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Credit: CAAR 2020 Installation of Officers Meeting photography provided by Tod Cohen Photography. Left to right: CAAR Second 2019 GNA sponsor Hal Johnson of Guaranteed Rate, CAAR Second 2019 GNA recipient Rives Bailey, The Arc of the Piedmont Executive Director John Santoski, and CAAR 2019 President Tele Jenifer.

CAAR has announced Rives Bailey REALTOR® with Montague, Miller & Company REALTORS, as the recipient of the CAAR Second 2019 Good Neighbor Award (GNA), sponsored by Hal Johnson at Guaranteed Rate.

The Good Neighbor Award program highlights local REALTORS® who dedicate significant time and interest to projects that make a lasting impact on our communities.

Bailey has been volunteering with The Arc of the Piedmont, an organization that provides services to people with intellectual and development disabilities, for five years.

"He has been a valuable part of the organization. He has served as a Board member, and most recently as our Board Chair. He has been very instrumental in getting us into our new building on Rose Hill Drive, that we are very, very pleased with," said John Santoski, Executive Director of The Arc of the Piedmont.

A $500 donation was made to The Arc of the Piedmont in Bailey's name.



A special Thank You to all of our customers and clients for the opportunity to serve you throughout 2019! It has been our pleasure helping you in your journey to realize "When a House Becomes a Happy Home! 

Most of us can agree it makes financial sense to buy a home, but more often than not, we forget to reflect on the emotional reasons for homeownership. Whether it's a comforting view, a certain scent or a favorite chair, the feel-good connections to our own homes are typically more important to us than the financial ones. Here are some of the reasons why

1. Owning your home offers stability to start and raise a family

From the best neighborhoods to the top school districts, even those without children at the time of purchase may have this in the back of their minds as a major reason for choosing the location of the home they purchase.

2. There's no place like home

Owning your own home offers not only safety and security, but also a comfortable place where you can simply relax and kick-back after a long day. Sometimes, that's just what we need to feel re-charged and truly content.

3. You have more space for you and your family

Whether your family is expanding, an older family member is moving in, or you need to have a large backyard for your pets, you can take all this into consideration when buying your dream home, so the space truly works for you.

4. You have control over renovations, updates, and style

Looking to actually try one of those complicated wall treatments you saw on Pinterest? Tired of paying an additional pet deposit for your apartment building? Maybe you want to finally adopt that fur-baby puppy or kitten you've been hoping for. Who's to say you can't do all of these things in your own home?

Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a move-up buyer who wants to start a new chapter in your life, our real estate professionals at Montague Miller & Co look forward to assisting you throughout your journey! 


Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to list their houses. Others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the spring. Let's consider reasons why listing your house now or keeping it on the market this winter may be a good choice.
Here are seven great reasons not to wait:
1) Relocation buyers are out there now. Many companies are still hiring throughout the holidays, and they need their new employees to start as soon as possible.
2) Purchasers who are looking for homes during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy now.
3) You can restrict the showings on your home to days and times that are most convenient for you. You will remain in control.
4) Homes show better when decorated for the holidays.
5) There is minimal competition for you as a seller right now. Over the last few months of the year the supply of homes for sale decrease.
6) The desire to own a home doesn't stop during the holidays.
Buyers who were unable to find their dream homes during the busy spring and summer months are still searching, and your home may be the answer.
7) Late fall and early winter make up the "sweet spot" for sellers. The supply of listings typically increases substantially after the holidays including new construction in early spring.
If you are considering putting your home on the market during the holiday season, reach out to one of our Montague Miller & Co real estate professionals to determine if selling now is your best move.