Posts Tagged ‘Real Estate Agent’

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.
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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.

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.

5 Hints to Help Beat the Winter “Blahs” in the Greater Athens Area

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BEAT THE WINTER “BLAHS”

(Information via Keller Williams)

Five Quick Tips to Help You Beat the Winter Blahs
Are the short days and cold weather getting you down? Here are some fun ideas to help you beat the season.

Running IconGet Outside and Play
Bundle up and get outside for some exercise, especially on sunny days. Sunlight is a natural mood-enhancer and exercise stimulates and warms the body.

Visit A Spa, Or Set One Up At Home
That bitter cold doesn’t just make people blue; it also wreaks havoc on their skin. Combat both with a pampering trip to a day spa, or set one up at home.

Paintbrush Icon Give a Room a Bright New Look
If your house is contributing to your blahs, supercharge a room or two with summery decorative elements. Throwing a fresh coat of yellow paint on the walls, or adding bunches of fresh tulips, candles or accessories from favorite vacations won’t just warm the room; it’ll warm you, too.

Add Splashes of Color to Your Wardrobe
Pep up the wardrobe, too. Add an orange scarf for healing and peaceful feelings, a lime green jacket to balance your mood, or a red blouse for energy.

Trash IconGet Rid of Clutter
Take advantage of all the time spent indoors, organize closets, clean out the refrigerator, and purge old files. Most people report that having a handle on their household clutter increases, their peace of mind and happiness.

Stay warm out there! And if you or anyone you know needs professional real estate advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

 

Purchasing Real Estate in College Towns

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Thinking of moving near campus in the greater Athens area?

There is excitement in the air, as our Dawgs have advanced to the championship game! Most of us agree that living in the greater Athens area is one of the best decisions that we have made! Living in a college town often includes attractions, special events, unique small businesses and more! But did you know that your real estate values could also benefit from living in or near a college town?

According to U.S. News and World Report, there may be several benefits to living in or around a college town. Some of the benefits they mention include your home being in demand, added security, and being close to everything!

Purchasing or selling a home is many times one of the largest financial decisions that a person will make. When purchasing a home in the greater Athens area, it’s good to know that being in a community with a thriving campus atmosphere could also benefit your quality of life and home values. Interested in learning more about our local real estate market? Submit a request for contact, or simply give us a call today! We’d be happy to create a customized report just for you.

Top 10 New Years Resolutions for 2018

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Here are this year’s most popular resolutions.

(Information and photo via Keller Williams)

It’s that time of year!

If you’ve resolved to ring out the old and start the New Year with clean slate, you’re in good company.

Here are the this year’s most popular resolutions:

10. Find a new / better job
9. Volunteer / contribute more to charity
8. Learn something new
7. Exercise more
6. Spend more time with family / close friends
5. Do more new / exciting things
4. Quit smoking
3. Make smarter financial decisions
2. Lose weight / eat healthier
1. Buy a home or move

Know someone that may need help with #1? At Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates, we’d be glad to help! Submit a request for contact or give us a call to customize a home sale or purchase plan, just for you!

Team JWA 2018 Dog Calendars

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2018 Dog Calendars to Benefit the Athens Area Humane Society Now Available!

The Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates 2018 dog calendars to benefit the Athens Area Humane Society are now available! The calendar was created from client and community dog submissions, featuring monthly themes! Calendars are $15 each, with proceeds benefiting the AAHS. These make fantastic gifts this holiday season! Take a look at the monthly calendar below to see if anyone you know (or your dog) is featured on the 2018 calendar!

Calendars can be purchased at our JWA office, plus Pet Supplies Plus, the Athens Area Humane Society or Mutty Paws (thank you Mutty Paws for providing your space for dog photos too!). Special thanks to Banksouth, Oconee Painting, Adams Development and Appraisal and Pet Supplies Plus for helping with this year’s calendar production! As always, if you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the greater Athens area, we would love to answer any questions you may have! Submit a request for contact today, or simply give us a call.

Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates
1361 Jennings Mill Road B-100
Watkinsville GA 30677

Pet Supplies Plus
191 Alps Road
Athens

Athens Area Humane Society
1781 Mars Hill Road
Watkinsville

Mutty Paws
48 Greensboro Hwy
Watkinsville

 

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