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thinking about buying? Then buy now!

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Been on the fence about buying a house? Relax you are not alone many people struggle to make that decision to take the plunge into homeownership. Sometimes that time ticking by doesn’t hurt you much, but in this market it might. While trying to time a market is like trying to catch a falling knife here are some reasons to make your decision sooner rather than later.

  • Rates are going up – they have to they have nowhere else to go. What does this mean? It means you will qualify for a lower mortgage value thus buy less house and get to pay more money every month for it.
  • Prices keep going up – most current models have the average price in the tri-county area hitting $275,000 in the next couple years. So the longer you wait the less you get, your 4 bedroom becomes a three bedroom, your single family detached becomes a townhome and your townhome becomes a condo. If you can afford what you want now then by all mean take advantage of that while you can.
  • If the market tanks you won’t be able to buy – some folks are thinking the market may tank and hey it may at any moment, remember timing a market is like catching a falling knife. If it does guess what? You won’t be able to get a mortgage because lenders don’t lend into tanking markets. Oh and rents skyrocket in tanking markets because landlords know more people have to rent and these people drive up rental demand. Unless you have cash to buy with don’t try to wait for the market to tank because you won’t be able to get a loan to buy then anyway. So buy now hold and even if the market tanks you are sitting comfortably in your new home of your own waiting for it to go back up, which it always does.

We understand buying a home is a massive step, especially a first home or the first home in a while. For 20 years we have been helping people find the right place to call home at the right time, so feel free to lean on us, contact us and we will sit down with you and go over the options and give you real, valuable and executable insight to help you through the process. No rush, no hard sale just information you need to help make the best decision for you.


Sherry Swift

854 444 0772

6 ways to improve your curb appeal

Curb appeal is the first impression your home makes on potential buyers. It is the chance for buyers to fall in love with your house before they even see the inside. It is also the first chance to show buyers how well you have taken care of where they will be calling home. The opposite of all this is true as well, a home with bad curb appeal is the first chance for a buyer to decide they aren’t interested in your property, and some won’t even want to bother seeing the inside, and a home with neglected curb appeal is a chance to scare potential buyers away as they ponder what unseeable issues may have been poorly attended to as well. So don’t underestimate the power of curb appeal. To help you get ready for the selling season here are some ways to improve your home’s curb appeal without shattering the piggy bank.

  • Address the front door – dress it up, deep clean or change out the hardware, add a fresh coat of paint to the door (maybe an eye catching color) add some plants for color, makes sure the house number is clean and crisp, maybe add a wreath, flag or if there is space a small sitting area. Since most times home showing work off a lock box while the agent finds the lock box, opens the lock box, gets out the key, returns to the front door and opens it they potential buyers will be standing there staring at your front door so make sure that space has them excited to go through the door.
  • Light the way – outdoor lighting is a nice touch, not only is it an attractive addition but they also convey the sense of security and safety. Even if you just add a row of solar lights to light the way to the front door buyers will respond positively.
  • Build an instant garden – grab a bunch of colorful annual flowers and get to planting. Dress up the porch with some potted annuals while planting more in any area you can. People love colorful flowers and they create a cheerful mood in buyers. Mixing the color, type and height creates a greater sense of depth to the gardening. Water and keep them looking lively replacing any that begin to die off along the way.
  • Whack the weeds – low country living often comes with no shortage of weed types to battle so a weedless yard can really stand out. Weed and feed the yard then address the trouble areas with something a bit stronger then edge and trim the hard to a good height. It doesn’t have to look golf course gorgeous to stand out typically a weed free, edged yard at a decent living height will be more than enough to set you apart.
  • Pressure wash – in the low country pressure washing is generally a must so get to it. Make sure the whole house is done and done well one good wash ought to last you straight through to close and will really help your home look it’s best.
  • Paint and repairs – fresh paint goes a long, long way do touch up any areas that may need it including trim, fascia boards, the garage door, any porch aspects etc. Repair and replace anything that might need it including the mailbox, cracks in the driveway, shutters (keep an eye out for those second story shutters), window screens, roof issues, damaged siding, gutters, etc.

To figure out where to focus your efforts stand in front of your house for a few minutes and take note of everything you notice, then stand in front of similar homes on the market in the same area which would be at the same price point and see what you notice. Being the best house for a buyer isn’t about being the absolute best it is about being the best of the options out there so make sure your curb appeal is screaming buy me and not inspiring buyers to run screaming to the competition.

We have over 20 years combined experience helping folks get the most money for their homes in every type of market so if you want our expert opinion on what you should do to improve your curb appeal so you can get the most money for your home in the shortest amount of time feel free to contact us we would be glad to help.

Sherry Swift

854 444 0772