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Did you know that Blanchard and Calhoun is the only brokerage in the CSRA to offer real estate services, insurance, home loans, and real estate classes? We are always looking for ways to expand our business to serve you better. And after a century of serving the CSRA and building relationships, we have learned a thing or two about how to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. Below are some of the services we proudly offer. 

Real Estate Professionals: The Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate team are experts in the CSRA and surrounding areas by providing real estate services for both buyers and sellers. Our professionals truly believe in helping their clients make Augusta their home and provide outstanding service each and every time. Regardless

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From learning to ride a bike to laughing at all of his corny dad jokes, one thing is for sure, we love our fathers. On this special holiday, let the father figure in your life know your appreciation for all of his hard work, wisdom, love, and support. If you are looking for something to do for dad, we’ve compiled a list of 10 ways to celebrate.

 

  1. Buy dad a unique gift from a local gift store.

  2. Treat him to his favorite restaurant.

  3. Take a trip to the lake and go fishing.

  4. Join him in one of his hobbies.

  5. Hit the trails for a hike and a heart-felt conversation.

  6. Cook him his favorite meal.

  7. Do his yard work- he’ll love that one!

  8. Beat him at a game of golf or putt-putt.

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Buying a home is one of the largest purchases most people make in their lifetime, that is why choosing the right mortgage lender is a crucial part of the homebuying process to ensure the transaction is hassle-free and seamless as possible. 

So, how do you choose the right mortgage company? While there are many lenders eager to take your loan application, you’ll want to look for a lender that offers the best rates, loan terms, down payments requirements, closing cost fees and mortgage insurance. You may also want to consider working with a mortgage broker vs. a large commercial bank and here is why:

Mortgage brokers are independent and often local which means they are invested in their community- so they have a better understanding of the local

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Are you looking to buy land to build your dream home? Before purchasing or investing in land here are a few questions you will want to ask.  

1. What are the zoning regulations and building codes for this land?

When it comes to purchasing land, you will want to know how that property is zoned. These zoning regulations will depend on the land and what it will be used for. If you are wanting to build a house, for example, it is important that the zoning allows for single-family homes. 

Finding the zoning codes and laws can be a bit tricky, this is why teaming up with a knowledgeable agent is beneficial: Your agent will research and determine which laws apply to your property.

 2. Is the land buildable?

Now that you’ve found land with the

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The HEROES program, formerly known as Military On The Move (MOM), is a real estate rebate program designed to honor all of our workforce heroes. As an appreciation for your service to our community, we have re-launched a program that provides rebates and discounts for our heroes that are buying or selling their home. 

Who Qualifies As a Hero?  Workforce Heroes include but are not limited to:

  • Active Military and their immediate family members

  • Veterans

  • Doctors

  • Nurses

  • First Responders (firefighters, police offices, EMT)

Please consult with your local real estate expert to determine eligibility.

How Does It Work?  The process is simple, if you are a buyer or seller Hero, simply enroll into the

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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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