Your weekly look at Richland County Government news and events.

Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.  Your weekly look at Richland County Government news and events. Public Invited to Decker Center Dedication Ceremony The public is invited to join County Councilmembers, Magistrate Judges, members of the Sheriff’s Department and community leaders in celebrating Richland County’s newest facility at a special dedication ceremony on Friday,… Continue reading Your weekly look at Richland County Government news and events.

Budget-Friendly Smart Home Tech for Seniors & Individuals with Special Needs – HomeAdvisor

Imagine this scenario: You come home from work and your front door, sensing your presence, automatically unlocks for you. You walk in, carrying bags of groceries, and as you enter the kitchen, the lights turn themselves on. You put your groceries away and realizing that you forgot an item, you send a request to your grocery store for a delivery using a touchscreen built right into the refrigerator. You settle down in the living room to watch television. Sensing that you’re slightly chilly from information gathered from your smart watch, the thermostat automatically increases the temperature of your home to keep you comfortable

To Stage…or Not to Stage? That Is the Question! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:
The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging.
50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar value offers from buyers.
77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own.
The top rooms to stage to attract more buyers are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room.

Buying a Home? Do You Know the Lingo?

Down Payment – This is a portion of the cost of your home that you pay upfront to secure the purchase of the property. Down payments are typically 3 to 20% of the purchase price of the home. There are zero-down programs available through VA loans for Veterans, as well as USDA loans for rural areas of the country. Eighty percent of first-time buyers put less than 20% down last month.

Pros and Cons of Winter Home Building

In the end, there’s no universal right or wrong. Since every business and every project is unique, builders must weigh the specific advantages and disadvantages. If you have the budget and experience to push through trying conditions and unexpected delays, there’s no reason you can’t remain productive 12 months a year.

8 Questions Realtors Should Always Ask When Showing Homes

Why do you want to buy a home now? This question can elicit relevant information, including pregnancies, job changes or a child leaving for college. You can then use this insight to tailor your services to the buyer’s specific needs, so that you are only showing homes that your client is interested in.

Work with A Builder, Remodeler or Industry Professional with an NAHB Designation

Why hire someone with an NAHB designation? They’re committed to education; they must complete a series of relevant courses covering topics such as building technology, project management, energy efficiency and safety to increase their industry knowledge. In addition to these required courses, they stay current by investing in continuing education to keep abreast of the latest… Continue reading Work with A Builder, Remodeler or Industry Professional with an NAHB Designation