Sept. 12, 2017

How Homes Sell

The marketing Lachicotte does to promote your home has only one purpose, to increase awareness among potential buyers leading to in person showings. Once buyers reach your front door, the job of marketing is over. Your home must now compete with other homes in two areas: Features and Price If your home has more features that appeal to buyers or your home is priced lower than comparable homes, your home will stand out as the better value. Conversely, if your home lacks the features that potential buyers desire, your only option is to compete on price. To be effective, your home should stand out as one of the top two to three best values in your immediate market place.

Once buyers reach your front door, the job of marketing is over. Your home must now compete with other homes in two areas: Features and Price If your home has more features that appeal to buyers or your home is priced lower than comparable homes, your home will stand out as the better value. Conversely, if your home lacks the features that potential buyers desire, your only option is to compete on price. To be effective, your home should stand out as one of the top two to three best values in your immediate market place.

Your home must now compete with other homes in two areas: Features and Price

If your home has more features that appeal to buyers or your home is priced lower than comparable homes, your home will stand out as the better value.

Conversely, if your home lacks the features that potential buyers desire, your only option is to compete on price.

To be effective, your home should stand out as one of the top two to three best values in your immediate market place.

Feb. 23, 2017

New Listing - 4313 Center Road

 4313 Center Road, Georgetown, SC 29440
Asking Price: $3,500,000

High river bluff peninsula property on the Black River with +/- 160 acres. With nearly 2,000 ft. of bluff on the river and with total river frontage of approximately 10,000 ft. the property provides opportunity for development. If seeking privacy, the home and property could be a dream location for year round living or a second home getaway. Beautiful views abound from the open floor plan home and the acreage provides an oasis to wander, explore, fish, boat, kayak, etc. An outdoor paradise ready to be tended and nurtured. With no homes on-site, and the extensive river frontage, this unique property has unmatched recreation value. The dock is a great place to relax on the water, or linger on the large patio and entertain while enjoying the beautiful river vista.

Listing Agent: Truitt Owens 843.520.9698

Feb. 6, 2017

New Listing - 250 Myrtle Ave

 250 Myrtle Ave, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Asking Price: $998,000 | 5 bedrooms

  Enjoy sunsets and gorgeous creek views from your front porch and front balcony. Or enjoy the sunrise on your back porch with ocean views from your back balcony. Fabulous location....only a block from the ocean and only 2 blocks for the boat landing. Home comes furnished and would make a great short term/vacation rentals investment opportunity.

Listing Agent: Teresa Cagle 843.833.2156

Dec. 30, 2016

Maximize Exposure For Your Property

With The Lachicotte Company, your property is marketed with the most innovative strategies in real estate today.

When it comes to bringing your home to market, it is invaluable to have the strongest and most agile international networks at your disposal. As the Grand Strand’s exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and Leverage Global Partners, The Lachicotte Company offers an innovative digital strategy to tactfully promote properties like yours.

• Website designed to attract buyers and capture leads
• Cross-Marketing with our vacation rentals database
• Syndication to over 800 websites
• Promotion on dominant Social Media outlets
• Email Marketing to targeted leads and qualified buyers

With our strategic online marketing efforts for The Lachicotte Company website plus syndication with hundreds of nationally optimized real estate portals, your listing will be found with ease, no matter where the buyer is located.

Aug. 2, 2016

Nancy Siau Recognized For Million Dollar Success

Immediate Release

Contact
Nancy Siau
The Lachicotte Company, An Exclusive Affiliate of Christies's International Real Estate
8434501835
nancysiaurealestate@gmail.com
www.lachicotte.com

LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL RECOGNIZED FOR MILLION DOLLAR SUCCESSES

Pawleys Island, SC, August 1, 2016 Nancy Siau with The Lachicotte Company, An Exclusive Affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, Pawleys Island, SC has earned the Million Dollar Guild (GUILD) Recognition® owned by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing The GUILD recognition is awarded to residential real estate professionals performing in the million dollar and above market.

In order to earn the recognition, real estate professionals must first earn the prestigious and exclusive Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® (CLHMS) designation and subsequently must provide documentation proving their specialization in the million dollar and above market.

The Million Dollar Guild recognizes those residential real estate professionals who have demonstrated their experience and proficiencies in working with the affluent customer. The Institute only awards the recognition to professionals who have provided verified and notarized documentation of performance reflecting sales in the top 10% of their given market and above the million dollar threshold.

"Real Estate professionals who have earned admittance to The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild® have specific upper-tier market knowledge, understand the unique needs of affluent buyers and sellers and are experts in their respective markets,” said Amanda Hammer, Director of Membership at The Institute. “Whether you’re buying or selling a multimillion dollar property, you can depend upon The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild ® members to have the competencies necessary to help you meet your objectives"

To have this recognition of my accomplishments in serving Pawleys Island is an honor,” said Siau. “It has strengthened my commitment to the community and its residents.

Siau has been in real estate since 2007 and specializes in luxury and special properties in the Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet and Georgetown market. Siau is a consistent top producer and enjoys a reputation of excellent client service with outstanding results.

For insights into the current state of the luxury market, contact Nancy Siau at The Lachcotte Company, 8434501835 or email nancysiaurealestate@gmail.com.

For more information about The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® designation, or the Million Dollar Guild Recognition®, visit www.luxuryhomemarketing.com or email info@luxuryhomemarketing.com

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Nov. 20, 2015

Common Home Buying Questions

Are you thinking of buying your first home? Congrats! Your first real estate transaction is exciting but terrifying at the same time. Knowing the answers to the below questions can help remove some of the stress. Remember a good agent can make this process a lot easier.

Where do I begin?: The first step is getting pre-approved for a home mortgage. Unless you are paying cash, you need a mortgage. By getting pre-approved you know how much you can afford.

Hong long will it take?: The time varies from person to person. Once your offer gets accepted your agent can give you a estimated timeline.

What does your Realtor do? He/She will help guide you throughout the entire process. They do a lot more than just walking through the homes with you. In short, they educate you on different options and represent you. Just because someone is the listing agent does not mean they have to be your agent.

It is important to note the difference between a Realtor and a real estate agent. A Realtor subscribes to a strict code of ethics and is regulated by the National Association of Realtors.

How much do you pay a realtor? Nothing! While many people give the realtor a gift ( ex: nice bottle of wine) after closing it is not mandatory. A realtor gets paid from the seller.

Before listing a home the agent and seller agree on a commission. Then the listing agent pays the buyer's agent for bringing the buyer.

What should my credit score be? The higher your credit score, the lower your interest rate. The minimum score needed for approval is constantly changing. Your loan officer and agent will be your best source.

To help your credit score pay bills on time, do not cancel any credit cards and avoid major purchases.

How much money do I need for the down payment? The amount needed depends on the loan type. The average is 3-5% of the purchase price.  USDA and VA loans require no money down.

Are they any other cost besides the down payment? Yes there are other costs besides the down payment. The down payment though is typically the largest with loan origination being the second largest. Loan origination is typically 2-4% of the loan amount. Other costs include: Earnest money, moving expenses, home inspection ( optional but highly recommended ).

When do I receive the keys? In most cases, home buyers receive the keys at closing.

 

Nov. 20, 2015

First-Time Home Buyers To-Do List

Are you ready to stop renting and buy your first home? Did you know that often your mortgage is less than your monthly rent? Here is a to-do list to help you take the plunge.

Save: You will need money for the down payment, closing cost and escrow for taxes and insurance.

Improve Credit Score: The higher your credit score, the lower your interest rate. To help your credit score pay bills on time, do not cancel any credit cards and avoid major purchases.

Calculate Your Budget

Get Preapproved For A Mortgage: Shop around for the best deal. Chose a primary and backup lender.

Decide What You Want In A Home: Make a list, include must-haves and preferences.

Choose A Realtor: Be sure to interview several different agents. You do not have to use the agent on the listing that you like.

Visit Homes: Take photos, make notes, and use a checklist.

Narrow Down Your Choices: Visit the home during different hours of the day, test your commute and consider resale value.

Place An Offer

Schedule The Home Inspection

Final Walk-through: Check for doors and windows that do not work, test light switches sockets and test toilets, faucets and drains.

The above list is meant as a general guideline please contact us or your Realtor for more information.

Nov. 20, 2015

Downsizing Tips

Downsizing a home can be stressful. Whether you are a senior, empty nester or moving into a smaller home, we all face a challenge.  You love your stuff but not the clutter it can create. Below you will find simple tips to make the process a little easier.

Plan Ahead: Start early and set goals. For couples and families, make sure everyone knows the plan and agrees.

Determine Needs: Think about your new lifestyle, how much smaller your new place is. How will your furniture fit? Do you believe you should keep something just because you paid a lot of money for it?

Quality & Multipurpose: Choose quality over quantity.  Pick that one piece of furniture that makes a statement instead of squeezing too much into a room. If you are buying new furniture, choose multipurpose furniture.

Objective Opinion: Need help deciding? Consider hiring a professional or asking a friend with an objective opinion.

Create A List: Create a list of items that you cannot live without. This helps you get rid of other items.

Create Bins: Keep - Sell - Charity - Toss

Remove Duplicates: No one needs 20 mixing bowls.

Children’s Art Projects & Schoolwork: Keep your favorites and take photos of the rest.

Any tips you would like to share?

Nov. 20, 2015

Before Moving Into a New Home

Moving into a new home is exciting but also a lot of work. If you are lucky your old place will be available for at least a couple days after your new place is available.  This will allow you to take your time packing and moving. Even if you do not have this luxury it is still recommended you do the following before settling into your new home.

Change the locks: You do not know who the previous owners gave keys too.  Changing the locks guarantees you're the only person who has access.  You can install new deadbolts yourself for $10 or call a locksmith. If you choose to install yourself, there are helpful videos on YouTube

Look for plumbing leaks: Before closing, the home inspector should do this but it is always a good idea to double check.  You can check for leaks by checking the water meter at the beginning and end of a 2hr window in which no one used water. If the meter is different, you have a leak.

Steam clean carpets: Before moving in your furniture pay a professional to carpet clean or rent a steam cleaner for a day. Doing this will ensure that your home is fresh, clean, and sanitized from the start.

Wipe out cabinets: Before placing your dishes and supplies in cabinets be sure to wipe inside and out. Replace contact paper if necessary.

Eliminate critters: Bugs are common in the south. There are numerous DIY ways to get rid of bugs or call a pest removal service.

Find the circuit breaker box and main water valve: It is recommended that you figure out which fuses control what part of the home and label it. This task takes two people. You want to know how to turn off your main water valve before you have a plumbing emergency. Locate the valve ( could be inside or outside) and turn until it is off. Test faucet to see if any water comes out.

Paint: It is a lot easier to paint an empty home than a full one.

Drive around the neighborhood: If you are moving to a brand new area, drive around to familiarize yourself with the area.  Find the grocery store, post office, bank and etc.

Nov. 20, 2015

What Are Boiled Peanuts?

What Are Boiled Peanuts?

If you rented with us during the summer, you might have been offered boiled peanuts from the front desk staff. If not, I bet you saw them in the grocery store or on the side of the road. If you are unfamiliar with boiled peanuts.... below you will find more information about the official snack of the state.

Peanuts are in season during the months of August and September.  Boiled peanuts taste best when they are pulled from the ground and placed into a pot for boiling. That is why roadside boiled peanuts taste best during the early fall and summer.

If you want to make your own boiled peanuts, it is very simple.  If a person can boil water,  they can make boiled peanuts. It is best if you use fresh raw peanuts from the field that have not been dried.

Since peanuts freeze well, you can buy them in bulk during prime time then freeze for the off season. It is recommended that you boil them for a few minutes, drain and cool before placing them in the freezer.  Or you can cook them fully and package them for later.

Recipe:

2 pounds  peanuts - 3 ounces  salt - 3 gallons water

Wash the peanuts until the water runs clear. Then soak for an additional 30mins to remove any remaining dirt.

Drain peanuts and place in pot

Add salt

Cook on high for 4 hours ( cooking time can vary based on freshness of peanuts. The fresher the peanuts, the less time it takes)

Check peanuts throughout cooking time to see if they are done. They are done when they have a similar texture to a cooked dry bean. They should keep its shape and not crunch when bitten.

Drain peanuts

Store covered in refrigerator

Peanuts stay fresh for about 10 days

* Some people like to add extra seasonings such as Cajun. *