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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 homeownerWhen 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 a

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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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Hello again from The Bell Team. We’re contacting you today to let you know of a recent charity effort we’ve undertaken to help our neighbors to the south. In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, thousands of people across the coast have been uprooted from their homes. An estimated 6,700 people have taken refuge in 54 shelters across Florida. Even with the food, water, and ice prepared in anticipation of the hurricane, there is still a tremendous need for supplies.

In order to do our part, The Bell Team will be collecting donations over the next two weeks. We ask that you join us, prioritizing bottled water, diapers, feminine products, and dry cat and dog food. We’ll gather the donations here in Braselton. We will gather supplies until Thursday,

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The Bell Team has been hard at work finding the best properties in our area. Now is your time to come and see for yourself! We've got two open houses this Sunday, October 7 from 2-4. Below you'll find more deets as well as info one the homes themselves and links to our Facebook events where you can RSVP. Happy hunting! 

creekside OH

4634 Creekside Drive in Flowery Branch

Surrounded by a gorgeous wooded area in the Meadow Creek Estates, this fun 4br/3ba is perfect for families and couples looking for a lively space to entertain and host (or nestle down for a quiet night in). This 2-storey is furnished with a stone fireplace with a custom mantlepiece, hardwood, tile, and new carpet flooring throughout. A screened in porch and finished basement will turn your

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deliberating money

The question of buying versus renting is a complicated one, and one that depends on a few factors including (but, like always, never limited to) the stage of life you’re in, the market, whether you plan on moving soon, your preference for doing yard work, and a myriad of other specificities that can greatly complicate your decision to buy or rent. But fret not! This post will lay out the basic ins and outs and will give you a bird’s eye view of the road ahead.

Why rent? Renting affords someone greater flexibility, which is perfect if you expect major changes to be coming along that will necessitate an impending change of location. Moving on from a rental property is easy because you can simply move out at the end of your lease, rather than spend

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