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I get more questions on this topic than any others. About 90-95% of all the property I sell is in this program with the County Assessor. These programs are very popular because they reduce the amount of Property or ad valorem taxes on your property. I reached out to my good friend Lauren Harbin, Chief Assessor with Talbot County GA for some information. PLEASE REMEMBER CONSERVATION USE VALUATION IS DIFFERENT THAN A CONSERVATION EASEMENT. The Conservation Use Valuation is a 10 year program with the County Assessor. A Conservation easement is deeded to a Land Trust and runs for perpetuity (that is forever!).

Conservation Use Assessment is a favorable tax treatment covenant designed to protect qualified property owners from being pressured by the

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In this Housing Market Update, I've compared the 2nd Quarter from 2017, 2018, & 2019 for Harris and Muscogee County, GA. It's a Seller's Market right now and has been for 2 years. I see no signs of the market changing in 2019, as we are currently in Peak Real Estate Season. Mortgage Rates have remained low and so have the number of days homes spend on the market(DOM). VA Loans lead the market for preferred loans with Cash and Conventional Loans running a close 2nd. For more insights on our 2nd quarter in 2019, watch the 90 second video below. 

 

 

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By Kent Morris of Bickerstaff Parham Land Group

I recently helped a client with a large timber sale in Meriwether County GA. The property is 407 acres in size. Due to low mill inventories and the wet weather it became necessary to implement this timber sale. The landowner has been thinking about this for some time and the prices offered determined it was the right time! The property was primarily made up of 38 year old planted Loblolly Pines that had been thinned twice. I love forestry and logging so I decided to capture the logging operation on film. The operation starts with a machine called a feller-buncher which is a rubber tired machine with a saw head. This machine moves through the forest cuts down the trees and stacks them neatly into

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Bickerstaff Parham CXO, Reynolds Bickerstaff Attends Global Real Estate Conference

 

– More than 2,500 leading real estate professionals from 25 countries convene during event hosted by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. –

 

Columbus, GA March 19, 2019 – Reynolds Bickerstaff, CXO with Bickerstaff, participated in the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Annual Conference, February 20-22 at Wynn Las Vegas. Bickerstaff joined an elite group of over 2,500 real estate professionals from 25 countries who came together as part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®(LeadingRE) Conference Week, a series of educational and networking events focused on leadership and innovation in the real estate market.  

 The conference

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Columbus, Georgia: Columbus based REALTOR® and native, Carson Paris, with Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate, has been recognized as the “2018 Residential Rookie of the Year” by the Columbus Boards of Realtors. Mr. Paris was presented with the "2018 Residential Rookie of the Year Award" at a ceremony held in Columbus on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. 

 To qualify for consideration as “Residential Rookie of the Year,” a professional and licensed REALTOR® must be nominated by their broker after having met a specific sales production metrics, must have served on a Columbus Boards of Realtors committee, and must be involved in the community in a meaningful way. 

 Upon receiving the award, Mr. Paris said, “It is an honor to receive this distinction.

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Where do you park when you visit Uptown/Downtown? Do you circle the block  several times before finding a space? Do you feel comfortable or safe in a parking deck? Alva James-Johnson released a story on April 12, 2017 covering the city's decision to increase parking citations.  But the most recent story by Tony Adams "as downtown Columbus grows, so do parking challenges. What should be done?" digs deep into the issue and offers us a guide to parking in Uptown. 

 

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Technology is getting really interesting in the real estate market, but always remember that the future comes one day at a time and that I think it has something to do with tomorrow that there always is one and that everything can change when it comes. Our industry seems like it is changing every couple of months.

Full Service vs. Low Service. The gap in services will widen further as real estate companies are recognized as either a Walmart or a Nordstrom. Many players are entering the market to chase the billions of dollars in commissions shared in a real estate transaction, but most take the Low Cost/Fee, Limited Service, Help Your Self approach. Bickerstaff Parham is a full service brokerage firm and always will be. Consumers want to work with

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In this Housing Market Update we will compare 2017 vs 2018 statistics in Russell/Lee County, AL and Harris/Muscogee County, GA. As we compared the prior year to the current year we noticed the total number of homes sold increased 7% in Harris/Muscogee County and decreased .77% in Lee/Russell County. The total sales volume increased $48M in Harris/Muscogee County and increased $13M in Lee/Russell County. The average sales price increased only 3.36% in Harris/Muscogee County and increased 8% in Lee/Russell County. In prior years, property values were declining or flat in Alabama and this news should be encouraging to many property owners in Alabama.

To learn how the current market conditions are affecting your property, request a  FREE Home

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The Toys R Us store, shown here Thursday, has been located on Whittlesey Boulevard at Columbus Park Crossing since the shopping center’s opening in 2002. It moved there at the time from Macon Road. The Wall Street Journal and other national media are reporting that Wayne, N.J.-based Toys R Us is on the brink of closing all of its stores and liquidating them. -- Photo by Tony Adams tadams@ledger-enquirer.com

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With Toys R Us on brink of closure, here’s what could fill that and other empty retail spaces in Columbus

BY TONY ADAMS

tadams@ledger-enquirer.com???????

March 11, 2018 07:30 PM

Updated March 12, 2018 09:15 AM

If the Toys R Us store in Columbus is notified this week — as national media outlets have reported likely will be

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VILLAGE AT CROSSWINDS

An art rendering shows Renfroe’s Market anchoring The Village at Crosswinds shopping center that is now set to enter the construction phase off U.S. Hwy. 431 South, near the intersection of Alabama Hwy. 165. -- Image from eds America

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Construction to begin on Phenix City shopping center with supermarket

BY TONY ADAMS

tadams@ledger-enquirer.com

January 08, 2018 02:26 PM

Updated January 09, 2018 01:15 PM

It’s been in the dream and planning stages for more than six years. But construction on a shopping center on U.S. Highway 431 South in Phenix City is about to crank up, the project’s developers said Monday.

What will be called The Village at Crosswinds — located near the intersection of

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