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Loan Closing

Ready to buy a home and not sure where to begin?  Unless you have your own funds to fund your purchase, you will need to find a mortgage lender to obtain a loan. A mortgage is a loan from a bank or financial institute that is used to help finance your home.  Finding a knowledgeable loan officer can help you with every step of the loan process.  To start here is a six-step guide to your next mortgage.

Step One:  Getting pre-approved

Shopping for a new home is very exciting but you don’t want to “put the cart before the horse” you must get pre-approved first and you will need a lender to pre-approve you.  Pre-approval means that based on your income and credit, you should be able to get a loan (for a specific amount) as long as nothing changes

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Holiday Events

Enjoy festive activities for the whole family all December right here in the CSRA.  From Christmas lightings to Santa sightings we’ve narrowed down some of the jolliest events to attend this holiday season. 

 

Aiken Downtown Tree Lighting

Date: December 6th

Time: 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Location: 1072 Bank Mills Rd SE

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Christmas Light Up Spectacular

Date: December 6th

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Augusta Commons

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Christmas on Liberty Square

Date: December 6th

Time: 5:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Waynesboro

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Christmas Tree Lighting at Village of Woodside

Date: December 6th

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Location: The Village at

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Holiday Time

Guests and Holiday Season go together like marshmallows and hot chocolate; it’s what makes this time of the year so exciting.  Getting your home ready for family and friends may seem like a daunting task, but these few simple steps can get your space ready in no time.

Clean and Declutter:  First things first!  Before decorating for the holidays,  a quick clean up is all it takes. Begin with making piles of for sale items, trash, and charitable items to make room for decorations, overnight guests and new gifts.  A nice, clean, and clutter-free space is an easy way to create an inviting home. 

If the thought of cleaning and decluttering is overwhelming or simply too time-consuming, consider using a cleaning service to help.

Decorate the Main

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Downtown Augusta offers a variety of eclectic dining options. While we genuinely think every eatery downtown is great, here are ten dining spots that the locals have dubbed as a must visit.

New Moon Café:  You can’t go wrong with any of the trendy coffee shops downtown, but The New Moon Café is pretty cool!  This upbeat artistic café offers freshly roasted coffee beans, homemade pastries, smoothies, and an awesome breakfast menu. Not a breakfast person? Try a combo special on their lunch menu! Bonus: New Moon Café is pet-friendly; enjoy a specialty coffee on the patio with your favorite furry friend.

Hildebrandts: This cozy deli has a train view! A family-owned, German-inspired delicatessen with a heaping helping of Southern Hospitality.

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Millennial homebuyers are most definitely changing the Real Estate landscape. Although the internet has changed things for almost everyone, these digital natives are far more reliant on the internet than the previous generations. Millennials research everything and they know exactly what they want.  With tons of options and available resources, Gen Y’ers, are very informed decision-makers. When looking for a home, they will most likely turn to the internet and not from a computer, but from their phones. So, a real estate app with professional photos opens the door to millennial homebuyers. 

With a long wish list, Millennials are expecting everything to be just right before signing a contract. Research shows the top FIVE things Millennials look for

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Prepare your Home for Winter

After an extremely long and hot Summer, most of us are more than happy to welcome Fall with open arms.  While Autumn is a cozy season with its peaceful scenery of mustard and orange leaves; the cheers of college football fans; and pumpkin spice everything- it’s also a time to prepare for the inevitable; Winter.  And even though it’s unlikely that a snow blizzard will occur here in the south, there are still some preparation tasks you will want to tackle before temperatures take a dip.

Inspect Your Heating Service:  

Don’t wait for it to get cold to discover your heating system is not working.   Once the cold weather hits, HVAC service providers will start to book up and it could take days before someone can come out to service your heater. Now

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AUGUSTA, GA. (October 18, 2019) – Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate announced today that it has been awarded the prestigious RELO® Quality Certification from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of 565 market-leading real estate firms. The only program of its kind, the RELO® Quality Certification (RQC) quantifies and qualifies relocation service excellence. Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, it was created by LeadingRE to provide measurable standards for the pursuit of relocation excellence.

To receive the certification, Blanchard & Calhoun’s relocation department completed a rigorous and lengthy application process, overseen by a committee of leading industry professionals. All aspects

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We understand moving, in general, can be stressful.  Moving AWAY or moving TO a different state altogether, can be a complex task.  One of the many great things about Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Company is that we are affiliated with the largest relocation network in the world.  As a member of Leading RE and having recently been awarded the prestigious RELO® Quality Certification from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, we are able to provide quality connections and services all over the globe. This means we can connect you with the right resources and the best agents anywhere you move to or from.   

According to the team members of our Corporate and Global services department, an affiliation with a huge network like LeadingRE allows

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The Beman Group of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Division has brokered the purchase of the former Georgia Power branch building at 1607 Walton Way, which now houses Security Federal Bank’s First branch in Augusta’s city limits, and their 17th branch total. This will be one of two new locations they plan to open to serve the Augusta community. When going through the site selection process, the 1607 Walton Way location was a perfect choice considering the existing structure of the building, which already included drive through teller windows on the exterior and teller walk up desks in the interior. This allowed Security Federal to focus giving the building itself the much needed aesthetic improvements that allowed high visibility from their frontage

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While many property owners prefer to take the “do it yourself” approach, this only makes sense if you live close to the property, are a “handy” person, and have the time to devote yourself to properly manage each property. In reality, most people do not. Managing property requires a rather large commitment of time and effort. 

If you own a rental property and do not have the time (or patience)  to market your property, search for qualifying renters, collect rent, handle maintenance and repair issues, responding to tenant complaints or even pursue evictions, hiring a property manager could be a great fit for you.   

At Blanchard and Calhoun, we offer outstanding single-family management services while providing excellent customer service.  Our

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