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Excellent news for qualified borrowers - this upcoming change in how PMI (private mortgage insurance) is priced could shave as much as $100 per month off the cost of a $250,000 home! Mortgage underwriting standards have long since been tightened, and research shows that low-down payment borrowers...
01/07/2015
The gift of time. Its irreplaceable, and priceless. I've been thinking about how to use time this holiday season, with inlaws 90 miles away, daughter and family 400 miles away, and my family in upstate NY nearly 1000 miles away. Making the "family christmas" with as many of my 6 siblings and thei...
12/19/2014
I have been using Madison Tire and Auto for many years now - its a low key place. No flashy web presence, not on the fashionable side of town. Just good service - they have put tires on many of my vehicles, and even a horse trailer or two. A few years ago, Scott joined the team. He brought with h...
12/19/2014
FAA has kicked the can down the road, with its recent announcement extending its deadline for determining rules that would allow the use of drones for aerial photography in the real estate business. Last month, I reported on the seminar on drones, offered at the recent NAR conference in New Orlea...
12/19/2014
You get what you pay for. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Those were just 2 of my Dad's favorite life lessons. In my past life, I was a buyer for a major department store, and then later the VP-Merchandising (ie boss of all product decisions) for a manufacturing company that developed and...
12/17/2014
If your dream includes: Privacy, with no restrictive covenants Room to garden Access to a lake with great fishing And a well maintained home   All at a price that won’t break the budget – look no further   This updated ranch home sits on a private 2 acre lot in an established Lake Oconee communit...
12/16/2014
The mortgage interest tax deduction has been in place since 1913 - making it about the same age as the Realtor Code of Ethics! For many homeowners, the reduced income tax burden makes the difference between becoming an owner and remaining a renter. There is good data to show that increasing home ...
12/14/2014
Loan affordability is not just about the interest rate! If you're planning to buy a home in the Madison and Lake Oconee area, and don't want to put 20% down on you purchase - you'll find a variety of loan programs available, including USDA, FHA, and VA (if you qualify) One thing you will need to ...
12/11/2014
My family has a tradition of giving back - most often in service to schools and church - but I learned early that when you join a group, you had best be prepared to serve. So its with glad heart that I'm taking on the (time-consuming) task of being president of the Lake Country Board of Realtors ...
12/08/2014
One of the things I love about my chosen town of Madison, Georgia is that we don't wear our wealth, and we don't drive our wealth.  The late Norris Bryans, one of the county's wealthiest "self made men", drove the sorriest pickup truck you have ever seen, and it was hard to get him out of his fa...
12/08/2014
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Jeanne Dufort

Madison and Lake Oconee GA
local_phone(706) 342-1440
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Thoughts and news from Georgia's Lake Country, featuring Madison and Lakes Oconee and Sinclair, from the perspective of a land-focused Realtor, horse mom, and farm owner.