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7 Home Care Hints June 2018

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You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year.

(information and photo via Keller Williams)

This month, be sure to:
1. Check foundation walls, floors, concrete and masonry for cracking, heaving or deterioration.

2. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failures.

3. Trim back all tree limbs and other vegetation away from your roof.

4. Check for leaks under sinks and around toilets.

5. Replace or clean your furnace filter.

6. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

7. Clean and lubricate garage door tracks.

As always, we appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them our way! Getting ready to buy or sell your next home? Submit a request for contact, or simply give us a call today!

This Month in Real Estate June 2018

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June 2018 Market Update

Below is information on the current real estate market. Interested in what’s happening specifically in your greater Athens neighborhood? Give us a call today or submit a request for contact! We’d be happy to review a personal home purchase or sale plan customized just for you.

(information via Keller Williams)

decorative image Monthly VideoAccording to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales declined during the month of April after two consecutive months of growth. While demand remains high, the lack of available homes on the market in many parts of the country has kept housing growth at a slower pace.
  Interest Rates decorative image   Interest RatesAccording to Freddie Mac, 30-year fixed rates rose from 4.47 percent to 4.66 percent. This rate remains well below the historical average of 8.90 percent.
  Home Sales decorative image   Home Sales Graph   The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of approximately 5.5 million homes during the month of April. This was a decrease of 2.5 percent from March and a decrease of 1.4 percent from April of last year.
  Home Prices decorative image   Home Price Graph   The median home price increased to $257,900 in April, which was up 3.2 percent from March and up 5.3 percent from April of last year. The median home price has increased by approximately $12,900 in the past year alone.
  Inventory decorative image   Inventory Graph   There was a 4.0-month supply of housing inventory in April, which was an increase of 14.3 percent from March. The total number of available homes for sale has decreased by 2.4 percent compared to April of last year.
decorative image   Brought to you by KW Research. For additional graphs and details, please see the This Month in Real Estate PowerPoint Report.The opinions expressed in This Month in Real Estate are intended to supplement opinions on real estate expressed by local and national media, local real estate agents and other expert sources. You should not treat any opinion expressed on This Month in Real Estate as a specific inducement to make a particular investment or follow a particular strategy, but only as an expression of opinion. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., does not guarantee and is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of information, and provides said information without warranties of any kind. All information presented herein is intended and should be used for educational purposes only. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. All investments involve some degree of risk. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information contained in This Month in Real Estate.

Rent or Buy in the Greater Athens Area

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Is now the right time for you to buy a home?

 

(Information and photo via Keller Williams)

You have many options to consider and choices to make. Buying a home is a big responsibility, financially and emotionally, but, most people want to own a home. Homeownership often is referred to as “The American Dream.” Why is it so special? Among the reasons: Real estate often is an excellent investment, perhaps the number one source of wealth-building for families.

 

“…Owning a home also qualifies you for tax benefits that may assist you in dealing with your new financial responsibilities…”
Owning a home has many benefits. When you make a mortgage payment, you are building equity – and that’s an investment. Owning a home also qualifies you for tax benefits that may assist you in dealing with your new financial responsibilities – such as homeowners’ insurance, real estate taxes, and upkeep, which can be substantial. But given the freedom, stability, and security of owning your own home, they are definitely worth it! Owning your own home also can be a great source of pride and stability.

But homeownership may not be for everyone. It’s a big financial commitment – starting with the initial shock of your purchase (including a down payment and fees paid to a real estate agent, the lender and others) followed by years of monthly mortgage payments, real estate taxes, property insurance, and maintenance costs. When you decide to purchase a home, you accept responsibility for paying for these expenses. They are additional costs to your monthly mortgage payment and should be included in your budget estimates: Property Taxes and Special Assessments, Home/Hazard Insurance, Utilities, Maintenance, Home Owner Association (HOA) Fee if applicable.

One of the advantages of renting is being generally free of most maintenance responsibilities and the flexibility of moving almost as soon as you decide. But by renting, you lose the chance to build equity, take advantage of tax benefits, and protect yourself against rent increases. Also, you may not be free to decorate without permission and may be at the mercy of the landlord for your housing needs. Consider these 4 questions when making your choice:

  1. Do you want to spend several years in a house and in a neighborhood?
  2. Do you enjoy lawn and garden work?
  3. Might you need to move suddenly to care for family?
  4. Do you want to keep your assets accessible in the bank, or do you want to invest long-term in a home?

Interested in learning more about the home buying process? Submit a request for contact or give us a call today. We specialize in knowing all about the greater Athens area, and would love to be your local agent!

Real Estate on the River – Country Financial and JWA Part 2

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Brandon with Athens Team JWA is Back With Greg From Country Financial

Greg with Country Financial is back on the river with Brandon from Team JWA. This week, we’re talking about what you need to know in the greater Athens area about water and your home! What would you like to know more about, or anyone you’d like to see on the next video segment of Real Estate on the River? Let us know today!

Creating a First Time Home Buyer Wish List

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6 Considerations Before You Begin Your First Time Home Buying Search

(Information and photo via Keller Williams)

You’ve started your search, but do you know in detail what type of home are you looking for? There are so many choices that it is important to have an idea of what you want and need before you begin looking. Consider making a checklist of amenities that are essential and those you would like to have in your new home.

The list of 6 considerations below may help you clarify your thinking on what is important to you when you are ready to purchase your first home:

  1. What neighborhood(s) would you like to live in?
  2. What price range do you have in mind?
  3. What type of home interests you? (One-story, two-story, split-entry, townhouse, condo, duplex)
  4. Are schools a factor? Do you need to be close to public transportation? Learn more about schools and local housing values!
  5. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? How many do you want?
  6. What other interior and exterior features are important to you?

Please feel free to submit a request for contact, email or call me at any time to learn more about specific areas you are interested in learning more about. I am happy to help you in your research and can give you an up-to-date snapshot of the real estate market.

ACCA Golf Tournament Presented by Team JWA Success

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The weather was perfect, golf carts were full of participants, and the food was delicious!

Our inaugural 2018 Golf Tournament benefiting the Athens Community Council on Aging and presented by Team JWA was a big success! The event was led and coordinated by Rodney England, Kelli McCain and Team JWA’s Brandon McEachern and David Walton. Thank you for your support of this year’s event!

The tournament couldn’t have been a success without the many golfers that came out and played. Thank you as well! We also had lots of tournament sponsors (pictured below), which helped raise funds for the ACCA.

The golf tournament was part of the fundraising effort for the ACCA’s Retro Prom event, which took place this past weekend. With the help of special events like the golf tournament, the ACCA was able to raise a record $55,000 this year! At this Retro Prom event,Team JWA’s David was also named Retro Prom King 2018!

Take a look at pictures below from this year’s event, and be sure to share them with friends! Check back soon too for our next big event. We’d love to see you there.

7 May Home Care Hints in the Greater Athens area

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7 Tasks for the month of May to help maintain your home

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year (information via Keller Williams). This month, be sure to:

  1. 1. Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for loose members and deterioration.
  2. 2. Check plumbing shut-off valves. Ensure that they turn off and on freely.
  3. 3. Service your kitchen disposal by grinding several cups of ice cubes.
  4. 4. Check vents, louvers and chimneys for bird nests and squirrels.
  5. 5. Check your sprinkler system for leaky valves and exposed lines.
  6. 6. Inspect your home’s exterior siding for mildew. Scrub off as necessary.
  7. 7. Check your air conditioning unit and have it serviced before summer temperatures arrive.

    As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way! Interested in buying or selling your next home? Submit a request for contact or just give us a call!

This Month in Real Estate May 2018

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Interested in what’s going on in your Greater Athens area neighborhood too?

Your “This Month in Real Estate” update for May 2018 is here! Would you like more information on what’s going on with your home in the greater Athens area? Submit a request for contact, or give us a call today! Information via Keller Williams.

May 2018 Market Update
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Monthly VideoAccording to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales inched up for the second consecutive month in March in spite of insufficient inventory in many parts of the country. The ongoing strain on available homes has kept housing growth at a slower pace than that of last year.
Interest Rates
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Interest RatesAccording to Freddie Mac, 30-year fixed rates rose from 4.45 percent to 4.47 percent. This rate remains well below the historical average of 8.90 percent.
Home Sales
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Home Sales Graph
The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of approximately 5.6 million homes during the month of March. This was an increase of 1.1 percent from February and a decrease of 1.2 percent from March of last year.
Home Prices
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Home Price Graph
The median home price increased to $250,400 in March, which was up 3.9 percent from February and up 5.8 percent from March of last year. The median home price has increased by approximately $13,800 in the past year alone.
Inventory
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Inventory Graph
There was a 3.6-month supply of housing inventory in March, which was an increase of 5.9 percent from February. The total number of available homes for sale has decreased by 5.3 percent compared to March of last year.
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Brought to you by KW Research. For additional graphs and details, please see the This Month in Real Estate PowerPoint Report.The opinions expressed in This Month in Real Estate are intended to supplement opinions on real estate expressed by local and national media, local real estate agents and other expert sources. You should not treat any opinion expressed on This Month in Real Estate as a specific inducement to make a particular investment or follow a particular strategy, but only as an expression of opinion. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., does not guarantee and is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of information, and provides said information without warranties of any kind. All information presented herein is intended and should be used for educational purposes only. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. All investments involve some degree of risk. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information contained in This Month in Real Estate.

Doing the Homework on Athens Area Schools

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How the neighborhood school can help your home value!

Content via Keller Williams

Even if you don’t have school-aged children, school ratings can have a significant impact on the value of a home. Often, homes that are located within the boundaries of highly rated schools will be highly sought after.

As we search for your new home, we’ll take into account the following:
If you’re a parent, nearby school ratings will likely be a primary concern for you. By supplying you with details on school characteristics and ratings, we’ll make sure you have all of the information you need to make the best decision for your family.
Schools and school districts that show significant ratings improvements over time or areas in which new schools are currently under development could increase the value of nearby homes. This could be an opportunity to find a home that possibly will appreciate quickly.
Our interviews with past clients and members of our community on their firsthand experience with local schools will give you detailed insights and a complete understanding of a school’s quality.

Our commitment to thorough research and analysis of schools is the key to finding your new home.

Contact us today to begin your home search.

 

13 Ways to Help Your Home Sell Faster

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13 easy updates by room to improve your home’s appearance

Getting ready to sell your home, or looking for ways to update the appearance to attract more potential buyers? There are several changes and updates you can make by room that may help sell your home in the greater Athens area faster! Below are 13 easy ways to update your home, room by room, to enhance the appearance to a potential buyer. Would you like more information or a customized plan to sell your home? Give us a call or submit a request for contact and we’ll work with you to create a customized marketing plan for your home.

Information via Keller Williams.

In the Bedrooms:

  • Create a master suite effect in your decorating.
  • Depersonalize bedrooms and decorate in a neutral scheme.
  • Make sure that the beds are made and the linens are clean.
  • Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items and put them in storage.

In the Bathrooms:

  • Do no leave towels around and wipe down the sinks and shower areas after each use.
  • Re-caulk the tub if the caulk is not sparkling white.
  • Repair or replace broken tiles in the shower/tub.
  • Replace shower curtains and keep them clean.
  • Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps.

In the Kitchen:

  • Microwave a small dish of vanilla twenty minutes before a showing and place it in an out of the way place.
  • Highlight an eat-in-area in your kitchen with a table set for dinner.
  • The kitchen and bathrooms should always be spotlessly clean.
  • Expand your counter space by removing small appliances.

 

 

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