Valdosta Real Estate Ramblings

 

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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 www.signaturechoicerealty.com. 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 www.SignatureChoiceRealty.com. 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.

 

Posted in Around town
Nov. 29, 2018

How Much Has Our Market Grown?

Our team has grown a lot this year, and so has our market.

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Our team has experienced some incredible growth this year, and it wouldn’t be possible without you. As proud as we are of this, though, the focus of today’s message is actually the growth of our Valdosta market.

To illustrate how far our market has come in just a few years, consider this: From January 1 to December 31 of 2014, the total number of residential sales for our Valdosta market was just 897. So far this year, there have been 1,237 residential sales. That’s an increase of more than 300 sales—and we haven’t even reached the end of the year.

"Our team has experienced some incredible growth this year, and it wouldn’t be possible without you."

Of course, broad market statistics aren’t all we consider when we help buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals. If you’d like to speak about your specific scenario, please reach out to us. We would love to help.

And, as always, if you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Posted in Market Update
Nov. 5, 2018

Have You Heard Our Big News?

Fall listings can be very successful, but there are a few essential tips sellers should follow when listing during this time of year. 

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I have some wonderful news to share with you today. We have been really busy over the last year at Signature Choice Realty and we’ve brought on some great team members to help us grow even more. Barbara Hart is a new agent on our team who brings over 30 years of experience with her. We’ve also brought on a great transaction coordinator, Samuel Christopher. These new faces will allow us to assist you in a much more efficient manner.

With growth comes change and that change is coming soon. On November 7, 2018, we will be moving to a new office at 2700 N. Oak Street, right across from Mackey Park. Our new office is much more spacious and comfortable, allowing us to serve our clients better. 

 

"With growth comes change, and that change is coming very soon."

 

Our address is changing, but our phone number isn’t. You can still reach us any time by phone at (229) 249-5339 or by email at signaturechoicerealty@gmail.com.

Since we opened for business earlier this year, your loyal support has helped us grow and now we’re excited to have more space to serve you better. We've been looking for a new home for the past several months and have finally found it. As of November 10, we will no longer be operating out of our Bemis Road location.

If you have any questions for us in the meantime or any real estate needs that we can assist with, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Posted in Office Updates
Oct. 17, 2018

8 Tips to Help You Sell This Fall

Fall listings can be very successful, but there are a few essential tips sellers should follow when listing during this time of year. 

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1. Have your photos taken during spring or summer. Getting professional photos during the earlier months of the year while everything is still lush and green will help your fall listing stand out. While other listings’ photos might show the homes amid drab, dreary landscapes, your listing photos will be sure to shine. 

2. Boost your curb appeal. Though we can’t force leaves to stay on the trees, be sure to tidy up any that have fallen so that buyers don’t have to trek through a messy yard on the way to your front door. It is especially crucial during this time of year to spruce up your yard before buyers come for showings. 

3. Adjust your thermostat. We all know that having your A/C on during the summer months is essential here in South Georgia, but it’s equally essential to utilize heat during the later part of the year. You want buyers to feel comfortable as they walk through your home, after all. Even if your home is vacant, be sure to keep your HVAC unit running. 

4. Check your home’s lighting. Make sure no light bulbs are burnt out and that your home is brightly lit for any and all of your showings. 

 

"Some seasonal touches can make buyers feel welcome and at home in your listing, but make sure you don’t overdo it. "

 

5. Have your agent put a marketing plan in place. Given that there tends to be less activity on the market during the fall and winter months, this step will be very important to ensuring your success. 

6. Be flexible with showings. Offering showings on evenings or even weekends may be the key to getting as many buyers as possible through your home. With school back in session and many people making holiday preparations, fall is a busy time of year. Be sure to keep an open schedule. 

7. Don’t go overboard with holiday decor. The old saying “less is more” absolutely applies here. Some seasonal touches can make buyers feel welcome and at home in your listing, but make sure you don’t overdo it. 

8. Highlight seasonal advantages. Home features that are more useful during the fall and winter have the opportunity to shine when a property is listed during these later months. Fireplaces, for example, should definitely be lit during showings.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted in Selling