Columbia County Real Estate News

You’ll find my blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. I’d love to talk with you!

Aug. 15, 2018

WARNING! Not your average home tour

Posted in Vlogs
Aug. 10, 2018

Why You Get A Home Inspection

Posted in Vlogs
Aug. 1, 2018

How to Design an Amazing Outdoor Space

The warmer months are here, and if your outdoor space is not as inviting as you might like, it might be time to make some changes. Designing an outdoor space that you’ll look forward to spending time in doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank. The essential elements for a beautiful outdoor area are the same at any price point.

 

Define the Living Area

Regardless of the size of your space, define the living area through the use of patios, decks and/or furniture.

 

Landscape

Use landscaping and pots to add color and texture to your space. Use seasonal plants for color as well as larger evergreens and trees to add contrast and year-round foliage.

 

Fire

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are extremely popular. With a wide variety of pre-fabricated options, everyoutdoor area can include a warm, inviting flame. Enjoy your outdoor space during the colder months with a fire feature.

 

Water Features

Nothing is more relaxing than the sound of water. From extravagant water falls to simple table-top fountains, water features are a must for every outdoor space.

 

The ultimate outdoor experience is one of the best features of the modern home. By incorporating a few simple elements to your outdoor space, you can create an inviting area that you and your guests will enjoy.

Posted in Home Tips
July 25, 2018

The Home Buying Process

Buying a home can seem like a huge undertaking when you do not know what to expect, and most buyers don't. Learning the home buying process can help take the mystery out of buying a new home and allow you to approach each step with confidence & understanding. Each of the following steps can be broken down further, and an experienced agent will do so when you begin working together.

9 Steps to the Home Buying Process

 

  1. Identify your Licensed Realtor® and mortgage broker; these professionals will be your guides through the process.
  2. Get a loan pre-approval; learn your budget and terms.
  3. Go house-hunting!
  4. Negotiate the price & terms.
  5. Enter the contract period and place an Earnest Money deposit.
  6. Perform home inspections.
  7. Receive the appraisal & obtain final loan approval.
  8. Review all information and remove contingencies if satisfied.
  9. Close on the new home!

 

As you can see, buying a home is really a series of small, yet vital, decisions. As long as you continue to find the information you receive acceptable, you will move through the process towards the closing of your new home! If not... then you will cancel and start over with another property. Buying a home is exciting and understanding the process can help you avoid any unnecessary stress.

Posted in info
July 24, 2018

The #1 Reason Listings Expire

Nothing is more frustrating to a home seller than to have their home sit on the market without an offer. Selling a home is a major decision, and an emotional one as well. By the time a home owner determines the time is right to sell, they are ready to move. In addition, keeping a home show-ready is exhausting, so a listing that just sits with no showings or offers can be incredibly frustrating.

The truth is there is only one reason why a listing doesn't sell and eventually expires...price. It's always price. There is a price at which any, and all, homes will garner offers. Even the most run-down foreclosure will receive offers when priced low enough. Home sellers naturally want to get the best possible sales price for their home, but it's important to be realistic and open to professional recommendations. Present the home in the best possible light and offer it at a reasonable list price.

There is nothing to be gained by holding out hope for a higher offer and sellers will often lose valuable time by trying to do so. A listing will always get the most attention when it's new on the market. This is the time to create excitement and get offers. When a house enters the market over-priced it will also be over-looked during the most crucial time of being listed for sale. Missing out on this vital time for attention will often result in a listing that sits and eventually expires.

Posted in info
July 23, 2018

5 Most Popular Paint Colors in 2018

5 Most Popular Paint Colors in 2018

The easiest way to modernize a room or home is with paint; color can provide a subtle backdrop or steal the show. From soft neutrals to vivid brights, here are the 5 most exciting new colors for 2018.

1. Charcoals–While the soft neutral grays and taupe of the past few years still enjoys popularity, today’s grays are becoming bolder. Lush earthy grays and even darker charcoal are popping up in designs for 2018.

2. Blues–Always a popular color for paint, modern blues include soft elements of gray and brown, adding dimension.

3. Sage–Another color which incorporates gray tones of contemporary style is sage. Far from the old avocado of the 70s, sage is a delicate neutral which serves as a great backdrop for today’s home.

4. Brights–The accent wall is back in style.Vibrant red, rich purple and mustard yellow are just a few of the newest shades showing up in model homes. Carefully added as accent walls or nooks, these colors add energy and interest to rooms.

5. Blush–This is not your grandmother’s pink. Blush paint tones are delicate blends of pinks, grays and taupe to accentuate the natural light of the room.

Every year, home designers embrace new colors intended to update the feel of the home; a simple way to update your home, over the weekend.

www.FurnoTeam.com

5 most popular paint colors in 2018

Posted in info
July 18, 2018

Most Expensive Listing Sold in 2017

The numbers are in and I am proud to announce that I have the #1 sale in 2017! 

My listing in River Island was the top sale out of over 6000 homes that sold in 2017. Not only was it the top sale, I had an offer in less than 12 hours and officially had it under contract in less that 72 hours!

www.PJFurnoRealtor.com

 

3014 Drake Top Sale 2017

 

*top sale for the Augusta Board of Realtors according to data provided by Navica and the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors.

Posted in Awards
July 31, 2017

Curious About Local Real Estate?

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Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

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You can sign up here to receive your own market report, delivered as often as you like! It contains current information on pending, active and just sold properties so you can see actual homes in your neighborhood. You can review your area on a larger scale, as well, by refining your search to include properties across the city or county. As you notice price and size trends, please contact us for clarification or to have any questions answered.

We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.

Posted in Market Updates