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What to Look For When Chosing Realtor

by Terri's Team

Spotlight Business of the Week - Propp Drugs

by Terri's Team

Propp Drugs is one of my favorite local places to stop by, browse and shop.  The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I often stop by to get small gifts for friends, family or mentors and they always do an excellent job creating gift baskets and wrapping the gift at no charge. They have a variety of goodies – chocolates, gourmet snacks, notes, cards and boutique items for your home.

Propp Drugs was established by M.L. “Pete” Propp. Born in MO., he graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and moved to SC in 1951. In April 1959, “Dr. Pete” incorporated Propp Drugs from the former Moorhead Drugs on S. Main St., Anderson. The Pharmacy moved to its current location in 1967. The current owner, since 1991, is Lee Propp, Pete’s son, a 1980 graduate of USC.

As an independent pharmacy, Lee and his staff strive to maintain a personal yet professional relationship with patients and customers. For nearly 50 years, Propp Drugs has been known for its friendly, personal service, as a place for unique gifts and confidential one-on-one prescription counseling and filling.

The pharmacy specializes in custom prescription compounding. With a physician’s order a prescription can be prepared from “scratch” to meet the specific needs of any patient. Lee Propp, a compounding pharmacist, is always glad to explain the value of prescription compounding and what medication options are available. The pharmacy staff is quickly available to answer all prescription, OTC, and nutritional supplement questions and a private consultation room is available.

Call or visit Propp Drugs and see why their motto really is “Personally Propp”.

Propp Drugs is located at 1529 N. Fant St.Anderson, SC 29621.  Their phone number is  (864) 226-8383.  They can be reached via email at info@proppdrugs.com Their hours of operation are M-F 8:30-6, Sat. 9-1.  Visit their website at http://www.proppdrugs.com/

 

Gardening for April

by Kecia Burkart

At long last, spring has arrived! Or has it? As you look out upon your garden, does the nagging question of "where do I even begin" sound familiar? There is so much to do in every corner of the yard this month that it is difficult to know where to start.

As you begin your quest for the perfect garden, don't overdo it!  Remember South Carolina Springs are incredibly unpredictable so don’t go overboard when the first warm days approach.  It can get cold again, and your hard work could get frost bite.

Shrub and Tree Care

There still is time to plant trees and shrubs. However, by the middle of this month it will be a little late to transplant large trees or shrubs, so do them now. This month is the ideal time for pruning evergreens. If you have a Juniper, Cypress or other conifers that need shearing or pruning, this is a good time to accomplish this task. Remove all dead, diseased, and undesirable wood. 
Prune your Forsythia after it finishes flowering.

Caring for Your Annuals, Perennials and Bulbs

April is the month for planting summer flowering bulbs like Dahlias, Gladiolas and Lilies. Mix bulb fertilizer, processed manure and peat moss into the planting soil. Tuberous Begonias and Canna should not be set outdoors until all danger of frost has passed, so wait until next month.

Plant annual seeds of AstersCosmosMarigolds and Zinnias in the garden.

When Spring bulbs have finished blooming, you should deadhead them.  Do not cut off the green foliage yet! These green leaves continue to grow for a few weeks, and provide the bulb with food for flowering next year.

Divide perennials like DayliliesDelphiniumsIrisChrysanthemums, Daisies,and Phlox. The additional plants you create can be traded or given to friends, or moved to a new area of the garden.

Hybrid Tea Roses should be fertilized prior to buds beginning to bloom. Using a systemic fertilizer will help prevent insect infestation later in the summer, as it feeds your rose.

Plant new rosebushes before growth starts and buds swell.

April Lawn Care

The application of a spring type of lawn fertilizer should perk up the lawn and improve its over-all color and appearance. If there is moss growing in the lawn, use spring lawn fertilizer that has the moss-killer included, so you can do both jobs in one easy application.

Spring is also a good time to thatch and over-seed the lawn.  Remove thatch with a brisk raking, or with a de thatching machine.  Over seeding will help fill-in the lawn and deter the re-growth of moss and weeds.  Use about one pound of quality grass seed for every 300 square feet of lawn area. Apply a light compost or soil over the seed to keep it moist and in place. 

Aerating the lawn will allow water to penetrate deeper into the lawn soil and reduce the need to water during the dryer months ahead. Use a garden fork and punch holes over the surface of your lawn.  As mowing becomes necessary, be certain that the blade is sharp to prevent tearing the grass tips. 

 

Source – The Garden Helper

Who Exactly Is Robert Anderson?

by Terri's Team

Ever wonder how Anderson got its’ name?  Well it was named after Robert Anderson, so who was he?

Robert Anderson was born in Virginia in 1741 to John and Jean Anderson, both of whom were born in Ireland. He was the fifth child of a family who owned a prosperous farm in Virginia. As a young man, he journeyed into South Carolina frontier to survey and acquire lands in the newly opened Indian Territory.

In 1765 Robert Anderson married Anne Thompson and moved to the Ninety Six District of South Carolina. Robert and Ann had five children, Robert Jr., Anne, Elizabeth, Mary and Lydia. After twenty-five years of marriage Anne died and Robert married twice more, first to Lydia Maverick, a widow from Pendleton, South Carolina and following her death to the Jane Harris Reece, widow of Dr. Thomas Reece.

At the outbreak of the American Revolution, Anderson joined the volunteer Patriot Army and was at one time a sergeant of the fifth South Carolina Regiment. Anderson soon joined his friend Andrew Pickens and was present at the Battle of Kettle Creek, Georgia. The vastly outnumbered Patriot militia defeated a British force. He became a colonel in the Upper Ninety Six regiment, which he commanded until March 30, 1783.

For his service in the Revolutionary Was, General Anderson received 460 acres of bounty land in the Pendleton District. He would settle across the Seneca River from his friend General Andrew Pickens. By the time of his death, his estate would be a total of 2100 acres.

Later, he served in the South Carolina state legislature and as lieutenant governor for two terms. In 1800 he was an elector for Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Anderson spent his senior years in the Pendleton District as a gentleman farmer.

Anderson died in January 1813 and was survived by five children. He is buried at The Old Stone Church. In his honor, Anderson County, the city of Anderson and the ghost town of Andersonville are all named after him. 

 

Is a Swimming Pool For You?

by Kecia Burkart

It’s Spring and the real estate market is booming.  Buyers are tempted this time of year to look for homes with a swimming pool.  The pool is beautiful; they can imagine entertaining family and friends around it, back yard BBQs and kids splashing.  But, do you really want the investment of a pool? 

Here are a few things to consider –

It is always less expensive to buy a house with a pool than to install a swimming pool.  So if you are a pool person, look for a house that already has one, installing an in-ground pool is $40,000 plus (and I mean PLUS).

There are other cost factors to consider as well, the electricity to run the pool will add about $30 - $50 onto you monthly electric bill, chemicals to keep that pool sparkling can run $100 plus a month during the hot summer months.  And they are work to maintain them.  They also increase your liability so you may want to check with your insurance provider to see if your policy is up to date.

So should you buy a home with a pool or not?

On the plus side, swimming pools are part of the unstoppable outdoor trends which have given new emphasis to backyard landscaping, fencing, walkways, decks, weather-proof kitchens, fireplaces, covered and open patios, arbors, ponds, and play areas. Pools are fun, they promote fitness and they give you a great place to entertain family and friends.

On the negative side are safety and compliance issues. Pool maintenance can be monthly and turned over to a pool service, but that’s yet another bill to pay. If you do not maintain your pool’s water things can go wrong and it is another bill to correct the issue. A swimming pool uses lots of water and chemical treatments to keep it clean, attractive and safe, and it will increase your homeowner’s insurance.

Pools come in five styles, in order of the least to most expensive type of basin:

• Above-ground pools

• Fiberglass pools

• Vinyl-lined in-ground pools

• Gunite pools

• Poured-concrete pools

Now that you know more about structures of pools and the pros and cons, do you want to be a home owner of a home with a swimming pool? 

Before you buy, ask the seller for any maintenance and repair records they might have for the pool, and include the pool in the home inspection. Remember when you purchase a home with a pool you are getting a real deal on that pool.

Let us help you find your perfect home with the outdoor oasis you will adore.

Spotlight Local Business of the Week - Doolittle's Resturant

by Terri's Team

Downtown Anderson has plenty to offer.  On one of your trips we suggest a visit to Doolittle's Restaurant.  It is located just in front of our new Carolina Wren Park and there is outside dining next to the fountains for added ambiance.   

Doolittle's slogan is Eat. Drink. Do Little. "Fresh, Local, and Homemade in a laid back atmosphere"

Doolittle's has a regular menu plus daily specials that are made with local cuisine made fresh and in house.  John and Shandra Doolittle know you will enjoy a warm atmosphere with great food and genuine hospitality.

The menu has quite a variety you can find everything from great sandwiches and juicy burgers to fresh seafood and hand cut steaks. Plus they have a full bar and scrumptious desserts…hint try the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake.

Doolittle’s also has a banquet room with beautiful views of downtown Anderson, SC and they caterer as well.

Everything you crave with an experience that has a personal touch that you can only get from a local business that cares. The service is great and the trivia cards on the tables are a nice touch.

You can visit Doolittle’s at 112 North Main Street, Anderson, SC.  Their phone number is (864) 222-3893.  Or visit them on the web at www.doolittlesrestaurant.com

 

The Home Inspection

by Kecia Burkart

After viewing numerous houses, you finally find it, the one, the house of your dreams.  Your Realtor submits the offer, the Seller accepts it, and you are simply elated! Your financing is going along seamlessly and then comes the home inspection.  What if there is something wrong with your beloved new home?

News flash, a home inspector will always find something wrong.  It is more of a matter of “what” is wrong.  Here are a few problem areas that you need to really think about. 

Outdated Electrical Wiring

With today’s families using technology and more devices than ever, it’s important to ensure your home’s electrical system is up to date. Pay close attention to aluminum wiring if it shows up on your home inspection report. It was used between 1965 and the mid-1970s in place of copper, and it poses a dangerous fire hazard due to the potential of overheating at connections.

Foundation Damage

Every home’s foundation will experience some degree of settling. A qualified home inspector can tell you when a seemingly minor crack spells major trouble. Watch out for bulging or bowing foundation walls, which is a sign of structural weakness that can cost thousands to repair.

Septic Tank Failure

If your new home comes with a septic tank, make sure trouble isn’t bubbling below the surface. You can get a separate inspection just for the septic tank. A septic tank that fails can be costly to replace.  Sometimes septic tanks only need to be pumped which is approximately $350 - $500. Foul odors, slow or gurgling drains, and standing water are common symptoms of a septic tank that needs some looking into.

Mold

A home plagued by mold can affect your health. You can typically clean up areas of mold that cover less than 10 square feet on your own at a reasonable cost. But extensive growth requires professional help.

Water Stains

Your home inspector should investigate any water stains to determine if there’s an active leak and to check for the presence of mold. A brown spot on the ceiling, for instance, may indicate a faulty roof, while stains on basement walls can clue you in to drainage issues—and neither are a cheap fix.

Summary

Just because your home inspector uncovers an issue doesn’t guarantee the seller will fix it. Ultimately, you decide whether to walk away or negotiate with the seller, and a lot of that depends on your budget and willingness to take on a major home improvement project.

An experienced real estate agent can help you navigate the findings and set priorities for moving forward.

 

Spring Time Activities That Don't Empty Your Wallet

by Kecia Burkart

The official first day of spring is March 20, but here in South Carolina, we don’t have to wait that long. With a nice weekend upon us, it’s a great time for a dry-run of warm weather fun outside. Here is a list of things that will fill your time without emptying your wallet.

Go Fishing

 Imagine sitting on a dock at Hartwell Lake and casting a line into the water or just sitting by a pond. Then, enjoy the quiet and all that nature has to offer you as you simply sit and wait. You don’t care if you catch anything. Or take a child and teach them to fish, after all you will be enriching their life by simply spending time with them.

Go to a Baseball Game

No matter how you feel about baseball, the American thing to just go and soak up the atmosphere.   Now is the time to get out and see a game. The spring season just reinforces baseball as our national pastime.  Go to Fluor Field in Greenville for a fun day with the Greenville Drive. And if you are really ambitious go see the Braves before they move on to their new stadium in the very near future.

Take a Bike Ride or a Stroll

Anderson isn’t exactly known for its encouragement of bike riding. There are very few trails around the area that connect homes and major roads with other areas.   Your neighborhood might be well suited to bike riding. But don’t forget about the East-West Parkway it has a great path the length of the road that is perfectly suited for bikes, runners and just plan strolling. 

Plant a Flower Bed or Vegetable Garden

Sure, planting anything sounds like a lot of work and to some the task seems impossible. But Lowes and Home Depot, as well as local nurserys, can help you pick out the flowers or vegetables to get you started.  Just pick a place in the yard and pay attention to how much sun the area gets.  Pick out plants suited for this area and water them.  Your results will be worth the effort.  Not ready to break the ground yet?  Start with container gardening.   You will provide yourself with free produce, lovely gardens, something for the whole family.

Buy a Hammock or Rocking Chairs

Relax for an afternoon and stare at the skies or just rock back and forth.  Take a cat nap while reading or listening to your favorite music or sporting event.  Rocking chairs on the front porch, screened porch or a hammock stretched between to tress is so relaxing.  And if don’t have to have the perfectly placed trees for a hammock.  There are all types of hammocks made of various materials and structures.  

Eat Outside

Picnics are nice, sure, but there are other ways to eat outside.  Fire up the grill and grill some BBQ chicken, corn on the cob and watch the kids play in the backyard.  Family time outdoors can be fun and when you add a football or baseball to the mix you just found an outdoor family activity.

Go Shopping

Get outside and enjoy the weather.  There are flea markets all over the area just waiting for you to come and buy something. The most obvious choices are the Jockey Lot on U.S. 29 or the Farmers Market downtown Anderson.  And don’t forget about the Yard Sales. 

Spotlight Local Business of the Week - Grady's Great Outdoors

by Terri's Team

Grady's Great Outdoors in a local Anderson business that has grown with Anderson.  The business has diversified throughout the years but one thing remained the same - it is a family owned business.  And if you are lucky enough to know this family you know they are fine people that serve our community.  This is their story...

In 1961, Grady & Ann Phillips opened “The Sport and Hobby Shop” in an 840 sf vacancy in the Pruitt Shopping Center in Anderson, SC. This store stocked model cars, fishing supplies, athletic goods and a total of two guns. Growth came quickly and in 1963, the store was moved 3 doors down in the shopping center to a 1,400 sf location. Here Grady and Ann added more firearms, toys, games and even Barbie Dolls!

As the business continued to grow, it was moved in 1965 to a 2,400 sf building in the then-new Belvedere Plaza Shopping Center. Horseback riding equipment, western wear and more toys and hobbies were added to the inventory. The name was also changed to “Grady’s Sport Shop” – a name by which some people still refer to us today.

In 1969, Grady and Ann decided to focus on the core business – hunting and fishing. The store was moved one door down in the Belvedere Plaza to a 3,600 sf location. The variety of hunting and fishing equipment was expanded and a mail-order division was started. Grady began producing direct-mail flyers which are still our most effective form of advertising today.

Explosive growth came in the early 70′s and the store was moved 3 doors down in the Belvedere Plaza to a 7,000 sf building – almost double the size of the previous location. 10 years later, Grady and Ann felt that a free-standing building would best serve our customers. Property was secured in our current location and a 9,800 sf building was constructed. The name was also changed to “Grady’s Great Outdoors” at this time.

Over the last 22 years, the original structure has been expanded and remodeled to its current 19,000+ sf size. The current line-up of products includes: Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Kayaks & Canoes, Casual & Work Clothing, Casual & Work Footwear and much more!! They carry virtually all of the major brands as well as many hard-to-find specialty items.

Grady’s Great Outdoors continues to be owned and operated by the Phillips Family. 

Grady’s Great Outdoor contact information -

3440 Clemson Blvd.

Anderson, South Carolina 29621

Phone

(864) 226-5283

Email

shopgradys@gmail.com

Website

http://www.gradysoutdoors.com

Fabulous New Restaurants & Retail Stores are coming to Greenville

by Kecia Burkart

Dozens of new restaurants and business like Dave and Buster's will soon call Woodruff Road their new home.

It's all part of a multimillion project on the site of the old Greenville Mall called Magnolia Park. The complex is located between Interstate 85 and Verdae Boulevard.

The site is set to feature a Toby Keith restaurant, Firebird's Wood Fired Grill, and Bad Daddy's Burger Bar. The ToysRUs and BabiesRUs are already under construction.

Dave & Busters is a place you will find a mix of food, drinks and plenty of fun.  Dave & Buster's, the only place with a restaurant serving everything from wings to New York strips, a bar with the best happy hour and the latest interactive and video games. Let your inner kid run free. Our Million Dollar Midway offers over 200 games to play with a rechargeable Power Card in your pocket you win no matter which arcade game you choose to play.

Toby Keith’s restaurant, I Love This Bar features the bars themselves are in the shape of giant guitars, creating a unique country music atmosphere that visitors will love.   The menu is fairly traditional southern American food, but they do it big. Whether you’re getting the ribs or the chicken wings, it’s impossible not to notice the insanely generous portion sizing for a very fair price.

Plus, the development will feature Cabela's for hunters, fishermen and campers set to open next spring. The developers tell us they are working with a number of other tenants for their first location in South Carolina too.

Source – FOX News

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Contact Information

Terri's Team
Keller Williams Realty - Western Upstate
4107 Liberty Highway
Anderson SC 29621
864-314-0573
Fax: 864-226-9238

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