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The Downing Group Blog

Staging Your Home for a Top-Dollar Sale

Our resident home stager Kyleen Jackson shares some pro staging tips. Today we’re joined by special guest Kyleen Jackson, our amazing resident home stager. She’s helped stage hundreds of homes throughout her career, enabling sellers to attract top-dollar offers and sell quickly. Now that we’ve officially entered the busy spring selling season, it’s more important… Read more »

Why Isn’t My Columbia, SC Home Selling?

Here are the four main reasons your home may not be selling in this market. In the Columbia market, we have very low inventory, and we currently only have about a month’s supply, which is an all-time low. Interest rates are also at historic lows, so it’s a feeding frenzy out there. We’re commonly receiving… Read more »

Lake Murray’s Winter Drawdown

Here’s the latest on the winter drawdown of Lake Murray and our hot market. As of January 25, the date of this recording, Lake Murray was 354.5 feet above sea level (sea level is used scientifically as a fixed point to base lake levels). That said, maximum operating conditions—“full pool,” as they call it—for Lake… Read more »

Choosing the Right Offer

Here’s what you need to consider to pick the best offer for your home. If you put your home on the market and get multiple offers for it, how do you know which one is the best? This is an important question because we’re seeing more and more multiple-offer situations in our Columbia marketplace due… Read more »

The 2 Kinds of Property Taxes to Know

How do property taxes work in South Carolina? Here’s what you need to know. There are two tax rates that the government levies on property in South Carolina: the owner-occupied rate and the commercial rate. If you have a property you’re using as your primary residence and it has been registered as such with your… Read more »

Do You Need a Home Inspection?

In the real estate process, there are several kinds of home inspections that buyers and sellers can have done on a property. Here’s an overview of the common types, as well as tips for when to have one done. The most common type of home inspection we see in the real estate industry is a… Read more »

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