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110 Morgan Road is a Great Place to Call Home

Fri, Jun 14th 2024 7:29 am by Gwen Fowler House and Land Listings

110 Morgan Road

Charming 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home with Modern Amenities!

???? Location: Just 10 minutes to the hospital and shopping and a convenient 30-minute drive to Clemson University!

???? Details:

Age: Less than five years old
Layout: One level for easy accessibility
Bedrooms: 3 spacious bedrooms
Bathrooms: 2 full baths
Front Yard: Newly sodded with fresh landscaping
Porch: Screened-in porch with a cat flap, perfect for your feline friend
Storage: Extra closet space inside plus an outdoor shed for all your lawn and yard equipment
Features You'll Love:

Modern Design: Enjoy the benefits of a contemporary home with all the latest features and fixtures.
Outdoor Living: Relax on the screened porch, which ...

Less than $300,000 and move in ready

Sun, May 26th 2024 10:44 am by Gwen Fowler House and Land Listings

110 Morgan Road West Union

This charming 3-bedroom, 2-bath home is located on a spacious 1/2-acre lot by beautiful Lake Keowee.

1.     You can quickly get to the lake at the public landing at Cane Creek, which is excellent for boating and other water activities.

2.     This home is designed for low-maintenance living with no carpet.

3.     The front yard has fresh landscaping and lush new sod, making it a great place to hang out.

4.     The exterior has durable vinyl siding and a metal roof, so you can spend less time on upkeep and more time enjoying your home.

5.      The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and flows into the laundry room, making household chores easy and efficient.

6.     The maste...

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New Guidelines for making appointments

Mon, May 13th 2024 3:51 pm by Gwen Fowler Making Offers

We are setting new guidelines for making appointments for our listings. Life makes showings very hard. To show a house that is occupied at a moment's notice, either the house is not cleaned like a show house, or the appointment is made to give enough time to straighten up, put the dog in the car, put the cat in the carrier, and put all the kids in the car—during what should have been dinner.

  1. Prequalification and Proof of Funds will be delivered to the listing agent when the showing appointment is requested. I find it essential for potential buyers to be prequalified and provide proof of funds before scheduling appointments.  This ensures that serious buyers are prioritized and helps st...

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House Maintenance Tips

Sat, Apr 27th 2024 3:55 pm by Gwen Fowler 60 Second Insight

Old Home with Character

Mr. Buffalo's story beautifully encapsulates the perpetual cycle of home maintenance, likening it to a complex puzzle where each task represents a piece that must be carefully tended to. By dividing the maintenance process into manageable chunks, Mr. Buffalo's father not only ensured that the workload was manageable but also instilled in his sons a sense of responsibility and skill.

The annual ritual of painting one side of the house each summer not only transformed a mundane chore into a bonding experience for the family but also served as a masterclass in attention to detail and perseverance. Each side of the house presented its own unique challenges, requiring the brothers to adap...

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Buying a building lot

Fri, Apr 26th 2024 2:40 pm by Gwen Fowler Making Offers

Embarking on purchasing a building lot is an exciting yet intricate endeavor, delving into a realm of real estate that not everyone ventures into. It's a step-by-step process that requires thorough consideration and due diligence to ensure a smooth and successful acquisition. Let's explore some pivotal factors to contemplate when venturing into this realm:

1. Review Covenants and Restrictions: Before diving headfirst into purchasing a lot, it's crucial to meticulously review the covenants and 4. restrictions governing the parcel of land. These rules dictate what you can and cannot do with your property. Assess whether you're comfortable abiding by these regulations enforced by a committe...

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What is Due Diligence?

Thu, Apr 25th 2024 9:07 am by Gwen Fowler Making Offers

Due Diligence is not only a time-intensive process but also a financial one. It's important for buyers to understand that they'll incur costs during this period.

To begin with, there's a fee associated with ending Due Diligence, regardless of the outcome. This fee is typically non-refundable and serves as compensation for the seller's time and commitment to the transaction.

Additionally, buyers often enlist the services of various outside experts during Due Diligence. This includes inspectors for areas like termite, home, and environmental inspections. These professionals thoroughly examine the property to identify any potential issues or concerns.

Furthermore, buyers may opt to bring ...

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Lots 2 & 2A Coachman

Tue, Apr 23rd 2024 9:40 am by Gwen Fowler House and Land Listings

Wilderness Way-Deeded Boat Slip

Are you envisioning your serene retreat near Lake Keowee? Look no further than this picturesque 1.2-acre parcel, nestled near the shores of beautiful Lake Keowee. While it's not directly on the water, it offers deeded access to a boat slip, ensuring you can enjoy all the lake's recreational opportunities.

Situated in a gated community close to the heart of Lake Keowee, this building site boasts paved access and level terrain, making it easy to navigate and build your dream home. With approval for a septic system, you'll be one step closer to turning your vision into reality.

Imagine spending your days boating, fishing, and soaking up the sun on the pristine waters of Lake Keowee. In t...

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Embracing the Shift: Adjusting Your Mindset to New Real Estate Prices

Tue, Apr 23rd 2024 8:00 am by Gwen Fowler 60 Second Insight

As the real estate market evolves, so do the prices of properties. In today's landscape, a budget of $250,000 might not stretch as far as it once did. You may face the reality of purchasing a 65-year-old house with 1.5 bathrooms within this budget. While feeling a bit apprehensive about this shift is natural, embracing a new mindset can help you navigate this change with confidence and optimism.

1. Focus on Value Over Age: Instead of fixating on the property's age, shift your focus to the value it offers. A 65-year-old house may have character, charm, and sturdy construction that newer homes lack. Consider the craftsmanship and unique features that make the house special rather than dwel...

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How Agents Get Paid--Prepare for July Its all about form 120

Mon, Apr 22nd 2024 9:37 am by Gwen Fowler 60 Second Insight
  • MLS Commission Changes: Have you heard about the new changes coming to how commissions work in real estate? The MLS is updating its policies, and we have until July 15th to get up to speed.
  • New Rules Explained: So, here's the deal: instead of sellers paying commissions to buyers' agents, buyers themselves will agree to pay a set commission when they sign with their agent.
  • Options for Buyers: Buyers now have a few options for paying this commission. They can either pay it out of their own pocket, negotiate with the seller for a concession, or, if they're not on board, move on to another property.
  • Benefits for Sellers: You might wonder why sellers want to pay the commission. Well, it's...

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Selling a House that closed less than a year ago

Sun, Apr 21st 2024 10:07 am by Gwen Fowler 60 Second Insight

Hey there! Last week, I had a real estate experience that made me pause and reflect. It was a rollercoaster ride, but we made it happen against all odds. Let me share the journey with you.

So, picture this: my company represented the buyers in a house hunt. We embarked on a whirlwind tour, checking out more than 20 homes over two days! We aimed to snag a place and seal the deal by mid-April, aligning perfectly with the buyer's retirement plans. They were all set to put down 25% plus closing costs, and we had a tight deadline of three days to get them under contract.

Starting in early March, we hit the road, scouting neighborhoods and houses that matched their wish list. We covered almos...

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The appraisal can stop EVERYTHING

Tue, Apr 2nd 2024 4:02 pm by Gwen Fowler 60 Second Insight

The week our appraisal came in low.  The appraiser did a great job, went beyond what was expected but could not show the price the listing agent had put on the property.

History:  The house was build and sold in March of 2023.  The closing price was $333,000 in 2023.  The buyer, who is now the seller, got a VA Loan.  Knowing he got a VA Loan and had not owned the property for a full year made this a hard sale.  This house was in competition with new constructions the builder is building and finishing now, they are on the market  at less than the current seller was asking for his.

The appraiser did his job, he provided the seller and the current buyer with 6 comparables supporting his ap...

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Title: "Debunking Misconceptions: The Truth Behind the NAR Settlement Agreement"

Tue, Mar 26th 2024 11:06 am by Gwen Fowler 60 Second Insight

Title: "Debunking Misconceptions: The Truth Behind the NAR Settlement Agreement"

Introduction: Recent announcements regarding the National Association of Realtors (NAR) settlement agreement have stirred up misconceptions about its implications for the real estate industry. Budge Huskey, CEO of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, sheds light on the realities of the agreement and its effects on buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals.

1. Misconception: The Settlement Forces Brokers to Reduce Compensation

Reality: The settlement does not impose limitations on Realtors' fees, which have always been negotiable. Fees vary based on services offered and market conditions.
2. Misconce...

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Your Agent is NOT Always in Control of the Transaction

Fri, Mar 15th 2024 9:56 am by Gwen Fowler Gwen

In the exhilarating yet sometimes frustrating real estate, making an offer on a property is often a pivotal moment. It's the culmination of thorough research, careful consideration, and perhaps a touch of emotional investment. So, when you submit an offer and are met with silence from the selling agent, it can be disheartening and confusing. However, fear not, for there are steps you can take to navigate this situation with grace and determination.

1. Exercise Patience, But Set a Deadline: Your initial reaction might be one of impatience or frustration, but it's important to give the selling agent some time to respond. Real estate transactions involve numerous parties, and sometimes dela...

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7 Signs of Spring in Walhalla SC

Wed, Mar 6th 2024 8:51 am by Gwen Fowler 60 Second Insight

Signs of spring in Walhalla, South Carolina, can vary depending on the local climate and environmental factors. Here are seven common signs that spring may be arriving in the area:

1. Warmer Temperatures: As winter transitions to spring, temperatures rise gradually. Residents might notice milder days and warmer evenings compared to the colder winter months. We are no longer dropping below freezing at night.

2. Blooming Flowers: Springtime brings colorful flowers, such as daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms. Look for these vibrant blooms in gardens, parks, and along roadsides.  Our spring flowers are here.

3. Birdsong: With the arrival of spring, many bird species migrate back to the reg...

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Interior Lake Lots with Deeded Boat Slips

Mon, Mar 4th 2024 9:39 am by Gwen Fowler Property Listings

I was asked this weekend why anyone would rent space to keep their boat at the marina when they could have a building lot with a deeded boat slip. Here is my take on this question:

Owning an interior lot with a deeded boat slip can offer several advantages, even if the property isn't directly waterfront. Here are some reasons why someone might choose to invest in such a property:

1. **Cost Savings**: Interior lots with deeded boat slips are more affordable than waterfront properties. This allows individuals to enjoy the benefits of boat ownership and access to water recreation while potentially saving on the overall purchase price.

2. **Community Amenities**: Many communities with deed...

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2024 Orchid Show at the World of Energy

Fri, Feb 16th 2024 2:04 pm by Gwen Fowler Things to Do In Oconee

Instructions at the orchid show   The colors are so Bright at the Orchid Show

Henry and I went to the Orchid Show at the World of Energy today.  This is the first time we have been since covid 19.  The crowd was good; there were many flowers and questions about treating an orchid.  I have had 2. I killed the first one by over-watering and constantly picking at it.  The 2nd one, I try to water it once every couple of weeks and in the summer I hand it in a maple tree and ignore it.  This is my 5 year with it and my 3rd one without any blooms.

Connie has one in the office that has had flowers for the past 9 months and new buds are popping out on another stem as we look at it.  Her orchid seems to be very happy in the front office and I enjoy seeing it bloom.

Orchid Show Feb 2024 1  ...

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Think About Your Debt

Sun, Dec 24th 2023 11:09 am by Gwen Fowler 60 Second Insight

This is the month we spend to make the people around us happy and to make them want to be our friends.  Our national debt creeps higher each minute you sit on Amazon or shop through the stores.

We paid off all credit cards this year, and I am not returning to monthly interest and debts I have to worry about.  In our journey, we found Citi Cards.  This month, they are offering 0% on transfers with a 5% transfer fee.  Now is an excellent time to review your debts and see if moving some or all of a credit card to this one will help your situation.

Start the new year by acknowledging your problems and making a plan. 

1) Apply for the interest fee card---you cannot take the total limit they...

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120 Bonner Road Mountain Rest SC

Mon, Jul 31st 2023 9:10 am by Gwen Fowler House and Land Listings

120 Bonner Road, Mountain Rest, SC, is nestled in the serene Lake Becky Community, where lake access and mountain charm converge. This picturesque mountain bungalow offers 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, with the possibility of creating a third bedroom by adding a privacy wall. Priced at $239,000, this property presents an excellent opportunity for those seeking a tranquil escape with easy access to the beautiful Lake Becky.

Step inside to discover an inviting oak kitchen and multiple decorative fireplaces that infuse the home with warmth and character. The layout is designed to provide convenient living on the first level, and with the addition of a shower, the 1/2 baths could be made full an...

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May 2023 Residential sales in Mountain Rest SC

Wed, Jun 21st 2023 7:13 pm by Gwen Fowler Market Report

During the month of May 2023, three residential properties were sold in Mountain Rest, South Carolina. The sales consisted of a range of homes with varying characteristics and prices. Let's examine the details of each transaction:

Property Details:

Type: 2-bedroom, 1-bath home with a carport
Sale Price: $170,000
Size 700 Square Feet

Property Details:

Type: 2-bedroom, 1-bath home with a garage
Size 788 Square Feet
Sale Price: $205,000

Property Details:

Type: 3-bedroom, 2-bath home
Size: 2,000 square feet
Sale Price: $405,000
It is worth noting that the three homes sold in Mountain Rest, SC during May 2023 represent a diverse range of property types, sizes, and prices. Here is a breakdown of...

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Embrace Endless Sunshine and Waterfront Bliss at 244 Jocassee Ridge Way

Tue, May 23rd 2023 12:28 pm by Gwen Fowler 60 Second Insight

Jocassee Ridge

Prepare to embark on a journey to 244 Jocassee Ridge Way, an extraordinary building lot that combines the allure of endless sunshine with unparalleled waterfront access. Nestled amidst the natural beauty of South Carolina, this remarkable property offers the perfect setting for boating enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. With panoramic views and the proximity of Jocassee Lake just 5 miles away and Lake Keowee only 7 miles away, 244 Jocassee Ridge Way invites you to create your dream home in a tranquil environment blessed with abundant sunshine and captivating water vistas.

A Boater's Haven Amidst Nature's Splendor: On over 2.4 acres of picturesque land, 244 Jocassee Ridge Way is a tru...

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