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New Trends For Bathrooms

by Terri's Team

Just like the kitchen, contemporary designs are growing in popularity in bathroom remodels. These contemporary touches in the bathroom equate to clean and open designs, with floating vanities and freestanding tubs.

Here are the top 10 overall bathroom design trends HGTV designers expect to be hot this year:

1. Clean, white, contemporary designs
2. Floating vanities
3. Open-shelving
4. Electric heated floors
5. Purple color schemes
6. Trough sinks
7. User experience (ease of use and low maintenance) and accessibility features
8. Extra amenities (like steam showers, anti-fog mirrors, lighted showers, and shower seats)
9. Innovative storage (such as drawer pullouts and rollouts to hold hair styling equipment)
10. Showers and freestanding tubs

Most popular colors: White and gray are the dominant colors for bathrooms. Half of designers expect to see gray growing in 2015, and several designers also mentioned the growing popularity of purple, lavender, and lilac tones gaining steam in bathroom designs. For fixtures, white continues its dominance.

Out of style: Jetted tubs, whether whirlpool or air, are decreasing in popularity. People are moving away from jetted tubs to more classic soaking tubs. 

Lake Hartwell Resort Planning Moves Forward

by Terri's Team


Developers planning a 325-acre resort on Hartwell Lake along Interstate 85 have found a government agency ready to pursue building an outdoors center that will make the resort an overnight destination and hub for Upstate outdoors attractions. Michelle McCollum, director of the S.C. National Heritage Corridor, said she expects the agency’s Great Outdoors Center to open in early 2017 and potentially attract 700,000 people a year to Sanctuary Pointe.

“The stars are aligning right now,” McCollum said of the center and resort, which are separate but will share the site. She said construction of the Great Outdoors Center campus could begin later this year.

“We are working very closely with them,” McCollum said. “We feel each project enhances the other. It makes the entire Upstate an outdoors recreation destination.” She said the Great Outdoors Center will also contribute to Oconee County’s rebranding effort to complement its outdoor attractions, which include whitewater rafting, hiking and camping.

McCollum and Sanctuary Pointe developer Robert Daffin both said the projects will also benefit Upstate residents and businesses generally. He said “nobody has ever coordinated the Upstate.”

Daffin said the outdoors center enhances the appeal of the resort to be developed about midway between Atlanta and Charlotte. His group has searched since 2013 for an upscale hotel partner for the project that is to include a golf course and conference center. Daffin said “the move to bring the Great Outdoors Center just kind of happened early this year.”

“We are trying to move it along as fast as we can,” Daffin said. “People kind of thought we disappeared but actually we have been doing a lot of work.” He described the Great Outdoors Center campus as a “brick-and-mortar type of facility to promote outdoor recreation and conservation and preservation.” He said for visitors looking for an outdoor experience it “would be a have to try it out.”

Daffin said there will be “zip lines and canopy tours. There will be excursions run out to the waterfalls and mountains. Then we will have a lakeside center where people can learn how to kayak and canoe. There will be classrooms and programs on the outdoors and conservation.”

The “trend nowadays in vacations, people come to relax, but after a couple of days they want something to do,” Daffin said.

Daffin’s group, Sanctuary Pointe LLC, has a 50-year sublease with the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism on the site that includes 7 miles of lakefront. The department leases the tract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Daffin said his group is “working with the state and the Corps to incorporate the Great Outdoors concept into Sanctuary and have a major focus on outdoor recreation. It’s a big undertaking. It makes Sanctuary Pointe something that is pretty unique.”

McCollum said the planned Great Outdoors Center — potentially an $8 million campus with facilities for archery and various outdoors educational programs — will add about 400 construction jobs and 350-400 permanent jobs. She said the campus — including a main building, adventure center, lakeside center and an S.C. Department of Natural Resources archery facility — will be an overnight destination unique in the Southeast and is already supported by state and federal agencies, among others.

“We have not talked to one single person who has not felt like this was a game changer for the Upstate. Everyone is positive and highly excited,” she said.

The S.C. National Heritage Corridor was designated by Congress in 1996 as a National Heritage Area, a program of the National Parks Service. The program in South Carolina is designed partly as an economic development driver with a goal of “promoting and preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of South Carolina.” The corridor has more than 200 official discovery sites, ranging from agritourism to historic sites to outdoor recreation sites.

McCollum said the Heritage Corridor “will bring some finances to the table.” Corporate and foundation sponsors are being sought, she said.

“What we are doing here with this project is pulling in a variety of funding sources,” McCollum said. She said there is not a rendering of the Great Outdoors Center available yet.

“Big Cedar Lodge (Ridgedale, Mo.) is kind of the look we are going for the site,” she said. “We looked at Pennsylvania Wilds (Warren, Pa.). Everything we are going to build is going to have an Appalachian rustic elegance feel. We want the entire look and feel and ambiance to immerse people.”

McCollum said the resort will be “upscale quality overnight accommodations” and there will be transportation provided across the region. “The fact the entire site is open to the public is benefiting us,” she said. “It allows us to bring in overnight guests so people can use us as a jumping-off point for various things,” including downtown Greenville and Anderson. “The longer we can keep them here, spending money in our communities. It’s a win-win,” she said.

Source – GSA Magazine

10 Things To Do Before Realtor Comes to List or Show Your House

by Terri's Team


 

1. Get rid of any extra furniture- This means that any furniture that doesn’t serve a real, functional purpose needs to go. It can be sold, or just in storage, but it needs to get out of the house. Excessive furniture usually makes the room size shrink.  And Buyers like big spacious rooms, so let’s open up that room space.

 

2. Pick up the mess - Before your Realtor comes to take any listing photos or show your house, hide the toys, pick up the clutter and throw everything into bin or laundry tote and put in your car if you do not have any other storage pace. Buyers want the spaces they are looking at to feel fresh, clean, and grown up.

 

3. Open doors- Be sure to open all of your interior doors when your house is being shown. And when Realtor comes to take photos, it helps the photos flow together so that the potential buyers can understand the layout of the home more easily. When showing, you don’t want any big surprises. The potential buyers need to be able to easily walk from one room to the next.

 

4. Turn on lights- When showing your home, turn on all of the lights before you leave. This is especially the case if your house has light switches in strange places. The last thing you want the potential buyers to do, is search for your light switches. By having the lights on, it makes the home feel brighter and cozy.

 

5. Good smells- The smell of your home will be one of the very first things that the potential buyers register in their brains when looking at your home. Be sure it is a good smell! I like to leave all of my warmers on. And use a scent that is not to overwhelming.  Buyers use all of their senses when choosing a home.  So make your house smell great!

 

6. Ask your Realtor to have a professional photographer to take photos - Chances are, the first impression of your house will be by the photos that potential buyers will see on your listing. Make sure they are good! There are so many times I see pictures that have awkward angles that make the rooms look much smaller than they are. There are also several listing photos out there with clutter all over the place! Potential buyers want to look at photos of a clean house. Pay attention to detail when you get your house ready for listing photos to be taken.

 

7. Fix up the curb appeal- This doesn’t mean that your front yard needs an entire makeover, but make sure that it looks warm and inviting. Plant some flowers, fix your fence, and mow your lawn. It is the little things that really make a difference.

 

8. Clear off counter tops- Nobody wants to look at clutter. Put your bread and bananas in the cupboard before your house is shown. Do not leave cleaning products out.  You want potential buyers to feel like there is plenty of counter space. While you are at it, take down the cutter off of your fridge to make your kitchen feel fresh and clean.

 

9. Clean doors- You don’t realize just how dirty your doors are until you start scrubbing them down! Clean the doorknobs to make sure they aren’t sticky and make sure there aren’t dirty fingerprints all over the door. It is a small detail that most people won’t notice unless they are dirty most likely. You don’t want potential buyers to notice dirty doors.

 

10. Clean your windows- There is so much dirt, dust, and who knows what else that gets stuck to windows. Clean them inside and out. It is amazing to see how much more light comes through when the windows are clean. It makes the entire room feel cleaner too.

Reasons to Buy New Construction

by Kecia Burkart

1. You can tackle your wish list instead of the dreaded repair list

Wake up on a Saturday morning with a plan of decorating your home. You hang a piece of art on the wall and shop for that new coffee table on your wish list. Sounds good huh?

When you buy an older home, you may not get to this stage for quite some time. Your weekends will most likely be spent scraping popcorn off the ceiling, replacing the faucets or installing a bathroom fan. The quickest way to stop the renovation blues is to buy a brand new home. With a new home, you can trade your repair list for your wish list.

2. Storage for a new century

Sixty years ago, closets were smaller. Wardrobes weren't as large and people only tended to own a few pairs of shoes. Flash forward to the twenty-first century and things have changed. From holiday decorations to kids' toys, to simply larger wardrobes, the modern closet needs have grown. When you purchase a new home, the storage areas will match the needs of the modern lifestyle. No more trying to cram your clothing into a 1960s closet!

3. Energy efficiency

Even small features can make a difference when it comes to energy efficiency. With an older home, you may be facing energy-sucking appliances, bad insulation and more. New homes are built tighter—and that's before you add in many of the energy efficient features available today.

4. Modern layouts for modern families

The great thing about new homes is they are designed for the modern lifestyle. Kitchens often overlook the family room so you can keep an eye on your kids while you cook. No more slaving away behind a stove while the rest of the crowd enjoys the game! Work from home? Many floor plans offer a separate home office. Have a bunch of kids plus their friends? Add a bonus room.

5. Design you’ll love

One of the worst things about buying a resale home is settling for someone else's taste in decor. Even renovated homes may have different finishes and fixtures than you would have selected yourself. With a new home built from the ground up, you're in the driver seat

6. Safety

Asbestos, lead paint and lack of adequately placed smoke detectors are just a few of the things you may find in an older home. Put your mind at ease! With new construction, you won't have the hassle of adding and replacing items to bring your home up to current safety standards.

Low Inventory Real Estate Markets

by Kecia Burkart

If you have been keeping up with real estate news, you know we're in a low inventory housing market. There are fewer homes for sale and the competition for the best homes can be brutal. For the first time in years, bidding wars are making a comeback in many markets. Despite these challenges, now is still a great time to buy a home. Interest rates are low and prices have yet to skyrocket back to where they were in 2005 when things were really booming. But how do you make a smart move in a low inventory housing market?

Consider new construction

Tired of losing the bidding war battle? Build from the ground up! You can choose your floor plan, choose your lot and watch your home go up from start to finish. Homebuilders usually sell lots on a first-come basis, so the day you contract is the day you reserve your land. No more worrying if another buyer is going to come in with a better offer. Plus, many floor plans have options for personalizing the layout with extra bedrooms, a study or a finished basement. So you can buy a home and pick out all of the finishes.

Consider a remodel

Even in a low inventory market there are homes that simply take longer to sell. Choose a home that has been on the market for a long time, needs updates that many Buyers cannot see around or one that has a strange layout.  Then hire a contractor and make it your own.  You could get a good deal on a home that has been on the market for a long time and has a motivated Seller.

Make your offer stand out

In this market, once a “hot property” hits the market you need to get out there and preview the resale home, make an offer (and make it a good one) seek a Realtor’s advice of comparable properties have sold for to determine what a good offer would be, if you want to secure the property. Gone are the days of viewing the property and then take a week to think about it and then come in with an offer thousands below the asking price. If you want the home to be yours you do not need to wait or another Buyer will out time or outbid you.  Don’t forget to come with your pre-approval letter in hand and earnest money in the bank.

Seven years after the recession began, only one in 50 U.S. counties has fully bounced back, according to a study the National Association of Counties released Monday.

The 2014 County Economic Tracker shows that 65 of the nation’s 3,069 counties have met or surpassed pre-recession levels in four measured categories: jobs, unemployment rate, economic output and home prices.

Those places range from Anderson County, S.C., to McKenzie County, N.D., to Kodiak Island, Alaska.

National employment surpassed 2007 levels during 2014 and the U.S. gross domestic product had fully recovered from the recession by 2011. But the national unemployment rate was 5.6% in December compared with 5% when the recession began seven years earlier. And housing values in much of the country have yet to fully return.

The recovered counties are largely located in energy-rich areas and have small populations. Of the 65 recovered counties, 24 are in Texas and 16 are in North Dakota. The others are generally in the middle of the country, including nine in Minnesota and eight in Kansas.

None of the recovered counties has more than 500,000 residents.

Only one large county, Kent County, Mich., has bested its prerecession unemployment rate. That county had a 3.5% unemployment rate in November, on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. That was down from 5.3% in November 2007. But housing prices in the area that includes Grand Rapids, Mich., have not fully recovered.

Strong job growth and a national economy forecast by the Federal Reserve to near 3% GDP growth in 2015 should allow more counties to fully recover this year. But shifts in population and industries could mean that many counties struggle for extended periods to match 2007 economic readings.

Cobbs Glen Subdivision - Anderson, SC

by Kecia Burkart

Cobbs Glen is an amenity rich community with a manicured golf course, community swimming pool, numerous well maintained tennis courts, club house and children’s playing area.  These amenities are offered through optional memberships through Cobbs Glen Country Club.

Cobbs Glen is one of Anderson County’s larger communities and is well established with homes that have been built 25+ years ago and others are new. Cobbs Glen has a wide variety of home designs; that range from the traditional to contemporary and even craftsman styles. More than half of the home sites back up to fairways/green providing nice golf course & pond views. The average home size is 3000 square feet with a range of 1500 to over 5000 square feet.

This established neighborhood offers mature trees and winding roads for wonderful homestead feel. A wide variety of homes sizes and prices can accommodate almost any life style.

If golf is your true love you will enjoy the fact that Cobbs Glen golf course is managed by AAG Golf Group.  How is that a benefit?  When you join the Cobbs Glen Country Club under the Palmetto Membership, you will have unlimited access to play all of their area golf courses - Anderson Country Club, Boscobel Golf and Country Club, Brookstone Meadows Golf and Country Club, Pickens Country Club, & Woodhaven County Club.

How to Choose the Realtor Right for You

by Kecia Burkart


If you read our blog regularly you know that I am always saying hire the right Realtor and interview several before deciding.  A good Realtor and Mortgage Lender can make a REAL difference in your real estate experience. Here is a list of questions to help guide your selection process.

You should interview at least three agents before hiring and signing a buyer representation or listing contract. You can find agents through online research or ask for referrals from your friends and family.

When interviewing agents make sure to listen carefully and ask questions if you don’t understand the lingo

1. Are you a full-time agent?

A part-time agent puts you at a disadvantage in terms of your ability to compete with other buyers and sellers. It limits speed of action and knowledge of changing conditions.

2. How many purchase and sale transactions have you completed?

A minimum level of expertise is generally acquired after closing about 20-30 transactions of various types.

3. Are you a Listing Agent or a Buyers Agent or both?

Some real estate agents specialize with either Buyers or Sellers.  These agents likely have expertise in their area that real estate agents represent Buyers and Sellers may not.

4. If you are looking to sell your house? 

Ask what Marketing strategies the real estate agent would use to sell your home.  Also ask if they have any PAID online ad packages so you know your home is getting the most exposure as possible. 

5. Describe your negotiation strategies and describe how they might change based on circumstance.

Good agents will adjust their strategies based on the personality types involved in the transaction and the supply and demand of a property.

Winter Is Best Time to Sell, Study Shows

by National Association of Realtors

The housing market doesn’t hibernate in the winter. Sellers who list and buyers who buy often find the winter season the most advantageous time to make a move in real estate, according to a new study by the real estate brokerage Redfin. The winter season officially takes place between Dec. 21 and March 20, and real estate professionals should be ready for a season that often brings in more focused and active sellers and buyers.

In an update to a two-year analysis it completed last year, Redfin researchers studied nationwide home listings, sales prices, and time-on-market data from 2010 through October 2014.

The study found that February is “historically the best month to list, with an average of 66 percent of homes listed then selling within 90 days,” according to Redfin’s research.

Even in cold weather cities – such as Boston and Chicago – researchers found that home sellers were better off listing their homes in the winter than during other seasons.

The winter tends to net sellers’ more than their asking price during the months of December, January, February, and March than listings from June through November. Listing during those four winter months has resulted in higher percentages of above-asking-price sales than listing during any months, other than April and May.

Redfin researchers found that in 2012 December listings were producing the highest percentage of above-asking sales for the entire year at 17 percent.

Researchers say the winter market is less competitive for sellers since many people tend to wait until the spring to list. The smaller inventory of active listings help sellers get more attention from buyers on their properties. Also, many large corporations often transfer employees or hire new ones early in the year, creating opportunities for winter sellers from very motivated purchasers.

Homes that are “priced right and show well can sell any time” of the year, says Nela Richardson, chief economist for Redfin. Winter buyers tend to be “serious buyers... Most people are not window-shopping” in December and January, like they do in the spring months, Richardson adds.

Sellers shouldn’t worry about the holidays hampering their chances either. A 2011 study conducted by realtor.com® found that 60 percent of real estate professionals advise their sellers to list a home during the holidays because they believe it’s an opportune time to sell. Nearly 80 percent of the real estate professionals surveyed said that more serious buyers emerge during the holidays, and 61 percent say less competition from other properties makes it an ideal time to sell.

As for buyers, they may find winter a good time to make a move too. Sellers often are more flexible about negotiations over prices and terms than they would in the spring, real estate professionals say.

“People get more realistic at this time of year,” particularly if their homes hadn’t sold during the summer and fall, says Mary Bayat, a broker in Washington, D.C., and chairwoman-elect of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®.

Source: “Best Time to List a Home for Sale? Winter, Redfin Says,” Los Angeles Times (Dec. 14, 2014)

 

DIY Home Repairs

by Kecia Burkart

In the winter we tend to stay indoors more often and you start to look around and maybe you notice a few repairs that need to be made.  These may be small repairs that were overlooked in the warmer months when you spent your time at the pool, lake and enjoying the outdoors.

So here are a few things that I have noticed at my house and if they are at your house too this is how to fix them.  Simple repairs that a lady with a basic tool kit can accomplish so I am sure you can too. 

First of all walk through all of the rooms in your house and look at the little things that may need attention. Forget about the major renovations that is a subject for another blog post.  Make a list and head to the home improvement center or hardware store.

* Scratched Wood Cabinet or HW Floors - Hardware stores sell a number of scratch fillers that look like pencils or crayons. Find the shade that most closely matches your cabinet and rub it into the scratch. Or you can try a similar product that is more like a felt-tip pen and comes in different shades of ink.

* Loose Laminate Countertops - Buy an adhesive such as Liquid Nails and apply it beneath the laminate. Press the laminate down and put something heavy on top until it dries. Liquid Nails and similar products are available at hardware and home improvement stores.

 * Squeaky door hinges – One can of WD40 with the extension on the nozzle and that door no longer squeaks, it is quiet as a mouse.

* Loose handles or hinges on furniture, cabinets, and doors. You can probably fix these with a few quick turns of a screwdriver.

* Drippy Faucet - First, turning off the water that flows to drip at valves under the sink. Once the handle is off, remove the chrome cylinder underneath, then remove the nut that holds the stem in place. Next just pull out the stem and replace the washer. New faucets have "seats" that serve the same purpose as a washer, but you need to buy one that's specifically for the brand and model of your faucet. So just take the faucet to a hardware or home improvement store if you need help identifying the model.


* Creaky floor boards. Dust a little talcum powder into the seam where floorboards meet and the talcum acts as a muffler to quiet boards that rub against each other.
 

* The burn out light bulb that is stuck.  Now what? First, unplug the fixture. Then, wearing leather work gloves and safety goggles, carefully twist the bulb until it loosens. Cover it with a rag for extra protection. If it shatters, remove the glass shards. Then unscrew the base of the bulb by firmly pressing a raw, unpeeled potato or a bar of soap into the socket and giving it a good twist. If the spud or soap slips, press it in harder and try again until the base breaks free.


 

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