4th of July Fireworks and Festivities in Savannah

There are plenty of fireworks and festivities to participate in this weekend in the Savannah and Richmond Hill Areas.

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River Street Fourth of July Celebration – 4 – 10pm Live music starts at 4pm. Bring your chairs and blankets to secure your spot. Fireworks start as soon after 9pm. First Friday Oyster Roast at the Westin will follow it’s normal schedule.

Fourth of July Cruises – There are a few options to tour the Savannah River during the fireworks display. From there hours cruises offer dinner, to one and half hour cruises with snacks and open bar. Please check with Savannah’s Riverboat Cruises for availability.

Tybee Island Fireworks – Tybee Island celebrates America’s birthday July 3rd. The island fills up quickly, so plan to get there early and stay late. The fireworks start around 9:15pm. They are staged on the pier but can be easily viewed by from any of Tybee’s Eastern Beaches.

The Sand Gnats play the Charleston Riverdogs at Grayson Stadium Friday July 3rd. Doors open at 6pm and the first pitch is 7:05pm. There will be fireworks after the game.

In Richmond Hill, the 4th of July celebrations take place at J. F. Gregory Park  July 3rd from 5 – 9:30pm. The festival atmosphere includes live music, great food as well as a Farmers Market. The evening with end with the traditional fireworks display.

Happy 4th!

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
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304 Lou Page Ln Richmond Hill GA 31324

 304 Lou Page Ln Richmond Hill GA 31324

Southern Coastal Living

304 Lou Page Ln Richmond Hill GA 31324 is a beautifully maintained, one owner home built in 2011.

This full brick home with side entry garage showcases the Ellington floor plan, large walk in closets, spa inspired master bedroom bath, window blinds, and mud room cubbies.

Large living room off kitchen

A new deck sits off the tranquil screened-in porch and overlooks a well maintained yard. The backyard features a beautifully stained fence.

Screened in Porch, Richmond Hill

Tranquilla Hall Subdivision features a pool, tennis courts and a playground.

Features at  304 Lou Page Ln Richmond Hill, GA 31324

  • Price: $369,900
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 full, 1 partial Bathrooms
  • 3,435 sqft
  • Porch
  • Deck
  • Roof: Asphalt
  • Lot Size: 0.55 acres
  • Garden
  • Sprinkler System
  • Subdivision: TRANQUILLA HALL PHASE 3

For more information about this property and other homes for sale in Richmond Hill Georgia please contact Melanie Kramer at 912-658-1390 or melaniekramer@kw.com.

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
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25 Sanctuary Dr Richmond Hill GA 31324

25 Sanctuary Dr Richmond Hill 31324

Southern Coastal Lifestyle

25 Sanctuary Dr is a one owner, custom quality home built by JCH Coastal Lifestyle Homes in 2010.

This 2769 square foot home was build for entertaining and features an open floor plan with large rooms, tall ceilings, beautiful trims and moldings and rounded sheet rock corners.

The great room comes with surround sound all wired to a media room.

The Kitchen features 2 pantries (one is a walk in pantry), a built in microwave and oven, and beautiful cabinetry with a lazy-susan. The formal dinning room offers a unique trim package.

The spacious master suite offers a mini retreat with a walk in roman shower with double shower heads, an oversized closet, rope lighting in trey ceiling,  and an outdoor screened room with a fireplace and comes pre-wired for a hot tub.

The coffered ceiling room is a flexible space with double door entry that can be a bedroom, office, living room, music room or sitting area.

25 Sanctuary Dr Richmond Hill GA 31324

Beautiful outdoor living area wired with surround sound and is prewired for an alarm and two 40 amp plugs. The home sits on a half acre lot with zoned sprinkler on a timer. An Oak tree overlooks the courtyard entry garage

The quaint subdivision with community pool, a bath house, two gazebos and a playground.

Transferable retreat termite bond with Yates Astro

Flood Insurance is NOT REQUIRED.

Features at 25 Sanctuary Dr Richmond Hill GA 31324

  • $330,800
  • 4 beds and 3 baths
  • 2,769 sqft
  • 80 gallon hot water heater
  • Walk in full attic
  • Cable Ready
  • Double Pane/Storm Windows
  • Fireplace
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Tile
  • Garden
  • Gated Entry
  • Jetted Tub
  • Parking: Garage – Attached, 2 spaces
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Sprinkler System
  • Vaulted Ceiling

For more information about this property and other homes for sale in Richmond Hill Georgia please contact Melanie Kramer at 912-658-1390 or melaniekramer@kw.com.

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
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282 Cranston Bluff RD Richmond Hill GA 31324

282 Cranston Bluff RD Richmond Hill GA 31324

Southern Coastal Lifestyle

JCH Coastal Lifestyle Homes offers this beautiful new plan on a 1.71 acre lot with no covenants, restrictions and no Home Owner Association fees! Boat and RV parking allowed and detached garages allowed.

Beautiful finishes and amenities with a low cost of living that makes Richmond Hill so desirable.

282 Cranston Bluff RD is located in a no flood zone and offers a private well on the property.

This is the last lot available!

Features at 282 Cranston Bluff RD Richmond Hill GA 31324

  • Price: $369,900 **NEW PRICE**
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 full, 1 partial Bathrooms
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Microwave
  • Attic
  • Parking Spaces: 2
  • Floors: Carpet, Hardwood, Tile – Ceramic
  • New Construction
  • Exterior: Brick, Vinyl Siding
  • Roof: Asphalt
  • Heating Fuel: electric
  • Lot Size: 1.67 acres
  • Built in 2014
  • 3,000 sqft
  • Patio
  • Garden
  • Sprinkler System

For more information about this property and other homes for sale in Richmond Hill Georgia please contact Melanie Kramer at 912-658-1390 or melaniekramer@kw.com.

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

377 Starr Creek RD Richmond Hill, GA 31324

377 Starr Creek RD Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Low Country Living

Looking for peace and privacy in the Low Country?

377 Starr Creek Rd is a two home estate on 4 historic acres with over 27 live oak trees.

The 2500 sqft was renovated in 1987 and shows like new. In 2012 a 800 square foot cottage built on the property and is perfect for a mother in law suite.

There are plenty of parking spots for vacationing friends and a 12×24 pool to ensure you enjoy a little down time too.

Additional Features at 377 Starr Creek RD Richmond Hill, GA 31324

  • Attic
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Double Pane/Storm Windows
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Tile
  • Garden
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Mother-in-Law
  • Parking: 5 spaces
  • Patio
  • Pool
  • Porch
  • Wired

For more information about this property listing, please contact Melanie Kramer at 912-658-1390 or melaniekramer@kw.com.

Melanie Kramer
Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct

Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

406 Savannah RD Richmond Hill, GA 31324

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Low Country Living

New construction featuring raised slab, architectural shingles and an irrigation system.

This R J Reynolds Construction showcases quality throughout with added touches to make life in the Coastal Empire that much sweeter. Enjoy an outdoor living area, complete with an outdoor fireplace and a view of live oak in the back yard!

Hardwood flooring and great interior finishes, such as a laundry chute and cubbies in the mudroom

Additional Features at 406 Savannah Rd Richmond Hill, GA 31324

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Built 2015
  • Total Sq. Feet: 3200
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooktop – Separate
  • High Ceilings
  • Laundry Chute
  • Gated Community
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Ceramic Tile

For more information about this property listing, please contact Melanie Kramer at 912-658-1390 or melaniekramer@kw.com.

Melanie Kramer
Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct

Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

How to Make an Offer for a Home

When you find the home you want to buy the next step is to make an offer. A successful offer will have a few key components.

Make an offer on a home

Know Your Price

Knowing your market will help you make an offer the other party will want to sign. As a real estate agent I help pull together information about the trends and statistical data of the neighborhood. I’m always happy to offer advice on an offer price. It is important to remember that the more competition there is for the home, the higher the offer should be – sometimes exceeding the asking price.

When we present the listing agent with a written offer and the seller accepts it becomes a legal contract. As this time you should be prepared to pay an earnest money deposit. This is to guarantee that your intention is to purchase the property. Securing a pre-approval for the financing before making the offer increases the chances of it being accepted.

Negotiating Terms

After we present your offer to the listing agent, it will either be accepted, rejected, or the Seller may submit a counter-offer to you through me as your agent. This is when we will negotiate the terms of the contract, if the contract is not accepted as we presented.

The step-by-step contract procedure for most single-family home purchases is standard. The purchase agreement used is a standard purchase and sale agreement contract approved by your local real estate board.

The purchase agreement or contract constitutes your offer to buy, and once accepted by the Seller, again, it becomes a valid, legal contract. For this reason, it is important to understand what is written on the contract offer.

Inspections

Once you have an accepted offer its time to have the property inspected. You’ll probably need a number of inspections.

  • Termites
  • Property Lines
  • Appraisals
  • Title Reviews
  • Structural

The Structural inspection is extremely important. It usually takes a few hours. This is a great opportunity to examine the property and learn about possible repairs that may be required in the next few years.

Please call or email me today for more information or questions about buying a home.

Melanie Kramer
Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct

Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

The Benefits of Committing to Your Real Estate Agent

Loyalty and commitment are the foundations of trust. You reap many benefits by committing to your real estate agent.

the benefits of committing to your real estate agent

We build relationships with both local and out of state buyers and pride ourselves on being committed to find you the perfect home. We work with buyers in a buyer agency relationship.

What does this mean for you?

You will sign a Buyer Broker Agreement. This means we are working for you, our client, in your best interest. Otherwise, you are a customer. It all comes down to whether you want someone looking out for you. Our goal is to represent you in your real estate transaction and provide quality client service.

In Return We Ask You:

  1. To communicate honestly and responsibly.
  2. To willingly provide pertinent information as needed.
  3. To promptly inform me of important changes of any time including timing, requirements, or other critical information that will affect your service commitment.
  4. To request that you pre-qualify for a home mortgage loan if you are financing any portion of your real estate investment. (Local MLX co-oping agreements require that you be pre-qualified prior to showing you real estate properties for sale. Their sellers are being asked to make their home presentable, leave their home while we show it, etc. and I am to pre-qualify you before taking you to their homes.)
  5. To submit a loan application and call lender – required information within the time frames of the contract when financing.
  6. To enter into contracts in good faith and make every effort to adhere to all negotiated contingencies.
  7. To inform all other real estate agents and For Sale By Owners that you are represented by Melanie Kramer of Keller Williams Realty.
  8. Sign a Buyers Brokerage loyalty Agreement.

House hunting can be all consuming. You may come across a home during your daily commute or find yourself at an open house on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  Please let them know that you are represented by an agent at open houses and sales offices.

Here are a few Do’s and Do Not’s to help you when you’re out and about.

Sale by Owner / Listings

  • DO             Write down as much information as possible, pick up the hand out or save the ad.
  • DO             Call us with the information. We can pull additional information and details for you.
  • DON’T      Call the home owners agent or owner directly. And please do not approach the owner if you drive by.

Open or New Houses

  • DO             Immediately share with the showing agent that you are represented by us.
  • DO             Present my business card or my name to the agent or owner.   If they require you to be accompanied by your agent, call me as soon as possible.
  • DON’T      Disclose any information about your needs, motivation, likes or dislikes. Sharing this information could weaken your negotiating strength.
  • DON’T        Enter the sales office without registering me as your agent representative. Call me as soon as possible to let me know what sales office you have visited.

Call or email me today to start the search for your perfect home in the Coastal Empire!

Melanie Kramer
Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct

Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

Planning Valentine’s Day in Savannah

For visitors and locals alike, the Savannah Richmond Hill area is one of the most romantic in the country. With Valentine’s Day around the corner now is the time to make your reservations and plan your night out.Planning Valentine's Day in Savannah Richmond Hill GA

I love sharing what the coastal empire has to offer, especially around a holiday that showcases the romance that hangs in the air as naturally as the moss that decorates the live oaks.

This time of year I often talk to those looking to either relocate or retire from the cold temperatures and snow and desire a move to a warmer climate. Valentine’s weekend is a great time to visit, do a little site seeing and tour a few homes. Valentine’s tends to mark the end of our winter and we start planning for Spring… after all the azaleas will be in full bloom in another month!

If you’re planning a visit here are a few options you might like to consider:

  • I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change! Love is complicated, which is why it can be so funny. The talented cast at the Savannah Theatre offer up the perfect date night with this hilarious musical comedy that shines a light on everything from dressing for the first date to meeting the in-laws. More info.
  • Evening Savannah Riverboat Cruises fill up early during Valentines, but don’t forget they offer a sightseeing harbor tours during the day and offer wonderful brunches as well. More info.
  • Say “I do” in the Davenport House Garden. This has become a bit of tradition for this beautiful property in the historic district. Ceremonies are offered every 10 minutes from 5 to 7 with a licensed marriage officiant. Reserve your time slot in advance. More info.
  • A private carriage tour is one of the most romantic ways to see Savannah. Cozy up with your loved one and hear the history and stories that makes this area so enchanting. More info.
  • Bed and Breakfasts are romantic any time of year, but there is just something special about a Valentine’s Day get a way. The B&Bs of the area are rich with historic and architecture. They tend to book up so now is the time to make your reservations. More info.
  • Shopping for the perfect Valentine’s gift? Both Savannah and Richmond Hill offer wonderful local shops for the traditionalist looking for flowers, jewelry and chocolate as well as galleries and unique shops selling that one of a kind item.
  • Eating out in the greater Savannah area is treasure trove of flavors to amuse any palette and price point. It’s difficult to make suggestions so I’ll recommend checking out Yelp. You’ll see plenty of 4 stars by many of the restaurants and read a collection of reviews.

Coming in to town to do a little house hunting with your site seeing… please call or email me today. I can help you find the perfect home. The Coastal Empire is a wonderful place to call home.

Melanie Kramer
Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct

Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

Dream Home Questionnaire

The dream home questionnaire is a tool I use to help my team find you the perfect home.

Dream Home Questionnaire

The Savannah/Richmond area offers many styles of homes and budgets to fit most needs. From first homes to vacation homes to “I just gotta get away from this snow” homes, this questionnaire will break down your immediate desires for the perfect home. For those not exactly sure what they want, this exercise can help inspire great conversation.

Together, we will cover the type, size, style and location of your dream home and any other criteria that may be of interest to you. After extensive research on our part, we will preview the homes together that meet your needs. Sometimes we find a home right away. Others can take a diligent, patient search. No matter what the scenario, I am committed to the process from start to finish. Whether it be a 2 day search or longer.

Let’s get started. Take your time answering the questions and when you’re ready let’s talk.

Dream Home Questionnaire

Have you purchased and/or sold a home before? _____________________________

Price range and budget in which you would like me to concentrate for you to invest in your home purchase? (ex. $100,000 – $150,000). No matter what the budget, as your agent, I will stick to the budget and help you meet that goal!

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Number of family or non-family members living in the home? ___________________

Children?

Ages?

Grades in School?

Number of bedrooms needed? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Number of bathrooms needed? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Number of cars? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Number of recreational vehicles? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Type of recreational vehicles:

Motorcycle?

4 wheeler?

Boat?

Size/length of boat?

( Please note: some neighborhoods have covenants where you cannot park RVs, boats, etc. in your front yard; some in back) _____________________________________________________________________

Any extenuating circumstances your buyer’s agent should know about such as handicap accessibility, or where you may be stationed, etc.___________________________________________

Maximum commute time to work you would like? 45 minutes? 30 minutes? ________

Any pets? If so, how many? What types and number: __________________________

What lot size do you prefer? _______________________________________________

Do you need a fence? Privacy? Invisible? _____________________________________

Do you use a fireplace? If so, wood burning or gas logs as to preference?

Type of television in main room? Flat, large big screen (freestanding), none?

Any large pieces of furniture such as a shrunk or entertainment center that need to be placed?

Do you have a formal dining room set? If so, how many does it seat?

Do you want a formal living room?

What size is your master bed? King, Queen, Full/Standard?

Are you bringing a refrigerator or is a refrigerator needed?

Please summarize the top five criteria that are important for me to find in your new home with # 1 being the most important:

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Please call or email me today. We looking forward to working with you and helping you find the perfect home. The Coastal Empire is a wonderful place to call home.

Melanie Kramer
Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct

Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor