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Don’t let your home be burglarized while you’re on vacation. Here are eight essential ways to keep your house safe a...
07/20/2019
Eight Ways to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Don’t let your home be burglarized while you’re on vacation. Here are eight essential ways to keep your house safe and secure.

Nothing could sour your vacation memories like arriving home to find your house burglarized. Here are eight easy steps to ward off the bad guys. Make neighbors aware and vigilant. This is where it pays to have established relationships with your neighbors. Knowing that you will be away helps neighbo...

Looking for a distinctive path to your garage? Stones, pavers and decorative concrete are among the tempting choices.
07/18/2019
Decorative Driveways Add Style

Looking for a distinctive path to your garage? Stones, pavers and decorative concrete are among the tempting choices.

The typical driveway, let’s face it, tends to be a bit boring. Made of concrete or asphalt, they provide a humble entry to the garage. But in newer neighborhoods, especially those with larger lots, driveways are providing a place to add a little pizzazz and curb appeal. Driveway configuration. The...

What to expect if your new home has old appliances? Here’s a guide to appliance longevity.
07/16/2019
What’s the Lifespan of Your New Home’s Big-Ticket Appliances?

What to expect if your new home has old appliances? Here’s a guide to appliance longevity.

Gone are the days when big-ticket home appliances lasted for decades. With some exceptions, the life span for most appliances is ten years or less. All the more reason to do your homework as a prospective buyer and check the age and condition of the appliances in any home you’re seriously consider...

Money talks, but what should you say to a low-ball offer?
07/14/2019
How to Deal With a Low-Ball Offer

Money talks, but what should you say to a low-ball offer?

After a few days on the market, your agent calls to tell you there is an offer on the home. Unfortunately, it’s too soon to celebrate. The offer is lower than what you’re asking. Much lower. Keep your feelings in check. It’s normal to be disappointed — maybe even a little insulted and angry....

Is your yard full of uninvited guests? Here are four ways to keep pesky insects from ruining summer gatherings.
07/13/2019
Four Chemical-Free Ways to Keep Pests Away

Is your yard full of uninvited guests? Here are four ways to keep pesky insects from ruining summer gatherings.

Long summer nights and backyard cookouts are hallmarks of a glorious season — minus those pesky bugs and mosquitoes, of course. Follow these simple steps to keep pests at bay without resorting to chemical treatments. Eliminate standing water. Flowerpots, recycling bins, an inflatable pool and a po...

Congrats to the sellers of this home in Powder Springs GA!  Thanks for allowing The Advantage Team to market your home a...
07/13/2019

Congrats to the sellers of this home in Powder Springs GA! Thanks for allowing The Advantage Team to market your home and guide you through the process. We enjoyed working with you and wish you the best in your next chapter.

Congrats to the buyers and sellers on the closing of this Fantastic home in Adairsville GA!  The Advantage Team apprecia...
07/13/2019

Congrats to the buyers and sellers on the closing of this Fantastic home in Adairsville GA! The Advantage Team appreciates you, you were a pleasure to work with!

Sofas are a landing pad for family life, including all those cracker crumbs and sloshed drinks.  Here’s how to find a ...
07/11/2019
Getting Comfortable with Choosing the Right Sofa

Sofas are a landing pad for family life, including all those cracker crumbs and sloshed drinks. Here’s how to find a great couch that can handle life’s little mishaps.

Selecting a new sofa is a major decision. The focal point of most family rooms and living rooms, they get a lot of use, they provide seating for multiple people, and they’re expensive. Answer these six questions and you’ll be on your way to enjoying a new piece of furniture without regret. How d...

Enjoying the architecture and craftsmanship of historic homes may be enticing, but ownership often comes with a hefty pr...
07/09/2019
Historical Homes: Buying a Piece of History

Enjoying the architecture and craftsmanship of historic homes may be enticing, but ownership often comes with a hefty price. Check out the pros and cons.

While ownership of historic homes can be appealing, it’s definitely not for everyone. Historic homes have their own set of challenges and responsibilities. Here’s a look at the joys and frustrations of owning a piece of history. What qualifies as historic? Historic homes are recognized by an age...

Do your homework first before putting someone to work in your home. Here’s a common-sense check list.
07/07/2019
How to Hire and Work with a Contractor

Do your homework first before putting someone to work in your home. Here’s a common-sense check list.

When hiring a contractor to do work at your home, you want someone who is honest and competent. Here's how to go about finding the right person for the job.

Back to the books, already? A baker’s dozen tips to prepare your household for a successful new school year.
07/06/2019
13 Ways to Prep Your Home For Back-to-School Success

Back to the books, already? A baker’s dozen tips to prepare your household for a successful new school year.

As back-to-school season looms, it’s time to start thinking about whipping your home into shape for another 10 months of rushed mornings, afternoons of carpooling, and homework-filled evenings. Just as teachers prep their classrooms, parents can inspire success with these 13 tweaks to the home-fro...

Two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence later became President, and both died the same day, on the 50th an...
07/04/2019
Celebrating America’s Freedom on Independence Day

Two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence later became President, and both died the same day, on the 50th anniversary of its signing. Who were those men?

Signers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson became the second and third U.S. presidents, respectively ,and in an odd twist of fate, each died on July 4, 1826, fifty years later.

It’s enough to make you sweat! When applying for a mortgage, should you lock in your interest rate or let it “float?...
07/02/2019
When to Lock In — Or Float — a Mortgage Rate

It’s enough to make you sweat! When applying for a mortgage, should you lock in your interest rate or let it “float?” Here’s how to decide.

When applying for a mortgage, one of the first decisions a buyer must make is whether to lock in an interest rate on a mortgage. It’s somewhat of a gamble, but can be less stressful by paying attention to financial trends. How the process works. While shopping for homes, it’s also wise to shop f...

Does the outside of your home say “Look at me” or does it say “Look Elsewhere?”
06/30/2019
First Impressions Matter

Does the outside of your home say “Look at me” or does it say “Look Elsewhere?”

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and that holds true for your house as well. So, when prepping your home to sell, don’t forget to spruce up the exterior and the surrounding yard.

It’s summertime. Knock out these ten items on every homeowner’s to-do list, then reward yourself with a cool dip in ...
06/29/2019
Checklist: Summer To-Dos for Homeowners

It’s summertime. Knock out these ten items on every homeowner’s to-do list, then reward yourself with a cool dip in the pool.

While immersing yourself in summertime activities, it’s important to set aside enough time to take care of home and yard chores. Here are 10 must-do items while summer’s in full swing.

A relaxing bedroom can be good for your health. Follow these tips to reap the benefits.
06/27/2019
How to Create a Tranquil Bedroom

A relaxing bedroom can be good for your health. Follow these tips to reap the benefits.

With today’s hectic lifestyle, it’s more important than ever to get enough rest and relaxation. According to experts, sleep offers many benefits, including improvements in memory, immune function, weight control, and stress reduction. Follow these tips to transform your bedroom into a tranquil s...

It’s time for the final “walk through” on your newly built home. How should you prepare for it?
06/25/2019
New Home Walk Through: What You Need to Know

It’s time for the final “walk through” on your newly built home. How should you prepare for it?

After months of watching your new home being built, it’s time for the “walk through” with your builder. This is your opportunity to make sure things are fixed before closing. Here’s a walk through of the walk-through process. Bring blue tape and a keen eye. If your builder is amenable, do an...

Does your house need a facelift? Follow these six steps to guarantee your home leaves a good first impression on guests ...
06/23/2019
Your Best Home: Outdoor Edition

Does your house need a facelift? Follow these six steps to guarantee your home leaves a good first impression on guests -- or potential home buyers.

Whether you’re welcoming guests or potential home buyers, it’s important that your home make a good first impression. But with so many elements — flowerbeds, lawn, mailbox, porch and the all-important front door — addressing your home’s exterior can seem overwhelming. If you don’t know w...

Changing your air filters is easy -- once you know the best filters to buy. Save yourself some time and trouble with thi...
06/22/2019
The 411 on Home Heating and Air Conditioning Filters

Changing your air filters is easy -- once you know the best filters to buy. Save yourself some time and trouble with this cheat sheet of types and prices.

Homeowners expect their houses to be warm in winter and cool in summer, but don’t take those comfortable temperatures for granted. Regularly changing the air filters is an essential task. HVAC systems move air in a continuous loop through the house. An intake vent uses a fan to pull air from the r...

Here’s how to love your pets and still live in style. Try these pet products to keep your home from looking like it ha...
06/20/2019
5 Products to Keep the Pets Happy and Your Home Beautiful

Here’s how to love your pets and still live in style. Try these pet products to keep your home from looking like it has gone to the dogs.

For many of us, a house wouldn’t be a home without a pet — or two — or several. But even the most ardent pet lover will admit that cat towers and giant dog beds do little for the decor of a home. Fortunately, there’s a plethora of products on the market that will keep …

When shopping for a house, hire a pro. Here’s 7 reasons why you’ll be glad you did.
06/18/2019
7 Reasons Why Using a Real Estate Agent Makes Shopping Easier

When shopping for a house, hire a pro. Here’s 7 reasons why you’ll be glad you did.

Whether buying a new house or an existing one, buyers typically feel more at ease having a real estate agent working on their behalf. It’s their job to make things go smoothly. Here’s how. Knowledge of builders. Real estate agents don’t just work with resale homes. Agents know the builders in ...

Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father and son who have earned accolades for amazing achievements together. Why have they becom...
06/17/2019
Father's Day: In Honor of Dad

Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father and son who have earned accolades for amazing achievements together. Why have they become famous?

This father and son team has competed in thousands of marathons and triathlons. Born in 1962, son Rick has cerebral palsy, and his dad pushes him in a special wheelchair, carries him on a special bicycle and pulls him in a small boat as he swims.

This sweet Seven Hills property has gone under contract just in time for the sellers to move into their newly built home...
06/12/2019

This sweet Seven Hills property has gone under contract just in time for the sellers to move into their newly built home! I still believe this is one of if not the best back yards in Seven Hills.

This Adairsville property has gone under contract in 18 short days!  The Advantage Team knows how to market homes!  How ...
06/12/2019

This Adairsville property has gone under contract in 18 short days! The Advantage Team knows how to market homes! How quick can we sell yours? Give us a call!

Home foundation issues are a nightmare. Here’s how to decide whether those cracks are a cosmetic issue or a real probl...
06/12/2019
Foundation Problems: When to Worry

Home foundation issues are a nightmare. Here’s how to decide whether those cracks are a cosmetic issue or a real problem.

It’s the house repair every homeowner fears: foundation problems. Before you panic, here’s how to tell whether those scary looking cracks are “no big deal” or a sign of real trouble. No worries. If you are living in a new construction home, expect minor settling that causes small cracks here...

Can parents gift a house to their children? Will taxes be owed, and if so, by whom? Here’s a quick guide to get you st...
06/09/2019
Passing on a House to Family Members

Can parents gift a house to their children? Will taxes be owed, and if so, by whom? Here’s a quick guide to get you started.

It’s not uncommon for an elderly homeowner to pass along a house to heirs. Let’s examine ways to do so, understanding that laws in each state vary and federal tax code changes. Consult an attorney before making any decisions. The most basic way. The easiest way to pass a house to children is thr...

Your kitchen may be small, but it doesn’t have to be short on style. Check out these five ways to go big in a tiny spa...
06/08/2019
Small Space, Big Style: Kitchen

Your kitchen may be small, but it doesn’t have to be short on style. Check out these five ways to go big in a tiny space.

If your kitchen is on the small side, fear not. You, too, can have big style in a small space. With a focus on function, careful material choices, and a little creativity, your dream kitchen is possible — regardless of size. Check out our top five design solutions for tiny kitchens. Stay focused. ...

Your world just got turned inside out. You’ve had a fire or flood in your home. Who do you turn to for help? Take a de...
06/06/2019
When Disaster Strikes: Handling Flood and Fire Damage

Your world just got turned inside out. You’ve had a fire or flood in your home. Who do you turn to for help? Take a deep breath and follow these steps.

Few things can be more wrenching and make you feel more vulnerable than when your home suffers major damage from a flood or a fire. You realize how suddenly life can take a shocking turn. You also want to get your life back to normal quickly. How do you find trusted professional help? When a …

Ever wonder how home loans are bought and sold? Here’s how it works and why it matters to you.
06/04/2019
Primary and Secondary Mortgage Markets: What’s the Difference?

Ever wonder how home loans are bought and sold? Here’s how it works and why it matters to you.

When you buy a home, your mortgage is sold to you by a banker or broker on the primary mortgage market. When that first lender sells your mortgage to another firm, your mortgage enters the secondary market. Does it make any difference to you as a consumer? Primary mortgage market. When you decide to...

Dread the thought of moving? Save time and money with this handy DIY guide.
06/02/2019
Do-It-Yourself Packing and Moving

Dread the thought of moving? Save time and money with this handy DIY guide.

With a little planning, the right materials and the help of some strong volunteers, packing up and moving your household is doable. Here are a few tips to make a DIY move go smoothly. How much truck do you need? Generally, the furniture filling a three-bedroom house with one living area and one dini...

Don’t be caught off guard when the “taxman cometh.” Here are the facts on how your property taxes are determined.
06/02/2019
What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Property Tax Assessments

Don’t be caught off guard when the “taxman cometh.” Here are the facts on how your property taxes are determined.

If you own your own home, your property tax assessment is responsible for one of the biggest ticket items in your annual budget — your property tax bill, which pays for local services such as new schools, parks, police and fire protection. Here’s what you need to know. What is a property tax ass...

This one hit the market today in Brookshire Pond Subdivision in Cobb County, 4 bed 3.5 baths and a large detached 2 car ...
05/31/2019

This one hit the market today in Brookshire Pond Subdivision in Cobb County, 4 bed 3.5 baths and a large detached 2 car garage! Call Cindy Moran with The Advantage Team powered by Fathom Realty for details 678-492-7988

Crime doesn’t discriminate by ZIP Code. Take action now with these six safety tips.
05/30/2019
Neighborhood Security: What You Should Know

Crime doesn’t discriminate by ZIP Code. Take action now with these six safety tips.

Security is a concern in every neighborhood -- regardless of status or ZIP Code. Here are six things you can do to make your neighborhood a safer place.

Great job Kim Lyons navigating your clients through the purchase of this gem on Creek Top and closing!  I know they are ...
05/29/2019

Great job Kim Lyons navigating your clients through the purchase of this gem on Creek Top and closing! I know they are happy with the purchase and the level of service you provided!

Congrats to our buyer clients who purchased this fantastic Manous Manor home in Canton.  Another successful journey come...
05/29/2019

Congrats to our buyer clients who purchased this fantastic Manous Manor home in Canton. Another successful journey comes to a happy ending. Great Job Patti Breindl. The Advantage Team powered by Fathom Realty!

On the Market! Great home with full unfinished basement and a rare flat back yard in Seven hills!
05/29/2019
155 Ivy Hall Lane

On the Market! Great home with full unfinished basement and a rare flat back yard in Seven hills!

View Details For 155 Ivy Hall Lane including photos, description, and more.

Which model home is your favorite? Check out these tips for selecting a floor plan that can change and adapt with your f...
05/28/2019
Floor Plans: Choosing the Right One for You

Which model home is your favorite? Check out these tips for selecting a floor plan that can change and adapt with your family.

Touring model homes is one of the best ways to get a feel for whether a floor plan will work for you. It’s time well spent before committing to such a huge investment in your future. Take your time and consider the following: Think now and later. Begin by thinking about what you currently need …

Memorial Day, which honors America’s fallen soldiers, was long known by another name. What was Memorial Day called bef...
05/27/2019
Memorial Day: Honoring Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day, which honors America’s fallen soldiers, was long known by another name. What was Memorial Day called before 1967?

No consensus exists on when and where Memorial Day in America began, but the custom of decorating the graves of America’s Civil War dead became so widespread by 1868 that May 30 became known as Decoration Day. In 1967, it became officially known as Memorial Day. In 1968, Congress moved the day fro...

Did you know a soda costs $4 in Switzerland? If you’re moving abroad for a job, a cost-of-living adjustment helps offs...
05/26/2019
Four Things to Know About Cost-of-Living Allowances

Did you know a soda costs $4 in Switzerland? If you’re moving abroad for a job, a cost-of-living adjustment helps offset increased costs of goods and services. Find out more here.

Moving to another city or country for your career can be a wonderful opportunity, but relocation can also put a strain on the budget. The good news is companies often offer an increased salary or other relocation benefits to help pay for increased expenses. A goods and services “differential” or...

Shopping for a laptop means getting educated first. Here’s the scoop on the latest and greatest machines.
05/25/2019
How to Buy a Laptop Computer

Shopping for a laptop means getting educated first. Here’s the scoop on the latest and greatest machines.

If you are in the market for a laptop, the choices are better, but more confusing than ever. Here’s how to shop for the best model to suit your needs. Ask yourself a few questions. Before delving into the hardware, assess how you will use your new laptop. The more demands you place on it, …

Forget the uncomfortable plastic chairs. Outdoor relaxing isn’t complete without a cushy hammock or lounger. Check out...
05/23/2019
Naptime Furniture Choices for the Outdoors

Forget the uncomfortable plastic chairs. Outdoor relaxing isn’t complete without a cushy hammock or lounger. Check out these outdoor luxury choices.

Picture yourself on a nice afternoon, reading a book or magazine while lying on a hammock slung between two trees in your backyard. It’s a small slice of affordable homeowner heaven. Intrigued? Take a look at the best choices in outdoor lounging. Hammocks are a longtime favorite for backyard lazin...

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