William & Alison Smith's Blog Posts

Debt and Real Estate

Most of don’t have enough cash in the bank to pay in full for our home, especially a first home. With interest rates historically low, we’re consistently hearing questions about real

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Local Business Feature: Muscle Meals Meal Prepping--Comer, GA

About a year ago I started seeing some social media posts for a new local business that caught my eye. I knew the owner, Jack Waddy, and thought what he’d started had potential. In fact, I

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Building Weath, Pt. 4: Buy & Hold

Almost a year ago, just as we were seeing the housing inventory decrease, we took some time to network with some other agents in some developments with new construction. Like we often encounter, we

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Local Business Feature: Affordable Appliances of Hartwell

Over the past couple years, our transition in careers has been an awesome experience: meeting new people in the community, learning a new industry, and partnering with my wife.  The challenges

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Building Wealth, Pt. 3: Rentals

Diversification is always a sound investment strategy. Not too long ago, we diversified our portfolio with our first rental. As one of those people who often suffers from “paralysis by,

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Local Feature: Athens Pregnancy Center

Did you hear that I’m now a PeePaw? Yes, we welcomed our first grandchild last Sunday! I’ll refrain from posting too many baby pictures, but the grandparent thing is already pretty

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Building Wealth, Part 2: Remodels & Flips

If you read Alison’s last post, you’re probably assuming we moved up from that green shag carpet with our second home. Nope. We drove up to our would-be second home and were met with a

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Local Business Feature: Ruckersville Farm--Elberton, GA

Photo courtesy of Ruckersville Farms on FacebookI was scrolling through Facebook a few months ago. We had been looking for a local place to buy our garden plants for the spring. I found the perfect

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Building Wealth, Part 1: Primary Residence

Is green shag carpet on your list for your dream home? It wasn’t on mine either, but that’s what we got as first-time home buyers. We were 21, William had been making a decent living for

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Local Business Feature: Etchieve--Vanna, GA

Have you ever met someone and thought, “How in the world does she do all this?” Since I generally call myself a “jack of all trades, master of some,” when I met Teresa Harper

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The Legacy of Property

A belt sander. Tools hung neatly on a shop wall. A subtle track formed from a riding mower out toward the edge of the woods to dump lawn clippings. What are these things? For us, they are signs of

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Local Business Feature: Sweet P General--Townville, SC

What would you do if your passenger yelled, “STOP!” in the middle of nowhere? I did it one of the first times William and I were working in South Carolina, and he just kept driving. The

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Are We In a Bubble?

Not long ago we stopped one day at some model homes in a new development to talk with the agents on duty. Being the middle of the week, they gave us some time. We discussed rising prices, and one

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Local Business Feature: BeBop's Bakery and Bistro--Royston, GA

A few months ago William and I wandered into BeBop’s Bakery and Bistro in Royston after our morning walk. We had planned to stop in for breakfast and work a little outside of the office.

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Searching for Value

We’re working with a buyer right now and have seen some properties she really likes. So far, she hasn’t made an offer. Why? She’s not going to compromise on her list of priorities

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Local Business Feature: Sanders Furniture--Commerce, GA

The first two things I learned of David and Jennifer Sanders of M.T. Sanders Furniture Company in Commerce, Georgia, were that they kept their kids in a playpen at work and they are good people.

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