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7/11/2017

Homes are moving lightening fast and this first one is a Coming Soon home in Adairsville.

 

16 Dewey Drive Adairsville

 

This home is beautiful and in pristine condition on the inside! There are 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths with an unfinished lower level. The unfinished area could be an additional 2 bedrooms and is plumbed for a bathroom. Address is 16 Dewey Drive Adairsville. Price is $135,000 and will be ready for showings this weekend.


309 S. Main Street Adairsville

 

I love the older homes, and this one makes me considering moving! Again! :) I love that red swing on the porch and they are willing to leave it for the new owners. The 3d tour here allows you to really experience all this home has to offer. And don't miss the outbuilding! The guys always seem to pause for a long time. 309 S. Main Street Adairsville $274,900

 

52 Rocky Mountain Pass

Do you know the biggest struggle being a real estate agent? I love all the houses! We had an open house the other day and I got to hangout in the house, and the kitchen was simply perfect for me! Especially since when the kids are home I like to be able to talk to everyone while Chad cooks. :) Here is the 3d tour of 52 Rocky Mountain Pass Adairsville $299,900

 

148 Henry Mack Hill Rydal

Porches, oh my! I love to picture myself sitting on the porch with a cup of tea, relaxing. The great part of the wrap around porches are their are multiple exterior doors where you can access the porch. And it also has a garage that makes you stop and look around! Here is the 3d tour of the 148 Henry Mack Hill Rd. Rydal $377,400

 

Thanks for checking out some great houses in Adairsville! We just revamped our home valuation tool, and now it shows buyers that are looking for a house like YOURS! You gotta check it out! No sign-up necessary. Click the photo below and see what you think...

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Happy 4th of July!

7/3/2017

JennySmithandassociatesThe fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.

The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto,

“In God We Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it has the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and Marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the U.S. Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today. Information taken from the American Legion.

 

Proud to live in the land of the free and home of the brave! Jenny

Is this "John" Painter or an actual school for painters?

2/15/2016

Chad and I pulled into the Home Depot today and saw this sign:

 

It caught our attention as we are (trying) to get estimates on painting the exterior of our home. I say trying because it is crazy how hard it is to get people give you a quote. But that is a post for another day. We ended up going back and forth on whether the name of the company reflected, “John Student” as the the owner of a painting company or if there was some kind of school for painters.

 

Chad said something like, if my last name was Student, I don’t think I would name my company Student Painters. He could imagine the questions...Does that mean you are learning to paint? Would the homeowner get a discount since we weren’t professional painters? How long are you considered a "student" painter?

 

I was trying to think of all the college degrees, high school programs, etc. and for the life of me I couldn’t think of one class on painting houses. All of a sudden I remembered in my hand is  all the collective wisdom in the world and googled it.

 

I was so surprised and excited to learn they are truly student painters, as in college students earning money for college. This quote from their website really sealed the deal for me:

Our company is uniquely set up to train students to make decisions, handle change and deal with pressing issues in a real world business environment in order to be successful. Link here.

I really don’t know if they are new to our area or if because I am in need of exterior painters I noticed it, but I am planning on giving them a call. And I know some of you are thinking about exterior painting so I thought I would share!

Garden Dreams?

1/27/2016

Scott's CoveAnybody else starting to DREAM of a garden? I found the above dream garden here.

Some years we have even tried it, remember when we dealt with the rabbit invasion? Turned into the introduction of my book. Another year, we tried a garden in a yard that was rocky, we never even got the ground remotely capable of having a garden. I ended up with a tomato plant on the deck, complete failure that year.  I could go on but you get the drift that gardening is more of a dream than a reality but maybe this year my garden will look like the photo above...maybe... 

But as gardening runs through my head, I started hearing people around me and they are thinking about gardens too!

In talking with buyers, a garden spot has popped up several times across all price ranges. In case that is you, someone looking to buy with hopes of a garden I thought I would share some of our backyards with you. No real order, just backyards where you could have a big garden, a container garden, or maybe even a garden like the one above! 

I love this one! The lot is .74 acres and the majority of it is in the backyard! Good grief, you could have a HUGE garden, or even fruit trees. This one is in Resaca, address is 230 Brody Drive and is $101,900. All the house details are here. 

This one intrigues me, in fact I'm including two spots:

I love this little spot on the side yard, I think I'm remembering when the girls were little, I would have put myself a little 1 person table and chair to sit (hide??) at. The door is the boat door in the full basement, but it could be a nice little spot for a garden. Now here is the other picture:

This is 111 Leek Rd in Adairsville and it is the perfect family house! Lot's of room, full basement and above ground pool. $219,000 and all the details are here.

Next up is one already fenced in, so that might help if you have struggled with rabbits or deer before. 

In addition to a nice flat yard, they already have a couple of raised beds in the back corner. (We might be standing right in front of them when this photo was taken.) This would be a great place for a big garden! The basement is all finished and I can just imagine lots of canned green beans, canned tomatoes, maybe a little squash. This one is in Adairsville also, 130 Riverboat Drive at $264,900. All the house details are here.

 

Now, lastly is a great home in a great family neighborhood and I think this one might be a great fit for container gardens. And I love, love the use of color inside. Don't miss the photos of it. 

 

This is 13 Birch Place in Adairsville, and is in the Forest, $169,900. What is so amazing is even when you live in a neighborhood you could have some gorgeous container plants on those stairs, I'm picturing bell peppers for some reason.

The backyard does have some room for a small garden also. All the details on the house are here.

Thank you for letting me show you some houses we have for sell and humoring me as I get to imagine gardens in some fabulous homes! Here is our backyard right now and I'll let you know if I get my dream garden or if i end up with something else!

 

 

 

 

Can mere color change the feel of a house?

1/13/2016

As we are in the midst of picking colors for the house on Park Street, all the choices of colors is overwhelming! At the same time, I keep running into my friends at the paint counters and it seems like a lot of us are going to be painting in the new year. On Pinterest the other day this quote and the picture caught my eye:

 

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways~Oscar Wilde

And the picture that was with it was all about how colors sets a mood in your house, so I had to see what it said about the colors the kitchen was when we got the house and what it is now.  Take a look and see what you think:

110 Park Street with deep rich color

So the deep rich red color according to the color chart is: rich, elegant, refined, and cultivated. The black doors have a lot of meanings with the color but powerful, elegant, classic, and mysterious are the ones that stick out. While I loved the look it never quite felt like me. I hear some of my friends in my head snickering, "refined and cultivated" might not be how they would define my color choices if they reflect my personality. :)

 

Now when I picked colors and had the kitchen painted, it was before I ran across this information but here is a photo with the color that I picked out because as I told Chad, it "called" to me. 

110 park street

 

It is a little hard to tell in the photo but the color is in the turquoise family, and it means infinity, compassionate, protective, and faithful. For my personality, especially with family, protective and faithful are words that ring very close to my heart. It was so neat to see what different color personalities might convey to our moods.

 

Now we have a house listed over in The Forest, and I love the colors in the house, especially the master bedroom, it happens to be a color I use a lot, teal. 

13 Birch

The description on teal includes: serene, tasteful, sophisticated, and confident. I just love it! (In case you want to see all the photos from the house here they are.)

 

Isn't that neat? Here is a link to the chart. I would love to hear your thoughts on the colors in your house and what the chart says. And do you think it matches?

 

 

 

 

 

Camellia, Chanel, Jenny...what do they have in common?

12/12/2015

Over at the house we are remodeling there is a huge bush growing beside the porch. I don't think I had noticed it much until I was walking on the porch with a friend, who remarked how big it was and all the little buds on it. 

This week I noticed those two little blooms over on the side. I walked over to see them close up and was so surprised at how dainty they are on such a large bush.

When I looked up what the bush was used for there was some articles on it being used in tea, but I would have to know exactly what kind it was. And let's be honest, I'm not the type to be trying to make my own tea leaves, but I did run across an article about how Chanel uses the design a lot. A boyfriend gave her one and it was love at first sight with the Camellia, not sure the boyfriend made it. 

 

Classy and Fabulous! It is a beautiful bush and I can't wait to see it covered in blossoms!!

Door Stripping

11/20/2015

So, as an update to what is turning into a saga of remodeling, especially in any area that I am in charge of I would like to offer some friendly advice to anyone thinking of stripping a door....

 

DON'T DO IT!

Unless you are trying to increase your patience level, or would like to see just how many curse words you can say in a short span of time. 

We went out looking for an old door to put in the bathroom. I found this one and for the life of me I can't get the photo to rotate:

If you look at it closely, nothing appears to be that hard on the door, no real special designs, pretty much a simple old door. However, said door had 4 coats of paint, and those grooves almost became  the death of me! I used chemicals (the safe ones), I used a heat gun, I used more chemicals (non-safe ones) and finally got it to this point:

At this point, I moved the door and walked away. I was ready to go a buy a 2015 year old door and wait the needed 20 years to be considered old. Chad dragged it back out and said something along the lines of, "you are going to finish this door!" As we stood there discussing exactly who was going to finish the door, in walked his friend, Todd. 

Now I have the personality that pretty much however I am feeling shows on my face. Chad and Todd offered some friendly advice to which I suggested they both walk away...just walk away. I wish I could tell you that all of sudden with new vigor I approached the door with a smile and all was well, but this is a truthful post and basically for the next week I would work on the door, saying ugly things to the door, Chad would "help" and I would say 'sweet' things to him. 

Believe it or not, we finally reached a point where the door was deemed paintable! I don't have a good picture of it, but here is what I have:

 

I think the reason I don't have a nice close up of the door, is we are still a little on the outs with one another. All and all,  I can promise I WILL NEVER strip a door again. I did have one friend say, "but it is so relaxing". No, no, and no it is not relaxing, all it does is show your personality defects to anyone within earshot.

 

Let's vote: is this relaxing or stressful?

Tips for selling your home this holiday season.

11/13/2015

HGTV has some cute ideas for using mini-trees also.

 

During the Christmas season add a few touches to make your home feel more open and inviting when you’re showing your home to potential buyers. Believe it or not the chilly temperatures can present you with the perfect opportunity to create an inviting environment for potential homebuyers. Buyers will be grateful for a place to escape from the cold, so before showings, follow these tips and remember, when you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features! 

  • Winter can be a dreary season; to combat this open curtains and blinds to let in more natural light.
  • Turn up the heat so buyers aren’t rushing through to get out of the cold. Nothing is worse than walking through a cold house after coming in from a warm car! Buyers always suspect the heat doesn’t work properly or the utility bills are high if the heat is on. Both scenarios scare them.
  • Bake holiday cookies or make some apple cider on the stove. The scents will fill the air and remind buyers of their own holiday traditions.
  • Leave a note inviting the buyers to have a treat of a cookie you baked or even some holiday chocolates. While they linger, the house will stand out in their memory with a pleasant experience.
  • A gazillion decorations will distract buyers, but with some forethought the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. Dangle mistletoe in an arched doorway, make sure the mantle is nicely decorate but don’t block a beautiful view with stick-on snowflake decals. Make sure the decorations don't overpower your home.
  • A tall Christmas tree can help you show off your two-story great room, but make sure the wide base won’t overwhelm the floor space. If your living area is on the small side, save space with a skinny tree. Maybe even consider the mini-trees linked to in the photo above.

Ultimately, you want to convey the love, comfort and joy your family has shared in the house, so that buyers will be eager to move in and create their own holiday memories. But to me the most important tip I would share is enjoy your holiday season! Take a moment to remind yourself that if you don't sell now, there's always next year, which, luckily, is only a few weeks away.

I knew it was going to happen we fell in love with a house I have (had) for sale!

10/18/2015

I knew it was bound to happen but after a couple of years I thought I was immune. I could successfully go into beautiful homes without falling in love and dreaming of owning them. Until earlier this year when we listed 322 S. Main Street, the potential to fall in love was there, Chad and I walked around the house countless times but the amount of work scared me. Those of you who don't know me well, let's just let the pictures tell the story of what scared me. But a couple bought the house and it is amazing at the difference!

A friend of mine contacted me to see the fixer upper with great potential on S. Main, and while we were looking at the house she mentioned they had a historic home partially finished that they were thinking of selling. When she called me to come and take a look, I walked into a dream kitchen but a door knob is what stuck with me.

I love old things, and older homes have always intrigued me. I love the sense of life happening within the same walls for decades. Having a vivid imagination I love making up stories based on what I see such as the door knob below. A door knob that for over a 100 years someone has turned with smiles, with anger, and with tears. 

Door Knobs

As soon as the sign went in the yard the phone started ringing! I showed the house at 110 Park Street over and over, and at some point when I would show it I started noticing that when I came home the house stuck with me. Now what I didn't realize was Chad was having the same reaction until one day it clicked, we wanted 110 Park Street! 

110 Park Street

My parents were our first real visitors and they had one recommendation watch "The Money Pit". We laughed at them, what do parents know anyway??? 

Our first item is to get a working bathroom in as there aren't any working bathrooms as of today. We are planning to move the office into the front of the house and a working bathroom is a necessity I think. So here is a photo of the bathroom when we got the house:

Bathroom remodel 1890's house

Here is me and Chad while we worked on busting up the tile, which was way harder than I expected. Lauren helped a bunch but wasn't into taking photos. And can I say, you can't breath in those masks and my glasses fogged up over and over!

Jenny And Chad Smith remodeling 1890's house

After we got the tile floor up this is what greeted us:

Bathroom remodel 1890's house

Do you know they sell this stuff in a can that you spray and it expands? I took the shopvac and vacuumed the 100 plus years of dirt right up and filled all the areas with my spray stuff  like a pro! Except it kept expanding and expanding! Which caused me almost have a heart attack since the can says once it cures you have to like cut it to get it back level! I may have suggested we hurry and get the plywood back in place to squish it down. 

I'm not for sure Chad and I have any idea of what we have gotten ourselves into, not to mention our knowledge of building/remodeling is like almost nonexistent! But life is an adventure and short, so we might as well give it a try! Thankfully Chad has some friends who have all the building knowledge but for some reason every time they come over they walk around slowly shaking their heads, I can't decide if it is the house or us they are shaking their heads at??

If you want to see all the pictures they are here.

Seeing Past the Reality to the Potential!

9/30/2015

playroom

Whether you are a first time home buyer or this is your 5th house, we all get in our minds exactly what we are looking for. But reality strikes as we begin the home buying process.

How can you prepare to see past bad decorating, too little light, and appliances from 20 years ago? Or my favorite, where you simply shake your head and ask “what were they thinking?” can you take steps before you walk in the door to see a home’s potential? I believe so!

The most important feature of the home you are considering is the floor plan of the home. If a floor plan isn't what you have in mind, to me, it is the hardest (and most expensive) to change. Other areas listed below can be overcome fairly easily.

• Walls: Instead of focusing on the color, wallpaper, or all the pictures on the walls, take a deep breath and picture them in your favorite color. See if the placement of the walls works for the floor plan you have in mind. If you like the layout of the walls, changing the color is relatively inexpensive.
• Floors: Like walls, carpet or floor surfaces that are old or outdated can be easily replaced. Many sellers will give you a flooring allowance to help overcome worn carpet.
• Landscaping: Is an area you can take your time improving on, most of us enjoy a little yard work. Mulch can make a huge difference!
• Kitchen: The most popular and used room in the house, is one where focusing on the layout can help you see the potential. Simple things like paint and new door knobs can make a huge difference. Over time you could even replace the appliances and the countertops.

Being able to see past a previous owner's bad decorating choices to the core of the home and its potential will yield you the home you had in mind. And think how proud you will be when people walk in the front door knowing your home is a creation of what you dreamed of!

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