homes for sale in woodstock: There's a good reason WHY we are not HGTV agents! - 02/23/17 07:15 AM
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is stepping up to protect you on your real estate transactions. 
The HGTV Shows make the real estate transactions look like you can sell or buy a home with nothing to worry about except for which one of the three homes to pick from when purchasing a home.  There's a lot more involved with having a smooth real estate transaction. 
As of January 1, 2017, NAR has now changed their guidelines for all of their members on taking a Code of Ethics class.  Instead of the NAR members taking the required Code of Ethics class every … (1 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Yes, I know you're excited, it happened this weekend - 02/19/17 10:48 AM
Finally, Gibbs Gardens opened this weekend on Feb. 18thWhere: 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA
What: Showcase Gardens
Cost: $20 (See all admission prices)
Phone: 770-893-1881
 The History of Gibbs GardensJim Gibbs traveled for 15 years covering the nation and the world viewing gardens of every style and decided that he wanted to design and build a world class garden. He spent six years looking for a suitable site with a strong source of water and beautiful mature trees covering a rolling topography. It was truly “a dream come true” when he found the most beautiful site in the nation to construct the garden. The … (1 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Cherokee County School District - Welcome back to School - 07/27/14 11:33 PM
It's back to School on August 4th for Cherokee County School District Yes, it's here again, school starts in one week!  The summer vacations are now coming to an end. 
Here is the link for the Cherokee County School District's website:
Here are some fun facts for Cherokee County School District The 2014-2015 School Year starts on August 4th and ends on May 28.
The average SAT for CCSD's for the class of 2013 is 1567.  This is the highest in the Metro Atlanta area and the second-highest in the state of Georgia.  I'm impressed!
For the first time in … (1 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Don't forget about your night time Curb Appeal! - 05/16/14 12:11 AM
It's all about the Curb Appeal
Most buyers like to see homes for the first time during the day, but if they live in the area, they will do several drive-bys of the the potential home during the day and at night.  
For a very low investment and an easy DIY project, you can add outdoor landscape lights to the front of the home to illuminate the exterior. 
You have several options; light up just the front face of the home or add additional lighting to the trees, the stairs leading to the house or a pathway to … (0 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Everyone in the south knows what ghosts are afraid of! - 05/02/14 05:30 AM
Yes, the ghosts in the south are afraid of water! 
We here in the south love our large, inviting front porches complete with rocking chairs and a large glasses of lemonade on the table next to it.  It's what every Southern Belle aspires to have at the front of their homes.    
If you notice one thing these southern porches have in common,  it's  the same color of their ceiling paint; blue.  Not just any shade of blue, it must be haint blue!   
If you are not from the south or the Long Island Medium, you may … (1 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Does this home have a secret room? - 05/01/14 11:17 PM
Does this home have a Secret Room?
I had a buyer interested in a home in the Woodstock area.  After the buyer looked at the home a second time, he felt that there was an area of the home on the main level next to the Master bedroom that he was missing in the showing of the home.  
It felt a little strange to call the Listing Agent of the home to ask, "Does this home have a Secret Room near the Master bedroom?"After calling the sellers, the agent got back to me to confirm that there was a … (34 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: DIY Home Inspection - 04/29/14 07:40 AM
Be Proactive with your Home Maintenance!
Unfortunately, many sellers wait until they put their homes on the market to take a serious look at the outside condition of their home.  I guess it's the "out of sight, out of mind" mindset.  
As part of your inside Spring cleaning routine, do your own DIY Home Inspection for the condition of the outside of the home. 
Georgia has no set standards for a professional home inspector, but you will find that across the board, the condition of the exterior wood around the doors and windows will be an item the home … (0 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: New Kitchen; $25,000 vs. $120 - 04/16/14 05:28 AM
Homes in Cherokee County
You may recognize the photo to the right as the same photo in my signature below.  I get a lot of nice compliments on what a nice Kitchen this is.  The secret to the Kitchen cabinets is that they are PAINTED! 
The vast majority of homes built in this area were constructed during the ALL WHITE kitchen and bathroom cabinets stage.  Yes, new cabinets for this Kitchen would have been about $25,000 compared to about $120 in painting materials. 
The other secret to this beautiful kitchen is that there was additional wood moldings added to the top … (42 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Do we have a deal? - 04/16/14 05:03 AM
Legal Consideration
The legal definition of Consideration is something of value given by both parties to a contract that induces them into an agreement to exchange mutual performances. 
Sometimes agents, buyers & sellers don't realize the full value of this consideration.  When a buyer puts down his earnest money, usually it is in the form of money, it is a required element of a contract.  Just because a buyer or seller decides to walk away or not follow through on a contract to a home, doesn't mean the contract terminates. 
My brother-in-law, Greg, in Oregon is an Engineer.  He … (1 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: One of the best Gardens in Georgia! - 04/13/14 01:43 AM
Gibbs Gardens
One of my favorite gardens in the area is Gibbs Gardens located in Ball Ground, Georgia.  About 30 minutes north of Atlanta.  It opened to the public about two years ago. 
This is one of the best times of the year to visit the gardens with the many fields of endless daffodils.  There are three different types of daffodils that bloom at different times. 
One of the things that makes this garden special is that the owner, Mr. Gibbs, is usually sitting in the front lobby to greet the visitors to the gardens.  His passion and enthusiasm is … (2 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Tree Wars - 04/11/14 11:47 PM
Tree Wars
This is such an amazing time of year to be out showing homes.  The weather is bright and sunny, and the big bonus for the Spring time here in the Atlanta area are all the different types of flowering trees to enjoy.
As shown in the photo, the downside for all these large trees are the amount of shade that is cast in the shadows of this amazing beauty. 
When we first moved here from Texas, I was awestruck at the trees since the only trees in our area were small in size.  I just loved looking … (7 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Homes of Steel - 04/10/14 01:24 AM
Will your next home be made of Steel? 
When I am out showing homes in the Cherokee County areas, one thing I point out to a buyer looking at homes is the fact that Georgia is #2 in the country for termites.  Yes, those little guys are small, but very mighty. 
There's a famous saying here; there are only two types of homes; homes that have termites and homes that will have termites.  There's no getting around it. 
There are several benefits to building a steel framed home.  Here is the short list: 
1.  Pest Resistant - … (4 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Call 911 - Someone stole the Backyard! - 04/02/14 12:07 AM
The hills are alive here in Cherokee County! 
I have specialized in the Cherokee County area for about 18 years.  I moved here from Dallas, Texas, where I lived in what was once a corn field.  Needless to say, any trees in the community were not original to the area.  The land in Texas was also flat as a pancake. 
Moving to the Cherokee County area was a wonderland of trees and hills for me.  I loved the beauty of it.  It feels like you are on a vacation year round. 
That's the good news!  The homes in this area … (0 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: How does your Hidden Gems match up? - 03/29/14 12:19 AM
How does your Hidden Gems match up?
I was one of the 1,500 real estate agents in the country to participate in this Hidden Gems Survey.  Though I must admit, I didn't agree with the final outcome of the survery, they did an outstanding infographic on the results of the survey. 
While Amazing Views and Neighborhood Quality tied for first place for this survey, I will always tell both buyers and sellers the schools should be their first priority if they have kids. 
When I'm showing homes in Woodstock, GA, I remind the buyers coming into the area that … (5 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Le Cordon Bleu meets Hole in the Wall! - 03/26/14 08:41 AM
Have you ever made a wrong turn only to be rewarded with a nice surprise?    We were on on way to our destination using my phone for the GPS when I received a phone call.  Yes, you guessed it.  We missed our turn.  As we were trying to look around to see where to turn around, we noticed a non-descript restaurant with a crowd inside the restaurant.  Hmmm.  You want to stop and try it out?  Sure, I'm up for it.    Decorated as a New Orleans style basement with concrete walls of deep purple and a large alligator on … (2 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: My favorite Garden Tour - 03/23/14 06:36 AM
Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour Atlanta’s Finest Private Gardens
Saturday - Sunday, May 10 - 11
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tickets On Sale April 1  
One of the things I like about this Gardens for Conoisseurs Tour is that you see the high-end, ultra luxury gardens where the owners have written a blank check to the landscaping company.  And on the opposite side,  the down-to-earth gardens that have been done with the green thumbs of the owners of the gardens.  
It's a surprise to go to the next home on the tour to find which one of the … (0 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Sharks on Shark Tank get taken for a Ride! - 03/23/14 02:24 AM
Is your home safe with the garage doors?
If are a real estate agent and you watched the popular TV show called Shark Tank, you were probably as surprised as I was. 
There was a man on the show that did a presentation on how unsafe the garage doors are on a home.  According to this man, a burglar could walk up to any home and just open up the garage door without any trouble.  What?  Several of the members of the panel questioned this, but these "sharks" are millionaires, not real estate agents. 
How many real estate agents find that … (7 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: This house is for the BIRDS! - 03/21/14 11:11 PM
Have you ever scratched your head wondering what to buy a special friend or family member, but can't think of anything that they don't already have? 
Why not consider a custom birdhouse for their backyard, screened porch or sunroom?  Pretty much guaranteed they don't already have one.  And it's a great conversation piece.
Ron's link is located below: 
Ron Marshall, proud sponsor of Ron's Rustic Birdhouses!

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homes for sale in woodstock: Preview of how your life will change in the next couple of years! - 03/19/14 11:00 PM

Here's a video of how our lives will be in the next couple of years!
It's amazing to see how much I use the new features of my I-Phone.  My phone is now programmed to remind me what groceries I need as soon as I walk into the grocery store.  It is smart enough to know the minute I walk into the specific store I buy groceries at.  
No longer will you have a buyer ask about the information on a home as you drive by.  The buyers will be able to just point at a home to … (1 comments)

homes for sale in woodstock: Homes for Sale in Woodstock, GA 30189 - 03/12/14 12:23 AM
Homes for Sale in Woodstock, GA  30189
Here is a stunning home with curb appeal ready for move-in.  The home features a Master on the Main and an open floor plan.  Great size for a family with 6 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and one half bath.  The finished basement offers a 2nd Kitchen.  The home is located in Towne Lake Hills East.  A premier swim/tennis/golf community.  The Cherokee County schools are some of the highest rated in the state.  The price has just been dropped to $350,000.  Call me today to schedule a showing at (678) 462-1191. 


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Laura Andersen

A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia

Woodstock, GA

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Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191

Address: 220 Heritage Walk, Suite 101, Woodstock, GA, 30188

Mobile: 678-462-1191

Office: 678-494-0644

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