Golf Real Estate OnLine News
For Immediate Release
January 2008


In this issue
-- Reynolds Plantation Selected 2008 "Course Of The Year"
-- Home Improvements Can Help Sell Your Home
-- January PGA Tour Events
-- Home of the Month
-- Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
-- The Golf Real Estate OnLine Library

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to the January 2008 edition of Golf Real Estate OnLine News.

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Reynolds Plantation Selected 2008 "Course Of The Year"
As it celebrates 20 years of membership, Reynolds Plantation, a Linger Longer Community, continues to build on its reputation as one of the nation's most admired upscale golf communities. The latest acclaim for the golf destination and residences - the vision of cousins Mercer Reynolds and Jamie Reynolds on their family's historic Lake Oconee property - is the prestigious honor from the National Golf Course Owners Association as 2008 Golf Course of the Year.

The honor is the finishing touch on a memorable year at Reynolds Plantation, which included:
· The opening of its first member-only golf course, The Creek Club, designed by award-winning golf architect Jim Engh.
· The unveiling of the Lake Club, a $24 million "wellness campus," where residents enjoy recreational and social activities.
· Competition in the PGA Cup, hosted at the Rees Jones-designed Oconee Course.
· The awarding of the 2008 Professional National Championship, by the PGA of America, to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Great Waters Course.

"Each course we finish is more exciting than the previous one," said Mercer Reynolds, the chairman/CEO of Linger Longer Companies. "When someone comes here, they are never bored with something they have seen down the street. Our courses distinguish us from our competitors."

The Reynolds family has carefully and successfully assembled one of the most remarkable collections of golf courses in the country, if not the world, at Reynolds Plantation. The family has followed a distinct vision and commitment to a world-class golf destination and family community, growing to 99 holes of championship golf while remaining faithful to their responsibility as caretakers of the land. "I'm most proud of the fact that in developing the land, we're maintaining the look and feel of what we knew long ago," Mercer Reynolds said.

NGCOA award winners are determined by a panel of golf course owners and operators. Winners will be recognized on Jan. 30 at the NGCOA's Annual Conference in Orlando.

About the NGCOA
The National Golf Course Owners Association is the leading authority on the business of golf course ownership and management. The Association represents the key decision makers with ultimate responsibility for golf courses throughout the world. Through advocacy, information resources, purchasing programs and networking opportunities, the NGCOA helps golf course owners and operators run more successful businesses.

For more information, visit www.ngcoa.org or call 1-800-933-4262.

Home Improvements Can Help Sell Your Home
Home Improvements (MS) - The real estate bubble has burst, or so the economists tell us. Sellers are at a real disadvantage for the first time in several years. Where houses were once snatched up almost as soon as they were listed, now inventories of homes for sale are sitting on the market for months on end.

With this current state of affairs, sellers must do all they can to make their house the most attractive one around. Buyers are more discerning than ever and won't settle for a subpar home when there are plenty of other options.

"Making improvements both inside and outside of the house that boost its appeal to buyers can help push a sale in the seller's favor," says Don Zeman, renowned radio personality, host of "Homefront With Don Zeman," and home improvement expert. "When homeowners can do much of the work themselves, they'll save money and hone valuable skills that can last a lifetime."

Zeman, together with Woodcraft, the woodworking industry's leading provider of tools, products and education, offers the following renovations and tips that could help sell a home.

Enhance curb appeal. A home with a high "curb appeal" is one that appears inviting to prospective buyers when they first pull up to the curb to check the home out. Curb appeal has little to do with the home's condition, but lots to do with prospective buyers' perceptions of the home. To increase a home's curb appeal, take good care of the lawn, planting appealing flowers if necessary, and keep all bushes and trees well trimmed. Adding architectural items such as shutters, decorative trim work, new railings, or even a porch or pergola can go a long way to improving a home's appeal. For the do-it-yourselfer, project guides for these and other items can show you the way and at a discount from purchasing a finished product.

Focus on the details. High quality details throughout a home can set it apart from others on the market, particularly in housing developments where many homes follow a common layout. Naturally, improvements will vary depending upon how much of an investment you can make. Think about updating cabinetry and countertops in kitchens, if possible. Swap out cabinet hardware and knobs and change outdated fixtures for an instant update on a budget. Woodcraft offers an assortment of hardware options by Laurey as well as tandem drawer slides and hinges by Blum to enhance the functionality of your cabinets. Adding moldings, baseboards, mantels, and custom-looking built-ins are other ways to upgrade the look and feel of a home. You'll need a good router, like the Porter Cable Speedmatic, and there are hundreds of router bit styles to create any look you want. Precision measuring tools, such as those by Pinnacle, will assure the correct angles and dimensions. Additionally, when you truly are "doing it yourself," the Third Hand Support System provides the extra help needed to hold these items in place while installing.

Paint possibilities: Nothing transforms a room faster than a new coat of paint. Neutral colors throughout the home allow potential buyers to envision their belongings and décor in your home most easily. Resist the urge to try paint treatments or texturing techniques, as anything that is difficult to change or cover-up may deter buyers. Also consider giving existing woodwork new life with an updated stain or finish. The Earlex HVLP Spray System can speed this job along and assure an even finish every time.

Keep the flooring presentable. Flooring is often a tough call for sellers. Some think the wrong flooring can make a home extremely difficult to sell, while others feel that it's easy for prospective buyers to imagine simply pulling the carpet up, making this a non-issue. Unless the flooring is in terrible shape, with tears, chips, or lots of stains, a thorough cleaning/resurfacing by a professional service is probably all it needs. If you want to replace the flooring, keep in mind that it could be an expensive project if you hire a professional. With a few helping hands and a little know-how, you may be able to replace a floor yourself. Determine the cost of new flooring, versus the return you'll get on that investment before beginning. Be sure to fix as many imperfections to flooring as you can before putting the house on the market if you're not going for a total replacement. The Fein MultiMaster Pro Floor Kit was created to ease this process along through its many cutting, scraping and sanding tools. There are also additional attachments, like the Tileworker Kit and Wood Kit, for refinishing or replacing broken tile, countertops, windows and doors.

Selling a home will require a little more work than in years past. To learn more about the products mentioned, visit www.woodcraft.com.

January PGA Tour Events
Dec. 31-Jan. 6
Mercedes-Benz Championship
Plantation Course at Kapalua: Kapalua, Hawaii
Televised by The Golf Channel

Jan. 7-13
Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae Country Club: Honolulu, Hawaii
Televised by The Golf Channel

Jan. 14-20
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
The Classic Club, PGA West-Palmer Private, LaQuinta, Silver Rock: Palm Springs, Calif.
Televised by The Golf Channel

Jan. 21-27
Buick Invitational
Torrey Pines GC (South Course, North Course): San Diego, Calif.
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS

Jan. 28- Feb. 3
FBR Open
TPC Scottsdale: Scottsdale, Ariz
Televised by The Golf Channel and CBS

For a full list of 2008 PGA Tour Events, go to pgatour.com

Home of the Month
Ford's Colony Home Ford's Colony Home For Sale

Great Value in Ford's Colony, Williamsburg, VA 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2700 square foot home reduced to $439,000. Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, solid surface counters, updated baths - master bath has new cherry finish, double sink vanity, new natural tile flooring. Home also has a new roof and skylights, new hardwood floors and carpeting, and a large bonus room over garage. 1st floor includes living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, half bath, study, and laundry room. Home also has a screened porch and a 2 car garage.

Please call Gary Byrd 757-303-0523.

Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
Eyespygolf.com. A directory of over 16,000 golf courses. Is your favorite course included?

Need a great golf gift? Go to: The Golf Warehouse-tgw.com
Great service, selection and prices. PLUS, you can shop from the comfort of your own home. www.tgw.com

AND be sure to check out...19thhole.com
Now you can amerce yourself in the game-rain or shine. Enjoy!

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