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Map from Housing and Urban Development Opportunity Zone Locator
Map Credit: Housing and Urban Development Opportunity Zone Locator

By: Alex Griffin
Investment Associate | Beman Group

Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate | Commercial Division

Government incentives are a great way for real estate investors to increase their return on investments. These incentives usually fall in 3 categories: (i) decreasing your individual tax obligation, (ii) lowering the total project costs, or (iii) lowering the project’s annual operating expenses. Let’s focus on four of these incentives available in most municipalities. (Note: I will focus on the programs available in Augusta, Georgia as this is my home market).

1.     Federal Opportunity Zone.
The Federal Opportunity Zone is the newest government program designed to boost

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 Downtown Augusta

by Alex Griffin
Investment Associate | Beman Group
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Commercial Division

You’ve no doubt been to some of downtown Augusta’s new restaurants or entertainment locations: Edgar’s Above Broad, Miller Theater, Pineapple Ink Tavern, etc. You’ve probably also seen a lot of vacant buildings, just sitting empty with no lights on and making downtown look like a strange hodgepodge of thriving and dying. A lot of people don’t understand why more buildings aren’t renovated, and I hope to explain those challenges below and what we can do to help mitigate those challenges.

The main reason for the lack of new development or renovation is the gap between rental rates and construction costs. Building a new building in Augusta

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Five Valentine Date Ideas You Can Do at Home

Considering dodging the crowds this year? Below are five romantic date ideas you and your sweetheart can do at home.

Dinner for Two:  What is a date without food, am I right?  You can have that intimate dining experience without going to a restaurant. Create a memorable dinner for two simply by setting the scene.  Dress the table with Valentine colors like red or pink; up the romance factor by dimming the lights, lighting a candle, and turning on soft music.

Your date gets bonus points if he/she cooks Valentine's dinner.  But if your love is no chef, no need to worry, there are plenty of great local restaurants and dining spots that can prepare the meal for you!

Watch a Movie: Snuggle up on the couch, you love birds!  Enjoy a rom-com flick or

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Georgia's Economic Outlook

 

Written by
Alex Griffin | Investment Associate | Beman Group
Commercial Division

“If we avoid another lockdown of the population and broad shutdown of the economy, the Covid-19 recession is over.” Talk about a major IF statement. These were the first words spoken by Benjamin Ayers, Dean of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, at Thursday’s 2021 Economic Forecast virtual event (going virtual for the first time in the event’s 38-year history because of Covid-19). Dean Ayers’ outlook presented a rosy picture of the national and Georgian economy heading into 2021, but was predicated on two major items: 1) the development and adoption of an effective Covid-19 vaccine by mid-2021, and 2) additional fiscal stimulus passed by

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Michael Siewert

Michael "Signature Mike" Siewert is an established Interior Designer and owner of Signature Interiors. After working with The Beman Group to select the site of his boutique located at 1403 Monte Sano Avenue, We wanted to discuss with him the importance of a good space, and his newest site coming to Fury's Ferry Road in Martinez.

 

What inspired you to pursue interior design?

I grew up with a Theatre background. I went to a Performing Arts High School with people like Lavelle Smith, Michael Jacksons choreographer and Paige Davis, the host of Trading Spaces. I decided I didn’t have a Bohemian heart and decided to change my path. I found that Interior Design was still a creative outlet for me and I had been decorating and redecorating my room

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Rachel Biestman, The Darling Loft Salon

Rachel Biestman is the owner of The Darling Loft Salon, a small boutique salon specializing in hair color, transformative cutting, and special event services. We recently discussed with her how the process of opening her business has been and how having a quieter and more intimate space for her salon has presented an opportunity for her during the pandemic.  

   

What or Who Inspired You to Start your Business? 

Salon ownership is the end goal for many stylists when they begin in the industry, but that hasn't always been the case for me. I had considered it for many years but didn't see the niche for the type of business I wanted to create until the first day of the stay-at-home order in March. After working in several

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Veterans Home Buyer Guide

If you are a veteran looking for a home, you’ve come to the right place.  For over a century, we have helped Veterans, just like you, find the perfect home.  As a thank you to our service members, Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Company, through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, offers a Military on the Move (MOM) program for all active, former, and retired military. In addition to our real estate services for our soldiers; we are partnered with some of the best VA specialty lenders in the CSRA.  

If you want to know how you can buy a home with a VA backed home loan, we’ve got you covered in this step-by-step guide for Veterans.

Applying for a home loan:  First, you will need to get pre-approved for a mortgage

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