south carolina: 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)

south carolina: 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)

south carolina: My Next House Goals - 01/11/19 09:38 AM
I purchased my first (and current) home at twenty-three and absolutely loved it. It's a cute little, all brick ranch in an established, quiet neighbohood close to all the shopping that I need and reasonably close to the interstate. Perfect for a young single person and a renter (both a brother and a college friend over the years). Now, four years later, I have a husband and three dogs so I am starting to notice features that would be nice for the next home. We plan to live in this house for at least another five years, but I can dream … (2 comments)

south carolina: 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.
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)

south carolina: Last Week In Columbia, SC: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 - 01/08/19 07:51 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.
New Homes on the Market: 68
Homes Newly Under Contract: … (0 comments)

south carolina: Moving Mondays: Week 1 - 01/07/19 10:56 AM
Anyone that has asked me what my least favorite thing to do is knows that the answer is simple: moving.
Going from dorm to dorm in college followed by apartment to apartment, it was such a relief when I closed on my home four years ago and declared that I would never move again! While not necessarily true, I do have plans to stay put for a good long while. My clients, however often ask me "When should I start packing?", "Should I hire a moving company or rent a truck?", and "What if I scratch the floors?".  Today I thought I … (2 comments)

south carolina: Saturday Fun in Columbia, SC - 01/05/19 11:23 AM
Whenever I work with potential buyers in the Columbia, South Carolina area, I typically am asked "What is there to do on the weekends?". While Columbia is not a large city in comparison with Charlotte and Atlanta, we have a wide variety of entertainment so that everyone is sure to find something of interest.
This Saturday. my husband and I did one of my favorite Saturday morning activities: we went to Soda City on Main Street. Soda City is a large farmers market that has evolved over the past several years to become very popular with the locals. It is a great … (2 comments)

south carolina: 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)

Mary Grace (Ballew) MacDougall

Home Buying and Selling in the Columbia Area

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