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Higher Grounds, one of Braselton's best coffee houses, recently announced that they are now offering Saturday brunch. Here's why we're so excited about it.

Higher Grounds has Great Coffee

You’ll be sure to find a roast you enjoy. No matter your preference—from traditional brews to nitro coffee—they’ve got you covered. There are few things more relaxing than a warm cup on a cool morning while the birds chirp and you can finally take a load off.

Brunch is Good for the Soul

Breakfast marries the best parts of breakfast and lunch. On the one hand, you get to eat breakfast food and all the carbs, salt, and fat that implies. On the other hand, it's late enough in the day that you can meet up with your brunchmates without having to wake up super

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We hope you have been enjoying the redesign of our website! This site’s mission from the very beginning has been provide our clients with useful tools so they can make the best decision possible. To that end, we have been working on building up our site to be the most helpful it can be.

So, whether you are actively searching for a home, are simply taking a look around, or just want to know more about Hall and the surrounding counties, make yourself at home!

This week we would like to highlight the work we’ve done to develop our community pages. When you search for a home, you’re also shopping for a community that will be entertaining, provide opportunity, and keep your family safe. Luckily for us, Georgia is home to some of the best the country

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15 words to know

 

When you're buying and selling a home, it can feel like your realtor is speaking an alien language. No one likes being in the dark!


With us, education is the name of the game. Our agents know their stuff and will explain each step of the buying and selling process to you. Until you can meet with them, however, here is a tidy list of the 15 most important terms every buyer, seller, and eventual homeowner should know:

 

Buyer’s Agent

 A realtor who specializes in purchasing homes on behalf of the soon-to-be-homeowner. Buyer’s agents are generally paid commission from the home seller, and we've got three awesome buyers agents on our team.

Listing Agent

A realtor who specializes in selling homes on behalf of the homeowner. Listing

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It’s always worth a look to see how you can become more involved in your community whether you’re new to the area or if you’re looking for new experiences in your old stomping grounds. 

Just down the street you’ll find new friends and experiences! Often there is more to do in a city than you think. So how best to get out, meet people, and see more of the community you live in? Read on! 

 

Join a running club

Not only will you be treated to beautiful scenery, you’ll be surrounded with a group of supportive people and can socialize while achieving your health goals. You can find groups of all ages and skill levels. All you need is a pair of semi-decent running shoes and breathable clothing and you’re good to go! Run Georgia and Runners Fit

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Because 1 in 5 Georgians are food insecure, and because food donations drop off this time of year, The Bell Team is partnering with Georgia Mountain Food Bank—the experts in combating hunger in Georgia.

 

Valentine’s Day will be here soon and we wanted to demonstrate a different kind of love this February. Our theme is Spread the Love, and for every item you bring in you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three one-hour photo sessions from one of our best photographers.  

 

We also have an online donation site  for fast and secure online donations of any size. Transform $1 to 5 local meals. For every $2 you donate you’ll immediately receive a chance to win. Just let us know how much you donated by emailing our staff!

 

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According to local financial experts, the average the down payment for a home can range anywhere from zero (through USDA, VA, Physicians loans and the CRA First Time Buyer Program) to 10-20%. Every household is different, so before setting out on the home buying process we strongly recommend exploring all of your options. Often, this is best done by partnering with a financial expert to access money that you didn’t know you had.

 

Keep in mind also that there are a variety of payment sources that can help you quickly achieve your goals, including gifts from relatives (see our post on cash offers for more on that!), IRS and State Tax refunds, loaning against your 401k and even withdrawal from your 401k.

 

Let’s say you’ve already explored

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REFI's First Time Home Buyer Infographic

If you’re a young person in America right now, you may think it nigh-impossible to buy a home for you or your family. In reality, there’s substantial evidence that first time home buyers are purchasing homes at a relatively young age. Research in the First Time Home Buyers Guide shows that the average age of first time buyers is 32, and 35% of all homes sold are to first time buyers.

However, buying a home is not an easy choice. The process of setting your financials straight may well take over a year, but there are ways to minimize stress in order to make the transition as simple (and pain-free!) as possible. The same goes for non-financial elements as well. 

 

Buyer Loans

Most first time home buyers do not pay for their property outright

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man vs machine

Companies like OpenDoor, OfferPad, Redfin Now and Zillow Instant Offers are online real estate investment companies, commonly referred to as “iBuyers.” They’re hailed for taking the guesswork out of buying and selling homes, because they provide clients with quick offers at a seemingly fair market price.

The reality is those companies are NOT who you want to work with. iBuyers can’t replace real estate professionals for a number of reasons.

For one, sellers could get more for their home. iBuyers’ offers derive from an imprecise algorithm, meaning sellers aren’t getting the most for their home. These algorithms may gather data from the local and nationwide markets, but they do not even come close to the nuance that an experienced real estate

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confused homeowner

When you're in a seller's market, buying a home can sometimes feel impossible. There are a host of factors that—especially if you're a first time home buyer—can feel overwhelming and make you question whether or not you'll ever find the right home for you and your family. Fear not! While the real estate market is volatile and subject to turn on a dime, real estate professionals like The Bell Team make it their business to know where to turn your focus in order to land the right home no matter how difficult the market. For when you're buying in a seller's market, here are six principles to help you make it through on the other end unscathed.

First, it's important to have a good handle on your current situation before you march into the market. Have

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Fall is in full swing and The Bell Team is gearing up for the season. If you want to get the most out of these chilly fall months, read on to learn more about local events that can keep you and yours happy and active while the weather starts to cool down.

 

First up is Braselton’s monthly farmers market. The market, open every third Friday of the month from 4-6 pm on Davis Street downtown, is your chance to stock up on delicious locally-grown produce, grains, and fruits. This isn’t just a grocery trip! It’s a chance to meet your neighbors and share in the harvest. Buy local! Be local! Mingle with your fellow Braseltonians and know that you’re doing your part to keep Braselton’s money in Braselton.

You can find more info, including the vendor

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