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Celebrate the Holidays in Augusta, Georgia

All of us at LNH Realty are inviting you to come to “our” home for the holidays. If you have never celebrated Christmas in the South, 2015 is the time to make changes to your holiday plans. Augusta, Georgia is a big city with a big heart, and everyone from near and far are welcomed to celebrate this special time of year.

Events in Augusta and the city’s surrounding metropolitan area are so numerous that you will have to make some difficult decisions on how to spend your joyous time. The Imperial Theatre on Broad Street and Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans will feature some great music in December. You can have “Christmas with the Annie Moses Band,” on December 15 or celebrate Christmas with country music artist John Berry at the historic Imperial Theater on December 20.

With a church on almost every street corner in Augusta, you can also enjoy in heavenly music almost every night of the week during December. And to learn about the reason for the season, families will enjoy the “Hayride through the Life of Christ,” at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

Other holiday-specific events include SouthStar’s Arctic Express Trolly Tour that leaves from The Book Tavern, and of course Photos with Santa, free photos of the jolly St. Nick hosted at Cabella’s off of Riverwatch Parkway.

Below are details for the events we mentioned today. To view more holiday events taking place in Augusta, visit http://events.augusta.com/type/holiday

SouthStar's Arctic Express Trolley Tour

Dates: 

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Monday, December 21, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Venue:

The Book Tavern

Reservations required; 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 12 and 18-23; (706) 432-8883, michael@southstartrolley.com

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band

Date: 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 6:30 pm; Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.; (706) 726-0366

Venue: 

Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center

7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.

Evans, Georgia

Cost: $49

Website: augustaamusements.com

Christmas with John Berry

Date: 

Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Venue or organization: 

Imperial Theatre

749 Broad Street

Augusta, Georgia

Country music singer; (706) 722-8341

Cost: $22-$35

Website: imperialtheatre.com

Hayride through the Life of Christ

Dates: 

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Venue or organization: 

Columbia County Fairgrounds

5462 Columbia Road

Grovetown, Georgia

Held by Sharon Baptist Church of Appling; 13 live interactive vignettes; free hot chocolate; (706) 541-0667,

(706) 825-3076

Cost: Free admission

Free Pictures with Santa Claus

Date: 

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 11:30 am

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 11:30 am

Venue or organization: 

Cabela's

11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13; get little one's picture taken, make Christmas crafts Cabela's style; bring or buy a toy for Toys For Tots and drop it off at the store

Cabela's

833 Cabela Drive

Augusta, Georgia

Cost: Free

Website: 

cabelas.com/augusta

 

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A Brief History of Veterans Day: Veterans Day Events in Augusta, Georgia

LNH Realty salutes the brave men and women of our military, past and present, by sharing a bit of history about Veterans Day and highlighting two free events in Augusta, Georgia. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans of all wars–living or dead–but makes special efforts to honor the living veterans who served our country.

One of the most poignant Veterans Day ceremonies in the United States is an official wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. It is a beautiful ceremony that shows America’s respect and admiration of its soldiers. Ceremonies are also held throughout the country. Below are two ceremonies that will be held this Veterans Day in Augusta, Georgia, home to Fort Gordon.

Veterans Day Celebration - Veterans: Heros of the American Heart

                 Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 9:00 a.m.

Venue or organization: Lakeside Middle School (527 Blue Ridge Drive, Evans, Georgia)

Honoring veterans, active duty military personnel, local firemen and policemen; special seating for guests; patriotic music by the chorus and eighth grade band; memorabilia from family members; reception follows. Give notice if planning to attend so seating can be arranged (706) 855-6900.

Veterans Day Parade

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Venue or organization: Downtown Augusta

Parade begins at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center at the corner of Greene and 13th streets then continues down Broad Street to the All Wars Monument.

 

Brief History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day first started out as Armistice Day when in 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1918 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. To celebrate the day, the original concept was to hold parades and public meetings and briefly suspend business operations beginning at 11 a.m.

 

Armistice Day resulted from a temporary ceasefire between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, also known as “the Great War.” This significant event occurred on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. November 11, 1918 was considered the ending of “the war to end all wars.”

 

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Giving Back to Hephzibah through the Business & Community Expo

At LNH Realty, we live by our motto “Turning Opportunities into Reality.” We recently put our motto into action by hosting the Hephzibah Business & Community Expo with Gold Cross Emergency Medical Services and Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities.

We at LNH Realty and over 50 businesses turned the Diamond Lakes Community Center in Hephzibah, Georgia into a rich opportunity for residents to discover all that the community has to offer.  A number of businesses came out to share their services and goods while Gold Cross Emergency Medical Service provided free medical procedures for Hephzibah citizens including glucose testing and blood pressure checks. Other health information provided during the day focused on dental preventative care and good heart health.

Children enjoyed snow cones and received free school supplies while adults won exciting door prizes and met caring business owners. All who attended talked with Safe Kids of Augusta, the Gold Cross EMS Bike Team and had an up close and personal look at to see the Gold Cross ambulance.

LNH Realty believes one of the best ways to show the success of the expo is through photos. Below you will see a few of the businesses who came out and said, “We care about the citizens of Hephzibah! We invite everyone to go by and say “Hi” to these businesses who serve as supporters and cornerstones of our community.

 

 

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Augusta – The Land of Higher Education

 “Turning Opportunities into Reality” is the motto of LNH Realty and we can think of no better place than Augusta, Georgia for an individual, couple or family to live to have access to educational opportunities at nationally recognized colleges and universities.

Institutions of higher learning are important to those who are seeking to advance their lives and careers, and to families who children preparing to enter colleges and universities.

We believe you will be amazed at the educational opportunities that abound in Augusta, Georgia.  Please read on to learn more about the higher education offerings in Augusta.

Georgia Regents University

Georgia Regents University (GRU), which resulted from the merging of Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) and Augusta State University (ASU), has a medical campus in the heart of Augusta and a liberal arts and sciences campus in the historic Summerville district.

Currently, GRU’s student population is around 10,000 students. It is comprised of nine colleges with more than 100 academic programs. GRU also offers joint enrollment for local high school students. The university is heralded for its well-rounded liberal arts and sciences, STEM discipline and medical field curriculums. It is also a major research institution with a closely aligned integrated health system. The school anticipates growth in research funding, construction of new facilities and development of additional undergraduate and graduates degree programs. For more information, visit www.gru.edu.

Paine College

Paine College is an Augusta educational landmark and has been since 1882 when the United Methodist Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church united to train African-American teachers and clergy.

Today, Paine College offers a private undergraduate liberal arts education to a diversifying student population. The 57-acre campus hosts close to 900 students seeking degrees in business administration, humanities, social sciences, education, natural sciences and mathematics. Visit paine.edu for more details.

Augusta Technical College

Augusta Technical College has the distinction of being the only technical school in Georgia to win the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Award of Excellence. With an enrollment of about 7,000 students, Augusta Technical College is a shining star in Augusta for those seeking technical degrees.

Augusta Tech is also acknowledged nationally as a college dedicated to supporting the military. G.I Jobs Magazine named Augusta Technical College to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list, which honors the top 20 percent of college universities and trade schools exceptionally embracing active duty military members and veterans as students. For more information, visit augustatech.edu.

Private Colleges in Augusta

Augusta is also home to several private colleges with campuses that provide courses of study for traditional and non-traditional students.  Virginia College, University of Phoenix, Georgia Military College, Brenau University, Miller-Motte Technical College, and Troy University all have campuses in Augusta to meet the area’s drive for higher education. 

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Augusta – A Great Place for Your Children’s Education

At LNH Realty, our motto is “Turning Opportunities into Reality,” and we stand by our words as we work with every family that is considering Augusta as their next home. We believe it is extremely important to provide our families with as much information as possible on Augusta and the wonderful offerings here.

For those with pre-K, elementary, middle or high school children, we understand that a high-caliber school system is a determining factor when moving to a new location.

Augusta is home to superb public and private schools and LNH Realty is pleased to provide you with information and resources so that you can make “educated” decisions for your future home place.

Pre-K

The Georgia Lottery for Education’s HOPE funded pre-kindergarten program provides a full-day formal education program for four year-olds free of charge. State certified teachers prepare students for school readiness in approved facilities at county schools, as well as private day cares and preschools. Georgia’s pre-K program has been described as the largest preschool initiative, per capita, in the nation.

Richmond and Columbia County Public Schools

Richmond and Columbia counties offer quality education to children in the area.  Richmond County School System’s mission is to “educate students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens.” Richmond County was named one of the Top Ten 2014-2015 Digital School Districts using cutting edge technology, proof of the county’s dedication to its educational mission. For more information, please visit www.rcboe.org

The Columbia County School System’s mission is “empowering and inspiring all learners to excel in a global society.” Dedication to the mission is evidenced by the Columbia County Board of Education being named a "Distinguished School Board" by the Georgia School Boards Association in 2014. Please visit the following website for more information, www.ccboe.net/pages/Columbia_County.

Richmond County Magnet Schools

Richmond County is home to a number of nationally acclaimed magnet schools. C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School was named a 2014 Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America. Davidson Fine Arts and A.R. Johnson are also magnet schools in the county that have received the Magnet School of Excellence Award. The Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School debuted in 2012-2013. Situated on the campus of Augusta Technical College, the 130,000 square foot facility has the capacity for 750 students.

Private Schools

For those who prefer a private or parochial education, the Augusta area offers nearly 20 different schools serving students preschool through 12th grade. Parents searching for a particular environment, level of rigor or opportunity for participation in athletics or the arts are sure to find a perfect fit for their child.  

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Move to Our State to Park and Recreate 0 Comments Posted

When you think about the outdoor world of parks and recreation, the South is where we at LNH Realty think you need to be. As our motto states, “Turning Opportunities into Reality” can become your reality as soon as you cross the Georgia state line. Although Augusta does experience all four seasons, “relatively mild” is a good way to describe our beautiful Southern weather. And when it's mild outside, it’s going be a good day. We invite you to take a drive down to our town and plan to stay a while. The Augusta region is stock-full of sports fields, parks and large bodies of water brimming with your favorite catches. Whether you are a weekend warrior, a lazy-day stroller, a history buff or a happy camper, at _____ we want you to move to our state, park and recreate. Residents know all about our great outdoors. If you are thinking about moving to Augusta for your next place to call home, we welcome you to come and take a walk on the wild side. 

Yes, Augusta is known for its golf courses and that famous tournament called “The Masters,” but we have already dedicated two separate blogs to the game of the tiny white ball. But we offer so much more. Augusta is also known as a great place for disc golf and as the proud host of the “World’s Richest Dragboat Race.” Zoom. Zoom! If you are seriously considering Augusta as your future home, we want you to take a glimpse at the natural parks and recreation side that Augusta warmly offers. For an upfront and personal look at some of our public attractions, visit https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusta,_Georgia.

We’ve Got Your Outdoor Parks

Riverwalk Augusta — Riverfront Park runs along and on top of the city's levee on the Savannah River featuring a children’s playground and beautiful gardens

Augusta Common — Green space linking Broad Street to Reynolds Street, featuring a statue of James Oglethorpe. You can find arts, crafts and music there almost every weekend.

Augusta Canal — Historic canal with bike/pedestrian path. Kayaking down the canal is also a summer favorite

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park — Wetlands park with pedestrian/bike paths and boardwalks

Diamond Lakes Regional Park — Popular regional sports complex located in south Richmond County

Brookfield Park — Public park featuring a playground, putting green, pedestrian/bike path, and a children’s water play fountain 

Pendleton King — Public park featuring a disc golf course, dog park, amphitheater, bike/running paths and beautiful gardens

Patriots Park — Public park featuring a disc golf course, football, soccer, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts and a playground

Disc Golf Anyone?

The city also has disc golf facilities. The Augusta Top Gun Series is a series of tournaments sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association. These tournaments are held at various venues in Augusta, including Pendleton King Park and Lake Olmstead.  Augusta was the host for the 2006 Professional Disc Golf World Championships. 

The Fun Finale – “The World's Richest Drag Boat Race”

Augusta is the host of the “World's Richest Drag Boat Race,” held every year in July on the Savannah River (also known as the Augusta Southern Nationals). The race is part of the IHBA Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series and is sanctioned by the International Hot Boat Association. The event benefits the Augusta Chapter of the Georgia Special Olympics. Over 100 racing teams from 25 states will compete for $140,000 in purse and prizes as they try to beat the record of 252.94 MPH.

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Helping Fort Gordon Military Call the CSRA ‘Home’

With the gratitude and celebration of Memorial Day just behind us, LNH Realty would like for our military personnel at Fort Gordon to know that for us, honoring the military does not end with one single day in late May. We are committed to serving each and every soldier on a daily basis with the same dedication that has been given to us and our country.

Dedicated to Serving Our Soldiers

At LNH, our motto is “Turning Opportunities into Reality,” and we aspire to do just that for the soldiers that serve at Fort Gordon. Whether you are single soldier on a limited budget or you need a large home within a highly accredited school district, LNH Realty provides our military clients with a total real estate package of resources. From finding a home in your location of choice to securing mortgage and attorney services, we introduce each soldier and his or family to the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and down the path to a solid home buying or selling decision.

We also assist with renting as well as with property management services and advice. There are many housing choices in the CSRA and LNH will help you get settled into our region, or expediently place your home on the Augusta market before leaving for your next assignment.

Real Estate Expertise

Our agents are members of the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors ® and have in-depth knowledge of the CSRA and all properties available. Our entire staff works as one team to achieve the best possible real estate scenario for every client.

The CSRA at a Glance

The CSRA consists of 13 Georgia and South Carolina counties in and around the Savannah River, with a total population of 709,433 (2013 U.S. Census Bureau.)  

The two largest cities within the CSRA are Augusta, Georgia and Aiken, South Carolina. They are located within the Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area that includes Richmond, Columbia, Burke and McDuffie counties in Georgia and Aiken and Edgefield counties in South Carolina.

Many of our military families settle close to Fort Gordon in Columbia and Richmond counties, while others prefer establishing their home farther away in North Augusta or Aiken, South Carolina in Aiken County.  To assist you in your home search, below are the Georgia counties within the closest vicinity of Fort Gordon.

Columbia County: Grovetown, Harlem, Evans, Martinez, Appling

Richmond County: Augusta, Hephzibah, Blythe

For more information about the CSRA, please visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Savannah_River_Area

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Augusta: A Golfer’s Paradise

Augusta, Georgia is known for its outstanding golf courses. Whether you are an experienced player or are just beginning to learn the game, you can benefit from a visit to one of Augusta’s beautiful public golf courses.

Augusta Municipal Golf Course

This challenging course, known as “The Patch,” features par 3’s in different directions, diverse terrain, and a variety of right to left holes and left to right holes.

Rates

Weekday Walking

9 holes          $10

18 holes        $17

Weekday Riding

9 holes           $18

18 holes         $24

Weekend Riding

9 holes $19

18 holes          $27

Facilities: Pro shop, practice facilities, and clubhouse

Website: http://www.augustaga.gov/index.aspx?nid=768

Bartram Trail Golf Course

This beautiful course is named after America’s first Naturalist and features the environment of the lower piedmont and upper sandhills.

Rates

Walking       Mon-Thurs       Friday             Sat-Sun

9 Holes        $15.25            $17.25             $19.75

Including Cart Mon-Thurs Friday           Sat-Sun

18 Holes              $41.75 $44.75 $51.75

Facilities: Driving range and snack bar

Website: http://www.bartramtrailgolfclub.org

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Augusta. Home of the Masters.

Augusta, Georgia is more than just a beautiful place; every year the city hosts one of the world’s most famous sporting events, the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. The Augusta National is arguably the most beautiful golf course in the world. Past Masters winner Sam Snead once said, “I don’t want to sound overly sentimental about it. But with the course looking the way it does and the spirit of Bobby Jones running around, sometimes it feels as though the Masters is played on hallowed ground.”

Membership to the club is extremely exclusive and is by invitation only. Past and present members include former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates.

This prestigious tournament is held during the first full week in April and was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts in 1934. The best golfers in the world are invited to play in the tournament based on their accomplishments. Past winners include Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. In addition to the coveted Green Jacket and a lifetime invitation to the tournament, the winner earns a large sum of money. The 2014 winner took home $1.62 million.

The Masters is an economic boom to Augusta every year. But excitement for the tournament lasts all year long as everyone prepares for the event. Azaleas are groomed, houses are prepped for rental and caterers perfect recipes as the whole city comes together to showcase southern hospitality to golf fanatics. This year the tournament will take place during the week of Monday, April 6 – Sunday, April 12. This year’s top contenders include 2014 winner Bubba Watson and #1 ranked golfer Rory McIlroy. Follow all of the action at www.masters.com

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Welcome to Your New Home—Augusta, Georgia! 0 Comments Posted

When you become part of the LNH family during your search for a new home in a new city, you are in for a wonderful surprise. We make it our responsibility to provide you with information you need about the city that will become your next home sweet home.

Now, it is our pleasure to introduce you to Augusta, Georgia, the place “where everybody wants to be!”

We love our sweet city of Augusta…and we want you to fall in love with it too. Urban and suburban, family-friendly and culturally savvy, Augusta is a little bit of city mixed with a little bit of country. It offers an environment that suits a wide range of tastes and interests. Our city is safe and cozy, though sometimes it is a little bit toasty. 

Augusta is the second largest and oldest city in Georgia. It is nestled along the lovely Savannah River and only minutes away from beautiful Lake Thurmond. We could tell you how close Augusta is to beaches or the mountains, but we want you to stay and experience the true splendor of a Southern city that you will soon call home.

But don’t just take our word for it. We recommend that you do a little tourism surfing on your own to get a taste of the good life ahead in Georgia’s Garden City. Sit back, relax…and enjoy.

http://www.visitaugusta.com/About-Augusta

http://www.augustaga.gov/414/Area-Attractions

www.augustametrochamber.com/augusta-region/about-augusta-ga/

http://www.augustaga.gov/645/Recreation-Parks-Facilities

http://events.augusta.com/events/featured

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Home Improvement as a Selling Tool! 0 Comments Posted

When you are in the process of selling your home, it may seem illogical to invest in its improvement. However, it is important to consider the impact that certain improvements and upgrades can have on your home’s selling value. According to the below article by Blanche Evans on www.realytimes.com, investments in home improvement can be well  worth the initial cost because of what they can add to your home’s value. 

Seller's Advice: Spend a Little, Raise The Price a Lot

Written by Blanche Evans on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 12:39 pm

Your real estate professional is probably advising you to declutter, stage your home, plant new flowers, and make numerous repairs and updates. You may be reluctant to get started because of the costs, but according to home valuation site HomeGain, improvements like these can actually make you more money when you sell your home.

Under HomeGain's Tools for Sellers, you can find the Home Sale Maximizer tool, where HomeGain has identified the top 10 home improvements under $1,500.

These add the most to home sellers' bottom line, and are recommended by over 600 real estate professionals across the nation.

The top 10 home improvements are listed by the greatest return on investment (ROI):

blackdotCleaning and de-cluttering ($290 cost / $1,990 price increase / 586% ROI)

blackdotLightening and brightening ($375 cost / $1,550 price increase / 313% ROI)

blackdotHome staging ($550 cost / $2,194 price increase / 299% ROI)

blackdotLandscaping ($540 cost / $1,932 price increase / 258% ROI)

blackdotRepairing electrical or plumbing ($535 cost / $1,505 price increase / 181% ROI)

blackdotKitchen and bathroom ($1,265 cost/$3,435 price increase/172% ROI)

blackdotReplace or shampoo carpets ($647 cost/$1,730 price increase/169% ROI

blackdotPaint interior ($1,012 cost/$2,112 price increase/109% ROI)

blackdotRepair floors ($931 cost/$1,924 price increase/107% ROI)

blackdotPaint exterior ($1,467 cost/$2,222 price increase/51% ROI)

When you put in your zip code, your results may vary from the survey results, but what's interesting is how consistently the surveyed listing agents recommended the same home improvements. Nearly 100% of listing agents recommend cleaning and de-cluttering, while 97% recommended lightening and brightening and 80% recommended staging. These top three categories cost just a little over $1,000, yet netted sellers $5,734 at closing.

One hundred percent of HomeGain real estate agents recommend painting the interior and cleaning the carpet and ninety-eight percent recommend decluttering., but you may be surprised to learn that the top three money-makers in terms of ROI aren't necessarily what agents most often recommend.

Cleaning and decluttering: Remove personal items; wash and clean all areas inside and outside of house; freshen air; remove clutter from furniture, counters and all areas of the home; organize closets; polish woodwork and mirrors, etc.

Home staging: Add fresh flowers; remove personal items; reduce clutter; rearrange furniture; add new props or furniture to enhance rooms; play soft music; hang artwork in walls, and more.

Lightening and brightening: Open windows; clean windows and skylights inside and outside; replace old curtains; remove other obstacles from windows that block out light; repair lighting fixtures; make sure windows open easily, among other suggestions.

It's all about first and favorable impressions. It takes money to make money, but it doesn't have to take a lot. It's the return on investment that's important.

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Cash Sales FYI 0 Comments Posted

According to a recent article on www.houselogic.com, there was a significant decline in the number of cash home sales this past August. Only 23% of all home buying transactions last month were all-cash sales, which is the lowest overall share since January 2009. Also, it is a decline from the percentage of all-cash sales from the prior month (July 2014), which was 29%. Investors seem to be backing out of the housing market this fall, and if this trend continues, it will help even the playing field for first-time and conventional home buyers (who rely on loans to purchase homes). If you are thinking about purchasing your first home, this could be the ideal time for you to make it happen. Contact LNH Realty, and we will help you with every step of the process.

 
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Just a thought... 0 Comments Posted
Just a thought...

For me, feeling lucky is more than just a “March” expression. I often think about how fortunate I am to be able to do what I love each day.

As a REALTOR®, I get to help families from 
all walks of life live the dream of home ownership. 
I get to participate in community events as an entrepreneur and real estate resource. I am blessed 
to assist people as they make some of the biggest decisions of their lives.  

Can you get any luckier than that? I don’t think so.

So while I won’t be “wearing the green” all year around, I most certainly will celebrate feeling lucky every day when I step out of my front door and into my role as REALTOR®, resource, community leader and friend.

Thank you for the opportunity to do what I love. I wish many blessings for you and your family this month!
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Augusta is growing! 0 Comments Posted

News Flash

Fashion Outlet Mall Coming to Augusta, Creating 1,500 Jobs in Augusta

According to Augusta CEO.

An Atlanta-based retail developer is planning to build a 30-space fashion outlet mall, named Premier Outlets of Georgia in Augusta, said it would create 1,500 jobs when completed in time for the 2016 Masters Tournament. 2016.

 
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Freddie Mac News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.52 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending March 7, 2013, up from last week when it averaged 3.51 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.88 percent.

  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.76 percent with an average 0.7 point, the same as last week. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.13 percent.

  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.63 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.61 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.81 percent.

  • 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.63 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.64 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.73 percent.

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Freddie Mac News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.52 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending March 7, 2013, up from last week when it averaged 3.51 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.88 percent.

  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.76 percent with an average 0.7 point, the same as last week. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.13 percent.

  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.63 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.61 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.81 percent.

  • 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.63 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.64 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.73 percent.

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Have you considered Augusta? 0 Comments Posted
Have you considered Augusta, Georgia?

Augusta ranks in at number four among the top ten places to live in the United States in a recent study by Digital Journal. Give LNH Realty a call, and let us help you find your perfect home! 

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, January 23, 2013  9:24:07 AM
Happy Holidays! 0 Comments Posted

Happy Holidays, From Our Family to Yours!

May your Holidays be filled with family, friends and happiness…We thank you for a great 2012 and look forward to serving you in 2013.

From all of us at LNH Realty

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 Fall Home Ownership Tips…

 

For most, the home is their family’s biggest investment. Here are some fall tips for keeping yours in tip top shape!

 

Hire a chimney sweep. Fireplaces are a lovely addition to a home, but can be dangerous if not cared for. Be safe and hire a chimney sweep every year to inspect and clean yours!

 

Clear the clutter from the gutters! Clogged gutters can cause roof and water damage and a safe haven for unwanted critters! Be sure to clear them at least once a season.

 

Heating system check. Be sure your filters are changed regularly and to help ensure your system is in

top shape for the colder climates—hire a professional to give it a check up and a thumb’s up!

 

Seal the cracks! Now’s the perfect time to make sure your home will keep the warm air in, the cold air out and your heating bill down! A little time and a fresh few tubes of caulk around your doors and windows should do the trick!

 

If you’re not “handy” or are just too busy these days and need an extra hand, call me. I’ve got a list of trusted professionals I can refer that can help you with all of these seasonal chores and more!

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The housing market has been gaining strength in recent months. Home values are back to levels not seen since the beginning of the Obama administration and the number of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgage is down 11% since last year, according to a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of the Treasury report out last week.

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Wow!  Mortgage rates have dropped to a record low again,

30 year Fixed average mortgage rate 3.75%.                                                    
15 year Fixed average mortgage rate 3.10%
Contact your Lender for the best option

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Real Estate Insight: What is My Home Worth?

What is My Home Worth?

One of the first things a real estate agent does when helping a homeowner determine list price for their home, or to determine if a house a buyer is interested in is priced at fair market value, is to use comparables to see what other similar homes in the area have sold for.

It’s not always apples to apples — but experienced agents know that some common sense factors such as being in the same neighborhood, school district, house size, property size, age of home, and similar features all play a part in separating the "good comps" from the bad.

Other factors play a key role as well. It’s not enough to have similar homes — timing plays a big factor in the credibility of the comp. House A and House B may be nearly identical — but if house A sold two years ago or even two months ago in a volatile market — that price point is more than likely not still viable. So a wise agent uses all the tools at their

disposal to come up with the closest possible comparison, and determine the fairest market value mapping out factors such as the ones above, plus date sold, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, and amenities such as pools and fireplaces.

One thing agents do have to caution home sellers on when choosing price is the dollar value they put on the improvements they’ve made. Some are wonderful, upgraded kitchens and bigger bathrooms, etc. Some are more individual tastes. Ultimately the market price of a property is determined by the market — what a buyer will pay in that market at that time.

If you want to learn how much your home is worth in today’s market or how it compares to others — give me a call. I can help map it all out for you!

706-836-0034.

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Show Your Home A Little Love

Love is in the air this month, and while chocolates and flowers are still the main staple this Valentine’s Day, let’s not forget that "home is where the heart is!" This year, why not consider a few inexpensive but wonderfully creative ways to update your home with a little love! Tiny details and quick fixes can bring new rooms to life, make you smile or even add a touch of whimsy to your humble home.

Let’s take a look at five little ways you can add a new look to your home:

  • Paint Your Front Door: Consider a vibrant red or hunter green and add a touch of bold to warm your front entryway and increase your curb appeal. All it takes is a gallon of paint, a little elbow grease and a steady hand and your house will take on a whole new look! Get a good quality exterior latex which will run you somewhere between $20-$35 per gallon.
  • Make Your Mark: Chalkboard paint is a fun, creative way to make your mark in your home. A child’s bedroom door can be an extraordinary art easel! A wall or cabinet panel in your kitchen can be your communication command post or take on the air of an old Italian café by posting the menu for the day. Check your home improvement store shelves for this crafty paint choice or choose the "peel and stick" variety of wall coverings that you just press on and can peel off later! A quart of the paint will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $10-15 and the peel and stick variety anywhere from $19 on up.
  • Chalkboard paint is a fun, creative way to make your mark in your home. A child’s bedroom door can be an extraordinary art easel! A wall or cabinet panel in your kitchen can be your communication command post or take on the air of an old Italian café by posting the menu for the day. Check your home improvement store shelves for this crafty paint choice or choose the "peel and stick" variety of wall coverings that you just press on and can peel off later! A quart of the paint will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $10-15 and the peel and stick variety anywhere from $19 on up.
  • Get a Handle On It: Changing a room’s mood and look can sometimes be as simple as changing out the hardware. Pretty pull drawers and new knobs can change a kitchen from boring to beautiful, or a bathroom from plain to perfect! Even old dressers or night stands can get a facelift with a quick coat of paint and new handles! The varieties are endless and come in prices that range from a couple dollars to the sky’s the limit. And the possibilities? Just fun to consider!
  • Changing a room’s mood and look can sometimes be as simple as changing out the hardware. Pretty pull drawers and new knobs can change a kitchen from boring to beautiful, or a bathroom from plain to perfect! Even old dressers or night stands can get a facelift with a quick coat of paint and new handles! The varieties are endless and come in prices that range from a couple dollars to the sky’s the limit. And the possibilities? Just fun to consider!
  • Enough scuffs: Is the bottom of your front door riddled with scuff marks, scratches and weathered edges? Go for the brass and install a beautiful, solid-brass kick plate for under $100!
  • Is the bottom of your front door riddled with scuff marks, scratches and weathered edges? Go for the brass and install a beautiful, solid-brass kick plate for under $100!
  • Let there be light: Under-cabinet lighting makes a shiny debut in kitchens — lighting the way for your culinary creations. Easy to install, do it yourself strip lights usually run under $50, but more elaborate varieties are also available.
  • Under-cabinet lighting makes a shiny debut in kitchens — lighting the way for your culinary creations. Easy to install, do it yourself strip lights usually run under $50, but more elaborate varieties are also available.

    There are a million little ways you can dress up or change the look of your home. Get creative, get crafty—and have fun making memories with these do-it-yourself projects!

    Consider a vibrant red or hunter green and add a touch of bold to warm your front entryway and increase your curb appeal. All it takes is a gallon of paint, a little elbow grease and a steady hand and your house will take on a whole new look! Get a good quality exterior latex which will run you somewhere between $20-$35 per gallon.
  • Make Your Mark: Chalkboard paint is a fun, creative way to make your mark in your home. A child’s bedroom door can be an extraordinary art easel! A wall or cabinet panel in your kitchen can be your communication command post or take on the air of an old Italian café by posting the menu for the day. Check your home improvement store shelves for this crafty paint choice or choose the "peel and stick" variety of wall coverings that you just press on and can peel off later! A quart of the paint will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $10-15 and the peel and stick variety anywhere from $19 on up.
  • Chalkboard paint is a fun, creative way to make your mark in your home. A child’s bedroom door can be an extraordinary art easel! A wall or cabinet panel in your kitchen can be your communication command post or take on the air of an old Italian café by posting the menu for the day. Check your home improvement store shelves for this crafty paint choice or choose the "peel and stick" variety of wall coverings that you just press on and can peel off later! A quart of the paint will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $10-15 and the peel and stick variety anywhere from $19 on up.
  • Get a Handle On It: Changing a room’s mood and look can sometimes be as simple as changing out the hardware. Pretty pull drawers and new knobs can change a kitchen from boring to beautiful, or a bathroom from plain to perfect! Even old dressers or night stands can get a facelift with a quick coat of paint and new handles! The varieties are endless and come in prices that range from a couple dollars to the sky’s the limit. And the possibilities? Just fun to consider!
  • Changing a room’s mood and look can sometimes be as simple as changing out the hardware. Pretty pull drawers and new knobs can change a kitchen from boring to beautiful, or a bathroom from plain to perfect! Even old dressers or night stands can get a facelift with a quick coat of paint and new handles! The varieties are endless and come in prices that range from a couple dollars to the sky’s the limit. And the possibilities? Just fun to consider!
  • Enough scuffs: Is the bottom of your front door riddled with scuff marks, scratches and weathered edges? Go for the brass and install a beautiful, solid-brass kick plate for under $100!
  • Is the bottom of your front door riddled with scuff marks, scratches and weathered edges? Go for the brass and install a beautiful, solid-brass kick plate for under $100!
  • Let there be light: Under-cabinet lighting makes a shiny debut in kitchens — lighting the way for your culinary creations. Easy to install, do it yourself strip lights usually run under $50, but more elaborate varieties are also available.
  • Under-cabinet lighting makes a shiny debut in kitchens — lighting the way for your culinary creations. Easy to install, do it yourself strip lights usually run under $50, but more elaborate varieties are also available.
  • Paint Your Front Door: Consider a vibrant red or hunter green and add a touch of bold to warm your front entryway and increase your curb appeal. All it takes is a gallon of paint, a little elbow grease and a steady hand and your house will take on a whole new look! Get a good quality exterior latex which will run you somewhere between $20-$35 per gallon.
  • Make Your Mark: Chalkboard paint is a fun, creative way to make your mark in your home. A child’s bedroom door can be an extraordinary art easel! A wall or cabinet panel in your kitchen can be your communication command post or take on the air of an old Italian café by posting the menu for the day. Check your home improvement store shelves for this crafty paint choice or choose the "peel and stick" variety of wall coverings that you just press on and can peel off later! A quart of the paint will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $10-15 and the peel and stick variety anywhere from $19 on up.
  • Chalkboard paint is a fun, creative way to make your mark in your home. A child’s bedroom door can be an extraordinary art easel! A wall or cabinet panel in your kitchen can be your communication command post or take on the air of an old Italian café by posting the menu for the day. Check your home improvement store shelves for this crafty paint choice or choose the "peel and stick" variety of wall coverings that you just press on and can peel off later! A quart of the paint will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $10-15 and the peel and stick variety anywhere from $19 on up.
  • Get a Handle On It: Changing a room’s mood and look can sometimes be as simple as changing out the hardware. Pretty pull drawers and new knobs can change a kitchen from boring to beautiful, or a bathroom from plain to perfect! Even old dressers or night stands can get a facelift with a quick coat of paint and new handles! The varieties are endless and come in prices that range from a couple dollars to the sky’s the limit. And the possibilities? Just fun to consider!
  • Changing a room’s mood and look can sometimes be as simple as changing out the hardware. Pretty pull drawers and new knobs can change a kitchen from boring to beautiful, or a bathroom from plain to perfect! Even old dressers or night stands can get a facelift with a quick coat of paint and new handles! The varieties are endless and come in prices that range from a couple dollars to the sky’s the limit. And the possibilities? Just fun to consider!
  • Enough scuffs: Is the bottom of your front door riddled with scuff marks, scratches and weathered edges? Go for the brass and install a beautiful, solid-brass kick plate for under $100!
  • Is the bottom of your front door riddled with scuff marks, scratches and weathered edges? Go for the brass and install a beautiful, solid-brass kick plate for under $100!
  • Let there be light: Under-cabinet lighting makes a shiny debut in kitchens — lighting the way for your culinary creations. Easy to install, do it yourself strip lights usually run under $50, but more elaborate varieties are also available.
  • Under-cabinet lighting makes a shiny debut in kitchens — lighting the way for your culinary creations. Easy to install, do it yourself strip lights usually run under $50, but more elaborate varieties are also available.

    There are a million little ways you can dress up or change the look of your home. Get creative, get crafty—and have fun making memories with these do-it-yourself projects!

    Consider a vibrant red or hunter green and add a touch of bold to warm your front entryway and increase your curb appeal. All it takes is a gallon of paint, a little elbow grease and a steady hand and your house will take on a whole new look! Get a good quality exterior latex which will run you somewhere between $20-$35 per gallon.
  • Make Your Mark: Chalkboard paint is a fun, creative way to make your mark in your home. A child’s bedroom door can be an extraordinary art easel! A wall or cabinet panel in your kitchen can be your communication command post or take on the air of an old Italian café by posting the menu for the day. Check your home improvement store shelves for this crafty paint choice or choose the "peel and stick" variety of wall coverings that you just press on and can peel off later! A quart of the paint will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $10-15 and the peel and stick variety anywhere from $19 on up.
  • Chalkboard paint is a fun, creative way to make your mark in your home. A child’s bedroom door can be an extraordinary art easel! A wall or cabinet panel in your kitchen can be your communication command post or take on the air of an old Italian café by posting the menu for the day. Check your home improvement store shelves for this crafty paint choice or choose the "peel and stick" variety of wall coverings that you just press on and can peel off later! A quart of the paint will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $10-15 and the peel and stick variety anywhere from $19 on up.
  • Get a Handle On It: Changing a room’s mood and look can sometimes be as simple as changing out the hardware. Pretty pull drawers and new knobs can change a kitchen from boring to beautiful, or a bathroom from plain to perfect! Even old dressers or night stands can get a facelift with a quick coat of paint and new handles! The varieties are endless and come in prices that range from a couple dollars to the sky’s the limit. And the possibilities? Just fun to consider!
  • Changing a room’s mood and look can sometimes be as simple as changing out the hardware. Pretty pull drawers and new knobs can change a kitchen from boring to beautiful, or a bathroom from plain to perfect! Even old dressers or night stands can get a facelift with a quick coat of paint and new handles! The varieties are endless and come in prices that range from a couple dollars to the sky’s the limit. And the possibilities? Just fun to consider!
  • Enough scuffs: Is the bottom of your front door riddled with scuff marks, scratches and weathered edges? Go for the brass and install a beautiful, solid-brass kick plate for under $100!
  • Is the bottom of your front door riddled with scuff marks, scratches and weathered edges? Go for the brass and install a beautiful, solid-brass kick plate for under $100!
  • Let there be light: Under-cabinet lighting makes a shiny debut in kitchens — lighting the way for your culinary creations. Easy to install, do it yourself strip lights usually run under $50, but more elaborate varieties are also available.
  • Under-cabinet lighting makes a shiny debut in kitchens — lighting the way for your culinary creations. Easy to install, do it yourself strip lights usually run under $50, but more elaborate varieties are also available.

    There are a million little ways you can dress up or change the look of your home. Get creative, get crafty—and have fun making memories with these do-it-yourself projects!

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    Real Estate tips


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    Lidia Harris

    Understanding the meaning of "agent" is the first step toward success...

    Real estate transactions rank among the most important financial moves that most people will ever make. As a real estate professional, I understand this and want you to be fully aware of your representation options.

    In real estate, "agent" refers to the nature of the fiduciary responsibility that exists between you and your chosen real estate professional. Having a complete understanding of this relationship is the first step toward working together to achieve your real estate goals.

    A real estate professional becomes your agent only after a legally-binding document is signed by both parties. As your agent, that REALTOR® has a legal obligation to protect your best interests in every facet of the transaction.

    Real estate professionals traditionally worked as agents of the seller, not the buyer. Their loyalties and responsibilities were only to the seller. REALTORS® working with buyers acted as "sub-agents" of the seller.

    That has changed. Today's buyers often retain real estate professionals to represent their own financial and legal interests when purchasing a home. The term is
    "buyer's agent."

    Whether you're a buyer or a seller, call me today to learn more about the benefits of having an agent on your side for all of your real estate transactions.

    View Comments | Add Comment Tuesday, January 24, 2012  9:47:16 AM