For quite some time it has been a buyer’s market. Conditions are still great for buyer’s and the interest rates continue to remain attractive even though the rates are starting to climb. There is a shift in the market and it is also a great time to be a seller. This time of year the market tends to pick up and in some price points I am seeing a ton of activity. There are certain price ranges such as the $100,000 – $150,000 that inventory availability is low and when homes in this price range hit the market they are moving quickly. Good news for sellers is if you have been thinking about selling now might be the perfect time. If you are a buyer keep in mind that inventory levels are low so be ready to make an offer if you find a home because it might not be on the market long and losing a home you really want can be disappointing. If you are a buyer or a seller please give me a call to help you understand the current market conditions and help you meet all your property needs.
I am working with a young couple and I really have fun helping first time home buyers with the whole home buying process. One of the most important things to remember in the process is you gotta have vision. When you walk into a home it may be perfectly staged and decorated and buyers will think this is the one for us. However, in some cases you can find a fixer upper which might require a little elbow grease with cleaning and a fresh coat of paint and you can make it perfect for your needs. Don’t look at how a house is decorated. Instead, look at how you would utilize the space and how you would use your furniture. See if the layout will work to meet your needs and if the space is functional for you and/or your family. Look beyond the decor and have vision to see if you can invision yourself in the home and how you can put your own touches on the home. Remember, you can make it the perfect home!
During the summer months there is nothing better in the evenings than a special treat of ice cream. In Rock Hill one of our favorite spots to take the family for a sweet treat is PW’s ice cream located on Herlong Avenue about 1/2 mile from Piedmont Medical Center. PW’s features homemade ice cream in a number of flavors, but they have many specialties that you don’t find in many places. My family in particular loves the Concrete which is a delicious concoction of ice cream with special items such as Oreo cookies, Butterfinger, Snickers, M&Ms and so forth mixed in. The ice creams are killer with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream scooped in at the end to keep in nice and thick. Their specialty sundaes feature a number of items sure to please any craving. Don’t forget their ice cream cakes which are to die for if you are looking for an extra special birthday cake or cake to celebrate a special occasion. PW’s is a popular gathering place for families and friends to gather on a nice summer evening or even after a ballgame. Be sure and check out this sweet treat soon. It is worth every decatant calorie.
Several times over the last few months my wife and I have driven through Riverwalk in anticipation of this new development and all it has to offer. The homes being built are quite impressive and there is something about a development along the Catawba River that is just awesome. Today we went to walk the trail along the river at Riverwalk and it was tremendous. The Riverwalk offers so many activities for people and it is a great place to gather with family and friends where you can enjoy the great outdoors and the beauty along the Catawba River. With so many people out enjoying this wonderful weather and the beauty of the trail it made our walk time go by fast. The terrain was nice and we will definitely be going back so if you are looking for a great place to ride bikes, walk, jog, or walk the dog be sure and check out Riverwalk soon!
Let me tell you about an exciting new business that has arrived in Rock Hill! Academy Sports and Outdoors located at Dave Lyle Blvd and Red River Road has officially opened and what a store it is. Over 70,000 sq ft of apparel, sporting equipment, athletic shoes, exercise equipment, camping equipment and even a whole section on barbequing. The store goes on and on and it will be a huge addition to the retail climate growing in Rock Hill. The officil store opening will be March 30 – April 1 and no doubt there will be lots of great deals and special treats for the entire family. With spring here be sure and check out Academy for all your outdoor and sport needs!
If you think you are ready to become a homeowner ask yourself the following questions.
1. Have you researched the market? Knowing what homes are selling for in the area can help you determine how much you should plan to spend.
2. Do you have sufficient savings to cover down payment and closing costs? Expect to have 3% – 20% of the sale price in the bank to cover your down payment, plus another 2% – 7% to cover closing costs.
3. Do you know how much home you can afford? A mortgage payment should not exceed 25% of yur gross monthly earnings. A home that sucks up more than a quarter of your income may lead to financial difficulties.
4. Is your credit report accurate? Inaccuracies on a credit report can cost you higher interest rates. Request your credit report from all three nationwide credit bureaus and report mistakes immediately.
If you answered yes to all these questions – you’re ready to consider buying!
Let The Tim Guilliams Team help you find your dream home today!
This weekend my wife and I took advantage of the great weather and spent a great deal of time in the yard. Curb appeal is so important not only if you are selling a home, but wanting your neighborhood to look “kept” and taken care of for other neighbors or folks passing by. There are many simple and impactful measures that homeowners take to make the outside of your home look like it has had a major overhaul.
• Pinestraw or mulch depending what you prefer. The appearance is amazing when you add pinestraw or mulch to your flower beds and planting areas. The cost is minimal when you consider the pricelessness of the results and the labor required is a great form of exercise.
• Wash off the patio furniture. With all the pollen and gunk from the winter months a simple mixture of soap and water and a brush will help your patio furniture spring back to life.
• The wonders of a can of spray paint. Talk about a cheap fix. Each year we spray paint our lamp post and outdoor lights so get rid of the rust and dullness. Quick and easy.
• Plants in pots add great appeal and many of my neighbors are decorating with plants in nice pots verses planting in the ground. Here again you can spend anything you want on pots (and it can get expensive) but buy terra cotta pots and again a can of spray paint and you can work wonders really fast.
We all have neat tips we pick up from friends or Pinterest so feel free to share!
I hear it all the time from people. “I’m passionate about it.” “I’m not going to quit, It’s my passion”. Or I hear it as advice to students and others “Follow your passion”.
What a bunch of BS. “Follow Your Passion” is easily the worst advice you could ever give or get.
Why ? Because everyone is passionate about something. Usually more than 1 thing. We are born with it. There are always going to be things we love to do. That we dream about doing. That we really really want to do with our lives. Those passions aren’t worth a nickel.
Think about all the things you have been passionate about in your life. Think about all those passions that you considered making a career out of or building a company around. How many were/are there ? Why did you bounce from one to another ? Why were you…
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Just wanted to say that while it’s always difficult to forecast the housing market, with the rates so low the market is starting to pick up again. So if you are thinking of selling or buying a home, now would be a good time to take action. In addition, you might want to take advantage of the traditionally more active seasonal market with warm weather upon us.
If you’d like to get together to talk about it, please call or email The Guilliams Team at email@example.com. Or if you hear of any family, friends or work colleagues who are considering a move and would like some advice about timing the market, please have them contact us. We would be happy to help out.
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Remember the 60-second rule: That’s all the time you have to create a winning first impression. Here are some simple to significant ways to maximize your home’s appeal.
* Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.
* Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.
* Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
* Tighten and clean all door handles.
* Clean windows inside and out.
* Powerwash home’s exterior.
* Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
* Paint the front door.
* Buy a new welcome mat.
* Place potted flowers near the front door.
* Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site.
* Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
* Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
* Shampoo carpets.
* Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.
* Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
* Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
* Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
* Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.
* Fix or replace discolored grout.
* Replace broken tiles.
* Replace worn countertops.
Special details for showings
* Turn on all the lights.
* Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.
* Keep pets secured outdoors.
* Buy new towels for bathrooms.
* Buy new bedding for bedrooms.
* Replace old lamps or lampshades.
* Play quiet background music.
* Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum.
* Infuse home with a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla.
* Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party.
* Vacate the property while it is being shown