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March 18, 2019

What to expect when buying a home

What to expect when buying a home

A couple of weeks ago I explored some of the intricacies of selling a home and the expectations along the way. Today I want to tackle the other side of the transaction…what to expect when buying a home.

Let me start out by saying that our market changes constantly depending on economic factors, but it seems to have settled into a nice little routine since the end of the recession in 2012. During the recession, from roughly 2008 through 2012, buying a home involved some dramatically different expectations and realities. At that time, it wasn’t unusual for offers to come in 10% or more below asking price, and the seller would just be happy to have gotten an offer. We were experiencing what would be referred to as a buyer’s market. That was then, this is now. In today’s market, now considered a seller’s market, two things might happen if you made a similar offer. One, you won’t receive a response at all from the seller (the more pleasant outcome). Two, you might get a response that would be inappropriate to describe here due to the nasty language involved.

Navigating the housing market as a buyer can be somewhat intimidating and frustrating, but it can also be rewarding in the end if you hire a good REALTOR to guide you along the way. Let’s talk about some of the more typical steps to owning a home.

STEPS INVOLVED IN PURCHASING A HOME

- Decide where it is you would like to live. Remember the three key aspects of value in real estate…location, location, location.

- Choose a competent professional REALTOR for guidance along the way.

- Choose a competent professional Mortgage Lending Consultant and get pre-approved for a mortgage.

- If you currently own a home, and you need to sell before you can purchase, that would be an important step to tackle prior to beginning your search. See “Choose a competent professional REALTOR for guidance” in step 2 above.

- Determine the price range with which you are comfortable. This should be established in conjunction with your lender. It is important to remember that a comfortable monthly house payment and one with which you are qualified can be completely different.

- Find that house!

- Make an offer based on a well informed market analysis of comparable homes that have sold.

- Unless you have enough available cash, you will need to provide proof of qualification with the offer in the form of a pre-approval letter from your lender.

- Decide what concessions you want to include in your offer.

- Negotiate the terms of the sale.

- Most offers will be contingent on finance, appraisal, and various inspections. The more uncommon contingency might be the sale of a home that is not currently under contract as well.

- Obtain home owner’s coverage from an insurance company of your choice.

- Choose a closing attorney to handle the settlement on the negotiated close date.

- Satisfy the inspection and appraisal contingencies.

- Listen to advice from your lender, especially the part about not making other expensive purchases that might affect your ability to close.

- Cruise to close! This step involves the final minor details such as setting up utilities to go into your name, scheduling the movers (please note that college buddies working for beer and pizza only apply to first time home buyers), getting the certified funds required for closing, and preparing for your first house warming party! (optional, but always fun)

Let’s delve a little deeper into a couple of these steps as it relates to today’s market. Finding possible homes of interest and making offers can sometimes be more difficult in a seller’s market. The inventory of new and existing homes is currently low, and many times homes can have multiple buyers making offers. This can lead to losing out on a house or two before you have success. It cannot be stressed enough to be prepared as a “ready buyer” prior to beginning your search. Talk with your lender and get pre-qualified. Do your best to save up so that you have the funds available for a down payment and/or closing costs. If you need to sell your current home in order to purchase, accomplish that part first. In today’s competitive market, most sellers are not going to consider the contingency of you having to sell your home first.

Some of the steps I listed above require the services of others such as inspections, closing attorneys, mortgage lenders, movers, contractors, and insurance agents. Knowing who to call that you can trust to give you the quality service can certainly ease some of the stress along the way. An experienced and competent agent can help by referring you to reliable professionals to contact in this regard.

Buying a home can be exciting and rewarding, but also a little frustrating. One can certainly increase the chances of ensuring a smooth and successful outcome by working with a licensed REALTOR to guide you in the process.

The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® represents over 2,900 members in all aspects of the real estate industry.  Please visit the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® web site at www.ggar.com for real estate and consumer information.

“Every market is different, call a REALTOR® today.”

 

 

March 6, 2019

What to expect when selling your home

What to expect when selling your home

Spring is in the air! Although the spring season isn’t officially in swing yet, I have always been the type of person who loves this particular change of season. I know I am not alone since everything and everyone seems to begin coming alive about this time of year. And, as you might have guessed, that includes the housing market. The warmer temperatures cause the azaleas to bloom and the grass to thicken into green pastures. Curb appeal on most homes in our area will peak between now and the end of May when the summer heat settles in and the Fescue begins to struggle. With the anticipation of all this flurry of activity comes what we in the real estate business often refer to as the “Spring selling season.” I thought this might be a good time to reference some of the expectations you might have when selling your home.

In a perfect world, you might put a sign out and a cash buyer will show up on your doorstep with a briefcase full of money to pay you well over your asking price. No picky home inspectors to worry about, no financing issues, and certainly no low appraisal concerns. But unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and for most of us, our “perfect” scenario won’t play out quite as we would like it to. The good news is that help is right around the corner in the form of your friendly REALTOR, who is licensed and educated to guide you every step of the way.

As a homeowner, the average person will fall into habits you get used to while living in your home. Typically, concerns about keeping everything so neat or leaving clutter here or there is no big deal. With a family, those things become even more magnified when concerns of the children’s activities tend to take priority over the everyday mundane chores of keeping the house up to par. For this reason, when you get ready to put your home up for sale the focus will shift. If you want your home to show it’s best while on the market, two of the more important tasks to accomplish prior to letting the first buyer through the front door are a thorough cleaning and decluttering of that comfortable palace you call home. Sometimes it can help to have a third party’s perspective. I also like to encourage my sellers to put on their buyer’s cap and take a walk through their home with a different perspective in mind. What features do you see that the average buyer might be concerned about? Having a fresh set of eyes can always help point out problem areas in a constructive way. 

Cleaning your home is fairly obvious but decluttering your home can mean something different for everyone. Some homes require very little attention while others require much more. The average person tends to accumulate things over time and those things end up as random clutter in our homes. Unfortunately, when it comes time to put the house up for sale, many of those things need to be either moved away, given away, or stored in a separate location until you reach your next destination. Once you have taken this step, it will make a huge difference in how your home shows.

Another factor to consider is deferred maintenance on your home. If you have been putting off making some of those minor repairs and, especially exterior, upkeep around the house, addressing those issues prior to marketing your home for sale is certainly a good idea. Items of concern can be anything from freshening the flower beds with mulch to repairing wood rot on the front door surround, but almost anything you work on up front can make a difference in the monetary returns when you sell.

Once your home is under contract, one of the first steps will be that home inspection I referred to earlier. This is the purchaser’s responsibility and, while not mandatory, will almost always be the first step in proceeding towards closing. Discoveries from inspections can include such things as elevated moisture, termite damage, or items related to the systems and structure of the home, including heating and air conditioning, roofing, and appliances to be conveyed with the sale. While some homeowners might prefer their home be inspected prior to going on the market so that they might uncover and remedy any necessary repairs, it is more common to wait until the buyer is secured and the inspection period begins. 

The other main contingencies that will come into play, unless a cash sale is obtained, include the financial aspects of a home purchase. This will also include the lender ordered appraisal of the property. The lender will also order a title search be performed by the closing attorney/title company. Providing a clear title to the purchaser will be necessary for the transaction to proceed to close. These final steps can take anywhere from as little as ten days to as many as 60 or more depending on the lender, but the average number of days from contract to closing will typically run around 30-45 days.

All of that being said, the one point I cannot emphasize more is to speak with a licensed professional before you start to do anything. A REALTOR can give you the guidance you need to tackle the more important tasks and avoid spending time and energy on those items that might not make a difference. Imagine spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars getting your home updated or in top selling condition only to find out that what you chose to do was not what appeals to today’s average buyer. Also, something to consider is whether you want to do very little prep work at all and try to sell the home in “as is” condition. All these decisions will affect the length of time it will take your home to sell and the potential sales price as a result.     

The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® represents over 2,900 members in all aspects of the real estate industry.  Please visit the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® web site at www.ggar.com for real estate and consumer information.

“Every market is different, call a REALTOR® today.”

Feb. 12, 2019

Greenville Market Trend Chart for 2018

Greenville Market Trend Chart 2018

Feb. 12, 2019

Existing Home Sales National Update

Existing-home sales see 6.4 percent drop in December

After two consecutive months of increases, existing-home sales declined in the month of December, according to the National Association of Realtors®. None of the four major U.S. regions saw a gain in sales activity last month.

Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include singlefamily homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 6.4 percent from November to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.99 million in December. Sales are now down 10.3 percent from a year ago (5.56 million in December 2017).

Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, says current housing numbers are partly a result of higher interest rates during much of 2018. “The housing market is obviously very sensitive to mortgage rates. Softer sales in December reflected consumer search processes and contract signing activity in previous months when mortgage rates were higher than today. Now, with mortgage rates lower, some revival in home sales is expected going into spring.”

The median existing-home price for all housing types in December was $253,600, up 2.9 percent from December 2017 ($246,500). December’s price increase marks the 82nd straight month of year-over-year gains.

Total housing inventory at the end of December decreased to 1.55 million, down from 1.74 million existing homes available for sale in November, but represents an increase from 1.46 million a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 3.7month supply at the current sales pace, down from 3.9 last month and up from 3.2 months a year ago.

Properties typically stayed on the market for 46 days in December, up from 42 days in November and 40 days a year ago. Thirty-nine percent of homes sold in December were on the market for less than a month.

“Several consecutive months of rising inventory is a positive development for consumers and could lead to slower home price appreciation,” says Yun. “But there is still a lack of adequate inventory on the lower-priced points and too many in upper-priced points.”

Realtor.com®’s Market Hotness Index, measuring time-on-the-market data and listings views per property, revealed that the hottest metro areas in December were Chico, California; Midland, Texas; Odessa, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; and Fort Wayne, Ind.

According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage decreased to 4.64 percent in December from 4.87 percent in November. The average commitment rate for all of 2017 was 3.99 percent.

“The partial shutdown of the federal government has not had a significant effect on December closings, but the uncertainty of a shutdown has the potential to harm the market,” said J.J. Bowers, 2019 President of The Greater Greenville Association of Realtors® and agent with RE/MAX Realty Professionals in Greenville, SC. “Once the government is fully reopened, I am hopeful that housing transactions will increase.”

First-time buyers were responsible for 32 percent of sales in December, down from last month (33 percent), but the same as a year ago. NAR’s 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers – released in late 2018 – revealed that the annual share of first-time buyers was 33 percent.

All-cash sales accounted for 22 percent of transactions in December, up from November and a year ago (21 and 20 percent, respectively). Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, purchased 13 percent of homes in December, the same as November but down from a year ago (16 percent).

Distressed sales – foreclosures and short sales – represented 2 percent of sales in December, unchanged from 2 percent last month and down from 5 percent a year ago.

Single-family and Condo/Co-op Sales

Single-family home sales sit at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.45 million in December, down from 4.71 million in November, and 10.1 percent below the 4.95 million sales pace from a year ago. The median existing single-family home price was $255,200 in December, up 2.9 percent from December 2017.

Existing condominium and co-op sales were recorded at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 540,000 units in December, down 12.9 percent from last month and down 11.5 percent from a year ago. The median existing condo price was $240,600 in December, which is up 2.3 percent from a year ago.

Regional Breakdown

December existing-home sales in the Northeast decreased 6.8 percent to an an nual rate of 690,000, 6.8 percent below a year ago. The median price in the North east was $283,400, which is up 8.2 per cent from December 2017. In the Midwest, existing-home sales fell 11.2 percent from last month to an an nual rate of 1.19 mil lion in December, down 10.5 percent overall from a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $191,300, un changed from last year. Existing-home sales in the South dropped 5.4 percent to an annual rate of 2.09 million in December, down 8.7 percent from last year. The median price in the South was $224,300, up 2.5 percent from a year ago.

Existing-home sales in the West dipped 1.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.02 million in December, 15 percent below a year ago. The median price in the West was $374,400, up 0.2 percent from December 2017.

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® represents over 2,900 members in all aspects of the real estate industry. Please visit the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® web site at www.ggar.com for real estate and consumer information.

“Every market is different, call a REALTOR® today.”

Feb. 4, 2019

What A Realtor Can Do For You

What a REALTOR® Can Do For You!

As an association of more than 2900 licensed agents in the Greater Greenville area, we talk all the time about why you should use a REALTOR® to help you, whether you are looking to purchase or sell a new or existing home. A REALTOR® doesn’t just put a sign out in the yard and wait for the home to sell itself. There are so many facets of the process that one might not think can be enhanced by using an experienced real estate agent.

Let’s start by naming some of the basic professional standards that a licensed REALTOR® is expected to uphold. It may or may not be obvious, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention these crucial ideals. Every agent is required to make a diligent effort to carry out their fiduciary duties to their clients. These duties include the follow:

-          Care – a reasonable amount of attentiveness

-          Loyalty – acting in the best interest of their client

-          Obedience – abiding, in a lawful way, by the wishes of the client

-          Accounting – full disclosure of all financial manners

-          Confidentiality – in all manners relevant to the client

Aside from these duties though, it is also important to remind folks some of the other things that the common buyer or seller might not consider. These include choosing relevant resources that can be either required or pertinent to the process. An experienced agent can give you important advice throughout the process, but also provide a list of contacts to help you before, during, and after the final papers are signed at the closing table and the keys to your home are in hand. 

When purchasing a home, especially if it will be your first home, the list of action items might include any or all events listed below. Your REALTOR® can be an invaluable resource in helping you choose competent professionals and make sure these events are scheduled in a timely manner that adheres to your contractual agreement.

-          Finding a lender and getting pre-qualified

-          Sources related to the home inspection process that include, but are not limited to home inspectors, termite inspectors, radon testing, and surveyors

-          Closing attorneys

-          Moving companies

-          Incidental after close resources like locksmiths, painters, renovation specialists, contractors, etc.

Preparing your home for sale can be even more important because prior to letting the first prospective buyer through the front door, there are many factors that should be completed which can help to get you top dollar. Your REALTOR® can also be there to help the process run smoothly from contract to closing.

-          Pre-listing issues relating to prep work such as carpet cleaners, painters, contractors, pressure washers, etc.

-          Professional staging assistance to help with décor, decluttering, furniture staging, and minor updates

-          Professional photographers to help your home show it’s best in all marketing materials

-          Contractors that might be needed to handle repairs discovered during inspections

-          Other important factors related to the transaction including, but not limited to ordering home warranties, arranging for showings/obtaining feedback afterwards, obtaining relevant comparable properties to justify the home’s value

-          Much more!

The main thing to remember is that using a REALTOR® gives you assurance that you are working with an educated, licensed professional, tasked to uphold a strict code of ethics that will help to guide you every step of the way.

 

The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® represents over 2,900 members in all aspects of the real estate industry.  Please visit the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® web site at www.ggar.com for real estate and consumer information.

“Every market is different, call a REALTOR® today.”

 

Jan. 28, 2019

Homeownership Part of the American Dream

Homeownership Part of “American Dream”; Housing Costs Deterrent for Non-Owners

 

Homeowners and non-homeowners both strongly consider homeownership part of the American Dream.

That is according to new consumer survey data from the National Association of Realtors®, which revealed that among those polled, approximately 75 percent of non-homeowners believe homeownership is part of their American Dream, while nine in 10 current homeowners said the same.

NAR’s Aspiring Home Buyers Profile analyzed 2018 quarterly consumer insights from its Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey to capture the housing expectations and sentiments of non-homeowners – both renters and those living with a family member.

When non-homeowners were asked for the chief reason why they currently do not own a home, most respondents said it was because they were currently unable to afford a mortgage. Over the last quarter of 2018, 43 percent of non-owners said they did not own a home because they were not in a position to purchase, which was down from the third quarter of 2018, when 49 percent of non-homeowners answered the same. Also in the 4th quarter, 33 percent of non-homeowners said they do not own because current life circumstances are not suitable for ownership, while 16 percent said they need the flexibility of renting.

In addition, the survey looked at the main reason why non-homeowners would buy a home in the future. Throughout 2018, 28 to 31 percent of non-owners each quarter said an improvement in their financial situation would be the top reason that would encourage them to buy a home in the future. In each quarter, 26 to 30 percent of non-owners said a change in lifestyle – such as getting married, starting a family or retiring – would be the primary reason they would make a future home purchase.

J.J. Bowers, 2019 President of the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors® and agent with RE/MAX Realty Professionals in Greenville, SC, says unaffordable housing has caused a number of potential buyers to hold off on purchasing a new home. “The lack of affordable and moderately priced homes has forced non-homeowners to delay achieving that part of the American Dream. However, as the survey confirms, significant lifestyle changes like marriage or starting a family often spur non-owners to pursue home-ownership.”

For this year’s survey, homeowners and non-owners were also asked about adult family or friends moving into their homes, the span of time this individual(s) lived within the household, and if they thought about moving to a new home because of the change.

According to the survey, 11 percent of homeowners had an adult child move into their residence, while 5 percent of non-owners had an adult move into their home.

Of those who had someone move into their home, 44 percent said that the individual intended to live with them for over one year or to stay permanently. Forty-four percent of non-owners reported that the individual planned on living with them for between six months to one year.

Eighty-eight percent of those surveyed who had someone move into their home reported that their living situation remained acceptable and therefore did not warrant consideration of moving into a different home. Twelve percent said they did consider moving or ultimately did move due to their home situation changing.

“While home sales were slightly down in 2018, there is still a sizable pent-up housing demand. Economic growth, interest rates, and the supply of moderately priced-homes will dictate how well the real estate industry will do this year,” said Bowers.”

About NAR’s HOME survey

In each quarter of 2018, a sample of U.S. households was surveyed via random-digit dial, including half via cell phones and the other half via landlines. The survey was conducted by established survey research firm, TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence. A total of 8,140 household responses are represented.

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® represents over 2,900 members in all aspects of the real estate industry.  Please visit the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® web site at www.ggar.com for real estate and consumer information.

“Every market is different, call a REALTOR® today.”

 

 

Jan. 22, 2019

Source For You Home's Value

Are You Relying on the Right Source for Your Home’s Value?

With the ease of use and accessibility these days in finding information on the internet, it is not hard to understand why so many folks might want to rely on this information to satisfy their daily questions. When you can literally just ask “Alexa” or “Siri” a question and get a response, society has become very trusting as to whether these responses might be accurate.

This brings me to the topic of home values. I hear folks all the time say “can you believe this home is just like mine and the Zestimate is three times higher?” In this situation, it comes down to the adage that real estate is about location, location, location. But, if you dig a little deeper, there is a lot more to what you might find on these types of real estate platforms.

I am continually trying to emphasize the fact that not only is real estate about location, it is also LOCAL. What is going on in Charleston is certainly not comparable to what happens here when it comes to home values, much less in a totally different region of the country. That isn’t to say that we don’t have a good thing going here, but Charleston does have that tiny little added benefit of being on the coastline. So, when you read about housing statistics, many times what is happening throughout the country, or even the Southeast region, might not be what is happening in the upstate of South Carolina.

But let’s get back to the real estate web sites that tend to be most popular. When you see a home value on these sites, do you trust that value? I find that many times when I first meet with my clients to discuss pricing a home, they already have the value in their mind that they are hoping to get. That might come from keeping an eye out on the homes that have sold in the neighborhood, but more times than not I have found that they found their value from a web site that readily gives them this information for free. Depending on the level of trust they have with this preconceived estimate, it can make showing them a true appraised value from a competent comparable market analysis very difficult, especially when the actual value is lower. Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes their value and the one I have established through thorough research and 20+ years of experience can actually be very close. But most of the time it is not.

How does this happen? The main reason is the use of inaccurate information, such as county tax records, to find “comparable” homes. If the square footage in the county tax database is not accurate, which happens to be the case many times in our area, that can make the list of comparable homes inaccurate. Also, because the online site takes a radius of homes around the subject property, if you live across the street from either far more expensive or far less expensive homes, the use of those homes to compare to yours would also render an inaccurate estimate.  

The bottom line here is to trust the pros and call a local Realtor®. That way you can get the knowledge and experience of someone who can give you the best information to use in helping to find an accurate home value. It can make the difference in thousands of dollars when you sell your home. Check back here later for a lengthy list of other good reasons why you should use a Realtor!

Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® represents over 2,900 members in all aspects of the real estate industry.  Please visit the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® web site at www.ggar.com for real estate and consumer information.

“Every market is different, call a REALTOR® today.”

 

Written By: J. J. Bowers – Agent with RE/MAX Realty Professionals in Greenville, SC and 2019 President of The Greater Greenville Association of Realtors®

Jan. 18, 2019

Greenville Market Stats Update

The real estate market in Greenville continues to be encouraging by many industry standards, as shown in the year over year cumulative statistics below. As you can see from the update as of January 11th, 2019 below, the current active listings for sale year over year are up slightly by slightly over 2%, but are still fairly low. This is a typical seasonal statistic and always picks back up after the holiday season. Inventory has been lower than in past years as more people are moving to Greenville every day, creating a seller's market for many homeowners. 

That being said, I always want to reiterate not to be fooled as a seller into thinking there are going to be a line of buyers for every home. It appears that there are a fair number of homes that are taking much longer to sell while the homes that have more appeal still sell almost immediately. NOTE THE AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET FOR CURRENT ACTIVE LISTINGS AT 113 AS COMPARED TO THE AVERAGE FOR SOLD PROPERTIES AT 66. It would be wise to have a good, experienced agent who can guide you through the process of preparing your home to show it's best prior to hitting the market. I always like to have a strong conversation with my sellers so that they can know how to get their home "show ready" before the first prospective buyer walks through the front door. 

The average price for a home THAT IS CURRENTLY ACTIVE is DOWN SLIGHTLY YEAR OVER YEAR TO $345,100.  Comparing to actual sold properties, the AVERAGE IS ACTUALLY $243,219. The average sold price at the end of 2015 was $194,102, so home prices have certainly done well over the past few years. 

Overall though, we are living in a great area and it is hard to not be thankful for that fact!

MLS stats 10-17

Nov. 16, 2018

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May 19, 2015

Inventory is low and demand is high!

WOW, the market is as good as I can remember in my 17 years in real estate! That is typically the response I have when someone asks me about business. Actually the first question is usually, how have you been and how is your family? But, if the person knows who I am, they will soon ask how business is going. Since the business of real estate seems to always be on the back of everyone's mind, mainly because everyone's home tends to be one of their biggest investments, it is a topic many like to hear about from a practicing professional. Let's take a quick look at one of the most recent Multiple Listing sold statistics for Greenville, released by our association on February 12, 2015.

Our current inventory shows about the same number of active listings as this same time last year, but the average price is up 7.3%. This would indicate definite optimism is continuing to thrive. The actual average sold price is up 8%! The number of sales year to date is up almost 18% and days on the market down almost 6%.  If you take into consideration that inventories have remained low for the past two years, you can understand how demand would be at an all time high.

This fact might lead many to believe that they don't need to assistance of a professional when selling their home. For those who are thinking along these lines, let me list some of the road blocks to a successful real estate transaction: Over pricing leads to failed transaction due to appraisals coming in low. Non disclosure issues can lead to discovery from inspections and in some cases litigation from these non disclosures. Multiple offers from unrepresented purchasers can lead to anger from the parties who lost, or even regret from the parties who won...leading in some cases to litigation from these individuals. These can certainly be worst case scenarios, but when you add in the benefits I can provide, like recommended attorneys, lenders, inspectors, home staging consultants, contractors (from plumbers to pest control experts) and a host of others, how can one think you wouldn't be better off with a licensed and experienced professional to handle the transaction?

Remember, the market is hot! Don't let what may be the biggest financial decision in your life be your worst. Call a real estate professional like myself to get your moving in the right direction!

Greenville SC MLS Sold Statistics 2-10-15