Beth M Gaffer's Blog Posts

Thinking of selling by owner? Read this First!

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Top Reasons To Own Your Home

June is National Homeownership Month! Now is a great time to reflect on the many benefits of homeownership that go way beyond the financial. What reasons do you have to own your own home

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What Is Private Mortgage Insurance

What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage

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Create An Evacuation Plan For Pets

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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Factors To Consider When Choosing A Home To Retire In

7 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Home to Retire In As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In

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Greenville Visitors Guide

Interested in moving to Greenville? Already here but would like a comprehensive guide to everything the area has to offer? Check out the 2018 Official Visitor's Guide to Greenville SC here:  

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Your Tax Refund Could Be Your Downpayment On A Home

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $2,840 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average

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Should I Buy Now Or Wait

Some Highlights: The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac

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Open Houses In Greenville County This Weekend

Looking for an Open House this weekend? Here is a link to all of the homes that are open:    Open House If you have an agent, it's a good idea to take him or her with you. However, if

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You Dont Need A Large Downpayment To Buy A Home

61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6% According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Realtors Confidence Index, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their

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Five Reasons To Resolve To Use A Real Estate Professional

Some Highlights: As we usher in the new year, one thing is for certain… if you plan to buy or sell a house this year, you need a real estate professional on your team! There are many

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Home Prices Are Going Up

Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both

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Winter Is A Great Time To List Your Home

Check out this video to find out!

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What Is The Cost Of NOT Owning Your Home

The Cost of NOT Owning Your Home Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a

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Are We Entering Another Housing Bubble

Bubble Alert! Is it Getting Too Easy to Get a Mortgage? There is little doubt that it is easier to get a home mortgage today than it was last year. The Mortgage Credit Availability Index

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Real Estate Terminology

Print out and save this guide to real estate terminology- I hope you find it helpful!;

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Low Inventory Causes Home Prices To Maintain Fast Growth

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Quarterly Metro Home Price Report last week. The report revealed that severely lacking inventory across the

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Know Your Credit Score

Thinking About Buying? Know Your Credit Score Knowing your credit score or getting a recent copy of your credit report is one of the first steps that you can take toward knowing how ready you

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When You Partner With Your Realtor You Partner With These Pros As Well

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Home Buyer Myths

2 Myths Holding Back Home BuyersIn Realtor.com’s recent article, “Home Buyers’ Top Mortgage Fears: Which One Scares You?” they mention that “46% of potential home buyers

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Staging Yes Or No

Will staging increase your home’s value?It’s obvious that you want your home looking as good as possible when you’re trying to sell it. You want to give buyers a great first impression, and

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Should I Buy Now Or Wait Until Next Year

Some Highlights: The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie

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Five Money Saving Green Upgrades

Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings. Solar panels: The upfront cost is,

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5 Reasons To Sell This Fall

5 Reasons to Sell This Fall Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National

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Your Copy Of ENJOY Magazine

Please ENJOY this copy of my magazine; you will find many good tips there about home-buying and selling, seasonal recipes, and health information. For information about homes for sale in

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Nine Projects That Will Change The Face Of Greenville

  DIG GREENVILLE: REWA or Renewable Water Resources is planning a $46 million project to dig a 1.3 mile long tunnel 100 feet undergroundfor a

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20 Tips For Preparing Your Home For Sale

Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure

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Monarcb Butterflies In Greenville SC

Who doesn’t love a monarch butterfly? Just about everyone loves butterflies, but the monarch, with its bold orange and black pattern (which some other butterflies mimic) is the

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Wells Fargo Red White And Blue July 4th Celebration

It's that time again! Time for the premier July 4th festival in the Greenville area! The free event, from 5-10 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, 2017, features live music on two stages, fun-filled

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Top Home Renovations For Maximum ROI

Some Highlights: Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home, or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects

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Saving To Buy A Home

Some Highlights: 95% of first-time homebuyers are willing to sacrifice to make homeownership a reality. The top item that buyers sacrifice is new clothes, at 54%. Even repeat or experienced

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5 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling! Whether you are buying or selling a home it can be quite an adventurous journey, which is why you need an

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The Mortgage Process Made Simple

Please reach out to Beth Gaffer; just text or call Beth at (864)214-6247 and she will help guide you through the home-buying process.;

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Is It Time To List Your Home

3 Charts That Shout, ‘List Your Home Today!’In school, we all learned the theory of supply and demand. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item, the price will

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Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp

‘Millennials’ are defined as 18-36 year olds according to the US Census Bureau. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all

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Dont Make These Mistakes When Selling Your Home

Selling your home is, in a nutshell, a complicated process. There’s a million factors to consider: when to sell, how to sell, and how much to sell for, to start. In order to successfully

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Tips For The Final Walkthrough

Those 24 hours before closing —  the home stretch to homeownership — is crucial. Preparation is key. The “final walk through” is your chance to make sure the buyer is getting exactly

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The Difference An Hour Makes

Is it time for you to buy or sell? Give me a call or tect at (864)214-6247 nd let's!

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Ten Commandments Of Buying A Home

Here is a light-hearted, but serious list of things to remember when you are in the process of buying a home:If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Greenville, Simpsonville,

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Should I Rent Or Buy

Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (30%), vs. the

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Millenials Should Stop Renting And Buy A Home

Millionaire to Millennials: Buy a Home!! Last week, CNBC ran an article quoting self-made millionaire David Bach explaining that not purchasing a home is "the

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Myths About Real Estate Reality TV

 Myths About Real Estate Reality TV ExplainedHave you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there…

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What Are Second Wave Baby Boomers Looking For In A Home

Top 3 Things Second-Wave Baby Boomers Look for in a HomeAccording to data from the U.S Census bureau, there are approximately 76.4 million baby boomers living in the United States

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Resolve To Use A Real Estate Professional

Some Highlights: As we usher in the new year, one thing is for certain… if you plan to buy or sell a house this year, you need a real estate professional on your team! There are many benefits to

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Is Getting A Mortgage Difficult

Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult? There is no doubt that mortgage credit availability is expanding, meaning it is easier to finance a home today than it was last year. However, the

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What To Expect When Home Inspecting

So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. More often than not, your agent may have made your offer contingent on a clean home

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Important Things To Consider When Buying New Construction

Do I Need a Buyer’s Agent for New Construction?Home buyers are often confused as to whether they need to use a buyers’ agent if they are purchasing new construction. They walk into the

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With Rents Going Up Buying Is Making More And More Sense

US Housing Market Moving Further into ‘Buy Territory’According to the latest Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper

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HOAs And Your New Home

When you purchase a home, there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay a homeowners association fee, especially in gated communities, townhouses, condominiums, and other similar planned.

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Greenville Real Estate Is Booming

Greenville  real estate is booming!  Want to know what your Greenville home is worth? Check out our home valuation tool here:What is My Home Worth?Greenville SC Real Estate OverviewTOTAL

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5 Myths Of Reality TV

Real Life vs. Reality TV: 5 Myths ExplainedHave you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV ‘show hole’*? We’ve all been there…

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Are You Ready To Buy A Home

Are You Ready to Make the Leap into Home Ownership? Here's How You Can Tell Are you ready to make that leap from living at home or renting to owning a home of your own? While everyone moves at their

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Baby Boomers Are On The Move

Baby Boomers Are On the MoveAccording to a Merrill Lynch study, “an estimated 4.2 million retirees moved into a new home last year alone.” Two-thirds of retirees say that

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2016 Is The Year To Buy A Luxury Property

3 Reasons to Buy Luxury Property THIS Year!!The housing market is hot, with prices rising as demand far outpaces supply in almost every region. However, when it comes to luxury real estate, things

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What Does Brexit Mean For US Real Estate

BREXIT: What’s the FIXIT for U.S. Home Buyers and Sellers?Now that much of the dust has settled and the panic has waned, let’s take a look at what impact Britain’s exit from the European

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Buying A New Home Grows Your Wealth Faster Than Renting

Why Buying a New Home Grows Your Wealth Faster Than RentingThere can be many downsides to both renting and buying, depending on what side of the coin you are on, but if you're leaning towards

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How Do HOAs Work

When you purchase a home, there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay a homeowners association fee, especially in gated communities, townhouses, condominiums, and other similar planned.

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Foreclosures Decreasing

Are Foreclosures Increasing or Decreasing?Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the size of the foreclosure inventory in the nation. There has been some speculation that distressed property

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Festival Season

Greenville is a wonderful place to live,  with its beautiful parks, restaurants, and everything else we love about living in the Upstate.  Aside from everything we have right here at home,

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Artisphere 2016

Artisphere takes place every May in downtown Greenville, so if you missed it this year you have another chance in 2017!Artisphere is a three-day celebration of the arts, with both the visual and the

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The New And Improved Doorbell

You’re probably familiar with devices like Nest, which use smart technology to automate your thermostat and save you money. Think of Ring as the Nest of doorbells. It’s a product that replaces

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New Home Buyers Look For Green Options

Some Highlights: 11% of new homebuyers stated "energy efficient features" as the reason for their purchase. The most popular remodeling projects done for energy efficiency were

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Vacation Home Sales Are Booming

Thinking about buying a vacation home?  Check out these statistics, and then call Beth Gaffer at (864)214-6247.Some Highlights: 58% of vacation homes purchased were single family homes. 51%

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Shalomfest 2016

Did you make it to Shalomfest 2016? It is  a wonderful, one-day celebration of Jewish culture in the SC Upstate.  Shalomfest is a once a year event hosted by the Temple Of Israel, that

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More Singles Are Buying Homes

If you are interested in learning more about homes in Greenville, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, Greer, Travelers Rest, or Easley, please give Beth a call at (864)214-6287.;

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Homeownership Is A Great Investment

Some Highlights: Harvard University's Joint Center of Housing Studies recently released the top financial & emotional reasons to own a home. Owning is a good way to build up wealth

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Three Subtle Painting Tricks That Will Make Your Home Look Amazing This Spring

Industrial Staircase by Minneapolis PhotographersSpacecrafting / Architectural PhotographyWhen it comes to painting the walls of a house, sometimes subtle is best. You want to add design, color, and

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Dont Be Afraid To Move

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real

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The Greenville County Human Relations Commission

Do you want to learn more about your credit score, how it is determined, and how to raise it? Do you know the answers to these questions?What does FICO stand for?Name 1 of 3 major credit bureaus.On

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Happier Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors make for a beautiful, stunning addition to your home. However, they can bring new cleaning and maintenance challenges that aren’t present with carpet. Here are some tips for,

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New Years Resolutions For Your Home

We may be a little removed from New Year’s Day, but it’s not too late to make some new resolutions for your home. Start a home repair slush fund: Things in your home are going to break and need

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House Hunting Checklist

I work with a lot of buyers, and in this sellers' market we tend to look at a lot of homes before my buyers find the ont that is right for them.Looking at that many homes can be confusing, so using

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Build A Treehouse For The Kids

Spring DIY Projects: How to Build a Treehouse That the Kids Will LoveIf you have children, no home is complete without a treehouse. Besides the fact that treehouses provide kids with hours of

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Get Out Of The Renting Rut

Three Excellent Reasons to Buy a Home So You Can Get out of the "Renting Rut" Renting a home is a good option for some, but buying a home just might be the best thing for you. When you rent a home,

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Your January Home Checklist

Transitional Kitchen by West Vancouver Interior Designers & DecoratorsSophie Burke DesignIs it time for a home refresh? Maybe your New Years resolution is to organize or thoroughly clean your house.

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Selling Your Home In 2016

Selling Your Home in 2016? Boost Your Resale Value with These Three Inexpensive RenovationsTo get top dollar for your home, renovations may be necessary. However, some renovations can prove costly

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Have You Outgrown Your Current Home

Have You Outgrown Your Current Home? Here Are Five Easy Ways to Tell if It's Time to Upgrade Your home is your castle, your own little piece of the American dream. But lately, your little corner of

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Mortgage Tips For The Self Employed

Freelancing in 2015? Three Tips for How to Secure a Mortgage if You're a Self-employed EntrepreneurIf you are self-employed, either as a freelancer or as the owner of your own business, your income

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Do You Need Mortgage Insurance

Do You Need Mortgage Insurance Even if It's Not Required by Your Lender? Let's Take a Look Finding a proper mortgage loan and understanding the processing procedures behind the loan is the basis of

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Professional Photos And Videos Can Help Sell Your Home

Did You Know? Here's Why Professionally Shot Aerial Photos and Videos Can Help You Sell Your Home Today’s homebuyers are savvier about their buying options than ever before. They are able to

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Kitchen Trends To Be Aware Of Before You Remodel

Renovating your kitchen is an excellent way to improve its look, increase the value of your home and appeal to a more diverse range of home buyers if you decide to sell. However, a kitchen remodel

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South Carolina Apples

It's prime apple time in the Upstate of South Carolina, where Greenville is located. Although some apples are available in late August and September, the cooler temperatures and changing leaf colors

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VA Loans

If you are a veteran, or an unmarried spouse of a veteran who dies while in service you may be eligible for a VA loan for your home purchase. Are you looking for a loan with no money down? If

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Homes With Acreage

Many people moving to Greenville, SC from the crowded northeastern states are looking for a peaceful setting where they can have some privacy, and perhaps have horses or a garden. If that is

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Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve

While driving home yesterday from Asheville, NC (a great place to visit and less than 1.5 hours from the center of Greenville), I passed a sign for this preserve near Travelers Rest. With so

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Big Changes Coming To Swamp Rabbit Trail In Greenville West End

 You may have heard that there is  a proposed new Greenville City Park.  In anticipation of the park there have been some changes along the trail in the West End and more are

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CSA In Greenville Mini Miracles Farm

Are you familiar with CSA? It is a growing movement in the US; the letters stand  for Community Supported Agriculture. Food is mostly local, and usually organic or grown by OMRI standards.

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Hummingbirds In Greenville SC

You don't hve to be a hard-core birder to love hummingbirds; I know of very few people who are not captivated by their jewel-like colors and rapid wingbeats. There is only one hummingbird species

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Wells Fargo Red White And Blue

Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue presented by AT&T, is Greenville’s premier 4th of July celebration, showcasing one of the state’s largest fireworks displays sponsored by Bon Secours St.

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Earth Market Roper Mountain Science Center

In a previous blog I wrote about Slow Food Upstate. You can read more about this movement at http://www.slowfoodupstate.com. Today was the first time that the Earth Market, a part of this

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Farmers Markets In The Greenville Area

It's that time of year again- the beginning of fresh fruit and veggie season! There is an abundance of fresh produce in the Upstate, and an abundance of places to shop for it, as well, in addition

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Shalomfest 2015

The seventh annual Shalomfest was held on Sunday, April 12, at Temple Israel in Greenville, SC.  It is a free festival of Jewish culture, with food, music, dance, bounce houses and face

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Questions To Ask Your Home Inspector

When you buy a home in Greenville or anywhere in the Upstate of SC, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water heater wasn’t

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Imagine Upstate

Imagine Upstate fueled by Scansource is a week-long series of events whose main purpose is to encourage students in the Greenville area ages 12-24 to get invloved in science, math, and

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Upstate International

Newcomers to Greenville, as well as those who have been in the area for a while, may not be aware of how diverse the Upstate is.  That's where Upstate International comes in, hosting a month's

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Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays

Downtown Greenville is full of free music and entertaiment during the warmer months. I wrote previously about Piedmont Gas Dowtown Alive on Thursdays in Greenville.  On Fridays, from March

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Slow Food Upstate

Those of you that are new to the Greenville area (also known as the Upstate of SC) or considering a move may not be aware that Greenville is consideried a "foodie" destination. As someone who is

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Tips For Getting A Mortgage On A Second Home Or Investment Property

Are you considering buying a Greenville property as a second home or investment? Perhaps you are looking for a small cottage or apartment where you can escape for vacation, or maybe you want to have

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Ten Home Designs To Ditch In 2015

According to Ilyce Glink, of Moneywatch, there are 10 ideas in home design that no longer work in 2015 and should be discarded. The first is a built-in desk in the kitchen. In the past (and in my

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Lake Conestee Trail Improvements

Lake Conestee Nature Park, in southern Greenville county, is a gem of a place to visit. There are several unpaved and boardwalk trails, as well a a portion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail (more on that in

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Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive

One of the things I love about Greenville is the opportunity to enjoy free entertainment in our beautiful downtown. Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive, presented by Clemson MBA, features a

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The Northgate Soda Shop

The Northgate Soda Shope, at 918 North Main Street, is an easily overlooked Greenville landmark. From their website:"Opened in 1947 across from The North Main Rotary Ball Park, The Soda Shop

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