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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

 

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for June 13th!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

All Smiles…

Good morning! How was your weekend? What brought you joy this past week? What made you smile? Did you know that smiling has many benefits to your well-being? Consider this:

  1. Neurotransmitters called endorphins are released when you smile. Endorphins are responsible for making us feel happy, and they also help lower stress levels. Faking a smile or laugh works as well as the real thing – the brain doesn’t differentiate between real or fake, as it interprets the positioning of the facial muscles in the same way. The more we stimulate our brains to release this chemical, the more often we feel happier and relaxed.
  1. Endorphins act as the body’s natural painkiller. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management, as can laughing off the pain when you bump an elbow or fall.
  1. Laughing expands the lungs, stretches the muscles and stimulates homeostasis. This exercises the body, replenishing the cells from a lungful of oxygen.
  1. Smiling is an attractive expression, which is more likely to draw people to you, which is great for salespeople. Smiling makes you appear more approachable. Interaction with others is easier and more enjoyable when smiles and laughs are shared, and these behaviors are contagious, making others feel better too.

 

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.

Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, June 10th, 2016!

Words of Wisdom


“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

 

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” –Albert Einstein

 

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh  

 

“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we'll also have a lot more joy in living.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 “Once you have to start counting calories, it takes away from the joy of eating.” – Mireille Guiliano

 

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 9th, 2016

 
     
4 Must-Know Tips for Buying, Selling in 2016

What do buyers and sellers need to know to be smart about the housing market in 2016?

“The 2016 housing market is forecasted to be mainly a seller’s market, filled with increasing home prices, relatively low inventory and fierce competition between buyers,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com®. “Buyers looking to close this year need to keep an open mind and be prepared to move quickly when they find a home that meets their needs. For sellers, it’s about understanding the ins and outs of their local market so they can optimize the price of their home and close quickly.”

Realtor.com® just released “Top Tips for Home Buyers and Sellers in 2016” to help guide house-hunters and home sellers on what’s most important for buying and selling a home this year. Here’s what they had to say.

Top Tips for Buyers in 2016

1. Don’t wait. More than 85 percent of buyers who say they plan to buy a home in the next year say they will wait until the spring or summer of 2016, shows a recent realtor.com® survey. But buyers who start their hunt early will likely face less competition and have just as many homes for-sale to consider.

2. Shop around for a mortgage. Buyers shouldn’t take the first rate-quote they receive and should talk to more than one lender. A lower interest rate could equate to thousands in savings over the life of the loan. Mortgage rates are largely expected to rise over this year. Realtor.com® is predicting mortgage rates to reach 4.65 percent by the end of this year (they’re currently just under 4 percent).

3. Don’t discount buying new. New-home construction is expected to surge this year, with an expected 16 percent increase in new home sales year-over-year. Buying new most likely means less competition and a wider selection of homes. But a caveat: New-homes typically cost more. Realtor.com® predicts the following markets will dominate with new-home sales this year: Boise City, Idaho; Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.; Salt Lake City; Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.; and Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.-N.C.

4. Buy in the Midwest or South. The Midwest and South will likely offer the most affordable options for home purchasers in 2016. Realtor.com® singles out the following markets as offering buyers high affordability, rising inventory, and some of the most favorable lending standards: Dayton, Ohio; Birmingham-Hoover, Ala.; Harrisburg-Carlisle, Penn.;Augusta-Richmond County, Ga.-S.C.; and Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa.

Top Tips for Sellers in 2016

1. List during prime-buying season. Realtor.com®’s data shows that the prime home buying season usually begins in April and reaches a peak in June. “Sellers who list their home during the prime spring and summer months benefit from a larger population of buyers and potential bidding wars, which often result in higher prices and faster closings,” according to realtor.com®’s report.

2. Price to sell. Home prices nationwide are expected to rise 3 percent year-over-year, with a few markets like Stockton, Calif., and Las Vegas expected to see a whopping 10 percent increase this year alone. Home sellers would be wise to take their local REALTOR®’s advice to price their home adequately for the market and based on comparables.

3. Consider an incentive. Is there something extra a seller could throw in to entice buyers? Sellers who are open to negotiate beyond just price may find more success in hooking a buyer. Thirty-seven percent of all sellers offered some type of an incentive last year.

4. Sell in California. The Golden State is being singled out as having the most markets that will likely tilt in sellers’ favor this year. Job growth, rising home prices, and limited inventories are boosting housing markets in the state, most notably in Stockton-Lodi; Bakersfield, Calif.; Fresno, Calif.; and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., according to realtor.com®.

Source:http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/01/15/4-must-know-tips-for-buying-selling-in-2016

 

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.

Newest Homes for Sale as of June 8th, 2016!

Today is June 8th, 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.

 


601 Smithbriar Drive
Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
2,470 sq ft, 1.16 acre lot - MLS# 106751
$259,900

 
3982 Hutchinson Parrish
Adel, GA 31620
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,566 sq ft, 11.59 acre lot - MLS# 106708
$185,000

 

 

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.

 

DIY Tip for the Week, June 7th, 2016!

 

Build a Firepit

 

A great way to enjoy an evening is to relax by an open fire — and a firepit can make it even nicer. They are great for outdoor entertaining.

 

Preparing for a Firepit

Patio firepits are available in kits or as separate components. Some are steel bowls or frames that you can move around the yard. Others are built in place with concrete blocks or similar noncombustible materials. This project consists of a steel fire bowl surrounded by concrete blocks.

Before you begin construction:

Step 1

Check with any local ordinances or homeowners' association guidelines to see if firepits are permitted. Some regulations don't allow them, while others require that they be located at least a specific distance away from structures or property lines (typically 20 feet). It's for your safety and that of your neighbors that these regulations are enforced.

Step 2

Select a convenient and safe location for the firepit. Make sure that it's in an open area away from the house, low tree limbs or anything else that could catch fire. If possible, position it near your woodpile for convenience.

Step 3

Place a small flag at the selected location, and check it periodically over a few days to determine the prevailing wind direction. You don’t want smoke blowing in your windows or those of your neighbors.

Building the Firepit

The following procedures are for installing a basic firepit ring of concrete blocks surrounding a steel firepit bowl with a cover. The same process can be used to install other firepits with bricks or other materials, with or without a firepit bowl. Removable firepit bowls make cleaning easier. The optional firepit cover makes them safer by retaining hot coals in the pit. You should also have a metal poker to move and adjust wood in the pit for an optimum fire.

Caution

Firepits should be installed on concrete patios, pavers or bare dirt. Firepits shouldn't be installed directly on wood decks or other combustible materials. If using a firepit bowl on a wood deck, make sure a fireproof barrier is installed below and around the bowl.

Step 1

Gather the materials and tools you'll need for this job. Once gathered, construction of the firepit should only take an hour or two at the most.

Good to Know

These instructions are for a dry-fit masonry ring, meaning that no mortar is required between the blocks. If preferred, you may build the firepit ring using mortar.

Step 2

Assemble the firepit screen cover, and place it on the patio to mark the center of the firepit. This step will help you determine the size of the firepit ring.

Step 3

laying first course of block.
 

Place the first layer of blocks around the cover, making sure all the joints between blocks are tight. The example project has 16 blocks in each layer. Mortar isn't used.

Step 4

Remove the cover and set it aside for now.

Step 5

Install the second layer of blocks on top of the completed first layer, staggering the joints between the blocks to strengthen the wall.

Step 6

laying final rows of block.
 

Install the third, then the fourth layer of blocks, staggering the joints.

Step 7

adding the fire pit insert.
 

Install the firepit tray — without the legs — in the ring.

Step 8

Install the firepit grate.

Good to Know:

If you choose not to install a steel firepit bowl, use fireproof blocks to line the inside of the ring or construct the ring with fireproof blocks.

Building a Fire

Step 1

Place a starter log on the firepit grate.

Step 2

Stack a few logs over the starter log.

Step 3

Light the starter log.

Step 4

Once the fire is steadily burning, cover the firepit with the screen lid.

Caution:

Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby.

Good to Know:

Make sure you clean out firepit ashes regularly. You can mix the cool, extinguished ashes with compost for your garden beds

source:http://www.lowes.com/projects/gardening-and-outdoor/build-a-fire-pit/project

 

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for June 6th!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: 
Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

JOY
Welcome to the beginning of summer! There’s something magical about June for so many people. For students, it’s the end of the school year. For teachers, it’s the end of the school year! Some are planning family vacations, others are graduating, still others are getting married. June is a month of JOY.

Joy is an emotion, a feeling… something that happens without us thinking about it. Many people think of joy and happiness as being the same but, in fact, they’re very different. Happiness is an emotion aroused when we buy a new car or get a promotion at work. It’s dependent on our circumstances occurring in accordance with our desires. Joy, however, is an emotion that occurs within us when we develop an appreciation/thankfulness for things such as nature, freedom, relationships with people and faith in something larger than ourselves.

 

Joy and happiness are both great feelings, but being happy is a result of good circumstances, and we can’t rely on good circumstances all the time. Joy, on the other hand, is an emotion that can be present in our daily lives. It’s something we can work on daily, much like the process of getting physically fit. Writing the three things you are most grateful for in a gratitude journal each night is a great way to practice joy.

 

Joy is a powerful emotion and the opposite of fear, our second most influential emotion. These two emotions are in constant battle and, when joy loses to fear, we withdraw and forget all that we have to be joyful for. One of my favorite sayings in times of fear is: Faith and fear cannot co-exist, so you must choose one! Look around, and you will see that you have much to be joyful about.


Something to Think About
Teaching yourself to be joyful is the single greatest thing you can do to enhance your health. Advancing medical technology is teaching us that the human physiology and psyche are affected by negative and positive emotions. Our three primary negative emotions – fear, anger and sadness – have devastating effects on our bodies when experienced in a prolonged state. On the other hand, our two primary positive emotions – joy and excitement – are like medicine to the body. Which do you choose?

 

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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 Your Friday, June 3rd,2016!

Words of Wisdom


“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.” Michael N. Castle

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”Joseph Campbell

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” Elmer Davis

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”Benjamin Disraeli

“It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”H. Norman Schwarzkopf

 

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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 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.

June 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

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Real Estate Tip of the Week, June 2nd, 2016

Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding; we’re talking about maintenance and beautifying tasks you’d like to live with anyway.

 

The way your house looks from the street — attractively landscaped and well-maintained — can add thousands to its value and cut the time it takes to sell. But which projects pump up curb appeal most? Some spit and polish goes a long way, and so does a dose of color.
 

Tip #1: Wash Your House’s Face

Before you scrape any paint or plant more azaleas, wash the dirt, mildew, and general grunge off the outside of your house. REALTORS® say washing a house can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sale prices of some houses. 

A bucket of soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush can remove the dust and dirt that have splashed onto your wood, vinyl, metal, stucco, brick, and fiber cement siding. Power washers (rental: $75 per day) can reveal the true color of your flagstone walkways.

Wash your windows inside and out, swipe cobwebs from eaves, and hose down downspouts. Don’t forget your garage door, which was once bright white. If you can’t spray off the dirt, scrub it off with a solution of 1/2 cup trisodium phosphate — TSP, available at grocery stores, hardware stores, and home improvement centers — dissolved in 1 gallon of water. 

You and a friend can make your house sparkle in a few weekends. A professional cleaning crew will cost hundreds — depending on the size of the house and number of windows — but will finish in a couple of days.

Tip #2: Freshen the Paint Job

The most commonly offered curb appeal advice from real estate pros and appraisers is to give the exterior of your home a good paint job. Buyers will instantly notice it, and appraisers will value it.
 
Of course, painting is an expensive and time-consuming facelift. To paint a 3,000-square-foot home, figure on spending $375 to $600 on paint; $1,500 to $3,000 on labor.

Your best bet is to match the paint you already have: Scrape off a little and ask your local paint store to match it. Resist the urge to make a statement with color. An appraiser will mark down the value of a house that’s painted a wildly different color from its competition.

Tip #3: Regard the Roof

The condition of your roof is one of the first things buyers notice and appraisers assess. Missing, curled, or faded shingles add nothing to the look or value of your house. If your neighbors have maintained or replaced their roofs, yours will look especially shabby.

You can pay for roof repairs now, or pay for them later in a lower appraisal; appraisers will mark down the value by the cost of the repair. According to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, the national median cost of a new asphalt shingle roof is about $7,600.

Some tired roofs look a lot better after you remove 25 years of dirt, moss, lichens, and algae. Don’t try cleaning your roof yourself: call a professional with the right tools and technique to clean it without damaging it.

Tip #4: Neaten the Yard

A well-manicured lawn, fresh mulch, and pruned shrubs boost the curb appeal of any home.

Replace overgrown bushes with leafy plants and colorful annuals. Surround bushes and trees with dark or reddish-brown bark mulch, which gives a rich feel to the yard. Put a crisp edge on garden beds, pull weeds and invasive vines, and plant a few geraniums in pots.

Green up your grass with lawn food and water. Cover bare spots with seeds and sod, get rid of crab grass, and mow regularly.

Tip #5: Add a Color Splash

Even a little color attracts and pleases the eye of would-be buyers.

Plant a tulip border in the fall that will bloom in the spring. Dig a flowerbed by the mailbox and plant some pansies. Place a brightly colored bench or Adirondack chair on the front porch. Get a little daring, and paint the front door red or blue.

These colorful touches won’t add to the value of our house: Appraisers don’t give you extra points for a blue bench. But beautiful colors enhance curb appeal and help your house to sell faster.

Tip #6: Glam Your Mailbox

An upscale mailbox, architectural house numbers, or address plaques can make your house stand out. 

High-style die cast aluminum mailboxes range from $100 to $350. You can pick up a handsome, hand-painted mailbox for about $50. If you don’t buy new, at least give your old mailbox a facelift with paint and new house numbers. 

These days, your local home improvement center or hardware stores has an impressive selection of decorative numbers. Architectural address plaques, which you tack to the house or plant in the yard, typically range from $80 to $200. Brass house numbers range from $3 to $11 each, depending on size and style.
 

Tip #7: Fence Yourself In

A picket fence with a garden gate to frame the yard is an asset. Not only does it add visual punch to your property, appraisers will give extra value to a fence in good condition, although it has more impact in a family-oriented neighborhood than an upscale retirement community.

If you already have a fence, make sure it’s clean and in good condition. Replace broken gates and tighten loose latches.

Tip #8: Maintenance is a Must

Nothing looks worse from the curb — and sets off subconscious alarms — like hanging gutters, missing bricks from the front steps, or peeling paint. Not only can these deferred maintenance items damage your home, but they can decrease the value of your house by 10%.

Here are some maintenance chores that will dramatically help the look of your house:

  • Refasten sagging gutters.
  • Repoint bricks that have lost their mortar.
  • Reseal cracked asphalt.
  • Straighten shutters.
  • Replace cracked windows.

Source:https://www.houselogic.com/save-money-add-value/add-value-to-your-home/adding-curb-appeal-value-to-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.

 

Newest Homes for Sale as of June 1st, 2016!

 

Today is June 1st, 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.

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83 Empire Church Rd
Lakeland, GA 31635
5 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
3,173 sq ft, 3 acre lot - MLS# 106516
$130,000

 


500 S Laurel Ave
Adel, GA 31620
2 beds, 1 bath | Single Family Home
1,147 sq ft, 0.29 acre lot - MLS# 106581
$47,700

 


39 Live Oak Trail
Lakeland, GA 31635
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,438 sq ft, 0.86 acre lot - MLS# 106646
$135,000

 

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.

DIY Tip for the Week, May 31st, 2016!

Tile Caulk Cleaning and Whitening

 

What You'll Need

  • Household bleach or bleach pen (grout and caulk repair pens)
  • Old toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Bowl or bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sponge

 

Tile caulk is a rubbery material that is used to line the area between tiles and the edges of a bath or sink. Due to its frequent contact with water, the caulk can become discolored, giving your bathroom an unpleasant and dirty look.
Depending on the level of dirt and mildew on the tile caulk, you may be able to make it white again with ease.

Step 1 - Assess the Situation

To determine whether the caulk can be successfully removed by the following methods, you need to work out whether the mildew is on the caulk or beneath it. If the mildew appears to be beneath the caulk then you will need to remove it and replace it with a new one. If the stains are ON the caulk, then simple cleaning should get rid of them.

Step 2 - Paste

Applying a paste of baking soda and vinegar will help to break down the stains residing on your caulk. Mix 1 part baking soda to 3 parts vinegar in a bowl or bucket to make a paste. Apply the paste to the caulk, scrubbing gently into the stains with a toothbrush. Let the paste dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 3 - Bleach

Applying bleach solution to the caulk should kill the mildew growing on it. Put on your rubber gloves to protect your hands before mixing 1/4 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water. Remember to open the bathroom window or switch on the extractor fan to help aid ventilation. This is necessary to prevent the inhalation of toxic fumes. Apply the bleach and water solution to the caulk generously, using a sponge. Leave the solution on the caulk for around 10 minutes for maximum effect.

Step 4 - Scrubbing

Scrub stubborn stains off of the caulk with an old toothbrush. Try to do this gently or you might actually scrub the caulk off. Rinse the bleach and water solution off the caulk with warm water. If you're not happy with the results, try repeating the above process.

Step 5 - Bleach Pens

Bleach pens or grout and caulk repair pens are another option. They're easy to get hold of and provide a fuss-free solution. Simply press the pen along the caulk, leave for 10 minutes to set in and rinse with warm, clean water. Repeat as necessary and let the caulk dry naturally before allowing the area to get wet again.  

 

Step 6 - Protection Against Further Staining

The correct application of caulk and using a mildew-resistant caulk during initial installation are the best methods in the prevention of mildew growth. However, adopting the following methods is also advisable to reduce the presence of this problem in your bathroom.

Clean the caulk regularly with a mold and mildew remover spray to stop the spread of mildew spores. Turn on the extractor fan or open a window whilst using the bathroom. Ventilation will reduce the humidity in your bathroom. Once you are finished showering or bathing, dry your tiles with a towel or cloth so that mold and mildew will have less moisture to thrive on.

Source: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/tile-caulk-cleaning-and-whitening

 
 
 

Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, May 27th!

Words of Wisdom


“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.” – John F. Kennedy

 

“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

 

“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” – John F. Kennedy

 

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy

 

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – John F. Kennedy

 

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” – John F. Kennedy

 

 

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, May 26th, 2016

Top Reasons To Have A Home Inspection When Buying A Home

 

Top Reasons To Have A Home Inspection When Buying A Home

Top Reasons To Have A Home Inspection When Buying A Home

When buying a home, you have the right to complete many different types of inspections of the potential home you’re purchasing.  A home inspection is actually one of the most common contract contingencies from home buyer’s.  Whether you have purchased five homes or you’re going to buying your first home, a home inspection in almost every case, is highly recommended.

Why is the home inspection contingency one of the most commonly seen and also highly recommended?  There are actually many reasons why the home inspection contingency is one of the most commonly seen contingencies in purchase and sale contracts in real estate and also why having a home inspection is highly recommended.

So, what are the reasons why you should have a home inspection when buying a home?  Here are many of the top reasons to have a home inspection when buying a home.

Peace Of Mind

A home is one of the largest purchases and investments that is purchased in anyone’s lifetime.  The costs associated with buying a home are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.  One of the most important reasons to have a home inspection when buying a home is the peace of mind that it can provide.

The primary purpose of a home inspection is to make sure the home is for the most part a very solid and safe home.  By waiving the opportunity to have a home inspection, you may actually be creating additional and unnecessary anxiety and stress.  By performing a home inspection, you will have the added peace of mind that you’re purchasing a very solid and safe home.

Relatively Inexpensive

Another reason to have a home inspection when buying a home is that it doesn’t cost a lot of money.  Most home inspections will range between $300-$600 depending on the size of the home.  Since buying a home is such a large investment, the small amount of money it costs for a home inspection should help make the decision easy to have an inspection, even if you feel extremely comfortable with the home you’re purchasing.

Buyer’s who decide to waive their right to having a home inspection often regret in the future about not spending the few hundred dollars it costs to hire a home inspector. The most common circumstance when a buyer waives the right to having a home inspection is when there are multiple offers on a home.  If there is a multiple offer situation where the two offers are fairly similar and one of the offers is not contingent on having a home inspection, a seller is likely to select the offer with no home inspection contingency.

Uncover Safety Issues

The home inspection is the opportunity to thoroughly investigate the home you’re potentially going to be purchasing.  It’s important to understand that a quality home inspector will find some issues with every home, even a newly built home.  Some of the issues that are found may not be a big deal while some maybe serious safety issues.

Some issues that are discovered during a home inspection are actually quite common.  Issues such as improper electrical wiring, worn roofing, inoperable windows, and plumbing deficiencies are just a few of the most commonly found home inspection issues.  The purpose of a home inspection is not to make sure that every last thing in a home is perfect to your liking, however, it’s important that the home inspection determines the home has no glaring safety issues.

Discovering Pest & Insect Problems Is A Reason To Have A Home Inspection

Discovering Pest & Insect Problems Is A Reason To Have A Home Inspection

Reveal Possible Pest & Insect Problems

Pest and insect infestation can destroy a home.  Depending on your location, the likelihood of having a pest or insect problem will vary.  There are many different types of pests and insects that can create problems in a home.  Wood-boring pests and insects, such as termites, can be a huge problem if not discovered.  Termites cause approximately five billion dollars in damage to properties yearly.  Other common wood destroying pests include carpenter ants and powder post beetles.

Some home inspections will include a pest and insect inspection and others will not.  Be sure to ask your real estate agent whether or not they have any home inspectors or pest inspection companies who can make sure the home you’re purchasing does not have any pest or insect problems.

Find Structural Issues

One of the top reasons to have a home inspection when buying a home is to determine if there are any structural issues with the home.  The structure of a home is one of the most important components to a home.  Structural issues can costs thousands of dollars to correct if discovered and by performing a home inspection, you can avoid having such a large expense in the future.

When choosing a home inspector, know that some home inspectors are professional engineers (PE’s) and some are not.  A home inspector who is a professional engineer should be able to determine whether a home has structural issues or not.  Other things to be aware of while looking a homes that could be potential structural issues include significant cracks in ceilings and walls, cracking in the foundation walls, and out of level door frames.

Forecast Potential Future Expenses

Since buying a home can be a significant investment and can deplete a buyer’s bank account, it’s important to know what to expect in the future when it comes to expenses.  It’s important to understand that there are no guarantees when it comes to the unexpected expenses of owning a home.  While unlikely, it’s possible that a new hot water tank can be defective and need replacement shortly after closing.

Another important reason to have a home inspection when buying a home is it can help predict the future expenses.  If a home inspector indicates the roof or furnace is nearing the end of it’s life expectancy, it’s important you begin to budget for a new roof or furnace.  The home inspection is a great tool to help you create a future plan for expenses.

Home inspections can help determine where expenses for replacement or upgrades may arise in the future for many components, including:

  • Appliances
  • Windows
  • Roofing
  • Air Conditioning
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Heating Systems

There are programs available at local, state, and national levels that provide grant money and tax incentives for replacement for many of the above components in a home.  Ask your Realtor about potential programs in your local area and state.

Home Inspections Allow For Negotiations On Price & Repairs

Home Inspections Allow For Negotiations On Price & Repairs

Price Negotiations

First and foremost, the purpose of the home inspection contingency is not to get a better price on a home because of minor issues found during the home inspection.  Buyer’s who use the home inspection as a time to renegotiate with a seller even though an issue was seen before making an offer is one of the biggest things a buyer can do that real estate agents hate (and sellers).

If there are some major problems that are discovered during the inspection however, it maybe appropriate to renegotiate the terms of the original accepted offer.  Depending on the type of financing and terms of the original contract, deficiencies from the home inspection can be used as a reason for a reduction in the price or a concession from the seller towards closing costs.

Negotiate Seller Repairs

The only person who can determine what home inspection findings that need to be corrected before moving forward, is the buyer.  Some buyer’s are scared away from a home relatively easily and others are not alarmed by even significant inspection findings.

After the home inspection is completed, you will have the opportunity to request repairs of the home owner.  The home owner will have the opportunity to agree to the repairs or disagree to the repairs.  Without a home inspection, you will not have the opportunity to request repairs from a seller.  This is another very important reason why having a home inspection when buying a home is strongly recommended.

Provides An “Out”

One of the biggest challenges that is faced during a real estate transaction is the home inspection phase.  Many transactions will not be able to move forward after a home inspection for various reasons.  The biggest reason a transaction doesn’t move forward is because a buyer and seller cannot agree on the repairs requested or the renegotiation’s from the inspection.

There are some circumstances where a buyer does not feel comfortable with the findings from the home inspection and will not proceed with the transaction, no matter what concessions and repairs are offered from a seller.  The home inspection, in most cases, provides an “out” for a buyer if they are not comfortable, which is another reason for having a home inspection when buying a home.  While it is rare that a buyer gets “cold feet” after an inspection, it does happen.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, having a home inspection is highly recommended when buying a home, for the many reasons listed above.  While a home inspector is not perfect and can miss issues during a home inspection, they are going to inspect the home in much more detail than you and your real estate agent did during your initial visit.

Just like you should interview a buyer’s agent when buying a home, you should contact potential home inspectors to ask them questions.  Some questions and things you should consider asking a home inspector include:

  • Do you have any special certifications?
  • Are you a member of ASHI?
  • Can you provide references or testimonials?
  • Can I be at the home inspection?
  • What does your inspection include?
  • Can you send me a sample of your inspection report?
  • How much do you charge?

Source:http://www.rochesterrealestateblog.com/top-reasons-to-have-a-home-inspection-when-buying-a-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.

Newest Homes for Sale as of May 25th, 2016!

Today is May 25th, 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.

 


4107 Spring Branch Circle
Valdosta, GA 31601
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,910 sq ft, 1.06 acre lot - MLS# 106484
$369,900


4801 Summit Ridge Road
Valdosta, GA 31602
4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
2,400 sq ft, 1.14 acre lot - MLS# 106497
$305,000


3416 Green Hill Drive
Valdosta, GA 31605
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,321 sq ft, 0.16 acre lot - MLS# 106512
$129,900

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, May 24th, 2016!

How to Clean Your Gutters

gutter fulls of leaves how to clean gutters

 

 

Cleaning your gutters is one of the important home maintenance chores you can do. It’s usually dirty, you’re moving the ladder a lot, you’ll likely get wet from flushing the gutters, and it’s not exactly something you can show off once you’re done (like you can with a clean and organized garage). Not doing it regularly, though, can spell trouble for your home. If the gutters are too full, water can actually damage the roofing and the fascia (the boards behind the gutters, rather than the tough tissue in the human body). Overfull gutters can spell trouble below deck as well, as water pouring over the gutters versus going cleanly down the spouts can mean water getting to your foundation, and possibly into your basement and crawlspace. The torrents can also do a number on your garden beds if they’re right under the gutters.

While it’s a simple task, below I offer a few reminders and perhaps a couple new ideas on how to keep your gutters clean as a whistle, and thus protect your home for years to come.

When to Clean Your Gutters

Twice a year — once each in the spring and fall — is the recommended amount and timing for cleaning your gutters. In my neighborhood though, we have plenty of trees, meaning I’m doing it much more than that. After a big storm, or even just a couple months of wind and rain, I’m up there cleaning them out, even if it’s just to remove a downspout clog. And in the fall alone I do it a couple times as well with the bevy of leaves we get.

It’s far more pleasant to wait until your gutters are dry to clean them out. Otherwise they’re quite mucky, which makes them harder to de-gunk. It’s also not a bad idea to check your gutters before you’re forecasted to get a big storm. I’ve sat in my dining room and watched the rainwater pour over the gutters and into the garden and foundation, which I probably could have prevented by doing a quick 10-minute sweep of even just the spots near the downspouts. Better to do this chore too much and keep your foundation safe than not enough.

Safety First

Don’t attempt to clean your gutters from the roof. You’d be turning this chore into a needlessly dangerous proposition. A ladder is going to be your best bet. Make sure you’re following best practices for ladder safety; cleaning out gutters is a simple task but it can quickly go awry if you aren’t paying attention. Perhaps most pertinent for this particular chore: don’t reach out further than is safe to do. It’s easy to think you can lean out as far as your body will take you, since it means moving the ladder less, but remember, keep your waist between the rails. Don’t contort yourself trying to get an extra few inches; the risk isn’t worth it. Since you’re moving the ladder a lot, on potentially unsteady lawns and gardens, also be sure you have stable and even footing; get a spotter if needed.

ladder standoff stabilizers for cleaning gutters

Standoff stabilizers — so you can clean your gutters without wrecking them.

If you’re using an extension ladder, it’s a good idea to get what’s called standoff stabilizers. These will prevent the ladder from lying on the gutters themselves, which can cause damage.

For collecting the debris (rather than leaving it scattered about your property), you can lay out a tarp underneath your gutters, and just move it along with you when you move the ladder. If using an a-frame ladder, it’s also easy to use a bucket with a handle, which can be attached to one of the built-in hooks on the top of most ladders.

Get That Gunk Out!

cleaning gutters by hand how to clean gutters

Using a small garden trowel, or just your hands with a pair good gloves, scoop out the leaves and sediment, starting at the downspout. In my experience, your hands are a better tool for this job. They’re just all around more maneuverable; getting downspout clogs loosened is far easier with hands than a trowel.

When you’ve cleaned as much as you safely can in one spot, move the ladder on down and repeat the process with all your gutters. Once you’ve got all that you can with your hands, use a hose to flush the finer debris, starting at the end opposite the downspout. Let it run for a minute, and ensure that water is coming cleanly through the spout. If it’s just trickling, you know you still have a clog. In that case, run the hose at high pressure right into the downspout to clear it.

If you’re not the home handyman kind of guy, there are several options for alleviating this chore altogether. Gutter whiskers and other insert-type products simply lie in the gutters themselves and prevent leaves and other gunk from building up; they’re rather expensive though. Mesh guards are far cheaper, and act as just a netting over the gutters. Yet another DIY option are snap-in plastic covers, but you have to ensure that your gutters are compatible before committing to buying them for your entire home. Exploring these options is on my own home maintenance list.

Source:http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/09/22/how-to-clean-your-gutters/

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 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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Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for May 23rd!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

 

A Nod to JFK

Welcome to Monday, let's make it a fantastic week! This week, we celebrate a man who was a great president, a great soldier and a great person.  That man is John F. Kennedy, born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts.

 

Shortly after graduating from Harvard, Kennedy joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to command a patrol torpedo boat in the South Pacific. On August 2, 1943, his boat, PT-109, was rammed by a Japanese warship and split in two. Two sailors died, and Kennedy’s back was badly injured. Hauling another wounded sailor by the strap of his life vest, Kennedy led the survivors to a nearby island, where they were rescued six days later. The incident earned him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for “extremely heroic conduct” and a Purple Heart for the injuries he suffered.

Kennedy went on to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate before becoming the 35th president in 1961.

As president, Kennedy faced a number of foreign crises, especially in Cuba and Berlin, but managed to secure achievements such as the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress. He also started the Peace Corps and won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book Profiles in Courage.

When Kennedy was elected president, he gave one of the most stirring inaugural speeches in history. In that speech, he said the famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” It was a wake-up call for Americans to take a stand for their freedom and get involved on some level. Kennedy is credited with making Americans feel safe but, at the same time, instilling a deep sense of pride for their country and a willingness to fight to keep its borders safe.

In 1962, the United States discovered that the Soviet Union was building secret missile bases in Cuba. Those missiles would be able to strike the U.S. with nuclear bombs. In the coming days, the United States and the Soviet Union came close to nuclear war. The United States quarantined Cuba in order to keep the missiles out. After negotiations, the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle the bases. In return, the United States agreed to never attack Cuba and to remove missiles from Turkey.

Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy while riding in a convertible in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Almost every American who was 5 or older on that day remembers it clearly. There’s still a lot of speculation around the mystery surrounding his death and why it’s still such a vivid memory in the hearts and minds of so many. But one thing is certain: He was one of the most beloved presidents – a man who worked hard to bring about peace. This week we celebrate his life.

 

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.

 

Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, May 20th!

Words of Wisdom 


“Well, in the first place, military service, they don't call it service for nothing. You are actually serving your country. And it is a worthy and valid vocation.” – Rev. Rick Warren

 

“We must never forget why we have, and why we need, our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.’” – Allen West

 

“Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces.” – Charlie Dent

 

“We, the People is more than a statement of purpose. It is an acknowledgement of an obligation to each other.” – Charlie Pierce

 

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.– Ronald Reagan

 

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.

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