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Nov. 13, 2018

ALERT!! NEW CONSTRUCTION Price Drop of $30,000!!!! From Amy Bolan RE/MAX

This beautiful Stono View home on Johns Island has just been dropped by $30,000!!  Great price for the neighborhood!!

2420 Jasper Patterson Drive

Johns Island, SC 29455
Call me if you have an interest @ 843.806.7971
Amy Bolan
Your REMAX Professional
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Posted in Real Estate News
Oct. 22, 2018

How to Improve Your ROI When Selling Your Home

My goal is to get top dollar for your home. Here are five tips to consider before putting your home on the market to maximize your rate on investment.

 

 

 

Curb Appeal 

 

This doesn’t mean interior improvements aren’t important, because they are, but creating a WOW factor when folks drive up to your home can be some of the best money spent.  Dollar for dollar, no improvement has more impact on the future sales price of your home than enhancing the exterior and it’s one of the easiest places to make an impact.  Replacing old shutters and/or planter boxes, fresh paint, replace rotted wood, fencing, landscape improvements are all affordable fixes that do wonders for foot traffic to your home.

 

Doors 

 

Another exterior BIG recoup item! Replacing doors -- main entry and garage -- can recoup 85 and 75 percent of your investment according to a study done by the National Association of Realtors.  Buyers are looking for steel front doors. The good news is they're easy to buy and cost only about $1,000 installed. Garage doors are a bit trickier and slightly more expensive, but about as effective at getting your money back. And both contribute to the all-important curb appeal of your home. 

Wood Decks 

 

Staying on the outside of your home, but moving away from curb-appeal factors, an outside wooden deck is shown to be one of the best high-dollar additions you can make, according to Fortune Builders that reports on a National Association of Realtors study. The report states that on average, a new deck will cost a little over $9,300, but will return more that $7,200 at closing time.  That’s a 77% recoup of your investment.

Remodels 

 

Particularly in older homes, it is important to create modern spaces when considering selling your home.  A National Association of Realtors study has found that a minor kitchen remodel will return better value (about 75% of an investment of about $19,000) than a major kitchen remodel (65% of an investment of about $53,000).  So rather than replacing all of the cabinetry, a better option might be to reface the existing and add a modern countertop. Same with baths. One underestimated change is creating additional personal spaces such as adding a bedroom to unused attic space.  Framing, electricity, walls, HVAC and insulation may run you about $50,000, but according to Point2homes you get about 85% of that back on sale.  Plus, you get to add an additional bedroom to your listing.  Attic bedrooms are great for children or guests.

 

Energy Efficiency 

 

Motley Fool, a well known investing site, puts energy efficiency as the #1 boosts of your return on investment.  They are not necessarily referring to new appliances or solar panels, though if your appliances are in poor condition, it is worth investment in new, modern appliances.  But insulation can return 116% of its cost to buy and install.   Other considerations that are important to buyers, especially first time home buyers, are upgrading HVAC, water heaters, new windows.  These items aren’t cheap but they are still less expensive that a completely remodeled kitchen. Plus you get the added benefit to save on your utility bills until your home sells which adds to your personal ROI.

 

 

One final comment.  Instead of offering a “seller’s concession” on updates such as carpet, paint, etc ~ if you can, just do it!  Those first impressions are imperative for a quick sale.

Posted in Selling Your Home
Sept. 20, 2018

Earl Klugh’s 9th Annual Weekend of Jazz

                On November 7th through November 10th, join us for another great year of music and fun!!! Who is hosting this event?! Earl Klugh your GRAMMY winning host!!! This is one of the very best musical festivals around! You can experience different music, unbelievable talent, food, wine, fitness and even some golf! You definitely don’t want to miss this event!!

 

 

              Below are the date, times and different artists that will be performing!!! 

CHECK IT OUT!

 

Thursday November 8, 2018

  • 7:00 PM The Rippirngtons featuring Russ Freeman (3 night Grande Package only)
  • 7:00 PM Najee (3 Night Piccolo Package Only)
  • 8:30 PM Al Turner (3 Night Grande and Piccolo Packages Only)
  • 9:30 PM Najee (3 Night Grande Package Only)

Friday November 9, 2018 – Under The Stars

  • 7:00 PM Ramsey Lewis
  • 8:45 PM Chris Botti
  • 10:30 PM Late Show with: East Coast Party Band (Package Guests Only)

Saturday November 10, 2018 – Sunset Shows

  • 4:00 PM Earl Klugh
  • 5:45 PM Peabo Bryson with special guest Deniece Williams
  • 9:30 PM Late Show with: Adam Hawley (Package Guests Only)

Go online today to book a reservation and your tickets!! Hope to see you there!!

Posted in Community News
Aug. 28, 2018

19th Annual Charleston Animal Society Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast!

 

On Saturday November 17th, Riverfront Park is hosting the 19th Annual Charleston Animal Society Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast! It is baaaackkkkk and hopefully saving more lives this year! This is the LARGEST fundraising event for the Charleston Animal Society! From all around the Charleston area we come together to help support over the 20,000 abandoned, sick, abused, and neglected animals from the area that enter Charleston Animal Society’s care annually!

         Riverfront Park is a beautiful location that is between the Cooper River and the Old Navy Base! More than 6,000 animal lovers came out to show their support at the Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast last year! IT WAS A BLAST! Let’s see how many people we can get this year!!

 

The Event Includes: 

·      ALL YOU CAN EAT Chili and Oysters that is included in your ticket price! 

·      Four live bands you CANNOT miss!

·      100 Chili Teams- that will fill you up and NOT leave you hungry!

·      Multiple games for your children!

·      Beer and Wine for all legal personnel!

·      Many beautiful, amazing and loving animals for adoption!

         All the proceeds raised from the people that attend supports Charleston Animal Society’s Medical Fund! This event is from 12-4pm! I hope to see you all there in support of the Charleston Animal Society! This is a family-friendly event that is a blast each year so……Bring your family, friends, coworkers and get out of the house and come help support the community at Riverfront Park on November 17th!!

Posted in Community News
Aug. 15, 2018

Why Hire an Agent When Building a House?

Many homebuyers think they don't need to hire an agent when building a new home. After all, you're buying directly from the builder and they already have contractors, lenders and inspectors. Why should someone else be brought into the mix? 

The truth is, buying any home without an agent can be a costly mistake. It can mean paying more than you should, missed opportunities for upgrades, contract errors that aren't in your favor or a delayed closing.

Thinking of buying a new construction home? Here are just three reasons to have an agent on your side before visiting the sales office:

1. Expert Negotiation: While their advertising would have you believe otherwise, builder's prices aren't always set in stone. Agents are skilled negotiators who can likely get the price dropped slightly or have a few upgrades added.

2. “Preferred Vendors”: Your builder might have an affiliate mortgage lender or title company, but chances are they aren't going to offer the best deal. It's important to shop around, and what's better than a vendor your agent already knows and trusts? 

3. Guidance and Support: The home buying process can be complicated, with lots of twists, turns and steps along the way. When buying new construction, you also have design reviews, electrical work and other construction needs. An agent can guide you through all of these, making sure your purchase stays on track, on time and on budget from start to finish. Simple example:  you would think the garage would include a garage door opener. More than likely, that’s not the case.

It's important to understand that while you may be working with an agent or representative from the builder, they represent the builder, not the buyer. Enlisting your own trusted agent can give you an advocate from the very first meeting to closing day.

Are you interested in buying a new construction home? Give me a call today about builders in the area!  843.806.7971

Posted in Real Estate News
July 31, 2017

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