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Spring Is Approaching! "How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!"- Emily Dickinson ' [i tl]l]] I I II I g r[ ]111 Page RE-1 .The Manchester Star-Mercury. The Meriwether Vindicator. The Harris County Journal. The Talbotton New Era. The Hogansville Herald. Wednesday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 To ii!iiii!iiii!!iii!ii!!iiii!i]~!iiiiiii~i!~iiiiiiii Not To year ago, we saw far fewer "For Sale" signs. And this year, there are even fewer. The surprising thing about the real estate market is its resiliency. It never fails to sur- prise how decisively a market turns. When it's time, it's time. And it's clear to us that 2014 is looking very good for real estate. There are a few troubled spots on the horizon: Mortgage interest rates are at least one percent- age point higher than they were a year ago. And home prices are higher. That means homes are less affordable than they were, particularly since incomes haven't risen, in real terms, in years. That's good news, andnot so good news for sell- ers. It's great that home prices are rising. In part, homes that were in foreclosure or listed as short sales, have closed and now prices are rising again. But rising interest rates (depending on how high they go) mean fewer buyers can afford to pay those higher prices. At the end of 2011, mortgage interest rates reached 3.7 percent, before falling back. In 2012, mortgage interest rates were about 3.3 percent on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. We ended the year with mortgage interest rates around 3.5 percent for a 30-year fixed rate loan. In 2013, we ended at 4.3 percent for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. (If you're wondering, we think these rates are still great from a historical perspective.) The Federal Reserve has indicated it will now pull back its monthly spend of $85 billion in mort- gage-backed securities and Treasury securities, which it did to keep interest rates at historic lows through 2015, or when the employment rate falls to 6.5 percent. The economy is improving. Third quarter 2013 GDP numbers were revised upward to 4.1 percent. The economyhasn't grown that fast in year So, with low inventory, still low mortgage inter- est rates, and modestly rising prices, here's what you need to do to get your home in selling shape for 2014: Overcome any possible objections a buyer would have. Buyers are always looking for a reason not to purchase your house. Your job as a seller is to elim- inate any potential objections that would stand in the way for a buyer to make an offer. If you really want to sell quickly, you'll work hard to exceed the buyer's expectation of your home as well. If your home is competitively priced, and your home's condition exceeds a buyer's expecta- tions based on other homes in the neighborhood, you'll get an offer --even ff itisn't the offer you want. Get your home into selling shape. Cleaning your home is a must. After that, you should consider hiring a stager to give your home the television-worthy polish so many buyers expect today. (Yes, they want your home to look like some- thing they'd see on HGTV.) Assess what other sort of work needs to be done, such as fixing things that don't work, touching up paint, or cleaning or replac- ing your carpets. )! MANY VARIABLES - Deciding to sell a home is a challenge, given the changing state of the economy the past couple of years. For 2014, he econ- omy is improving. Third quarter 2013 GDP numbers were revised upward to 4.1 percent. The economy hasn grown that fast in years. 15 Slaughter Drive This 3Br/28a is conveniendy located 10 minutes from north Columbus. Home features hardwood floors, landscaped yard, screened front and back porches, and more. Owner is licensed Real Estate Broker in Ga. Priced at $149,900 2975 Judson BuUoch Road NEW PRICE $139,000 - Conveniently located between Manchester and historic Warm Springs. Brick home with a large Concrete storage building. The 3.88 acres has plenty of room for a spacious garden area. The bedrooms are large and spa- cious!! Very cozy den area with tongue and groove wood paneling. ; i:]i i 962 Karen Drive 4.1 wooded acres -3BR/2.5BA. Recently renovated with new paint and new kitchen appliances. Located in a quite, established neighborhood with wrap around deck overlooking wooded 4 acres. This house is move in ready and has a partial unfinished basement room that could be converted into a 4th bedroom with a living area finished downstairs. Priced at $99,900. Please call Penny Hale. L ha, ", ~ :~:i~?!:~::' : : i 140 North College Street 3,564 square feet retail store/office building located in downtown Hamilton makes an excd- lent investment! Offered as a short sale and is subject to third party approval. Building cur- rently has two tennants. Priced at $195,000. Call Keith WaddeU for more info! 5 Lane Street, Manchester This home has outstanding manicured yards and large spacious bedrooms. Located near schools, town and recreation areas. The home includes a walk in tub and Washer and Dryer. Vesy wdl maintained home with an exceptional large kitchen that has plenty of cabinet space. Price $45,900. Call Penn), 11149 Manchester Hwy This ranch style 3BR/2BA house is locat- ed on 1.84 acres between Manchester and Woodland. Complete with a new sted roof and recently renovated kitchen floors this home is quiet living at its best. A large open patio/garage welcomes guest and is an excellentplace for afternoon relaxation. Tongue andgroove pine panding in the living and dining room and spacious bed- rooms. Priced at $62,00. 1288 Piedmont Lake Rd. 4BR/3.5BA 4 sided home situated on a beautifid- ly wooded spadous lot in prestigious Piedmont Lake subdivision. Home features indude a ~nced backyard, plantation shutters throughout, solid surface countertops, 2 car garage, and new roo Neighborhood amenities indude a 212 acre lake with dock, tennis courts, park, pool, underground utilitiesi and playground. Offered at $329,00! Call Keith Wadddl for more info! 2314 Chipley Highway This 3BR/2BA, 2137 sq.'ft house also has 534 finished sq. ~ downstairs on 5 acres. Kitdw.n com- plete with granite counters tops, island and stain- kss steel appliances. The master bedroom boast of vaulted ceiling and the large walk in doset. The master badm~om has garden tub, large tile shewer, and double vanities. The basement has been stud- ded for multiple rooms downstairs and also has a finished bedroom and recreation room. Covered back deck overlooks a wooded backyard. Ixx:ated between Pine Mountain and Harris City. Hwy 18 A must see for quiet country living!! Priced at $238,900. Call Penny Hale b li xl . . in delivering on promises and keeping everything you value Safe. Sound. Secure. Learn how you can save by insuring your life, home and auto with Auto- Owners Insurance. MFADOWS INSURANCE AGgNCY Manchester 706 846-3161 720 West Street 4Bd3Ba/'3HBa located on a 4.73 acre cor- ner lot featuring over 4,000 sq ft. Enjoy the spectacular views from the kitchen and din- ing areas overlooking a private pond. The sun room/indoor pool area is perfect for entertaining guests. An outdoor pool/pool house, private courtyard area, hardwood floors and fenced back yard are also among the many amenities of this home. Priced at $189,900- Call Jon 777 Mountain Ridge This 2 story ~ kept mountain home is move-in-read)~ Unique brick floors on the main level with hardwood and tile floors in the remainder of the home make this 3BR/2BA a must see. The backyard and pool area overlooks the dty of Manchester. This home is located on 3.3 wooded acres. The kitchen features mild surface countertops with adjoining breakfast room, complete with wall to wall windows to enhance the beautiful view. The spadous bedrooms are a plus for family living. Priced at $219,000 370 Mountain Ridge NEW PRICE $339,000 - Breath taking views from this gorgeous home located on the Pine Mountain Ridgd This custom brick home boasts over 3100 sq ft with recently remodeled tile master bath and new soM surface kitchen counter tops. Enjoy the spec=cular view of northern Talbot County coun- nTside from master bedroom/bath, great room, kitdaen, and private screened porch. Cemrally locat- ed on a beautiful 3.5 acre lot in highly desirable Mountain Ridge community. Separate bedroom and bath downstairs also features family recreation room with outdoor access. This home also features over 800 sq fi of unfmithed basement tbr storage. 610 Mountain Ridge Drive 3BA/2BA log home in Oak Mountain Estates subdivision on 1 acre wooded lot! Enjoy fishing lakes, tennis courts, dub- house and poo~ Offered at $117,000 Call Penny or Jon 702 Third Street Ext. Approximately 1,450 square feet, com- pletely renovated. New tin roof, new kitchen cabinets, new laundry room. Remodeled master bath, all new paint in the house. Priced at $88,900 Call Penny for more information. 514 Indianola Drive This home is zoned R4. It was previously being used as a day care. It is convenient to shoppin~ schools, k has not been used as a day care since July 2011. This property can be a very good investment property udlized as a duplex. Priced $69,900. Call Penny 677 Bray Way Priced at $189,000. One of a kind home featuring pool, wet bar, cedar pool house, hot tub, gazebo, custom kitchen, and many extras. Marble master bathroom, hardwood floors and storage. 20 Orchard Rd. Pine Mm. Valley This 4BR/3BA Brick home with 2112 sq. fi sits on 36.78 acres. Home is move in ready but may need some updating. New roof in 2011. Great for small farm and bordered by creek and located just a few minutes from Pine Mountain, Callaway Gardens and Hamilton. Priced at $285,000. Call for an appointmetat. Call Jon or Penny Hale 12-14 Main Street Completely renovated commercial building space has been Used as a restaurant and bak- e~ This property has 'also been used as a loca- tion for local events and is rented out for vari- ous civic and holiday parties. The two units can be sold individually. Tastefully decorated and ideal for rehearsal dinners, receptions, and office parties. There is also 1 small apartment complete with flail bath. Optional equipment to purchase. 2359 Jesse Cole Road Quiet country estate boasting over 58 acres with pond and beautiful views! This property features a 3BR/2BA brick-ranch home on rolling pasture land with appmximatdy 1,768 square feet. Tde bath, bonus morn, separate laundry room, den, IMng room, and more. Convient to area schools, local dining, and Pebble Brook Golf Course. Call Jon for more info!