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Heating your home in the colder months can put a strain on your budget. Follow these tips to help reduce your heating bill and keep your home nice and cozy. These simple but effective solutions can help shave off some money on your electric or gas bill.

Window leaks

Place your hand around the frame of your window and see if you feel any leaks. You can also do this with a lighted candle to see if the flame flickers. If you find that you have leaks in your windows, re-caulk them; you can also add a “draft snake” along the bottom of the window for added protection.

Heat temperature

Instead of having your home set at a cozy 74, consider dropping it to say 70 or even 68 degrees. It might be a bit cool in your home, but it will save you money when

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3 Seller Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make

Selling your home is an emotional part of life. We want you to be as prepared as possible. We'll make sure you won't make these 3 mistakes sellers most commonly make.

1. Attachment Issues 

Problem: You love your home, and expect buyers to see all the irreplaceable memories that you shared in it. This attachment often leads to failing to make proper repairs that can dramatically increase the home’s value and think professional staging is unnecessary. 

Solution: Make sure you’re truly ready to sell. This can be a very emotional process and you need to be fully committed to selling. Once you’ve decided you’re all in, start thinking of your home as a business transaction. 

We understand how important

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6 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many home buyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place.

To ensure a hassle-free process, here are 6 tips to keep in mind if you are considering new construction:

  1.      Use a Realtor to protect your interests

Purchasing new construction is usually more complicated and intimidating than buying a resale home. It is important with a new-home purchase that a buyer hire a real estate agent to represent them in this process. This agent should be a local expert and have experience with newly constructed homes. Builder contracts and the

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6 Ways To Prep Your Home For The Holidays

 

The holidays are right around the corner, which means entertaining is a must. Sometimes a little interior design help may be necessary when hosting your loved ones. Don’t prep for your holiday gatherings without reading this first. These are what the experts are saying!

Arrange Your Food In A Tasteful Way.  

Carry your holiday theme on to the culinary display. Try using color-coordinated serving dishes, decorative figures or dimensional platters. This will be sure to catch the eye of your guests! 

Use Noticeable Yet, Elegant, Dining Settings.

An assortment of table decoratives, in different sizes, creates a sense of elegance without interrupting the communication of your guests. By placing

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Halloween Staging Tips

   

 

You need to choose what you are looking for this Halloween season.  Decide what kind of theme you want and stick with it. Do you want to make it kid friendly? (In that case you can bypass dangly any severed limbs or propping up any skeletons.)  If so, decorations that are more towards "cute" or playful are where you want to go. Do you want  creepy? Really creepy? This is your free pass to do just that! Into decorating your home each season but don't like Halloween? We have some options for you too.  In this blog, we are going to look at 3 key areas to jump start your home staging for the season; Front Door, Lights, Walls.

 

Front Door

 

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Advantages of Hiring A Real Estate Agent in the Fall

   

The weather is starting to cool, pumpkin spice lattes are back, and the first signs of fall are starting to show. This is the time of year to start wrapping up your 2018 goals, and if selling your home is one of them, we want to walk you through a few reasons why now is the perfect time to hire a real estate agent.

 

 

List At The Right Price

You should think of pricing a home correctly the same way that you think about hitting a target - it takes skill and understanding of many factors. We have access to market statistics, pricing history, comparable prices in the area, and much more in one spot. The best part? We understand all

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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 - www.BufordCornMaze.com

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 - www.WashingtonFarms.net

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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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