Can I start a Bee Hive in Columbus, GA?

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I love local Honey in my green tea, on my toast, and on my Saturday morning pancakes. None of my neighbors are beekeepers or apiarist, so I purchase my honey from different vendors at Market Days in Downtown Columbus, GA.

As backyard farms and urban gardens have taken root in neighborhoods, so have bee hives. I just read a great article from Urban Farm Online.

Step 1: research local beekeeping regulations and ordinances

Clients ask us about “current & future” property use every month and often times our zoning ordinance requires a variance request. As long as the request is reasonable and adjacent property owners agree to the proposed or existing use, then a variance will be accepted by the county.

The following zoning in Muscogee County, GA currently permits apiculture:

  • RE10 rural property with 1 house per 10 acres
  • RE5 1 house per 5 acres
  • RE1 1 house per 1 acre

What is my property currently zoned? Click here to view Muscogee County, GA tax parcel map.

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Join the Chattahoocheebeekeepers Club.

Four Free Home Buying Resources

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After years of saving, planning and researching, you’re finally ready to take the next step and purchase a home.

From years of experience, we at Waddell Realty know the importance of research and arming yourself with as much information as possible about the purchasing process.

You’ve heard the saying that knowledge is power. And while that’s still the case, we’ll add to this saying as it pertains to real estate and say that accurate knowledge is power.

We’ve compiled four of the best free resources that will make your home buying experience simpler, more efficient, and help guide you along the journey of finding a home you will love living in.


Unknown, Redfin, and Zillow are websites that allow you to search available home listings for free. Each site boasts hundreds of thousands of for sale homes, with the ability to narrow down your search based on your specific needs like zip code, price, and square feet.

Whether you use, Redfin, and Zillow is your personal preference. Its important to identify a general area of where you want to look for a home, and determine the average cost of those homes.

The three resources also come in the form of smartphone apps, making them easy to access when you’re on the go. has the most accurate information, as their data directly feeds from REALTORS. It’s our source choice.

  1. AroundMe

A home buying resource is only as good as your ability to access it wherever you are. This makes smartphone apps an essential part of your search.

Have you ever fallen in love with a home, and wondered what kind of bars, coffee shops, restaurants, or grocery stores are around the area?

AroundMe, available for both iOS and Android, is an app that lists businesses and other attractions either near your current location, or wherever you choose. This can come in handy to determine if a home fits your lifestyle.


Online mortgage calculators are a quick and easy way to see if your dream home fits within your budget.

There’s a bevy of online mortgage calculators that’ll do the trick – from Bankrate to Guaranty Mortgage to Mortgage Calculator. Punch in information like home value, the loan amount and terms, and interest rate to get a ballpark determination on your mortgage.

  1. REALTYTIMES.COM is a fantastic resource for buyers and sellers to keep up with the real estate times. From news bites to advice from professional real estate agents, the site is a one-stop shop for your housing news.

Their market outlooks come in handy in determining when to purchase to a home. This website can literally save you money.

Do you use or have questions about an app or website not listed here? If so, I love to hear from you.

Which Real Estate Network Closed $321 Billion in Sales in 2014?

Coldwell Banker finished 3rd, RE/MAX finished 2nd, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World finished 1st!! Not familiar with this network? Waddell Realty is a proud member, as are the other #1 independent firms around the globe.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (Leading RE) believes in the power of independence. As the world’s largest network of market-leading real estate brands, we require standards of excellence that extend beyond sales marks. Our member companies span 50 countries and are vetted for performance, and a continued commitment to quality customer experience.  Our firms are recognized for their expertise, and superior knowledge of both local and global markets.

Why have agents with Independent/Boutique Firms out sold agents with franchise brands? Their Broker/Owners are committed to excellence and can quickly adapt to changing markets. Since the Housing Crash, we’ve focused on helping our agents build businesses that is controlled by them, not current economic conditions. Waddell Realty is a Local and Global Real Estate Firm.

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How To Get a Real Estate License in GA

The first step in becoming a real estate agent in Georgia is obtaining a sales person license. Each state has their own specific requirements, but some offer reciprocal licenses, depending on which state you obtained your primary license. So if you obtain a sales person license GA, you could qualify for an AL license by completing a 6 hour course and passing the State Portion of the AL real estate exam. Georgia’s licensing requirements are determined by the Georgia Real Estate Commission & Appraisers Board.

Getting a real estate license in Georgia requires two steps. Successfully completing 75 hour course and scoring 70 or above on the state exam. It looks simple on paper, but it is actually an intense process filled with hours of training, tests, and fees. So first and foremost, you must truly want to become a real estate agent. And second, you must be over 18. If you meet these two requirements, then continue on!

Next, you must attend a real estate class. There are two types of educations approved by Georgia. You can either receive 75 hours of real estate training (check this list for officially licensed and state approved schools, and most of the courses are online), or you can take six hours of classes at an accredited university course. The most important thing here is to find a reputable school. These courses are meant to build a foundation of real estate knowledge, but do not teach you how to build a successful business. Understanding this puts you one step closer to working for a company like Waddell Realty.

After you complete the requisite hours of training, it’s time to take the sales person exam. The exam is offered several days a week, and all you have to do is find a testing location nearest you. Georgia has created a study guide to help you prepare. It’s important to note here that all applicants are required to have a Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) report. The Georgia exam costs $91.

Congratulations! You studied, you passed your test – now it’s onto buying and selling homes in Columbus, right? Well, not quite. If you pass your test, you can do two things – keep your license inactive, or activate it through a broker. If you choose to activate your license within three months of the exam, you must pay another $170 (the fee doubles if you apply more than three months after).

So now, you’re all done and ready to go…right? Umm, you’re getting closer. Your real estate license is good for four years in Georgia, so yes, you are now free to begin your rockstar real estate career at Waddell Realty. But you’re still not done training. You are required to take a 25 hour post license course during your first year of being a licensed real estate agent. In addition, you are still required to go through 6 hours of training a year each year for the next four years to renew your license. Phew!


The key to receiving, and maintaining a real estate license in Georgia is training. And just because you got your license doesn’t mean you’re free of these responsibilities. Keep that in the back of your mind, and you’re on your way to a successful career in real estate, four years at a time.


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