Local Happenings

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you.

Sept. 11, 2018

Pricing your home to sell? Don’t make these mistakes!


"How do I know my home is priced correctly?"

Pricing your home correctly is critical to getting the most return on the sale of your home.  How do you know your home is priced correctly? The first thing you need to do is understand how the markets works and what type of market you are selling in.

  • Is the inventory low?Real Estate Martket Graph
  • Are the Mortgage rates low and going up?
  • What are other homes selling for? Have a good understanding what your competition is.
  • What have other homes SOLD for recently (in last few months)
  • Do the comps you are looking at include bank owned properties with lower price tags?




"But Zillow says my home is worth..."

The first thing homeowners do is look at “Zestimates” provided by Zillow. This can give you a general idea but their numbers are not accurate.  Don’t trust these numbers to be true. Prices can differ from one street to the next and Zillow will have no idea that this is the case.

Data collected by Zillow such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms, lot size and square footage may not be accurate. Homes one street away with a highway dividing them makes a huge difference in the pricing of a home. Zillow does not take this into account.

"Let's just wait for an unrespresnted buyer to come along and overpay!"

Once you have a good understanding of the current market many homeowners will list it high and just wait longer to see if they can get the higher price. They are counting on a first time home buyer who may not have agent representation come along and overpay.  Even if that did happen the home is not likely to appraise and the buyers may not be able obtain a mortgage.


"Let's go high so we have some room to negotiate"

Don’t price your home with negotiation room.  Price it at fair market value and you may get multiple offers and get over the asking price. Waiting for that one special buyer to come along is a dream and can cost you money in the long run.

"Let's throw more money at marketing to sell our home"

Many people believe that more or different marketing will bring more buyers. If your home is overpriced this will not be the case.  Pricing a home Show me the money!properly is a skill and it is the most important piece of the puzzle in getting your home sold.   NO amount of marketing that the agent does will matter if the house is not priced correctly. You want to attract ready, willing and pre-qualified buyers for your home right from the get-go.

"It sold so fast!  Did I under-price my home?"

If a home sells quickly, there is a perception that the house was priced too low. This is simply not true. If a home is priced too low then there will be multiple offers and you will most likely get more than the list price.  The market will adjust the price.

"How do I negotiate my home sale if I get a low-ball offer?"

Getting a low offer is frustrating and common when selling. Just be ready for it and try to leave the emotion out of it. You will think of all the wonderful improvements you have made and the money you have invested into making this home top notch. Try not to take it to heart and let your agent guide you through this transaction and negotiate all offers on your behalf.

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If in the first two weeks on the market you get zero showings then it is safe to assume it is highly overpriced. The buyer’s real estate agent will have advised the buyer of the fair market value. Even if the buyers want to put in a high offer tit may not appraise and they may not be able to obtain a mortgage.  Very few buyers  are unrepresented, it does not cost them anything to hire an agent.pricing-your-home-for-sale

If you get several showings in the first few weeks but no offers then you may assume the home is slightly overpriced and the price should be adjusted.

In an active market with a well-priced home you may find yourself in a multiple offer situation and get over asking price.

When you price a home too high you will eventually have to lower the price enough to get a new pool of buyers. The others will have gone off and bought something else while you were waiting for that “one buyer”. 

Before putting your home on the market make sure you prepare your home for sale.

"Bottom line when pricing your home to sell...


Don't sabotage the sale of your home! Pricing your home appropriately from the beginning is critical to get it sold quickly and at the best price.  Overpricing your home may mean that your home will sit on the market for months and even years giving buyers the perception that there is something wrong with it. 

The longer a home stays on the market, the more the price will drop from the original price. Don’t chase the market.

An agent will analyze the sales prices of comparable homes in your neighborhood and advise you accordingly.

Your best bet to sell fast and get the most money for your home is to trust a local real estate agent to give you sound advice and update you along the way of any market changes.

Source: eileenandersonrealtor.com




Posted in Selling Your Home
Aug. 22, 2018

Tega Cay rated #2 Safest City in SC

The city of Tega Cay announced today that they were rated the second safest city in South Carolina by Safewise.com. The rating is based on population and crime stats. Cities had to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and our own Tega  Cay came in just behind Isle of the Palms. Stats included violent Crimes per 1,000 people and population by City to name just a few.  Congratulations to Tega Cay's First Responders and the community on this auspicious award!


Click the link below to see the entire article.  https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-south-carolina/

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Aug. 16, 2018

52 Charlotte companies are the fastest growing in the nation

Once again, Charlotte is home to several dozen companies that rank among the nation's fastest growing.


A total of 52 local companies made this year's Inc. 5000 list, which ranks businesses based on revenue growth over a three-year period.


That's up from 44 local companies that made the list last year.


The companies run the gamut from sexy tech startups like Passport Inc., Quimbee and Tech Talent South, to restaurant chains like the Famous Toastery (and we're pleased to say we have one in Fort Mill).


See the full article from The Charlotte Agenda here: https://www.charlotteagenda.com/137518/52-charlotte-companies-made-this-years-inc-5000-list-of-fastest-growing-businesses/


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Aug. 1, 2018

Zipline Adventures in Rock Hill

Want to escape the the every day bustle of the concrete jungle? Camp Canaan might have just what you need. Located in Rock Hill, just 20 minutes south of Charlotte, they offer zip line tours, fun birthday packages and are available for corporate events. Their zip line packages range in duration from 3.5 hours to 2 hours. They have a minimum weight of 75 pounds, but not an age limit. 


There are three zipline tour options:


Full Zipline Tour – ($89, 3.5 hours) – You’ll ascend a 70-foot tower to kick off your tour of 9 ziplines, including a 900-foot line. This is the most popular option.


Bootleg Zipline Tour – ($65, 2 hours) – A shorter version of the full tour offering access to 5 ziplines. You will have an option just before the end to upgrade to the full tour if you decide to continue on. This is a good option if you’re not sure you’ll enjoy it and want to test it out before committing to the full tour.


Night Zipline Tour – ($95, 3.5 hours) – This is the full tour (all nine ziplines) but hosted after dark and only available on four Saturdays in November.


To find out more you can go to their website at https://canaanzipline.com/


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Posted in Things To Do
July 27, 2018

Thinking about selling your home? Do these 10 things first

Thinking about selling your home? The good news is, home prices have been strong and spring and summer are the prime times to sell. The bad news is, no matter what time of year you do it and what the market looks like, selling your home can be a big hassle -- especially if you want to maximize the chances you'll get top dollar for it.While a lot goes into determining the price of your home, this checklist of 22 important steps to take will get you on the right path to convincing a qualified buyer to make a generous offer for your home. 

Posted in Selling Your Home
July 13, 2018

Tubing the Catawba River


Summer is here and it's HOT outside.  Want to cool off and have a good time?  Join The CHIVE'S 2nd river float down the Catawba River on a Sunday July 22nd.


The CHIVE Charlotte is an adult outdoor adventure group and always has fun activities people can join. Here's the logistics: park and drop off tubes and people at the Fort Mill dam access then drive down to the open fields around the Pump house restaurant and park your vehicle. Drivers, make arrangements to catch a ride back up to the Fort Mill dam access.


Tubing down the river is a great way to cool off and chill.  Want to join The CHIVE? Search Foating Down the River 2 on Facebook.  If you are looking for more of a family friendly alternative you can find several local companies that offer trips with tour guides.


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July 6, 2018

Amazing Butterflies Exhibit at Museum of York County


Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer?  Check out the new summer exhibit at Museum of York County in Rock Hill. Have fun while learning a little science through hands on displays and physical activities that show the world from a butterfly's point of view.  The exhibit is open Tuesday - Saturdays from am AM to 5 PM.




Posted in Local Happenings
July 2, 2018

Largest July 4th Celebration in Fort Mill


The largest land parade and Fourth of July Celebration in the area is located in Tega Cay. It's an all day affair starting with a land parade at 9AM. They have a great parade with vintage cars, local celebrities, citizen floats and a community golf cart group.

After the land parade grab a shuttle to Windjammer Park to watch log rolling, paddle board jousting, water ski show and a boat parade.

From 3-5 you can go to the Glennon Center, aka the "Splash Pad" for face painting, a DJ and water inflatables.  At 4:30 there's a fish fry (you need to get your tickets beforehand), followed by the announcement of the Citizen of the Year. 

The Mayor gives his State of the City speech at 6:30.And the grand finale fireworks show begins at 9:30. Many residents find a great location on one of the golf courses to settle down and enjoy the show.

Tega Cay does a spectacular job of celebrating both the country's and the city's birth date. Its a day of fun family oriented activities, great to share with your visiting family and friends.

We hope to see you there!

Posted in Things To Do
June 29, 2018

A Newbie's Look at Carowinds Amusement Park


New to the area, and not sure what all Carowinds has to offer? We can help.  Carowinds is a Cedar Fair Amusement Park. It includes the amusement park and is home to two of the tallest steel roller coasters in North America. Carowinds also includes Carolina Harbor, it's water park, lots of entertainment options like live shows, character meet and greets and kid's dance parties. Located at the park is Camp Wilderness, Carowinds' RV park.


The amusement park has a total of 13 roller coasters and ranks as the fifth in the world for having the most roller coasters in one park. Each roller coaster offers a unique experience from tame to thrilling. The amusement park has something to offer everyone from the shyest youngsters to thrill seeking adults.  


Carolina Harbor is the water park located at Carowinds. This massive water park offers everything from giant water slides to wave pools to play structures. You can rent cabanas that have a min-fridge, and satellite TV.  Entry into Carolina Harbor is included with your Carowinds Tickets and season pass holders get to enter into the water park an hour before other park visitors, allowing you to find the perfect chair location.


Camp Wilderness is open year around and offers both cabins and RV sites. This park is located right behind Carowinds. You can catch a free shuttle to the amusement park, during operating days, a swimming pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, bath houses, shuffle board and corn hole, and 24 hour security. 

On July 4th, Carowinds hosts an annual fireworks show that starts at 9:30.  The rides in the Thrill Zones are closed during the fireworks exhibit.

Carowinds is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day. In addition, Carowinds offers two unique experiences.  SCarowinds, which is their annual Halloween festival. During this time the park is filled with zombies and monsters walking the grounds trying to scare even the toughest visitor. The park operates several haunted houses located throughout the park. The suggested age to attend is 13 years old. 


Carowinds turns into a winter wonderland at the end of November and through December. Offering a tree lighting for their 70 foot tree, holiday music with strolling performers, artisan shops, various entertainment shows and ice skating. 

Carowinds offers something for everyone, almost year around. With all that Carowinds has to offer, getting a season pass is a worthwhile investment. 


Posted in Things To Do
June 28, 2018

Test Your Skills at Rock Hill's Newest Wakeboarding Park



Ready for a new adventure? Try Rock Hill's new 25-acre wakeboarding facility.  It has two lakes that have an overhead cable systems that pull you across the lake eliminating the need for a boat and the experience is awesome! 


Passes are available for 2 hours ($35), 4 hours ($45) or full day ($55). There is no minimum age as long as kids are comfortable in the water with a life vest. Lessons are provided for all levels of riders. If you are not sure you are ready for the lake, you can get a Starter Pass for 20 minutes of one-on-one training for $25.  If you are all in and love it, annual memberships are avaiable for $1,100.  However, if you are only a spectator you get into the park free.


The park opened in May of this year and we are thriled to have them in our backyard. Go experience the fun at South Town Wake Park. 

Posted in Local Happenings