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Home Staging Cover-Up! Watching For Hidden Defects When Buying a Home

Home Staging DefectsWhen you buy a home, it is probably cleverly staged to show the home's best features. This is often a way for the seller to help you consider the space as your own. However, some sellers may use staging to hide or minimize design flaws or serious defects with the house.

Watch out for these four home staging traps, before you end up in a home that is not all you thought it would be.

1. Making Rooms Appear Bigger

There are many ways to stage a room to make it appear & feel larger. For example, exchanging a traditional queen-size bed for a full or even a twin. Switching out regular couches for a couple of love seats and a small table also increases the available space in a room. The seller may put larger curtains over windows to make it seem from the inside that the window is larger.

Unfortunately, none of this is practical for you unless you plan to buy all new furniture for the home. When you visit a home, be sure to carefully review the floor plan, and a printed version with measurements would be ideal. This way you'll can get a better idea for how your belongings will fit in the space.

2. Hiding Serious Problems

On occasion, a person selling a home may try to use staging to conceal problems with the home. For example, they may hang a large picture or even put up wallpaper to hide evidence of mold growing in the walls. This type of cover-up is more likely to happen when a seller stages...

New Listings In The Area

Newest Listings On The Market

An exclusive Just Listed report of homes, condos, and lots from CRG Companies listing agents which have just entered the market. We continuously update featuring the newest properties available for sale.

JUST LISTED AT $349,900

208 Wicklow Drive, Murrells Inlet

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MLS: 1616682 • Beds: 5 • Baths: 3.5 • SqFt: 3901-4000 • Built: 2006

Spacious home in the Pebble Creek community overlooking the 5th fairway of The International Club golf course. This home features 12 foot ceilings, a private sub-master on the second floor, and a screened in patio area.


JUST LISTED AT $899,900

3185 Wildhorse Drive, Conway

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Pros and Cons of a Single-Close Construction Loan

Single Close New Home Construction LoansPlanning to buy a home requires much decision-making, especially if you want a new home rather than a resale. Although there are plenty of new homes on the market, what if you decide to build rather than buy?

Working with a builder, especially a custom home builder, sometimes gives you the option of securing your own financing for the construction as well as for the permanent mortgage.

If so, there are some questions to ask yourself, as well as the builder and the lender:

  • Is a single close construction loan risky or advantageous? 
  • Will my builder work with a single close construction loan? 
  • What are the pros and cons, and is there any protection if the construction doesn't go as planned, or if I change my mind?

Here are the things you should know, but only you can make the final decision about what's right in your situation:

Basic Facts of Single Close Construction Loans

The single close construction loan is exactly what its name describes, but a lot of "teamwork" is involved if it is to be a smooth home buying process, from turning the first dirt to actual move-in.

A lender qualifies and pre-appoves a prospective home buyer based on stated requirements for a mortgage. But, in addition to needing personal income and expense information from the buyer, the ...

First Contract For SellingMyrtleBeach.com

SellingMyrtleBeach.com is celebrating its first contract!

myrtle-beach-homes-for-saleMelanie Reaves, a CRG Companies Realtor, connected with a buyer shortly after the launch of SellingMyrtleBeach.com and was able to provide her client with all the tools necessary to find the home of their dreams. This included personalized online searches and real-time local MLS listings. With the use of our real estate focused website and expert, qualified Realtor, the homebuyers from Virginia found exactly what they were looking for, a Myrtle Beach family vacation home.

We realize the internet is a valuable component in searching for homes as many of our clients are often relocating to the Myrtle Beach area from out of state. SellingMyrtleBeach.com was developed to meet the needs of buyers with the most relevant, innovative features to make the process of searching for a new home enjoyable, reagardless of where you are.

Our goal is to connect homebuyers with the information they’re looking for as quickly as possible. With these cutting-edge tools and our expert team of agents, we’ve simplified the process of finding the perfect home. From your first inquiry, our client care team goes to work assisting you with property searches and notifications that...

Home Inspectors: Are They Qualified to Judge a Home's Shortcomings?

Home Inspector QualificationsAlthough nearly 40 states require licensing or certification of home inspectors, including South Carolina, many other states do not. Even in states that have enacted standards, the requirements are far from uniform. Are inspectors qualified to judge the merits of a property, and can buyers rely on their judgment?

The broad category of home inspections can range from a basic third party walk through to specific and detailed audits or examinations of systems and conditions. The first type of inspector can be expected to point out glaring home faults and to alert buyers to areas of possible concern.

On the other end of the spectrum are energy audits, efficient design audits, structural analysis, and specific tests that require expertise and professional equipment, such as radon testing, mold/mildew tests, termite inspections, oil tank exams, septic tank/leach field assessments and stress, load and engineering studies.

Third party paid inspections, conducted by individuals or teams, are typically performed on behalf of a buyer, and paid out of pocket at the time of the inspection.

Sometimes sellers will order a home inspection prior to listing a property in order to determine what must be done to bring a home up to standard or facilitate a quick sale.

What a Home Inspection Is Not

Home inspections are physical assessments of structure and condition based on visual observations,...