Valdosta GA Real Estate Blog by  The Plyler Team at EXIT Realty in Touch

Newest Homes for Sale as of August 25th, 2016

Today is August 25th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the latest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 

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3931 S Glen Laurel Drive
Valdosta, GA 31605
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,510 sq ft, 0.12 acre lot - MLS# 107624

$162,900

 

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4319 Oak Ridge Bend
Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
2,299 sq ft - MLS# 107555
$94,000
 
 
 
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1145 Old Meadow Road
Valdosta, GA 31605
4 beds, 2 full, 1 partial baths | Single Family Home
2,696 sq ft, 0.67 acre lot
$265,000
 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Newest Homes for Sale as of August 10th, 2016!

 

Today is August 10th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the latest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 

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759 Highway 129
Ray City, GA 31645
5 beds, 5 baths | Single Family Home
7,085 sq ft, 19.59 acre lot - MLS# 107344
$775,000
 
 
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316 Brookside Drive
Adel, GA 31620
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,718 sq ft, 0.3 acre lot - MLS# 107343

$34,000

 

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2311 N Forrest St
Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,482 sq ft, 0.35 acre lot - MLS# 107349
$89,900
 
 
 
 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

What’s Happening In The Valdosta/Lowndes Co Housing Market?

 

 

     Average Sales Price                                       Number of Properties Sold                    Year       

    $150,339                                                                          201                                   2015

    $142,605                                                                          158                                   2016

 

 

Fewer properties sold year over year in July with a lower average sales price in 2016.  If you are a home owner, don’t panic!  This doesn’t necessarily mean that we have had a decrease in our values, but simply that higher priced homes sold in July 2015 vs July 2016.  If you are considering selling your home, call us and one of our expert Realtors will do a FREE Market Analysis on your home.  Even if you are not in the market to sell your home and you are just curious what the value of your home is now, give us a call  for your FREE Market Analysis.  Call 229-333-5105 today!

 

Newest Homes for Sale as of August 3rd, 2016!

 
 

Today is August 3rd, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the latest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 
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4405 Huntington Pointe
Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 2 full, 1 partial baths | Single Family Home
2,085 sq ft, 0.43 acre lot - MLS# 107337
$235,000
 
 
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7612 Caden Way
Hahira, GA 31632
4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,806 sq ft, 0.23 acre lot - MLS# 107286

$164,000

 

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4030 Forrest Run Circle
Valdosta, GA 31605
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,421 sq ft, 0.14 acre lot - MLS# 107328
$98,000
 
 
 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Newest Homes for Sale as of July 27th!!

Today is July 27th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the latest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 

2815 Cotton Bay Crossing
Valdosta, GA 31605
4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,710 sq ft, 0.5 acre lot - MLS# 107244
$174,900

 
 

4510 Mahan Drive
Hahira, GA 31632
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,573 sq ft, 1.04 acre lot - MLS# 107241
$279,900
 
 

4630 San Saba Drive
Hahira, GA 31632
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,392 sq ft, 0.34 acre lot - MLS# 107122

$244,900

 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Homes for Sale as of July 20th, 2016!

Today is July 20th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the latest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 

4107 Springruff Drive
Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,479 sq ft, 0.27 acre lot - MLS# 107130
$124,900
 
 

 
1167 Patterson Street
Adel, GA 31620
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,740 sq ft, 0.76 acre lot - MLS# 107219

$120,000

 

3753 Cross Creek Circle
Valdosta, GA 31605
4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,866 sq ft, 0.74 acre lot - MLS# 106317
$97,600

 

 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Homes for Sale as of July 14th, 2016!

Today is July 14th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the latest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 

 

4630 San Saba Drive
Hahira, GA 31632
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,392 sq ft, 0.34 acre lot - MLS# 107122
$244,900

 

806 W. Park Avenue
Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,631 sq ft, 0.46 acre lot - MLS# 107125
$117,000
 
 

 

113 Oklahoma Cir
Adel, GA 31620
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,506 sq ft, 0.25 acre lot - MLS# 107106
$43,000

 

 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

What’s Happening In The Valdosta/Lowndes Co Housing Market?

This is the burning question on every Buyer and Seller’s mind when it comes time to enter the Housing Market Arena. 

                                    MARKET REPORT JUNE, 2016
 

                                                                  2015                                       2016

                   Number of Sales                    171                                        189

                   Average Sales Price           $140,486                             $141,634

 

We had a 10% increase in the number of homes that were sold in June, 2016 over 2015 and a 1% increase in the selling price.  So, what does this mean for you?  As a Seller, it’s great news!  More properties are moving off the market and for a slightly higher price than the same time in 2015.   As a Buyer, it’s also great news!  The real estate market in Valdosta and surrounding areas is steady.  We are having sustainable growth (no housing bubble risks here) and interest rates are extremely low.  With the Brexit vote, it has pushed down interest rates even more!  Right now you can buy more house for less money!  So if you are considering Buying or Selling, give us a call today!

 

 

Homes for Sale as of July 6th, 2016!

Today is July 6th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the latest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 

 


5969 Loch Laurel Road
Lake Park, GA 31636
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,642 sq ft, 1.02 acre lot - MLS# 107075
$144,900

 
 
77 North Moody
Ray City, GA 31645
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,302 sq ft, 0.5 acre lot - MLS# 107062
$106,900
 
 
 
233 Hilltop Circle
Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,602 sq ft, 0.46 acre lot - MLS# 106982

$80,400

 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

DIY Tip for the Week, July 5th, 2016!

How to Clean Stainless Steel

Gleaming and shiny, stainless steel brings a bright and polished air to any kitchen. Keeping that brilliant sheen, however, takes a little bit of work… and some very specific cleaning products.

The first thing to consider when you set out to clean stainless steel appliances, sinks, and counter-tops is what not to do. Some popular cleaning products will damage the finish on stainless steel, and even plain water can leave unsightly marks and spots if not used properly. Despite its name, stainless steel can and does stain. So first and foremost, for clean stainless steel surfaces, these are products and techniques to avoid:

- DON’T use chlorine bleach or any product containing chloride.
- DON’T use oven cleaners.
- DON’T use steel wool, steel brushes, or highly abrasive scrubbing pads—these can cause scratches or leave a residue of small particles that may rust.
- DON’T use abrasive cleansers on brushed stainless steel.
- DON’T clean a stainless steel surface unless it is cool to the touch.
- DON’T use gritty, dirty, or excessively hard water, as it can leave spots or brownish stains.

Although the list of what not to do may seem daunting, there are some very simple things that you can do to clean stainless steel appliances without going any farther than your kitchen sink.  Keep in mind the following:

• Pay attention to your owner’s manual, following the cleaning and care instructions to the letter. Some new stainless steel appliances are treated with a clear-coat finish at the factory, and some cleaning products can strip or mar that finish.

• One of the best habits to adopt is to wipe down your appliances with a damp, soapy washcloth every time you do the dishes; rinse the washcloth with clean water and wipe again to remove any soap; then finish with a wipe of a dry terry towel.

• Always wipe in the direction of the stainless steel “grain,” starting at the top of the appliance and working your way down towards the floor.

• For heavier grease or baked-on foods, use a nylon scrubbie, a mild detergent, and hot water. Be sure to rinse the surface and towel dry to prevent water spots or staining.

• To remove really tough dirt and stains, make a paste of baking soda mixed with liquid dish soap and gently scrub with a nylon scrubbie or an old toothbrush. If some stains remain, use undiluted vinegar, again scrubbing gently with a soft brush. Be sure to rinse and towel dry.

• You may want to buff your appliances periodically with a stainless steel polish, lemon oil, or a silicone-based spray to maintain a lustrous finish. Apply the polish in the direction of the grain with a lint-free cloth; buff and dry with another lint-free cloth.

There are numerous non-abrasive cleaners and polishes that are designed specifically for use on stainless steel. My personal favorite to use when I clean stainless steel is 3M professional grade, but there are several other highly recommended brands, including Bar Keeper’s Friend, Cerama Bryte, Sprayway and Weiman. When in doubt, always test your cleaner on someplace hidden, like the back or sides, before moving on to the front or top.

http://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-clean-stainless-steel/#.VtWi8uYe7iQ

 

 

Words of Wisdom for Friday, July 1st, 2016!

Words of Wisdom

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan

“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves – those who work hard and play hard.” – Colin Powell

“To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” – P.G. Wodehouse

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Real Estate Tip of the Week, June 30th, 2016

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Photograph by Jeff Harris for MONEY: Prop styling by Renee Flugge

6 Smartest Moves for First-Time Home Buyers

 

You need the right loan, the right price, and the right advice.

1. Lock Up Your Financials

Before you start shopping, clean up your credit and save for a bigger down payment so that you’ll qualify for a better mortgage rate and avoid costly fees. Step one: Check for errors on your credit reports.

For the best loan rates you’ll need a score of 740 or better, says Bankrate chief financial analyst Greg McBride. To boost yours, pay down credit cards so your balance is less than 30% of the limit and avoid late payments. “Paying bills on time is the single most important thing you can do,” McBride says. Next, use a dedicated account to amass a down payment. Putting 20% down helps you avoid costly private mortgage insurance and positions you to beat competing offers. Not there yet? Ratchet up savings or look at cheaper starter homes.

 

2. Check Alternative Mortgage Options

Can’t get close to 20%, or have a credit score in the 600s or low 700s? Federal Housing Administration loans let you put just 3.5% down, and offer better rates for those with less-than-pristine credit.

But know the tradeoffs: With a 30-year FHA loan, for instance, you’ll pay an extra 1.75% of the purchase price in upfront mortgage insurance, plus at least 0.8% in annual insurance for the life of the loan.

 

3. Get Pre-approved

This means a mortgage lender has checked your credit and verified your income and assets; it gives you an edge with sellers looking for a quick, smooth deal. Some lenders even give a fully underwritten pre-approval, committing to fund the loan.

 

4. Find a True Advocate

For a generation that uses apps for most transactions, the need for human help may be surprising, but a good buyer’s agent can help you find listings and guide you through financing, inspections, and price negotiations. “As a first-time buyer I wouldn’t have thought about things like water damage or homeowners association fees,” says Rosanna Eusebio, 33, who is hunting for a two-bedroom condo in Santa Monica. Bargaining skills are key, so ask agents for sale-to-list-price ratios for their last dozen deals.

 

5. Make Unsolicited Offers

To avoid going head-to-head with more established buyers, look for homes not yet on the market. Cruise rental ads, for instance, or bookmark new listings that look overpriced and revisit them in a month. Unsold homes usually drop in price after about six weeks; until then, “some sellers will take much less, but they won’t formally reduce the price,” he says.

 

6. Play Up Your Flexibility

The one edge you have over more well-heeled buyers is your ability to delay move-in, so take full advantage. “Have your agent get in touch with the sellers’ agent to find out exactly what they need,” whether it’s a longer closing window or an option to rent back.

Soure:http://time.com/money/4285718/first-time-home-buyers-best-moves/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Homes for Sale as of June 29th, 2016!

 

Today is June 29th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the latest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 

 

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2782 Timbercreek Trail
Valdosta, GA 31605
4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,688 sq ft, 0.5 acre lot - MLS# 106930
$169,900

 

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317 S Forrest Ave
Adel, GA 31620
4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,780 sq ft - MLS# 106946
$70,000
 
 
 
 
 
514 Barnside Lane
Hahira, GA 31632
4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
2,020 sq ft, 0.25 acre lot - MLS# 106949

$211,900

 

 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

 

July 2016 Community Calendar!

Websites or phone numbers are listed with the events to get more information, when available. Check back on our blog often to learn more about some of the monthly events, and updates!

 

 

PDF version of the calendar available here

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

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DIY Tip for the Week, June 28th, 2016!

 

 

7 Tips for a Safe Fourth of July:

 

1. Protect tiny hands with cup cuffs.
Tiny hands can get hot and singed from sparklers. To keep this from happening, make “cup cuffs” to protect them. All you need to do is take a disposable plastic cup and poke a hole in the bottom. Put the sparkler though the hole and have the child grab the handle from inside the cup. Light, and enjoy! As you can see in the picture, this is a great way for kids to enjoy sparklers without the risk of burns.

2. Put play dough to use.
If your child wants to enjoy sparklers but doesn’t want to hold the handle of one at all, poke the sparkler handle into a container of play dough. Then, they can just wrap their hands around the large, bulkier container. This gives tiny hands a better and safer grip.

3.Don’t forget the bricks.
When you light fireworks on the ground, there is always a chance of the falling over. When this happens, the display can shoot into your crowd of spectators and cause injury. Instead, take four bricks and make a square to wedge your air bound fireworks in. Should a breeze blow or your surface be unsteady, the bricks will keep the firework from falling over.

4. Keep a bucket nearby.
Keep a large bucket of cold water nearby to place used sparklers in. If they are dropped on the ground they pose a burn injury to feet. You can also use a bucket of sand if you wish. All used fireworks should go in this bucket as well, although you should wait 30 minutes before picking any used pieces off of the ground.

5. Have spectators at minimum 25 feet away.
Don’t allow spectators to hover around the fireworks as they are being lit or set off. All spectators should be kept a minimum of 25 feet away. Use a colorful banner or streamers to create a “Do not cross” line if you wish.

6. Opt for no light firework options.
If celebrating with small children, you can opt for some simpler and safer fireworks. Examples would be the tiny poppers and pull string poppers. These don’t give off much heat and are little for their easy hands to hold. They also do not require any lighting.

7. Dress for safety.
When doing fireworks, make sure everyone is dressed appropriately. Everyone should wear shoes to prevent foot burns. No baggy or draped clothing should be allowed as it could catch fire. Wear safety glasses if you are the one lighting the fireworks. Keep hair pulled back and out of your face as well. By paying attention to these few dress code ideas, you can avoid potential injury.

As you can see, the 4th of July can still be a fun and fabulous time, even while following these safety tips. You can still enjoy all of the colors, pops, and bangs, just do so keeping these simple safety tips in mind. It will be a much enjoyable holiday if you don’t need to make a frantic trip to the emergency room, right?

Give these tips a try and enjoy a fun and safe 4th you are sure to remember!

Source:http://www.savingcentswithsense.net/2013/06/7-tips-for-a-safe-fourth-of-july/#CpRVoPhAo4YAiQ4e.32

 

 

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for June 27th!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

Play

Good morning! Did you find time to play this weekend? By play, I mean did you do something you really enjoy versus all the stuff you “had” to do? We each enjoy our free time differently – for some, it’s quiet time reading a book; for others, it’s running five miles; still others enjoy a round of golf or a night out with friends.

In our hectic lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and other commitments that we never seem to have time for pure fun. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we’ve stopped playing. If you don’t plan to have fun, you’re more likely to zone out in front of the TV or sit at a computer when you have some spare time. By giving yourself permission to play with the joyful abandon of childhood, you can reap oodles of health benefits throughout life. Play can:

  • Relieve stress. Play is fun and can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote a sense of well-being and can even relieve pain.
  • Improve brain function. Playing chess, completing puzzles or pursuing other activities that challenge the brain can help prevent memory problems and improve brain function.
  • Stimulate the mind and boost creativity. You’ll learn a new task better when it’s fun and you’re in a relaxed and playful mood. Play also can stimulate your imagination, helping you adapt and solve problems easier.
  • Improve relationships and your connection to others. Sharing laughter and fun can foster empathy, compassion, trust and intimacy with others. Play doesn’t have to be a specific activity; it also can be a state of mind. Developing a playful nature can help you loosen up in stressful situations, break the ice with strangers, make new friends and form new business relationships.
  • Keep you feeling young and energetic. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Playing can boost your energy and vitality and even improve your resistance to disease, helping you feel your best.

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

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Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Words of Wisdom for Friday, June 24th, 2016!

Words of Wisdom

“My father gave me the greatest gift he could ever give another person: he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano
 

“My father always told me, find a job that you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” – Jim Fox
 

“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they will turn out to be heroes, even if just in your own eyes.” – Walter Schirra Sr.
 

“A working definition of fathering might be this: Fathering is the act of guiding a child to behave in ways that lead to the child's becoming a secure child in full, thus increasing his or her chances of being happy and fruitful as a young adult.” – Clyde Edgerton
 

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Real Estate Tip of the Week, June 23rd, 2016

How to Know You Are Ready to Buy a House

1. You have done the math between renting versus buying

If you are blindly assuming that you are ‘throwing your money away on rent when you could be building equity’ without having done the math of whether or not this is actually true, you could end up as someone who regrets not having done their homework sooner.

Renting is not throwing your money away – you are simply paying for the service of renting shelter with amenities from someone else. You can’t compare the price of rent to just the mortgage payment without at least taking into account how much extra utilities, maintenance, taxes and so on will cost you.

Do the math before you buy. In some areas, it will be cheaper to buy than to rent, and in others, cheaper to rent than to buy.

2. You have a plan in place just in case you lose your job(s)

If you have maxed out your mortgage from the bank and your budget is really tight, all in the name of becoming a brand new homeowner, you might want to reconsider buying a place.

Run through scenarios of how things will play out if you are unable to make the income you are making right now for 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. That way, at least if you do lose your job, you will already have a Plan B in place to cover your mortgage.

If there are two incomes in the household, you might want to consider living (temporarily) on the steadiest one and banking the other.

Even if you don’t lose your job, you might end up having to take time off anyway, due to medical reasons or because there’s a new bundle of joy on the way.

3. You are realistic about what it costs to own a home

Owning a home is not just the mortgage. You have to consider the extra cost of utilities (it is far more expensive to heat an entire home versus an apartment for instance), maintenance (replacing the furnace, windows, etc), repairs (you may end up with a lemon of a house that requires electrical re-wiring for instance), housing taxes, and last of all, fees such as home inspection.

 

There are plenty more things to consider but those are the main costs above and beyond renting, so don’t just assume if your mortgage is lower than what it costs to currently rent, that you’re in a good spot.

4. You have 20% saved as a down payment

Anything less and you are asking for trouble. If you don’t have 20% saved for a home, how do you expect to be able to pay off the remaining 80%? Having 20% saved is not just having 20% saved, it is proving to yourself that you are able to save that amount of money (hopefully, easily!) and that you are financially ready to take on the extra cost of a home.

5. You have savings set aside above and beyond the down payment

Your entire net worth should not be placed in a single asset, be it all in one company on the stock market, all in a bank in a low interest savings account, or lastly, all in a physical asset – your house.

You should at least have savings and investments set aside from your down payment. I like the ratio of 50/50, meaning 50% invested and 50% as your down payment so that not all your eggs are in one basket.

6. You aren’t buying the home as an income property

If you are factoring in that you will have tenants to pay you rent to help cover your mortgage, you aren’t ready to buy a home.

You can’t rely on anyone to pay your mortgage except yourself, and if you happen to have tenants, consider their rental income a bonus to put towards the mortgage, but not a necessary income to owning a home.

7. The home costs no more than 3X your income

A good rule of thumb is really 2X your income, but I could go up to 3X your income. The ratio is used so that you can see how comfortably you can afford your home.

The bottom line is that owning a home is not just the fun and games of shopping for one, bidding on it and then obtaining the keys to be able to start redecorating and renovating. A home is a real investment and a physical asset that can be difficult to unload for cash if you fall on hard times, so you shouldn’t buy a home and put all your money into one without doing your homework first.

Source:http://moneypropeller.com/know-youre-financially-ready-buy-home/

 

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Homes for Sale as of June 22nd, 2016!

Today is June 22nd, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the latest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 

 

1617 Beauford Place
Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 1 bath | Single Family Home
1,173 sq ft, 0.29 acre lot - MLS# 104908

$99,300

 

6446 Meadow Creek Rd.
Hahira, GA 31632
4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,957 sq ft, 1.12 acre lot - MLS# 103596
$160,000
 
 
 
3968 Island Creek Road
Valdosta, GA 31601
4 beds, 2 full, 1 partial baths | Single Family Home
2,162 sq ft, 0.39 acre lot - MLS# 103668
$249,900
 
 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

DIY Tip for the Week, June 21st, 2016!

 

DIY Kitchen Organization for 2016

 

 

Words of Wisdom for Friday, June 17th, 2016!

WORDS OF WISDOM!!

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." ~Albert Einstein

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." ~Willie Nelson

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~John F. Kennedy

"We Tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have." ~Fredrick Keonig

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Real Estate Tip of the Week, June 16th, 2016

Simple Tips to Sell Your Home for the Right Price This Summer

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If you are considering putting your home on the market, summer may be the perfect time. The frenzy of the spring buying season has ended, meaning there are fewer houses listed and competing for buyers’ attention. Tax refunds have been sent out, so potential buyers who have been saving for a down payment may now have the funds they need. And families hoping to get settled into a new home before the school year starts are abundant.

According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 40% of all home sales occurred during the months of May through August last year, meaning summer buyers are serious buyers. People visiting an open house in the summer aren’t window-shopping — they are looking for their next home.

So how can you make your house stand out in this market? Here are a few simple tips to help increase your chances of quickly finding the right buyer for your home this summer.

Maintain or revamp your home’s curb appeal

Your front yard is your home’s first impression, so make sure that it’s welcoming. Don’t let your lawn and flowerbeds suffer in the summer heat; keep all your plants well hydrated and mulched. Keep the grass trimmed by mowing as much as needed. Replant any unsightly brown spots and plant colorful seasonal flowers. And if your home’s façade is looking a little faded, give it a fresh coat of paint and perhaps spruce up your front porch or walkways.

Freshen up outdoor spaces

Pools can be huge selling points during the sweltering summer months, so if you have one, play it up by making sure the water is crystal clear and there is no debris floating on top. If your home has a patio, deck or outdoor kitchen, keep it clean and make any necessary repairs. These projects can be completed inexpensively and may make a much larger difference in the perceived value of your home.

Keep the inside cool and inviting

During the summer months, some people may spend more time inside to avoid the heat. Use this to your advantage during your open house by making your home extremely comfortable.

Houses can become hot and stuffy this time of year, so it is important to keep the air conditioning running. Just be careful with the temperature; you’ll want to make sure it’s not so cold that potential buyers will be searching for their sweaters, but cool enough that they won’t want to head back out into the heat.

Make sure to greet potential buyers the way you would guests and provide refreshing drinks. During the hot summer days, bring out a cold pitcher of lemonade or a cooler full of bottled water for would-be buyers. Embracing the season and spending a few extra dollars can help you stand out among the other houses for sale. It also can help potential buyers form a happy mental picture of spending the summer in this home and perhaps increase the dollar amount of potential offers.

 

Know your summer plans

Organize all of your summer vacation and getaway plans well in advance so you can list your home accordingly. Timing is everything when it comes to selling a home, and if you are going to be unreachable — at the beach, out of the country or anywhere without cellular service — your real estate agent needs to know. You don’t want time-sensitive offers to start coming in when you’re out of town.

Following these tips will help you take advantage of a hot market and make sure summertime is the right time for selling your home.

source:https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/hot-tips-summer-real-estate-market/

Newest Homes for Sale as of June 15th, 2016!

Today is June 15th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the newest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 

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23 Ridge Rd
Lakeland, GA 31635
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,539 sq ft, 0.54 acre lot - MLS# 106835
$129,900

 

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4145 Conway Circle
Valdosta, GA 31605
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,834 sq ft, 0.47 acre lot - MLS# 106837
$179,900

 

 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

DIY Tip for the Week, June 14th, 2016!

 

A DIY painting job doesn’t have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin’s egg blue. Use these simple painting tips and tricks from the pros to make the process faster and less messy — and ensure a gorgeous end result.

1. Soak Brushes in Fabric Softener to Keep Bristles Soft

Every DIY painter has been privy to the horrors of a day-old brush with stiff bristles that makes round two nearly impossible. To prevent your brushes from becoming hard and unusable, make sure to rinse thoroughly (no soap), and swish them in a mixture of fabric softener and warm water (half a cup of softener to a gallon of warm water) for 10 seconds or so.

Then lay them flat or hang them on a peg for overnight storage.

“That way, the bristles won’t develop a bend and will retain their usefulness for your next painting adventure,” says Artem Filikov, vice president of marketing and product development for home improvement website HomeYou. Also, there’s no need to rinse before using. The softener actually helps distribute paint more smoothly.

2. Use Plastic Wrap to Prevent Mishaps

When painting around a large, awkward item you want to keep clean, like a toilet or a standalone sink, surround it with plastic wrap to keep drips from destroying its finish.

For an extra tight wrap, choose a wrap with an adhesive backing — your hardware store will even carry special painter’s plastic wrap, if you really want to go all out — which will help it stick to the surface and prevent the odd drop from inching its way in. Once you’ve finished the job, just unwrap for a paint-free finish.

3. Look in Your Pantry to Reduce Paint Odor

Paint’s intense odor can get really old really fast. Overpower it with a little bit of vanilla. Although there are vanilla-scented products specifically designed to use with paint, you can get the same effect with what’s in your kitchen cabinet.

For darker paints, add a couple drops of vanilla extract (artificial is fine) per gallon to reduce the nasty smell and keep your room smelling sweet for weeks to come. Because you don’t want the tint of vanilla to ruin the color of your paint, swap it with lemon extract for light-colored paints.

4. Repurpose Old T-Shirts as Rags to Reduce Waste

Painting’s a messy job, but using roll after roll of paper towels is neither efficient nor environmentally-friendly. And while you could pick up a mega-pack of plain cotton towels to keep paint from splattering, why not use something you can find stuffed at the back of a drawer? Geoff Sharp, the owner of Sharper Impressions Painting Co., recommends cutting up old T-shirts to use as rags, saving money and resources (not to mention a trip to Goodwill).

“If paint runs down your roller or brush, it gets really messy, really quick,” he says. “Always have a rag in your pocket so you and your brush or roller stay clean.”

5. Keep Q-tips Handy for Emergencies

Oh no! A drop of Naples Sunset just splashed on your white window frame. You’ve only got a few minutes to clean up the mess before your mistake is sealed for eternity. That’s where Q-tips come in handy. Just stash some in your pocket for these types of emergencies.

Here’s another use for that pile of cotton swabs tucked in your jeans pocket: Use them to touch up imperfections on newly-painted walls without dirtying an entire paintbrush.

6. Apply Petroleum Jelly to Places You Don’t Want Painted

A little bit of Vaseline can go a long way toward keeping your paint job clean. Using a Q-tip (another reason to keep them handy), go over all the bits and pieces you don’t want painted, like screws or hinges. With the petroleum jelly applied, even an accidental slip won’t leave you heartbroken.

Here’s another tip for a hassle-free paint job: “Run petroleum jelly along the seals of your doors and windows to prevent them from sticking,” Sharp says.

7. Blow Dry Painter’s Tape for Easy Removal

Painter’s tape is supposed to make your paint job easier and stress-free. But when strips of perfect paint peel off along with the adhesive — or you just can’t get the darn tape to come off at all — you might feel like you wasted your effort.

To help stubborn painter’s tape get a move on, turn a hair dryer (low heat only) toward your handiwork. Holding it about three inches from the wall will help soften the adhesive and ensure an even line, making removal a stress-free affair — and ensuring you keep that dreamy, crisp paint line.

Source:https://www.houselogic.com/remodel/painting-lighting/painting-tips-and-tricks/?cid=pm_ps_google_g-search

 

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