Should I Sell My Summerville Home in The Fall?

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Fall is always a time of year where people are unsure of whether they should place their home on the market. I often am asked, “Is it a good time to place my home for sale in Summerville? ” There are a number of factors to think about when you make that decision.

1.Motivated Buyers

During the fall, you are interacting with a select group of buyers who are very motivated and not just “kicking the tires.”  I personally have four different families coming to look at homes this month and all of them want to finish their home shopping time with a signed contract.  The buyers that are out looking at homes for sale in Summerville in the fall and winter are ready to move and want to do so quickly once they make a decision. There are also a number of tax benefits for those that close before the close of the year.

2. Less Inventory & Competition

If you watched my Fall Real Estate Market Update for Summerville, you know that there are fewer homes for sale than there are buyers.  We have half as many homes for sale in Summerville now as we did five years ago!  It is a strong seller’s market in the lower end (under 200K). However, in the higher bracket, the market is not as strong, even with a seller’s market. The rise in interest rates is causing the higher market to slow down a bit. In the fall, many listings come off the market because people don’t want to show their home through the holidays. That means those houses that are on the market get shown more and have less competition.

3. More Attention

The workload for everyone in the real estate industry starts to slow down in the fall months.  This includes real estate agents, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, closing attorneys etc.  With a diminished workload, your house and your contract gets more attention and you get a quicker response time. Everything from appraisals to inspections are easier to schedule once the fall months kick in.

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.

Happy Fall Selling in Summerville!

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Did I Sell My Home Too Soon??

As the price for homes for sale in Summerville continues to rise, some of my clients have wondered “Did I sell my home too soon?” When it comes to selling their home, everyone wants to get the best price possible. Timing in the real estate market is a huge factor in determining the value of a home, so it is understandable to think this through when you sell your Summerville home. However, “paralysis by analysis” is a very real thing in these types of situations. Most of us that have been buying and selling real estate for over 25 years have seen the following trends…

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Trend One: The Housing Market is Unpredictable

Similar to other investments,  the housing market fluctuates and moves considerably from one year to the other. Real estate agents and local economists can forecast and predict what the market will do, but at the end of the day, an economic crisis could happen, natural disaster could depress an area or something else could change the value of your home. Keep your long term goals in mind and sell your Summerville home when it is right for you.

Trend Two: As you wait, the price of homes around you are rising as well

I have many clients that are selling their long term family home and downsizing. If they wait another year or two, they could potentially make more on their home for sale in Summerville but the houses around them are also going up in value and they will have to pay more for their future home. In reality, if your home is going up in value, more than likely the home you want to buy is as well.

Trend Three: You Sell When It is Right For You

In the grand scheme of life, the best time to sell your Summerville home is when your family needs it. Whether you are preparing for a new family member, want to move closer to work, downsize etc…these are all personal and individual reasons. Moving when it is best for you and your family is the wisest choice.

Over the past 25 years in real estate and seeing over a thousand families move, I have seen this truth over and over again…Your family’s stability and happiness matters more in the grand scheme of things then if you were able to make a bit more money on the sale of your home in Summerville.

If you own a home in Summerville you can enjoy these fun activities with their little people most of the year! If you want to buy a home for sale in Summerville so you can do these fun things and much more, let me know!

 

 

Beautifully Remodeled Historic Summerville Home for Sale!

Here is your chance to own a beautiful historic home for sale in Summerville without any of the headaches!  After a year of remodeling, this home for sale in Summerville was awarded the Historic Preservation Award by the Preservation Society.  Everything was done with attention to detail and preserving the history of the home during the remodel.

Enjoy heart pine floors throughout the entire house and a spacious, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The inviting living  room, dining room, kitchen, full bath and study with fireplace are located downstairs. Three large bedrooms and the additional two baths are found upstairs.

The large master bedroom has ample room for a sitting area and relaxing at the end of the day. As you walk into the master bath, you are greeted by elegant hammered copper double sinks and a large walk in rain forest shower.

Living in a home in Summerville means sitting on a wrap around porch and sipping sweet tea. In this historic home for sale in Summerville, you have the choice of a wrap around front porch or a back screen porch.  Gaze at one of the three 150 year old live oaks that grace the .70 acre yard and breathe deeply!

Learn More about 315 W. Carolina Avenue, Summerville, SC.

Set Up a Showing to See 315 W Carolina Avenue, Summerville, SC.

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Beautifully Remodeled Historic Summerville Home for Sale!

Here is your chance to own a beautiful historic home for sale in Summerville without any of the headaches!  After a year of remodeling, this home for sale in Summerville was awarded the Historic Preservation Award by the Preservation Society.  Everything was done with attention to detail and preserving the history of the home during the remodel.

Enjoy heart pine floors throughout the entire house and a spacious, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The inviting living  room, dining room, kitchen, full bath and study with fireplace are located downstairs. Three large bedrooms and the additional two baths are found upstairs.

The large master bedroom has ample room for a sitting area and relaxing at the end of the day. As you walk into the master bath, you are greeted by elegant hammered copper double sinks and a large walk in rain forest shower.

Living in a home in Summerville means sitting on a wrap around porch and sipping sweet tea. In this historic home for sale in Summerville, you have the choice of a wrap around front porch or a back screen porch.  Gaze at one of the three 150 year old live oaks that grace the .70 acre yard and breathe deeply!

Learn More about 315 W. Carolina Avenue, Summerville, SC.

Set Up a Showing to See 117 W Third South Street, Summerville, SC.

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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!

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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

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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.