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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!

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

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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...

June 30, 2019

A friend of ours is currently house hunting and is constantly amazed by the state of the homes she is seeing on her search.  "There is so much clutter around, you can barely make out what is going on in the rooms.  And WHO doesn't put laundry away?"

Having your house on the market is a TASK.  Mine is currently on the market and the daily upkeep and presentation chores can be overwhelming to many.  If you are living in a ho...

January 28, 2019

In the world of real estate, spring is the season of selling.  Many families base their moves around the school season and begin their house-hunting as the winter recedes.  If you are planning on moving to a larger or smaller home, or plan on making a move to another city, the next few weeks are your goldmine for preparation.

Many people ask me...."Should we just put our home on the market while we get things ready?"  No....

November 11, 2018

As a specialist in both home sales and Masters rentals, I visit MANY homes in the Augusta area.  There are key features I am looking for during each visit, features that make a home both inviting for the current owners and easily marketable for a weekly rental or a permanent sale.  Your home is your most valuable asset.  So where should your money go?

1.  Upkeep.  Fix things as they break.  Don't let a leak, a broken...

November 4, 2018

I was recently standing at a client's front door with a granite contractor.  I was listing the things we were doing to the house to get it ready to sell.  He smiled and said, "They won't want to leave when it's done.  They never do.  They always say, 'Why didn't we do this earlier so WE could enjoy it?'"

There is such truth in that statement. One of the things I love about my job is the amazing transformatio...

November 1, 2018

     One of the goals of staging a home for sale is to create serene spaces. Our daily lives within our homes rarely reflect calm and quiet, but most buyers are hoping to encounter a space that makes them feel that the potential for rest is evident.  The same goes for those searching for a golf rental.  Try to see your room through a lens.  As a photographer, I am always seeing balance of light and weight, the play of symmetry...

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