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Happy Holidays!

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As the holidays approach, we at Weichert reflect on the good things we are thankful for over this past year. We are very thankful for those who have chosen to trust us with their real estate needs in the Richmond Hill, Pooler and Savannah, Georgia areas an appreciate your business.

We look forward to working with our current customers as well as the opportunity to serve new ones in 2012. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!

“For Sale by Owner” Sales on the Decline

We all know that today’s real estate market is tough to say the least. That’s why more and more people looking to sell their home are choosing to go with a real estate professional rather than try and sell on their own. According to an article by The KCM Crew, homeowners selling on their own (or For Sale By Owners) have “dropped almost in half over the last 20 years.”

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You might be thinking that selling your own home would save you time and money but without a trusted real estate professional working to get you the best price you could end up losing out on a better deal. Plus, real estate agents have a variety of tools and marketing options they can use to effectively market your home in this highly competitive market.

The trusted real estate professionals at Weichert, REALTORS® in Savannah, Georgia have a wealth of knowledge and resources to draw from to help you sell your home quickly and at the best possible price. With a highly qualified Weichert real estate professional on your side, you can have peace of mind that your property is in good hands.

If you are selling your home or have tried selling on your own with no luck, contact us today to get a trusted and energetic agent who will be dedicated to selling your home!

Open House: WaterWays Township

bikingWe at Weichert invite you to an open house next week at WaterWays Township, a new water-inspired planned community in Richmond Hill, Georgia. With its 6 ½ miles of marsh frontage, 5 miles of lagoons and beautiful oak hammocks, WaterWays is coastal living at its best!

Residents of WaterWays enjoy quality amenities such as the swimming pool, hiking and biking in the backcountry, canoeing and fishing.

copy_of_wwt_marshes_webSeveral high-quality, well-known home builders are building in this fine community in the RidgeWood Park neighborhood such as Synergy Designer Homes, Grant Homes and C. Pickett Home Buildiers.

The style of homes built in WaterWays range from classic low-country homes featuring exposed rafter tails, steep roof lines and deep verandas to vintage designs that hearket to a bygone era to the traditional brick homes.

Come preview the homes being built at the Open House on Saturday, December 17th from 11am to 7pm at 140 RidgeWood Park.

bryan_animal_caregivers_logoFrom 4pm-7pm hot chocolate and hayrides will be available at the pool and Santa will pose for pictures from 4pm to 7pm as well with all proceeds going to Bryan Animal Caregivers.

Other fun activities will be chocolate tasting, hot cider and art displays.

If you’re on the market for a new home or even just considering, come join us for this fun day for the whole family and preview the new homes at WaterWays.

Whether you are looking for a new or used home or looking to list your current home, our team of real estate professionals at Weichert, REALTORS®-Sumner Real Estate Group are here to help you find that perfect home!

Savannah Holiday Events

The holiday season has begun! We at Weichert, REALTORS®-Sumner Real Estate Group have compiled a list of some of the holiday events going on in and around Savannah, Georgia for you to take part in.

Tybee Island Christmas Parade
Continue the holiday celebrations Saturday, December 3rd with Tybee’s annual parade. Starting in the parking lot at 14th street, the parade will go to Tybrisa, up Butler and then end and the YMCA where kids can enjoy fun activities and visit Santa!

City Market Holiday Open House
Come out to Savannah’s City Market Friday, December 9th to enjoy holiday decorations in the courtyard such as paper lanterns and hundreds of assorted lights. Plus, there will be sample treats in the shops, Father Christmas and carolers. Starts at 6pm and goes to 9pm.

Wreaths for Warriors Walk Ceremony
This year’s Wreaths for Warriors Walk Ceremony will be held noon on December 10th at the Ft. Stewart Cottrell Field to honor the 3rd ID soldiers who bravely fought to defend our country. Wreaths will be placed at the base of each tree lining the Warrior’s Walk. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Wreath sponsorships are available, find out more on the website or on their facebook page.

christmastraditionA Christmas Tradition
The Historic Savannah Theater invites you to celebrate the holiday season with a 2 hour musical spectacular! Watch as the theater is transformed into a perfect picture of holiday memories. A great event for the whole family. Tickets are $35 for adults and $16 for children. The show runs from November 24th to December 26th with varying performance times.

5th Annual Luminary Fun Night with Santa
Santa will be visting the Skidaway Island State park Saturday, December 17th from 6pm-8pm to take pictures with your kids or pets! Afterwards, participate in arts and crafts, walk the enchanted luminary trail, and enjoy a hayride ($1). Holiday refreshemnts will be served. $5 parking.

reindeerrun-logo2502nd Annual Savannah Reindeer Run/Walk 8k
SAVOR and the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center present their 2nd Annual Savannah Reindeer Run/Walk. Event proceeds benefit the Rape Crisis Center, support sexual assault victims, their families and friends and to provide prevention education for all ages. Registration is $30 before December 15th, $35 after. The race will start at 9am on Saturday, December 17th with the Kids Run at 8:45am. There will also be prizes for the best holiday costume and a Chili Cook Off after the run!

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight at the Davenport House
Visitors are escorted by candlelight throughout this Federal-style home to experience Savannah holiday celebrations between 1820 and 1827. Early 19th century music and light refreshments are some of the highlights of the presentation. The tours go from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Davenport House Museum, 342 E. State St., on Columbia Square. Admission is $8 for adults in advance, $10 at the door; $5 for children (6-17) in advance, $7 at the door. Tours run from December 26th to the 30th.

Are there any events we missed? Share them with us on our facebook page!

What are you thankful for this year?

thanksgiving-tableAre you ready for turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie? With Thanksgiving right around the corner we look forward to a few days of rest and relaxation with our loved ones. We also reflect on what we are thankful for this year.

“I am thankful for my family and my health.”
-John Sumner

“I am thankful for my family and our health. I am looking forward to turkey dinner, oysters, football and cold beer!”
-Gennie Leigh Sumner

“I am very, very grateful that my house got sold this year…I am even MORE grateful that the world of real estate allowed me to own an investment property that I was able to move to and live happily ever after!
-Joan Sumner

Times may be tough, but we can always find something to be grateful for, even in the smallest things. What are you thankful for this year?

We strongly believe in giving back to those who are not as fortunate as we are and encourage everyone to give back to our community in whatever way you can this holiday season. Our charity of choice is the Second Harvest Food Bank but there are many other deserving organizations out there you can help. Check out this list of charities you can donate to this year.

From all of us at Weichert, we thank all of you who have trusted us to either find you a home or sell your home. Thank you for your business and support and we look forward to bigger and better things in the new year!

Housing Market to Improve in 2012

soldsignlogoThere is good news on the horizon about the future of the housing market in 2012 according to National Association of Realtors economist Lawrence Yun. In an article by Kerry Curry writing for HousingWire, a financial news blog for the mortgage market, Mr. Yun, the chief economist for NAR, says that while 2011 has been a year of low consumer confidence, “there is a sizeable pent-up demand based on population growth, employment levels and a doubling-up phenomenon that can’t continue indefinitely.”

With a higher projected gross domestic product growth and drop in unemployment forecasted for 2012, the housing market is expected to improve with resale homes going up to a 5% increase and new home sales could go even higher.

Yun hopes that these conditions plus the possibility of eased credit restrictions will mean more homebuyers can regain the confidence to make their real estate purchase in the new year.

Whether you are potential homebuyer or selling your home 2012 looks to be a better year than 2011, a positive outlook we can all appreciate! To read the full article click here.

As always, whether the market is booming or slow, our trusted real estate agents at Weichert REALTORS®-Sumner Real Estate Group are always here to help you sell your home or help you find the perfect home!

Make Your Home List-ready

rhpmodel_webIt’s a tough market out there for today’s sellers so if you’re planning to sell your home consider these showing tips from staging pro Sharon Brown to maximize your home’s potential to prospective buyers.

Sharon Brown shared her checklist for clients ready to list their home with Realtormag.com. The article goes through several tips on making sure your home is show-ready. Some of those tips are:

  • Declutter – keep the personal items out of view to help potential buyers see the space as something they could live in and personalize.
  • Paint – It’s amazing what a new coat of paint can do to a room!
  • New rugs – preferably in neutral colors
  • Arrange furniture to best show off a room. Sometimes it means moving large pieces out to make a room feel more open.
  • Repairs – those small repairs you’ve been putting off? Now’s the time to invest the minimal effort to get your home show-ready!

To read the whole article click here. Are you a homeowner ready to sell but not sure where to begin? Contact any one of our highly professional real estate agents in the Savannah and Richmond Hill areas who can help you sell your home!

Do you have any other thoughts or tips for us? Tell us on our Facebook page.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is this weekend in Savannah! The sold-out marathon will take place this Saturday, November 5th at Forsyth Park. You may be wondering how this will affect traffic and accessibility downtown? There will be road closures the day of the marathon and participants and spectators are encouraged to use the free shuttle service starting at the Savannah Mall or the paid shuttles from the airport and Tybee. CAT will still be running but some of the routs that use streets that are part of the marathon route will be detoured or temporarily suspended.

rnr-savannah-1The marathon has approximately 23,000 runners and is the “biggest event in Savannah history” according to Mayor Otis Johnson. He said that the estimated $25 million economic impact the marathon will have on the city is worth the temporary disruptions.

More on the road closures can be found on the Savannah Now website.

The up and coming LA-based band Carolina Liar is headlining the post-race concert which is free and open to the public. You probably know their hit song, “Show Me What I’m Looking For”. The band’s lead singer Chad Wolf originally hails from South Carolina. In 2007 he teamed up with a group of Swedish musicians and created Carolina Liar. They are slated to perform from 10:30am to 11:45am.

rnr-savannah-2Of course being the rock ‘n’ roll marathon, there will be live bands playing along the run route. You can see the full list and locations here as well as an interview with Chad Wolf here.

Are you participating in the race? We’d like to hear about your experience so tell us on our Facebook page!

(Photos via www.savannahnow.com.)

Halloween Events 2011

Halloween is right around the corner! In the spirit (get it?) of the haunted holiday, we at Weichert, REALTORS® – Sumner Real Estate Group have come up with a list of some fun Halloween-themed activities to do in Savannah for kids and adults alike!

01-wildlife-center Halloween Hike at Oatland Island. This Friday and Saturday (Oct. 21st & 22nd) from 5pm to 9pm Oatland is hosting their annual trick or treating along their trails. Kids can collect goodies from the friendly animal characters they meet along the way. Treat bags will be provided. Listen to one of Mother Gooses’ stories in the Barnyard and enjoy food concessions. Other fun activities include face painting, pony and hay rides, fossil hunting and spooky crafts. Be sure to wear comfy shoes and costumes are highly encouraged! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $6 for Adults and $8 for children.

Doggie Halloween Costume Contest – Sunday Oct. 30th at Daffin Park. Registration is from noon to 1pm with the costume contest starting at 1pm. $5 per dog entry and there are many categories and lots of prizes available! The event is free with a dog breed show, dog obedience show, Ask the Vet, Groomer and Trainer, and rescue groups with dogs available for adoption. Stay for the AKC Breed, Obedience and Rally dog match at 2pm.

02-bonaventureFor the first time in the history of the Bonaventure Cemetery a 3 hour After Hours Tour will be offered on Friday, Oct. 28th from 5pm-8pm. Escape the noise and crowds of downtown during Halloween weekend and immerse yourself in the stillness and scenery of the Bonaventure Cemetery at night. The tour will be conducted by 22 year resident cemetery authority, author, and filmmaker Shannon Scott. The tour is also a fundraiser for preserving the cemetery. Call or email to make reservations. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for those 12 and under.

03-candleAnd now, some fun for adults only! The Savannah Candlelight Walking Tours host nightly Haunted Pub Crawls in Historic downtown Savannah. The 8pm tour departs from Moon River Brewing Co. and the 9pm tour (M-Sat) starts at Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub. Your knowledgeable guide will take you on a two hour tour of Savannah’s pubs and taverns. Enjoy strange history and local spirits of both kinds! This spooky yet lighthearted look at the most haunted city in America is for those 21 and over only. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors 55+. Call or reserve online.

Got the itch to do some ghostly investigating this Halloween season? Every weekend in October the Blue Orb offers their Guided Paranormal Investigations from 8pm to midnight, Oct. 1st – 31st. Price is $100 but all equipment and transportation is provided.

What’s your favorite way to celebrate Halloween? Tell us on our Facebook page!

103 Marsh Harbor Dr

103-marsh-harbor-1 103 Marsh Harbor Dr
Savannah, GA 31410
$829,000
5 bed / 3 ½ bath
4,254 sq ft
year built 2007

John Sumner
912-657-6220
jhsumner@sumnerreg.com

Joan Sumner
912-441-6063
jsumner@sumnerreg.com

Marsh Harbor is a small and quiet community of grand homes yet is just minutes away from the urban culture of the historic district and the engaging culture of the coastal life with sailing, water sports, fishing, crabbing, sunsets and sunrises all at your fingertips to enjoy. Plus, don’t forget the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean just down the road at our very unique Tybee Island and all its beachside treasures. Marsh Harbor is a gated community located just off Bryan Woods Road on Whitmarsh Island.

This home for sale in Savannah, Georgia features an elegant Low Country floor plan. Home includes access to the community dock and has the best price EVER – anytime, anywhere! This is one of those “Best Buys” and is reduced to sell!

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