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Understanding the Rise in Foreclosures

There has been some talk about an increase in foreclosures, causing concern about a potential market crash. However, it’s important to put this information into context. While foreclosure filings have indeed increased slightly, the headlines often miss a critical point: they are comparing current figures to a period when foreclosures were at a historic low… Read more »

How to Staycation Near Lake Keowee

Looking for the perfect staycation in upstate South Carolina? From the serene shores of Lake Keowee to the adventurous trails of Table Rock State Park, there’s an activity to fit whatever you like. Here’s a comprehensive guide to having an unforgettable staycation in the captivating upstate area. First, consider taking a scenic journey to Lake… Read more »

What’s The Best Way To Buy a Home Before Selling?

What homeowners need to know about buying a home before selling.  Dear friends and clients,  Selling your current home before buying a new one is the conventional way to move. However, depending on your situation, there will be times when buying before you sell is the better option. Whatever your reason, you should know that… Read more »

Sell Your Home Faster: Essential Outdoor Improvements

Discover outdoor projects that elevate your home’s value and buyer appeal. When it comes to selling your house, ensuring it makes a stellar first impression is crucial. The exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, so focusing on outdoor projects can significantly impact your sale. Here are some enhancements that… Read more »

Buying Versus Renting: Which Option Is Better?

Why buying a home will always pay off financially in the long run.  Are you wondering whether you should buy or rent a home? This is a hot topic with our current high interest rates. While people are waiting for rates to fall, does it actually make sense to get into the market and buy… Read more »

Experts Predict: Mortgage Rates to Drop Further in 2024

Unlock the door to savings: Mortgage rates predicted to fall in 2024 Navigating the ever-changing landscape of mortgage rates can be a daunting task for homebuyers and investors alike. However, recent projections from Fannie Mae and other financial experts bring a glimmer of hope for those looking to enter the housing market this year. Here’s… Read more »

Navigating Market Shifts: South Carolina’s 2023 Real Estate Trends and 2024 Prediction

Here’s a detailed overview of 2023’s market and projections for 2024. Today, we’ll reflect on the real estate market’s performance in 2023 and look ahead to 2024. It’s essential to analyze the trends in three key markets: the Midlands, Greenville, and the Western Upstate area. That’s what we’ll be focusing on, so let’s dive into… Read more »

Unlock More Than 2000 Programs for Affordable Homeownership

This terrific news will get you closer to your home purchasing dreams.  Dreaming of owning a home but the idea of a hefty down payment is weighing on your mind? I get it—saving up can be intimidating, especially right now. However, here’s some encouraging news: the Down Payment Assistance Resource reveals the existence of over… Read more »

Home Prices Unveiled: The Surprising Truth You Need To Know!

What buyers and sellers need to know about housing prices. Want to know what’s really happening with home prices? Spoiler alert: they’re not falling. Price growth is just returning to more normal levels. Let me explain what I mean by this. Recent data by Case-Shiller, which shows the 49-year average for home price versus what’s… Read more »

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