Rocktober Time

It is hot. It is STILL hot. It is HOT HOT! Unfortunately, our real estate market in Greenville is not hot.

This is a hard COLD fact. If you want to sell your property, it may take a little while UNLESS you are willing to listen to the professional opinion of your Realtor. Realtors are property owners too. We want all of the property that we own and sell to be worth a lot. A whole lot. Greenville and our surrounding areas are amazing, wonderful, sweet towns in which to live; but we are not experiencing a tremendous amount of growth right now. That means that our property values are not increasing as fast as markets to our north and south.

Before we list your property, our agents will prepare a market analysis for you. They will use the technology and experience that they have to determine the value of your place. The numbers speak volumes. If we don’t face these values now, we will have to face them when the lenders order an appraisal on the property to satisfy their underwriters that the property is worth what the contract portrays.

Experience shows that when a property is priced correctly, it will sell quickly. That in conjunction with the homeowner working to ensure that their property is in good condition and prepared to show well. Sellers need to work with their agent. Make your home easy to show and make sure that it looks inviting and well cared for. If we get these two things right, chances are we can overcome the fact that we are not in the hottest market in Alabama! Even though it feels like it!

 

Sunny September,,,NOT

So far this September is making us feel a little like a drowned rat. It is quite a challenge to get out and show houses in torrential rain. If you REALLY want to look though, we REALLY want to show you because you MUST be motivated to buy!

The beginning of school usually indicates a slow down of activity in our market. People are focused on getting back into the routine of getting children off to school or college and all of the activities that go along with it. However, once we get a little nip in the air and the humidity goes down, we will see an increase in listings and showings. We are ready to help and raring to go!

We have a new agent starting this month. Michelle Myrick is a retired school teacher and has just gotten her real estate license and is ready to offer plenty of exuberance and energy with helping you to sell or purchase! I expect great things from her.

Our agents are all above average in my opinion. We have the personalities and expertise to meet the needs of anyone looking for a Realtor!

Check out our Facebook page. We have a lot of new listings both for sale and for rent highlighted on our page.

Summer is coming to an end!

What? It can’t be! It is not even August yet! It just doesn’t seem right that school is starting in just a couple of weeks for most of the area children. What happened to getting out in time for Memorial Day and going back after Labor Day?
It is funny how our market sort of revolves around school activities. We get a little bit of a slow down when school cranks back up but when the fall breezes start and people feel like they can breathe again; then they start calling and wanting to find a new home in time for the holidays! Don’t wait around and miss the opportunity to have your house on the market so they will be able to see it when the time comes. We can also get YOU into a larger or smaller place of your dreams in time for college football, Halloween, Thanksgiving!
Call one of our professional agents for your appointment today!

Hot, Hot, Hot!!

If you want to go look at houses right now, you better be serious! LOL!! We have gotten a kick out of seeing our agents coming into the office in an absolute puddle after working hard showing homes and properties to buyers! We can all relate to each other! It is hard on buyers too! If you have a house on the market and really want us to sell it, please consider how the property is going to come across to a buyer during the summer heat. If you don’t want to leave the ac going, at least keep some ceiling fans on to keep air circulating. Showing a home that is dark, dank and sweltering is probably not going to result in an offer. Work with us to help you get the most money for your property!

Don’t Ride the Fence!

June is here and buyers are out and about looking for a place to land before the next school year. Agents have been buzzing around here showing properties and writing contracts! It is the perfect time to get your house on the market if you have been thinking of upsizing or downsizing!
The last 40 days we have had 14 sales in Butler, Lowndes, Crenshaw and Conecuh Counties. The average sales price was $102,764 and the average days on the market was 138 days. We averaged selling the properties for 95% of the list price.
Inventory is down and we need more listings for sale and for rent! Call us and we will help you get your property sold!

May is a Crazy Month!

May is a crazy month! End of year programs, sports tournaments, proms, graduations… It seems as if nowadays there is something going on every weekend and a lot of weeknights!

We here at First Realty have been working overtime to get a lot of beautiful homes on the market as well as oversee all of the details to getting many listings sold! We had 7 listings that closed in April, and several more have gone under contract scheduled to close in May and June.

Spring and Summer are always good months for listing and selling. If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, consider calling one of the agents here at First Realty to come out and have a meeting about what you need to be doing to get your house in tip-top showing condition so that we can get you the best price for your home! A well-staged home that is in good condition is proven to bring you more money!

Glenn

New Listings Popping Up All Over Just Like Spring Leaves!

I sure do hope that everyone had a blessed Easter weekend! The weather was glorious to match the occasion.

The market is opening up with a lot of new listings coming on board in the next few weeks. Keep your eye on the website for new properties popping up along with all of the flowers and fresh new leaves on the trees.

We have a very knowledgeable group of Realtors here at First Realty. Our job is to help you navigate through the real estate process. If you call one of our agents to see a house, please understand that our job is not just to show you the houses but to make sure that you understand the process. We want to help you get through the stages of being pre-qualified or pre-approved by a lender BEFORE you start looking so that there are no big surprises later. It gives you a much stronger position to have that piece of paper saying that you are pre-qualified to purchase a home when you go to make your offer. Also, we promise our sellers that we will try our best to only show their home to potential buyers that are really earnestly looking to purchase and not just looking at homes for fun. In this day and age, we have to be cautious. Please do not take it personally if an agent asks about your pre-qualification prior to showing a property. We are looking out for our Clients, customers, and our own personal safety as well. If we have not ever met you, we may ask you to come to the office and meet prior to going out to see homes. This is all for the safety of our agents.

Buying a home is a process, it doesn’t happen overnight. We will be taking you and your needs seriously,  and we ask that you understand our need to be cautious. Help us make this an excellent experience and a joyful time in purchasing your new home because that is what we want for you!

 

March Madness

Real Estate in Greenville is beginning to open up for the spring. We have several new contracts and some new listings coming up in the next week or two. If you are sitting on the fence about listing your house, now is a GREAT time to put it out there. Call one of our professionals here to make an appointment to come out and see your property and we will do a market analysis to see what your home or land is worth!

The town is abuzz with so many activities! This past weekend we had a Fun Run downtown for Relay for Life and the Arts & Crafts Festival was a great success.

Coming up on April 26, 27, & 28, make your plans to see Putting On The Ritz. If you have never been, you really should go and see the wealth of talent that we have in Greenville.

If you haven’t heard, The Rotary Club is hosting a Crawfish Boil on April 14th at the Library Pavilion. $25 will buy you AYCE crawfish and beverage until they run out. There will be live music and lots of fun! I have tickets here at the First Realty office if you are interested in attending. The proceeds from this event will go to support local charities.

Fun times in a small town!

How do you like the new website?

So far we have received really good feedback on our new website! I appreciate so much all of the nice comments. We at First Realty are doing everything we can to ensure that we have the most innovative marketing that we can for each and every one of our listers.

The performance season at The Ritz came to a close last Thursday. We enjoyed having the pre-performance parties here in the foyer of our building. Nancy Idland and Marianne Hamilton have done a wonderful job of providing top-notch entertainment right here in downtown Greenville. If you didn’t get tickets this year, do yourself a favor and be sure to get some next year.

The Camellia City Fest is coming up on March 10th. Right outside the front door of First Realty. They will close down Commerce St. and vendors from all over the country will have booths with arts and crafts. It will be a fun welcome to spring!

If you are looking for a great time in April, The Greenville Rotary Club will be having a Crawfish Boil at the Pavillion by the library. Tickets will go on sale this coming week. $25 each. Live band, all of the crawfish you can eat while supplies last and beverages. Contact any member of the Greenville Rotary Club or come by here at First Realty for your tickets.

As always, call us at First Realty for any of your real estate needs! We look forward to hearing from you!

Glenn

Hello world!

Welcome to our new website! We are so proud to introduce this new website that we believe will be a great tool for our customers and clients. It is super user friendly and gives you all sorts of options to look for properties. This will be the most up to date way to make sure you are looking at properties that are currently on the market.

For those of you that are looking for Rental Properties you can pull of everything that we currently have available and you have the capability of filling out your rental application online and contacting our property manager to set up a showing.

I will be posting personal insights to what is happening in our community and what kind of activity we are experiencing in the rental market here in our area.

Let us know what you think!

Glenn