Buying a Vacation Home? Consider Tybee Island

If you’re looking for a great vacation home, we invite you to look no further than Tybee Island, Georgia. Located a few miles from historic downtown Savannah, this barrier island offers the perfect combination of seaside serenity, outdoor recreation and small-town charm, all within a few minutes of greater Savannah.

Tybee Island Real Estate

Why should you consider Tybee Island for your vacation home destination? Here are just a few advantages to consider.

Outdoor Recreation Galore

Tybee Island offers much in the way of warm-weather activities. Not only will you find the usual water sports of boating, fishing, kayaking and parasailing, but Tybee offers a great network of nature trails and bike paths that allow you to hike or bike to most destinations on the island. Of course, you might just prefer relaxing on the beach itself, enjoying the sound of the crashing waves. Whether your pace is fast or slow, you’ll always find something to do here.

Relaxed Local Community

The laid-back coastal attitude can truly be felt among Tybee’s 3,000 permanent residents. The local community is tight-knit and strong, yet hospitable to guests. Social status takes a backseat here, as inhabitants of all backgrounds are drawn to the island’s relaxed seaside lifestyle.

Additional Source of Income

Like many coastal areas, Tybee Island attracts many vacationers just like you, especially over the spring and summer months, but even year-round. Many of these visitors come with friends and family and are looking for available vacation rentals. During the times when you’re not using your vacation home, you might opt to rent it out!

Affordable Real Estate

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of buying in Tybee Island is that it is surprisingly affordable for coastal property. While home prices are naturally higher by the ocean than in nearby Savannah, median home values in Tybee are currently around $386,000—that’s less than in some parts of Atlanta! Depending on the size and location of the house, you can find a vacation home in Tybee starting in the mid-$200s and going all the way to near $2 million. In a way, there really is something for everyone here!

View the latest properties for sale on Tybee Island.

When you’re ready to look for your vacation home on Tybee Island, the local neighborhood experts at Lufburrow Realty are ready to help! Give us a call today at (912) 355-6562.


Savannah Events Calendar – May 2017

Sip international wines and sample fresh coastal seafood and other culinary delights at the Tybee Wine Festival. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit historic Tybee Post Theater. The Tybee Wine Festival is one of the Tybee Post Theater’s major fundraising events. Now in its 9th year, the Festival will feature fun and unique wine and food experiences, combined with extraordinary live musical performances – all taking place within the beautiful surroundings of Tybee Island.

First Fridays in Starland celebrates local business, art, and food in Savannah’s coolest neighborhood! Join us every First Friday of the month from 6-9PM.

Come join us for some spectacular fireworks over Savannah River Street!

Enjoy a day viewing coastal architecture and décor. From historic cottages to sunny contemporary homes, the tour’s 20th event will delight and inspire. The tour features eight beautiful homes and one renovated Airstream travel trailer in multiple locations on Tybee Island.

Join us for a day of enchantment! This family-themed festival is all about the “wee folk” getting up close with the natural world and encouraging imaginative play. Dress in costume and flaunt your wings in our fashion show; mine for magic gems; frolic in the enchanted forest for a fairy surprise; construct a fairy village; enjoy games and crafts inspired by the natural world.

Bring the whole family and stroll through Oatland’s magical trails and maybe you will catch a glimpse of a fairy or gnome looking for a place to call home. Additional fees may apply. All proceeds go to feeding our magical animal kingdom! Cost is regular admission to Oatland Island Wildlife Center as well as some extra fundraising activities during the event.

This family (and canine!) friendly festival features fun for everyone – big and small! Admission to the carnival is free and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. Our four-legged guest can partake in the doggie derby, doggie agility equipment, paw print art, pet paint, doggie pools, tests to see if they would do well as emotional support dogs, doggie and me photo booths, dog treat decorating, doggie fortune telling, doggie ice cream and much more! Our human friends can enjoy food truck fare and there will be beer for the 21 and over crowd!

  • SCAD Sand Arts Festival
    Date: May 12, 2017
    Time: Contestants begin work at 10 am
    Location: Tybee Island South Beach

Spend the day on Tybee Island’s picturesque South Beach and watch in awe as elaborate creations rise from the sand and sway in the wind. Enjoy the picture-perfect setting and cheer on your favorite SCAD artists. The SCAD Sand Arts Festival is one for the bucket list.

Free and open to the public! The Savannah community is invited to enjoy a day of family fun with Coastal Heritage Society staff and our partners sharing engaging programs and activities. The Dark Shark – Taco Attack food truck and Savannah Square Pops will be on site to help us kick off the occasion with some tasty snacks for purchase.

Explore the Historic District of Savannah by visiting artists and galleries on the every second Saturday of the month! Meet at River Street Inn at 2 p.m. for a warm introductory welcome. Pick up your map, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, and meet some of our artists!

From 3-6 p.m., head out to see all of the participating galleries of the season. The evening comes to a close at the Andaz, where there will be a wine pour, a gratis, and a raffle at 6 p.m. Guests who have visited 10 or more galleries 6 p.m. will be entered into a drawing for VIP Gifts, which can include free hotel night stays, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets or gallery gift certificates.

Experience the SCAD Savannah Runway Show, a juried celebration of fashion featuring premier SCAD School of Fashion senior and graduate student collections. Attire for this outdoor event is casual chic, and guests are invited to wear springtime ensembles that showcase personal style. Following the show, guests will have the opportunity to purchase select garments and accessories created by SCAD alumni.

Free Multi-cultural, family friendly fun event on River Street with vendors and bounce houses.

Savannah has attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bar crawl two years in a row with no success. We got within 500 crawlers both times, but it just wasn’t meant to be. We are going to continue the South’s LARGEST and most POPULAR bar crawl in 2017 but hold off from getting Guinness World Records involved. We will attempt the record again in 2018!! Until then, come downtown Savannah and enjoy what 2017 has in store for you. EVERYONE who registers for this crawl will get their choice of retro/retired bar crawl t-shirts, left over from past events.


Savannah Real Estate Market Update – March 2017

Each month, we provide the latest  Savannah real estate market statistics based on data from the Savannah Board of Realtors. These statistics show a month by month comparison of the Savannah market. These stats are intended to help you can make an informed decision about the Savannah real estate market before you buy or sell a home in the Savannah area. Request a market snapshot for a comprehensive analysis of your home’s value in today’s market, or call us for an analysis of comparable homes sold.

These statistics are for Residential homes across the entire Savannah MLS.  If you would like similar statistics for a specific area, property type or price range, please complete our Market Analysis Request Form and tell us how we can help. We can provide real estate market statistics for specific regions around Chatham, Effingham or Bryan County.

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Savannah Real Estate Market Snapshot

March 2017 vs March 2016 – All Home Sales

  • 644 – Homes sold, 81 more than March 2016
  • $239,290 – Average sale price, $24,623 more than March 2016
  • 121 – Average number of days homes spent on the market, 10 days more than March 2016
  • 114 – New construction homes sold
  • 3212 – Active home listings on the market
  • 4.99 – Months of inventory
  • $154,102,980 – Total dollar volume of residential properties sold

February 2017 vs February 2016 – All Home Sales

  • 468 – Homes sold, 31 more than February 2016
  • $225,495 – Average sale price, $7,953 more than February 2016
  • 120 – Average number of days homes spent on the market, 9 days more than February 2016
  • 98 – New construction homes sold
  • 3054 – Active home listings on the market
  • 6.53 – Months of inventory
  • $105,531,507 – Total dollar volume of residential properties sold

January 2017 vs January 2016 – All Home Sales

  • 404 – Homes sold, 57 more than January 2016
  • $228,436 – Average sale price, $6,079 less than January 2016
  • 119 – Average number of days homes spent on the market, 7 days more than January 2016
  • 64 – New construction homes sold
  • 2978 – Active home listings on the market
  • 7.37 – Months of inventory
  • $92,287,961 – Total dollar volume of residential properties sold

See previous year’s comparison

If you are looking for an agent who knows all about the Savannah area market, contact Lufburrow Realty today at (912) 355-6562.


Savannah Events Calendar – April 2017

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is dedicated to presenting world-class celebrations of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth and unite artists and audiences in Savannah.

Southern Mamas has put together a great list of Easter activities. Lots of egg hunts and chances to meet the Easter Bunny throughout the Low Country, cruises and even the Hatchery at Oglethorpe Mall.

Explore the Historic District of Savannah by visiting artists and galleries on the every second Saturday of the month! Meet at River Street Inn at 2 p.m. for a warm introductory welcome. Pick up your map, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, and meet some of our artists!

From 3-6 p.m., head out to see all of the participating galleries of the season. The evening comes to a close at the Andaz, where there will be a wine pour, a gratis, and a raffle at 6 p.m. Guests who have visited 10 or more galleries 6 p.m. will be entered into a drawing for VIP Gifts, which can include free hotel night stays, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets or gallery gift certificates.

Each year in the spring, Forsyth Park at the heart of the historic district becomes the nucleus of the city’s green initiatives.  It is a celebration of environmentally responsible living and business in coastal Georgia.  All activities are free to the public, including children’s art activities, fitness games, adults’ educational workshops, and many other interactive exhibits and demonstrations.

Free, family friendly event with artists, crafters, entertainers, booksellers, and storytellers.

Armstrong State University and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs will present the 2017 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, one of the South’s largest Asian celebrations, on April 21st and 22nd. All events will take place at Armstrong’s campus at 11935 Abercorn St. in Savannah.

The festival is free and open to the public. The 21st Annual Savannah Asian Cultural Festival will bring the continent of Asia to coastal Georgia, celebrate the rich diversity of the area and feature unique cultures, cuisine, live performances and more.

Take this time to explore the museum, and the role it plays in our community. Create your own mini museum, take lots of pictures, or strike a pose found in one our selected works and have your picture taken!

Family Days are fun, educational and FREE! Enjoy hands on art projects, gallery exploration activities, story time and much more designed specifically for the entire family! Create DIY masterpieces, play art detective, or explore the ArtZeum, an interactive arts space. With gallery activities on our mobile Art Cart, everyone can get in on the art and the action. Each month will feature a different theme based on the museum’s changing exhibitions. Stop by a little while or stay for the entire afternoon-it’s all free. Come see what the fun is all about!

The walking tour includes seven private gardens, and the Massie School Gardens in Savannah’s Landmark District (*North of Gwinnett Street). Guests may start at any garden on the tour. A Southern Tea is held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the elegant Green-Meldrim House, 14 West Macon Street on Madison Square, where you will enjoy sweets, savories and Southern ice tea in the elegant Historic Green-Meldrim House. The home where General Sherman stayed when he occupied Savannah during the Civil War.

  • SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival
    Date: April 29, 2017
    Time: Artists begin at 11 am – Judging from 1-3 pm – Results at 4 pm
    Location: Forsyth Park

Watch as talented SCAD artists bring a splash of color to scenic Forsyth Park at the 36th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival. SCAD students, alumni and high school students create colorful chalk masterpieces and compete for coveted prizes in this tradition that’s nearly as old as the university itself. The artists represent many areas of study offered by SCAD and produce a diverse spectrum of chalk art inspired by distinct styles, backgrounds, interests, cultures and disciplines. With its vibrant chalk drawings, music and food, Sidewalk Arts Festival promises a great time for the whole family.


How To Effectively Search For Savannah Homes For Sale

Moving to Savannah is an exciting experience, but if you are not familiar with the area, finding a home for sale can be overwhelming. You need to have an idea of which communities and neighborhoods you like best, your budget and what you are looking for in a home, such as the number of bedrooms and baths. You also need to know what is available here in this beautiful city. These tips will help you effectively search for Savannah homes for sale.

  1. Drive Around

Whether you are moving in from out of town or already live here and want to move to a new area, the best way to find a place you love is to see it in person. Take a day off and drive around to get some ideas of which neighborhoods you like. Look for “for sale” signs in the yards and take notes. Even if those houses have pending contracts, the agent can help you find something similar nearby when you call him or her.

  1. Network

Do you have personal or professional contacts in Savannah? If so, let them know you are seriously looking for a new home. You may even get a chance to see one before it hits the market or before others can pounce on it and make an offer.

  1. Go Online

The most common way to look for a house these days is to go online. You can search the entire city and its surrounding areas from the comfort of your own bed. A quick Google search will return millions of results, many from nationally-owned companies that do not know Savannah real estate from San Francisco real estate. A local website that specializes in Savannah real estate will have more specialized listings. For example, on the Lufburrow Realty website, you can choose from specific locations and zip codes in and around Savannah, or you can use our interactive map to draw and look within specific boundaries.

  1. Talk To A Real Estate Agent

Of course, the best way to find a home for sale is to work with a Savannah real estate agent. Your agent has access to homes for sale that may be not be available to the public yet. He or she can also network with other agents to stay on top of homes that become available in your desired area. And if you are still not sure about a neighborhood or community, your agent can help point you in the right direction, based on what you are looking for.

If you are looking for an agent who knows all of Savannah’s homes for sale the moment they hit the market, contact Lufburrow Realty today at (912) 355-6562.


6 Popular Savannah Communities

Are you dreaming of Savannah’s historic charm, beautiful architecture, moderate year-round weather, award-winning restaurants, and friendly residents? If so, there is no better time to move to the city. Take a look at these six popular Savannah communities.

Ardsley Park

5 minutes from Historic Savannah and 20 minutes from Tybee Island, Ardsley Park is one of the city’s most sought-after communities. Known for its picturesque tree-lined streets, elegant homes, and beautiful squares, the historic neighborhood was Savannah’s first automobile suburb. Home to a selection of houses ranging from grand estates to modest bungalows, Ardsley Park is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, parks, and other attractions.

Tybee Island

Tybee IslandSavannah Georgia Beach is often referred to as “Savannah’s Beach,” but it has a culture that is all its own. The laid-back beach town is a mix of casual shops and restaurants, beautiful coastal homes, pristine beaches, and barefoot residents. Just 3,000 people call the island home, though quite a few tourists like to visit during the summer. After all, it is often named one of the best beaches in Georgia. Either way, the weather is always great for a walk, a bike ride, a swim, or a day out on the boat.

The Landings

Imagine a private country club community situated on a private island and you have The Landings. The winner of numerous awards, The Landings sits on 4,566 acres on Skidaway Island and offers views of the ocean, maritime forests, marshes, lagoons, and golf courses. Find a mix of condos, townhomes, and single-family homes, all just 10 minutes from Historic Savannah. Six championship golf courses are located within the community, along with 34 tennis courts, two deep-water marinas, a fitness center, 4 swimming pools, 40 miles of paved trails, a dog park, athletic fields, and more.

South Harbor

Located on Skidaway Island, South Harbor is just 10 minutes from Historic Savannah, but it feels like it’s a world away. The quiet gated community is home to beautiful estates surrounded by the coastal scenery and maritime forest with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. A favorite place for boat enthusiasts, it features its own deep water marina with dry boat storage and a private boat hoist. Other amenities include a pool, tennis courts, and a playground. Lots are available for future residents looking to build their dream homes.

Dutch Island

Dutch Island is a small established community that sits on 500 acres along the Intracoastal Waterway. Known for its untouched natural beauty, the traditional-style homes sit on large lots with plenty of space for residents to enjoy. The gated community is just 20 minutes from Historic Savannah but offers numerous amenities right there at home. They include a swimming pool, fire pit, beach volleyball court, tennis courts, a playground, basketball courts, 10 lagoons and ponds, and a boat ramp, pier, and dock.

Long Point

280 acres of pristine land make up the popular Long Point community. Located along the Wilmington River on Whitemarsh Island, the affluent neighborhood has a reputation for its beautiful waterfront views, excellent amenities, and location within a top school district. The family-friend Long Point boasts a low crime rate and offers boating access, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and more. Both homes and lots are available.

To learn more about homes in any of these fine Savannah neighborhoods, contact Lufburrow Realty at (912) 355-6562.  


Savannah Home Buying Tips For 2017

With its mild climate, historic charm, proximity to the ocean and reasonable home prices, Savannah is a great place to consider buying a home in 2017. If you’re thinking of buying in Savannah this year, here are a few tips to keep in mind to help you find the best property for you, at the best price.

Research neighborhoods

The Savannah area offers a diversity of neighborhoods perfect for almost any lifestyle — from the historic “gingerbread” homes of the Victorian District to the stately mansions and parklike streets of Ardsley Park, to the beach living of Tybee Island. Each neighborhood has its own style and advantages, so do some research to streamline your house-hunting.

Make two lists

To further narrow your search, we recommend making two lists for yourself. One is a “must have” list — those features in a home that you can’t do without. (For example, if you need a minimum of 3 bedrooms or a garage.) Then make a second “wish” list of things you’d like in a home but would be willing to part with if other priorities are met. This enables you and your agent to focus on homes that tick all the boxes on your “must have” list while hitting as many items on your “wish” list as possible.

Get pre-approved

Homes are available in Savannah at almost every price point. To narrow the search and find your dream home more quickly, talk to a mortgage broker about getting pre-approved for a loan before you start your search. This way, not only will you know which homes are within your price range, but once you find a home and make an offer, the closing process should go smoother.

Early spring, late fall, and winter are the best times to shop

You might find more homes for sale during the peak summer months, but this is also the time of year when prices tend to be higher. During the off seasons, like winter or early spring, sellers are often in more of a mood to make a deal.

Hire a knowledgeable Savannah real estate agent

Finally, your best bet for finding your dream home in Savannah this year is to work with a real estate agent with intimate knowledge of the neighborhoods and the housing market in Savannah. Our agents have years of experience with Savannah real estate and would be more than happy to help! To learn more, give Lufburrow Realty a call at 912-355-6562.


5 Reasons 2017 Is the Year to Sell Your Home

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to put your home on the market, this may very well be the year for you! Lots of changes are predicted in the housing market, and some are already shaking things up. Here are 5 reasons why 2017 may be the year to sell your home.

1. Interest rates are rising (but still low)

After enjoying several years of interest rates at record lows, the Federal Reserve has indicated plans for several interest rate hikes this year to keep step with a growing economy. This will ultimately be reflected in higher interest rates on mortgages, making it more difficult for people to qualify for a home or afford their payments. However, the rates are currently still low (the last interest rate hike was a quarter of a point in December), so now is an excellent time to sell, before the new rates start kicking in.

2. Inventory is low

Market demand for homes is as high as ever, but right now the number of available homes is lower by comparison. Low inventory plus high demand equals higher prices. This ultimately creates a “seller’s market” where you may be able to make more money on the sale of your home than you would at some other time.

3. Strengthening job market

Unemployment is down right now, and consumer confidence is up. This means more prospective home buyers are likely to be stepping into the marketplace in 2017, which again helps keep prices higher. This is good news for you if you own a piece of property you want to sell.

4. More first-time buyers

Hand in hand with number 3, it’s not just that there will be more buyers this year. It’s also that there are likely to be more first-time buyers. Recent data from realtor.com showed a 20 percent increase in the number of first-time home buyers between September 2015 and September 2016 — in fact, more than 50 percent of buyers were first-timers! This trend is likely to continue in 2017. The reason this is significant is that first-time buyers often are eligible for special programs to help them afford to buy, which may increase your pool of qualified buyers this year.

5. Uncertainty

Despite all these trends, perhaps the greatest reason to sell your home in 2017 is increased uncertainty in the country in general. Buyers know things look good today, but they may be more motivated because what’s true today might not be true tomorrow. If you’re going to buy — or sell — now may be the best time!

If you’re ready to talk about selling your Savannah home in 2017, we’d love to help! Call Lufburrow Realty today at 912-355-6562.


St. Patricks Day Guide 2017

St Patrick's Day

Savannah boasts the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country and draws hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to come celebrate at the city-wide festivities. This year the festival will begin on Friday with the parade and continue through Saturday night. There is a lot going on, and some special rules set forth by law enforcement to help ensure that everyone has a good time and stays safe with this many people converging on the Historic District so read through the survival guide to make sure you have a great time.

TRAFFIC/PARKING

There are a number of streets that will be closed to vehicles to make room for the festival goers.

  • River Street – Closed to alDSC_0147l vehicles throughout festival starting at 4pm on Thursday
  • Streets surrounding City Market – Begin closing Thursday with Jefferson Street closed throughout the festival
  • Throughout the festival area, all docks are reserved solely for emergency marine vessels
  • Parade Route – Check the Parade Route map and be sure not to park there Friday morning – Vehicles will be towed starting at 6am on Friday
  • Illegally parked vehicles in the areas adjoining the parade route will be ticketed and towed if they are blocking access for emergency vehicles
  • Many city garages will be open 24-hours during the festival

TRANSPORTATION

With the street closures and parking restrictions, you may want to consider alternative means on transportation downtown, which is an especially good idea if you plan on indulging in some green beer.

  • Savannah River ferries will run from 7 am til midnight each day from the Waving Girl statue to the Trade Center on Hutchinson Island
  • Free Chatham Area Transit busses will run from Indian Street and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd to the Trade Center parking lot from noon to 1 am.
  • Parade Day (Friday) Shuttle Service – CAT busses will be running from Garden City, Whitemarsh Island, and Southside Savannah downtown for $5. For exact locations and times, check out their website.
  • Shuttle Service from Pooler can be purchased for $20/day through Kelly Tours.
  • Old Savannah Tours (912-234-8128) will have a shuttle from Downtown to 4 locations on Tybee Island for $15 one way or $20 roundtrip.
  • Many private groups and HOAs also offer private shuttle services so check with your friends and neighbors or create your own carpool.

THE PARADE

The Parade will be held rain or shine on Friday, March 17. As is the tradition, the Parade begins at 10:15 am following celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist. Check out the parade map and try to arrive early to stake your spot along the route. If you aren’t the arrive early type, you can purchase bleacher seating through Kelly Tours.

ALCOHOL

Part of the reason that St Patrick’s Day is so much fun in Savannah is that you can enjoy your drinks outside and the weather here in March is usually a great time to do so. For the duration of the festival, however, you must wear a wrist band if you are going to be drinking in public areas. The wristbands are only $5 and can be bought at a number of booth locations throughout the party area.

FESTIVAL AREA REMINDERS

Pets are prohibited in the festival area with the exception of service animals and pets of residents who live within the control zone. The service animals must be leashed at all times.

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•       coolers
•       exotic animals
•       skates and skate boards
•       bicycles
•       sparklers
•       smoke bombs
•       Any items that could be dangerous or disruptive.

 


Savannah Real Estate Market Update – February 2017

Each month, we provide the latest  Savannah real estate market statistics based on data from the Savannah Board of Realtors. These statistics show a month by month comparison of the Savannah market. These stats are intended to help you can make an informed decision about the Savannah real estate market before you buy or sell a home in the Savannah area. Request a market snapshot for a comprehensive analysis of your home’s value in today’s market, or call us for an analysis of comparable homes sold.

These statistics are for Residential homes across the entire Savannah MLS.  If you would like similar statistics for a specific area, property type or price range, please complete our Market Analysis Request Form and tell us how we can help. We can provide real estate market statistics for specific regions around Chatham, Effingham or Bryan County.

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Savannah Real Estate Market Snapshot

February 2017 vs February 2016 – All Home Sales

  • 468 – Homes sold, 31 more than February 2016
  • $225,495 – Average sale price, $7,953 more than February 2016
  • 120 – Average number of days homes spent on the market, 9 days more than February 2016
  • 98 – New construction homes sold
  • 3054 – Active home listings on the market
  • 6.53 – Months of inventory
  • $105,531,507 – Total dollar volume of residential properties sold

January 2017 vs January 2016 – All Home Sales

  • 404 – Homes sold, 57 more than January 2016
  • $228,436 – Average sale price, $6,079 less than January 2016
  • 119 – Average number of days homes spent on the market, 7 days more than January 2016
  • 64 – New construction homes sold
  • 2978 – Active home listings on the market
  • 7.37 – Months of inventory
  • $92,287,961 – Total dollar volume of residential properties sold

See previous year’s comparison

If you are looking for an agent who knows all about the Savannah area market, contact Lufburrow Realty today at (912) 355-6562.