Dec. 23, 2015

Merry Christmas from the ERET

From all of us at the Expert Real Estate Team, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!!

We hope your holiday is full of love and laughter.

 

- LeAnne, Rick, Peggy, Leslie, Sadhana, Kaci, Heather, Mandy, Tosha, Jason, Julie, Kristen, Yvonne, Amber, Taylor

 
 
Posted in Office Life
Dec. 16, 2015

City Spotlight - Spartanburg

 

City Spotlight

Spartanburg

Spartanburg, Sparkle City, Home of Food Network Famous 'Beacon Restaurant'. Greenville may be the powerhouse, but Spartanburg is like the nagging younger sibling that's gradually making a name for itself.

History

In 1753, settlers reached a treaty with the Cherokee Indians allowing the area to be opened for settlers. Spartan County (later renamed Spartanburg District) got its name from a local militia unit that fought in the Revolutionary War, the Spartan Regiment. During the Revolutionary War, Spartanburg County was home to more battle sites than anywhere else in the U.S., most notably, Cowpens Battlefield. In 1831, Spartanburg received its current name along with its nickname "Hub City" due to the wheel hub shape from the railroad lines. Spartanburg holds the impressive title as being home to the first airport in South Carolina. Opening in 1927, Charles Lindbergh made a famous pit stop during his 48 state tour. It also became the state's first airport with direct mail service (take that GSP!). If you've ever taken a drive around town, you will surely notice the run-down mills and vast mill villages. That's because the textile mills are what made the area economically sound. After the World Wars, the Spartanburg economy began to shift from relying on textiles to relying on the automobile industry. Today, Spartanburg is home to make international companies, including Milliken & Co., CH2MHill, and Michelin.

What It's Known For

Like I mentioned before, Spartanburg was once a textile mecca (you can still wander around some of the old mill foundations, but I'll get to that later.) Over time, it became famous for its production. From automobile parts to peaches, they make everything!

What Can You Do There?

The mills that once housed the great machinery of the past may not be used for production anymore, but they're great for entertaining. Some are renovated to live in, others are perfect for outdoor weddings. Glendale Shoals Preserve is only one of the old mills that has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind park. Anxious to catch a play or see some local art work? The Chapman Cultural Center offers art galleries, arts and humanities classes, interactive science exhibits, and amazing theater productions. Local brewery R.J. Rockers is conveniently located in Downtown within walking distance to numerous restaurants, boutiques, and 4 star hotels. The Carolina Panthers Training Camp is held at Wofford College every summer and sometimes, if you're lucky, you catch a glimpse of some famous faces roaming the Downtown area.

Why It's a Great Place to Live

Whether you're young or old, outdoorsy or not, Spartanburg has something for you. Spring and summer there are multiple parks and trails to explore while fall and winter bring ice skating and family festivals. If being outdoors isn't your thing, there is always something going on at one of the local colleges or even historical homes to tour. One of the best things about living there though is the food! Fresh, local produce at the Hub City Farmers Market gives locals a rare opportunity to know exactly where their food came from. Add to that the award-winning restaurants and it's possible you'd spend all of your time just trying new cuisine. No matter what, a friendly face is always there to welcome you!

 

If you would like more information on the Spartanburg area, call our office 864-895-9791.

Posted in Upstate Living
Dec. 10, 2015

Christmas in the ERET

Care and Share 2015

 

Every December, our office partakes in the GGAR Care and Share. The Care and Share program allows children to have presents under their tree who may not have any otherwise. It is truly an awesome program and we love doing it! Peggy and Leslie get to go shopping for these precious children's Christmas gifts and the whole office helps with the wrapping. It's a team effort and it definitely gets us in the holiday spirit. We are little elves on a mission!

 

Posted in Office Life
Nov. 30, 2015

9 Reasons to Sell Your Home during the Holidays

Sell Your Home During the Holidays

Considering Selling Your Home during the Holidays? It could be the best time of the year!

The Holiday season is generally known as the worst time to sell a home. While sales do tend to drop off between November and January, there are actually some good reasons to sell your home during these months. Here are 9 reasons why you should consider listing your home during the Holidays.

  1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers. Buyers may need to move quickly if they are relocating to the area.  
  2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you. Lots of sellers take their homes off the market during the Holidays, assuming no one will be buying at this time. But with serious buyers still out there and a lower inventory of homes, your home has a good chance of standing out.
  3. If you wait until January, more homes go on the market meaning you’ll have to compete with more homes (which means less money for you). 
  4. Your home is already staged and decorated. Homes often look their best during the Holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor and distract potential buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.
  5. Buyers may have more time off to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during a working week. Also, some buyers purposely wait until their families are together for Holiday vacations to start looking for a home.
  6. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
  7. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Those relocating to the area may not be able to wait until Spring to buy, so it may be a good idea to list your home during the Holidays to capture that market.
  8. Don’t delay listing your home because you know you’ll have guests in your home during the Holidays. We can work with you to restrict showings on particular days to ensure you’re comfortable with showing your home during this time.  
  9. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! This will allow you to sell high and buy low!

 

The Holidays are stressful enough without having to think about staging and selling your home, so if you’re not truly motivated to sell, it’s probably best to wait a few months. But if you absolutely have to sell, don’t be discouraged. An experienced agent with the Expert Real Estate Team can take the burden off of your shoulders, giving you more time to enjoy the season with your family. Give us a call today at (864) 895-9791.

Posted in Selling
Nov. 24, 2015

Thankful

With Thanksgiving in just a few days, we just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for supporting us. As a token of our thanks, we recently offered free pies to all of our Raving Fans, but since not all of you are Raving Fans, we still wanted to let you know how thankful we are for you. We are successful because of people like you who continue to let us help you and your family and friends.

 

We are also thankful for our own family and friends. This job takes a lot of work and dedication and we would not be half the company we are today without them.

We hope you have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

 

Posted in Office Life
Nov. 16, 2015

City Spotlight - Greenville

This month we are focusing on the big dog, the mack daddy, the reason the Upstate is so famous; good ole Greenville!

Greenville

History

Greenville started out as just Cherokee hunting ground, but over time, it became home to the Great Plains Plantatio, which included a saw mill, stables, and trading post. After the Revolutionary War, the land was given to Patriot soldiers as payment for their service and in 1786, it was named "Greeneville" after General Nathaneal Greene. After several turnovers the land eventually settled under the care of Vandry McBee and he greatly encouraged Greenville growth, giving land to home the first schools, churches, mills, and other businesses. Still just a "tiny resort village", by the mid 1850's railroad lines made Greenville more conveniently accessible and it became home to one of the largest coach manufacturers in the South. Mills soon began popping up everywhere and by 1915, Greenville was the "Textile Center of the South". During the Great Depression, Greenville suffered tremendously, but by war's end it had become a powerhouse again, this time with national highways instead of just dirt roads. The 1960's brought us GSP airport and by the 1980's the Greenville we know and love today began to take shape.

What It's Known For

Greenville is the most widely known city in the Upstate (think of the Upstate as the Avengers...you know who they all are, but Iron Man is usually your first thought). The city has everything you could possibly need and want. It's urban but also rural, cultured but also simple, modern but also traditional. It sometimes seems like the center of the world; the beach and mountains are just a short drive away. Most of the Southeast's biggest cities are within driving distance but you can also hop on a plane and jet around the world! Greenville is a force to be reckoned with, and we have the privilege of living here!

What Can You Do There?

The more appropriate question is, what CAN'T you do there? Greenville is perfect for date nights and family vacations alike. Downtown Greenville is home to multiple award-winning restaurants, museums and performing arts centers, not to mention the breath-takingly beautiful Falls Park at the Reedy River. If sports are more your thing, it is also home to two minor league teams; the Boston Red Sox affiliated Greenville Drive baseball team and the Greenville Road Warriors hockey team. The Greenville Zoo receives internet fame from their live "Earth-cam" giraffe coverage. The Bon Secours Wellness Arena and Peace Center are just two of the options for live entertainment. If the city scape isn't what you're looking for, there are countless hiking trails, farms, and cozy get-away locations that are perfect for a quiet, restful weekend retreat.

Why It's a Great Place to Live

The best part about Greenville is the fact that, regardless of how big it keeps growing there is still that sense of community. It is the largest public school system in the state. Families with small children flock to the county to be a part of the education here. Based on its love of arts and culture, it's no surprise that Greenville is home to the state's top school for artistically talented high schoolers; S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. For couples and empty nesters, there is always something new to discover that's only minutes away from your doorstep. You can easily go from small town living to big city life just by walking a few blocks!

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Greenville has everything you could possibly want and need. If you are interested in learning more about the area, call our office 864-895-9791.

Posted in Upstate Living
Nov. 3, 2015

What's New In The LCERET

We are constantly trying to up our game in the Real Estate World. Whether it's by offering FREE PIES to our Raving Fans (Raving Fans, call our office for details!!) or adding bright and shiny new faces to our team, we thrive on staying hip and current, as best we can anyways. Last week we had a very fun activity planned; a photo shoot! Every girl dreams of being a model, and we all got to be one, at least for a few minutes, even Rick and Jason joined in on the fun. As part of our new and improved marketing agenda, we needed new headshots for our team. We were able to hire the amazing Brandy Williams with Asparagus Studio to help make us look good. Our newest team members, along with old favorites, will be on showcase in just a few weeks, so be on the lookout for all of the new photos. The first client who notices the change somewhere on our site and calls in to 864-558-9054 with their name, number and email will get a free pumpkin or apple Thanksgiving pie!!!

Posted in Office Life
Oct. 26, 2015

Scary Homebuying Myths

Buying a home is an emotional roller-coaster. The excitement of looking, the nervousness of making an offer, the anticipation of moving in, and the frightening thoughts of affordability, it can take its toll. Lucky for our clients, we have an Expert team to help each stage go (scary) smooth. We found the perfect infographic to bust some of the frightening myths that surround the home-buying process, courtesy of KeepingCurrentMatters.com.

 

With Halloween fast approaching, call us now to answer all your haunting real estate questions so you can be in your new home just in time for the new year!!

Oct. 15, 2015

City Spotlight - Greer

City Spotlight

This year it seems as if our beautiful state is making national headlines daily. What starts off in a negative light (think the tragic Charleston shootings and most recently the 1000 year flood) is quickly transformed into amazing stories of heroism, faith, and compassion towards all. I don't know about you, but I am so proud to call this place home. We've decided to showcase a different town or city each month to give our clients and fans a glimpse into what makes our state sparkle!

Greer

This month we are putting the spotlight on the town our office calls home. To some, Greer may be that town between Greenville and Spartanburg, but to many, it is a history-filled hot spot that just keeps growing.

The History

The Greenville/Spartanburg county line wasn't always just an invisible line that separated counties. It was once the invisible line that separated the South Carolina Province and Indian Boundary! In 1777, the Cherokee Indians ceded the rest of the land to South Carolina. Downtown Greer came to fruition when James Manning Greer and W.T. Shumate realized the great potential of a town near the train station. In 1876, the town was known as "Greers" since the post office was located in the station and its post mark was "Greer's Depot". Some time in the early 20th century, the "S" was dropped and by 1914, Greer was home to two train lines, Southern Railroad and Piedmont & Northern. By the 1950's, Greer had grown to include a hospital and high school. Fast forward to current times, we find that the once small railroad town has grown into one of the most successful towns in the Upstate!

What is it known for?

Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock knows that Greer is home to the only BMW manufacturing plant in the U.S. The BMW Visitors Center provides tours of production and displays, the Performance Center offers Performance Driving School and Motorcycle Rider Training, and they host an annual Charity Pro-Am golf tournament where amateurs and celebrities come together to play with Tour professionals.

What can you do there?

The better question is, what can't you do in Greer?! Because it sits comfortably in the center of Upstate, residents are just a short drive away from the Blue Ridge Mountains and multiple lakes, big cities and rural towns, and historical and modern attractions. The heart of Downtown Greer, or "Greer Station" is home to amazing restaurants, beautiful parks, and one-of-a-kind retail and entertainment.

Why it's a great place to live

Greer isn't all fun and games. Because of its business driven history, thriving businesses are popping up everywhere! The benefit of living in Greer is the fact that you don't have to travel far to get everything you need, and unlike some big cities where being neighborly isn't at the top of the priority list, Greer businesses ad citizens are happy to lend a helping hand wherever it's needed.

 

For more information, visit the City of Greer website or leave a comment with your favorite Greer story!

Posted in Upstate Living
Oct. 7, 2015

What to do? What to do?

Fall in the south is one of the most beautiful times of the year. There isn't a shortage of fun things to do! We've created a list of the things you should definitely do (at least once) and the things you might can skip.

 

Fun for all ages

  • Niven's Apple Farm - This is a MUST for this fall season because it is the last season this iconic farm will be open! You can pick your own apples, visit the pumpkin patch, even pan for gems in the Upstate's largest outdoor gem mine! Take part in all of their fall festivities before it's too late!
  • Denver Downs Corn Maze - The historic farm hosts a corn maze every October, along with other fun farm activities. They have a variety of corn maze activity options and a giant pumpkin patch, so don't be surprised when you lose the track of time.
  • Strawberry Hill USA - If you've ever driven down Highway 11 towards Chesnee, you've probably noticed strawberry hill. J.E. Cooley Farms is a local landmark and people flock there to see the picturesque view. After a yummy meal in their café, head out to the peach shed for fresh produce, hayrides, pumpkin picking and a visit from their famous Mr. Troll.
  • Boo in the Zoo : Greenville Zoo - Ideal for anyone who loves animals and Halloween! Kids 12 and under can dress up and have fun trick-or-treating alongside their favorite animals and join in the fun in the "unhaunted house".

Good for a Date Night

  • Fall for Greenville - While it might not be a typical "date night" atmosphere, you will definitely feel like kids again as you wander through beautiful Downtown Greenville, stopping to try food from numerous restaurants and finding room to dance along to any one of the live concerts.
  • Oktoberfest - This German event is held in most Upstate cities. Whether or not there is free entertainment doesn't matter. The focal point of this festival is the delicious German food and beverages!
  • Piedmont Interstate Fair - Yes, the fair is an IDEAL family outing, but just think of how much fun you and your honey will have snuggled up close on the ferris wheel sharing a funnel cake.

You can't forget...

  • Friday Night Lights and College Gameday - Football in the south; it's not just a game, it's a lifestyle! Support your local team, whether it's high school or college, and tailgate at the next home game.
  • Hiking - Whether you make the drive to Table Rock, Chimney Rock, Pisgah National Forest, or Big Bradley, put those hiking boots on and enjoy nature! With the hot summer sun slowly drifting to sleep, it is the perfect weather to get outside and stretch your legs before winter shuts you in!
  • Fall Foliage - It wouldn't be fall without the rich colors of the changing leaves. Take a Sunday afternoon drive up the mountains to see the amazing views of this place we call home.

Skip away

  • Haunted Houses - For some, getting scared is a blast but for others, it is a panic inducing thought. If your group is all part of the "we scare because we care" club, by all means, hit every haunted house you can! But if you aren't a fan, save your money and attend any of the free events held in your town.

Fall is the perfect time for wild cats and gentle souls alike, so whether you're picking pumpkins or scaring your friends, have fun and be safe!

Tell us about your favorite fall activity!!

Posted in Upstate Living