"Builder Wars" begin in FT Gordon & Grovetown, Georgia Area

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While Animal Planet's Whale Wars take place in the icy Antarctic waters, the builder wars are just getting heated up in Grovetown and the Augusta area overall!

Since the arrival of Crown Communities a.k.a. Pillon Communities about 18 months ago in Augusta our real estate market has seen dramatic changes. While Crown captured a lion's share of the new construction business, it didn't go unnoticed. Local builders have adjusted construction methods and pricing while more "out of town" builders mainly from the Atlanta market have arrived on the scene. It's been very interesting to watch and the competition continues to increase especially in the Grovetown area targetiing the lucrative FT…

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Build on your own land lot or home site!

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Have you shopped for a new construction home lately?  Have you started noticing how close the houses are together?  How small the yards are?  How many homes back right to another house? How small the lots really are?  Where did all the trees go?   Years ago the lots were 1/3 to even ½ acre – with beautiful trees.  Most of the homes were brick and many had rocking chair porches.  Did large lots, country porches and trees go out of style?  Why is no-one buying them?  The answer is – it’s just not out there… It makes you wonder why.

The prices of homes most certainly have not come down compared to 10-20 years ago.  As long consumers are buying NEW homes on small lots – the developers will continue…

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It's been about a year since Crown Builders, aka Crown Communities and Pillon Communities, arrived in full force in the Greater Augusta, Georgia new home market.  It's been a great ride for them so far based on sales volume and some local builders are working hard to adapt and become competitive with this product that was somewhat "new" to our marketplace. 

Locally based market leaders including Bill Beazley Homes and Keystone Homes have been reworking their product to offer better value and enhanced features to recapture lost market share.  Bill Beazley Homes recently announced "Loaded 2-Story Homes - $65 per sq. foot".  Based on the descriptions at least, these 4-sided brick homes on spacious home sites could put Bill Beazley Homes back in the game. …

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Military/Armed Forces - RENT vs. BUY comparison

 If you have or are about to receive orders to Fort Gordon, housing will no doubt be an immediate concern. Although house and apartment rentals are available in the Greater Augusta GA area, you may find it challenging to locate suitable options or acceptable value for the monthly payment.

 If you have pets, or a large family, it can become even more difficult to find housing. Often service members tell us they plan to rent, but once on the ground in Augusta GA, they change their mind and jump into a frantic and hurried home buying search.  This too can be a big mistake if you're not working with professionals that will actually give you quality answers guidance and advice.

 Below you will find…

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I'm sure you may be wondering what happened to our distressed seller at Wade Plantation in Martinez GA.   
 
After putting out the blog and entering this home in the MLS, the interest was incredible.  Buyers and agents came out of the woodwork  - many new inquiries and some buyers that we had not heard from in many months.   After sending out about 300 e-mails as well as bulletins in the MLS and other marketing methods, we ended up with three solid written offers at the end of the first day on the market  and 2 verbal offers. Many more buyers who had not acted quickly were remorseful that they had not jumped on this opportunity to have instant equity in a great neighborhood.


In the end, the winning offer was well above the list price.    This is a good…

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Those who are familiar with the current new construction sales activity wouldn't believe it, but I Friday night at 7:30 PM these are just some of the cars outside the Crown site office in Willhaven community.  On Friday night most realtors and builders are doing other things but this is an exception. There were well over a dozen cars, buyers and contracts being written in tours of the model home.

Crown Communities is making a big splash in the Augusta area. The homes are offering incredible value along with high-quality materials. There are currently five different developments scattered across Colombia and Richmond Counties and more to come. 


Augusta is on the map for new construction activity.  In Willhaven alone, 110 homes are either under…

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My client, a hard working, kind lady, has been trying for a while to work things out with her lender to stay in her home. For weeks and weeks she has not gotten a straight answer from her lender and has been unable to stop the foreclosure process.

This is truly a distress sale!  This great Martinez GA home is convenient to Ft. Gordon & shopping and has  almost 2700 sq ft, 4BR/2 1/2 BA,  2-car side entry garage and 1/2 acre of land.  At $149,900  it is priced about $50,000 below value!  The home across the street is listed for $299,900!

She needs to get an offer before July 7, 2009 to avoid the inevitable. We really need your help as a buyer!  If you know of anyone who may be interested, please give them our contact information. We thank you for…

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 For those of you who follow new home construction in the Augusta Georgia area, it's about to get very interesting. Although local builders have been hanging on through the somewhat slow times, a few new builders to our market have had an incredible impact.

 Battle lines are being drawn as the new homes are being built at a much lower cost and are loaded with upgrades previously out of reach to average consumers. Over the last few years a couple of Atlanta based builders such as Trillium as well as R&B Construction recognized Augusta as a great opportunity and started building. Although they were able to compete at a lower price point their homes were not substantially different quality than those of local "production builders". When the market turned…

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