Macon-Bibb County is a Great Choice for Relocating or Expanding your Business in Georgia

Macon-Bibb County is a Great Choice for Relocating or Expanding your Business in Georgia

If you are looking to establish a larger operations or subsidiary of your business in a new location, or are considering re-locating your business entirely, Macon-Bibb County has a range of advantages that will get you up and running and headed for future success, including beneficial tax credits and exemptions.

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Relocate or Expand your Business in Georgia, Henry County is a Great Choice

Relocate or Expand your Business in Georgia, Henry County is a Great Choice

Whether you are looking to expand a business that is currently in or outside of Henry County or you are looking to relocate your business somewhere new, Henry County is prepared with the advantages and infrastructure to aid you in the transition and support your future success.  

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Milledgeville & Baldwin County: Top 6 Reasons to Purchase Commercial Real Estate | Updated

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Baldwin County has a great deal to attract new businesses to the area, including a well-trained workforce, low costs, and pro-business practices. Matt Poyner, Executive Director of the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville & Baldwin County stated, “Milledgeville & Baldwin County is centrally located in Georgia, and is the hub for the five surrounding counties, as the community has a hospital, airport, and three post-secondary institutions of higher education all located within minutes of each other.”

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Five Smart Ways to Invest in Multifamily Properties


First off, what exactly qualifies as commercial multifamily real estate? Basically, it’s a residential property with at least five separate units or dwellings. As an investment, it’s less risky than betting on income from single-family residences, because a vacancy doesn’t hit you as hard—think of an empty house generating no money at all versus one empty apartment out of ten.

Multifamily properties can be a smart investment, and there are a range of ways to fund it; you just have to decide which one is right for you.

Cash or Cash Equivalents

You hear about people paying in cash all the time, and it’s easy to picture bundles of twenties stacked in a briefcase, but cash isn’t just the literal green stuff, it’s any available money you have—meaning dollars that are not held in a qualified account with strings attached to withdrawals. Besides actual paper currency you may have in a safe deposit box, examples include money in stocks and mutual funds, CDs, and savings accounts.

Any of this money can be put to good use in multifamily real estate, which tends to be a very stable asset, but make sure that this is “extra” money. You need to protect a certain amount of savings or cash reserves for unexpected expenses like job loss, injuries, and other emergency situations.

It should also be noted that using cash comes with tax benefits. Commercial multifamily investments generate depreciation, an on-paper loss that allows for a tax deduction that can, in some cases, eliminate the need pay taxes on the property’s income for three to seven years.

Trusts can be used for investing in multifamily real estate in a similar way to cash investments, with the trust name as the investor and the trustee as the signatory. Because there are so many different forms of the estate management tools known as trusts, you should work closely with tax and real estate professionals to figure out the best course of action.

Qualified Accounts

Qualified accounts include government-approved retirement accounts, and self-directed qualified accounts that allow you to invest in almost any asset while keeping the tax advantages of an IRS-protected retirement account. Keep in mind, so-called self-directed accounts through brokerage firms aren’t usually fully self-directed; they want you to choose your investments from a list they provide, instead of directly investing your money in hard assets like real estate.

There are also tax-deferred accounts—such as self-directed IRAs, self-directed SEP-IRAs, Keogh to self-directed rollover IRAs, self-directed solo 401Ks, and 401K to self-directed rollover IRAs—that allow you to invest pre-tax dollars and benefit from tax-free growth, but any withdrawals you make will be taxed at standard rates.

Investment from any of these kinds of qualified accounts won’t give you the benefit of depreciation on paper, since the accounts already have tax advantages built-in. However, being able to take part in a stable real estate investment using pre-tax money and benefiting from tax-free growth more than makes up for it.

Then there’s the Roth IRA, which may be your best option. These accounts take post-tax money, but future gains and withdrawals are all tax-free, making them a great long-term option for stable, income-producing growth that can benefit you for the rest of your life.

Smart Borrowing

If you are able to borrow at a lower rate in order to gain returns at a higher rate, or if you can borrow in a way that allows you to transition qualified money into cash without a penalty, then you have the kind of intelligent borrowing that can be useful for investments.

A home equity loan or line of credit is one type of intelligent borrowing—if, for example, you can borrow at 3% when you can expect to get a yield of 6% or more. You’ll get the same tax advantages as cash investments, and you may be able to deduct the interest, depending on the size of the loan and your income.

Loans from company-sponsored 401K plans are another option. You may be able to borrow up to $50,000, or 50 percent of the balance in the account, whichever one is lower. Then you use the excess income to pay back the loan, pay the 6% interest back to yourself, and benefit from the equity growth of an income-earning asset.

Lastly, you can take out a loan from a Whole Life Insurance policy, but this won’t make sense unless the policy has already been completely set up and funded, which takes up to five years.

No matter how you decide to borrow for investment, you’ll find that when it comes to real estate, lenders usually prefer financing multifamily properties over single-family properties, even though they tend to be more expensive. That’s because the month to month cash flow generated by these properties tends to be much higher, meaning much less risk of people defaulting on their loans.

Real Estate

Whether you decide to sell raw land, possibly inherited, that is only sitting there, costing you more money each year in property taxes, or you decide to build on land that is in a growth area to maximize its appreciation and turn it into an income-producing asset, real estate is an investment that you can use to further other real estate investments. Make sure you consult a professional who can give you solid advice on the best way to proceed.

Under-performing Residential Income Property

Cash flow homes and other residential income property can be a great investment when you have no shortage of renters, or when you can buy low and sell high, but neither outcome is guaranteed. For the most part, purchasing and managing residential income property is best regarded as a profession rather than a passive investment. It takes a lot of work to make a profit in this way. Multifamily real estate, however, is a lot more passive and a lot more profitable, so if you own single-family properties, you may want to consider selling and transitioning into a multi-family property.

When you have all your rental units in one location, it becomes much easier to manage both tenants and maintenance. With the income generated from the property, you could also hire employees to manage the units for you, taking on the work of phone calls, audits, rent, maintenance supervision, and more.  

No matter how you choose to approach the investment, commercial multifamily properties are a smart way to make your money work for you. Consult with a real estate agent to learn more about what’s available in your area.

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Trip Wilhoit, CCIM, ALC  478-960-4080

Patty Burns, CCIM, ALC 478-951-5100

Patty Burns

Trip & Patty represent both Buyers & Sellers in Commercial Real Estate transactions, as well as new business development & relocation.

With a combined 50 years’ experience in Sales & Management, Trip & Patty specialize in Commercial Real Estate Sales/Leasing & Purchasing of Retail, Multifamily, Warehouse/Industrial, Land, Medical and Office Properties…etc.

Trip & Patty hold multiple Awards for Excellence throughout the South East.

Our focus is creating an Environment of Growth, Profitability, & Proven Results for our clients: Buyers, Sellers, Developers and/or Investors.

As a Team, you can always reach us & take advantage of our combined Property Selections, Resources, Experience & Knowledge

We are 2 for the price of 1!  

It is our goal to provide you Excellent Service & High Profitability.

We look forward to working with you and invite you to join us in the wild, wacky, wonderful world of Successful, Profitable COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENT. 

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Trip Wilhoit & Patty Burns, Fickling & Company

We represent both Buyers and Sellers in Commercial Real Estate transactions, as well as new business development & relocation.  Local State, Regional and National clients depend on our combined knowledge and experience to get the job done. It is our goal to provide you with Excellent Service and the Highest Profitability.

Have you been holding on to some commercial real estate waiting for the market to change?  Now is a great time to call Trip Wilhoit: 478-960-4080  or  Patty Burns: 478-951-5100 to learn more about your options.


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Below you will find a list of our Featured Investment Properties in Eatonton, Macon, Milledgeville, Locust Grove, Fort Valley and Branch, Georgia.  If you do not see exactly what you are looking for, please call us today. 

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Commercial Properties in Warner Robins, GA

Trip Wilhoit: 478-960-4080 |  Patty Burns: 478-951-5100

Fickling & Company

519 North Houston Road, Warner Robins, GA

Price                            $165,000

Lot Size                        0.77 AC

Property Use Type       Vacant/Owner-User

Property Type               Land

1701 Elberta Road, Warner Robins, GA

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Price                            $225,000

Building Size               4,777 SF

Property Type               Office

Lot Size                          0.67 AC


101 Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins, GA

Price             $60,000

Lot Size        .23 acres

Utilities         All available

Traffic:          7,020 VPD


645 Tallulah Trail, Warner Robins, GA

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Rental Rate                           $18.50 /SF/Year

Total Space Available           6,679 SF

Max. Contiguous                  2,616 SF

Property Type                      Office


601-613 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA

Rental Rate               $13 /SF/Year

Lot Size                     3.92 acres

Parking                      240± spaces

Utilities                      All utilities available

Property Type           Office


502 Booth Road, Warner Robins, GA

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Lot 4              ±0.96 Acres—$200,000

Lot 5             ±1.00 Acres—$190,000

Lot 6             ±1.01 Acres—$175,000

Traffic           Approx. 31,000 VPD


225 Smithville Church Road, Warner Robins, GA

Size             (2 buildings) 24,000 sf & 9,600 sf

Lot Size        2.6 acres

Parking         135 spaces

Utilities         All utilities available 

Taxes           $24,032 (City & County combined)

Commercial Properties in Perry, Ga

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Fickling & Company

606 Ball Street, Perry, Ga

Price                                $175,000

Building Size                   18,235 SF

Price/SF                            $9.60

Tenancy                             Multiple

Clear Ceiling Height          10 ft.

Lot Size                              3 SF


1307 Ball Street, Perry, Ga

Reduced Price        $1,425,000

Lot Size                   2 acres

Building Size           15,000 sf

Utilities                    All available

Parking                    76 spaces


706 Macon Terrace, Perry, Ga

Price                                   $37, 500 per unit

No. Units                             10

Building Size                       9,000 SF

Lot Size                                0.73 AC

Georgia Commercial Real Estate

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For help finding financial resources, contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development at 404-962-4822 

For help finding financial resources, contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development at 404-962-4822 


Financial resources, credit resources and business capital are available for existing Georgia businesses, small businesses and entrepreneurs. From state assistance to federal resources and venture capitalists, the Georgia Department of Economic Development helps find the right financial solutions for businesses of all sizes.

With 98 percent of Georgia’s businesses defined as small or medium sized, the impact they have on Georgia’s economy is critical. To help these entrepreneurs reach their goals, a special menu of small business resources is available that includes funding, business-to-business opportunities and start-up assistance. Explore financial resources for small businesses


Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech (ATDC)Start-up incubator and accelerator with more than 130 graduates. ATDC operates a seed fund that offers a partial match of private investments, up to $1 million.

Appalachian Regional Commission Business Development Revolving Loan FundA $3 million loan pool available for projects that create or save jobs in the Appalachian region.

Appalachian Regional Commission Economic Development Grant Program

Provides matching grants for projects to bring jobs to distressed areas in the Appalachian region. Applicants should develop projects in cooperation with one of the six Regional Development Centers in north Georgia.

Industrial Revenue Bonds and Bond Allocation ProgramBond program for companies that will create jobs or expand access to affordable housing. IRBs provide below-market financing for manufacturers.

CDBG Loan Guarantee Program (Section 108 Program)

Federally funded loan program that helps local governments in financing large-scale economic development projects.

Employment Incentive Program (EIP)

Financing program that may be combined with traditional private financing to fund economic development projects. Priority is given to projects that will improve working conditions for low- and moderate-income people.

Georgia’s Regional Commissions

Twelve regional offices throughout the state that work closely with local officials and financial institutions to promote economic development, planning and infrastructure.

OneGeorgia Authority

Provides financing for projects that benefit rural Georgia. Awards may be used for business relocation, infrastructure development, land acquisition and machinery purchases.

United States Small Business Administration (SBA)

Assists small businesses with loans, grants, bonds and other support services.