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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!


Is it Better to Downsize Now or Later?

Is now still a good time to downsize? Yes, and today I’ll tell you why.

With the recent economic downturn and all of the uncertainty in the air, are you better off downsizing now or waiting? Each seller’s situation is different, but you should know that economic downturns and upturns are nothing new.

If you were thinking of making a move before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and are already committed to buying a smaller house and reducing expenses, I say do it now. To learn more about why now is still a great time to downsize in our marketplace, watch this short video.


We’re on the Lookout for a New Executive Assistant

I’m looking for a new executive assistant to join my staff.

We’ve renovated our offices, upgraded our suite, and reorganized our computer network, but what my team and I are most excited about is the next step: hiring a new team member. Specifically, we’re looking for a special person to fill the executive assistant role. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Handle client needs
  • Schedule and manage the owner’s time
  • Prepare packets and marketing materials
  • Follow up on outstanding items
  • Manage email
  • Keep vision board updated and organized
  • Prepare team meeting weekly agenda
  • Work with the owner to develop, track, and manage team budget for marketing, etc.
  • Coordinate their purchasing of any office equipment, marketing materials, and other business-related supplies and materials
  • Ensure all contacts and leads are in Lead Tracking System
  • Create and manage all systems for sellers, buyers, client database management, lead generation tracking, lead follow up, and all office administration

Key characteristics:

  • Motivated and takes initiative
  • Organized
  • Efficient
  • Forward-thinking
  • Positive
  • Thrives on action and a fast-paced environment

Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (business, marketing, or communications-related degree)
  • Real estate experience (three to five years) and a license (GA/SC a plus)
  • Computer literate

If you’re interested in this opportunity, click here to fill out your application. If you have any questions, please call or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!


How Are We Getting Buyers and Sellers Together Digitally?

We’re doing a lot more things digitally these days, but we’re still helping buyers and sellers effectively. Here are some of the tools we’ve been implementing that help us do that.

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we’re implementing a lot of new tools to get buyers and sellers together. We’re using virtual tours, 3D walk-throughs, and more to help buyers find sellers and sellers find buyers.

We’ve hired a “virtual staging” company to help highlight our sellers’ homes, and we’re innovating with our attorneys, inspectors, and appraisers to keep people safe and healthy. To learn more about how we’re keeping real estate strong during this time, watch this short video. 

2739 Walton Way Virtual Tour

861 Deerwood Circle Virtual Staging (Take note of the kitchen floors- 4th picture in!)

5016 Congressional Drive 3D Matterport Tour


Lending Guidelines Are Tightening

As banks nationwide adopt more stringent guidelines, there’s no reason to panic. There is, however, cause to be more careful.

One of our local mortgage bankers confirmed that there’s going to be an increase in the required credit score to qualify for a mortgage—632 will jump to 680. Some banks have even moved their requirement to 700. There’s never been a more critical time to guard your credit and resolve any issues. If you don’t know where you stand, take the time to check; are you noticing any erroneous things in your credit history?

Speaking of credit cautiousness, I want to discuss mortgage forbearance. Under the CARES Act, mortgage companies are allowing you to forego payments for a certain period, but you must be in close contact with your servicer and understand exactly what their guidelines are. To hear my full message, watch this short video above.


What the Numbers Say About Our Augusta Market

According to the latest numbers, our Augusta market is still strong despite everything that’s been happening.

With everything we’re hearing in the news and emotions running high, we need to look at the facts to know what’s happening in the Augusta real estate market.

Today I have a couple of key March statistics straight from the MLS to share with you. Compared to March 2019, prices rose 11.4% and pending sales soared by 22%. To find out what these numbers mean, watch this short video.


People are Still Moving to Augusta Despite the Pandemic, but Inventory Remains Low

Given the times we’re going through, I’m as committed as ever to giving you timely information about what’s happening in the Augusta real estate market right now.

Despite the dismay that the pandemic and resulting stay-at-home ordinances have caused, real estate is still going strong. Today I’ll share a little bit about what’s been happening in the Augusta market lately. For one, our cyber moves are still on track!

Travel restrictions have caused delays until May 11, but we have workarounds for that. Medical residents are buying homes to take advantage of the low monthly payments they can lock in compared to rent. To learn more about what’s happening in our market, watch this short video.


A Reflection on the Lockdown and Its Effect on Real Estate

As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, I want you to know that we’re still here to help. Whether you need to buy, sell, or just put a plan in place for the future, we’ve got you covered.

Even though we won’t have the golf tournament this spring, I decided to lighten things up for you with a little tournament “quarantine couture” as my friend Natalie would say. As we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on our daily lives, I want you to know that real estate is still operating. We’ve been deemed an essential service, and we’re still working incredibly hard to help buyers and sellers complete their transactions or put a plan in place to do so in the future. I recently spoke with a client who was one of the first female colonels in the U.S., and we’re putting a plan in place to help her achieve her goals safely and wisely.


An Update On Our Market During the Pandemic

Given the times we’re going through, I’m as committed as ever to giving you timely information about what’s happening in the Augusta real estate market right now.

Despite the dismay that the pandemic and resulting stay-at-home ordinances have caused, real estate is still going strong. Today I’ll share a little bit about what’s been happening in the Augusta market lately. For one, our cyber moves are still on track! Travel restrictions have caused delays until May 11, but we have work-arounds for that. Medical residents are buying homes to take advantage of the low monthly payments they can lock in compared to rent.


Showing Our Appreciation for Medical Pros

As you know, we’re a big medical town, so in mid-March every year, medical residencies are announced with a celebration called Match Day. Unfortunately, due to the virus, the festivities of Match Day had to be canceled. Medical professionals need our support more than ever right now, and we wanted to share our appreciation and excitement for all the medical professionals who were recently matched with residencies here in Augusta. It’s always an honor to help outgoing residents prepare their homes for the market and get the incoming residents situated in amazing properties.

If you have any questions for us during this time or want to know more about how we support our wonderful medical professionals, reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you. 


How the Coronavirus Is Changing the Way We Do Business

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I want to make sure that you’re continually updated on the coronavirus and how we’re adapting to serve our clients’ needs. We had a couple of sales this past week, we’re continuing to show properties both in-person and virtually, and setting up virtual meetings. We’re following all of the CDC guidelines while still helping people maximize their real estate investments. Whatever I can do to help you and ease your concerns during this time, I’ll be more than happy to do it as I continue to provide helpful, knowledgeable real estate information.