Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Check out this Home! Master on Main in Bradshaw Farm Golf Community in Woodstock!

5 Bedroom / 4.5 Bathrooms
115 Wayfair Overlook Drive

Superior upgrades in this Master on Main in Culdesac in Golf Community! No details spared! Custom kitchen with top of the line cabinets w/soft close, apron sink, stainless appliances, gorgeous stone counters, huge island with seating and storage and built in microwave, custom oven hood and glassed cabinets, mudroom, new paint, tile in baths, new light fixtures, newer roof, 3 spacious bedrooms upstairs one w en-suite bath & the other jack and jill, finished basement with bedroom, full bath and kitchen, family room, bonus room and workshop! Lots of closets and storage!

The kitchen is phenomenal!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Want to Own 5 Acres near Woodstock Downtown? Here it is!!!

One of a kind Custom Builders Home on 5.14 acres near Woodstock Downtown! 
Sits back off of Whistle Wood Lane surrounded by trees and as peaceful as it gets yet close enough to shopping and highways!


 Home is elevator Ready. Kitchen with granite counters and stainless apps & custom cabinets. Hardwoods throughout main level, banquet sized dining room with formal living room to match in size, den or office off family room, over-sized master with fireplace and private deck,his and hers custom closets, master bath with steam shower. Guest suite above garage plumbed for kitchenette.

 Enormous detached 30x56 garage or workshop with 8x12 roll up door and separate driveway with room enough for 10 cars! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Woodstock Passes Ordinance Allowing TO-GO Beverages

Woodstock open container to-go

Downtown Woodstock just got a lot more awesome!
Woodstock passes ordinance allowing alcohol to-go!

The Woodstock city council passed an ordinance creating an Entertainment District that includes the area surrounding Main Street in Downtown Woodstock.  Several beer-friendly businesses are located in the district including Truck & Tap, Freight Kitchen & Tap, Century House Tavern, Salt, and others.  The ordinance took effect Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Businesses that have a current consumption on premise license and that derive more than 50% of their sales from food can now allow customers to purchase drinks in 16 oz. plastic “to-go” cups.  Businesses are not allowed to set up alcohol sales outside of their business (no beer carts) or allow customers to take beverages off the premises after 12:00 Midnight, current law allows businesses to serve alcohol until 2:00 AM.  The to-go beverages are allowed anywhere within the Entertainment District with the exception of the Park at City Center, schools, churches, daycares, and anywhere that private property owners or tenants don’t allow it.

The ordinance wasn’t without its haters opponents, online petitions and discussions popped up before the vote citing concerns about excessive litter and drunkenness.

This is indeed a glorious day for Woodstock, and therefore, the entire world.


209 Meadow Creek Way in Meadow Brook! In Hickory Flat - Sequoyah High School.
$525,000 - New roof, appliances, carpet, paint, fence, upgrades to terrace level, plantation shutters on every single window! Enormous Master with closet to die for! No details spared here! Check out this Advanced Technology Desjoyaux Pool! It is a pipeless filtration system that reduces energy and water use. Plus it's easy to clean, low maintenance and quieter than traditional filters.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

PLAE HARD - Woodstock's Newest Fitness Facility! Check it out!

Coach Cris is an unstoppable, positive force. If you feel like you can’t make it to the gym this week – watch this video. If you aren’t sold on group training – watch this video. If you don’t know what makes PLAE HARD unique – WATCH THIS VIDEO.
Want to reach your training goals? Coach Cris and the rest of the PLAE HARD team will get you there. Don’t wait. Start your 2-WEEK FREE TRIAL today. Download the PLAE HARD app and sign up for classes NOW!

Woodstock Restaurant Week Coming up soon!

Main Street Woodstock is pleased to announce the return of the semi-annual Downtown Restaurant Week March 13-20, 2016. Join us for a week of specials at your favorite downtown eateries, food shops and special events throughout to celebrate the unique food we have to offer right here in your city! Try something new at your favorite place or try a place you have never tried before but always wanted to. Each restaurant will offer a special prix fixe menu and food stores will be offering discounts during the week.
Click on the logo of the participants below to check out their menu offers for the week. We hope to have you come dine with us!


Kick-off Party at PURE Taqueria
Thursday March 10th
6-10 PM
Join us to celebrate the return of Restaurant Week on the rooftop at PURE! A $35 ticket gets you and a friend your choice of two entrees and two drinks from anything on their menu. A portion of the ticket sales from this evening will also go to Never Alone Ministries. It is sure to be a rockin' the rooftop style event with live music TBA. Tickets are available in advance at PURE starting Monday February 22 and will be limited so make sure to get yours early.
National Pie Day Celebration at PIE BAR
Monday March 14th
Join PIE BAR to celebrate Pie Day on 3.14. Special activities and tastings TBA.
Kids Pizza Building Contest at IPPS
Bring the kids to IPP'S on Saturday March 19 from Noon - 2 PM and let them top their own pizza! Kids pizza is free with menu item purchase by accompanying adult. Award for the most creatively topped pizza!


Monday, February 22, 2016

If You’re Buying a Home This Year, Whip Your Taxes Into Shape Now

house and tax form
Ah, tax time—that magical time when all your accomplishments of the previous year can be used against you. After all, the more you made, the more you owe! No wonder there’s so much advice out there about finding (perfectly legal) ways to whittle down your adjusted gross income.

But if you’re looking to buy a home, you’ll want to try a different tack—the higher your reported income, the bigger the home loan you’ll qualify for. So if you’re planning to buy a house in the next year or two, you may want to be less aggressive about claiming write-offs.

As Brian Decker, a loan originator with Guaranteed Rate, puts it: “Is paying an extra few thousand dollars in state and federal taxes for the year worth it to become a homeowner?”

We’ll leave that up to you and your financial adviser to decide. But if you want to look worthy in the eyes of a mortgage lender, you’ll need to do some legwork on your taxes, starting now. Here’s what you need to know, no matter what your situation.

If you’re self-employed

Pay attention to large deductions, such as those for a home office or business vehicle that can significantly reduce your reported income. For big, one-time deductions, be sure to save your documentation (you’ll need it for the IRS anyway), and explain to your lender the circumstance that reduced your income in that year. You can also assuage their concerns by having a larger cash cushion or by putting down a bigger down payment.

If you’ve just recently gone freelance, you may also run into issues getting approved for a mortgage if you don’t have a track record to demonstrate your earning potential.

“It doesn’t matter how much experience you have in a field, once you strike it out on your own, we need to see two years of self-employed income,” says Mike Lyon, vice president of operations at Quicken Loans.

If you’re on staff

Workers with W-2s typically have an easier time getting approved than those who are self-employed, but keep this in mind: Any write-offs on your Form 2106 for unreimbursed business expenses will be deducted from your salary.

If you got a new job that doesn’t appear on your tax returns, ask your employer to provide a verification of employment letter, which can reassure the lender that you’re good for the income stated on your application.

“As long as you’re in the same field and your earnings are roughly the same, we’re comfortable with job changes,” says Dave Norris, an executive vice president with loanDepot.

Workers whose tax returns show that they were unemployed for a significant period of time in the past two years may also run into trouble, since lenders want to see a consistent two-year work history. Be ready to explain any long employment gaps.

If you’re claiming rental income

Just as your business expenses will be deducted from your salary, any write-offs you take on a rental property will be deducted from your rental income.

Lenders will look at your Schedule E to verify the amount of rent you collect (showing them a lease won’t cut it), and determine how much you spend on the property. Deductions for depreciation don’t count against you.

We know—forgoing some of those tax deductions might make you cringe a little. But just think of the tax breaks you can get once you’re a homeowner, and it’ll all be better soon.

Beth Braverman, an award-winning journalist and content producer, covers real estate, personal finance, and careers. When she's not writing, she tries to find time between yard work and paying bills to experience the joys of being a new homeowner.