First-time buyers stated that both proximity to their current rental location and affordability were leading criteria when buying. For sellers looking to appeal to first time homebuyers, your local real estate agent can help you make the most of these factors when it comes time to sell.
Greenville SC: Big-City Buzz Meets Southern Ease
Median home price: $127,600
Median mortgage payment: $487
Median property tax: $753
State tax on Social Security: Yes
State tax on pensions: No
Great eating: Munch on a petit pain for 65 cents at Legrand Bakery.
Catch a game: For $7, watch the Greenville Drive, a Boston Red Sox affiliate, at Fluor Field. On Thursdays, beer costs a buck.
Favorite freebies: Parking on Main Street, trolley rides, downtown Wi-Fi and admission to the Greenville County Museum of Art
As Caren and John Maietta sized up retirement, they knew they’d have to leave their home on New York’s pricey Long Island. John, now 60, is disabled, and Caren, 61, was working as a teaching assistant in the local school system and tutoring on the side.
One visit to Greenville clinched their decision; they moved south in 2010, buying a lovely home (five bedrooms, three and a half baths) for half the price of their former place. Though they’re not mortgage-free, their monthly payment is less than a quarter of what it was before. Instead of New York’s sky-high property taxes, the average here is $753. (Yes, per year.) Their car insurance also fell by half. Gasoline prices are much lower. “Even utilities are cheaper here,” Caren says. In New York, the couple spent about $650 a month; in Greenville, “our bills range from $80 to $190.”
Those savings enabled her to stop working, and the two live comfortably on savings and disability payments. Still a few years away from collecting Social Security, they are committed to keeping their costs low while living large.
“It’s even a little decadent,” Caren says. “I play tennis four to five days a week at the Green Valley Country Club. It costs $150 a month for a family sports membership, which includes social events, the pool and tennis facilities.”
by Sarah Mahoney, AARP The Magazine, October/November 2013
$275,000 – Foxcroft Subdivision Greer SC
Unbelievable value at its best on the eastside! In the much sought after foxcroft community, this well-maintained 4k + sq ft, 5 br, 3 full / 2 half ba traditional home on a 0.5+ acre lot is a fabulous find! It offers 2 master suites (upper & lower) as well as a bonus/rec room with closet, which could be a 6th br. The bonus room also has a separate stairway entrance by way of the kitchen.
Ideal for multi-generational families! Upon entering the home, an elegant foyer provides a warm welcome to you & your guests. To one side of the entranceway thereâs a formal lr & to the other a formal dr. Both promote the perfect setting for entertaining friends & holding family gatherings. Gleaming hardwoods flow from the foyer thru-out the formal areas. In a large, family-oriented home such as this one, the kit serves as one of the main gathering places & this one is well-suited for this purpose. A stunning, picturesque, greenhouse window in the kit/bkfst area allows an abundance of natural light to gently bathe the room giving it a light & airy atmosphere. An oversized island offers extra work space & storage as well as an informal eating area. Other features include double ovens, gas cook top range, plenty of cabinets & a built-in desk provides another area for work space/storage. Just off the bkfst area is a walk-in laundry room with built-ins & access to the side entry 2 car garage. Adjacent to the kit, the unexpected rich detail of the wood-burning fireplace with decorative mantle & tile hearth makes it a focal point to this already cozy family room. Wainscoting adds to the intimate atmosphere providing a perfect place to relax after a long day.
From the family room, enjoy easy access to the outside patio & back yard. Adjoining the family room is the lower master suite. The current owner used this master suite as a large private office complete with built-ins & custom bar. With 2k+ sq ft on the upper level, all of the brâs are nicely oversized! The 4brâs & bonus room provide ample room for everyone & 2 separate stairways allow for easy access & traffic flow. From atop the main front staircase, a landing overlooks the foyer & has built-ins at the top of the stairs. Custom built-ins also adorn 1 bedroom making for an excellent study area. The bonus room is another ideal spot for family activities. In addition to the spacious living quarters, the large, level 0.5 acre lot with mature landscaping adds to the allure of the home. The fenced in back yard is ideally suited for kids play & pets & even has room for a garden! So whether grilling out on the patio or watching the kids play, the private back yard has room enough to do it all. Updates include: architectural roof, vinyl soffit & fascia, gutter guards, vinyl siding, all new windows, freshly painted interior & garage floor,refinished hardwoods in foyer/lr/dr & carpets cleaned. Additional features include: side entry 2 car garage, sprinkler system (front/back), walk-in laundry room, & under termite bond (terminex). Donât miss out on the opportunity to live in the wonderful family-friendly foxcroft community with such desirable amenities as pool/tennis courts, playground, clubhouse & athletic fields. Conveniently located near shopping, restaurants, & top rated schools.