Pitt St Pharmacy Grilled Cheese Eating Contest! It’s on!

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Join me at the Pitt Street Pharmacy, Thursday, Oct 3rd at 6:30 pm for The Grilled Cheese Sandwich Food Challenge!   Randy Santel, professional food eater, will be pursuing his goal of winning 1000 food challenges in all 50 states and 50 countries.

The current Pitt Street Pharmacy Grilled Cheese Eating Contest Record Holder is David Hester, who ate 27 grilled cheese sandwiches on May 30, 2013.  Think about it… that’s 54 pieces of bread and cheese, not to mention, a good bit of Duke’s mayonnaise!

And Santel plans to crush this number?  We will see if he can!

Santel is founder and owner of foodchallenges.com. He has won over 779 food challenges and has over 860,000 YouTube and Facebook followers.  And although he will be eating big, he is an advocate for nutrition, fitness and personal wellness and won the  2010 Men’s Health/Spartacus Body Transformation Challenge.

The Pitt Street Pharmacy is such a staple of our community, and how fun for us to come together to watch this exciting and, well, yes.. cheesy event!  See you there!

 

 

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Upgrades Worth Considering When it’s TIME TO SELL!

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I am often asked what upgrades are worthy investments to prep a home for sale.  We all know the easy answers….

  • Interior paint
  • Minor kitchen and bathroom updates

But experience (and tons of research) has taught me a few tricks that I am happy to share.  Remember, the goal is to make the home visually appealing to a wide range of buyers!  So for what it’s worth, here are my top picks of upgrades that should be considered when it comes time to sell….

  • Front yard landscaping, new pine straw/ mulch, potted plants for color, and landscape lighting (be sure to get an evening shot for your marketing).  Remember that curb appeal is key!
  • Consider a new high-quality  front door, something special!  Especially in a neighborhood where homes look similar.  Be sure to make your home pop!
  • New garage door!  If needed, this can be a large focal point and by adding a new garage door, you can change the whole look of your home!
  • New roof, if needed.  Insurance companies are asking and could base the buyer’s  insurance rates according to the roof’s age.  If your roof is in need of repair, investing in a new roof will go along way to help secure a buyer and prevent any headaches with your buyer securing insurance.
  • Back yard WOW spots!  This could be a new brick lined patio, fire pit, garden or paved courtyard with water feature and up-lighting  Just remember that folks in Charleston actually use their outdoor living space year round, so use this space to create something usable and enchanting!
  • Large living room rug!  It’s all about scale, and by placing a large, comfy rug in the main living area, you will send a big, welcoming message to your buyers!  And since  the living room is likely the first room the buyers will see, here is your chance to make a bold statement!
  • Green Features!  Buyers love homes with tankless hot water heaters, high efficiency windows, etc.  If it’s time to update any of your mechanical componants, be sure to consider going the extra mile with newer products that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
  • Golf Cart!  If you live in a walkable community where golf carts are allowed, a buyer LOVES to see a golf cart included in the sale.  Remember, you are selling more than a home, you are selling a lifestyle and your buyer will love it!

If you are considering buying or selling, I specialize in this market and I am happy to provide you with a personalized plan for success!   Feel free to contact me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com and to see homes for sale in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant, visit my website at SearchOldVillage.com.

 

 

 

 

3 Reasons to Hire an Experienced Realtor

Before you hire a friend of the family to help you buy or sell your home, you should give this some thought….

*A savvy REALTOR® can properly advise on market value.  As a seller, over pricing will cause you to sit on the market longer than anticipated, and miss potential buyers who will move on to another home.

*Negotiation Skills are key!  Many times getting a deal done is a result of knowing what to say, when to say and how to say it.  Your REALTOR® should be well versed and skilled when acting as the buffer between you and your buyer, in addition to providing you with a fiduciary relationship and confidentiality.

*Avoid the pitfalls!  And there are many…every deal provides a new set of challenges and learning experiences. Closing more deals results in an educated agent who can help you maneuver through to settlement.

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Need a Personal Trainer? Meet Dawn Blackstone with Blackstone Fit!

I love my Personal Trainer, she is THE BEST!  She comes to my home and challenges me to take my fitness program to the next level.  Oh, and I must mention, she makes it fun!  Each time we do something totally different and unexpected, and I really appreciate her breaking up the monotony of the dreaded work out!

Dawn Blackstone, owner/trainer with Blackstone Fit, resides in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant neighborhood and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Advanced Sports Nutrition Specialist. She has been running Blackstone Fit for 12+years, and offers one-on-one personal training, small group training, and nutrition guidance.  She can meet you at your place of choice (your home, a local park or pool, and even the beach!) To learn more about Blackstone Fit go to blackstonefit.com  or check them out on Yelp!  Tell her Jackie sent you!!!

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Experience Sells!

I have been specializing in the OV/Old Mt. P. for years, including bringing you the Village Connection Newsletter since 2006!  I am a Top Producing Agent, voted Best REALTOR® by Moultrie News, and recipient of the REALTOR® of Distinction Award.  I am a full-time Professional REALTOR®, I am your neighbor, and I know this market.  Let’s face it…experience sells and I have the track record to prove it!  If I can help, contact me today! 

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Should I wait until Spring to Sell?

It’s December and with the whirl-wind of the holidays approaching, clients are asking me if they should list now or wait until the first of the year.  Obviously we do not have a crystal ball answer, but based on my experience, I am advising as follows:

Why wait?  True, there is a smaller pool of buyers during the colder months (think about those buyers who currently live in the North that cannot sell their homes because it is snowing) but even with fewer buyers, there is also fewer homes to chose from.  The big factor being that tons of new inventory will be hitting the market in the early spring, and the best path to ensure a quick sale is to beat the rush.

Below is an interesting article from RIS Media’s House Call.

“The holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re considering selling your home, now is the perfect time to reassess your strategy for getting your property sold. With the colder temperatures and many people heading on vacation, it may seem like an inopportune moment to list your house, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Although it’s true that there are fewer buyers looking for a home at this time of year, the pros far outweigh the cons. There are less, yet far more serious buyers searching for homes in your market, and there is less competition with less homes on the market, and transactions happen far more quickly as there are less being processed.

Click here to read more, and if I can help you in any way, please let me know.  Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com