Real Estate Blog

Recently we have had several homes that just sold immediately.    So, it brought to mind why these homes sold so fast while other homes languish on the market.   What the quick sales had in common was that the seller asked us for advice and then followed through with doing what we advised to get their home ready to sell.   They also priced the home realistically but to tell the truth the main reason the home sold so quickly is that the seller prepared the home for sale.   Here is a testimonial from one of these sellers Brent and Carrie Purvis.  

"My wife and I had a home for over 8 years that we would annually try to sell but never had any luck. We use Wayne and Donna, listened to their recommendations, and within 45 days our home was sold! No Joke...

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NorthStar Crossing - A brand new subdivison only 4 miles from the Main Gate of Fort Benning is having their Grand Opening week this week!!    Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday!    Eye catching craftsman homes in NorthStar have all the amenities that everyone asks for included by Hughston Homes in this subdivision.  

The Hughstons are setting themselves apart by including features that are normally up upgrades!  Features like Granite Countertops, Tiled Showers, Jetted Tubs, Ceramic Tile, Smooth Ceilings, Rock Accents, Coffered Ceilings, Stainless Steel Appliances, and Green Energy Saving features are all included in these homes at no additional cost!!  

Also, the subdivision has a comfortable feel with sidewalks and streetlamps.    Located only 4 miles from

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chrysanthemum_120Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors in Columbus, Georgia. What better place to experience all the sights and sounds of the region than at Callaway Gardens? With the leaves turning, cool crisp air, and the excitement of the impending holiday season that is near this is a great time to channel some of your excitement into these activities that are sure to have something to please everyone in your family.

The 12th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held the weekend of September 3rd – 5th. The breathtaking balloon glow will take place on Friday evening with balloon flights on Saturday and Sunday morning. Other activities will include swimming, rock climbing, music performances, pancake breakfasts, face painting, and sand castle

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house_calculator_small_200Mortgage rates vs Home prices

It is reasonable to want to buy at the very lowest point in the market.  The problem is that no one knows where that bottom is.....  Most seasoned investors will tell you that the bottome occurs and starts up before you reallize it.   With this in mind I wrote a blog post on the Homegain blog and want to also post it here.   Please add any comments you may have.

Freddie Mac says that we have the lowest mortgage rates EVER!!  Well maybe not ever but since they started tracking the rates.   So maybe in the last 50 years or so….. Additionally, home prices have dropped to some of the best prices in a long, long time.   So now the question is:  Do we wait to see how low home prices may go before we buy? Here is some food for…
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 kw_rocks_318We are so proud to be working with Keller Williams! We just wanted to take a few moments to let you know what kind of company is backing you when you choose us as your real estate team.

Keller Williams was started in 1983 and now has over 79,000 associates to make us the third largest real estate company in the United States, surpassing RE/MAX. What has helped them grow so quickly and be so successful is building their company with the following belief system and duplicating it all over the United States and Canada.

Mission: Building careers worth having, business worth owning, and lives worth living.

Belief: Real estate is a local business driven by individual real estate agents and their local image with their local centers of influence.

Goal: To

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medium_bunker_donahue_400The First time home buyer tax credit did not end for Armed Forces who have been recently deployed!

   Members of the Armed Forces who have been deployed more than 90 days since 2008 may be eligible for the tax credit through April 30th 2011.   The original bill that extended the tax credit through April 30th 2010 also included a military provision for armed forces personnel who have been deployed allowing them an extra year to purchase a home and claim their tax credit.
    This is great news for those who wish to buy homes at Fort Benning!   Military personnel may be able to finance 100% of their home using the VA home loan program and still receive $8000 to go in their pocket or pay off other bills or even to purchase furniture for their new home.  

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The Obama Administration’s original $75 billion dollar mortgage relief plan designed to prevent foreclosures has been revamped due to its lack of success. The plan only helped a fraction of homeowners who completed the application process and only $1 billion of the $75 billion dollar budget was spent to help homeowners in crisis.

 The new relief is designed to help homeowners who owe 15-30 percent more on their home than it is worth. To qualify for the federal help you must owe less than $730,000 on your home, use the home as a primary residence, and be paying more than a third of your total monthly income toward your mortgage.

 By reducing the monthly payments of homeowners, having the mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration and working

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black_miltary_couple_medium_400February is dedicated to the celebration and education of the impact and victories of the African-American community. It is easy to allow this time of reflection to cause division as we think back on how divided we used to be and how hateful we were to someone just because they were a different color. However, this should be a time to recognize and celebrate the individuals who made such large sacrifices to create unity in our country and remember that we still need to continue to fight for that today. It is a time to remember that we are ONE nation, under GOD, INDIVISIBLE, with liberty and justice for ALL.

We have had many amazing individuals in the African-American community who were either from the Columbus, GA area or had a large impact on this

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An adjustable rate mortgage by definition is a mortgage where the interest rate is periodically adjusted. These mortgages are very tempting when your loan officer tells you that you can receive a lower interest rate than a fixed rate mortgage with the possibility of the rate going even lower when adjusted. These mortgages can pose a huge benefit to you and your pocketbook if you have done your homework and know the specifications of each loan available to you.

The trick to an ARM(adjustable rate mortgage) is to have all the information and solicit outside help if the terms are unfamiliar to you. If you plan to own your home for 5 years or less, this could be the best loan for you: if you choose the right one. The pros and cons to an adjustable rate

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There are lots of things to do in the Columbus, GA area to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. Whether you are visiting the Columbus area for the holidays, looking for a night out with the girls, or wanting to create memories with the kids, you can find something special to help you celebrate. Here is a list of events happening this December that caught my eye and I thought you might enjoy; all for under $40.

Callaway Gardens: Fantasy in Lights
Callaway Gardens started its Christmas light spectacular in 1992 with 5 Christmas scenes and has been carrying on the annual tradition ever since. Celebrating its 18th year, Fantasy in Lights now has over a dozen Christmas scenes to explore displayed in over 8 million lights and animated by sound.

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