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    Thursday, July 19, 2018   /   by Amber Felton

    4 Essential Tips for First Time Home Buyers

    Buying your first home is an experience that you’ll never forget.
     
    You’ll be dealing with amounts of money that you’ve probably never worked with before and from start to finish the process is a whirlwind of emotion and excitement that’s often sprinkled with a little bit of nervousness and anxiety.
     
    Today we are going to try and make things feel a little more familiar for first-time buyers. We’re going to share 4 essential bits of advice that any prospective property owner should take into account before signing on the dotted line.
     
    Let’s get started.
     
    1.) Start Saving Sooner
    While around 20% is probably the most common deposit amount, these days there are lenders that will provide mortgages to first time buyers who have smaller deposits. While these deals can often offer people a path to the property ladder that may have been previously out of reach – they can also be costly.
     
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    Thursday, June 21, 2018   /   by Kaitlin Guither

    5 Little Ways To Impress Buyers

    When it comes to selling your home, the little things can make all the difference. A few cheap purchases and a little elbow grease can tip the tables in your favor and help close a sale that may otherwise have been an “almost” for a prospective buyer.
    Here are 5 little (budget friendly) ways to impress buyers and get your home off the market that little bit quicker.
    1. Clear The Clutter
    The first tip on this list is also the cheapest (it’s free). When prospective buyers are coming to take a look at your home they’re trying to imagine what their life (and belongings) would look like if they moved in. By removing as much clutter as possible you’re giving their visions of a new life in a perfect home a helping hand.
    Gather up as many sentimental objects and other bits of clutter as possible and put them all in the loft or in the basement (consider renting a storage unit temporarily if you’ve not got space).
    Tip: Don’t remove all of your stuff ...

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    Tuesday, December 12, 2017   /   by James Zarycki

    New Mungo Homes Community

    Great News! Mungo Homes is building in a newly developed community in Effingham County. Summer Place offers homes starting in the mid $140's up to the low $200's. The floor plans are new to the Savannah market and offer a wide range of options. For more information or a private tour call James at 912.463.3437 D or 912.748.4600 O. 

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    Thursday, October 19, 2017   /   by Kaitlin Guither

    Selling a Home with Pets? Here’s What You Need to Know!

    Understand that Sparky might be hurting your listing…


    We know, it’s nearly impossible to imagine anyone having a negative opinion towards your precious pet, but if you’re expecting top-dollar and a 30-day sale with a pet in your home during every showing, the odds probably aren’t in your favor. The truth of the matter is that your fur baby definitely isn’t a marketing tool when it comes to selling your home. A majority of buyers may be turned off due to fear, inexperience, or the very simple fact that your pets aren’t their pets.
    While our number one piece of advice would be to relocate your pet entirely, to a family member or friend, while your home is on the market…we totally understand that that’s not a realistic scenario for everyone. If that’s the case for you, here are three tips for selling a home while a pet is present:
    1. Don't Advertise That a Pet Lives There
    Remove any and all traces of a pet living in yo ...

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    Monday, October 16, 2017   /   by Kaitlin Guither

    Smart Home Tech: The Latest Trends

    BY TRISHA COOK
    Convenience, security, savings; These are just a few of the benefits of upgrading your home with smart technology. From your garage door to your air conditioning, it’s incredible what we can control with the click of a button from our smart phones. Check out some of these options for boosting your home’s efficiency and living a more “connected” lifestyle.
    1. Video Doorbell

    PHOTO FROM RING.COM


    A doorbell, motion sensor, security camera and two-way intercom all bundled into one tiny gadget for your front door. Every time the button is pushed or motion is detected in the area, you receive an automatic alert to your cell phone. From there, you can view a live video recording of what’s happening at your front door and even speak to your visitor. Protect your family and your packages for under $200 with Ring or SkyBell, two of our top picks for video doorbells.
     2. Smart Thermostat

    PHOTO FROM NEST.COM


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