Athens GA Summer Camps for Kids

May 14th, 2015

The best of the best! Summer Camps in and Around Athens, GA

Alice DePass Studio of Dance
706-769-1177
www.depassstudioofdance.com

Athens Academy Summer Camps and Summer Programs
706-549-9225
www.athensacademy.org

Athens First United Methodist Weekday Preschool
SUMMER CAMPS for preschool aged children.Visit athensfirstumc.org/weekdaypreschool/ for registration information. Contact:Laura Lowery, Assistant Director preschool@athensfirstumc.org
Borders ATA Black Belt Academy
706-548-2178 
www.bordersata.com
Canopy Studio, Inc.
706-549-8501
canopystudio.org/classes/camps/
Champions for Children
706-546-9446
champsforchildren.com
Chick Music
706-546-8742 
www.chickmusic.net
Jeff Wallace Georgia Tennis Camp
706-542-7995
 
Math Mind Workshop
New Moon Summer Adventure Camp
Travels to different locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Activities include hiking,swimming,boating,ropes course, trips to museums, farms, zoos and much more! 
Contact Cindy Jones at 706-310-0013 to register.
Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)
706-769-4565
www.ocaf.com
Oconee Youth School of Performance
For more information or to download a form, please go to oconeeyouth.com or email us at oconeeyouth@gmail.com
Prince Avenue Christian School
678-753-3000 
www.princeave.org
SUMMER AT PRINCE Sports and Fine Arts Camps for Kids at Prince Avenue Christian School. Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Softball, Twirling, Volleyball, Elementary Art, Elementary Musical Theatre, Middle & High School Musical Theatre. Cost and dates vary by camp.
Rush Athens
706-548-4470 
rushathens.com/#summercamp
If you’re 6-13, love trampolines, dodgeball, competing, climbing, flipping and food, we know where you need to be!
UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic
706-542-4598
coe.uga.edu/shc
UGA Volleyball Camp
Lizzy Stemke Volleyball Camps at the University of Georgia
www.lizzystemkevolleyballcamps.com 
706-542-4788
WinShape Camps for Communities 
www.winshapecamps.org
WinShape Camps for Communities is a day camp that provides a professionally trained staff to execute a fun and meaningful camp for completed K-6th graders. Whether your kids like soccer or science, there is something for everyone. The camp combines sports, recreation, arts, Bible study, and worship into one unforgettable week. Camp held at Prince Avenue Baptist Campus.
YMCA Camp Kelley Day Camp: 
706-543-6596
www.athensymca.org
Camp Kelley is a very active day camp offering a wide range of activities including swimming, archery, arts & crafts, dance, team sports and games. For a full day of summercamp fun and to make friends and memories that last a lifetime, sign up for Camp Kelley at the Y! We offer nine themed weeks with special events and traditional camp programs.
ZoomWorks Photography Camp
706-227-3777
zoom-works.com

 

Athens Clarke County Leisure Services
Visit online for a complete listing and description of camps and registration information.athensclarkecounty.com/camps

General Camps

  • • Art Camps at Lyndon House (613-3623). Ages 4-11
  • • East Athens Summer Day Camp: Mission Impossible (613-3593). Ages 6-12
  • • Lay Park Summer Day Camp: Space Heroes (613-3596). Ages 6-12
  • • Memorial Park Day Camp: Game Show Mania! (613-3580). Ages 6-12
  • • Rocksprings Summer Day Camp: Minion Mayhem (613-3602). Ages 6-12
  • • Parkview Summer Day Camp: Space Jam All Stars (613-3602). Ages 6-12
  • • Sandy Creek Day Camp (613-3615). Ages 7-12
  • • Zoo Camp (613-3580). Ages 7-12
  • • Health Matters Camp (613-3589). Ages 9-14

 

Sports Camps

  • • Camp-a-looza Gymnastics Day Camps at Bishop Park (613-3589). Ages 6-12
  • • Kidventures Gymnastics Mini-Camps at Bishop Park (613-3589). Ages 3-6
  • • Southeast Clarke Park (613-3589, ext. 222):
  • • Challenger Sports Soccer Camp at Southeast Clarke Park (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 3-4
  • • Camp II: Mini Soccer Camp. Ages 4-6
  • • Camp III: Half Day Soccer Camp. Ages 6-16
  • • Camp IV: Full Day Soccer Camp. Ages 8-16
  • • Skate Camp (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 7-12
  • • Sports Camp at Bishop Park (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 6-12
  • • Sportstime Camp at Bishop Park (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 4-5
  • • Tennis Camp: Swinging and Swimming (613-3991). Ages 7-16
  • • Tennis Camp at the Athens-Clarke County Tennis Center (613-3991). Ages 7-16
  • • Triathlon Camp at Bishop Park (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 8-12
  • • Cheerleading Camp at Bishop Park (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 6-12

 

Teen Camps

  • • Art Camp: Masterpiece Portrait for Teens at Lyndon House (613-3623). Ages 12+
  • • Art Camp: The Way Things Move – Stop Motion Video for Teens at Lyndon House (613-3623). Ages 12+
  • • Sandy Creek Teen Camp (613-3615). Ages 13-15
  • • Teens in Action at Sandy Creek Nature Center (613-3620, ext. 2). Ages 13-15

 

Theatre Camps

  • • Musical Theatre Performance Camp: The Elves and the Shoemaker Musical at Quinn Hall (613-3628). Ages 8-12
  • • Theatre Performance Camp: The Brothers Grimm Out of Order at Morton Theatre (613-3628). Ages 8-12
 
And More: 
 
Good Dirt - http://gooddirt.net/summer-camps/



Athens Clarke County Leisure Services - http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/6553/Summer-Explorers



Active Climbing Summer Camp - http://www.activeclimbing.com/active-indoor-climbing-summer-camp/



McPhaul Summer Camps - http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/research-child-development-lab/1

Best Places for Camping with Kids

May 14th, 2015
Camping with Kids - Best locations! (Mountains, Beaches, etc.) in and around Athens GA 
Article on 50 best campgrounds in North Georgia with descriptions!

Camping-Near-AthensGA

  1. Mountains- North Georgia/surrounding
    1. Dockery Lake
    2. Jacks Creek Campground
    3. Fort Yargo- close state park (40 minutes from Athens)
    4. Lake Winfield Scott (on a lake, next to trails)
    5. Black Rock Mountain State Park
    6. Cloudland Canyon
    7. Victoria Bryant State Park (40 minutes from Athens)
    8. Raven Cliffs (sites on creek)
    9. Wildcat Creek
      1. Forest Service site
      2. Toilets only
      3. Sites right on creek
      4. Not usually crowded
      5. http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/conf/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=10504&actid=29
    10. Desoto Falls
      1. Near a creek
      2. Shady
      3. Good for hot weather
  2. Beach Camping- South Carolina
    1. Edisto Beach State park (Edisto Island, SC)
      1. Sites can be right on the other sides of sand dunes 
      2. Can hear ocean from tents
    2. Hunting Island State Park, SC
      1. Beautiful
      2. Fills up fast
    3. Huntington Beach state Park
      1. Great park, fills up fast
  3. Beach Camping- Georgia
    1. St. simon’s Island (no specific recommendations)
    2. Jekyll Island- primitive tent sites- about a mile from beach
      1. Many amenities on island-
      2. Developed campground
      3. Campsites near bird sanctuary feel more remote
      4. Close to driftwood beach
    3. Cumberland Island National Seashore
      1. Has Sea Camp which is developed campground- fills up very, very fast (like six months ahead of time)
      2. Have to take a ferry over to it, which is fun
      3. Wild horses
      4. Beautiful sties
      5. Backcountry sites are more available, but the actual site arrangement is first come, first served and some are 3 miles from ferry. 
  4. Beach Camping- Florida
    1. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL (beautiful)
      1. Johnson Beach
    2. Panama City
      1. St. Joseph’s Peninsula st. park
        1. Primitive Camping a short walk in
      2. Folly Beach
      3. Mexico Beach
      4. Cap San Blas (has camping)
    3. Henderson Beach State Park (Destin, FL)
      1. 2 miles of private beach
      2. very nice facilities
    4. topsail Hill Preserve State Park
      1. http://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/topsail-hill-preserve-state-park-gregory-e-moore-rv-resort/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=FL&parkId=281250
    5. Long Key (Florida keys)
      1. https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Long-Key

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Kids Eat Free Athens GA

May 14th, 2015
A list of restaurants with Kids Eat Free times in the Athens, GA Area
 
These deals are subject to change, so please call to be certain.
Monday
  • Your Pie  1591 South Lumpkin Street
  • Your Pie  350 East Broad Street
  • Your Pie  196 Alps Road Suite 3
  • Barbarito’s   1739 South Lumpkin Street
  • Barbarito’s   1880 Epps Bridge Parkway suite 103
  • Barbarito’s   2 S. Main Street  Watkinsville
  • Cici’s Pizza  Atlanta Hwy.
  • Subway  Watkinsville
  • Dominick’s Italian 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsville
  • Fatz  4115 Lexington Road (all day)
  • Pulaski Heights BBQ  675 Pulaski St.
  • Catch 22 Gastropub  1021 Parkway Boulevard (Epps Br.)
Tuesday
  • Keba  1860 Barnett Shoals Road
  • Mellow Mushroom  320 East Clayton Street #201
  • Dominick’s Italian 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsville
  • DePalma’s 401 E. Broad St. (one kid menu item)
  • Depalma’s  1965 Barnett Shoals Road (one kid menu item)
  • Tin Drum  196 Alps Road, Suite 4
  • Tacqueria Tsunami 1791 Oconee Connector
  • Catch 22 Gastropub  1021 Parkway Boulevard (Epps Br.)
  • IHOP  1061 Parkway Place (Epps Br.) 4-10pm
Wednesday
  • Fox’s Pizza  1850 Epps Bridge Parkway
  • Barbarito’s   259 East Clayton Street
  • Dominick’s Italian 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsville
 
 Thursday
  • Moe’s Southwestern Grill  1320 Baxter Street
  • Dominick’s Italian 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsville
Friday
  • n/a
Saturday
  • Steak & Shake  2033 West Broad St. 2-4pm
Sunday
  • Buffalo’s Cafe  196 Alps Road suite 49
  • Hilltop Grille   2310 West Broad Street
  • Beef O’Brady’s  1860 Barnett Shoals Rd, 101
  • Dickey’s BBQ  Watkinsville
  • IHOP  1061 Parkway Place
  • Steak & Shake  2033 West Broad St. 2-4pm
 

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Building a House – Blog 1 – What was I thinking?

May 14th, 2015

Where do I start?

We found out we were pregnant late last year and realized that a family of 5 in a 3 bedroom house may be a little tight. We had options: we could finish our unfinished basement (giving us more square footage, but bedrooms on 3 different levels), we could sell our house and buy another house, or we could change nothing.

Then everything changed again. My amazing in-laws (who selflessly wanted their grandchildren 30 minutes closer to them ;-) ) offered up some family land that had been handed down through generations and created the opportunity to possibly build a home. Woah…. pregnant…. sell the house…. find a rental/temporary place to live…. and build a home? 2 moves, a baby, and home building? 4 different opportunities for the highest stress on our family possible. Why not?

So here we are. We’re building. At this exact moment, we’ve sold our house and moved into our rental, and the baby is due in the next few weeks. Financing is getting wrapped up and we are about to break ground.

My intention with this blog is to teach you the things I wish I had known before I got started. I’ve been a full-time, professional realtor in the Athens & Northeast Georgia area for about 8 years, and I’m still learning about the details in some parts of the real estate world. Custom home building threw me a few curve balls so far (and I’m sure it will throw more) and I’d like to share what I’ve learned to help you in the future.

A few things we will be going over:

  • How to pick your builder (Cost Plus vs Fixed Price)
  • How to pick your lender (Types of loans, qualifying, Construction to Perm Options)
  • Pick your plan
  • How to save costs when building, and where to negotiate
I’m sure we will add more to the list, but this is where we are starting since this is the foundation of building your custom home.
Want more information about building a home that’s not answered in these blogs? Reach out to me directly!

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How to Pick Your Home Builder – Athens GA

May 14th, 2015

There are a number of ways to pick your home builder. I personally recommend asking first for personal referrals first and foremost. You can go to friends and family members, local social media groups, or you can even reach out to your local Home Builder’s Association for a list of local builders.

What should you consider when picking a builder?

Your price range/budget – knowing your budget going in can be a strong determining factor in which builder you choose. If you’re trying to build an economy home for around $100,000 then the builder who builds custom homes in the $700+ price range may not be a great fit for you. This isn’t because they can’t build the home, it has to do with their contacts, their subs, and the budgets within which they can accomplish certain jobs. Feel free to discuss this with the builders you’re interviewing.

The style of home - I found out very quick that builders have their own style and specific types of “product” they offer. For some home builders, they specialize in Eco-friendly homes that may cost more per square foot, but have a lower cost of ownership over time. Some may specialize in certain styles or quality. Ask them to show you the types of homes they have built recently, and if there’s anything they can show you that’s a few years old.

Location - Understanding your location and the complexities that may coincide with local ordinances can help you prevent delays. The more a builder understands the local community, the easier they can predict timelines & the easier they can educate you in the process. Check with your local Home Builder’s Association – Click Here for the Athens Area Home Builder’s Association. 

References (recent and 5-10 years + ) – One of the most powerful sources of information is word of mouth. The more personal testimonials you can get from different people, the better you can feel about your builder. I would ask the builder for references, but I would also ask around your community. It’s important to talk to past clients AS WELL AS their suppliers and subs. Ask for these references and CALL. It’s important to know your builder is up to date on paying subs and suppliers on time. This is just to protect your investment, and to make sure you have a reputable builder.

Longevity in the field - Has your economy crashed lately? What did your builder do while the market was down? Personally? I wanted a builder who survived and thrived during that down market. It shows their strong leadership and their ability to run smart businesses and not over extend themselves. It also means they probably had their character and integrity challenged a few times along the way, and they made the right choice. Tough markets have a way of weeding out those who just ride the wave of success.

Their track record with staying on time and in budget - Let’s be real… there will be delays. Whether it’s bad weather, delays with permits, supplies being out of stock, someone getting sick etc. But to know that your builder sets realistic expectations could mean saved money and time when it comes to storage, moving and other expenses.

Their finances & insurance – Perhaps the MOST important criteria for choosing a builder is their financial solvency. Making sure they have the proper insurance and that they do not have any negative accounts or lawsuits against them could be your most important research. Ask for their references, and CALL them.

Pricing Style – There are 2 ways that builders create estimates for new construction. One is Fixed Price, the other is Cost Plus.

  • Fixed price is where the builder gives you an estimate and sticks to the estimated price no matter what the cost. The positive here is predictability. The negative is that the client does not have input or control on the quality of product or the profitability spread (a builder could choose to buy cheaper products to increase their profitability).
  • Cost Plus is when the builder takes the exact cost of building and adds their fee for managing the contract on top. What makes this scenario favorable is that the client knows exactly what quality of materials and labor is going into their construction – allows more client control of the bottom line. The negative is that when the client goes over budget… they are responsible for the difference.

Once you’ve picked a builder, the next step is to pick a plan & a lender. For me, picking the plan was one of the hardest things to do. See more HERE.

Thank you for following my blog, I hope that this information is helpful to you in your building process. Building a home in Athens or Northeast Georgia can be one of the most rewarding experiences – just be prepared to earn the reward :-)

Want more information about building a home that’s not answered in these blogs? Reach out to me directly!

 

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How to buy and then sell with the least amount of stress

February 23rd, 2015

How to buy and then sell with the least amount of stress

Moving requires a lot of moving pieces: financing, inspections, appraisals, organizing, packing, storage, moving, orchestrating, etc. It’s no doubt that buying and selling real estate is typically the most impactful financial decision of most people’s lives, and we also know that the act of moving can become an impactful/emotionally taxing decision as well.

One of my biggest goals in a real estate transaction is to reduce the amount of stress our clients experience in their move. Over time, I’ve discovered a few ways to minimize stress and create predictability where there otherwise is none.
Prior to Making the Decision to Move: The problem? Some people make the mistake of jumping into putting a sign in their yard and hope that the rest will work out. Before making a decision, follow these easy steps.

  • Get pre-approved for the type of mortgage you want to get for the NEXT house.
  • Get values on your current house. BE REALISTIC.
  • Begin any repairs and aesthetic corrections your Realtor advises you on.
Once You’ve Made the Decision and You’re Ready to List: The problem? Sometimes people stay in denial for a little while, and actually hurt their chances of selling quickly.
  • Start packing. Go ahead and start packing clothes, toys, nick-knacks etc. You’re going to be moving any way, go ahead and start this process to get your house organized and de-cluttered.
  • Keep your credit EXACTLY the same, or better. When in doubt, call your lender you got pre-approved with.
  • Get your house inspected by a property inspector. Start making repairs necessary.
Options Once Your House Is Under Contract: The problem? Sometimes the timing of the move isn’t perfect, and could mean you’re moving twice. These are potential solutions.
  • STORAGE: options such as “Pods” (or any other portable storage units) as well as local storage units can hold onto your belongings as you transition.
  • Arrange in negotiations to be able to occupy your current house for a short term after closing. (This has to be done when negotiating the offer)
  • Find an extended stay hotel to stay in for a short amount of time while you get into the next home.
  • Stay with family or friends. This is the most economical option typically
  • Reach out to local landlords that are offering property up for rent. Ask them about short term leases or a longer lease with the option to leave early if you help them procure the next tenant.
The important thing is to remain open minded during the process and stay focused on the solutions, not the problems. When focused on the solutions, you’re more likely to have a successful and stress-reduced move.

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So you have kids… and you want to move… what’s the big deal?

February 17th, 2015

So you have kids… and you want to move… what’s the big deal?

Likely, you’re just like me and you’ve decided it’s time to move and you’re wondering “how in the world am I going to do this?” Well, lucky for you… I’ve already been there and done that. Below are a few tips to help you get ready to sell your house (while raising children), do it quickly, and maintain your sanity.

The House 

  • Start the repairs and aesthetic fixes first. (1-2 months before getting ready to list)
    • Replace the weather stripping
    • Paint the doors
    • Do any repairs you have put off because you didn’t care
  • Have the major systems inspected and serviced now (check for termites, check HVAC etc)

The Stuff  - Create 4 categories: Dump it, Sell it/Donate it, Pack it, Leave it

  • Dump it: you know what I’m talking about… the stuff you forgot was even in that cabinet or closet. And you KNOW no one else wants it. Dump it.
  • Sell it/Donate it: The stuff you no longer need, wear, or remembered existed – start out selling it (classified ads, yard sale, social media), and what doesn’t get purchased gets taken to goodwill.
  • Pack What’s left: Next season’s clothes? Your kids 14 million outfits they either no longer fit in or don’t wear? Pack it up. You’re moving anyway… right? Pack it in boxes and get ready to store it if you don’t have a garage.
  • Everything left can stay IF it has a place. And that place better not be the middle of the floor ;-)

Keeping it clean

  • A strategy that worked nicely for us was only leaving out 7-10 combined outfits. Especially for the kids. That means less piles of laundry, easy clothing selection in the mornings, and overall easier lives during the week. Wish I had thought of it sooner.
  • Clean every night. You’re going to be making beds and spot checking every morning – don’t save the big stuff for the morning you find out you have a showing.

Moving

  • Half of your stuff is now trashed, sold, donated, or packed away. This is a piece of cake. Start at LEAST 2 weeks before moving. If you can get a POD or a rental truck you can keep for a while, you can stagger the loading and unloading.
  • Hire babysitters for the day of moving. I’m not kidding. Pay them well, and feed them well.
Once you’ve gotten through all of this, the rest is between you and your realtor. Choose wisely – the right person can relieve 80% of your stress in the transition. 
 
Can I serve you? We have partnering teams across the country and we may be able to align you with a great realtor with a great reputation. Feel free to reach out!
 
Happy Moving!

 

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New Listing: 54 Melvin Phillips Road Jefferson, GA

February 17th, 2015

Welcome to 54 Melvin Phillips Road in Jefferson, GA. This 1.5 story Cape Cod on an unfinished basement is situated on just over 1 acre of fenced land in Jackson County. Built in 2004, the homeowners have added ceramic tile in the kitchen and solid oak hardwood floors throughout the rest of the first floor. With 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, a large rocking chair front porch, and an open floor plan, this home is perfect for entertaining. Schedule your chance to see it today 706-389-0771

More details at www.54MelvinPhillipsRoad.Info

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Just listed in Athens GA! Frank Betz home!

January 2nd, 2015
Our Athens & Northeast Georgia Real Estate Team just listed this stunning home in your area!

 

135 Bear Paw Ct Bogart, GA
Fantastic 5 Bedroom/3 Bath traditional craftsman home. This 2 story home features open plan with abundant windows, spacious living room w/ fireplace, large bonus playroom with chalkboard wall, all bathrooms tile baths and hot tub with deck. Large master suite w/ vaulted ceilings, walk in tile shower and double vanity. Kitchen boasts granite countertops, breakfast area, breakfast bar and pantry. Additional feature includes outdoor fire ring patio. Wooded lot. Great community. Location to Athens/316.
Call 706-389-0771 today to preview this home!
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How to Sell Your House Fast in This Market

October 20th, 2014

How to Sell Your House Fast in This Market

The burning question most sellers have is: “how can I sell my house quickly?” Heck, some Realtors don’t even know the answer to this question. So… if the average time on the market is say, 120 days in your market… how can you get your house sold in under 30 days?

In my humble opinion, there are 3 pieces to this puzzle: Price, Condition, & Marketing. Price and condition are directly in the hands of the seller. Which is great! This means that if you combine your efforts with the advice and marketing strategy of a professional local Realtor. 

Before you get started, the best thing to do is actually call in your Realtor to talk about all 3 pieces of the puzzle before you get started. Come up with a plan. 

Price: Your house must scream value.

Easier said than done, pricing homes to sell is an art not a science. So I’ll tell you how I do it. 

First I pull homes that have sold in the area that are similar to my subject area. Your typical “Comparative Market Analysis.” This will typically tell us what value the home may appraise for. It’s good information, but I don’t stop there. 

I then pull all the active homes and under contract homes in the same market that I believe the buyer for our subject house may be looking at and comparing our house to. 

Once you have an idea of where your competition is priced, it’s important to price yourself in the “bottom third” of pricing, yet being in the “top third” of condition**. **(of all the homes on the market, make sure out of 9 competing homes, you’re priced with the cheapest 3, and you have the qualities and condition of the top 3). 

Condition: be the Belle of the ball. 

Now that you have all of the comparable homes pulled up, look through their photos. What colors have they painted with? Which homes look more appealing and draw you to want to come look at them? Which ones look open, airy, inviting? Your goal is to now make your home look just like those homes, or better. 

Consider re-painting if trends are leaning in a specific direction. Consider having a professional stager come in. Consider renting furniture from the stager to make the home look more appealing. 

And don’t ever avoid any repairs that you know will come up in an inspection. Repair anything that’s leaky, wobbly, or obviously worn out. It may cost you thousands of dollars… or you may not get a buyer at all if those items are obvious. 

Marketing: Get invited to dance.

Now, make sure your Realtor knows how to show off your home and get it in front of buyers. Their marketing plan should include a vast array of internet marketing with the goal of getting buyers to THEIR websites, personal phone calls and emails to Agents, personal phone calls and emails to prospective buyers, and most importantly: a systematic and fast follow up system for prospective buyers. Ask them what they do to convert sign calls and internet inquiries into real buyers. They should know this and be able to recite it from memory very quickly. 

If you combine these 3 tactics, and follow the advice of your local Realtor, you are sure to have results quickly. 

Should your neighbor with the knee-high grass or other unsightly attributes be keeping you from selling, see what you can do to help. I’ve had sellers cut their neighbors’ grass for them, and even pressure wash their homes. You never know… they may need the help and be unable to complete the tasks themselves at this time. 

I hope you now have a great plan for helping speed up the process of selling. Please call us should you have any questions about selling in Athens, Watkinsville, Bogart, Oconee County, Jefferson, Commerce, or Braselton house. 

Are you thinking about selling? Visit our website www.BrittanySells.com to learn more about us, or simply give us a call 706-389-0907 

 
For more information on selling your home, feel free to browse our other blogs on this topic:
Repairs and Upgrades that Can Help You Sell for More

Getting Ready to Sell Your House

How my Agent Determines House Values

 

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