Friday, December 30, 2016

Real Estate Trends for 2017

real estate trends for 2017
The end of 2016 maybe a boon for the year 2017. As we look toward the start of a new year let’s explore some trends that will affect the real estate market across the country.

Donald Trump, who is a real estate magnate himself, won his bid for the white house. The stock market has already been teetering toward 20,000 since his win. We also saw some nice rises in home values over 2016 bolstered by low interest rates, lower gas prices, some strong wage growth and the fact that our younger millennials are now entering the real estate market and buying homes. Here are some trends to look for.
  • Use of drones expanding. With the regulation change made by the FAA which we covered in a previous blog (To Drone or Not to Drone, that is the question July 2016) be looking for real estate agents to take advantage of this unique item. It is changing the old saying of location, location, location into perspective, perspective, perspective. Properties that have more land or have interesting views are great candidates for drone overflies. They are easy to operate and not that expensive.
  • Surban. A new term that is being applied to mixed-use developments that blend urban and suburban amenities in one. In Surban living, it will be possible to walk to work as well as walk for groceries, to entertainment, schools and family-friendly parks. These “new” neighborhoods are meant to be inclusive, not exclusive and affordable to blue collar workers. They are also enticing to millennials who have paid down their student loans and been able to save a bit for down payment.
  • Trump’s Win. A Trump administration could prove good for real estate. Mr. Trump is already interested in lessening the regulations governing the financial services industry which may allow homebuyers who can’t qualify under the harsher rules today to buy in the coming years. Home buying should remain very strong in 2017 since only short term interest rates have gone up. The outlook is the marketing will remain a seller’s market but look for interest rates to change as Mr. Trump’s economic plans take flight. The Fed will want to keep inflation in check.
  • Generation Z, The Future Buyers. The first crop of Generation Z will turn 18 in 2017 and they will come of age with low interest rates, increasingly better job prospects and probably higher wages to help offset the cost of education. And it seems that 97% of this age group want to own a home. Most are wanting larger homes than what they were raised in with more room for their families. So look for this age group to be a bit more prepared to buy a home in the coming years.
A final note about the economy, I just reviewed an article about how the Dow is still pushing toward 20,000. It seems the holiday shopping season was a lot stronger than retailers (i.e., Amazon, Wal-Mart) anticipated which in turn has raised the stock in retailers (Amazon up 1.7%, Wal-Mart up 0.1%). Since the election, the DOW has risen 9% with a year-to-date change of 14.6%. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq are also up.

On another note, here are some places where it is suggested you not spend your money.
  1. Subscription “surprise” boxes.
  2. Fast fashion clothing.
  3. Timeshares.
  4. Recalled toys online.
  5. Ear bud headphones with wires.
  6. Smart refrigerators.
  7. Foods that claim to be healthy.
  8. Event tickets from resale sites.
  9. Celebrity fashion labels.
And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

A Christmas Tradition

a christmas tradition
Christmas in the U.S. is celebrated on December 25th no matter what day of the week it appears. Every year over 400 million people from around the world celebrate. Here are some classic traditions that a bunch of us experience during the month of December.
  • Christmas Specials. Americans celebrate the holiday by watching Christmas Specials on TV and Christmas Movies. Often there are a few new movies that come out each year followed by a myriad of TV musical specials. And there are the classical Christmas cartoons such as Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and a few of the others from days gone by.
  • Christmas Trees. A great tradition is heading out with your family to pick out your tree. One of our favorite traditions is to gather the family around to decorate the tree. Adding lights, ornaments, garland and keepsakes makes it very personal.
  • Candy Canes Extraordinaire. Dated back to Cologne Germany, these minty candy treats are a staple of Christmas. Often added to a Christmas Tree or given out as gifts, a lot of money is spent on these each year.
  • Gift Giving. This tradition dates back to when the Magi brought their gifts to the baby Jesus. Although they were only frankincense, gold and myrrh, it is the thought that counts. Today we carry on the tradition for the joy of giving. Be sure to give with the etiquette of the Golden Rule by doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  • Christmas Cards. Exchanging cards with your friends and family is a tradition that began somewhere around 1822 in the U.S. It caused such a sensation that the Superintendent of Mails had to hire extra people to deliver all the handmade items. The idea took off and people worldwide have been doing it ever since.
Hope you enjoyed our exploration of the aforementioned Christmas Traditions. I am sure you put your spin on each one depending on what has been done in each of your families through the years. That is what makes Christmas great. Keeping up with the traditions and family gatherings in order to celebrate a wonderful time of the year.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

SOLD - 609 Jones Road, Fountain Inn, SC 29644

609 Jones Road, Fountain Inn, SC 29644
609 Jones Road, Fountain Inn, SC 29644
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Levels: 1
Square Feet: +/-1903
Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Mobile Home
MLS # 1334690
Price: SOLD



This home has sold. See my other available homes by visiting my website at www.BestGreenvilleRealEstate.com.

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Holiday Home

A holiday home
Ok, so you're not Martha Stewart but you would like to have the perfect holiday home during the holidays. So instead of overextending yourself to keep your holidays on track take a look at the tips below. These will help you get things done and have a happy holiday season.
  • Create your list. Start off your holiday by creating a list of all your to do items that need to be done by New Year’s Day. List everything, even the tiniest jobs. Then go back through the list and cross off things that don’t have to be done. Prioritize the jobs that are left by putting things that are important at the top and if something else is dropped off, yay!
  • Smelling like a holiday! You don’t have to buy fancy potpourri or things like that to get your home selling great. During you next gathering, break out your crock pot and pour in some apple cider, spices and maybe some rum or brandy. Let it simmer to enjoy the smell and the drink. Or you can simmer up some vanilla, lemon and thyme.
  • Kids on vacation. Your kids are off for the holiday, so of course they have pulled out their toys and are strewing their stuff around the house. During this time, don’t stress about the mess. Try to designate an area of the home where they can make their mess for the holiday. Heavens knows if you put it all away it will just be back out the next day.
  • Obvious cleaning. Don’t worry about doing a deep clean, focus on the areas that your guests will be seeing. Look them over with a visitor’s eye and touch up where they will be and use. Keeping a guest bathroom sink and toilet clean will give the impression that you worked real hard on the whole house.
  • Hire it done. Holiday preparations don’t always have to be done by you. If you have lots of family coming in then hire a cleaning crew just before they get here to help you set a clean baseline. Only touch ups will be needed after through their visit. Also there are now companies who will string your lights on your house. Or maybe a friend can step in and help in trade. The friend can help with your yard display while you bake them up some holiday treats. Good old fashioned barter system.
  • Change up your tree. Maybe it's time to take a look at an artificial tree. You won’t have to worry about watering it or cleaning up the dropped needles every day and the newer ones look just like real trees. Or you can go crazy with colorful lighted trees. Like the natural tree scent? They have candles for that.
  • Enjoy family. You may be hosting Christmas dinner this year but don’t sweat the small stuff. Family only cares that you are all together and that you made the effort and opened your home to them. Invite them to prepare their fav dish and bring it along for the table. A potluck of sorts. That will take some of the pressure off you.
Just remember the holidays are meant for family and fun and family and friends tend to be very forgiving during the holidays. Things don’t have to be Martha Stewart perfect to be enjoyable but with the tips above you can give the appearance of perfection!

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Ol’ Man Winter is on the Way

Ol’ Man Winter is on the Way
December 21st is when it turns from fall to winter. Is your house ready? Check out these few mistakes that homeowners often make that could cost you a lot of money on the other side of winter.
  • Outdoor Faucet Protector. Spend $2 and buy an outdoor faucet protector for your outside faucets because not doing so can cost you up to $15,000 in repairs. When the weather gets frigid remove your garden hoses from the faucets. Then pop on a protector which will keep cold air out of your pipes. Buy it early because they will sell out. Also, wrap your exposed pipes up with foam insulation. It costs about $1 for a six foot section.
  • Pretty Icicles hanging off the house. Winter icicles are pretty on trees but not on your house. They are in indication that you might not have the needed 14 inches of insulation in your attic. Build up of ice can also mean you have an “ice dam” on your roof and it can cause damage to said roof. If you live up north, it can cost as much as $500 or more to get them steamed off your roof which is better than roof repair bill. A temporary solution maybe to add heated gutter cables to your gutters until you can get it solved during the summer.
  • Don’t forget your gutters. Tempting though it is don’t slack off on doing cleaning on your gutters. Stuff can build up and cause the water to not flow through the gutter system efficiently thus causing water pooling and possible damage to your foundation. Foundation damage can cost up to $30,000 or you can get cracks plugged for $1,500 to $3,000. Now that half day gutter cleaning job doesn’t look so bad.
  • Sneaky cold air. Take a few moments and peruse your window sills, baseboards, dryer vents, fireplace(s) and under your doors looking for cracks that will let in cold air. These are easy to fix with an inexpensive tube of caulk. You can even match colors to your paint.
  • Program your temperature. We use apps and automation to program just about everything in our lives so why not the thermostat? Prices vary depending on how much you want the thermostat to do for you but the U.S. Department of Energy says it can save you up to 10 percent on your energy bill.
  • Tune it up! Just like seeing the dentist or getting a checkup you need to get your furnace tuned up. Especially if you have a heat pump which does double duty. A heat pump should get a tune up spring and fall. A gas or fuel oil burning furnace should be checked before lighting it off for the winter season.
  • And since we are on the subject of heat...get your fireplace inspected before going full bore with it for the season also. If you have a chimney fire it will cost you a lot more than the inspection price.
Hope these tips helped or at least got you motivated to save some money before it gets really cold. Winter is no joke especially in frigid temperatures. Do some simple up front maintenance to save yourself tons of money in repairs.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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, December 2, 2016

Local Events and Happenings in Greenville SC for December 2016

Local Events and Happenings in Greenville SC for December 2016
As we ramp up for the holiday at the end of this month, here are some events happening in and around Greenville that will help get you in a festive mood.
  1. 46th Annual Holiday Fair at the TD Convention Center. Dec 1-3 opening at 10am. Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors/students, under 12 FREE.
  2. A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Peace Center. Dec 2 - 11. Admission varies. See link for times recurs daily. Come see Snoopy and the gang as they bring the holiday season to life.
  3. A Magical Christmas at the Anderson County Museum on Dec 10th from 12-3pm. Admission: $5/VIP $2/door. Fans of the wizarding world must stop by this event and explore the MAGIC of Christmas.
  4. Downtown Greenville Holiday Happening in downtown Greenville. Dec 9-11. Admission: FREE. A multi-day event that transforms downtown into a festive, family-friendly destination.
  5. Exhibition: Wyeth Dynasty at the Greenville County Museum of Art. Dec 16-31. Admission: FREE. To celebrate Andrew Wyeth’s birth, the museum presents a retrospective of Andrew Wyeth’s art complemented by his father’s work.
  6. The Swamp Rabbits are playing several games this month.
  7. Holiday at Peace at the Peace Center. Dec 16-18. Admission: $18-$59. Recurs daily. Celebrate the season with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Guest headliner is Rachel York.
  8. Holiday Flea at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery on Dec 17th. Times 11am to 3pm. Admission: FREE.Featuring handcrafted goods and artisan foods.
  9. Holiday Party at the Pavilion Recreation Complex. Dec 13th. Times: 9am to 12pm. Join Petey at the Pavilion for fun, excitement and Santa.
  10. Indie Craft Parade Holiday Pop-up Shop at The Makers Collective in downtown Greenville. Dec 1-12th. A temporary retail shop pop up located at the Methodical Coffee roasting facility showcases the work of 55 artists.

These are just a small snapshot of the holiday events happening this month to celebrate the holidays. For additional events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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, November 25, 2016

Keep up a Lush Indoor Landscape with these Tips

Keep up a Lush Indoor Landscape with these Tips
Do your plants whisper to each other every time you enter the room or cringe with anticipation of what you might or might not do to them? Well here are some tips to help you get your indoor plant garden healthy and happy in short order.

  1. Ignore non-expert internet advice. A couple of popular beliefs are putting a damp sponge in the bottom of the pot, dropping in ice cubes or setting up an upside down water bottle. Don’t, don’t and don’t. Using damp sponges and drip systems are not good ideas. Soil needs to dry so air can move through it and bring oxygen. Also plants like room temperature water so no ice.
  2. Be careful with the water. Don’t think that you have to buy bottled water for your plants but do be aware of what might be in the water. Don’t use softened water because the salt content is too high and eventually affect the plants. If you use tap water, make sure it sits out overnight so the chemicals can dissipate. Best option is to set up a rain water bucket to collect naturally occurring rain and water your plants with that. It sits long enough to disperse any chemicals and it is always room temperature or outdoor temperature. If you have freeze warnings out, draw some of the water and bring it inside in a closeable bucket. But don’t let it sit too long.
  3. Overwater, underwater, uggg. Best way to solve this issue is to learn as much as you can about the plants you are growing. Think about what type of pots they are in, clay pots tend to suck moisture away from the soil. If you can push your finger into about an inch of the soil and it comes away dry, time to water. But if you see water sitting in the bottom of your pot pan let it go for a day or so longer. Look for these signs:
    1. New and old leaves falling off at the same time.
    2. Root rot, consists of brown, mushy and smelly roots.
    3. Standing water.
    4. Moldy flowers.
    5. Leaves begin to develop soft brown rotten patches and won’t grow.
  4. Feed them breakfast. After you eat your eggs and drink your coffee in the mornings, save up some of the shells and grounds. Adding crushed egg shell once a year gives your plants an extra boost. Grind them into a coarse powder and sprinkle around the base of your plants and water. Coffee grounds give plants yummy nitrogen. Start with about a teaspoon a week mixed in the soil until you get the right blend then pause for about 6 months. Don’t add too much too quick.
  5. Keep away from pets. Cats are a popular pest for plants. Always chewing on the leaves and such. Here are a couple tips to keep they at bay.
    1. Put lemon or orange rinds on the soil, the smell keeps them away.
    2. Spray cayenne pepper on the leaves.
    3. Put crumpled up tin foil on the soil in the pot.
    4. Place camphor balls in the soil around the pot but you may smell like an old lady's closet.
    5. Consider buying and growing some cat grass. Cats crave natural nutrients which they can find in grass.
  6. Don’t over fertilize. Dilute your plant food one-half to one-quarter the recommended strength.
  7. Trim your plants. Most plants are a lot happier when they are trimmed back to the healthy center portion. Clipped off long tendrils on your spider plants (good for composting) and trim off the dead leaves from others. The plant will be a lot healthier and grow a bit fuller in your pot.
  8. Location, location, location. Just like with homes, the location where you place your plant determines a lot. Know your plant, if they like direct sunlight or if they are a low-light plant and place accordingly. Some plants like morning light because it's brighter and some plants do better in evening sun. Also pay attention to temperature control. Cold drafty places are not plant friendly usually.
  9. Should I repot? To determine if a plant needs a new pot you will need to lift it out and examine the roots. If the plan is root-bound then it is likely to need a larger pot. Look for one about 2 inches wider and 2 inches deeper than the existing pot. The plant will need time to adjust to the new pot so don’t feed it for about 6 weeks after repotting.
  10. Plant choice. Last but not least, just choose plants that are easier to grow then say a Venus Flytrap. Buying plants that are easier makes it not as big a deal when you forget about it. Spider plants, aloes, jade plants any of the succulents or plants with thicker leaves and stems.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Hack Your Bedroom for Better ZZzzzs!

hack your bedroom for better zzzzs
A bit bright and a bit cluttered per this post.
Next time you want to do some improvements to your home how about think of your bedroom first? We all want and need better sleep. It seems these days we are trying to run on less and less of it. Well here are some hacks to get you the best sleep you can get on a budget.
  1. Come over to the dark side. Make your room as dark as you can while you sleep. Add some black out blinds, remove all ambient light and cover up your clocks. It might surprise you on how well you sleep. Night time light has been linked to low melatonin levels too.
  2. De-clutter. Remove all clutter that has nothing to do with your bedroom from your bedroom. Put away the laundry, carrying your bills to another room. These items can cause stress and more stress means less sleep. Also, people who doze in rooms filled with clutter are more likely to develop habits of hoarding.
  3. Enjoy entertainment in another room. Don’t add TVs or other screens to your bedroom. You lose more sleep than you think to TV plus the never turn off. Those little lights will stay lit 24/7. If your one who works after the sun goes down then do what apple iPhone has done and install a screen tint program to adjust the light from your screen after sundown. A free one to try is f.lux. Add to windows or mac. 
  4. Keep the bedroom sacred. Your bedroom should be used for sleeping and for romancing. Not working or exercising or doing laundry or crafts. Keep your bedroom streamlined with minimal furniture so you can sleep.
  5. Don’t let the sound of life intrude. Ok, it might be a bit drastic to tear down your walls to add in soundproofing but you get the idea. Try to fix all the errant sounds that can creep into your room. Another thought is get a white noise generator or use a fan. These items tend to drown out other noises so your subconscious doesn't hear them.
  6. Choose another color. Bright “blue” lights are very disruptive to your life and your melatonin levels. They can also amplify symptoms of depression. Things that give off this “blue” light are computer monitors, standard fluorescent bulbs and a lot of halogen-type bulbs. Light up your bedroom with red or amber hue lights like a warm-toned LED. Look for lights with a color temperature near 2700K and no higher than 4000K. Check the pack for details.
  7. Check your air quality. Dust, allergens and carbon dioxide levels can all alter your sleep. If temperature permits, sleep with open windows to improve air quality and keep CO2 levels normal. Or add some plants to the room as they will clean the air for you. Choose low-light plants like the snake plant.
  8. Relax through paint. Studies have shown that certain colors of paint are more conducive to relaxing and destressing than others. For example, blue will lower your blood pressure and your heart rate. Stick to cool-toned colors like silvers, grays or light purples.
  9. Scent it up. Adding a relaxing aroma such as jasmine, lavender and/or vanilla can reduce your instances of insomnia, depression and make you less tired in the morning.

Hope some of these sleep tips helped you out. I know it did me. I have already downloaded f.lux to both my mac and my windows machine so like my iPhone they will switch at sunset. I am all for a good night’s sleep.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

For additional events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Sold - 421 Woodbark Court, Mauldin, SC 29662

421 Woodbark Court, Mauldin, SC 29662
421 Woodbark Court, Mauldin, SC 29662
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.5
Levels: 3
Square Feet: +/-1800
Type: Attached Single Family
Style: Residential Townhouse
MLS # 1332621
Price: SOLD

This one's gone but check out the link below to see more great homes still for sale from The Victoria Cottle Group.

BestGreenvilleRealEstate.com


Friday, November 11, 2016

November Events and Happenings around Greenville SC


The holidays are about to begin. Black Friday is already looming and stores are already advertising their big sales. Thanksgiving is coming up at the end of the month too! So to help you plan out your month, here are some events happening in and around Greenville.
  1. 10th Annual Holiday Art Show from 11/18 to 12/23 at the Arts Center of Clemson. Times are 10am to 5pm. Admission is FREE! Recurs daily.
  2. All Saints’ Bazaar on 11/12 at the Christ Church Episcopal. Times: 9am to 12pm. Come do our holiday shopping.
  3. An American in Paris from 11/29 to 12/4 at The Peace Center. Times: Tue-Thu 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 1 & 6:30pm. Admission $25-$85. Recurs daily.
  4. Disney On Ice from 11/23 to 11/27 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Times: Wed 7:30pm, Fri-Sun 1 & 5pm. Disney presents “Dream Big.”
  5. Divine Mozart from 11/28 to 11/20 at The Peace Center. Times: Fri 8pm Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Admission: $44.
  6. Garth Brooks from 11/18 to 11/20 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Time: 7pm. Click link for details.
  7. Greenville Craft Beer Festival 2016 on 11/19 at the Greenville Drive.Times: 12pm to 5pm.
That’s just a bit of the highlighted events for November. For a full calendar visit Greenville SC Events. I set up the page for November already.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

For additional events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

Monday, October 31, 2016

For Sale - 108 N 4th St, Easley, SC 29640 - Price Reduced!

108 N 4th St, Easley, SC 29640

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Levels: 1
Square Feet: +/-989
Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Single-story Bungalow
MLS # 1332306
Price: $69,800

This owner has brought this home into a new light with her investing that any homeowner would be proud to own. In 2011, the following items were done to the home for improvements, New roof installed along with a new water heater, a new stove, refrigerator with the glass tile accents along back splash and stove area were put into the home along with new Carpet, new vinyl, wall paneling was added in laundry/storage room, the flooring in laundry are was fixed, in the back bedroom installed new light fixture, insulation was added to laundry, back small bedroom, an in the attic above the porch area, some of the iron railing along the front porch was installed, the ceiling was added to the front porch area, the piping under the home a PVC with trap/cleanout was installed under bathroom, the wire in the home was redone from the screw in circuit breakers to fuses, most of the receptacles in the home were switched out from 2 prong to 3 prong, then the tub was transformed into a tub/shower combo, then added a new vanity, toilet, along with a medicine cabinet. Also a few window panes were replaced and a kitchen door was installed, the kitchen cabinets were painted in 2011 and then again in 2016. In 2014 a vapor barrier was installed under entire home crawlspace. Then in 2016 the following items were done to the home to give it the appeal it has now after tenants moved out, the carpet was replaced again, along with the new vinyl in the Kitchen, the windows were scraped and painted inside and out , and new drip pans were installed on range, and then some new blinds replaced to some windows, the ceilings and walls were painted, the front steps were repaired and then the brick skirt was added around the foundation.

For more photos and details, click the link below.
108 N 4th St, Easley, SC 29640


The interactive map below shows 108 N 4th St but not necessarily the exact location of the lot itself. FROM DOWNTOWN EASLEY, Take West Main Street over RR by Police Station onto North 2nd Street, then Lt on West B Avenue at United Methodist Church, then LT on North 4th Street on home on Lt.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Guarantee your contractor will take the job

Guarantee your contractor will take the job
Homeowners sometimes have small scale projects come up that need to be fixed and might be over the head of your handyman or DIYer. It can be maddening to get a general contractor to call you back much less look at your job. Here are some tactics that will help you land the right one.
  1. Offer a bundle. If you have several jobs you have been wanting or pinning to have done, add them all to the list. It works as a win-win, you get your honey-dos done and the contractor gets to make enough money to make the job worth their time.
  2. Pre-purchase the materials. Make the job more tempting and less hassle to the contractor by buying the materials ahead of time and having them ready for when the contractor arrives. It will lower their overhead and they won’t have to be compensated for assuming the extra risk.
  3. Book it off-season. By waiting until the winter months to do your job, your chances of getting a better contractor at a better price will increase. When colder weather appears, contractors will suddenly have more availability. Be prepared for the job to take a bit longer if your weather changes but it will still be completed and maybe cost you a lot less than a summer job.
  4. Utilize electronic media. One of the hardest things is to get a contractor to spend the time to actually come out and give you a quote personally. Homeowners usually want to get several quotes to see who bids the lowest price. To get around this, take a bunch of photos of the job and then email them to the contractor with information about the job. This expedites the process and they just may pay more attention to it.
  5. Patience. Can you be a bit flexible with your timeline? The more flexible you are the better it will be to get a contractor to accept the job. They can fit in your smaller jobs in between their larger jobs. But do be aware if a job seems to go beyond what is a reasonable amount of time. Be polite, be patient but be aware.
  6. Sticker Shock. When you hire a contractor, you hire an oftentimes licensed professional who carries insurance and who pays worker’s compensation for his employees. You also get a team knowledgeable in construction not just a handyman who does odd jobs here and there. Don’t be surprised if these extra benefits cost more like around $60 an hour or more as opposed to $25 an hour for a handyman. By not balking at the higher price, you will encourage a contractor to take your job instilling in him that fact that you know it will cost more.
Hope these tips help you with determining whether or not your next job will be DIY or a contract job. Don’t get in over your head and don’t be afraid to contact a professional.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

For events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Don’t get caught in the cold!

Don’t get caught in the cold!
As our homes age, so do our windows. They become noisy, they may start to rattle and then they may start hiking our energy bills because they aren’t doing their job anymore. Well here are some affordable and quick ways to address the annoyance now, and some thoughts for the future.

What causes the draft? Glazing putty on older windows can become brittle and fall out causing the glass to rattle. Double-hung wood windows can shrink and let in cold air. The gaskets or weather stripping on Vinyl and aluminum windows can wear out.

Five easy right now fixes you can do which are all under $8.
  1. V-seal weather stripping. This can be added to the sides of your sashes and it still allows windows to open and shut.
  2. Rope caulk is soft, sticky and pliable. You can mold it for your gap situation and then remove it after winter is done.
  3. Shrink film clear plastic sheeting shrinks drum tight after heating with a hair dryer and applying with double-sided tape. Creates an insulating buffer of air while sealing out drafts. Rubbing alcohol will help with removal in the spring by releasing the tape.
  4. Nail polish. A quick fix to fill cracks which is almost invisible. After it hardens, it will stabilize the glass until you can get some weather-seal tape on it.
  5. Draft snake. We’ve all seen them at Grandma's house or at “As Seen on TV” stores but they work. Comes with a 36” foam tube which you can cut to the length you need with a washable cover. Place it in your window sill and close the window down on it to seal off the draft.

Three long term fixes which you may want to do during the summer or early fall when the weather's still warm during the day.
  1. Replacing loose, broken or missing glazing. You can DIY this by searching out some videos to see how the pros do it or you can have a professional glazer do it for you. Either way it is a process that will take a bit of time, not hard just involved.
  2. Bring back the storm window. If you already have some of these sitting in your shed or garage, clean them up and reglaze them if necessary then put them up. They insulate and cut out drafts. Only cost to you is time.
  3. Replace the window. When the quick or long-term fixes no longer work, it is just time to replace the whole window. Then think upgrade! But get a few estimates and hire the job out. DIY window replacement is a major job and the pros can do it quicker and faster than you can.
Hope that helps you out. Now is the time to hit the home improvement store for the caulk or weather stripping so you can be the rush. Keep the cold weather outside this year!

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

For events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Price Reduced! - 260 Eastatoe Parkway, Sunset, SC 29685

260 Eastatoe Parkway, Sunset, SC 29685
260 Eastatoe Parkway, Sunset, SC 29685
Price: $59,900

Type: Residential Lot

Welcome to 260 Eastatoe Parkway Lot 22 @ The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. This community is where you can find tranquility, peace and quiet. As you enter the gates to the private property you will proceed up the gentle winding road. Once you arrive at the lot you will view 2.61 Acres which has beautiful woods throughout the property and spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views. There is a power transformer near the lots edge, and public water is available as well, however there needs to be a septic tank installed for sewer. The land gently slopes down and butts up against the common area of the cliffs and then down from there the serene waters of Lake Keowee. The property located at 260 Eastatoe Parkway has sought after memberships available at any level that includes an Active, Sport, and/or Golf Memberships for purchaser. The Cliffs Prospective Member Information Package and the 2016 Cliffs Membership Application and Membership Plan are available for review. Dependent on the seller, some memberships must be purchased at closing and others must be purchased within 30 days of the closing. If no membership is purchased within 30 days of the closing, membership is no longer available for that property. A dock permit may be available; however Duke Energy is the authority that must be checked with for availability on dock permits. Make an appointment today to view this great property!

For more photos and details, click the link below.
260 Eastatoe Parkway, Sunset, SC 29685


The interactive map below shows 260 Eastatoe Parkway but not necessarily the exact location of the lot itself.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sold - 116 Northcliff Way, Greenville, SC 29617

116 Northcliff Way, Greenville, SC 29617
116 Northcliff Way, Greenville, SC 29617
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Levels: 2
Square Feet: +/-2200
Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Two-story Traditional
MLS # 1331568
Price: SOLD

This home has sold. See my other available homes by visiting my website at www.BestGreenvilleRealEstate.com.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Hacks for Fixing those most Troublesome Household Nuisances

Routine household maintenance can be boring and not very glamorous when compared to remodeling or decorating. But it needs to be kept up with or that small nuisance will turn into a more major issue. Here are some hacks to get you going.
  1. Clean up your drain trap with zip ties. Start by connecting 3 or 4 zip ties and then put a notch in them every half inch with scissors. Remove the drain plug and feed it into the drain. Swivel the chain to pick up any hair clogging the drain. Pull out and remove gunk, repeat as necessary. Then go buy a hair trap.
  2. Loosen up those locks. Find a wooden pencil or a mechanical pencil. Expose the “graphite” and then push the pencil into the lock. The idea is to break off some of the graphite into the lock as your lubricant. Use your key to break it up. Then turn the key back and forth to loosen the lock.
  3. Hacks for fixing those most troublesome household nuisancesMake bathroom fixtures new again. If you have some older metallic looking fixtures in the bath that work great but look terrible, instead of replacing them just give them a coat of paint. Pick up some matte, metallic paint and give those fixtures a new coating in a color of your choice.
  4. Shower heads affected by hard water. Our water is not perfect. After a while the hard water deposits start to add up and start clogging your shower heads. Fill up a quart-size freezer bag half with what vinegar and then submerge your shower head. Let it soak overnight. Remove the bag in the am and run some water through it before you take a shower. If it didn’t clean up do it again.
  5. Oil your hinges. Don’t worry about buying any heavy duty lubricants, just go to the pantry and pull out the olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable whatever oil you got and add a tiny bit to your hinges. Don’t over due case it may turn rancid. But just enough to get rid of the noise.
  6. Clean your gutters without the danger. Go to your local hardware store and pick up some PVC pipe. Fix to the end of your leaf blower and watch the leaves blow away without stepping on any ladders.
  7. Low maintenance lights. Start switching all your bulbs to LEDs. Not only do you get a savings on your power bill, they last for years longer than the CFLs or incandescent ones do. Double boom!
Hope these hacks help you out. I found a couple in here that I am going to use myself.

For events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Back on the Market - 45 4th Ave, Greenville, SC 29611

45 4th Ave, Greenville, SC 29611
45 4th Ave, Greenville, SC 29611
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms:2
Levels: 1
Square Feet: +/-1200-1399
Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage
MLS # 1340683
Price: $89,888


You won't find a fixer upper here - this home is ready to move in and call your own! Starting in January 2016 the following items were replaced in this 2 bedroom 2 bath home that is situated on approx. . . .152 acres with almost a completely fenced yard. The home was repainted outside, laminate and vinyl flooring was laid throughout the home; the entire home was rewired to include GFCI's. All of the plumbing was replaced and then the city replaced the plumbing from the home to the street. The fireplaces were inspected the one in the bedroom had to be gutted; however the one in the living room is fine to use. Just remove the brick or remove the plate and install a pipe for a wood stove. New toilets were added and replaced new tub was installed in the Master bath. Home has all new appliances I in the kitchen, a new cabinet and counter top were installed along wall across from the sink, and then the sink received a new counter top, along with a new faucet. Back steps were installed; the entire home has new interior doors except for hall bath and storage room. New kitchen hardware, 2" wood faux blinds added to entire home, new thermostat, a new doorbell, installed a door for the front bedroom closet. The backyard at one time had an above ground pool and there is still a receptacle in the backyard for another pool. The HVAC Unit is approximately 1997 however all the duct work was replaced in 2016. The roof was approximately installed in 94/95. Home was fitted with LED lighting throughout. The gas water heater was installed in 1995; the flooring under the new tub in Master bathroom was reinforced under the home. The crawlspace is tall for most of the home and a great storage area. The home is close to downtown living, entertainment, eateries, sports bar, the baseball stadium, doctors and hospitals. A great home basically updated to new at a fair price, don't miss out on this opportunity to own a great home!

For more photos and details, click the link below.

45 4th Ave, Greenville, SC 29611

The interactive map below shows the approximate location of 45 4th Ave. Follow these directions:Take I-85 South, exit 51 toward Greenville, right on Academy St., go 3.2 miles, left on 3rd Ave., right on Heatherly Dr., left on 4th Ave., home down on left on corner, look for sign.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Greenville SC Events and Happenings for October 2016

greenville sc events and happenings for October 2016
The fall festival season is here! Check out the local Greenville events below highlighting festivals and special Halloween events this month.
The following is a quick list of Haunted Houses and Halloween Attractions for 2016 in and around Greenville SC.
greenville sc events and happenings for October 2016
  • Greenville Ghost Tour Original Edition every Thurs-San in October at 8pm. Sells out early during Halloween...buy your tickets at GreenvilleGhost.com.
  • The Late Tour Fridays & Saturdays in October at 10:30pm. All ages. A creepy late night version of our tour takes you on the Darkside and leaves you where 10,000 souls rest downtown!
  • Haunted Pub Crawl! New Tour! 8:30 every Wed night but only for ages 21+ only.
  • Greenville Zombie Outbreak presents Infected! A zombie themed haunted attraction. Bigger, gorier, try to survive! Greenvillezombieshoot.com
  • Nightmare Dungeon Haunted House by Scream Productions. Over 20 horror scenes. Nightmaredungeon.com
  • Madworld Haunted attraction and zombie shoot. Interact with your haunting experience. www.madworldhaunt.com
  • Hawk & Toms 3D funhouse of horrors (formerly Nightmare on Pendleton St.) Two events for the price of one.
  • Sweet Dreams Scare House in Anderson. Creatures from your worst nightmares. www.sweetdreamsscarehouse.com
I couldn’t get all the scary events posted here but details for each haunted event above plus many more can be found at GreenvilleGhost.com.

For more events during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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, September 30, 2016

Foreclosure Rate has dipped to pre-bust levels


Good news on the home front! Foreclosures across the country have dropped back to the level they were in August 2007 of 0.9 percent. Only 2.9 percent of homes are in serious delinquency which is down 17.1 percent from July 2015. This is now the 57th consecutive month with year-over-year decline in foreclosures. Check out the infographic below for details.