Moving to a new community may be one of the most stress-producing experiences a family faces. Frequent moves, or even a single move, can be especially hard on children and adolescents. Studies show children who move frequently are more likely to have problems at school. Moves are even more difficult if accompanied by other significant…
Many Augusta-area homeowners have been renting their homes to Master’s visitors for years. While all of the homeowners have definite plans for their funds, some use the money to keep their homes updated and in good condition. These updates help them earn even more for their rentals over time. And, not only do they enjoy…
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Executive Partners is the first Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Company in the nation to receive a 2014 CARTUS Platinum Excellence Award. Platinum is the highest level of the CARTUS Excellence Awards. Also, BHGEP, the fastest-growing real estate company in the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area),?is the only…
I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep heart’s core. William Butler Yeats On icy gray-pavement days like today, the cold seeps through our…
Seasonal prognosticators Punxsutawney Phil and General Beauregard Lee reached an impasse on Sunday as to whether we will experience six more weeks of winter or the delightful arrival of an early spring. Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter while the General predicted a crowd-pleasing forecast of an early spring. If…
Frequent moves, or even a single move, can be especially hard on children and adolescents. Studies show children who move frequently are more likely to have problems at school. Moves are even more difficult if accompanied by other significant changes in the child’s life, such as a death, divorce, loss of family income or a need to change schools.
Moves interrupt friendships. To a new child at school, it may at first seem that everyone else has a best friend or is securely involved with a group of peers. The child must get used to a different schedule and curriculum, and may be ahead in certain subjects and behind in others. This situation may make the child stressed, anxious or bored.
Children in kindergarten or first grade may be particularly vulnerable to a family move because developmentally they are just in the process of separating from their parents and adjusting to new authority figures and social relationships. The relocation can interfere with that normal process of separation by causing them to return to a more dependent relationship with their parents.
In general, the older the child, the more difficulty he or she will have with the move because of the increasing importance of the peer group. Preteens and teenagers may repeatedly protest the move, or ask to stay in their hometown with a friend’s family. Some youngsters may not talk about their distress, so parents should be aware of the warning signs of depression, including changes in appetite, social withdrawal, a drop in grades, irritability, sleep disturbances or other dramatic changes in behavior or mood. Children who seem depressed by a move may be reacting more to the stress they are experiencing than to the relocation.
If the child shows persistent signs of depression or distress, parents can ask their family doctor to refer them to a child and adolescent psychiatrist or therapist. The psychiatrist or therapist can evaluate and treat the child’s emotional problems that may be associated with stress and also help parents make the transition easier for the whole family.
While preparing for possible difficulties, remember that many good things can come from a move. The family may grow closer; parents may learn more about their children from going through the experience with them; and children may enjoy a new sense of independence and accomplishment. With the proper attention from parents, and professional help if necessary, moving can be a positive growth experience for children, leading to increased self-confidence and interpersonal skills.
Many Augusta-area homeowners have been renting their homes to Master’s visitors for years. While all of the homeowners have definite plans for their funds, some use the money to keep their homes updated and in good condition. These updates help them earn even more for their rentals over time. And, not only do they enjoy living in an updated home, but also the updates bring added value to their property, a major benefit when the time comes to sell the home.
While six weeks doesn’t sound like a lot of time to prepare for renting a home, it can be done. If the home is in good repair and fairly organized, a thorough cleaning may be all that’s required. Even minor repairs and updates like painting or adding a few flowerbeds can be accomplished in six weeks.
However, if major repairs need to be completed, the best idea may be to shoot for next year. Taking a year to prepare is not unusual, especially if major repairs or renovations are planned. Plus, taking a year to prepare gives you time to compare prices and contractors and to “live” with ideas for a while before making costly decisions.
Before taking the big step:
1.? Check with your insurance company about coverage while renting the home
2.? Contact your homeowner’s association about regulations concerning home rental.
3.? Think about where you will store valuables and keepsakes while the home is rented.
4.? Decide if you are willing to offer maid service, grocery shopping, or catering
5.? Plan for a place to stay while your home is occupied.
Whether you decide to take the plunge this year or next year, contact a rental agency that deals specifically with Master’s rentals. For more information, contact the Masters Housing Bureau or Corporate Quarters. These seasoned professionals can help you with every aspect of renting your home during Master’s week.
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Executive Partners is the first Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Company in the nation to receive a 2014 CARTUS Platinum Excellence Award. Platinum is the highest level of the CARTUS Excellence Awards.
Also, BHGEP, the fastest-growing real estate company in the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area),?is the only CSRA real estate agency to win this prestigious award. CARTUS, a global relocation provider, holds agencies to the highest standards in service and values, requiring each broker to achieve specific metrics.
Broker and Owner Tommy Stephenson says, “I am very proud of the hard work and dedication our staff and agents have put in to achieve this milestone. We set the goal early on to achieve Platinum Status with CARTUS, and our hard work has paid off. It gives our company great pride to represent the hard-working men and women of our great military, and this achievement is truly a testament to that.”
To achieve these specific metrics, CARTUS requires all Relocation Agents to attend classes every year for each of its branches. The goal of this intensive training is to update agents on the latest policies and procedures, as well as to?reinforce policies and procedures already in place.
Whitney Caudle, BHGEP Relocation Coordinator, says, ?Not only did we exceed the CARTUS expectations, but also we have influenced other brokers in the Southeastern Region to challenge themselves.?
As the only CARTUS-certified agency in the Augusta area and a Movers Advantage USAA Preferred Broker, BHGEP Relocation Agents assist military, civilian, and corporate clients in relocating to the Augusta area. CARTUS serves 55 percent of the Fortune 100, providing service to over 165 countries.
One way that Caudle and other BHGEP Relocation Agents exceed expectations is through customer service. In addition to assisting new residents find homes, Caudle goes further by introducing her clients to local vendors and businesses. She prepares packets brimming with information to help newly relocated Augusta residents to become acclimated to the area. Her packets also include special information on the ?secret gems? in the area.
Caudle says, ?I am so fortunate to work with a team of agents whose focus is on the customers. We all work together, helping each other toward the common goal of providing each client with VIP service. We would not be where we are today without the countless hours devoted to completing paperwork, showing homes, answering questions, and making clients feel special.?
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
William Butler Yeats
On icy gray-pavement days like today, the cold seeps through our skin and lodges between the cells of our body, causing us to wonder if we will ever be warm again. Long summer days spent on the water with the sun warming our skin are only a memory now. But, those warm summer days will soon be here again, and now is the time to think about purchasing that waterfront property you’ve always wanted.
Our agents have waterfront properties and waterfront community properties available in Columbia, Richmond, and other surrounding counties. These properties are also available in all price ranges. Not only do our agents have the necessary expertise to help you find the property of your dreams, but also our agents can help you locate a property that fits your budget.
While everyone else is focused on the cold, gray days of winter, you can move ahead of the crowd. If you start now, you can spend the upcoming summer on the water in your own waterfront property. Whether you live on the water exclusively or escape there on weekends and vacations, you can enjoy the peace and contentment that waterfront living provides.
Fishing, boating, skiing, or simply relaxing in a lounge chair by the water provides the necessary break from the busy-ness of our everyday lives. Water is a well-known stress reliever. Call us, so we can put our resources to work for you. We will take the stress out of purchasing a waterfront property, and this summer, you will be listening to “lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore.”
Seasonal prognosticators Punxsutawney Phil and General Beauregard Lee reached an impasse on Sunday as to whether we will experience six more weeks of winter or the delightful arrival of an early spring. Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter while the General predicted a crowd-pleasing forecast of an early spring. If only predicting the future of mortgage interest rates were as much fun as this match up.
In 2013, housing saw signs of spring with a small recovery matched by a small mortgage interest rate increase. Some experts reported a shortage in the number of homes available for purchase early in the year caused home prices to rise. Better terms on new-construction loans also led to an increase in the number of new home starts. While Freddie Mac reported a modest 1.12 percentage point increase from January 2012 to January 2013, the question on everyone’s mind is what 2014 holds for mortgage interest rates.
While almost no one is predicting a decrease in the mortgage interest rate for 2014, that’s exactly what we have seen recently. The Primary Mortgage Market Survey on the Freddie Mac Web site reported the average rate of a 30-year mortgage at 4.32 percent on Jan. 30. Mortgage prognosticators will have to wait to see if the Freddie Mac rate holds because the next update will not be posted until Feb. 6. However, the Bankrate.com report appears spring-like, reporting the average 30-year mortgage rate at 4.25 percent as of Feb. 4. Just as weather is impacted by multiple factors, mortgage rates are impacted by multiple factors, such as the housing supply, Federal block purchases of mortgage-backed securities, and mortgage loan availability. Add the economy to the mix, and even Punxsutawney Phil and General Beauregard Lee would be hard-pressed to make a call on this mud-wrestling contest.
So, what’s a potential home buyer to do? If you are in the market now, you may want to take advantage of this recent dip. A quick Internet survey finds experts predicting increases somewhere between 3 and 5 percent by the end of the year. Of course, those rates can vary based on the factors affecting your area. But, even with a rise of 3 to 5 percent, real estate is still a rock-solid investment with the potential of greater gains over time.