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By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 1
Sometimes folks looking to sell their home need help re-envisioning their home. They have probably lived there long enough to really not "See" their home as a potential buyer would. The sellers have "Rose" colored lenses. Once the agent has helped the sellers "See" their home in a new light, prog...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 2
As 2017 drew to a close, I wanted to continue my war against shiny Gold in my home. Upgrading lighting in my home was way over due! So one Saturday I surprised my wife by taking her to the local lighting store and said, let's upgrade! At first she thought about upgrading me, but then she got into...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 3
As you have undoubtably heard by now, today is the shortest day of the year. It still has 24 hours in it, but it has the least amount of daylight of any other day of the year. For such a short day, why then is this week so long?I think it seems long because we are all waiting for Christmas to be ...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 5
Blinded by the light. What a great song that was! But today I am tuneless. You see, I went and had my eyes checked today and I am still waiting for the dilation drops to wear off. So for now, I am blinded by the light.There is just too much light right now for my poor old eyes to deal with. I am ...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 2
Just like in any other profession, there are good practitioners and some not so good. When choosing a home inspector, make sure you get one with some industry experience. Here in Georgia anyone can become an inspector. There are no licensing or testing requirements to become an inspector.A recent...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 1
So you have a contract on your home. What's next you ask? There will probably now be a home inspection. The Buyer will hire a home inspection company to come in and give your home a thorough once over. They are looking for items that don't work, and should. Of most interest to them will be safety...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 6
Everyone knows that the home markets have been very busy. We have been saying for a while that if you have to sleep on it, you will never sleep in it. I have a quick cautionary tale that speaks to this.Before I left for the holiday, I had received an offer on my townhome I was selling. It was a f...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 2
I recently helped a couple who are friends of my daughter and son in law purchase a home. They wanted and older home in an older subdivision. I figured we might see a few items on the inspection list, and we did. We had 17 items that needed fixing in the home before we could close.Upon inspection...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 5
As I sit here and write this post this morning, I can hear a firetruck of in the distance, racing to help someone in need. That someone is probably starting the day off in a particularly bad fashion. I think the Holidays can produce many bad days if we are not careful.For instance, it is rare tha...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 2
den Boer Homes is pleased to announce their new website is up and running. There are still a few additions to be made, but on the site you will find information on how den Boer Homes can help solve real estate issues for both Buyers and Sellers. Also available is a video library. Watch videos abo...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 1
For several years agents have been talking about HOA letters. These are produced by Home Owner Associations to show that a seller in the community is up to date on their Home Owner Dues. The current contracts call for the owner to pay these fees before closing. It was not always that way.Several ...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 1
Yesterday I wrote about the need for consulting a professional when dealing with things, like buying a home, that you have limited knowledge about. It occurs to me that just by suggesting a professional creates some confusion among the general public. What exactly is a professional?When we look f...

By Melania & Jim Saltarella, Experience the Magic!
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 0
This little slice of heaven located in tranquil Ball Ground, Georgia, is a craftsman style ranch with a bonus room above the garage and a full unfinished basement stubbed for a bath.  It is loaded in upgrades, with a freshly painted exterior, a one year old roof, a welcoming entry foyer flanked b...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 29
After 6 years on the same computer, my wife decided to buy a new one. Not because she wanted to. It was because the old one was acting up. I don't believe most people relish the thought of buying a new computer. There is so much to do to them before they work like we want them to.Many (Smart) fol...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 3
I am a huge fan of hiring professionals for jobs. They know what they are doing. They can get things done much more quickly and efficiently than I can for sure. There are a few things, however, I like to try myself. One of these is working on my own website. So, I have been wearing an additional ...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 6
Here in Georgia, in our contracts for Real Estate, we have a clause that states time is of the essence. What exactly does this mean? We all know time is important, but why is it "of the essence"?Your Dictionary on line says about all this, "When used in a contract, places the other party on notic...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 5
I have been getting my rental property ready for sale over the past month so I have been really looking it over to see what needs to be done. The other day as I was walking through, I noticed several scrapes and scratches on the walls and molding. Ugh, I guess I will need to paint. Then a miracle...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 2
Around these parts, from about mid March through June is our Spring market. Many homes come on the market and sell. The reason? School is out in May, so people are trying to sell and move once the kids are out of school and be in their new home before school starts August 1st. Spring market reall...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 14
I went on two listing appointments last week, within 24 hours of each other. Both Sellers want to sell and move locally. I sold the home to the first seller and I spoke to the other seller 3 years ago about selling. Other than the interest in selling, there were very few similarities between the ...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 14
I love photo contests put on by ActiveRain! Folks here always have really cool pictures to share, so, here is my entry into the latest ActiveRain Photography contest in the category of Real Life / Travel Places.During the last 10 days of September I traveled to Nova Scotia with my photographt clu...

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