The Real Estate Market in Augusta, GA by David Steele

The Real Estate Market in Augusta, GA by David Steele.


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The Real Estate Market in Augusta, GA by David Steele

If you’re moving to Augusta, GA for work or lifestyle you may be curious about the state of the real estate market here.  Perhaps you are moving as a member of the military or an employee of the Cyber Warfare Center of Excellence, NSA, Fort Gordon.  Or, maybe you have sworn you’ve wielded a snow shovel for the last time?  Let me start by reassuring you that prices here are lower than almost any other area  of the country.  The best news is that the quality of the housing stock here is significantly above average and demand is not, at this time, outstripping supply.

Prices here are expected to rise 6% in 2015, according to the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.  State-wide housing prices are nearly at pre-recession levels.  Growth in housing prices should be consistent and out-pace the rest of the nation for several years to come.  Nevertheless, even after years of price inflation you will be able to buy more house and a better house here than almost anywhere else in the country.

Additionally, people here are friendly and the level of stress (think of all the time wasted in traffic jams) is so low you’ll feel yourself unwinding.  Local restaurants abound like my fav’s Frog Hollow, The Bistro, Abel Brown, the French Market Grille and Calvert’s.  Of course all the chain’s are here too.  Whatever Augusta lacks is a short drive away: big cities like Atlanta and Charlotte are nearby; Charming Colonial cities Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA are two and one-half hours away as are beaches and the mountains.  Of course there is a lot to do here: think Golf, at our many public courses, gated golf neighborhoods like Westlake and Champion’s Retreat, or the exclusive Sage Valley Country Club, Augusta Country Club and the Augusta National if you’re particularly blessed.  Boating on the river or the lake; fishing; disc golf, horses (think Aiken and Dogwood Stables & Fox hunting in Thomson); the Riverwalk and great music and shopping downtown.  If history, architecture and archeology are your thing we’ve got American Indians, Revolutionary and Civil War sites and historic neighborhoods galore.

Let me know if I can help.  I’m dedicated to serving you.  I provide you with all you need to decide on neighborhoods, select and negotiate with seller’s, put you in touch with lenders and even give you my highly rated history tour.

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Sold in 3 Days


Joey Barrs, this home’s owner, kindly created this marketing piece for me.  Check back frequently to get the full story of how we got these results.  It started with coaching, continued with excellent preparation by the owner’s and a decision to wait until the house was ready to make a great impression.  There’s more, of course.  Coming up: How we got great results for the seller and a “win” for the buyer.

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Are we in a Seller’s Market in Augusta, GA? Poll

Most recently Augusta, Ga and its environs experienced what real estate pro’s call a balanced market.  Neither seller’s or buyer’s had an advantage.

Recently I listed a home in Evans, Ga that attracted a lot of attention.  Seven hundred and forty eight people viewed the virtual tour in just a few days, there were three showings and three offers before the owner accepted one of the three.  Competition was fierce and resulted in a good outcome for the seller.  In a follow up post I’ll discuss this in greater depth.  I’ll also discuss the other factors that helped create this scenario.  

My question to the real estate community in the CSRA is: Has the balance shifted to favor the interests of seller’s?  What do you think?

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Briggs Rd, Edgefield, SC 29803

Just under 4 acres in a beautiful Hardwood forest with shared access to a beautiful pond.  Easy access to Highway 25, Highway 230 and I-20.  5.2 miles to Exit 5 off I-20.  Short commute to Augusta, GA; Fort Gordon; Savannah River Site and Aiken, SC.  Enjoy rural setting minutes from everything you need.

Revel in the outdoor life: fishing, hunting, hiking and boating can be daily activities.  Experience peace, quiet and privacy.  Previous owner has site plan of where they were going to locate their home before they were transferred.

Why build in a neighborhood when you can enjoy so much more!

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Staging and Selling Your Home

I posted the video link below to highlight a great example of a home properly staged.  See for yourself why this home was under contract in three days at full asking price.  If the video doesn’t launch you can see the video at


Preparation for listing began with a meeting several weeks before we listed the house.  A list of ten or so items was suggested and the reasons why each item was important was explained.  We started by improving curb appeal: adding a wreath and a hanging plant to focus the eye at the front entry and planting colorful flowers to make the home stand out. Decluttering was accomplished by placing excess furniture in storage and reducing knick-knacks and family pictures without stripping the house of personality.


Paint was freshened up as needed and a few minor cosmetic issues were addressed that might have given potential buyers pause.

The kitchen had already been renovated,  KITCHEN2but as you can see below it was polished and staged to make it a highly desirable in a house at this price.



As a finishing touch we focused on helping the next owner imagine themselves living in this house, enjoying the outdoor spaces. BACK7 BACK4MASTERBR1MASTERBR4


The MBR sealed the deal.  Who couldn’t imagine laying their heads down on a comfortable bed at the end of each day?

And, as you can tell the seller’s hired a talented professional photographer to make sure their home stood out.

Mission accomplished.  What do you think?

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Robin Williams & St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Robin William’s brought light into nearly every circumstance.  Visiting troops over seas, raising money for the homeless and just making us laugh from our easy chairs.  His comedic genius lightened our loads but couldn’t lighten his.  When Robin appeared in a Saint Jude Children’s Hospital commercial with my hero Brennan Simkins I could not have been prouder of him.  You see Brennan was in a desperate fight for survival from childhood cancer that struck him days before his seventh birthday.  Seeing him laugh with Robin dispelled sadness and worry, if just for a moment.

Why the example of kids who struggled with the worst life offered didn’t sustain him in his darkness is a mystery.  How the man who played his role so convincingly in Good Will Hunting could kill himself haunts me.  How?  Why?  Could anything have sustained him until the worst of the depression passed?  We’ll never know.  I do know this: friendship, true, faithful friendship that is not concerned with getting back, that gives freely is what sustains me.  When I’m low a call or email from a friend, an unexpected, unscheduled visit does wonders to remind me why life is worth living.  So does reflecting on the courage of young kids like Brennan who mouthed these words over and over while he fought through terrible sickness – “I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.”

Lastly, and most importantly the words “…even the darkness is not dark to you O Lord” sustains me.

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Gardens make your property stand out, your home “pops” and garners more attention than your neighbors or most importantly your home is viewed as superior to other homes listed for sale.  Selling your home at the price you want, in the time frame you specify is greatly enhanced by a relatively small investment.  The icing on the cake?  It’s simple.  While you live there why not enjoy a beautiful environment.  It will make you happy!

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Staging a home for sale

In my last post I introduced the idea that “Declutering” is misunderstood.  I’m posting about this because I see it done badly far too often.  When preparing a home begin by getting rid of all the kids stuff they left behind; by having a yard sale or a Goodwill pick-up.  Start big.  Then remove all the clothes you no longer wear.  Prospective buyers will look in your closets and everywhere else too.  Throw away or give away everything you can, then you’re reading to begin staging and getting ready to list your home. Continue reading Staging a home for sale