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Tips to get your home ready for fall

Cooler temperatures and pretty soon, falling leaves, reminds us that the fall season is here. As the seasons change, so do our home needs which makes it a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running smoothly. A bit of attention now will save costly repairs and aggravation later.

Interior Maintenance

  1. Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames.
  2. Have your furnace inspected. Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. It’s also a
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Best Corn mazes in Georgia

Buford Corn maze

Located at the intersection of Friendship Road and Ridge Road in Buford, GA, the Buford Corn Maze offers tons of activities for the entire family. In addition to the corn maze, you can enjoy hay rides, a pumpkin patch, pony rides and a haunted forest for those looking for a scare. 

4470 Bennett Road, Buford, 30519 -

Buford Corn Maze

washington farms

Get lost in Washington Farms' 8.5 acre corn maze. In addition, this beautiful farm in Watkinsville offers a large pumpkin patch, hay rides, pig races, a petting zoo and so  much more! Check out their website for all of the fun activities you and the family can enjoy. 

5691 Hog Mountain Road, Bogart, 30622 -

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Below are some of the most common questions we receive from Buyers and Sellers. 

Frequently Asked Questions

For Buyers

Does it cost money to use a Realtor? How does commission work?
In most states, traditionally the seller agrees to the commission that will be paid to the agent that is working for them. From there, once the listing is posted publicly on the Multiple Listing Network, the commission that agent will pay to a cooperating broker is posted there. Essentially, this means that both buyer and seller agents are working for free until the deal is closed! The buyer will almost never write a check to pay a broker, and the agent working for the seller is paid out of the proceeds of the sale. For rentals, the way the

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Beginning the home buying process can feel overwhelming. With the Hermes Realty Group, we like to make the process seamless. We’ll work together to make each step as simple and easy as possible. We broke it down into these 8 steps:

Let’s get to know each other! We’ll sit down, talk through the process of buying a home with Hermes Realty Group, and discuss your dream home along with your wants and needs.

Getting pre-qualified is the beginning of the mortgage process. You supply a bank or lender with a financial summary that includes debt, income, and assets. From there you will get an approximation of the mortgage you will qualify for.    

Getting pre-approved is the next step in the process. Once you get pre-approved the lender will tell

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If you have lived in your home as of January 1st of the calendar year you’ll want to consider filing for homestead exemption, which will save you money on your property tax bill.   The requirements for filing are:

  1.     Property owner must own and live in the property as their primary residence as of January 1 of the tax year
  2.     The property owner must live in the property as their primary residence and not receive homestead exemption on any other property – this includes properties in other counties & states.
  3.     Only one homestead exemption can be claimed between husband and wife. 
  4.     All vehicles owned by the property owners must be registered in the county where you apply for Homestead Exemption.
  5.     All applicants for Homestead
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One of the best things about this season is all of the pretty Christmas lights. Check out the list below for some of the most popular places to view lights near Atlanta. Most all of them will stay open into the New Year. Grab some of your family and friends and enjoy making memories!

  1. ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDENS: The seventh annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden, including the new high-tech Nature's Wonders, illuminating the world's natural phenomena through countless strands of synchronized dancing lights strung high over Storza Woods. Through Jan. 7, explore the Walk of Flames and Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model
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We are EXCITED to announce the launch of The Hermes Realty Group Rewards Club! It's our way of paying it forward and saying thank you to all of our amazing friends, neighbors, clients and supporters for simply being loyal and awesome!

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This time of year, a common objection we get from home sellers has to do with not wanting to sell their home with the holidays coming up. Some home sellers buy into the myth that "homes don't sell" during the holidays, while others think that the business and chaos of the holiday season make it a bad time to sell. 

Still not sure about selling your home? Here's 8 reasons why the holidays can be a great time to sell.


While it is true that we usually see a decrease in the number of home buyers in the marketplace this time of year, the home buyers that are in the marketplace during the holidays are incredibly serious buyers. As a home seller, you want the most serious buyers in the market.



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If you weren’t sure if this was the right time to list your home, you should be now. Yesterday we listed two homes. The requests for showings was incredible! We received an offer on one in under 12 hours! That’s our second home this month that has had an offer in less than 12 hours of listing.

Demand is high and inventory is low. That means you may be able to get top dollar for your home. This is based on the simple principle of the “Law of  Supply and Demand.”

According the BizJournal, residential home sales are up 6.9% over same time in 2015. Both average sales price and median sales price are up over 6% from 2015. The spring buying frenzy is in full affect. 


In addition, mortgage rates remain low, meaning greater savings for home buyers.

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If you’re at the beginning of your career, you might not be thinking too much about the end of it. But even younger workers should be aware of – and saving for – their eventual retirement. And since you’ve got many years until you do retire, you’ve got a lot of options to consider – one of which is whether an IRA may be appropriate for you and, if so, what type. 

Essentially, you can choose between a “traditional” IRA and a Roth IRA. (Other types of IRAs are available if you’re self-employed.) 

With a traditional IRA, you contribute “pretax” dollars, so your contributions are generally tax-deductible, depending on your income limits and whether you also have a 401(k) or other retirement plan at work. In 2016, you can contribute up to $5,500 to your

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