Top Ten 1st Choice Realty, Inc. Realtors® for 2014

top ten blogPlease join me in congratulating the Top Ten 1st Choice agents for 2014. In sales volume Melanie Fink took top honors followed very closely by Greg Coutu; and Melanie Dietterick sold the most units. The top producing agents finished the year with a combined sales volume of $69.6 Million!

The complete list of top ten are below in no certain order…

 

Patsy Morgan 1st Choice Keowee  Waterfront Office

Patsy Morgan
1st Choice Keowee
Waterfront Office

Terri & Keith Perkins 1st Choice  Hartwell Office

Terri & Keith Perkins
1st Choice
Hartwell Office

Melanie Fink 1st Choice Keowee  Waterfront Office

Melanie Fink
1st Choice Keowee
Waterfront Office

 

Jim Van Senus 1st Choice Keowee Key Office

Jim Van Senus
1st Choice
Keowee Key Offic

Phillip Kalchthaler 1st Choice Keowee Waterfront

Phillip Kalchthaler
1st Choice
Keowee Waterfront

Sue Pulliam 1st Choice  Keowee Key Office

Sue Pulliam
1st Choice
Keowee Key Office

Greg Coutu 1st Choice Keowee  Waterfront Office

Greg Coutu
1st Choice Keowee
Waterfront Office

Jean Erickson 1st Choice  Keowee Key Office

Jean Erickson
1st Choi
Keowee Key Office

Melanie Dietterick 1st Choice Keowee Waterfront Office

Melanie Dietterick
1st Choice Keowee Waterfront Office

Eric Stegall  1st Choice  Keowee Office
Eric Stegall
1st Choice
Keowee Office
John C. Pulliam, Broker-In-Charge
President & Owner
1st Choice Realty, Inc.
[email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Joni Gregg has Feature Home in Waterside Crossing

146 Northshores Drive on Lake Keowee

146 Northshores Drive on Lake Keowee

This home is located in the upscale community of Waterside Crossing. The interior features are top quality craftsmanship an open floor plan and oversized rooms and high ceilings. 

South Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountain Views

South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountain Views

Views of Lake Keowee and the Blue Ridge Mountains can been seen from the home.  Lake Keowee and your private dock is a short walk down the well landscaped back yard. 

Lush Private Gardens

Lush Private Gardens

Blue Berries burst from the 97 blue berry bushes for delicious eating in the spring and summer. 

Showcase Kitchen

Showcase Kitchen

master BR

Main Level Master Suite

Waterside Crossing boasts a master planned swim and tennis club, playgrounds, miles of leisure trails, waterfront picnic shelter and private boat slips. 

Junior Olympic Size pool and master planned clubhouse

Master Planned Clubhouse and Junior Olympic Size Pool

multiple play areas

Multiple Playgrounds

WSC boat slips

Private Boat Slip

waterfront picnic shelter

Waterfront Picnic Shelter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just minutes from Clemson University, Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC this home at 146 Northshores Drive in Waterside Crossing is a must see!

Joni Gregg REALTOR®

Joni Gregg
REALTOR®

 

DIRECT: 864.982.3421

  [email protected] 

 



Why Keowee remains full and other lakes drop?

Why Keowee remains full and other lakes drop?

South Carolina’s Seneca River and Georgia’s Tugaloo River meet underneath the water of Lake Hartwell to form the Savannah. Both rivers sport privately-owned reservoirs used to produce electricity for the region. The reservoirs also provide water for lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond—and therefore the rest of the basin. Stakeholders in the basin occasionally ask the U-S Army Corps of Engineers why Keowee seems to remain full while Hartwell and Thurmond drop, especially during drought.

Savannah River Below Hartwell Dam

Savannah River Below Hartwell Dam

The reality, according to water manager Stanley Simpson, is that Duke Energy, owner of Keowee, Lake Jocassee and the Bad Creek reservoir, provide significant amounts of water to the basin. Under a 1968 storage balance agreement, Duke provides water to Lake Hartwell based on the remaining conservation storage in Hartwell.

Lake Keowee Fall 2014

Lake Keowee Fall 2014

As Hartwell declines during the drought, the total conservation storage of Duke’s reservoir system must decline by the same percentage. Another important issue requires a more stable water level at Lake Keowee — the Oconee Nuclear Station.

Lake Jocassee, SC

Lake Jocassee, SC

A leveling off of the district’s reservoirs is expected by the end of the year. Long-range outlooks by the National Weather Service, an anticipated milder winter, and the annual, natural reduction in evaporation and transpiration should lead to the reservoirs stabilizing.

More Sellers. More Buyers.

More Sellers. More Buyers.

Hartwell Lake Office

Keowee Key Office

Lake Keowee Office

Waterfront Office

John Pulliam, Broker/Owner

Clemson Office: Sorrell Hoover,Broker

 



Which Upgrades Are Worth It to Help You Sell Your House?

– Is it finally time to sell your house?
That’s the question on homeowners’ minds as house prices just posted their largest annual gain since 2005 — congrats to those no longer “underwater” on their mortgages — even as interest rates remain tantalizingly low.

But here’s the catch: Those same higher prices can make buyers as choosy as a Michelin restaurant reviewer.
“A house with a $1,600 mortgage payment last year now has a $2,000 mortgage payment,” one broker told the Wall Street Journal. “Buyers are saying, ‘I better like it.’”

Which Upgrades Are Worth It to Help You Sell Your House?

Which Upgrades Are Worth It to Help You Sell Your House?

To increase your home’s “like” quotient, read on to see which upgrades are worth making and which aren’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worth It: A new front door. Strictly in terms of return on investment, a steel one topped the list of Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2014 — recouping 96.6 percent of the average price. But a fresh coat of paint can work wonders, too.

503 Walnut Cove Court  MLS 20151901

503 Walnut Cove Court MLS 20151901

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Worth It: A home-office remodel. We know what you’re thinking: With so many more people working from home, wouldn’t it be brilliant to rewire the space for electronic equipment, say, and install commercial-grade carpeting? Not really.

Home Office/Gym/Sewing Room...Not a good idea

No Sale! Home office/gym

 

The magazine gave it the lowest return on investment (48.9 percent), and the guy who oversaw the study says, “Home offices don’t sell houses.”

 

 

 

 

Worth It: A back-up power generator

Worth It: A back-up power generator

Worth It: A back-up power generator.It’s the biggest gainer in the study, jumping 28 percent over last year, and plays especially well in areas brutalized by storms.

 

 

 

 

Not Worth It: Major bathroom work. “You could install the most spectacular jetted tub, and it still might not suit a buyer,” says Patsy O’Neill, a sales associate with Sotheby’s in Montclair, NJ. “Meanwhile, you’d have spent tens of thousands of dollars.”

213 N Church Street MLS 20159191

213 N Church Street
MLS 20159191

That explains why it made Bankrate.com’s list of “6 Worst Home Fixes for the Money” and why you should stick to things like re-grouting the shower.

 

 

 

 

Worth It: There’s a reason this ultimate “curb appeal” enhancer consistently makes Remodeling’s list and is up 11.2 percent over even last year: A roof is the first thing prospective buyers notice even before exiting their cars, and you can kiss that sale good-bye if yours looks like it’s been through its life span already!

Worth it! A new roof

Worth it! A new roof

“It’s a huge turn-off,” says O’Neill, “and makes buyers predisposed to find even more things they don’t like.” For the look of luxury at very affordable prices, check with a local roofing company and make the investment before that For Sale sign goes up.

 

 

 

Not Worth It: Major kitchen renovations. Again, the key word is “major,” and again it’s a “taste” issue.

 

Tile? Granite? Copper? Stainless? Let a buyer decide

Tile? Granite? Copper? Stainless? Let a buyer decide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Sellers. More Buyers.

More Sellers. More Buyers.

Hartwell Lake Office

Keowee Key Office

Lake Keowee Office

Waterfront Office

John Pulliam, Broker/Owner

Clemson Office: Sorrell Hoover,Broker


Yard Signs & Open Houses Taking a Back Seat to Mobile Apps

for sale signNAR – Survey confirms yard signs, open houses taking a back seat to mobile

open house

 NAR survey shows plateau in share of buyers who find home on Internet

Homebuyers, particularly young ones, are now more likely to get information from mobile apps and websites than yard signs and open houses, according to an annual survey released today by the National Association of Realtors.

“While yard signs and open houses have historically been used most frequently after online websites and real estate agents, the use of mobile technology is now outpacing these traditional sources in the home search process,” the 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers said.

Information sources used in home search, by age

Source: 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

Source: 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

And while buyers are more likely to find the home they end up purchasing on the Internet than through an agent, the proportion who do so appears to have plateaued. After rising from 8 percent to 40 percent from 2001 through 2011, the percentage of buyers who found their homes on the Internet has remained steady at 43 percent for two years in a row.

Where buyers found the home they purchased

Source: 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

Source: 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

The survey also found that the proportion of first-time homebuyers dropped to its lowest level in close to three decades.

First-time homebuyers represented 33 percent of homebuyers surveyed, a drop of 5 percentage points from the previous year’s survey and the lowest proportion since 1987 when it stood at 30 percent.

After searching for homes online, the survey found first-time homebuyers were much more likely than repeat buyers to look for information on how to get a mortgage, and to request more information about a home. They were also slightly more like to find the agent that they ultimately used to search for or buy a home.

Actions taken as a result of Internet home search

Source: 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

Source: 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

NAR sent the 127-question survey out in July and received 6,572 responses. The survey covers owner-occupants and does not include investors or vacation homes.

“Rising rents and repaying student loan debt makes saving for a down payment more difficult, especially for young adults who’ve experienced limited job prospects and flat wage growth since entering the workforce,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said in a statement.

The Internet is a slightly more central tool for homebuyers in the home search process than agents, the survey showed. Respondents ranked websites above real estate agents for both the frequency and usefulness in their home search.

In the survey, 88 percent of respondents said they frequently or occasionally used a website to search for a home, edging real estate agents by just one percentage point.

In addition, homebuyers revealed that the Internet was by far their first destination when initiating the homebuying process. Forty-three percent of the survey respondents said their first step in the homebuying process involved searching for properties online. Contacting a real estate agent ranked second, with 15 percent of respondents indicating that as their initial move.

As in last year’s survey, the Internet was the No. 1 tool buyers used to find the house they eventually bought, representing 43 percent of survey respondents. Agents came in at No. 2 at 33 percent.

Use of the Internet didn’t obviate homebuyers and sellers’ use of an agent, however.

“Ninety percent of homebuyers who searched for homes online ended up purchasing their home through an agent,” said NAR President Steve Brown in a statement. “In fact, buyers who used the Internet were more likely to purchase their home through an agent than those who didn’t (67 percent).”

Homebuyers and sellers are using real estate agents at a healthy clip, according to the report. The survey showed that 88 percent of both buyers and sellers used an agent to help them purchase or sell their home.

As in last year’s survey, 9 percent of sellers in the 2014 survey said they sold their home themselves, without the help of an agent.

Of those homebuyers who used the Internet, 54 percent and 51 percent used a mobile device or a mobile search engine, respectively, to search for a home.

Value of website features

Source: 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

Source: 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

The Internet also played a slightly more central role for buyers in choosing an agent in this year’s survey compared to last year’s, but personal referrals still dominate.

Ten percent of homebuyers queried in the 2014 survey said they found their agent online compared with 9 percent last year. In addition, a higher proportion of buyers reported they found their agent through an agent referral than last year.

Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com and other real estate tech firms are focused on building products, like well-rounded agent profile pages, to help connect buyers with agents in new ways on the expectation that the Internet will play an increasingly central place in the process in years to come.

On the seller side, the Internet’s prominence in bringing sellers and agents together didn’t change from a year ago. Just 4 percent of sellers reported finding their agent through the Internet in the 2014 survey.

Homebuyers ranked photos, detailed property info, interactive maps and virtual tours, in that order, as the most useful website features for home search.

Article Summarized by Keith Perkins, REALTOR®

“Living, Listing & Selling on Hartwell Lake”

Keith Perkins REALTOR®

Keith Perkins
REALTOR®

Hartwell Lake Office

678-595-0540

www.terriperkins.com

[email protected]

 

 

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Sellers Take Note…Buyers Love Outside Living Spaces!

Sellers Take Note…Buyers Love Outside Living Spaces!

Studies have shown that simply being outside makes people feel more alive. That is certainly true in the Upstate of South Carolina, where mild summers lead to our grills and outdoor kitchens and brisk fall temps welcome a fire pit and late night sing a longs.

This growing popularity for outdoor living areas is easily done with the likes of large home improvement stores advertising the whole idea coming together in a 3 day weekend or BIG projects finished in a week off in the summer.

Experts who specialize in residential design across the country reviewed some of the most in demand outdoor living features and design elements.

Kitchens and Grills

Poplar Springs Road  MLS 20154312

882 Poplar Springs Road
MLS 20154312/Greg Coutu REALTOR®

Whether its building in your new grill, smoker or deep fryer you will want to have some work space and possibly cover from the elements. Popular finishes are brick, slate, concrete countertops and stone. Stainless steel grills and appliances have great outdoor life as well.  Easy to clean and normally hold up in the elements.  Remember, this is an upscale showcase for your home and entertaining – upgrades are a must!

Lighting

Think beyond traditional light fixtures, take advantage of the open space of the outdoors to use a larger than normal globe or cast iron lanterns, and lamp posts. Running in ground natural gas can be a big help to turn up the look of lanterns, lamp posts and not to mention the ease of quick lighting fuel for your appliances.  Most designers recommend ambient lighting placed beneath seating and garden features can bring a chic, ethereal atmosphere to your outdoor living areas.  Lighting not only enhances the beauty of your landscaping and extends your time of use, it is an important safety feature for guests coming and going.

Seating and Dining Areas

3008 Boulders Drive MLS 20158735/Greg Coutu REALTOR®

3008 Boulders Drive
MLS 20158735/Greg Coutu REALTOR®

All-weather materials are more abundant than ever, offering homeowners the opportunity to choose the perfect seating and dining arrangements for any backyard, lakeside or mountain view. Comfortable seating around a fire pit or table encourages guests to linger, and having a spacious outdoor dining set makes even the most ordinary family dinner something special.

Fire Pits

A fire pit is a great way to add ambiance to an evening get-together. Do-it-yourselfers of nearly any experience level can assemble a fire pit or grill from a kit.  Several portable versions are available and can easily be covered or stored out of site when not in use.  Larger structures require foundation work and finishing with stone, rock or brick to create a year round spot for outdoor enjoyment.

412 Pine Acre Court  MLS 20154414

412 Pine Acre Court
MLS 20154414/Melanie Fink REALTOR®

 

Creating a beautiful space for outdoor enjoyment CREATES a new place for family fun and INCREASES your casual living appeal when perspective purchasers view your home! Transform your vacant space to get ahead of the other homes in your market.

 

 

More Sellers. More Buyers.

More Sellers. More Buyers.

Hartwell Lake Office

Keowee Key Office

Lake Keowee Office

Waterfront Office

John Pulliam, Broker/Owner

Clemson Office, Sorrell Hoover Broker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Welcome to the “Hamptons in the South”

The view is exceptional and the layout is welcoming. Built in 2007 the owner placed the plans for her dream home in the very capable hands of Lee Bolding, Bolding Quality Construction. Now that dream home is referred to as a little piece of the Hamptons right here in South Carolina.

Expansive lake side of home

Expansive lake side of home

Peaceful and protected setting with long views on Lake Keowee

Peaceful and protected setting with long views on Lake Keowee

 

 

Beautiful architectural detail

Beautiful architectural detail

 

As you enter the main level and gaze across the grand open great room, cast your view upward to the massive ship perched in a bay window. Much of the style and feel of this room was built around the boat.  Even taller front doors were installed to draw attention upward so that the model ship would not be missed!

Unique flooring

Unique flooring

Oversized entrance door

Oversized entrance door

Oversized kitchen

Oversized kitchen

 

hillview lower level

Lower level

The kitchen opens off the great room, divided only by small pillars, leaving both rooms, accessible during larger gatherings. The double islands and other countertops in the kitchen feature bushed and flamed granite.  A weathered look has been added to the island cabinetry.  Variable width plank flooring adds to the nautical feel on the first floor, while a black and cream color schemed cabinetry completes the kitchen.

Master bath

Master bath

Comfortable sitting room

Comfortable sitting room

 

Master suite

Master suite

 

Other highlights of 219 Hillview Drive in Waterford Pointe on Lake Keowee include…

  • Five bedrooms, Four and one half baths, over 5000 sq ft
  • Interior transom windows
  • Timeless bead board trim
  • Inspired lighting
  • Carlisle extra-wide plank hardwood flooring
  • Oversized kitchen has two islands, two sinks, panelized refrigerator and beverage cooler
  • Dining room, screened porch and many more rooms have lake view
  • Master bedroom on main level with sitting area
  • Luxurious master bath with large soaking tub, walk in shower and his/her closets
  • Upper level has a bonus bedroom with full bath
  • Lower level walk out basement has three of the bedrooms with two full baths
  • Just under one acre this home site has full size covered dock and rip rapped shoreline
  • Easy walk to the covered dock and featuring a Tennessee stone patio

As quoted in a magazine article about this home in the fall of 2008, “…a Hamptons home with no New England winters. ”

 

 

Greg Coutu, REALTOR®

Greg Coutu, REALTOR®

 

Greg Coutu, REALTOR®

CELL 864.230.5911

EMAIL  [email protected]

1st CHOICE Realty – Keowee Waterfront


Enjoy Lake Shore Swimming

This lovely home is located on a cul-de-sac in Keowee Key. Besides natures input to the beauty of this property, the owner has planted over 50 evergreens and has landscaped around the home enhancing the feeling of quiet solitude of the surroundings.  This 2900 +/- square feet, four bedroom, four full bath, two level home was designed and built to take advantage of this beautiful setting.  You enter the upper level into the great room with a fireplace and cathedral ceiling.

11 Maritime, Keowee Key

11 Maritime, Keowee Key

A wall of glass provides the views and access to the deck.  The adjacent dining room, breakfast room and kitchen share the views. There is an office room, second bedroom and master suite sharing this level.  On the walkout lower level is a family room with fireplace, guest suite, and a bright room with bay window that could be the fourth bedroom. A large unfinished area that could be used for many purposes completes this level.

Large and inviting this vestibule opens into the large open space of the living room.

Great Room

Great Room

The Entrance Vestibule

The Entrance Vestibule

Great Room

Great Room

 

As you leave the entrance hall you walk into the spacious and bright living room featuring a fireplace and cathedral ceiling. The glassed wall provides the views and the access to the deck. Beautiful hardwood floors add warmth to this space.

Breakfast Room

Breakfast Room

The kitchen features a combination dining and breakfast room perfect for entertaining guests.

 

Kitchen

Kitchen

The master suite has a large full bath. This upper level room has many windows and access to the screened porch that provides a picturesque get-away are for relaxation.

Master Suite

Master Suite

 

Screened Porch

Screened Porch

 

The lower level family room has a fireplace and access to the outside deck. A guest room and what the owner’s use as a sewing room are also on this level. These rooms all have large windows creating lots of natural light. An unfinished work room on the lower level also has large windows and access to the patio.

Open Deck Area

Open Deck Area

Lower level fam room

Lower Level Family Room

Sewing room/Bedroom

Sewing room/Bedroom

A large span of deck across the rear of this home leads to the screened porch on one end. Both the deck and the screened porch are accessible from the main rooms on this level. The unfinished storage/work room on the lower level has plenty of natural light and access to the outside patio.

Great outdoor living space

Great outdoor living space

 

Mature Landscaping

Mature Landscaping

 

 Keowee Key Amenities Include

Gated Entrance

24/7 Security

18 Hole Golf Course

Full Tennis Facilities

Pickle Ball

Racquet Ball

Health Club

Indoor Swimming Pool

Club House

Activity Center

Lakeside Paved Leisure Trail

Outdoor Swimming Pool with Activity Building

REALTOR®  ABR

REALTOR® ABR

 Jeanne Erickson

 864.710.4690 (Cell)

 [email protected]