Sumter, SC Real Estate News

By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
Friday, September 24th the annual Sumter/Shaw Street Fest to salute the men and women at Shaw Air Force Base will take place on Main Street. The event is sponsered by Progress Energy, Farmer’s Telephone Co-op and the City of Sumter. There will be live bands playing including the Mighty McFly and many free activities for children. There will also be food and beverages available. Shaw Air Force Base will also be represented with several displays of their equipment and personnel.  
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
  Tax Assessor’s OfficeThe Sumter County Tax Assessor’s Office is located inside the County Administration Building at 13 East Canal Street in Downtown Sumter.  For home owners, this office is very important.  Whenever you purchase a primary residence in Sumter County, you need to visit the Tax Assessor and establish the home as your primary residence.  This sets your tax rate at 4% vs the automatic 6%.  Forget to make this visit and you will be floored when your tax bill comes in October!  Your taxes will be over double what they should be and your escrow account payments will increase accordingly, so take the time and visit this office as soon as you can after closing! Kim Peasley-ParkerYour Sumter Realtorwww.SumterHomePros.com  
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
First, I need to thank a real estate agent who will remain anonymous.  This agent had a buyer and sold one of my listings.  I was present for the home inspection as I didn't know if my seller was going to be home or not.  I followed the home inspector and buyer around the property and listened to the comments and any issues that arose.  Since the buyer and seller were both present I introduced them and they became fast friends.  (Yes, I know this isn't the normal thing to happen, but it did.)Then it happened, one day I was working and my phone rang.  It was my seller.  Cool, we were getting close to closing on the property and needed to discuss that last few details.  To my surprise, he called to ask me questions for the buyer!  I know the ethics and real estate law and was apprehensive...
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
Looking for a free activity in Sumter, try Sumter at Six in downtown Sumter.  This series of free concerts are family friendly and held the second Thursday of each month April thru October.  There are two more concerts in this series. The concerts feature regional bands and provide a great time for everyone.  Many people dance and sing along with the bands and there is usually a time for local talent to get up and participate. September 9th - The Footnotes October 14th - The Embers All concerts start at 6 PM and there are refreshments available from a variety of vendors.  The concerts are held at Brody Pavilion on Harvin Street. See the map below.
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
Everyone breathe a collective sigh of relief.  Cooler weather seems to be around the corner, but with that historically the best selling season of the year is over in Sumter South Carlina. The Sumter market has historically been most active during the summer months and from the end of September through the start of the New Year, the closing of residential real estate tends to slow.   This doesn’t mean that if your home is on the market, you take it off.  (Unless of course you truly feel you need a break.)  It simply means that there are less buyers out there looking.  But it also means that some of your competition may remove their homes from the market, meaning less competition for the buyers that are in the market.  Stay the course and keep your focus.  Talk with your agent and ask i...
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This property has 2 manufactured homes on 5 acres,  The 1st home is a 1999 Horton 24'x54' with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, brick underpin, seperate dining room, wood burning fire place, laundry room, ceiling fans in living room and bedrooms.  It has a large 16'x22' covered deck that steps down onto a 12'x16' covered deck with a 6 person hot tub.   The 2nd home is a 2002 Homestead 28'x58' with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Both homes had "energy saver"white metal insulated roofs installed in June of 2009. All Whirlpool appliances including washers & dryers, stay with homes. 2 storage sheds, carports for 3 cars. Both homes are on seperate septic systems. Homes have been lived in by 3 adults.  Over 75 pictures are available on request by Calling Cathy @ 803-905-1249 We have clear titles and deed in hand. ...
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Welcome to the newest subdivison in the Sumter SC Shaw AFB area and we are still growing. Featuring a nice pond, new construction and large lots.....More pictures coming soon and street lights just added. Call for one of my builders to start the right home for you or ask about the the homes going up right now. Minutes from Shaw AFB or to to The city of Sumter for shopping. Call Bob Cosby for more info bobsellsumter.com and sumtervirtrualtours.com
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By Caroline Huising
(Huising)
Price: $124,000 FIZBER.com ID 14707673 Mobile Home with 6 bed, 4.0 bath, in 675 W. Foxworth Mill Rd. Sumter, SC, 29153 http://www.fizber.com/14707673/ 675 W. Foxworth Mill Rd. - For Sale By Owner Property Details: Type: Mobile Home Address: 675 W. Foxworth Mill Rd., Sumter, SC, 29153 Sq footage: 0.0 Floors: n/a Bathrooms: 4.0 Bedrooms: 6 Year built: 1999 View full property details and seller's contacts. View more South Carolina homes for sale. Homes for Sale by Owner. Description: These homes come with all Whirlpool appliances including washer & dryer's, 1st home has large 16'x22' covered deck that steps down to 16'x12' covered deck with 6 person hot tub. there are 3 storage sheds, 2 carports, (1 double, 1 single). Both homes had new white insulated metal roofs prof. install on 6/2009....
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By Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC
(Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC)
Real Estate Company joins AgentOwned Realty Associates Realty in Sumter SC just closed and the broker/owner and her 14 real estate agents just joined with The AgentOwned Realty office in Sumter. This brings the Sumter AgentOwned office to have 40 agent-owners and is now the #1 office in the Sumter MLS in listing inventory as well as sales. Congratulations to Kirk McLeod, Chief Operating Officer of the Sumter AgentOwned Realty office, and Shirley Ross, former Broker of The Associates Realty for a job well done in merging these 2 offices.         Liz Loadholt Broker, SC Certified Trainer, Relocation Director Co-founder of AgentOwned Realty Liz@AgentOwned.com 843-725-5007 The AgentOwned Realty serves your real estate needs for: Charleston, Johns Island, James Island, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of ...
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
    Market Summary Thru December 31, 2009   Market Statistic November 2009  December 2009 Trend Median Price of Homes Sold $129,900  $122,500 - Average Price of Home Sold $135,428  $124,936 - Least Expensive Home Sold $7,000 $10,000 + Most Expensive Home Sold     $333,500  $249900 - Price/ Sq. Ft. $74.56 $70.74 - Average Days of Market (DOM) 169 148 - Total Active Inventory 1314  1256 - Median Home Size 1664  1571 - Median Number of Bedrooms 3 3   Median Number of Bathrooms 2 2     Sumter county in December 2009 had 64 units closed.  This is down from November and December, but considering the time of year and holidays, this is not unusual.  There was a lot of buyer activity though with many buyers moving into the area.  The question that only time will tell is if we see an increase Jan...
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By Juanita Thompson
As I've mentioned before, I have a job along with another agent in our company cleaning the office once a week (a job which will probably disappear when the new agency comes in). Doesn't pay a lot, but every little bit helps. Yesterday I was cleaning by myself, as the other agent had gone home to visit family over the holidays. It took awhile, being alone, having to do the whole thing by myself. It's much easier when you can split the work up. I also took the opportunity to do a few things that we only do once in awhile, as they take longer and since it was just me, I wasn't inconveniencing anyone else. The "few things" included the windows and putting MinWax restorer on the steps. The restorer only takes about ten minutes. Cleaning the windows takes a lot longer. Bottom line -- I got t...
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
Market Summary Thru November 30, 2009   Market Statistic October 2009 November 2009 Trend Median Price of Homes Sold $125,000  $129,900 + Average Price of Home Sold $124,768  $135,428 + Least Expensive Home Sold $7,500 $7,000 - Most Expensive Home Sold     $400,000  $333,500 - Price/ Sq. Ft. $69.38 $74.56 + Average Days of Market (DOM) 128 169 + Total Active Inventory 1299  1314 + Median Home Size 1603  1664 + Median Number of Bedrooms 3 3   Median Number of Bathrooms 2 2     In November the number of units closed decrease from 111 in October 2009 to 77 in November 2009.  October 2009 had the largest number of units closed in Sumter County since August 2007!  Sumter County has been close to this number in the past two years, but has not reached this number.  This number is also very imp...
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By Peter Twain
(Progress)
1st   home is a 1999 Horton 3 bdr/ 2 bth D/W manufactured home with brick underpin, 4 ceiling fans, 16'x22' covered deck that steps down to a 12'x16' covered deck with a 6 person " Clearwater Spa" hot tub. It has a 10'x14' wired, insulated, air conditioned work shop, and a fenced in area behind the house.****** 2nd house is a 2002 Homestead model **Both homes have new "Energy Star" rated insulated white metal roofs installed 6 months ago**. Both homes come with all Whirlpool appliances, including washer/dryer's. *>>>These homes are move in ready,<<<* I will not owner finance, I have clear deed and titles on this property. it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests. Call 803-905-1249 Cathy  (THIS $130,000. PRICE IS FOR 2 HOMES ON 5 ACRES) To directly a...
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
August 2009 Sumter, SC Market Report   Hope everyone had a good August and part of September.  From my talks with many Realtors®, we are seeing a very different market than what we have experienced in the past.  Yes, you can say "Duh, Kim, we all know that." But I am not talking solely about the level of sales.  I am talking about what is getting buyers' attention in properties.  All the Realtors® I have spoken with have found that homes they think will sell quickly do not.  Homes they think might linger on the market go under contract.  Buyers are being fickle (sorry buyers, I don't mean this as an insult, it is just a fact). As Realtors® we once could tell a seller exactly what would sell a home price, location, preparation for the sale and several other items.  These rules seem to ha...
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By Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC
(Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC)
Real estate brokerage in Sumter SC is an AgentOwned Realty office located in an old warehouse with concrete ceilings. This has made an absolutely beautiful real estate office.   Kirk McLeod serves as COO of the Heritage Group of AgentOwned Realty as well as broker-in-charge of the Sumter real estate brokerage. Kirk is very community minded --- he is very involved in the community recreation activities of the children --- he serves often as a coach.  He is also very family oriented.  Kirk has a lovely wife and 2 boys.  Also, this real estate brokerage is quick to support many functions that support the community --- they are a big player in the Sumter Chamber of Commerce, also.   Using his coaching abilities, Kirk has coached his agent-owners right to the top of the Sumter MLS.  Yes, Age...
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
  As I stated back in June, my report is under transition.  I have been working on it over the summer and what a summer this has proven to be.  The number of units sold in Sumter County has increased and many Realtors®, including myself, have been very busy.  My report is still in transition and I am open to any suggestions you might have.  You can email me at kim@agentowned.com.  I am trying to provide you the consumer with information to make an informed decision about the real estate market in the Sumter, SC area.   Summary of the Market Thru July 31, 2009*   Market Statistic July 2009 June 2009 Trend Median Price of Homes Sold $137,250 $128,900 +  Average Price of Home Sold $140,366 $141,765 - Least Expensive Home Sold $15,000 $14,500   Most Expensive Home Sold     $390,000 $397,500...
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
Wow, another month has gone by in the real estate market.  Overall, we hear news that the markets are improving throughout many parts of the county and that is great news for many people especially sellers.  And yes, I do mean real estate markets.  Every state, county, town and subdivision is different so each is a market!    Buyers, now is the time to make the commitment and get off the fence.  Uhm, aren't you getting sore from sitting on it for so long anyway?  There is only 5 1/2 months left in the $8000 first time home buyers tax credit programs.  Yeah, five months might seem like a long time, but remember plan for at least 30 days minimum to get your home closed and that is after locating one.  As for the interest rate fluctuations, they are still great!!!!  They may not be as low ...
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
  Sumter, SC Real Estate Market Update April 2009    First let me apologize about being so bad about doing market reports this year.  About the time I should have been doing February’s report, I had another project going on.  The project was 7 lbs 2 oz and 19 ½” long and totally adorable.  J  Madeline Marie was born on February 2nd, healthy and happy and that is all that mattered to her mom and dad.  Mom went back to work February 12th and hasn’t slowed down since.  I have listed several homes, done several competitive market analysises and also had several transactions close.  So I am trying my best to get back on track ya’ll.  Bear with me!    The Sumter real estate market had a slow winter.  Normally winters are slower, but our December, January and February were slower than normal. ...
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
Shred It Event in Sumter   Many people have been a victim to identity theft and now SAFE Federal Credit Union is sponsering a "Shred It" event at their Administration facility.  Members and community residents can participate.  Each person is allowed to bring up to four boxes of personal documents for shredding.  Items that are suggested include financial statements, concelled checks, credit card statements, credit card pre-approval letters, payroll stubs, insurance forms, old tax returns, and forms from doctors' offices.    The event in Sumter is: Saturday, May 16th 160 W. Wesmark, Blvd 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM   Identify theft costs everyone and the numbers are staggering.  Per SAFE's information, loses to Americans alone are estimated at $40 billion annually!  Protect your credit and you...
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By Kim Peasley-Parker
(AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.)
It's another Friday at AgentOwned Realty. That means it support the troops Friday in support of our troops  everyone at AgentOwned is asked to wear red white and blue. It's a very simple way to show our recognition and support of our troops that are out protecting our freedoms every day.   Madeline is now three months old and is helping to support the troops. This outfit is becoming her Friday outfit. We will do our best to raise Madeline to be a patriotic citizen.   To read more about the AgentOwned effort to support our troops please visit Liz Loadholt's blog about our efforts   Please join us next Friday in support of our groups and where your red white and blue.
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