Friday, June 24, 2016

Build your family’s wealth now!


build your family's wealth now
The U.S. Economy is in recovery and because of this fact families across the U.S. are feeling more relief as their financial situations are beginning to improve. Families are now able to save a bit of money and look into other options to build their net worth. A good way to significantly increase your net worth is by investing in real estate.

Every quarter, Pulsenomics asks a nationwide panel of economists, real estate experts and investment and market strategists what they believe residential prices will do over the next five years. Results for their latest survey, a $250,000 home will appreciate $43,198 by January 2021. The appreciation looks like this year over year, January 2017 $260,000, January 2018 $268,840, January 2019 $276,905, January 2020 $285,212 and finally January 2020 $293,198.

Other interesting details from their survey is a projection that home values will appreciate by 4 percent through 2016, by 3.4 percent in 2017 and by 3 percent over the following two years. Average 3.2 percent yearly appreciation in the 5 years.


Looking at some other data provided by Pulsenomics, the most growth for the housing market has been in entry-level and mid-tier homes in the larger nationwide real estate markets. This may show a trend of younger buyers who are feeling more secure in their jobs becoming first-time home buyers.

CoreLogic just release their latest equity report which showed that 92 percent of all mortgaged properties are now showing positive equity and 74 percent have significant equity (more than 20%). Their report also stated that approximately 268,000 families got back their equity in the beginning of 2016 and are no longer under water.

Using the appreciation numbers from above, now is the time to buy! Get into a home to be able to take advantage of the coming appreciation and wealth building. Contact me today so I can start your home search!

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, June 17, 2016

Make your DIY Paint Job look like a Pro did it

Make your DIY Paint Job look like a Pro did it

Your DIY painting project doesn’t have to look like one. Here are some tips from the pros to make your DIY process go smoother and faster with a great end result.
  • To keep the bristles soft, soak your brushes in fabric softener. After a day of painting, rinse your brushes in clean water with no soap. Then swish around in fabric softener for approximately 10 seconds or so. Then you can lay them flat or hang them vertical overnight to dry. Hanging them vertically keeps the bristles from bending. No need to rinse before using because the softener will help to distribute the paint.
  • Plastic wrap will help prevent mishaps. To prevent those odd drips and splashes from dotting your fixtures wrap them in plastic wrap. Use painter’s tape to hold the wrap in place or you can purchase painter’s plastic wrap which sticks to surfaces. Once painting is done just unwrap your items for paint-free finish.
  • Reduce paint odor by using simple pantry items. Paint smell can get a bit overpowering. For dark colored paints, grab some vanilla from the pantry and add a few drops into the paint. For light colors, use a bit of lemon extract. These pantry additives will keep your rooms smelling good for several weeks.
  • Go “green” by repurposing Old T-shirts. We all know that painting can get messy but instead of using lots of paper products for cleaning and adding to your landfill. Grab some of those old t-shirts you don’t wear or hit up Goodwill. Cut them up to make smaller rags. This solution will save you money!
  • Q-tips for emergencies. Drips, drips, drips...Q-tips work great for quick cleanup of small drips and spots. Add a little moisture and it’s picked up quick. You can also use them for easy small touch ups where you don’t want to dirty a whole brush.
  • Good ole petroleum jelly. Another use for those Q-tips, smooth a little bit of Vaseline over hinges, screws or other places where you don’t want paint. If you slip up they won’t get covered. You can also apply Vaseline to your door seals and window seals to keep them from sticking.
  • Blow your tape. Painter’s tape should make your job easier but we have all had those times when it wants to pull off your paint when you remove it. Well to make is easier to remove, grab a hairdryer. Hold about 3 inches from the tape and use low heat. This will soften the adhesive making it release easier and giving you those straight lines you were seeking.
Well now that you got all the pro hacks your next paint job will be a breeze right!

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, June 10, 2016

Head to the French Coast by Walking into your Backyard



head to the french coast by walking into your backyard
Do you have space envy? If your outdoor space is not what you want, you can make it quite enjoyable by using the tips below.

     Divide your space. Yep you heard it. Take your small space and divide it in half. Experts say by doing this you will make the space seem larger. It doesn’t need to be a brick wall just a simple division by a pergola that you can pick up cheap. Paint it up for more effect. Once a small space is divided it makes paths for your visitors to walk thru. Intriguing!
     Privacy Screen with Plants. Nothing makes a space more peaceful than a wall of plants. Pick up a trellis and add some climbing vines or pick up a potted bush that will grow tall. Keep the sides trimmed so it grows up and not out. Place these in strategic spots on your patio that will help maximize your quiet time.
     Water Feature. Look for something small with a dark bottom so it will reflect the light of day back at you. This will make it seem bigger. Water features are dramatic and pleasing with the bubbling sounds they create. A great area for quiet reading or talking.
     Vertical Space Here! Use what you have an abundance of in a small patio what is vertical space. You can use fences, walls or even railings to add section of living vines, flowers or vegetables. Confiscate and old ladder and use it as a vertical planter as well as old wood pallets. These vertical elements draw the eye up thus creating the illusion of space.
     Mirrors. Expand your spaces with mirrored elements. Placing tall mirrors along a pathway or near behind a portico gives the feel of an entrance into another garden. A smaller mirror can also make a big difference too. Mirrors give depth to closed in or small places along with reflecting natural light which will brighten your attitude. Make sure to seal the edges and frames to prevent element damage unless that’s what you are going for.

head to the french coast by walking into your backyard
I googled “small patio ideas” and took a quick look through the images section. The ideas are endless but I see a main focus throughout which is making a focal point and moving out from there. I also saw where the addition of two levels seemed to increase the feel of space in the area. Also in a small space a large patio umbrella may be large enough to create that shade you are looking for and it can be lowered when a storm blows in. Or look into a retractable awning. No matter what you decide it is your space so make it your own.

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, June 3, 2016

Greenville Real Estate Market Update

greenville sc real estate market update
Are you ready to sell?
So I have noticed that the real estate market across the country has picked up with both sales and listing prices, so I thought I would do some research on Greenville and post some stats I found on Trulia and Realtor.org. These stats will be for all housing types unless otherwise noted.
  • Median home sales over the past year have increased 19 percent. Price per square foot also rose during the same period to $121.
  • Median sales price for a home in Greenville averages $203,000. Median sales price for a home in nearby Simpsonville averages $194,900, in Greer $147,500 and in Taylors $165,000.
  • Some demographics about Greenville, 38% are single residents while 58% are homeowners, the median age is 38 and the median household income is $38,649 with 35% being college educated.
  • Although existing home sales in the South declined by 2.7% in April, they are still 4.3% over April 2015.
  • Although home sales are up and sale prices have increased, homes for sale inventory is still low. This will create a competition in some markets for buyers looking to purchase homes this summer.
  • Overall the signs are good that the economy as a whole is still in slow recovery and pushing forward.
  • Locally there are more and more businesses relocating to Greenville thus expanding our economic base and putting more dollars into our city.
What benefits the city also has a trickle down effect to the outlying areas since there is often an even divide between people who want to live in town and those who don’t. The younger millennials are moving into cities where they are within walking distance of amenities where older baby boomers are still more comfortable out in the suburbs.

I also include housing stats on sold, pending and contingent homes in Greenville in my monthly newsletter. To sign up, just email me to be added to the list.

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.