buyer agent: Northeast Columbia Homes for Sale Briarcliffe Neighborhood - 04/19/19 11:21 AM
Looking for an established neighborhood in the Northeast Columbia area at reasonable pricing? Briarcliffe Estates is a must see for buyers in the area! With homes ranging in price from the low 100s to the low 200s, these houses are typically traditional one story ranches with some two story homes and larger than average lots sizes. Built up primarily in the 80s and 90s, these homes range in size from 1200-1700 square feet. 
 
Located convenient to I-20 and Highway 1, Briarcliffe Estates is close to the Village at Sandhills shopping center and just a short drive to shopping in downtown Columbia! You … (2 comments)

buyer agent: Monthly Maintenance in SC: March Edition - 03/13/19 10:28 AM

The sun is shining, birds are chirping, spring is fast approaching, it must be March! As the weather shifts and spring fever starts to rise, it is time to put that extra energy and daylight to good use. Each month there are small tasks homeowners should consider completing in order to protect their home investments. Let us take a look at March from the roof to the yard
 
 
 
Roof and Gutters
 
If you have gutters on your home and trees nearby, odds are they need to be cleaned out. If you are able bodied and adventurous take a climb up and remove the … (0 comments)

buyer agent: Last Week in Columbia, SC: Jan. 20 - Jan 26 - 01/30/19 09:57 AM

Any prospective homeowner, investor, or agent should know the goings on of the market in the area they are considering. Clients, family, friends, and even strangers often ask me "What's the market like?" and it is imperative to know that numbers in order to answer this question. The market numbers provide us insight into the growth of the different cities, the speed at which they are growing, and the temperature of the market. Below are the number for the major cities that I service in the greater Columbia area for this past week.
 
Columbia
New Homes on the Market: 103
Homes Newly Under Contract: 136
Homes … (2 comments)

buyer agent: Buyer Agent Ramblings: Property Tax - 01/23/19 10:00 AM
One of the most important roles I play as a Realtor is an educator. Prospective home buyers come from both ends of the spectrum concerning their knowledge of real estate. Some that I meet with have studied the entire purchase process while others have done nothing but decided they want to purchase a home. I love working with both!
Property taxes tend to be a concern for many buyers as they look over the property tax history and see that the tax bill for a home has fluctuated significantly. It can be frightening realizing that the home you like has gone from … (3 comments)

buyer agent: Last Week in Columbia, SC: Jan. 13 - Jan 19 - 01/22/19 07:40 AM

Any prospective homeowner, investor, or agent should know the goings on of the market in the area they are considering. Clients, family, friends, and even strangers often ask me "What's the market like?" and it is imperative to know that numbers in order to answer this question. The market numbers provide us insight into the growth of the different cities, the speed at which they are growing, and the temperature of the market. Below are the number for the major cities that I service in the greater Columbia area for this past week.
 
Columbia
New Homes on the Market: 94
Homes Newly Under Contract: … (2 comments)

buyer agent: Neighborhood Spotlight #2: Turtle Creek - 01/14/19 11:13 AM

The housing market in greater Columbia area of South Carolina offers a plethora of neighborhoods ranging in house size, price, lot size, and style. Each week I will be featuring 1-2 communities and this week the spotlight is on an all brick neighborhood located in Richland County called the "Turtle Creek". 
 
Turtle Creek offers all brick homes of primarily split ranch style floor plans built in the late 1990s and early 2000s.  The typical home in Turtle Creek has homes 3 bedroom/2 bathroom and ranges from approximately 1600 to 2100 square feet. The homes have attached garages and typically a finished room over … (2 comments)

buyer agent: Last Week in Columbia, SC: Jan. 6 - Jan 12 - 01/14/19 10:44 AM

Any prospective homeowner, investor, or agent should know the goings on of the market in the area they are considering. Clients, family, friends, and even strangers often ask me "What's the market like?" and it is imperative to know that numbers in order to answer this question. The market numbers provide us insight into the growth of the different cities, the speed at which they are growing, and the temperature of the market. Below are the number for the major cities that I service in the greater Columbia area for this past week.
 
Columbia
New Homes on the Market: 93
Homes Newly Under Contract: … (1 comments)

buyer agent: Moving Mondays: Week 2 - 01/14/19 07:00 AM

 
        Moving to a new home can be exciting and stressful all at once. Recently in our market, a common issue that has come up with sellers moving out prior to closing is knowing what they can leave at the road for waste management and what must be taken directly to a dump. This differs according to your county and is something you should definitely review when placing items at the road.
        While some areas you may be able to trust your neighbors to pick up excess furniture and whisk it away, you do not want … (0 comments)

buyer agent: Saturday Fun in Columbia, SC: Open Houses - 01/12/19 09:00 AM
Open houses can be an absolute blast! Of course, this is the topic I picked for this Saturday because I am sitting in an open house right now. I have a plate full of home made oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies and a binder full of information on the neighborhood, market, and lenders ready to go.
When I speak with people considering purchasing a home in the Columbia area and they are still on the fence, I recommend they spend a Saturday driving around and stopping by open houses. I give them a couple of my business cards to give the agent holding … (0 comments)

buyer agent: How Do I Pick a Neighborhood? - 01/10/19 07:40 AM
When looking for a home most buyers are concerned with whether they are purchasing in a "good area" and whether they will like the neighborhood. I encourage my clients to look at several items when considering a purchase in a neighborhood to help make the decision on whether to move forward.
 
Safety
We start with safety first so that you do not fall in love with a neighborhood only to discover that you do not feel safe in the area. As a Realtor, I cannot speak to the safety of an area, so I provide information to my clients about the rate of … (12 comments)

buyer agent: Neighborhood Spotlight #1 Briarcliffe Estates - 01/04/19 07:49 AM
The housing market in greater Columbia are of South Carolina offers a plethora of neighborhoods ranging in house size, price, lot size, and style. Each week I will be featuring 1-2 communities and this week the spotlight is on a starter home neighborhood located in Richland County called the "Briarcliffe Estates". 
 
Briarcliffe offers a wide range of single family homes built primarily in the 1980s. Featuring the larger lot sizes that buyers often miss in newer homes, you are afforded a bit more privacy from your neighbors without feeling isolated. The homes are typically 3 bedroom/2 bathroom starter home size. This neighborhood … (5 comments)

 
Mary Grace (Ballew) MacDougall, Home Buying and Selling in the Columbia Area (Keller Williams Columbia)

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