Greenwood Real Estate
Welcome to my Greenwood and Lake Greenwood SC real estate news blog. Stay tuned for all the local happenings, home-buying information and market trends coming up!
Lake Greenwood, SC is more than a top retirement destination. It's also a top vacation location for families from all over wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. If you've never heard of Lake Greenwood before, you are not alone. Being a Lake Greenwood REALTOR I talk to people from almost every state who have only heard of Lake Greenwood through word of mouth, usually from a friend who discovered the area while passing through to another larger or more well known lake. This lack of notoriety contributes to the areas charm. Referred to by many as one of the Carolinas best kept secrets it has a mild climate with just a hint of winter weather usually lasting less than one month and a place where snowfall is rare.
The location of Lake Greenwood is perfect for those who like the mountains as well as the beaches as a visit to either can easily be accomplished in a day. Greenwood is centrally located just a short drive from five small historic towns offering a variety of shopping, dining and healthcare. Speaking of healthcare, those considering Greenwood as a retirement location will be happy to know that we are home to the award winning Self Regional Healthcare System and the areas largest Genetic Research Center. That is understandable considering that other than independent, local businesses healthcare seems to be the areas largest employer.
When it comes to property for sale in Greenwood, SC the area has something for every budget. Whether you are in search of a condo for sale on Lake Greenwood or vacant land to build your dream home you will impressed with the selection whether its' lakefront or acreage in the country.
Spring and Summer offers many festivals around town including the most popular Festival of Flowers. The 2013 Festival of Flowers kicks off June 1 with the main event weekend June 20-23. It would be a great time to come check out the area and view some homes for sale on Lake Greenwood or even in one of the local golf communities. If you would like recommendations on lodging, boat rentals or our "top picks" of area restaurants just email us through our website let us know what information you would like.
If you are interested in receiving a complete list of available properties for sale on Lake Greenwood SC in a particular price range text us, email us or give us a call.
We helped many buyers last year by providing information and helping them acheive their goals and we look forward to helping you this year!
Good news when it comes to Greenwood Real Estate as well as on a National level! The National Association of Realtors recently reported that total existing-home sales, (completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops) rose 5.9 percent to an adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in November from a downwardly revised 4.76 million in October, and are 14.5 percent higher than the 4.40 million-unit pace in November 2011. Sales are at the highest level since November 2009 when the annual pace spiked at 5.44 million.
If you are thinking of buying now is the time. Selection is increasing and interest rates aren't! That's a good combination. I have buyers from many "distressed" housing markets letting me know that after a long wait their house is FINALLY under contract! Real Estate is local but far-reaching. Conditions are improving in the "troubled" spots which means the clogged pipeline is opening one sale at a time. For some it's been as much as a 3 year wait but their search for Lake Greenwood Property is underway! Lakefront lots on Lake Greenwood are still at 6 year lows and financing is available. Worried about selecting the right builder? Email The Bradshaw Group and we will be more than happy to get you in touch with some of the best builders in the Greenwood area. Rest assured, we won't lead you astray!
If you are considering selling Greenwood real estate you may be wondering if and how the new tax law may (or may not) affect you. I have summarized below a little about the law and who the new law will most likely affect.
Beginning January 2013 the new 3.8% tax on some types of investment income will take place. The new tax will affect some (but NOT ALL) real estate transactions. Like most laws it's a bit complicated so it's hard to predict how it will affect every seller or buyer. The new tax was actually passed in 2010 with the intent to generate an estimated $210 BILLION to help fund President Obama's healthcare and Medicare "overhaul". Here are the main things to know to get an idea of whether or not you may be affected.
First of all you should know the tax will NOT be imposed on every real estate transaction;
it MAY impose a 3.8% tax on some income generated from interest, dividends, earned rental income (less expenses) and capital gains income (less capital losses);
the tax will fall ONLY on individuals with an adjusted gross income of more than $200,000 and couples filing jointly with an adjusted gross income of more than $250,000.
Again, the above is a simplified generality of who can expect to be affected. I suggest if you have your property for sale in Greenwood SC or anywhere else and think you may be affected according to the above guidelines consult an accountant or other qualified person to find out how or what it means for you. Or contact your Lake Greenwood Property specialists at the The Bradshaw Group and request an informational brochure developed by the National Association of Realtors with specific guidleines, scenarios and details in understanding the law. We are here to help you when it comes to getting the information you need to make informed decisions.
If you would like a snapshot of what the Lake Greenwood Real Estate market looks like just let us know and we will be more than happy to provide the information along with honest answers you need before making any decisions. Your home is one of your largest assets. Don't make any decisions without getting a true representation of the local real estate market as it is TODAY from a full time REALTOR who truly has YOUR best interest in mind.
New listings in the Greenwood real estate market remained flat at 109. Pending Sales were up 74.1 percent to 101. Inventory levels shrank 12.2 percent to 717 units. Prices moved higher. The Median Sales Price increased 7.6 percent to $123,000. Days on Market was up 23.3 percent to 204 days. The supply-demand balance stabilized as Months Supply of Inventory was down 21.5 percent to 14.1 months.
Lake Greenwood real estate once again saw multiple offers on the best values still remaining. Even though the selection of lakefront property is shrinking (typical for this time of year), sellers are still motivated, rates are at all time lows and there are still great properties available.
On a larger scale, a total of 80 metropolitan statistical areas across 32 states and the District of Columbia were listed as improving housing markets on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for August. This included 75 markets that retained their places on the list along with five new ones. ‘The list of improving housing markets in August includes metros across every region of the country, all of which have distinctly different characteristics in terms of their economic and employment bases as well as other factors,’ said Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the NAHB and a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. ‘The fact that we continue to see a strong core of metros showing up on the improving list each month adds to the growing evidence that the emerging housing recovery has a solid foundation on which to build as housing returns to its traditional role of driving economic growth,’ said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. Source: National Mortgage Professional
It’s true that real estate is local and all markets are slightly different but across the board real estate statistics are improving which shows real estate is on the right track once again. If you would like more details on Greenwood Real Estate or Lake Greenwood area real estate contact The Bradshaw Group. We’ll be more than happy to provide you with the facts you need before buying or
The Greenwood real estate market is seeing multiple offers and major improvements in market conditions in comparison to this time last year. Every time I look around there are yet more signs that we are bouncing back in and around Greenwood. Whether it is the opening of new businesses, the construction of condos in Greenwood or new homes on Lake Greenwood we are seeing more than in the past years and it's a welcome sight.
While the Greenwood SC area in general wasn’t hit as hard as many local, larger areas we still had (and have) a few short sales and foreclosures lurking around. When it comes to Lake Greenwood real estate they are a rare find. I get calls almost daily from people wanting my "list of lakefront foreclosures" and I'm always happy to announce there is no list! OH, I can just hear the disappointment in their voice! Then things usually take a different course after they hear how the area is much more affordable than most lakes in SC even without foreclosure properties on Lake Greenwood. After visiting the area Greenwood, SC ranks “high” on their list of top retirement destinations.
On a larger level Bloomberg News reports that in some areas home buyers are having to pay more than asking price to get the home they desire. Bidding wars were a common part of real estate in 2006. But when the market turned from a “seller’s market” to “buyer’s market,” more sellers started seeing lowball bids than high bids. Now times are slowly changing, and bidding wars are being reported in several markets, such as in Seattle, Boston, Silicon Valley, Miami, and Washington, D.C.
“The housing crash is finally giving way to recovery in an increasing number of markets across the country,” Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics. “The decline in unsold listings and vacant homes and the increase in rents presage better times ahead for single-family housing.” Source: Bloomberg News
Now is truly THE BEST time to buy. I've been saying it all along...and while each time I say it is a good time it just continues to get better. Click here to visit us on the web and see everything the Greenwood area has to offer. Mild climate, affordability, golf courses, central location and friendly people are just the beginning. There's something for everyone and we look forward to helping you find yours.
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It's been awhile.....but not because there has not been good news to share! I am happy to report the Greenwood, SC Real Estate market has taken off for the first time in years. Specializing in lakefront property on Lake Greenwood I am seeing activity reminiscent of 4 years ago and prices still holding (so far) at 5 year lows. Interest rates are still low but buyers shouldn't expect the perfect world to last forever. Buyers who are buying from other states are reporting their markets are beginning to show an increase in activity as well. That is news I haven't heard in at least 3 years. There will be changes in the future so don't miss the boat!
Hopefully this doesn't still find anyone sitting on the fence but in case you are maybe the following will help motivate you to jump....or at the very least climb down and see what you might be missing out on.
Real estate economists and analysts are increasingly optimistic that the housing market will have a dramatic recovery in the next two years, according to results of a new semi-annual survey of 38 real estate economists and analysts conducted by the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate. The economists predict that the national average for home prices will stop falling by this year and a subsequent turnaround will occur. By next year, they project that home prices will begin to rise by 2 percent, and then get a larger boost of 3.5 percent by 2014. The economists also predict that housing starts will nearly double by next year. They also foresee rental prices continuing to increase for all property types, ranging from 0.8 percent to 5 percent. The economists’ predictions were made on assumptions that the economy would continue to strengthen, including a larger drop in unemployment. “While geopolitical and global economic events could change the forecast going forward, what we see in this survey is confidence that the U.S. real estate economy has weathered the brunt of the recent financial storm and is poised for significant improvement over the next three years,” says Patrick L. Phillips, ULI chief executive officer. “These results hold much promise for the real estate industry.” Source: RISMedia
There's the green light folks! If you are looking for the ideal lakefront retirement community or a top retirement location in the carolinas the time is NOW and the place is Greenwood, SC! Looking for a vacation rental on Lake Greenwood? Give us a call and we can point you in the right direction.
Come visit one of the South's Best Secrets and let us show you around. We think you'll be impressed.
Every year we give thanks and it is very important to remember what we have to give thanks for. As far as Greenwood Real Estate is concerned it is no secret that we have been subject to a severe recession and a depressing and way too slow recovery. However, we are recovering and despite what the prognosticators say, America will be stronger than ever in the future. Every day we hear about the bad news coming from Europe and worry about how a meltdown there could pull us back into recession. To us, it only serves to remind us now much better off we are here as compared to the rest of the world. You don't see Americans leaving in droves. All the while the depressing news from Europe is just drowning out the news of our own recovery. That news is even more important than Europe. In the past two weeks just about every economic report released has been positive. This week it was retail sales, industrial production and housing permits. Continuing unemployment claims are now at the lowest level since 2008. Let's face it you would not know the news was good if you looked at the action in the stock market. Maybe it is time to consider investing in Lake Greenwood property while prices are low and inventory is high.
Recent reports from the broader economy have dispelled the story of a double-dip recession. An early reading of gross domestic product (GDP) showed 2.5 percent growth. Meanwhile, national job growth, a major driver of housing demand and price support, has recently strengthened. An increasingly impatient White House has rolled out phase two of the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) for Fannie- and Freddie-backed mortgages. This should help a number of consumers as they write the next chapter.
On a more local note, the Greenwood Association of Realtors recently shared the following statistics: New Listings in the Greenwood region increased 9.1 percent to 84; pending sales were up 97.4 percent and inventory levels shrank 6.8 percent. Prices showed signs of life as well with the Median Sales Price increasing 26.0 percent even though the average days on market also had an increase of 15.7 percent. Add all this together and it seems that a change is coming for real estate for sale in Greenwood...and it's a good change!
Real estate is local! Every market is different but all in all the outlook is bright for Greenwood real estate. If owning lakefront property on Lake Greenwood is on your wish list act now to take full advantage of current market conditions before they begin to swing in another direction and make sure to give thanks for what we do have!
Lake Greenwood has become one of the most popular SC lakes for a variety of reasons. The best way to explain why is to explain what it is NOT!
It is NOT the largest lake in the area but definitely one that should be considered if a low key lifestyle is what you are looking for;
it is NOT highly commercialized which adds to the popularity, charm and tranquility of it;
it is NOT a Corp of Engineers lake (it is controlled by Lake Greenwood Management).which means property owners actually own their property and all of the rights to it all the way up to the shoreline. In most areas you are allowed to build as close as 75' from the shoreline (some areas will allow you to build as close as 25');
it is NOT as severely affected in times of drought as neighboring lakes.
These particular "what it is NOT's" are what have made it what it IS.....one of the best lakes in SC! It is a great time to consider Lake Greenwood property since interest rates are still at historical lows and prices are currently at 5 year lows. If your dream for the future consists of building your dream home so you can build what YOU want the time is even better. There are incredible bargains to be found when it comes to lakefront lots for sale on Lake Greenwood. Concerned that your dream of building could be a nightmare? Don't be! I'll get you in contact with a local builder who has built a solid reputation around quality construction, trustworthiness and integrity.
Visit my website to gain access to one of the most up to date and easiest Greenwood MLS search tools available. Look around to learn more about the area. Make sure to check out the Lake Greenwood Map Tool to get an idea of the layout of the lake itself and the many communities along it's 212 miles of shoreline. The short video on the homepage may also give you an idea of what you'll find should you decide to visit the area. If foreclosures on Lake Greenwood is of interest you can find them on my website as well. There haven't been many but the few that are available are worth a look!
When you are planning your visit email me and I'll be happy to provide you lodging info. Whether it's a lakefront vacation rental on Lake Greenwood, an area Bed and Breakfast or local hotel close to shopping, just let me know your preference and I'll get you the info you need. Just think of me as your one stop resource for "everything Lake Greenwood"!
When you start to consider the Lake Greenwood area as a relocation destination you deserve to be shown around by a Lake Greenwood Realtor who has spent years following the real estate market during good times and bad. Only then will you be provided factual information that can help you make the best decisions.
I'm NOT here to sell you lakefront property on Lake Greenwood. I'm here to help find the best of Lake Greenwood property that fits your needs and help make YOUR dream come true.
Keeping up with the Lake Greenwood real estate market means not only knowing the Greenwood area but it also means knowing the surrounding areas as well. Lake Greenwood spans 3 different counties. In my opinion one of the best reasons to live at the lower end of the lake other than the magnificent views, naturesque surroundings and deep water is being within a SHORT drive to 3 surrounding historic towns, each with its own personality.
Yesterday I visted Newberry to research a property. Some people may have visited the Newberry Opera House but that's just one of this towns attractions. While I was there I decided to have lunch at a little place that could be easily overlooked. The Grille On Main, which was once a pharmacy in the "old days" located on Main Street (bet you already figured that out) was such a great last minute stop. I had to park a ways away from the Grille and as I was walking up the street checking out the little specialty shops I got the feeling of a quaint, friendly "Mayberry-ish" town. In today's world that is a good feeling even if it's only for a few minutes.
When I walked in the Grille On Main I was was greeted by friendly servers who actually took the time to make me feel welcome. My server was terrific and ready to take my order almost before I got seated. I decided on the Baked Potato Soup and Pimento Cheese sandwich. Both were absolutely DELICIOUS and homemade goodness filled every bite!
The next time you find yourself looking at real estate in Greenwood, SC, especially on the lake near the dam, remember you're only a short drive from Newberry. I hope you make the time to visit Newberry and wander the downtown area for a few minutes. You'll find numerous antique shops in a quaint little town rich in history. If you do happen to find yourself in Newberry make sure to visit The Grille On Main and since it's the perfect time of year for soup....try the Baked Potato soup. You'll love it!