January 2015

Found 6 blog entries for January 2015.

From the outside, your home has great curb appeal, a perfect lawn, mature landscaping, and it’s in a desirable neighborhood. It’s competitively priced and your realtor is showing it daily. The problem is it’s not selling.

Maybe it’s time to address the inside or your home. Potential buyers like your floorplan, your floors, and the size of your bedrooms. But what is distracting your potential buyer could be your décor.

When marketing your home for sale, this is the time when you need to appeal to the masses or create a neutral style enough to allow your home’s features to shine. As we know, first impressions are most important so it is essential to welcome the potential buyer with a home they can envision themselves living in and enjoying.

Staging

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Starting in 2007, foreclosures and short sales rocked the real estate market across the country. The flooded our areas and seemed to drive our real estate prices down. Rumors began to spread that foreclosures would only increase year after year. Since 2007, we have seen many misconceptions come and go but a few myths still float around on a regular basis.

 1. There is going to be a flood of new foreclosures to the market.

This rumor has appeared every year since 2008 and has been routinely debunked. The idea was that the foreclosure cork was now out of the bottle. Soon to follow will be a flood of REO’s inundating the marketplace. Don’t hold your breath! We have seen the influx of foreclosures decrease our local prices but we are now seeing the market

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Exceptional in every way, this Bluffton home has just hit the market and is ready for a buyer. Spacious 3BR/2.5BA Charleston style home in Bluffton Park. This home features a formal dining room, study/office,  eat-in kitchen with double hung oak cabinetry, 2-car garage and fenced in yard. Above the 2-car garage is the bonus room including a full bathroom and kitchen and has its own private entry.  Great for an in-law suite. This home is near the Oscar Fraser Park which includes sports fields, a community center and a playground. Just minutes away, you'll find all the shops and restaurants of Downtown Bluffton.

Contact us if you or anyone you know is looking for a large home in Bluffton. This one won't last long.

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Until recently, it was a fine line separating a buyer’s agent from a seller’s agent. Typically a traditional buyer's agent (also called a sub-agent of the seller) has more legal obligation to the individual selling than the one buying a property. We have seen a new breed of buyer agent emerge, committed exclusively to the buyer’s best interests. But a new breed of agent has appeared on the market over the past several years, one committed exclusively to the best interests of the buyer.

The New Breed of Buyer’s Agent

Usually paid a percentage of commission (but sometimes paid a fee) this new buyer’s agent is contractually bound helping clients find, realize the best price, and negotiate the best possible terms when purchasing real estate. The traditional

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What’s the difference?

There is so much confusion in the mortgage business that many consumers assume that “mortgage companies” are banks that lend their own money.  But in fact, a financial company that you deal with may be either a mortgage banker or a mortgage broker. If you’re confused, let me try and give you some direct answers.

Mortgage bankers (there are a lot here in South Carolina) are direct lenders; the bank lends you its own money - although it often sells the loan to the secondary market. Mortgage bankers retain servicing rights as well. In my opinion, you get more personalized service but sometimes not the best rates, as they tend to be more selective in the mortgage application process.

Mortgage brokers are middlemen; they shop

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Each year the REALTORS® Association chooses one among them as their Realtor® of the Year.  It is not an easy task, and the recipient must meet the following criteria:

This Realtor® should be a member in good standing for the past three years, a full-time licensed active broker or sales licensee working day-to-day in the real estate field, who has demonstrated the following behaviors:

  • Is actively involved in civic or community affairs
  • Promotes a positive image of the Association and our industry publicly throughout our community
  • Demonstrates leadership, earning the respect of fellow Realtors through professional business practices
  • Is honest and trustworthy, displaying the highest degree of unquestionable integrity and moral character with
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