Thomasville GA Real Estate Blog

Home Automation Conveniences Attract Buyers

The rise in Millennial homebuyers will inevitably change the items that promote faster and more lucrative home sales. Consider trends over the past decades that have included conveniences such as built-in dishwashers, central air, energy efficient appliances and many...

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Your Home Appraisal And Your Mortgage

When buying a home, there are certain steps a buyer should go through before the home sale is official. First the buyer makes the offer, then the offer is accepted. Next the buyer schedules the inspection and home appraisal. Finally, everyone is ready for closing....

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Buying A Foreclosure: 5 Things To Know

Buying a property out of foreclosure can be a very smart move, financially. But it can also be complicated, expensive, and stressful. Here are 5 things to keep in mind before you take a first step in that direction: Cash Or Preapproval Required Buying a house that has...

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Mortgage Delinquencies Slow As Economy Gains Steam

Although 2017 was a difficult year for some coastal communities, mortgage delinquencies continue to decline as the economy ramps up. Although hurricanes devastated properties in Florida, the Panhandle and south Texas, a thriving national economy continues to buoy...

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How To Manage Investment Property While Working Full-Time

In 2017, upwards of 75 percent of independent rental property owners in the U.S. reportedly worked another job on top of being a landlord. That means the overwhelming majority of landlords are attempting to juggle more than they can handle at times. However, there are...

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How To Qualify For An FHA Loan

Borrowers who cannot qualify for a conventional mortgage are often able to obtain an FHA loan. However, to secure this type of loan, you must still meet certain requirements. What Is an FHA Loan? FHA loans are mortgage loans that are backed by the Federal Housing...

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Selling Your Home? 4 Ways To Get Your Garage Ready

Are you selling your home? If so, then don’t make the mistake of staging this vital area of your house. The garage is often the last thing on seller’s minds when it comes to home staging. It is prudent to make sure your kitchen and bathrooms are perfect for showings....

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Is Buying A Short Sale Right For You?

If you have been looking for a new home, and you find one offered under a short sale, this may be to your advantage. While some buyers are wary about buying a home that needs to be sold With the approval of the lender, it’s a great way to get a bargain on a home that...

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5 Inexpensive Ways To Boost Your Curb Appeal

It's no secret that we're in the midst of a hot seller's real estate market. That means that good homes are going fast, usually at or above list price. This is largely the result of low inventory, where good homes are scarce, keeping competition for them - and listing...

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5 Critical Tips For Buying In A Seller’s Market

This summer, quality homes are being scooped up almost as fast as they're being listed - and for top price. Yes, it's a seller's market out there, which is great news if you're planning to list your home. Conversely, for those looking for a home, it can be frustrating...

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Pros And Cons Of Buying A Foreclosure

When a homeowner stops making regular mortgage payments, the bank can foreclose on the property. This means that the bank takes possession of the property in an attempt to recover the debt the homeowner owes. In some cases, the bank may try to recover this debt by...

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Fix and Flip: Forget What You See on Television

The drama of home and garden TV shows may be fun to watch, but no matter what you think, reality shows are not at all like real life. If you think it's easy to buy a house that needs updating and turn it quickly for substantial profit, you might want to think again. ...

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What You Need To Know About Short Sales

On the surface, a short sale seems like the perfect deal. However, before you take the plunge, you need to understand how this type of home purchase works. What Is a Short Sale? A short sale is a home sale in which the homeowner is selling the home for less than he or...

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Long-distance House Hunting Tips

It pays to start with a solid strategy when you have to house hunt from afar. Hunting for a house is stressful enough even if you are moving to another part of town. However, when you are searching for a house from afar, it can make the task of finding the right home...

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Is It A Good Idea To Buy A Remodeled Home?

Are you considering buying a flipped house? Here are some ways to tell if it is a good idea or not. If you watch popular TV shows like Property Brothers, Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper, you might believe that buying a remodeled home is a great idea. These shows always...

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House Hunting When You Are In A Time Crunch

Here are some of the best ways to speed up the house buying process.  In an ideal world, you’d have plenty of time to find the perfect home. However, that does not always happen. Maybe you are relocating because of a job transfer. Fortunately, it doesn't have to take...

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Understanding Your Debt To Income Ratio

When you are filling out a mortgage application, the lender will be asking you for specific financial information. One of the reasons they ask for this information is to enable the underwriter to calculate your debt to income ratio. This ratio is what most mortgage...

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4 Quick Tips To Help You Compare Movers

Choosing The Right Movers Can Save You Time And Money It can be overwhelming to choose a moving company if you are buying or selling your home. There are usually numerous ads for movers offline and online. Determining which company is the best fit can be tricky....

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What You Should Know About Condo Mortgages

The Specialized World of Condo Mortgages Today's prospective home buyers have some compelling reasons to shop for condominiums instead of houses. Condos may come with less square footage, which makes them easier to clean and maintain -- not to mention more affordable....

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Best Tax Deductible Home Improvements for Homeowners

Before delving into tax-deductible home improvements, it's important to understand that these tax deductions won't be applied immediately. In most cases, homeowners can only benefit, tax-wise, from their home renovations later, when they sell their home. It's...

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Everything You Need To Know About Short Sales

As a home buyer looking in the market, you are probably familiar with what a typical sale looks like. You probably also have a basic understanding of what a foreclosure is and how it will work. However, something that is a little bit less understood would be the short...

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Rates are Rising, Time to Consider an ARM?

With mortgage rates finally looking like they are going to move upward a noticeable level in 2018 and forward, especially higher than what low levels have been in place to date, the return of the adjustable rate mortgage starts to come into play again. Better known as...

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Financing Your Solar Roof

Ways to Pay for Solar Roofing Going solar can make life sunnier for some homeowners. In addition to reducing energy their by "borrowing" energy directly from the sun, purchasers may also enjoy a 30 percent federal Solar Investment Tax Credit and other incentives,...

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Ensuring A Stress-Less Closing

Buying a home is an exciting and exhilarating time, but between the time your offer was accepted, and when you actually have the keys in hand and finally step into your new home, it can be stressful. The escrow period, also known as the closing, can take the most...

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Steps To Take To Prepare Your Home For Sale

Once you have decided that you want to put your home up for sale, you should start taking the steps to get it ready to go on the market. While some homes may be almost ready for pictures and a showing, there are others that may need a lot of work. Because of this, it...

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Green Technology To Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Footprint

When you are a homeowner looking to reduce your carbon footprint, there are a number of steps you can take to make your home earth-friendly. From passive solar heating to solar panels, you can make a difference in the impact your home has on the environment. Even when...

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Tips For Home Buying In The Digital Age

The digital age has changed the way buyers browse for and purchase goods and services, including real estate. While home buyers still can check out property listings via a print newspaper or by driving through desired neighborhoods in hopes of finding a “for sale”...

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2018 Tax Changes Should Not Trigger Fast Mortgage Dumping

When the chatter was at its peak on the 2018 tax law changes being proposed, one of the big areas of concern for homeowners was the elimination of the mortgage interest deduction. Right behind that issue was a similar treatment with regards to property tax deductions....

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Routine Maintenance Of Various Systems In Your Home

When you are a first-time homeowner, learning about your property can feel overwhelming. There are a number of systems in your home that require routine maintenance. Knowing when to have system serviced will help keep your home running smoothly. From the plumbing in...

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5 Key Factors That Affect Your Mortgage Rate

Many first time home buyers often wonder what factors determine their mortgage rate. Is it the credit score? Is it the type of loan chosen? Is it the size of the loan? The truth is, there are many factors at play. Mortgage interest rates are not standardized across...

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Loan Programs For Lower Income Buyers

Owning a home may be the American dream, but for many who are in a lower income bracket, finding a loan can become challenging. Thankfully, there are several loan programs that can work well for lower income people considering homeownership. Here's a closer look at...

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What Changes Occurred In FHA And FNMA Rules During 2018?

The FNMA HomeReady Program Those who are involved in the mortgage industry must keep updated on changes to FHA, and Fannie Mae (FNMA) loans. Since loan limits and other changes are often made annually, keeping up with these changes helps make sure consumers get the...

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Your Guide To Aging In Place Home Modifications

If you've had to watch your parents transition into assisted living, you may have no desire to call such a place home. You are not alone. According to the Aging in Place Housing Survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), more than 90...

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How To Submit A Winning Offer: Tips For Prospective Buyers

In a hot real estate market, agents often tell buyers they must expect to make multiple offers before one is accepted. Disappointment may be the new normal rather than an exception. The stress of repeated rejections isn't easy, so be prepared. Significant numbers of...

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Can I Have A Co-Signer For My Mortgage Loan?

Like credit cards or car loans, some mortgages allow borrowers to have co-signers on the loan with them, enhancing their application. However, a co-signer on a mortgage loan doesn't have the same impact that it might on another loan. Furthermore, it poses serious...

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Top Green Features To Consider When Remodeling

Sustainable materials, energy savings and smart home technology are high on the list of buyer wants in a home. But there are some other architectural and design trends that will change the way Americans live in 2018 and beyond. When planning a remodel, it pays to pay...

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To Improve Or Not To Improve…

Selling your home in Thomasville is one of the most stressful things you'll ever go through and one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. However, there's a lot more to selling your home than just sticking a sign out in the front yard. Most likely, your...

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Top Ideas For Building An Eco-Friendly Home

In recent years, building an environmentally friendly home or updating an existing home to be more energy efficient has become much more mainstream. While building an entirely green residence isn't always fiscally possible, simple eco-friendly building techniques and...

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5 Tips When Looking for Thomasville Homes for Sale

It’s a great time to buy because there are still quite a few Thomasville homes for sale now and interest rates have continued to stay low. Whether it’s your first time purchasing real estate or you’re a seasoned professional, here are a few tips to make shopping for a...

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The Facts About Thomasville Real Estate Disclosures

From new landscaping and a fresh coat of paint, to appliance upgrades and room remodeling, homeowners will go to great lengths to present their Thomasville real estate for sale in the best light possible. However, sellers need to be aware that while they’re fixing up...

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How to Save for a Down Payment on Thomasville Real Estate

If you are planning to invest in Thomasville real estate, it’s always wise to make as much of a down payment as you can. The more money you can deliver up front, the smaller your mortgage will be. With a smaller mortgage, you will pay less interest over the years,...

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Benefits of Owning a Green Thomasville Home

Going green is not just a new trend; it is a way of life that benefits not only the environment, but also your health — and your pocketbook. Green living cuts down on carbon emissions and creates a healthier environment both inside and outside of a Thomasville home....

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What to Look for When Hiring a Thomasville Real Estate Agent

Whether you’re purchasing or selling a home, you’ll want to make sure you have a Thomasville real estate agent with years of experience and plenty of expertise. Below are a few guidelines to follow when looking to hire the perfect property professional.  Find out if...

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Floors Can Sell Thomasville Homes

Have you ever walked into Thomasville homes and looked down to see stained carpet or flooring? It definitely makes you want to keep your shoes on. Imagine if you were a buyer looking at the same floor. The right type of flooring and whether it is well taken care of...

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7 Fun and Easy Housewarming Gifts for A Thomasville Home

Whether you have new neighbors next door or old friends moving across town, a housewarming gift is a great way to show you care. New owners always appreciate anything that relieves the pressures of moving and settling in to an unfamiliar neighborhood. Here are seven...

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Mistakes that Can Prevent the Sale of Your Thomasville Home

Selling a house in the current market can be tricky, but there are certain mistakes an owner can make that will cause a Thomasville home to sit still without a decent offer and cause the listing to go stale. To prevent that from happening, make sure you are not making...

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Can Your Waistline Be Affected By Your Kitchen Colors?

Have you ever walked into your kitchen and instantly felt hungry? Rarely do people think about the colors that they choose to paint their kitchens. They are often too busy worrying about whether the kitchen will match the rest of the home, or whether the colors will...

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Questions to Ask at Open Houses for Thomasville Real Estate

An open house gives you a great opportunity to look closely at Thomasville real estate you might be interested in buying. It also affords you the chance to chat with the REALTOR® so you can bring up any issues or hesitations you have with the home. Knowing what to ask...

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Getting Your Thomasville Home Ready to Sell this Spring

Without a doubt, spring is the best time of year to get your Thomasville home on the market and sold fast. The reason behind this trend is understandable. Most people don’t want to look at new houses, pack everything up and move in the cold of winter. Also, families...

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2017 Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 Award Winners from First Thomasville Realty! Silver Awards:  Beth Benton, Jason Brinson, Jenna Jones, Danny Powers Gold Awards:  Jason Copps, Mills Herndon, Fran Milberg Platinum Awards:  Susan Bennett, Kathy Palmer, Carey Sewell...

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