Clients first

I would never have imagined that thirty years after I sold my first home that I would still be enjoying it today.  It certainly has been a rewarding career and I am so very thankful to you my customers and clients.  I always believed that if money or success became more important than people that it would be time for me to make a change. I’m very happy to say that is not the case and if you are looking for a real estate professional I would like the opportunity to discuss being your agent.

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Snow thankful ⛄️ — The59Club

I have a snow story to share with all of you. I moved away from my home in Buffalo, New York many years ago. My Mom and Dad would visit me in Savannah Georgia in the winter and I would visit them in New York during the summer, all of us chasing after the perfect […]

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Understanding fixtures and personal property in a real estate sale

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That perfect light fixture set off just the look you were aiming for when you when redecorated your living room.  As you are getting your home ready for the market you become reluctant to pack it up even though you have no plans of leaving it.

Now you are torn between the “staging effect” it can have on a buyer and the possibility of the light fixture becoming a negotiable item even though you state in your owners disclosure that it is not remaining and will be replaced with another fixture of the buyers choice within a stated allowance.

My suggestion is to remove it, because it may become the one item that tipped a buyer in your favor, and chances are they would have still offered to buy your home without it because the most important things like size, price and location are what they are really shopping for. Once a buyer sees it and likes it they will want it.

A stand alone lamp in the same room would be considered personal property but since the overhead light is attached by permanent wires it is considered a fixture and the buyer may assume it is included.

Both buyers and sellers alike overlook items and get surprised at a final walk though when they discover something must stay or go.  Some of the most common items I have re-negotiated at a final hour of closing the sale are:

  • Light fixtures
  • Mailboxes
  • Flowers and trees
  • Flower pots
  • Garden trellises
  • Fireplace mantles
  • Appliances
  • Portable appliances such as a water softeners, floor heaters , window unit air conditioner, humidifiers
  • Room size area rugs
  • Shelving units and bookcases that stand alone
  • Decorative light switch plates
  • Window treatments (blinds may stay but the curtains are removed)
  • Decorative faucets
  • Lawn ornaments
  • Window flower boxes
  • Garden hoses
  • Outdoor buildings (sheds)
  • Security systems (the owner may be obligated to a lease)

The easy solution to avoid these misunderstandings is a careful review of the checklist on a  owners disclosure statement regarding the items remaining with a home.  Also, a review of any exclusions on the Real Estate agents listing sheet, and always address any item of question in the purchase and sale agreement.  If there is an item of personal property that works well with a home a buyer can always ask for it or purchase it from the owner and note it on a personal property agreement.

Happy home buying and selling…:)

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Step back to the 1890’s-haunted places

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this Fort except that it was rather spooky to me even in the afternoon. It is located in Beaufort County a coastal S Carolina county and this is on St. Helena island that has a wealth of culture, marshland, wildlife and the after life. For those […]

via Step back to the 1890’s at Fort Fremont on Lands End Road-Beaufort S Carolina — The59Club

Savannah Ga to Pensacola Florida via Portland Oregon for lunch and sweets — The59Club

That’s not exactly how the trip was planned back in April, but the unexpected came up and instead of cancelling our week in Portland Oregon we just rerouted our trip back home to the event in Pensacola. The typically rainy day in October worked well for me as long as I had my umbrella, and […]

via Savannah Ga to Pensacola Florida via Portland Oregon for lunch and sweets — The59Club

NAR presents 2018 housing forecast

Post-hurricane jobs numbers not as strong as expected The October jobs report is in, and the numbers are a mixed bag. The U.S. economy added 261,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in October, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A hiring rebound at restaurants and bars impacted by recent hurricanes helped boost numbers. However, October’s jobs…

via Wages not rising as fast as home prices; NAR presents 2018 housing forecast — Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy : The Mortgage Reports

Quick lunch and sweets on the Riverwalk in Savannah Georgia — The59Club

Some days you just can’t resist getting out of the house to enjoy the pleasant 70 degree temperature and clear blue sky. That day for me was November 1st in beautiful Savannah Georgia. Travelers on the I 95 can easily get to the Historic area by hopping on the I 16 (GA exit 99) going […]

via Quick lunch and sweets on the Riverwalk in Savannah Georgia — The59Club

Not so scary haunted homes

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Most people enjoy a frightening fireside story about a haunted house.  Stretch your imagination a bit let’s talk about the friendly ghost in a home that occupants typically learn to live with and accept their presence.

Yes, they can be disruptive walking around the house at night turning on lights or opening doors and cabinets but other than that most folks get used to having them around.

Some people say that they follow a family if they move, others say they act up when a new family moves in just to claim their spot.

Whatever your ghost story, take it as a compliment because if you were not a “good spirit” they would not want to be there with you.

Happy Halloween, stay kind you never know who might pop in for a visit.

For more information on the most Haunted homes in America: http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/holidays/americas-scariest-homes-real-life-haunted-houses-pictures

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