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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.

REPLACE

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.

REPAIR

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

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Design Tips

 

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

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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

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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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