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Low Maintenance Living ….Short Commute to Charlotte

This club home is in one of the most unique neighborhood concepts in Rock Hill. This incredible home features an all brick exterior with beautiful landscaping that is maintained by the community which allows for you to enjoy the pool , tennis courts and the wonderful walking trails throughout ! Located in Augusta Place of Laurel Creek this stunning 4 bedroom home boasts 4.5 baths, gorgeous gourmet kitchen, granite throughout, stone fireplace, master bedroom down, heated floor in the master bath, custom closets in the master bedroom and enormous storage area above the garage. This is a desirable must see home so give us a call today and let us help make your dreams come true. Call us today to see this home at 113 Hallmark Crossing in Rock Hill….only 389,900

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Price Reduction …..now only $249,900 …..1969 Middleton Place

Immaculate home in cul-de-sac. Perfect lawn with front and back irrigation. Rinnai tankless water heater. Family-friendly kitchen with spacious eating area overlooking the great room. Plantation shutters throughout. New light fixtures and plumbing fixtures throughout. Very private yard. Unique bonus room includes two spaces: one currently used as an office, the other as a bonus

Call us for info….803-984-7478

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1969 Middleton Place ….Rock Hill …..only $255,000

Immaculate home in cul-de-sac. Perfect lawn with front and back irrigation. Rinnai tankless water heater. Family-friendly kitchen with spacious eating area overlooking the great room. Plantation shutters throughout. New light fixtures and plumbing fixtures throughout. Very private yard. Unique bonus room includes two spaces: one currently used as an office, the other as a bonus

Call us for info….803-984-7478

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Keeping the family together

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.

Our website : http://www.timguilliamsteam.com

Best Time To Sell ?….Best Time To Buy?

Clients always ask us two questions.

1. When is the best time to sell a house?
2. When is the best time to buy a house?

There really is no “best” time to buy or sell. The buyers market has been excellent lately, however, due to low inventory on the market in numerous price points now is also an excellent time to sell. If you have been thinking about selling and you have been on the fence now is the time to put your house on the market. There is a tremendous amount of activity in the market and there are a number of people relocating to this area therefore it is a prime time to have your home on the market. Again, homes at every price point are in demand and with the low inventory of available homes your chance of selling has been greatly enhanced , particularly if you have your home priced accurately.

If you are thinking of selling give me a call and let me help you access the market, determine an attractive sell price and let me help you get your house on the market! Now is the time.

Searching for the Perfect Home ?….

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.

Spring Is In The Air

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!

Create A Good First Impression

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.

Exterior

* 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.

Interior

* 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

Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor

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).

The Door Is Open , Its Up To You To Step Through

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

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