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Mon, 15 Sep 2014

  We’re heading into the home stretch for 2014, so we decided to check into some new home trends that emerged this year. Architects and designers make predictions every year, and Pantone even selects a color of the year, but I doubt everyone ran out painted a room Radiant Orchid this year. Predictions are just…

Thu, 04 Sep 2014

Your last little fledging has left the nest. Actually, your baby has been living on his or her own for a couple of years now. Meanwhile, you’ve been grumbling about lugging the vacuum cleaner upstairs to clean rooms that no one uses anymore. Isn’t it time for you to live some of your dreams? Just…

Mon, 25 Aug 2014

You’ve worked hard over the years to provide a good life for your family. Now, the kids are grown, and it’s time for you to live a little. You’ve earned it! Maybe you’re rattling around in a house that’s bigger than you need or want to keep up. Or, maybe your neighborhood no longer meets…

Tue, 19 Aug 2014

The first thing you notice about Brookstone Cottages at Rae’s Creek is the setting. The Terranova Group, a signature developer with a distinguished portfolio, preserved the natural beauty of the property and enhanced it with lush lawns and well-maintained beds that accentuate their natural surroundings. And, the pond that our neighborhood geese call home adds…

Fri, 08 Aug 2014

With the beginning of a new school year, we couldn?t be happier to announce that Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate|Executive Partners is now an approved member of the Columbia County Board of Education Partners in Education Employee Incentive Program. As a part of the value system under which we operate, we believe in supporting…

 
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Mon, 15 Sep 2014

2014 Home Decorating Trends

 

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We’re heading into the home stretch for 2014, so we decided to check into some new home trends that emerged this year. Architects and designers make predictions every year, and Pantone even selects a color of the year, but I doubt everyone ran out painted a room Radiant Orchid this year.

Predictions are just that, and the real determiner is consumer choice. A quick survey of the Internet reveals predictions all over the map; however, perhaps one of the best determiners of consumer choice is Pinterest, the social media site that is like a big bulletin board where consumers “pin” pictures of items they like.

One noticeable trend across both the Internet and Pinterest reveals that consumers desire more entertainment options for themselves and their guests. While people have always entertained by having a barbecue on the patio, the cooking equipment and furnishings are becoming more luxurious. The Weber has been upgraded to an outdoor kitchen with a cooking area, sink, and refrigerator while the patio furniture has been upgraded for a higher level of comfort. The patio entertainment space also likely includes an outdoor fireplace, as well.

Another trend is the merging of indoor and outdoor spaces. The French door has long been the sentinel between the indoors and outdoors, but a new type of door is coming on the scene. These doors are large panes of glass that fold out of the way when open to remove the wall between indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing guests to move easily between inside and outside and creating an area capable of hosting large gatherings of family and friends.

For kitchens, the mainstay for appliance colors has been stainless steel, but will stainless steel go the way of avocado green or harvest gold? Maybe. Many people are growing tired of the endless buffing to remove fingerprints stainless steel is known for. There are some rumblings about a gray color that is emerging. In fact, GE has a slate appliance finish that may seal the fate of stainless because it does what stainless can’t. And, because it blends well with stainless and traditional white, it allows for the gradual replacement of dead appliances rather than requiring a complete kitchen remodel. This one will really be interesting to watch.

And speaking of metals, Pinterest is showing a growing number of pins of brass and copper for lots of applications. Pinners are pinning backsplashes, sinks, and bathtubs of these warmer-looking metals. Also, accent pieces for rooms other than the kitchen and bath are making their appearance. These are obviously higher-end finishes and not the cheap shiny brass of past eras.

Finally, wood is creeping off the floor and onto the walls. While it’s doubtful that we will see a return to knotty pine paneling or the cheap paneling of the 1970s, walls with a soft honey-colored wood are making an appearances on design sites and Pinterest. In addition, doorframes and baseboards, which have sported a white high-gloss finish for the last several years, are also showing up in woodgrains across the Internet.

Perhaps the most fun part of owning a home is decorating it to suit your taste. While designers can offer suggestions and make predictions, home decor is really the domain of the consumers and their checkbooks.


Tagged: Brass and Copper, Outdoor Kitchens, Slate Appliances, Trends, Wood Walls
Thu, 04 Sep 2014

Live Your Dreams: How to Choose a New Neighborhood for a New Lifestyle

Your last little fledging bhgre_fl_day1_dsc2622has left the nest. Actually, your baby has been living on his or her own for a couple of years now. Meanwhile, you’ve been grumbling about lugging the vacuum cleaner upstairs to clean rooms that no one uses anymore. Isn’t it time for you to live some of your dreams?

Just because you’re eligible for a senior discount that doesn’t make you ready for the retirement home. Why wait until you retire to move to a new home or neighborhood that better suits your desire for a vibrant, active lifestyle?

But, where? And, how to make a big decision like this at this point in your life?

Start the conversation

Maybe you and your spouse have already been talking about finding a new community some day. If not, see if your spouse wants to make a change, too. Explain the reasons you would like to move. You may find that both of you have similar feelings, but have been hesitant to say anything because you assumed the other person didn’t feel the same way.

Be Honest

Make a list of priorities. Ideally, each person should make a prioritized list and then the two of you should come together to compare notes. Look at the top three priorities for each person. They don’t have to be the same. Many couples have very different interests, but both should be able continue to pursue their favorite activities, wherever they live. Many communities offer a wide variety of activities, so even the most diverse list may be workable.

Location

Where do you see yourself living? This may be the toughest decision to make. However, if you work and you’re happy with your job, you may just move across town or to a nearby area with resort-style amenities. Even if you want to stay in the area to live near family, you should be able to find a vibrant community that provides the style of living you desire.

If you have already retired, you may want to change towns or regions altogether. Also, if your children are strung out in different locations, you may be as easy to visit in one place as another. If you will be traveling frequently, you may want to live where you have fairly easy access to an airport.

Perhaps, you have a favorite vacation spot you’ve visited many times that you think would be a great place to live. That peaceful little beach spot may be the perfect spot to retire.

Contact a realtor

When you have decided that you’re definitely ready to make a move, contact a realtor to discuss your ideas. Realtors are knowledgeable about their areas and can connect you to realtors in other areas if your move takes you out-of-town.

Some additional tips to consider

?* Before selling your current home, you may want to try out your new spot by renting for a period of time before buying.

* If you’re moving to the coast, are you going to want to evacuate every time a hurricane threatens to hit nearby?

* If you plan to move out-of-town, enlisting the help of a real estate professional is essential because a price that seems reasonable for one area may actually be inflated in another.

* If you have friends who live in areas you are considering, talk to them about the pros and cons of the area.

* With the Internet and social media, you can find out most anything you want to know about an area without ever leaving home. You might want to read the online edition of the area’s newspaper(s) to get a feel for local events, the culture, and other important factors.

Regardless of your interests, a community exists that will allow you to pursue those interests. And, you don’t have to retire to live there.


Tagged: Active adult, active lifestyle, Augusta Georgia, Brookstone Cottages, Carefree Living, Clark Hill, CSRA, Grovetown GA, lake front community, Lake Thurmond, McCormick SC
Mon, 25 Aug 2014

Two CSRA Communities Provide Options for Mature Living

You’ve worked hard over the years to provide a good life for your family. Now, the kids are grown, and it’s time for you to live a little. You’ve earned it!

Maybe you’re rattling around in a house that’s bigger than you need or want to keep up. Or, maybe your neighborhood no longer meets your needs. It’s time for a change.

Many people wait to make changes until they retire, but why wait? The CSRA has affordable and desirable homes in excellent neighborhoods that can make your day-to-day living easier now. And, interest rates are still very low.

The first thing you need to do is to decide what features are important to you. Do you want to be close in, or would you be willing to commute for the right amenities? What amenities do you want in your neighborhood? When you have compiled your lists and identified your priorities, it’s time to call a realtor.

Brookstone CottagesMaybe you’re a city dweller and want to live close in. The gated craftsman-style Brookstone Cottages at Rae’s Creek condominium neighborhood is located in the city just off Augusta West Parkway. Though it’s in the city, it’s secluded and surrounded by nature.

For those desiring an active lifestyle, Brookstone offers several popular amenities: a large clubhouse with a pool table, a fitness center and a terraced swimming pool. Prices begin in the low $180s.

Brookstone was designed for easy living with exteriors constructed of high-quality, low-maintenance materials. The single-story condos have well-appointed living areas and front and rear porches. And, there?s no yard work! So, you get to enjoy all this natural beauty without lifting a finger!

Maybe you’ve always wansecuredownload-9ted a lake house and the active lifestyle that lake living provides. The best-kept secret of the CSRA is Savannah Lakes Village, located only 45 minutes from Augusta. You can have your lake house AND your job in the city. Houses start in the $150s and lots in the $20s, so there’s an affordable option for every budget.

Also, Savannah Lakes residents live in a golfers? paradise with access to three 18-hole lakefront golf courses, including the Hickory Knob Golf Course and the Monticello and the Tara Golf Clubs, both designed by Tom Clark.

Your workout routine will never get boring. Located in the Little River Blueway Adventure Region, the community offers easy access to over 130 miles of hiking and biking trails and over 50 miles of water trails.

Another feature that adds to the desirability and affordability of SLV is the non-profit community-owned amenities. Fees are kept at a reasonable, affordable price. Residents of SLV pay zero initiation fees or monthly minimums at the club, and monthly dues run less than $100 per month.

If you would like to learn more about these communities or other options for carefree living in the CSRA, please contact us. Our clients have made us the fastest-growing agency in the CSRA. Our realtors are experts and work hard to find the best homes for their clients. Call us at?(706) 364-7653, and let us show you the options that best suit your easy-living goals. Start enjoying the good life today!

 


Tagged: AikenSC, AugustaGA, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Brookstone Cottages, CSRA, executive partners, McCormickSC, savannah lakes village
Tue, 19 Aug 2014

Brookstone Cottages at Rae?s Creek Offer Maintenance-Free Living

Brookstone CottagesThe first thing you notice about Brookstone Cottages at Rae’s Creek is the setting. The Terranova Group, a signature developer with a distinguished portfolio, preserved the natural beauty of the property and enhanced it with lush lawns and well-maintained beds that accentuate their natural surroundings. And, the pond that our neighborhood geese call home adds to the tranquility of the setting.

Another quality you will notice as you enter this gated condominium neighborhood is the secluded, private community atmosphere that makes Brookstone so special. It’s hard to believe this community is right in the heart of town because you are surrounded by nature and the peace and serenity it offers.

And, then there are the craftsman-style condominiums themselves. Ron Henny with the Terranova Group is well-known for his craftsman-style designs, and he worked his craftsman magic on Brookstone Cottages to set them apart from the average condominium design.

Brookstone Cottages were also designed with easy living in mind. The exteriors are constructed of high-quality, low-maintenance materials. You can enjoy the ease of single-story living, along with well-appointed living areas and front and rear porches. Some select plans also offer sunrooms. And, there’s no yard work! So, you get to enjoy all this natural beauty without lifting a finger! No yard work means you get to have more time to enjoy the things you love.

Perfect for those desiring an active lifestyle, Brookstone Cottages offers a host of popular amenities. You and your family will enjoy the large clubhouse with a pool table, a fitness center and a terraced swimming pool.

Prices begin in the low $180s, which is very affordable for the area, quality of construction and amenities. You get all the benefits of country living without the long commute and traffic snarls.

If you’re looking for the convenience of the city with the peaceful serenity of a natural setting, look no farther than Brookstone Cottages at Rae’s Creek. Come out and see for yourself what makes Brookstone Cottages one of the most desirable neighborhoods in our area.

We’re easy to find. Take Wheeler Road to Augusta West Parkway, then turn onto Amli Way. Next, take a right onto Brookstone Way, and you’re here!

Schedule a visit today. Call us at (706) 364-7653, and you will see why we’re so excited about this community. We’re your neighborhood experts, and we know the CSRA. Our customers have made us the fastest-growing real estate agency in the CSRA?let us show you why.

 


Tagged: active lifestyle, Augusta Georgia, Condominium community, convenient, Craftsman Style, Gated Community, low maintenance, natural setting, Single story
Fri, 08 Aug 2014

Partnerships Create the Best Communities

With the beginning of a new school year, we couldn?t be happier to announce that Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate|Executive Partners is now an approved member of the Columbia County Board of Education Partners in Education Employee Incentive Program.

shutterstock_85191280As a part of the value system under which we operate, we believe in supporting our communities and being good neighbors. Our school system benefits every citizen in our community because educated citizens contribute more to the communities in which they live. Recent budget cuts have greatly limited our school system’s resources, making the education of our children more difficult, and we wanted to find a way to help.

Few things are more important to us than supporting the teachers and other school personnel who educate and care for our boys and girls. So, we developed the SMART HOME PROGRAM for Columbia County Board of Education employees. Through the SMART HOME PROGRAM, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate|Executive Partners will make a charitable contribution from the proceeds of the commissions generated by the sale or listing of a property designated for the program by any CCBOE employee. The contributions will support educational needs in the Columbia County school system.

The Columbia County Board of Education recognizes the benefit of partnering with local resources for the purpose of furthering the educational opportunities available to our students. And, we are honored and proud to be a part of a community that supports its children.

To participate in the program, CCBOE employees should contact the CCBOE Human Resources Department at (706) 855-3840 for more information about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate|Executive Partners SMART HOME PROGRAM.


Tagged: better homes and gardens real estate, columbia county, Columbia County Board of Education, education, evans ga, Grovetown Georgia, Smart Home Program