Fort Mill, SC Real Estate News

By Kelly Cahill, CNE - Real Estate Consultant SC/NC
(Allen Tate Realtors, Fort Mill, SC)
BUSINESS WEEK NAMED FORT MILL, SC THE 10TH MOST AFFORDABLE TOWN IN THE COUNTRY Even during the national recession, Fort Mill retains its appeal for being in the top list for "Best Affordable Suburb 2009″.  Fort Mill is a former mill town that is now considered a suburban hot spot.  The magazine considered the affordability of suburbs around the country and chose one from each state that met their criteria for affordability. Suburbs located within 25 miles of a major city with populations of 5,000 to 60,000 people and median incomes of $51,000 to $120,000 were considered. The quality of education, crime rates, ease of commuting and the availability of green space were all considered. Locales were penalized for poor weather, high divorce rates and lack of racial diversity.  BusinessWeek s...
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By Steve Schwartz, Charlottenulls Premier Real Estate Videographer and Photographer
(AmazingVideoTours.com)
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S Whether you’re a current home seller, a home buyer, or a home owner many are asking me on a regular basis how home sales are doing in our Fort Mill and Tega Cay SC area. I try and post on a monthly or quarterly time period a home sales market report. Most of my reports are for the Fort Mill or Tega Cay “township” area. So you can subscribe to my blog newsletter and be informed on the homes sales market status on a regular basis. Or better yet you can have a custom market report emailed to you monthly, automatically. I have a powerful free market report service called the “Market Snapshot”. Here is a current market report for home sales and listings in the zip code 29708 which is Tega Cay and a portions of the Fort Mill Township. The time period is a snapshot of the last thirty days en...
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By Carmen Miller
(Miller Realty Group)
No, not Carmen. Carmen’s website www.carmensmiller.com has a new look. It’s a new year and we thought it was time to freshen up Carmen’s original real estate website. The new website features a clean crisp design with a built in slide show at the top of the page to feature pictures of our beautiful area Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Lake Wylie, and other local  scenes. In addition, we think the website is easier to navigate to assist home buyers and sellers in their quest for local information, featured homes for sale, and homes sales research. Another benefit of the new design is the RSS feed for Carmen’s listings featured on the carmensmiller.com website. Ok, in english it means when Carmen posts her seller’s homes for sale on her website, a really simple syndication (RSS) data feed is broadc...
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By John Adams
(Keller Williams Realty)
As a seller in a "Buyers" market, you may find yourself asking, is it worth putting my home on the market right now?  For some, you may not have a choice and for others you would rather capitalize on being able to move up and purchase at a lower price or maybe downsize but pay less for higher quality.  Whatever the reason may be, you're still stuck with the decision to sell your home. Making the choice to sell your home is never a decision taken lightly but in todays economy and market with such job uncertainty it is more important now than ever before to be well educated and make sure you are going to be able to sell your home for top dollar in the quickest amount of time. In the current inventory for the York, Lancaster and Chester counties we are sitting on a 17 month inventory of ho...
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By John Adams
(Keller Williams Realty)
The third and final part of my rant and rave.  How will get get out of this recession? I'll tell you right now its not be waiting on the Federal Government to bail us out.  That's the worst thing. Now lets bring America out of our recession and run with this idea.  How can we get out of the recession by spending money you ask? When you think about it, the housing market probably keeps more people employeed than any other market.  Realtors like myself are employeed by you, the buyers and sellers.  But you not only employ my services.  Banks depend on you, the government depends on you to buy and sell and workers probably including yourself depend on you to invest in Real Estate some way or another either directly or indirectly.  Here's how...A home is first bought from a builder, who emp...
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By John Adams
(Keller Williams Realty)
Continuing on from Part 1 This will detail how we got here and how long we will be in the recession. Guess what! Home Mortgages are among the largest revenue producing entities in the nation.  With all these banks merging and buying each other out now that they are allowed to also do investment, commercial and insurance loans Freddie and Fannie backed these banks loaning money's and essentially went back to the roots of why these so called "private" companies Freddie and Fannie were formed.  Remember, they were formed to encourage homeownership by buying the mortgages from banks.  A New York Times article in September of 1999 stated that Fannie Mae has been under increasing pressure from the Clinton administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people and the cor...
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By Kelly Cahill, CNE - Real Estate Consultant SC/NC
(Allen Tate Realtors, Fort Mill, SC)
                   Baxter Village in Fort Mill, SC is a master planned community that not only offers beautiful homes but a lifestyle that is reminiscent of the Old South.  There is really no "earth shattering" news about Baxter, but I love this community so much that I wanted to write about it.  Baxter Village has a smalltown feel that many other communities do not offer.  Located in historical Fort Mill, the homes mimic many of the old homes you will find in Charleston, SC. (A city I love)  The community has sidewalks, tree-lined streets and a trail network that links to parks and playgrounds.  There are over 500 acres of parks within Baxter.   Within the community you will also find an Elementary School (my son attends this award-winning school), a library, an Urgent Care Center, poo...
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By Kelly Cahill, CNE - Real Estate Consultant SC/NC
(Allen Tate Realtors, Fort Mill, SC)
                                                             The Springfield Community in Fort Mill, SC is a multi-phase community that has been developed by Crescent Resources.  Crescent Resources is a leading developer in upscale communities throughout the South.  The community sits in Fort Mill just next to the new Nation Ford High School and backs up to Anne Springs Close Greenway. The Greenway is 2,300 acres of undeveloped land that includes, lakes, trails, cycling and horseback riding.  The community is only 30 minutes from uptown Charlotte, and I-77 is only 3 minutes away via the brand new Springfield Parkway. The community has the home town feel that brings many homebuyers to Fort Mill in the first place.  It offers southern-styled, luxury custom homes and charming golf villas. ...
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By John Adams
(Keller Williams Realty)
Well it's no secret! We're in the second worse recession in the history of America.  How did we get here? How long will we be in this recession? What will it take for us to get out?  I'll attempt to give my opinion of what ail's me today.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the bumpy ride we are in for! According to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) recorded in the second quarter of 2002, the Bush administration entered into office with the American economy already in a recession according to the declined 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2001 which would have begun with the Clinton Administration.  So lets step back a little further in history and find out what really started this.  We can all agree that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the nations biggest underwriters of home mortgages securing over 5...
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By Kelly Cahill, CNE - Real Estate Consultant SC/NC
(Allen Tate Realtors, Fort Mill, SC)
I wanted to write about one of the reasons that I love living in Fort Mill, SC.  Of course, there are many reasons that we love living here.  I have lived and worked in this area for over 25 years.  Most of my time was spent living and working in Charlotte, NC but when our son started Kindergarten we decided to move just south of the border to York County, SC.  We chose Fort Mill for several reasons.  The top reason being the excellent schools.  The Fort Mill School District continues to draw many folks from all over the U.S. as well as from Charlotte.  The other reason being the tax structure.  Property taxes in Fort Mill will run you about 2/3 less than they would in Mecklenburg County.  (Keep in mind that tax reassessments occur regularly.) We are still within minutes to uptown Charl...
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Support for the McKemey family and Connor continues to grow in the Tega Cay and Fort Mill community. And in some cases beyond our fair township borders. Many local citizens talk about Connor daily. For some the daily news or updates on his condition is a daily priority. Let me back up a bit and if you haven’t heard of the tragic McKemey storey here is a brief recap. Just before Christmas, Connor McKemey, 13, suffered second and third degree burns over 85 percent of his body and is currently in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still urn Center in Augusta, Georgia. Connor has undergone several surgeries and faces many more. Connor’s mother Karin suffered serious burns while trying to help Connor after an explosion in their outdoor fireplace. The interesting thing about this story is t...
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By Jim McGuire
(Home In The Carolinas Realty)
WELCOME TO MASSEY of FORT MILL, SC      Here, just south of Charlotte, is an ideal place to regain your balance and enjoy the things in life that really matter.   A new master-planned community in historic Fort Mill, South Carolina, Massey is a natural enclave that provides a true respite from the day-to-day. There are so many things to do and so many places to do them in, including a beautifully appointed, 5,000 square foot expansive Residents' Club. You'll find more ways than you ever imagined to reconnect with your own family and to establish new connections with neighbors. It's a lifestyle you can't help but embrace.  So many ways to relax and rejuvenate.  For some, the best form of relaxation is a leisurely float down Massey's Lazy River Pool. For others, it's a fun filled splash w...
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By Carmen Miller
(Miller Realty Group)
I combined November and December single family home sales for Fort Mill and the Fort Mill Township in one post. I also recapped the 4th quarter. Here are the results: November 2008 Home Sales Fort Mill SC November 2008 home sales in Fort Mill SC were similar to October. Homes sold were down 42% which is two points better than October. The sold price to listing price ratio decrease a percent from 97% in October to 96% in November. Days on the market increased 10 basis points from October and increased 25% from last year same time period. Picture Version Text version Fort Mill SC Home Sales Comparison November 2007 2008 % Change Number of Homes Sold 62 36 -41.94% Average Number of Bedrooms 4 4 0.00% Average Square Footage 2,791 2,690 -3.62% Sales Price Comparisons Average List Price $347...
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In a December 2008 announcement from the S.C. Department of Commerce Titanium Holdings, Inc. has selected a headquarters location in Fort Mill, S.C. that will accommodate its explosive growth and the strategic expansion it is implementing to meet industry demand. Titanium Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Titanium Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of homeowner contacting and consulting services. Titanium Holdings has leased 42,000 square foot of space in the former HSBC Edgewater Office Park building near the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160 in Indian Land SC. Over the next five years, the company plans to bring up to 300 new jobs to the area to support all of its divisions. On Jul 28, 2008 Titanium Holdings, Inc. announced that Patrick Carey had joined the company as CEO....
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  Is there good news with an existing home sales report headline like this? “Home Price Declines Worsen As We Enter the Fourth Quarter of 2008 According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices” Standard & Poor’s published a press release today called the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for homes sales data through October 2008. The report shows continued declines in the prices of existing single family homes across the United States. 14 of the 20 metro areas showed record rates of annual decline and 14 metro areas are reporting declines in excess of 10% versus October 2007. The press release states… “Three of the metro areas have given back, on average, more than 30% of the value of homes since October of last year. Phoenix remains the weakest market, reporting an annual decline ...
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By Kelly Cahill, CNE - Real Estate Consultant SC/NC
(Allen Tate Realtors, Fort Mill, SC)
Last year, I'm sure most of you remember (if you are a resident of South Carolina), the residential property tax cut.  The decrease in your property taxes was offset by a 1 cent sales tax increase. Historically, the portion of this property tax has been the most consistent revenue stream for the state.  The portion of the property tax that was eliminated helped to support our school system and the sales tax increase was meant to replace the revenue from the property tax.   In addition, the tax for food in grocery stores was also eliminated. Dr. Keith Callicutt, Superintendent of the Fort Mill School District, spoke recently to the School Improvement Council at Orchard Park Elementary.  He explained how the tax cut, which was part of Act 388, is now affecting our school district.   Due t...
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By Terry McDonald The McDonald Group, Brokers NC/ SC
(TerryMcDonaldRealEstate.com, LLC)
Fort Mill is a popular suburban choice, near by Charlotte NC, and is a town that has grown during the nationwide housing downturn. Fort Mill's many natural gifts- Lake Wylie in the west, the 2300 acre nature preserve that is the Ann Close Greenway, Springfield Golf course, plus its proximitiy to Charlotte, are it's underlying value anchors. Since a major road expansion of I-77 completed in 2006, and the lowering of property taxes in 2007, Fort Mill has boomed. Home values increased in 2007, and the first half of 2008. I wrote a complete report on my Charlotte Communities blog. Fort Mill Homes For Sale Market Report If you need an introduction to Charlotte, try my well-received (#1 on You Tube) video of Charlotte NC , or information regarding Charlotte schools, its history, an online rel...
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By Carmen Miller
(Miller Realty Group)
Looking for forecloses? Many investors and individual home buyers are taking advantage of the increasing number of foreclosures hitting the market. And there are other advantages to finding and buying a foreclosed home. Homebuyers and investors can now take advantage of a $7,500 one-year tax credit with the purchase of foreclosure properties from April 9, 2008, to July 1, 2009. The York County SC area including Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Lake Wylie, Rock Hill has not had many foreclosures in the past but that trend looks like it might be changing. Now might be the best time to look for and buy a foreclosed home. How do you find foreclosed homes? TO READ MORE GO TO HOMESFORTMILL.COM Click here to search foreclosure listings. Click here to contact Carmen Miller for a custom search Carmen S Mil...
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(Sentext Solutions)
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