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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…

Mon, 14 Jul 2014

home (hom) The place where a person (or family) lives; one’s dwelling place; the house, apartment, etc. where one lives or is living temporarily; living quarters; the region, city, state, etc. where one lives. A place thought of as home; a place where one likes to be; restful or congenial place. The definition above is…

Fri, 27 Jun 2014

Community volunteers who support their neighbors increase the value of homes in the community while also increasing their own leadership skills Quite a few of our realtors at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Executive Partners donate their time and resources to support various community causes in addition to being active members of numerous…

Thu, 19 Jun 2014

Our nation recognizes National Homeownership Month every June. Due to the nature of our business, we at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Executive Partners are continually focused on homeownership. Every day, every month, every year, we help people realize their dreams of homeownership. Over time, homeownership has become an integral part of the…

 
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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
Mon, 14 Jul 2014

H.O.M.E.

Home Dreamhome (hom) The place where a person (or family) lives; one’s dwelling place; the house, apartment, etc. where one lives or is living temporarily; living quarters; the region, city, state, etc. where one lives. A place thought of as home; a place where one likes to be; restful or congenial place.

The definition above is shortened, but when you look up the word home in the dictionary, you will find a definition that spans for almost half a column on the page. Such a long definition for such a short word.

Here at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Executive Partners, we spend lots of time thinking about homes. Our goal is to find the best home for each of our clients. We know our area well, and we enjoy getting to know our clients so that we can really fine-tune their home choices to best suit their needs and likes.

We get especially excited when we get to help a first-time home buyers. Many of them are nervous and scared about such a big decision, but we walk them through the process with patience, explaining the process every step of the way.

We are privileged to help people from all walks of life. Many transfer here either through the military or through a career move. Winning the Cartus Platinum Award validated the care and concern we show to those who are new to our area. We try to make our new neighbors feel at home from the moment we make contact with them.

For many, buying a home is the most important decision they will ever make. Some people live their entire lives in the first home they purchase, so the home needs to be a perfect fit. We place special importance on each home buyer because we understand the importance the best home can make in the life of a client.

Home?a special place where we grow and learn to be a part of a family, whatever shape that family may take.

Yes, our business is selling houses, but we don’t just sell houses. We make people happy. We help people fulfill their dreams. What could be better?

We also know that if we do a good job the first time, our clients will come to us again if they need to upgrade or transfer.

In upcoming weeks, we will focus on our neighborhoods. Although some of them have similar amenities, they are very different in many ways. We will do our best to describe them to you and to show them to you through a variety of media. Every piece of information helps you make a better decision about your future home. We want to help you find your best house.


Tagged: Aiken County, American Dream, augusta, Augusta Chronicle, Augusta Georgia, better homes and gardens real estate, Broker, Buyer, columbia county, crawford creek, CSRA, evans ga, executive partners, first time home buyers, Fort Gordon, Grovetown Georgia, home buying, homeownership
Fri, 27 Jun 2014

Kathie Malarkey: Her Natural Habitat

Kathie MalarkeyCommunity volunteers who support their neighbors increase the value of homes in the community while also increasing their own leadership skills

Quite a few of our realtors at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Executive Partners donate their time and resources to support various community causes in addition to being active members of numerous civic organizations. We know that we can make a difference in our community. This month, we feature our very own Kathie Malarkey, Realtor.

In 2012, Kathie joined Leadership North Augusta to become more involved in her community. Leadership North Augusta chose the North Augusta High School mentoring program as a special project.

Kathie’s suggestion for the class project was to help Habitat for Humanity. Even though this project was not chosen, Kathie still felt she could help, so she volunteered to help Habitat for Humanity obtain applicants.

Kathie spent several months visiting area churches and delivering applications. At the end of March 2013, the Family Selection Committee visited two qualified families and selected one who moved in their new home this past January.

During 2013, Kathie was selected to join the Board of Habitat for Humanity. She is serving as the Family Selection Committee Chair. She also aids the Site Selection Committee in locating land, and conducting research and market analysis. In addition to her involvement with Habitat, Kathie is a mentor at an area high school and a team leader for the Alpha course at Vineyard Church of Augusta. At left is a photo of Kathie receiving donated bottled water from Vineyard Church of Augusta for use by Habitat for Humanity. The church donated 14,000 bottles of water to Habitat for Humanity at Kathie’s request.

Kathie is married to Charlie Malarkey, and they have four children.

Kathie has been a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Executive Partners realtor since 2005.

Well done, Kathie!


Tagged: Aiken County, augusta, Augusta Chronicle, Augusta Georgia, Augusta Real Estate, better homes and gardens real estate, Broker, columbia county, crawford creek, CSRA, Estate agent, evans ga, executive partners, Fort Gordon, Grovetown Georgia, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership North Augusta, North Augusta South Carolina, Vineyard Church, Volunteer
Thu, 19 Jun 2014

June is National Homeownership Month

bhgre_fl_day1_dsc3709Our nation recognizes National Homeownership Month every June. Due to the nature of our business, we at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Executive Partners are continually focused on homeownership. Every day, every month, every year, we help people realize their dreams of homeownership.

Over time, homeownership has become an integral part of the American Dream, a term coined in 1931 by historian James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America. While it is safe to say that the idea of the American Dream was in existence long before it was named, many Americans did not connect homeownership with the American Dream until this time period, ironically at the height of The Great Depression. Until this time, most Americans were renters or lived with other family members.

In the early 1900s, it was not uncommon for newlyweds to move into the home of one set of parents, who may have still been living in their parents’ home. Remember the television show The Waltons?

One of the issues with homeownership in that era was the lack of mortgage loans. Families were required to pay for the home in full. An early type of mortgage loan existed, but it required 50 to 80 percent down with the remainder due within three to five years. For most people, this type of mortgage loan was just as far out of reach as paying a lump sum for the home. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage that we are familiar with today was unheard of at that time.

During The Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt put more people on the road to homeownership than ever before with the 1934 National Housing Act. This act accomplished three things: it put people to work, it boosted the economy, and it allowed more people to own homes. The Federal Housing Administration created a home mortgage that greatly improved the terms for homebuyers, but the mortgage types we are familiar with today still did not come about until the late 1950s.

Sandwiched between two of our most patriotic remembrances?Memorial Day and Independence Day, June is the perfect month to reflect on this important aspect of the American Dream. Our homes are precious spaces. We entertain our friends, nurture our families, and create memories there. Is it any wonder that we dedicate a month to reflecting on homeownership?

Helping people accomplish their dreams is a great responsibility, and we at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Executive Partners take our responsibility to our clients very seriously. We would love the opportunity to help you find your next home.


Tagged: Aiken County, American Dream, augusta, Augusta Chronicle, Augusta Georgia, better homes and gardens real estate, Broker, Buyer, columbia county, crawford creek, CSRA, evans ga, executive partners, first time home buyers, Fort Gordon, Grovetown Georgia, home buying, homeownership, mortgage, Mortgage loan, National Homeownership Month