Category Archives: Sellers

Reverse Mortgage or Downsize – Which is Better?

Charles and Deborah have been semi-retired for a few years and are ready to call their professional lives complete. They really want to do some traveling while they are still healthy and energetic. The only problem? They are concerned about depleting their savings. They have heard about reverse mortgages and wonder if that might be a good way to use... Read More »


HOAs—Horror or Harmony?

Homeowners associations (HOAs) are not always popular with residents, but there are upsides to the protections they offer. Most of us have heard the HOA horror stories of residents battling neighbors over what many of us would consider insignificant issues. For example, in 2015 a Missouri family fought to keep a wooden playset in their backyard after their HOA objected... Read More »


Drone Photography-A New Perspective on Real Estate in West Georgia

7241 Cantrell Rd, Douglasville, GA 30135 – $569,000 Years ago, my grandmother gave each of her children an aerial photo of the family farm. Taken by a savvy photographer who had hired a plane to fly over the area, the photos showed a perspective of the land my dad and uncles never had as they tilled and planted acres of... Read More »


Simple $40 Investment in Paint Color Could Help Your Home’s Sale Price

You probably already know that a fresh coat of paint on the interior walls is an inexpensive way to make your home more attractive to potential buyers, and you may have heard that neutral shades of white and beige are the only way to go. Don’t go buy that can of white paint just yet! A recent analysis from Zillow... Read More »


Advantages of Paperless Real Estate Transactions

by Carrie Brown McWhorter Jerry and Tina Popphan keep a busy schedule. In addition to running their own business, Jerry’s Plumbing in Carrollton, Jerry and Tina manage several real estate investments, including some subdivision lots. Paperless transactions using Dotloop have been a game changer for the Popphan’s. “We’ve dealt with Duffey Realty many times in the past,” Tina said. “Often... Read More »


On Deck – Creating Great Spaces for Relaxing and Entertaining Outdoors

After the hot days of summer, most of us are looking forward to cooler fall days. For many of us, the deck will beckon during those autumn evenings, so now is the time to make sure your deck is ready for entertaining. Decks and porches are among the most common home improvement projects homeowners undertake. Not only does a deck... Read More »


Home Inspection: a Small Investment with a Big Payoff

A light switch installed inside a shower. Furnace vents placed outside bedroom windows. Disconnected waste pipes. Search online for “home inspection nightmares” and you will find some unbelievable and dangerous construction blunders. As a home inspector for the past 10 years, Bill Craig of Affordable Home Inspections and Services headquartered in Carrollton can tell some wild stories of his own.... Read More »


Save Money in 2016 by Stopping Home Air Leaks

Q: How much does the typical family waste every year on air leaks? a. $3.50 b. $35.00 c. $350.00 d. $3,500.00 If you guessed c, you are correct. A typical family spends about a third of its annual heating and cooling budget — roughly $350 — on air that leaks into or out of the house through unintended gaps and... Read More »


Minimize Pet Peeves Before Listing Your Home

What would we do without our pets? Not only do they provide companionship, they are just a lot of fun to have around. Unfortunately, when it’s time to put your home on the market, the presence of a pet can put off potential homebuyers. Here are three steps you can take to minimize some common pet “peeves” of homebuyers. Clean... Read More »


5 Cost-Conscious Kitchen Upgrades for Fall

In many homes, the kitchen is the place where family and friends gather. If your kitchen is looking a little dreary but you don’t have the budget for a full-scale renovation, consider small projects that enhance the existing features in your kitchen. Here are five suggestions to get you started: Revitalize woodwork Sanding and staining or painting cabinetry can transform... Read More »