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Real Estate Terminology
Print out and save this guide to real estate terminology- I hope you find it helpful! ...

Low Inventory Causes Home Prices To Maintain Fast Growth
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Quarterly Metro Home Price Report last week. The report revealed that severely lacking inv...

Know Your Credit Score
Thinking About Buying? Know Your Credit Score Knowing your credit score or getting a recent copy of your credit report is one of the first steps that you can take toward knowi...

When You Partner With Your Realtor You Partner With These Pros As Well
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Home Buyer Myths
2 Myths Holding Back Home BuyersIn Realtor.com’s recent article, “Home Buyers’ Top Mortgage Fears: Which One Scares You?” they mention that “46% of potenti...

Staging Yes Or No
Will staging increase your home’s value?It’s obvious that you want your home looking as good as possible when you’re trying to sell it. You want to give buyers a great first ...

Should I Buy Now Or Wait Until Next Year
Some Highlights: The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of...

Five Money Saving Green Upgrades
Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings. Solar panels: The u...

5 Reasons To Sell This Fall
5 Reasons to Sell This Fall Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from th...

Your Copy Of ENJOY Magazine
Please ENJOY this copy of my magazine; you will find many good tips there about home-buying and selling, seasonal recipes, and health information. For information about homes ...

Nine Projects That Will Change The Face Of Greenville
  DIG GREENVILLE: REWA or Renewable Water Resources is planning a $46 million project to dig a 1.3 mile long tunnel 100 fee...

20 Tips For Preparing Your Home For Sale
Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you...

Monarcb Butterflies In Greenville SC
Who doesn’t love a monarch butterfly? Just about everyone loves butterflies, but the monarch, with its bold orange and black pattern (which some other butterflies mim...

Wells Fargo Red White And Blue July 4th Celebration
It's that time again! Time for the premier July 4th festival in the Greenville area! The free event, from 5-10 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, 2017, features live music on two stages, ...

Top Home Renovations For Maximum ROI
Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home impro...

Saving To Buy A Home
Some Highlights: 95% of first-time homebuyers are willing to sacrifice to make homeownership a reality. The top item that buyers sacrifice is new clothes, at 54%. Even repeat or...

5 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional
5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling! Whether you are buying or selling a home it can be quite an adventurous journey, which is why yo...

The Mortgage Process Made Simple
Please reach out to Beth Gaffer; just text or call Beth at (864)214-6247 and she will help guide you through the home-buying process. ...

Is It Time To List Your Home
3 Charts That Shout, ‘List Your Home Today!’In school, we all learned the theory of supply and demand. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item,...

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp
‘Millennials’ are defined as 18-36 year olds according to the US Census Bureau. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the me...

Dont Make These Mistakes When Selling Your Home
Selling your home is, in a nutshell, a complicated process. There’s a million factors to consider: when to sell, how to sell, and how much to sell for, to start. In order...

Tips For The Final Walkthrough
Those 24 hours before closing —  the home stretch to homeownership — is crucial. Preparation is key. The “final walk through” is your chance to make sure the buyer is ...

The Difference An Hour Makes
Is it time for you to buy or sell? Give me a call or tect at (864)214-6247 nd let's talk!...

Ten Commandments Of Buying A Home
Here is a light-hearted, but serious list of things to remember when you are in the process of buying a home:If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Greenville,...

Should I Rent Or Buy
Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home toda...

Millenials Should Stop Renting And Buy A Home
Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home!! Last week, CNBC ran an article quoting self-made millionaire David Bach explaining that not purchasing a h...

Myths About Real Estate Reality TV
 Myths About Real Estate Reality TV ExplainedHave you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all b...

What Are Second Wave Baby Boomers Looking For In A Home
Top 3 Things Second-Wave Baby Boomers Look for in a HomeAccording to data from the U.S Census bureau, there are approximately 76.4 million baby boomers living in t...

Resolve To Use A Real Estate Professional
Some Highlights: As we usher in the new year, one thing is for certain… if you plan to buy or sell a house this year, you need a real estate professional on your team! There ar...

Is Getting A Mortgage Difficult
Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult? There is no doubt that mortgage credit availability is expanding, meaning it is easier to finance a home today than it was last y...

What To Expect When Home Inspecting
So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. More often than not, your agent may have made your offer continge...

Important Things To Consider When Buying New Construction
Do I Need a Buyer’s Agent for New Construction?Home buyers are often confused as to whether they need to use a buyers’ agent if they are purchasing new construction. They walk ...

With Rents Going Up Buying Is Making More And More Sense
US Housing Market Moving Further into ‘Buy Territory’According to the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has contin...

HOAs And Your New Home
When you purchase a home, there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay a homeowners association fee, especially in gated communities, townhouses, condominiums, and other similar pl...

Greenville Real Estate Is Booming
Greenville  real estate is booming!  Want to know what your Greenville home is worth? Check out our home valuation tool here:What is My Home Worth?Greenville SC Real Esta...

5 Myths Of Reality TV
Real Life vs. Reality TV: 5 Myths ExplainedHave you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV ‘show hole’*? We’ve al...

Are You Ready To Buy A Home
Are You Ready to Make the Leap into Home Ownership? Here's How You Can Tell Are you ready to make that leap from living at home or renting to owning a home of your own? While every...

Baby Boomers Are On The Move
Baby Boomers Are On the MoveAccording to a Merrill Lynch study, “an estimated 4.2 million retirees moved into a new home last year alone.” Two-thirds of ret...

2016 Is The Year To Buy A Luxury Property
3 Reasons to Buy Luxury Property THIS Year!!The housing market is hot, with prices rising as demand far outpaces supply in almost every region. However, when it comes to luxury rea...

What Does Brexit Mean For US Real Estate
BREXIT: What’s the FIXIT for U.S. Home Buyers and Sellers?Now that much of the dust has settled and the panic has waned, let’s take a look at what impact Britain’s exit fro...

Buying A New Home Grows Your Wealth Faster Than Renting
Why Buying a New Home Grows Your Wealth Faster Than RentingThere can be many downsides to both renting and buying, depending on what side of the coin you are on, but if you're lean...

How Do HOAs Work
When you purchase a home, there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay a homeowners association fee, especially in gated communities, townhouses, condominiums, and other similar pl...

Foreclosures Decreasing
Are Foreclosures Increasing or Decreasing?Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the size of the foreclosure inventory in the nation. There has been some speculation that dis...

Festival Season
Greenville is a wonderful place to live,  with its beautiful parks, restaurants, and everything else we love about living in the Upstate.  Aside from everything we have r...

Artisphere 2016
Artisphere takes place every May in downtown Greenville, so if you missed it this year you have another chance in 2017!Artisphere is a three-day celebration of the arts, with both ...

The New And Improved Doorbell
You’re probably familiar with devices like Nest, which use smart technology to automate your thermostat and save you money. Think of Ring as the Nest of doorbells. It’s a produ...

New Home Buyers Look For Green Options
Some Highlights: 11% of new homebuyers stated "energy efficient features" as the reason for their purchase. The most popular remodeling projects done for energy effic...

Vacation Home Sales Are Booming
Thinking about buying a vacation home?  Check out these statistics, and then call Beth Gaffer at (864)214-6247.Some Highlights: 58% of vacation homes purchased were single fa...

Shalomfest 2016
Did you make it to Shalomfest 2016? It is  a wonderful, one-day celebration of Jewish culture in the SC Upstate.  Shalomfest is a once a year event hosted by the Temple O...

More Singles Are Buying Homes
If you are interested in learning more about homes in Greenville, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, Greer, Travelers Rest, or Easley, please give Beth a call at (864)214-6287.&n...

Homeownership Is A Great Investment
Some Highlights: Harvard University's Joint Center of Housing Studies recently released the top financial & emotional reasons to own a home. Owning is a good way t...

Three Subtle Painting Tricks That Will Make Your Home Look Amazing This Spring
Industrial Staircase by Minneapolis PhotographersSpacecrafting / Architectural PhotographyWhen it comes to painting the walls of a house, sometimes subtle is best. You want to add ...

Dont Be Afraid To Move
With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. T...

The Greenville County Human Relations Commission
Do you want to learn more about your credit score, how it is determined, and how to raise it? Do you know the answers to these questions?What does FICO stand for?Name 1 of 3 major ...

Happier Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors make for a beautiful, stunning addition to your home. However, they can bring new cleaning and maintenance challenges that aren’t present with carpet. Here are so...

New Years Resolutions For Your Home
We may be a little removed from New Year’s Day, but it’s not too late to make some new resolutions for your home. Start a home repair slush fund: Things in your home are going...

House Hunting Checklist
I work with a lot of buyers, and in this sellers' market we tend to look at a lot of homes before my buyers find the ont that is right for them.Looking at that many homes can be co...

Build A Treehouse For The Kids
Spring DIY Projects: How to Build a Treehouse That the Kids Will LoveIf you have children, no home is complete without a treehouse. Besides the fact that treehouses provide kids wi...

Get Out Of The Renting Rut
Three Excellent Reasons to Buy a Home So You Can Get out of the "Renting Rut" Renting a home is a good option for some, but buying a home just might be the best thing for you. When...

Your January Home Checklist
Transitional Kitchen by West Vancouver Interior Designers & DecoratorsSophie Burke DesignIs it time for a home refresh? Maybe your New Years resolution is to organize or thoroughly...

Selling Your Home In 2016
Selling Your Home in 2016? Boost Your Resale Value with These Three Inexpensive RenovationsTo get top dollar for your home, renovations may be necessary. However, some renovations ...

Have You Outgrown Your Current Home
Have You Outgrown Your Current Home? Here Are Five Easy Ways to Tell if It's Time to Upgrade Your home is your castle, your own little piece of the American dream. But lately, your...

Mortgage Tips For The Self Employed
Freelancing in 2015? Three Tips for How to Secure a Mortgage if You're a Self-employed EntrepreneurIf you are self-employed, either as a freelancer or as the owner of your own busi...

Do You Need Mortgage Insurance
Do You Need Mortgage Insurance Even if It's Not Required by Your Lender? Let's Take a Look Finding a proper mortgage loan and understanding the processing procedures behind the loa...

Professional Photos And Videos Can Help Sell Your Home
Did You Know? Here's Why Professionally Shot Aerial Photos and Videos Can Help You Sell Your Home Today’s homebuyers are savvier about their buying options than ever before. They...

Kitchen Trends To Be Aware Of Before You Remodel
Renovating your kitchen is an excellent way to improve its look, increase the value of your home and appeal to a more diverse range of home buyers if you decide to sell. However, a...

South Carolina Apples
It's prime apple time in the Upstate of South Carolina, where Greenville is located. Although some apples are available in late August and September, the cooler temperatures and ch...

VA Loans
If you are a veteran, or an unmarried spouse of a veteran who dies while in service you may be eligible for a VA loan for your home purchase. Are you looking for a loan with n...

Homes With Acreage
Many people moving to Greenville, SC from the crowded northeastern states are looking for a peaceful setting where they can have some privacy, and perhaps have horses or a garden. ...

Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve
While driving home yesterday from Asheville, NC (a great place to visit and less than 1.5 hours from the center of Greenville), I passed a sign for this preserve near Travelers Res...

Big Changes Coming To Swamp Rabbit Trail In Greenville West End
 You may have heard that there is  a proposed new Greenville City Park.  In anticipation of the park there have been some changes along the trail in the West En...

CSA In Greenville Mini Miracles Farm
Are you familiar with CSA? It is a growing movement in the US; the letters stand  for Community Supported Agriculture. Food is mostly local, and usually organic or grown by OM...

Hummingbirds In Greenville SC
You don't hve to be a hard-core birder to love hummingbirds; I know of very few people who are not captivated by their jewel-like colors and rapid wingbeats. There is only one humm...

Wells Fargo Red White And Blue
Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue presented by AT&T, is Greenville’s premier 4th of July celebration, showcasing one of the state’s largest fireworks displays sponsored by B...

Earth Market Roper Mountain Science Center
In a previous blog I wrote about Slow Food Upstate. You can read more about this movement at http://www.slowfoodupstate.com. Today was the first time that the Earth Marke...

Farmers Markets In The Greenville Area
It's that time of year again- the beginning of fresh fruit and veggie season! There is an abundance of fresh produce in the Upstate, and an abundance of places to shop for it, as w...

Shalomfest 2015
The seventh annual Shalomfest was held on Sunday, April 12, at Temple Israel in Greenville, SC.  It is a free festival of Jewish culture, with food, music, dance, bounce house...

Questions To Ask Your Home Inspector
When you buy a home in Greenville or anywhere in the Upstate of SC, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water ...

Imagine Upstate
Imagine Upstate fueled by Scansource is a week-long series of events whose main purpose is to encourage students in the Greenville area ages 12-24 to get invloved in scie...

Upstate International
Newcomers to Greenville, as well as those who have been in the area for a while, may not be aware of how diverse the Upstate is.  That's where Upstate International comes in, ...

Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays
Downtown Greenville is full of free music and entertaiment during the warmer months. I wrote previously about Piedmont Gas Dowtown Alive on Thursdays in Greenville.  On F...

Slow Food Upstate
Those of you that are new to the Greenville area (also known as the Upstate of SC) or considering a move may not be aware that Greenville is consideried a "foodie" destination. As ...

Tips For Getting A Mortgage On A Second Home Or Investment Property
Are you considering buying a Greenville property as a second home or investment? Perhaps you are looking for a small cottage or apartment where you can escape for vacation, or mayb...

Ten Home Designs To Ditch In 2015
According to Ilyce Glink, of Moneywatch, there are 10 ideas in home design that no longer work in 2015 and should be discarded. The first is a built-in desk in the kitchen. In the ...

Lake Conestee Trail Improvements
Lake Conestee Nature Park, in southern Greenville county, is a gem of a place to visit. There are several unpaved and boardwalk trails, as well a a portion of the Swamp Rabbit Trai...

Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive
One of the things I love about Greenville is the opportunity to enjoy free entertainment in our beautiful downtown. Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive, presented by Clemson M...

The Northgate Soda Shop
The Northgate Soda Shope, at 918 North Main Street, is an easily overlooked Greenville landmark. From their website:"Opened in 1947 across from The North Main Rotary Ball P...


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