January 2015

Found 10 blog entries for January 2015.

Stronger Economy, Solid Job Growth Expected to Boost Home Sales in 2015

Good news for Hamilton Mill homeowners.  According to National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, existing-home sales are forecasted to rise about 7 percent in 2015 behind a strengthening economy, solid job gains and a healthy increase in home prices.

In the NAR-published video, Yun discusses his expectations for the U.S. economy and housing market in 2015 and points to the expanding economy, continued growth in the labor market and home prices rising at a moderate but healthy clip as his reasons for an expected increase (from 2014) in new and existing-home sales.

"Home prices have risen for the past three years cumulatively about 25 percent, which

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Free Gas?  Kroger's social media promotion could win you a $200 gas card!

Attention all Hamilton Mill, Dacula GA residents– you could win free gas from Kroger! Kroger is running a social media promotion for free gas. Just by using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you could save money at the gas pump. This promotion is being run in February. Throughout the month, customers can enter the contest to win free fuel for a month by sharing photos that answer “How low can you Go?” with fuel points at fuel centers.

Customers are invited to post photos on Kroger’s Facebook page with the hashtag #FuelPointsSweeps – or post them to Instagram or Twitter, tag Kroger and use the hashtag #FuelPointsSweeps – to be automatically entered to win. Forty-four final

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MCHS and HMUMC host Teens For Jeans campaign - join the Hamilton Mill Community and support this great cause!

Being homeless is bad enough, but being a homeless teenager with shabby-looking clothes is even worse. Job interviews become impossible and one’s self-esteem, already low because of homelessness, is damaged even further. However, if you feel good about the way you look it can improve your self-esteem.  And jeans are always in style. You can’t tell how much money somebody’s making if they’re wearing jeans.

Enter “Teens For Jeans”, a national campaign in partnership with Aeropostale and DoSomething.org, the largest not-for-profit organization for young people and social change.

Over a million young people experience homelessness in the

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Gas prices in Georgia keep tumbling down, according to AAA’s weekly fuel price brief. And one thing is certain – gas prices in Dacula, GA are pretty cheap! The cheapest gas price in the Hamilton Mill area is Kroger on Hamilton Mill Rd and Ridge Road at $191.9 per gallon.

At the beginning of the week, the average price per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline fell nine cents in Georgia, from $2.10 to $2.01, according to AAA figures. The national average fell seven cents to $2.07.

The average in metro Atlanta was also down 10 cents to $2.03, as of Sunday.

“The national average could be $2 or less by this time next week,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for the AAA Auto Club Group. “Gasoline has been falling at a rate of about 1 cent a day and that

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What are Buyers looking for in today's Hamilton Mill real estate market?

As we move rapidly towards the height of the spring home selling season.  Home buyers are currently coming out of the woodwork looking for homes to purchase in Hamilton Mill and the surrounding areas. 

While some real estate agents like to tell potential home Sellers to wait until the Spring to get their homes on the market, we at the Hermes Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty STRONGLY disagree with this statement. Selling a home during the winter is one of the very best times of the year to sell. 

Why would you wait until everyone else puts their home on the market at the same time? This increases inventory and in doing so it puts your home in direct competition with

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Are you considering moving up to a larger Hamilton Mill home or a home in a different area? If you've built enough equity in your home, it's a good time to sell because you can cover closing costs when you sell and have enough to put down on another home. But maybe you want to consider renting your Hamilton Mill home instead.

There are several reasons why renting a home you already own is a good idea. You used leverage to buy it, and you can also use that same leverage to get into another home while holding on to an asset that's already building equity.

You may have more of a market for your home than you think. Buyer demographics have changed a lot since the beginning of the housing recovery. Investors have

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Property Tax Bills Are Coming! Are you prepared to pay your property tax bill on your Hamilton Mill subdivision home or do you plan to appeal your assessment?

When the property tax bills land in your mailbox around the first part of June, you may be surprised at the new assessed value of your home and then try to scramble to appeal your assessment.  Over the past five years, Matt Hermes, a Hamilton Mill resident and local real estate expert has provided free information of comparable sales in order for Hamilton Mill homeowners to appeal their tax bills. Once again in 2015 they will be offering this service but you may want to start prepa2015-01-14_1533ring your appeal ahead of time.

Earlier this month John Adams, a local expert in tax assessments,  stopped by

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Hamilton Mill’s Puckett's Mill Elementary has Gwinnett County School’s only habitat display

When Puckett’s Mill teacher Julie Hitt decided to develop the first Georgia habitat display that fills a Gwinnett classroom, she wasn’t confident that it would come to fruition.

“I never thought it would be funded in the first place,” said Hitt, who teaches at Puckett’s Mill Elementary, an elementary attended by Hamilton Mill students.

But a month ago, the Mill Creek Cluster Education Foundation funded her “Hands on Habitat” with a second grant, a year after the first grant kick-started the project. The total grant funding is $10,100, and makes Puckett’s Mill believed to be the only Gwinnett County school that has a classroom filled with creatures, plants,

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Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is diligent in its work to ensure safe school bus ridership to and from our schools. As part of our bus safety focus, we teach students rules to follow as they get on and off the bus. We also would like to remind drivers of the rules they must follow when they encounter a school bus on the roadway. In 2011, lawmakers put into place a law to help keep children safe when they are loading or unloading school buses. The law outlines rules drivers must follow when they encounter a stopped school bus. Safety is a priority when it comes to transporting students and we all play a role in keeping kids safe.

In addition to raising awareness regarding bus safety and laws for drivers, GCPS is placing school bus stop arm

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Hermes Realty Group Did It AGAIN! #1 in Hamilton Mill home sales for 2014. We are honored to have once again SOLD more homes in the Hamilton Mill subdivision than any other Realtor in 2014. Thank you to all of our clients that helped us to once again earn us this distinguished honor. If you are looking for homes for sale in Hamilton Mill please give us a call or if you are thinking of selling your Hamilton Mill home click here for a FREE market evaluation.

The Hermes Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty, has been a fixture in the Dacula and Hamilton Mill area since 2001 and in 2014 we sold almost three times as many homes in the Hamilton Mill subdivision than any other Realtor. The average agent sells less than 9 homes per year while we here at the

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