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Ann Marie is your real estate expert! With a career spanning over 30 years Ann Marie knows what it takes to deliver results! Check out her videos below for some valuable information on buying and selling a home!


The Importance of Pricing Your Home Correctly

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You put your house on the market, but you don’t have any offers. What do you do now?

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First, take a step back. If you’ve had showings without any offers, that could indicate a pricing problem. If your home is priced too high, it could help other properties sell. Similar homes priced correctly will seem like a deal once buyers have seen your overpriced property.

If you haven’t had any activity at all, that points to a serious pricing problem. Have a serious conversation about finding a fairer price. You have to be aggressive. The amount of listing activity shows the potential a home has.

If you lower the price, be decisive. Don’t just lower the price slightly. Buyers will notice, and instead of making an offer, they will wait for the next price reduction. While lowering the price a little bit at a time is a popular strategy, it’s not the best for you.

When you want the pricing expertise of a proven professional who has studied homes and prices for over 30 years, give me a call. I would be happy to help you!


Should You Wait to Sell Your Augusta Home?

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The holidays are around the corner. Many people wonder if this is a good time to list their homes. Sometimes, people get job transfers, and they tell us they wish they weren’t selling during the holidays. Actually, there’s less competition for sellers in the fall and winter. Yes, it’s a great time to sell now!

People will be transferred to Augusta, and these buyers will need to be in a home by January 1st. Buyers with children will want to move in after winter break. These buyers are serious about finding a home. Since there 10.30.15aren’t as many homes on the market, you have a better chance of selling quickly and for top dollar.

If you have family visiting for the holidays, don’t worry. We can always schedule showings around your holiday gatherings. Plus, holiday decorations can make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.

Additionally, during this time of year, people slow down and local buyers realize that they’ve outgrown their home. They take stock of their lives and think about what they want for their children. They are really looking for a good home to build memories.

You can absolutely have a successful home sale during the holidays. If you have any questions, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!


Don’t Miss the Summerville Tour of Homes!

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Every October in Summerville there is a tour of homes that is put on by the community to show people what kind of homes are available in the area. If you’re not sure where Summerville is, it’s near the intersection of Walton Way and Milledge Road. From there, Summerville extends for about a mile in all directions.

Summerville is a great community with a diverse group of people living there, and when you go on the home tour, you’ll see why.

The real estate market in Summerville varies widely. You’ll find some homes only blocks from one another that are valued at very different prices. Across the neighborhood, homes can range between $80K to $3 million.10.19.2015

With all of this variance in price, you’ll need someone to help you make decisions when you’re buying or selling. Summerville is a unique and diverse real estate market, and it’s going to be different from street to street.

Summerville tour of home dates: October 24th and 25th

MEGA OPEN HOUSE OF HOMES FOR SALE: sponsored by Ann Marie on November 1st from 2:00-5:00pm. Join us to view these special Summerville homes.

To see historic homes throughout the area, you can go to: http://listings.annmariemcmanus.com/i/historic-homes

 


How we helped Jef sell both of his homes by going above and beyond



“I’ve worked with Ann Marie twice, and both experiences have been excellent. Our house sold the first time in under a month, and the second time we sold it in under two weeks. I really enjoyed how carefully she studied the market prior to listing the house, she came over and did a thorough inspection which I thought was above and beyond. She gave us some tips on how we could get a better price for our house and in the end it really worked out well for us.”


Why Are More People Choosing to Live In Augusta?

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If you’ve been following the numbers in 2015, you know that there are more jobs in Augusta, and that affects the real estate industry greatly. We are seeing a lot of new people move to our area right now, which is creating tremendous opportunity in our city, a varied economic base.

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We are absolutely poised for a big year in the market. We remember the explosive growth of real estate in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and are excited to usher in a new era of great home appreciation. Right now, homes are appreciating well. So if you’re considering buying, know that you will be able to sell your home for more than you purchased it for.

If you have any questions for us, give us a call or send us an email. We can’t wait to hear from you!


How Our Team of Professionals Help You Accomplish Your Goals

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In our 30 years of being in business, we have been a part of thousands of transactions. It’s not just a one-person show, however. The team of professionals we have put together ensures that our business runs smoothly and that our customers have excellent experiences.

By the time your transaction is over with, our team has filled up a giant 3-ring binder with information from your transaction. Our team has 60+ years experience in real estate and our number one goal is making the process work for you.

We have buyer specialists, listing agents, and more making sure our deadlines are met. After we dot the i’s and cross the t’s, our transaction coordinator takes it from there. She will coordinate to make sure the payoff gets to the attorney and they have everything they need for the sale to go through.

This is just a small taste of our team and how we work together. If you have any questions about our team, or about real estate in general, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!


Meet the Only Agent Certified by the Luxury Home Marketing Institute in Augusta

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Just recently, Ann Marie McManus received a special designation within the real estate industry. She was certified by the Luxury Home Marketing Institute and is now the only one officially certified to market high-end homes in the Augusta area!

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In Augusta, everything is very affordable because the $500K and up market has greatly improved, which makes now a great time to work with an expert in higher end homes. In order to get the Luxury Home Marketing Institute certification, Ann Marie had to have a certain level of production, while also acquiring additional education. It allowed her to talk to people from all over our market and other agents from all over the country.

If you’re in the market for a home that is worth $500K or more, you may want to work with the ONLY agent, as of May 2015, to be awarded the prestigious designation from the Luxury Home Marketing Institute. She would love to hear from you!


What Should You Look for in a Lake Property?

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Right now is the time of year that you want to be out enjoying the lake, so we’re going to be talking about lakefront properties and what you need to know about them.

Augusta is a great place to be if you like hunting, fishing, or just relaxing outdoors. When deciding on a lakefront property, you should consider your lifestyle and the location that would benefit that the most.

Location is always important in real estate, but when you’re buying a lakefront property, it’s even more important. The next most important thing is the style of the home5.9.amm. Make a list of things that you really want in your home, and divide them between must-haves and then things that you want, but could also live without.

If you’re interested in buying lakefront property here in Augusta, please don’t hesitate to email Ann Marie. She would love to show you around!