Smyrna Real Estate and Community News

Jan. 15, 2019

Icicles, Snowy Roofs and Insulation

 

 

On those days where there is a bit of snow on the ground, take a look at the roofs around the neighborhood. Sometimes, the way the roof retains snow, or how quickly it melts off, can tell you a lot about the quality of a home’s insulation.

 

Bare Roofs Can Mean Bad Insulation

 

It’s cause for concern if you notice that snow melts off of a roof quickly, or if icicles form in great numbers along the roof. If snowfall melts off of a roof right away, there’s a good chance that there isn’t much insulation in the attic space of the home. What you’re seeing is quite simply the result of the air the homeowner is paying to heat escaping through the roof and melting the snow right off of it. Look for icicles along the roof, as well. These are also signs of snowmelt and, thus, indicators that the insulation might not be in the best shape.

 

Patches of Snow

 

Oftentimes, bare patches on an otherwise snowy roof indicate areas where heated air is leaking out of the home. This doesn’t always mean that there’s a serious problem and there are other reasons why snow might melt off of a roof in an uneven way. There might be nearby trees that cast shade on some of the snow, or the snow may have piled up higher on one part of the roof than another. Nonetheless, if you notice that some areas of the roof a completely free of snow when others are covered, it might indicate problems with the house’s energy efficiency.

 

Energy Efficiency Matters

 

Energy efficiency is a significant concern if you’re looking for property in Smyrna. Houses that are poorly insulated or that have other issues that detract from their energy efficiency could end up being expensive in terms of the money it costs to heat, cool and, most likely, eventually repair those issues.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for property, be sure you talk to your Realtor before you make any decisions about the condition of a house. Realtors know what elements of the house need to be inspected, and that knowledge can prevent you from winding up with a house with bad insulation, drafty rooms, and other issues that mean low energy efficiency and higher bills than you should have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Real Estate News
Jan. 11, 2019

Maintaining Your House's Curb Appeal in Winter

 

 

No matter what the season, curb appeal is integral to getting your Smyrna property noticed by potential buyers. Winter can make curb appeal a bit difficult to maintain. Gardens are dormant for the season; lawns look less impressive: a lot of the ways you make your house more attractive in the summer simply aren’t options in the winter, but here are some tips to help you maximize the curb appeal of your home during the winter.

 

 

 

Removing Clutter Always Helps

 

Cleanliness works any time of year. Because leaves and other debris tend to be more of a problem during the winter than during the summer, take the time to clean up your sidewalk and porch every day so they look their best. Even if your yard is pretty barren in winter, keeping it very tidy can make it look surprisingly attractive.

 

 

 

If the weather happens to get bad, be sure that you keep the walkways and stairs to your house clean and safe. Be sure to read up on which deicers are safe for your sidewalk and stairs before you use any. Some can damage concrete and other surfaces, and that will obviously look bad to buyers.

 

 

 

Add Some Color

 

Even after the holidays have ended, keep your front door and porch colorful. You don’t want to leave holiday decorations up, of course, but adding a few classy decorations here and there can really make the space seem more inviting.

 

 

 

Leave the Lights On

 

If you’re showing your house, even during the day, you should have all your lights on. In the winter, lit up windows make the property seem more attractive and inviting from the outside—if you don’t believe this, just think for a moment about how uninviting a dark house is—and the goal of keeping your curb appeal high is really just to get people to pull over and look more closely at the property. The more lit up it is, the more likely they are to notice. Remember to keep the porch lights on, as well, for both curb appeal and safety.

 

 

 

Keep it Maintained!

 

The most useful curb appeal tip, for any time of year, is to simply maintain your porch and yard. Even though it gets dark early this time of year, and people may even want to schedule showings after nightfall, what people see when they drive by your house, to a significant degree, is a deciding factor in whether they’ll take the next step and ask to schedule a showing. Keep your property tidy, lit up, ask your Realtor for help when you need it, and many buyers are sure to find it inviting.

 

 

 

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Posted in Community News
Jan. 2, 2019

Mortgage Rates January 2019

 

 

Amidst all the reporting on the economy right now, it’s easy to get confused about how the moving parts of the economy interact with one another, and it can be even more confusing to determine how all these changes affect us as individuals. As you’re planning out how to fund your new home, here are some things to consider.

 

 

 

The Fed Doesn’t Raise Mortgage Rates Directly

 

You’ll hear plenty of reporting about the Fed raising interest rates. While it isn’t inaccurate to say that the Fed raises interest rates, the way it’s presented is sometimes a bit confusing.

 

 

 

The Fed doesn’t raise mortgage rates, credit card rates, or other interest rates, at least not directly. The Fed raises the rates on the money banks lend to one another. When the Fed raises rates, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the rate on your mortgage is going to go up, or that the rate you’re offered will even be affected at all, though that can happen. It’s natural to worry about whether or not your mortgage rate will be affected by the Fed increasing interest rates, and it may well be, but a rise in rates by the Fed does not eliminate the chance to get a good mortgage.

 

 

 

You Do Have Some Control

 

When you have reason to believe that rates are going to go up, it can feel like you have no control over whether or not you can get the property you want, even if you’ve found something very affordable in the area of Smyrna you’d most prefer. However, there still is a lot you can do, and it matters even more in a climate where borrowing becomes more expensive.

 

 

 

First, make sure you save rather than spend. Having a good-sized down payment can make lending far less expensive. You’ll also benefit in terms of your credit score if you keep your credit card and other revolving account spending to a minimum.

 

 

 

Be sure to shop around for a good lender. Even if you have less-than-stellar credit, there’s likely more than one lender who will work with you, so be sure you’re getting the best deal. Check your credit report for any issues, and make sure you don’t apply for any other credit if you’ve got a mortgage application in with a lender.

 

 

 

Talk to your Realtor to get a better idea of the current prices for Smyrna property and to learn how you can find a home that’s perfect for you, on most any budget.

Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 31, 2018

Smyrna Events for January 2019

 

 

 

With the holidays having wound down, you might expect there to be less to do in and around Smyrna, but being located so close to a center of entertainment and culture like Atlanta means that Smyrna residents never suffer from a lack of options. Here are some events to check out this January. If you want more information on local events, be sure to ask your Smyrna Realtor; they’re experts on the local area.

 

 

 

Science Friday Night: First Encounter with a Kuiper Belt Object

 

January 4, 5pm-9pm

 

Tellus Science Museum

 

Cartersville, 30120

 

This event features a free planetarium show given every 45 minutes, starting at 5pm and running until 9pm . With the cold and drier air, winter is the perfect time to get out and check out the night sky, so visit this event to get a better idea of what you’re looking at and to learn about the latest discoveries NASA has made on Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, with a NASA scientist, Dr. Mark Kotchte, presenting the information. You can get more information by clicking here.

 

 

 

Atlanta Braves Chop Fest 2019

 

January 19, 10am-6pm

 

755 Battery Ave

 

Atlanta, 30339

 

If you’re a baseball fan, you won’t want to miss Chop Fest 2019, a chance to meet your favorite Atlanta Braves players, get some autographs, and even participate in clinics and other activities. This event is completely free and it includes a variety of activities for fans of all ages, so bring the entire family. The show starts at 10am and, after presenting the NL East Division Pennant, the activities begin. Wear comfortable shoes because there will be plenty of chances to walk around and explore a huge variety of events and attractions. You can get more information by clicking here.

 

 

 

Chinese Acrobats of Hebei

 

January 24, 2019 7:30pm

 

2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway

 

Atlanta, 30339

 

The acrobats at this event bring to the stage a lifetime of training, which they employ to perform spectacular feats of grace and athleticism amidst stunning props and sets, all set to a gorgeous soundtrack. The performers are world class in every regard, having traveled the globe and left their audiences amazed at their precision, technical ability, and the engrossing and beautiful aesthetic of their performance. This event is appropriate for the entire family. To get more information on this event, you can click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Community News
Dec. 17, 2018

Mortgage Rates in 2019

 

 

Financial experts are predicting that mortgage rates will go up in 2019, but they aren’t predicting that this will have a significant affect on home sales. If you’re putting your Smyrna real estate on the market, know that buyers probably won’t be put off by higher mortgage rates. If you’re buying, don’t expect the rate increases to create much of a change in the market.

 

What to Expect with Rates 

 

Experts are predicting that mortgage rates will go up in 2019, to as much as five percent. Rates, however, aren’t the only factor in the performance of the housing market and, despite the increase, mortgage rates are still at historic lows. At the same time that mortgage rates are going up, consumers have seen an increase in household income since the year 2000, and that means they have more power to buy houses. Between the historically low mortgage rates and the increased household income, the real estate market should remain quite healthy throughout the year.

 

Rates Won’t Rise Quickly

 

Fannie May is predicting that rates will remain at approximately 4.6 percent for 30-year fixed rate mortgages for most of 2019. Home prices are expected to go up during 2019, as well. For those who are considering buying a home, these trends are worth noticing. If you’re planning on buying in 2019, it would likely be better to do it earlier in the year, before the prices go up. While the winter season usually isn’t as busy as spring and summer for real estate, your Realtor can certainly find you good deals on Smyrna properties at any time of the year. The real estate market in Smyrna has been performing well over 2018 and, despite the predictions that mortgage rates will go up, financial and real estate experts aren’t predicting that the market in general will cool down during 2019.

 

 

Advantages to Moving Fast

 

If you want to start looking for property during 2019, getting a hold of your Realtor as soon as possible is advisable. You’ll want to get prequalified for a mortgage. This isn’t a commitment on the part of any lender, but it gives you a solid idea of how much money you can borrow, and that makes it a lot easier to work with your Realtor to find an appropriate property.

 

 

Mortgage rates might be going up, but keep in mind that they are very low compared to the historic norm. With a strong economy and good household incomes, it’s realistic to expect that the real estate market in Smyrna will be hot, even in January!

 

 

 

 

Posted in Buying a Home
Dec. 17, 2018

Should I Sell My House in the Winter?

 

 

The winter real estate market in Smyrna has its advantages and disadvantages, just as does the market at any other time if year. If you have a good Realtor, you can make selling in the winter work for you. Here are some things to consider if you want to put your house on the market during the winter months. 

 

Some People Might Be Keen to Buy at the End of the Year

 

For some buyers, particularly those who look at real estate as primarily a financial investment, buying at the end of the year has advantages. Some buyers will want to make a purchase by the end of the year for tax reasons or for other financial reasons. Others just might have their heart set on making an offer on a new home in Smyrna before the new year; buyers have all sorts of motivations behind their decisions. The takeaway is that, while there are generally fewer buyers toward the end of the year, some of those buyers might be more motivated than they would be at other times of the year. If you’re planning on putting your house on the Smyrna real estate market at the beginning of the year, there are advantages to be had, as well. When New Year’s Eve is over, the biggest holidays of the year are also over, and that means people get back to their regular lives. If home shoppers were taking time off to enjoy the holidays, they’ll be picking up their search during January, and your house will be among their options.

 

There Are Fewer Options in Winter

 

There are very good reasons to put a property on the market in the spring and summer, as most everyone knows. However, because the spring and summer are so associated with a bustling real estate market, there’s also a lot more competition. With fewer homes going on the market during the winter, buyers have fewer options and are more likely to see your home, and to give serious consideration to making an offer.

 

 

Your Realtor can go through all the options, advantages, and disadvantages related to putting your home up for sale during the winter months. Your Realtor can work with your plans and help you to take advantage of the market conditions, no matter when you decide to sell your home.

 

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Dec. 12, 2018

Should You Have Smyrna Estate Showings During the Holidays?

 

 

Keeping your home open for showings during the holiday season can be challenging, but you might find it’s not quite as taxing as it first seems. Here are some things to consider if you’re deciding whether to have showings during the holidays or not.

 

 

It Might Not Be Very Busy

 

If your main concern is that you’ll have lots of people wanting to see your house, but few making offers, be aware that it might not even be that busy for showings over the holidays. The Smyrna real estate market never really stops, however, and people who might prefer to skip touring neighborhoods during the holidays still may be looking online at real estate listings. They might find your house among the listings and want to see it while they have time off. Thus, it’s worth it to have your home available for showings, if possible, even if there isn’t a huge amount of foot traffic. Another thing to keep in mind about the volume of traffic is that the holidays can be surprising. There may end up being more buyer activity than predicted. It’s also worth remembering that you don’t need a huge volume of buyers to sell your home. You only need one buyer who wants the home and who’s willing to make an offer.  

 

Consider the Logistics

 

If you’re planning on having a lot of family over, make sure you give yourself enough time to straighten up the house before you start having showings again. To make this easier, take pictures of each room after they’ve been staged for showings. It makes it easier to put things back as they were if you decide to have people over to celebrate and the house gets into disarray. If you’re not living at the property, it’s obviously worth it to make your property available over the holiday season. While most people will likely be caught up with parties, friends, and family events, most people also have some time off this time of year, and that means they might want to take a look at what properties are available while they have the chance.

 

 

If you have other questions about accommodating showings during the holidays, just ask your Realtor. Your Realtor can help you get everything organized so that showings cause as a little disruption as possible.

 

Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 6, 2018

Decorating Your House When It's for Sale

 

 

If you’re putting your house in Smyrna up for sale, or already have your home on the market, and you want to decorate for the holidays, those things aren’t necessarily at odds. When you decorate, however, it’s important to make sure you don’t cause any damage to the house, which is always a risk, given that most people use nails and other damaging fasteners to hang decorations on their property. Here are some other options you might want to consider.

 

Don’t Drill or Drive Nails

 

If you can avoid it, don’t drive nails, staples, or other fasteners into the exterior of your home, for obvious reasons. You don’t want to cause damage that might give buyers a lesser impression of your home. Instead, consider attaching your lights using zip ties or other non-permanent fasteners. This might compromise your lighting plans a bit, but it’s better than damaging your house when you’re trying to sell it. Work with the existing fastening points on your home to hang the lights, or dress up your regular light fixtures with colorful LED bulbs, and skip trimming the eves and windows with lights all together.

 

Go Light on the Tinsel and Other Messy Decorations

 

Some decorations tend to be messier than others. When you’re decorating, remember that you’re going to have to clean up all of it, so take it easy with spraying fake snow on the windows, putting wreathes around the house where they’ll shed needles, and decorating in other ways that will make cleanup difficult. You can have a beautiful and cozy space without going overboard, and less is more when you’re decorating a house that’s on the market.

 

Take Decorations Down Promptly

 

When you’re not planning on moving, it can be fun to leave your lights up through the New Year holiday—or February—but you’ll want to take down your decorations promptly when you’re selling your home. When your house is on the market, it’s important that it always looks well-maintained, and tinsel and wreaths left on the door after the holiday has passed take away from that. Hard as it may be, when the holidays are over, part with the decorations.

 

 

 

Your Realtor will help you schedule showings around any holiday plans you have, and can make sure that, even during this sometimes hectic time of year, your house gets the best possible marketing.

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Dec. 3, 2018

Light Up Your Home for Buyers

 

For the next couple of months, it will get dark very early. If you’re selling a property in Smyrna, this might make more of a difference than you think. A lot of buyers are going to end up touring neighborhoods near the end of the day or even into the evening, and you want your house to look as inviting as possible. During the darker months of the year, that means turning on the light, and a lot of it!

 

If Your Property Is Vacant

 

If you’re not living at your property, consider putting your lights on timers. This ensures that your lights will come on well before sunset, and that your house won’t be lost in the shadows once the sun goes down. It doesn’t take much thought to understand why buyers might pass up on seeing a house that’s not lit up after dark, or that they might not even see it at all. Remember to put interior and exterior lights on timers so that the property doesn’t look vacant.

 

Light Up the Right Spots

 

Keep two things in mind about the lighting at your Smyrna property: it should make your house look more attractive; and it should keep your visitors safe. Be sure to illuminate the walkways with a flood light and make sure that any stairs are clearly visible. Ensure that your porch is brightly lit, as well, and your visitors will find the property much more inviting. It’s good too have the house lit up at night but, as you might guess, that can get a bit expensive. Replace your incandescent bulbs with LEDs, which consume less energy. LED lights are very attractive these days; the days when LED lighting was harsh and cold are long gone. If you have floods that you can redirect toward the more attractive features of the house, by all means, do so. For example, if you have a great front porch and really want buyers to see it from the road, be sure there’s plenty of light on that area, so they can see it day or night!

 

 

Make Sure You Know Buyers Are Coming

Remember that showings should only be done through your Realtor. Not only is that safer for you, it ensures that buyers don’t end up trying to find their way across a darkened yard because no one expected them to show up. Your Realtor can give you more information on how to make your house stand out in the best possible way.

 

Posted in Community News
Nov. 30, 2018

Smyrna Events December 2018

 

 

It’s the holiday season and that means there are plenty of ways to celebrate in and around Smyrna. Below are some events to consider if you’re in town.

A Christmas Carol

December 8-24

Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square

11 Whitlock Avenue Northwest

Marietta, 30064 

 

One of the season’s most well-known and beloved dramas comes to the state in Marietta this holiday season. This production features Palmer William Jr. as Scrooge, the wealthy but heartless business man who’s entire perspective changes when he’s visited by three ghosts over the course of Christmas Eve. For more information click here.

 

The Nutcracker

December 8-24

Fox Theatre

600 Peachetree St. NE

Atlanta, 30308

 

This is a new production of the classic ballet, performed by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s ballet has become a stable of the holidays, and this new production adds plenty of engaging elements that make this perennial favorite a new and exciting experience for the whole family. For more information, click here.

 

LIFE University

All Month

1269 Barclay Circle

Marietta, 30064

 

This is one of the biggest light displays in the area, with more than a million lights brightening up the night. There are other events, as well, including pony rides and train rides. Santa comes by on the weekends, so be sure to bring the kids then, if you want to make this a family event. You can get more information on this display by clicking here.

 

Flamenco and Paella Night

December 16, 5pm - 8pm

Old Smyrna Firehouse

2889 Alexander Street

Smyrna, 30080

 

Right here in Smyrna, the historic Firehouse opens up for some of the best traditional Spanish music you’ll hear anywhere. This event features two guitarists and a dancer performing without electrical amplification, giving you the most authentic Flamenco experience. You can get more information on this event by clicking here.

 

The NYE Royalty Show: A Tribute to Prince and Queen

December 31, 9pm

117 North Park Square

Marietta, 30060

 

If you’re looking for a NYE party with great music, check out the Georgia Players Guild as they play tribute to Queen and Prince in a New Year’s show. Tickets are $35 before the 25th of December and $40 until the night of the show, so buying sooner rather than later is advisable. You can get more information about the show by clicking here.

 

If you want more information on local events, be sure to ask your Smyrna Realtor!

 

 

 

Posted in Community News