12 Tips for a Safer Home this Holiday Season
12 Tips for a Safer Home this Holiday Season
Housing Market Update
Greenville and the surrounding Upstate cities have continually been on the rise. As we head into the winter months, we are looking forward to helping more individuals buy and sell homes! There are many advantages to selling in the "off season". By choosing to list your home during fall and winter, you face less competition with other sellers, giving your home the potential to be seen by more buyers! When you list your home during the "off season", you can expect to come in contact with more serious buyers. With fewer transactions taking place, attorneys, lenders, and inspectors, might have the ability to turn transactions around faster - meaning shorter closing times for all parties! Mortgage rates are low at the moment,…
What Makes a House a Home?
It’s the memories, love, accomplishments, and growth, that happen every day throughout the years. Imagine the sense of pride and accomplishment as you are handed the keys to your first home. Envision the numerous giggles at the family dinner table surrounded by those you love the most. Hear the jokes and taunts of friends in the backyard gathered for barbecues. Home is where memories are made, holidays are celebrated, and families grow.
The home buying and selling process, however, can seem daunting. Where do you begin? What happens if the house you love goes under contract? What do you do with all the paperwork? How do people even find homes for sale? If you’re asking these questions and many others, we would love to…
Do you know all the free events you can attend in Greenville? No matter the season, there is something fun for you and your family! Check out the calendar below to begin planning your weekend activities.
Not many like, or want homework. The American Society of Home Inspectors recommends that as children receive their homework, homeowners should do their own homework on their homes. Simply remember these “Three R’s” to maintain your home to it’s best condition.
Look around for things that need to be replaced. Examine loose caulking on frames and seals and worn down weather stripping. Check the electrical outlets and cords. If there is a questionable cord, don’t risk it, toss it and replace with new. Keep your home fresh and safe by replacing air filters and batteries in smoke detectors.
After a busy summer, take the time to repair things that may be broken. Head up to the roof to repair any damaged shingles to avoid leaks and…
Decorating by adding your own unique personal touches is a great way to make you house feel more "homey". Get some new design ideas by reading our list of 12 tips below. Or if you have a style trick that you've found you really enjoy, feel free to share it with us!
Tip No. 1
“Create an intimate spot within a larger room. Try tucking a small card table in an empty corner along with an elegant chair. Don’t forget to think about how you want to utilize the space. It can be easy to overlook the fact that we are not always hosting parties. You can use the space for reading, resting or even a cozy cup of tea.”
Tip No. 2
“Choosing a color scheme for a small room is a perfect opportunity to be fearless. Where large rooms require…
Take advantage of the longer days of sunshine and add value to your home with these FIVE simple tips.
1. Add landscaping or gardening space.
Perennial plants are popular and beautiful, but consider plants that do not need a lot of maintenance, such as native plants and drought-tolerant plants for their low-maintenance and lower cost. Add shade trees or tall shrubs by windows for an added bonus of blocking the sun’s rays and lowering your energy bills.
2. Add pergola.
Pergolas are archways that cover a patio or deck and have a wooden slatted roof. Adding shade and additional opportunities for greenery and lighting is a great idea for a backyard space.
3. Build a deck or patio.
Consider a paved or stone patio next to a…
“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!
• 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…
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…
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…