Columbia Real Estate Blog

Where are the BEST Places to Eat on a Date Night in Columbia, SC

If you are anything like most couples choosing a great place to go on date night can sometimes be the biggest challenge! We have made it easy for you with our Top 5 Restaurants for Date Night in Columbia, SC. All 5 of these restaurants are sure to please your palate and offer a unique experience at the same time. 

What are your top 5 Choices? Let us know if the comment section below..

1. Colas RestaurantColas is one of my all time favorites in the Vista. Located in a restored RC Cola Bottling Factory the atmosphere and menu are...

Wondering if You Can Buy Your First Home?

Wondering if You Can Buy Your First Home?

Buying Your First Home

There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family, others might think they are too young, and still, others might think their current income would never enable them to qualify for a mortgage.

We want to share what the typical first-time homebuyer actually looks like based on the National Association of REALTORS most recent ...

6% Commission vs. Full Service Flat Fee Listing

Thinking about selling your Home? Consider your options and the role of your listing agent......

Welcome to 2018! Everyone in my life is looking forward to a new year full of changes in life, home, work, family, and positive beginnings. I certainly hope the same for you!

For those of you who have a new home in the forecast, there are some major considerations to analyze before making the next step toward that goal. In most cases, selling your current home is the first step before purchasing your next home and I would like to point out some available options you may not be aware of....

First, and foremost, TECHNOLOGY has drastically changed the way real estate transactions take place, specifically in ways to market your home. When you are searching for real estate, are you calling you agent for property listings or do you search on your own? Over 90% of real estate searches begin online prior to involving a real estate agent at all. What is my point? The role of...

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Do it TODAY!!

That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2017 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!
The February numbers are not in yet, but the January numbers were sensational. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, said:
“Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home. Market challenges remain, but the housing market is off to a prosperous start as homebuyers staved off inventory levels that are far from adequate…”
And CNBC says consumer confidence in the economy is fueling the market:
“U.S. home resales surged to a 10-year high in January...

Need Offers? Consider Auctioning Your Home..........

Home not selling? Not getting any showings?

It may be time to consider an auction. Here's what you need to know........

Resource Realty Group has recently partnered with Xome.com to provide auction services to our clients. So far the results have been great and we are thrilled to offer an emerging way to sell your home. Below you will find a few quick items to help you understand the process. 

                                               

→ 0% Commission Upon Sale. Your property will be listed in our auction partner's offer marketplace where the buyer will...

Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

Potential homebuyers are always cautioned to be aware of mortgage lending standards and the difficulty they might face when trying to obtain a mortgage. Credit availability is expanding, making it easier to get a mortgage now than it was a year ago. The market is still tight however, and homebuyers should be prepared to shop around until they find a lender who is offering something that will meet the needs of their family.

Mortgage lending companies have high standards so it is important to make sure you and anyone else who will be included on the mortgage have their credit in check. The mortgage market is strict because lenders do not want to be put in a situation where they are forced to repurchase loans that are not paid on. They also do not want to end up in a litigation...

Common Things to Look Out for Before Buying Your Dream Home

Common Things to Look Out for Before Buying Your Dream Home

It is easy to become overwhelmed when you enter the home buying market. Friends, family, colleagues, and even acquaintances will give you their opinions if you are a first time home buyer. While most of them are looking out for your best interest, they are not fully aware of what is happening in the housing market.

It is important for you to be prepared and have your own questions ready. No matter what other opinions you are getting, you are the one buying the home and your comfort level will help make your final decision. Here are three important questions to ask before you purchase a home.

1. Why am I Buying a Home?

Regardless of the finances, it is important to think about what made you want to buy a home in the...

Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?

Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?

There has been some discussion recently on home prices in relation to mortgage rates. Some believe if there is a rapid rise of mortgage rates, home prices should decrease. Logically it makes the most sense for the price of the house to drop when interest rates are rising, but this is not always the case.

This theory of home prices decreasing is typically discussed by future home buyers. As a buyer you would like to think if you are paying higher rates on your mortgage, you should be able to see a decrease in cost somewhere else. Unfortunately, these rates are rising because the economy is in better shape. As the economy succeeds, incomes rise, rates go up, as well as the price of the home.

A recent study by the John Burns Real Estate Consulting found mortgage rates...

Why You Should Consider Selling in the Winter

Selling In Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

The season you sell your home can have an impact on how much you get for your home and how quickly it sells. The season that has the most success in selling homes is spring. This is a good time of year for families moving to new school districts and is also more convenient weather for moving. Because of this trend, most people will recommend waiting to list your home until after the winter is over. Avoiding the winter is a huge misconception in the housing industry and can cause homeowners to miss out on opportunities.

Selling in the winter can give you a few advantages. There will be fewer houses on the market since most people assume winter is a bad time to sell. This gives your home more attention. Potential buyers are always looking no matter the time of year. Keeping your...