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Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, April 29th!

Words of Wisdom

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle

“There is little success where there is little laughter.” – Andrew Carnegie

“Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.” – Norman Cousins

“Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.” – Marlo Thomas

“I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.” – Lucille Ball

 

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, April 28th, 2016

10 Realtor Tips for Buying Your 1st Home!

10 Tips for Buying Your First Home Together

Dreaming of domestic bliss but don’t know where to start?

If you’re ready to find Home Sweet Home with your new honey, here are some easy steps to make the process as smooth as possible.

1. Shop a loan.

Interview at least three lenders and compare the “good faith” estimates. A good faith estimate is used to compare offers from different lenders or brokers. The process can take as little as an hour, but make sure you tell each the same scenario to compare costs and interest rates apples to apples. They should respond to you quickly. Look for a loan that you’d be comfortable taking on for at least 3 years. 

2. Set a budget.

Figure out what you can realistically afford month in and month out. Pay off or lower credit card minimum payments, student loans, and car loans before you take on a mortgage if possible.

3. Improve credit.

One common misconception is that less than ideal credit will disqualify you from buying a home. If one of you has less than desirable credit, evaluate the one with the lower credit score to see if it can be improved enough to qualify for a loan. If this isn’t possible, you can take out a mortgage using only one of the partners for qualification. This is a common practice in the mortgage world. If only one of you is on the loan, both of you can still be owners in the property. By making on time mortgage payments, whoever is on the loan can improve their credit.

4. Start early.

Don’t wait until you need to move to get the process started. Clear up any financial issues you may have prior to getting approved for your mortgage. Explore all of the options available to first time homebuyers. If you don’t have a ton of cash available for the down payment, there are still several options available to make the upfront costs of buying a home really affordable.

5. Hire a pro.

Ask friends and family for a REALTOR® recommendation. Interview them in person if possible to determine the best fit.

6. Set realistic expectations.

Talk with your partner about your non-negotiable amenities and identify what you’d be willing to compromise on so that your criteria falls within your budget and your looking at homes that suit both of your needs.

7. Spot any issues.

Hire a licensed home inspector who can make sure there are no problems. There are no guarantees in home ownership but this at least gives you the peace of mind that you’re avoiding any major issues before buying.

8. Browse.

Ask your friends and family where they like living and spend some time in that area of town. Visit the local restaurants, grocery stores, and parks. Meet the surrounding neighbors on either side or across the street from the house you’re considering. You can always change the house or upgrade the finishes but you can’t change the location or who your neighbors are.

9. Enjoy this time.

Don’t take things too seriously. There will always be another home, another neighborhood for you to discover, or another deal around the corner.

10. Be patient.

Finding the right home is like dating, sometimes you have to go through a few fixers to find the perfect one!

source:http://applebrides.com/2015/06/11/10-realtor-tips-for-buying-your-1st-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 Rent as of April 27th, 2016!

 

 

CUTE 2 bedroom, 2 ½ bath town house close to everything!
321 Brookfield Road
Valdosta, GA 31602

Available: NOW
$660 per month plus DEPOSIT

 

2BA/2BA-Only Minutes to Moody AFB!!!
6122 Vinnie Drive - B

Valdosta, GA 31605

Available: NOW
$625 per month plus DEPOSIT

COMING SOON!

3712 Cambium Court
Valdosta, GA 31605

Available: 5/6/16
$975 per month plus DEPOSIT

 

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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 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, April 26th, 2016!

How To Paint A Sink

How To Paint A Bathroom Sink: Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Way To Update Your Bathroom - No Plumber Needed!

Step 1: Read the Instructions.

Carefully. I’m serious. Because I did read the instructions and there was mention of a Homax cleaning solution to use on the sink. Well, I only had the brush-on epoxy paint. Luckily I’m an Ace Hardware blogger so I could turn to Ace Hardware’s expert spokesperson, Lou Manfredeni.  And he said that I could prep the surface for the epoxy paint using CLR or Pine Sol.

 

Step 2 (Optional): Remove the Faucet.

Ace Hardware generously gave me an beautiful Moen Banbury Two Handle Bathroom Faucet in a chrome finish to replace our sad, sad, old faucet.  So we took the old one out …

how-to-paint-a-bathroom-sink

… and let me tell you, that old faucet didn’t want to go.  Once again I must thank my husband for tackling this less than pleasant job …

If you don’t plan to replace the faucet, you can just tape it off with painter’s tape before applying the Homax Tough as Tile epoxy.

 

Step 3: Clean the Surface.

The instructions can’t stress enough the importance of surface preparation.  Give the sink a really good scrub down.  I used CLR.

 

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Rinse and dry.

 

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Step 4: Scour with Steel Wool (Grade 000)

Use small circular strokes to scour the surface with grade 000 steel wool …

 

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Rinse and dry.

Step 5: Repeat Steps 3 & 4 a Total of 3 Times.

 

How-to-paint-a-sink-instructions

 

Step 6: Tape Off Area.

Using painter’s tape, tape off drain and area around sink that you don’t want painted.

 

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Step 7: Paint First Coat.

Carefully stir epoxy.  You don’t want bubbles to form.  Use a nylon bristle brush to apply in long clean strokes.

 

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Don’t overload brush.  A thinner layer is better.

 

I also go back over to make sure the strokes start at one end and end at the other.

 

For the sink basin, I applied in a circular pattern starting at the top rim and proceeding down to the drain.

 

 

Step 8: Apply Second Coat.

 

The second coat needs to be applied 2-4 hours after the initial coat.  If more than 4 hours have passed, allow the paint to cure for 72 hours before applying the second coat.

 

Also, if drips or runs appear in the first coat, let cure 72 hours and then use your 000 grade steel wool to scour them away.  Rinse and dry before applying the second coat.

 

 

Step 9: Final Cure and Use.

 

Do not remove the painter’s tape until the epoxy has fully cured for a minimum of 72 hours.

how-to-paint-a-sink-diy-tutorial

 

To care for the surface, use non-abrasive non bleach cleaning products and a soft sponge or cloth.

 

Now, can I just tell you how much I’m loving this solution?  So much easier and less expensive than pulling out the vanity and buying a new vanity and hiring a plumber and contractor to install the new vanity …

 

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Oh, yeah, I gave the cabinet a spruce with some paint and wax and new hardware.  But I’ll share that project at a later date …

 

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most likely after I get some  beadboard wallpaper up on the walls.  A project I’m hoping to tackle this week …

 

Paint A Sink: How To Paint A Sink Tutorial

Source:http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/paint-sink-giveaway/

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 April 25th!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

 

Make it a Laugh Out Loud Kind of Week

Welcome to a new week! What best describes your laugh? Did you know there are actually 10 types of laughter?

When someone slips on a banana peel, do you release small machine gun busts of laughter, or do you burst out with a belly laugh? Maybe you’re a giggler, or one of those silent laughers who keeps their mouth shut. Or maybe you’re at the top of the laughter tree: a snorter.

Have you ever laughed so hard that your stomach hurt? The human body can only increase in laughter so much until it starts to implode into itself – just like a black hole in space. Signs of your approach toward hilarious doom include tears, aching stomach and, ultimately, the snort. The snort is like a safety value: When a person begins to approach the critical point of laughter, a snort, or “Sus scrofa release,” as scientists refer to it, releases pressure. Everyone will snort when they reach this critical point of no return. Some never reach this critical point, and others max out their threshold very quickly.

Laughter also has been proven to reduce pain. Norman Cousins developed a recovery program incorporating laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. “I made the joyous discovery that 10 minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep,” he reported.

When we laugh, our brains also release endorphins that can relieve physical pain and create a stronger immune system.  A 2000 study found that people with heart disease were 40% less likely to laugh and be able to recognize humor in a variety of situations, compared to people of the same age without heart disease. Time to start watching more of those funny movies!

Something to Think About

Laughter appears to burn calories, too. A researcher from Vanderbilt University conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turns out that 10 to 15 minutes of laughter burns 50 calories. But don’t be too quick to ditch your exercise routine – one piece of chocolate has about 50 calories, meaning it would take roughly 12 hours of concentrated laughter to lose a pound!

 

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, April 22nd!

Words of Wisdom

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” – Lady Bird Johnson

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

“Every day is Earth Day, and I vote we start investing in a secure climate future right now.” – Jackie Speier

“One billion people in 175 countries will mark Earth Day. That puts tea parties in perspective, doesn't it?” – Greg Dworkin

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

 

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, April 21st, 2016

15 Best Tips for Selling Your Home

 

Understanding Mortgages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 













1. Great photos mean EVERYTHING.
This is one thing you cannot skimp on. We live in a world where people start their new home shopping journey online and want to preview the home before actually driving out to see it. And people are extremely visual. They want to see the layout, the colors, the finely appointed features, the yard… everything. If you give them dark and gloomy photos, it makes the house seem dark and gloomy. Hire a professional photographer if needed and make sure they use a wide angle lens to capture as much of the space as possible in each shot. 

hearth room

2. Signs drive traffic.
No matter how much your market your home online or in newspapers, nothing drives traffic like a good old fashioned sign. Potential buyers often will move within 5 miles of their current home and can notice your For Sale signs while driving their kids to school, or on their way to the grocery store or the bank. And don’t just put one sign in front of your home and call it a day. Put a sign at the front of your subdivision and at a few spots along the main road or back roads on the way to your neighborhood. Check your local guidelines, but oftentimes they’ll let it slide on the weekends, just like garage sale signs. 

3. Cheap laundry baskets are your new best friend.
I cannot tell you what a lifesaver this was for us while we were trying to sell our home. Yes, sometimes you will get those last minute calls asking if someone can show your home in 30 minutes. It’s too hectic to try and pick up the chaos when you still have to get shoes on your kids, pack up the pet, and get out the door as fast as possible. To help pick up the mess like random toys, shoes, and paperwork, just throw everything into a cheap plastic laundry basket and shove it in your car before you leave. You can then organize and sort when you arrive back home.

4. Use a real estate agent.
I know when you think about that real estate commission it’s often a hard pill to swallow, but trust me… it’s worth every penny to hire a professional. Most real estate agents will have professional photographers take photos of your home (refer back to #1!) for their marketing, which includes a brochure or flyer. Also, they can list your home on multiple websites that you could not access on your own including the multiple listing service (MLS). It’s a fact that people who use a good agent sell their homes faster and for more money. And a study by the National Association of Realtors shows that people who use an agent sell their homes for 16% more than people who don’t. And please listen to your agent. They are professionals and do this every single day. Trust their opinions!

Sold Home For Sale Real Estate Sign and Beautiful New House.

5. Declutter your home.
Other sites that claim to have the best tips when selling your home will often suggest removing all family photos from your home. I completely disagree with this. A house should feel and look like a home. A place that is lived in—not a museum (unless you’re selling a museum-like mansion, then go ahead… remove that massive oil painting of the family above the fireplace). But limit the amount of photos and knick-knacks. DECLUTTER. Clean off the mess from your countertops and end tables. Think less is more, but make sure you still have it styled. And clean out the basement and garage while you’re at it. 

6. Brighten your space.
Make a house seem a bit more cheerful with additional lighting. Add some floor lamps or table lamps to dark corners. Also, turn on all of the lights in your home before a showing. Upgrade your light bulbs to a higher watt as well to make the entire home seem brighter. Also, think about getting the whiter light bulbs instead of the ones that cast the yellow haze. 

7. A coat of paint can change everything.
I know you’ve heard a million times before about painting a couple rooms in your home before putting your house on the market. Make sure you go neutral. But also think about painting other things in your home. Do your cabinets need a facelift? A coat of paint can change that and completely transform your kitchen. Also think about painting old furniture for a quick and cheap makeover, or even painting your patio furniture to upgrade your outdoor space. Paint is one of the cheapest upgrades you can make. Embrace it! 

before and after kitchen makeover

8. Concentrate on the kitchen.
A kitchen is often the most important room in the house. It’s where company seems to gather when you are entertaining. Work on making the kitchen a little more up to date with some minor projects… upgrade an appliance or two, get new countertops, paint the cabinets. This can make or break the home, so make sure you focus on this area first. Before we put our house on the market we painted our cabinets and the accent wall, decluttered, and got a new lighting fixture. Made a HUGE difference! 

9. Online marketing.
As mentioned in #4, a real estate agent can help you get on multiple websites through their listings such as Trulia, Realtor.com, or Zillow. Also consider the other online outlets they might introduce you to: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email blasts. If you would try to market an Open House next Sunday through just a sign in your yard, it would have much less of an effect than if your real estate agent blasted it to all of their contacts and across social media.

10. Curb appeal.
It’s the first thing people see when they drive up to view your home. Make sure your place looks inviting: wash the windows, paint the front door, plant some flowers and mow the lawn. A first impression is everything. Don’t turn them off before they even get through the front door. 

front-porch-full-makeover

11. Clean the carpets.
We argued back and forth when putting our old home on the market on whether or not we should replace the carpet. We had lived in that home for 7 years and the almost-white carpets were looking a little grim, mostly due to our toddler. But instead of replacing the carpets, we decided to get them professionally cleaned instead. And it was AMAZING how they turned out! Brighter and fluffier, plus all of the extra dander gone that our vacuum couldn’t pick up. When people toured our home, they always asked if the carpets were new and were surprised when we told them no. Another note, make sure all flooring is clean and ready for showings… vacuum, mop and clean any grout tiles. 

12. Do pre-inspection repairs. 
When we were selling our last home we had two big cracks in the basement wall. We called in the professionals to get it fixed with carbon fiber mesh, one of the absolute best concrete repair solutions and it’s 10 times stronger than steel. While it’s not the prettiest fix in the world and cost us $600, the solution came with a lifetime warranty and the work was signed off by an engineer. Without this paperwork and the repaired basement walls, it would have been tough to sell the home with the two large cracks. And luckily, the buyers had a real estate agent who was very well versed in basement repairs and home warranties to agree that our repairs were properly done pre-inspection. It definitely saved us a headache from trying to work out the repairs in the contract or after the home inspection. 

13. Organize key spaces.
Just a friendly reminder that people will be opening all of your doors and even some drawers to check out space and storage. Keep them organized! Clean out your linen closets and add some organizational storage like bins and boxes to disguise some of the mess. Also think about reorganizing some kitchen cabinets and packing away some of the unneeded entertaining pieces or extra sets of dishes. Make sure your kids’ toys are organized and out of the way as well. 

kitchen cabinet organized

14. Store your off season clothes.
Speaking of closets, make your closets look bigger by storing off-season clothes in the attic or basement. Also, if you’re a big shoe hoarder but don’t have the space, hide some pairs as well. 

15. Get a clue about your competition.
Another benefit of having a real estate agent is getting a read on the competition in your area. Your agent can find out other prices, types of houses, condition of other homes in your area, and what your house is actually worth in comparison. Don’t be afraid to ask for this knowledge and make them do the research for you. It’s best to be prepared when potential buyers try to negotiate price with you and you can actually prove to them why your house is worth the price you’re asking for. 

Source:http://howtonestforless.com/2014/05/22/15-best-tips-selling-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 April 20th, 2016!

  Today is April 20th, 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.


 

  1610 Slater Street
Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,444 sq ft, 0.41 acre lot, MLS# 106190
$119,000
 
 
4419 Triple Oak Drive
Valdosta, GA 31602
4 beds, 2 full, 1 partial baths | Single Family Home
2,897 sq ft, 0.44 acre lot , MLS# 106216
$325,000
 

 
4435 Plantation Crest Road
Valdosta, GA 31602
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,046 sq ft, 0.19 acre lot , MLS# 106232
$250,000

 

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, April 19th!

How to Frame a Builder Grade Bathroom Mirror

I don't know why the single {large} mirror is so popular with contractor's, but with simple decorative moulding, you can make your bathroom mirror go from boring to WOW with very little time involved!
You can easily create this for under $35.....
We all have them in our house, and it is too expensive to replace all of them.
I bought this primed case moulding at Lowe's for under $30. After measuring it, I mitered the corners and set it up on the floor to see how it would look.
I painted it black before bringing it up to the boys bathroom.
I had a little mishap with the liquid glue, and ended up securing the 2 side pieces to some extra lumber I had on hand. Only the top section is actually glued to the mirror! Liquid glue is not my friend! =)
I love the difference this moulding makes, and plan on doing it in our Master Bathroom soon.
Source:http://www.hometalk.com/3940021/how-to-frame-a-builder-grade-bathroom-mirror

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.

The information contained in our website is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. We make every effort to maintain this website to have current, accurate information. However, we cannot warrant the accuracy of the information contained in our EXIT Realty In Touch website. This includes, but is not limited to, information contained in our website and information contained in websites that are linked to our website.

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for April 18th, 2016!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

 

Happy Earth Week! 

This week we celebrate the conservation of our most precious resource: Earth. I would like to pay tribute to the Earth Day Network, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement, including passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. This year, the focus is on trees.

Why trees? Trees help combat climate change. They absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles. Trees help us breathe clean air by absorbing odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark. Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.

What I enjoy most about trees is the trees themselves. There’s something special about having a picnic under a tree or children laughing with delight as they swing on an old tire hanging from the large oak out front. I love trees when they bloom in spring, and I love the shade they provide in summer. I love the autumn colors, and I even love the bare branches covered with snow in the winter.

It’s hard to imagine a world without trees. So do your part this week: Plant a tree, support an organization that plants trees, or just take the time to really appreciate the beauty they provide. Happy Earth Day!

Something to Think About

  1. An average-size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing.
  2. 3 trees planted in the right place around buildings cut AC costs up to 50%.
  3. Houses surrounded by trees sell for 18% to 25% more than houses with no trees.
  4. Trees generate jobs and contribute raw materials for buildings, newspapers, books and more than 15,000 other forest products. Trees are renewable, biodegradable and recyclable.
  5. By planting 20 million trees, the earth and its people will be provided with 260 million more tons of oxygen. Those same 20 million trees will remove 10 million tons of CO2.
  6. Trees provide shelter and food for wildlife such as birds, squirrels and bugs. Groves of trees provide food and cover for larger mammals, such as raccoons and deer.
  7. Trees make people feel good. Workers are more productive when they see trees along their commute and from their office windows.
  8. Hospital patients who have a view of trees heal faster, use fewer pain medications and leave the hospital sooner than patients with a view of a brick wall… and spend 8% fewer days in bed.
  9. Consumers spend more money in shopping districts with trees, pay more for products in a shopping district with trees and are willing to shop longer when there are trees.
  10. Trees in the landscape relax us, lower heart rates and reduce stress.

 

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, April 15th!

Words of Wisdom

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” – Joyce Meyer

“I think it's important to get your surroundings as well as yourself into a positive state – meaning surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do.” – Heidi Klum

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” – Allen Klein

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you and, in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” – Brian Tracy

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, April 14th, 2016

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Buying Secret #10: Keep Your Money Where It Is
It’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to take any big chances with your credit profile. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail so that they can get you the best loan possible. If you open new credit cards, amass too much debt or buy a lot of big-ticket items, you’re going to have a hard time getting a loan.

Buying Secret #9: Get Pre-Approved for Your Home Loan
There’s a big difference between a buyer being pre-qualified and a buyer who has a pre-approved mortgage. Anybody can get pre-qualified for a loan. Getting pre-approved means a lender has looked at all of your financial information and they’ve let you know how much you can afford and how much they will lend you. Being pre-approved will save you a lot of time and energy so you are not running around looking at houses you can't afford. It also gives you the opportunity to shop around for the best deal and the best interest rates. Do your research: Learn about junk fees, processing fees or points and make sure there aren’t any hidden costs in the loan.

Buying Secret #8: Avoid a Border Dispute
It’s absolutely essential to get a survey done on your property so you know exactly what you’re buying. Knowing precisely where your property lines are may save you from a potential dispute with your neighbors. Also, your property tax is likely based on how much property you have, so it is best to have an accurate map drawn up.

Buying Secret # 7: Don’t Try to Time the Market
Don’t obsess with trying to time the market and figure out when is the best time to buy. Trying to anticipate the housing market is impossible. The best time to buy is when you find your perfect house and you can afford it. Real estate is cyclical, it goes up and it goes down and it goes back up again. So, if you try to wait for the perfect time, you’re probably going to miss out.

Buying Secret # 6: Bigger Isn’t Always Better
Everyone’s drawn to the biggest, most beautiful house on the block. But bigger is usually not better when it comes to houses. There’s an old adage in real estate that says don’t buy the biggest, best house on the block. The largest house only appeals to a very small audience and you never want to limit potential buyers when you go to re-sell. Your home is only going to go up in value as much as the other houses around you. If you pay $500,000 for a home and your neighbors pay $250,000 to $300,000, your appreciation is going to be limited. Sometimes it is best to is buy the worst house on the block, because the worst house per square foot always trades for more than the biggest house.

Buying Secret #5: Avoid Sleeper Costs
The difference between renting and home ownership is the sleeper costs. Most people just focus on their mortgage payment, but they also need to be aware of the other expenses such as property taxes, utilities and homeowner-association dues. New homeowners also need to be prepared to pay for repairs, maintenance and potential property-tax increases. Make sure you budget for sleeper costs so you’ll be covered and won’t risk losing your house.

Buying Secret #4: You’re Buying a House – Not Dating It
Buying a house based on emotions is just going to break your heart. If you fall in love with something, you might end up making some pretty bad financial decisions. There’s a big difference between your emotions and your instincts. Going with your instincts means that you recognize that you’re getting a great house for a good value. Going with your emotions is being obsessed with the paint color or the backyard. It’s an investment, so stay calm and be wise.

 

Buying Secret #3: Give Your House a Physical
Would you buy a car without checking under the hood? Of course you wouldn’t. Hire a home inspector. It’ll cost about $200 but could end up saving you thousands. A home inspector’s sole responsibility is to provide you with information so that you can make a decision as to whether or not to buy. It’s really the only way to get an unbiased third-party opinion. If the inspector does find any issues with the home, you can use it as a bargaining tool for lowering the price of the home. It’s better to spend the money up front on an inspector than to find out later you have to spend a fortune.

Buying Secret #2: The Secret Science of Bidding
Your opening bid should be based on two things: what you can afford (because you don’t want to outbid yourself), and what you really believe the property is worth. Make your opening bid something that’s fair and reasonable and isn’t going to totally offend the seller. A lot of people think they should go lower the first time they make a bid. It all depends on what the market is doing at the time. You need to look at what other homes have gone for in that neighborhood and you want to get an average price per square foot. Sizing up a house on a price-per-square-foot basis is a great equalizer. Also, see if the neighbors have plans to put up a new addition or a basketball court or tennis court, something that might detract from the property’s value down the road.

Today, so many sellers are behind in their property taxes and if you have that valuable information it gives you a great card to negotiate a good deal. To find out, go to the county clerk’s office.

Sellers respect a bid that is an oddball number and are more likely to take it more seriously. A nice round number sounds like every other bid out there. When you get more specific the sellers will think you've given the offer careful thought.

Buying Secret #1: Stalk the Neighborhood
Before you buy, get the lay of the land – drop by morning noon and night. Many homebuyers have become completely distraught because they thought they found the perfect home, only to find out the neighborhood wasn’t for them. Drive by the house at all hours of the day to see what’s happening in the neighborhood. Do your regular commute from the house to make sure it is something you can deal with on a daily basis. Find out how far it is to the nearest grocery store and other services. Even if you don’t have kids, research the schools because it affects the value of your home in a very big way. If you buy a house in a good school district versus bad school district even in the same town, the value can be affected as much as 20 percent.

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.

Source:http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/10-best-kept-secrets-for-buying-a-home

 

DIY Tip for the Week, April 12th!

 

Whole Home Detox: How to Clean A Glass-Ceramic Cooktop Naturally
 

 

How to clean your glass ceramic cooktop naturally

1.) Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda liberally all over the affected area.

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(I use a lot of baking soda, so I buy the giant bag from Costco and store some in a canister.)

2.) All-Purpose Cleaner

Spray the baking soda with all-purpose cleaner.  Soak it good.  It will start to foam up and fizz a little.  You want this.  Trust me.

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(My all-purpose cleaner is just a mixture of water, dish soap and vinegar.  And it’s amazing. You should try it.)

3.) Let Set

This part is important.  I really try not to skip out on this.  I usually go fifteen minutes, but this time I set my timer for thirty since the situation was extra gross.

Right away, I could start to see the grime lifting.  Ewwwwww.

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4.) Scrub

After your mixture has soaked, take a cloth and scrub the area until it feels smooth again.  This might take a little elbow grease, but so does the fancy ceramic stove top cleaner (you who think scrubbing something a travesty).

 

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5.) Wipe

Now get a clean cloth and wipe the hot mess off your pretty stove.

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You are going to notice that it will take several passes with the cloth to remove all the baking soda leftovers.  It will probably leave a cloudy residue on your glass.  Just keep wiping until it goes away.

To get rid of all baking soda traces, I give my stove top a final shine with some all-purpose cleaner.

(This stubborn residue thing is one of the reasons I boycott cleaning with baking soda unless it is absolutely necessary to scour something.)

Now, in the case that there is still some stubborn crusty spot left behind, just rinse and repeat.  Also, it does help the grime to loosen easier if the burner is a bit warm.  Not hot though, because there is nothing grosser and more pungent than hot vinegar water steaming up in your face.

Success. You have the cleanest glass stovetop you've ever laid eyes on.

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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.

The information contained in our website is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. We make every effort to maintain this website to have current, accurate information. However, we cannot warrant the accuracy of the information contained in our EXIT Realty In Touch website. This includes, but is not limited to, information contained in our website and information contained in websites that are linked to our website.

Source:http://fromfaye.com/2013/10/25/whole-home-detox-how-to-clean-a-glass-ceramic-cooktop-naturally/

 

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for April 11th, 2016!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

 

No Complaining! 
Good morning! Did you have a great weekend? If not, don’t complain about it! Did you know that – according to science – complaining is terrible for you? Wallowing in negativity has serious consequences for your mental and physical health.

Most people don’t complain with the intention of torturing others; rather, they just feel the need to “vent.” Although we think we’ll feel better by getting our emotions out, science proves otherwise. Not only does expressing negativity tend to not make us feel better, but it also makes listeners feel worse.


Steve Parton, author and student of human nature, outlines three ways that complaining harms your health:

1. Synapses that fire together, wire together! This is one of the first lessons neuroscience students learn. Not only do repeated negative thoughts make it easier to think yet more negative thoughts, but they also make it more likely that negative thoughts will randomly occur to you and make you more negative. Through repetition of thought, the thought that wins is the one that has less distance to travel. Gloom soon outraces 
positivity.


2. You are whom you hang out with! Not only does hanging out with your own negative thoughts rewire your brain for negativity, but hanging out with negative people also does much the same. If you want to strengthen your capacity for positivity and weaken your reflex for gloom, “surround yourself with happy people who rewire your brain toward love and a positive outlook,” Parton explains.

3. Stress is terrible for your body! According to Parton, “When your brain is firing off these synapses of anger, you’re weakening your immune system – you’re raising your blood pressure, increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes and a plethora of other negative ailments.” The culprit is the stress hormone cortisol. When you’re negative, you release it.

 

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.

RENASSANT BANK HELPING THE COMMUNITY – FOR FREE!

Have you been storing old documents, tax papers, bank statements, etc?  Now is the perfect time to securely dispose of these documents and it’s for FREE!  We want to thank Renassant Bank for giving everyone in the community the opportunity to safely dispose of these documents. 

More than 15 million U.S. residents are victims of identity theft each year, with an estimated cost of financial losses totaling more than $50 billion. Protecting personal identification is a growing concern among consumers and businesses. 

According to Heather Nichols, marketing manager at Renasant Bank Eastern Region, a fraudster only needs a few pieces of information to compile a fraudulent profile, much of which is easily found on discarded documents such as old bank statements, bills or tax filings. 

To reduce the risk of identity theft, Renasant Bank will host the annual community Shred-A-Thon event, from 9 a.m. to noon, on April 9, in the parking lot of the Renasant Bank at 3295 Inner Perimeter Road, in Valdosta (across from Walmart). The event is open to the public, and there is no charge for shredding documents; however, participants will be asked to limit printed material to two boxes per person. 

“This is the reason dumpster diving—looking through someone’s trash for personal documents—remains one of the most prevalent methods identity thieves use to collect information,” said Nichols. “Identity theft affects everyone in the community by limiting the ability of consumers to borrow money for things like a new car or new home. This stifles growth and hurts our local economy.”

The Renasant Bank Shred-A-Thon is an opportunity for community members to dispose of personal documents properly and help prevent identity theft.

“As smart consumers, we work hard to build a positive credit history and maintain our good name,” said Nichols. “We know a poor credit score can affect our borrowing needs, our ability to secure a job, get a new cell phone and even rent a car. Unfortunately, with so many aspects of our lives tied to our credit score, it only takes one identity thief to destroy your credit and change your way of life.” 

For a list of recommended personal documents to shred, visit the Better Business Bureau website at https://www.bbt.com/financial-education/security/shredding-personal-documents.page

Source, http://valdostaceo.com/features/2016/04/renasant-bank-hosting-annual-valdosta-shred-thon-event-april-9th/?utm_source=Valdosta+CEO&utm_campaign=6e699b2604-valdostaceo-daily_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_58a74dab80-6e699b2604-303711349

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.

Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, April 8th!

Words of Wisdom

“Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.” – William Alexander

 

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller

 

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” – Mark Twain

 

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

 

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, April 7th, 2016

10 best real estate tips for 2016

Sales of single-family homes will rise modestly again in 2016 and median sales prices should be up 3% to 5%, trade groups and researchers say. While rising mortgage rates and a shortage of first-time buyers may temper that outlook some, the coming year should be another seller's market for real estate.

Despite an upsurge in construction, home inventories remain low and multiple offers are still common.

While a 6-month home supply is considered a balanced housing market, most markets are well below that, some significantly. Moreover, supporting fundamentals are far more solid than about a decade ago in the pre-bust years of 2006-2007.

 

With that as a backdrop, here are 10 tips for buying and selling real estate in a presumed up-market in 2016.

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1. Buyers: Don't overreach

A bidding war might spur you to overspend, but paying an inflated price can make it tough to resell when prices stabilize or sink. (Read 2008-2009 real estate columns as a reminder.)

A decision to pay a premium isn't always an errant one, though, when you plan to live in the house long term. Rather than focus on overheated developments, look at comparable homes in neighboring areas with the same access to the schools and amenities that you value. Set a bid ceiling, and try to have a few other deals in the works so you're less inclined to overbid.

2. Sellers: Exercise your clout, but don't overplay it

If you set a price from 5% to 10% above the market, you're more apt to get an offer close to your home's real value than if you start much higher and force your listing to go stale. However, if your home has better qualities than area comps, you have a bit more latitude.

No need to pay closing costs or offer other incentives to the buyer, especially if it means keeping your in-demand home off the real estate market. For example, a sale contingent on the buyers selling their home is reasonable but only with a contractual escape for you, often called a "kick-out" clause. That gives you the right to continue marketing your home. If a less-encumbered bid comes in, you then offer the initial buyers a set time of 48 or 72 hours to withdraw their contingency.

3. Buyers: Be ready, be early, be flexible

Are the best houses still getting snapped up quickly? Then don't wait until you find a home to go loan shopping. Keep your preapproval letter, as opposed to a basic prequalification letter, in tow. Winnow your neighborhood choices before you shop.

Line up an action-ready inspector for an immediate property visit.

Have your agent ask what the sellers would value most in the sale. If you can accommodate a fast settlement or short-term, rent-back condition or fewer contingencies and conditions, that can make you stand out when that dream home is hanging in the balance.

4. Sellers: Know your agent's commission split

A heated market is causing sellers to question why they should pay the full 6% commission.

Hence, sellers' agents are accepting less, then offering less of a split to buyers' agents in a practice known as "sell to the commission."

When the co-op fee is low, buyers' agents tend to be less than enthusiastic in showing such houses, and yours will typically take longer to sell.

5. Buyers: Buying new?

Get what you pay for. Builders are cranking production to pre-recession levels. But some are cutting corners by hiring untrained help, not waiting for concrete to cure, painting walls without primers or quietly substituting cheaper materials such as a lower grade of countertop granite, or installing inadequate plumbing or HVAC units.

Consider hiring an independent inspector to oversee construction (at $400-plus). Builders may tell you not to worry because they'll hire one. Ahem!

And, be sure the builder is established and that you research online reviews, complaint pages and consumer ratings. Ask specific questions about the crew's experience and certifications.

6. Sellers: Know your influential rooms

Upgrades rarely pay for themselves, but there are 2 spaces that can make or break a home sale: the kitchen and master bath.

Because kitchens are the heart of the home, or the "new living room," make yours homey. Hide the coffee maker and toaster. Add simple decorative touches to the wall behind the sink.

Sure, new granite countertops and appliances are optimal, but new hardware for cabinets, new faucets, new lighting fixtures and fresh (neutral) wallpaper are inexpensive touches that carry weight. Thoroughly scour and depopulate the fridge and take magnets off it, please.

For bathrooms, always display a sparkling bathtub and commode. A new tub liner, or "shell," can make that marred tub look like new and save you from replacing it.

A new faucet, new lights, fresh caulking, a new towel rack or new mirror may be in order. Clean out the medicine cabinet. Of course, this doesn't mean you shouldn't declutter, depersonalize, paint and scrub the rest of your space, too.

7. Buyers: Beware hidden costs

When is a $250,000 house not a $250,000 house?

Answer: Always! Consider these and myriad other closing costs when buying:

  • Origination fee: On a $200,000 mortgage for a $250,000 home, assuming 3.5% interest and no points, you'd pay the lender about $1,800.
  • Home inspection: Even if the mortgage insurer doesn't require one, get one for peace of mind.
  • Property taxes: You'll usually pay a few months upfront.
  • Appraisal: The bank will need to determine how much the place is really worth.
  • Private mortgage insurance, or PMI: This depends on your down payment and credit rating.

Other pre-occupancy costs should include home insurance, title insurance and deed-recording fee, and possibly title insurance, survey costs, credit report fees, flood insurance and homeowners association dues/insurance.

On that $250,000 home, allow an extra $5,000 or more atop the sale price.

8. Sellers: Consider the replacement

You're getting multiple offers on your home, with several over asking price. Wow, that was fast! But can you find your next home in time to move once you sign?

If not, one option would be to request a lease-back from the buyer, allowing you to remain in your old home for the time you need to shop for the replacement. This will be contingent on when the new owners need to occupy, and the period is usually limited to 60 days.

The other option is to slow the selling process by asking for a longer period before closing.

Whatever you do, get your prospects and finances lined up (see tip No. 3!). Yes, a seller's market swings 2 ways!

9. Buyers: Seek out an up-and-coming neighborhood

Things to look for include proximity to a new or resurgent business center, the addition of a major employer, a light-rail station, a city cleanup initiative, young people moving there, crime watch and other neighborhood groups being formed, multiple renovations underway and other up-and-coming neighborhoods abutting it.

New retailers, restaurants and other commercial tenants are also a good sign. Research by RealtyTrac shows that homes in ZIP codes that have a Trader Joe's grocery store appreciated 40% on average since the homes were last purchased. Homes with a Whole Foods nearby appreciated 34% on average.

10. Sellers and buyers: Don't play the bubble game

Thousands of would-be sellers and buyers are agonizing over how they can time their next sale or purchase to coincide with the "pop" of this housing bubble, either by selling soon for optimal profit or swooping in with cash to pounce on post-pop pricing.

True, the bust of 2007-2008 was a loud and robust one, but don't look for anything catastrophic this time. The present froth is being fueled by narrow supply and widespread demand, not easy credit and "liars' loans."

Most real estate cycles don't explode like the last one; they just deflate slowly. Real estate continues to be a reliable long-term investment prone to usually modest peaks and valleys, done on a deal-by-deal basis and subject to local economies.

 

 

 

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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Newest Homes for Sale as of April 6th, 2016!

  Today is April 6th, 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.

 


2788 Hwy 135 North Lake Park, GA 31636
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,647 sq ft, 1.56 acre lot , MLS# 106024
$144,900

 


4186 Silver Glen Hahira, GA 31632
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,460 sq ft, 0.11 acre lot , MLS# 106020
$136,900

 


2928 Callaway Circle Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,175 sq ft , MLS# 106018
$69,900

 

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, April 5th

Helpful Hints on Cleaning Windows

How to Clean Windows

It’s spring, the season for cleaning. Washing windows is at the top of our list. Many commercial window-cleaning products are available, all of which promise to impart a “streak-free shine.” But we have found that a simple solution—one part white vinegar to two parts water—is perfect when mixed up in a spray bottle.

Here are a few tips and techniques to make the job of cleaning windows go a bit faster, and easier:

For cleaning inside windows:

• Fill a bucket or large pot with clean, cool water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap.

• Place a large bath towel beneath the window to catch any spills.

• Use a clean microfiber cloth or sponge to go over the surface of the window, starting at the top and working down to the bottom. Don’t forget to wipe down the frame as well, both inside and out.

• Spray the window thoroughly with the vinegar and water solution, or if you prefer, a commercial window cleaning product (Zep or Windex work well). Another option is mixing one capful of ammonia with two gallons of water.

• Using a clean, lint-free towel (or the black-and-white pages of a newspaper), dry the window completely using a Z-shaped motion. You also can use clean paper towels to dry the windows, if you prefer.

• If dirt or streaks remain, spray and dry again. (Dirty windows typically require two rounds of spraying and drying.)

• It is best to work on a cool, cloudy day so that the soapy water and window-cleaning solution do not dry on your windows.

How to Clean Windows - Squeege

For cleaning outside windows:

• Outside windows typically have more dirt and stains. Start by rinsing the windows with the hose, then fill a bucket with clean, cool water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap.

• Using a soft microfiber cloth, go over the surface of the window. For higher windows, use a sponge mop (or a soft cotton or microfiber mop) on a pole.

• Rinse thoroughly with the hose.

• Spray or mop with the vinegar and water solution or with a commercial cleanser.

• Wipe the window dry using a clean, rubber-bladed squeegee. Angle the squeegee towards the bottom of the window and work from top to bottom. Wipe the squeegee with a clean, dry towel at the bottom of each pass. Alternatively, you can use a clean, lint-free towel or newspaper pages to dry the windows.

• For stubborn dirt and stains, including bird droppings, saturate thoroughly with vinegar and water and let stand for several minutes before drying. You can also try rubbing with a soft “scrubbie” sponge, but do not use steel wool or harsh scrubbing cloths; these will scratch the window.

• Don’t neglect the window screens. Rinse with plain water, spray with a vinegar and water solution, then rinse again with plain water. Let dry thoroughly before replacing the screens on the windows.

Sometimes windows will be stained with mineral deposits, particularly in areas with hard water. There are several commercial cleansers that can be used on these stains, including CLR, which removes calcium, lime, and rust stains. Follow the manufacturer directions when using these products.

Although cleaning windows can be a “pain,” it is worth it to be able to enjoy unobstructed views… and let the sun shine in!

Source, http://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-clean-windows/#.VwO6EXoe7mE

 

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.

The information contained in our website is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. We make every effort to maintain this website to have current, accurate information. However, we cannot warrant the accuracy of the information contained in our EXIT Realty In Touch website. This includes, but is not limited to, information contained in our website and information contained in websites that are linked to our website.

April 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.

The information contained in our website is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. We make every effort to maintain this website to have current, accurate information. However, we cannot warrant the accuracy of the information contained in our EXIT Realty In Touch website. This includes, but is not limited to, information contained in our website and information contained in websites that are linked to our website.

Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, April 1st

Words of Wisdom

“It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.” – Denis Waitley

“Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Guillaume Apollinaire

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard

 

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 March 30th, 2016!

Today is March 30th, 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.

 


4221 Abingdon Court Valdosta, GA 31605
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,164 sq ft, 0.17 acre lot
MLS #106003
$74,900


2554 Winnwood Circle Valdosta, GA 31601
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,884 sq ft, 0.59 acre lot
MLS #105922
$115,000


511 Graydon Ave Thomasville, GA 31792
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,248 sq ft, 0.27 acre lot
MLS #105864
$41,200


3345 Nottinghill Lane Valdosta, GA 31605
4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,774 sq ft, 0.5 acre lot
MLS #105858
$195,900

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, March 29th

Best Ways to Touch Up Paint


Step 1: Clean the Surface

Before you make repairs, clean the area with a sponge, mild detergent and water. Dirt, grime and dust can build up on the wall’s surface, which can affect paint adhesion when you begin touching it up. Lightly wipe the work area with the soapy sponge and then dry it with a clean towel before proceeding.

Step 2: Make Repairs
Dents, small holes (nail holes, etc.) and deeper scratches can be filled in with spackling compound. Use a piece of fine-grit sandpaper and lightly smooth the surface around the area to be repaired. This will help to remove any fragments or raised portions of the wall. Next, open a container of premixed spackling compound and scoop up a small amount of it with the edge of a putty knife. Use just enough to fill in the hole or crack. Put the compound-covered blade of the putty knife at a 45-degree angle to the wall and spread the compound over the hole or crack in a smooth, feathering motion. Do this until the hole is completely filled in. Scrape away excess compound from the wall with your putty knife with the blade at a 90-degree angle to the wall. Wipe any remaining excess with a damp cloth before it sets. It will take a few hours for the patch to properly set. If the patch is slightly raised from the rest of the surface, lightly sand it again with fine-grit sandpaper.  If you’re working on holes that are 2" or greater in diameter, you may need to purchase or make a wall-repair patch and apply it before using joint compound to seal it in place.

Step 3: Prime
You must now prime the repaired areas for optimal paint adhesion and color blending. Without primer, the touched-up spot will stand out from the rest of the painted surface. Choose a high-quality, interior latex primer, such as True Value EasyCare® Latex Primer. Use a small or medium-sized paintbrush (depending on the size of the repaired area) to apply a layer of primer over the spot. Try to keep the size of the primed area confined to the dimensions of the repair for best results. Let the primer dry completely, as recommended by the manufacturer’s directions.

Step 4: Use the Same Paint
It can be difficult to match the color exactly if the touch-up paint is not from the same can. So whenever possible, always store leftover paint so that you can use it for touch ups when needed to get the best results. Apply the same paint used to paint the wall its current color. If you don’t have any of the original paint left, you can try to match it with the same brand, color and finish. You can also go to your local True Value hardware store and purchase True Value EasyCare® latex paint which can be tinted to match your walls’ colors using color match technology.

Use the same applicator that was used to paint the last coat of paint on the wall that you’re touching up. This helps the touched-up area blend with the surrounding surface. If you used a roller, use a roller again (a small-sized roller offers better control). If you used a brush, use a brush again. This will help replicate the surface texture. Use as little paint as possible and apply small amounts at a time. When using a brush, “feather” the edges, beginning at the inside of the touch-up, moving out toward the edges. Feathering is a technique where you extend your brush strokes slightly beyond the repaired area to blend into the surrounding paint for a smooth transition.

Helpful Tips
For touch-ups of small holes or marks (less than an inch), you can use an angled foam brush to lightly dab paint on the spot.  Always take note of the paint finish (flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, gloss, etc.). The slightest difference in sheens can make your touch-up stand out. Gloss finishes are especially hard to touch up.  Reducing paint by 10 to 15 percent with a paint reducer can often help the touch-up paint blend in. Use a paint reducer recommended by the paint manufacturer.

If the results of your touch-up aren’t satisfying, repainting the room is always an option. In some cases, you might be able to match the room color and paint by painting just one wall from corner to corner. The naked eye most likely won’t be able to tell the difference between walls after the new paint has dried and aged. High-traffic areas will require many touch-ups, so it may be a good idea to repaint them.

Safety Alert!
Open the windows to make sure you'll be priming and painting in a well-ventilated area.

Step 5: Check Touch Ups after Drying
Let the paint dry completely for the time recommended by the paint manufacturer. Then check to see how visible the touch-ups are by looking at the wall at an angle. Check its appearance in both natural and artificial light at different times of the day. If you think too critically, you may always see the touched-up spots, but someone visiting your home may not be able to. So be liberal in your assessment.

Well done! You’ve successfully touched up your walls without repainting.

Source, https://www.truevalueprojects.com/paint/interior/prep_cleanup_and_safety/best_ways_to_touch_up_paint.aspx

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.

The information contained in our website is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. We make every effort to maintain this website to have current, accurate information. However, we cannot warrant the accuracy of the information contained in our EXIT Realty In Touch website. This includes, but is not limited to, information contained in our website and information contained in websites that are linked to our website.

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for March 28th, 2016!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

  

The Pursuit of Happiness
Did you have a great weekend? Are you feeling happy? I think everyone wants to be happy. But for some, happiness is an elusive, fleeting state that can only be captured for a brief moment, before it floats away like dust in the wind.

The truth is that, as human beings, almost all of our forward momentum is driven by the pursuit of happiness… or of something better. Even the desire to socialize, to love and to connect with other human beings is driven by our desire to be happy. The pursuit of better jobs, higher status, more wealth; for many, it’s a constant pursuit of what we think will bring happiness.

Of course, this certainly doesn’t mean that everything we chase will bring us happiness. In fact, a big part of our struggle with life is figuring out what makes us happy and, perhaps more important, what makes us consistently happy.

You can read about happiness and how others achieved happiness in their own life, but the path that leads to real joy and satisfaction in life is different for each person, and it’s a journey that each person must take on his/her own.

Happiness is a combination of many things: spiritual fulfillment, meaningful relationships in all areas of your life, a sense of accomplishment in your chosen field, knowing that you’re making a difference, a sense of contentment and a variety of other factors. You can’t buy happiness.

I once saw a bumper sticker that read, “Those who say you can’t buy happiness are shopping at the wrong store!” Yes, most people dream of winning the lottery and what it would feel like. Strangely enough, though, many who win the lottery end up miserable. I know, you want to experience it first hand just to be sure. Me too!

“Things” feels good for a while, but then they fade into the wind, and you find yourself buying something else for that brief moment of happiness. True joy, true happiness is found within. When you’re happy, others are happy when they’re around you, bringing you even more happiness.

Make it a great day!

 

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, March 25th!

Words of Wisdom

“The bad news is, time flies. The good news is, you’re the pilot.” – Michael Althsuler

“Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.” – John C. Maxwell

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

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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