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How to Declutter Your Home in the New Year


The New Year is here! Many people decide that they want to get in better shape as a New Year’s resolution. But, why not put your home on a diet instead?! Over the years, our homes have added a lot of additional baggage and could use some trimming. Follow these great New Year’s Resolutions to get your Western Upstate South Carolina home in tip top shape for 2017.


We all accumulate a lot of things in our homes over the years. It can be difficult to go through and assess what we no longer need. This is important, however to declutter your home. To make the process easier, set a goal for the amount of items you want to remove from your house. Try the 27 fling boogie, which Suze Orman recommends in her book The Courage to Be Rich. Find 27 items that you no longer use or need and put them in a box. Once you have done so, donate the items to charity. Check out Oprah's list Where to Get Rid of Your Stuff to find places in South Carolina that accept all different kinds of donations. You can continue this process at different times throughout the year to remove clutter.



For items that you find in your home that cannot be donated, it is time to toss them. Order a Residential Bagster from Waste Management. This handy item works like a dumpster but is highly portable. All you need to do is fill it with the items you no longer need and schedule a pickup.



If your children have moved out or gone to college, they have likely left some clutter behind. You do not want to get rid of any items that they still might want but you should clean up their items to clear space in your home. Try to have them go through their things the next time they come for a visit. If it will be a while before this happens, take photos of all their items and send the photos to your children digitally. This allows them to see their items and assess what you can get rid of in their absence or put away in storage.


There are also simple steps you can take daily to remove clutter from your home. Mail is something that has the tendency to build up over time. Tackle this problem everyday when the mailman delivers your mail. Toss all junk mail immediately. Put bills and other important documents in a single place so you know where they are when you are ready to handle them. Once they have been taken care of, you can dispose of them properly.



For any items that you need to keep in your house but cannot figure out where to put them, try to think of creative, smart storage solutions. For example, we like THIS simple DIY project for excess books that do not fit on your book shelves. It turns your books into shelves themselves and adds a cool decorative touch to your home.


Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!



Happy Holidays from Our Team!



With 2016 drawing to a close and Christmas fast approaching this weekend, it is a time to reflect on the past year and be thankful for everything that it has brought us. The McCall Team would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our past and current clients for giving us the opportunity to help you with all of your real estate needs throughout the Seneca area.


We feel blessed to have had the pleasure of meeting and working with all of you. We love upstate South Carolina and helping our clients fulfill all of their real estate goals. There is no better place to spend the holidays then in our local communities and the opportunity to help families celebrate the holidays in a home in the area fills us with joy.


After all of the festive cheer of Christmas this weekend, the new year often means new changes and goals for families. If part of your 2017 goals is buying or selling your home in the area, contact us today. We are available whenever you need us to answer your questions and assist you during the process.


Our team wishes you a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!

Looking for the best Christmas gifts for those still on your list? Why not get gifts that the whole family can enjoy?! There is so much to do in upstate South Carolina. We recommend getting gifts that your whole family can enjoy and that support our local communities. After all, the holidays are really about spending quality time with one another. Here are our recommendations for great gifts to give this Christmas season!



Treat the family to a delicious meal at one of the great restaurants in the area. There are so many spots to choose from. Pick up a gift certificate from any local establishment or one of these and enjoy a glorious feast together!

Vangeli’s Bistro (119 Ram Cat Alley, Seneca)

Paesano's Italian Restaurant (1727 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Seneca)

Appalachian Ale House (205 East Main Street, Pickens)

Blue Heron Restaurant (405 College Avenue, Suite 130, Clemson)

Rick Erwin's Clemson (127 Market Street, Clemson)



The natural landscape of South Carolina is stunning. Why not give the gift of the great outdoors with park passports or gift cards to the South Carolina State Parks. You and your family can enjoy camping, hiking, water sports, and more all year round with this great Christmas gift. There are numerous state parks in the area:

Oconee State Park

Devil’s Fork State Park

Table Rock State Park

Keowee Toxaway State Park

Paris Mountain State Park

Sadlers Creek State Park

Tugaloo State Park



Enjoy some popcorn and a flick by buying gift certificates for the family from one of the area movie theaters.

Seneca Premiere Cinema 8 (675 Bypass Highway 123, Seneca)

Regal Starlight Stadium 14 - Anderson (141 Interstate Boulevard, Anderson)     



We love our Clemson Tigers! If you have a sports loving family, buy tickets for Clemson University Athletics games. The basketball season is fast approaching and there are ticket package specials online. Don your orange and purple as a family and cheer on the Tigers!



Happy Christmas shopping!


December might not be the most popular time of year for home buying, but as a seller, you can use that to your advantage! Buyers in the winter are motivated to be settled in a new home before the new year. Put potential buyers in a festive spirit by adding some seasonal decor to your home. Just make sure that you decorations help make your home look stylish and inviting. Follow these decorating tips for selling your Seneca home this holiday season!

Clean and Stage Your Home. As is the first step whenever you are selling your home, you need to do a thorough cleaning of your home. Once the home has been cleaned, stage every room as you normally would.


Declutter. Remove all non-essential items. Depersonalize your home by storing personal photographs and collectibles. Make sure that countertops are cleared off. Only keep furniture in the rooms that help make them look their best. You want home buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home.


Be Mindful of Your Palette. Use decorations that match your home’s current decor. Pick items that complement the paint colors you already have in order to avoid any clashing. Use rich tones with earth colors or soothing colors with blue tones.


Less Is More. Avoid filling your home with too many decorations. This can distract potential buyers. Instead focus on ways to accent your home’s best features with your holiday decor.


Trim the Tree Thoughtfully. Although personalized ornaments are part of the fun of Christmas, wait until you are celebrating in your new home to use them. Instead, use a cohesive theme on your tree. Also, be mindful of the size of your tree. Make sure that it does not overwhelm the space.


Keep It Neutral. Remember that people celebrate different holidays during the season. Try to avoid overtly religious decorations to avoid putting off some buyers. Focus more on neutral, seasonal decor.


Make It Cozy. Create a warm atmosphere in your home with festive scents. You can also add subtle decorations such as pinecones and evergreen wreaths. A glowing fireplace also helps make your home extra cozy.


Accentuate the Exterior. Use simple string lights to draw attention to the outside architecture of your home or to the landscaping. Make sure to keep it simple outside. Avoid using over the top light displays and decorations this year to maintain beautiful curb appeal.



If you are interested in Selling your home this December, give the McCall Team a call today or visit Our Website at

Resource: HGTV

Lake Keowee Poker Run!

by SBE


for the Seneca Rotary Club

     Make plans to attend the 2016 Seneca Rotary LAKE KEOWEE Poker Run on Saturday June 11th between 11AM- 5PM. Proceeds to benefit the Seneca Rotary Club charities and it only costs $20.00 per hand. Registration is at 11AM at the Lighthouse Restaurant Cabana Club. Prizes will be awarded after 5pm, winners to not need to be present for prizes.

Pre-registration details are on the Seneca Rotary Club’s Facebook event “2016 Seneca Rotary LAKE KEOWEE Poker Run” or you can call 864-247-1660 for more information.

  •  1st Place Wins $1000 CASH
  •  2nd Place Wins $500 CASH
  •  3rd Place Wins $250 CASH

The Poker Run starts at the Lighthouse Restaurant Cabana Club at 1290 Doug Hollow Rd, Seneca, SC. There are no ramp facilities at Lighthouse Restaurant.


Here are the Sponsors:
PRESENTING SPONSOR- Anonymous Donor ($2,500 or more) as of 5/10/16

PLATINUM- ($1,000-$2,499) Oconee Federal Savings and Loan

GOLD- ($500-$999) Wayne & Marty Gallimore, Cope Wealth Management Group, Cope Property Management, Wagner Wealth Management, Good Shepard Pet Services, Community First Bank, Singleton Marine Group, 94.1 The Lake WSNW

SILVER- ($250-$499) Print It!, Dominion Mortgage, Nuttall Insurance Agency, CEA,LLC, Ralph’s Trophy Shop, Anderson Boat Canvas

BRONZE- ($100-$249) Seneca Healthcare, Blue Ridge Bank, Harry Stancil, Little Pigs BBQ, Lori Kelley, Ellis’ Farrier Service, Underwood Custom Embroidery, Byrd-McLellan Agency, Inc., Bob Hill Realty, My Garage by Essex, Morgan Insurance Agency, Dominos, Carolina Alliance Bank, Michael Pickens, Collins Children’s Home, Farm Bureau Ins., Cater’s Automotive Repair Service, C&T Backhoe & Dozer Service, Ann Marie Sullivan Attorney at Law, Cain & Williams Attorneys at Law, Foothills Insurance, Keller Williams Patti & Gary Cason Team 

Call Clemson "Home"

by SBE


   Whether you seek the comfort of Southern hospitality, the exhilaration of college football, the relaxation of day on the lake, or the solitude in a nature hike, the town of Clemson, South Carolina delivers it all! Located in what is locally known as the “Western Upstate” region of South Carolina, Clemson hosts a variety of nearby activities to entertain the senses during all seasons of the year.

     Admire the stunning Spring blooms with an astonishing assortment of remarkable flora at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. It boasts 295 acres of nature trails, streams, butterfly gardens, and wildflower meadows along with a 70-acre arboretum.

    A Clemson Summer offers the perfect time of year for foggy mornings spent paddle boarding on Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell, and sunset on the dock while sipping your favorite glass of wine.

     Relish in a cool Autumn evening grilling and socializing at a Clemson University tailgate; or if you prefer nature, take a short ride to see the splashes of color on the leaves in the foothills of nearby Highlands and Cashiers, NC. 

    A mild Winter with the average temperature between 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit invites you to Christmas shop and dine up the road in Greenville, followed by unwinding in front of a warm fire and losing yourself in your favorite book. 

Let us help you find your little piece of paradise so you too can call the Western Upstate “home”!

The McCall Team

Farris McCall: 864-723-0941

Diane Naylor: 864-650-2476

Chris Reynolds: 864-283-5679



Agent Spotlight: Chris Reynolds

The McCall Team's Listing Specialist


10 Things you May Not Know About Chris:

1. My wife and I have 2 wonderful rescue dogs from the Oconee Humane Society, Lottie & Lexie.

 2. We are originally from the United Kingdom & Germany. We have lived in England, Scotland, New  Zealand, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Antigua, Germany, and The USA.

 3. We look forward to someday adopting children in the local area.

 4. My wife and I have traveled extensively and consider ourselves privileged to call the Upstate home.

 5. I have 1 brother, older, who currently lives in the UK.

 6. I enjoy spending time hiking in the Upstate, wakeboarding on Lake Hartwell, and traveling the USA.

 7. Cars are a huge passion of mine and I am fortunate enough to teach at Tri-County Technical college in the Automotive Department.

 8. Both my wife and I are engineers.

 9. I can order food in 3 languages: French, German, and Spanish.

 10. Since I was 11 years old, I have always wanted my own label maker: this dream is yet to be fulfilled.


Chris works with Sellers in Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson Counties. He provides a professional client experience for home owners in Clemson, Seneca, Easley, Anderson, Walhalla, Westminster, Powdersville, and Greenville South Carolina.

Chris Reynolds                                                                                                                                           864-283-5679                                                                                                                     

Applying for a Loan: What documents will I need?

Buying a home can be a complicated and scary process: however, with our expert advice and little advance preparation it can become the most exciting and rewarding purchase of your life! If you think you will be buying a home in the near future, start collecting the items from the list below that you already have. If you gather these items in an easy-to-find folder now, you will save yourself the time and frustration of trying to find them in a time crunch. Trust us, it will make things so much easier when the time comes to buy!

  • SALES CONTRACT: with original signatures, along with a copy of the earnest money check.
  • RESIDENCY: Complete address for each residence you've resided at during the past 24 months. For Renters: landlord information (name, address, phone number).
  • CURRENT LIABILITIES: Current balance and minimum monthly payments.
  • DIVORCED OR SEPARATED PERSONS: Complete divorce petition, signed, recorded final decree, and/or separation agreement.
  • VA LOANS: Copy of DD214's and certificate of eligibility
  •  INCOME: Past two years W-2 or 1099 forms, last 30 days pay stubs, self-employed- past 2 years complete tax returns, award letters for social security, award letters for retirement/pension incomes, court order for child support.
  • EMPLOYMENT: Names, addresses, and phone numbers of all employers for the past two years. Relocation: copy of employer's relocation agreement.
  • ASSETS: Two months' original bank statements (all pages) on all checking, savings, credit union, and investment accounts (including retirement).
  • RENTAL PROPERTIES: Copies of current leases and tax returns, copy of insurance, declaration page, copy of real estate tax bill, copy of mortgage statement if property is financed.
  • FOR REFINANCE LOANS: A copy of the warranty deed and any current mortgage and/or bill payoff information (copies of last statements). A copy of the current tax and home insurance expenses, along with a copy of the survey and owner's title insurance policy.


 Agent Spotlight: Diane Naylor

The McCall Team's Buyer Specialist


10 Things you May Not Know About Diane:

1. I live in Clemson, SC.

2. I have lived in the United States for 16 years.

3. I am originally from Wakefield West Yorkshire England.

4. I became an American Citizen in 2008.

5. I have 3 rescue dogs: Poppy Seed, Scruffy, & Handsome Bob.

6. I have 2 sons who graduated from Clemson University, Go Tigers!

7. I love South Carolina because of the weather, lakes, and mountains.

8. I work on a fantastic team! (The McCall Team)

9. I have 2 Brothers. One of them lives in Canada, and the other one lives in England.

10. I have been married to my husband for 30 years.

Diane specializes Real Estate in Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson Counties. She provides excellent customer service for her clients in Clemson, Seneca, Easley, Anderson, Walhalla, Westminster, Powdersville, and Greenville South Carolina.

Diane Naylor                                                                                                                                           864-650-2476                                                                                                                     


by SBE


1. Be Realistic About Your Price. Take a look at the other homes in your neighborhood and nearby areas to see how much they have sold for. Do they have larger bedrooms? More bathrooms? Have they recently remodeled the kitchen? These are things you need to take into consideration when speaking with your agent about your asking price.

2. Try to Be Objective. You may have wonderful memories when you’ve lived in a home for a long time. Maybe you raised your children from birth to adulthood there; or perhaps you spent time there with an aging parent. Unfortunately, a buyer may not place value in your sentiments from the home. Seeing the reward of your daughter crawl for the first time in the living room or how much fun the summers were picnicking under the shady tree in the backyard will not raise the value of your home.

3. Take a look at Your Curb Appeal. You know those windows you’ve been meaning to clean? What about the garden out front that needs to be weeded and re-planted? Remember the driveway that should have been pressure washed 5 years ago? Now is the time to make room in your schedule for all of those little outdoor tasks that needed to be done months ago. Curb appeal is a huge deal when trying to sell a home! Even the smallest of improvements can reap major rewards. The goal is to make your home feel friendly, warm, and clean when your buyer first sees your property. You only get one first impression!

4. Pretend You Don’t Live There- Seriously. I am not asking you to move out. I am asking you to GET RID OF THE CLUTTER. We know you have things and you love them dearly, and we are okay with that. The problem is the buyers are distracted by all of your stuff and they are not seeing your home. With all of your personal items lying around, the buyer cannot envision their things in the space. This means get started boxing-up your photos, knick-knacks, drawings on the refrigerator, personal memorabilia, extra kids toys, and anything and everything you can live without. Make it look as clean and clutter free as possible. The good news is you’ll be halfway done packing by the time you get an offer on your home!

5. Increase Your Closet Size. I don’t mean tear down walls- I mean show how large your closets actually are when they aren’t harboring all the clothes you never wear. Having closet space is a BIG DEAL to potential buyers. The less things you have in your closets, the larger they will look. So go ahead and pack up the heavy coats and ski gear taking up precious closet space. Bonus points for donating items to a charity for people who actually need those things.

6. Maximize Your Upgrades. Sometimes a major renovation pays off, and sometimes it doesn’t. The key is to find what works for your home so that it appears updated but you don’t lose money in the long run. It may be as complicated as a full kitchen renovation, or it may be as simple as a fresh coat of paint, some stylish rugs, and updated hardware. Don’t go overboard if you aren’t going to get a return from it.

7. Kitchen, Kitchen, Kitchen. A great kitchen can sell a home. Heavy cleaning is recommended (yes even the inside of your oven). Clear off the counter tops. Pack up the excess appliances. Clean out and organize your pantry. Neutral paint and updated hardware can go a long way if you can’t do an entire overhaul. Do the best you can with what you have.

8. Always Leave It Clean. Each and every day there is a chance that your home could be shown. If it is not “preview ready” then you could miss out on your buyer. Clear the dishes from the sink, wipe off your counter tops, make your bed, pick up your dirty laundry every morning before you leave. It only takes a few extra minutes if you do it regularly, and it could mean the sale of your home.

9. Go Odor Free. A smelly home can be a deal breaker, so get those odors under control! You may not be able to smell these things because you live there, but garbage, fish cooking, pet odors, and cigarette smoke can all wreak havoc on the interest someone has in your home. Do yourself a favor and have an unbiased person with a sensitive nose come in and tell you what odors they can smell in your home. You may be surprised but don’t get offended, just correct the problem!

10. Hide Your Pets. DON’T lock them in the closet or leave them in the car. Some people love furry friends and some people not so much. We won’t even discuss allergy sufferers. Make sure to keep the pet hair off your furniture, floors swept free of pet debris, litter boxes clean, and animal smells at bay.  If you know your house will be shown that day, make an appointment for doggie daycare or take your pet with you to run errands.  If you can, put away the food bowls and litter boxes during the showing. A friendly pet who leaps on a potential buyer could cost you the sale of your home.

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