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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!


Augusta-Themed Holiday Gift Ideas

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We’re grateful for another wonderful, successful year of business. We’re excited to wish you and your families a happy holiday season, too. We have some great holiday gift ideas to share with you all today. These could even help you buy that perfect gift for that person that’s difficult to shop for.

12.09.15People ask me about my knowledge of Augusta as a real estate expert. I’ve personally learned a lot about the area by reading. For instance, a book called The Story of Augusta, narrates a timeline of local history from natives to the twentieth century. All ages can appreciate these stories. Another great title is From Greenhouses to Green Jackets: Some History and Personalities of the Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters, which is a compilation of short stories. I also recommend Life Unexpected. These are all great gifts for anyone in the surrounding area.

From our families to yours, Merry Christmas! If you’re interested in buying or selling a home this season, feel free to give us a call or email today. We’re happy to help.


Augusta History Revealed

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Augusta has a long history dating back to the colonial era. We sell homes that were built as early as 1810, and these homes are always intriguing because they have stories behind them.

Savannah and Augusta are both colonial towns, and so we see our fair share of historic properties in this area. These old homes are often renovated and updated, but people still adore them. We even get calls from people asking for older homes to purchase. Owning a home with historical significance is quite desirable, and it’s even a good selling point.12.07.15

These older homes are quite unique when it comes to their style and living spaces. We recently sold a home that had been catalogued in the Smithsonian for its architectural significance. The gardens in these homes are also significant. We find old varieties of flowers and serpentine walls that everyone loves.

If you’re interested in seeing some of our older listings, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to show you these homes – and we won’t charge you anything for the history lesson that comes along with them!


What John L had to say about working with Ann Marie

“Ann Marie McManus took the time to understand and relate my requirements to the purchase. I felt neither pushed nor neglected. We met, we talked, she went away and returned shortly with an agreeable contract.  Her team kept me organized and on time for a very quick closing. Always courteous and professional.  Truly a seamless and pleasant experience.”


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