3620 Kelsey Chase Ct, Marietta, Georgia

May 31st, 2015 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, Decks, Energy savings, First-time home-buyer, Landscaping, Real Estate, Real Estate Information, Real Estate Tips and Advice, Realtor, Sellers Comments Off on 3620 Kelsey Chase Ct, Marietta, Georgia

3620 Kelsey Chase Court - Exterior Front

“Honey Stop the Car” and let’s see this beautiful home. Freshly painted interior with wood floors, trey ceilings, dramatic 2-story foyer and two-story family room bathed in light. Stunning main level master bedroom suite houses a lovely master bath and large walk-in closet. Formal dining room with chair rail and a very open kitchen with stainless steel appliances opens up into a large family room with a stone fireplace. The full-unfinished basement is stubbed for a bath and ready for the expanding family. Bring the pets because the backyard is fenced and ready for playtime.

16 Oxford Drive

May 21st, 2014 mullinaxteam Posted in First-time home-buyer, Real Estate, Real Estate Information, Real Estate News, Real Estate Tips and Advice, Sellers Comments Off on 16 Oxford Drive

Exterior frontMagnificent river front European masterpiece with spectacular views of the Etowah river.  The homes exquisitely appointed interior is show cased across 3 levels with 10 foot ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors and 2 master suites.  The finished terrace level has one of the master suites, a theatre, full bar, billiards room and several entertainment areas.  This is the perfect nanny or in-law suite.  16 Oxford Drive is priced at $875,000.  Call us today for more details at 770-606-0054.

28 Carrington Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120

April 14th, 2014 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, First-time home-buyer, Real Estate, Real Estate Information, Real Estate News, Real Estate Tips and Advice, Sellers Comments Off on 28 Carrington Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120

Front bestImpeccable and stylish describes this picture perfect, in the City, ranch home on a flat fenced lot near Dellinger Park. Enormous two story great room plus a bright additional sun room. A true expansive ‘Master Retreat’, formal dining room and 2 additional bedrooms on the main level. Upstairs boasts the 4th bedroom plus a walk-out attic with so much potential for additional rooms.  The Kitchen has gorgeous stained cabinets, Bosch dishwasher and top of the line stainless appliances.  This beauty has new light fixtures, custom window treatments and so much more.  28 Carrington Drive is priced at $229,450.  Call us today for more details at 770-606-0054.

401 Rail Overlook, Adairsville, GA 30103

October 3rd, 2013 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, First-time home-buyer, Real Estate, Real Estate Information, Real Estate Tips and Advice, Sellers Comments Off on 401 Rail Overlook, Adairsville, GA 30103

Turn Key Perfection says it all! Sparkling mahogany stained wood floors, spacious master suite with sitting area and large master bath.  Cozy rock fireplace in the great room and a nice breakfast area overlooking the backyard.  Meticulously and lovingly maintained plus a very large & private backyard.  You will be charmed by the condition of this home. 401 Rail Overlook is priced at $109,850.  Call us today for more details at 770-606-0054.IMG_2213

494 Waterford Drive

May 24th, 2013 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, First-time home-buyer, Real Estate, Real Estate Tips and Advice Comments Off on 494 Waterford Drive

One of the best lots in The Waterford!  Beautiful brick home with renovated kitchen, all new paint inside & out, newer carpet and one new HVAC system.  Finished Basement has full bath, kitchen and great room with plenty of space to add a bedroom for an in-lawFront suite.

15 Brown Drive, Cartersville, Ga

November 12th, 2010 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, Downsizing, First-time home-buyer, Real Estate, Real Estate Information, Real Estate News, Real Estate Report, Real Estate Tips and Advice, Realtor Comments Off on 15 Brown Drive, Cartersville, Ga

Adorable ranch on almost an acre! Rocking chair front porch. This home has a new stove, new bathroom tile and has been freshly painted. Great school district.  Priced at $115,000.  Call us today for more details at 770-606-0054.

10 Home Repairs that will Save You Money

July 15th, 2010 mullinaxteam Posted in "Green" Living, Energy savings, Home Care, Real Estate Tips and Advice Comments Off on 10 Home Repairs that will Save You Money

10 Home Repairs that will Save you Money
Post Contributed by:
Claire Bradley, Investopedia.com
Jul 7, 2010
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Remodels are great, but can get pretty pricey. Not everyone has thousands to add value to their home – but what about those less glamorous repair projects on your to-do list? These simple and inexpensive maintenance items don’t seem like they add to your home’s value, but they’re big money-savers in the long run.

1. Caulk
If you’ve lived in your house a few years, you probably noticed that the caulk along your sinks, countertops and bathtub is coming loose. These gaps may not seem like a big deal, but they can wreak havoc inside your walls. Moisture causes mold and even leaks – expensive repairs that can easily be prevented. A tube of kitchen and bath caulk costs just a few dollars, and you’ll avoid expensive repairs.

2. Insulate
The quickest way to save money on your energy bill is to insulate, yet so many of us overlook this simple home improvement project for its benefits. Sure, your walls are insulated, but what about your basement, your attic, and your garage? Just in case the energy cost savings aren’t enticing enough for you, check with the IRS – there are current credits that allow you to deduct this energy-saving expense from your taxes.

3. Change Filters
When was the last time you changed your furnace’s air filters? It’s an oft-overlooked chore, but one that keep your furnace running efficiently, and improves the air quality inside your home. Change your filters at least every three months to keep your furnace working efficiently for years to come.

4. Install a Thermostat
Does your home have a programmable thermostat? If not, invest in one; it’ll earn its money back in no time. By programming heating and cooling, you avoid paying to keep an empty house at a comfortable temperature. Manage the heat appropriately in winter to avoid burst water pipes; in summer, draw your curtains during the day to keep the house cool. Buy a programmable thermostat and you can save big on monthly bills.

5. Fix Leaks
That leaky faucet or runny toilet is draining your water bill, and in most cases it’s a cheap and quick fix. Replace the washer on your faucet, and while you’re at it, consider installing a faucet aerator if yours doesn’t already have one. Faucet aerators reduce water flow from your faucet to save on your water bill; check your home improvement store for this inexpensive fix.

6. Install Dimmers
Dimmers aren’t just for romance; they can save you big bucks on your energy bill. They’re cheap and easy to install, so look for rooms that could use a little reduction in harsh lighting. While you’re at it, replace your light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. They’re big money savers.

7. Clean Carpets
Clean your carpet lately? With proper care, carpets can last a long time and look great, but everyone needs to clean them sometime. You don’t need to hire an expensive service either – if you can vacuum, you can clean your carpets by yourself. Rent a carpet cleaner at your local supermarket or big-box store for a modest fee. Make sure you vacuum thoroughly before cleaning, and pick a dry day so your carpet dries quickly. With regular cleaning your carpet can last a long time, saving you big bucks on new flooring.

8. Clean Siding and Windows
Windows and siding get a beating in most climates. Wash your windows and siding with a simple hose and water first, and with a cleaning solution as needed; your home improvement store sells specialty products for just this kind of job. Rent a power washer for very dirty jobs. Keep an eye on cobwebs, wasp and bird nests to ensure your home’s exterior stays in good shape. Touch up with paint as needed, and your house will look like new at little or no cost.

9. Fight Pests
Those spiders and ants at your foundation, that mouse nest in your crawl space? Take care of it – pests can destroy a home in a hurry. Hire an exterminator, or for small pests, combat with pesticides. Even if you don’t think you have a problem, inspect every part of the interior and exterior of your home regularly to avoid small pest problems getting out hand.

10. Clean Ductwork
If your home is older, your ductwork likely has dust, grime, and other unwelcome residue inside. For big jobs, pay a professional; a simple cleaning can easily be done yourself. Simply remove the grates from your air vents, and clean the inside with your vacuum.

The Bottom Line
The best way to invest in your home is to take good care of what’s already there. With these simple repair jobs, you’ll even save money – with just a little elbow grease as investment

Price vs. Value-Post by Rena Rogers

July 12th, 2010 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, Financing Options, First-time home-buyer, Real Estate Tips and Advice Comments Off on Price vs. Value-Post by Rena Rogers

Warren Buffett once said “price is what you pay…..value is what you get.”  When it comes to real estate transactions, this is quite true.  For example, when exploring options and choosing a mortgage lender, a borrower may decide to give his business to the one with the lowest interest rate. The lender could be a bank. Often this is an online lender.  The online lender touts the lowest rate available and the ease with which they can process and approve a home loan.  So, the borrower applies with the online lender and the process begins.  Of course, there is no face to face meeting.  Everything is done online.  The closest thing to a relationship between the borrower and lender is a phone conversation, which is brief.  Now, the online lender may indeed have the lowest rate and may be able to complete the transaction.  But what happens if problems occur during the transaction?  When I say problems, I also mean turbulence…..rough spots, such as a low appraisal. Online lenders simply contract with an appraisal company they find near the area where the home is located.  The online lender has no relationship established with the appraisal company, and they use the appraisal company because perhaps they are the least expensive and are licensed to do residential appraisals.  This may work fine for the online lender, but what about their client, the borrower? Using just any appraiser can spell trouble for a real estate loan, believe me.  When there is no expectation of future business from the online lender, an appraiser is far more likely to be overly cautious and prudent in his assessment of value.  Furthermore, he is likely to cite repairs to be made even if they are minor and tedious.  How do I know this happens?  Twenty plus years of mortgage lending experience, that is how.  It happens all the time and a borrower who decides he needs to go with the lender with the lowest rate is not always making a wise decision.  So, OK, he is getting a low price, but what about the value?  The online lender is not interested in future business or the reputation of how they conduct business.  They are in it for the transaction, and that is all.  They do not attend the closing and if an appraisal comes in low, an online lender is not at all likely to pitch in and work through the problem.  Many times over the years I have intervened on my clients’ behalf when turbulence occurred, not just for my borrower, but also for my realtor partners and even the seller. Intervention on my part can be several things, but often it is my persuading underwriting to work with me and approve a loan.  Sometimes I help my realtor partners or even a borrower with money when funds are short and we need to close. This kind of participation and help is something I provide because I value my business and most of all my reputation.  A solid reputable business is not easily acquired.  It is earned, and is something I cherish.

     An online lender or just any lender with a low rate helping out like this?  Friends, it won’t happen, rest assured.  As I stated at the beginning, price and value are two very different things.  So what if a lender is .125 or .25 percent lower on rate?  When push comes to shove if they cannot deliver or if they leave parties to a transaction twisting in the wind, what do you have?  Nothing, that’s what, or at least some very regretful folks who should have been wiser in their choice of lender.

Post contributed by Rena Rogers with AmericaHomeKey (770) 387-4504 ext. 208 www.renarogers.net

Eight Important Questions to Ask Your Agent

May 28th, 2010 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, Real Estate Tips and Advice, Sellers Comments Off on Eight Important Questions to Ask Your Agent

Eight important questions to ask your agent

Qualifications are important. However, finding a solid, professional agent means getting beyond the resume, and into what makes an agent effective. Use the following questions as your starting point in hiring your licensed, professional real estate agent:

  1. Why should I work with you?
  2. What do you do better than other real estate agents?
  3. What process will you use to help me find the right home for my particular wants and needs?
  4. What are the most common things that go wrong in a transaction and how would you handle them?
  5. What are some mistakes that you think people make when buying their first home?
  6. What other professionals do you suggest we work with and what are their credentials?
  7. Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?
  8. Why did you become a real estate agent?

We would love to share with you our history in real estate and put our team to work for you.  Give us a call to meet whenever you’re ready!  770-606-0054

Routine Maintenance of Your Home

April 20th, 2010 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, Home Care, Home Values, Landscaping, Real Estate Tips and Advice, Sellers Comments Off on Routine Maintenance of Your Home

Routine Maintenance of Your Home

While all of us are not currently in the market to buy or sell, studies show that we most likely will be within the next 7 years.  With that in mind, it’s always good to be keeping the care of your home before you so you don’t have any costly surpises awaiting you when it’s your time to go on the market.  With warmer weather here to stay, now is the time to get outside and see what needs to be maintained in your home.

As a starter, what does the paint look like?  Keeping a fresh coat of paint on your home instantly makes it more appealing to potential buyers and shows that you are a responsible and caring homeowner.  That will at least peak interest to see the inside of the home.

Have a regular termite inspection done.  Even though you may not see any visible signs of termites yet, that doesn’t mean they may not be eating away already on a corner of your home.

Change your air filters.  Not only does this keep your air conditioning cooler, it also cuts down on problems that arise with the unit itself. 

Seal any cracks in windows, doors or tile areas on the inside or outside of your home with caulk or sealant so water won’t be able to seep into walls, ceilings or floors. 

Regualrly inspect your pipes, hoses and air ducts.  Be sure there are no holes or leaks in these to keep from having water damage or increased utility bills.

Keep an eye on your homes foundation.  All homes will do some settling over time and the changes in weather contribute to this.  Do your best to make sure no major shifts occur that could be costly to repair.

Keep your lawn looking good.  Putting fertilizer on your lawn and killing the weeds gives an added curb appeal to your home.  As does keeping fresh flowers and well manicured shrubs.  These items contribute to the whole feel of your home and will cause future buyers to remember your property when they think of well maintained homes.

Even if you do all of these things, home damages do occur.  The best thing to do in these cases is to fix the problem immediately.  A hole in a wall or a slightly leaking pipe may not seem like a big deal at the time.  However, the longer you wait to fix these common problems, the more potential damage can be done and only adds to the final repair bill.

If you do decide to list your home on the market soon, don’t forget to give us a call first.  Part of our listing appointment includes looking at the home and offering suggestions for ways to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.  While trends do change, it’s our job to stay on top of what sells.  Let us help you whenever you’re ready!