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!
Here’s my advice for those trying to “time” the market.
I’m back again with some timely, relevant, and local real estate information. Lately, people have been asking me when the best time to get in the market is. Today I have some tips to help you make the right decision for you and your family.
“Buyer demand remains high for the moment.”
First, every market is different. There could be different seasons where more houses come on the market than others. That’s this time of year in Augusta, right after The Masters. Timing is something that you always want to consider.
The second important thing to talk about is the cost of money. Interest rates play a large role. They’ve already climbed, and they will probably climb more. Buyer demand remains high at the moment, but it may taper off if rates keep rising.
Finally, you have to consider your motivation for moving. A lot of my peers are downsizing or right-sizing. Others are on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Having been in this business for 36 years, I know that moving is a process. If you have questions about the processes of buying, selling, downsizing, investing, or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Here’s what you need to know about Augusta’s luxury market.
Saint Patrick’s Day is behind us, and spring is here! I thought now would be a great time to give you a quick update on what’s happening in Augusta’s luxury market.
What constitutes the luxury market in Augusta? The average starting luxury home sits at around $750,000. The market was very strong last year, and many homes sold for over $2.5 million. Despite rising prices, interest rates are keeping houses relatively affordable, so now is a great time to purchase a luxury home.
I’ll talk more about this topic in the coming weeks. In the meantime, feel free to call or email me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!
Here’s what you need to know about the future of Augusta’s housing market.
The best way to predict the first quarter of 2022 is to look back at the end of 2021. That’s why today I want to share the numbers from December 2021.
We all know the average sales price in Augusta has been increasing for some time, but last December, it hit a new high of $279,796. Meanwhile, the median sales price was $249,973. As far as activity goes, we had 907 pending sales and 724 active new listings. We currently have very low inventory, and that’s driving up the average list-to-sales price ratio, which was 99.2%. My clients received an average list-to-sales price of around 103%, so there’s still room to get a fantastic deal in this market.
Augusta has always had a very high listed to sales price. Fortunately, Augusta has a broad economy, and our market has never been flooded with too much inventory. These factors mean that our market will likely remain strong throughout 2022.
If you would like any specific information about Augusta’s real estate market, please call or email me. I’d love to hear from you!
Here’s why you always need an inspection, even for a brand-new home.
If you’re a homebuyer, there’s one piece of advice you need to get in your head now: Don’t skip that home inspection!
The market has been hot. If you’re buying a new home or one that was built in the last few years, you may be tempted to waive the inspection and buy the home as is to win against other buyers.
A home inspection is always important because you need to know exactly what you’re purchasing. Even a brand-new home can have issues. If something needs attention, you want to be aware of it before you move in.
The choice of who makes repairs has changed drastically. These days, we’re adjusting the paperwork monthly to address these changes. If you have an experienced agent who has seen all kinds of different markets, you’ll be better protected.
Never skip a home inspection. If you have questions about inspections or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Here’s my advice on how you can declutter your home quickly.
Even though houses are just flying off the shelves in this market, it’s still important to prepare your home if you want to get top dollar. That’s why I wanted to share a couple of tips that can help you declutter your home.
Decluttering is as easy as grabbing three boxes.
Some of us are better at decluttering than others, but we all hate the topic. I’ve always felt that we’re more prepared in Augusta than anywhere else. How many people clean their house for a whole month before the Masters? My mantra is: throw away, give away, put away.
It’s as easy as grabbing three boxes. The first is for everything that needs to be thrown away. The second box is for everything that can go to social services or Goodwill, so be generous with this one. The third box is for anything you can pack up right now. Go room by room with those three boxes, and be sure to deal with all the items on your counters.
When you fill that third box, label it with what room it should go in and store it someplace where you have a lot of space. You won’t have to think about it until it’s time to move.
If you have any questions about decluttering or real estate in general, feel free to call or email me. I would love to hear from you.
Why should buyers pre-qualify with a local lender?
Today I’ll give the buyers out there some tips on pre-qualification to help get their dream house.
Everybody talks about how getting pre-qualified is the most important thing to do first. These days, it’s even more important that you get pre-qualified by a local lender. They should be a trusted lender that your agent knows will close on time and who won’t treat you like another file in the pile.
The advantage of having a local lender is two-fold. First, you’ll have an in-person contact who can guide you through the process. We know that interest rates won’t stay this low forever, so you’ll want someone who can advise you on refinancing, when to buy your first house, when to turn it into a rental, etc. Secondly, establishing that relationship will save you from suffering delays. If you’re working with somebody local, they’re going to make sure the job is done right.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at 706-481-3800 and check out AnnMariesMcManus.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of your support.
The 2021 holiday season has officially begun! We hope you are as excited as we are.
We’d like to take a moment to express our gratitude to all of you this Thanksgiving. We have met some truly wonderful people, and we’re proud to have helped so many reach their real estate goals over the years. We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of your support.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner—that’s what we plan to do!
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any real estate questions. We would be happy to help you.