Spartanburg, SC Real Estate News

By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
It's Halloween time for the children!    Yes it is Halloween time, time for the children to dress up in their cute costumes and trick or treat. Fountain Inn is having a function for the kids on the 31st, right on Main Street. They are having the following: 1. Trick or treat 2. Entertainment 3. Music by the Fountain 4. Movie at 9pm by the fountain and whatever else they can come up with until then. The children should enjoy all the excitement that's going to go on that evening, so if you are interested in bringing your child somewhere safe to show off the beautiful costumes, Fountain Inn is the place. Don't forget Friday Night October 31st.                
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By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
I'm excited today, I met my goal that I sat out to make. I enjoy blogging on a daily basis. It keeps my mind on other things then fighting my cancer. I look forward to blogging and reading other blogs. I enjoy reading the experiences that everyone has blogging, in their jobs. It gives me ideas and inspiration to keep going.  
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By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
Isn't this time of year beautiful? Yesterday was the first time I was able to get out for myself for over 3 weeks and we decided to go to the office. It was a little bright and cool but I was glad to beable to get out. As we were driving I had taken in some beautiful sites of the leaves changing, people being decorated for the holiday. What does everyone else think about the weather, the fall colors, the decorations?
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By Jean Terry
(Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C.)
I find myself wondering sometimes 'why so much cancer"? I know we are not to question some things, but I do wonder. Yesterday I learned of a friend's son in his mid-fortys who has cancer. I just hope they have caught his in time. I have a friend who is in treatments now, and a neighbor who is finishing up her treatments. It just seems to be everywhere.
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By Nance Burdette
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Brrrrrrrrr, Even in South Carolina it gets chilly (and even COLDER in the winter) in the Fall. This morning our themometer read a chilly 37 degrees AND there was frost on several of my plants and lawn. SORRY, I HONESTLY DIDN'T HAVE A PUMPKIN OUTSIDE, JUST A FAKE ONE INSIDE). Saw several cars that were frost covered also on the drive into town. Granted I live in the suburbs and temps were warming up by the time I got there. This born Yankee is STILL getting used to the weather here, after living in Florida for 19 years. Will I ever get used to it??? Warming up, slowly but surely, Nance Burdette Keller Williams Realty nance@nanceburdette.com www.NanceBurdette.com    
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By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
I am amazed by the amount of homes listed in our local market that are in need of basic improvements that wouldn't cost the seller very much, and am interested in points of views from agents about recommending improvements before listing the home.  I'm not talking major renovations here.  I'm talking about basic improvements such as removing dated wallpaper, repainting the interior with neutral paint, replacing worn carpet, changing the kitchen countertops to granite, and so forth. So the question is...  What's the best recommendation to today's home seller?  Market the house in its current condition at low price or, invest in basic home improvements and hope to get a higher price?
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By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
1. Pay your bills on time.This is the best way to improve your score, and it's never too late to start. Even if you've had serious delinquencies in the past, those will count less over time if you keep paying your bills on time. 2. Keep credit card balances low.High outstanding debt can pull down your score. Don't go maxing out your credit cards all the time. Only put 20% of the total amount you can put on the card also this helps raise your score. 3. Check your credit report for accuracy.It's possible that there may be inaccurate information on your credit report that can be easily cleared up . 4. Pay off debt rather than moving it around.Consolidating your credit card debt onto one card or spreading it over multiple cards will not improve your score in the long run. The most effective...
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By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
          Try it, It's delicious 1/3  cup butter 1/4  cup packed brown sugar 1  cup all-purpose flour 3  8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened 3/4  cup packed brown sugar 2  tablespoons all-purpose flour 1  15-ounce can pumpkin 1  teaspoon vanilla 1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2  teaspoon ground ginger 1/2  teaspoon ground nutmeg 3  eggs 1  8-ounce carton dairy sour cream 1  tablespoon granulated sugar Pecan halves (optional) 1/2  cup granulated sugar 1/2  cup chopped pecans Directions 1. For Pecan-Praline Pieces and Powder,* line a large baking sheet with foil; set aside. In a heavy skillet place the 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, shaking skillet occasionally until sugar begins to melt. Do not stir. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the chopped pecans; cook about ...
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By Jean Terry
(Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C.)
Today was my day to work at the Soup Kitchen, as I do every third Thursday, and it was a very large crowd of people today who came for lunch. I was working away and looked up and saw an old friend of mine. It was quite a shock to see someone I knew personally. We spoke for a few minutes, and he sat down and ate his lunch. I have not been able to get him out of my mind all afternoon. But for the Grace Of God, it could be any one of us.
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By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
You're nearing the end of a soothing hot shower, a roast is browning in the oven, potatoes are boiling on the cook-top, the last load of laundry is in the dryer, the water heater just kicked on to provide some more hot water for your shower and the heater is keeping your home at just the right temperature. Each one of those activities creates moisture inside a home and hopefully the house is properly ventilated to provide enough fresh air circulation to sufficiently dissipate that moisture and transfer it to outside the building. In older homes, the construction methods left air leaking through and around windows, doors, walls, floors and ceilings. Plus, once upon a time ceiling vents were commonly installed in closets, kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.   Since the gas crisis of th...
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By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
1: Generally Improve Your Home's "Curb Appeal" Mow the front lawn, water and fertilize if necessary, pick up any trash, sweep your driveway and walks and make sure your home looks good from the street. 2: Make The Front Door And Porch Attractive You only get one chance so make sure their first impression is the best. Sweep the porch, touch up any paint in this area, wash windows and wipe down the front door. 3: Fix Cracks In The Driveway And Remove Any Oil Stains Resealing your driveway can dramatically improved the appearance of your home from the street and really make a great impression to potential buyers. 4: Replace Warped Roofing Shingles This can potentially save you thousands if your roof in near needing replacement. It makes the buyers feel more comfortable making an offer. Don...
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By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
1: Not Having Proper Representation In today's market it is important to have qualified representation. When you select a Realtor to work with be sure to ask questions about there qualifications and even sales history. 2: The Right Loan There are many different loan types available. Depending on how long you plan to live in your home there are some great options to purchase and keep you payments low or get you into a larger home for the same amount of money. 3: The Right Location Figure out what location you would like to live in and stay as close to that area as possible. Sometimes buyers will jump into a home that may look great but is not really located where they want to be. 4: Make Your Offer ASAP Making an offer in a timely manner once you find a home you like is advisable. Two co...
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By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
What does everyone think about Tommy Bowden saying that's it for the clemsons? I can't believe that after all that time with the team he would walk in one day and say that's it, he's stepping down from being head coach. It just seems like he was asked to step down, during the press conference, he seemed like he wasn't too happy about going public. He had gotten up too fast after speaking his opinion. He didn't even wait to answer any questions. I feel like the new coach that's taking over as interim will do a good job at first. All we can do is hope that they pull it together for next few games.
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By Ron Martin, Ron Martin Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
Every business with a website utilizes Internet marketing to promote its website and products/services. Internet marketing service providers creates rage among website owners. Every business has its characteristics and marketing needs, so the type of online marketing is used in different ways. They can be used in combinations in order to meet the goals you set out to accomplish. Here are a few of the different methods:1) SEO marketing - It is the most widely used Internet marketing tactic, where the site content is made internet friendly. This means when a user enters a specific phrase, your site would appear in one of the top results of the search engine. This increases site visibility and web traffic.2) Affiliate Marketing: It is an indirect form of online marketing where an organizat...
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By Jean Terry
(Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C.)
You just can't beat good chicken, and I think Zaxby's is the best as far as drive-throu goes. Today I got the chicken black and blue zalad, and it was very good, or I was very hungery. I usually just get the snack pack, but today I just needed a change. And of course it is so close to our Keller Williams office.
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By Jean Terry
(Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C.)
I was just wondering what you may think about a virtual tour? Do you use one, or should you use one, and which one? I have heard so many pros and cons about this untill I am so confused. I have been using visual tours for a while, and am pleased with it, but thought there might be something better on the market now.
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By Jean Terry
(Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C.)
It is a lazy Sunday afternoon for me, and that is realy nice for a change. I am usually up and running in all differant directions, but this afternoon has been slow. After church and lunch, I found myself going to sleep as I read the newspaper. Guess I will get outside in my yard and get woke up.
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By Ginger Ryals
(Prudential C Dan Joyner and Young Realtors)
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the price of gas today in Upstate, South Carolina. The price of gas was $2.999 per gallon on one corner and $2.959 per gallon on the other corner. Was I seeing things? Was that first number actually a "2" not a "3"?  I wasn't the only one questioning the signs, it seemed liked everyone was slowing down to look at the signs. It was almost a traffic hazard.  There were 20 to 30 cars deep waiting in line for the "cheaper" gas. It was encouraging sign. I hope the lower prices will continue. it will help lift everybody spirits. Ginger Ryals The Jan Walker Team Prudential, C Dan Joyner and Young Realtors www.janwalkerteam.com  
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By Jean Terry
(Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C.)
I attended the wedding of my nepfew this past weekend and it was just awesome. It was in a small chapel on the top of Glassy Mountain in upper South Carolina. The views were breathtaking. Then on to the reception and a sit down dinner and dancing. It was so fine.
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By Jean Terry
(Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C.)
I can't wait untill tomorrow, it's Friday, and I get to pick up my grandchildren at school and pre-school. They are so beautiful and so precious to me and I do look forward to the 'next' time I am able to spend some time with them. They are just the right ages to cuddle and love you back
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