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Would your house benefit from a pre-listing walk through and report?  Please contact Laurie Easterlin for the best advice on bringing out the beauty of your home and garnering that online client date!

August 16, 2020

Those of us who have been married a long time know that keeping the partnership moving along is not magic.  You have to continue to put something in in order to keep it moving forward.  You don't get married and just automatically sail successfully forward.  The same goes for home ownership.  

As a realtor, clients are sometimes shocked to find that the home they have had for many years and kept in very...

August 9, 2020

When you are putting your home on the market, you want it to have the most appeal on the real estate sites where most buyers are going....Zillow, Realtor.com, etc....  What you show in a photo will garner you visits.  So there are some things that instantly make a home look frumpy.  And some things that you can do which require little money for the bang it will create.  

1.  Fake Plants.  Take them away.  Fa...

August 2, 2020

As a stager, I am always perplexed when visiting homes that are on the market that are missing the three biggies.  But I have to remind myself that owners are often unable to see their homes through a buyer's eye.  Today we will go over the three biggest mistakes sellers make when prepping their home for resale.

1.  The Front Entry.  This is the first thing a buyer sees.  How is your welcome mat?  Unless it is in perf...

January 21, 2020

Buying or selling?  It's good to stay on top of current trends, particularly with small decor, such as pillows.  On trend small decor changes can instantly update a home.  Get the report from the 2020 market here.  

Laurie Easterlin is a realtor with Keller Williams Augusta Partners, a home stager with Staged2aTee, and a golf rental preparation specialist.  She can be reached below:

www.LaurieErealty.com

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December 8, 2019

If you are like me, you are having an unusually tight relationship with your attic, basement or storeroom.  We celebrate Christmas, and this is our first Christmas in this house.  I was surprised to learn how little I could use from my old house in this new house.  And frankly?  I'd like to put less emphasis on "stuff" and more emphasis on people.  So I gave away a stunning amount of Christmas decorations.  My husband asked, "...

November 3, 2019

A few days ago, a friend of mine in another state called to ask this question.  It opened my eyes to the many misconceptions buyers have about realtors.  My first response was, "Well, first of all, as a buyer?  It is FREE for you." * Yes, that's right.  The seller pays the fees to the real estate agents.  Not the buyer.  In most cases, that's about 6-7 percent of the cost of the house.  As a buyer, if you don't bring a re...

October 6, 2019

                                     Photo courtesy of Houzz.com 

Oftentimes I am showing clients homes that have....drum roll here...WALLPAPER.  There actually was a time when wallpaper was, well, hip.  But not so much anymore.  However, designers are still creating wallpaper and there really, truly is a place to play....

October 2, 2019

October is here, signaling the end of time to list your home for Masters Week.  Many agencies begin the annual listing process in August.  If you've not done your paperwork and photos, it's important to get it done now.  It's a good idea to list your home in several places, in order to broaden the chances that your home will rent.  Be sure to take good pictures of your home. Once you plant your fall flowers, take outdoor pics...

September 1, 2019

 (Augusta's newest senior living community...Thrive, on Fury's Ferry) 

This week, I toured Augusta's newest senior living community, "Thrive", pictured above, located on Fury's Ferry Road.  I was delighted by the gorgeous decor, the huge entryway and stone fireplace, the attention to detail and the happy equestrienne theme.  I sat with the staff and talked about my skills in assisting with these moves.

Downsizing is di...

July 28, 2019

Laurie Easterlin is a professional home stager and realtor with Keller - Williams. 

I recently got a call from a family who plans to put their home on the market next Spring.  I thought the caller was absolutely brilliant.  They are an older couple, and they want to spend the next six months getting their house ready for sale, but they have a limited budget and want me to help them decide where they will get the most bang for t...

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