Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More Residential Housing Announced for The Point in Greenville, SC

The Greenville News reported this morning that Georgia-based development company Flournoy Development co. plans to build nearly 700 apartment units at The Point in midtown Greenville. They plan to start building 348 units in phase one as soon as the city issues permits. The second phase would include another 348 apartments, but will not begin before the summer of 2010.

This announcement is in addition to the already announce McChesney Development Co. plans to develop 1,225 condos and 1,125 apartments at The Point.

With large employers such as GE, The South Financial Group, Hubbell Lighting, and ICAR nearby, this "midtown" part of Greenville, including the Verdae development will soon be the place to live in Greenville.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Search the MLS in Greenville, SC -- Now with Mapping

We are happy to announce you can now search for homes on the market in the Greenville, SC area by map on our website,

Since many of you know where you want to live, searching by map makes it easier and faster to find that perfect home in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Here is a screenshot of what it looks like to search the MLS by map:

To start using this great new feature to find your next home, click here or use the link on the right side of the page to search the MLS of Greenville.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Brownstones in Greenville, SC?

I've always thought it would be cool if Greenville had some Brooklyn-style Brownstone townhomes somewhere downtown. The Commons at Hampton Pinckney were pretty close...I guess you could call those Brownstones. I still thought there would be demand for even more in an even more urban setting.

Enter The Brownstones on Rhett Street in Greenville's West End. This 9-unit complex of brownstone-style townhomes is currently under construction and on the market. There is one unit already under contract. I think this is a great project in a vibrant part of downtown Greenville. My only problem is the Buckhead-esque pricing of these units. Starting at $799,000, they hardly qualify as anywhere near affordable for the average Greenvillian.

From the marketing material...

The Brownstones are replete with all the authentic architectural details that America's finest urban neighborhoods are known for, such as brick and stone exteriors, 12' ceilings on the main floor, site finished hardwood floors, beautiful moldings, ceramic tile baths, 8' windows, and a 4' parapet surrounding the rooftop sunroom and courtyard for outdoor living.

Of course, The Brownstones also include all the modern comforts and conveniences you would expect, such as an open, granite kitchen with custom made cabinetry, stainless steel Wolf appliances, and a luxurious master suite. And there's more . . . secure, gated entry, abundant recessed lighting, private two-car attached garage (side by side parking, not end-to-end), and your own private elevator that extends all the way from the basement level garage to the rooftop sunroom.

Certainly a unique property for Greenville. I'll be keeping an eye on how well they sell.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Fall for Greenville This Weekend

The weather has finally cooled off a bit for the 26th annual Fall for Greenville festival kicks off tonight. If you've never been, make sure you take the time to get there this year. There should be record crowds this year since there is no Clemson game this weekend and the weather looks perfect for getting outdoors for a taste of Greenville. Highlights for this year include an appearance by Greenville's own celebrity chef, Tyler Florence, food from 43 restaurants in Greenville, a magic show by Ric Singleton and music from Nathan Angelo.

For more information about this wonderful event that showcases downtown Greenville, South Carolina, please click on the following links:

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

This is Just Disgusting

Who would have thought my keyboard would have so many germs?

There are about 2,022,300 germs on your keyboard right now!
That's equivalent to the number of germs on 404 toilet seats.

Click below to see if your keyboard is making you sick:

2,022,300How Many Germs Live On Your Keyboard?

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Three Reasons Your Contract Might Fall Apart

You did it....after a few months of having your home on the market, you now have it under contract and you are on your way to closing...or are you?

This article for Zillow Wiki explains the three reasons why your contract might fall apart before closing. Here are the reasons:

1. You have a contract with an unqualified buyer.

Most of the time, home sellers accept offers without asking if the homebuyer is qualified or not. Then, the home seller finds out several weeks later that the homebuyer couldn’t get the mortgage loan. In this case, you not only have to let the buyer back off, but also have to refund the earnest money to the homebuyer. Always ask for a lender pre-approved letter accompanying any offer. Although you cannot be 100% sure, at least, you know that most of your potential homebuyers are capable buyers. This move could decrease the chance of the offer falling apart.

2. Homebuyer receives negative information about your home.

The home inspector found out something negative about your home and it was not disclosed in your seller disclosure form. Disclosure laws vary from state-to-state. If you didn’t disclose something required by law, a buyer can back out of the contract and you have to release the earnest money to the buyer.Make sure you disclose everything required by law about your home. If you think there is something negative about your house and can be fixed, you may want to fix it first before you put it on the market and disclose it as the problem fixed.Sometimes, ordering a pre-inspection may make sense for some older houses as a proactive measure.

3. You have a contract with a qualified buyer, but the closing terms are too long.

If you have a contract with a qualified buyer, but there are three months to close, the chances of the deal falling apart may be much higher than a contract with a term of one month to close. Nobody can predict what could happen to the homebuyer during this 3-month period.The way to stop possible falling apart of the deal is to avoid a long close of escrow. The shorter the escrow is, the better it is for you from this standpoint. But, it has to be reasonable and acceptable by both parties.

Working with qualified real estate professionals like the Hamilton & Co. Group of Keller Williams Realty will help you avoid these nasty pitfalls as you get your home sold.
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