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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!


Why You Should Always Have a Home Inspection

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.


Decluttering-Still one of the cheapest ways to get top dollar!

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 Buyers Want To Be Pre-Qualified

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.


Happy Holidays From Us

From our team to your family, we want to wish you a happy holiday season.

Happy holidays to you!

The holiday season has officially arrived. We hope you enjoy this wonderful time of year and make some fantastic memories.

We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support. We love helping people make their real estate dreams come true, so thank you for working with us and supporting our business.

This may be a busy time of year, but we are always here to help you and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call or reply to this email; we’d love to help you.

In case we don’t hear from you until 2022, have a happy New Year!


Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Why You Should Sell During the Holidays

Here are three reasons why you should sell your home during the holidays.

Why would it be advantageous to have your home on the market during the holidays? It might seem counterintuitive, but the holiday season is a great time to sell. There are three solid reasons why:

1. Buyers are serious this time of year. There may be fewer buyers, but they don’t want to waste their time looking.

The holiday season is a great time to sell.

2. People are transferred at this time. Employees are often relocated during the holiday season, so they need to buy.

3. You can take advantage of lower inventory. Everyone else is taking their homes off the market, so there’ll be lower inventory, which means higher prices.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling, I would encourage you to call me, and I can answer any questions you have. Happy holidays!


How Augusta Is Addressing Homelessness

Here’s how Augusta is coming together to address its homelessness issue.

I pride myself on bringing you timely information on our local real estate market. That’s why today I want to talk about not only the housing market but homelessness in Augusta, Georgia.

Our housing prices have been increasing at a steady pace. At this point, we’ve caught up with other areas in Georgia you might expect to have crazy high prices. While this is great news for homeowners, it also leaves a lot of people unable to afford a home. Rising prices also don’t help homeless people who live in Augusta. Fortunately, our community is coming together to address our homeless population’s needs in an incredible way.

In the last census, there were 470 recorded homeless people in Augusta. Some were able to find refuge in shelters, but many were not. While our numbers are small compared to Atlanta, there is still a need for solutions. That’s why I have always supported Turn Back the Block, a local program designed to provide consistent, affordable housing for people who would normally never be able to own a home.

Augusta is coming together to address this issue in an incredible way.

I love this program because it tries to address homelessness through the housing market. There is a severe lack of quality, affordable housing in Augusta, and addressing that issue is near and dear to my heart. If you are looking to invest, this could be a way to do it while making a positive impact in your local community.

If you have any questions about this program or anything else, please call or email me. I am always willing to help.


What’s Been Happening In Our Market?

Here’s what’s been happening in the Augusta market over the summer.

Today I’ll update you on what’s happening in the Augusta real estate market. So much happened over the summer. We had a 17% increase in our sales price. It’s up to $270,587. Last month, we had almost 1,200 houses come on the market. A little more than that went pending, and about 890 houses closed. Inventory is still being outpaced by activity.

The list-to-sales price ratio for homes in Augusta is 100.01%. Expectations for pricing are outpacing reality. In the coming months, we’re going to have some disappointed sellers who can’t sell for 100% of the asking price.

We’re seeing more inventory coming on the market, and as we get further into fall, we’ll see activity slow down. If you’re considering selling, this is still prime time to do it. If you’re looking to buy a home, this is a good opportunity because rates are still very low. If you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out to me via phone or email. I can go in-depth with you individually on each neighborhood.


Why Rose Anne Moore Was Satisfied With Our Service

Hear the testimony of a recent client about her experiences working with us.

When you’re in the market to buy a home, one of the most critical aspects of the process is choosing an experienced Realtor to work with and guide you through the deal. I pride myself on my ability to serve my clients and get them what they need, but don’t just take it from me—today I’ll share a quick testimonial from Rose Anne Moore, a recent and very satisfied client who chose my team to help with her home purchase.

Here’s what Rose Anne had to say:

“Ann Marie was definitely on my side the whole way, and I knew she would be—that’s why I picked her. She has your interests at heart, and that’s what you need in a Realtor. You need somebody who’s not going to stop until she gets what you need finished.

She’s very professional, makes you feel at ease, and did everything I needed her to do.

“She helped me sell my house, walked me through the closing, and then she found me another house that is perfect for me…. We closed simultaneously, and that just made everything more comfortable…. I just felt like I could depend on her and that she was there for me when I needed her.

“When I make up my mind, I make up my mind, and that’s the way I was when I decided to work with Ann Marie. She’s very professional, makes you feel at ease, and did everything I needed her to do.”

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home or otherwise have any real estate needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to help you reach your real estate goals and leave you as satisfied with your service as Rose Anne was.


What Do My Clients Have to Say?

Here’s what a couple of my past clients have to say about working with me.

Today I’m sharing a quick message from a couple of great clients of mine, Wesley and Ransom. Every single client is important to us, and we were thrilled that Wesley and Ransom had such a positive experience working with us. Here’s what they had to say:

“We’ve worked with Ann Marie for over a decade and she has been a part of almost every house that we’ve either purchased or sold. Having Ann Marie as the person to represent us, we believe that was the perfect match for us. Ann Marie is always on call. If there’s any point in time you have a question, you can text and expect to get an answer back pretty quickly. She makes you feel like you’re her only client. Like you’re the No. 1 client.”

“I don’t think we ever felt pressured to take an offer or to feel like we were not in the driver’s seat. That’s a very important factor for me. To not feel like I had a real estate agent that was just in it for the sale, because that’s not Ann Marie. She’s in it for the relationship. That’s really important to us.”

If you have any questions about real estate or want to know how we can help you reach your goals, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.