RE/MAX Town and Country
Jenny Marcott
253 E. Highway 515 Suite B & C
Blairsville  GA 30512
 Phone: 706-745-8097
Office Phone: 706-745-8097
Cell: 706-897-6497
Fax: 706-760-2026 
Jenny Marcott

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Blue Ridge Real Estate

Renovation tips that will increase a home's value

August 19, 2014 3:45 pm

If you are thinking of selling your home soon, here are some tips that may help increase your home's value.

1. Small improvements.

Even small low cost improvements can change the way a home looks more than can be expected. For example painting a front door and adding a wreath or upgrading a door's hardware can make an entryway more inviting. Changing the color of a room can also change the character of the room. 

2. Upgrading the kitchen.

The kitchen tends to be the gathering area and most people consider it the heart of the home, think about remodeling the kitchen but do not upgrade it more than the rest of the home, and do not over-improve it. If the cabinet boxes are in good shape, you can have the doors repainted,resurfaced or completely changed out. Sometimes just changing the door's hardware can be sufficient and can make it appear more up-to-date. Countertops can make or break the appearance of a kitchen, there is a vast variety in the type of materials used for countertops today that can be bought at various price points, check with your local real estate agent to see what materials are more popular where you live and decide if it would payoff to upgrade to that type of material. 

3. Reinventing a room.

Building a home addition can be an extremely expensive proposition. Instead of adding square footage to a home think about working with what you have. Think about the space under roof that you have, and how the existing space can be changed  to save you money. Finishing a basement, converting attic space to a bedroom or office or adding a finished room over a garage can add value to your home's value. 
  • In the Blue Ridge area many use their basements for game rooms, TV rooms, second living rooms or even as a seperate appartment for additional income. 
  • Attic space can be used for a game room, office, craft room or additional bedroom.
4. Bathrooms.

If your home only has one bathroom, adding a second bathroom should help you recoup the majority of the costs to adding the second bathroom. HGTV estimates that you can recoup approx. 80 to 130% of what you spend adding a bathroom. 

5. Outdoor Living.

Outdoor living spaces have become increasingly popular and desirable in recent years. Consider improving or updating what you have if it is needed, making your back yard patio or deck more appealing can make your home more desirable to prospective home buyers. 
I will cover the costly renovations that you should stay away from next week, tomorrow's blog will cover local real estate market conditions. . 

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Have a great week!



Foreclosure and Short Sale Report for Blue Ridge, Ga

August 5, 2014 5:43 pm

Currently in the BLUE RIDGE, GA REAL ESTATE MARKET there are 10 active Foreclosures.

The price ranges are between $72,250 and $224,900 for these residential listings.

Currently in the BLUE RIDGE, GA REAL ESTATE MARKET there are 2 active Short Sale listings

The price range is between $49,900 and $599,000 for the residential listings on the market. 

During this time period in the BLUE RIDGE, GA REAL ESTATE MARKET, # of New Foreclosures, Solds, Pending and Contingent foreclosures below:

In the BLUE RIDGE, GA REAL ESTATE MARKET there were 4 new foreclosure listings added

In the BLUE RIDGE, GA REAL ESTATE MARKET there were 7 sold foreclosures

In the BLUE RIDGE, GA REAL ESTATE MARKET there were 1 Contingent foreclosures

In the BLUE RIDGE, GA REAL ESTATE MARKET there were 6 Pending foreclosures

This report is for the time period between 6-18-2014 to 7-19-2014 received from NEG MLS

Please feel free to call me or E-mail me if you are interested in purchasing a foreclosure or short sale property.

Jenny Marcott