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Property Re-listing: Success Depends on Re-examination

Selling a home

selling in Columbus, GAEven though Columbus, GA area property prices continue to recover, the current market can still present challenges. No one understands this better than homeowners who are re-listing this Fall and Winter season. For some of them, surrounding seas of “For Sale” signs created a less-than-appealing neighborhood setting. Others drew buyers who weren’t able to secure financing in the uncertain mortgage environment. Whatever the reason, it can be disheartening for anyone who has to re-list their property.

Once you undertake a repeat attempt to sell your Columbus, GA area home, you want to be certain the job gets done right. A key part of that will be ensuring successful showings. It’s estimated...

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Thinking about selling your home "For Sale By Owner"?

Selling a home

FSBO: “For Sale By Owner” - it can be a siren’s call when you first mull over the prospects for selling your house.  A Columbus, GA For Sale By Owner listing promises to allow a homeowner to sell without Columbus, GA FSBOeven consulting a Columbus, GA/ Phenix City, AL area real estate agents! Depending on a home’s final sale price, the commission saved looks to be substantial.

While there are certainly theoretical attractions to the idea of working on your own, time and again statistics prove it is not only more efficient to work with a real estate agent -- it also frequently nets sellers more at the bottom line. There are logical reasons why it works out that way. They are the same reasons why only one ...

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Jan 9 2013
3:02 pm

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

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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 7 2013
9:02 pm

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Getting a Mortgage - Understanding the GFE

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When you plan on getting a mortgage in the Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL area anytime this year, you’re fairly certain to run into something known as the GFE. It’s the acronym 1330 Ingersoll Dr Phenix City, AL Wind Ridge for ‘Good Faith Estimate’-- and despite the reassuring name, the federal government decided they had better make it mandatory. 

The GFE has a new format dictated by the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act which requires lenders to provide an estimate of the charges and fees due at closing. Lenders have three days to make it available.

The GFE looks like a bill. It features a list of fees and charges denoted by three-digit codes. It is grouped into sections to make it more readable, and although at first g...

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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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Oct 29 2012
2:15 pm

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Online home searches guide not decide!

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We take it for granted at this point, but digitized listings have to be the greatest of all the advances technology has brought to real estate. For both prospective Columbus, GA area homeColumbus GA Home for Sale buyers and sellers, the ease and efficiency that has resulted puts past practices back there with horses and buggies. 

There are some unintended side effects, too (isn't it always so?)

The way the search features work, future home owners find themselves thinking objectively much sooner than they used to. In order to narrow down any search, prospects have to decide which features are important right off the bat. Is it price? Neighborhood?

Those first tentative choices provide a preliminary direction fo...

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Aug 1 2012
11:37 pm

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Swimming Pool Pros and Cons

Real Estate Advice

Swimming Pool Pros and ConsAt last! To the joy of every child (and most adults) you know, your Columbus, GA area home has a swimming pool! Whether you just bought the property or have recently installed a pool yourself, this is a feature that's not only a pleasure to look at, but also a true centerpiece -- a magnet for socializing and relaxing throughout the hot summer months. 

 Also true: that pool carries a few drawbacks, as well. You should consider both when it comes to writing an offer or selling a home with a pool

Pro 1: Boost Your Property's Value

In today's super-competitive housing market, it's good to stand out from the crowd. Whether you add your property to the Columbus, GA home listings next week or...

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Jul 31 2012
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Kitchens Feature Hot Colors Now!

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Designers of today's Columbus, GA new homes and remodeled homes are continuing to regard the kitchen as the functioning central gathering place - the family's social hub, where a great deal more than meal preparation takes place. The trend toward bigger kitchens is on track: many feature kitchens designed with open space for family gatherings as well as multi-generational cooking. Many new homes deck out their kitchens in the hottest new colors (it's become a widespread international fashion trend).

When you are making decisions about your own kitchen, if you decide to keep future home values in mind, your color choices may differ from what they might have been a decade ago. According to...
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Jul 17 2012
5:16 pm

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Advice for Relocating to Ft. Benning, GA or Columbus, GA

Relocation

As moving time approaches, most internal stress meters start twitching around the time we have to figure out how many cartons it's going to take. A cross-town move is Relocation to Columbus, GA Ft. Benning, GA one thing -- sometimes you can even handle it yourself (with the help of bribable friends and relatives, of course).

 But suppose you have just accepted a new job promotion in the Columbus, GA area or assigned to Ft. Benning. Of course, you're immediately excited by the adventurous prospect of the summer's relocation.  But suppose Columbus, GA is located in a new zip code - and maybe even a new state. Your move up the professional ladder or ranks could also mean spending a lot more time and money on the move itself…and onc...

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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
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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Jul 1 2012
10:35 pm

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Advantages of Advance Home Inspections

Selling a home

When the time nears to sell your Columbus, GA home, one extra bit of due diligence can pay off in the most meaningful way: helping you to get the best return on your investment. It's not a requirement that every listing agent may suggest, but particularly if yours is an older home or if you don't like surprises, it is one you should consider: ordering an advance inspection.

Ordering your own advance inspection, like the proverbial 'stitch in time,' can alert you to deferred maintenance items that might derail a closing. Things do have a remarkable tendency to cause trouble at the most inconvenient time. Even more likely, maintenance items that you have long accepted but which might sour ...

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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.

 Automatically qualified to intere...

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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.

Helpful Search Hints!

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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