September 19th, 2014


Curling up with popcorn and a movie, simmering a big pot of soup or chili on the stove, and getting the house and yard in shape after the lazy days of summer — in September, the comforts of home beckon. From feeding the birds to having the chimney cleaned, see if any of these to-dos make your list this month.


Jobs Impact #ExistingHomeSales

September 15th, 2014



  • The National Association of REALTORS® estimates that one job is generated or supported for every two home sales.
  • This estimate is based on a comparison of the economic impact of an existing home sale to various measures of income.
  • In 2013, the economic impact of a single home sale was estimated to be more than $68,000. In the same year, GDP per worker was $123,400. Thus, two home sales would generate more in economic impact than the total GDP per 1 worker.
  • Comparisons against other types of income measures would show an even higher home sales impact on jobs.



September 5th, 2014

Traditional Living Room by L K DeFrances & Associates

A well-lit room looks, works and feels better; it’s as simple as that. Whether you are starting from scratch with a new home or are looking to tailor your current space to better fit your needs, a lighting plan should be on your radar. Here’s the scoop on lighting plans — what they are, why you may want one, how to implement one and when to hire a pro.

76 Homes Planned For #MariettaGA

September 3rd, 2014

blueprints drawings

Atlanta-based real estate company Minerva plans to build 76 homes on a 10-acre site near Marietta Square that has sat vacant for nearly eight years.

Minerva purchased the property off Power Springs Street, between the Square and Marietta Conference Center, in June for an undisclosed price, Marietta Daily Journal reports.

Eighteen single-family homes and 58 townhomes in the Craftsman style are planned for eight acres of the property, the MDJ adds.

#FirstTimeBuyers Sales Increase

August 29th, 2014


Approximately 28 percent of REALTOR® respondents reported that their last transaction in June was by a first time home buyer (27 percent in May) [1], according to the June 2014 REALTORS® Confidence Index.

August 27th, 2014



Strolling Through #SavannahGA

August 25th, 2014

Where would you stroll if you were in Savannah right now?

Where would you stroll if you were in Savannah right now?


#HomeLoan Closing Tips

August 13th, 2014


You have done the hard part in the home buying process and chosen a lender and a real estate agent to work with. You have also gone out and found the home of your dreams! Best of all, your team has done a great job of negotiating the best deal for you.

Getting a home loan these days is a very interactive process. I am always amazed by how many clients I work with who come to me unaware of all the pitfalls they face during the loan process. To help avoid any surprises while waiting for final approval, I provide my clients with a short list of “do’s and don’ts” to follow.

Let’s start with the “do’s” …


August 8th, 2014

Repurposed Light Fixture Terrarium

Breathe life into an outdated light fixture. A quick cleaning and paint job prepare it for its new job as a terrarium! Here are 10 more ideas!

Best #GardenTransformations

August 6th, 2014

four afters of yard remodels

Creating and maintaining a dream landscape isn’t the quickest or easiest job on the to-do list, but the homeowners we’ve featured over the years prove again and again that the results are well worth the effort. Take a peak at these stunning yard and garden makeovers to help inspire you to turn your lot into an oasis you’ll love.