Cartersville Georgia Real Estate Blog

Top Reasons Your Cartersville Home Isn't Selling – Expert Real Estate Advice

Hello, Cartersville and Bartow County homeowners! I'm Jenny Smith with Jenny Smith and Associates at Keller Williams. If you're frustrated because your house isn't selling, you're not alone. I receive calls every day from people in your shoes, and I want to help. While I can't provide specific advice due to exclusive listing agreements, I can share some general tips that might shed light on your situation. Let's dive into the top reasons your home might not be selling and what you can do about it.


1. Price: Is It the Right One?
The first thing to consider is whether your home is priced correctly. If you set the price yourself, this might be the root of the problem. However, if your agent with substantial experience (at least ten closings this year) set the price, then it's likely accurate. Remember, pricing is a critical factor, and even...

Special Homebuying Programs for First Responders – Insights with Sean & Erin Stepp

Hi everyone, Sean here! As a former firefighter/paramedic turned real estate professional, I understand the unique challenges and needs of first responders and other community heroes when it comes to buying a home. That’s why I’m thrilled to be joined by Erin Stepp from Fairway Mortgage, our trusted local lender, to discuss special home buying programs designed specifically for you. Today, we're focusing on the Georgia Dream program, an incredible initiative that offers down payment assistance to a wide range of public service professionals, including teachers, nurses, veterans, paramedics, and more. This program is a fantastic opportunity for those who have dedicated their lives to serving others to achieve their dream of homeownership. The Georgia Dream program provides down payment assistance, making it easier for first responders and other eligible professionals...

Effective Home Selling Strategy: Maximize Exposure for Your Property

Discover the comprehensive home selling strategy of Jenny Smith and Associates. We go beyond traditional methods to ensure your property gets maximum exposure. Here's how we do it:

Video Marketing: We create engaging videos to showcase your home and reach a wider audience.
Open Houses: Regular open houses serve as additional advertising opportunities.
Email Campaigns: Our extensive email database targets both potential buyers and agents.

Watch the video to learn more about how our strategic approach can help you get the most for your money. Don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe for more real estate tips and insights!

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Understanding Credit Scores & First-Time Homebuyer Programs – Insights with Sean & Erin Stepp

When it comes to buying a home, understanding your credit score and knowing about first-time homebuyer programs can make a significant difference. Sean, along with Erin Stepp from Fairway Mortgage, our trusted local lender, is here to shed some light on these important topics.

A common question that potential homebuyers have is, "What credit score do I need to qualify for a mortgage?" Erin explains that while the required credit score can vary depending on the lender and the type of loan, generally, a score of 580 or higher is preferred. 

Another popular question is whether there are any special programs for first-time homebuyers. Erin shares that there are indeed several programs designed to help first-time buyers get into their dream homes. These programs often offer benefits such as lower down payments, reduced interest rates, and assistance with closing costs....

Top Things to Do in Cartersville This Spring and Summer

As the days get longer and the weather warms up, there's no better time to explore all that Cartersville has to offer. Jessica and Karma are excited to share some of their favorite spring and summer activities in and around this charming town. Whether you're a local or just visiting, these recommendations are sure to help you make the most of the season.

One of the highlights of spring and summer in Cartersville is the vibrant Cartersville Farmers Market. Held weekly from May to September, , this market is the perfect place to pick up fresh, locally grown produce, homemade goods, and unique crafts. It's a great way to support local farmers and artisans while enjoying the community atmosphere.

For music lovers, the Music By The Tracks events are a must. These outdoor concerts feature a variety of local bands and artists, providing the perfect backdrop for a relaxed evening...

Why Reading Seller's Disclosures is Crucial in Real Estate Transactions

When you're entering the world of real estate, whether buying or selling a home, understanding the significance of seller's disclosures is crucial. In this informative video, Jenny Smith from Jenny Smith Realty delves into why these documents are not just a formality, but a vital part of the real estate transaction process.

For Sellers: The Importance of Full Disclosure

As a seller, your integrity and the success of your sale depend significantly on the transparency of your disclosures. It's essential to disclose all known issues with the property—both positive and negative aspects. This isn't just about adhering to legal requirements; it's about building trust with potential buyers and preventing future legal claims. Jenny explains how detailed and honest disclosures can help protect you as a seller and make your property more attractive to informed buyers.

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Just Listed in Rydal at 303 Long Road by Jenny Smith and Associates

Welcome to 303 Long Road in Rydal, Georgia! This stunning custom-built traditional home offers timeless charm and serene living on a sprawling nine-acre lot. Join us as we explore the beautiful features and tranquil surroundings of this remarkable property.

Home Features:

- 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths: Designed with comfort and elegance in mind, this home provides ample space for family living and entertaining.

- Gorgeous Brickwork: The exterior features beautiful brickwork and a spacious front porch that wraps around both sides of the house, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

- Custom-Built Interior Features: Step inside the spacious foyer to discover unique custom-built features, including trim and transom windows on the main level and window seats in the upstairs bedrooms.

- Delightful Sunroom: Surrounded by trees, the sunroom offers...

Why Online Mortgage Calculators Can Be Misleading – Expert Advice from Jessica & Erin Stepp

When you're in the market for a new home, it's tempting to rely on online mortgage calculators to get a quick estimate of what you can afford. However, Jessica and Erin Stepp from Fairway Mortgage, our trusted local lender, want to share an important message: "Buyers beware!" As Erin jokes, the mortgage numbers you see online might not be accurate or reflect the best programs available for you.


Online mortgage calculators are convenient tools that provide a rough estimate based on general inputs like home price, down payment, interest rate, and loan term. While they can offer a ballpark figure, they often fail to account for crucial factors such as your credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and specific lender requirements. These variables significantly impact the mortgage terms you qualify for and the loan options best suited to your financial situation.


Erin emphasizes...

Discover Outdoor Fun in Bartow County: Top Activities and Attractions

Are you thinking about moving to Bartow County and wondering what outdoor activities are available? In this video, our team at Jenny Smith and Associates explores the best things to do outside in Bartow County. From the scenic Red Top Mountain State Park to the vibrant festivals and events in Cartersville and Adairsville, there's something for everyone! Join us as we share our favorite outdoor spots and activities that make Bartow County a great place to live and explore.

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Just Listed in Sugar Valley at 894 Deerfield Lane Northwest by Jenny Smith and Associates

Welcome to 894 Deerfield Lane, a prestigious residence set on 8.5 acres of pristine woodland in Sugar Valley. This estate offers 2,700 square feet of living space designed to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings, providing a perfect retreat for those who cherish privacy and elegance.

As you step inside, you're greeted by a beautiful entryway leading into a stunning living area, illuminated by abundant natural light streaming through large windows that offer breathtaking panoramic views of the mountain scenery and lush landscape. The heart of the home is its gourmet kitchen, featuring hand-crafted cherry wood cabinetry, open shelving, a butler’s pantry, and a grand island with sleek granite countertops, ideal for casual dining or entertaining guests.

The home includes two owner's suites, one conveniently located on the main level and another upstairs, each boasting its...