How to Decide if You Should Buy a House for Your Winthrop University Student

Buying a home for your student when they go off to college can be a really smart idea. It’s something that many parents will do in order to save money over the long run. There are definitely a few things you’ll want to think about if you’re thinking about buying a home new Winthrop University

First of all, renting can be pretty expensive over the course of four years (or longer!). The amount of money that you end up putting into your student’s rent could be put towards the down payment of a house. As far as the mortgage payments go, you can rent out the other rooms of the house to friends of your student. This should be able to cover the monthly mortgage payments. In fact, you may be able to get away with charging enough for rent to cover a few other costs, such as maintenance costs, property tax and homeowners insurance costs. Once your student graduates and moves out, you could continue renting out the house until the value has appreciated enough to be worth selling.

Consider buying a home near Winthrop University for your student and contact us at Randy Lindsay for real estate advice.

Have Awesome Summer Picnics in Harris Street Park

If you’re looking for ways to settle into the community after moving to York County, then there’s no better way than to plan a picnic with friends and family at one of the beautiful parks located within York County. In fact, if you’re looking for a park at which to do this, we highly recommend the Harris Street Park.

The Harris Street Park is a popular park among residents of Fort Mill. Covering roughly 10 acres, the Harris Street Park has numerous amenities that make it perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon picnic. For example, you can hold your picnic under the picnic shelter, which contains two picnic tables, or the gazebo, which contains one picnic table. While this may not seem like a lot of picnic tables, each table holds up to 25 people. Additionally, the park boasts full restroom facilities. There are also plenty of amenities that the kids can use before and after lunch, such as the children’s playground, the lighted baseball or softball diamond and the lighted basketball court.

Settle down after a stressful move by picnicking at the Harris Street Park. For more information about York County, be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay.

Give Your New Home Some Character With Decorated Stairs

If you’ve been looking at homes to buy, then one of the things you’ve probably noticed from home to home is how boring the stairways often look. Fortunately, you can easily add character to the stairs once you buy a home by decorating them. The following are a few tips for decorating stairs:

  • Install carpet runner – You can add a carpet runner down the middle of your steps to add color and pattern to the stairs. A runner is a great way to add a bit of elegance and sophistication to the overall stairway design.
     
  • Paint a runner – If you’d rather not install carpet on the stairs, consider painting a runner instead. This gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of what your steps look like, thereby giving you a chance to be playful with it. You could go wild with the colors or even write a message going down the steps.
     
  • Wallpaper – Another unique option is to wallpaper the sides of the steps. This is a great way to introduce different patterns – try using different wallpaper for each step!

Use these stair decorating ideas and contact Randy Lindsay for information about homes for sale in Fort Mill, SC.

Great Summer Camps Around York County for Kids to Enjoy

Now that summer is around the corner, you’re probably on the lookout for activities that your kids can participate in since they will be out of school for the next few months. Fortunately, if you are living in York County, then there are a number of fantastic summer camps that your kids can attend. The following are a few of the summer camps that you might want to look into:

  • Beginners Camp Sew – This camp will teach kids how to sew. It will take place from June 22nd to June 26th from 9:00 AM to noon. The cost is $30, which will include a starter sewing kit.
     
  • ClubScience – This camp, which is located at the Fort Lawn Community Center, will allow kids to explore water quality and water life as well as to go kayaking. It takes place between July 7th and July 9th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The cost is $30 and includes lunch.
     
  • Camp Wild – This overnight camp will let kids go camping, hiking, boating and more at Chester State Park from June 23rd to June 25th for $85. 

Check out these camps and contact us at Randy Lindsay for more about living in York County.

Charlotte is Outpacing Raleigh in Growth

Raleigh is often named as one of the fastest growing cities in the country, but Charlotte has recently outpaced the state’s capital after having passed the 800,000 population mark last year. This is a 2 percent growth in population from 2013.

Charlotte’s population growth has been nothing short of impressive, especially when compared to some of the larger cities in the country. The population has grown 10.7 percent since 2010, a growth rate that topped every one of the country’s 50 biggest cities with the exception of Austin and New Orleans. Charlotte gained 78,534 residents over that time period – only 7 other cities gained more residents during that time. 

Charlotte is currently the 17th biggest city in the country. The second biggest city in North Carolina, Raleigh, experienced an annual growth rate of 1.9 percent over the last year, slightly below that of Charlotte. Despite being the second biggest city in the state, Raleigh’s population is still only half of Charlotte’s. Many of the smaller towns around the Charlotte area have experienced respectable population growth as well over the last year.

Charlotte continues to grow. For more information about metro Charlotte real estate, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

Don’t Expect Home Insurance Premiums to be the Same Year After Year

A lot of new homeowners aren’t too familiar with the terms of homeowner’s insurance, only with the fact that it’s a good idea to have it (and that it’s required if they are taking out a mortgage). One thing that you should be aware of is that the premiums you start off with may change from year to year. The following are a few things that can affect your homeowners insurance premiums:

  • Location – If the location of your home becomes more prone to certain natural disasters, such as wildfires or tornadoes, your premiums may go up to reflect this.
     
  • Age – No, not your age – but the age of the home. As a house grows older, it will eventually become more susceptible to damage. Your roof, electrical system, heating and cooling system and more will be more prone to damage, which means your house will cost more to insure.
     
  • Additions – If you build onto your home or add features, such as a swimming pool, your insurance will increase in cost in order to increase your coverage.

These are things that could affect your homeowners insurance premiums. Contact us at Randy Lindsay for a real estate agent in Fort Mill, SC today.

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