Rock Hill, SC Real Estate News

By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
Given the state of the economy today many homeowners who once considered "moving up" are now making the decision to invest in their current property and do renovations which can offer large returns on the investment.  To get the most return on your money if you are looking to do impact renovations your best bet is to concentrate of updates for the kitchen and bathrooms.  For kitchen renovations potential buyers are looking for granite or stone counter-tops as well as cabinets that look updated and offer much needed storage.  Bathrooms are also being updated with more of a spa feel with wonderful tile work as well has large showers offering many options and features such as steam room and multiple shower jets.  Renovations to these key spaces in your home can greatly increase the value o...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
If you are looking to settle into a community that is among one of the most extraordinary opportunities in Rock Hill then you need to look no further than the beautiful neighborhood of Laurel Creek.  Laurel Creek is a neighborhood that is made up of both patio homes as well as some of the most spectacular and unique homes in Rock Hill.  Laurel Creek features walking trails, street lights, tennis courts, a swimming complex that is truly one of a kind and a club house like none other found in Rock Hill.  This community IS conveniently located near restaurants, the hospital, shopping and the interstate.  If you desire is to find an area that has it all give us a call and let us show you Laurel Creek and the many offerings that this neighborhood has to offer. 
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
When looking to purchase a home potential buyers always ask a number of questions about the school systems, proximity of homes to stores and malls and they also want to know about the specific neighborhoods and amenities.  We would like to take this opportunity to tell you about one of the great neighborhoods in Rock Hill.,Ebenezer Village.  Ebenezer Village is ideally situated in Rock Hill close to stores, restaurants, doctors offices, the hospital and schools. This is a community that is home to many couples, families and single people living in an area that is friendly, attractive and convenient.  The neighborhood features a swimming pool, tennis courts, playground and lighted sidewalks ideal for riding bikes and walking.  There are a number of floorplans available in Ebenezer Villag...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
When getting your house ready to sale and in order to get top dollar there are a few key suggestions to keep in mind.  Potential buyers should come in and be WOWED at all the details you have taken care in preparation of showing your home.  Below is a list of some of the basics, but for more help and suggestions on how to make your home stand out in the marketplace to potential buyers your best bet is to consult with a realtor.  We are here to help give you expert advice and recommendations so give us a call today.  1.  Make sure to clean all countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms.   2.  Clean ceiling fans. 3.  Replace any light bulbs that are not in working order. 4.  Declutter cabinets and closets. 5.  If there are any obvious items that are in need of repair fix them. 6.  Complete ...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
We just wanted to make sure everyone knew about our two newsletters we publish. One is a hard copy mailed to your home quarterly which is called Client Connection. This is mailed to over 1500 households in the Rock Hill / Charlotte area and we have been publishing this for over a year now with great response. Recently we have started a monthly digital newsletter called the Good Neighbor. This is full of fun informative information on various topics and we hope everyone enjoys. We would love to hear your comments and if you are not receiving them please drop us a note to have you added to the mailings.  Email us at tim.guilliams@kw.com or visit our web site at www.theguilliamsteam.com . Have a great day.    
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
There seems to be a lot of confusion among consumers these days when they are trying to understand short sales and foreclosures. Many consumers think these are the same things with the same results.  This is not true.  A sale of a house in which the proceeds fall short of what the owner still owe on the mortgage is a short sale.   Many lenders will agree to accept the proceeds of a short sale and forgive the rest of what is owed on the mortgage when the owner cannot make the mortgage payments. By accepting a short sale, the lender can avoid a lengthy and costly foreclosure, and the owner is able to pay off the loan for less than what he owes.  For many homeowners this is a good option and allows them to keep their credit somewhat intact vs having to have a bankruptcy on their record.  T...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
We are back from Orlando where we attended the Keller Williams Family Reunion get together.  We are proud to be part of the 3rd largest real estate company in the country and it was awesome to see the numbers and how even in this economy Keller Williams continues to grow and add awesome talent every day.  It is incredible to be part of something so special.  Gina and I confirmed over the last several days that we got into this business because we love to help people and hopefully we can assist people moving into or around Rock Hill or help them find an agent that will go the extra mile for them if they are leaving the area.  Gina and I find that with Keller Williams the company culture matches the kind of people we strive to be each and every day and hopefully along the way we can make...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
Now that you have decided to buy your home, what happens between now and the time you legally own the home?  A Title Company may handle the following items.  NOTE: In different parts of the country, attorneys, lenders, escrow companies and other persons who are independent of title companies perform some or all of these functions.   Earnest Money - An agreement to convey starts the process once it is received at the Title Company.  Once you submit the loan application, it is usually subject to a credit check, an appraisal, and sometimes, a survey of the property. Tax Check - What taxes are owed on the property?  The Title Company contacts the various assessor-collectors. Title Search - Copies of documents are gathered from various public records: deeds, deeds of trust, various assessmen...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
Just wanted to say that while it's always difficult to forecast the housing market, with the rates so low the market is starting to pick up again. So if you are thinking of selling or buying a home, now would be a good time to take action. In addition, you might want to take advantage of the traditionally more active seasonal market with spring only weeks away. If you'd like to get together to talk about it, please call or email our team. Or if you hear of any family, friends or work colleagues who are considering a move and would like some advice about timing the market, please have them contact us. We would be happy to help out.
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
Good morning .....I hope everyone has a great Valentines Day and a restful weekend. Its a great time to be in the market for purchasing or selling a home given the current interest rates. There is  great value in the market right now and given the volatility of the stock market real estate continues to be a very solid investment. Give us a call today to discuss your options. Have a great day
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
Neighborhoods have characteristic personalities designed to best suit single people, growing families, two-career couples, or retirees.     SCOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD! It is important that you scout the neighborhood in person.  You live in more than your house.  •·         Talk to people who live there.  •·         Drive through the entire area at different times of the day, during the week and on weekends.  •·         Look carefully at how well other homes in the area are being maintained; are they painted, are the yards well cared for; are parked cars in good condition, etc.   NEIGHBORHOOD FACTORS TO CONSIDER  Look for things like access to major thoroughfares, highways, and shopping.   Listen for noise created by commerce, roads, railways, public areas, schools, etc.   Smell the air for ...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
If you are purchasing a resale property, we highly recommend that you have a professional home inspector conduct a thorough inspection.  The inspection will include the following:     Appliances Plumbing Electrical Air conditioning and heating Ventilation Roof and Attic Foundation General Structure The inspection is not designed to criticize every minor problem or defect in the home.  It is intended to report on major damage or serious problems that require repair.  Should serious problems be indicated, the inspector will recommend that a structural engineer or other professional inspect it as well.  Your home cannot "pass or fail" an inspection, and your inspector will not tell you whether he/she thinks the home is worth the money you are offering.  The inspector's job is to make you ...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
Many buyers apply for a loan and obtain approval before they find the home they want to buy.  Why? Pre-qualifying will help you in the following ways: 1.Generally, interest rates are locked in for a set period of time.  You will know in advance exactly what your payments will be on offers you choose to make. 2.You won't waste time considering homes you cannot afford. Pre-approval will help you in the following ways: 1.A seller may choose to make concessions if they know that your financing is secured.  You are like a cash buyer, and this may make your offer more competitive. 2.You can select the best loan package without being under pressure.  HOW MUCH CAN YOU AFFORD? There are three key factors to consider:  1. The down payment  2. Your ability to qualify for a mortgage 3. The closing ...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
Our Customer Service Commitment  As the REALTORS® you have chosen to exclusively represent you in thepurchase of your new home, we promise that we will:  Provide you with guaranteed customer service during the entire buying process. Organize and schedule your home search process. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each home in relation to your specific needs. Provide you with on-going updates on available homes. Help you to compare homes and make a decision. Advise you on the terms and issues of the offer and fill out the purchase offer contract. Present your offer and negotiate on your behalf. Coordinate and supervise the preparation of all closing documents and guide you through the closing process. Help you resolve any closing issues. Coordinate move-in and assist with any post-cl...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
This is your opportunity to live in your dream home! Remember when you bought your current home, you really wanted to buy that dream home, but it was out of reach. With prices lower than never before,THIS may be the time when that dream home is within reach! The money you may "lose" on the sale of your current home you can be more than made up on the ownership of your dream home! Let's sit down and take a look at your options before this opportunitypasses you by for good. THIS is the opportunity you have been waiting for!
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
We respect your desire to sell your home alone. We also know it can be stressful to manage the process without professional help. If you have questions, we would be happy to help.  And if you are thinking of an alternative plan, consider this: We meet to discuss a future date for us to put your home on the market. You continue marketing on your own, and if you sell it yourself, you owe us nothing. If your home doesn't sell, we will be ready with a customized plan to sell your home quickly, for top price. That's it. No hidden fees. No strings attached. Call us at  803-984-7478 or visit our website to find out how we can make the sale of your home easy and financially rewarding. Take care Tim and Gina Guilliams The Guilliams Team Keller Williams Realty 803-984-7478 email .tim.guilliams@kw...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
We invite everyone to come out to visit   "The Guilliams Team" at our open houses this weekend 803-984-7478 tim.guilliams@kw.com    Open House   Sunday 1- 4 1970 Hilltop Road    MLS #   1057622 Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in Hidden Forest, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Rock Hill. Great location with a short walking distance to Rosewood Elementary School and Interstate 77 is just a short commute away. This home features great walk in closets and extra storage areas. The deck overlooks a wooded back yard with a split rail fence. A must see for any family.  $ 159,900   Visual Tour Link   http://www.visualtour.com/show.asp?T=1783112&prt=10003 Open House   Sunday 1- 4 1995 Middleton Place   MLS # 1056650   Great home in Swan Meadows 2 , one of Rock Hill's most desirable n...
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
Open House on Sunday Feb 8    1- 4 1970 Hilltop Road     $159,900 Wonderful 4 bedroom , 2,5 bath home with 1691 sq feet .Great location in Hidden Forest just a short walking distance to school and a quick drive to the interstate and shopping. Priced at 159,900 and perfect for any family . Give us a call before its too late on this great deal. 803-984-7478 Visual Tour Link   http://www.visualtour.com/show.asp?T=1783112&prt=10003
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By Tim Guilliams, Real Estate and Relocation Consultant
(Rinehart Realty)
We just wanted to make sure everyone knew about our two newsletters we publish. One is a hard copy mailed to your home quarterly which is called Client Connection. This is mailed to over 1500 households in the Rock Hill / Charlotte area and we have been publishing this for over a year now with great response. Recently we have started a monthly digital newsletter called the Good Neighbor. This is full of fun informative information on various topics and we hope everyone enjoys. We would love to hear your comments and if you are not receiving them please drop us a note to have you added to the mailings.  Email us at tim.guilliams@kw.com or visit our web site at www.theguilliamsteam.com . Have a great Saturday.
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By Jackie Kyles, ABR, CNE, SFR
(Keller Williams Realty)
Laurel Creek Subdivision in Rock Hill, SC is a beautiful neighborhood that you will love. With traditional elegance and comfortable gathering of homes in quiet, wooded surroundings. Some of the great quailities of this neighborhood would be walking trails that wind through the property and generous green spaces which provide ideal spots for a family picnic or nature walks. Adults and children will enjoy the recreational amenities of Laurel Creek, including a Clubhouse with a Junior Olympic swimming pool, a 109-foot figure-eight waterslide, gadgets and gizmos play pool along with hard-surface and clay tennis courts. Please click the link to take a tour of this great neighborhood! Here is the layout of the community. Please let me know if you would like to see some of the great homes avai...
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