homes in henry county: 5 + 5 Winter and Seasonal Notes for Stockbridge Households - 12/13/17 06:02 AM
Over the weekend, at the same time California’s Santa Ana winds were dealing chaos in the west, the premature arrival of winter weather was pounding the other side of the country compliments of Winter Storm Benji. The unprecedented December snowfall started in New Orleans and worked its way all the way up the East Coast to Maine—all of which made last week’s Consumer Reports’ article unusually timely.
CR happened to have published a heads-up on ways to cope when winter storms interfere with daily routines. Stockbridge winter weather may not regularly trigger Alaskan-level emergency situations, but it’s still a worthwhile reminder … (1 comments)

homes in henry county: 4 Tips for a More Economical Henry County Winter - 12/08/17 09:17 AM
Officially, it may not be winter in Henry County yet, but the end of November is more than a signal to turn to the last page in 2017’s calendar. It’s definitely time for Henry County residents to secure their domiciles against the mercury drops Mother Nature will be providing sooner or later.
Even in places where a November heat wave makes it hard to focus on the inevitable onslaught of chilly weather, there are some household winter preparation tips that apply equally to all areas of the country. Here are four tips to benefit just about every Henry County household:
      Tune … (4 comments)

homes in henry county: Mcdonough Listing Gawkers—Pros and Amateurs Abound - 12/05/17 06:25 AM
It was right there in the entirely respectable Architectural Digest’s site: an article championing late-night stalking. Happily, it wasn’t the kind of stalking that winds up in a courtroom. The non-crime being confessed to on AD was writer Isabel Galupo’s “addiction” to late night stalking…through the real estate listings.
The author admits to not being at all ready to actually buy a house. She is terrified by the prospect of permanent roots and doesn’t even really understand how a mortgage works. Thus, her nightly browsing is strictly recreational. She can’t resist fantasizing about spacious Spanish colonials in Santa Barbara or quaint little … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: World Series is Over: Your Home Selling Negotiations Aren’t - 11/06/17 11:22 AM
When it comes to appraising and developing appropriate responses to offers on your Henry County home, I’m here to offer counsel and guidance. Even so, you are the ultimate decision maker. Especially for Henry County homeowners without previous selling experience, becoming familiar with some practical pointers for home selling negotiations is well worth doing. Henry County sellers can find one rich source at the National Association of Realtors® web site. This month’s World Series finale undoubtedly inspired the title for a list of home selling negotiation pitfalls. Published the morning of Houston’s Game 7 victory, it dealt with errors in home … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: After Halloween, Buying a Home in Stockbridge isn’t So Scary - 11/02/17 06:27 AM
While we’re still in Halloween Scary Things mode, we might as well address the fear factor when it comes to buying Stockbridge homes. First-time Stockbridge home buyers aren’t the only ones who experience at least some degree of trepidation as they go about such a major purchase. The prospect of buying a home can be so intimidating that putting it off seems the easiest course of action (actually, inaction). The problem is that if that delay happens to fall during a period of rising home prices or mortgage rates­, it’s going to seem self-defeating in retrospect.
But unlike the scary Halloween decorations … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: Timing Your Mcdonough Home’s Sale - 11/01/17 11:23 AM
Hardly anyone decides to put their own Mcdonough house up for sale without wondering whether there wouldn’t be a better time to do so. There are a couple of different ways to look at the timing of your Mcdonough home’s sale—but only one of them is controversial.
Controversial: timing by the calendar. A good number of real estate commentators think that the optimal timing for any home’s sale is during the spring/summer season. In the residential real estate lexicon that’s the “peak selling season.” Statistics validate their point. Since the majority of transactions are in fact initiated during the good weather months … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: For Mcdonough Real Estate, Halloween Marks a Turning Point - 10/27/17 06:17 AM
Fa la la la la, la la la la: it’s carol time again!
Not quite? You can’t almost hear those sleigh bells ringing? Well, brace yourself. Halloween is next Tuesday—and nowadays, that means that by Wednesday, holiday advertising will be with us for the duration.
Whether we admit it or not, the Thanksgiving start of the holiday season is a thing of the past. Hallmark has already launched its “Countdown to Christmas;” Mcdonough mailboxes are filling with gift catalogs; store windows are only weeks away from being transformed into snow-sprayed winter wonderlands.
As far as Mcdonough real estate is concerned, a couple of … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: Now’s the Time for Henry County Landscaping Tweaks - 10/25/17 07:27 AM
Henry County gardening enthusiasts already know this—but for those whose thumbs are anything but green, right now is a special time of year where landscaping is concerned. It’s Henry County’s high season for planting and transplanting!
You don’t have to intend on listing your Henry County home anytime soon to have a vested interest in maximizing your home’s curb appeal. After all, year in and year out the plantings in front and back yards can make all the difference in the kind of impact your property makes—it’s a pride of ownership fundamental. Neighbors and casual passers-by may not realize how much of … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: Henry County Investment Property Owners View Top 6 Repairs - 10/17/17 06:11 AM
When you first look into whether an investment property in Henry County would be a suitable addition to your own portfolio, the positives leap out. Henry County investment properties can throw off positive cash flow even as they appreciate in long-term value. What’s not to like? But there is one area that may hover as a wildcard: the maintenance issue.
Because tenants are part of the picture, Henry County investment properties undergo varying amounts of wear and tear, so keeping them in top shape does require at least some degree of attention. Veteran landlords learn how to handle maintenance and repairs … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: Stockbridge Real Estate Braces for Amazon.com Incursion - 10/16/17 06:06 AM
Amazon has invaded the realm of real estate—but you couldn’t say it’s happening in a big way.
It’s happening in a tiny way.
Last week the improbable news arrived that the web’s 400-pound gorilla had made its first foray into the realm of real estate. Since Stockbridge real estate (like all real estate) is by definition local, its very nature would seem to preclude the buying and selling of homes as a mail order enterprise. But since Amazon.com has succeeded in other industries where failure had been assumed (high-end fashion, for instance), could local Stockbridge real estate soon be monopolized by a … (3 comments)

homes in henry county: Game Theory and Mcdonough Real Estate Negotiations - 10/05/17 06:15 AM
Game theory only sounds like it has something to do with how to win in some weekend sports outing or family board game. It’s a seriously studied logical field that mathematicians delve into. Interestingly, when you study how to develop successful negotiation tactics—Mcdonough real estate negotiations included—you can look at them via game theory.
There is a problem, though. The further you get into the subject, the more it tends to become more and more abstract. Unless you are someone who looks forward to curling up by a roaring fire with a favorite math textbook, you won’t get very far into game … (1 comments)

homes in henry county: Stockbridge Homes for Sale: Pet-Friendly or Not? - 10/04/17 05:58 AM
“Pet-Friendly” is a term that used to be confined to the Stockbridge Homes for Rent ads and a few open-minded hotel chains. Given the 84+ million American households which now include pets as family members, Stockbridge homeowners who plan on listing their property anytime soon might include those animal census numbers in their thinking.
There may not yet be an official “Pet-Friendly Home” seal with stringent qualifying requirements, but it might not be such a bad idea. What research there is indicates that most prospective home buyers don’t at first concentrate on their animals’ needs—yet when you add the 36% of dog-owning … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: Henry County House Design Idea Summed Up in a Single Word - 10/03/17 06:01 AM
There’s news in the world of house design—for a change!
Those who keep in touch with the house design innovations that Henry County buyers are currently favoring know one thing is for certain: they don’t change overnight. True innovations are rare.
Fads occasionally come and go (remember “industrial décor” and barn door sliders?)—but by definition, fads don’t wind up making much of a dent in how most Henry County homes are built or remodeled. That’s a good thing: overexuberant style-chasing can be expensive to correct once a clever style has come and gone.
I bring this up because it looks as if there … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: Business Real Estate Strategy for Stockbridge Entrepreneurs - 09/28/17 07:09 AM
 Most Stockbridge small businesspeople will recognize this post-startup scenario. It’s the moment when the whole idea of long-range planning first starts to make sense.
Although everyone who stakes his or her claim in a new business hopes for success, in the beginning, that outcome is far from certain. Throughout the early going, the first order of business has been simple survival—and that’s been a full-time job. You work your tail off 25 hours a day, tackle all the expected (and unexpected) challenges, and if the best happens, see the bottom line begin to brighten. And then, the reality dawns: your brainchild … (1 comments)

homes in henry county: Henry County House Prep Starts with Capturing the Visuals - 09/27/17 06:50 AM
Some key preparations for the marketing of any Henry County home actually start well before the first showing or open house: they take place in the hours before the Henry County listing photos are taken. Those Henry County listing photos will become the definitive beauty shots—the equivalent of the glamorous depictions that grace product packaging.  
Manufacturers know very well the import of how their product looks on the carton, jar or bag. It’s why top commercial photographers rely on “product stylists” (they’re the experts who sort through 100 bags of potato chips to come up with the two or three that … (1 comments)

homes in henry county: Deciding If a New Home in Mcdonough is the Best Value - 09/25/17 05:45 AM
Ask a typical Mcdonough consumer to name the two most important purchases people make, and you’ll almost always hear “new house” and “new car.” They’re often lumped together, but they shouldn’t be. They aren’t all that similar.
The rationale for buying a new car is clear: automotive technology advances nearly every model year, improving fuel economy and safety. Add in that intoxicating new car smell, and the preference is all but automatic. Used cars may be economical, but as for the thrill factor: nyah!
Similarly, when the question is put to a cross-section of typical Americans, new homes get the nod over existing … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: 4 Simple Home Buying Steps: Good, but a Bit Too Simple - 09/22/17 12:14 PM
What a simpler world it would be if Henry County home buying could be reduced to anything like a simple 4-Step process. Even better if those were four easy steps. Actually, without actually coming out and saying so, that’s the tantalizing prospect hinted at on radio financial guru Dave Ramsey’s web site’s “Home Buying Process Made Easy.”
Ramsey is the likable media expert in household budgeting and financial planning. A good deal of his guidance could be summed up in just 2 steps:
1) get out of debt (except for mortgage debt) as soon as humanly possible; then,
2) stay out.
Since that’s not bad … (1 comments)

homes in henry county: Why Sell Your Henry County Home Now? - 09/22/17 12:12 PM
“Give me one good reason why selling now is better than waiting until next spring,” is a perfectly legitimate request. It’s a challenge to the traditional peak of Henry County’s selling season. Why should right now, at the start of October, be the right time to sell your Henry County home?
Statistics show that more homes are sold in the spring and summer, that—plus sheer inertia—can be powerful arguments to the contrary.
So here’s the “one good reason.” In fact, it could be the best reason. It’s the textbook Economics 101 basic rule about markets and pricing.
Simply put, the supply of housing all … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: Friday is the Last Day of Mcdonough’s Summer - 09/20/17 08:47 AM
Friday is the official last day of Mcdonough’s 2017 summer, but for most of us, the season has been feeling a lot more like fall ever since Labor Day. It isn’t the weather so much as the psychological factor. Things like the passing of that last summertime three-day weekend and watching Mcdonough’s seasonal businesses post hour change signs. As the school busses appear every morning, you also don’t have to have kids in school to register what all the activity signals: Mcdonough’s summer is over.
Pinterest, the internet’s foremost collecting place for everyone’s pictures of everything has scores of pages of … (0 comments)

homes in henry county: Hurricane News Overshadows All but One Bright Spot - 09/11/17 06:06 AM
 Last weekend’s regular Georgia news should have been promoting all the usual upbeat feature stories about the onset of football season, the start of a brand new school year, the finals of tennis’ last grand slam tournament and the like—but Stockbridge readers would have gotten eye strain trying to find any of them. Instead, the dark clouds brought by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey cast dense shadows across the region and the nation’s news. It was certain, too, that even after the terror of their actual passages had subsided, the fallout would continue to reverberate—expensively—for a very long time.
What was covered was … (0 comments)

 
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