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Selling a Home During the HOT South Carolina Summer

selling a home in the summer

Well, some of us might have a love-hate relationship with Lexington’s brutal summer temperatures, as a real estate agent, I encourage my home sellers to use the heat to their advantage.

After hopping in and out of the hot car looking at houses, my Lexington home buyers look forward to leisurely browsing through a home, escaping the warm outside temperatures.

Here are a few ways to embrace the summer house selling season.

  1. Give them the Ahhhh… moment. On a hot summer day, home buyers want relief from the heat.  Nothing turns a buyer off more than walking into a home that is as hot in the inside as it is on the outside.  Even if your home is vacant, leave the air conditioner running so your potential buyers can enjoy viewing your home comfortably. I would also suggest turning it down even cooler than you would if you were living there to compensate for the doors being opened and closed more than usual.  Turn on all ceiling fans, and leave all the interior doors open, so the air is a consistent temperature throughout the home.
     
  2. Be a good hostess. – If you have an open house in the middle of a hot spell, be sure to offer cold and refreshing drinks to help potential buyers feel like hanging around for a while. A cool summer drink such as lemonade or ice water with lemon will go along way in helping your buyers feel a connection to your home. Make yourself stand out in the crowd …so get squeezing!
     
  3. Open house? How about a barbeque instead! – What sounds like more fun?  I’ll vote for an outdoor party. If you want people to stop and take notice, advertise a barbeque instead of an open house. I guarantee it will attract a lot more attention.  Pull out the grill and roast some hot dogs, set out pitchers of freshly squeezed lemonade and keep some simple finger foods handy. Find a shady spot, stay out of the house and away from the buyers, but be available to make them feel welcome by offering them a snack and a drink.

Living and selling in the south is all about embracing the season no matter the temperature. If you want more tips and ideas on how to sell your home in the summer contact your Lexington REALTORS®  at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

The New Trend in Home Buying is “Neighborhood Shopping”

neighborhood shopping in lexington, sc

You’ve found the perfect house. You’ve examined every square inch, and you can envision yourself living there.  However, have you taken a good look at your potential new neighborhood?  There is more to buying a house than the home itself.  The area outside your door and down the street is just as important as the age of the roof or the condition of its foundation.  You want to make sure the neighborhood is the right fit for your family.

Purchasing a home is an investment – usually for the long term, so take time to notice the pulse of the community. Talk to neighbors if possible and note if the area is perhaps in the transition from being a bad neighborhood to an up-and-coming one – or has it already made the transition.

  • Considering the school system in the area is a significant deciding factor if you have children. You can get grades and ranks of schools in the area at some online sites such as GreatSchools.org. Your home will maintain or increase its value if it’s in the area of high-ranking schools.
  • Buying a home in the thick of restaurants, stores and “action” may seem exciting, but are you sure you’re ready to put up with the noise and traffic associated with it? Even neighborhoods that aren’t in downtown may be noisy, so it’s a good idea to visit the area at various times of the day.
  • Pay attention to traffic patterns at rush hour, weekends, the buzz of planes from an airport, a church that takes all the parking spaces on Sunday morning and does the neighborhood appear more dangerous at night?
  • Notice the condition of the roads around the neighborhood. Are they clean and smooth or are there potholes and trash on the curbs. Also note if there are sidewalks, public transportation, and nearby fire and police stations.

If you’re not comfortable with the appearance of the neighborhood, the future value and appreciation of your home may be affected, and the enjoyment of your time there may be compromised.

Finally, consider the proximity of a new home to work and the things you love. Stores and schools are also important in the scheme of things, and your commute may be longer than you want it to be.

Proximity to work could become critical when you have to spend an hour or more in the car, morning and evening and don’t get to enjoy the house as much as you could if you lived closer.

A neighborhood with walkways, neighborhood watch, and no vandalism indicates you’ve chosen a safe community.

As your local REALTOR®, we can help you find the perfect neighborhood for your family. Contact your Lexington REALTORS®  at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

How to Know if You Have Enough Homeowner's Insurance

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Most home buyers don’t give too much thought to homeowners insurance when they are buying a home.  Their emotions are running high on finding that perfect house and figure they will worry about the insurance later.

Mortgage lenders will require homeowner's insurance at the closing.  They want to make sure that if anything happens to your home, the balance of the loan will be paid.  But many people don't realize that they may need more coverage than what is required by the lender.

Homeowner’s insurance covers the actual structure of your home.  Most policies also automatically cover your belongings that are in the home, up to a specified amount.  But there are many factors to consider when determining whether you have enough homeowner’s insurance.

Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Your home should have enough coverage to rebuild it at current construction costs.  Your mortgage lender will probably only require you to have insurance for the amount of the mortgage, so considering additional coverage is wise.
  2. In the event of a disaster such as a hurricane, building costs rise.  That means that your policy limits may be lower than what it will cost to rebuild. 
  3. Most policies cover your personal belongings up to a certain percentage of the coverage on the home itself.  If this is insufficient, your insurance agent can sell you extra coverage. 
  4. Most homeowner’s insurance covers your living expenses should you be unable to live in your home after a covered disaster.  That means that the policy will pay for a hotel room and your meals while your house is being rebuilt.  If you feel that the limits of this coverage are too low, you may be able to increase them for a higher premium.
  5. Homeowner’s insurance also covers liability to a certain extent if someone is injured or incurs damage to their property while on your property, the coverage will include your court costs and damages up to a specified amount, typically about $100,000. 

Adequate homeowner’s insurance is important in case anything happens to your home or belongings.  Getting proper coverage when you purchase your home and keeping it after your mortgage is paid off can give you peace of mind.  It's good to know that everything is covered in case of a disaster.

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If you are in the home buying market, contact us for more information on how we can help you find the perfect house.  Please call us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

Moving to Lexington, SC can be FUN!

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Moving can be stressful, and it can be even frustrating when you don’t have any friends to have fun with. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, settling into a new city can be a challenge. But rest assured, if you take the time to connect to your new surroundings new friends are sure to follow.

We’ve helped hundreds of people move into the Lexington, SC area and have a few tips on making the transition a bit easier.

Make the Chamber Your First Stop

Every city has one, including Lexington.  The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitor Center specializes in making you feel at home.  They have an array of business brochures and visitor guides just waiting for you.

Rely on Phone Apps

It seems like a no-brainer, but relying on a phone app can save you a lot of time.  Apps like Nextdoor and TripAdvisor will let you know where you can find the best restaurants, grocery stores, and neighborhood hangouts. Nextdoor is a private social networking app that has over 145,000 neighborhoods where you can learn all about your new area. Nextdoor is available for both Andriod and iPhone and will help you learn about local services, safety, and keep you in the loop to what is happening around you.

Use Social Media

Facebook Neighborhood Groups are great for connecting you with people in your immediate neighborhood.  People generally want to be helpful, so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations for restaurants, nail salons, babysitters, and even churches. Just dropping the one line “I’ve just moved here” will work wonders and it's remarkable how friendly people can be to newcomers.

Take the Initiative

You are not going to make friends by sitting at home in front of the television.  Get out and experience the area. Go for a walk, strike up a conversation at a coffee shop, and get involved in the community. During the summer months, Lexington has an array of free events that can get you out and about. Check out the Chambers Community Calendar for a complete list of events in the area. 

Do you like to volunteer?

Check out the website volunteermatch.org for volunteer opportunities in the greater Midlands area. Whether it’s joining your neighborhood HOA or volunteering at a local food bank, getting involved in your new community is the perfect place to meet new friends.

Embrace your Hobbies

The perfect way to find people who share a common interest is signing up for classes or groups.  Whether you play softball or enjoy art classes, there is sure to be a group or club you can join. Anything that will get you out socializing will make you feel more at home in your new surroundings.

Take it easy on yourself.

While it can take up to six months to get a feel for your new area, remember its friends that make you feel like its home. Take the time to let friendships build naturally and don’t force it.  Get involved and don’t let opportunities go to waste. 

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If you are new to the area, check out our post on Lake Murray Living, or contact us for more information on how we can help settle into your new home.  Please call us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

Buyers Use all Five Senses when Buying a Home

staged homeIt’s getting harder and harder to compete with other homes in the market when trying to sell a home quickly.  From online marketing to television shows that promote show quality homes finding ways to make your home stand out can be a challenge.

Just like in marketing, using the five senses approach will help even when selling a home.

Believe it or not, we do use all five of our senses to make an emotional connection even when buying a home. Homebuyers don’t even realize they do it, but they do.  From the minute they walk in the door to the first unpleasant smell that hits their nose they are making a connection to your home either good or bad.

We want to help you stop those negative emotional connections before they even have a chance to rear their ugly head.

Sight – You wouldn’t think home buyers would be so picky, but they notice everything.  They notice the dirty oven, the unkept closet, the weedy flower garden and every nook and cranny that looks dirty. It only takes one dust-bunny or one grease spot to turn a potential buyer away.

Sound – Squeaky doors, rattling air conditioners, loud pipes and noisy refrigerators are things you may have become accustomed too. However, to a buyer, it’s the first thing they hear when they walk through your home. Take the time to listen to your home, what is it saying to your buyers?

Smell – Unwanted pet smells, stuffy rooms, cigarette smoke, and even human odor (dirty clothes hampers are the worst) is unappealing to a buyer. Nothing will shut a buyer down more than an unpleasant smell.

Touch – Buyers touch things. They run their hands across counter tops, they open doors, they hold onto railings, they open windows. Go through your home and touch things.  Are they sticky, dirty or unflattering to touch?

Taste – Remove your personal taste from your home.  Your great-grandmother's collection of porcelain figurines and your husband's collection of swords makes a nice display in your home but may not sit well with a potential buyers palette.  

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If you are in the market to sell your home contact us for more information on how we can help you get your home ready for market.  Please call us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

To Stage or Not to Stage - That’s the Question in the Real Estate Market

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Any REALTOR® will tell you that a staged home spends less time on the market than an unstaged home. I’ll be the first to say that a staged home is easier to market and ones I won’t hesitate a minute to list.

Our buying clients have been programmed to be dazzled through the home selection process.  They want to view homes that have HGTV qualities and show home appearances. While 90% of homebuyers start their search online, they want to find homes that jump off the screen and scream “buy me.”

While home sellers across the board often hesitate when we talk about hiring a professional home stager, I encourage our sellers to look at staging like this.

Staging is an investment in making sure you get top dollar for your home.  Staging makes sure your home is designed to attract the most buyers while offering a move-in ready home.

In today’s market homebuyers have busy lives, and they don’t want a home that has a list of projects.  They want a home that shows like Flip or Flop, and Fixer Upper have programmed them look for.  They want a home that they can move into and enjoy immediately.

What if…

  • your home could look bigger without costing you a fortune?
  • a simple coat of paint could transform an outdated space?
  • you could highlight your homes best feature?
  • you knew what buyers in your market were looking for?
  • you could get a detailed punch list of items to do before listing?

All of these things and more is what a professional home stager can do. We cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure your home is in tip-top shape before putting it on the market.

Remember your potential buyers are watching HGTV and are expecting to be wooed through the home buying process.  Make your home stand out in the crowd by investing in your future home selling profit.

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If you are in the market to sell your home contact us for more information on how we can help you get your home ready for market.  Please call us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

The Ins and Outs of Home Mortgage

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Are you dreaming of home ownership?  

Have you spent countless hours surfing the Internet looking for that perfect house? If so, we bet you’re getting excited about making your dream a reality.

Whether you are a first-time homeowner or an experienced buyer we have some important tips for you to ensure you feel confident that your home buying process will go smoothly.

We understand that applying for a home mortgage can be somewhat unnerving especially if you’re not fully aware of how the process works. Before you start on your home buying journey, we encourage you to read through this mortgage guide and make sure you know what lies ahead.

Let’s start at the very beginning - even before you start the pre-approval process.

We don’t want anything to jeopardize your chances for being approved for a home loan, so we have come up with a list of all the things you need to keep in mind before applying for a mortgage. We want to make sure you are a good candidate to get a loan so follow these tips before applying for a loan.

  1. Shop Around - Any market has thousands of mortgage brokers, and each broker has access to hundreds of home loan programs. Whatever your circumstances, there is a home loan out there to suit you. The more mortgage brokers and financing professionals you speak to, the more likely it is that you will encounter someone who knows the home loan program right for you.
     
  2. Gather and Secure – Most lenders will have a standard home mortgage package they’ll provide you.  This is the first step in gathering and securing the paperwork the lender will need to process your loan application.  Typically, you will need to provide the following:
     
    • A month a recent pay stubs
    • Two years of tax returns
    • Three months of bank statements
    • Documentation on any large (non-payroll) deposits or withdrawals
  3. Know What you can Afford – Knowing how much you can afford will gain you more respect from the listing agents.  By knowing how much home you can afford before you start shopping you will avoid wasting your time looking at unaffordable properties, and the REALTOR® will be more than willing to show you the homes in your price range. Most home lenders use the 28/36 rule. This means your monthly mortgage payment can be no more than 28% of your gross income. Your total debt, including potential mortgage, auto loans, and other monthly installment payments must not account for more than 36% of your gross income. Some lenders may be more or less strict than this, but this is a typical guideline to use to figure out what you can afford.

  4. What is your Score? – Your credit score is one of the key factors in getting approved for a home loan. Know what your score is and work on raising it if you fall below the industry standard for home loans. You don’t need perfect credit to qualify a score of 620 or higher will do. However, if you fall below that standard, there are programs that look at a lot more than just your credit score and will qualify you with a lower score if you meet other requirements. A credit score is easily available at the three credit reporting agencies - Experian, Equifax, and Trans Union. A credit score will provide the lender with the information about the credit risk you are as a borrower. Knowing your credit score will tell you where you stand as a borrower and will determine the type of loan you can qualify for.

    • Pull your scores from all three of the major credit bureaus.

    • Make sure there are no mistakes and dispute any problems if you find any.

    • Pay off any debts that you can to raise your score.​​​​​​​

  5. Say Goodbye to Debt – As we mentioned above lenders like to see less than 36% of your gross income being eaten up with debt. Work on lowering your debt ratio before applying for a loan and don’t forget to keep a good credit history.  Paying your bills on time is the main factor in keeping a clean credit history. Timeliness of payments holds the maximum points in your credit score. Your credit score decreases by 15-40% with thirty day late payments.

  6. Keep the IRS on your Side – Filling your taxes on time and current is a must when applying for a loan. Lenders will want to see two years or more of completed tax returns and will require you to sign a release allowing them to verify your information with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
     
  7. Keep Tabs on your Checkbook – One of the quickest ways to sabotage your home loan is not keeping your checkbook under lock and key before your loan is approved.  Avoid making any large purchases before, during and through the closing process.
     
  8. Pre-approval - There are few things in life as disappointing as losing out on the home of your dreams due to not being able to secure funding.  While the desire to get out there and search for that great home is understandable, it is vital to line up the financing you will need before you start shopping for a home. It will not be as fun as shopping for a home, but it’s so important. Getting pre-approved will let you know how much of a home you can afford and second it will show home sellers that you are serious about buying.  Don’t confuse pre-qualification with pre-approval. Pre-qualification is a fast way to get a ball-park figure of what you can afford, but pre-approval is what serious sellers and agents rely on.  The pre-approval process will take a little longer, but in the end, it is what you want to concentrate on before starting your house search.

Perfect! Now that you have been pre-approved don’t let your guard down.
 

Even after you’ve applied for a loan, there are things you need to be aware of to keep your new home dream on the right track.

  1. Stay Put – This is no time to go job hunting or switch how you’re being paid. Stable employment history is an important factor in securing a home loan. In most cases you’ll need to show steady employment for two years, so stay put wherever you are for the time being. However, lenders often will not derail the loan process if you change jobs in the same industry.
     
  2. No New Credit – Just as with the pre-approval process your debt-to-income is important to keep under check.  Try to avoid any large purchases, don’t rack up your credit card charges, and by all means don’t co-sign on any loans. New debt obligations will increase your debt to income ratios and will defiantly jeopardize your chances of qualifying at the closing process. This will also affect your FICO score which in turn can lower credit score resulting in higher interest rate and even your eligibility for approval.
     
  3. Bank Changes – You wouldn’t think changing banks would be a big deal, but lenders like to see consistency between your accounts. They need to track your assets, so moving banks in the middle of the loan process make the qualification process difficult for them.
     
  4. Don’t Close Accounts – Homeowners often believe that having less available credit makes them a better candidate for a home loan. However, a big part of your score is the length and depth of credit history. Your total usage of credit in comparison to your available credit can hurt your eligibility.

We understand how frustrating this process can be, but remember that any little change in your income, assets or credit can affect the home mortgage process. The best advice we can give you is to fully disclose all and any plans with your loan officer before you do anything that could hinder your eligibility status. Stay on track financially, stay put in the job you’re in and keep a close eye on any new purchases. If you follow all of these tips, you’ll be enjoying that new dream home before you know it.

If you have questions about the mortgage process, please contact us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

 

5 Home Features that Sell

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Every home buyer has a specific punch list of the things that are important to them. Whether it’s a good school district, close to shopping areas, or the square footage they all have a pre-determined list they work from.

Sure your home may have a few features that are appealing but what features are being overlooked that may be on one of those punch lists?

Let's start by ensuring your home listing draws buyers into those special features. 

  • Has your REALTOR included them in the description of your home?
  • Does the listing photography showcase those areas?
  • Are you talking them up when explaining your home?
  • Do your friends know your features so they can spread the word?
  • Are you highlighting them on Social Media?
  • Have you taken a video on your phone highlighting those features and sharing it?

Over and over again we see listings that overlook special features that will help sell a home quickly.

Here are some sought-after home selling features that often get overlooked but can help sell your home faster:

  1. Plenty of Storage – One of the main reasons homeowners look for a new home is the lack of storage space. No matter how beautiful the rest of the house is if it doesn’t have adequate storage areas it will be overlooked.  If you have built-in bookcases, a large attic, and spacious walk-in closets make sure they’re being highlighted in your listing.
  2. Roomy Garages – Most families have more than one car, so most buyers are looking for ample off-street parking. A two-car garage is a huge selling factor and serves as the perfect place to store tools and other equipment. Be sure to include a picture of the inside of your large garage in your listing photos.
  3. All About Green – Today’s home buyers are more environmentally friendly than ever before.  They’re looking for energy efficient appliances, energy efficient lighting, low flow appliances, VOC paint, and green products used throughout the home. Make sure these features are added to the homes listing.
  4. Outdoor Entertainment Space – Not only are home buyers interested in indoor entertainment areas; they are looking for outdoor spaces as well.  Home buyers in Lexington, SC are mainly looking for beautiful outdoor areas where they can enjoy our mild temperatures year-around. If your home features a deck, patio and a fenced yard be sure to highlight those areas.
  5. Tech is Hot! – Homes are becoming more and more “tech-savvy,” and home buyers, especially millennial buyers are looking for a home that is technologically advanced. Things like home speaker systems, keyless entry, programmable thermostats, smart-phone controlled security systems and more can be just the “WOW” factor your Lexington, SC home needs to add value and sell quickly.

If you have questions about highlighting your homes best features, please contact us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

6 Boost Your Curb Appeal Tips

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It should come as no surprise that the first thing a potential home buyer notices is how appealing your home is from the curb.  The things you may not see are the very things that a home buyer will point out.

While you may be focused on the inside of your home, buyers will focus on the outside during their first initial drive by. An attractive home for sale in Lexington, SC that sparkles and shines from the outside will entice buyers to want to see what’s in the inside out as well.

Here are our top six curb appeal stop and take notice tips:
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  1. Give it a bath. - A clean exterior can boost the asking price, while a dirty one can detract from it. So clean the siding, the brick, shutters, front door,  windows and don’t forget to wash the gutters and drain pipes as well.
  2. Give it a fresh coat. – The front door, window trim and garage door are some of the easiest places you can add a fresh coat of paint that will get the most significant results.
  3. Give it a hair cut. –The lawn should be neatly mowed and remain that way during the entire selling process. You need to be sure the lawn is edged, and no grass is growing in the cracks of any of the sidewalks that border your home. If you have landscaping that’s not appealing, take it out and replace it.
  4. Add some color. - Potential buyers like to see color when they pull up to a house. That means you should have flowers in the yard or in containers on the porch. Or add other splashes of color such as upscale rocking chairs with colorful cushions.
  5. What’s in the mail? - Look at the shape of your mailbox. Many people forget to check this, but a rusted mailbox isn’t appealing. Replace an old one with an updated version and do the same with any outdoor lighting and house numbers.
  6. Howdy neighbor? - Pay attention to how your fence looks. You may need to replace some panels or replace the entire fence. If your driveway has seen better days, you can get it repaired - and that’s relatively inexpensive - plus it adds good curb appeal.

If you have questions about what you need to do to make your home appealing,  please contact us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

Lake Murray, SC Living – Life is Better at the Lake

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Are you dreaming of beautiful Lake Murray, SC color-splashed sunrises or sunsets?


Maybe it’s enjoying your morning cup of coffee in peace and serenity that only comes from living on the water. Or perhaps you want to find a home where its views make you feel like you’re on vacation all year long.

Lake Murray, only 15 miles northwest of Columbia, SC is a place where you can enjoy resort-style living with all the modern amenities of a small town. Just a short drive in any direction and you can leave your lake living oasis and enjoy all the art and culture of South Carolina’s state capital, Columbia can bring. The best of both worlds in one spectacular community …year-round.

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?


Lake Murray covers 78 square miles or about 50,000 acres of land. Its shoreline is home to an array of lakeside communities and neighborhoods. From small weekend cottages to resort communities you’re sure to find a home that suits your style of living.

Encompassing four counties, Lexington, Richland, Newberry and Saluda its vast size alone will give you more options for a lakeside living than anywhere else in South Carolina.

Named for William S. Murray, the engineer who designed the dam was built in 1930 by damming the Saluda River. At the time the Saluda Dam was the largest earthen dam ever built. Its purpose was to generate electricity for the South Carolina Electric and Gas Company. However, the untold story that lies beneath the water’s surface is the forgotten towns that lay hidden in the depths of history.

To make room for the lake 100,000 acres of land was purchased and dozens of communities had to be abandoned including a bridge, graveyard, schools, and churches. What lies under the lake has fascinated people for years.

To keep the lake healthy they periodically lower the lake levels to allow rainfall to scour the shallow coves that wash sediments into the deeper part of the lake. This allows ample time for homeowners to repair docks, and add shoreline improvements, keeping the edge of the lake in top condition.

A Day at the Lake
 

Lake Murray is one of the top recreation destinations in central South Carolina. It hosts an array of unique activities aimed to invite people to come and enjoy a day at the lake.  Each event draws thousands of people into the area to enjoy is beautiful waters. From the Easter Regatta that lines its deep waters with sailboat races to it’s Annual July 4th Boat Parade there is always something fun to do on and around its 649 miles of shoreline.  

Recreation boating is its number one activity for most lake residents. Ski boats, pontoons, and fishing boats all share its water for a number of activities. With 25 landings and marinas offering wet and dry boat storage, motor repair, fuel supplies and so much more there is no reason boating, and fishing enthusiasts wouldn’t want to call Lake Murray home. Even if you don’t have a boat, there are plenty of places around the lake that you can rent a boat for a few hours to a few days.

Did I tell you the fishing is GREAT on Lake Murray?
 

The lake is home to a large number of fish species, but the most popular by choice is largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie. The lake plays hosts to a large number of fishing tournaments throughout the year.

Check out the SC DNR’s Fresh Water Fishing Trends for the latest report on what is biting on the lake.

Pack a Picnic
 

Lake Murray not only offers an array of boating activities its shoreline plays host to a number of recreational areas that make perfect picnic spots.

A Restaurant with a View
 

Are you enjoying your time on the water? No need to call it a day if you get hungry. Lake Murray restaurants cater to boaters and encourage its water guests to pull into a boat slip to enjoy a refreshing drink and a bite to eat.

It’s not summertime in the Midlands unless you enjoy one of its spectacular restaurants with a view.

Home to the Purple Martin
 

Every summer hundreds of thousands of Purple Martins call Bomb Island, Lake Murray home. Residents and tourist alike make it an annual event to watch as they return for their very own summer vacation. It is estimated that more than one million birds venture north for the summer and roost on the island, giving spectators a rare look at one of nature's true wonders. The sky gets dark, and millions of birds fill the pre-dawn and evening skies each day. From the end of June until the beginning of August you can view it too.  

Schedule a Purple Martin Tour on the Spirit of Lake Murray or with Wingard’s Naturalist and USCG Captain Zach to experience a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of purple martins at one of North America’s largest purple martin roost.

Lake Murray, SC Home for Sale
 

Convenient to I-26 in Irmo and I-20 in Lexington, Lake Murray makes the perfect place to call home. There are a number of upscale housing communities around the lake that feature boat slips, and dry dock facilities for residents.

If smaller family oriented neighbors are more your style, Lexington and Chapin are two of the fastest growing areas in the Midlands and plays host to some of the best schools in South Carolina.

For many homeowners buying a home on a lake is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and they don’t want to only focus on the house but the whole lakefront lifestyle.

If waterfront living is calling you, look to the REALTORS® at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company to show you all the options available to living on the lake.

Do you want to know the Market Value of your Lake Murray home?
 

Order a FREE Price Trend Analysis of your home here.>>

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