Classic and Unique All In One

mayapple1  mayapple3With our modern age of cookie cutter styles and conformity in home design it is refreshing when a house like this comes along.  With every last detail designed by the current owner and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright you know that you can expect some amazing upscale features, modern twists, and still a classic appearance that would appeal to any taste.  At only 4 years old this 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom open concept home is as ideal for raising a family as it is for hosting a dinner party for the ages.  Throw in the culinary inspired kitchen, the over 3,700 square feet, and the beautiful wooded outdoor views and this house practically begs for someone to appreciate its grandmayapple2eur.  There are countless additional features that make this Pendleton home stand out from the rest, such as the 2 laundry rooms (main floor and upstairs), a mud room with built in planning desk and cubbies (great for busy parents), and the exquisite wood-work throughout the home.  Additionally, this homes’ price has been reduced by 15k so now is the time to come and see all of the beauty and allure of this house that cannot be fully understood through pictures.  If you are interested in a tour please contact me! I look forward to hearing from you!

The Animal Protection League: Protecting and Rescuing our Four-Legged Friends

As I’m sure many of you know, animal rescue is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.  Not too long ago I worked as a co-director of the aplimageAnimal Protection League and am still amazed at all of the big strides they have made with animal rescue in our community.  Not only has the director, Maleah Stringer, implemented the FIDO and the 9 Lives programs which partner prisoners with adoptable animals but she has helped push ordinances through that punishes those who abuse our four legged friends.  Unfortunately, there is still much to be done in our community to raise awareness and find forever homes for our unwanted, abused, neglected, and forgotten animals.  It amazes me still every time I walk into the doors of the shelter just how many dogs and cats have been surrendered or abandoned.  Almost all of these animals would make wonderful family pets if only given the chance.

In an attempt to do my part to raise money and awareness of the ongoing animal over-population I have partnered up with the APL.  For every tootieFacebook “like” from now until the end of the year I will donate $1.00 to the APL (up to $500).  This is just a small way in which I can help and encourage everyone to find ways to donate their time, money, or expertise to this worthwhile cause! I also encourage you to visit their website to not only check out the adoptable pets but also see the different programs and fundraisers that they currently have in place!

Thinking of Buying or Selling a Home? Why the Winter May Be the Best Time

While most people would agree that as far as weather goes it’s much more pleasant to shop for homes in the spring in summer, there may be homeinwinterpmsome really great reasons to buy or sell in the winter that would outweigh the weather.  Many home sellers wait until spring to put their house on the market.  What they may not realize is that by doing this they are then entering a very competitive and saturated market.  If a buyer is searching for a house during the winter that means they are undoubtedly a serious buyer and by having less competition you have a better chance to sell your home more quickly.  Another benefit to selling your home when it’s cold outside is that home showings and open houses are much more inviting and tend to do better.  Simply have a fire roaring in the fire place, Christmas cookies on the counter, and some tasteful but festive decor and potential buyers will want to make that their home for Christmas.  Last but not least during the winter and holiday season many people have time off of work, this allows for those people to finally take the time to go house hunting.  You don’t want to miss out on these potential buyers simply because of the weather.

As a buyer there are also a great deal of perks to buying in the winter months.  As I mentioned earlier while there is less competition for other sellers the same can be said for buyers.  The chance of a bidding war for your dream home drastically decreases during the winter.  Since there is less competition it is quite possible to have more negotiating power and get a better deal on your new home.   Another benefit to buying in the winter is the availability and flexibility of industry professionals.  Since it is considered to be the “down time” in the real estate industry many lenders will be more willing to work with you, even waiving or reducing fees in some cases to obtain your business.  The same can be said for movers who are in need of clientele.  Another potential financial motivation for buying before the new year is the possibility of receiving a tax write off.  By purchasing before the end of the year you may be eligible for tax credits, deductions for home mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and PMI premiums.

So before you write off the idea of buying or selling this winter consider the benefits that you may be overlooking.  If you have any questions or want further information don’t hesitate to contact me! I look forward to helping you find your home for the holidays.

Anderson’s Winterfest : Fun for the Whole Family

I must say that I am more excited now than ever to see all of the community events that are coming together in the city of Anderson.  One that I xmastreeam particularly looking forward to is Winterfest in downtown Anderson on Friday, Dec. 6th from 10am-8pm.  This event will have something for everyone ranging from caroling, art and craft vendors, and train and military exhibits to Christmas villages, shopping with store-wide sales, and cookie decorating.  There will also be the “Love Lights a Tree” ceremony for the lighting of the Christmas tree downtown.  Many stores are participating in this festive event and will be having sales as well as Christmas themed activities.  What better way to support to local vendors, enjoy time with the family, and appreciate all of the effort the city of Anderson is putting into making this one of the best holiday seasons yet.

For more information please contact Lori Sylvester (  I look forward to seeing you all there!