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Safe Exercise

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One of the most common causes of injury is also the most preventable. When people begin a new exercise program, they often initiate the exercise program improperly and accelerate the program too rapidly not allowing their body to accommodate to the stress. The common notion that exercise must be really hard or painful to be beneficial is simply wrong. Safe exercise programs start slowly and gradually build up in intensity, frequency, and duration over long periods of time. In addition, if you have an existing health problem, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, a history of heart disease, or are a smoker, you should contact your doctor before beginning any vigorous physical activity. Workout programs should be modified to reduce the likelihood of causing pain from a pre-existing but asymptomatic orthopaedic condition. Safe Exercise Guidelines • Use Proper Equipment. Replace your athletic shoes before they wear out. Gradually “break in” new shoes over a period of weeks. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that let you move freely and are light enough to release body heat. When exercising in cold weather, dress in layers that are removable so as to not overheat. • Balanced fitness. Develop a balanced fitness program that incorporates cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility. In addition to providing a total body workout, a balanced program will keep you from getting bored and lessen your chances of injury. • Warm Up. Warm up prior to exercise and before stretching. Run in place for a several minutes, breathe slowly and deeply, or gently rehearse the motions of the exercise to follow. Warming up increases your heart and blood flow rates and loosens up other muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. • Stretch. It is critical to warm up properly by gently running in place or spinning on a stationary bike for 10-15 minutes before stretching. There is more and more research that indicates that stretching without proper warm up causes muscular micro trauma and increased risk or more serious injury. If you are unable to properly warm up prior to exercise then you should stretch after you complete your workout. Begin stretches slowly and carefully until reaching a point of muscle tension. Hold each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds, and then slowly and carefully release it. Inhale before each stretch and exhale as you release. Never stretch to the point of pain, always maintain control, and never bounce. • Take Your Time. During strength training, move through the full range of motion with each repetition. Weightlifting technique is the key to getting the most out of your workout and will lessen injury rates. Breathe regularly to help lower your blood pressure and increase blood supply to the brain. • Drink Water. Drink enough water to prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Drink 1 pint of water 15 minutes before you start exercising and another pint after you cool down. When performing cardiovascular exercise you should drink 16 oz. of fluid every 30 minutes. • Cool Down. Make cooling down the final phase of your exercise routine. It should take twice as long as your warm up. Slow your motions and lessen the intensity of your movements for at least 10 minutes before you stop completely. This phase of a safe exercise program should conclude when your skin is dry and you have cooled down. • Rest. Schedule regular days off from exercise. Rest and recovery are just as important as the exercise itself. Common Sports Injuries Overuse Injuries Exercise puts stress on many parts of the body such as muscles, tendons, bursae, cartilage, bones, and nerves. Injury can occur from repetitive stress or a singular event that is in excess of your body’s capacity to recover. Repetitive stress can leads to microtraumas — minor strains that would typically heal with enough rest. When you exercise too frequently, your body never has a chance to repair these microtraumas. As microtraumas build up over time, you become prone to overuse injuries, such as: • Damage to elbow cartilage in athletes who throw • Stress fractures in runners • Nerve entrapment in rowers • Kneecap (patellar) tendinitis in basketball or volleyball players • Elbow tendonitis is tennis players Traumatic Injuries To build strength and endurance from exercise, you must slowly and gradually push your body beyond its limits. When you push too far too fast, the body is prone to traumatic injuries such as sprains and fractures. Many seasonal sports injuries happen when athletes rush their reconditioning and do too much too soon with bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles they ignored in the off-season.

At Pinnacle, our physicians maximize results and minimize recovery time. How? By using leading edge technologies and the most innovative techniques. We take this advanced approach in every area of orthopaedic care, including Pinnacle specialties such as sports medicine, joint replacement, fracture care, spine, foot and ankle, hand, general orthopaedics and pain management. Visit www.pinnacle-ortho.com for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.

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Risk Factors There are many risk factors that make injury during exercise more likely. • The duration, intensity or frequency of an exercise is excessive or too rapidly increasing. • The terrain or weather conditions are extreme or irregular. • You use incorrect equipment, such as athletic shoes that are not designed for your activity. • You have been injured in the past. • You smoke or have led a sedentary lifestyle. • You have low aerobic or muscle endurance, low or imbalanced strength, or abnormal or imbalanced flexibility. • You have underlying musculoskeletal conditions that predispose you to injury, such as bowed legs or high arches in your feet. An orthopaedic condition such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease. First Aid Accidents can happen despite safe exercise precautions. If you pull a muscle (or worse) during exercise, apply a protective device such as a sling, splint, or brace. Then use the first aid standard for musculoskeletal injures: rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). • Rest the injury. • Ice it to lessen swelling, bleeding, and inflammation. • Apply a compression bandage to limit swelling. • Elevate the injury above heart level to reduce swelling. You may use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen for pain. See your doctor if you have severe pain, cannot move the injured body part, or if symptoms persist. Dr. Lamberson is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine at Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit www.pinnacle-ortho.com for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.

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How Perfectionism Can Impact Life by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. “Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in their light.” ~Groucho Marx~

Perfectionists are people who consistently set extraordinarily high benchmarks for success. Sometimes this can be good – as with world class athletes, surgeons, and CEO’s. In moderate doses, perfectionism can help people to be more conscientious, perseverant, and capable of coping with setbacks. However, perfectionism is tricky. It can seem like a virtue but taken to extremes, it’s a paralyzing trap. The dark side of perfectionist thinking causes a sense of never being satisfied and rumination on mistakes which can cause the overwhelming pain of severe self-criticism. At its most extreme, perfectionism can cause psychological disorders. People who are depressed typically are plagued by thoughts that they are inadequate and unworthy due to unrealistically high expectations of themselves. Those with eating disorders have excessive self-critical thinking about their appearance and weight. Individuals with an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) strive for order and control. Additionally “otheroriented perfectionists” who demand perfection from others, will have strained and problematic relationships and marital problems. Even when perfectionism does not lead to mental health issues, there are other negative consequences when there is an unforgiving and critical striving to never make mistakes. These include: low self-esteem, guilt, pessimism, rigidity, and lack of motivation. While in part the underlying cause of perfectionism may involve the desire to please others or irrational ambition; the heart of perfectionism is usually based on fear. A fear that if you didn’t win, you lost; that if you are not the best, then you are just not good enough. Perfectionists are most often incredibly insecure people who are deeply afraid of failing. Perfectionist is driven by this intense fear and simply telling a perfectionist to stop doesn’t work. However, once the fear is soothed and released, the behavior can begin to change. Julie Morgenstern offers a few strategies to help a perfectionist find the middle ground and accept the self as humanly imperfect.

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• Identify your inner critic – usually someone from your past: a harsh parent, teacher, coach. Recognize the critical messages are no longer relevant and challenge them. Focus on those who are positive and affirming and embrace their messages. • Practice doing one thing less than perfectly – think about the concept of “good enough” and at least some of the time – make that your goal. • Take a break. Back away when you’ve focused on the same goal for a prolonged period of time. Use “fresh eyes” to reexamine the issue when you are able to see it less critically. • Get a second opinion. • Honor deadlines – they are your friend. Knowing when to let something “imperfect” go is essential. • Delegate details rather than obsessing on them • Limit the number of revisions you allow. • Recognize degrees of excellence- a perfect 10 is not possible every time. People who pursue excellence in a healthy way take genuine pleasure in working to meet high standards. Perfectionists are motivated by self-doubt and fears of disapproval, ridicule, and rejection. The high producer has drive, while the perfectionist is driven. Professor Tracey Wade of the School of Psychology at Flinders University in South Australia has studied “unhealthy perfectionism”; which she describes as “high standards combined with brutal self-criticism”. She states, “Learning to mange a fixation with perfection can be an important step toward living a more balanced life. Self-compassion and kindness are important. Ultimately, criticism and abuse is not the way to get the best out of anyone. And that includes yourself.” Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.com. You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or LeisaB@marietta-psychologist.com. Your comments or questions are welcome.

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Losing Weight In March of last year I found a sticky note that had fallen off the mirror in my bathroom. It had found a secret resting place behind a particularly large Pottery Barn toothbrush holder, and when I happened to be updating my current portfolio of dental supplies I found the slightly aged and wrinkled note, it read simply “2012 Resolutions.” The bottom half of the note was so smeared from a combination of steamy condensation and toothpaste residue that it was undecipherable, but the top part of the list was crystal clear. “1. Lose Weight, Chubby.” So I did. I won’t bore you with the details of how, how much or how long it took, but suffice it to say I lost enough body mass that more than a few people who hadn’t seen me in a while asked, “Are you sick, cause you look great?!” But when most folks asked why I decided to shed what would be considered a medium-to-large size dog or six-year old humans estimated girth, I simply said, “It was time.” However, what more than a couple of my “closest” friends implied was that a middle-aged man with three-plus kids suddenly losing weight and getting in shape could lead one to believe that he was “making time” with someone beside his wife. Yeah, my wife cracked up on that one too, but I did realize some things that happened during my weight loss that could, in an alternate universe and involving a completely different person, lead one to possibly stray from their vows. The first is simple. When I gained weight the only female that complimented me was my mother, and I was eight year’s old at the time. Since then, no person of the opposite sex has EVER complimented

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me on adding to my waist line. But when you start losing weight, suddenly there is a whole church pew of ladies noticing your svelte figure and feeling more than free to come up and compliment you. Granted most of them are in their 70’s, but you get the drift, its attention and a boost to that fragile thing known as the male ego. Second, when you lose weight something interesting happens to your fingers, they get smaller. So small in fact that I now have to keep my Wedding-Ring finger in a permanent bend to keep the symbol of my marriage from succumbing to gravity and bouncing into a floor vent. I could only image the triple threat of raw sensuality that I would exude on an unsuspecting female population if I suddenly appeared wearing my metro-sexual shirt/pant combo that I bought in Midtown while sporting my new physique with a left hand ring free! Divorce attorneys would be hovering around me like the fly’s I currently have drawn to the wafting aroma of my Hai Karate after shave. And now I will bore you with the #1 reason I finally decided to lose weight and get in shape, and it’s simple math: (Age 47 + 4 kids under 7 years-old) * 2 Weddings * 4 Degrees + (Just 1 Wife) = Working until I’m 465. I’m just trying to save my wife the added cost of an XXL casket!

Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at mlorler@yahoo.com

(Continued from page 6) LIFE CHURCH EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA: Saturday, March 30, 10:00am – 12:00pm. LIFE CHURCH Smyrna Assembly of God, 4100 King Springs Rd. SE, Smyrna GA 30082. Candy ~ Prizes ~ Inflatables ~ Cake Walk ~ Games! FREE fun for the whole family! Easter Egg Hunt with 4000 eggs for infants through 5th grade beginning at 10:30am sharp! Gift Basket Give Aways for all ages, including adults! For more information, please visit www.MyLifeChurchSmyrna.com., or call 770.435.5478.

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Customize Your Built-Ins How to Create Bookshelves & Cabinets that are Functional & Beautiful by Meredith Warnock, RID If a new wall of cabinetry is on your to-do list this year, consider modifications to your design that will make your new millwork more functional for you and reflective of your personality. Whether you are adding some shelving and cabinets for storage or, perhaps you are incorporating a full workspace and desk, these tips will help you think beyond bland when it comes to built-ins. If you inherited a long wall of more shelving and cabinets than you know what to do with, read on to incorporate new ways to break up the monotony of a wall full of books and thrift store accessories, placed to merely fill-in the empty voids.

Mix Your Materials A wall of millwork does not have to feature the same finish or materials. Painted and stained components may be mixed together as well as surfaces covered in upholstery, wallpaper or a fun mosaic tile. Furniture Storage In some rooms, small pieces of furniture may be tucked into the millwork to save floor space when not in use. In this family room, the new millwork included a niche for an upholstered bench for easy access and additional seating. Special Hardware As always, think beyond generic knobs and pulls for your cabinet doors. Also, consider the placement of the hardware. Depending on your design, you can place these elements in the center of the doors or along the top or bottom. Shelves as a Backdrop A great way to break-up a wall of bookshelves is to mount large framed photos or artwork on the face of the shelves. Remember to spotlight these special components as well.

Image above: Custom millwork design for a family room.

Light it Up! Put the spotlight on your new millwork by adding lighting within. If you incorporate down-lights, consider glass shelving so that the light will flood down. Decorative sconces may be hardwired on the face-frame of the millwork or, as you see in the image, sconces may be installed into the wall and project over to the face of the millwork. Inventory Your Equipment

Wire-Management When inventorying your equipment and lighting, always consider how to camouflage the wires. Carefully placed grommet holes will allow you to place these items and drop the unsightly wires out of view. Beyond Flat Incorporate special architectural details and motifs in your design so that you break-up the monotony of shelving and flat-paneled cabinet doors. In this image, an Asian-inspired motif was used in a decorative surround around the TV and niche for the bench. Visually, this element adds great personality while differentiating the center components of the millwork so the wall doesn’t become too bland or repetitive.

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Meredith is a registered interior designer (RID) with a design career that spans 12-years with residential, commercial and hospitality projects throughout the U.S., including Georgia, Texas, California and New York.

Photo by Matt Boyd Photography

Speakers, TVs and office equipment should be strategically placed within your built-ins for optimal use. Take an inventory of what equipment you want to use and measure everything carefully so that your finished addition will seamlessly house these elements.

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The Real Estate Market by Deborah Ratchford

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD LIST YOUR HOUSE TODAY!!!! Many homeowners are waiting until the Spring ‘buying season’ to list their homes for sale. Here are five reasons why that might not make sense this year: 1.) Demand Is High Homes are selling at a pace not seen since 2007. The most recent Existing Home Sales Report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that annual sales in 2012 increased 9.2% over 2011. There are buyers out there right now and they are serious about purchasing.

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The Mortgage Broker Association has projected mortgage interest rates will inch up approximately one full point in 2013. Whether you are moving up or moving down, your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home. 5.) Timelines Will Be Shorter The dramatic increase in transactions caused many challenges to the process of buying or selling a home in 2012. We waited for inspections, dealt with last minute appraisals and prayed that the bank didn’t ask for ‘just one more piece of paper’ before issuing a commitment on the mortgage. There are fewer transactions this time of year. That means that timetables on each component of the home buying process will be friendlier for those involved in transactions over the next 90 days. Call today to receive a Free Comparative Market Analysis. It just takes a few minutes to determine the fair market value of your home so you can make an informed decision on whether now is the time for you to sell.

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Arm Rest Interruptions by Holly and Diana Parks The adage, “Children should be seen but not heard,” often transports us back to an era of black and white photos, lace tablecloths, and glass milk bottles. Expectations of days gone by may seem outdated and irrelevant, but it might serve us well to consider the wisdom of the ages by taking an honest look at the present.

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**** It’s half time, and you’re standing on the sidelines of the final game of the day, stretching your legs as you coordinate carpools for the rest of the season with the team mom. Your sweaty-haired youngest bounds up. “Mommy?” “Mommy?” “MommyMommyMommyMommyMommyMommy?” Conversation subsides, defeated by the wave of dogged persistence. Slightly embarrassed, you respond with affected patience. “Yes, sweetie?” “I want a Slushie from the Snack Shack. Can I have two dollars?” **** Your college roommate has called for the first time since the reunion two years ago. Stretched out on the couch, you’re listening to a friend with whom you swore you’d never lose touch. Totally engrossed in conversation, you don’t notice the click of plastic heels on the living room floor. A bejeweled chubby finger begins tap tap tapping on your shoulder. Your inattention to the initial interruption spurs Cinderella to the next level as her breath tickles the wispy strands behind your ear. She loudly whispers, “Mom….hey Mom.” The taps become more rapid; the whispers raspier and more urgent. “Mommmmm…..I gotta tell you something…Seer-wee-ously.” “Hey…so sorry, can you hold on a second?” You mute the phone and turn your attention to your costumed three-year-old. Frustrated, you ask, “What is it, honey?” With wide-eyed wonder, she reports, “There’s a ladybug on my window.” **** Children are introduced to the basic concept of consideration as early as waiting their turn to see Santa Claus. “No cutting” applies to lunch lines, Disney World queues, and grocery store checkout lanes. It also pertains to adult conversations, Mom and Dad’s no less than any other adults. So how should your children handle their need for your attention when they come running up, bursting at the seams? We finally discovered a way to finish our conversations without squelching their enthusiasm. They requested our attention by gently placing one of their hands on top of our forearm. We acknowledged their need by reaching over with our free hand and covering theirs while we finished talking. By our constant touch rather than a mere pat of recognition, they knew we had not forgotten their need. When we came to a stopping point in our conversation, whether ten seconds or two minutes later, we would direct our attention to our patiently waiting little rascal. Not only did it work like a charm, but the kids also considered it a game. By not allowing their every whim to take ultimate precedence, our children learned they are not the center of the universe, nor is everything urgent. The bonus was the discernment they developed in determining whether their interruption was worth waiting for. The unwavering level of respect that was commonplace in our grandparents’ day is not necessarily a thing of the past. “Arming” yourself allows your children to be seen, eventually heard, and definitely appreciated. Diana and Holly Parks are a mother/daughter writing duo. For further information, go to www.ididntseemedoit.com

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Holly and The Treeman Academy Awards season is upon us. I find myself most days discussing the merits of this film versus that one with coworkers and friends. Only yesterday did I realize that my family was a part of what is sure to be 2013’s next blockbuster. It has everything you need: a damsel in distress, a believable supporting cast, an unlikely hero and adequate financial backing.

by Dr. Michelle DeHaven, DVM • Cumberland Animal Clinic It is now the veterinarian mom’s turn to sit at the base of the tree and wait. She notices that a pair of red-tailed hawks, who frequently hunt in the neighborhood, have appeared in the sky. She usually loves watching this majestic team flying their lazy circles. Today, she realizes, their lazy circles are quickly getting much lower and much smaller as they begin to circle around the eight-pound cat sitting on a toothpick up in their airspace.

Our story starts on a freezing February morning. A local veterinarian (ahem) is attempting to get out the back door, juggling a 25-pound sack of bird food and a mug of hot coffee. The door is ajar for what only seems like a moment, but to Holly -the cat in our starring role -- it is just the opportunity she has been looking for.

She begins to run around the tree waving her arms and screaming like a wild woman. “You will not eat my cat!!!!”

She has waited at that back door for a year and a half, waiting, just waiting, for a mistake, and finally she sees it.

They continue to circle for a few more minutes but eventually veer off. Perhaps it just seems like too much trouble.

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She bolts out the door and into the backyard. The golden retriever is in hot pursuit.

The plot is at a standstill. The cat is cold, scared, and definitely not coming down.

Mayhem ensues. By the time the dust settles, Holly has scaled the fence and is halfway up the neighbor’s tree.

The ever cool-headed dad decides it is time to turn to technology. He sits down at the computer and types “cat stuck in tree.” An hour later ....

The family tries to talk her down, but the more we -- I mean, they -- talk, the higher she goes. She finally ends up more than 30 feet in the air, gripping on to a leafless branch so small it doesn’t seem possible that it can hold her weight. The family waits. They cajole, they plead. They drink more coffee. The wind starts to kick up. With every gust the tabbyand-white cat begins to bob ever more precariously up and down and side to side. All that lies beneath her is the wide expanse of asphalt that is the neighbor’s driveway. The teenage daughter, who until this point has not realized that anything is wrong, arrives on the scene and begins to cry on cue.

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Enter Peter “Treeman” Jenkins. At first glance he would seem an unlikely rescuer. He does not arrive with a ladder truck. He does not arrive with a ladder at all, but instead ropes -- piles of ropes -- along with carabiners and harnesses and and a airpowered rope launcher and a large canvas sack from REI with a glove sewn in the side. Mr. Jenkins ran a successful tree company in Atlanta for years. At 61, he now splits his time as a certified arborist, a teacher of recreational tree climbing, and a rescuer of cats from trees. Sounds like a hero to me. This is going to be a difficult rescue (better for Oscar votes, right?). Holly has climbed a tree much too thin for The Treeman to climb. He will need to go to the top of larger tree about 15 feet away and work himself over and down to her. This is very slow, methodical work. Nearly two hours of rescue footage will definitely need editing for the final film. More ropes, more pulleys, swing over a little farther. Balance atop the scrawny sapling. Finally, as he edges inch by inch along a branch to reach out and grab a petrified cat dangling 30 feet above the pavement, he has her. He gently puts her in his REI canvas sack, ties it up and lowers her to down to the ground. In our final scene, the teenage daughter hugs the wayward cat, mom hugs the Treeman, and dad writes the check. Fade to black. In all seriousness, I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Jenkins. I hope you never have a cat stuck in a tree, but if you need The Treeman, you can reach him at (404) 486-0144, or treeinspection.com. Tell him Holly sent you.

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4050 Gateway Court 3 Bedrooms 3.5 Bath. Gorgeous Home Open from Kitchen to Family Room. SS Appliances. Hardwood throughout, Breakfast Area Large Island for entertaining, Huge Family Rm with Large Fireplace (gas logs). Separate Dining and Formal Living or Office. Plantation Shutters featured throughout. Huge Master Suite w/ large garden tub and sep tiled shower. Lots of Spacious closets for max storage. 2 Car Garage.Walk to Restaurants and shopping. 20 minutes to airport and 20 minutes to Buckhead. This home is a must see! Very nice. $465,000 Code 2703

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Jeffrey Place in Hampshire s/d Smyrna. 5 Br and 4 Bathrooms. 3 Car Garage

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Reed Road in Smyrna Very nice 3/2 renovation on this four sided brick ranch on a full basement. Awesome new kitchen with granite counters, tile back splash, Island, gas cooking, and stainless appliances. Large open plan has a keeping room in the kitchen with a brick fireplace. Separate dining room is open to the living room and large bonus room. Large bedrooms, many ceiling fans, and new deck. Large full basement. Extra large level back yard. Great location to 285, I-75, Airport and downtown. This home is in great shape and a must see. $200,000 Code 2954

We could not have picked a better agent to work with than Deborah Ratchford. As a family of four, we were selling our home in Smyrna and buying in East Cobb. Deborah did a great job negotiating on our behalf and had a contract to sell our house in under two weeks. When it was time to buy, we had very specific things we wanted in our new home. Deborah searched tirelessly for us, taking us out multiple times. When we finally found the right house, once again Deborah did a great job negotiating the best price despite multiple offers on the house. Deborah is very knowledgeable, experienced, and truly cares about her clients. We would gladly recommend her to anyone in the market and have already referred her to friends and family. We have the perfect house to Kevin Lynch raise our boys and could not be happier. Deb Did It Again!

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