Happy 4th of July!

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Let us never forget the brave souls that fought and served for the pride and peace of our nation.

It seems that 4th of July gets a little more loud and colorful every year, especially  now that some fireworks are legal here in Georgia.  So as you enjoy the spectacular light shows, share these cool firework facts with your friends and family.

  • The Chinese used firecrackers to scare off mountain men. – As early as 200 B.C., the Chinese were writing on green bamboo stalks and heating it on coals to dry. Sometimes if left too long over the heat, the wood expanded and even burst, with a bang of course. According to Scientific American, Chinese scholars noticed that the noises effectively scared off abnormally large mountain men. And, thus, the firecracker was born. By some accounts, fireworks were also thought to scare away evil spirits.
  • The invention of fireworks led to the invention of pyrotechnic weaponry—not the other way around. – Sometime between 600 and 900 C.E., Chinese alchemists accidentally mixed saltpeter (or potassium nitrate) with sulfur and charcoal, inadvertently stumbling upon the crude chemical recipe for gunpowder. Supposedly, they had been searching for an elixir for immortality. This “fire drug” (or huo yao) became an integral part of Chinese cultural celebrations. Stuffing the aforementioned bamboo tubes with gunpowder created a sort of sparkler. It wasn’t long before military engineers used the explosive chemical concoction to their advantage. The first recorded use of gunpowder weaponry in China dates to 1046 and references a crude gunpowder catapult. The Chinese also took traditional bamboo sparklers and attached them to arrows to rain down on their enemies.
  • Fireworks are just chemical reactions. – A firework requires three key components: an oxidizer, a fuel and a chemical mixture to produce the color. The oxidizer breaks the chemical bonds in the fuel, releasing all of the energy that’s stored in those bonds. To ignite this chemical reaction, all you need is a bit of fire, in the form of a fuse or a direct flame. In the case of early fireworks, saltpeter was the oxidizing ingredient that drove the reaction, as British scholar Roger Bacon figured out in the early 1200s. Interestingly, Bacon kept his findings a secret, writing them in code to keep them out of the wrong hands.
  • Specific elements produce specific colors. – Firework color concoctions are comprised of different metal elements. When an element burns, its electrons get excited, and it releases energy in the form of light. Different chemicals burn at different wavelengths of light. Strontium and lithium compounds produce deep reds; copper produces blues; titanium and magnesium burn silver or white; calcium creates an orange color; sodium produces yellow pyrotechnics; and finally, barium burns green. Combining chlorine with barium or copper creates neon green and turquoise flames, respectively. Blue is apparently the most difficult to produce. Pyrotechnic stars comprised of these chemicals are typically propelled into the sky using an aerial shell.
  • Boom! Hiss! Crack! Some firework recipes include sound elements. – Layers of an organic salt, like sodium salicylate, combined with the oxidizer potassium perchlorate burn one at a time. As each layer burns, it slowly releases a gas, creating the whistling sound associated with most firework rockets. Aluminum or iron flakes can create hissing or sizzling sparkles, while titanium powder can create loud blasts, in addition to white sparks.
  • Fireworks are poisonous. – Given their ingredients, it makes sense that fireworks are not so great for the environment. Exploding a firework releases heavy metals, dioxins, perchlorates and other air pollutants into the atmosphere, and these pollutants have serious health effects in high doses. Barium nitrate can cause lung problems, while the oxidizer potassium perchlorate has been linked to thyroid problems and birth defects.
  • Americans have been setting off fireworks to celebrate their independence since 1777, at least. – Even some of the very first Independence Day celebrations involved fireworks. On July 4, 1777, Philadelphia put together an elaborate day of festivities, notes American University historian James R. Heintze. The celebration included a 13 cannon display, a parade, a fancy dinner, toasts, music, musket salutes, “loud huzzas,” and of course fireworks.


Enjoy your holiday and be safe!

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2016 Property Tax Estimates

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County Tax Assessors are mailing out their property tax estimates for 2016. Many owners are disappointed to learn their property taxes will be rising. The good news is it also means your home has increased in value too. Tax Assessors have been cautious about increasing taxes over the past few years. They seem to be making up for lost time this year.

If the assessed value on your home rose significantly from last year’s estimate and you would like to appeal the new value I can help with comps for your appeal; whether it’s a recent purchase or if you’ve been in the house for years. All you have to do is ask. Don’t delay, most Counties allow only 45 days to submit an appeal.

Wondering about the value of your home in today’s market? I’m always happy to help with that too, just ask. Can’t wait to find out? Just follow this link to check sales in your neighborhood:

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Considering a career in real estate?

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If you or someone you know is considering a career change to real estate this is a great opportunity to learn more about the industry to help you make that decision. You’ll hear the truth (really) about the real estate business from some our office’s top producers. Please let me know if you’d like to join us so I can look out for you.

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The market is so HOT, 2 listings were under contract within 24 hours & I didn’t have a chance to share them with you. Both listings went live around 1 a.m. They both had showings & offers on the first day. One listing even had a backup offer. If you or someone you know is considering a move, contact me TODAY to find out how you can achieve the same results.

Adorable Avondale Abode!


3049 Oakham Pl

Avondale Estates

Listed at $3500,000 – SOLD for $350,000

3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths

  • Renovated & Upgraded – Kept 1940’s charm & added modern conveniences; thermal windows & doors, insulated floors, vaulted ceilings exterior recently painted!
  • Rocking Chair Front Porch – With porch swing & NEW fan welcomes guests into your new home!
  • Gourmet Kitchen – Stainless appliances, dual fuel stove, heart of pine wood floor, tile backsplash, granite counters, farm house sink, pantry, breakfast bar & skylight!
  • Great Room-Vaulted ceiling, built-in shelves & media center, loft, terra cotta tile floor & French doors to deck!
  • Formal Dining Room –seats 12+, open to kitchen, exposed beams & recessed lights! Excellent for entertaining!
  • Formal Living Room-Working fireplace & trey ceiling!
  • Marvelous Master Suite –Vaulted ceiling, fireplace works here too! HUGE walk-in closet; CA Closet shelving system!
  • Elegant Master Bath –Floor to ceiling tumbled marble! Vaulted ceiling & skylight! European style dual vanities! Built-in shelves & steam shower! Low flow commode!
  • Split Bedroom Plan- Provides plenty of privacy! Heart of pine floors, thermal windows & ceiling fans!
  • Oversized Deck w/Arbor-Great spot to enjoy the ambiance!
  • Backyard Paradise-Fenced w/an abundance of specimen plants, stone patios, walls & walkways; absolutely beautiful year round! Storage shed for gardening tools & mower!
  • Koi Pond – One of the best features; enjoy the soothing sounds from the waterfall in this Zen like garden!
  • Separate Studio/Office – HVAC, wired for Internet!
  • Amazing Amenities – Walk to lake, park, shops & dining!
  • In Museum School District!

Barrington Farms Beauty!


510 Cranberry Place

Barrington Farms Subdivision


4 Bedrooms,  2 1/2 Baths

This home is under contract & scheduled to close in early July. We cannot reveal the sales price until it closes. Although I can tell you it’s a VERY strong offer that would put a smile on any seller’s face.

  • Inviting Foyer-With new, laminate wood floor welcomes guests into your new home!
  • Kitchen – Features gas stove/oven, tile floor & walk in pantry! Off dining room-excellent for entertaining!
  • Family Room- Cozy fireplace w/gas starter! French door to deck! Views of lush backyard!
  • Formal Dining Room – Updated chandelier, laminate wood floor, chair rail & crown molding!
  • Formal Living Room- Off foyer w/crown molding!
  • Marvelous Master Suite –  Generous sized room with large walk-in closet!
  • Master Bath – Tile shower with 2 in 1 shower head & hand shower! Tile floor too!
  • 4th Bedroom- Off master, could be sitting area, nursery, office, etc.; you choose!
  • Laundry Upstairs-Where most Mom’s want them!
  •  Kitchen Level Entry, 2 Car Garage – Great for loading & unloading! Extra storage area too!
  • HUGE Deck – Chill & grill, relax after a long day at work on the party deck w/easy access to yard!
  • Greenbelt Behind Backyard – Lifetime enjoyment of Mother Nature in the private, wooded backyard    guaranteed! No worries about building behind the house! Greenbelt entrance is just 2 doors down!
  • Sought After Subdivision- Hard to find easy access to 400! Minutes from shops & awesome restaurants too!
  • Great North Fulton Schools!

Interested in selling your home FAST?  Contact me TODAY!

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Just listed-3 New Listings!

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Pleased to say it’s been a busy week! Here are 3 new listings I wanted to share with you:

Delightful Dunwoody Domicile!


4675 Dellrose Drive

Waterford Subdivision


4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths

  • HERS Certified – Foam insulation throughout home; walls, roof & crawl space! Highly efficient 4 ton Trane, 14 SEER HVAC! The savings on utility bills will provide extra $ for your personal touches & other fun stuff!
  • Inviting Foyer – With updated chandelier welcomes friends & family into your new home!
  • Kitchen – Plenty of cabinet & counter space! Tile floor, pantry & views of lush landscaping!
  • Great Room – Vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, cozy fireplace with gas starter. Fireplace was totally rebuilt inside & out!
  • Formal Dining Room –seats 12+, open to kitchen & great room! Excellent for entertaining!
  • Family Room – On lower level, could be 5th bedroom, office, play room, media room, you choose! French doors lead to newer sunroom, deck & beautiful back yard!
  • Sunroom – Features 10, Low E,  sliding windows with screens for year round enjoyment!
  • Marvelous Master Suite –New, Low E window with great garden views! Ceiling fan & large walk-in closet!
  • Master Bath – Tile floor & tile tub/shower, linen closet & low flow commode!
  • Large Bedrooms-  With big closets & ceiling fans!
  • Deck – With wrap around seating!  Great spot to enjoy the ambiance of the bountiful back yard!
  • Backyard Paradise- Hand made railFence, natural path leading to several garden vistas to enjoy the abundance of specimen plants & soothing sounds from the stream!
  • Sought After Swim/Tennis Subdivision!

Lovely Lawerenceville Living!


3083 Bridge Walk Dr

River Stone Subdivision


4 Bedrooms,  2 1/2 Baths

  • Former Model Home-Tons of upgrades throughout! Friends & family will be impressed by all the bells & whistles!
  • Inviting Foyer-With hardwood floor, 10” baseboards & dbl crown molding welcomes guests into your new home!
  • Formal Living Room- Off foyer w/arched entry, bay window, big baseboards, crown molding & wood floor!
  • Formal Dining Room – Bay widow, hardwood floor, chair rail & crown molding! Off dining room-excellent for entertaining! Currently used as a sitting area.
  • Kitchen – Granite counters, tile backsplash, island, desk, gas stove, pantry & recessed lights! Open to family room!
  • Breakfast Room – Bay window & French door to patio!
  • Family Room- Features cozy fireplace w/gas starter!
  • Stairs in Back – Instead of right at the front door; enhances entry esthetics & maintains privacy!
  • Marvelous Master Suite – Generous sized room with vaulted ceiling, 2” blinds & ceiling fan!!
  • Master Bath –Double vanity, garden tub, separate shower, tile floor & large walk-in closet!
  • Loft – Lots of possibilities; 5th BDR, office, play space!
  • Hall Bath – Double vanity & tile floor!
  • Laundry Upstairs-Where most Mom’s want them!
  • Kitchen Level Entry, 2 Car Garage – Great for loading & unloading! Extra storage area too!
  • Fenced Backyard – Play, grill, garden & have fun!
  • Amazing Amenitiess- Clubhouse, pool, lighted tennis courts, basketball courts & playgrounds!
  • Great Gwinnett Schools – Best elementary school in the Brookwood Cluster!

Just under 18 acres along Ronald Regan Pkwy & Bethesda Church Rd.

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9 Bethesda Church Rd.


  • Across from Bethesda Park.
  • 7.93 Acres zoned C-2 (Commercial/Retail), 9.46 acres zoned O&I (Office/Institutional).
  • Great opportunity for office space, retail, Church, School, Sports Facility, multi-family or 55+!
  • Originally zoned residential, can be converted back to residential.
  • Area is HOT; new residential development underway near Bethesda Park!
  • Topography map, survey, zoning specifications, drawings for office & commercial space available. Sewer connections nearby.
  • Prefers to sell as one parcel. Will consider subdividing; including 2 acre, corner lot spin off.

To be among the first to view these new listings, contact me TODAY!

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