Featured Listing of the Week: 722 Beaufort Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Our featured listing of the week is a new listing located minutes from downtown Columbia! This is a cute, updated home. Contact Charlie Mather today to find out more or to schedule a time to see it!

722 Beaufort Street, Columbia, SC 29201 (Columbia SC Real Estate)722 Beaufort Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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Square Footage: 925
Bedrooms: 3
Full Bathrooms: 1

3 bedroom and 1 bathroom home for sale, located minutes from downtown. Beautiful, updated kitchen with granite counter tops & stainless steel appliances, plus new vinyl floors in kitchen and bathroom. Bathroom has been completely remodeled. Recently refurbished hardwood floors, and new thermal pane windows. New landscaping, vinyl boxing, and seamless aluminum gutters. Contact us today to find out more about this home!


For more information, please contact Charlie Mather:

Charlie Mather
Phone: (803) 622-9480
Email: Charlie@CharlieMather.com

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5 Common Mistakes that Renters Make

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There are pluses and minuses to being a renter, just like there are positives and negatives to owning a home. In the United States, 35 percent of homes are renter-occupied, and 65 percent are owner-occupied, and the biggest percentage of renters includes those under 30 (18 percent.) Renters often have to worry less about big problems with their living space because the landlord is usually responsible for fixing the problem, but at the same time, renters also might have to wait for the landlord to fix the problem like they are supposed to. Renters also usually avoid dealing with outside maintenance, snow removal, and sometimes lawn care. While in some ways being a renter is easier than being an owner, it can also be harder, and there are many common mistakes that renters make. Here are five of the biggest mistakes that you should avoid.

1. Not researching the area
If you are moving to a new area and you need to rent for a while before purchasing a home (or you just prefer to rent anyway), make sure you research the area that you are signing up to live in. Especially if you are working with a relocation company, or someone is finding an apartment for you, you should still do your own research. An apartment that seems too good to be true probably is; don’t fall for an unusually low price tag without looking around first. Make sure that the area is safe, convenient, and that it has everything you need (a good school if you have kids, groceries in walking distance if that is important to you, and so on.) If you don’t carefully research where your apartment is, you risk getting stuck with a lease that you are not comfortable with.

2. Not comparison shopping
Even if you find an apartment you like at a good price in an area that you trust, you shouldn’t stop there. Be sure to compare multiple properties to see which you like the most. If you are moving from out-of-state and someone is helping you to look, ask for pictures and specific apartment details when possible. Make sure that you factor in important aspects of the overall package, and not just the price. If you have animals, you will need a pet-friendly rental, and many rentals are not pet-friendly. Some landlords will allow you to sublet if necessary, or to have a roommate move in, but not all apartment owners or managers are the same. Even if you find an apartment at a great price, you may find the price isn’t worth giving your dog away, etc.

3. Not paying attention to the details
Before you sign a lease, make sure you know exactly how much your rent will be. Find out if you have to pay utilities, and if so, which ones. Determine if any bills are shared between neighbors, and if there are any additional fees for trash, amenities, and so on. Ask any questions before you sign the lease, including how to pay your bill, what happens if you are late, and who to contact in an emergency (including when your landlord is unreachable.) Also be sure that as you look over the agreement, that you are aware of the various included terms, including the deposit and fees, apartment lease regulations, any sections on repairs, utilities, renter’s insurance, and right of entry.

4. Not documenting problems
When you first move into a rental, make sure you take pictures and document any previous issues that existed at the beginning of your rental agreement. Many landlords will provide you with a list of any problems with the rental, but if they don’t, or you see other issues, make sure to keep track of them. When you encounter issues with the landlord or the property itself after you have moved in, make sure to document those problems as well. The landlord is required to fix major problems, but if you don’t keep careful track of the previous and existing condition of the property, the landlord may try to blame you for certain issues. Your landlord is not legally responsible for fixing cosmetic issues, but check your lease if your landlord is refusing to fix something you think they need to fix.

If you face an issue with a landlord refusing to fix a problem, or mistreating you, be sure that you seek legal help. Landlords have many legal responsibilities, but if you never report a problem, you may not see any changes. This may require simply having a lawyer contact your landlord, or you might actually have to go to court.

5. Not protecting yourself
Although your landlord should have rental insurance, if you have valuable property that belongs to you and you are keeping in your apartment, you probably need renter’s insurance. If you are trying to save money, you can get a basic plan, but you should make sure that you at least get some type of renter’s insurance. You should also protect yourself when it comes to other tenants. If anyone is bothering you, threatening you, or breaks your stuff, you should report it to the landlord and the police.

Also be aware that you shouldn’t make any changes to the property without getting written consent from your landlord; so while many landlords would appreciate their tenants having the entire apartment professionally painted, you still need to ask first.

Renting can be a great way to have a comfortable home, without having the same maintenance responsibilities that home owners face. Just make sure that you avoid making these five mistakes.

To read the article as published on thewallstcheatsheet.com, please click here.

 

Featured Realtor® of the Week: Iley and Tiffani Joseph

Our featured Realtor® this is week a recent husband and wife team; Team Joseph! If you are looking to buy or sell a house in Columbia, SC or the surrounding Midlands, please contact Iley and Tiffani Joseph. They can help you with all your real estate needs!

Team Joseph

Columbia SC Real Estate Agent - Iley JosephIley Joseph

Realtor

Phone: (803) 269-8278
FAX: (803) 779-1880
Email: TeamJoseph@TheMatherCompany.com

Columbia SC Real Estate Agent - Tiffani JosephTiffani Joseph

Realtor

Phone: (803) 238-4415
FAX: (803) 779-1880
Email: TeamJoseph@TheMatherCompany.com

Featured Realtor® of the Week: Neha Jaggi

Our featured Realtor this week is Neha Jaggi. She would be happy to help you with buying or selling a house in the Columbia, SC and surrounding Midlands area! Give her a call!

Neha Jaggi PictureNeha Jaggi

Realtor®

Phone: (803) 351-9462
FAX: (803) 779-1880
Email: Neha@TheMatherCompany.com

Although I was born in India, I have lived in Lexington since I was 6 months old. So South Carolina is home! I graduated from White Knoll High in 2008 and then continued my education at University of South Carolina. I went to the Aiken campus for a semester and then transferred to the Columbia campus and finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Business Administration in May of 2012. I hope to go back to school in the near future, but until then I hope to be able to help you have a pleasant and satisfying experience while buying or selling your home!

Featured Realtor® of the Week: Cale Ferguson

Our featured agent this week is Cale Ferguson. We are glad to have him a part of The Mather Co family! Call or email him and find out how he can help you with all your real estate needs!

Columbia SC Real Estate Agent - Cale FergusonCale Ferguson

Realtor®

Phone: (803) 807-2748
FAX: (803) 779-1880
Email: Cale@TheMatherCompany.com

Cale was raised in Columbus, MS and obtained his B.S. in Kinesiology in 2012. Upon graduation, he obtained a position at Palmetto Heart as an exercise physiologist in Columbia, SC. Cale is now a SC licensed real estate agent and active real estate investor with a ton of passion for this field. He and his wife and 2 year-old son reside in Lexington. He is also a dedicated member at his church in Lexington, SC. Cale is committed to a “win-win” mentality in all situations. His hard work and diligence are met with much success in the professional world. In addition to these qualities, Cale is genuinely interested in the prosperity of others and exhibits creativity and determination in order to achieve the results you desire. For further assistance, call or email Cale at your earliest convenience.

Featured Realtor of the Week: Hart Traylor

Our featured Realtor this week is Hart Traylor. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a house, contact him to find out how he can help you with your real estate needs!

Hart Traylor PictureHart Traylor

Vice-President | Realtor® | Project Manager

Phone: (803) 622-5432
FAX: (803) 779-1880
Email: HartTraylor@TheMatherCompany.com

Hart graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in History. Upon graduation, he spent 2 years working at a church in Columbia as the Media Administrator. In 2009 Hart joined Charlie Mather as Charlie was beginning The Mather Company. In 2010 Hart got his sales license. Hart was born and raised in Columbia. He met his wife Vanessa at an on campus Bible study (RUF) at USC. They married in 2008, and in 2010 had their first child; a son. Hart loves Jesus and spending time with his family. He also enjoys Gamecock football/basketball/baseball, the Minnesota Vikings, and music. He and his family are actively involved with their church, Columbia Crossroads Downtown.

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Ephesians 5:1-2

Looking for a Rental Property, Don’t Be Scammed

Internet For RentIdentity thieves have increased their presence in the housing and rental  markets making it even more important for potential homebuyers and renters to do  due their diligence and know the warning signs of a scam.

The housing bubble caused many homes to be pushed into foreclosure and the  owners into the rental market, and scammers are using a myriad of ways to steal  personal information and money from unsuspecting victims. According to Raul  Vargas, fraud operations manager for Identity Theft 911, many of the scams are  occurring online.

Vargas explains that many of the scams involve an online post about an  available property to rent and when someone is interested, the scammer sends a  rental or lease agreement that requires a plethora of personal information like  birth date, Social Security number and current address. Some even ask for bank  account information to verify eligibility. The unsuspecting renter ends up  giving up the information hoping

Some scammers post bogus properties online and target renters moving from  another city or state.  “Everyone renting looks online to find a great  price,” and the scammers know that, says Steve Weisman, a college professor at  Bentley University and author of 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a  Digital Age. Typically the fraudster will list a rental online with a market  price far lower than others in the area. The listing will have a real address  and photographs and the renter will be asked to either wire a deposit or send a  money order to hold the rental. “The renter doesn’t get to see the place and the  next thing they know they don’t have a place,” says Weisman. “It’s very easy to  copy a listing and put up a phony one.”

Scam go both ways: People with a property to rent can also become victims.  Weisman cites a popular scam that involves someone living outside the country  agreeing to move into a rental unit sight unseen. The “renter” will even send a  deposit of six months rent to ease any fear. A few weeks later, the scammer will  call to back out of the agreement and tell the landlord to keep two months of  the rent for the trouble and send the rest back.  The landlord cashes the  check, sends the money back and a week later the check bounces. “Even though you  waited a few days for the check to clear the bank doesn’t tell you that it’s  only provisional credit. The bank takes back the money when the check truly does  bounce,” says Weisman.

While scammers have become more sophisticated, renters and landlords can stay  one step ahead.  Being aware of some red flags will prevent them from  losing any money or sacrifice personal. According to Vargas, if the person asks  for personal information via the Internet and/or asks you to send money via a  money order or a wire transfer ,which isn’t easily traceable, should all serve  as red flags. He also recommends never sharing personal information without  meeting someone and checking their credentials.

Experts suggest out-of-town movers to work with a licensed agent to find a  place to live. To verify if an online posting is legitimate, Weisman recommends  searching the address and if it turns up on multiple sites with different names,  there’s a strong change the listing is a scam listing. The tax assessor’s office  can provide the homeowner’s name of the particular property and many of the  offices have websites making it easier for renters to check public information. “Be wary if the place is dramatically priced less than others and always check  out who the real owner is,” says Weisman.

To read the article as published on foxbusiness.com, please click here.

 

Open Houses Today, Sunday Oct 12, in Downtown Columbia, Forest Acres and Blythewood!

Open House this Sunday (Columbia SC Real Estate)
We have 3 open houses going on this Sunday, October 12, and they’re all over town! Hope you can make at least one of them!


Forest Acres
Charlie Mather will be hosting an open house in Forest Acres from 2-4 at 4166 Sandwood Drive. Contact Charlie for more information at 803-622-9480.

4166 Sandwood Drive, Columbia, SC 29206 (Columbia SC Real Estate)4166 Sandwood Drive
Columbia, SC 29206

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Listing Price: $194,000
Square Footage: 2,208
Bedrooms: 4
Full Bathrooms: 3


Downtown Columbia
Nyhma Tramel will be hosting an open house downtown from 2-4 at 312 Laurel Hill Lane. Contact Nyhma for more information at (254) 535-4412.

312 Laurel Hill Lane, Columbia, SC 29201 (Columbia SC Real Estate)312 Laurel Hill Lane
Columbia, SC 29201

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Listing Price: $174,900
Square Footage: 1,510
Bedrooms: 3
Full Bathrooms: 2
Half Bathroom: 1


Blythewood
Patricia Ortiz will be hosting an open house in Blythewood from 2-4 at 447 Longtown Road West. Contact Patricia for more information at 803-206-9881.

447 Longtown Road West, Blythewood, SC 29061 (Columbia SC Real Estate)447 Longtown Road West
Blythewood, SC 29016

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Listing Price: $389,000
Square Footage: 3,663
Bedrooms: 4
Full Bathrooms: 2
Half Bathrooms: 2

Open Houses this Sunday in Downtown Columbia, Forest Acres and Blythewood!

Open House this Sunday (Columbia SC Real Estate)
We have 3 open houses going on this Sunday, October 12, and they’re all over town! Hope you can make at least one of them!


Forest Acres
Charlie Mather will be hosting an open house in Forest Acres from 2-4 at 4166 Sandwood Drive. Contact Charlie for more information at 803-622-9480.

4166 Sandwood Drive, Columbia, SC 29206 (Columbia SC Real Estate)4166 Sandwood Drive
Columbia, SC 29206

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Listing Price: $194,000
Square Footage: 2,208
Bedrooms: 4
Full Bathrooms: 3


Downtown Columbia
Nyhma Tramel will be hosting an open house downtown from 2-4 at 312 Laurel Hill Lane. Contact Nyhma for more information at (254) 535-4412.

312 Laurel Hill Lane, Columbia, SC 29201 (Columbia SC Real Estate)312 Laurel Hill Lane
Columbia, SC 29201

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Listing Price: $174,900
Square Footage: 1,510
Bedrooms: 3
Full Bathrooms: 2
Half Bathroom: 1


Blythewood
Patricia Ortiz will be hosting an open house in Blythewood from 2-4 at 447 Longtown Road West. Contact Patricia for more information at 803-206-9881.

447 Longtown Road West, Blythewood, SC 29061 (Columbia SC Real Estate)447 Longtown Road West
Blythewood, SC 29016

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Listing Price: $389,000
Square Footage: 3,663
Bedrooms: 4
Full Bathrooms: 2
Half Bathrooms: 2

Featured Realtor of the Week: Scott Stephens

Our featured Realtor® of the week is Scott Stephens. Scott can help you with your real estate needs; whether you are looking to buy or sell!

Scott Stephens PictureScott Stephens

Realtor® | Residential Home Builder | CEPSCI

Phone: (803) 446-3621
FAX: (803) 779-1880
Email: ScottStephens@TheMatherCompany.com

Scott brings to The Mather Company a diverse background in both the construction and real estate industries. He has several years of real estate sales experience as well as more than a decade of experience working with large land holders as an analyst, engineer and consultant.

Scott grew up in the Low Country of South Carolina as an avid outdoors man and the son of a small custom home builder. This is where he developed his core belief that treating people with honesty, respect and integrity is the only way to live or conduct business.

Scott’s experience includes:

  • Hands on experience with the marketing, buying and selling of homes, land and homes with acreage
  • Hands on experience as an apprentice under several true Southern Craftsmen on construction projects ranging from small Low Country cottages to executive homes, as well as docks and boats.
  • Hands on experience working with large land holders with the implementation and maintenance of their land & land information systems. (Timber, Rail & Agriculture)
  • Hands on experience with Best Management Practices (BMP) in the timber and construction industries.
  • Hands on experience with water quality sampling, including wells, ponds, lakes and streams.South Carolina licensed Real Estate Agent
    South Carolina licensed Residential Home Builder
    South Carolina Notary Public
    South Carolina Certified Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Inspector
    Bachelors Degree, University of South Carolina, Environmental Geography

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