Thanks For Voting Me BEST REALTOR!

I am sincerely appreciative to all of you who voted for me as Best Realtor 2016!  This is a huge honor for a few reasons.  First, I know past clients voted for me, and that really makes this special!   Helping clients is what it’s all about!  So thank you to my clients, neighbors and friends who reached out to tell me you voted. Second, other Realtors voted for me as well.  That is AWESOME!  So much of what we do hinges on “relationships” and I just love that other Realtors would consider me worthy of their vote!   Lastly, as corny as this is (I am really getting into this “acceptance speech thing!”) I  want to thank my family, since I know my kids got off their video games long enough to login and vote for me!  It was a fantastic moment at the dinner table when I yelled out, “I WAS VOTED BEST REALTOR, PASS THE POTATOES!”  Thanks again guys, and simply put…. WOW!

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August Events Around Town

It’s hard to believe we are almost half way through July! With August right around the corner, I thought I would share some fun events going on next month!

1. FIRST DAY FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES August 14th at 1pm – Located at Liberty Square (by the Aquarium and Maritime Center), this free event is for children and their families to celebrate going back to school!  The Festival provides school supplies, healthy snacks, entertainment, aquarium tours, boat rides, and information on student support services. This event is a wonderful way to unite the community around an important cause, The First Day of School Initiative.

The First Day of School Initiative is a national model which generates widespread support for education. This initiative is a community-wide celebration of education that encourages parents to take their child to school on the first day, asks businesses to support parents by giving them time off to get involved in their child’s education, and enhances public engagement in our schools.
Our goal is to ensure that students are able to start school with the resources necessary to participate fully in the learning process and provide a great start to the school year.

 

2. BAZAAR AT THE POINT – August 28th -This free, family-friendly event happens every 4th Sunday of the month, June through October. Located at the Pavilion at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, this event includes local vendors, kids activities, live music, and much more! A great event for everyone!

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3. SHRIMP AND GRITS COOK-OFF – August 30th from 7-10pm at The Visitor’s Center Bus Shed (375 Meeting Street). This delicious event showcases some of Charleston’s elite chefs facing-off to create the best shrimp and grits in the Lowcountry. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Charleston Animal Society.

Tickets include shrimp and grits, beer, wine, and spirits. Enjoy live music, food, children’s activities and more! To purchase tickets, go to here.

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $12 for children 12 and under.

 

JUST SOLD!

I recently had the pleasure of helping my client buy his first new construction home in The Annex at Oyster Point! What a delightful process it was!

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If you haven’t already, you should check out Oyster Point. It is centrally located in Mount Pleasant – just minutes from Town Centre and Isle of Palms and situated overlooking Hamlin Sound and Gray Bay. It is truly gorgeous!

The Annex at Oyster Point features:

  • Beautiful paired homes offering a single family detached feel
  • Open floorplan
  • Huge garage space
  • Over 3 miles of multi-functional trails
  • State of the art amenity center featuring a fitness facility, 4 tennis courts, and a Junior Olympic zero entry swinning pool
  • Over 25% protected conservation land

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Reasons To Hire a Realtor

At some point in our lives, the majority of us are faced with the decision to sell our home. It is such a big and important decision. And with that, comes the thought… should I just sell it myself or hire a Realtor?

Here is the reality… Hiring a professional, full time, experienced Realtor can not only simplify the process, but can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Here are 7 reasons why hiring a Realtor is beneficial:

  1. Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Database – many buyers use the online MLS database as their number 1 source during the home-search process.
  2. Marketing Plan – While the MLS is a great starting point, many agents develop a marketing and advertising plan, including networking with other agents, to get your home sold.  A seasoned agent will tailor this to plan to your home!
  3. Attracting Buyers’ Agents – Many buyers’ agents are hesitant of showing a house without a listing agreement, even if the For Sale By Owner advertising promises a reasonable commission. There is risk involved when an agent works without the traditional contracts. Since most home buyers have an agent, listing your home FSBO excludes a large portion of your potential buyer base.
  4. Faster Results – Real estate agents know how to price homes correctly. Also, having a solid marketing plans increases the traffic to your home, which in return, increases your odds of a quick sale.
  5. Security – When selling your home FSBO, you are left with the decision to either leave strangers inside your home or showing the home yourself. Most FSBO homes are usually shown by the owner as the safer option. This is not an ideal situation for neither you nor the potential buyer as they don’t want to offend you with what they don’t like nor do they want to prejudice negotiations by telling you what they do like. Having an agent show your home for you allows for a neutral party presence.
  6. Negotiations –  Real estate agents can work with each other rather than directly with buyers and seller. They are able to distance themselves and keep emotional clients focused on the big picture, resulting in a compromise that pleases everyone.
  7. Closing – Buying and selling property is one of the largest transactions most families face and they don’t always run smoothly and without complications. It just makes sense to use a professional when dealing with complex legal documents.

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Shem Creek Park

I find that getting out and exercising during the Dog Days of Summer is less grueling if I have something pretty to look at. There is nothing like a good view to make the time pass! I have thoroughly been enjoying the new access to the Shem Creek Park from the Shem Creek Bridge. It has quickly become the highlight of my runs!

 

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Seller Tips from the National Association Of Realtors

8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home

By: Pat Curry

Here are eight ways to help your home put its best face forward.

Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding; we’re talking about maintenance and beautifying tasks you’d like to live with anyway.

The way your house looks from the street — attractively landscaped and well-maintained — can add thousands to its value and cut the time it takes to sell. But which projects pump up curb appeal most? Some spit and polish goes a long way, and so does a dose of color.

Related: Gorgeous Landscaping for Your House Means More Than Just Looks

Tip #1: Wash Your House’s Face

Before you scrape any paint or plant more azaleas, wash the dirt, mildew, and general grunge off the outside of your house. REALTORS® say washing a house can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sale prices of some houses.

A bucket of soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush can remove the dust and dirt that have splashed onto your wood, vinyl, metal, stucco, brick, and fiber cement siding. Power washers (rental: $75 per day) can reveal the true color of your flagstone walkways.

Wash your windows inside and out, swipe cobwebs from eaves, and hose down downspouts. Don’t forget your garage door, which was once bright white. If you can’t spray off the dirt, scrub it off with a solution of 1/2 cup trisodium phosphate — TSP, available at grocery stores, hardware stores, and home improvement centers — dissolved in 1 gallon of water.

You and a friend can make your house sparkle in a few weekends. A professional cleaning crew will cost hundreds — depending on the size of the house and number of windows — but will finish in a couple of days.

Tip #2: Freshen the Paint Job

The most commonly offered curb appeal advice from real estate pros and appraisers is to give the exterior of your home a good paint job. Buyers will instantly notice it, and appraisers will value it.
 
Of course, painting is an expensive and time-consuming facelift. To paint a 3,000-square-foot home, figure on spending $375 to $600 on paint; $1,500 to $3,000 on labor.

Your best bet is to match the paint you already have: Scrape off a little and ask your local paint store to match it. Resist the urge to make a statement with color. An appraiser will mark down the value of a house that’s painted a wildly different color from its competition.

Tip #3: Regard the Roof

The condition of your roof is one of the first things buyers notice and appraisers assess. Missing, curled, or faded shingles add nothing to the look or value of your house. If your neighbors have maintained or replaced their roofs, yours will look especially shabby.

You can pay for roof repairs now, or pay for them later in a lower appraisal; appraisers will mark down the value by the cost of the repair. According to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, the national median cost of a new asphalt shingle roof is about $7,600.

Some tired roofs look a lot better after you remove 25 years of dirt, moss, lichens, and algae. Don’t try cleaning your roof yourself: call a professional with the right tools and technique to clean it without damaging it. A 2,000-square-foot roof will take a day and $400 to $600 to clean professionally.

Tip #4: Neaten the Yard

A well-manicured lawn, fresh mulch, and pruned shrubs boost the curb appeal of any home.

Replace overgrown bushes with leafy plants and colorful annuals. Surround bushes and trees with dark or reddish-brown bark mulch, which gives a rich feel to the yard. Put a crisp edge on garden beds, pull weeds and invasive vines, and plant a few geraniums in pots.

Green up your grass with lawn food and water. Cover bare spots with seeds and sod, get rid of crab grass, and mow regularly.

Tip #5: Add a Color Splash

Even a little color attracts and pleases the eye of would-be buyers.

Plant a tulip border in the fall that will bloom in the spring. Dig a flowerbed by the mailbox and plant some pansies. Place a brightly colored bench or Adirondack chair on the front porch. Get a little daring, and paint the front door red or blue.

These colorful touches won’t add to the value of our house: Appraisers don’t give you extra points for a blue bench. But beautiful colors enhance curb appeal and help your house to sell faster.

Related: Colorful Plants with Curb Appeal

Tip #6: Glam Your Mailbox

An upscale mailbox, architectural house numbers, or address plaques can make your house stand out.

High-style die cast aluminum mailboxes range from $100 to $350. You can pick up a handsome, hand-painted mailbox for about $50. If you don’t buy new, at least give your old mailbox a facelift with paint and new house numbers.

These days, your local home improvement center or hardware stores has an impressive selection of decorative numbers. Architectural address plaques, which you tack to the house or plant in the yard, typically range from $80 to $200. Brass house numbers range from $3 to $11 each, depending on size and style.

Related: 11 Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100

Tip #7: Fence Yourself In

A picket fence with a garden gate to frame the yard is an asset. Not only does it add visual punch to your property, appraisers will give extra value to a fence in good condition, although it has more impact in a family-oriented neighborhood than an upscale retirement community.

Expect to pay $2,000 to $3,500 for a professionally installed gated picket fence 3 feet high and 100 feet long.

If you already have a fence, make sure it’s clean and in good condition. Replace broken gates and tighten loose latches.

Tip #8: Maintenance is a Must

Nothing looks worse from the curb — and sets off subconscious alarms — like hanging gutters, missing bricks from the front steps, or peeling paint. Not only can these deferred maintenance items damage your home, but they can decrease the value of your house by 10%.

Here are some maintenance chores that will dramatically help the look of your house:

  • Refasten sagging gutters.
  • Repoint bricks that have lost their mortar.
  • Reseal cracked asphalt.
  • Straighten shutters.
  • Replace cracked windows.

Meet Susan Marett of Purely Positive Dog Training!

The Kelly’s recently welcomed a new addition to the family… an adorable, quirky and skittish rescue dog named Summer.  With no information about sweet Summer’s past, it was quickly obvious that we needed some help.  So we enlisted Dog Trainer, Susan Marett and after a 5 week in-home training session, Summer has become more confident, secure, and obedient.  She is happy and our family is complete!  We could not have gotten to this point with out Susan’s insightful training tips, so I wanted to get the word out to folks who are looking for a great dog trainer!  Susan is awesome!

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Meet and get to know Susan Marett of Purely Positive Dog Training!  A note from Susan:

I definitely had family dogs as a kid, but while in college earned degrees in English and Film – not exactly the typical dog trainer’s path – but I could write a terrific paper on James Joyce, or Italian film in the 1960’s, when I graduated. After a very brief flirtation to attain a masters’ degree in fine arts, I did a serious pivot and landed in culinary school. I finished up a program in Portland, Oregon and made my way back to South Carolina.

While running my own business selling desserts wholesale to local restaurants, I took my very first obedience class with a sweetheart of a Dalmatian puppy named Puck (named after Wolfgang Puck of course!). And I was hooked, line and sinker.  I found an awesome trainer to apprentice with and really got down to the business of my heart – working with dogs.

Now, onto Purely Postitive!

For more than 18 years, Purely Positive Dog Training has helped Charleston area dog owners and their families solve their dog’s behavioral problems, achieve their training goals, and get their puppies off to a great start in a gentle and effective manner. From puppies to senior-aged dogs, Purely Positive offers a complete roster of obedience, advanced training and specialty classes, as well as, one-on-one private lessons in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, West Ashley, Summerville, James Island and Johns Island.

Whatever need you have, from housebreaking a puppy to help with an aggressive dog, their approach is to partner with you in creating a happy, healthy and positive relationship with your canine companion. They welcome every breed, age, size, skill level and behavioral issue.

Highly recommended by local veterinarians and thousands of Lowcountry dog owners, Purely Positive trainers are committed to ongoing education and have enjoyed a long-standing record of success.

For more information check out Purely Positive’s website Purely Positive or contact Susan at 843.532.8154.

 

 

 

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