greenville: Gary Bradshaw, Greenville, SC Handyman, Door, Window and Trim Install - 09/20/16 07:40 AM
In my continued efforts to help exceptional people gain more work in the Greater Greenville, SC region, I'd like to recommend Gary Bradshaw.
Gary is professional, careful, thoughtful and competitive. He offers a variety of handyman work services, as well as installation of doors, windows, cabinets and trim.
Please tell him Kirk from Van West Realty sent you. He'll take exceptional care of your home project needs! 
Gary Bradshaw: 864-420-6549

greenville: The Power of Vendor Referrals - 08/31/15 02:25 AM
When someone offers a service and does exceptional quality work, at a great price, on time, with a great attitude...why wouldn't you refer them to every single friend and client in the future?
I take great pride in attempting to be a "networking machine" for those in my sphere of influence who deserve a referral for future business. It's an absolute joy knowing that because I took a moment to make a tiny effort and pass along a name, number and a few positive comments, this service provider might just pick up another job that helps them feed their family!
Quite often, what … (2 comments)

greenville: Local Vendor Spotlight: Jesus Lopez Painting, Greenville, SC - 12/08/14 11:05 PM
I'm passionate about supporting local entrepreneurs. People often ask me for a referral to a quality supplier, vendor or tradesman. 
For years now I have been relying on Jesus Lopez Painting for my homes. This past year Jesus has handled everything from finishing a room in my basement, staining my rear deck, painting/installing an epoxy floor with flakes in my garage and just last week he did a beautiful job painting my newly installed built-in bookshelves in my great room. In the spring I'll have him stain my fence in my yard.
Jesus Lopez Painting does exceptional work at a fantastic … (2 comments)

greenville: Local Vendor Spotlight; Chase, Greenville, SC Electrician, Best Rates! - 08/07/14 02:12 AM
I recently purchased a new home and I had a good number of projects I wanted done throughout the home and property that required a skilled electrician. 
I was extremely fortunate to have found Chase, a skilled young man who is an electrician in Greenville, SC. 
Chase has done simply amazing work for me and completed all my projects quickly, efficiently and professionally! His care and attention to detail is outstanding! His rates are amazingly affordable, too!
If you have any electrical projects to be done in the Greater Greenville, SC area...big or small yourself a favor and call Chase … (0 comments)

greenville: Local Vendor Spotlight: Eastside Guitars & Drums, 1290 Woodruff Rd - 05/08/14 03:50 AM
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Terry Green, the owner and manager of Eastside Guitars & Drums. They're located at 1290 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607.
Terry was a joy to talk to and gain extensive knowledge from, as he helped me consider some G&L guitars to purchase. I was amazed to have heard him tell me that he as been at his location, and in business for the past 20 years! Wow! What a pleasure it is to meet people like Terry who are so dedicated to their entrepreneurial dreams and have persevered over the years!
Among other things, … (0 comments)

greenville: Local vendor spotlight: A-1 Home Inspection Services, Greenville, SC - 05/02/14 02:14 PM
For years now I have enjoyed referring clients to Alton at A-1 Home Inspection Services in Greenville, SC. Alton does a fantastic and thorough job with residential home inspections. Alton is also very competitive and affordable! If you or someone you know is seeking a quality home inspection from a reliable, experienced expert in the Greater Greenville, SC area, please give Alton at A-1 Home Inspection Services a call! Tell him Kirk sent you from Van West Realty! Alton can be reached at: 864-346-0241.

greenville: Local Vendor Spotlight: Jesus Painting & Drywall in Greenville, SC - 02/03/14 08:39 AM
When I come across an exceptional local entrepreneur, I can't help but open my mouth and tell everyone I know...whenever I'm asked about that vendor's category of business or expertise. 
Very often in my business I am asked for a name and number for plumbers, electricians, flooring guys, roofing guys, HVAC guys, etc. It's especially easy to respond to these requests with enthusiasm when I am extremely pleased with the services I received from the vendor I am referring to people.
Recently, I had Jesus Painting & Drywall come to my home and paint the entire interior (ceilings too) of my … (0 comments)

greenville: Legendary Homes Dominates Greenville's New Home Construction Growth! - 11/04/13 06:10 AM
I've had the distinct pleasure of serving clients who have purchased a multitude of new construction Legendary homes over the past year. 
Legendary seems to dominate the Greater Greenville and Simpsonville, SC areas with a large number of subdivision locations that are truly in fantastic locations and typically zoned for very desirable schools. 
All of my clients have been extremely pleased with their choices. In fact, they've been elated with joy over the floor plan they chose, the lots, the building process, the locations, and the prices! 
If you're seeking a fantastic floor plan/model, with a true "wow" factor, fantastic prices, … (0 comments)

greenville: Knowing your market well and serving your clients, in Greenville, SC! - 08/09/13 01:41 AM
I've enjoyed a very busy real estate market so far this year, and have served many clients. As I pause to reflect on the many people I've met and the many, many homes I've shown, I recognize a pattern of gratitude from my clients.
The most common attributes I receive compliments about are "knowing my market well" and being a "straight shooter" (being honest).
Once people realize that I am totally honest with them in terms of sharing my opinion of which homes would be a good investment and a potentially bad investment...our relationship takes on a whole new level of trust … (0 comments)

greenville: Beautiful 4 Bedroom BASEMENT Home for Sale in Greenville, SC - 05/09/13 01:16 AM

$229,900 , 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half baths, 2,565 square feet  

greenville: Short Sale, Pre-Foreclosure, Home for Sale Greenville, Simpsonville SC - 02/18/13 11:09 AM
Hot opportunities...
Short sale homes for sale in Greenville, Simpsonville, Taylors, SC!
Check these out and call Kirk Westervelt for information! (864) 451-2402
13 Kimberly Lane, Taylors, SC. 4 Bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms. $127,500.
115 Delmar Ave, Simpsonville, SC. 4 Bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms. $78,533.
315 Hunslet Way, Simpsonville, SC. 4 Bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms. $144,900.
220 Heathermoor Way, Simpsonville, SC. 3 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms. $125,000.
105 Grassland Way, Fountain Inn, SC. 4 bedroom, 2 bathrooms. $119,000.
20 Old Standing Springs, Greenville, SC. 3 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms. $109,000.
2760 Standing Springs Rd, Simpsonville, SC. 5 Bedrooms, bonus room, home office, formal dining room, great … (0 comments)

greenville: Vendor Spotlight: Greenville, SC Carpet Cleaning Service, D&D Cleaning - 10/22/12 01:45 AM
I came across an amazing local company the other day; "D&D Carpet Cleaning".
D&D Carpet Cleaning provides an exceptional level of services, including both residential and commercial carpet cleaning, stripping and waxing, upholstery cleaning and even janitorial level cleaning services.
D&D Carpet Cleaning covers the Greater Greenville and Upstate SC region, including Greenville, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, Greer, Taylors, Travelers Rest, Anderson, Easley and many other surrounding areas.
For exceptional carpet cleaning services and competitive rates, give D&D Carpet Cleaning a call and be sure to let them know you found them through Kirk Westervelt and Active Rain!
Give Richard Donald … (2 comments)

greenville: Real Estate Slower in the Winter Months? It May be Your Choice! - 10/17/12 07:16 AM
Every year I hear some of my fellow real estate agents speak in a matter-of-fact tone and profess that their business is "just dead in the slower fall and winter months!". Really?
It seems to me that if the majority of real estate agents think this way, or accept this as an inevitable fact that they cannot change, then there is a significant opportunity in the marketplace for those willing to plan for growth and act on their plan!
There is simply no reason at all that an ambitious person cannot work harder, stay focused and plan for growth in their … (2 comments)

greenville: Greenville, SC, Oney's Lawn Care & Landscaping Service-Season Specials - 08/20/12 02:28 AM
Greenville, SC vendor spotlight:
Local Greenville, SC entrepreneur launches Oney's Lawn Care service and does an exceptional job!
After hearing many neighbors raving about Jimmy Oney's work ethic, flexible schedule and thoughtful attention to detail, I had to give him a shot at earning my business. Jimmy did a phenominal job on our large lot, and he paid special attention to being careful around my wife's award-winning flower beds!
I highly recommend Jimmy Oney and his business, Oney's Lawn Care, Professional Lawn Care Service.
Jimmy can be reached at: (615) 962-4399
(Don't let the 615 number confuse you...he lives and works … (1 comments)

greenville: Is it really a "buyer's market"? Or a "seller's market"? - 06/15/12 03:31 AM
After years in this business I can't help but reflect on a common theme I hear from buyers, sellers and my esteemed colleagues. The concept and often used terminology of "it's a buyer's market", or "it's a seller's market".
Sales managers love to pump up their real estate salespeople by encouraging them that there is no such thing as a good or a bad's either a buyer's or a seller's market, plain and simple. "Now go out there and sell, sell, sell! Server your clients with this wonderful knowledge! It's a buyer's market! Fight for your buyers!"
I feel compelled … (0 comments)

greenville: Beautiful 4 Bedroom Home for Sale in Greenville, SC in Summerfield Subdivision! 105 Tanner Chase Way. Zoned for Bethel, Mauldin, Mauldin Schools! - 03/15/12 03:50 AM

greenville: Ready to List and Sell Your Home with a Realtor? How Will You Handle the Shadow Inventory Coming to the Market? A Few Thoughts from a Greenville, SC Realtor & Short Sale Listing Agent - 02/07/12 06:59 AM
All signs point towards 2012 being a significant year, in terms of the real estate market gaining a lot of clarity with respect to the movement of shadow inventory (foreclosed, bank-owned homes, pre-foreclosures, short sales and homes heading towards a foreclosure "sale date").
If you're a buyer, you have the perfect buyer's storm to navigate through and come out smelling like a rose! Inventory, competition in the marketplace and resulting downward pressures on home values, more short sales, more foreclosures and historically low mortgage interest rates all make for an exciting moment in history to be a buyer in the real … (0 comments)

greenville: The Time Is Now!!! Do Not Delay The Short Sale Process Any Longer!!! Advice from a short sale listing agent in Greenville, SC - 11/15/11 08:08 AM
As a short sale listing agent in Greenville, SC I see and hear all types of scenarios, circumstances, excuses and even "strategies" with respect to how people think about and handle short sales.
My best advice is to not waste any time and don't overthink the process. Also, don't leverage a short sale innappropriately, as a way to play games with the mortgage lender and "buy more time" to stay in the house.
Here's why:
If you qualify for and you've chosen to pursue a short sale, it's safe to assume you're doing it because you care about your financial health, … (2 comments)

greenville: The Short Sale List Price Fairy Tale - A Case Study in Greenville, SC - 11/07/11 07:17 AM
I recently took another short sale listing, to help the homeowners avoid foreclosure. I ran the comps, reviewed the first and second mortgage loan payoff amounts and devised an intelligent starting list price. Additionally, my client clearly understood my recommended list price reduction strategy, based on a specific timeline, the surrounding active listings in the immediate area, the number of missed payments on the mortages and even seasonal market trends and short-term forecasts.
So, what happened when it came time to implement the first price reduction? My client disagreed with any such reduction and wanted the home to remain very close … (1 comments)

greenville: Gorgeous, Newer 5 Bedroom, 4 bathroom home for sale in Greenville, SC! Tanner Estates Subdivision, on Greenville's East Side, near Simpsonville, SC! - 10/19/11 06:58 AM