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Aug 10 2015
10:00 am

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YOU HAVE FOUND A HOME NOW WHAT??

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7 Steps to a Stress-Free Home Closing

This cheat sheet helps you do your homework, so you know what you’re signing when you close the sale of your home. Read

Find the Home Loan that Fits Your Needs

Understand which mortgage loan is best for you so your budget isn’t stretched too thin. Read

Negotiate Your Best House Buy

Keep your emotions in check and your eyes on the goal, and you’ll pay less when purchasing a home. Read

Keep Your Home Purchase on Track

You’ve found your dream home. Make sure missteps don’t prevent a successful closing. Read

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Aug 8 2015
10:00 am

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SELL YOUR HOME IN 2015

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Keep Your Home Sale from Falling Apart

After finding a buyer, all you have to do to make it to closing is to avoid these five traps. Read

7 Tips for Staging Your Home

Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process. Read

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Working to get your home ship-shape for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time. Read

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Aug 6 2015
7:00 am

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HELPING YOU WITH THE DEALS

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How to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper House

When you buy a fixer-upper house, you can save a ton of money, or get yourself in a financial fix. Read

6 Tips for Buying a Home in a Short Sale

By preparing for a real estate short sale, you can emerge with a great home at a favorable price. Read

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Aug 4 2015
10:01 am

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HOW MUCH OF A MORTGAGE CAN YOU AFFORD?

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4 Tips to Determine How Much Mortgage You Can Afford

By knowing how much mortgage you can handle, you can ensure that homeownership will fit in your budget. Read

7 Tips for Improving Your Credit

Here’s how to clean up your credit so you get the least-expensive home loan possible. Read

7 Steps to Take Before You Buy a Home

By doing your homework before you buy, you’ll feel more content about your new home. Read

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Jun 18 2015
4:11 pm

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CURB APPEAL? How to achieve it!!

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8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home

By: Pat Curry

Here are eight ways to help your home put its best face forward.

Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding; we’re talking about maintenance and beautifying tasks you’d like to live with anyway.

The way your house looks from the street -- attractively landscaped and well-maintained -- can add thousands to its value and cut the time it takes to sell. But which projects pump up curb appeal most? Some spit and polish goes a long way, and so does a dose of color.


Tip #1: Wash Your House’s Face

Before you scrape any p...

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Mar 31 2015
11:47 am

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Season-by-Season Lawn Maintenance Calendar

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Season-by-Season Lawn Maintenance Calendar

By: Douglas Trattner

Follow our season-by-season lawn maintenance calendar to get a barefoot-worthy lawn and ensure great curb appeal.

Early Spring

Like so many maintenance jobs, everything goes smoother -- and you’ll get better results -- with proper preparation. Early spring is the time to get ready for lawn-growing and mowing season.

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 How to Bring Back Your Lawn After Winter Damage

Sharpen mower blades to ensure clean cuts. A dull blade tears the grass, leaving jagged edges that discolor the lawn and invite pathogens. 

Sharpen mower blades once each month during grass-cutting season. Have a backup blade (about $20) so that a sha...

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Mar 2 2015
11:23 am

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Don’t Miss These Home Tax Deductions

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Don’t Miss These Home Tax Deductions

By: Dona DeZube

Published: December 22, 2014

From mortgage interest to property tax deductions, here are the tax tips you need to get a jump on your returns.

Owning a home can pay off at tax time.  

Take advantage of these homeownership-related tax deductions and strategies to lower your tax bill:

Mortgage Interest Deduction 

One of the neatest deductions itemizing homeowners can take advantage of is the mortgage interest deduction, which you claim on Schedule A. To get the mortgage interest deduction, your mortgage must be secured by your home -- and your home can be a house, trailer, or boat, as long as you can sleep in it, cook in it, and it ...

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Like Stats and Deep Information? This video is calling you!!

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This video will help explain the 2014 activity for this great state of South Carolina.  Interesting information and you should be informed if you are looking to buy or to sell.

2014 Stats for South Carolina

Take 4 minutes of your time and click to go to this You Tube video.

Thanks and looking forward to helping you buy your sell your next home!!!

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Jan 23 2015
6:43 pm

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Want to buy or sell a home? Watch this video first!!!

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Are you undecisive of what you truly want to do?  Let me ask you this - would you allow a plumber to clean your teeth?  Would you want a car salesman to teach your children?  Would you want a roofer to pour your concrete?  Hmmm, do you think that you need a professional to find you a home or sell your existing home?  Check out this video for yourself and you decide!!

CLICK THE LINK BELOW - It's safe. Will take you to a You Tube Video with great information!!!

What do we do???

Call us - we are here to help!!

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Jan 6 2015
7:06 pm

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What to do!!! FSBO, Keep it off the market, Relist it? Oh what do I do????

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Just had to share this blog from KCM Crew.  Great information and hope you review it!!!

At the end of the year, in every region of the country, hundreds of homeowners have a tough decision to make. The ‘listing for sale agreement’ on their house is about to expire and they now must decide to either take their house off the market (OTM), For Sale by Owner (FSBO) or list it again with the same agent or a different agent. Let’s assume you or someone you know is in this situation and take a closer look at each possibility:

Taking Your Home off the Market

In all probability, after putting your house on the market and seeing it not sell, you’re going to be upset. You may be thinking that no ...

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Jan 3 2015
11:45 am

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HOME BUYERS - What You Should Tell Your Lender

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Here is some sound advise that I feel warrants a posting on my website also - 

Written by  on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:06 am

Before you go get a loan to buy a home, there is some preliminary work you need to do and some things you need to know to make the borrowing process easier.

First, you need to choose a lender. Ask family and friends whom they would recommend. Interview more than one lender, preferably a local banker, a mortgage broker, and a lender from a national bank. Ask questions such as how long they've been in business, how long they take to close the average loan, and how much experience they have with loans you're interested in, such as FHA or VA, or a jumb...

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Dec 30 2014
2:45 pm

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The Curse of the FIRST OFFER!!!

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Home Sellers: The Curse of the First Offer

Written by  on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:49 am

Sometimes when everything goes right we have trouble accepting that fact. Perhaps nowhere is this phenomenon more clearly illustrated than in the case where a seller receives a good offer right away.

The annals of real estate are well stocked with stories of sellers who refused to take a good, but not perfect, first offer, and who then waited a long, long time before finally accepting something else at a considerably lower price. And most agents who have been around for a while know to shudder when a good strong offer is made almost at the outset of a listing; for the seller's re...

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Oct 13 2014
10:52 am

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Happy Columbus Day - Some Truths and Myths

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Truths and Myths

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas and stepped into history as the “Man who Discovered America”. Since then, many myths have grown up around Columbus, so in honor of the day here are some facts about Columbus that you may not have learned in school.

1. Columbus set out to prove the world was round.

Actually, most people, by the time Columbus sailed for what would become America, knew the earth was round.  Ancient Greek mathematicians had already proven that the Earth was round, not flat. Pythagoras in the sixth century B.C.E. was one of the originators of the idea. Aristotle in the fourth century B.C.E. provided the physical ev...

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Sep 22 2014
10:44 pm

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A little History on the wonderful Rivertown of Conway, SC

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Conway SC Riverwalk Don't let this little slice of Heaven Slip away!!  

Most tourists think of Conway, SC as the last town they pass through before reaching their vacation destination in Myrtle Beach, but if you're interested in buying a home in the area, it might make sense to take a closer look at this quaint river town. Conway and the outer areas are booming with housing developments to fit all budgets and tastes. From neat manufactured home developments to gated communities, there is something for everyone. Conway is close to the beach, yet offers country living at its best.

Often considered the “little sister” of Myrtle Beach, Conway is actually one of the oldest cities in South Carolina. Originally n...

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Aug 18 2014
10:54 am

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I debated sharing this but felt it a great read!!!

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This is a blog that was posted by a Realtor in Houston, TX with a major brokerage there.  I felt it warranted a spot on my company page as a reminder to our customers and clients, that to have a true professional working with you on your important purchase is extremely important.  If someone is willing to go thru what is ALMOST truthfully accurate in this blog, then they are a true professional as long as they maintain their ethical responsibility, moral standards and offer Better Than Great Customer Service.

ENJOY THE READ!!!  It may open an eye or two of the consumer!!

Thank you to Greg Nino of RE/MAX Compass of Houston Texas for writing this and allowing us to share it!!

An open let...

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Aug 12 2014
8:42 pm

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Is Now The Time To Sell???

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                    Is There A Best Time to Sell A Home?

Timing the housing market to the moment when interest rates are low and buyer demand is high may seem ideal, but if everyone had the ability to see exactly when home values are at their peak, we’d all be millionaires.

The decision to sell your home should be based on a variety of factors that are both financial and emotional. While you should definitely pay attention to market conditions as part of your thought process, you should always keep in mind that the choice to buy or sell a home is completely individual.

Reasons to Sell

Homeowners have a variety of reasons to sell their home at any given time. Some of the obvious reas...

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Aug 12 2014
8:41 pm

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What is all they hype about Tankless Water Heaters?

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Water Heating – Is It A Tankless Job?

 

If the idea of constantly heating your water in a big tank sitting in your basement sounds  inefficient and wasteful  then a tankless water heater may be the right option for you. To help you make the decision between replacing your hot water tank with the tankless alternative here are some of the pros and cons of a tankless water heater system.

PROS

Energy Savings / Operating Costs
The first thought on tankless water heaters is generally: how much energy/money am I going to save? To be honest, you're going to be spending MORE money to get a tankless water heater and all its plumbing in place. While a tankless water heater costs more up front, y...

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Aug 12 2014
8:39 pm

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Want more out of your Pool????

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 Convert Your Pool Into A Wildlife Refuge Oasis

 

Perhaps the pool came with the house, or you had one installed for your kids and to enjoy neighborhood parties. Now the kids are gone, or you'd like a more natural look to your lawn that blends in to our coastal environment.

Homeowners who no longer need or want their swimming pools often resort to covering them year-round or filling them with concrete, but there is another option. By converting your pool into a wildlife pond, you can build a more natural landscape and provide animals in your neck of the woods a much-needed wetland habitat. Plus, the time you once devoted to pool upkeep can be spent relaxing in your backyard haven and w...

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Aug 12 2014
8:36 pm

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Buying a Historic Home Can Be Fun

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Buying An Historic Home

 

Being one of America's original colonies, South Carolina, especially its coastal region from what is now North Myrtle Beach down to Charleston has been a part of the founding of the nation, the Civil War and  other historical events that have shaped the nation. Fortunately, through all of that history many homes in the Grand Strand area into Georgetown and Charleston are considered to be historic homes and are registered with the National Register of Historic places. 

Perhaps you have discovered an historic home for sale in the area and the idea of owning a piece of history appeals to you. If so, there are some things you need to know before purchasing a home...

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Jul 12 2014
11:22 am

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You have a Bonus Room (FROG) - what do you do now???

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        What to Do With That Bonus Room

Back in the early 1990s, real estate developers hit on a bright idea to give homebuyers more space without adding appreciably to the price tag. Almost overnight, the bonus room was born. It met the demand for open-concept living with a loft or some other empty space and left the buyer to decide how to finish it. If you’re lucky enough to have a bonus room (or perhaps a spare bedroom because your 30-year-old child has finally found work and moved out), here are some ideas for how you can use it.

Start with a Basic Plan

Decide what function the room will serve. It will probably help keep the peace in your family if you ask your spouse and kids for ...

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