Real Estate Blog, Augusta, Martinez, Evans, GA, Georgia, Ft Gordon, Christine May

Plant Vogtle is located just outside Waynesboro, Georgia in Burke County and is also a short drive to Hephzibah, Georgia in Richmond County. It is one of Georgia Powers two nuclear facilities in the Southern Company system that currently has two nuclear reactors in operation. These two nuclear reactor units began operation in the late 1980s and supply power to Southeast states.

Just last week (Nov. 21, 2013) concrete was poured for the new nuclear reactor unit number four also under construction along with unit three. When completed plant Vogtle will be the only US built nuclear reactor constructed in the last 30 years and be the only four unit nuclear facility in the entire United States.  The cost of units three and four is expected to exceed $4

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Starbucks Plant in Augusta GA

 

Starbucks Coffee Co. manufacturing plant, the first tenant in the Augusta Corporate Park on Mike Padgett Highway remains on schedule for an early 2014 completion date.

Construction of the $172 million, 180,000-square-foot facility offers job opportunity for  more than 140 workers. An estimated 75% of the jobs include maintenance and engineering technicians, roasting operators, soluble process operators and packaging operators, 25% will be management and administrative staff.  The Aygusta plant will process green coffee beans and plans to produce a Starbucks product called VIA Ready Brew.

If you would like to rent or buy a house in close proximity to the Starbucks plant, for commuting you may want to focus on

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“How Money Walks”  is a very interesting website that shows nationwide how income in the United States migrates from state to state and county to county.  This site gives a perspective in very clear graphics what’s really happening with our communities.  Related to real estate, it shows powerful and established trends that impact all of us.    Check it out and you may recognize some well-known trends while some may be a real surprise! 

One local example of this is how much wealth has been gained by Columbia County as a direct result of trends in Ft. Gordon employment.   

With the somewhat new NSA site at Ft Gordon and new missions, Columbia County, GA has gained wealth from Anne Arundel County, MD to the tune of $21.44 million!

Another

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Recently Construction business owner, Hugo Diaz and his wife Blanca we arrested on various charges including money laundering conspiracy and harboring illegal immigrants.  His company is named De La Fuente Construction.

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The building community has claimed Hugo Diaz, "has been undercutting everyone in the market by 30 percent or more.” 

There is much controversy about this issue and enough pointing fingers to go around.  Questions have been raised about local government officials as well as local businessmen using his company . 

At the end of the day, do the “below market” prices of labor translate to lower costs to consumers buying homes? 

Will a crackdown on the workers mean rising construction costs as well as construction delays?  It

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I know many of you are sitting on the fence of whether to buy or rent.  Daily I have conversations with my clients about housing options.  At least in the greater Augusta area with the low interest rates we've been enjoying, renting is often not the most logical answer. 

Question such as "will prices go lower?", or "I'm in the military and will only be here for 3 years?" come up all the time. 

The real answers in my opinion lie in the interest rates that are currently at rock bottom levels. 

Regarding the first question, it's hard to know for sure but price patterns are emerging depending on price range, location, and age of the home.  Overall, our prices are pretty stable however some areas are rising while others continue to fall.  If you are

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I was wondering if you may be able to help... My 80+ year old retired military client who just arrived a few days ago - with his super SWEET wife and daughter - (after a 36 hour travel ordeal) He has medical issues and has been in and out of the hospital and really would appreciate a temporary home to rent while he is waiting for his house to close. Do you have - or know of any available homes that may offer a short term lease? THANK YOU SO MUCH! Christine

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If you've been struggling with locating homes with a community pool, look no further.  Check these subdivisions out in our areas best home search tool at this site.  As always. we're here to make your home search easy and stress free.  Call 706-869-9478 today to see how Christine and Drew will make your customized home search stress free!

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This is a comprehensive list of Columbia County GA community pool subdivisions:

  • BARTRAM TRAIL
  • BERKLEY HILLS
  • BROOKWOOD (CO)
  • CANTERBURY FARMS
  • CARSON CUTOFF @ PETERSBURG STATION
  • CHAPARRAL
  • CHASTAIN PLACE
  • COUNTRY PLACE (C0)
  • CRAWFORD CREEK
  • EUCHEE DOWNS @ IVY FALLS
  • FARMINGTON
  • GLENNWOOD
  • GROVE LANDING
  • HIDDEN CREEK
  • HIGH MEADOWS
  • HIGHGROVE @ WILLIAMSBURG
  • INDIAN SPRINGS
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It seems that when buyers talk about "new construction", they often are concerned about problems related to "construction quality".  I often hear comments about they don't build like "in the good old days, etc.  Clearly, we live in a different world with many new products and workers that have different values and work ethics.  Actually, homes today are built to stricter energy standards than just a few years ago.  I also see workers on new home sites working way past what many of us consider normal hours, even framing at 7 PM on a Sunday night in the summer months.  What's really happening? 

I don’t think there is any builder that wakes up in the morning and decides “today, I’ll cut corners and build a crappy, poor quality house”.  That just doesn't

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Market Conditions in 2011 for Augusta, Martinez, Evans, Grovetown, Fort Gordon GA Going into 2011 in the Greater Augusta market comes with restrained optimism. Rising interest rates could dampen housing demand but the last couple years have been flat in overall sales transaction volume in the area.

The new construction sales have been strong as more new players enter the market mainly from the Atlanta area. Several local builders have also adjusted floor plans, suppliers and designs to be more competitive.  One of the newest players in the Greater Augusta area is Wilson Parker.  As a direct competitor to Crown Communities, they are making a stand in over six subdivisions.  Growth in Grovetown, GA which is very near Ft Gordon continues with brand new

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This is a rare find!  See neighborhood details below property information.

516 Arrington Ave, North Augusta, SC

$195,000 – Bank Foreclosure – this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is “under construction” and is sold "AS-IS"

514 Arrington Ave, North Augusta, SC Hammonds Ferry Neighborhood (light blue exterior)

$265,000 – Bank Foreclosure – NEW construction - Victorian style 3 bedroom, 2bath cottage with 10’ ceilings on main floor, kitchen with granite counter tops, wood flooring on main floor & stairs, Moen oil rubbed bronze fixtures,  living room with fireplace, large laundry room with coat rack and storage shelves, outdoor tankless water heater, Peachtree windows, two AC units,  metal roof, rocking chair porches in front and back.

If you would like

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