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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…

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” ~Winston Churchill “Live United” is the theme of the United Way, and Berley Green and Carlos Thibodeaux, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Executive Partners real estate agents, have taken this theme to heart, as well. They recently…

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

Last week, we talked about homes. This week we are going to talk about neighborhoods because home also includes the space around it. How many times have you said, “I wish I could take this house and move it to (fill in the blank)? If you’ve spent much time looking at houses, you know what…

 
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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
Mon, 28 Jul 2014

Making a Life Through Community Service

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” ~Winston Churchill

Berley Green and Carlos Thibodeaux working with the United Way's Project Serve

Berley Green and Carlos Thibodeaux working with the United Way’s Project Serve

“Live United” is the theme of the United Way, and Berley Green and Carlos Thibodeaux, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Executive Partners real estate agents, have taken this theme to heart, as well. They recently participated in PROJECT SERVE of the United Way of the CSRA. Project Serve is a day set aside for volunteers from local organizations to give of their personal time by performing light maintenance and construction projects for 20 local health and human service agencies. Berley and Carlos look forward to serving each year.

Both Berley and Carlos prefer working with their hands and love to see a project completed. Some of the projects they’ve worked on include: painting, building fences and accessibility ramps, special mural painting and designing garden and vegetable plant beds. They have assisted with duties to support The Salvation Army, St. Stephen?s Ministry and The Master?s Table to feed those in need daily. In addition, they?ve repaired homes, cut down trees and performed yard work to help elderly individuals in need.

For Carlos, helping and volunteering are just second nature. Carlos said his mother, a single mom, taught her children the importance of volunteering and helping others, regardless of the situation.

Berley enjoys helping others to become more independent by teaching them to grow their own foods, such as vegetables. Once while volunteering at a particular site, he assigned a person to pull the weeds from the garden to allow the producing plants to thrive. When he checked on the progress, the person had cleaned the plant bed down to the dirt?weeds, vegetables and all.

?In some cases, you smile and teach others that when you make a mistake you just start all over again with a clean slate,? he says.

Berley Green and Carlos Thibodeaux demonstrate the values of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Not only do they?work in our community, but also they live here and contribute their labor to make our community a better place to live.

Without the help of these generous volunteers, most of these agencies could not afford to have this much-needed work done.?Because of the efforts of the volunteers, local health and human service agencies are able to direct more of their resources to helping those in need in our community.

?Thank you, Berley Green and Carlos Thibodeaux!


Tagged: Community Service, CSRA, Making a life, Project Serve, United Way, Volunteer
Mon, 21 Jul 2014

We Are Your Neighborhood Experts

Last week, we talked about homes. This week we are going to talk about neighborhoods because home also includes the space around it. How many times have you said, “I wish I could take this house and move it to (fill in the blank)? If you’ve spent much time looking at houses, you know what we mean.

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So, as important as the structure of the house is, the neighborhood is equally important. Today, we are sharing some tips for finding your best neighborhood.

 

1. Dream. What does your perfect neighborhood look like? Make a list of features you would like to have in your new neighborhood. A significant reason that many people move is because they don’t like their neighborhoods. If this is your situation, perhaps the best place to begin is with those things you don’t like about your current neighborhood. However, if your neighborhood is great and you’re only moving because of the job, you already have an idea about what you want in your new neighborhood.

2. Check environmental records and crime reports. We all want our homes to be safe. If you are really concerned about the land your future home is situated on, you can check the parcel with the county records office or do some online research. None of us wants to live on a former landfill or polluted lot. One site?http://www.historicaerials.com ?has historical aerial photographs, so you can actually see the lot as it was in the past. What you’ll find out about your particular site varies and depends on how far back the photographs reach.

If your concern is about crime, check with the local police or sheriff’s department. While no community is immune to crime, you can find out where most of the serious crimes have taken place. Most departments have websites, and many are on social media, as well. Also, start reading your future city’s newspaper; most have a certain amount of information available for free.

3. Schools and work. Ideally, your perfect neighborhood will be near your choice in schools and your work. Sometimes, parents must sacrifice a home near work to position their children in the schools they desire. Another consideration is the direction you drive to reach school and work. A Feng Shui principle that makes good sense is to choose a home located east of your morning destinations. That way, you start your morning commute driving west and then drive east in the evening. The sun is behind you both going to and coming home from work, making your commute safer and more pleasant.

4. Amenities. Different people have different forms of recreation, so while one family must have access to a pool, another family might prefer a home on a golf course or in a tennis community. Assess your family’s hobbies and likes. Also consider your neighbors. Are they mostly retirees? Young families? Think about who you would like to socialize with and consider this in your choice, as well.

5. Find a realtor. Don’t just go with any realtor. Ideally, you should go with an agency that offers a relocation department. These departments are very familiar with the agency’s realtors and can recommend a few who are a good fit for your needs based on your personality, your housing needs, and your purchasing goals. Your realtor should take time to get to know you, not just show you houses.

At Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Executive Partners, we do more than just show houses. We build relationships with our clients. Yes, we sell houses for a living, but our goal is to make your dreams come true, at least when it comes to your home. We believe more informed clients are more likely to make good decisions and to be happy in their new homes. So to help inform you about neighborhoods in our area, our future blogs will?give you lots information about our different neighborhoods to help you become more informed.


Tagged: Aiken County, augusta, Augusta Chronicle, Augusta Georgia, Augusta Real Estate, better homes and gardens real estate, Buyer, choosing a neighborhood, columbia county, CSRA, decision-making, education, evans ga, first time home buyers, Fort Gordon, Grovetown Georgia, Neighborhoods, Relocation