Friday, April 29, 2016

Walmart versus Target?



Whilst traversing the interwebs the other day I came across this interesting infographic put out by Realtytrac that talks about home values near a Walmart and Target. According to RealtyTrac’sⓇ analysis, homes close to Target will see a higher home value than homes close to Walmart stores. Inversely, homeowner’s close to Target stores pay more in Property tax than those close to Walmart stores. Check out the infographic below for more details on their comparison. 


Just another tip to put into your basket if you are looking to buy a home. This may all be just public perception but we all wonder about resale value. This maybe one way to ensure yours stays higher and more enticing to the next buyer if and when you have to sell. Remember one of the selling points is location, location, location. Until next time….

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Real Facts about South Carolina

If you are interested in moving to South Carolina, here are some facts that might intrigue you. Check out this image provided by South Carolina Realtors.

real facts about south carolina
Courtesy of South Carolina Realtors
Sources are included at the bottom of the image for reference.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Top reasons why you should not sell your home yourself

With home prices on the rise and market turnover in most national markets happening more quickly due to inventory being low, homeowners might consider selling their homes by themselves. In the real estate industry this is called a “For Sale by Owner (FSBO).” Here are five reasons why this might not be a good idea.
  1. A lot of people with which to negotiate. If you decide to sell FSBO you will have to negotiate with the following people; the buyer, the buyer’s agent, the buyer’s attorney, home inspection company and the appraiser.
  2. Marketing to prospective buyers. NAR has recent studies that show 89 percent of buyers search online for a home. Only 20 percent look at print ads. Today’s tech savvy agents have an online marketing strategy already in place. Would you? A RealtorⓇ can market your home on their exclusive MLS system of which an FSBO seller does not have access. This presents the property in front of all MLS members as well as syndicates to a multitude of online listing marketing sites.
  3. Inquiries come from the internet. Where do buyers find their homes? Here are some stats; 44 percent on the internet, 33 percent from a RealtorⓇ, 9 percent from a sign in the yard and 1 percent from newspaper. A big turnaround from just 10 years ago.
  4. FSBO selling has become more difficult. Paperwork, disclosures and regulations have increased dramatically in the real estate business. The percentage of people selling by FSBO has dropped from 19 percent to 8 percent over the last 20 plus years. The 8 percent represents NAR’s lowest recording since they began collecting the data in 1981. A RealtorⓇ can objectively evaluate every buyer’s offer presented without compromising your marketing position.
  5. Your net is higher when using an agent. Sellers and buyers think about FSBO’s as a way to save paying commission on a home but they both can’t benefit. Realtor.org reports have shown that a typical FSBO sells for $210,00 while a typical agent sold home sells for $249,000. This doesn’t mean an agent will get a higher price for your home since people are more likely to FSBO in lower priced markets. But it does reflect that selling by FSBO might not be a good option.
Before you decide to delve into this complicated venture, sit down with me or another professional agent of your choice and see what they are offering. It is always good to make an informed choice.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Organize It!


organize it - junk drawer organization
A few small changes in a couple of spots in your kitchen can help get you organized for the summer season. Clutter is easy to beat with the right accessories. Here are some tips on what you can use where to create better organization.
  • Junk Drawer. Just about every home has one. Beat the clutter with an expandable bamboo cutlery tray for around $30. It fits into almost any drawer and has expanding sides to match the drawer width. Would probably work better in a wider drawer.
  • Pots & Pans. organize it - pot and pan organizerMost of us have that large cabinet where we shove our pots and pans. Make it better by adding in a stacking shelf, a lid rack and/or a cabinet door lid organizer. If you store lids separately you won’t loose them when they want to slide all around. Another option is to put in a roll-out cabinet drawer or a DIY boot box with felt chair slides on the bottom. Spend $15 to $50 depending on which option you choose.
  • Cooking Supplies near the Stove. Adjust the shelves for the size of the items you use. Also keep the items you use the most down low next to the stove. Reduce the packaging by taking contents out and putting them in organizer baskets or bins. Spices can be put on a turntable in your cabinet. Remember to place what you use the most down low and the ones you use the least up top.
Your home doesn’t have to look like it belongs in a magazine. The key is to implement a system that will help you clean up at the end of the day. Another tip is to start small. Begin with a cabinet or drawer and move your way through your home. Also labels are a great help. Involve the kids and get them to make some colorful labels for you. It doesn’t all have to be done at once.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Just Listed - 0 Manhattan Blvd, Piedmont, SC 29673

Price: $20,000

Type: Residential Lot
0 Manhattan Blvd, Piedmont, SC 29673
0 Manhattan Blvd, Piedmont, SC 29673

The is a dead end paved road off of 20 A great wooded lot that is perfect for either a single family home or a double-wide mobile home. Tons of privacy on this .55 acre lot. It is close distance to the hospital, medical facilities, shopping and dining.

For more photos and details, click the link below.
0 Manhattan Blvd, Piedmont, SC 29673


The interactive map below shows 0 Manhattan Blvd but not necessarily the exact location of the lot itself.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Just Listed - 143 Autumn Hill Rd, Greer, SC 29651

143 Autumn Hill Rd, Greer, SC 29651
143 Autumn Hill Rd, Greer, SC 29651
Price: $166,800

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Levels: 1.5
Square Feet: +/-1798
Type: Detached Single Family

This is a Great Home located in Woodland Forest Subdivision in Greer. Welcome home that greets you with a rocking chair front porch great for enjoying your day. This beauty has approximately 1800 HSF with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a Bonus room on approximately 1.6 acres. The floor plan is open to the Great Room, Kitchen and Dining areas. The Kitchen with its recessed lighting has lots of cabinet and counter space with a pantry, and black appliances. The Great Room has high ceilings and easy access to all rooms in this home. The Master bedroom is private and separate from the other bedrooms with a walk-in closet, tray ceiling and its own private door to the covered patio. Master bedroom features dual vanity sink, a nice garden tub, and a separate shower and a room for the toilet. The other two bedrooms are down a hall with a standard secondary bathroom, and at the end of the hall is a large walk-in laundry room. Make the Bonus room a man cave, woman cave, playroom, office it has plenty of room to make it the room of your choice. Bonus room has its own zone to control the temperature. In the backyard you will find a 12x12 covered patio overlooking a huge backyard. The backyard extends past the large fenced in area. In June 2014 the sellers installed 2" wood faux blinds throughout the home, upgraded the kitchen faucet to an American Standard, installed a high end ceiling fan with light on the covered patio, then fencing a large portion of the backyard adding 3 gates. The sellers graded the backyard to include taking down 8 huge trees to the extent of the property line. The final touch was the installation of the new mailbox March 2016.

For more photos and details, click the link below.
143 Autumn Hill Rd, Greer, SC 29651

The interactive map below shows 143 Autumn Hill Rd but not necessarily the exact location of the home itself. Directions: From Hwy 29 turn onto Ridgewood Drive next to Copper River Grill. Turn Right on Autumn Hill Road home on the left.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Keeping you and your kids happy during remodeling

keeping you and your kids happy during remodeling
Paint Colors
Home remodeling can be a big pain in the patooty especially if you have children at home. Here are some tips to help make sure your remodel project doesn’t stress you or the kids out. Kids tend to reflect what they perceive.
  • Take care of yourself. As mentioned above, kids tend to reflect back to you the emotions and feelings that they are seeing. So if you are nervous or upset or stressed about your remodel then your kids will be also. So take some time for yourself to help keep your stress levels low. A night out with your significant other or keeping up with your workouts will help. Lower the stress so it isn’t reflected back at you.
  • Remodel the house, not your family. A big factor in raising kids is keeping them on a familiar routine. This doesn’t have to change just because part of your home is a mess or under construction. If you eat breakfast at a certain time keep it up just designate a specific area for meals. Also designate areas where kids can do their homework and where teenagers can get some alone time. Younger children such as toddlers may need a it more attention than usual.
  • Give your kids a small project. Take a moment and make your kids part of the remodel by letting them pick the next color for their room or pick new bed sheets to go their new color. Or how about picking out a favorite chair or stool to use in the remodeled kitchen. Make them feel they have a bit of control over their environment instead of just having to survive it.
  • Due unto others. Yep you know the rule. Always try to show good behavior in front of your children. If an argument is brewing take it into another room or go to an isolated place for a blowup after you find your remodel is delayed by a week or will cost more than your budget. Ouch!
  • Explain what’s happening. Depending on the age of your children, sit them down and explain to them what will be happening. This might include using Lego building blocks as a tool for much younger children. Let them know a time frame and then explain it won’t be forever and that issues may occur but not to be scared or worried. That’s what adults are for.
Remodels are tough on everyone whether it’s dealing with children or contractors or budgets. Just remember to keep your stress level low and keep up your normal routines for the kids. The more you appear to be under control the more they are likely to be also.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Events and Happenings for April in Greenville SC

This is only a partial list of the events for April in and around Greenville SC. Click here to see a full list of activities. The link is already set up for the month of April.

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