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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 Does it Make Sense to Invest in Augusta?

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After over 30 years of experience in Augusta real estate, Ann Marie believes investing in a home in the area is a no-brainer. Her family has been in real estate since the 1950’s, and Augusta real estate has continued to improve over time. 2.8.16

Augusta has such a broad and varied economy, it isn’t reliant on one single segment of jobs. Throughout the years, the area has had stable, reliable employers that have given buyers the confidence to invest in the area and not worry about the ups and downs you might see in other markets. Augusta has fared very well in the grand scheme of things.

Investing in Augusta real estate means a solid investment in your future. Homes here will always have resale value, because there will always be buyers looking to invest in the area.

For more information about Augusta real estate or if you have any questions, give Ann Marie a call or send her an email. She can’t wait to hear from you!

Highgate: Augusta’s Once-in-a-Generation Home

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We are excited to let you know that we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity for you. The Historic Highgate Estate, known for it’s tall gated fences, is now for sale! This home is part of Augusta’s history, in the most convenient, prestigious and delightful location, and even has its architectural history and charms documented in the Smithsonian Institute!

This property is only a block away from Episcopal Dayschool, Applebee Library, Woodlawn Methodist, Church of the Good Shepherd, and Reid Memorial Presbyterian. You’re also nearby the Augusta Country Club for all of your entertainment needs.

This beautifully-restored home is an absolute treasure to Augusta. We’re experiencing a nice state of growth in the area due to the United States Military Cyber Command, and the growth of Augusta University.

On the property at Highgate, you will find majestic gardens, multiple porches, a summer guest house, a pool, and top-tier landscaping and hardscaping.2.3

We could spend hours telling you about the treasure that is this home. It’s chronicled in Augusta history, and is even documented in the Smithsonian Institute. This is your chance to become part of history!

Please contact Ann Marie today if you would like to see this home. These photos don’t do it any justice.

She looks forward to hearing from you!

How to Approach Selling Your Parents’ Home

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Today we are going to address a topic that’s often difficult to discuss. Nevertheless, it’s an important conversation to have. People age, it’s a fact of life. As your parents and other relatives get older, you have to make some very difficult life decisions. One of them is related to the home. Should you sell it? Maintain it? How do we help someone in a situation like this?

There are a lot of factors that come into play in this situation, as well as unique family dynamics. That’s why we choose to take a professional approach. A home is a large investment, and you want to protect it to the best of your ability. It really helps to have a plan and process in place when you have to make a decision like this.

Each case is different. Sometimes you might just need to maintain the home or make a few upgrades in order for your family to be more comfortable. Sometimes the best decision is to 1.26sell for the most money possible for all parties involved with the least amount of inconvenience.

We know the process is difficult, and have been through it ourselves. We know how important it is that things are handled professionally and with compassion. If you have any questions for us or are going through a situation like this, give us a call or send us an email. Let’s start a conversation. It’s important to have someone to talk to during this difficult situation that will help you objectively find the best solution.

How the Masters Tournament Affects Augusta Real Estate

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Every April, there’s a golf tournament that attracts a few hundred thousand people to town. It actually impacts the local real estate market. In fact, many people rent their homes for the Masters Tournament. Ann Marie’s daughter works in the Masters housing business, so we have exclusive insight on the niche market.

Clients often ask how much their home goes for if they decide to rent it out. We often notice a bedroom with a bathroom connected inside typically goes for more than those without. We see people adding bathrooms to market to this audience.1.5.16

Additionally, we notice Augusta homeowners get a head-start if they rent in April. They know how to prepare even the exterior of their home to add curb appeal.

We’ve noticed rental prices increase. In certain areas of town, we’ve even examined a pattern taking place. For instance, six months worth of rent can cover your home mortgage entirely, depending on your neighborhood. That’s huge.

Augusta is a hospitable town, too. Beyond the profits, renting your home is a fun thing to do. Visitors seem to enjoy our lifestyle.

If you have any questions, give us a call today!

Match Day Is an Important Event in Augusta Real Estate

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Spring is right around the corner, so today we are going to take a moment to talk about Match Day, an important time of year for real estate here in Augusta. Match Day is an annual rite of passage for medical students, a day when they learn which U.S. residency programs they will train at for the next three to seven years.

Many of them end up right here in Augusta, which is why it’s such an important time of year for real estate agents. It’s a fun little sub-market because we sell a lot of homes in the historic parts of town, and every year it’s fun for us to help out those people who are doing their residencies in Augusta. There is a great opportunity here to buy a home because our housing is so affordable right now. It’s the perfect time to get a real estate education, as well as finish your medical education.

Not everybody should buy, of course, but in Augusta, with such a rich medical history, it’s a great place to start the journey of homeownership. We really enjoy helping people make good real estate decisions right now, so they can move on properly in the future.


A lot of times, we help students sell their homes after their residency so they can move up and get a nicer home, regardless of where they are going to

be moving. Having that equity after you finish your residency is huge, and can make your next home purchase much more affordable.

We can help you on either side of the transaction, whether you are just starting your residency, or finishing it up. If you have any questions about our market, or about how you can buy affordably in Augusta, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Prepare for Heavy Rainfall in Augusta

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Rain, rain go away! It’s been a record year for rainfall in this area over the past year.  How does all of this extra water and run off impact the real estate business?

Lately, we have found a lot of water related issues in homes that had not seen any kind of moisture issues in the past. There are some simple things you need to keep in mind to prevent water damage from happening. For instance, ensure the gutters are cleaned and soil is graded away from your house. These simple steps will save you money in the long run.12.30.15

As a buyer, if any water damage gets caught during the home inspection, take a common sense approach. This is a seasonal issue, and there are things you can do to repair or prevent damage that aren’t expensive. Pay attention to your professional home inspector and other professionals on how the problems can be addressed.

By working with professionals, you can determine which water issues are long term problems and which can be prevented in the future. Home inspectors, termite inspectors, and real estate professionals can guide you on how to handle any moisture issues on your property.

If you have any questions, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

How Can We Help You Make Augusta Your New Home?

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Augusta is filled with a large population of medical and military professionals, as you may have come to know. Often these professionals are transferred to other cities while others are moving into our city. This results in a constant relocation process that needs to be navigated by an expert.

Corporate relocation if often thought of as is its own field of real estate. Ann Marie is certified corporate relocation specialist and has completed specialized training to understand the specific paperwork involved in relocation. There are many benefits associated with this certification and these benefits are awarded to those experts who follow the process through correctly.


In a corporate relocation there are incentives for homes to sell in a certain amount of time, there are restrictions on the vendors that you can use to have a home pre-inspected, and there are lists and more lists and checklists that need to be completed. Corporate relocation is a time-intensive sub-specialty, but an important one for all who need to buy or sell a home quickly due to a job transfer.

Ann Marie is an expert in this field; she understands the market and where the job transfers are coming from. She has the knowledge of housing needs based on previous experiences. She understands the aspects of various types of relocations and can ensure new residents get to know Augusta the way they need to.

There are many factors that go into finding a home in a new area, and Ann Marie understands this. She prides herself on discovering the needs of each family, showing them homes based on their priorities, and then letting the family decide. Whether they want to be close to entertainment or a great school district, she will help them find a home in an area that is most beneficial to them!

If you are relocating in or out of Augusta, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ann Marie to get started. She would love to help you find your new home today!



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.”