parking, restrooms, and two pavilions with picnic tables.

4. V.F.W. Park. At 888 Gordon Street, you will find a park, which is home to the community garden, a ball field, on-site parking, and restrooms. You can walk your dogs or even have good run here if it is near your new home.

5. Stone Mountain Park. This is the centerpiece of Stone Mountain, GA. Living here would give you access to this most-visited place every single day. Here are the main reasons for visiting this beloved park:

a. Watch live shows, dine, and shop at the Crossroads

b. View choreographed pyrotechnics and laser lights at the Lasershow Spectacular at Mountainvision.

c. Marvel at the historical faces carved into the mountain—Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.

d. Throw a party organized by the professional organizers at Stone Mountain Park

e. Other attractions such as The Great Barn, Scenic Railroad, and Geyser Towers

Imagine enjoying all these parks and attractions just a walking distance or a short drive away from your new home. Buying a home in Stone Mountain Georgia has never been so exciting!

Cliff Johnson, Real Estate Agent


Curb Appeal is Important When Selling Real Estate

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 - Curb Appeal is Important When Selling Real Estate First impressions matter most. This is one concept that many homeowners trying to sell their homes and first time property investors trying to sell or rent property fail to understand. Curb appeal is the first impression when it comes to a house. This is the place that you as an investor or seller want those driving buy to think of as home. For this reason you should pay careful attention and spend some degree of time and effort making the outside of the home inviting and appealing to potential buyers or renters. One of the first things that people will notice is crumbling paint and bland or tired and faded colors on the exterior. Vinyl siding is often inviting because it is easily cleaned and reinvigorated. It also happens to be fairly low maintenance, which often appeals to buyers and renters alike. There are those however who will argue that siding detracts from the potential personality of a home. To each his or her own in this as it is a personal decision on behalf of the buyer and the seller. Regardless a clean and crisp paint job or siding makes a much better impression than an apparent state of disrepair. Remember those first impressions are important. If the outside of the home is rather unimpressive potential buyers are quite likely to discover the diamond that is the inside of your home. Another thing you can do to add curb appeal is to plant low maintenance flowers and plants around the exterior of your home. You do not want to invest in plants that require constant care nor do you want to seriously invest in plants that are going to grow out of control and look unwieldy. At least you do not want to plant these around the exterior of your home that is facing the road. Bushes and climbing vines do well in many cases along fences that surround the property however or as a dividing privacy line between your property and neighboring properties. If you live in an area that isn't conducive to green grass you may want to consider some sort of hybrid that can thrive with less water or choose some form of landscaping that doesn't rely on large open patches of grass in order to be beautiful such as landscaping then that is probably a wise idea. The point is to make the house as attractive on the outside as you hope those viewing the property will find the inside. Another thing to keep in mind when making the upgrades is to clean the sidewalks and driveway if it is concrete. It is amazing what a high power pressure washer can do to your sidewalks, driveway, and/or front porch. Don't stop there however; take the time to make sure your doors and windows are clean as well. These little things often make the biggest impression. If you care properly for the exterior of your home and keep it nice and shiny chances are (in the buyer's mind) that you will have taken the same care of the inside of the home that they are quite possibly now considering. Taking the extra time to insure that the outside of your home is attractive to buyers can translate into higher and quicker offers than neglecting the essential real estate between the front door and the curb. Do not overlook this powerful piece of advice and you should enjoy a little more success in your efforts to sell your home or investment property.

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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 - Why you need a real estate agent?

You could be in your very own home sweet home very soon with the help of a qualified real estate agent. Rather than trying to do it on your own, getting the help of a real estate agent can make it far easier. When you work with an agent, it costs you nothing. The seller pays the commissions, regardless of whether or not you have one. You'll gain the benefit of the expertise of a realtor on your side who's not working for the seller.

Some of the things an agent can do to help you claim your home is first help you narrow the search. A good realtor will work with you to first identify the price range you can afford based on your income and other factors. He or she will also make other suggestions that can speed the home buying process, such as getting a pre-approval letter from a bank or other qualified lender. The Realtor may also offer a list of several lenders he or she has worked with in the past who have treated her clients well. The pre-approval letter takes time but can be crucial. It tells the seller you're seriously considering the home and can afford it. It also tells the seller's agent to work hard to get this deal because there's a better chance of it being successful. It also helps you complete the closing faster.

Real estate agents also know how to maneuver through the various listings. They know the various neighborhoods and how to find homes that fit your requirements. They also know the subtleties of the listings and that newer doesn't mean new. The buyer's realtor will add an objective eye to the home viewing process. They've seen plenty of homes and know that a little paint can make a dowdy home look fantastic, but a bad well, horrible plumbing and signs of a leaking roof on the interior might be very expensive to fix. Realtors also have a good idea of the average cost of utilities in the area. If they see a home is heated by gas or electric, but the cost is extremely high, it may need more insulation. High water costs can set off a warning signal, due to the potential of leaking pipes. They help you see the entire cost of owning a particular property, such as the cost of taxes and insurance.

Realtors also help negotiate the price. They not only help you make an offer, but will advise you to counter a counter offer if they think it's off base. They also arrange for professionals to inspect the property. Termite inspections and general inspections are often required by the lender, but the buyer's realtor could ask for additional types of inspections, such as a septic inspection for a home in the country or water sample testing. Those extra steps can save you thousands of dollars and heartbreak later. The real estate agent also is at the closing to make sure there are no errors on the paperwork and to help with any last minute issues. Having an agent on your side can make the difference between finding the best possible home and either making a poor choice or spending a lot of time and effort with nothing to show for it.

Cliff Johnson

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