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Team JWA Real Estate on the River – TLE Inspections

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TLE Worry Free Home Inspections Joins Us for This Week’s Segment

This week, Team JWA’s Brandon McEachern talks with K O’Dowd from TLE Worry Free Home Inspections about what to look for in home inspections in the greater Athens area, upcoming bike races, and more! Follow our Jennifer Westmoreland and Associates blog for future updates from the river!

4 Ways to Stage Your Home To Sell

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Your Next Move in the Greater Athens Area

(Information via Keller Williams)

60 percent of homes sell during the summer months, making now the peak season for home showings. When you’re serious about selling your home for top dollar, these staging tips will help your home to stand out against the competition:
1. Install an Air-Conditioning Timer – Regulate the temperature to be an optimal 70 degrees Fahrenheit when buyers arrive.
2. Clean Up Outdoor Areas – Rent a pressure washer to clean a patio, deck or driveway, and sweep up debris around the pool.
3. Show Off Built-In Features – Arrange neutral items in small clusters on built-in bookcases, shelves and wall cutouts to show off attractive architectural elements of your home.
4. Stage the Unexpected – Show buyers how livable the home is by staging something fun and inviting. Arrange some rolled up towels by the pool or place a novel next to the rocking chair on the front porch.
When you’re ready for your next move, call us to discuss other staging techniques that will attract the right buyers for your home. Or submit a request for contact today, and we can provide you with a customized home staging plan.

Real Estate on the River – BankSouth Mortgage

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Brandon and Ryan Discuss First Time Buyers

On this week’s Real Estate on the River series, Brandon McEachern of our Team Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates discusses first time home buyers with Ryan Thompson of BankSouth Mortgage. Thanks Ryan for being a part of this series! In this week’s video Ryan talks about what first time home buyers should expect as far as closing costs and planning in the greater Athens GA area.

Online Home Search in the Greater Athens Area

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With so many listings, searching for a home online can be overwhelming.

Choosing the perfect home for you and your family is an extremely important decision. Online listings show you the basic details of a home, but how do you know whether or not it is a sound financial investment?

We go beyond the listing by analyzing historical sales, gathering detailed information on schools and local amenities, assessing trends in the local market, and studying economic conditions in order for you to make the best decision possible.

Thank you for thinking of us for all of your real estate needs. Ready to explore in detail the availability of homes in the greater Athens area? Give us a call or submit a request for contact today!

What Would A Rate Increase Cost You?

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The effects of rate increases in the Greater Athens area

Information via Keller Williams)

Securing the right financing is critical when you find the right home. Many buyers put such a heavy focus on low home prices that they miss out on the real opportunity in today’s real estate market – historically low mortgage rates! Now is the time to lock in a mortgage rate to offer you the peace of mind you deserve with your next home purchase.
Submit a request for contact or call us today to discuss how you can take advantage of today’s market. We’re here to help with your every move.
Please share our contact information with anyone you know who may need real estate advice.

Five Ways to Update Your Space in Greater Athens

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Five Ways to Update Your Space in the New Year

(Information and photo via Keller Williams)

When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, we tend to start thinking of all the ways we want to overhaul our lives, but what about our houses? Here are five pieces of inspiration for updating your space in the new year. This may also give you some ideas in a new home that you may be reviewing.

1. Go bold. Paint an accent wall or a piece of furniture an of-the-moment, intense hue – like bright blue, fuchsia, kelly green or purple.

2. Embrace nature. Lacking a green thumb? Try succulents, which are some of the easiest plants to keep alive. Planters in natural materials like concrete and wood extend the organic feel.

3. Play with patterns. Geometric patterns continue to dominate décor designs. Integrate them into your space in a low-stakes way through patterned throw pillows or removable wallpaper.

4. Head toward the fringes. Textile trends are leading toward the tactile, with fringe popping up on everything from bedding to curtains to ottomans.

5. Gild it. Metallic accents make a room pop, and today’s tones can be mixed and layered, so consider trying brass serving trays with polished nickel cabinet pulls.

Looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate? Let’s talk about it. Submit a request for contact or call me today to arrange a personalized consultation.

The Great Catsby Fundraiser for Athens Area Humane Society

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The Great Catsby, Presented by Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates

We’re happy to be this year’s presenting sponsor for the inaugural Great Catsby fundraiser for the Athens Area Humane Society! Team JWA has a love for animals, and we’re excited to be a part of this event to help expand facilities and services at the AAHS.

The Great Catsby is a festive gala to help AAHS raise funds for the building of a larger, more accessible facility. A new facility will allow AAHS to increase the number of animals rescued and adopted each year. In addition, it would allow AAHS to expand spay/neuter operations and allow for more volunteer opportunities and community involvement at the shelter. They have really outgrown our current facility and desperately need to make strides toward a new one.

The event will include a festive decor with a “roaring ’20s” theme, a live 7-piece jazz band, dancing, complimentary food and beverages, a silent auction, and garden tours at the beautiful State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a 313-acre preserve located just 3 miles from UGA. RSVP and invite your friends at our JWA event page, and purchase tickets via AAHS at their ticket page.

There are still opportunities for local businesses to help out with the gala by becoming a sponsor or donating an item to our silent auction. Please contact Jane@AthensHumaneSociety.org for more information.

Event Information via Michelle Roche Media Relations and the Athens Area Humane Society

Jennifer Westmoreland and Associates Expands to Florida Real Estate

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Team JWA expanding via new office at Amelia Island

Ever thought about or looked at a vacation home in Florida? Thinking of purchasing a home at Amelia Island to enjoy the beach and know you have a location for the annual GA/FL football weekend? Or maybe you love the crystal clear water and white sand beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast? Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates is now licensed in the state of Florida through our Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners office at Amelia Island FL! We’re ready to bring our wealth of real estate market knowledge and experience to your next Florida real estate purchase! Since 1994, we’ve made every effort to provide you the very best service and expertise in the greater Athens area, and we’re looking forward to this new opportunity to provide you a trusted partner in a home purchase outside the Athens area. Don’t go it alone or with someone you’re unfamiliar with in an important decision. Submit a request for contact online, or simply give Jennifer a call today!

7 January Home Care Tips in the Greater Athens Area

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Simple Steps You Could Take to Maintain Your Home

Information and photo via Keller Williams


You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. 1. Check your attic for birds, squirrels, raccoons, etc.
  2. 2. Pour 1 gallon of water down unused drains.
  3. 3. Clean the refrigerator drain pan.
  4. 4. Inspect your dishwasher for leaks.
  5. 5. Check the operation of your sump pump if you have one.
  6. 6. Have your air ducts cleaned.
  7. 7. Service your kitchen disposal by grinding several cups of ice cubes.
  8. Ready to learn more about selling the home that you’ve maintained over the years? We’d be happy to help! Submit a request for contact today, or simply give us a call! We’ll review your home with you, and provide you with a simple analysis and home sale plan, as well as an analysis of homes in your neighborhood!

Millennial First Time Home Buyers in the Greater Athens Area

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Millennials Search for Unconventional Down Payment Funds, but at What Cost?

We’ve had several questions from customers recently about unconventional down payment funds, and wanted to share this information with you to potentially help you out! Interested in looking for your first home in the greater Athens area? Submit a request for contact or give us a call today! We’d be happy to walk you through the first time home buyer process and know what to plan on throughout the process!

Information and photo via Keller Williams

By Liz Dominguez decorative image Millennials meeting with REALTOR Rising home prices are standing in the way of millennials who want to buy their first home; however, these challenges are being overcome via some unconventional methods. Millennials are getting creative and finding sources for their down payment by any means necessary. But are these methods hurting the millennial generation financially?

Borrowing from family: Sure, gifted money doesn’t sound bad. But what if the families don’t have the cash to give? Instead, buyers are asking that their parents’ home be refinanced, using the home equity as a way to fund their own home purchase.

Of course, this can be beneficial in multiple-offer situations to get a competitive edge with an all-cash offer, but borrowing from a relative can go south fast. Not being able to pay a bank back can have repercussions like lowering a credit score, but missed payments to a relative can damage familial relations. Is it worth the risk?

Crowdfunding: There are new crowdfunding platforms being introduced every year, and more of them are tapping into the real estate industry. This can be a great way to amass gifted money from friends and family, but not everyone may see it that way. Instead of crowdfunding for their honeymoon, newlyweds are asking their wedding guests to donate toward their first home.

This method can get complicated in the lending world. Buyers will need to look into gifting regulations before accepting any gifted money.

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