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!

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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.