The Real Estate Book - Northeast Ga & Surrounding Counties - 42.12

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Northeast GA & Surrounding Counties

HOME & LIFESTYLE GUIDE Volume 42, Issue 12

Oasis OCONEE COUNTY

30 +/- SPRAWLING ACRES

Christina Hammond 706-255-4731

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CRS is the symbol of excellence in residential real estate. Our members have proven they have the experience, training and commitment to be among the best in their profession. Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation to agents to meet its stringent requirements.


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OCONEE COUNTY OASIS WITH 30 +/- ACRES 1271 SAXON ROAD, WATKINSVILLLE | $1,300,000

Wait until you see this Oconee County oasis, located just minutes from downtown Watkinsville and Athens! Privacy and charm on a sprawling 30 acres with walking trails/riding trails, pastures and a dog house that could be a chicken coup. This 5 bedroom/ 5.5 bathroom home has much more than just space to offer! Follow the long and private driveway off of Saxon Road to this beautiful three-story home meticulously placed on the property. Inside you will find a spacious living area, with an open loft on the second level, offering tons of natural light. The mastersuite, laundry room, office space, and much more additional square footage on the main level. Entertain guests comfortably with the convenience of 4 additional bedrooms, including a full-basement that features an in-law suite with a full kitchen and dining area, as well as centralized living area! You’ll love the additional basement space created for an in-home gym. Outdoor living includes a breathtaking view of the peaceful and private acreage of the property from both the basement-level patio as well as the incredible main-level deck. These areas are perfect for backyard BBQ’s and birthday parties. This property also includes a 24x32 workshop with a separate drive off Saxon Road to be used at your discretion. If you are looking for that perfect home that offers both peace and quiet, space and charm…1271 Saxon Road is the home for you!

For More Information Text RBHGVMZ to 52187

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How Is Working With a Real Estate Agent Better THAN FINDING A HOME ON YOUR OWN?

Selling your home without an agent is often an appealing idea because you can forego the commission rates. The major downside, however, is you lose out on all the important qualities and experience an agent has when they do the work themselves. Here are four reasons why selecting a reputable, local real estate professional is beneficial for sellers:

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NEGOTIATION SKILLS Your real estate agent knows how to get the buyer to make the purchase as close to the asking price as possible. They do this work for a living, so agents understand the ins and outs of contract and price negotiations. Another factor is the market conditions—agents have to stay on top of changes, so they can make the most money on commissions. They know what items they can negotiate and what things are best to avoid. NO EMOTIONAL CONNECTION One of the biggest things about hiring a professional that sellers find appealing is the fact that an agent is not biased. They’re not connected to your property, so they see it at face value. Things like older home equipment, cracks in the sidewalk or areas that you can improve before the open house are more visible to the agent than the person who has lived in the home for years. With no emotional connection, the agent can make decisions that many homeowners are afraid of or unwilling to make. ACCESSIBILITY Does your schedule afford you the time to talk with every person interested in your home? Probably not. Additionally, agents must accommodate the schedules of prospective buyers and show them your property when they’re available. If you go the For Sale by Owner (FSBO) route, then you must handle screening buyers and scheduling showing times yourself. LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY One thing most people do not realize when they choose to go the FSBO route is that they’re legally responsible for anything they don’t disclose to the buyer. Even inadvertent omissions can cause you to incur a lawsuit. Breach of contract may occur when the owner accidentally forgets to mention something hazardous about the property. Property agents and brokers have insurance that covers them if they miss something a buyer finds a nuisance or danger after signing a home contract. You have nothing to protect you should you miss something. Agents spend a lot of time and money earning their real estate license. Knowing the local market and laws is a necessary part of the business. If you’re not a legal professional, you could put yourself in danger of a lawsuit if you decide to sell your home on your own rather than hiring a professional to handle the process. Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She finds happiness in researching new topics that help expand her horizons. Looking to purchase a home? Belnap recommends working with Dee Evans, ABR. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2021. All rights reserved.

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LOVELY SPLIT BEDROOM PLAN. Foyer entry with a huge great room with a vaulted ceiling that contains a fireplace. Large eat in kitchen with pantry.3 bedrooms on the main floor which includes a owners suite with a garden tub. Laundry room on the first. Large Bonus that could be used as a bedroom or media room. 2 Car garage. This home is fabulous! $225,000

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Recently Renovated Spacious 5 Bedroom/3 Baths with Oversized Master on Main located in the Apalachee School District. Eat-in-Kitchen with Granite Counters. Vaulted family room w/ fireplace. Large Formal Dining Room. Large Screened in Deck overlooks Private Fenced Backyard. Convenient to schools, shopping, and accessible to Hwy 316. $231,900.

NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, POOL, CLUB HOUSE, Tennis courts , sidewalks, street lighting. This cozy property is close to UGA, Loop 10 and Hwy 316. Lovely foyer, formal dining room, eat in kitchen, open floor plan, master bedroom with trey ceiling and double vanity with a sitting area, laundry closet up stairs with 2 other bedrooms upstairs. All appliances state except the washer and dryer and its negotiable.Location, Location, Location. This cozy property is a must see, just Fabulous! $242,000

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Mable Mitchell has a Master of Science Degree in Education from the University of Georgia.

Mable was an educator in Athens GA for over 30 years. and she has 30+ years of Real Estate experience in the state of Georgia. She has earned and received many awards and recognitions both as a REALTOR® and as an educator. Mable’s many years of experience, first as a school teacher and as a REALTOR® has given her the knowledge, skills and patience needed to assist her clients and customers throughout the home-buying process.

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OPEN LARGE LIVING ROOM, spacious dining room, nice space in the kitchen, large den with extra sitting room and and a very spacious laundry with a wall of windows. One spacious bedroom off of the living room the second bedroom is down the hall with the bathroom centrally located between the bedrooms. Possibly room for another bedroom. $120,000. Text RBFZSQG to 52187

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A RARE FIND IN A VERY DESIRABLE NEIGHBORHOOD. This all brick home offers a great location for everything; schools, medical offices, hospitals, UGA Medical School and more. This all brick home features; 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, spacious living area with wood burning fireplace, the kitchen is located just off of the living.The appliances include: refrigerator, standard range, microwave, washer and dryer. $249,900 Text RBGPSJJ to 52187

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BEAUTIFUL 3BD/2BA HOME located close to downtown Athens GA, UGA, the East Athens Community Center and 10 loop. This home is on the city of Athens bus line. This adorable home features a large open living area and a nice covered front porch. Appliances includes: Dishwasher, Standard Range and Refrigerator. The interior and exterior have new paint and all new carpet. This home is absolutely move-in ready. $169,900

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in Autumn Home Decor As summer gives way to shorter days and cooler evenings, there is a universal yen to cozy up, hunker down and look for comfy pieces and deeper hues for your home. Decorators offer a palette of ideas for doing a little autumn re-shuffling.

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BAUHAUS RETRO - Paying homage to the Bauhaus, a German design school that boomed during the 1920s, this warming look brings in geometric shapes and bold block color. Think bedroom and family room accents of royal blue, mustard yellow and slate gray hues for this contemporary update. RAMP UP THE REDS - No colors in the spectrum are as warming as carmines, scarlets and crimsons as we head into cold nights. Go for a riot of red tones to turn up the heat in your bedroom. Mix plain and patterned designs in your decorative cushions and throw blankets. BRING IN RUSTIC TOUCHES - Now’s the time to change out your sideboard and shelving displays, grouping together assortments of baskets, wooden pieces and rustic handcrafted trinkets. Plus, macrame is back, so bring out those hanging pots, too! INTRODUCE TEXTURE - Like the return of macrame, styles from the ‘70s like rattan, cane and bamboo are making a comeback, but in a modern, minimalistic way, with curved shapes, tapered legs and clear, defined lines. Introducing these natural textures in a warming color palette will make a living or family room feel cozy. TOP UP THE TABLEWARE - Fall is a good time to treat yourself to a new pottery teapot and more. Bring in rough-hewn earthenware mugs and cereal bowls in warming earth tones. Simply add some hot chocolate or a hot stew and you’re good to go. TRY A TWO-TONE EFFECT - To instantly warm up a bedroom or living room, paint one wall in a jeweltone fall color, such as warm caramel, loden green, a soothing blue, even ruby red or amethyst. ENRICH WITH VELVET - This soft-to-the-touch material is the perfect fabric for curling up with or on, so if you don’t want to invest in a new sofa or chairs, just deck out the ones you have with velvet pillows to make an evening by the fireplace even more relaxing.

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CINDY KARP (706) 461-7253 Cindy@CindyKarp.com Broker, GRI, ABR, WCR Life Member of the Million Dollar Club Circle of Distinction Women's Council of REALTORS Athens Network 2017 Member of the Year

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311 WEST CHURCH STREET $699,000 SPECTACULAR HISTORIC RENOVATION OF A LANDMARK HOME IN THE LEXINGTON HISTORIC DISTRICT, including most of the antique furnishings. Set on a 2.5+ acre hilltop (highest in Lexington) between West Church and Highway 78. The kitchen, family room, baths, all have the Southern Living touch while maintaining historical integrity. All new infrastructure includes plumbing and electrical throughout as well as new roof and mechanical systems. All heart pine and oak floors have been refinished and kitchen was stripped to the studs, expanded, and re-constructed. Too much more to tell so please plan a visit and ready your clients for a personal tour with a cold glass of iced tea on the screened porch to finish.

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and Save Money With These Heating Tips Year after year, many homeowners find themselves surprised when their first heating bill arrives. Now that colder weather has arrived, it’s time to find some ways to stay warm while saving money. The frugal-minded tend to turn to extra blankets and multiple layers in lieu of paying expensive heating bills, but at the end of the day, you should be comfortable in your own home. With a little knowledge and a few behavior tweaks, you can heat your home much more efficiently, without sacrificing your comfort or your hard-earned paycheck:

TURN DOWN THE TEMPERATURE

Ducts are another culprit of heat loss, accounting

By setting your winter thermostat to 68 degrees

for 25-30 percent of heating costs in the average

while you’re awake and setting it lower while

home. Consider having your HVAC company

you’re asleep or away from home, you can save up

inspect everything before the really cold weather

to 10 percent a year on heating costs. Just simply

hits to test the tightness of your ducts and repair

turn your thermostat back anywhere from 7-10

any leaks or restrictions.

degrees for approximately eight hours a day.

CHANGE YOUR FILTERS

USE YOUR FAN While ceiling fans are excellent tools for staying

Dirty air filters restrict airflow and increase your

cool in the summer, they can also be adjusted

energy use. Changing the filters on your furnace

to help you stay warm in the winter. Many fan

or heating unit at least every three months can save you anywhere from 4-6 percent a year on heating costs! If you have pets in your home, your filters are probably even dirtier - changing them once a month is recommended. Taking this step will not only save you money, but also likely prolong the life of your furnace. Have your local heating and air company regularly service

models have a switch that allows the blades to spin clockwise, which will push warm air that rose to the ceiling back down into the room.

KEEP YOUR CHIMNEY CLOSED If your home has a fireplace, remember to keep the damper closed when it’s not in use. Consider a chimney balloon (an inflatable device that goes

your furnace to make sure things are running

in the chimney) to further keep the cold air out

properly.

and the warm air from escaping.

SEAL CRACKS AND DUCTS

FOLLOW THESE TIPS AND REACH OUT TO YOUR LOCAL HEATING AND AIR COMPANY TO GIVE YOUR SYSTEM A COLD WEATHER CHECK-UP TO SAVE MONEY AND STAY WARM THIS SEASON.

Windows and doors account for a large amount of heat loss in homes. In fact, installing weatherstripping or caulking leaky doors and windows can save you up to 10 percent on heating costs.


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How to

U S E C ON C RET E TO K E E P YOU R H O M E C OZY T HI S WINT ER With the weather outside cold and frightful in many areas around the country, you may be thinking of ways to keep your home warm and cozy. But not in a temporary way, like throwing on a warm blanket or firing up a space heater. What is a long-lasting, home value-increasing solution? Believe it or not, concrete is. Normally you wouldn’t associate cool, gray concrete with toasty warmth, but in fact, it has amazing thermal power. Once harnessed, you can use concrete to give you toasty warm floors, inviting indoor fireplaces, spa-like soaking tubs or attractive draft-proof walls. Contact your local contractor and try some of these features to make your home both stylish and comfortable for winters to come.

CONCRETE FIREPLACES – The chill of winter makes many homeowners reawaken their fireplaces so they can bask in the cozy warmth and ambiance of the flickering flames. But even when the fireplace isn’t in use, it often remains the focal point of a room and makes an important design statement. That’s why more homeowners are choosing the unique look of concrete to create custom fireplaces, hearths and mantels. Unlike traditional brick or stone fireplaces, there are more finish and color choices for concrete fireplaces. Since concrete can be molded, it can be molded to your unique taste, whether your want something more contemporary or traditional. With concrete, you can even integrate things like built-in shelves or seating.

CONCRETE FLOORS – Heating your home with a furnace and vents isn’t your only option. You can harness the power of rising heat with radiating concrete floors. By having the floor itself distribute the heat from the ground up using a radiant in-floor heating system, you will save energy and create a more comfortable living environment.

The science behind radiant floor heating is simple: tubes that circulate hot water or electrical heating elements are installed in a concrete slab when it’s poured, fusing the concrete into a source of evenly distributed heat. And even if you don’t have the option of installing brand new concrete floors, there are other ways you can take advantage of radiant heat. You can incorporate it into existing floors using ultra-thin electric heating mats are that can be embedded in thin-set cement overlays, allowing retrofitting over existing slabs without significantly raising the floor height. This process is a great way to warm floors in cold bathrooms, bedrooms, dressing areas and entryways. You can even retrofit cold basement floors with radiant heating to make them more comfortable. So, reach out to your contractor, and discuss the various concrete options you have available to you. This will allow you to relish in warmth and your personal style for years to come.


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Contact Any Women’s Council of REALTORS® Member for Your Real Estate Needs

2021 ATHENS NETWORK GOVERNING BOARD

Annetria “Annie” Kennedy President Hablo Español Give Back Real Estate

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Marie Armour

Brooke Wade

Deandra Bailey

President-Elect Keller Williams Greater Athens

Secretary Southern Classic Realtors

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Denise Beck

Angela Clark

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Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

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Jacki Macker

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706.372.1996

Kay Norris

2018 President Athens Network Greater Athens Properties

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021 GOVERNING BOARD Members are recognized for their professionalism and success in real estate and exemplify the highest standard on industry professionalism

Lauren Turner

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Heather Fletcher

Treasurer Synovous

Membership Director Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

Programs Director Keller Williams Greater Athens Realty

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706.296.6365

Cindy Karp

Laura Leiden

Mable Mitchell

Cindy Karp Realty

Keller Williams Greater Athens

Greater Athens Property

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706.540.4181

706.338.6930

Carole Queen

Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Monroe Office Queen’s Choice Group

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Chuck Searcy

Classic Home Inspection Services

706.202.1155

Brenda Thompson

Mary Claire Wallace

Carriage House Realty, INC

Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

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the Athens Network!


HOW TO FIND A HOME IN A

SELLER’S MARKET In a seller’s market, there are more buyers looking for a home than there are houses available. That means sellers may have an advantage, since multiple buyers may be interested in purchasing their home. If you’re looking to buy a house in a seller’s market, it’s important to know what to expect and to be prepared so you can avoid common pitfalls.

Get Pre-Approved Before you start shopping for a house, you should get pre-approved for a mortgage. That means you will submit your financial information and supporting documents to a lender, and it will review them to decide how much you can afford to pay for a house. Being pre-approved will demonstrate to a seller that you are in a good financial position, can afford a house and will be able to move forward quickly.

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The amount a lender pre-approves you for is not necessarily the amount you should spend. The lender may not consider all your monthly expenses, such as childcare, or other costs of homeownership, such as property taxes, private mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance, maintenance and repairs. Assess your overall financial circumstances to figure out how much you can comfortably afford to spend for monthly mortgage payments.

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Make a Competitive and Realistic Offer You want to get a home at a good price, but in a seller’s market, you may be competing with one or more other buyers who are interested in the same house. To have a better chance at becoming the new owner, you need to present a competitive offer right off the bat. If you try to start negotiations by submitting a low bid, you may not get a chance to negotiate at all because the seller may simply choose a buyer who made a higher offer. Don’t make an initial offer for the maximum amount you can afford. In a seller’s market, bidding wars are common. You may find that because competition is fierce, the only way to win a bidding war is to offer more than the list price. That doesn’t mean you should go over your budget—it means you should focus on homes with asking prices below the amount you can afford so you will have room to negotiate. If another buyer submits a bid that is higher than what you can afford, be prepared to walk away and look for another house that’s a better fit for your budget.

Get Help From a Knowledgeable Real Estate Agent An experienced real estate agent who is familiar with the local market can guide you through the process of looking for a new home. An agent can help you decide how much to offer so you can hopefully get the house you want at a competitive price without being outbid by another buyer. If you can’t find a home with the features you want in your price range, your agent may recommend that you consider another neighborhood or city with lower home prices. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2021. All rights reserved.

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