May 4, 2011

Alpharetta Relocation…..What to Look for in an Atlanta Relocation Home!!

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  Atlanta, the sixth-largest city in the Southeastern region and home to over 5.3 million residents, has undergone a transition from a city of regional commerce to a city of international influence. It has been among the fastest growing cities in the developed world for over a decade. And, fortunately for those of us who live here, we see no signs of this slowing down. As a matter of fact, by the year 2020 Atlanta is projected to house over 8 million residents!!! And, with all of the global technology companies and international corporate headquarters such as UPS, Delta, Coca-Cola, CNN, TBS, the Center for Disease Control, etc. there will continually be a steady flow of people relocating to the area.

 So, when you are being relocated to the sweet tea capital of the world, keep in mind these simple tips when your company or you are looking for your perfect relocation home:

1)    LOCATION-How many times have we heard this one?? We’ll, you will need to consider this EVEN MORE carefully in Atlanta, as some of the commutes can have you in your cars for days. Most people who are relocating to the area opt for a “suburban feel” with proximity to “the city” where most headquarters are located…..But, a GOOD BIT of the technology jobs as well as many others have named ALPHARETTA their headquarter location. Perfectly situated off GA-400, this is one of the BEST areas in terms of being able to get more BANG for your buck. It’s proximity to shopping malls like North Point and  entertainment like the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, in addition to every restaurant imaginable, make it one of the ideal locations to relocate to. The air is clean, people friendly and you have access to a plethora of parks, and family rich activities.

 2)    SCHOOLS-Even if you don’t have children, schools play a big park in resale in Atlanta and Alpharetta is chock full of good ones.

Abbotts Hill-great elementary school for those budding minds.

Taylor Road-voted one of the best middle schools by the locals
Chattahoochee High School-
Home of the Cougar and I’m proud to say this is where I graduated High School.

 3)    FEATURES-Most people that are being relocated to the area tend to hold high power, high stress and highly time consuming jobs. Renovations and rehab are not items that most are able to do and even if they wanted to or could afford to, just don’t have the time. You will want to find a home that has the features you want, so you can move right in and get settled. Things that resell in Atlanta and hold significant value include BRICK homes, RENOVATED kitchen’s and having basements either for storage or for additional play area. Yards go a long way here too, so in your search, be sure to find homes that have these things taken care of, so you can get on to the more important things in life!

4)    VALUE-Who doesn’t want a good deal in this market?? But, where does value exactly come from?? This point can be summed up by my previous points, having the right location, the right features and the right price….THIS EQUALS VALUE!! Be sure to find a home that exudes this quality!!!

5)    BASEMENTS-While this is really one of the “features” you are looking for, finding a home with square-footage and more importantly, a basement will be KEY to your resell value. Atlanta is BIG ON BASEMENTS. Its pretty hard to find homes with FINISHED basements that go beyond your typical crawl space.

While these are just some of the things to look for when relocating to Atlanta, other things such as low land taxes will need to be considered. Although, its hard to find all of the items above in a home, its not impossible.

Recently, this ALPHARETTA POTTERY BARN PERFECT HOME has come up for sale and represents EVERYTHING above which is just about impossible to find all in one shot!


If entertaining is one of the things you enjoy in life, you have arrived!! Welcome to 5522 Laurel Ridge Drive.

This Pottery Barn PERFECT, Brick Beauty has the best of New Age design while still maintaining the Old World Intimate Community Feel.

From the moment you step in this lavish ENTERTAINER’S ESTATE, your breath is taken away by the architectural details and superb layout.

Complete with CHEF’S KITCHEN renovated with tile backsplash and GRANITE counters to the fireside family room with a WALL OF WINDOWS and DETAILED trim work, this home boasts the ULTIMATE in Luxury Living.

No expense has been spared and your tastes are ignited as you witness the designer features like the GENEROUS master suite with walk-in closet and SPA-LIKE master bath retreat.

Located near a cul-de-sac near Chattahoochee High School, yet still within a stone’s throw of major shoppings, restaurants and parks, you will know that you are AT HOME in this private luxury oasis.

 Other Special Features Include:

DRAMATIC Entertainer’s OPEN Floor Plan with WALL OF WINDOWS in MASSIVE Two-Story Family Room!
GORGEOUS Chef’s Kitchen with GRANITE Countertops & Tile Backsplash~Complete with Island!
EXTENSIVE Millwork & Trim Details Throughout the Home!
Gleaming Hardwoods on Main Level!!!!
Custom, Designer Paint Throughout, Makes this Home…..SHINE!!!
Newer Carpet in EXCELLENT Condition, Means Move Right In!
MASSIVE, OVERSIZED FULLY-FINISHED Basement, Complete with Additional Room & FULL Bathroom!!!
Terrace Level Access to Your LOW MAINTENANCE Yard!!
ADDITIONAL Loft Space for Extra Sitting Area or Computer Room!
Large Secondary Bedrooms!!!
LAVISH Master Suite with Walk In Closet & Dual Vanities!
BEAUTIFUL, Brick Construction & Maintained to a
Formal Living & Dining Rooms & ADDITIONAL Breakfast Nook!
IMMACULATE Condition!!!
Entertainer’s Deck Overlooking PRIVATE Backyard!
Perfectly Situated off Abbotts Bridge and Just a Stone’s Throw to Chattahoochee!!!
AWARD-WINNING School District!!!
Swim/Tennis Available in Westbury!!!

But, don’t take my word for it, see for yourself:

For more information or to schedule your own private tour, visit www.SeasonsRealtyGroup.comor call Winter Baserva at 678.463.3173 


November 18, 2010

ATLANTA HOME AUCTIONS-Commonly Asked Questions Answered!

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ATLANTA HOME AUCTIONS-Commonly Asked Questions Answered!



Atlanta Home Auctions…still something that is so talked about and yet still so misunderstood. There are many forms of auctions. An absolute auction is one that the final bidder price, no matter what it is, MUST be sold. We sure need a lot more of those here. Instead, Atlanta has been plagued with the online and live auctions like those from REDC, Hudson & Marshall and Roswell Auctions.

Atlanta home auctions have many pluses and minuses, but for those who have bought from an auction you’ll see that Atlanta’s BEST deals are far from any auction house offered.

If you want to know anything about auctions, just check out some of my earlier blogs, but this article is based on some of the common questions asked by auction attendees or potential buyers:

•1)      Can anyone attend an auction?
yes. All auctions are open to the public.

•2)      What do I need to register?
Typically, you will need a cashiers check for at least $2500-5000 made payable to yourself and additional ones if you plan on purchasing multiple properties. You will also need a driver’s license or other form of photo ID.

•3)      Can I do an inspection after the property closes? What is my due diligence period?
NOTE: ALL INSPECTIONS MUST BE DONE PRIOR TO PURCHASING THE PROPERTY. Auctions are “as is, where is” sales, so don’t be caught in an “emotional” purchase without seeing the property first.

•4)      Can I still use my agent?
Yes. Your agent will need to register as your client and be present with you during the auction to receive credit.

•5)      Can I purchase the property in a company name?
Yes, but be sure to bring articles of incorporation, etc. with you during the auction day to provide proof when signing.

•6)      What happens if I decide I don’t want the home?
You can pretty much consider your earnest money and deposit gone. Do your HOMEWORK first and don’t “think” later.

As the owner of four properties I bought at an auction, I can tell you there are SOME good deals out there, but by the time you add the auction fees, lender fees, closing costs, repairs (of which all of my homes needed between $10,000-30,000 worth of work), I realized that if I just would have been better off buying the home down the street directly from Mr. & Mrs. Seller……and FOR LESS. Just a little mistake I made that I have the privilege of sharing with you, so you don’t make the same mistake. See too many times we get caught up in the labels of “auctions, foreclosures and short sales” and  miss unbelievable buying opportunities that are staring us in the face.

Here are a Few Other Recommendations if you Plan to Buy at an Auction:

  • Do Your DUE DILIGENCE-no inspection contingencies here, you get what you get and sometimes that can be substantial. Do your research BEFORE you bid.
  • DON’T let your emotions take control-decide your highest and best bid BEFORE you go and don’t go over it under ANY circumstances. 
  • Practice PATIENCE throughout the entire process-from the winning bid, to the paperwork to closing, you will need patience. Imagine how busy the closing attorney’s are with over 1,400 Atlanta homes being sold.
  • Despite everything if you still want to buy at an auction, GET A QUALIFIED REALTOR to represent you. It’s great to have a non-biased, non-emotional third party representative there to help you, as well as walk you through the process and paperwork.


One thing is certain DEALS OF A LIFETIME are out there…..TONS OF THEM… And, if you REALLY want a good deal, call me and let me show you how to offer in on the property NO ONE’S offering on, instead of putting you in a room with hundreds of other buyers all going after the same one.

If you are looking for a qualified realtor that understands the Atlanta home auction process, then CALL ME immediately. I’ll be happy to represent you FREE. BUT, don’t wait!! I will need to make sure that you are registered properly!

Upcoming Atlanta Home Auctions:

  • Hudson & Marshall
    Atlanta Mariott Northwest
    200 Interstate North Parkway
    Atlanta, GA 30339
    November 20, 2010
  • Over 100 Total homes being auctioned


P.S. Did you know you can buy properties “auction-style” ONLINE from auction houses that are not as popular and have many less people bidding on them??? I can help you with that as well!

August 11, 2010

John’s Creek Townhomes-Affordable Luxury That DOESN’T Help Support Your LANDLORD’S Lifestyle

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John’s Creek Townhomes-Affordable Luxury That DOESN’T Help Support Your LANDLORD’S Lifestyle!!

 John’s Creek, currently known as the “ELITE Alpharetta”, has been making BIG waves in today’s market place. With the plethora of great schools like State Bridge Crossing, Taylor Road Middle and Chattahoochee High School, to its shopping and restaurants to its convenient location, John’s Creek has been developing itself as a cut above the rest. With the current “buyers market”  that Atlanta is currently experiencing, it’s the PERFECT time to get out of supporting your landlords style and START building your OWN nest egg.

Perfectly situated off GA-400 and Old Milton Parkway, lies a small community of ALL home owners called Morningside at the Park. With its $155 swim/tennis LOW HOA fees and its spacious open floor plans with NO YARD maintenance, it’s a wonder why anyone would settle for supporting their landlord’s lifestyle.

At just $129,900 get ready to experience this LAVISH John’s Creek Gem!!

Other special features of this home include:

 · GLEAMING OAK Hardwood Floors Throughout!!!

· Cozy Up In the Fireside Family Room with BAY WINDOWS!!!!

· Custom Window Treatments on EVERY WINDOW!!!


· PRIVATE Outdoor Oasis Perfect for Entertaining!!

· Exceptional Kitchen Space with LOADS of Storage and LARGE Pantry!!

· DESIGNER Paint Throughout!!!!~HOW SWEET???

· Adorable Breakfast Bar That Opens Into Kitchen!!!

· Tons of Storage Space AND OVERSIZED CLOSETS!!!


· GORGEOUS Tumbled, Rich Designer Tiles in BOTH FULL Baths!!

· Oversized Garden Tub in Master Bath!

· Full-Scale Washer/Dryer Room on Upper Level~NO WALKING UP AND DOWN STAIRS!!

· Did I Mention the Storage??

· QUAINT & Close Community of HOMEOWNERS~NO RENTERS!!!

· Sizzlin’ Summer-side Private Pool Oasis~Now THAT’S Refreshing!!

· LOW, LOW, LOW Monthly HOA Fees, AND, it includes WATER & SEWER EXPENSES!!!

· Perfectly Situated Near GA-400 in the HEART of Johns Creek!

• STELLAR School Districts and Highly-Sought Out Location!

 If you’re ready to experience the ULTIMATE in John’s Creek Living for a FRACTION of what you would expect to pay…. call me today for your OWN private showing at 678-463-3173!

April 8, 2010

Serenity NOW is Still Attainable in Alpharetta Homes…BUT Not For Long…..

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Serenity NOW is Still Attainable in Alpharetta Homes…BUT Not For Long…..

It seems like the days of sitting on the porch and watching the lightning bugs go by or driving through the neighborhood while receiving a friendly wave or even owning a home where your neighbors are not sitting right on top of you are long gone…..But, serenity and peace are still available in a PRIVATE and intimate community that still holds these Old World charms in their heart.

Welcome to Enniskerry…..This enclave of luxury Alpharetta homes know for their OVERSIZED lots and private feel, while still being just miles from major interstates is one of Alpharetta’s best kept secrets. Home to the new Birmingham Falls Elementary School and the award-winning Milton High School, this community offers its very own PRIVATE LAKE, friendly neighbors, quality construction and some of Alpharetta’s best shopping, dining and entertainment…..

One thing is for sure…its hard to find these types of amenities and luxury lifestyle under the mid $500,00’s…until NOW….

This Pottery Barn PERFECT, Traditional Brick Beauty has the best of New Age design while still maintaining the Old World Intimate Community Feel.

From the moment you step in this lavish ENTERTAINER’S ESTATE your breath is taken away by the architectural details and superb layout.

Complete with CHEF’S KITCHEN recently renovated from the studs in, down to the keeping room that has a dual sided fireplace, this home boasts the ULTIMATE in Luxury Living.

No expense has been spared and your tastes are ignited as you witness the designer features, GENEROUS master suite with sitting area and SPA-LIKE master bath retreat with, yes…you guessed it, VAULTED CEILINGS.

Truly one-of-a-kind and located on a cul-de-sac DIRECTLY across from the community lake, yet still within a stone’s throw of major shopping, restaurants and parks, you will know that you are AT HOME in this private luxury oasis.

Other Special Features Include:

· BRAND NEW CHEF’S Kitchen Overlooking Fireside Family Room w/ GRANITE Counters and RICH Cabinets!
· Additional Keeping Area with GLEAMING Hardwood Floors and Vaulted Ceilings!!!
· BRAND NEW Cafe Cabinets, GRANITE Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances and More!
· Custom Butler’s Bar PERFECT for Entertaining!
· Open Entertainer’s Floor Plan and Warm Inviting Dual Side Fireplace!
· Enjoy Reading in the Sitting Area of the LAVISH Master Suite with Trey Ceilings!
· DESIGNER Paint Throughout!!!!~HOW SWEET??
· Like-New Frieze Carpet in FABULOUS Condition!
· Spa-Like Master Bath Retreat with OVERSIZED Whirlpool Tub, Dual Vanities and Vaulted Ceilings!
· Generous Formal & Living Dining Areas!
· Partially Finished Basement and an ABUNDANCE of STORAGE!!!1,200 Square Feet!!!
· Privacy Deck and Mountainisk Backyard!
· Ideal location ACROSS FROM LAKE and in OVERSIZED Cul-de-Sac!
· DRAMATIC Two-Story Foyer with 15ft+++ Ceilings!
· Loads of Natural Light Overlooking Rich, MATURE LANDSCAPING!
· Quality Construction with 3-Side Brick!
· Extensive Trim work and Massive Millwork Detailing!
· 4 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths of Pure Pottery Barn Perfection!
· Cozy Intimate Neighborhood with Friendly Atmosphere!
· BRAND NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and the Top Rated Schools in GA!
· The ABUNDANCE of Storage!
• And, SO Much More!!!

For more information, or to get your OWN private tour, call Winter Baserva at 678-463-3173 or visit

October 12, 2009

Winter Baserva SOLD Another One in Alpharetta, GA!

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You know those deals that come across and look good on paper every blue moon?? We’ll you JUST FOUND IT!!

My seller lost his mind and reduced the price $40k in less than two weeks on this STUNNING entertainer’s estate in Alpharetta, GA!!

Recent appraisal came in at $60k more than what the home is currently listed for…..RUN, RUN, RUN, this baby is going to FLY off the market!!!

Alpharetta is known for its TOP-NOTCH schools, ideal suburb location and its QUALITY construction homes! With close to 200,000 residents and an average median income of $94,000, Alpharetta tends to draw a big “family crowd,” and more recently, we’ve seen an influx of younger professionals making their mark on this tremendous city.

As a graduate of Chattahoochee High School and a long time resident of Alpharetta, I can say what really drew my family here was its proximity to the city WITHOUT having to deal with the city, its low property taxes and a WHOLE LOT OF HOME for the prices, as well as the plethora of swim/tennis communities.

In one of the most prestigious swim/tennis communities, Queensbury, lies a STELLAR RENOVATION, 4-side brick, entertainers estate that has just made its appearance into the market.

BEST Close front

The KING of Queensbury!!!

This UNBELIEVABLE floor plan will absolutely knock your socks off. In addition to the abundance of other great features such as:

MIND-BLOWING open floor plan PERFECT for entertaining!
STUNNING kitchen renovation!!!
20 ft. high SMOOTH ceilings with RECESSED lighting!
ANTIQUE, ONE-0F-A-KIND master bath tub!
Boasts Formal Living & Dinning Rooms!
Cook from the kitchen and BE with the FAMILY!
FRESH, new, DESIGNER paint throughout the entire home!
GRAND TWO-STORY foyer entrance!
Have I Mentioned the BREATHTAKING floorplan??
LOADS of precious, natural, abundance bright light flowing through the home!
PERFECTLY situated minutes from GA 400 and the malls—LADIES BEWARE!
*GREAT Neighborhood & Friendly Families!!

For more information on this one-of-a-kind home, visit or call me at 678-463-3173!!!

And, if you were looking for a quick sneak peak of this beauty, check out the video below!