Curb appeal. I am lucky to live in a neighborhood where most of us work hard to have nice curb appeal and an attractive neighborhood. This time of year we all have spring fever and are planning what we need to be doing to get ready for warm weather. Here a few tips to keep in mind as you get your homes ready for spring.
* Prune trees and your shrubs
* Put down lyme and fertilizer in your yard so your yard will be the first to green up this spring
* Spread grass seed if you didn’t do it in the fall
* Be thinking about prepping your flowerbeds with pine straw or mulch
* If you are thinking about adding new plants check with a local nursery for help and guidance before you buy.
Keep in mind that people constantly drive through neighborhoods “looking” to see what is on the market so you want to make sure that your home is attractive and “The One” the people will remember.
We work with a lot of clients who move to this area for new careers. Lately, however, we have been working with a number of clients who are relocating to the area to be closer to children and grandchildren. Being close to family is so important and a value that many of us share. This area is a tremendous location to work, raise families and retire and there is so much available for everyone from kids to seniors. If you have family that has mentioned relocating to the area I want to share my website that has numerous useful links may be helpful to gather information on the area and to see what is available in the home market. I am proud of this area and glad to call it home so if I can do anything to help your family move into the area and have a smooth transition please give me a call today.
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Today there are so many options for potential home buyers looking for the most efficient way to search for their perfect home. Some potential buyers will get in their cars and drive around checking around various neighborhoods particularly if there are areas they are particularly interested in. However, today the most used form for a home search is the internet. There are so many websites available to do searches and often you can do this in the comfort of your home and on your own time. Our website at The Guilliams Team is an easy way to search for properties currently on the market and we try to provide all the information that we can on each property including many visual tours. This allows potential home buyers to learn and see what they can about a property to determine if this is a property you wish to visit. It would be our pleasure to work with you as you search for your perfect home so if we can help with your search give us a call today at 803-984-7478 and let us show you all the many tools available to help in your search.
Lake Wylie South is a recreation and nature-laden community, located just a few miles from Charlotte, N.C. As Charlotte presents itself as one of the nation’s fastest-growing commercial and financial centers, offering theater, operas, symphonies, museums, fine dining and a variety of shopping areas, Lake Wylie South boasts lakeside living with an exceptional Southern lifestyle. Real estate options consist of single-family homes, condominiums and townhouses as well as land lots.
The comfortable small town atmosphere sits just minutes away from commercial and cultural centers, making the area a great place to live and work. An active populace takes part in community events, including the “Lights on the Lake” annual holiday boat parade, the 4th of July spectacular fireworks display and the Splash Dash 10K, 5K Race and Walk. Nestled on the northwest shore, with over 325 miles of shoreline, the community presents numerous opportunities for fun, including boating, fishing, water skiing and sailing on the water, or golfing, tennis and biking on land.
As one of the fastest growing communities in York County, Lake Wylie South offers an economic vitality to its residents through burgeoning retail centers. The area also has the additional advantage of an excellent education system, heralding teachers, equipment and learning facilities as some of the best in the state. Further, seasonal changes enhance the area’s beauty, boasting a kaleidoscopic color change. A small, family-oriented oasis within close proximity to Charlotte, Lake Wylie South offers the best combination of small town charm and uncomplicated lakeside living with big city prospects.
Lake Wylie South Real Estate Market & Prices of Lake Wylie South Homes
The Lake Wylie South area offers a wide range of housing options, from elegant lakeside living and cozy wooded neighborhoods to spacious lots and spectacular views. New developments, gated communities and retail centers dot the landscape. Single-family homes start under $100,000 and can go up to $1.25 million for water views, exclusive amenities and sprawling estates. Townhomes and condominiums start in the mid-$100,000s, and can go up to $300,000. A wide range of land property is available in Lake Wylie South depending on acreage, views and utilities present.
The Town of Clover is located in northwestern York County, South Carolina. Clover is a quiet and peaceful community rich in history and antiques shopping. The town officially began around the site of a 5,000 gallon water tank constructed to serve the steam engines of the Chester and Lenoir Railroad Narrow Gauge Railroad. According to a legend, excess water spilling on the ground caused patches of clover to spring up. Residents affectionately referred to the town as Clover Patch. Shortly after, the town became a booming textile community. The town has since grown steadily and the population is currently hovers around 4,700. The small town atmosphere combined with easy access to big city dining, shopping and entertainment make Clover an exceptional place to live. The proximity of Clover to the rapidly growing Charlotte, North Carolina, (about 45 minutes northeast of town) and Rock Hill, South Carolina, (about 30 minutes southeast of Clover) urban areas, provides a plentiful job market and economic variety. Clover real estate options consist of single-family homes, new construction and land lots for custom building
The links below give you the current market of available homes in the Clover area
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Are you a full-time professional real estate agent? How long have you worked full time in real estate? How long have you been representing buyers? What professional designations do you have?
Knowing whether or not your agent practices full time can help you determine potential scheduling conflicts and his or her commitment to your transaction. As with any profession, the number of years a person has been in the business does not necessarily reflect the level of service you can expect, but it is a good starting point for your discussion. The same issue can apply to professional designations.
Do you have a personal assistant, team or staff to handle different parts of the purchase? What are their names and how will each of them help me in my transaction? How do I communicate with them?
It is not uncommon for agents who sell a lot of houses to hire people to work with them. As their businesses grow, they must be able to deliver the same or higher quality service to more people.
You may want to know who on the team will take part in your transaction, and what role each person will play. You may even want to meet the other team members before you decide to work with the team. If you have a question about fees on your closing statement, who would handle that? Who will show up to your closing?
Do you have a Website that will list my home? Can I have your URL address? Who responds to emails and how quickly? What’s your email address?
Many buyers prefer to search online for homes because it’s available 24 hours a day and can be done at home. So you want to make sure your home is listed online, either on the agent’s Website or on their company’s site. By searching your agent’s Website you will get a clear picture of how much information is available online.
How will you keep in contact with me during the selling process, and how often?
Some agents may email, fax or call you daily to tell you that visitors have toured your home, while others will keep in touch weekly. Asking this question can help you to reconcile your needs with your agent’s systems.
What do you do that other agents don’t that ensures I’m getting top dollar for my home? What is your average market time versus other agents’ average market time?
Marketing skills are learned, and sometimes a real estate professional’s unique method of research and delivery make the difference between whether or not a home sells quickly. For example, an agent might research the demographics of your neighborhood and present you a target market list for direct marketing purposes.
Will you give me names of past clients?
Interviewing an agent can be similar to interviewing someone to work in your office. Contacting references can be a reliable way for you to understand how he or she works, and whether or not this style is compatible with your own.
Do you have a performance guarantee? If I am not satisfied with your performance, can I terminate our listing agreement?
In the heavily regulated world of real estate, it can be difficult for an agent to offer a performance guarantee. If your agent does not have a guarantee, it does not mean they are not committed to high standards. Typically, he or she will verbally outline what you can expect from their performance. Keller Williams® Realty understands the importance of win-win business relationships: the agent does not benefit if the client does not also benefit.
How will you get paid? How are your fees structured? May I have that in writing?
In many areas, the seller pays all agent commissions. Sometimes, agents will have other small fees, such as administrative or special service fees, that are charged to clients, regardless of whether they are buying or selling. Be aware of the big picture before you sign any agreements. Ask for an estimate of costs from any agent you contemplate employing.
How would you develop pricing strategies for our home?
Although location and condition affect the selling process, price is the primary factor in determining if a home sells quickly, or at all. Access to current property information is essential, and sometimes a pre-appraisal will help. Ask your agent how they created the market analysis, and whether your agent included For Sale by Owner homes, foreclosed homes and bank-owned sales in that list.
What will you do to sell my home? Who determines where and when my home is marketed/ promoted? Who pays for your advertising?
Ask your real estate agent to present to you a clear plan of how marketing and advertising dollars will be spent. If there are other forms of marketing available but not specified in the plan ask who pays for those. Request samples or case studies of the types of marketing strategies that your agent proposes (such as Internet Websites, print magazines, open houses, and local publications).
This may be your opportunity to live in your dream home! Remember when you bought your current home, you really wanted to buy that dream home, but it was out of reach. With prices lower than never before and interest rates at all time lows ,this may be the time when that dream home is within reach! The money you may “lose” on the sale of your current home you can be more than made up on the ownership of your dream home! Let’s sit down and take a look at your options before this opportunity passes you by for good. The door is open and its up to you to step through and make it happen.
Contact us today at The Guilliams Team
York County is consists of 685 square miles and nine municipalities which make this the South Carolina’s fourth most populated county. Though the county maintains a thriving business climate with investment by numerous national and international firms, the region retains much of its rural character, particularly in the western portions. The largest city, Rock Hill, remains the commercial and financial center of York County, but each of the others, including Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Clover, Hickory Grove, McConnells, Sharon, Smyrna and York, along with the Lake Wylie community, is vital in its own way.
York County boasts an industrial base with a strong blend of heavy and light industries, service businesses and professionals, as well as access to rail, freight and international travel, and state-of-the-art medical facilities. All the various areas of York County are conveniently located to large cities such as Charlotte, NC which make the opportunities limitless depending on what folks are searching for. York County offers amenities suitable for any person or family looking for a desirable area to call home. Give us a call and let us show you all York County has to offer.