Wednesday, May 18, 2022 / by Cindy Bunch
Some call it a flex room or a bonus room. Whatever you choose to call it, what do you want to do with that extra room? Here are a few ideas to use that space!
An ideal way to get the whole family together. Add comfortable seating and your favorite games. This could be a great place for a pool table or to set up an entertainment center with a large TV and video gaming consoles.
Are you a bookworm? Line the walls with shelves to fill with your literary collection. Create the perfect space to escape into a good book.
Give the kids a little more space to play and hang out with friends. The best part? Gather all the toys into one room instead of all over the rest of the house!
As one of the top features sought after by luxury homebuyers, a media room complete with a projector and comfy seating is sure to keep the whole family entertained. You can keep things simple or go all out with the latest home theater sys; ...
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 / by Cindy Bunch
If you’re a first-time buyer or if you’ve lived in the last home you bought for a long time and it’s been a while since you’ve gone through the buying process, I’ve got a checklist for you of what expenses to expect.
Surprise! It’s not just the down payment! You’ll need to bring more cash to the closing table than your down payment alone.
This can differ from state to state, but I’m a realtor in north metro Atlanta, so here’s a breakdown for Georgia:
First, right after you get an accepted offer on your new home, you’ll want to schedule an inspection. There are many professional inspection companies across metro Atlanta. You and your family many already know of one or I have several I can refer to you.
Often inspectors base pricing on the square footage of the home (more house = more time to look it over!) and may offer several optional add-ons like a radon test or termite inspection.
At least 3 busin! ...
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 / by Cindy Bunch
Are you looking to buy your first home this year? Or if it has been several years since you last purchased a home, you might as well be a first-time buyer! The housing market in North Metro Atlanta is on fire right now with unprecedented seller’s market conditions.
So what should you expect as a first-time buyer in 2022? Here are the best ways you can prepare and insight into the house hunting adventure!
Preparation Before You Even Start
Doing your research before jumping into this market is vital! Figuring what to do and what not to do before you start your home search should make this process easier.
Saving up for a down payment is a challenge, but truly gives you a competitive advantage when making an offer on a home you love. Strive for 20% which is not mandatory to get a loan, but will set you apart from other offers.
You’ll also want to have cash on hand to cover closing costs. In this market, it’s typical to see sellers pay 0% of closing co; ...
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 / by Cindy Bunch
This week, the Bunch Team is happy to host guest blogger, Candace Sigmon! You could say Candace Sigmon was born to DIY. She has always loved to tinker, fix, and build, and she has been working on home projects with her dad pretty much ever since she could hold a hammer. She created AtHomeHelper.com because she thought it might be fun to share some of what she has learned along the way as well as resources that she finds especially useful.
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Working from home offers many benefits. For one thing, you can eliminate a lengthy commute from your life. You may also find that you're more productive. In fact, the top advantage people cite about home office life is the ability to better balance personal and work life. That said, if you want to stay focused when working from home, it's important to clearly delineate your professional and private spheres.
The best way to do that is to create a dedicated office space, free from the dis; ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 / by Cindy Bunch
Earth Day (earthday.org), April 22, is the one day we shift the world's focus on the earth's health, but with everyone making small habit changes to improve the planet’s well-being, it can be a year-round undertaking.
Some are concerned about lowering their carbon footprint, while others are driven by reducing energy costs and living in a healthier and more comfortable home. In fact, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ “2022 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends” report, 30% of all buyers considered environmentally friendly features very important.
Traditionally big-ticket energy-saving technologies, like smart thermostats, LED lighting, and solar panels continue to come down in price making them more accessible to the average homeowner. Likewise, electric cars have recently made huge strides in improved technology and affordability.
No matter your motivation or your budget, here are some changes you can make at home that; ...