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It seems everyone has a home office to some degree these days. Some people work 100% from home, some telecommute a few days a week and others keep their household running smoothly from some sort of centralized desk area! A home office certainly comes in handy for me in my job.

I love being organized and being able to put my fingers on what I need either from my computer or in my office files. Keeping my home office just as neat as my office space at Atlanta Fine Homes is important to me! I know a lot of you are like that too, so I wanted to share with you some office ideas and solutions I have seen online lately! Maybe you will find something that will make a big difference in your home office!

First, this is a really practical idea. How many of you really dislike the cords and cables that come with many home office set-ups? Internet, monitors, mouse, printers, etc. It makes your  professional space, that you worked so hard to create, look sloppy. While yes there are many wireless options these days, it is almost impossible to completely abolish all cables! Well here is an idea for you to help keep things looking a little neater! A cord organizer! Inexpensive and it will keep you desk looking less cluttered!

Keeping all those cables under control, will give you the professional space of your dreams!

I like this next picture because, so many people want a home office, but they don’t feel like they have the extra space for it. So they end up  dragging out everything they need to the kitchen table then having to put it up again each day or force others to find a new place to eat! That can leave you feeling disorganized and who wants to have to “get ready” to work!

What a creative use of wasted space!

Finally, here are a couple of spaces for the mom that needs a place to keep a centralized family calendar, paperwork, schoolwork, and to set-up their laptop or iPad at a moments notice. They don’t need or want a separate room or area dedicated to the home office. That would defeat the purpose everyone needs to see the calendar and remember to take their work back to school!

Solutions for busy families

Easy desk and organization areas for the busy family!
photos from littlelucylu.com and bhg.com

So are your creative juices flowing? It’s Friday! You have two full days to get the work space of your dreams at least started! I bet you already have much of what you need already at home!

Have a great weekend!

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From time-to-time, I find out that a friend or friend of a friend wants to sell their home, but is overwhelmed with the idea of what needs

Selling your home

What to do to sell your home in Alpharetta and Greater Altanta photo by© yuliaglam – Fotolia.com

to happen before listing their house for sale.  The preparation process is an important one and can feel like a bigger than life job.  Between preparing your home for potential buyers to see, finding an agent, signing and organizing paperwork, and the mental preparation of transitioning to a new living space – each step should be taken with care.

Below is a list of things to do that I give to my home sellers prior to us getting the For Sale sign in the ground.  It is a good checklist to have when you are thinking about what documents you need to find or what work really needs to be done. Do these items early will make life easier for you in the long run!

  • Handle all “before market” repairs.  If you think it is too much to repair, the buyer probably does too.  Buyers often think repairs cost more than they actually do.
  • Sign FMLS Exclusive Right to Sell Agreement and the Affiliated Business Arrangement Disclosure Statement
  • Complete & Sign Seller’s Disclosure Form
  • Sign Lead Based Paint Form, if built before 1978
  • Copy of Legal Description (from Warranty Deed or Security Deed)
  • Two Front Door Keys (one for lockbox, one for agent’s copy)
  • Security Code (if applicable)
  • Complete “Utility Costs” form
  • Property Tax Bill (most recent year)
  • Termite Bond/ Warranty (if under bond)
  • FMLS Homeowner’s Association Fee Exhibit
  • Homeowner’s Association Covenants & Restrictions
  • Copy of Survey (if available)
  • Copy of Appraisal
  • Get Independent Appraisal, if necessary
  • Floor Plan (if available)
  • Confirmation of School District
  • Neighborhood Newsletter (if available)
  • List of Upgrades
  • Keep Your Home In Showing Condition

Let me know if you are considering listing your home soon or in the future….we can walk through these steps together.

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iphone apps

Use your iPhone to help keep track of your notes when home shopping

Fumbling through papers, finding a pen in a bag or car in order to take notes and then keeping up with those papers is an annoyance to buyers. And then what if they took pictures on their phone and they later are trying to figure what house each picture was from because they didn’t have a chance to name the picture when they took it.  Everyone thinks they will be able to keep the houses straight in their heads, but most buyers can’t. Honestly, even for agents they can become jumbled too.  On caravan days agents can see 5 houses and all the while trying to take notes!

Well there is an app for that! The House Hunter app for the iPhone or iPad will help organize the features buyers are interested in, score

their priorities against each homes features, allow them to take notes and features and keep them all neatly organized.  Check it out on the iTunes store before you start your home shopping in 2013!

Read more about it here on the Intermojo.com blog or jump on over to iTunes to read about it!

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Forbes.com recently teamed up with Nextdoor.com, a San Francisco, Calif.-based social network for neighborhoods, to name America’s friendliest towns. Ranked at #7 was Alpharetta, which is no surprise to those of us who live in North Fulton! Take a look at the Forbes top ten friendliest towns slideshow here.

1. Sammamish, WA
2. Orinda, CA
3. Fishers, IN
4. Seal Beach, CA
5. Westerville, OH
6. Frisco, TX

Click here to search my website for Alpharetta homes for sale.

Click here to search my website for Alpharetta homes for sale.

7. Alpharetta, GA

Population: 46,700

Near Atlanta, the so-called “City of Celebration” loves to throw events throughout the year. Among the most popular: the Alpharetta Arts StreetFest, food fest called Taste of Alpharetta, an annual parade for war veterans, a “Scarecrow Harvest” in which residents craft and display scarecrows for Fall, and a holiday tree-lighting ceremony. According to Nextdoor, holiday parties, yoga groups, and movie nights are commonly organized in neighborhoods around town.

8. Downers Grove, IL
9. Huntington Woods, MI
10. Tooele, UT

Behind the Numbers

Forbes teamed up with Nextdoor.com to assess 500 small metro areas with populations between 5,500 and 150,000. Using data from the U.S. Census, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and City-Data.com, we ranked the towns based on four data points: percentage of owner-occupied homes (studies have shown a direct correlation between homeownership and neighborhood stability); the crime rate; charitable giving; and the percentage of college graduates (research has found that college-educated folks typically display more civic engagement, with higher rates of voting and volunteering). Nextdoor then conducted qualitative surveys among its membership in the towns that rated the highest to help finalize the ranking of the top 15.

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Gather around the downtown streets to experience Alpharetta’s first ever wine and food truck pairing event! This Saturday, November 10 from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm at 2 South Main Street.

Gather around the downtown streets to experience Alpharetta’s first ever wine and food truck pairing event! This Saturday, November 10 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 2 South Main Street.

One of the hottest culinary trends in the country is gourmet food trucks, and this Saturday, November 10 that trend will roll onto the streets of Downtown Alpharetta.  Alpharetta’s Vintage Corks and Gourmet Trucks event will blend some of the hottest food trucks in Metro Atlanta with expertly chosen wine pairings, and it will all be centered on Milton Avenue starting at 1 p.m.

“From the Food Network to the streets of the most stylish cities in America, gourmet food trucks are one of the hippest culinary trends you can find,” said Kim Dodson, Special Events manager for the City of Alpharetta.  “Today’s food trucks are a true gourmet experience that is nothing like the old sandwich trucks seen on construction sites.  We are excited to bring this event to Downtown Alpharetta and introduce residents to some very talented chefs.”

The event will feature five of the area’s best known gourmet food trucks:

  1. Hail Caesar
  2. Happy Belly
  3. The Blaxican
  4. Wow Food Truck
  5. Yum Yum Cupcake

Wine pairings will be selected by Vino 100 and Sip Wine.  Musical acts and street entertainers will also be on hand to create a delicious family event.

Gourmet Truck and Vintage Cork Partners will have a $3 food tasting  and $3 half wine glass offering. Roam the event and try all five pairings; or choose to have a full plate and glass at one of the vignettes.

Gourmet Truck and Vintage Cork Partners will have a $3 food tasting
and $3 half wine glass offering. Roam the event and try all five pairings; or choose to have a full plate and glass at one of the vignettes.

Each truck will feature a $3 food tasting and a $3 half-glass wine pairing.  Patrons can also elect to skip the tasting and purchase a full plate and glass of wine from any of the vendors. Access to the event site is free of charge.

For more information on Alpharetta’s Vintage Corks and Gourmet Trucks event visit the City of Alpharetta website.

Sources: City of Alpharetta and Alpharetta Patch

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Echelon Golf Club has been recognized as the #1 public golf course in metro-Atlanta and #11 in the State of Georgia, according to GOLF Magazine's biennial ranking recently released.

Photo credit: EchelonLiving.com

Echelon Golf Club has been recognized as the #1 public golf course in metro-Atlanta and #11 in the State of Georgia, according to GOLF Magazine’s recently released biennial ranking.

The Echelon course is managed by Affiniti Golf Partners. The course rambles over 600 acres of rolling hills, and provides striking elevation change and dramatic views, especially on the back nine. Echelon also has a 32-acre practice and training facility.

“We are thrilled with the national-class recognition gained from Golf Magazine,” says Echelon Golf Club General Manager Cary Perez. “Their evaluation echoes that of our members and daily fee players, who consistently marvel at the architectural excellence and immaculate course conditioning they encounter.”

Echelon’s defense against par is well-renowned in the region, and was confirmed when the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2011 Book of Lists rated it the “Toughest Golf Course in Atlanta,” with a course rating of 77.3 and a slope rating of 150. Stretching 7,558-yards from the back tees, Echelon is also the longest course on the Business Chronicle’s Top 25 list. Yet, multiple sets of tees level the playing field and keep the game fun and forgiving for all.

Source: Golf Press Association

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I am thrilled about this new addition to the Alpharetta restaurant scene. We love Noche in Brookhaven or Virginia Highland and can’t wait to have one close to home!

Known for tasty tapas, tacos and stellar drink specials, Noche will be opening a new location in Alpharetta that promises to spice up the local flavor. Providing customers with casual indoor and patio atmospheres, this Atlanta favorite is sure to become an instant hot spot in the already renowned Alpharetta dining scene.

Perfect for small plate dining and drinks with friends, Noche has an established reputation as a venue for locals to meet, eat and enjoy the nightlife that the restaurant name suggests. The new Alpharetta location is slated to open on October 1.

The new Alpharetta location is slated to open on October 1. Photo: Noche

Perfect for small plate dining and drinks with friends, Noche has an established reputation as a venue for locals to meet, eat and enjoy the night- life that the restaurant name suggests. With three other successful locations around the Atlanta area, the new location is slated to open on October 1 and will offer the same unique menu, including the fan favorite weekly taco along with Noche Nachos, empanadas and more.

Source: PointsNorth magazine, written by Chelsea Stratso

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