Dunlap Team https://dunlapteam.com Real Estate in Anderson, Clemson, Seneca, Greenville, South Carolina Thu, 07 May 2020 17:00:46 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 FOR SALE – 104 E Lewis Rd, Clemson https://dunlapteam.com/for-sale-104-e-lewis-rd-clemson/ Thu, 07 May 2020 17:00:46 +0000 https://dunlapteam.com/?p=6411 4 bedrooms/3 baths

1.43 Acres

Next to Clemson Campus

MLS #20227742

$499,900

 

 

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Limited Office Hours Due to COVID-19 https://dunlapteam.com/limited-office-hours-due-to-covid-19/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 16:52:38 +0000 https://dunlapteam.com/?p=6403 Due to the COVID-19 Virus we will be having limited office hours for the next few days. We will be working and are still able to assist with all of your home buying and selling needs. Please call 864-646-9300 to speak to the agent on call. Thank you all for your understanding.

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Tips for Maximum Curb Appeal https://dunlapteam.com/tips-for-maximum-curb-appeal/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:32:19 +0000 https://dunlapteam.com/?p=6378 Check out this great article from Old Republic Home Protection. It is definitely worth the read.

 

You can steam clean the carpet, rearrange the furniture, and create a warm and inviting space inside the home—but don’t forget about the outside! First impressions and curb appeal matter a great deal when selling a home, and a properly staged exterior will set the tone for the rest of the showing. The following tips will help you and your clients create an appealing exterior—so prospective buyers can’t wait to see how beautiful the home is on the inside!

Roof Cleaning and Repair: Hire a professional to clean the roof, clean/repair the gutters, and replace any shingles that look shabby. Nothing turns a buyer away faster than a roof in imminent need of replacement!

Power/Pressure Washing: Dirt builds up over the years, and power washing the driveway, porch, sidewalk, and the exterior walls will remove much of the grime. Most home improvement stores allow you to rent pressure washers for under $100, or you can pay a professional to do it.

Windows and Doors: Check the caulking on the windows and doors, and if it’s looking worn down, be sure to replace it. This will enhance the look of the home while also increasing energy efficiency inside! Install new hardware on exterior doors and consider updating porch/exterior lights to make a great first impression on anyone who crosses the threshold.

Yardwork: Unkempt bushes and trees make a home look old and dilapidated, so be sure to give them a thorough trim. If your clients have any doubt about how to best trim the trees, it may be worth it in the long run to hire a professional. There’s no “undo” command for a tree-trimming monstrosity!

Pull any weeds and reduce the number of potted plants on the porch so it doesn’t look too cluttered. Spreading a neutral-colored mulch (black or brown) around a garden is healthy for the plants and it makes your home more visually appealing to prospective buyers. Also, consider asking your sellers to remove any yard art, since prospective buyers might not share their love for pink flamingos.

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7 Short and Sweet Waterfall Hikes in South Carolina – By the Blue Wall You’ll (water)fall for these fun excursions! https://dunlapteam.com/7-short-and-sweet-waterfall-hikes-in-south-carolina-by-the-blue-wall-youll-waterfall-for-these-fun-excursions/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 21:55:24 +0000 https://dunlapteam.com/?p=6345

If you are new to the upstate or if you have lived here forever, check out this article below from Lake Hartwell Country about some of our beautiful waterfall hikes that you can enjoy. Best yet they are right in our own backyard.

Waterfall hikes are one of the most fun and refreshing ways to get out and explore nature. The excitement of hearing the roar of a waterfall in the distance and the thrill of seeing it tower above in the mountains is truly extraordinary.

Some days, you might be in the mood to trek through the woods for hours to see a waterfall. However, sometimes it’s nice to take a short walk in the trees to find one. Here, we’ve listed a few of our favorite waterfalls that take less than half a day to hike to!

Yellow Branch Falls

This waterfall is a local and visitor favorite. After pulling into the parking area off of Hwy 28, you’ll hike a leisurely 1.5 miles one way to see this beautiful cascade. The path is not too steep, and it’s great for kids and dogs!

King Creek Falls

This majestic waterfall stands at a staggering 70 feet tall. After a beautiful drive in the mountains, you’ll turn onto a gravel road that brings you to the parking area near Burrells Ford campground in the Sumter National Forest. Then, you’ll hike 0.7 one way miles to reach the waterfall.

Spoonauger Falls

While you’re up at King Creek Falls, you need to see Spoonauger! Both of these waterfalls can easily be seen in one afternoon. Just a few hundred feet down the road from the King Creek Trailhead, you’ll see signs for the Chattooga River trail that lead you to Spoonauger Falls in 0.25 miles.

Lee Falls

This waterfall looks otherworldly and gorgeous. When arriving at the trailhead, park in a gravel lot with a gate. The trail is beyond the gate and winds through beautiful forests and fields of tall grass. The trail is 1.5 miles one way.

Issaqueena Falls

Another visitor favorite, this beautiful waterfall can be found in Stumphouse Tunnel Park in Walhalla, SC. There is an overlook platform that offers lovely views of the falls just a few steps from the parking area.

Twin Falls

Two waterfalls for one hike! These stunning falls are 75 feet tall, and viewing them is worth every step of this short hike. From the parking area, this set of falls is only 1.2 miles one way.

Station Cove Falls

This waterfall hike is another great option for little ones and four-legged friends. It only takes a 0.8 mile hike to find this beauty tucked away in the Oconee Station State Historic Site. You’ll definitely want this one on your list!

For more information on the area, visit LakeHartwellCountry.com, and visit us at our Visitors Center in Pendleton or in Pickens.

125 E Queen St., Pendleton, SC 29670

(864) 646-3782

Or

222 W Main St., Pickens, SC 29671

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The Best Things To Do Near Clemson – From “Lake Hartwell Country” https://dunlapteam.com/the-best-things-to-do-near-clemson-from-lake-hartwell-country/ Fri, 04 Oct 2019 15:13:50 +0000 https://dunlapteam.com/?p=6293 Clemson students, alumni, and die-hard fans agree, this university is beautiful. It’s also in a beautiful place; the upstate of South Carolina. The area surrounding Clemson is filled with undiscovered gems that will leave you saying “Wow… I had no idea this was here!”

We have a list of some of the best things to do near Clemson. Whether you’re in Clemson for the weekend to see a game, or for the next four years of your life, these are a few of the best things to do near Tiger Town!

Take a Hike

Clemson is “where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness”, which means that the Blue Ridge mountains are very close by for some amazing hikes. A few of our favorites include the Table Rock Trail, Pinnacle Mountain Trail, and Tamassee Knob Trail. Click here for a complete list of the best hikes in the area!

See a Waterfall

There are over 30 publicly accessible waterfalls within an hour drive of Clemson. Yes, you read that correctly. Chasing waterfalls makes for a perfect afternoon or all-day adventure. Some of the more popular falls nearby include Issaqueena Falls and Yellow Branch Falls, but there’s so many more to discover. Click here for a list of more waterfalls in the area!

Explore a Small Town

Clemson itself is an awesome small town with so many cool things to explore. Check out Visit Clemson for more info! However, there are also several other towns and cities nearby that are worth a visit, including Pendleton, Anderson, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster, Pickens, Central, and Easley. Each one has a unique downtown with lots of local shopping and dining opportunities. Trust us, it’s worth taking a trip down the less-beaten path to these places.

Visit a State Park

When in Clemson, you are a short drive away from several state parks, and each one offers something unique. If you want to play in the mountains, then Table Rock State Park, Oconee State Park, and Oconee Station State Historic Site are where you want to be. If lake life is more your thing, then head out to Devils Fork State Park, Keowee Toxaway State Park, Sadlers Creek State Park, or Lake Hartwell State Park. Visit one for an awesome day trip or overnight camping trip, or make plans to visit them all!

Get Out on the Water

In case you didn’t already know, Clemson is a lake town. With Lake Hartwell in Tiger Town’s backyard, it’s easy to find ways to get out on the water, whether it be in a boat with your friends or on a relaxing kayaking excursion. Along with Hartwell, Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee are also less than an hour from Clemson and are great places to explore.

Looking for something a little more exciting? Then maybe the rivers are calling you! The Chattooga river is a nationally designated Wild and Scenic river where you can raft, kayak, and be amazed. We recommend going through Wildwater Ltd for adventures on the Chattooga!

For more adventures in and around the Clemson area, head to our website LakeHartwellCountry.com. You can also stop by our visitor center in Pendleton or our office in Pickens for more info!

125 E Queen St.

Pendleton, SC 29670

(864) 646-3782

Or

222 W Main St.

Pickens, SC 29671

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Tips for First-Time Home Buyers (by Rachel Cruze) https://dunlapteam.com/tips-for-first-time-home-buyers-by-rachel-cruze/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:57:38 +0000 https://dunlapteam.com/?p=6272 Being a first-time home buyer is exciting! But I know it can also feel overwhelming—especially when you see homes being purchased at a median of $250,000 and available homes flying off the market in just three weeks.1

With real estate trends like those, you might be tempted to make an impulsive purchase that could hurt your financial goals and keep you paying a mortgage well into retirement.

No one wants that! Trust me, you guys, it’s worth doing this the right way. And that means buying a home that you love and doesn’t hurt your future money goals.

You may be thinking, Yeah, that would be great, Rachel. But where do I even start?

I’m so glad you asked! I’ve put together 10 tips for first-time home buyers as they tackle the home-buying process. Put these into practice today so your first home is a blessing, not a burden.

First-Time Home Buyer Tips

  1. Pay Off All Debt and Build an Emergency Fund
  2. Determine How Much House You Can Afford
  3. Save a Down Payment
  4. Save for Closing Costs
  5. Get Preapproved for a Loan
  6. Find a Home for Sale in Your Price Range
  7. Research Neighborhoods for Best Fit
  8. Attend Open Houses and Think Long Term
  9. Make a Competitive Offer (That’s Within Your Budget!)
  10. Prepare for Closing

1. Pay Off All Debt and Build an Emergency Fund

Owning a home is expensive—much more expensive than renting, even if your monthly house payment will be similar or cheaper than your current rent amount. That’s because when you own a home, you’re responsible for all the maintenance and upkeep costs. And those can add up fast! So, before you even think about buying your first home, make sure you’re debt-free and have an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses in place.

 

Find expert agents to help you buy your home.

When you get into a home with no payments (besides the mortgage) and have a nice big emergency fund, you’ll have the cash to pay for huge expenses that suddenly come your way. You’ll be able to love the life you’ve set up for yourself because stress and worry won’t be part of the equation!

Now, once you’re debt-free, I want you to stay debt-free. So, as you’re shopping for your first home and getting excited about decorating and filling it with new furniture, be mindful of your budget.

The spender in me knows that’s easier said than done. When my husband, Winston, and I moved into our first home, I had so many visions for what our home could look like! It was hard for me to accept the fact that I could only decorate one room at a time. But I knew our future money goals were more important than me spending all our savings at the furniture and home stores.

You might have some empty rooms for a little while, but your budget and your future self will thank you! And if you find yourself thinking, Oh well, I’ll just put it on credit—stop right there! Debt is dumb. Plus, taking on new debt in the middle of buying a house could delay your approval for a mortgage and make you miss out on the perfect home. Don’t do it!

2. Determine How Much House You Can Afford

Before you get emotionally attached to a beautiful house, check your monthly budget to determine how much house you can afford. You need to leave room in your budget for other things, so make sure your monthly housing costs (including HOA fees, taxes, insurance, etc.) are going to be no more than 25% of your monthly take-home pay.

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For example, let’s say you bring home $5,000 a month. Multiply that by 25% to establish your maximum monthly house payment of $1,250. Based on a 15-year mortgage with a 4% fixed interest rate, here are the home options you can afford (not including taxes and insurance):

  • $187,767 home with a 10% down payment ($18,777)
  • $211,238 home with a 20% down payment ($42,248)
  • $241,415 home with a 30% down payment ($72,424)
  • $281,650 home with a 40% down payment ($112,660)

That’s an easy way to find a number in your ballpark. But don’t forget that property taxes and homeowner’s insurance will affect your monthly payment. You’ll also need to factor those numbers in before settling on a maximum home price.

If you use the above example and enter $211,238 into our mortgage calculator, you’ll find that your maximum monthly payment of $1,250 increases to $1,515 when you add in $194 for taxes and $71 for insurance. To drop that number back down to your monthly housing budget of $1,250, you’ll have to lower the price of the house you can afford to $172,600.

Since property tax rates and the cost of homeowner’s insurance vary, check with your real estate agent and insurance company for estimates to calculate how much house you can afford.

3. Save a Down Payment

If saving up to pay cash for the total price of a house isn’t reasonable for your family’s timeline, at least save for a down payment of 20% or more. Then you won’t have to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI), which protects the mortgage company in case you can’t make your payments and end up in foreclosure. PMI usually costs 1% of the total loan value, and it’s added to your monthly payment.

If a 20% down payment seems out of reach for you, first-time home buyer programs that offer single-digit down payments may sound tempting. But don’t use them! These options will cost you more in the long run. Here are some low-to-no down payment mortgage options to avoid:

  • Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs): ARMs might seem great with a low initial interest rate, but they allow lenders to adjust the rate to transfer the risk of rising interest rates (and monthly payments) to you.
  • FHA Loans: You may be able to get an FHA mortgage with as little as 3.5% down, but you have to pay a mortgage insurance premium (similar to PMI) for the life of the loan. That’s thousands of dollars that won’t go toward paying off your mortgage.
  • VA Loans: VA loans allow veterans to buy a home with no down payment. But if the real estate market shifts, you could easily owe more than the market value of your home. These loans also carry a bunch of fees and usually charge interest rates that are higher than those for conventional loans.

I only recommend a 15-year, fixed-rate conventional mortgage with a 20% down payment. Here are the reasons why:

  • A 15-year term creates a higher monthly payment, but you’ll pay off your mortgage in half the time, have a lower interest rate, and save thousands of dollars in interest.
  • A fixed-rate conventional loan keeps your interest rate the same for the life of the loan, which protects you from the increasing expenses of rising rates.

Please don’t get a 30-year mortgage because of the lower monthly payment. When you look at the math on a 15-year versus a 30-year, you’ll realize you pay a whole lot more money on a 30-year mortgage in the long run!

Let’s say you put a 20% down payment ($34,520) on a $172,600 home. Your monthly payment for a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage at 4% would be $1,250. If you add up the interest you’ll pay over the 15 years, it’ll total $45,765.

15-year fixed-rate mortgage at 4% interest on a $172,600 home = $45,765

But maybe you didn’t want to pay that much every month and instead went with a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 4% to lower your monthly payment to $888. After 30 years, you’ll have paid $99,236 in interest—which makes it $53,471 more than the 15-year mortgage! And, you’ll be in debt 15 years longer!

30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 4% interest on a $172,600 home = $99,236

4. Save for Closing Costs

Along with your down payment, you’ll also need to pay for closing costs. If you’re a first-time home buyer, you may be wondering how much it costs to close on a house. On average, closing costs are about 3–4% of the purchase price of your home.2 Your lender will give you a specific number so you know exactly what to bring on closing day. These fees pay for important steps in the home-buying process, including:

  • Appraisal
  • Home inspection
  • Credit report
  • Attorney
  • Homeowner’s insurance

Let’s see how this plays out with our example of a $172,600 home. If you multiply $172,600 by the higher 4% closing cost average, you’ll find that you need $6,904 for closing costs. Now, let’s add that to your 20% down payment of $34,520. Together, the two equal $41,424, which is about what you’ll need to save to pay for the down payment and the closing costs on your first house.

$172,600 x 4% = $6,904
$6,904 + $34,520 = $41,424

You want to save for your closing costs and down payment as quickly as possible—with the same amount of intensity I tell people to use when they’re getting out of debt and building a full emergency fund. In fact, it’s okay to put retirement savings on hold for a short period of time to save for a home—but you’ve got to hustle!

Pick up a second job, sell whatever isn’t nailed down, move into a smaller space, add a roommate and charge rent—do whatever you need to do to save for your closing costs and down payment as fast as you can.

5. Get Preapproved for a Loan

Once you’re confident you have enough cash saved to pay for closing costs and 20% of your home, you’re ready to handle the other 80% by talking to a mortgage lender.

Get pre-qualified for a loan and take the extra time to get a preapproval letter before you start your home search. Preapproval shows sellers that you’re a serious buyer, which is a great way for first-time home buyers to get ahead in a competitive market.

To get preapproved, your lender will need to verify your financial information (proof of income, taxes, etc.) and submit your loan for preliminary underwriting. If you live a debt-free lifestyle like I teach, you may need to find a lender who believes in debt-free homeownership and will work with first-time home buyers who have no credit score.

6. Find a Home for Sale in Your Price Range

According to recent data reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), most buyers either found the home they purchased online (50%) or through a real estate agent (28%).3 Doing both sets you up for success!

Find homes you like online and send them to your real estate agent so they have a good idea of what you’re looking for. Then they can use a multiple listing service (MLS) to find homes that meet your criteria in your desired areas.

An MLS is created, maintained, and paid for by real estate professionals and it can really help first-time home buyers like you to view the largest pool of properties for sale in the marketplace. Real estate agents also provide valuable market expertise and can help you find great deals on homes as soon as (or before) they’re listed.

7. Research Neighborhoods for Best Fit

After you’ve found some homes for sale in your price range, be careful not to make a decision based on the property alone. According to a NAR survey, home buyers are more willing to compromise on a home’s condition (20%) and size (17%) than on the quality of its neighborhood (6%) and distance from a school (2%).4 So make sure you factor neighborhood quality and location into your decision.

Ask your real estate agent for information on crime rates and the quality of schools around your prospective neighborhoods. Calculate your new commute times to see if they seem manageable. Visit the neighborhood at different times and days to check for traffic conditions and noise levels and to see if people are comfortable being outdoors. Only choose a neighborhood that you and your family feel good about.

8. Attend Open Houses and Think Long Term

Once you’ve narrowed down the neighborhoods, attend a few open houses. Looking at homes that are for sale—even if they’re not a perfect fit for you—is a great way to learn more about the area. When you do eventually find a house you love, you’ll know how your place compares to better or worse homes in that neighborhood.

When it comes to buying, a good strategy is to find the most affordable house in the best neighborhood. If you buy at the bottom of the price range in a good neighborhood, you’ll have more room to build home value.

For instance, let’s say you find a home that’s the only one on the block without wood floors and granite countertops. If you have the cash to make those upgrades, you’ll be able to add instant value to your home!

9. Make a Competitive Offer (That’s Within Your Budget!)

Let’s say you found the home you want and can afford. Since you’re already preapproved for a loan, you’re ready to make an offer. If you’re a first-time home buyer, it may be hard to know how much you should offer. That’s when you can rely on the expertise of your real estate agent.

Ask your agent to help you make sure your offer is competitive but also within your budget and the home’s value. Be careful not to make an impulsive offer that’s higher than you can afford just to knock out the competition. A personalized letter might help your offer stand out among multiple bids in a hot market.

10. Prepare for Closing

Once a seller accepts your offer, the closing process will begin. Keep things running smoothly by knowing what to expect when closing on a house. The average closing process takes 43 days, which gives you plenty of time to tackle closing items.5 A real estate agent will schedule the remaining steps from home inspection to final walkthrough, and they’ll keep you informed about any roadblocks.

As you prepare for closing, make sure you read every document and ask your real estate agent to explain anything you don’t understand—especially before you sign the official contract for the home transaction. It’ll be your signature on the documents, so you’ll be the one responsible for anything you sign.

Ready to Get Started?

Your first home is a big purchase—maybe even the biggest one you’ll have ever made up to this point in your life! Because of that, you don’t want to risk messing this up. A real estate professional will take the weight off your shoulders by helping you to find a home, negotiate a deal, and see the process through until closing.

Need help finding an expert you can trust with such an important purchase? Check out our Endorsed Local Provider (ELP) program. We only recommend real estate agents who close 35 home transactions per year or close more home transactions than 90% of the agents in their market (among other qualifications). Trust me, these pros are the best! Find an agent now!

About Rachel Cruze

Rachel Cruze is a seasoned communicator and #1 New York Times bestselling author, helping people learn the proper way to handle money and stay out of debt. You can follow Rachel on YouTube, Facebook or rachelcruze.com.

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Historic District Put History on Every Street of One Upstate Town https://dunlapteam.com/historic-district-put-history-on-every-street-of-one-upstate-town/ Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:47:12 +0000 https://dunlapteam.com/?p=6266 One Upstate town is situated completely within a National Historical District, so history—literally speaking—can be found on each one of its streets.

Located in the northwest corner of the Upstate, the Pendleton Historic District covers an area of over 6,300 acres and includes the entire town of Pendleton, its immediate surroundings and a large tract of land that stretches west towards Lake Hartwell. One of the largest historical districts in the nation, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

In all, the Pendleton Historical District includes more than a dozen historic sites, and over 50 buildings of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century significance remain, the majority of which are within the town limits of Pendleton.

The Village Green is used for a variety of community events.

A community of approximately 3000 residents, Pendleton remains relatively unchanged from when it was first laid out as the county seat of what was originally known as Old Pendleton District (present-day Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties) in 1790.

In the center of town, the charming Village Green, surrounded by a lively business district of shops and restaurants, serves as the focal point. Dogwoods line many streets, and massive cedars and oaks are dominant throughout the area.

On one corner of the Green is Hunter’s Store, the heart of commerce in 1850 and now home to the Lake Hartwell

Hunter’s Store houses the Lake Hartwell Country visitors center.

Country visitors center. The commission, which serves a three-county region, houses a visitor information center as well as the largest collection of local history and genealogy north of the city of Columbia.

In 1826, construction began on Farmers’ Hall, which stands on the southwest corner of the Green. It was initially designed to serve as the then Pendleton District’s courthouse, but the county seat was moved before the building was completed.

Local farmers completed construction of the building as the Farmer’s Society Meeting Hallin 1828, and it has been in use by the organization ever since, making it the oldest continuously operating Farmer’s Hall in the nation. The historic building also features a restaurant – 1826 On The Green.

Farmers Society Meeting Hall

Events are held on the Green throughout the year, the most notable of which is the annual Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee. Held the first full weekend in April, the Jubilee—which has become a sort of rite of spring—is an award-winning, juried art and crafts show that attracts thousands of visitors each year.  According to event organizers, over 300 artisans vie for each of the 100 coveted spaces.

Historic walking tours are available every 2nd Friday and Saturday of the month, and self-guided walking tour brochures of the town of Pendleton are available at the visitor center in Hunter’s Store.

 

Getting there:

Pendleton Historic District Village Green is located at 125 E. Queen St. in Pendleton, S.C.

Old Stone Church

Worth a look:

Located just outside Pendleton, the Old Stone Church and Cemetery and the plantation homes of Woodburn and Ashtabula, each of  which are listed individually on the National Register, are part of the Pendleton Historic District.

by James Richardson (Aug 28, 2019 | Staying on Top, Uncategorized, UpstateVibe365)

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7 SMART HOME UPGRADES THAT WILL BRING ON THE BUYERS https://dunlapteam.com/7-smart-home-upgrades-that-will-bring-on-the-buyers/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:51:11 +0000 https://dunlapteam.com/?p=6243 Selling a house? While a killer view, a great layout or a star school district are all terrific assets, pros know that there are simple improvements that can help any home sell faster and for a higher price. Here are seven smart home upgrades that will have buyers stampeding to your front door. Bonus: If you’re handy, you can do some of these home upgrades yourself.

  1. CHANGE UP COLOR

Most sellers think “bright white throughout,” but you might be missing an opportunity to be more emotionally evocative… and get a higher sale price. According to Consumer Reports, sellers can earn a premium of over $1,000 by painting their kitchens a warm, neutral yellow like wheat, as these hues boost happiness. A soothing bedroom color like light green will reward you as well. Of course, off-putting colors can have the opposite effect: Dark brown bathrooms and orange living rooms sell for less than their more appropriately hued counterparts.

  1. AN UPDATED KITCHEN

If your kitchen is looking dated, there may be some small things you can do yourself. Some new cabinet faces, flooring and hardware can go a long way for a relatively reasonable price and can offer great return on investment. Replacing appliances? Go for desirable stainless steel, and look for “smart” connectivity, which can serve as another appealing feature for buyers who are looking to get in on the smart home trend.

  1. NEW FLOORING

New flooring can make a room feel more expansive. Solid hardwood has always been the gold standard, with a price to match. Engineered flooring is more cost-effective — its plywood core with a hardwood veneer gives it the look of solid hardwood, and it’s more resistant to heat and moisture. Allergy-prone buyers will especially love floors that they can mop and sweep in place of carpet. Unless you’ve got a lot of experience and DIY know-how, it’s best to have a professional install new floors — the investment is definitely worth the impact it makes in a room.

  1. SMART THERMOSTATS

Smart thermostats appeal to many home buyers because of their accessibility and the savings they offer. On average, a smart thermostat can save homeowners about 10 to 15 percent — or about $131 to $145 — on your annual energy bill, according to Nest. Smart thermostats work by kicking into gear when they “see” you’re home, and automatically shifting into “away” mode when they recognize you’re out. You can even control these heating and cooling systems via an app, allowing you to monitor and change the temperature from anywhere.

  1. A SECURITY SYSTEM

Installing a whole new security system may seem daunting. In reality, many systems install in seconds and require no pre-wiring or drilling. In a matter of minutes, you can attach the door and window sensors, wall-mount the glass break sensors and set up cameras. Before you know it, you’ll be done arming your house with a DIY security system, which will provide future homeowners with peace of mind.

  1. A GARDEN OVERHAUL

Water conservationists will appreciate a pea gravel, tumbled stone or native ground cover on the front lawn. For areas that won’t grow, try artificial turf, which can look very similar to a real lawn. Additionally, a small fruit tree (or two!) can add lots of curb appeal. Many cities offer free mulch or shade trees for little or no money— call your city hall to find out.

  1. A SHED

If your house has limited storage area, adding a sturdy shed can be an easy space-expander or a great spot to store outdoor equipment. Sheds are a great add-on because of their versatility. And if you spring for one with a window, it could even be used as a work room.

A little renovation for a lot of return? Now, that’s a smart home.

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Top 10 Trending Paint Colors of 2018 https://dunlapteam.com/top-10-trending-paint-colors-of-2018/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:09:35 +0000 http://dunlapteam.com/?p=5297  

New year, new you! Or something like that, right? The start of a new year can sometimes bring out the itch to try something new. What better way to kickstart this new season than with the hottest colors of the year on your walls! According to Houzz.com, these colors are the key to giving your home that 2018 facelift. While this array of colors and hues has much diversity, all are able to be decorated with ease. Hopefully one will catch your eye and make its way onto the walls of your home!

 

1) Oceanside by Sherwin Williams

This crossover has a beautiful blue-green tone that is great for any type of room. Using a bright white as an accent is a great way to balance out this color and keep it looking fresh and light.

2) Heron by Pratt & Lambert

This color favors more blue than green. It is perfect for any area of a home that desires a peaceful, cool tone such as an office or bedroom. With it’s darker tone, this color is perfect to feature as an accent on one wall. This will help add contrast to the room.

3) Black Flame by PPG Paints

This color looks like a mix of dark blue, purple, and black. Depending on which kind of lighting you use and how much there is, the shade it shows may vary. Because of the depth of this color, it would be ideal to use on one wall to highlight something such as artwork, photography, or a headboard. The color speaks for itself so too much going on may seem overwhelming.

4) In the Moment by Behr

This beautiful color is so light and airy that it is perfect for those who want more of a neutral tone. It would be a wonderful addition to a kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, ect. Due to its soft tone, this color is ideal for spaces that don’t receive ample amounts of natural light.

5) The Green Hour by Dunn-Edwards

The theme of this year seems to be a mash-up of blue and green. Which is what this lovely color seems to be a perfect combination of. The Green Hour is not too light and not too dark, making it the perfect “happy medium” shade. This color would look great in a bedroom, office, bathroom, or entertainment area. It will give any room a more sophisticated feel.

6) Bahia Grass by Kelly-Moore

For those who love a good neutral tone that doesn’t go out of the comfort zone, but also isn’t boring, this color is ideal! Bahia Grass takes neutral and gives it a touch of color. This beautiful sage toned color provides an easy canvas for decorating, but also adds a warmth that keeps the walls from feeling too bland.

7) Sandstone Tint by Dutch Boy

Want to go totally neutral? This color is a great place to start. Some tend to shy away from the “beige” word because it sounds boring and traditional. This color has a gray shading that tones down the pink hue to create a more fresh color. This allows for more imagination with colors and texture in furniture, fabrics, and arts.

8) Caliente by Benjamin Moore

Daring to be more bold this year? This true red is the perfect way to add a dramatic feel to a room. It would be perfect as an accent wall in room that receives lots of natural light to allow this beautiful color to show off all of its wonderful features. It would even make a charming statement on a front door!

9) Deep Onyx by Glidden

This nearly black color brings some incredibly serious tone to a room. If covering all the walls, this mystical dark color is great to be used in a place that doesn’t see much natural light. This creates a more intimate and serene setting. If only being used on one wall, adding some colorful art pieces will aid in bringing the darkness to life.

10) Black Magic by Olympic

A marvelous black shade is often looked over for fear of being too dark on interior walls. Unless you’re a 15 year old going through a “phase”, this may not be a first pick for the bedroom walls. Instead maybe give this color a shot on exterior surfaces like this front door. It could also be used on window trimming or even shutters.

 

Source: Ott, Jennifer. “Will These 10 Colors Be Big in 2018?” Houzz.com (December 15, 2017)

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Celebrating with cheer because what a year! https://dunlapteam.com/celebrating-with-cheer-because-what-a-year/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:10:28 +0000 http://dunlapteam.com/?p=5285  

The words “thank you” are not enough to convey our gratitude for how much blessing the Dunlap Team has received this past year. We are so thankful for each and every person that we have come into contact with and are beyond appreciative for the business that we get to do with the greatest people!

 

 

2017 has been very good to us and we have you all to thank for it! We hope to continue to work with you all as we go forward into a new year. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and wishing you a beautiful holiday season filled with health, happiness and prosperity.

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