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Hunting For Home-Grown Wild Honey

As early as the original settlers, there have been beekeepers in Georgia. Honey has long been prized, not only for its sweet flavor, but for its medicinal and cosmetic properties. By 2019, the annual output of Georgia honey was an astounding 3 million-plus pounds per year, according to beeswiki.com. This enormous amount of honey is not coming from corporate farms, but from many quiet caretakers of small bee colonies in local backyards. Honey flavors are influenced by the nectars that bees drink. The four main types of Georgia honey are lightly flavored Sourwood from trees in the north Georgia mountains, …

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Emergency Fund

Buying a home is not inexpensive. You already know about the mortgage, down payment, insurance, and a variety of fees. But what about the ongoing cost of your home? Even if your inspection is great and your purchase goes smoothly, that doesn’t mean there won’t be unexpected costs that come up. How can you maintain an emergency fund for problems without turning to credit card debt or borrowing money from family? Here are a few options to consider that won’t create unnecessary stress.  Set a Monthly Goal for Savings The best time to save for an emergency is when there …

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Neighborhood Faves: Chamblee

Throughout the Atlanta area, dozens of amazing little cities and neighborhoods offer unique experiences for residents and visitors. Choosing the right neighborhood for you is as important as choosing the best house to fit your needs. As we take a look at the areas around Atlanta, one neighborhood at a time, we want to provide a big picture look at where you might find your next home. Today, we’re checking out the Chamblee area.  Chamblee History  In the 1940s, the Chamblee area boomed as a blue-collar community. The proximity to the General Motors plant in Doraville made it a perfect …

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Spring Seasonal Produce

There is nothing like fresh fruits and vegetables in season. Georgia has a fantastic spring harvest, so finding the perfect produce is a great way to eat healthy and delicious food.  If you want to know what’s in season this spring, take a look at our spring produce guide below, along with some safe ways to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in Atlanta and the surrounding cities.  Asparagus Asparagus doesn’t always get the love it deserves, but this veggie is intensely versatile. You can roast them, blanch them, sauté them, or slice them thin and eat them raw in a salad. …

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Case Study: Lucerne Street

Just minutes from the Decatur Square, Emory, and the CDC is this brand-new home in the Great Lakes neighborhood of Decatur. This home is the perfect example of what a builder can do for a family. Built by Sullivan Homes, the builder and buyer were able to work together to ensure the home was just right from day one. Here’s how Maison Atlanta, Sullivan Homes, and the buyers made this dream come true.  Working with a Home Builder In the case of this home on Lucerne, the buyers became involved in the process very early on, so that the builders …

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See Your Home Through the Eyes of a Buyer

Regardless of the reason, selling a home can be complicated. Not only do you have to deal with all the financial and practical logistics, but you may also be coping with your emotions about leaving the home behind. Our homes are intensely personal things, so the idea of letting people into your home while you’re still living there can be nerve-wracking. What can help is putting yourself in the mindset of the buyer. Here are a few tips to help when you’re getting ready to sell.  Rule #1 The first rule of selling a home is that you don’t sell your home …

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Avoiding Frozen Pipes This Winter

Here in Georgia, we think we’re isolated from some of the biggest inconveniences of winter. But anyone who’s been in Atlanta during some of the major snow and ice storms in the last ten years knows we can’t always take the weather in the south for granted. Even when a big snowstorm isn’t on the horizon, freezing temperatures can create big problems for homeowners. What should you do to avoid frozen pipes this winter? Here are some of the myths and the truth.  My Pipes Won’t Freeze Unless Temperatures are Below Zero It doesn’t have to be days of below …

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Improve Your Home’s Value

Here it is: we’ve finally said Goodbye to 2020 and ushered in 2021. As we’ve adjusted to so much change over the last year, it can be good to take a step back now that the year is underway and consider the positive changes we can make for the future. Let’s look at a few things to do in 2021 that can give you an advantage.  Change Your HVAC Filter The filter on your furnace may be one of the most overlooked but important small fixes you can make. Clogged filters cause the HVAC system to become very inefficient very …

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