Winter to Spring

While March in other places may mean a light sweater instead of a parka, in Savannah it’s synonymous with trips to the beach, airing out the house, and at long last digging in the closet for those abhorrent green novelty T-shirt and short combinations we all tell ourselves we won’t wear again next year. Aside from the inevitable debauchery during St. Patrick’s Day when the entire town shuts down and schools are dismissed for familial drinking, spring is the ideal time to clean out your house and destress your life. Take a knee and learn from the pros, we’ve seen enough homes and come in contact with as much crazy as this town has to offer.

1. Start small. Much like building a home, sprucing one up can be just as overwhelming. Pick the room you spend the most time in and start there. Organize your kitchen cabinets or maybe even just move the mail from the kitchen counter to a tray.

2. Donate. During our three weeks of winter we all sort of morph into packrats. We avoid going out, order dinner in more, and tend to shop as if we’re never going to see the sun again. We recommend taking clothing to The Humane Society for Greater Georgia’s Thrift Store, stop and play with the puppies while you’re there. For odds and ends, Starlandia Art Supply is perfect. And all of the canned goods you’ve packed away for that impending snow day can be taken to Second Harvest Food Bank.

3. Streamline. We tell our clients if it can be replaced for under $20 and you haven’t used it in the last year- toss it or donate it. If your home feels cluttered after you’ve tossed the smaller items, consider losing a piece of occasional furniture. Move it to another room and if you’re still feeling claustrophobic- donate it.

4. As always, sage. Spring is the perfect time to open the windows and let the stagnant energy of winter fly away. Don’t forget to remove the dust from your mind as well, much of Spring cleaning is an attitude, a desire to grow and change for the better. Sometimes the transition from winter to spring can take a little longer than we want, but get out, enjoy the breeze, and let the heaviness of winter go. On a recent trip to Scotland, one of our photographers, Parker Stewart, photographed the transition; enjoy his point of view on the stunning transformation and take a look at the rest of his work to jumpstart the big spring clean.Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaPhotography: Parker Stewart

Heath Daniel,
Creative Director

509 East McDonough

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509 East McDonough
$375,000
2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths
1,200 SF

This charming Federalist style home, just steps from Crawford Square, offers high ceilings, charm, and open living. With 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 and a half baths, this adorable house also has off-street parking and a quaint courtyard. It’s currently being used as a vacation rental and the furniture is a negotiable part of the sale.

To learn more about this property contact David D’Arcy at 843.338.9087 or stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street.

Crystals 101

Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaLori Judge, founder and CEO of Judge Realty, recently visited Tucson, Arizona for the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase. After accessing the triumphant haul, we took some time to break down the purposes of a few gems and see what the feng shui enthusiast herself had to say about the experience. Though you may not personally buy into the benefits of crystals within your space, you can’t deny they bring an element of elevation to every environment.

“It was like a candy store. Anything you could ever imagine was up for sale, from crystals the size of my desk to gems by the truckload,” said Judge, “If you ever get the chance to go, take it. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s worth the trip to see the amazing things our planet can create within itself.”

The expo, an annual pilgrimage for every designer, mystic, and collector, is the largest gathering of stone wholesalers from around the country bringing everything from pearls to geodes the size of small cars to a state fair style open forum. Prices range from $5 rocks to massive display gems that cost about the same as one of our listings. Staying within the more modest range, Judge brought back a slew of stones to finesse the office with more positivity.

We chose to focus on the stones we find most useful in our office, but you may gravitate towards something else. If you just want something visually appealing to sit on your desk take a look at labradorite or amethyst, but if you’re looking to really enhance your office or home glance through the research we’ve done for you.Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah,Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorigaJudge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, GAPhotography: Heath Daniel

To see the rest of the haul or the Judge Art Collection, stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street.

 

107 West Perry Street

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107 West Perry Street
$749,000
2 bedrooms/ 2.5 baths
2,119 square feet
Pam Peterson

Built in 1872, this historic condo just steps from Orleans Square is the epitome of Savannah living. The gorgeous interior offers soaring twelve foot ceilings, heart pine hardwood floors throughout, a grand open living and dining area, and five stunning fireplaces. The adorable kitchen has exposed brick, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, cherry cabinets, and a butler’s pantry. Downstairs you’ll find a cozy second living area with exposed beams, fireplaces, a second bedroom and bath, and an office nook. This showpiece condo includes the garden level, first floor, and shared picturesque courtyard.

Take a look inside: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=nM6wZAcXyvB

To learn more about this immaculate condo call Pam Peterson at 912.401.2264 or stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street.

109 Oglethorpe Professional Court

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Office Condo
1,940 SF
$239,000

Newly renovated, contemporary office condo in Oglethorpe Professional Court. This beautiful and light-filled corner unit has hardwood floors, stylish carpet, and contemporary finishes throughout. With a private office, a large conference room, discrete reception and waiting area, storage, and a break room, this property has more than enough space in its modern layout. In addition to ample parking, this centrally located office complex is right off Hodgson Memorial Drive.

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To learn more about this property and schedule a viewing call Lori Judge today at 912.236.1000 or stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street.

Judge Realty Welcomes Kevin Quat

Judge Realty in Savannah, GAOriginally from Manhattan, Kevin Quat moved to Savannah by way of Bluffton last year to be closer to his family and further pursue our rapidly expanding development market. As the owner and president of an already well established property management company, Absolute Island Management, Quat was an obvious fit for the Judge Realty team. Before the transition to Judge, he grew his own company to manage more than 500 units with a collective portfolio of over $100M.Judge Realty in Savannah, GA Judge Realty in Savannah, GA

Of the transition, Judge founder and CEO Lori Judge said, “It’s exciting to bring in new blood that already has such a handle on how the market works. The Bluffton market is a little different than Savannah’s but his experience and past results speak for themselves. I’m really looking forward to seeing how he carves out his place with us.”

Quat, a licensed sales agent in both South Carolina and Georgia, hopes to start working with buyers and investors. “I want to build a network of investors so that when an opportunity presents itself I can secure the equity for new developments and help Savannah realize its potential,” he said. After graduating from Emory University in 2003, he started his career as a leasing agent on a 640-unit, garden style apartment community, working for Julian LeCraw and Company in Atlanta. Within his first six months, he was a top agent for the company, generating in excess of a million dollars of rental revenue per year. He has held every position in the property management field – from accounts payable/receivable, to multi-site manager, and asset manager.

Moving forward, Quat wants to streamline the rental procedures for Judge Rents and then transition into developments that can be managed by our company. He has the experience and knowledge, the eye for unlocking potential, and the drive to make it happen. We’re extremely happy to welcome him to the team and look forward to seeing him find his place in Savannah’s market.Judge Realty in Savannah, GA

To contact Kevin Quat about an investment, call 843.290.6463 or stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street.

Location, Location, Location

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With the great online success of local retailers like Prospector Co. and LoveLane, the question can be raised, “Does location still matter?”

Yes. Yes it does.

Everything seems to be moving into the mobile e-commerce arena, from interior design apps to money management via text message; however, consumers, especially in a tourist driven economy, still value a personal connection and tangible shopping experience. www.internetretailer.com states that mobile commerce accounts for 30% of all e-commerce in 2015, almost a 5% increse from 2014. Yes, mobile commerce and e-commerce can sustain your business and cover most if not all of your overhead, but our community is structured a little differently than most.

The Savannah area Chamber of Commerce says the tourism sector saw an increase of 9.2%, approximately $2.5 billion, in 2014 with a staggering 7.6 million overnight visitors. Unless seeking a specific destination, most tourists won’t venture too far from the area where they’re staying and come to Savannah to find our many hidden gems.

Last May, we discussed the State of the Commercial Market and saw that vacancy rates are lower than ever- with statistics even suggesting that in 2 years the vacancy rate will be a negative number in the Landmark Historic District.

24 e’s Ruel Joyner was just named Georgia Retail Association’s Retailer of the Year. We’ve seen new boutiques like Alton Lane open with a completely new and innovative business model and customer experience, and Service Brewing is quickly becoming a regional favorite with national recognition. Their tasting room is key to their presence and success. The market for completely personalized experiences will never go away, regardless of the global changes in retail trends.

It’s great to see so many shops and restaurants opening; it’s good for my business, theirs, tourism, everyone really. But prices are about to drastically change- it’s becoming harder and harder to find the right space for clients because the inventory is going so fast. I think in our city, where tourism is king, brick and mortars are still the way to go.

Lori Judge
Founder and CEO

Featured Property: 118 East 64th Street

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Photography: Parker Stewart

118 East 64th Street
$290,000
3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms
1,844 Square feet
0.26 Acres
Jason Nielubowicz

This fabulous Mid-Century home in Midtown has spacious living spaces and a formal dining room with an adjacent sunroom. The large, fully-equipped kitchen has original cabinets with the original, amazing porcelain sink. With three bedrooms and two baths, this lovely home has plenty of room inside and out. The fenced-in back yard is large, well maintained and landscaped, and has a greenhouse just off the spacious deck. Centrally located near Habersham Village, you can walk to shops and restaurants just down the road.

For more information or to schedule a viewing, call Jason Nielubowicz today at 912.659.2020 or stop by Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street today!

2016 Top Producers

Judge Realty proudly announces the two top producers, bringing in more than $20M combined sales and leases for 2016. From the residential department, Kim Iocovozzi’s sales exceeded $8M and from Judge Commercial, Michael Hardy exceeded $12M. Iocovozzi, a Savannah native, specializes in multi-family, estate lots, and marshfront subdivisions. Hardy, originally from Georgia, focuses on representing clients on investment acquisitions of land and income generating properties.Kim Iocovozzi, 2016 Top Producers for Judge Realty

Iocovozzi found great success in the area west of Savannah, especially in the Bradley Point Estates area on Whitemarsh Island. Last year he sold The Clark Tract on Brian Wood Road to Pulte Homes who plan to develop 38 high quality homes in the $500,000 price range on the land. In addition to the land, he also sold 226 Commodore Drive, 1 Brigantine Court, and 125 Schooner Drive in the highly sought after Commodore Point neighborhood near the Savannah Yacht Club generating nearly $2M in sales. Hardy brokered the sale or lease of over 80,000 sf across Savannah and the surrounding areas leading Judge Commercial to another successful year.Michael Hardy, 2016 Top Producers for Judge Realty

As a whole, the market across Savannah, was up in number of sale from 2015 to 2016 with June bringing the lowest average number of days on market in at least the past 5 years. The median sale price rose beyond what it’s historically been and the median list price rose beyond what it’s been in the past 10 years. Judge Realty thanks our top producers who are both looking forward to seeing continued success in 2017 with the rest of the team, and as always, we thank the community for its continued support.

Stop by Judge Realty or call the front desk to schedule an appointment with either Kim or Michael today.

Cleanse

I won’t lie, 2016 brought us some dark days: be it the never ending list of celebrities and artists who were claimed by, what’s now being referred to as, “The Dumpster Fire,” or the loss of beloved locals who were taken before their time. There were sociopolitical upsets and victories at every turn, protests and campaigns, a hurricane, and even a Zoolander sequel. However, we’ve made it; we’re on the other side, standing at the great precipice choosing to look forward with an ever hopeful eye on the new year. And amidst all of the chaos we leave behind, there is good news, a silver lining for which we’ve got the playbook.

First: Assess. We’re extremely grateful at Judge Realty that we’ve weathered the storm in more ways than one. After an almost full recovery from Hurricane Matthew, we suggest taking a walk through our gorgeous tree-lined streets to re-fuel the fires of local love. Grab a beverage and take stock of what makes you happy, what you’re thankful to be bringing into the new year.Cleanse | Judge Realty | Savannah, GAPhoto: Jon Waits

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Second: Sage. It’s alright to gleefully bound into 2017 with abandon; however, don’t forget to cleanse the energy and allow yourself to take time to fully regather and refocus before proceeding to the exit. “I sage the office about once a month, but definitely at major turning points like a new year. It’s nice to kind of refresh the space and get a new vibe going, it definitely changes the energy,” said Judge founder and CEO, Lori Judge. “Swing by Paris Market and grab a fresh bundle, walk through your home and office, let your environment heal too.”Cleanse | Judge Realty | Savannah, GAPhoto: Juwan Platt

Third: Get it right. Rarely does a single person, let alone a company or society as a whole get a chance to hit refresh- but this is it- our annual get out of jail free card. Remind yourself why you started, why you’re here, and where you want to go. Whether you’re saving for a first home, gearing up to start a business, or looking for a spot to retire- refocus a system that needs help or realize you’re right on track. Take the stairs, park far away, have one less drink, have one more drink. Now is the chance to restart and do it right.

We had some great moments this last year, we spent most of it surrounded by the people we choose to call family, we saw great strides in Savannah’s growth and success, and we saw how strong our community can be when faced with tough obstacles. We felt the community come together to support public art with our third annual public art project, Intersection by Will Penny; we hosted an amazing open house/ fashion show with designer Troy Allen; and we saw sales rise across the board thanks to our top producers Kim Iocovozzi, Michael Hardy, and everyone hard at work on the Judge team. Just because there were a few fires, don’t look back at 2016 as a dumpster. Move forward knowing that you can make it through some rough spots and take a breath, it’s a new year.

Heath Daniel
Creative Director