Friday, July 25, 2014

Best Place, Best Price, Best Value

Thought I would do some price comparisons to see how our fair city matched up against big cities like Miami, New York and New Jersey for prices and value.

  • Greenville, SC.
    downtown greenville sc
    Greenville SC
    The average listing price for Greenville homes on Trulia was $263,653 ending week of July 9. Although sales have risen 12 percent over the last 5 years, the price this year over the same time last year is lower. Average price per sq. ft. for all property types is around $104. For the buyer, this means more home for your dollar. Here are some average prices and home styles.
  • 1 BR - $53,500
  • 2 BR - $96,750
  • 3 BR - $146,250
  • 4 BR - $310,000 
  • Miami, FL.
    miami fl
    Miami FL
    An average listing price for Miami homes on Trulia was $471,549 for the week of July 9. Although in their market this represents a bit of a decrease, when matched against Greenville it is a huge increase. Price per sq. ft. is up to around $180 for all property types and climbing. Here are some average prices broken down by home style.
  • 1 BR - $121,000
  • 2 BR - $155,000
  • 3 BR - $225,000
  • 4 BR - $304,900 
  • New York, NY.
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    New York NY
    The average listing price for New York homes on Trulia was $3,047,181 for the week of July 9. That's considering that most of the homes in New York don't even have a yard and you are just paying for the home itself. Average price per sq. ft is $1,371 for all property types and its increasing. Most popular neighborhoods are Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Harlem, West Village, SoHo and Greenwich Village. Here are some average listing prices by home type.
  • 1 BR - $912,569
  • 2 BR - $2,107,127
  • 3 BR - $4,568,195
  • 4 BR - $9,161,252 
  • Atlantic City, NJ.
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    Atlantic City NJ
    An average listing price for Atlantic City homes on Trulia was $224,033 for week of July 9. A nice drop from Miami and New York. Price per sq. ft. in Atlantic City is around $84 average for all property types. Some call New Jersey "New York's Playground." In Atlantic City you can get a home with a yard. Here are some average listing prices by home type.
  • 1 BR - $155,557
  • 2 BR - 217,677
  • 3 BR - $185,038
  • 4 BR - $680,549
Now although I pulled these stats off Trulia, remember that Trulia is a broad stroke look at the real estate market. They cannot be comprehensive since they can only use listings submitted to their program but you get an idea. Trust a Realtor® to do an in-depth analysis for you.

Matching and looking at the Greenville prices versus the listing prices from Miami, New York and New Jersey, you can see that our buyers in Greenville are getting a lot more value and in most cases more home for their dollars. For 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms the price per sq. ft. is under $100. With new additions to downtown Greenville, buyers have choices of owning condos, townhomes or single-family homes without a huge price difference between them. There will be more options for new construction with a possibility of choosing upscale versions for the same amount of money. If you are thinking of relocating to Greenville contact me today for your personal in-depth analysis of our real estate market.

Friday, July 18, 2014

BAM Bringing it Greenville Style!

We are doing a change up this week. So I pulled some local events happening in and around Greenville SC.
BAM Bringing it Greenville Style!

Special Events
  • Learn to Fly Fish this Saturday. Sponsored by Davidson River Outfitters. Location Pisgah Forest 95 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 from 9-11 am. FREE!
  • Lily's Purple Plastic Purse at the South Carolina Children's Theatre. Dates 7/11 to 7/20. Admission $7. Times Fri 7 pm, Sat 1 pm & 3 pm and Sun 2 pm.
  • Midsummer Night's Dream at the Performance Hall. The Greenville Shakespeare Company is performing this classic. Admission $5-7. Times 7:30 pm. Every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 7/21.
  • Shout! The Mod Musical at Centre Stage Professional Theatre. Admission $35, $30 and $25. Times Thu - Sat 8 pm, Sun 3 pm.
  • Upstate Shakespeare Festival at Falls Park on the Reedy. Shakespeare's classics come to life all summer. Admission is FREE! Performances are Thu – Sun at 7 pm.
On-Going Events
This is just a few of the many local events and happenings in and around Greenville. For more details on events just visit my Visit Greenville SC page.

If you need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

Friday, July 11, 2014

I can see clearly now the clutter is gone…

i can see clearly now the clutter is gone
One of the biggest issues when selling a home is preparing it for pictures and for visitors. We all lead a busy lifestyle these days, so potential buyers are looking for move-in ready homes.

Today's top Realtors® are seeking the advice of staging professionals when it comes to prepping their homes. Don't be afraid of the cost. Most of the time the Stager can use what is already in the home just by rearranging and streamlining the items. Consultations are a lot less expensive than a full home redo. Below are a few tips on what you can do before the Stager comes to get your home in good shape.
  • Repaint any rooms that need it to a neutral color (which doesn't always mean white). We have already learned that too much bright and/or dark colors don't sell.
  • Remove personal items from all spaces. Pack up family pictures, knick knacks and those dust catchers that sit on every open space in your home. Since you will be moving anyway, get them packed up in boxes and then store the boxes in a temporary storage unit until moving day.
    i can see clearly now the clutter is gone
  • Rearrange your existing furniture to create better traffic patterns in your rooms.
  • Place lighting and special artwork pieces in strategic places in your rooms.
  • Arrange all items so you get the best view of the room. Try to use a photographer's eye and look at the room from different angles.
i can see clearly now the clutter is goneMost times, less is more. The easier it is for a buyer to perceive or imagine their items filling up the rooms of your home, the better the chance you will get a quick offer. Take the guess work away from your potential buyers and make it easy for them. Younger buyers are looking for open floor plans with light and airy rooms. They are also interested in strong architecture. Mid-century homes are becoming more popular. Here is an opportunity to let the home speak for itself and pull out all your personalization. Potential buyers are not interested in how you made the home yours. They are interested in how they can make the home theirs.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Can't Find the Spice in Your Life - Organize!

can't find the spice in your life - organize
Is your kitchen an unorganized mess? Do your cabinets look like the before half of this picture? Put some control back in your kitchen and lessen your stress by organizing your cabinets and pantry. Below are some tips on how you can organize, and what types of tools may help your to regain your sanity!
  • Try a Lazy Susan. A lot of times these are used for corner cabinets, but there are smaller versions you can use just about anywhere. Find a stainless one to put sticky or spillable items on so it is easy to clean when needed.
  • Hang it Up! Start by putting up some small hooks for a small decorator shelf with hooks below. Hang your aprons, pot holders and dish towels on the pegs. Just keep it away from the stove.
  • As Needed Arrangement. Organize your cabinets so that your daily used items are stored in the lower half of the cabinets. Store your special-occasion or seldom -used pieces on upper shelves.
  • Group Objects by Use. By grouping same use items into cabinets together you keep your search for things down to a minimum, except when hubby puts away the dishes. Put all back ware together, all plastic ware together, and even specialized bowls. Lid racks can neatly stack your pan tops together.
  • Cooking Zone. Keep the areas around your stove designated as a cooking zone. Use the cabinets near to store pots and pans you use on the stove. If your stove has a storage drawer, put your frequently used pots there.
  • Tool Storage. There are two thoughts on where to store tools. Some like them in drawers, some like them in a tool holder. Either way, decide what you like best and put your most used tools closest to the cooking area. This makes for an easy grab.
  • Shelf Organizers. Adding slide-out wire shelf organizers will make it easy to get to your cooking gear. It also makes better use of the deep end of your cabinets.
  • Drawer Dividers. These comes in all types. Use them to divide up utensils into like groupings by putting spoons, forks, knives together and so on.
  • Under Cabinet Space. Often a space we don't think about too often but it is great for adding lighting, towel racks or maybe storing frequently used appliances.
  • Color Coding. If you have to store items in the open, color coding them can make them look like artwork and not just pots and pans.
  • Use Baskets. Using small baskets in your pantry can help organize those loose items that often get lost. Using see-through wire baskets makes it easy for kids to grab snacks, and easy for you to see the contents.
    can't find the spice in your life - organize
  • Food Organization. Stack up your pantry as you would file books by subject matter. Group like items together for easy searching. Use of an over-the-door organizer can help with filing items you use frequently.
  • Cookbooks. Use cookbooks often? Consider an under counter slide out cookbook holder. Keeps the counter clear while allowing you to still use the book. 
Hope these tips helped you organize your kitchen this weekend. If you have any great ideas, let me know below by leaving a comment. I am always glad to hear from my fans!