June 15, 2018

Fathers Day


  Fathers Day Pics and Quotes

W Realty would like to thank all fathers, both those who are with us and those who have passed, for their love, encouragement, support, friendship and sacrifice.  In honor of Fathers Day this Sunday, we would like to share a few of our favorite poems about fathers.  We hope these poems help you celebrate the fathers in your life.

                     HAPPY FATHERS DAY!


Father's Day Poem


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Posted in HOLIDAYS
June 14, 2018

Flag Day


Flag Day
Did you know these fun facts about our national flag?

The idea for an annual day to celebrate the flag of United States of America is usually credited to BJ Cigrand, a school teacher from Fredonia, Wisconsin. The holiday commemorates the adoption of the flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. In 1885, Mr. Cigrand instructed his class to write personal essays on the flag and what it meant to them. He continued to advocate for a national holiday to celebrate the "flag's birthday" throughout his life. In 1949, National Flag day was established through an Act of Congress.

Here are some more interesting factoids about Flag Day: 

  • The current U.S. flag is the 27th official version. It has been in use since July, 1960, and is the longest-used version of any official flag.
  • Francis Hopkins of New Jersey, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote Congress several times to demand payment for the design of the U.S. flag, requesting a "Quarter Cask of Public Wine" as payment for this and several other services.
  • The official adoption of the flag design by the Second Continental Congress did not specify the arrangement of the white stars on a field of blue. As a consequence, flag makers we're creative with their arrangements, and there was no official layout for the flag until 1912, when the 48-star flag was adopted.
  • The current 50 star flag was designed for a high school class project by Robert G. Heft of Ohio. He received a B- for his work.


Posted in HOLIDAYS
May 21, 2018

Memorial Day



Memorial Day Salute!


While this is the weekend that generally kicks off the summer season with family get-togethers, cookouts, and three-day get-aways, let’s not forget the true reason why the holiday exists.

Memorial Dayoriginally known as Decoration Day—was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. It has been celebrated ever since then as a day to honor veterans of foreign wars and all the men and women currently serving in the armed forces. Take some time this weekend to recognize the true meaning of the holiday and share the history with your children.  W Realty salutes all of our fallen Soldiers and those actively protecting us!



Posted in Community Service
April 29, 2018

Painting 101


Zero VOC Paint





You've decided to paint a room in your home and you're ready to get started. Or are you? Before you start slapping paint on the walls, check out these painting tips that will make your job easier and make it look like it was done by a pro.

Choose a Color

Choosing a color is the hardest part. What's most important is to find one that will create the desired mood and make you happy.

  • If you really don't have any idea about what color to paint, try pulling a color out of a piece of art or area rug that's in the room. It's a guaranteed way to find a complementary color.
  • Take home several paint chips and see how they look in the room. Hold them up to the furniture, floors, artwork, cabinets, and anything else that's already in the room. Try to narrow it down to three or four choices.
  • Get a small sample pot of each color and paint a large square on the wall.
  • Watch how the color changes as the sun moves across the sky and the amount of light in the room changes.

Using More Than One Color

If you're using more than one color in the room, remember these paint tips.

  • If you have a chair rail or wainscoting and you want to paint the top and bottom of the walls different colors it's best to use the darker color on the bottom portion and the lighter on top. The light color will dominate and the dark color will have a grounding effect.
  • To accentuate trim, paint it a shade lighter or a shade darker than the walls. The same goes for the ceiling. Painting it a shade darker will make the room feel cozier, painting it a lighter shade will create an airier feeling.
Paint Effects

Don't be afraid to think outside the box and try some different paint effects. There's a lot you can do with paint so there's no need to do the walls all in the same color. Some fun techniques include color blocking, stenciling, and color washing. You can use different colors on the same wall, or for a subtle effect, you can use different finishes.

For example, try painting a wall in a flat finish and then stenciling a design (such as damask) overtop with a glossy paint. The effect is subtle yet elegant.

Choose a Finish

Once you've chosen a paint color and design, you'll need to decide on a finish(or finishes).

  • Flat: Offers a matte finish, which is perfect for covering walls with a little wear and tear because it doesn't reflect light. Use flat finishes anywhere you want to cover imperfections.
  • Satin and Eggshell: Popular for walls because they have a very slight shine and are fairly easy to clean.
  • Semi-Gloss and Glossy: Both are quite shiny which is why they're popular for trim. They also hold up very well to cleaning.

Determine the Amount of Paint Needed

Add the width of all the walls in the room together and multiply the number by the height of one wall (from floor to ceiling). Take the total and subtract the total area of all the doors, windows, archways, etc. This will get you the exact area of wall space you'll need to paint. A general rule of thumb is that a flat surface usually requires one gallon for every 400 square feet. Take into account how many coats you think you'll need to do.

Prepare to Paint

Proper preparation is one of the most important painting tips and is key to getting a professional-looking paint job.

  • Move anything out of the room that might get in the way and remove all necessary hardware and fixtures.
  • Wipe down the walls with a solution of water and a little bit of dish soap. This will remove dirt, dust, and grease.
  • Fill any cracks with plaster filler and sand down any surfaces that will be painted. Wipe off any excess dust from the sanding with a damp cloth.
  • Make sure you have all the brushes, rollers, and paint trays you will need before starting. Having to take a break in the middle of painting to run to the hardware store will be frustrating and slow you down.

Tape off Areas to Be Painted

It's time-consuming but it's worth it. Use painter's tape to tape off the trim, ceilings, windows, doors, and any other necessary areas. It will ensure you get a nice straight line and you don't cross over onto an area you don't want to be painted.

Paint From the Top Down

Always start painting from the highest area to the lowest. Start with the ceiling or top of the walls and work your way down. This way you can catch any drips and it won't ruin a freshly painted wall.

Thin Coats Are Better Than Thick

One of the biggest mistakes people make is to put too much paint on the brush. It's far more effective to put a small amount on the brush or roller and use long, even strokes to apply thin coats. It's tempting to slather on a lot of paint in the hopes of not having to do another coat, but the end result won't look as good. Several thin coats will do a better job of covering the walls than one thick coat.

Paint the Trim Last

There's some debate on this topic, but quite often the trim can catch some of the spray that comes off of paint rollers. For this reason, it's best to paint the trim last since it will be done with a brush and excess paint won't get on the walls.



Posted in diy
April 17, 2018

Vacation Homes

 POINTS TO PONDER WHEN BUYING A VACATION HOME                                                 


Over the years, you’ve spent many happy summers at that lake, beach, or mountain resort. The kids think of it as a second home. Maybe it’s time to buy property there so the family can enjoy it for years to come.

If that’s your thinking, you are not alone. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR,) vacation home sales accounted for 21 percent of all real estate transactions last year, their highest market share since the survey was first conducted in 2003.

But, suggest financial advisors, before you decide to buy that second home, consider four important questions regarding convenience and cost:

  • How often will you use it? Surveys show most vacation homes are within two hours of the owner’s primary home. More travel time than that, and you may not choose to make the trip nearly as often as you thought you might.
  • How much will it cost? In addition to the purchase price, consider annual property taxes and insurance as well as monthly utilities, trash removal, and maintenance services. For safety’s sake, you may want to add the cost of a security and/or alarm system, plus the cost for a property manager to keep an eye on the property when you are not in residence – and to handle rental services if you decide to rent the property.
  • Will you rent or not? You may be planning to offset costs by renting out the home while you’re away, and that could be a worthwhile decision. But if you will rely on rental income to meet expenses, check first with local agents/rental companies to see what similar properties are renting for in the area and what the occupancy rate is like. Also, understand that if you rent during the region’s high or most desirable season – say, winter in a ski area or summer at the beach – you will limit the time you and your family will have the property available for your use.
  • What about maintenance? – Your vacation home will likely need as much year-round upkeep as your primary home. Be prepared to devote at least part of your vacation time tending to repairs – or tack on the cost of keeping a handyman on retainer.

Feel free to contact www.wrealtysc.com at any time for more real estate information!

Posted in Find a Home!
April 6, 2018

Are You Ready To Sell Your Home?


Am I Ready to Sell My House?


7 Signs You’re Ready to Sell Your House

Should I sell my house? If you’ve been asking yourself this question lately, we’ve got good news: It’s a great market for sellers! Limited inventory continues to drive home prices up, and the latest data from the National Association of Realtors shows that nearly half of recently sold properties were on the market for less than a month.

Of course, the decision to sell your house isn’t based solely on market conditions. You have to take your personal situation into account—and that’s where expert advice comes in handy.

Here are seven signs you’re ready to sell your house:

1. You’ve got equity on your side.

For most homeowners, being financially ready to sell your house comes down to one factor: equity. During the housing meltdown of 2008–09, millions of homeowners found themselves with negative equity, which meant they owed more on their homes than they were worth.


Clearly, selling your home when you have negative equity is a bad deal. That’s called a short sale. Breaking even on your home sale is better, but it’s still not ideal. If you’re in either situation, don’t sell unless you have to in order to avoid bankruptcy or foreclosure.

For the last several years, home values have been on the rise—by leaps and bounds in many cases—and that means most homeowners are building equity. Their homes are now worth more than they owe on them, and that trend will persist as they pay down their mortgages and home values continue to increase.

Figuring out how much equity you have may sound complicated, but the math is actually simple. Here’s how it works:

First, grab your latest mortgage statement and find your current mortgage balance.

Next, you’ll need to know your home value. While it’s tempting to use figures from online valuation sites to determine how much your home is worth, they’re not always accurate. Ask W Realty to run a free comparative market analysis (CMA) for the best estimate.

Once you have those two numbers in hand, simply subtract your current mortgage balance from your home’s estimated market value. The difference will give you a good idea of how much equity you have to work with.

So how much equity is enough?  At the very least you want to have enough equity to pay off your current mortgage with enough left over to provide a 20% down payment. But if your sale can also cover your closing costs, moving expenses and an even larger down payment—that’s even better.  Additionally, putting 20% or more down on a home keeps private mortgage insurance (PMI) at bay. That could save you hundreds of dollars each year!

2. You’re out of debt with cash in the bank.

If you didn’t have all your financial ducks in a row your first time around the home-buying block, you probably learned a few things the hard way. Like the fact that Murphy can smell “broke” from miles away. If it can go wrong, it will! Put those lessons to good use and be a money-smart home buyer the next go-round!

Start by taking a hard look at your finances. If you’ve paid off all your nonmortgage debt and have three to six months of expenses in your emergency fund, that’s a good sign you’re financially mature enough to purchase a home again.

3. You can afford to buy a home that fits your lifestyle better.

Another factor to consider is how well your home meets your everyday needs. Perhaps you could use another bedroom (or even two) to accommodate your growing family. Or maybe your kids have all moved out and you’re ready to downsize.  Empty nesters can really benefit from selling while rates are low. It’s freeing to sell a large home, pay cash for a smaller one, and invest the rest for your retirement.

Whether you’re sizing up or down, make sure your mortgage fits your budget. Dave recommends keeping your monthly payment to 25% or less of your take-home pay on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage.

4. You can cash-flow the move.

Don’t get so carried away by the excitement of your next home that you forget to account for the cost of leaving your current one. Hiring professional movers? Save up cash to cover the cost of packing up and hauling your stuff away.

You should also invest a little to get your current place ready for prime time. Focus your home improvement dollars on paint, curb appeal, plus kitchen and bath upgrades.  A little bit of fresh paint and elbow grease can go a long way into making a great impression—and getting your home sold fast!

Want a bonus tip that doesn’t cost a dime? Clear out the clutter. Neat closets and tidy shelves make your home look larger!

Related: 5 No-Cost Tricks to Sell Your Home Faster

5. You’re emotionally ready to sell.

If the numbers show you’re financially ready to make a move, great! But don’t forget—selling your home is an emotional issue, too. Before you plant the “For Sale” sign in the front yard, take a minute to answer just a few more questions:


  • Are you ready to put in the work to get your house ready for house hunters?
  • Are you committed to keeping it ready to show for weeks or months?
  • Are you ready to hear the reasons why potential buyers believe your home is not perfect?
  • Are you ready for honest—and sometimes hardball—negotiations over what buyers are willing to pay for your home?
  • Are you really ready to move out and leave the place where your family has made memories?

Don’t get us wrong; we’re not trying to talk you out of selling your home! We just want you to be completely ready when you do decide to move on to the next stage of your family’s life.

A qualified real estate agent will give you a clear picture of what it’s like to sell your house, and also help you discern if now is the right time for you, both financially and emotionally.

6. You Understand the Market (a Little Bit)

No one can predict how the housing market will perform. But the National Association of Realtors expects modest growth for existing homes in 2018. Despite the possibility of rising mortgage rates, home sales in 2018 are forecasted to grow around 7% percent, with the median price increasing 5%.

Home Values Are Riding High

With rents up and mortgage rates down, many renters are looking to buy their first home. There’s just one problem: They’re having trouble finding homes for sale within their price range.

According to Trulia, there are 20% fewer entry-level homes on the market today than there were this time last year. A lot of investors snatched up bargains on entry-level homes when the market was down and turned them into rental properties. 

If you took economics in school, you learned all about supply and demand. When supply is down and demand goes up, prices trend upwards as well. That means your home might be worth more than you think. Consider the numbers:

  • According to the National Realtors Association, U.S. homes are on the market an average of only 34 days, that’s four less than last year.
  • Recent listings of starter homes are 8% less than searches, which means there are more house hunters than homes available for sale.

In other words, the market’s hot for just about any home seller—but especially if you’ve got a starter home to sell.

7. You Have a Real Estate Agent

The reasons already mentioned are essential to consider before selling your home this year. But remember, your real estate market is unique—and so is your financial situation. Consult W Realty at www.wrealtysc.com to find out how the 2018 housing market is shaping up in your area so you can decide if a sale makes financial sense for your family.

Partner with a pro you can trust to provide honest advice so you can do what’s best for you and your budget. W Realty puts service before sales—but knows how to get things done when it’s time to sell.


Selling your home is a big deal.  A real estate agent does more than just schedule showings of your home.  They bring experience and confidence to the table when they handle their many job duties, which include:

  • Giving you advice about updates or repairs that will make your home more attractive
  • Helping you set a price for your home
  • Marketing your home so it receives as much exposure to potential buyers as possible
  • Scheduling showings with potential buyers
  • Advising you as you negotiate offers
  • Handling all the required paperwork
March 22, 2018

Curb Appeal

      March 22, 2018


 Small changes in your home's curb appeal can make a big impact.

Lawn and garden

The state of your lawn and garden are the most telltale sign of your maintenance habits. If they aren’t neat and pretty, you come off as someone who doesn’t really invest enough time into home maintenance. The lawn and yard are usually the first thing your buyers see, so they need to be impressive. If you have a green thumb, there is plenty that you yourself can do to make your yard look stellar. Watering and mowing your lawn regularly is just the first step. With a bit of creativity and work, you can transform your outdoor space into a flower garden, an organic vegetable patch, or even an orchard. If you’re not into gardening, or just don’t know how to start the transformation from a boring yard to an enchanting garden, consider professional help like expert landscaping in Sydney.

Driveway and paths

Driveways and paths on properties often get neglected, but are in fact, come to think of it, very important. After all, you use them every day, and it’s crucial that they be in a good condition. First of all, assess the overall state of your driveway. What is it made of? Is it just a dirt road? Is it made of stone? Is it paved, but the pavement is old and has started to crack? In all of these cases you should consider paving it over. If it’s gravel, does it need regravelling? If it’s in good condition, then all you need to do is make sure there are no unsightly grass and weeds growing in or along it. If there are, don’t worry. There are plenty of simple methods to get rid of them.

The exterior of the house

Most sellers worry more about what their home looks like on the inside, but, in fact, every buyer will first see it from the outside. That means that a little basic maintenance goes a long way when it comes to making your home an appealing property. First of all, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the overall look of the house. How often you will need to repaint the exterior of your home depends on several factors, like the climate and quality of paint. While you’re painting, check out the doors, windows and shutters too. Do they need a fresh coat as well? While you’re dealing with the windows, replace any old or torn mosquito nets. A pretty, sturdy, high quality front door is also important to buyers. Look at the roof next. Does it need retiling? Don’t forget basic maintenance, like cleaning your gutters. Finally, it’s much easier to remove unnecessary, old, or ugly features than to add new ones. Consider removing rickety old sheds, rusty basketball hoops, and cracking, broken fountains.

When it comes to selling your property, always remember that first impressions are crucial. The first thing your prospective buyers are going to see is the way your home looks from the outside, as well as the yard that surrounds it. If your facade is peeling, the lawn is not mown, and the fence is rickety, you might lose your buyers before they even set foot into the house. So, before you advertise the sale, try investing a bit of your time into getting your home’s exterior into tip top shape.



March 13, 2018





On March 17, everyone’s a little Irish. Even though St. Patrick’s Day is only a public holiday in a handful of places – the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland, Labrador and Montserrat – Irishness is celebrated around the world. We put together 9 fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day to help you channel your inner Irishman or Irishwoman.

1. Once upon a time

St. Patrick is one of the most famous patron saints of Ireland: According to the legend, he brought Christianity to the island, made the shamrock fashionable and freed Ireland from snakes. The holiday marks St. Patrick’s death and has been observed as a religious holiday in Ireland for over 1500 years.

2. Cheers to the official holiday!

Ireland only officially started celebrating the day in 1903. Since the Emerald Isle is mainly catholic and St. Patrick’s Day usually falls on Lent, it used to be a quiet and religious holiday – until the 1960s, when a law allowed pubs to open on St. Paddy’s Day. (Never call it St. Patty’s Day!)

3. The patron saint formerly known as Maewyn

St. Patrick is not actually an Irishman named Patrick: Born Maewyn Succat, the Irish patron saint was actually British. According to the legend, he was sold into slavery in Ireland when he was a teenager, became religious, escaped back to England, became an ordained priest named Patrick and started converting all of the Irish Celtic pagans to Christianity.

4. The freeing of the snakes

He had it with these *** snakes in this *** country.*

According to the legend, St. Patrick freed Ireland from snakes. According to biologists, there were never any actual snakes in Ireland. The diplomatic explanation is that the snakes are a metaphor for paganism that was forced out by St. Patrick.

5. The popularity of shamrocks

It’s said that St. Patrick used shamrocks (aka clovers) to explain the holy trinity (God, Son and Holy Spirit) to the Irish. The Celts believed that each leaf of the clover has a meaning, so using clover leaves as teaching material was fruitful: St. Patrick started several churches, schools and monasteries and made the clover popular.

6. Going green

It’s green as far as the eye can see – from hair to clothes and even food. We’re not talking spinach here but bagels, pancakes, and even beer – if you can put green food coloring in it, it will be served on St. Patrick’s Day. But the coloring fun doesn’t stop there: rivers, monuments and even ski resorts have all been turned green to commemorate the occasion.

7. Green became the new blue

Even though everyone goes green, Patrick himself apparently preferred blue and proof can still be seen on old Irish flags. During the 1798 Irish Rebellion, wearing the the clover and the color green became a symbol of nationalism – and it stuck.

8. Let’s parade

Besides the drinking and green-wearing, watching or participating in a parade is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Interestingly enough, the largest St. Paddy’s Day parades are held outside of Ireland as the Irish expat communities around the world are taking the festivities very seriously. More on the best St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world in this post.

9. Cheers!

During St. Patrick’s Day, the worldwide consumption of Guinness almost triples – from 5.5 million pints on a regular day to 13 million pints. That’s 150 pints per second! Cheers!


On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. there will be magic in the air on Devine Street in Columbia, South Carolina where one of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Festivals will begin its second event of the day, the St. Pat’s Parade.

The St. Pat’s Parade will assemble at Dreher High School and travel the Musical Mile down Devine Street into Five Points offering several blocks of public viewing. After entering Five Points, the parade will wind its way down Devine Street and up Saluda Avenue, returning to Harden Street at the Five Points Fountain and concluding near Food Lion.

Be sure to wear your green and get your Sham-Rock On at the St. Pat’s Parade! If you have any questions about the parade, you may e-mail Silvia Butler at sbbutler@bellsouth.net for additional information.





Posted in HOLIDAYS
March 4, 2018

Spring Cleaning






Do the words cleaning and decluttering fill you with joy or make you want to run to your Netflix binge session?  Does anyone really like to clean and declutter?  The answer is for most of us, NO.  However it is a necessity if you are planning on putting your home on the market.  Hopefully some of the following tips will help make it a little easier.



 Love this bright, cheerful and simple spring cleaning checklist! Pop over to the post to snag the free printable!


      Five Point Plan     

The best plan of action I have found is called the five point plan.  While 10 or more tasks may seem overwhelming, five seems like a much more manageable number.

This list is simple.  It is broken down by area of the house and space to add five tasks for each room.  If you hit one room each week-end for the next few months, you will have accomplished your Spring Cleaning and your house will be ready to sell!


Love this bright, cheerful and simple spring cleaning checklist! Pop over to the post to snag the free printable!www.wrealtysc.com

Feb. 20, 2018

Decks-Your Outdoor Living Space!

Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little incentive to venture out.

Outdoor living is seeing a bit of an explosion lately: Adding a deck is one of the most requested home projects today, and demand is steadily rising. 

New durable outdoor materials, furniture and accessories plus unique shade options and smart tech that lets us watch movies and have full kitchens have no doubt fueled the interest. So if you’re hoping to make the most of good weather in your area, a new deck has likely crossed your mind. Here’s what you’ll need to know about finally getting one.
Posted in Outdoor Living