Carolinas Dream Team Fort Mill Real Estate

 

The Carolinas Dream Team is built of REAL ESTATE EXPERTS in the Fort Mill, SC and Greater Charlotte, NC Area.  Whether you are looking to

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July 2, 2021

The Best 3 Ways to Sell a Home and Buy Another One

Here are the best three ways you can sell your home and buy a new one.

 

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Sellers are enjoying an incredibly hot real estate market, but buyers are facing a lot of competition when looking for homes. If you’re looking to sell your current home and buy a new one, this means things could get a little tricky. In fact, some sellers are worried they’ll even end up homeless if they can’t find a new house after selling.

 

Fortunately, there are a few different ways you can ensure you find a new place to live. Let’s talk about the three routes you can take when buying and selling homes:

 

1. Buy and then sell: If you can qualify for having two mortgages at the same time, this is the best option to take. This gives you much more flexibility when looking for a new home and allows you to take your time. You won’t need to find temporary housing, and you can move in whenever you want. In a normal market, buying and then selling could cause you to get stuck with two mortgages, but it's fortunately easy to find buyers in today's hot seller’s market.

 

2. Sell and then buy: Selling first allows you to know exactly how much money you have to spend, and there’s no risk of getting stuck with two mortgages. However, you may have to get a short-term rental or stay with friends or family while looking for a new home. 

 

3. Buy and sell at the same time: This route helps you avoid temporary housing and move directly from your current home into a new one. However, a simultaneous sale means a race against the clock in order to avoid moving twice. You can negotiate a leaseback as part of your home sale in order to give yourself a bit more time to find a new place.

 

Before you start, it’s important to review your finances. Getting pre-approved lets you know exactly what you can afford when buying a home, and we’d be happy to connect you with one of our lenders to get the ball rolling.

 

We can also help you find homes that aren’t even listed yet, which gives you the advantage of getting an offer in early. If you’re ready to jump into the market, or if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Posted in Real Estate News
June 21, 2021

We Can Now Serve the Greenville-Spartanburg Market

We finally made our way into Greenville-Spartanburg real estate.

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It’s crazy to look back at where we began and how far we’ve come since then. In January 2018, we started out with just three agents and an administrative assistant. By always being sure to provide exceptional customer service and a fantastic experience to our clients, however, we’ve been able to greatly expand our business over the past few years. Now, we boast a team of 22 professionals who are experts in what they do.

 

We’ve always had the goal of breaking into the Greenville-Spartanburg market and replicating our approach of concierge-level service and community involvement. Recently, we were finally able to do so. On April 28, we opened our expansion office—Carolinas Dream Team GSP— in the heart of Spartanburg. We’re now able to serve clients throughout upstate South Carolina, primarily in Greenville and Spartanburg.

 

We’d like to thank you for continuing to choose us for any and all of your real estate needs, and we’re excited to bring our expertise to a market that many of us were born and raised in. If you have any questions or are interested in buying or selling a home, feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to helping you soon.

 

Posted in All About Our Team
May 28, 2021

What’s Happening With Greater Charlotte Real Estate?

Here are the latest stats and info from our Greater Charlotte market.

 

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What’s going on in the Greater Charlotte real estate market? We’re in a strong seller’s market: Inventory has decreased 67% year over year, and we currently only have 2,400 homes for sale versus the 7,300 on the market at this time last year. Right now, there’s only about one home for sale per seven real estate agents in our area. So it’s more crucial than ever to partner with a real estate team that is prepared and knows how to win the house in a multiple-offer situation. 

 

   
While more people are selling, way more people are buying.
  

 

 

Our median sale price has risen 13.6% to $322,000, and homes are selling for an average of 100.1% of the asking price. Last year, you could reasonably expect to pay 2% to 3% less than asking price. Deals like that are an exception these days (when homes are priced correctly). 

 

The number of new listings has climbed 30% year over year, so it’s not that there aren’t homes coming onto the market, the difference is that pending sales have grown by 44%. So while more people are selling, way more people are buying. We can attribute this to several things including low interest rates, an escalation of migration from large metropolitan areas to the Carolinas, and pandemic-related lifestyle changes. 

 

Finally, months’ supply of homes means that if no more homes came onto the market, how long would it take to sell all our inventory? An equal market is about six months’ worth. Last year at this time we had about two months, and today we have 0.7 months, or three weeks. 

 

All this means that if you’re considering selling, now is the time! Homes that are marketed properly and priced correctly are selling for considerably above appraisal price, usually with multiple offers, and within a day or two. 

 

Now it’s dad joke time: What do you call cheese that doesn’t belong to you? Nacho cheese.

 

If you’re thinking about buying or selling, you need to hook up with an excellent team of experts. Our team works with the best lenders and inspectors and has the best trained and hardest working agents. If you want to buy or sell or have any questions, give us a call or send an email today. We would love to help you.

Posted in Market Updates
May 18, 2021

Looking to Fill 3 Open Positions

Here’s some information about the three open positions on our team.

 

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Our team is actively growing, and we’re looking to add talented people in several positions. Our mission is to dream big, inspire growth, and enrich lives. Our team was founded with just four members, but today we’ve grown to a strong team of 22. We’ve always remained focused on helping our clients achieve their real estate goals, whether that means helping buyers find their dream home or helping our sellers sell for top dollar with the least hassle. 

 

For our internal customers, our team members, it’s very similar. We want to create an environment that allows our team members to meet and exceed their personal and professional goals and have fun doing it. We’re seeking candidates for these three full-time career opportunities on our team:

 

1. Buyer specialists. This is a licensed, commission-based position that will allow you to help clients discover what’s important to them in a home and work with them to find and purchase the right property.

 

2. Inside sales agents. This candidate can be licensed or unlicensed and is a vital position on our team for those who love real estate and need a more predictable schedule and income. In this office-based position, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with new and existing leads and convert them into appointments. Compensation for this position is base salary plus commission.

 

 

 

   
Our growing team of 22 is getting even bigger.
  

 

 

3. Transaction coordinators. This is an unlicensed or licensed salary-based position that is critically important to helping everyone take excellent care of our clients. You’ll be coordinating with lenders, inspectors, attorneys, and cooperating agents to take our clients from potential buyers to homeowners.

 

Finally, a quick dad joke to make you smile: Have you heard how expensive it is to hire clowns lately? Turns out, balloon prices adjust for inflation.

 

If you or someone you know would be a great fit for any of these positions, you can apply here. If you have any questions in the meantime, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

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Posted in All About Our Team
May 3, 2021

Our 7 Tips for Winning a Multiple-Offer Situation

These tips will give you the advantage you need in a bidding war.

 

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Did you know that the average days on market for homes in the Greater Charlotte area is just 24 days? To clarify, ‘days on market’ means the number of days a property is on the MLS until an offer is accepted for it. In some areas, like here in Fort Mill, that number is in the single digits. Last year at this time, the average was 46 days. The fact that inventory has been reduced by 60% has played a big part in this drop.

 

 

 

   
In the current market, you’ll likely have to pay more than what someone paid for a comparable property three to six months ago.
  

 

 

If you’re a buyer, this means you’ll be competing against many other buyers for the same properties in this market. Fortunately, the Carolinas Dream Team has been very successful winning homes in this ultra-competitive market, and we have seven tips to share to help you beat out the competition and win your dream home: 

 

1. Have a strong pre-approval or proof of funds. This isn’t just a pre-qualification. A pre-approval means you’ve made a full application and gotten preliminary approval. We work with excellent lender partners, and we like to have our buyers’ lenders call the listing agents and share just how strong our buyers’ positions are. 

 

2. No contingencies on home inspections. Accept the home as is. Though we still recommend scheduling a home inspection during the due diligence period just so you’re fully aware of what you’re getting into. 

 

3. No contingencies on appraisal. In the current market, you’ll likely have to pay more than what someone paid for a comparable property three to six months ago. Be prepared for that and waive the appraisal contingency. 

 

4. Pay over the asking price. Last year at this time, homes were selling at 98% of their asking price. Today that number is 101%. 

 

5. Offer to pay the seller’s closing costs. Additionally, you could take care of any unwanted belongings the seller would rather leave behind. 

 

6. Make a strong earnest money deposit, have a strong due diligence fee, and have a closing date that works best for the seller. You and your Realtor should communicate with the listing agent and find out the ideal closing date for the seller. 

 

7. Work with a Realtor with access to off-market properties. We prospect for sellers for our buyers every day. As a result, we have access to dozens of homes that have not yet hit the market, and we can avoid that competition altogether. 

 

Now for the best part of today’s segment. It’s dad joke time…

 

Q: Which Star Wars character would make the best Realtor?

 

A: LAND-o Calrissean. 

 

As always, if you have questions about this topic or there’s anything we can help you with, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you. 

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
April 16, 2021

Sports Will Help Our Real Estate Market

Here’s why the new Panther headquarters won’t deflate real estate.

 

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Lovingly called “Football City, USA,” Rock Hill turns out more NFL players per capita than any other city in America. For example, the 2019 NFL defensive player of the year, Stephon Gilmore, is from right here in Rock Hill. So it’s no wonder that the Carolina Panthers have decided to move their training center here. Naturally, there’s plenty of hype around this $1 billion investment, and we often get asked how it will impact the real estate market. 

 

Rock Hill has focused on an economic development strategy where sports tourism is a major component of future growth. The industry already brings in about $20 million annually, and that number will increase as more sports-related infrastructure and activities arise. The Panther’s headquarters will be more than just a practice hub—it’ll be a destination. They’re following the example of the Dallas Cowboys’ Star facility, where it will not only incorporate athletic facilities, but also hotels, restaurants, and even medical facilities that will attract people to the area. 

 

 

   
Real estate will continue to do well as sports expand in our local community.
  

 

 

Rock Hill is also an up-and-coming area for many other sports: the American cornhole league championships, the United States disc golf championships, and the BMX world championships were all held in our city. 

 

Year over year, Rock Hill’s real estate market is tracking with the Greater Charlotte area; our average sales price rose by 13.7% to $247,000, while inventory for single-family homes has declined by 48%. As you can see, real estate will continue to do well as sports expand in our local community. 

 

Today we’d like to leave you with a dad joke: Where do football players go to get their new uniforms? New Jersey! (bah-dum-tss).

 

Anyway, if you have questions about what’s happening with real estate in Rock Hill or the Greater Charlotte area, give us a call or send an email. We’re your winning real estate team.

Posted in Real Estate News
April 6, 2021

When Will Our Real Estate Market Return to Normal?

Here’s when we predict the NC real estate market will get back to normal.

 

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Many of our clients have been asking us whether the Charlotte Metro real estate market will get back to normal in 2021. Although we don’t have a crystal ball, we do have a lot of market research that shows where things might go throughout the year.

 

Home sales have risen 15% compared to the same time last year, and the median price for homes rose to $340,000—a 13.6% year-to-year increase. Inventory is incredibly low, as we only have 0.7 month's worth of supply. This means that if no more homes came onto the market, everything would be sold within three weeks. In total, inventory is down 60% from last year, dropping from around 8,300 to 3,370.

 

 

   
If we had to make a prediction, it’s that competition among buyers will continue to grow.
  

 

 

More buyers are in the market, and they are still able to take advantage of historically low interest rates. We’re also seeing a lot of corporate and professional relocations, as our area provides a high-paying medical sector, offers more and more tech-related jobs, and is the No. 2 finance capital after New York City. 

 

If we had to make a prediction, it’s that competition among buyers will continue to grow. Still, it’s a great time to be in real estate for both homebuyers and sellers. If you’re thinking about jumping into the market and have any questions or would like more information, feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Posted in Real Estate News
March 8, 2021

Your Charlotte March Market Update

Here’s what’s happening in our current Charlotte real estate market.

 

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What’s going on in our Greater Charlotte real estate market? The market is incredibly hot; before 2021 began, major real estate publications predicted that Charlotte would be the No. 3 housing market in the country. Two months into the year, and that’s our reality. 

 

We’re currently at 0.7 months of inventory, which means that if no other homes came on the market, it would take less than a month for all the available houses to sell. Listings have decreased 60% year over year, giving us a clear seller’s market. We have plenty of demand, and a few factors are contributing to that. 

 

First, we have low interest rates; you can still get 3% or below if you’re well-qualified. Second, the job market in our area is strong, and third, we’re all impacted by the COVID effect. That means people are moving from northeast North Carolina and other parts of the country to Charlotte, and they’re looking for more space and a yard or pool. We also have lower taxes in the Carolinas, and people love our warm weather. Combine all this, and we have one of the hottest markets in the nation and certainly the hottest market in Charlotte’s history. 

 

 

   
We have one of the hottest markets in the nation.
  

 

 

If you’re a buyer considering getting into our market, get started now. Make sure you’re prepared; have your proof of funds ready and ensure your pre-approval is lined up. Make your offer simple; the more contingencies, the less likely the seller will be to pick your offer in this multiple-offer market. Also, ensure you’re teamed up with an experienced real estate agent or team that can help you find off-market properties. In recent months, we’ve had major success with sellers who want to sell but don’t want to put their home on the market and finding a buyer who wants that house; we bring them together and complete a transaction without anyone having to compete.

 

If you’re thinking about selling, this is the best seller’s market I’ve seen in my 15-year career, so get your property on the market now. If your home is in decent shape and location and you price it correctly, it will sell quickly. Make sure you’re connected with an experienced agent or team that can help you through the demands of a multiple-offer situation. 

 

One final note: Ensure your agent is using innovative marketing. With the ongoing pandemic, many people are concerned about safety, so make sure they’re doing things such as 3D virtual tours or drone footage. Put your best foot forward so there’s built-up hype for your house before it hits the market. Finally, let your agent guide you through your next steps. Before you even list your property, discuss where you’re going next, and be prepared. Your home will sell quickly, and you need a plan in place for afterward. 

 

If you have questions about what’s happening in our market or anything real estate-related, reach out to us via phone or email. We would love to help you.

Posted in Market Updates
Feb. 8, 2021

4 Tips for Instant Living Art Curb Appeal

4 Tips for Instant Curb Appeal

4 Tips for Instant Living Art Curb Appeal

Guest Article by Janet Martini, Co-Owner of Ca-Jan Designs 

Homes and businesses with colorful and attractive landscaping can get more prospective buyers and consumers to the front door than homes or businesses without. Vibrant plants create an inviting and welcoming environment. A home or business without a spacious yard can have this kind of curb appeal without spending an extraordinary amount for landscape design, even if you live or work in a small space such as a studio, apartment, or townhome.  Container gardening is the perfect way to create instant living curb appeal.

Container gardening is a method of gardening that doesn’t need “ground space” to cultivate plants. Plants are grown in different planters, pots, urns, etc. and are arranged at front doors, entryways, patios, pools, even under windows as window boxes. Container gardening is one of the most cost-effective and easy ways to create and maintain instant living appeal. In addition to “eye-catching” appeal, the benefits of container gardening are many:

·         Ability to garden in a variety of places

·         Less space and more mobility

·         Fewer weeds

·         Less physical effort

·         More design possibilities & plant variety

·         Easier to change

·         More accessible

·         No heavy gardening tools

·         Customizable to your preferences, ie, veggies, herbs, flowers-annual, perennials, bulbs, evergreens, etc.

·         Instant Curb Appeal, especially if you are selling your home!

 

Here are some before and after photos where already beautiful homes were greatly enhanced with container gardens.

 

 

Below are container garden components and some tips for creating your own instant living art curb appeal to make your home or business the talk of the town!

 

Container Garden Components:

·         Planter or other container

·         Coffee filters or landscape fabric to cover drainage holes

·         Perlite - provides drainage, moisture control, lightweight

·         Soil – use appropriate for plant type-containing organic material

·         Plants – appropriate to season, light, color preferences

·         Fertilizer – granular/extended release-containing organic material

 

From Your Front Porch to Pool: 4 Tips for Container Gardens

 

           1.   Select Containers that Coordinate with the Style of Your Home or Business

Whether it’s classic, sleek or modern, containers come in many sizes, styles and colors. Keep in mind, you may want to coordinate with the color of your door or trim or add a boost of needed color for your home or business. Whatever style you choose, outdoor planters need a drainage hole(s) to properly drain excess moisture.

 

2.      Use Good Soil

After you select your planters, your next step is to fill them with materials/soil that will provide needed nutrients so your plants will thrive. We recommended that you use soil that contains organic material so don’t skimp on cheap soil; read the label or ask your garden center. Prior to adding soil, we recommend placing a coffee filter or landscape fabric over the drainage hole. By utilizing this, excess moisture will be able to escape but not soil or perlite. The next step before adding potting soil is to add perlite. You can mix perlite with your potting soil or add it on top of your coffee filter/landscape fabric. Perlite is a naturally occurring volcanic glass, which, under pressure becomes a lightweight material that provides drainage and promotes moisture control/root growth. We put perlite directly on top of the coffee filter, filling the container about one-third. Next is your potting soil but don’t add soil until you have your plants, starting with the taller/larger plants first then filling soil into your planter based on size of root balls and ultimate height of plants.

 

 

3.      The Right Plants in the Right Place

The first item for your container garden plant selection is the type of lighting you have. Whether it is a covered front porch or open patio or pool, lighting is very important for success; morning sun (East facing) is cooler than afternoon sun (West facing) so this is key. Full sun, part sun or shade?  If you are unsure how much sun your planters will receive, check prior to purchasing plants or check your mobile phone for a compass app and take note. Once you know proper lighting, we recommend, for staying power of your containers, that you use a combination of evergreens and perennials first and then add seasonal annuals. A good combination is for 75% of your containers to be evergreens/perennials and 25% seasonal annuals.  (For the proper lighting-always check plant tags and/or ask your garden center.) The number of plants for each container will vary based on the size of your planters.

Plant considerations:

·         Use “thriller, filler, spiller” design

·         Select plants with similar needs, ie light, water, soil

·         Use as many woody plants, evergreens, perennials, vines, as possible, highlighting with seasonal annuals

·         Incorporate 2-3 color wheel preferences

 

 

Now, let’s get your Instant Living Art Curb Appeal finished! To create visual appeal for your container gardens, consider how you arrange your plants inside the containers as well as how you place the containers at your home or business.  Taller plants go towards the back and center of the planter, and smaller plants and spillers are in front and/or on the outer sides.

 

Placing your container gardens: Arrange pots with the same plants in them on either side of a doorway, entryway, or walkway. Place smaller pots in odd number of groupings or staggering them on different steps to change the height.

 

4.      Watering and Fertilizing

After installation, use a granular and/or extended-release fertilizer with organic material and sprinkle all about the container. Next, water thoroughly all around the planter at the top of the soil trying to avoid leaves and flowers as much as possible.

 

For ongoing care of your plants, prior to watering, always finger-test approximately 1” into the soil in several places around the planter to determine how dry the soil is before watering. As a general guide, your planters may need to be watered twice a week depending on the season, rain, wind, and temperature, especially if in full sun (sometimes every day in hot summer months). 

                                                        

For outdoor containers:  Water early in the day as watering at night can make the plant susceptible to fungal infections such as mold, root rot and eventual death. Water slowly with the “shower” setting on the hose sprayer (under the leaves of the plants; getting water on the leaves may also induce rot), until water runs from the bottom of the pots to ensure good coverage.

 

“Deadheading”:  removing spent or faded blooms, “dead” heads,” of flowers from a plant.   This promotes new growth/ re-blooming and improves the overall appearance of both the plant and our gardens. Plants have only one mission in mind and that is to make more plants. Once their flowers fade, they get busy focusing on their next task – making seeds. By cutting off the dead blooms, we redirect the plant’s efforts from making seeds to making new blooms. 

 

To deadhead, simply pinch or prune off the finished bloom below the spent flower and just above the first set of healthy leaves. Check to make sure you do not accidentally cut off any new flower buds hiding in the wings.  

Always here to help, contact the experts at Ca-Jan Designs or follow us for inspiration.  

 

 

 

 

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Posted in Community News
Dec. 11, 2020

THIS WEEK FROM CDT

 

 



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655 Charles Lane

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Posted in Buying a Home