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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


Tips of the Trade

As we gear up for the holiday season, the collective office is on party overload: there’s always at least one dessert next to the coffee pot, scented candles burning throughout the day, and watercooler talk has shifted to caterers and floral arrangements. Luckily, open houses are very similar to holiday parties, so here are our tips of the trade from the Judge Realty creative director to give both your party and your home optimal face value.

When selling a home or hosting a party, guests remember the first and last element the most: what was the first thing they saw/smelled and what were the parting words or gifts. Create an intimate feeling regardless of the size of the house or party by taking advantage of an old real estate trick: stove top potpourri. From the second potential homebuyers step inside, the home should feel intoxicating- more so than a home, you’re selling them the idea of what it would be like to live there. Throw your favorite spices and fruits into a pot and let it simmer, it will work better than a scented candle and create the illusion of a warm, freshly cooked in kitchen.

However, more specific to open houses, avoid citrus of any kind as most people associate those smells with cleaning products, which can be a little off putting. I recommend a small pine branch, cranberries, cloves, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and fresh pomegranate juice.Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

Unlike a holiday party, at an open house you don’t want to go overboard with flowers; however, it’s a good way to steer the eye to more enticing and marketable views. Selling a home is just like a job interview: focus on the good, distract from the bad. If there’s a not so pleasing cosmetic issue, place a bouquet or two on the opposite side of the room, leading the eye to more appealing focal points like an original fireplace or built-in bookshelf. It’s basic sales at that point. Also keep in mind that, despite what your personal taste may be, certain flowers give a home a more inviting feeling. I recommend hydrangeas and garden roses for open houses, they always look clean and elegant. And if you know your thumb isn’t exactly green, opt for a pre-made arrangement (my favorite is Putnam and Putnam).Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

Light. I can’t stress light enough for both parties and open houses. Yes, you want potential homebuyers to see how beautiful you’ve made your home, but good lighting can also work to distract from the bad. Keep it well lit, but intimate and cozy. I would avoid overhead light, focus on lamps and candles. I’ve been to parties in not so grand homes that were lit with just candles and lamps and felt like Ina Garten herself was the hostess.Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

Lastly, food. Everybody loves to eat, and if you’re trying to sell your home- show people how you’ve lived there. Convene in the kitchen for a cheese board and a glass of wine or have a few trays out on the patio- it will give you and your agent more time to tell buyers about the home itself and all it has to offer. You don’t have to go full Martha Stewart, but a little bit of charcuterie and rosé goes a long way.Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

Ultimately, it’s nothing to stress about, just think about what you enjoy about visiting someone else’s home. Do you have a friend who’s an exceptional host or hostess that you can steal ideas from? What do you usually talk about in the car ride home after leaving a party? Don’t make it too difficult, and have fun with it.

Heath Daniel
Creative Director


All Natural

At Judge Realty, we love nature: we’re eco-friendly, love the outdoors, and love using elements of nature in design. Sometimes, it can be a bit much though, we’ve all walked into a house before and been instantly overwhelmed with a saturation of houseplants, heavy woods, and even, dare we say, the musk of a life lived a little too naturally. We know houses, it’s what we do, we see a lot of them and have learned what works best and what to avoid. We’ve compiled a list of ideas we recommend for maximizing the natural aspects of your home, whether you’re planning a full renovation or just picking up a few trinkets.

Let the light in. The good thing about many of the historic homes in Savannah is the windows. When most of the houses downtown were built, taxes were placed on the number of doors, not windows- that’s why most of the windows go to the floor- they were treated as a door, but weren’t taxed as such. Capitalize on the natural light in your home and skip the curtains, let the light in and let it help design the space for you.Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaBring the outside in, without having to water and sun your interior decor. Ivy and moss are the bread and butter of Savannah- use them, let them speak for themselves, and let them add some color without having to repaint, reupholster, or change a thing.Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaBring the outside in, literally. There is nothing better than a decayed and dilapidated tree trunk, stump, or cut of wood. In Savannah, the houses are old and the trees are older- there are clean-up services all over town that give away trunks and stumps. Grab a few and turn them into a table, art piece, or extra seating.Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaKeep it clean. Try keeping the palette neutral and add nature in unexpected ways: use wood on the ceiling, store logs for the fireplace in a new way and turn it into a design element, or opt for a leafy wallpaper instead of overcrowding a room with houseplants.Judge Realty in Savannah, GeorgiaJudge Realty in Savannah, Georgia Judge Realty in Savannah, Georgia

Heath Daniel,
Creative Director