All Blog Entries by Jeremy Russell

Found 31 blog entries published by Jeremy Russell.

A professional agent should be prepared to share with you:

  1. A MARKETING PLAN that outlines HOW and WHERE your home will be marketed.  - It’s more than putting a sign in the yard, and getting your home on MLS!!

  2. A DETAILED Comparative Market Analysis that helps you and your agent arrive at the perfect price for your home. - This should include recent sales in your neighborhood, and additions (or subtractions) based on key features, such as hardwood floors, solid countertops, and outdoor features.

  3. A DETAILED Staging Plan that includes cosmetic touch ups to your home, decluttering tips and furniture placement suggestions.  We have 2 certified stagers on staff!

  4. Statistics on how the agent (or office) stacks up to the industry

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Lowering Your Energy Bills

Whether you’ve been in your home 10 years or 10 days, it is never too early, or too late, to make your home more energy efficient. You can save money by making just a few small changes!

Did you know....?


With all these savings, now you can enjoy spending time with your family! What other ways can you think of to help lower your utility bills?

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You may have heard staging your home will help sell it faster, but did you know it could also raise the sales price or possibly force a multiple offer situation? It’s hard to think of a house as a product, but in order to sell quicker, thinking of it as a product rather than a home will help you accomplish your goal of selling.

The Greenville housing market is hot, and while inventory is low (great for Sellers) it doesn’t mean de-cluttering and general house maintenance should fall by the waist side. To sell quickly and for top dollar follow these few simple rules:

  1. CARPETS. Most carpets need to be cleaned. Having them professionally cleaned is a worthwhile investment. Not only will it remove stains, but it can eliminate any odors that may be
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4 things your homeowners insurance won't cover

Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance is designed to cover damage caused by disasters, such as wind, hail, fire, lighting, and cold weather that freezes plumbing or other major household systems. It also protects you from theft and vandalism, civil commotions or riots, and falling objects, as well as from liability for others who are injured on your property.

Here are 4 big things that a standard homeowners insurance policy won't cover:

Floods
A Bankrate survey found that 81% of homeowners did not know their home was not protected from a flood by a regular homeowner insurance policy. 

Sewer backups
If your sewer backs up, it can do some serious damage to your floors and furniture, and even walls and electrical systems. Only

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Why a first-time home buyer should never go at it alone

It's tempting for a first-time buyer to start shopping for a home without the help of a real estate professional, especially with the abundance of online information.    But why would a first-time home buyer go at it alone, when the seller usually pays the commission to the buyer's agent from sale proceeds? While commissions are always negotiable, a buyer doesn't pay anything extra.   Another compelling reason why first-time home buyers need the help of a professional is the complexity of a real estate transaction. It's complicated. Real estate agents do this for a living, while buyers have other jobs.    Agents are experienced and trained to negotiate a sales contract, can…
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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,

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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

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Events Calendar

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.

Greenville Special Events Calendar

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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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