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“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible,” Sarah Dessen.

Summer is a upon us and if you are looking for fun things to do and adventures to take, check out the list of activities throughout different parts of The Upstate!

 

Greenville

• Butterfly Adventure - Encounter butterflies like never before! Visit the Roper Mountain Science Center and get up close with butterflies in their new butterfly adventure habitat. (For more information visit HERE: Butterfly Adventure)

• Fluor Field at the West End - What’s summer without baseball games? Enjoy cheering on the Greenville Drive with a bag of

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Greenville, South Carolina Housing Market Trends

The first quarter of 2017 has ended, so lets review how the housing market in Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina has done so far. Reports show that new listings are up 3.5% and the time a house spends on the market is down by 24.4 days to a total of 58 days on the market. The Greater Greenville Association of Realtors says, "Sales have held their own in year-over-year comparisons and should improve during the busiest months of the real estate sales cycles ... As the economy improves home sales tend to go up." 


*GGAR Monthly Stats

According to one survey, homes bought in March of 2016 have appreciated over the year on average by $16,835. The list-to-sold price ratio is up in 2017 in

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New Construction and Why to Consider a Buyer’s Agent

You’ve decided you want to purchase a New Construction Home. That’s great! There are so many benefits to go this route when buying a home.

Here are just 3 of the numerous benefits of choosing a new construction, by Forbes.com.

#1 “You’re able to have the builder customize the home before construction is completed, so it will be built with your personal touch- a big bonus!”

#2 “A big financial benefit of new properties is that you won’t have to do much maintenance. With brand new appliances, plumbing, heating, and air, you should be repair free for at least a few years.”

#3 “Utilizing new construction materials, just-built homes are usually more energy efficient; that means potentially

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Job Relocating to/from the Greater Greenville Area

Relocating for a New Job in a new area is both exciting and stressful. But having the right Real Estate Agent on your side will help make the entire process as stress-free as possible! With our knowledge of the current housing market and community trends, we can help you and your family find the right home that fits your needs best.

If you are being transferred to the Upstate of South Carolina with your Job, we can work with any Relocation Company to handle all the important details to make the home buying process smooth so you can focus on adjusting to the move.

Or if you’re being transferred away from the Greater Greenville Area, we can Sell your current house so you will be ready to buy in

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Looking for a project to do this weekend? How about renovate your kitchen?

Okay maybe you are not ready to do it THIS weekend, but did you know that you can do a (mostly) DIY Kitchen Makeover for Under $5,000? Whether you are wanting to do a makeover on your current home before you sell, or do a makeover on a home you just purchased, Zillow.com says it's possible! 

Zillow.com Kitchen DIY 

Image source: Erica Sooter via Zillow.com 

Cabinets

Hate your cabinets? Paint is an excellent option to freshen up the space. Erica opted for a method we had not thought of using - CHALK PAINT. This route is less expensive than fully gutting your kitchen cabinets and replacing with new, and is a fun new way to bring new life to your kitchen. An additional perk to using chalk

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Buying and or Selling a home can be tricky. That is why it is important to have the right people on your team to help make the messy and stressful process ... well not messy and stressful! Over the years we've come into contact with many homeowners, or potential homeowners, who ask us the similar questions. To help, we've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about real estate that we think can help! And as always, if you have any further questions we'd love to answer the ones that are not found listed here.

 

Is now a good time to Buy or Sell?

We would say 2017 is absolutely a great year to buy or sell a home! While forecasted reports at the end of 2016 indicated that this year would be a Sellers market with lower inventory for

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See the RE/MAX Difference

Our Team has over 50 years of combined Real Estate experience in providing guidance and advice for buyers on the road to home ownership and sellers who want the most money for their home. We know how difficult it can be to find the ideal house to become your new home. We understand how it can be extremely difficult to detach from your current home after making years of memories. We do our best to balance your emotions with this this extremely important financial decision.  As experienced, successful, Real Estate Agents, we will take the time to learn more about your needs, personal preferences, wants, and financial plan. Our role is to allow you to rely on our knowledge of the local market and neighborhoods and to show you

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    Millennials are making a big mistake by not owning a home, says one financial expert Millennials are making a big mistake by not owning their homes, says one financial expert      

While opponents of homeownership claim it's "the American nightmare," self-made millionaire David Bach is doubling down on his faith in real estate.

He thinks that not prioritizing homeownership is "the single biggest mistake millennials are making."

Buying a home is "an escalator to wealth," he tells CNBC.

 

Young adults in particular aren't hopping on this escalator, and it's a costly mistake, Bach warns: "If millennials don't buy a home, their chances of actually having any wealth in this country are little to none. The average homeowner to this

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: A 'For Sale' sign sits in the front yard of a townhouse June 23, 2015 in Northeast Washington, DC. Purchases of new homes in the U.S. rose in May to the highest level in seven years, signaling that the industry may be gaining momentum heading toward the second half of the year. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Mortgage rates have risen since the election of Donald Trump, from 3.5% to the recent 4.2%. Bond investors are perceiving an economic stimulus package to uplift the economy. More business activity, greater commerce, and faster job growth are certainly good news, which thereby also no longer justifies the ultra-low interest rate environment of the

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New year, new home improvement projects? Whether you’re dying to update your kitchen, add a half-bath, or kick back on a brand-new deck, it pays off big-time knowing just what kind of return on investment your dream renovation might deliver. And you’re in luck, because Remodeling magazine has just released its annual Cost vs. Value report, which analyzes what you’ll pay for various upgrades—and how much you’ll recoup on that investment when you sell your home.

For this much-read report (which, by the way, is celebrating its 30th anniversary), researchers scrutinized 29 popular home improvements in 99 markets nationwide, polling contractors on how much they charge for these jobs as well as real estate agents on

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