Leighann Russell featured in Top Agent Magazine!!

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Our very own Leighann Russell was featured in Top Agent Magazine!!

“Top Agent Magazine is the premier real estate magazine featuring the best real estate agents in the USA, Europe, Canada and Australia. Top Agent Magazine features the top-producing and most accomplished agents in in the real estate industry, offering an in-depth look at their careers and providing a blueprint for their success. The real estate magazine first launched in Los Angeles and quickly expanded across the country and the world. Top Agent Magazine now has an edition in all 50 states as well as international, European, Canadian, and Australian editions of the magazine.”

We are just so thrilled and extremely proud of what Leighann has accomplished. Come take a look at what they wrote:


8 Common Mistakes That Sabotage Your Curb Appeal

8 Common Mistakes That Sabotage Your Curb Appeal

1. Doing nothing

Common mistakes than so many homeowners make, is neglecting the outside appearance of their home. When you go to put your home on the market, you are aiming to achieve a great offer  – maybe even multiple offers so you can open up the platform for the highest and best. Well, if that’s your aim, then we’d better start thinking about sprucing up the outside and put as much effort into it as you do the inside of your home. Give your home the “well-cared for” look….buyers love this!

2. Too much clutter

We all have that neighbor, the clutter yard. The neighbor that thinks living outdoors is just like living indoors – while leaving their mess behind everywhere you look! When you put your home on the market, buyers don’t want to drive by or pull up to a beautiful home with a mess of children’s toys and random odds and ends tossed across the front. Create an inviting space for all the potential buyers for when they stop to see your home. Tasteful and clutter-free and it only takes little effort to ensure a more appealing view.

3. Tired Landscaping

When you list your home, there are a list of chores that need to be done. Those of you who have sold and bought a few times should already be very familiar with this chore list. The landscaping is just as important as other aspects of your home. Planting a few colorful flowers, watering and mowing the grass, sweeping and raking up leaves, trimming branches and bushes….let’s keep it simple and you’ll see a huge difference.

4. Peeling Paint

Peeling paint is an eye sore and it’s a common one. Before putting your house on the market, cheer up the front of your home by repainting the front exterior or even the trim. You’ll want the buyers to have a feeling of cheer and comfort when they are standing at your front door, not dislike. So if you see that paint peeling or in need of a little TLC…get out those paint cans!

5. Quirky Art

When buyers come to view your home, do you want them fixated on an object in the front yard and forget about everything else they saw inside or outside the home – which in turn will leave your listing behind in the do not like pile. If you love those adorable pink flamingos and your grandmother sends you a box of pink plastic flamingos to put in your yard…step away from the box and leave them there until AFTER you sell your home.

6. Unusual Landscaping

Have you ever driven down a side road and come across a cute little farm house and in the front to the left there is a bountiful vegetable garden? Then you start thinking, “Well, hey I only get the best sun in the front, so I’ll plant my garden there too”. Though it may be rewarding to grow your vegetables in the front, whether in pots or planting in ground – the buyers may not have the same thinking as you. The front yard should be left with simple ornamental plants and the backyard for a more creative approach to gardening.

7. Shocking Colors

Remember your parent’s neighbor who had the “bright blue” house? And, remember that every time you went to visit, everyone in the car would comment and laugh about how much brighter it was getting? Yes, bright colors are cheerful. When you’re selling your house neutral colors are rewarding. The best reward is an offer and binding contract. So, if you just love that “bright blue”, we suggest repainting it neutral and bringing that “bright blue” to your new house instead.

8. Outdated Fixtures

When you get home after work and open the front door, you look up to the right and there sits that old ugly tarnished light fixture. Your key gets stuck in the deadbolt and you have to jiggle the doorknob just right so you can get inside.  You make a mental note to replace it but it gets buried along with the other thousands of to-do lists. Well, this one may be the most simple. Replacing these types of fixtures is not as expensive as you may think. Those tarnished light fixtures will be an eye sore to buyers and if you have trouble getting into your own front door, think about how frustrated those buyers will be trying to jiggle that doorknob. Easy fix. Replace what needs to be replaced.

We have a few before and after photos to give you an idea of turning your curb appeal from drab to fab!

Remember to send us a picture of your curb appeal and receive a $10 Gift Card!

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Check Out Our Featured Listings| The Russell Group

Check out The Russell Group’s Featured Listings 

2553 Bridgewater Drive

Stunning Lake Home on Deep Water with Dock!

2553 Bridgewater Drive, Gainesville, GA Click Here for more information

1838 Indigo Lane

Beautiful Home in large lot with Rocking Chair front porch!!

1838 Indigo Lane, Duluth, GA Click Here for more information

6540 Gaines Ferry Road

Lake Front Home with Private Views of Lake!!

6540 Gaines Ferry Road, Flowery Branch, GA Click Here for more information

119 Holiday Road Unit 1502

Spacious Condo in Active Adult Community!!

119 Holiday Road Unit 1502, Buford, GA Click Here for more information

1240 Morgans Run

Charming Home with a spacious floor-plan!!

1240 Morgans Run, Monroe, GA Click Here for more information

1652 Paces Vale Court

Large Ranch Home on Unfinished Basement with Boat Door!!

1652 Paces Vale Court, Lawrenceville, GA Click Here for more information

Aerial View. 1009 Canton Highway Commercial Property

Aerial View. 1009 Canton Highway Commercial Property

1009 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA Click Here for more information

Aerial View. 000 Canton Highway Commercial Property

Aerial View. 000 Canton Highway Commercial Property

000 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA Click Here for more information

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Aerial View, 000 Wallace Tatum Land

000 Wallace Tatum Road, Cumming, GA Click Here for more information

Beards Property

3050 Beards Road, Potential Commercial – Great Location!!

3050 Beards Road, Buford, GA Click Here for more information

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6496 Wildwood Trail – Paradise Point!

6496 Wilwood Trail, Flowery Branch, GA Click Here for more information

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4925 Duncans Lake Lot – Residential Lot – Great Community!!

4925 Duncans Lake Drive, Buford, GA Click Here for more information

TOP 2 Restaurants in NE Ga you should Know!!

We all love fine dining or amazing down home cooking. Freshness with every prepared plate is what we are talking about. A delicious retreat for your awaiting taste buds. Let us tell you a little about two of the hottest trending and mouthwatering places to eat, right here in our own community! Get ready to be hungry…and don’t forget to scroll down and click on the YouTube link to watch the video!!

We’ll start out with 2 Dogs in Gaineville, GA. They have been around serving locals and weekenders since 1997. They support their local organic farmers and other local businesses that will help them achieve an even better plate for tomorrow. 2 Dog has a more down to earth organic home style feel to their food and delicious does not begin to describe it. They make everything in house and from scratch…even their ketchup!  Some of our favorites are the Spinach & Walnut Salad and the Patty Melt. You will love the casual atmosphere and want to come back for more!

Check out their menu: 2DogMENU

Would you like to get away for a night of fine dining? Put your best shoes on and let’s take a short drive over to Antebellum in Flowery Branch, GA.  Your favorite top shelf cocktail, elegant lighting with impeccable service awaits you at this fine dining destination. Now let’s talk about their menu. If you are looking to make an impression and tease your tastebuds with  a new friend or a group of chatty co workers, this is the place to be! Antebellum uses the freshest ingredients and strives to bring their guests the most beautiful plates each and every night. Some of our favorites are the Pan Seared, Wild Scallops and Grilled Bread. Passion drives just how big they have grown, being in the Top 100 Restaurants in America!

Check out their menuAntebellumMENU


Check out the latest video on these two top places to eat, click this youtube link

Featured Listing | 1240 Morgans Run, Monroe GA

Beautiful 4 bedroom and 2 bath ranch on unfinished basement in a culdesac. This well maintained ranch home features 3 spacious bedrooms on the main level with 4th bedroom upstairs, perfect for guests or even a large office space. This layout is great for any family. You will love the stained cabinetry and large open floor plan of the kitchen. High ceilings, neutral wall colors, and upgrades throughout. Full unfinished basement ready to be completed! Enjoy the private wooded backyard and the great amenities located inside the subdivision. Make this home yours today!


1240 Morgans Run, Monroe GA 30656

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Featured Lake Listing | 2553 Bridgewater Drive

2553 Bridgewater Drive, Gainesville, Ga 30506

Magazine worthy 5BR/3BA hm w/covered dock situated on deep water cove in quiet & fun nhood. Conveniently located to I-985, NEGA Med, spng, parks & botanical garden. Hm has been beautifully updated & enlarged throughout. You will love the chef’s kitchen w/granite, stainless, double oven & lots of storage. Mstr & guest BR on main plus 3BR, full BA, 2nd grt rm, office/craft rm & abundant of storage on terrace. This home has picturesque views from almost every room, screened porch & deck. Enjoy the gorgeous hydrangea & azalea’s located throughout the lot w/NO grass to mow!

Check out our new DRONE of this listing on YouTube!

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do you want to build a snowman?


Do you want to build a snowman? Well, we have a fantastic idea to keep your fingers from becoming icicles! If you put latex or rubber gloves under your winter gloves, it will help to keep your hands dry. You can even double or triple layer the rubber gloves. The come in multiple sizes and can be found at your local home improvement store or even at the grocery store! This fantastic tip will definitely do the trick this winter!!


diy kitchen helpers!!

Okay Moms and Dads….this is for YOU!! Are you tired of going over and over the list of things you need your kids to help with around the house? Is it something as simple as putting your things away? If your children are younger we have discovered a fun new way to allow our children to interact in the kitchen without making it feel like a chore. Fun is where kids want to be, right!? So, why not add a little chalk board to the end wall in your kitchen or play area. They sell chalk board paint at the local home improvement store.  Or, you could go the route of dry erase wall paint if you just don’t “do” chalk.

Invite your kids to participate. Show them how exciting and fun this new wall is. BUT, limit their use. Show them that you can only play on the wall, if you get your list of things done. And, then you do your list of things: dishes, counter, trash, dinner, whatever it is that you want them to help you with….you show them that if you complete your list of things to do around the house, you get free time playing on the wall. And, then after “Mom and Dad” – after your things are done…go play on the wall. Draw a funny picture. Play a game like tic tac toe on the wall. THE CHILDREN WILL BE BEGGING TO PLAY WITH YOU. You will simply look over and ask them happily if they finished their list, or did they pick up their dirty clothes they left in the bathroom, the crayons on the kitchen table….etc.


Make home time a happy time and you’ll get diy kitchen helpers!! – Heather Baxter


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