Monthly Archives: October 2015

417 East Taylor Street – Victorian Home for Sale

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Stunning Victorian home located in the heart of the historic district. Located at 417 East Taylor Street, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has been meticulously renovated offering new: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roof, gutters, kitchen, bathrooms and insulation.

Light floods every room from an abundance of windows, all of which have been restored to working order. You will love the 11ft ceilings throughout, wood floors, and six fireplaces. The luxury kitchen offers marble counter tops and a gas stove vented to the exterior. Turn key and low maintenance, this home would make a wonderful full-time residence or Savannah getaway. Enjoy the Savannah weather while sitting on the side porch or in the private brick courtyard. 

Schedule your tour of this beautiful home with Pamela Peterson today!

 

A River’s Path

A Rivers Path | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

This week we take a look at the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection with the moving piece Hatch Nuclear Power Plant, Altamaha River GA by photographer/artist Ansley West Rivers.

Influenced by a three week trip through the Colorado River, Hatch Nuclear is part of the “Seven Rivers” series. The series challenges the idea behind the American River. It further explores the man-made impact on the river systems’ construct and flow.  The rivers in the series include the Colorado, Missouri/Mississippi, Columbia, Rio Grande, Tuolumne, Altamaha, and the Hudson. The project also addresses the fragile state of freshwater across the United States.

“We stand at a precipice in the history of water.  How we approach the health and use of our rivers now will determine the lifespan of fresh water,” says Ansley. “Rivers across the world are experiencing changes in water levels, temperature, wildlife, and saltwater intrusion. The debate over water can only truly begin if we can connect ourselves to the rivers that sustain us.”

Constructed images on each film negative show the possibilities and effects of industry, global warming, agriculture, power, and the unquenchable demand for fresh water that is impossible for the eye alone to see. By placing various tools in front of her 4×5 camera, Ansley was able to expose specific areas allowing her to uniquely build each image.

A Rivers Path | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

Ansley West Rivers is a photographer from Atlanta, Georgia.  She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts and her BFA from the University of Georgia.  She currently lives and works with her husband on their coastal Georgia farm.

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. With 30 plus pieces in the collection, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.

Tips of the Trade: How to get your home on and off the market quickly

Tips of the Trade: How to get your home on and off the market quickly with Judge Realty | Photo: HGTVPhoto: HGTV

Looking into selling your home? Market research has recently shown, now is a prime time for home sellers. The market is ripe and at an all time low for inventory in some areas. If you’re considering testing the waters, check out these tips to help you prepare and sell your home.

The first step any seller needs to consider is the process of showcasing their home. After all, putting your best foot, or curb, forward can make all the difference in getting your asking price.

Tips of the Trade: How to get your home on and off the market quickly with Judge Realty | Photo: HGTVPhoto: HGTV

Renovate or Forget It?

Prepping a home to sell does not mean that renovating is necessary. A common misconception is that in order to get a higher asking price, areas like new appliances, new construction or remodeling are necessary but in fact can often cost more than the return.

According to Realtor Magazine, some renovations, such as adding a bathroom or putting new shingles on a roof, might not always pay. The data suggests that the nationwide average amount recouped for a bathroom remodel is about 58%.

Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything. Consider your home’s curb appeal as its first handshake to potential buyers. Presenting your landscaping well gives buyers the impression you’ve taken pride in both the exterior and interior of your home. Since landscaping is one of the first things noticed, make it as clean and curated as possible. Extra eye appeal can be added using potted plants for pops of seasonal color.

Kim and Helen Iocovozzi, Judge Realty 2014 Top Producers, maintain that curb appeal, cleanliness and a fresh appearance outside are your best first impressions. Helen believes, “When people see that the house has been well maintained and cleanliness is obvious, potential buyers are more trusting and more confident about the value of the property.”

“Move in Ready​”

Often referred to as “Turn Key”, this notion refers to showcasing your home as ready to move in. When potential buyers see that there is little or no work needed to be done, they are more likely to see the value in the asking price.

Staging

On the same level of making it look ready to move in, buyers are inspired when they see the potential of what living in the space would be like. Often times a seller and the agent can hire someone to professionally stage the property for sale. Staging costs can vary but should be considered when looking at your budget. This is especially true if you’ve already moved out and removed your furniture. Staging pros and cons should be discussed with your agent before committing to it.

Tips of the Trade: How to get your home on and off the market quickly with Judge Realty | Photo: TruliaPhoto: Trulia

Professional Photography

It’s also incredibly important to take professional photos of your home. Work with your agent to see what angles are best to photograph the home and use proper lighting. The more you can create a “perfect space” through a photograph, the more potential buyers will be already sold by the time they even get there. Homes with professional images gain an immediate advantage.

Tips of the Trade: How to get your home on and off the market quickly with Judge Realty

The Price is Right

Consult with your real estate agent about the trends in your neighborhood. Take all “comps”, or comparables, into consideration when deciding on your listing price.

Kim advises sellers, “Be willing to make a deal. Often times people lose a sale because they are not willing to negotiate on certain aspects of the sale. The terms have to be worth it for both parties and most times that means negotiating. Be open-minded and willing to hear options.”

Not only will following these tips help you sell your property quickly, it will also help ensure your asking price. Consult with your agent to see if your house is ready and prepped for a faster sale.

Local Real Estate Leader Recognized as Georgia Trend’s 2015 “40 Under 40” Honoree

Local Real Estate Leader Recognized as Georgia Trend’s 2015 40 Under 40 Honoree

Lori Judge, lead broker and owner of Judge Realty, has been selected as one of Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40.” The 2015 honorees represent business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, conservation, and education throughout the state of Georgia who have shown excellence in their community and careers.

Georgia Trend is a state owned and operated publication that covers business, politics, education, technology and more throughout the state. With over 50,000 subscribers, Georgia Trend is one of the leading magazines to cover statewide news and events.

Local Real Estate Leader Recognized as Georgia Trend’s 2015 40 Under 40 Honoree

Each candidate for the “40 Under 40” was judged on their involvement in their community, growth of their company, age, and advancement in their expertise.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as one of Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40”. Since I started my business 10 years ago, I have been dedicated to growing my brokerage in parallel with highlighting and supporting not only the creative community but other entrepreneurs throughout the region. It’s a privilege to be among such a prestigious group of colleagues that help do the same throughout the state,” said Judge.

Judge, who is well known for her recent involvement with the Broughton Street commercial district development, has been an active supporter of Savannah’s public art sector. She recently brokered locations for the non-profit SeeSAW art organization. In addition, Judge offered the Judge Realty office building façade for two temporary art installations. Utilizing a Judge Realty exterior entry door as a frame and recycled plastic bags, acclaimed artist Katherine Sandoz created an eco-themed “Flower Power” statement piece. Partnering with Art Rise Savannah, the Judge building was again used to display a living moss mural entitled “Mossterpiece.”

Judge is an advocate for sustainability and acts as one of the only eco-brokers in the area. Joe Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah, championed her nomination saying, “We are proud to have Lori as a leading business representative in Savannah. Her impact on our city has helped enrich the community over the past decade and has greatly increased the sustainability of the commercial and residential real estate in the area.”

Judge’s support of the sustainability, creative, and economic aspects of her community made her a qualified candidate for the nomination.  As a recipient, Judge hopes that more business owners will help inspire other peers to take a similar leadership role in their communities.

Summing up her philosophy Judge states, “I believe that a balance between aesthetic and economic interests is the key to Georgia’s continued success. I look forward to helping in every way I can to achieve that balance.”

For more information about Lori Judge and the Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40” visit www.georgiatrend.com/40under40 or contact info@wprojects.co