New 97% Financing Option Now Available!

One of our lending partners, Prime Lending, recently announced the arrival of a 97% financing loan. If you qualify, you only pay 3% of the home purchase out of pocket.  PLUS, the 3% can be a gift from a parent, friend, or anyone. This means you could buy you next home with a much smaller down payment.  Here is a flyer that gives more details: 97% Loan

If you would like more information on how to get prequalified. Please call us! 864-590-6890

 

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Build a Welcome Mat For Your Home

We are sharing great insights from our Living Green segment at Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate. These are great ideas for the visual “welcome mat” to your home.

Options are limitless when installing a new driveway or repairing an existing one. They’re an excellent way to frame the look of the property, and a great way to shape buyer expectations as they stroll up to see what’s inside your home. By choosing the finish and type that works best, you’ll make the home feel more polished. The following are a few different options to consider.

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Crushed Gravel

Crushed gravel driveways normally consist of small stones intermixed with coarse sand and other aggregates. Because there is no actual hard surface, they are generally easy to maintain, and with little cracking or shifting, require little to no repair. If your property is in a rural area, gravel driveways are an excellent finish for your warm country cabin. For snowier climates, consider that snow removal may be challenging and the winter months particularly dirty, as the surface will likely stay wet for longer periods. One consideration to improve the appearance of an existing crushed gravel driveway is to have your local landscaper refresh with enough stone to replace the top three inches before you list your home. This may require several yards of material but will be very appealing to the eye of a potential homebuyer. After the stone has been evenly distributed over your driveway – park on the street to avoid stirring it up.

Concrete

Concrete—while difficult to do yourself—is a versatile, polished and highly desirable surface. Different colors can give the surface almost any appearance to match your home’s exterior (it can even be mixed with different stones to give it the look of an aggregate). It can be stamped and sealed in different ways to give it the look of brick or even cobblestone. Concrete is likely the longest lasting driveway type for almost any climate. If touching up, consider a concrete stain that will help hide some of the blemishes accumulated over the years.

Brick

Brick is an excellent non-slip surface for both cars and kids. If you’re home is older, it’s an excellent choice to give the property additional character by recreating a more traditional driveway setting that will be attractive to interested buyers. One of its main advantages is that brick is easily replaceable; because the foundation is normally stone, sand, then brick, cracked sections can easily be interchanged. Additionally, you may choose interlocking brick with holes for more eco-friendly water drainage directly to your property versus the run-off to the street and subsequent sewer system.

If you have a good size budget, also consider cobblestones. Because they will shift and be uneven, it adds even more old worldliness to the front of your home.

Asphalt

The most common type of driveway is asphalt. It is the most economical (per square foot) and convenient in terms of installation time. When selling your home, make sure you either re-seal your asphalt driveway (for less than $150 you can buy a 5 gallon drum, roller and broom stick and be finished in 2 hours) or completely re-install to give a nice fresh appearance. If in doubt consult a professional.

Stone, pavers, a mixed driveway (using multiple materials) and compressed earth are all other driveway types to consider. Whatever you choose, it’s important to consider the property type and the desired aesthetic. If the two work well together, you’ll have made a significant investment in the value of your home.

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Paint can sell a home

It is true that paint can make or break a home’s first impression. Paint is also the cheapest and easiest way to refresh and update your home inside and out. However, you don’t have to settle for boring beige or white. There are many bright, fresh colors that will make your home seem newer, bigger and worth every penny. Here are are a few, fun painting ideas from the Better Homes & Gardens website.

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/paint/projects/

Plus, Sherwin-Williams is having a sale this month. Check out their website for more details.

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Super Bowl idea

January 2012

The SuperBowl is right around the corner. You may be considering a football party at your house.  Why not? It’s a great way to celebrate. It’s also a great way to subtly promote your house to your friends who could, in turn, build word-of-mouth marketing for you.

 I’m going to share a very easy, but delicious “scoopable” dip. It’s delicious.  Here’s to the last game of the seaon but the first game of the year!

 

Sparkle City Dip

1 can black beans (drained)

1 can corn (drained)

1 can diced tomatoes (drained)

2 avocados, chopped

1 container of crumbled feta

1/4 cup red onion

 1/4 cup of olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

2 Tb of Greek Seasoning (it’s in the spice section of the grocery store and comes in a yellow container)

I encourage you to throw a party this January. Share your home. Share your life.
My husband and I enjoy spending time with our 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Here is our second grandson, Evan.

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