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June
30

Two Tides Brewing

The Starland District is becoming more and more popular in Savannah. Two Tides Brewing Company is one of the many places to open recently in this neighborhood. Two Tides Brewing has been open for only a short time but has rapidly become a popular destination for beer lovers. Two Tides Brewing is located on West 41st street in a 2-story house that has been renovated. The brewery itself is located on the ground floor, while customers can head upstairs via an outdoor staircase to enjoy the taproom.

The taproom is charming and radiates classic Savannah with a touch of modernity. Hardwood floors, tiled fireplaces and clean white tiled walls make the second floor inviting and intimate. Murals and other artwork from local Savannah artists adorn the walls. You can walk in, grab a beer, and then grab a seat on the front balcony. Or, if you prefer, cozy up in one of the chairs in the back room. If you're feeling like a little more action, Two Tides also has pinball machines. 

 

The brewery specializes in small batches of handcrafted beers that are fresh takes on modern classics. The menu features a core group of flavors, such as TanLines, which is a dry-hopped pilsner, or Chromatose, a blackberry sour ale. Two Tides also rotates seasonal flavors. For those looking to try a little variety, the taproom offers flights, served in branded tasting glasses on a terracotta tray and accompanied by a "Flight Manifesto." 

The laid-back atmosphere, combined with Two Tides Brewing Company's attention to detail, makes this brewery a welcome addition to Starland. As a neighborhood gathering spot, it can't be beat. Whether you stop in for one brew or a few, you'll be glad that you swing by and check out Two Tides for some summertime refreshment.

Two Tides Brewing

12 West 41st Street

(912)667-0706

  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 5pm-10pm
  • Thursday & Friday: 5pm-12am
  • Saturday: 12pm-12am
  • Sunday-Monday: Closed

Visit Cora Bett Thomas for  Homes Around Two Tides Brewing!

June
30

Why Millennials Choose to Buy

According to NerdWallet's Millennials & Home Buying Study, the top 5 reasons young renters choose to own are:

5 Reasons Millennials Choose to Buy a Home

The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.

The top reason millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living space, at 93%. Many millennials who rent a home or apartment prior to buying their own homes dream of the day when they will be able to paint the walls whatever color they'd like or renovate an outdated part of their living space.

From KCM 

June
26

Jefe Has Good Taste in Tacos

Bull Street Taco is one of the newest restaurants to open in the Starland District of Savannah. This addition has become one of our favorite places, because, no, you cannot have too many places to grab tacos in Savannah. Better still, Bull Street Taco has a large outdoor patio and is dog-friendly. They even have an Instagram account devoted entirely to their canine customer. The restaurant shares space with a couple other businesses in a renovated warehouse, and has indoor table seating, a bar, and a stand-up taco bar. The atmosphere has a cozy and funky neighborhood feel that is very Savannah with West Coast style. 

Of course, the best thing about Bull Street Taco is the food. The tacos are served on organic masa and flour tortillas made from scratch. The crew uses traditional ingredients and methods to make their food, incorporating their own flair and quirks here and there making for unique and extremely crave-able flavor combinations. Taco varieties include classics such as Carnitas, house-made Chorizo, and Chicken, as well as non-meat options like Roasted Mushroom and one of our favorites, the Red Chile Tempura Roasted Cauliflower. The tempura cauliflower is topped with roasted poblano peppers, chile de arbol salsa, basil crema and sesame seed. The tuna poke tostada has onion, cabbage, lime zest, jalapeño and sesame ginger dressing and is not to be missed. If you're feeling like sharing — or you are simply very hungry — go for the "Taco Party," which features 10 tacos of "Jefe's Choice." Trust us, Jefe has good taste in tacos. 

tacos

If you're feeling like something other than tacos, there is a wide selection of equally delicious non-taco options such as salads, tortas, quesadillas and rice bowls. So far, on several visits, a salad along with a cold drink on the patio has been a wonderful lunch time escape. Classic appetizers of chips and salsa, queso fundido, and street corn do not disappoint. 

If you're feeling thirsty, Bull Street Taco has a variety of beers, as well a selection of craft tequilas and mezcals. If you're feeling especially classic, try one of the specialty cocktails or margaritas, such as the Smoke and Fire Margarita or the Basil Paloma. Spanish wines are also available by the glass and bottle.

Whatever you're looking for, a casual dinner, a snack, or a happy hour drink (or 2 or 3), Bull Street Taco is definitely worth checking out. Your wallet, stomach, and taste buds will all thank you. 

Bull Street Taco

Located at 1608 Bull St.

Bull Street Taco is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Photo Credit www.BullStreetTaco.com

 

June
25

3 Issues Facing Today's Real Estate Market

Last week, the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) held their 52nd Annual Journalism Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Among the many highly anticipated sessions was one called "Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate™," given by Joseph Nahas, Jr., Chair of the Counselors of Real Estate & Senior Vice President of Equus Capital Partners. 

The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) "is an international organization of high profile property professionals which include principals of prominent real estate, financial, legal, and accounting firms as well as recognized leaders of government and academia." 

Their annual "top 10" list spans any and all issues that could have an impact on the real estate market. This year, the list was broken up into "Current" and "Long-Term Issues."

Today we're going to focus on three of the five "Current" issues with a brief explanation of their impacts on the housing market today!

E-Commerce & Logistics

With promises of 2-day shipping no matter where you live, we are benefiting more now than ever before from the speed and ease-of-use of online retailers like Amazon. These e-retailers haven't changed whether or not we buy certain items, but rather HOW we buy them!

Many traditional malls or big-box stores are being repurposed as warehouses or distribution centers for online retailers so that they can get their products out faster.

A Look to the Future: "Developers who are including experiences into their locations are the ones who will succeed. It's about the experience and gaining something over just going to buy a product."

Generational Change & Demographics

By now we've all heard that the millennial generation is the largest yet, just by sheer volume. The largest group of millennials turns 30 years-old in 2020. The average first-time homebuying age is between 30 and 32, depending on marital status. Real estate professionals will be inundated with more and more buyers as the years roll on. Nahas commented on this in his presentation, saying that,

"Too many developers have become dependent on making decisions based on baby boomer's preferences.

The 75 million millennials are coming, and they will influence real estate and commerce even faster than the baby boomers in the 50s and 60s."

Interest Rates & the Economy

The interest rate that you secure for your mortgage is a big factor in your monthly housing cost and in how much you ultimately pay for your home. According to Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates rose to 4.62% on a 30-year fixed rate loan last week.

The Federal Reserve also raised the federal funds rate for the second time this year. If unemployment continues to be at or near record lows, two more hikes are likely to come later this year. Nahas added,

"Rising rates can be good and bad for the economy. Bad for borrowing money with additional costs, but good to control inflation and help grow the economy at a moderate pace."

Bottom Line

If you are planning on buying and/or selling a home this year, let's get together to help you navigate the conditions in your market and set you up for success.

Contact Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates today.

From KCM

June
21

Protect Your Dog on Hot Pavement.

Dog on Hot Pavement

Summertime is nearly here in the Lowcountry. This means longer days full of sunshine, which is great if you're at the beach, but not so great if you're trekking across hot pavement. It's always fun to go shoe shopping for summer sandals, but don't forget about your four-legged friends' feet. Sure, shoes are available for dogs, but those can be uncomfortable (and hot!) in the summer. A cheaper and more comfortable option is a paw protection wax . 

Paw protection wax is an all-natural product that forms a barrier on dog's paws. Formulated with vitamin E to moisturize, help soothe wounds and keep paws healthy paw wax is nontoxic, hypoallergenic, and easy to apply. The wax is absorbed into the paws and forms a semipermeable shield, which allows perspiration to escape through the toes. In addition to snow, ice, and hot pavement, paw protection wax also protects from irritants such as sand, salt, and rough terrain. 

Paw protection waxes are made from food-grade waxes that are non-toxic and non-allergenic, so it's ok if your dog licks their paws after an application of the balm. You can even use it on yourself as a protective balm against windburn. 

One of our favorite paw protection waxes is Musher's Secret, a dense, but breathable wax originally developed in Canada for sled dog races and it's ideal for protecting your dog's paws from extreme temperatures — hot or cold. While any paw protection wax will need to be reapplied depending on your dog's activity, a little bit of the product goes a long way. Just a small amount on each paw is good for a week's worth of walking.

Make the most of the summer days in Savannah for you and your pooch, and keep their paws protected. 

Where to Find Paw Protection Wax

Locally, find paw protection wax at Woof Gang Bakery locations. But just call ahead to make sure paw protection wax is in stock at your nearest location because of its popularity. Find your nearest store here.

You can find Musher's Secret online at Amazon.

And don't forget to pick up a travel dog bowl to keep your pal hydrated too!

June
16

Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home or are a homeowner planing to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the Return on Investment, or, ROI

Home Renovations for Max ROI

Some Highlights

  • Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most Return On Investment (ROI).
  • Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers.
  • Upgrading your landscaping or curb appeal helps get buyers in the door. These upgrades rank as the 2nd and 4th renovations for returns on investment.

From KCM

June
11

A new trend of skipping starter homes has begun to emerge. With home prices skyrocketing in the starter home category, many first-time homebuyers are skipping the traditional starter homes and moving right into their dream homes.

skipping starter homes

What's a Starter Home?

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), simply put, a starter home is a one or two-bedroom home (sometimes even a small, three bedroom). "Prices vary widely by market but starters on average cost $150,000 to $250,000 while trade-up and premium homes cost upwards of $300,000."

Finding Their Forever Homes Now

A recent CNBC article revealed that there are many factors that delayed older millennials (ages 25-35) from buying a home earlier in their lives. The aftereffects of the Great Recession teaming up with larger education costs forced many to either remain living in their parent's homes or to rent.

With the economy continuing to improve, many millennials have been able to break into better-paying jobs which has helped spur down payment savings. As the dream of homeownership comes closer to reality, many millennials are saving for their forever homes.

According to the latest statistics from NAR, 30% of millennials bought homes for $300,000 or more this year (up from 14% in 2013). Diane Swonk, Chief Economist at Grant Thornton weighed in saying, "They rented for longer. Now they're going to where they want to stay."

More and more millennials are settling down, getting married, and starting families, which is a huge factor driving them to look for larger homes and skipping starter homes.

Increased competition in the starter home market has also been a driving force in waiting to afford their dream homes. Inventory in the starter home market is down 14.2% from last year, according to research from Trulia. This has driven prices up and has led to bidding wars.

Many first-time buyers who were originally looking for starter homes are realizing that for just a little bit more of an investment, they could afford trade-up or premium homes instead.

Bottom Line

If you plan on purchasing your first home this year, let's get together to determine how much house you can afford. You may be pleasantly surprised. Contact Cora Bett Thomas Realty today!

From KCM

June
11

Catherine jamesCora Bett Thomas Realty recently announced Catherine James as a new real estate agent.In this role, she will facilitate the buying and selling process for residential clients throughout Savannah.

Originally from Long Island, New York, James left New York to raise her family in warmer weather, and spent the next 25 years soaking up sun in Florida. While in Florida, Catherine's love for coastal living grew stronger, which fueled her passion for specializing in waterfront properties. 

When her daughter moved to New York City, she decided to follow up and go back to her roots in Long Island.  Several years into her return, however, Catherine found herself missing the South. Being familiar with Savannah where her daughter attended college, she decided to move to the Hostess City and couldn't be happier with the decision and she currently resides in Midtown Savannah.

Catherine is licensed in Georgia, Florida, and New York and is a certified home stager.

 
June
6

save money on your summer power bill

It's that time of year in Savannah when the temperatures start to rise, and love it or hate it, it's hot outside, folks. While hot summer days certainly aren't exclusive to Savannah and the Lowcountry, the high temperatures combined with the high humidity are hard for anyone to ignore. And the solution for most everyone is simple: escape to a place with some air-conditioning. Trying to beat the heat during the summer months (May through September) without air-conditioning is nearly impossible and can even be dangerous. The biggest challenge that many face as during the dog days of summer is trying to stay as comfortable as possible without spending an arm and a leg on utility costs. But don't fret — there are some easy ways to beat the heat and save money on your summer power bill without sacrificing your comfortable cool air.

1. Change your air filter(s).

This should be a no-brainer, but I have seen some really disgusting air filters before, and I will admit that some of those have been in my own home. I absolutely understand and agree 100% that this is one of those tasks that you always think of at the most inopportune time, and never with regularity. My solution? Plan ahead. Determine when your filter will need to be changed next (you should change it monthly), and then set an alarm or a calendar reminder on your phone, computer, etc.; just make sure you will be reminded in a month in some way that you need to change your air filter.

2. Clean your air filter(s).

Again, a no-brainer, or either this is something you have thought of and dismissed it as too much work. Don't think that way. Halfway through the month, check your filter and if it need a few swipes with a dusting cloth or a vacuum attachment, go for it. You will be surprised at how much of a difference this can make to save money on your summer power bill. An air filter that is dirty will have to work twice as hard, and that means more energy that your HVAC unit is exerting.

3. Fans are your friends.

Both ceiling fans and upright (floor) fans help keep the air circulating and can make your home feel more comfortable without you having to keep your HVAC running at a low (colder) temperature. Also, using fans to keep the air circulating while you aren't home will mean that HVAC doesn't have to run twice as hard when you come home and turn it down. 

But Which Direction?

During the summer, you want the air blowing directly on you so you will feel cooler from the wind chill effect (which is how fans cool you off). Stand under the fan and turn on high speed. If you don't feel the air moving at you well, then turn the fan off and flick the reverse toggle switch. Turn it back on high speed. If you feel more air, you have it in the right position. Whichever position you feel the most air movement when standing directly under the fan is the correct position for summer. 

4. Give the thermostat space.

If you can, avoid having lamps and appliances near your thermostat--its heat sensor will pick up the heat that is put out by these items and will think that it needs to work harder to cool the house, which means a higher utility bill for you.

5. Turn it all off.

If you're leaving your house, make sure to turn off all of your lights and turn up the temperature on your thermostat. This way, your HVAC isn't working to cool an empty house but it won't have to work as hard when you return home and turn the temperature back down. Better still, invest in a smart system to save money on your summer power bill, such as a Nest, which we've mentioned before. This system can be controlled from the wall-mounted thermostat and through an app on your phone, so if you forget to turn the thermostat up before you leave, you're still covered — you can use your phone to adjust your thermostat. Better still, over the course of a few weeks, Nest will acclimate to your usual HVAC temperature settings and will begin to automatically adjust itself to those settings, saving both energy and money on utility bills.

These are just a few things that can be done to help save money on your summer power bill without sacrificing your comfort, but doing so not only guarantees that you will have a more comfortable and consistently cooled home, but you will be able to do without having to spend all of your summer fun money on your utility bills. 

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