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Jan 15 2013
2:37 pm

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When a kitchen shines, Realtors beam!

Selling a home

Keeping control of your kitchen is one of the most basic actions you can take to help your real estate agent sell your home. The execution can be simple when it’s approached systematically. 

Especially during the winter months, kitchen control can seem an all but unmanageable task. Days are shorter; kids or pets may be cooped up inside; and everyone tracks winter through the kitchen all day long.  To help you keep your kitchen looking great (and your Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL area real estate agent beaming), some simple preparation is needed. That, plus sticking to a simple routine, will turn the impossible into a ‘done deal.’

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Jan 9 2013
3:02 pm

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Listing Agent, Buyers' Agent, Sellers' Agent: Who is My Agent?

Real Estate Advice

Buyers’ agent, sellers’ agent – what does it mean? In every Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL area real estate transaction, the differences are easy to understand, right? Not quite. AColumbus, GA/Phenix City, AL Realtor Carey Scott potential linguistic trapdoor can lie right around the corner. 

            For openers, that sellers' agent may also be called the “listing agent” – both mean the same thing. The trapdoor is a further complication that comes into play once a contract is in place -- after which the buyer’s agent may also properly be called the “selling” agent!

            The potential confusion between seller’s agent and selling agent doesn’t usually have much practical significance: after all, by then, everyone should know th...

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Jan 9 2013
10:26 am

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Buying a Columbus, GA Bank Owned Home?

Foreclosures

In our Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL area market “Bank-Owned Homes” are usually described as “Foreclosures”. Even though the terms are used interchangeably here and inColumbus, GA /Phenix City, AL foreclosure Bank owned Home other places, there is a difference. The difference between a “Foreclosure” and a “Bank-Owned Home” may be technical, but important to understand.  Foreclosures are properties that are auctioned off in a court process. A bank-owned home, on the other hand, is one that has reverted to the mortgage issuer: a bank.

A foreclosure can change hands with the bang of the auctioneer’s gavel: it’s a cash-in-hand situation, carrying all of the excitement (and risk) of any auction.

With a bank-owned home, the ‘owned’ is attached by hy...

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Jan 6 2013
11:03 pm

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Home Listings Trends for the Future

Selling a home

1332 Ingersoll Dr Phenix City AL Wind Ridge SubdivisionHomeowners who are puzzling over whether to add their property to the Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL area home listings this winter (rather than hold back until spring) have more than just timing to factor into their decision. How their offering will stack up alongside the other home listings is a prime consideration.

The residential market has made good progress this year – and a strong majority of pundits expect more of the same for 2013. I deal with the home-buying public all the time, and so get an inside look and listen to what features and qualities wind up having the greatest impact on their buying decisions. Another way is to survey home listings across the nation to track buying t...

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Jan 6 2013
4:33 pm

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Selling your home? Think like a buyer!

Selling a home

One of the effects of the steady national rise in home prices is a shift in attitude by previously cautious consumers. It’s only natural to find more people focused on buying homes 238 lee rd 2111 phenix city, al weatherstonein the Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL area while it is still relatively inexpensive to do so.

Homeowners who are listing their own Columbus, GA area properties this year are well advised to be mindful of those and other considerations bound to be motivating prospective customers. Buying homes – especially homes in a faraway locale – gives rise to many concerns. Positioning the way a home is marketed to anticipate those concerns can mean a sale to an out-of-town buyer on a Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL area home-h...

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Jan 6 2013
1:32 pm

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Selling Decision - Short Sale vs Foreclosure

Selling a home

For bargain-hunters looking over 2013’s first listings of foreclosed homes for sale in the Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL area, the opportunities speak for themselves. ThroughoutColumbus, GA short sale 2012, the size of that selection of Columbus, GA area foreclosure varies. But no matter how large that increase or decrease turns out to be in 2013, in addition to representing a unique opportunity to potential buyers, each one also posed a substantial decision for the departing homeowner.

The question each homeowner faced was whether to attempt to short sell or to allow their property to be foreclosed upon. Choosing the most positive outcome means shedding the negative repercussions as rapidly as possible – clear...

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Jul 15 2012
7:10 pm

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How Safe is Your Home from Break-Ins?

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Ahhhh! At the end of a busy day, who doesn't look forward to the surge of well being that comes with closing the door behind you, finally able to relax now that the world is at bay. Whether living in apartments or homes, everyone deserves that feeling of safety and security. Yet, like most everything else, real security has to be earned.

In the area of home security, we've come across both good and bad news. The good: the most recent FBI report shows that the number of burglaries is decreasing across the nation. The bad: burglaries are still responsible for 23% of property crimes, and total losses for those were estimated at more than $15,000,000,000. That's billion.  Fortunately, a few ...

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Jul 15 2012
11:15 am

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REO Investment: Cash Cow or Cash Drain?

Foreclosures

Novice and professional investors find themselves in competition over Columbus, GA REO and foreclosure opportunities. The goal of building a long-term, profitable investment is the same for both groups, but the professionals have an institutional advantage. They have systems in place and experienced personnel who bring a high degree of confidence to their estimates of the financial tradeoffs for any candidate property. Novices have to rely on their own calculations.

For readers unsure of that  'REO' expression, it's an acronym that is short for 'real estate owned.' Not very illuminating, is it? What most people mean when they describe a local REO is a property whose ownership has reverte...

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Jul 15 2012
10:38 am

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Time to sell your Columbus, GA Home?

Selling a home

Yard signEvery homeowner can have all sorts of reasons for selling their Columbus, GA house. Those in the boomer generation can be in one of the traditional phases of retirement (planning, transitioning, initiating) or perhaps in one of the newly-popular phases (postponing, rejecting).

For them and everyone else, the decision about whether to sell the house falls into one of two categories: those triggered by economic pressures - or all the other reasons. In all cases, being in control of the timing of your house sale will put you in control of the process. That pays off.

Even if the money factor doesn't rule, it's vital to first do some hard-nosed dollars-and-cents calculations before putting y...

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Jun 21 2012
12:15 am

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Stand out Qualities of a Columbus GA Luxury Home

Luxury Homes

Gracious living in a well-appointed home may evoke visions of price tags in the millions of dollars, but not all true luxury homes in the Columbus, GA area fall into the seven-figure bracket.  If you are considering selling your own high-end home, it's important to consider your target buyer and the criteria most of them bring to their Columbus, GA property search. What for them constitutes the definition of "luxury homes"?.

Although many features could be considered as must-haves for the majority of luxury home listings, three criteria in particular are usually included: well-planned and well-tended grounds, high-quality materials, and distinctive amenities - custom features not dupli...

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Jun 13 2012
10:30 am

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Virtual Tours Help Sell Your Home!

Selling a home

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words might a video's flood of pictures be worth? The scientists at George Washington University approached the topic a few years ago in connection with real estate virtual tours. To those of us whose profession is helping our clients buy and sell homes in the Columbus, GA area, their findings were - to say the least - interesting:

 

They arrived at this conclusion: “Adding a virtual tour decreases the expected marketing time of selling a home by about 20% and increases the expected sales price by about 2%." I've added the italics, but you get the idea: those are some serious stats. Since today's fast-paced world rewards being able to get...

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Yard Sign = I'm selling my home!

Selling a home

When it comes to Columbus, GA property search resources, one tool house hunters rely on without hesitation is so simple they probably don’t even think about it. Online sites and search engines are incredibly valuable and by far are the leading tools in searching for homes. Classified ads may be tried and true, but often require searchers to make a phone inquiry to learn the address in question. But there is a low-demand, high-yield, unequivocal property search aid that gets buyers interested: the good ol’ frontyard ‘For Sale’ sign. Yard Sign Sell Your Columbus GA Home

It may seem like an awfully old-fashioned marketing method, but that sign remains one of the most effective tools we recommend to attract buyers and to raise...

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May 31 2012
12:00 am

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Outdoor living features sell Homes in Columbus, GA

Selling a home

Those of us who focus professionally on our Columbus, GA real estate trends can vouch for it: outdoor living sells! And depending on what life phase their family is in,fire pit Columbus, GA homebuyers’ choices tend to follow similar lines. If you are looking to update and modernize your Columbus, GA area home with an eye on possibly selling it sometime in the future, you should be following some of these trends.

The 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey confirms again how important those backyard grills and dining areas are when it comes to what most people have at the top of their minds when they think about buying homes.

When potential homebuyers come to me, some of the features highest on...

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May 23 2012
2:30 am

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Add Luxury to Sell Your Columbus, GA Home

Selling a home

sell your columbus ga homeWhen the Columbus, GA real estate market undergoes the kind of wide changes we’ve seen recently, you would expect changes in how prospective buyers approach their choices. No surprise there.

With lending tight and larger deposits often being sought by lenders, many Columbus, GA homebuyers are seeking ‘move-in ready’ properties - homes that require little or no out-of-pocket cash before moving in.  That growing segment of the buying public has grown weary of bargain-hunting, are tired of viewing REO’s/Foreclosures and short sales - and just want to be able to settle into their new Columbus, GA home as-is. They want a bottom line cost that's nailed down.

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May 21 2012
3:00 pm

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What is my Columbus, GA home worth?

Selling a home

Columbus, GA Home for saleFiguring out home values when the market is in flux is truly a job for experts. We have seen the national real estate market begin to rebound, and Columbus, GA home values reflect the movement as well. Most Columbus, GA area homeowners are in the habit of keeping an eye on area home values. But especially for anyone considering selling a home in the Columbus, GA area the next couple of months, estimating their home’s worth is one of the first items on the agenda.

To get you started, there are a couple of different methods to help establish a ballpark estimate of what your home may currently be worth.

Certainly the quickest and easiest tool is the calculator on Bank of America’s website,...

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May 19 2012
4:00 pm

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When Selling a Columbus, GA Home is in Your Future

Selling a home

Though things are looking up in real estate these days, selling a home in Columbus, GA is as demanding as ever. As in any serious business proposition, looking for ways to increase the value of your offering will always pay dividends.btrm

One of the major ways you can make your own Columbus, GA home more marketable is to do a bathroom remodel. It’s always a key focus for prospective buyers…and yes, it does sound like a lot of work (and a lot of money) -- but there are a number of ways you can cut down on both.

Why use a Realtor like Carey Scott to sell your home? Click here on Why use a Realtor?

First, step back and give a hardheaded look at the conditions a remodel would correct. In a su...

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May 15 2012
7:30 am

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Hardwood vs Carpet - An Investment Decision

Property Management

Both hardwood and carpeted flooring can look great in any Columbus, GA property. However, when that property is purchased by an investor whose intention is to make it a lucrative long-term rental, hardwood floors can have a real advantage over carpeting -- for both durability and enhanced aesthetic appeal.

Yes, the initial investment is definitely more expensive. But hardwood floors are extremely durable: they withstand years of the toughest use (by even the roughest of boots!). By comparison, carpets tend to rip and stain easily. With replacement costs not as cheap as one would like, that means their actual property management expense will usually be higher. The resulting value to prese...

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May 14 2012
6:10 pm

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Columbus, GA foreclosures: Buying Opportunity

Foreclosures

Columbus, GA foreclosureThese days the words “bank owned homes” or “foreclosure property” has become practically synonymous with a single word: “opportunity.”  With prices and mortgage rates this low, first time home buyers, investors and seasoned property owners alike are looking at a raft of buying options unlike any Columbus, GA has seen in a very long time. 

That option of buying a bank owned home has certainly opened a viable route for those looking to own a home at the fraction of what it cost just a few years ago. But not without a price:  the best Columbus, GA foreclosure bargains are almost certain to fall into the ‘fixer-upper’ category.

A word of caution and advice: sometimes what is a perceived “de...

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Mar 24 2012
12:45 pm

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Search Columbus GA MLS for Homes & Real Estate for Sale

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Looking to Search the Columbus GA MLS for Homes, Land, and Commercial Property?

ERA Elite Ventures Realty property search

You can search all of the real estate properties for sale in the Columbus GA Multiple Listing Service (MLS) on this website. The Columbus GA MLS is the same listing service used by Columbus GA area real estate agents to post real estate for sale. You can search homes, land, and commercial properties for sale.

Click here on Columbus GA MLS property search to begin you search.

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1. By the tabs at the top of the page, you can search by city, area, address, subdivision, MLS#, or map (the map search feature is really cool!)
2. You can search by property type - residential (homes), comme...

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