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You Make Your Money When You Buy! - by Marla Mink-Johnson

Getting the right house at the right price is key to making a profit on a flip or being able to refinance a rental and get 100% of what you have invested in it back. You must know the market in the area you are buying!

If you are gong to flip a house LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Look for an area that is experiencing growth. Look at which schools people want to put their kids in. Look at school rankings. Access to a quality education is a huge selling point. Look at the property taxes! If they are too high it can add a lot to a buyer's payment. If you purchase the property at a considerable discount you can get the property taxes lowered but they will likely go up again when the property is sold at a higher price. The easiest way to get the property tax lowered is to fill out the paperwork immediately after closing. At that point you have a fair market price for that property established by your purchase price. Don't depend entirely on your real estate agent to provide comps. What are comps? Comparables. Comps are houses in the area of the one you are looking at buying that have recently sold. A great tool is Continue Reading

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Salmon & Easy Potatoes - by Marla Mink-Johnson

SALMON - Get some Nordic salmon if you can at Kroger. The Kroger by the airport has it if yours doesn't. Put it on a piece of foil and splash it with lemon juice. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on it, then sprinkle with Chef Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish Magic (as much or as little as you like) and put a few pats of butter on it. You can throw in fresh garlic, rosemary, whatever else sounds good. Wrap it up in the foil and cook either on the grill or in the oven. 
EASY POTATOES - You can do this in your oven or wrap them in foil and grill them. Cut up red potatoes, or use those little designer potatoes you see n the grocery store. I like the little yellow ones. Dot either with garlic spread or real butter and garlic, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and whatever fresh herbs you are in the mood for and have on hand. I especially like rosemary, parsley, or chives. Put a few pots of your favorite herbs out on your deck this summer. It's a lot cheaper than buying them and much more convenient!
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1. Join together with some neighbors for your yard sale if possible. The more stuff, the better sale. 
2. Make sure that your yard sale doesn't fall on a holiday weekend. Fridays and Saturdays are best. 
3. Plan it for a day that gives you plenty of time to get ready. 
4. Schedule a yard sale or garage sale around the first of the month because that's when people have the most money. 
5. Have a large quantity of items to sell, a big variety attracts more people. 
6. If you're selling your kids' things, make sure you ask them a few times first to make sure they want to get rid of it. 
7. Antiques go over big regardless of state of repair or condition. 
8. Find tables to use. Borrow them or make them out of doors and sawhorses. 
9. Clean the items up. Wash or dust any items that you've been storing for a while. 
10. Clean up the yard. If it is more attractive, people will think your items are higher-quality. 
11. Place an ad in the newspaper, local bulletin boards, and websites. Include a list of special items you have f... Continue Reading

For Sale: 4777 Redbud Ct., Decatur


Spacious 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home on big yard on court. 2 Family rooms, one with wood burning fireplace. Formal living room. Kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Lots of big closets and storage. Over sized garage 27 x 20, big deck and utility shed. Roof 2012, furnace and Central Air 2010. Lots of updates in this home. Move in ready!! Maroa Forsyth Schools. Interactive Floor Plan

  • Price: $159,900
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Full Baths: 3
  • Partial Baths: 0
  • Square Footage: 2308
  • MLS #: 6162953
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Featured Event: Dog Days of Summer


  • Date: 08/26/2016
  • Time: 9 AM
  • Location: Homeward Bound Fundraiser - TBA
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