Valdosta Real Estate Ramblings


Aug. 11, 2020

What Is Normal Wear and Tear?

What is normal wear and tear

Do you have disagreements over ‘normal wear and tear’ with your tenants?


The concept of normal wear and tear often leads to disputes between landlords and tenants. These happen because people have different interpretations of this idea based on protecting their interests.

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Posted in Home Tips
July 6, 2020

Pros and Cons of Renting to Tenants with Pets

Today, sixty-seven percent of US households own a pet. Pets are able to provide joy and companionship to many people. Most pet-owners consider their pet as part their family, and wouldn’t want to move without bringing them along.

Before renting out your property, you need to decide on the pet policy. Accepting pets in your units has both its advantages and disadvantages. While you’ll get more tenant applicants, there will also be a greater risk of possible property damage.

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Posted in Selling
June 7, 2020

How to Attract Long Term Tenants

As a property owner, it should be your quest to find and retain long-term tenants.

You’ll save money, time and stress by avoiding the marketing campaigns and skipping the process of building solid relationships with new tenants.  

Also, long-term tenants are typically high-quality ones who pay their rent in a timely fashion and don’t cause property damages. They’ll provide you with a steady stream of income and you’ll have a better experience overall.

But the question that remains is: how can you find long-term tenants, and how can they willingly continue to renew their lease? In this article, Signature Choice Realty will explore just that!

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Posted in Home Buying
Oct. 27, 2019

VA Benefits #1


VA benefit question #1. The question is: Do I have to put a down payment on a VA loan? The answer to that question is no. Unlike loans such as FHA and conventional that require a minimum of 3.5% down a VA loan is 100% financed.

You'll also take advantage of the fact that there's no PMI or private mortgage insurance attached to a VA loan. With 5% down PMI could cost the homebuyer an additional $150 a month on a $250,000 home loan. If you're considering purchasing a home using your VA eligibility, and would like a recommendation to a VA approved lender, please reach out to me at 229-834-0946. I'd love to connect you with one of our preferred lenders.

Posted in Loans
Sept. 25, 2019

5 Tips to Help You Crush it in Real Estate

Realtors play a huge role in one of the most important financial decisions a person can make, but did you know that the industry has an 87% fail rate? Do you have what it takes to stay in for the long haul? Here are five tips to help you crush it in real estate.

First, if you haven't done so already, choose a mentor. Be sure to find one who is willing to spend the time it takes to mentor you, has a solid track record and who is positive and encouraging. Someone who is ethical and committed to serving others.

Second, choose your tribe wisely. Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. Energies are contagious.

Third, set goals and track your performance. Having a clear focus in the form of a goal not only helps you stay on track, but will actually motivate you even more than factors such as financial gain. Setting goals gives your life direction and boost your motivation and self-confidence.

The fourth tip is work your sphere of influence. If you have ever interacted with another human being, you have a sphere of influence. Your sphere of influence exists because of the relationships that you've built with each person. Your sphere will be your initial source for referrals. Start working them.

And five, make a commitment to social media and video marketing in the age of technology this is huge. Social is a great way for agents to share their message and properties they've listed and sold as well as increase their following. Word of mouth is still a real thing.

I hope you get a ton of value from these five tips. For more tips, please subscribe to our YouTube channel

And, on another note, if you're new to real estate or have been in it for years and are looking for either a brokerage to start your career with or just need a change, I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you to discuss what our office has to offer. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Posted in Agent Tips
Sept. 25, 2019

Biggest Buyer Mistake


Biggest Buyer Mistake


Hi. Janice MacMillan, broker owner for Signature Choice Realty. I want to share the biggest mistake I see buyers make when preparing to purchase a home. The biggest mistake is not speaking to a lender first and figuring out how much home they can afford. Without first knowing how much you can afford, you may be wasting your time. You could end up looking at homes you can't afford or visiting homes that are below your optimal price level. For many first time home buyers, the goal is to buy a home with a comfortable mortgage payment and one that won't keep them stressed out. The best way to avoid this mistake is to consult with a mortgage lender. They will look at your credit and income and help you determine what price range is affordable for you. It's also a good idea to get several quotes on rates.

Shopping for a mortgage is a lot like shopping for a car or any other expensive item. It pays to compare offers. Mortgage interest rates vary from lender to lender, and so do their fees such as discount points and closing costs. But you say, "I don't want multiple hits on my credit for shopping rates." Mortgage applications within a 45-day period count as one credit inquiry. But according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, almost half of borrowers don't shop for a loan.

So if you're looking to purchase a home in the near future or looking for a fabulous lender recommendation, please reach out to us at (229) 249-5339. We would be thrilled with the opportunity to serve you.

Posted in Home Buying
Sept. 3, 2019

Three Top Seller Tips


Three Top Tips For Selling Your Home Quickly!


Hi Everyone, Janice MacMillan, broker owner for Signature Choice Realty here in Valdosta. Selling your home quickly not only allows you to move on with your life, it also means fewer days of keeping your home in pristine condition and leaving each time your agent brings a perspective buyer to tour your home. Here are the top three tips for selling your home fast.

Number one, declutter and stage your home. By removing family photos, memorabilia, and unusual décor, you're actually removing your personality from the home and allowing a perspective buyer to see themselves living there.

Number two, have professional photos and video taken. Since the majority of buyers start their search online, it's important to have photos that will lure a buyer in, making them want to see more of your home.

And number three, set the right price. Work together with your realtor to come up with a good pricing strategy that will not only get your home sold in the, in the quickest time, but also for the highest dollar.

If you'd like to hear some more tips on getting your home sold quickly, please don't hesitate to give me a call at 229-834-0946. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. 

Posted in Selling
July 27, 2019

July 2019 Mid Year Market Update

July 2019 Mid Year Market Update!

Hey folks, Janice MacMillian here with Signature Choice Realty. And I just wanted to pop on here and wish everybody a happy July 1st. We are officially through the first half of 2019. Went in and did some calculations and year-to-date in our MLS there has been 744 homes sold just in the Valdosta Lowndes County area. Last year at this time we were at 689 homes sold and that is about a 7.98% increase over last year.

And, it's been a very good couple of months. It's been very fast and furious. We have buyers, we have sellers and, it just makes for a good combination. It makes for a good, real estate market. So, we have a four day weekend coming up and I hope everybody's going to take some time off to spend with their families and enjoy that Fourth of July Weekend. And, as always, if there's anything that we can do for you here at Signature Choice Realty, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at 229-249-5339 or you can go to our website at We really look forward to hearing from you. We're here to assist you in all of your real estate endeavors. Take care and have a fabulous Fourth of July. 

Posted in Market Update
Feb. 11, 2019

3 Reasons Why You Should Always Use a Realtor

Why overwhelm yourself in your next transaction? Instead, use the help of an agent.

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There are three reasons why you should always use a professional Realtor when buying or selling a home:

1. Realtors will price your home correctly. They have the tools and resources necessary to evaluate the market and successfully sell your home for the perfect price. If it’s too high, you’re scaring off buyers, and if it’s too low, you’re leaving money on the table. They’ll also be able to get it sold in a reasonable amount of time. 

2. Realtors know how to market your home. Marketing is the biggest key to getting your home in front of potential buyers. If they can’t see it, they can’t buy it, so a strategic marketing plan is incredibly important.

3. Realtors coordinate everything. Once the contract is signed, the ball really starts rolling and things begin to happen rapidly. Your agent will be coordinating inspections, meeting with closing attorneys, signing paperwork, and much more. Since time is of the essence, you really need their help to keep things on track.

We offer a free market analysis and can help you with any and all of your real estate needs. If you’re ready to begin the process of selling your home, have any questions, or need further information, give us a call at 229-249-5339 or visit our website at We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted in Home Buying
Jan. 21, 2019

Follow Us for Developments in Valdosta’s New Construction Projects

Today I wanted to quickly let you know about some new construction projects in the works in our area. Stay tuned for future announcements and developments!

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We’re about two weeks into 2019, and we here at Signature Choice Realty have gotten off to a running start. We were very blessed throughout 2018, and we anticipate continuing the momentum through 2019.


As you know, we have a lot of new construction going up in the area. Some of the subdivisions are still developing, and there also are new ones that are still in the works.


The Coventry subdivision is finishing up its last few lots, so if you’re interested in property there, don’t delay! Coventry is a sweet, smaller neighborhood that’s not too far from Moody Air Force Base. Within the next few months, they’ll be adding in villas that will be available for purchase.


"We’re very excited for these developments; I think that they will be very beneficial to the Hahira community."


Additionally, Creekside West and Grow Point have a few homes still in development, and MacNeal Estates will be breaking ground in Hahira before too long. We’re very excited for these developments; I think that they will be very beneficial to the Hahira community.


We are so blessed to have each and every one of you as a part of our team, and we look forward to serving you throughout 2019 and beyond. If there’s anything that we can help you with here at Signature Choice Realty, whether you’re buying or selling a home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.


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