Sunday, November 2, 2014

Did you know that fall is the second busiest time for home sales? Autumn is a popular time of the year for
many home buyers. First time home buyers are more likely to buy their first home in the fall than any other time of the year, and retirees, and those who are relocating because of a new job or transfer are also looking on. Right now home buyers also want to take advantage of the low mortgage rates that are available and they want to be moved in before the holidays. With fewer houses on the market, your house may even get more attention in the fall than other times of the year.
Set your home apart from the competition. Follow these 5 tips that work when selling a home in the fall:

1.       Add Curb Appeal

A home sale begins with the buyer’s first view of the house from the outside, whether they are driving past the home or viewing it online. So it’s important to get the exterior of the home looking its best. Spruce up the lawn and plant seasonal flowers such as mums to add rich autumn hues that will make the home more inviting to buyers.

2.       Set The Right Price

Home buyers comparison shop so they know when a home is priced correctly. What price you want for the house has nothing to do with what you’ll get for the house. Remember if you don’t price it correctly you could be holding on to the house through the winter.

3.       Increase the Web Appeal

They say web appeal is the new curb appeal. Don’t forget to update your listing photos now to showcase how the home looks in the fall when foliage in the background will make the home look warm and welcoming.

4.       Make The Home Move-In Ready

Buyers want homes to be move-in ready, so take care of small improvements and repairs now.Staging presents the best features of the home as well as the home’s potential.

5.       Keep it Cozy

With cooler weather in the late fall, home buyers naturally want to get cozy. Accentuate your fireplace (if you have one) by arranging furniture to make it the focal point of the room.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The new school year brings about change.

Wyndie Havnaer
With the school year just getting underway, we learn some surprising news about one of the board of trustees of Fort Mill School District. Wyndie Havnaer has decided not to seek re-election in November. In an interview with The Fort Mill Times, Havnaer said, “It has just gotten to be a labor of love and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, but after 16 years it’s time for some new blood.”

After receiving encouragement from friends and having recent graduates of Fort Mill High, Havnaer’s first campaign was in 1998. She felt serving on the board was one way to show her appreciation to the school district.

“I have a degree in education so I’ve always been a supporter of public education and I just wanted to do some service to our community,” Havnaer said in her interview with The Fort Mill Times. “Our community had given so much to me and my family and I just wanted to give back to it.”

During the four terms on the board, she saw the district grow from five schools to 15.

When asked who should replace her, Havnaer said, “They need a new rookie in there every now and then, and new ideas. We’ve got so many people coming into the community that can share some new things. It was just time (to step down)”.

Three other incumbents – Patrick White, Wayne Bouldin and Diane Dasher – did file to run for new terms and two past candidates, Michele Branning and Brian Boyd, as well as a first-time candidate, John Petzel, are also running for school board. Voting is at-large and the top four vote-getters win.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2 Charlotte Companies Bringing Their Jobs to Fort Mill

LPL Financial In San Diego, California.
Deals with big companies are usually all about the dollars and incentives that the area offers.
However the deal was sealed for the Lash Group and LPL Financial Carolinas by the lifestyle offerings by the Anne Springs Close Greenway.
The Kingsley North business park will be home to construction of both companies new offices.  Near the intersection of S.C. 160 and Interstate 77 - their offices will be just minutes from the greenway, where employees can hike, bike, fish, camp, ride horses, and even kayak
The undeveloped 530-acre office park gives each company the chance to build the campuses they have been longin for, but just could not build in Charlotte.
Both offices have their eyes set on a 2016 opening date for their new campuses, and are expected to be bringing many new jobs with them.

The 2 announcements were part of what Gov. Nikki Haley called "The ultimate economic development hat trick".
Earlier in the day, Giti Tire of Singapore announced it will build a plant in Chester County, investing $560 million and creating 1,700 jobs.
The Lash Group plans to invest up to $90 million for its new headquarters and possibly a second building. The group will initially employ about 1,200 in Fort Mill, expandable to a 2,400-person workforce in several years. The company intends to keep about 600 workers in Charlotte through 2019.
LPL Financial intends to invest at least $150 million and create about 3,000 jobs in the next several years. The company has 1,000 workers in Charlotte, with those jobs moving to Fort Mill. The company also has offices in San Diego and Boston. Casady said all of the company’s growth is slated for the Fort Mill office.

Fort mill is becoming a lot like Cary NC.  Companies are moving to the area, not only for the economic advantages that it offers, but also for the ammonites and life style that comes with the area.  You just cant beat Fort Mill!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tega Cay Concert Series Kicks Off

The 2014 Tega Cay Summer Concert Series lineup
One of Tega Cay's most anticipated summer event is under way.  Performances will begin at 7pm and last until 10pm. DJ Tim Brown will play music for the kids at 6:30pm. There will be a kids area with Jumpy Castles, popcorn, and cotton candy.  
Located next to the Tega Cay Fire Department, Runde Park is home to the much anticipated series. Park at Turner Field and take a shuttle to Runde Park. Additional parking at the Tega Cay lower tennis courts, just a short walk from Runde Park.
Admission is free, but for $100 you can reserve luxury lawn seating for the whole season. Luxury lawn seating is in the left center field and includes 4 lawn chairs set up in a 10 by 10-foot area, plus beverage service by Casual Water.
The 2014 Tega Cay Summer Concert Series lineup has been announced:
  • May 17th: Sugar Smax 
  • June 21: Dixie Still
  • July 19: Gump Fiction
  • Aug. 16: Matt Stratford
All concerts are held at Runde Park. Headliners take the stage from 7-10 p.m. There’s a kids area with a DJ, bounce houses, popcorn and cotton candy. Park at Turner Field and take the shuttle to Runde Park. Trolley pickup begins at 5:30 p.m. Additional parking is available at the lower tennis courts, just a short walk to Runde Park.
No dogs or outside alcohol allowed. Concessions will be for sale.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Major Additions Planned for Springfield

Artist's Sketch
The region's next Baxter Village is already under construction.  The major difference is going to be the shops to homes ratio.  Springfield is slated to hold only 650 single family homes with 300,000 sqft of commercial space. for comparison, Baxter Village has 1,450 homes with only 250,000 sqft of commercial space.
For those of you that are unaware where this is located, think Gold Hill Road and Interstate 77.  More exact is Hwy 21 and Springfield Parkway.  If you take a trip out to check out the site, you will notice that the construction of phase 1 has already started. Harris Teeter will anchor the fist phase of Springfield, and will be accompanied by a nail salon and Great Clips when the phase first opens.  There are spaces for restaurants and a few smaller shops still available in this phase.
A builder who must remain nameless until the contract is signed is close to closing the deal to develop the new phase of homes.  Home construction is expected to start early 2015, but price points of these homes have yet to be disclosed.
Northern York county is ready for the development, and Fort Mill School district expects a growth rate of 1,000 single family homes per year. As construction picks back up in the area, Harris Teeter and other companies are putting their trust back in the build site that was postponed back in 2010.  Many even thought the Springfield project was abandoned.
Springfield and Baxter Village are both parts of the 7,000+ acre development named "Clear Spring" owned by the former area based Springs Industries - The close family.
For more details on the development Contact Us, and we will be glad to explain as much as we know, and help you find a home in the community.