Spartanburg, SC Real Estate News

By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
It's rare to see 6 or more inches of snow in the Greenville/Spartanburg area.  But that is what we woke up to this morning.  As inconvenient as it is, it is one of the most beautiful things in nature. The dormant brown grass and red clay is covered with a pure white coating which glitters in the sunlight.  It's like everything was cleansed of impurities and ready for a fresh start. In this sight of beauty, I draw a parallel with the Real Estate Business.  The current market has been cleansed of non-productive agents who just can't make it on one or two transactions a year.  And for those who are the top agents it has provided a new landscape where we can sharpen our skills, knowing that those who provide the highest level of service for our clients will prosper in the months to come. Ye...
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
It's been raining for three days now and I think it might be time to start construction of the ark.  We really need the rain - - but - - do we have to get it all at once.  We've had a very mild winter so far and now that it's March we're getting sleet, freezing rain and probably snow.  We're not really prepared here in the south for this type of weather.  We just all stay home and wait for it to melt.  Good thing we work from home.  Stay dry and warm!!!
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
We just returned from Family Reunion and thought it was great.  The education offered, the inspiration and just networking with professional agents from all over the country.  I would love to hear from others who attended to learn what your biggest Aha was.  If you're not with Keller Williams and you don't know what an Aha is you don't know what your missing!
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
So far, the Keller Williams Family Reunion going on right now in Orlando Florida has been great.  We had a wonderful and informative opening ceremony this morning in which Gary Keller talked about the market.  He's a wonderful speaker and so inspiring to hear.  The afternoon was filled with great breakout sessions in which other agents share what they have done to become successful.  So far the information has been priceless and we have two more full days!!
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
Today is a very special day because my oldest son has turned 30!  All I have to say is WOW - how is that possible?  Where does the time go? It seems like he was born just yesterday.  I'm so very proud of him too.  He has grown up to be a wonderful and responsible young man that would make any parent proud! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY!!!
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
One of the tools that we use at Keller Williams is the DISC profile.  Like many other personality tests used, this is helpful for Real Estate agents for a number of reasons.  Not only does it help you learn more about yourself so that you can work on you weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths but it also teaches you how to communicate better with your clients.  If you know how a person likes to be communicated with than you should be able to form stronger relationships.  This is a very helpful tool in all facets of your life; not just work!
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
We're really excited to be in Florida for the Keller Williams Family Reunion starting tomorrow.  We're really looking forward to hearing some of the best in the business speak and teach.  There are so many break sessions that there's always something for everyone; new and seasoned agents alike.  We always bring back some much information and it's always very motivational.  I'll keep you posted!!
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
There are always two sides to a story - right.  So now for the "5 Good Reasons Not to Buy a Home This Year" as stated by MSM.com.  1.  Prices are still dropping.  2.  This Sale will be on for a while.  3. You may not stay put.  4.  Job security.  5.  Your cash reserve will be eaten up.  Although some of these are valid concerns I have to believe that they are regional.  You just can't assume that every market is the same.  In the upstate of South Carolina, prices are not still dropping and sellers are not willing to give away their homes.  Also, homes are selling.  If you think a home's going to be there forever you might be surprised when the one you like goes off the market.  As a buyer, I believe you should consult a professional realtor to get a true picture of the localized market ...
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
There was a great article on MSN.com this morning titled "5 Good Reasons to Buy a Home This Year."  As realtors, you already know what they are: 1. Affordability is better than it's ever been.  2. There is a really large inventory to choose from.  3. Builders are offering discounts.  4.  Mortgage rates are historically low.  5.  Now first time home buyers can get a true $8,000 credit.  O.K. we all know this is not rocket science but for once I'm thrilled that the "National Media" is singing our tune.  It is a great time to buy and for those that think this opportunity is going to last forever - - they are wrong.  Like all good things this too will end.  Don't miss it!!
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
Are you feeling like an outcast?  Do you miss positive energy and lack of excitement in your office?  Are you friends with Top Producers in your office or do they avoid you?  Perhaps this is not the most positive environment for making your business the fantastic career you dreamed of. We care and are willing to help you meet or exceed your goals!  We offer free Career Development and Coaching in a friendly environment where everyone in the company works together as a team and freely shares their ideas and secrets for success.  There is a better way and a Great Company, because we only hire Great Agents. Sound like the team environment you would like to work in? 
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
If you plan on selling your home in the near future, there are a number of things you can do to "Spruce" up the home and make it more inviting to potential buyers.  Most of these projects are not very expensive and can add a lot of "WOW!" to your home.  New paint, updated light fixtures and bathroom fixtures as well as an inviting entrance and curb appeal can all help get potential buyers into your home.  As for additions and remodeling; they too will help position your home so it competes much better in today's market.  However, don't expect to get all your money back from your investment.  Latest statistics show that certain projects will bring you a greater return than others.  Kitchens and Bathrooms lead the way with an 80% to 85% return on your investment.  Depending on the age of ...
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
Yes, that's the questions; why would you use a realtor.  You've done this before, bought and sold a house.  How hard can it be; right?  Wrong! According to the National Association of Realtors, 83% of home buyers and sellers used a Realtor.  Based on their survey here are the benefits provided by the Real Estate Agent during the purchase: Home buyers:  57% benefited by helping the buyer understand the process, 47% helped point out unnoticed features/faults with the property, 40% improved buyer's knowledge of search areas, 38% to negotiate better sales contract terms, 35% to shorten the buyers home search and 32% to negotiate a better price. Home Sellers:  91% to list and market  their home on the Internet, 75% to provide a broad range of services and manage most aspects of the sales tra...
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
We've seen a lot of agents post their listings using postlets and they look really nice.  We've used a service called listing domains for about a year now. They provide property web sites for your listings along with a lot of other related services.  It's really easy to create a web site; you can create flyers, post to craigsligt and so much more. If you want to check them out you can go to listingdomains.com.
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
Hope you are all taking a little time to celebrate with your loved ones today.  We've decided to spend a quiet evening at home and prepare a special meal that we both really enjoy instead of fighting the crowds at the restaurants.  We were out showing properties all day so it will feel really good to sit back and relax!
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
When we first ventured into the real estate world we thought that all real estate companies were created equally.  Boy were we surprised!  Over the years we've learned at lot about how different business models are applied to the real estate business and below we've summarized our findings. How the business model for Real Estate has changed:  1997 vs. 2007 The Old Business Model for Real Estate Companies: Step 1: Open an officeStep 2: Design a company brand (logo, slogan, etc)Step 3: Hire as many agents as possible Step 4: Have those agents close as many transactions as possibleStep 5: Take a percentage of the commissionsStep 6: Reinvest a portion of profits into promoting the company brand The new Business Model of today and the future. Item 1: Recognize that clients follow agents, not...
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
The temperatures are supposed to be in the mid to high 60's this weekend.  Not too bad for February.  We're playing golf this afternoon and fixing something on the grill!  Hope you have a chance to get outside and enjoy this lovely weather before the cold comes back. Before we know it the flowers will be popping up - - spring is right around the corner!  Enjoy the weekend.
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
You spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to attract buyers and sellers.  But do you keep them forever? It cost nothing.  It takes no more time or effort.  It's so simple anyone can do it, yet many realtors never think about it and don't do it. Treat them like family.  Every action you take should be the same action you would take for a family member that you love and cherish.  Now we're not saying you need to love your clients, but you should treat them with the same respect and care as you would your children, parents, brothers or sisters.  You'll be amazed how good you feel and how your business will flourish!
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
We've all seen fog so thick "you could cut it with a knife".  Perhaps that's Mother Nature's way of letting you appreciate the clarity of a sunny day.  But when it happens in your business, Mother Nature has nothing to do with it.  It's frightening to spend days or weeks in a fog.  Not knowing what to do or where to turn.  You wait around hoping the fog will lift. If this is happening to you take a few moments (or hours) to find "focus".  That's right, focus leads to clarity.  Focus is generally a result of goals that have a clear path to success.  You must first clearly define your goals, then clearly define a roadmap to achieve those goals, and lastly, but perhaps most importantly have a clear vision of the actions and activities that will result in the desired conclusion. You see, yo...
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
It's extremely difficult for us to understand agents involved in a transaction that, for whatever reason, believe it's all about them.  Their emotions override their intelligence and everything is about them.  They advise their clients to have the seller do everything on the inspection report, from replacing light bulbs to changing air filters.  They show buyer clients homes they like, not homes that meet their client needs.  They don't negotiate; they argue and then bypass the details of the contract just to make a point for them.   They make the entire transaction very difficult for ALL involved and it never ends up a WIN-WIN conclusion.  They totally miss the essence of our job, to facilitate a meeting of the minds. And then the most ironic thing is after the transaction is completed...
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By Yvette Gardner
(Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC)
According to the latest survey of buyers and sellers it is very clear what our clients are looking for and what we should be doing to better serve them. When working with buyers we must understand what tools they use to find the home they wish to purchase and we must focus our marketing efforts to reach these buyers.  This is also important to our sellers because they want the maximum exposure of their property to potential buyers. Where buyers found the HOME THEY PURCHASED                                                             1997                           2007 Real Estate Agent                    50%                      34% Internet                                  2%                        29% Yard Signs                              17%                       14% Home Book or M...
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