How to Sell Your Summerville Home with Less Stress

Selling Home in Summerville, SCOn the stress meter, moving is right next to dying, so it is a stressful process for most people when they go to sell their Summerville home! However, there are ways to have your home on the market and show it with less stress versus more. It is always going to be inconvenient to sell your home, but being prepared helps!

Be Ready for Showings in 10 mins:

  • One family living in a 1250 square-foot house with six children had a real challenge to keep the house “show ready.” Their house showed 31 times before it sold and everyone’s feedback was that the house was neat as a pin!  I quizzed them afterwards to find out what they did to keep the house so picked up and clean.
  • They treated the showings almost like a fire drill. Each child had a responsibility and kept their end of the bargain. When the showing was scheduled or the car would come in everyone would mobilize and go into show mode. Beds were made, clothes put away, vacuuming accomplished, candles lit, and  lights turned on everywhere.Homes for Sale in Summerville, SC

De-Clutter:

  • For those with too much stuff, I suggest getting a storage unit. De-clutter the house and the closets, box up everything unnecessary and put it in a storage unit while you are selling the home. This makes the house easier to keep neat and makes the house look bigger and better. When storage units aren’t necessary I suggest getting large plastic storage bins and placing them in the garage during the showings. Get ready to scramble around the house loading up toys if you have small children and toss them in the bins and then out in the garage for showings.

Inviting Kitchen:

  • Store unused kitchen appliances out of sight. Clear the counters and open the windows (if warm).

If you really want to move your Summerville home quickly and have the smallest amount of showings and least amount of stress, price the house just below market. This strategy will cut down on your length of time and number of showings because your home will go under contract quickly. The mortgage stops, the taxes stop and your move gets accomplished in a reasonable amount of time.

If you are a home seller and would like to discuss selling your Summerville Home and what it is worth in our market today, please e-mail me  for more information or fill out this form.

Legend Oaks Plantation Home Just SOLD!

Real Estate for Sale in Summerville, SC

This beautiful  home for sale in Legend Oaks Plantation has left the market! Legend Oaks Plantation homes are located in one of Summerville’s finest planned golf communities. . Living in Legend Oaks Plantation offers homeowners a beautiful clubhouse, gorgeous golf course, pools, tennis courts, a play park, walking & jogging trails, and various optional memberships.

Do you like what you see in Legend Oaks Plantation? Check out more homes for sale in Legend Oaks and read more about the amenities Legend Oaks has to offer.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home.

If you are a home seller and would like to discuss your Summerville Home and what it is worth in our market today, please e-mail me for more information or fill out this form.

The Top Six Things that Impact the Value of Your Home

Real Estate for Sale in Summerville, SC

When you are purchasing a home for sale in Summerville, the home you decide on is entirely up to you! No one else makes this decision for you and signs the paperwork that makes this delightful home yours….HOWEVER…. if you are like the majority of home buyers, you will sell that home and move  on to another home within 5-7 years.

So, as you purchase your home, you are wise if you remember the resale value of the property you are buying. Buyers that make decisions based entirely on emotion, and ignore the future owners of their home, could find themselves in a difficult spot when it is time to resell.

With that in mind, here are the top six things to remember that will affect the resale value of your home.

Location

Is it a desirable town to live in? Are businesses thriving in the area? Is it in a good school district? Do people WANT to live where you are buying? Talking with your realtor to get a feel for the history of the area and their opinion on these things makes a difference.

Condition

This is one that you can (thankfully) modify. The improvements you make to better the condition of your home will help when you go to resell. However with things like square footage,number of beds/baths, and converting garages; be careful. The majority of buyers are looking in certain ranges (3-4 beds, 2-3 baths, 2 car garage etc.).  Don’t go crazy with additions and move your house out of the normal ranges the majority of people want. Most people will want a garage, not the extra room you turned it into.

Yard

We’ve all heard about curb appeal, but this goes beyond that. The majority of buyers like yards that are easy to maintain, peaceful and inviting. Work towards that.

Market Competition

There is no way to predict what the competition will be when you go to sell, just be aware that this will drive the home prices up or down on your home.

Neighborhood

Similar to location, this plays an enormous part in resale value of a home.  Is it a quiet neighborhood? Lots of kids? Sidewalks? Nearby Parks? Low Crime? Keep this in mind when you decide what neighborhood you want to plug yourself into.

Seller Motivation

This is probably the biggest factor that drives a property’s value. If someone just wants to get out of their home, they are willing to take a very low price. Having a relationship with a realtor ahead of time will help a person stay ahead of the “desperate stage,” and sell their house long before it gets to that point.

If you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home and want a realtor who will help you think through the resale value of your home, email or call me to schedule an appointment.

If you are a home seller and would like to discuss your Summerville Home and what it is worth in our market today, please e-mail me for more information or fill out this form.

Bradford Chase Home Just Sold by the Foster Smith Team

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This beautiful  home for sale in Bradford Chase Subdivision  was sold! Bradford Chase is a Summerville subdivision that was built starting in the early 2000’s. It is located off Butternut Road in Summerville and is close to Pine Forest Country Club and Cantering Hills.

Do you like what you see in Bradford Chase? Check out more homes for sale in Bradford Chase.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home.

If you are a home seller and would like to discuss your Summerville Home and what it is worth in our market today, please e-mail me for more information or fill out this form.

What to Do before You List Your Home for Sale

What to do before you list your Summerville Home

The time has come to sell your Summerville home and you are ready to meet with my team to discuss your home.

(If you are still researching me, please take a look at my team, website and what I do for sellers and call me. )

Here is my “What to do before You List Your Home”

  1. Establish the Why?

      • Make sure you (or you and your spouse) have and agree on your reason for moving. It could be a job, financial, need more room, need less room, schools, etc. There are a variety of reasons people move. It will help me, help you, if you can share those with me. We can then make sure you make the right decisions for your home.

     

  2. Call My Office.

      • Call my office at 843-974-6029 and set up an appointment to meet with me.

     

  3. Don’t do This.

      • Don’t go to great lengths preparing the house prior to meeting with me. There are two mistakes people make concerning this: spending way too much time and effort getting the house “perfect” before listing it. The other extreme is not getting it reasonably ready to sell. This is where I will be able to help you strike the proper balance.

     

If you are a home seller still investigating and would like to discuss your Summerville Home and what it is worth in our market today, please e-mail me for more information or fill out this form to find out what your home is worth.

Summerville SC Real Estate Market Report for August 2015

Summerville SC Real Estate Market Report

The Summerville SC Real Estate Market Report shows that three hundred and three  homes were sold in the Summerville, SC area last month which is up 18% from August 2014.  The Average Sales Price in Summerville last month was  $190,000 which is up 3% from this time last year.  Home Sellers in Summerville, SC are on average receiving 98% of their list price, and only averaging 22 days on the market.  These stats are very strong statistics for our area and show that the market has balanced and is turning into a seller’s market.   The average price per square foot is $102 which is up 5% from this time last year.

Fill out this form or give me a call if you are interested in what your Summerville home is worth in today’s market.

Housing bubble about to burst in Summerville or Charleston, SC?

With all of the doom and gloom we are hearing in the media, I have had many clients and customers ask me, “”Is there a housing bubble about to burst in Summerville or Charleston?”

In order to answer that question we need to rewind to 2007 when there was indeed a housing market crash and a very real bubble burst not only in our area, but nationwide.  This was created by a tremendous amount of inventory, as high as 12,000 houses on the market in the tri-county area. (Dorchester, Charleston and Berkeley County)  The prices became so inflated that buyers stopped buying and with so much inventory on the market, the Charleston, SC bubble burst. It eroded  housing values almost 30% in Summerville, Mount Pleasant, Charleston and the surrounding areas.

In 2012 we hit the bottom and went sideways and inched up a half of a percent.  In 2013, the prices rose 7.5%, followed by 7.5% in 2014 and 4% in 2015.  However this is still 11 percent less than eight years ago.  Right now, we have 5,651 houses on the market, this is less than half the houses on the market in 2007.  Inventory being low will keep pushing the prices back up to where they were. The reason there is still a low amount of inventory is what we call the waterline.  A lot of people are still at the waterline or 10% under the waterline if they bought their house 7 years ago.  As a result, they can not reenter the Summerville SC Real Estate Market.

If you want to identify whether you are at the waterline or above it and can move and make money, give me a call at 843-974-6029 or fill out my What is My Home Worth form and I will be in touch.

Fill out this form or give me a call if you are interested in what your Summerville home is worth in today’s market.

Foster Smith – 843-974-6029.