How To Downsize From Your Current Home

Here’s an article from a few years ago with some great info on downsizing that merits reposting.

RISMEDIA, Wednesday, November 02, 2011— The organizational benefits of downsizing can be very rewarding. You can save time, restore order, relieve stress, free up space, and perhaps most importantly, save money.

It’s important when you are organizing and downsizing to try to keep your emotions out of the process. The process may seem overwhelming, but you can do it, and here are some tips that will help you accomplish the task:

1) Try not to focus on the entire house at once. Break things down room by room. Take on one project at a time and don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed. If the room itself seems to be too much to take on, just focus on one area at a time, like a closet. Accomplish something before moving on to another area. Small steps yield big rewards. Set realistic goals about the amount of time you need, and create a timeline that works for you.

2) Evaluate what you have. Everyone has extra stuff. Ask yourself: Do I use this? Need it? Love it? Is it in good condition? If you haven’t used or thought about something in over a year, it’s probably safe to get rid of it. Sell valuable items that you no longer need. Ebay and Craigslist are both great online tools that will help you cash in on things that you don’t need anymore. Or donate. There’s no shortage of organizations that take in the things you don’t use and distribute them to people in need. What a great feeling!

3) Properly store irreplaceable items. Meaningful items such as old photos, yearbooks, wedding dresses, and christening gowns should be properly stored in sealed containers in order to protect them from the elements. You may even want to go one step further with old photos and convert them to a digital format to ensure that they will always be safe. If your children have grown and moved out, as hard as it may be, remind yourself that you are not responsible for providing storage for your adult children.

4) Stay positive. Getting rid of items that remind you of your past can be an emotional process. At first it might seem difficult to part with those masterpieces that your children created when they were small, but there’s no reason to keep every scrap of paper your child has ever brought home. Instead, concentrate on what’s important you, and visualize what your home will look like when you have de-cluttered and re-imagined your space. I have found that after de-cluttering, most people wish they had done it sooner.

5) Hire a REALTOR® such as the folks at Petersen Partners, the #1 team in Georgia for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, who specialize in working with downsizers. This type of move is a specialty and requires a unique set of skills and a great deal of planning and patience. You will need someone who works well with you. You might find yourself needing the services of others, such as stagers, de-clutterers, and junk removers, as well as a storage plan for the things you can’t bear to part with or want to keep safe. With the right connections, you’ll be able to find someone who is not only familiar with your situation, but who has existing relationships and can assure that the process moves smoothly from beginning to end.

For more information on downsizing and getting into another home contact Petersen Partners at or go to their website at

Buckhead Housing Market is on Fire!

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The residential real estate market has been heating up this year.  We actually saw the activity start mid last year and it has been gradually clearing out the distressed inventory in many areas.  With home prices on the rise and inventory levels at low levels, new construction is gradually starting to pick up the pace and start filling the void of not having inventory for buyers.   Construction is picking up in Buckhead even with limited real estate that is currently available.

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Should You Custom Build Your Next Home?

In today’s market with all of the short sales and foreclosures should you even consider building a custom home? It may be more of a viable option than you think.

Pricing for custom homes have come
down just like pre-owned homes as well. Land values have dropped significantly and you would be amazed at how many lots are available to purchase. Custom home builders are also able to build less expensively than they had been a few years back due to their input and labor costs having come down. Due to the abundance of contractors hungry for work the build time can be much shorter further reducing your cost to build.

Contact Dan Petersen at Petersen Partners & Prudential Georgia Realty to find out more if custom building a home is for you.


Exemption Deadline for Homeowners Nears!

File For Exemption

Don’t forget to file for your Homeowner’s Exemption by April 1st!  Go to or call 770-528-8600 to find out more on how to file.

You must own or occupy your property on January 1st of this year and your name must appear on the deed to qualify.  Per Cobb County, you do not need to reapply if your home was refinanced. Visit for all the details.

Home Supply Down in Lassiter School District

  January home supply in Lassiter school district is down over 23% while homes sold is up over 9%.  The spring selling market has begun and with low interest rates and expected increase in buyer demand, homes in good school districts are hoping to have a good year.

See the full home supply and demand chart below.  Looking for more specific home information or how to sell your home in this market; contact your real estate professionals Dan Petersen at 678-439-6699 (Petersen Partners/Prudential Georgia Realty).


Atlanta Home Price Update

Dan Forsman, President & CEO gives an update on the Atlanta Real Estate Market and Home prices.  Why has the recent news shown that home values have declined in Atlanta.  Where are the opportunities!







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Dan Petersen
Petersen Partners
Prudential Georgia Realty

2011-2012 Cost vs. Value: Which Remodeling Projects Pay Off the Most?

2011-2012 Cost vs. Value: Which Remodeling Projects Pay Off the Most?  Are you looking to do some remodeling in your home?  This is a great article to help you determine on what remodeling projects tend to pay off for long term value.

If your home is dated, replacing light fixtures can be an easy low cost project.  Kitchens and master baths are the first place to start for major overhauls.  Click on the link below to read the full article.

2011-2012 Cost vs. Value: Which Remodeling Projects Pay Off the Most?.