My complete letter to the editor, not the abbreviated one that ran in today’s paper. I thought the part at the end was important.

Posted:  August 31, 2013

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Dear Editor,

We have a rare opportunity to shape the future of Savannah.

In 1733 Oglethorpe laid out the first wards, a tradition which continued until the city ran out of “common” land. Due to this and the 19th century planting of live oaks and the design/build of beautiful 19th century masonry residential homes, the city is one of the most attractive in the world.

Now, as we begin to approach our 300th year, new opportunities have recently arisen for expansion. We now have a chance that may never come again.

In 2005-2006, when I was first entering the Real Estate profession, the exciting Savannah River Landing project was envisioned. The Savannians who conceived this were visionaries who took a big risk at the wrong time. Let’s hope something good will result from this effort.

Regardless of what happens to SRL, there are other great opportunities for expanding the magical ward plan. I hope we are working with the Housing Authority and others who control the land at the eastern terminus of Oglethorpe and Liberty Streets. This land is well elevated and the grand boulevards of Liberty and Oglethorpe should be extended eastward. Wherever possible new additional residential wards, designed just like Oglethorpe’s originals, should be laid out.

Savannah and the world deserves this. Along with the restoration of the two trust lots and tything lots (where possible) at Orleans Square and other efforts to heal scars to our original plan, this, if done properly, will keep the world talking about the beautiful old and a new expanding Savannah for many years to come.

Ron Melander, 517 Tattnall St., Savannah, Georgia, 912-441-7124

James Martin

My experience working with Ron Melander as my real estate agent was definitely a positive one. From the time I first contacted Ron I was impressed with his friendliness and professionalism. Every question that I had, or phone call that I made was answered very quickly, accurately and to my complete satisfaction.

My real estate transaction involved a 1031-exchange which was a lot more complicated than routine buying and selling. Ron connected me with a licensed 1031-exchange specialist who was invaluable in helping me through the detailed process. The rules of the exchange gave us a very limited time period to identify our prospective properties. Ron diligently showed me property after property until we ultimately found one that fit the rigid guidelines of the 1031-exchange process.

From my initial inquiry, up until the day of closing, Ron was there to assist me. It was very comforting to know that I had someone with his experience and knowledge to help me with my complex transaction. I would highly recommend Ron Melander to anyone, no matter how simple or complicated their real estate needs happen to be.

James Martin

35 Washington Ave.

Savannah, Ga.

RON MELANDER EARNS DESIGNATION IN GLOBAL REAL ESTATE NETWORK

Posted:  August 23, 2013

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CIPS Designation

NEWS RELEASE

RON MELANDER EARNS DESIGNATION in GLOBAL Real Estate Network

SAVANNAH, GA (August 22, 2013) – Ron Melander of Keller Williams Realty Savannah Downtown and Keller Williams Luxury Homes International has earned the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, placing him among 2,000 elite real estate professionals worldwide.  The designation was awarded to Ron by the National Association of REALTORS® for completing rigorous coursework devoted to learning international real estate practices and demonstrating proficiency in international business.

The course, taught by esteemed instructor David E. Wyant, was held at the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors who currently are forming a Global Business Council. This was a rewarding week of networking and study for Mr. Melander, the only Savannah agent along side some of Charleston, South Carolina’s top Real Estate Professionals as well as Realtors from Mobile, Alabama and New York, New York.

The CIPS designation is synonymous with advanced expertise, a global perspective, and distinct understanding of a global buyer. As a designee, Ron can efficiently work with all international buyers, including U.S. residents looking to invest overseas, foreign buyers purchasing in the United States, as well as recent immigrants who might be unfamiliar with real estate transaction practices in the United States.

Ron will be formally recognized at the organization’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo in November, 2013.

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For more information on the CIPS designation, email CIPS@realtors.org or visit www.realtor.org/global. For more information or assistance with Savannah Real Estate, Contact Ron Melander at 912-441-7124, e-mail info@savannahHisotoricProperties.com or visit www.SavannahHistoricProperties.com.

Wendy Courtright

I had the pleasure of working with Ron to both sell and purchase a home. His knowledge and experience coupled with patience and caring helped guide me through both transactions. He focuses on making sure his client’s expectations are met.

Richard Morgan

A mutual friend introduced me to Ron Melander when I was looking for a condo in downtown Savannah. Ron is very familiar with the area and within a few days he sent me information on several condos and townhouses. Over the next six months he showed me just about everything that came on the market. He was patient and let me figure out for myself that I probably would not find what I was looking for downtown. I decided to next focus on the Ardsley Park area of Savannah. He kept a positive outlook that I’d find what I was looking for. He showed me many houses over the next several months, and I did find exactly what I wanted! Ron was also very helpful with negotiating a fair price and closing.  I’ve been in the house since August 2012, and I could not be happier. If you’re looking for a real estate agent that will take the time to find the perfect home for you, Ron is the agent!