Friday, July 29, 2016

To Drone or Not to Drone, that is the Question

to drone or not to drone, that is the question
We have heard about them, we have seen them and you might even have one. But do you know about the new FAA regulations (Part 107) regarding small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or what we call drones. So here is a quick synopsis
  • Education Provision: Allows for a new certification called ‘remote pilot in command’ which is simpler than a pilot’s license. You are still required to take a test given by the FAA and it will be knowledge-based only. Cost is around $150 and you will need about 20 hours of study time to prepare. The test is 3 hours long. Operators will also need to pass a TSA performed background check.
  • Permitted Flight Operations: Flights are restricted to daylight hours, within your visual line of sight. Do not flyer over non-participants. Limit your altitude to 400 feet and 100 mph is max speed. Civil twilight flight (30 minutes before official sunrise and official sunset your local time) will be permitted with appropriate anti-collision lighting.
  • Many of the requirements for operation can be waived which will leave room for experimentation and innovation using drones.
  • There are no provisions to notify bystanders.
  • Rule will become effective August 29th 2016. For a more complete look at the summary of changes download the FAA document.
  • Part 107 does not apply to model aircraft that are in accordance with section 336 of Public Law 112-95.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Why you should think twice about FSBO

Some Highlights from NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers:

  • Buyers (88%) look for their new home online.
  • By using a Realtor® you can net $39,000 more from your sale that by FSBO.
  • There are many people with which you have to negotiate when you sell your home, using an experienced Realtor® can help with the process.
  • A Realtor® can help you understand different financing options and refer you to qualified lenders.
  • A Realtor® can help you objectively evaluate every buyer offer without compromising your marketing position.
Contact me today if you want more information on what a Realtor® can provide as you get ready to sell your home!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

You ever heard the saying Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover? $189,998 103 Hollingsworth Dr, Easley SC 29640

103 Hollingsworth Dr, Easley SC 29640
Price: $189,998

Bedrooms: 4
Full Bathrooms: 2.5

Sq. Feet: 2280+
Type: Detached Single Family

County: Anderson

Don’t judge a home by the outside! Yes it looks like a traditional ranch but once you are in the home opens up and becomes so much more. Gleaming hardwoods flow through the main front part of the home down into the hallway and the 3 front bedrooms. Proceed into the kitchen with the gas 5 burner
cook top, wall oven lots of counter top space with updated cabinets and drawers that have the quiet close features. Off the kitchen is the Great Room with brick surround fireplace that was converted from Wood burning to gas. Then wander out to the sun room great for enjoying all year round. In its own secluded part of the home is the Master retreat with vaulted ceiling Tiffany style light fixtures, California style gentleman & ladies separate closets. The Master en-suite is its own Oasis with a huge jetted soaking tub, separate shower, a Ladies and Gentleman large vanities, even in this en-suite there is a secret in the water closet it has its own personal sink. Home has two hot water heaters 50 Gal for Master Suite and 35 Gal for rest of home. The septic tank was installed in 2011 at back left of home. The follow have been done in keeping the home well maintained and added for value to take the home from the 1960’s to 2015! The Kitchen was redone with tile counter tops and backsplash in 2000, then New Carpet in family room 2000 from Belk’s home store. Then New flirting installed in hall bath and powder room 2000, a new garbage disposal 2001, the Laundry room was constructed in 2002, then the Garage closed in and new porch pole in 2005, the new sun porch and deck added 2005 by Dixie; next on to the piece of resistance the Master Bedroom and En-suite and storage area added under the home that would make a great workshop with the concrete flooring and nice standing area in 2006 by William Walker construction; A new roof was adorned for entire home 2006. Have peace of mind with all the updated electrical in 2001 and 2006 for enough to add more lines by an electrician and checked by inspector from the county. The entire backyard was fenced fence with 3 gates in 2011. All new windows and doors inside and out with double pain windows and all doors by company in Liberty. New bathroom sinks and commodes in hall bath and powder room in 2001
from Lowes. A new oven and stove and dishwasher 2010, the kitchen and laundry room has installed vinyl flooring 2014. In June, July August 2015 the following items were done on the home The kitchen cabinets were refaced with cabinet drawers and doors to include upgrading them to quiet close, New stove overhead vent fan, a new light fixture installed in the Living Room, installed new toilet seats again in 3 bathrooms and a new pedestal sink in hall bathroom, also new mirrors were installed in front bathrooms, owner replaced the blinds in some of the rooms and installed new ceiling fans in two bedrooms & Sunroom, 2 new garage springs were installed, Owner had the following rooms repainted the Kitchen, Living Room, front 3 bedrooms, the true real hardwoods were polished, Moving to the outside the entire home to include the deck, driveway, sidewalk, porch were power washed, the entire front and side yards were landscaped with plants and flowers, mulched and 4 trees removed from the property. The current mortgage is VA and assumable. The home is in Easley city limits but under Pickens County, close to everything and an easy commute to Downtown Greenville
Click this link to see more pictures and details on this property: 

HORSES ALLOWED 212 Bruce Meadow Road – $330,000 MLS 1279421

This parcel is located in sought after desired in the upscale neighborhood of Bruce Farms Subdivision in the cul-de-sac.  Acreage is 8.156 with a spring/pond area, the lower part of the acreage backs up to a creek.  Great pasture area for your horses to roam or just to enjoy a peaceful setting.  There is an storage building with electricity ready for use.  In addition there is an existing well on the property, or public water is available, you will need to have a septic installed.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Life hacks for those shoe organizers like Grandma used

life hacks for those shoe organizers like grandma used

Remember when you went to Grandmas’ house and you would find she had one of those plastic over-the-door shoe organizers. Remember how you thought “those are for old people.” Well maybe not! Here are some tips on how to use that simple organizer to straighten out your life.
  • Use it for bulk buys. If you find yourself buying bulk toilet paper or paper towels, canned goods or bottle goods then hang one of these in an out of the way closet or in your basement (if applicable) and stash the items in it. Then when you need something you can grab it and get on with your life.
  • Gift wrap keeper. One thing we all have an issue with is where to put all that leftover gift wrap from Christmas, birthdays, baby showers etc. Well here is a solution! Buy a over-the-door shoe organizer and use the bottom row to set the tubes in. Attached simple elastic from the sewing center toward the top to make loops to keep the tubes straight and neat. Then you can add an extra grab bag at the bottom for bows, tape and even scissors.
  • Cord clutter cutter. If you are like me, you have technology cords laying all over the house. You can’t get rid of them because you need it for something you bought and needs to be charged sooner or later. Get a shoe organizer and label each slot for the type of cord you put in it. One cord per slot. Then place it in a convenient place. You can also organize batteries and lightbulbs too!
  • Kid snacks. Kids run in from school and immediately they are ruining your pantry looking for a snack. Give them a helping hand by organizing their snacks in a shoe organizer. Hang it over the door of your pantry for easy access.
  • Cleaning station. Great idea! Instead of shoving all those cleaners under your kitchen sink, use a shoe organizer in each bathroom to store cleaners or quick clean ups. Make sure if you have small children you only use the upper slots for cleaners and the lower slots can be for bath toys.
Hope these tips help you out. I am seriously considering grabbing a couple of these myself.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Easy Exit Front Door Storage Ideas

easy exit front door storage ideas
Organization is something we all want but don’t necessarily have time to do. One place we need organization is setting up your stuff so you can easily grab it and go when you leave the house. Here are some tips that can help make the transition from home to the car a bit easier.
  • Set up a organizer shelf near the door that everyone uses. Setting up personalized baskets, containers or buckets for each member of your family can cut the amount to time spent searching for those necessities you need when heading out the door.
  • Pilfering through purses is another way to slow your morning. So bite the bullet and clean out the ones you don’t use, then use S hooks to hang up your most used ones in the front closet. If you don’t have a closet you can install a tension bar between two walls closer than five feet apart.
  • Create a charge station near the front door. Drop your most used, most traveled tech items there to charge while you are in the house. If you really want to impress, set up a tech storage and run each cord into a different holder with labels so you know what to charge where. Lots of time saved not searching the house for your electronics.
  • One of the best tips I ever received was to deal with the mail when you walked into the door. Don’t set it down cause it won’t get back up. So if you have the room you might set up a recycling bin by the door or in a nearby closet so when you walk in all the junk mail goes in the bin. Let’s you deal with the real stuff right away.
  • Have a rule in your house that everyone should take their shoes off at the door? Well then provide them with shoe storage. Enough that they can store their current pair plus a pair of house shoes/slippers. Nothing feels better than kicking off those shoes at the end of the day. Something the size of a mail sorter could work for you.
  • So guess what’s back in style? School lockers with their metal look. If a local school is going through a remodel or you have a reclamation shop, take a look to see if you can pick some up. They have hooks on three sides and are pretty sturdy. They can even be locked with a combo lock if needed.
  • Need a weather safe solution to storing boots at your door? How about getting a large drip mat and then adding in some river rocks in a single layer on top. Setting the wet or muddy shoes on top of these allows the damp stuff to drop off keeping your entryway clean and clear. 
Hope these tips help you get the creative juices flowing in a way that helps you organize it! We all like the thought of saving time.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Moving Made Easy (well easier)

moving made easy (well easier)
We all know that moving is one of those dreaded “must dos” when you buy or sell a home. Everything has to be boxed and then taken somewhere else and unpacked. So to help make your life easier, here are some tips that just might save some of your hair (pulling).
  • Photo shoot. Yep, that’s right. How about a pre-pack photo shoot of your whole home. What better way to remember how things were set up then by using pics?
  • Pack Rat Solution. Do this check in your mind about less expensive items; could you replace the item in the future for under $20? If you answered yes to that question then pitch the item and repurchase if and when you need it again.
  • Recycle your tubes. If you know you are moving keep your toilet paper cardboard rolls and use them to keep control of your cords. Loop the cord back and forth, then flatten and slip into a TP roll. No tangled mess to unpack.
  • Command it. Just as ship builders do, create a command center to keep all your moving tools. By keeping them in one place you avoid hunting the house for them saving you time.
  • Tape it. Keep warrant cables under control by taping them to the bottom of your appliances. No more searching boxes for them.
  • Soften the impact. Why spend a bunch of money at places like U-haul for bubble wrap when you have plenty of packing material at home. Use your oven mitts, pot holders, dish towels, bath towels, hand towels, blankets or anything else that is soft and pliable to package stuff up with. You have to ship it anyway, why not save some money too!
  • Organize it. Buy large color-coded labels and mark each box with a specific color for a specific room. When you get to the new home, put a color label on the room and have the movers deliver the color-coded boxes to that room. Makes the process simpler and you don’t have to direct traffic.
Well I hope some of these moving “hacks” helped you out. I know I will think twice about my next moving experience. Let me know if you need to find a new home to move into and put some of these practices into play.

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.