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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!

How to Get Up to 18% More When Selling Your Home: Part 2

 In part two of our five part series on how to earn up to 18% more for your home, we’ll be talking about the three strategies our team uses to boost a property’s presentation.

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Today, we’re back with the second installment of our series on how to earn up to 18% more money when selling your home. This time, we’ll be discussing your property’s presentation.

There are three key tasks our team takes on to make sure our clients’ homes look their best on the market:

1. Staging. Homes that are staged sell much faster and for between 2% to 3% more money than those that aren’t.

2. Taking professional photos. In conjunction with other media, like videos, photos generally act as a buyer’s first impression of your property. Great photos lead to higher levels of exposure and, ultimately, higher levels of success.

3. Giving your home online exposure. The value of boosting a listing through the internet cannot be overstated. In this day and age, social media and other online platforms are ideal places to advertise a listing.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


How to Earn 18% More for Your Home: Part 1

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I’ve put a lot of energy into studying home prices over the last 30 years. Now, thanks to those decades of experience, I’ve developed a strategy to help my clients earn up to 18% more when selling their home than they ordinarily would.

There are five main tips that go into this strategy, and today we’ll be looking at the first two of them. We’ll be covering the rest in future installments, so be sure to keep an eye out for those updates.

For now, let’s discuss the first of our five tips, which is to prepare your home before you sell.

Sellers can earn between 5% to 7% more for their home by following just this one tip. With that in mind, though, you may be wondering what kind of preparations are involved in getting a home ready for the market.

This is where our team’s “upgrade analysis” comes into play. When you work with us to sell your home, we will guide you toward the improvements that we believe will bring you the highest return on your investment.

Once you have the first step out of the way, you can move on to the second, which is to order an inspection up front.

After you get an offer on your home, 80% of the negotiating power is transferred into the buyer’s hands. By ordering a home inspection before accepting an offer, you’ll be able to retain greater control once it comes time to negotiate. Ordering an inspection before listing your home will give you the chance to identify and resolve issues on your own time and your own terms.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

The Importance of Using Local Mortgage Professionals

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You’ve heard the expression “stay local” – so I wanted to bring in a 30-year local real estate veteran in Ann Marie McManus to talk about the importance of having a local pro by your side when dealing with something as monumental as a mortgage.


With the advent of the internet, Ann Marie says, we see a lot of people searching online to check rates. While it’s a good way to get knowledge, it’s not a great way to decide who is going to finance your home. She always recommends that you use a local mortgage company, because it’s such an important relationship. They will advise you long-term, and provide accountability.

It’s a topic that should be taken seriously. You need a lender you can rely on when it’s time to move and the only thing between you and closing the deal is the lender. Are they going to stay late and make sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed? Ann Marie also stresses the importance of local underwriters.

Ann Marie certainly knows how to leverage mortgage expertise and where to find the best professionals in Augusta. You can reach her at 706-481-3800 or visit her website.

What Does It Mean to Right-Size?

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Over 30 years, Ann Marie has seen attitudes change about downsizing in the surrounding area. She refers to the process as “right-sizing” since many people aren’t looking to necessarily downsize, but to find the right-sized home.

Once children are moved out, there could be a whole different set of features that you look for in a property. Maybe you’re looking for something more upscale or for more storage space, for things like a boat or a canoe.6.7

Make a list and prioritize what is most important for you. Is it location? Is it the design of the home, such as a floor plan? Are you looking for specific outdoor spaces and features? Less lawn space? Once you’ve compiled a concise list, contact Ann Marie.

She loves helping people make such a big change in their lives. Although it’s a bit of a process, it’s rewarding when clients are finally moved in and pleased with their new lifestyle.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling an Augusta home, give Ann Marie a call or send her an email. She would be happy to answer your questions!

Which Online Real Estate Resources Are Trustworthy?

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There are so many real estate tools and resources online. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the overload of information. However, the Internet can provide valuable information you wouldn’t otherwise have. Which ones can you trust?

Ann Marie’s website, AnnMarieMcManus.com, is a great resource for the surrounding area. Particularly, she has the opportunity to connect with those interested in buying, that aren’t currently in the area. T5.24his is a stressful process, and she knows how to mediate it as a tailored professional. Thankfully, all of her former out-of-town buyers are now pleased Augusta homeowners!

These days, photography is so beautiful. You can have both pictures and videos. It ultimately allows you to see inside a property comprehensively through virtual tours. You don’t need to be there physically to get a feel for a home.

On the flip side, you need to be extremely careful about accurate information. Just because it’s online doesn’t mean it’s true! For instance, we run into this issue often with Zillow’s Zestimate tool. Sometimes, it can miscalculate your home’s true worth and misguide you as a result. A home value is too important of a factor to base a decision off the Zestimate.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling an Augusta home, reach out by phone or email. Ann Marie would be happy to answer any questions you might have!

Tips for Hiring the Right Augusta Real Estate Agent

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It’s amazing how competitive the real estate industry is. There are over one thousand real estate agents in the greater Augusta Board of Realtors. How do you know to pick the right one?

You need to ask a lot of questions. First, ask how long they have been in real estate. It’s important to know what kind of markets they have experienced. For example, have they worked in a rapidly moving market? That could come in handy in our current market, as prices are rising quickly.

Do they have the skills to handle the market when things get tough? Over the past few years, agents have learned how to navigate new appraisal guidelines, lending guidelines, and more. An experienced agent knows how to be successful in a declining market as well as a rising market.

We also recommend asking the agent how many transactions they completed the previous year. Nationally, the average agent only sells 4 homes a year. Of those 1,000 Augusta real estate agents, a lot of them are part-time.4.26

It’s important to know how many transactions a Realtor has done because then you have an idea of how active they are in the current market. Every day, there’s something new to learn in the real estate industry. You want to make sure your agent sells often enough to help you be successful in your transaction.

Ann Marie has over 30 years of real estate experience and has sold over 1,500 homes. Experience matters. If you have any questions, give Ann Marie a call or send her an email. She would be happy to help you!

Which Renovations Should You Be Making On Your Augusta Home?

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If you’re about to sell in Augusta, you might consider some repairs or projects that will add value to your home and also add appeal to prospective buyers. When it comes to major remodels, you should only undertake them if you plan to enjoy them while living in your home. A big trend is outdoor kitchens and living areas, and buyers seem to love them right now.

The catch here is that if you tailor these big remodels specifically to your own needs, buyers will not appreciate them as much and will not be willing to pay extra for them. That means that you’ll spend a lot of money and get no return on it. Don’t count on getting every cent back, so do enjoy these renovations while you can, but don’t forget about the resale value.

Kitchen renovations are always great, but they don’t always have to be major projects. Installing new appliances, cabinets, or countertops will usually do the trick. Just be sure tha4.14t your updates are modern. Nobody enjoys a ‘vintage’ kitchen.

The bathroom and kitchen are areas buyers will focus a lot of attention, so any small updates go a long way while selling your home. Please don’t hesitate to contact Ann Marie if you have any questions about how you can add value to your home without spending unnecessary money.

The Riverwood Plantation Properties

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Today, we’re talking about Riverwood Plantation. It’s a place that certainly has some gorgeous properties available for sale. With 1200 completed homes, prospective buyers are able to find something that meets their needs. Look forward to 2000 homes once the development is finished.

It’s a traditional planned community set up so that individuals and families can really enjoy their lives within the area. There’s a pool, community center, sidewalks, and three local schools. With the new bypass, it’s convenient to get downtown in no time. You don’t even have to leave the neighborhood for Publix, your favorite restaurants, and even the orthodontist. Riverwood is also an award winning community two years running:

  • 2014 – Community of the Year – Marketing Strategies, Best Selling Community, Best Community Amenities, Best Community Entrance, Best Website for a Community, Best Sales Promotion.
  • 2015 – Community of the Year – Marketing Strategies, Best Website for a Community, Best Community Amenities, Best Special Sales Promotion.

The market is great for Riverwood Plantation. People in completely different places in their lives have already been able to settle in. For instance, Ann Marie recently sold a property to a client’s parents that relocated, after their child did.

If you’re thinking about buying or selling in Augusta or the surrounding area, contact Ann Marie by phone or email today. She’d be happy to serve your local real estate interests!

We’ve Got a Luxury Auction Coming Up!

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We are very excited to be visiting with you today. We are delighted to be joined by Scott Kirk of Interluxe – Luxury Property Marketplace to talk about the purchase of 4407 Ferry Landing. We wanted to talk to him a little bit about the home, the auction process, and why someone would want to purchase a home through an online auction. Let’s answer that last question first.

One reason why a buyer would want to participate in an online auction is because it’s a fantastic opportunity for a buyer to name their own price. It’s not necessarily what the seller wants or what it’s listed for, but what the buyers are going to pay for it. This is a first-class property in pristine condition right on the Savannah River. It was built in 2006 and Scott and his team are extremely proud to represent the property.3.11.16

Another reason to get excited about this property is that the seller is highly motivated. This is often hard to determine in the luxury market. It’s a very exciting time of year in Augusta with the Masters coming up next month. We expect a lot of interest in this property going forward. It’s a deep-water lot in Columbia County, which has great schools and hospitals.

An interesting fact about Interluxe Properties is that 100% of the listings sold through their platform are worked on in cooperation with listing agents. Scott strongly encourages any buyer interested in this property to hire a buyer agent to navigate them through the sale. Buyer’s agents are fully protected and compensated. Ann Marie would be delighted to represent you and help you get this magnificent property at a great price!

We are very much looking forward to the auction. If you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Property being offered by the seller. Listing agent is not engaging in auctioneering activities. Interluxe is not acting in the capacity of a broker or auctioneer and provides advertising and online bidding services only. For full terms please visit www.interluxe.com/termsofuse.

What Can You Do to Avoid a Long and Stressful Augusta Home Sale?

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Decluttering is one of the least expensive, but most effective, things you can do to get your home ready for the market. It is crucial that you let go of your home’s look when selling. This will help keep potential buyers focused on the features and benefits of the house, not your things!
We recommend getting three boxes: a “throw away” one, a “give away” one, and a “put away” one. You need to put them all in one room and start filling them until you have a pile to go out to each area. Essentially, you need to edit your home in order to present a clean, clear picture of it.

Sometimes it takes just a few tweaks here and there to make your home a whole lot more appealing. Plus, it can be quite liberating getting rid of some of your things! 

If you would like Ann Marie’s help getting the selling process started, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! She would love to give you a hand in any way possible!