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Growing Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are perfect for long lasting color and puffy mounds of beautiful foliage.  Dwarf varieties are star performers in foundation planting and beds and larger varieties are well suited to borders and big beds.

Growing Hydrangeas.

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Having fun in Augusta, GA

We’re blessed with a great climate and an abundance of opportunities for recreation, family activities and exercise. While we’re best known for Golf, Disc Golf is also huge in Augusta.  Lakes, Rivers and Ponds provide great boating, fishing and swimming opportunities.  Ancient Indian sites, Revolutionary War & Civil War History sites are all around us here.  When you yearn for the excitement of big cities; Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC are 2 1/2 hours away, as are the historic cities of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA and mountains of north Georgia.  Here are some photographs (there are many more I’ll add to future posts) to give you an idea of local opportunities  and a few that are a short drive away:  photo-6IMG_0166IMG_0300 copyIMG_0765DSCN1142 IMG_0216Table Rock

Perkin’s Closing January 30, 2015

Beverly Dye and I were honored to help Vance and Lauren select and purchase their first home.  Everything went thru without a hitch.

This newly married couple looked at a wide range of houses in person and on-line before deciding on a new home in Riverwood Plantation in Columbia County, Ga.  As Vance settled in to his new job and Lauren graduated from the Medical College finding a new home often had to take a back seat to higher priorities.  Once they were settled in to two new jobs finding the perfect home at the price point that fit their budget became a priority.  Thankfully, they found a home that had most everything they wanted that was just a short distance from Lauren’s parents.  My partner in this transaction, Beverly Dye, deserves the credit for finding the home that met their needs.  We all regret that Beverly could not join us today but pneumonia care determined that she get well soon.

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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.

 

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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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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