Monday, June 17, 2019

Home Renovations - The Low Down

Home Renovations – The Low Down
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When it comes time to sell a home, a lot of sellers as me…”Should I spend the money to make upgrades?” “Will it increase the value of my home?” “Will I get back what I put into the renovation?”

These are common questions from homeowners and home sellers. So, I found a report that puts out information that just might answer these questions. The 2019 U.S. Houzz & Home report gives us the median renovation spending amount, how the renovations were paid for and much more.

To begin, a typical renovating homeowner spent $15,000 on home renovation projects in 2018 according to the aforementioned report. The interesting thing is these numbers are about what has been spent over the last two years. So renovations are a steadily increasing business. And more than half the homeowners who subscribed to Houzz are planning renovations for this year.

Now, you may ask, what are they spending all this money on? In 2018, homeowners renovated an average of 2.8 rooms in their home, upgraded 2.7 systems in their home like electrical, plumbing and A/C; and performed 2.4 exterior upgrades. A surge in kitchen remodeling spending which is the most popular and most expensive room in the home. A typical kitchen renovation cost around $14,000. Guest and master bathrooms came in as the third most popular rooms to renovate. Security system upgrades continue to be a popular option with millennials leading the charge over baby boomers.

Top Funding Sources

Cash is still the primary way homeowners are paying for these renovations but credit card use is on the rise. During 2018, 37 percent of homeowners used a credit card compared to 33 percent in 2017.

It was also discovered that as the renovation costs rise, homeowners became more likely to take out a secured home loan, equity loan or use saved cash from a previous home sale, a gift, an inheritance or insurance payout.

Who is Renovating?

Baby Boomers and Gen Xers make up 81 percent of the renovation homeowners spending around $15,000 a piece. Millennials are about 14 percent and spending around $10,000. Gen Zers are still only a small share of renovating homeowners and spending around $7,000.

Why Does it Cost so Much?

Houzz speculates that the trade war with China is the likely culprit for costs continuing to increase. Just for kitchens, the median spending jumped 27 percent between 2017 and 2018. Master bathroom spending was up 14 percent and non-master bath spending increased 17 percent. These trends are expected to continue.

So, why is this so important? With so many homeowners remodeling and upgrading their homes, they may be choosing to stay in the home longer than anticipated when they first bought the home.

Checking the Cost vs Value Remodeling website, for the South Atlantic region which includes Greenville South Carolina, an upscale master suite addition will cost around $253,821 with a resale value of $131,035. An upscale major kitchen remodels of $126,307 will get you $82,677 resale value. A midrange master suite addition of $121,799 will get you $72,388 resale value. A midrange major kitchen remodel of $63,387 will get a resale value of $40,094. The website goes through various other types of remodels, cost and resale values and will give you a good general idea of what you will spend and what your resale return will be. It also indicates how much of the cost was recouped and whether the change is higher or lower than in 2018.

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 7, 2019

Market Update – You Should Buy This Summer

market update - you should buy this summer
Home prices will continue to rise. CoreLogic just released its latest Home Price Insights (HPI) for April 2019. Home prices were up in April 3.6 percent over last year same time. The annual price growth shows an acceleration since March 2018. The HPI Forecast is for prices to increase by 4.7 percent by April 2020.

Projected to increase – mortgage interest rates. All the experts, Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are projecting that rates will increase by this time next year. However, Freddie Mac’s current report shows the 30-year rate at 3.99% which is down 0.07 from last week and 0.57 from 1 year ago. Although there was a spike at the end of April in the 3-year rate, it has been steadily dropping. Could this be a leveling off of the interest rates? In the same report, it shows the 15-year FRM and the 5/1-year ARM both down also. Freddie Mac is also reporting that both existing and new home sales have picked up recently.

Renting or Buying, you are paying a mortgage. Unless you are living rent-free with family, you are paying someone’s mortgage. Why not make it yours? As a homeowner, paying on your own mortgage will force you to save money. As you pay down the principal, you will gain equity.

It’s time to make the leap. With both home prices and mortgage rates predicted to rise, the time is now to get into a place that is yours. Take a look at your need and determine if owning a home is right. Are you raising a family? Need stability? Family safety on your mind? These are all good reasons to make the leap and buy your own home.

No matter what your situation, if you are flirting with the thought of buying a home, do it now because when mortgage rates and home prices rise it will cost you more on your monthly payment. Stop paying someone else’s mortgage for them and build your own equity in your own home.

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, May 31, 2019

Greenville SC Restaurants Have the Technology

King Tut Grill Greenville SC
Today’s fine dining experiences are changing. Some of the newer restaurants in Greenville SC have instituted updated technology to fill the gap of not being able to find and hire staff.

At the local King Tut Grill, you are greeted with a kiosk upon entering where you order and buy all your food and beverages. This type of kiosk ordering has streamlined and driven up the efficiency with which food is prepared and served. The food is brought to your table by a runner but there is no wait staff circulating to fill your empty glass. King Tut features steak and BBQ and 32 beer taps. Get an 8-oz NY strip steak, baked potato, salad and roll for $16.95.

At another newer restaurant, HabiTap, it is basic counter service with no real servers. Customers will enter and order their food at the counter, have a seat and a runner will bring it to the table. A dining room person will check on tables and keep it cleaned up but there are no classic servers. HabiTap considers itself a fast and casual approach to modern taphouse. It presents made from scratch food with an extensive menu of draft craft beer and hand selected wines.

HabiTap Greenville SC
Both of the above restaurants are also serving up what is a growing trend in the world of beer today. Customers are focusing more of their efforts in discovering “craft” beers than sticking to the older major distributors. The younger generation is not afraid to experience the uniqueness of the craft beer revolution.

Will this be the death of fine dining? Probably not, but it will cost you more for full service. With the unemployment rate down to 3.6 percent per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is getting harder to find people to staff a full restaurant. By using technology, restaurants can staff with less experience high school aged students who need that initial work experience. Thus, keeping their overhead a bit lower while still providing you with great food from their fully staffed chef-run kitchens.

This new concept has been dubbed, “fast casual.” It gives those people who only have a short time to eat, a better solution than always grabbing a burger at the local fast-food joint. Times are changing and with it, businesses need to keep up or get lost in the closures.

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, May 24, 2019

Natural Disasters Affect Home Appraisals

natural disasters affect home appraisals
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--> Natural disasters can affect any homeowner in any area around the U.S. Your home can be hit with anything including a hurricane, flood, heavy snow or ice storm, hailstorm, and even a tornado.

If your home has been partially damaged by a natural disaster, you can get an appraisal which will help support a diminution in the value of your home. Turn a copy of the appraisal over to your tax collector office and you may get a reduction in property taxes for the year especially if your state had a “governor-declared disaster.” The damage your home got may make it hard to get a true value. Make sure to hire a reputable home appraiser.

If your home has been destroyed, the challenge of a home appraisal becomes a severe challenge. The value of the home will have to be recreated using old property records. These may include any changes or updates you made to the home prior to the disaster. If the disaster is large enough as in a wildfire there may be no neighboring homes available to render an accurate appraisal.

Then again, if your home is left intact but the surrounding community has been affected like severe loss of lush landscapes and other natural vegetation, an appraisal on your home may be lower because of the curb appeal or community appeal is gone. If many homes are destroyed the community turns into a lot for sale market rather than a home for sale market.

In the event of a major disaster, there can be fear that the area will be hit or affected again, thus making buyers timid. The area may gain a stigma for a fire or hurricane that will stick around for an average of five years.

After a disaster, you may be faced with two kinds of appraisals. If you are filing an insurance claim, your insurance company will assess the home in terms of total replacement cost which is defined as the cost to replace with a substitute of like or equal utility. They will concentrate on replacing just the structure, ignoring the land and only include the extras as stated in your homeowners' policy. A third-party appraisal considers the price of the land and replacement cost with all the additional costs that go into rebuilding after a disaster or loss.

Over the last decade, many lessons have been learned from significant natural disasters like Katrina, Ivan, Michael, Opal, flooding in the Midwest and heavy snowfall in the northern parts of the U.S. Technology improvements have been made that help appraisers and assessors get past the challenges of a natural disaster and help them mitigate risk. Knowing the fire, flood or earthquake risk for an area helps to support true property valuations. These tools give greater insight with extra metrics over and above standard appraisals.

Again, if you are requesting an appraisal investigate the background of the appraiser and ask questions. Find out what tools they use to assist them with their process in determining value. If you need a reputable appraiser in the Greenville SC area, contact me and I can refer you to one.

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, May 17, 2019

The "Boomerang Generation"

the boomerang generation
So, you raised your kids and sent them off to college thinking that once they graduated, they would be off on their own and you would become empty nesters like some of your baby boomer friends. Enjoying retirement, traveling and being on your own.

Then…bam! Your kid moves back into your home. He/she graduated but hasn’t got their footing yet, so they move back in with you to get prepared. But is it the best decision for them? Will it create tension in the home, will there be new rules to follow, will there actually be financial responsibility learned by the child or just a reason to have extra money to play around with.

Researchers at the Urban Institute have found that people who move back in with their parents after graduating don’t become homeowners 10 years later. They have access to a home why would they want to own one? But research also shows that when an adult child moves back into their parents' home it forces both parties to learn to communicate on an adult level which can be a plus as both parties age.

In 2016, Pew Research Center reported in their paper that it is very common for young adults aged 18-34 to be living with their parents. These younger adults who are moving back home are being referred to as the “Boomerang Generation” so named for boomeranging back to their parents' home after college.

Our younger generation is financially struggling and making suggestions like “just don’t spend so much” isn’t getting to the root of the problem. These young adults are often sapped with student loan debt for outrageous amounts and then they are supposed to pay rent, utilities, groceries, and work at a full-time job. Most of the older generations did not have the $1.5 trillion in student debt as the younger generation does now.

Another issue is that wages have not recovered from the not too distance Recession we experienced. The economy is in a strong stretch with more businesses looking for workers than workers available. But wages have not kept up with the recovery. Another global-induced outsourcing has eliminated jobs and a college degree no longer guarantees you job stability. Many have got their degree only to take jobs in beginner level positions like fast-food or retail sales.

Our economy is turning in a way that there will no longer exist middle-income brackets. Most of the purchasing power will be for the top 10 percent of wage earners. This will delay homeownership until people are into their late 30’s.

So who will save homeownership? Looks like it may be Generation Z our up and coming younger people between 18 and 23. They have a desire to own a home and are willing to make sacrifices to do it. But they may require financial help either from government programs or from their parents.

But Gen Z may also be occupied with making themselves happy and getting employment that they enjoy more than concerning themselves with the daily grind of bills, debt and such.

Only time will tell if Gen Z can save the real estate market across the country or not. Builders are still reeling from the recession and not jumping into building homes that they know won’t be bought. Inventory remains low and interest rates are playing the up/down game. For May, they dropped back to 4.20% nationally down .05% from April.

Probably the best advice that we can give these younger generations is to not accrue any debt especially student loans. Work and pay as you go for college so you will be in a better position financially when you graduate. Do your basic coursework at a local state college which tend to be cheaper per credit hour. Then work on your degree as you can afford it. Or join the military so you can get the G.I. bill.

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.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Swamp Rabbit Trail Expansion Proposed

swamp rabbit trail expansion proposed
Greenville SC and the surrounding areas are making a determined effort to become more walker, biker and runner friendly. Simpsonville is the latest city to announce an expansion of the Swamp Rabbit trail which already covers 22 miles. This multi-use greenway trail runs along the Reedy River and through city parks and connects Travelers Rest with the City of Greenville SC.

The new Simpsonville trail would be just under a mile long and would run from Trade Street downtown to Fairview Road. The path would parallel Southeast Main Street and follow the railroad tracks.

The Simpsonville City Council still must vote to allocate funding but once they do it will move forward by starting work in July. This project will cost around $400,000 and would include infrastructure work along the route.

Currently, the Swamp Rabbit Trail does not connect to Simpsonville, but this will be the main section once the trail gets down to the Golden Strip. If it isn’t connected, it will still be a useful trail for points of interest within the city.

Long term goals for the Swamp Rabbit Trail are to connect it from Travelers Rest down to the Golden Strip. There are trails already running further south in Fountain Inn. But before this can happen, an extension that takes the trail from Cleveland Park in downtown Greenville SC to Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research needs to be built.

Greenville SC County and the surrounding cities are still working on gaining easements and talking with private property owners to make this trail happen. The response has been positive.

Imagine a trail that would traverse all the cities that are included in the Greenville SC area metroplex offering an alternative way to get to work. Offering a secure path away that allows runners, walkers and bikers the opportunity to explore healthy exercise options.

The trend for the younger generation is to move into cities where they can do everything either on foot or by bike. Extending the Swamp Rabbit Trail will go a long way to keeping and recruiting a younger generation of happy workers.

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, May 3, 2019

Solar Power: Is it right for your home?

solar power: is it right for your home
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In 2011, a $10,000 solar system included 5 panels and your break-even point was probably around the 9-year mark. Today, that same $10,000 investment would get you 3-times the number of panels on your roof and increase the amount of converted electricity you brought in so that you would probably break even on what comes in and what goes out.

Electric companies are in business to make money and they want to make it off you. When you are making electricity, you sell it to them for say .13 cents and when the sun goes down you buy it back at say .13 cents. The hope is that you break even in what goes out and what comes in.

Maintenance or other costs

There are no maintenance costs with solar panels. You do have an option to clean them once or twice a year, but it is optional. Before you buy, look at what the warranty is and what it will cover. If they have a 25-year warranty, guaranteed to produce 85% of their output in year 25. After 25 years, most panels will work but at an increasingly degraded level. So, maybe add to your maintenance budget a panel upgrade after 15-20 years.

Also, investigate what type of inverters the solar company is installing. It is possible they will have a warranty also. Microinverters are good if you have any issue with shade on the panels. String inverters will shut down the whole panel if there is shade where microinverters will not.

Ask about how durable the panels are for the type of weather you have in the area where you live. If you worry about hail, severe thunderstorms, snow or other possible damage, you will want to know how that will affect them.

Solar Performance

Panels will not make more energy than they are rated to output but the weather will affect how much energy you make on a day. To figure out your degradation rate, you can look at the system over six-month time or year-over-year and see what your output was avoiding cloudy days.

If you are worried about what your electricity consumption will be looking into battery storage such as a Tesla power wall. It can be programmed to charge during the low electricity period and then be used when you are in the higher peak periods of electricity use.

If you are interested in figuring out what you break-even point may be here is a link to a solar calculator. Add the number of sunny days for Greenville SC (220) or your area and then insert what your initial investment would be as well as your average KwH from your electric bill.

Additional Info

Also, remember that the Federal Government does provide a tax break for solar panels. This includes solar energy systems and solar water heaters. However, these credits will only be available through December 31, 2021. So, decide quickly.

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.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Renters Paying More Than Homebuyers

CoreLogic is a great real estate research company who has spent time and money tracking popular indicators of the real estate market nationwide. They have been able to gather data from multiple sources and use their systems and algorithms to accurately predict what the trends are in today’s real estate markets.

The latest information coming from CoreLogic is saying that renters are carrying a higher monetary burden of the cost of renting than homebuyers and homeowners are carrying for paying their mortgage.

single-family rent vs typical mortgage payment

Although home prices have been rising, they are leveling off with the increases in mortgage rates and the tightening of buyer qualifications.

CoreLogic’s national rent index in December 2018 was 36 percent higher than December 2005. Conversely, a typical mortgage payment was down 4 percent over the same period.

If we look at numbers from December 2017 to December 2018, we notice that monthly mortgage payment rose by 12.1 percent. Homebuyers were hit with rising home prices and rising mortgage rates. But that is only one year.

If we zero in on the last decade we find that only 27 percent of homeowners were “cost burdened” whereas 46 percent of renters were “cost burdened.” Cost-burdened means they are putting 30 percent or more of their income towards mortgage cost or renting.

The argument of whether to buy or to rent has been around as long as there have been homes being built. Mortgage companies are offering many special programs either nationally or locally to assist buyers with down payments rendering that part of the argument almost mute. With the boosting of the U.S. Economy that has happened in the last three years, local employment has risen to a point where companies are having trouble finding workers. Ambitious persons looking to buffer their savings accounts might think about getting another job since the job market is more proliferate today than three years ago.

It all boils down to, do you want to pay your landlord’s mortgage? Or do you want to pay your own, gain equity and have a great investment toward your future? Contact me today and I can show you how we can make owning a homework for you.

On another interesting note, CoreLogic is reporting that consuming credit delinquencies are up while mortgage delinquencies are down. They attribute this to higher student loan debt in the last two years and consumer defaulting on auto loans. They noted that there were many subprime financed loans given to people with credit scores below 620, around 20 percent of them. And 1/3 of them were below 660 whereas mortgage borrowers had higher credit scores.

auto and student delinquencies high & rising

After the real estate market crash, the government forced mortgage lenders to institute new rules to prevent them from lender to less than optimal borrowers. Looks like the auto industry can take a cue from real estate.

auto loans have lower credit scores

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, April 19, 2019

Hells Angels National Meeting and Top Golf Opens

hells angels national meeting in clemson sc
This summer from July 29 to August 2, Hells Angels Motorcycle Club is coming to Clemson for their national gathering. It will be a time for them to ride in, have their annual meeting and get together. The local Hells Angels Club wanted to show off the Upstate area of South Carolina and were the ones who approached the tourism office back in 2016.

An estimated 600 to 700 members is the count that could show up. Local businesses are excited about the influx of revenue with such a large group. Clemson is slowing during the summer months with most students going home for summer vacation. It is estimated that the economic impact will be $1.2 million.

Kade Herrick, tourism director for the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce, reached out to past host officials to find out how similar events went. Herrick was pleased to find out that although the justice department classifies Hells Angels as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” the Camden County Sherriff’s Office in Missouri said that outside of traffic issues from that many motorcycles, they did not have any problems with the group. The Sherriff did state that they reach out to the president of the chapter and go over law enforcement guidelines.

The group is not coming to “raise hell,” they are bringing their families with them and having a large family reunion of sorts. They will meet other brothers and families, socialize and enjoy riding through the beautiful countryside that is South Carolina.

Herrick has also stated that the Visit Clemson tourism department is working to promote the Upstate as a “great motorcycle destination” due to the mountains within a short ride and their winding roads. Motorcyclists love winding roads and beautiful scenery.

Top Golf

top golf comes to greenville sc
Three years of ramp-up has led to the anticipated opening of the Texas-based TopGolf facility. There will be a 55,000 square foot main building and a 215-foot driving range. In addition to working on your Golf swing, there will be food and beverages including wine and beer. There will be three stories with restaurants and bars on every floor, open patios and gaming areas.

They will have instructors available for those who want to improve their golf game. TopGolf’s goal is to broaden the interest in the game of golf. With the recent comeback of Tiger Woods at the Master’s recently, there may be an upsurge of interest in golf. What a perfect time to get going.

In additional, TopGolf is hiring so they will be adding jobs to the area. Also, the site’s developer has mentioned hotels, restaurants and a dinner theater may be coming to the site. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the opening date.

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, April 12, 2019

Just Listed - 39 Pleasant View Court, Chappells, SC 29037

39 Pleasant View Court, Chappells, SC 29037
39 Pleasant View Court, Chappells, SC 29037
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Levels: 2
Square Feet: +/-2,202
Type: Detached Single Family
MLS # 1389619
Price: $398,800

Lake Living just got real here on Lake Greenwood! Have you always wanted to be on the lake but couldn't afford it well look no further. This Cape Cod Style home is situated on 1.8 acres and has it all with 2202 HSF of living, 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms a 19x16 bonus room, with a detached garage. Having a large dock in place with decking providing plenty of seating area, a boat slip, boat lift, and jet ski dock you are ready to start the fun! Now, let's get to the features of the home, which is well kept, low maintenance and no detail overlooked.

Throughout the home, you will find crown molding, 5" baseboards, thick window casements, most rooms having ceiling fans, the bathrooms have upgraded shower/tubs to include grab bars. In the Kitchen, there are specialty made cream cabinets with coffee highlights and adorned with rope and crown molding with lots of cabinets, counter space, drawers, 2 lazy Susans, pantry, Frigidaire Gallery Black Appliances, Insinkerator garbage disposal, and a great view of Lake Greenwood. The Family Rm with eye-catching views of the lake with gleaming hardwoods that flow into the hallways, a gorgeous stack stone fireplace with raised hearth and cedar mantle burns wood and provides excellent heat and atmosphere.

The Master suite has a water view, nice walk-in closet which stretches along the 13' wall niche, shelving and hanging areas, plenty of windows allowing in natural light. Once in the Master bath that features a comfort height double sink vanity, shower/tub with grab bar, and two storage closets adding plenty of storage. On the other end of the hallway is the Guest bath with comfort height spacious vanity with double sinks, two storage closets, tub/shower with grab bar access to the hall but separate access to guest bdrm. The guest bdrm. just like the rest of the home has lots of natural light and a nice walk-in closet that easily fits clothes, ski vests, decorations, its all up to what you might need to store.

For more photos and details, click the link below.
39 Pleasant View Court, Chappells, SC 29037

The interactive map below shows 39 Pleasant View Court but not necessarily the exact location of the home itself. Directions: Hwy. 72 RT on Hwy 39 in Cross Hill proceed through town on Hwy 39 then RT at the stop sign, follow Hwy 39 then RT on Pineland Rd, bear RT at signs, Turn LT onto South Point Harbor Dr, RT on Pleasant View Ct home on RT down gravel drive past garage at the road.

Renters Beware - Greenville SC Rental Rates Out of Control

Greenville SC apartment rental rates have tripled the national average in a year!
Apartment List has put out their rental report for April 2019 and it shows that nationally rents remained flat for the second straight month. Nationally, the year-over-year growth was around 1.3 percent which lagged behind the previous two years.

Greenville SC has seen a boost in apartment construction, especially in the downtown area. One would think that with more units on the market, the rents would level off or become cheaper. But this is not the case.

Although the median price for a 2-bedroom is $870, this is below the $1,170 national average. If you rented in San Fran it would be $3,110 a month.

Apartment List’s April report reflects that rents in Greenville SC rose 4.2 percent from April 2018. Spartanburg came in second at 3.8 percent and Columbia was closer to the national average at 1.9 percent. Similarly, rents in Charleston for a 2-bedroom dropped two-tenths of a percent to $1,090.

greenville sc rent growth over the past 12 months
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So, what could be driving this rental rate increase you ask? There has been an increase in business developments in the Greenville area over the last several years and with this increase comes an influx of extra people who are looking for or relocating to a new job and need housing. Most look for temporary housing such as renting to start. Also, homes for sale nationally as well as in Greenville SC has been an issue. Builders are starting to recover but are being cautious because many took a big hit during the 2007 crash.

Rents will continue to increase. How do you combat this? Contact me today about getting you into a home where you can pay toward ownership and build equity in something that will pay off big for you when you need to sell.

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, April 5, 2019

Event Central - Greenville SC is it

Event Central - Greenville SC is it
VisitGreenvilleSC is playing an important role in bringing conventions and events into our city. So here is a look at the next 13 months.
  • Leadership Team Development, Winters Spring Leadership, April 5-7, 2019
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha, 2019 South Atlantic Regional, April 10-14, 2019
  • USA Triathlon, Duathlon National Championship. April 13-14, 2019
  • Christian Meetings & Conventions Association, 2019 Annual Conference, April 15-18, 2019
  • Clemson University, 2019 Men of Color Summit, April 24-26, 2019
  • Southern Conference, 2019 Baseball Championship, May 20-26, 2019
  • National Christian College Athletic Association, National Convention, May 27-31, 2019
  • Georgia Society of Association Executives, 2019 Annual Conference, May 29-June 2, 2019
  • Relentless Church, The ONE Conference, May 30-June 2, 2019
  • Impact Baseball, June 2019 Showcase, May 31- June 2, 2019

You can print the whole calendar here.

Once again AKA (Alpha Kappa Alpha) has chosen Greenville SC as the city to host their annual South Atlantic Regional! We will welcome 4,000 plus women as they paint the town PINK and GREEN on April 10-14. They will gather to network, learn and tend to sorority business as well as shop, dine and tour.

USAT Duathlon National Championship – the USA Triathlon returns for a second year to Lakeside Park. There will be three races offered.
  • Saturday, 4/13 Draft-Legal Sprint National Championship
  • Sunday, 4/14 Non-drafting Sprint & Standard National Championships

Check here for details on Team USA qualification for all races.

And since we are talking about events that you will be coming to Greenville SC to see, here are some ways you can get active with these nine alternative places to run that are not our Swamp Rabbit Trail.
  1. Lake Conestee Nature Park. A private nonprofit managed park located between Greenville and Mauldin. Perfect for trail runners and surface runners alike. Six miles of natural surface trails and six miles of paved trails.
  2. Paris Mountain State Park. Great place to get into trail running. Just outside of town, there are 15 miles of hiking and biking trails. Run on Saturdays to avoid the bikes.
  3. Greer City Park. More popular with roadrunners and those who don’t mind loops. Various loops wind around Fountain Plaza and Gardens, behind City Hall and by a pond and gazebo.
  4. Cedar Falls. Offers two miles of trails past a historic site and scenic waterfall. Dogs welcome.
  5. Furman University. Several miles of trails on the campus grounds surrounded by beautiful views. There is a 1.5-mile loop around the 40-acre lake or a more challenging 5K course which winds through the campus.
  6. Downtown Greenville. If you like dodging obstacles, then this may be the run for you. You can easily make a mile on the main street and add distance by taking side streets.
  7. Cleveland Park. Features paved trails that wind through wooded areas next to the Reedy River and along flat grassy lands. You can extend your run by using the connector trail to Falls Park in downtown Greenville.
  8. Oak Grove Lake. An 18-acre fishing lake with a .8 mile loop around the water. A neighborhood borders this lake on one side and you can easily extend your run by taking to the neighborhood streets. Watch your step, this is a trail, although relatively flat but does have a wooded area where the creek bed is exposed.
  9. Legacy Park at Verdae. Located in the rapidly growing Verdae area this trail may one day grow with the community. Right now it is a short running path that loops a small fountain pond but here you can also expand your run by taking to the neighborhood streets.

Hope these help you expand your running experience and get you outside! These trails can be walked, hiked, biked and run. Enjoy!

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