Monthly Archives: August 2015

Bungalow Bliss

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Purchasing your first home is incredibly exciting and often incredibly overwhelming. The Realtor you choose to lead you through the process should be understanding, patient and can become a close friend. In this week’s blog, we asked a recent home buyer, Laurie Garner, what her first home buying experience was like when working with her actual close friend, Judge Realty agent, Casey Anderson.


What made you choose Judge Realty?

LG: One of my dearest friends Casey Anderson recently started working for Judge Realty and she was so excited to start this new journey in her life and I was excited to set roots down and start a new journey myself. It only seemed appropriate for us to make moves together.

Three words to describe Casey Anderson as an agent…

LG: 1) passionate 2) driven 3) caring

How would you describe the process from contract to close, how did we do?

LG: The process from contract to close was an eye opener for me. I knew buying a house would be one of the most exciting/stressful things I would do in my life or at least in the 30 years I’ve been on this planet. Casey and I had been searching for a while and the day this home went on the market she grabbed me from work and said I had to see the house NOW! I trusted her and when we unlocked the door and I knew that I wanted this to be my home. We made an offer that evening and kept our fingers crossed. The seller contacted us less than 24 hours later and accepted. After that the ball was rolling. Casey made what should be one of the most stressful events in my life a lot easier. She went above and beyond and was on top of her game through the entire process. She kept my worries at ease when I felt flustered. The day I closed will be a memory I hold dear forever. There were moments of excitement and fear while signing papers, but when I looked up and saw Casey at the end of the table and saw how happy she was for this new chapter in my life, it made me so thankful that one of my best friends could be a part of this journey . She truly enjoys finding homes not houses for people. She will do whatever it takes to make her client happy.

Advice for others selling / buying properties?

LG: Patience. This normally does not happen over night. I looked at houses over the past few years and none of them worked out. Tears were shed over a couple because I thought I would not find another house that I loved as much. I didn’t want to settle and I thought those slipped through my fingers for whatever reason. You have to go into the home-buying process with patience because there are going to be houses that possibly slip through your fingers as well. You have to be ok with that because it was not meant to be. Once you realize that, more than likely the perfect HOME will pop up for you too!

P.S. Have your S*** together. Because once the loan process starts everybody and their brother will need your information.

What was your overall experience working with Judge Realty?

LG: Phenomenal! I hope everyone gets to experience what I did on July 1st, 2015. The few other people I know at Judge shared in my excitement for this new chapter and I wish only the best for Judge Realty. Thank you!


Judge Realty is Savannah’s only full service, locally owned and operated brokerage company. Celebrating 10 years in business, Judge Realty specializes in residential and commercial real estate, as well as in property management and rentals.

For more information about Casey Anderson contact Judge Realty at 912.236.1000.

 

 

Navigating the Roads of Mortgages

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For first time home buyers, applying for a mortgage can be overwhelming when they discover all that is involved with the process. The more information buyers provide, the greater their chances are of getting their application approved and into their first home.

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This week we run through some tips first time home buyers should know and prepare for to make the mortgage process easier. We asked mortgage expert, Jason Nielubowicz of Judge Realty, to help clarify what you need to prepare before making the big leap. Jason has 20 years experience in mortgage and real estate finance. Here are the top 5 things he suggests doing before applying for a mortgage:

i. Check your credit score: There are several places you can do this but Credit Karma is good place to start. It is a free service that also offers tips to make credit score improvements.

ii. Get your Annual Credit Report: Pull your report from each of the three bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian. Take an hour or so to go over each of these independently to search for mistakes, unpaid accounts, and collections. Even though you may pay on time every month, something as simple as using 80% of your available credit on a credit card each month can lower your score significantly.

iii. Get your Realtor and Mortgage Lender involved early: Both can help as you prepare to apply for your mortgage. As you get ready to make your move, Realtors can also keep you aware of developments in the real estate market.

iv. Get your paperwork in order right away: This means locating and organizing your W-2 forms, tax documents, as well as recent bank statements and pay stubs. Have them ready to present to your lender when the time comes. The more organized you are with your paperwork the easier it will be on everyone.

v. Don’t make any other large purchases: While it won’t automatically keep you from getting approved for a mortgage, taking on a new debt of this magnitude may very well make the process more difficult.

For more information or mortgage questions contact Jason at jason@judgerealty.com or call 912.236.1000.

Through the Looking Glass – Artist Jimmy O’Neal

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This week we take another look into the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection. Lamb Line and O Geronimo, no minor ego, are two pieces by the Atlanta­-born artist and SCAD alumni, Jimmy O’Neal.

O’Neal is well known for his fascination with the time ­space continuum that draws him to the far corners of both the arts and science. He received a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1985 and graduated with a degree in painting. During his time there, Jimmy combined his equal fascination with physics and biology into his art. Using reflective or mirrored paint (the artist invented) and plexiglass, O’Neal creates interactive pieces that encourage the viewer’s metaphysical response.

The two pieces Lamb Line and O Geronimo are executed with scientifically augmented materials such as colorless paint which brilliantly reflects light as a mirror when applied on sanded plexiglass. Each piece captures its surroundings in real time allowing it to constantly change and react with the viewer.

O’Neal has said about his work, “I wanted to create a mirrored, sculptured mural in an active environment where visitors become a part of the artwork through the reflection of their own images, the colors of the clothes they are wearing, their jewelry, and their random, unconscious movements.”

The Judge Realty Permanent Collection started in early 2014. Built to showcase a private collection that is open to the public, the pieces are on rotation for guests and passerbyers to enjoy at Judge Realty. Presently, with over 30 pieces in the collection, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.

Luxury Living on Commodore Drive

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Low country living in the most luxurious setting. This home has every upgrade imaginable: office with built-ins, chef’s kitchen, master suite with fireplace and spa bath, theatre room, wine cooler, exercise room, 2 story foyer and an outdoor kitchen with fireplace to lounge about on cool evenings. Spacious, yet warm, this home boasts an impressive 6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 2 half baths and has a total of 6,366 square feet of living space. Contact Kim Iocovozzi to schedule a showing to view this meticulously updated and maintained home located at 226 Commodore Drive today.

OPEN HOUSE – August 16, from 2pm to 4pm