Fort Mill Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Dec. 11, 2019

The Benefits of Growing Equity in Your Home

Over the past few decades, the way we view homeownership has changed. Unlike previous generations who bought a home with a 30-year mortgage and celebrated the day they made their last payment; today’s home buyers rarely stay in their homes that long. As a result, the way we view mortgages has changed as well and often buyers are not building the equity in their homes the way we used to.

 

But there are benefits to building equity and paying down the loan, here are just a few.

 

Flexibility. Having equity in your home gives you the flexibility to move if you need to or want to. For homeowners who plan to either buy a large home or perhaps downsize, having equity allows you to not only put money down on a new loan but pay for moving and closing costs.

 

Safety Net. Life is full of unexpected expenses such as a job loss or relocation, unexpected illness or accident, natural disasters and the equity in your home can help you navigate these unexpected costs with a line of credit or proceeds from a sale.

 

Asset Recovery. Many homeowners over the last couple of decades have found themselves underwater in their homes; negative equity. By either making additional principal payments on the loan or reaping the effect of higher home values, building equity can help create wealth and turn a negative asset into a positive.

 

Homeowners might not plan to stay in their homes as long as they're parents and grandparents, but there are still great reasons to focus on building equity in their homes. A home is an asset and if treated properly can become a wealth-building tool, unlike any other option.

Dec. 2, 2019

November Real Estate Market Update For York County, SC

Let's dive even deeper than this. Let's begin by looking at a year over year comparison of specific real estate data that will help us understand what our local markets are doing compared to the rest of the country. 

NOVEMBER New Listings:

We start by looking at the NEW LISTINGS that came on the market in November and we begin with 2017, where we see there were 389 NEW LISTINGS that came on the market. In November of 2018, we find an increase of +11.1 percent with 432 NEW LISTINGS. The following year in November of 2019, we increased slightly by +1.4 percent with 438 NEW LISTINGS. 

NOVEMBER Homes for Sale:

We again, start by looking at November of 2017, where we see there were 1,464 HOMES FOR SALE. In November of 2018, we find an increase of +2.7 percent with 1,503 HOMES FOR SALE. The following year in November of 2019, we decreased by -12.1 percent with 1,321 HOMES FOR SALE. 

NOVEMBER Pending Sales:

Let's view November of 2017, where we see there were 328 PENDING SALES. In November of 2018, we increased by +6.4 percent with 349 PENDING SALES. The following year in November of 2019, we increased by +17.5 percent with 410 PENDING SALES. 

NOVEMBER Median Days on Market:

Let's view November of 2017, where we see there were 21 MEDIAN DAYS ON MARKET. In November of 2018, we increased by 23.8 percent to 26 MEDIAN DAYS ON MARKET. The following year in November of  2019, we decreased by -26.9 percent to 19 MEDIAN DAYS ON MARKET. 

NOVEMBER Months Supply of Homes for Sale:

In November of 2017, the MONTHS SUPPLY OF HOMES FOR SALE was 3.5. In November of 2018, we decreased by -2.9 percent to 3.4 MONTHS SUPPLY OF HOMES FOR SALE. The following year in November of 2019, we decreased by -20.6 percent to 2.7 MONTHS SUPPLY OF HOMES FOR SALE. 

So there is your comprehensive LOCAL look at the real estate market. If you are thinking about purchasing a home, please reach out to the Linda Hall Team. We'd love to assist you!!

Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 25, 2019

Local Scoop: Grab Your Skates!

Tis the season to spend some fun one on one time with the family and what better place to do it then on the rink! Many people don’t think of ice skating rinks when they think of South Carolina, but we do have this activity and we look forward to it! We will share with you one that’s nearby in Rock Hill and has opened as of November 15th!

 

Founders Holiday Ice Rink

Location: 205 Saluda Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Open November 15, 2019, through January 20, 2020

For Hours Click Here

$10 covers skate rental and up to 2 hours on the ice with every Wednesday being buy one, get one free night! No charge if you’d simply like to watch and not skate.

Upcoming Special Events

December 5th through 8th – Christmasville. A four-day festival of all things Christmas.

January 11th – Harry Potter Night. Wizards and muggles alike are all invited to enjoy a magical night on the ice!

Special note - If conditions become unsafe due to rain or snow, or even unseasonably warm temperatures, the rink may need to close. Any such closure will be announced on their Facebook page.

 

We hope you have enjoyed this local scoop and that you will come back often to see what else is happening in our local area. Also, if you need any real estate assistance the Linda Hall Team would love to help you. Contact any of them for all your real estate needs.

Posted in Community
Nov. 19, 2019

The Home Selling Process Explained

Are you planning to sell your home? Regardless if this is your first time as a home seller, or maybe you’ve sold many homes, understanding the selling process can assure you that things are going smoothly. Successful transactions don’t just happen; it takes experience and professionals to navigate from staging to closing.

Who Are The Experts?

  • Real Estate Agent – Before you start, do your homework and find an experienced listing agent in your area.
  • Escrow Officer – Your escrow officer is a neutral 3rd party, they take the terms agreed to by the parties and ensures they are fulfilled properly.

Timeline For Your Home Sale

  • Meeting With Your Agent – Your agent will tour your home and discuss your market value (including a comparative market analysis), timing and financial goals in order to create a custom plan for selling your home.
  • Preparing Your Home For Sale - Typically even a dated home can be spruced up with small changes in furniture placement, fresh paint, new lighting and/or minor repairs.
  • Listing Your House - Once your home is ready for buyers, you will list your home and your agent will implement their marketing plan.
  • Offers - Once you receive offers, you will meet with your agent to review them together and determine how to respond.
  • Inspection - As the seller, you will also complete any conditions you’ve agreed to, such as repairs or termite work.
  • Closing – Once all conditions have been completed, you will close the sale and receive the proceeds.

The sales process is a series of steps that you and your agent will take together. Knowing what to expect, and when, can alleviate the uncertainty you might feel as a seller.

Nov. 11, 2019

Thanksgiving Special For First-time Hostesses

It's that time of year when we gather with our friends and family for some quality time together. I think it is probably one of my favorite times of the year because who doesn't love having our friends and family visit, but it can be stressful if this is your first time taking on the tradition yourself. How exciting though!! 

My motto is the more you can do ahead of time the better because who wants to be stuck in the kitchen while the party and people are in the family room! Let's start by thinking about the menu and what we can do ahead of time so we can get out of the kitchen. This article by Southern Living will help us all with that. 

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

And who doesn't LOVE good biscuits?! I know I do!! Southern Living has our covered in that department as well with this article.

25 Biscuits That Belong At Every Southern Table

And what Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without PIES?!! Not sure what your favorite pie is but I have yet to meet one I didn't like. Food and Wine has a great reference for practically any pie or tart you can think of!

34 Showstopping Thanksgiving Pies and Tarts

Another cause for anxiety is the actual cooking of the turkey. How long, how do we prep it, should we stuff or not? Well, unless you have your mom standing there by you then you might need some technical help. This particular recipe I'm sharing with you is one that will take any stress out of the equation for you. 

How to Cook a Turkey

Here are some further prep techniques you might want to view and my suggestion has everyone contribute to the meal. In other words, share a dish to pass. :) 

10 Smart Tips to Help You Prepare for Thanksgiving

That's about it! Remember - you've got this and just like buying your first home, hosting your first Thanksgiving is something you'll only be a novice at one time and ASK FOR HELP!! 

Posted in Holiday Related
Nov. 4, 2019

October Real Estate Market Update For York County, SC

Let's dive even deeper than this. Let's begin by looking at a year over year comparison of specific real estate data that will help us understand what our local markets are doing compared to the rest of the country. 

OCTOBER New Listings:

We start by looking at the NEW LISTINGS that came on the market in October and we begin with 2017, where we see there were 345 NEW LISTINGS that came on the market. In October of 2018, we find an increase of +31.6 percent with 454 NEW LISTINGS. The following year in October of 2019, we decreased slightly by -2.0 percent with 445 NEW LISTINGS. 

OCTOBER Homes for Sale:

We again, start by looking at October of 2017, where we see there were 924 HOMES FOR SALE. In October of 2018, we find an increase of +6.8 percent with 987 HOMES FOR SALE. The following year in October of 2019, we decreased by -16.1 percent with 828 HOMES FOR SALE. 

OCTOBER Pending Sales:

Let's view October of 2017, where we see there were 291 PENDING SALES. In October of 2018, we increased by +19.6 percent with 348 PENDING SALES. The following year in October of 2019, we increased by +25.3 percent with 436 PENDING SALES. 

OCTOBER Median Days on Market:

Let's view October of 2017, where we see there were 21 MEDIAN DAYS ON MARKET. In October of 2018, we stayed even at 21 MEDIAN DAYS ON MARKET. The following year in October of  2019, we decreased by -19.0 percent to 17 MEDIAN DAYS ON MARKET. 

OCTOBER Months Supply of Homes for Sale:

In October of 2017, the MONTHS SUPPLY OF HOMES FOR SALE was 2.8. In October of 2018, we remained unchanged at 2.8 MONTHS SUPPLY OF HOMES FOR SALE. The following year in October of 2019, we decreased by -25.0 percent to 2.1 MONTHS SUPPLY OF HOMES FOR SALE. 

So there is your comprehensive LOCAL look at the real estate market. If you are thinking about purchasing a home, please reach out to the Linda Hall Team. We'd love to assist you!!

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 28, 2019

3 Must-Do's Before Listing Your House For Sale

Before you list your home for sale, it’s time to do a little work around the house – to prepare and make sure your home is seen in the best possible light. These “must-do” items are about showing your home to buyers as one which is cared for and ready for them to add their own brand of home to the space. Taking a little time upfront can mean thousands of dollars as buyers start writing their offers.

3 Must-Do’s Before Listing Your House for Sale

1. Declutter, Depersonalize and Clean – This is the time to take spring cleaning seriously, in any season. Clear out all unnecessary items from the home; closets, drawers, extra clothes, old unwanted furniture. Donate to charity, hire a dumpster or rent a storage space; buyers will look in every space and open all drawers and cabinets, make sure your home seems spacious. Spend some time to depersonalize by removing excessive pictures and hide heirlooms. Finally, deep clean every space top to bottom.

2. Address Deferred Maintenance – Make small repairs or hire a handyman to take care of problems that could appear during the home inspection. Replace caulking, fix broken windows and screens, replace light bulbs and freshen up and clean grout; buyers want to see a home that is cared for with “good bones.”

3. Go for Curb Appeal – Spend some time in the yard. Trim bushes and trees, clean and repair hardscape and make sure there is adequate lighting. Welcome your buyers with seasonal flowers or décor and place a fresh mat by the front door.

Before you put that sign in the front yard, spend a little time and elbow grease to make sure you welcome your potential buyers with the best version of your home.

Oct. 14, 2019

Fort Mill Scarecrow Crawl And More!

It's a busy and exciting time in Fort Mill as the Fort Mill Scarecrow Crawl has started. This event runs from October 13th through October 31st. 

You'll find scarecrows that have been created by town residents, as well as area non-profits, school groups, and area businesses. It's a great community activity enjoyed by all.

This year a Linda Hall Team member, Elaine Siegel, is participating with the theme being, "Opt to Adopt, Shop Til You Drop @PAWSibilities Thrift Store and the Christmas Shop." Elaine is a very active volunteer in the community and this is just one of the important ways she involves herself in paying it forward. 

The scarecrow entry by Elaine Siegel's group is named, "PAWSY." Be sure to vote for PAWSY!! 

Also, don't forget to shop at the PAWSiblities Thrift Store and the Christmas Store, as well. Here's some information about the thrift store from their website -

PAWSIBILITIES THRIFT STORE

2144 Carolina Place, Fort Mill, SC 29708
803-802-0600

Shopping Hours:

  • Wednesday; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday; 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday & Sunday; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Monday & Tuesday; CLOSED to the public for processing

Donation Drop-Off Hours

Donated items are highly preferred during our regular business hours, especially, if you wish to receive a tax-deductible donation receipt. If you drop off items during non-business hours, we kindly request that you protect any items (such as placing in plastic bags) that may get damaged due to rain or inclement weather. Any damaged items will be disposed of.

 

Here's a flyer about the Christmas Store -

Posted in Community
Oct. 9, 2019

Three York County Places To Have Fun And Get Your Pumpkins!

The Linda Hall Team has three places you will want to put on your bucket list for October. So much fun and close by!! Enjoy and share with your friends.

Grace Pumpkin Patch

2955 W SC-160

Fort Mill, SC 29708

803-548-0800

Website

 

Pumpkin patch hours:

Monday – Saturday - 10 AM to 7 PM

Sunday – 1 PM – 7 PM

 

Events:

Saturday, Oct. 19th

4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Enjoy great homemade BBQ. $10 for a plate of bbq with sides and a drink or purchase bbq by the pound for $13.

 

Saturday, Oct. 19th

7:30 PM

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

 

Bring a blanket and find a spot in the pumpkin patch for a 7:30 PM showing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Free event for the WHOLE FAMILY!!

 

Sunday, Oct. 27th

4:30 PM to 6 PM

Fall Festival

 

Come wearing your Halloween costume and enjoy trunk-or-treat, games, and a hot-dog dinner. Another free event for the WHOLE FAMILY!!

 

  

Bush-N-Vine Farm

1650 Filbert Highway

York, SC 29745

803-684-2732

Website

 

 

Bush-N-Vine Hours:

Monday-Saturday - 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Closed Sundays

 

Events:

 

Saturday, Oct. 12th
Hayrides 9:00-4:00
Pick Your Own Pumpkins
Bounce House
Hotdogs for sale

Friday, Oct 18th
Hayrides 1:00-4:00
Pick Your Own Pumpkins
Bounce House

Saturday, Oct. 19th
Hayrides 9:00-4:00
Pick Your Own Pumpkins
Bounce House
Hotdogs for sale

Monday, Oct. 21st
 Hayrides 1:00-4:00
 Pick Your Own Pumpkins
​ Bounce House

Saturday, Oct. 26th
Hayrides 9:00-4:00
Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Bounce House
Hotdogs for sale

 

Anne Springs Greenway

Lake Haigler Entrance

2573 Lake Haigler Drive

Fort Mill, SC 29715

803-547-4575

Website

 

Fall Frolic Hours

Saturday – Sunday l October 12th-27th l 10:00 AM – 4 PM

 

Activities include –

  • Wagon rides
  • Hay bale mazes
  • Corn crib
  • Tube Tumbler
  • Wagon slide
  • Pedal carts
  • Farm animals
  • Cow train
  • Monster Mural
  • Bull bouncers
  • Kiddie corn maze
  • Corn hole games
  • Ladder ball
  • GaGa ball
  • Kayaking
  • Little farmer’s area (ages 5 – under)

 

Pumpkins for Sale – payment taken in the pumpkin patch (cash/credit)

Posted in Community
Oct. 2, 2019

September Real Estate Market Update For York County, SC

Let's dive even deeper than this. Let's begin by looking at a year over year comparison of specific real estate data that will help us understand what our local markets are doing compared to the rest of the country. 

SEPTEMBER New Listings:

We start by looking at the NEW LISTINGS that came on the market in September and we begin with 2017, where we see there were 486 NEW LISTINGS that came on the market. In September of 2018, we find a decrease of -6.6 percent with 454 NEW LISTINGS. The following year in September of 2019, we increased by +24.7 percent with 566 NEW LISTINGS. 

SEPTEMBER Homes for Sale:

We again, start by looking at September of 2017, where we see there were 1,577 HOMES FOR SALE. In September of 2018, we find a slight decrease of -0.1 percent with 1,576 HOMES FOR SALE. The following year in September of 2019, we decreased by -11.9 percent with only 1,389 HOMES FOR SALE. 

SEPTEMBER Pending Sales:

Let's view September of 2017, where we see there were 376 PENDING SALES. In September of 2018, we increased by -13.0 percent with 327 PENDING SALES. The following year in September of 2019, we increased by +51.4 percent with 495 PENDING SALES. 

SEPTEMBER Median Days on Market:

Let's view September of 2017, where we see there were 16 MEDIAN DAYS ON MARKET. In September of 2018, we decreased by -6.3 percent with 15 MEDIAN DAYS ON MARKET. The following year in September of  2019, we increased by +6.7 percent to 16 MEDIAN DAYS ON MARKET. 

SEPTEMBER Months Supply of Homes for Sale:

In September of 2017, the MONTHS SUPPLY OF HOMES FOR SALE was 3.8. In September of 2018, we slightly decreased by -5.3 percent to 3.6 MONTHS SUPPLY OF HOMES FOR SALE. The following year in September of 2019, we decreased by -22.2 percent to 2.8 MONTHS SUPPLY OF HOMES FOR SALE. 

So there is your comprehensive LOCAL look at the real estate market. If you are thinking about purchasing a home, please reach out to the Linda Hall Team. We'd love to assist you!!

Posted in Market Updates