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Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine

Ready to Buy or Sell?

Mar 11, 2017 02:17PM ● By Tracy McCoy

A real estate agent is so much more than just someone who brokers home and property sales. These individuals are highly educated licensed professionals versed in title transfer law, real estate evaluation and available financing options. To become a licensed real estate agent requires completion of a mandated course of study and passing a comprehensive licensing examination. Continuing education is also a requirement to maintain licensure.

The goal of a real estate agent is to facilitate the buying or selling of property, while protecting the interests and confidential information of the client. A professional real estate agent has access to hundreds of creative options that can be combined into the ideal format for the client. The client also benefits from the fact that a licensed real estate agent is not limited to a particular company or financial institution but, instead, maintains a solid working relationship with a broad range of companies to better serve the unique needs of each client.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is a one million plus association of real estate professionals who are pledged to comply with a strict code of ethics and standards of practice. Most credible real estate agents maintain membership with NAR. This may be something you'd want to know about the agent you choose. We also want you to consider the value in choosing an agent who is local to the area where you want to live. In other words someone who knows the market, the communities, your prospective neighbors and can help you beyond the sale with navigating the area. Local agents know everything from the terrain to the local school system. They are equipped to handle the entire process for you whether you are in the area or across the country. The same goes for those looking to sell their home or property; a local agent knows how best to market your listing and find your buyer.

Here are ten reasons you might want to have a local real estate agent handle your sale or purchase.

  1. A dedicated local real estate agent will help you buy or sell as quickly and painlessly as possible.

  2. Local real estate agents have access to recent market data, making it possible for them to advise you on realistic pricing based upon comparable homes in your area.

  3. Your local real estate agent can successfully negotiate for you by presenting creative offers that will ensure a deal with your best interests in mind.

  4. A professional real estate agent can minimize the chaos by coordinating and hosting your showings or viewings.

  5. Local real estate agents have connections that enable them to provide you, as a buyer, with insider information like new listings not yet on the MLS and negotiation tactics based upon the seller’s situation. If you are the seller, your agent will use network leveraging to aggressively market your property to other local agents.

  6. Real estate agents understand marketing. From photos, slides and videos to staging and media marketing to screening clients, your agent knows how best to showcase your property.

  7. Your local real estate agent will help you with inspections. Deciphering the inspection report and determining what needs to be fixed prior to closing and what can be negotiated are all within the expertise of your agent.

  8. A local real estate agent can recommend reputable professionals in your area (inspectors, lawyers, movers, contractors and more) to handle necessary issues.

  9. Your real estate agent will walk you through the closing process, explaining each document, easing the process.

10. Your local real estate agent will help you keep things in perspective and remain objective to enable you to make the best deal possible.

Marketing a home is in large part responsible for many sales and purchases. I know that many homes are shown as a result of the ads in the Georgia Mountain Laurel and we are thankful to each company that advertises with us. We are pleased to offer some insight to the companies who showcase listings in our magazine. We feel confident that any agent or office you contact from this list can effectively help you achieve your real estate goals. We are also proud of the incredible way these professionals work together for the good of the clients. Now, find that home or make that sale with a local agent!

Century 21 Scenic Realty is located in Young Harris, Georgia. The Towns and Union County areas in Georgia as well as Clay County just above the state line in North Carolina offer some of the most incredible mountain, lake and valley views. With Hiawassee planted right through the middle of Lake Chatuge almost everyone enjoys the lake view. Agent Richard Kelley, a native of the area said this about the company he has chosen to work for, “I chose Century 21 Scenic Realty because it is one of the top leading companies in the area and believes in serving our community with honesty and integrity.” Century 21 has been a leader in the real estate industry since it was founded in 1971. To view Richard's listings please visit

The professional, knowledgeable, and community-minded agents at Harry Norman REALTORS ® Luxury Lake and Mountain in Clayton, Georgia are leaders in the local market. Proudly serving the area since 2007, Harry Norman REALTORS® live, work and play around the beautiful town of Clayton, Georgia, with many of them lake residents and they are very familiar with lake living in Rabun County. Each of them is firmly invested in their community and are dedicated to support and to volunteer with local charities, events and organizations. Their reputation rides on the integrity of the brokerage, and of their agents, with every transaction. Harry Norman REALTORS® was founded in 1930 and is one of Atlanta's oldest and largest residential real estate firms with more than 1,100 real estate professionals. Those found in the Clayton franchise are among their finest and realize the value of showcasing their listings with us as well as producing their own brochure in both print and digital versions. You are encouraged to visit their website to view their current magazine and their listings at

With a tagline of “Outstanding Agents, Outstanding Results”, ReMax of Rabun is proud of the highly skilled and trained agents who work tirelessly to assist clients and customers with their real estate needs. Each ReMax office is independently owned and operated. The Poss family has been enmeshed in the real estate business in our county for decades. Experience is abundant at ReMax of Rabun. A group of agents who feel more like family, the ReMax of Rabun group are dedicated to finding the perfect home for you or helping you sell your home or property. Scott Poss has been in the business alongside his father Ed for many years and now Scott's son Nicolaus is working in the office as well. Three generations of REALTORS® in one office. The ReMax of Rabun website offers Scott's aerial photography and video of the area, the home and property listings and information about the area, the market, area rentals, golf and country club and fly in communities. ReMax of Rabun knows that our magazine is a great place to showcase their listings and they do produce their own real estate brochure quarterly in digital and print versions. 2018 will be Ed Poss' 50th year in the real estate business.

Shield Realtors is located in the beautifully historic city of Clarkesville. This company believes that residents in this area enjoy a quality of life found in very few places today. Life in the North Georgia Mountains offers four distinct moderate seasons, people who are warm and genuinely friendly and one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. It is easy to see why many make this the community they want to live in and call home. Shield Realtors is synonymous with quality, growth and service since 1979. They excel in service to our community and are leaders in the local real estate industry in sales and service. Shield Realtors' clients and customers can depend on the professional sales and management team of one of the most respected firms in the area. You will find agents who are prepared, knowledgeable and ready to assist you with all your local real estate needs. We invite you to visit to take a look at the properties listed there and in the Georgia Mountain Laurel magazine.

You will also want to visit our website in March to view a featured listing from each of the above real estate companies. We love feedback so please let us know about your experiences.

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