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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!


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. 


A Quick Update on the Market

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We’re heading into the spring months of 2020, but before we look at Q1 of 2020, let’s address how things finished up last year. When comparing December 2019 to December 2018, the average sales price increased by 6.8%, making our new average $210,772. 

Here’s how things look year over year for the month of December: 

Aiken: 

  • 192 new listings 
  • 212 closed sales 
  • 207 pending sales, up 27.5% 
  • Average sales price: $202,288, up 1.2% 

Augusta: 

  • 537 new listings 
  • 643 pending sales, up 32.9% 
  • 636 closed sales
  • Average sales price: $204,957, up 1.2% 

Here’s how Augusta’s market performed overall in 2019: 

  • 10,510 new listings
  • 9,087 pending sales, up 10.7% from 2018 
  • 8,744 closed sales 
  • Average sales price: $203,329, up 2.4% from 2018 

In our market, we saw homes sell for 97.4% of the asking price in December 2019, up from 96.8% in 2018. 

If you’d like to know how I can get your home sold for 99% of the asking price—2% more than the average, call or email me and we can meet to strategize. I’d love to help you!


My Advice on Waiting to Sell Until After The Masters

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I’ve got a helpful tip for all of the Augusta homeowners out there. Traditionally, we tend to think that we should wait until after The Masters to put a home on the market. However, the opposite has been proven. Inventory is actually much lower before the event than after, and you can stand out and capture more buyers’ eyes by listing now. You can always postpone your closing date until after the tournament, but you can also have the advantage of having it on the market when there’s not as much competition.


Help Us Win the 2020 Dancing Stars of Augusta Fundraiser!

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Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading killer—there’s no prevention, and at the moment, and there’s no cure. It’s very serious business. Alzheimer’s robbed my children of their grandmother, and my good friend Cathy Mosner is battling it right now. 

 

They say that dance is the shortcut to happiness, so at the 2020 Dancing Stars of Augusta fundraiser, we are going to use dance as a powerful weapon to help Alzheimer’s associations across the country raise money for research and community services.

 

You can help us bring research and awareness to this serious issue. Click here to vote for  Vinny “Boom-Box” and “Muggsy” McManus in the 2020 Dancing Stars of Augusta fundraising event. Every dollar you donate equals a vote—so vote now and vote big, because we intend to win.

 

Get your friends and family to vote for us, too! The more votes we get, the more money goes toward treatment, research, and resources to benefit those who suffer from Alzheimer’s.

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to hear from you.

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Selling a Home With an Outdoor Kitchen

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Outdoor kitchens are all the rage at the moment, especially among luxury homebuyers. For them, it’s an important feature in a home because you could spend anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000 on it. I’ve seen it!

When it comes to putting in an outdoor kitchen, think about its timeliness and style. Those that aren’t as taste-specific will typically resell better than those that are distinct to the homeowner’s taste. If you decide to rent your home, people will love the outdoor space, possibly leading to added income.

I’m not saying that outdoor kitchens don’t add value to your home, but you cannot expect to get all of your money back if you go over the top.

If you’re thinking of selling your home and are wondering about the value of an outdoor kitchen or any other additions, reach out to me. I’d love to give you my advice about what your additions and upgrades could add to your home.

For more information check out this HGTV article on outdoor kitchens and if you’re interested in getting your own outdoor kitchen installed give me a call at (706) 481-3800.


What Should You Really Be Focusing on in Your Home Search?

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Today I’m going to talk to you about one very specific point that I think everyone needs to know about.

I spend the weekend showing houses and it grew more apparent to me that a lot of times when I’m working with people new to the area or buying their first home, they don’t realize that all square footage prices are not the same.

These buyers will come in with numbers from Zillow and Trulia and want to see certain houses, but don’t do enough research when it comes to the price per square foot. It is critical that you look for the value in the price per square foot for any home you’re interested in buying.

Quality, location, and condition all play a factor in the price per square foot.

You could find something that’s $73 per square foot here, and nearly $200 per square foot somewhere else. What’s the difference? Quality, location, and condition. These are all important factors to keep in mind as a homebuyer. I see a commoditization of real estate that is a little alarming because there’s so much data out there. Instead of focusing on every little thing, it’s important to focus on the important things like the price per square foot.

To help you navigate this, you need the help of an expert in the market. You also need to ask yourself why a home is more or less expensive than another similar property based on square footage.

If you have any questions for me in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.