Buying

The Dream Team in Your Corner: Meet Your Transaction Squad

Buying a home is an exhilarating journey filled with excitement and anticipation. From scouring listings to signing the final papers, it's a process that involves multiple players working together to ensure everything goes smoothly. As the star of the show, you've got your Realtor leading the charge, but there's a whole team backing you up, each with a specific role to play. As long as you...

Decoding Real Estate Jargon

Entering the world of real estate can be an overwhelming experience, especially when bombarded with unfamiliar terminology. To help you navigate the landscape with confidence, I've compiled a list of 10 common real estate terms that every homebuyer, seller, or enthusiast should know. Understanding these terms will empower you in making informed decisions throughout your real estate journey,...

The Cost of Homebuying

Welcome, future homeowners and seasoned property enthusiasts! Today, we're diving into the often underestimated topic of home buying costs that stealthily emerge just when you thought you had it all figured out. Yes, we're talking about those expenses that don't quite make it onto the closing cost sheet but can pack a surprising punch to your wallet. So, grab your favorite mug of coffee or...

Navigating Property Management: A Guide for Hopeful Investors

So, you've got your eyes on the real estate game, and you're considering stepping into the world of property management in Georgia. Good for you! But, as with any venture, it's crucial to be armed with knowledge. In this blog post, we'll address some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that often cross the minds of first-time property investors or managers in the peach state.I've also included a link here to...

Q&A with a Home Loan Lender

I had coffee recently with a friend of mine who works in mortgages. We call these professionals loan officers or loan originators. Your lender is just as important as your Realtor when you’re buying a home.

5 things to do before looking at houses

If you're thinking of making a move, this information is for you! Whether you're moving across the country or across the street, it's VITAL to have all your ducks in a row before plunging into the home search. I know, I know... it's fun to look at houses! But if you're in the market, you will need to consider these things before  you get too far into your...

Universal Qualities in Seasoned Realtors

What to Expect From Your Real Estate AgentIn the Real Estate industry, a "seasoned" agent can mean an agent who's been an agent for decades and has sold thousands of homes, but it can also mean an agent who's survived trial-by-fire. Across the board, when you look at a seasoned agent, you'll find quite a few qualities and habits that they all (or most) possess. Your relationship with your...

USDA Loans: Building Futures

For many years, any consumer seeking a mortgage loan paid a substantial down payment. Some lenders required approximately 20% of the loan amount in cash due at closing. While this helped lower the foreclosure rate, it meant that home ownership was not an option for those in the low to moderate income brackets. The USDA loan is a  homeownership... in fact, in our Central Georgia area, there...

Apartment living vs. renting a home

When discussing property managers for privately owned property, please note that I'm referencing our property management department at Giles Realty, LLC and its policies. We are a trusted property management company in our community, and as a result we have well-established procedures for owners, tenants, agents, and managers. The rental market here in Central Georgia/Warner Robins is...

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