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Terrific Film about Augusta, GA

This video is very informative for anyone headed to Augusta, Evans or Fort Gordon.  If you’re new to the area you’ll appreciate the information.  Augusta has a fascinating history and great prospects.

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Can Home Staging Really Win Over Buyers?

Eighty-one percent of REALTORS® who represent buyers say that staged homes make it easier for their home buyers to visualize a property as their future home. Forty-six percent of buyer agents also reported that staging makes their buyers more willing to tour a home they viewed online, and 45 percent say that buyers tend to view the value of the home more positively if it is decorated to buyers’ tastes.

Twenty-eight percent of agents said their buyers are even more willing to overlook other property faults if a home is staged, according to NAR’s survey.

Buyer agents also say that staging can potentially influence how much their buyers are willing to offer for a home. According to the survey, thirty-two percent of buyer agents surveyed say that staged homes increase the dollar value buyers are willing to offer for a home by 1 percent to 5 percent; 16 percent said it could increase offers by 6 percent to 10 percent.

However, not everyone chooses to stage a home in prepping it for sale. Forty-four percent of seller agents say they only suggest that sellers declutter and fix property faults, and they do not recommend that their clients should professionally stage the home.

Indeed, about 34 percent of seller agents surveyed say they stage all the homes they list; 13 percent stage only “difficult” homes to sell; and 4 percent only stage high-priced homes they list, according to the NAR survey.

Here are additional findings from the NAR survey:

  • The median dollar value to stage a home: $675 per home
  • Among homes that are staged, here’s how it is often paid for: 62 percent of sellers’ agents offer the home staging servicing to sellers; 39 percent say that the sellers pay for staging prior to the home being listed; 10 percent of sellers pay for staging after the home is sold; and 3 percent of agents’ firms pay for the home staging service.
  • The three most important rooms to be staged for buyers: living room, kitchen, and master bedroom.

By REALTOR® Magazine Daily News

Moving to Fort Gordon – The Best Military Rebate Program

Are you thinking about moving to a new home close to Fort Gordon?  If so, you need to check out this incredible offer.

Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Company, as a member of Leading RE now has the best rebate program in the industry.  If you qualify for USAA or Navy Federal Credit you qualify for M.O.M.  Additionally, at the local level B&C offers the program to Veterans, not just retired Veterans as some programs do.

Additionally, in most cases the rebate is higher, there is no waiting – the rebate is applied at the closing, and the rebate may be used on either the buyer or seller side.

If you qualify don’t pass up this benefit designed to honor you and your family for your service to our country.  Contact David Steele, your Certified Military Specialist, to determine if you’re eligible.

Importantly, you are not bound to use this program with any particular mortgage program and you are not obligated to use a mortgage providers rebate program simply because they are providing your mortgage.

If you anticipate getting orders for Fort Gordon or the Cyber Warfare Center of Excellence check out the Flyer below:

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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.

Write to me at dsteeletwg@ gmail.com or contact me @ davidsteelerealestate.me

A complimentary copy of the 2015 Georgia Economic Outlook can be downloaded by visiting terry.uga.edu/selig and use promo code SELIG15 at final checkout to download your copy.

 

Sold in 3 Days

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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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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 http://www.davidsteelerealestate.com

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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.

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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.

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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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