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West Columbia/Lexington Real Estate: Why Would You Go It Alone?

In Exit Agape Real Estate Services, West Columbia Real Estate on December 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm

There are a lot of things in life that should not be left to chance. I learned early on as a homeowner what my limitations were when it came to repairing broken plumbing. I stink at repairing anything to do with plumbing. I do not mind admitting that, because I have failed in just about every attempt I have made in the last 30 years. The point is, I know this now and take the appropriate steps in hiring a trained plumber to fix the problems. Plumbing is a minor issue when you compare it with something as important as buying a house.

I have been preaching the following advice to anyone that will listen for the last six years: It almost never makes sense to purchase real estate without having an agent represent you. A buyer’s agent can provide a valuable service to you, and a good buyer’s agent can provide an extraordinarily valuable service to you. Why would anyone want to navigate through the maze of financing, contracts, property values, inspections, negotiations, attorneys, appraisers, and closings on their own?

Real estate agents deal with all of the above on a daily basis. A good agent has the expertise to make sure you are getting the property for the best possible price. He/she is going to ensure the proper inspections are completed and any repairs addressed. He/she is going to make sure the mortgage lender and the closing attorney are on the same page and that everyone has the proper documentation to allow the transaction to move to closing. A typical real estate transaction can have hundreds of details that need to be addressed on a timely basis. You need someone in your court looking out for you.

Here is the best news about the process: There is no out-of-pocket expense to a purchaser for all of the above services. When a seller lists his/her property with a real estate company, he/she agrees to compensate the selling side (Purchaser Agent) a certain percentage of the listing commission. In essence, the seller is paying for your representation.

Exit Agape Real Estate Services has one of the best buyer agents in the West Columbia/Lexington areas. Catherine Thornton is an accredited buyer’s representative. Catherine, in addition to earning her buyer representative accreditation, has also completed one of the most prestigious accreditations in the industry, the GRI (Graduate Real Estate Institute). Catherine’s ongoing dedication to continuing education, coupled with her involvement with the local real estate association, gives her a real edge when it comes to helping clients realize the dream of owning real estate.

If you are a first-time buyer, or are looking to purchase a step-up property, do not leave the results to chance.Put Catherine to work for you and make sure you get the results for which you are hoping.

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

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Agape Senior Assisted Living of Lexington SC Invites Community to View Christmas Display

In entertainment, exhibits, holidays on December 16, 2009 at 1:17 am

O, Little Town of…Lexington?

Lexington, South Carolina – December 7, 2009 – Local retired couple to present miniature Christmas village at Agapé Senior of Lexington.

Each December, Roger and Patti Owens undertake a labor of love. Roger and Patti welcome in the Christmas season by constructing their own miniature Christmas village. The practice began over 20 years ago, with a few lighted buildings surrounding a tiny church under their Christmas tree. As the years have come and gone, additional buildings and accessories have been added. This year, their Christmas village is comprised of over 200 buildings, a railroad, scores of one-inch-tall residents, and a host of Santas and Snowmen.

This Christmas season, Roger and Patti will be displaying their cheery Christmas village at Agapé Senior of Lexington. The village will be on display in the facility’s dining room for residents and visitors to admire and enjoy. The construction of the village usually requires a full two weeks of painstaking and meticulous work. The Christmas village will open on December 11th and will be viewable until the first week in January.

The original church from the first village has, over time, been joined by a host of other buildings: including a train station, a movie theater, a bank, a veterinary clinic, and even a tiny Cracker Barrel restaurant (Patti’s favorite eating establishment).

As Roger and Patti have traveled, they have continually come across a variety of new additions for their village. An assortment of items has been purchased from a myriad of stores and sales. Other items have been generously donated. A Big Lots store donated 10 small houses a couple of years ago. Of particular interest is a holiday-themed Ferris wheel, purchased from the estate of Jay Silverheels, the actor who portrayed Tonto in the “Lone Ranger” television show for many years.

The effect of the entire display is whimsical, nostalgic, and mesmerizing: especially when the ceiling lights are turned off and the lights of the village are given a chance to “show off.”

Roger and Patti Owens and the staff at Agapé Senior of Lexington invite visitors to come and experience the wonders of the Christmas village. Viewing hours will be from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. daily, from December 10th through New Year’s.

Contact:

Blake Patterson

bpatterson@agapesenior.com

5422 Augusta Road

Lexington, SC 29072

Ph: 803-520-5850

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

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Agape Senior Assisted Living of Irmo SC Displays Christmas Spirit

In entertainment, exhibits, holidays on December 16, 2009 at 1:15 am

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to visit the snow-covered White Horse Bakery or the Nettie Quinn Puppets and Marionette Theater right in the heart of Agape’s very own winter wonderland. This year we are excited to present to our neighbors and visitors a beautiful Christmas Village that has been generously donated to the Agapé facility by The Cauley family of Columbia. The village is comprised of over 1500 pieces from “The Dickens Christmas Village” collection. A number of stores and other buildings from Dickens’ many classic stories are included in the collection, including the Olde Camden Church, Heathmoore Castle, and the Blenham Street Bank.

The stunning assortment of period buildings, animals, people, and decorations is on display throughout the lobby, hallways, and dining room of the facility. The pieces of the collection were accumulated by the Cauley family over the course of many years, and each piece contributes to the Old World feeling and to the festive Christmas spirit at Agapé.

The Dickens Christmas Village is a new tradition at Agapé Senior of Harbison and will complement the annual Festival of Trees at the facility. Both exhibits are on display for residents and their families, as well as visitors during the month of December.

A number of local churches and businesses have once again adopted Christmas trees at Agapé Senior of Harbison. In addition, the families of some of the facility’s residents have joined the merriment and have adopted trees of their own. Each of the trees has been decorated by the respective adopting party in celebration of the Christmas season.

Residents and visitors can see the sights and hear the sounds of the holiday season while touring Agapé of Harbison where, “In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.”

Contact:

Jason Sternenberg

jsternenberg@agapesenior.com

990 Columbia Avenue

Irmo, South Carolina 29063

Ph: 803-749-7889

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

West Columbia SC Real Estate for Sale – Properties for Sale in West Columbia South Carolina. We also provide you with Advanced Market Segments such as West Columbia Startup Homes, West Columbia Median Homes, West Columbia Upscale Homes, West Columbia Luxury Homes, and West Columbia Homesites and Land for Sale in West Columbia SC. Surrounding Towns included are West Columbia, Irmo, Columbia, Lexington, Lexington County, Cayce, Gaston, Swansea as well as niche communities: Agape Village, Charwood, Churchill Heights, Edenwood, Forest Acres, Moss Creek, Quail Hollow, Saluda Gardens, Saluda River Club, Saluda Terrace, Shadblow, The Avenues, and Westover Acres. Exit Agapé Real Estate Services is your West Columbia SC and South Carolina Senior Real Estate Specialists. (803) 454-3504

West Columbia Agape Senior Assisted living Spans the Generations with Christmas Reading by Joe Pinner

In entertainment, west columbia on December 16, 2009 at 1:13 am

“Night Before Christmas” Reading

West Columbia, South Carolina – December 9, 2009 – Television personality Joe Pinner will be reading, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at Agapé Senior of West Columbia.

On December 16, 2009 at 6:30, children of all ages are invited to hear Joe Pinner of WIS-TV read Clement C. Moore’s classic story, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Make plans now to join the festivities as Mr. Pinner’s warm and enchanting voice lends additional wonder to the tale.

Generations of area residents are exceedingly familiar with Mr. Pinner’s face and voice, after decades of service as news anchor at WIS-TV. He will bring his unfailing style and flair to the reading, and is sure to delight wide-eyed children…and their families.

Cookies, hot chocolate, and cold drinks will be provided.

Contact:

Carolyn Reese

creese@agapesenior.com

2705 Leaphart Road

West Columbia, South Carolina 29169

Ph: 803-939-3000

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

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West Columbia / Cayce, Exit Agape Real Estate Services, Focuses on Providing Solutions for Buyers & Sellers

In Exit Agape Real Estate Services on December 5, 2009 at 1:55 pm
December 4th, 2009 7:01 PM
Several months ago Exit Agape Real Estate Services launched its brand new web-site. The site was specifically designed to allow buyers and sellers a search experience that took them to the information they were looking for in the shortest amount of time. In other words, Keep It Simple. “I did not want a site that was going to frustrate the end user,” stated Joe Nester Broker in Charge. The site was designed to allow a user within two or three clicks to be exactly into the information he/she was looking for. We believe we have accomplished our objective. The word we hear most often when we ask our clients about searching on our site is “awesome.”

Our company has been and always will be about providing the best possible service to our clients. In addition to our searches, we have also been able strategically to drive our Google visibility to page one on over a dozen neighborhood and city searches in the West Columbia, Cayce, Lexington, Forest Acres, Irmo, and other surrounding communities. What that means to our clients is incredible exposure for their listing. A seller can no longer afford to have his/her property just exposed to the local market. Ninety percent of all buyers start their search on the internet. Seventy five percent of those buyers use Google. If a real estate company can get your listing on page one of Google, you have just increased your potential buyer pool by thousands. We can and we do accomplish this every day.

We recently listed two properties in a small remote town in South Carolina. The properties had been languishing on the market for over a year and a half. The owners were trying to sell the properties with a yard sign and no internet strategy. In less than forty days both properties are under contract. The purchasers are a relocating couple from California. That is the power of a robust internet strategy.

Today we are announcing the newest addition to our site. We have teamed up with Bill Oliver and Crescent Moon Mortgage in Columbia to provide the same ease of use for the pre-approval process. Just like our company, Crescent Moon Mortgage is a local company that understands the local market. Bill is the only CMPS (Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist) professional in the Columbia, SC, area. A planning specialist looks at a mortgage from a different perspective. Bill looks at the client’s short and long term financial goals when determining the best product fit.

We are committed to providing solutions. One of the criteria for our partnership was that Bill would be available for consumer questions and provide on-going education to the public about all of the changes taking place in the industry. We plan to implement that strategy with regular informational blogs and a very simple form for consumer questions.

We are always looking for ways to better serve our clients. We believe this partnership will provide the consumer with the information they need to make smart decisions.

Joe Nester - Exit Broker in Charge West Columbia South Carolina.West Columbia SC Real Estate, Columbia SCJoe Nester Realtor. EXIT Agape Real Estate Services is ready to serve your real estate needs in Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Forest Acres, and Columbia South Carolina. Our experienced agents have all the right tools to properly market your listing or to search for your perfect new home. We strive to exceed your expectations on every transaction. (803) 730-7269 or (803) 454-3504.

West Columbia SC Real Estate for Sale – Properties for Sale in West Columbia South Carolina. We also provide you with Advanced Market Segments such as West Columbia Startup Homes, West Columbia Median Homes, West Columbia Upscale Homes, West Columbia Luxury Homes, and West Columbia Homesites and Land for Sale in West Columbia SC. Surrounding Towns included are West Columbia, Irmo, Columbia, Lexington, Lexington County, Cayce, Gaston, Swansea as well as niche communities: Agape Village, Charwood, Churchill Heights, Edenwood, Forest Acres, Moss Creek, Quail Hollow, Saluda Gardens, Saluda River Club, Saluda Terrace, Shadblow, The Avenues, and Westover Acres. Exit Agapé Real Estate Services is your West Columbia SC and South Carolina Senior Real Estate Specialists. (803) 454-3504