Why Prime Agents Love the Upstate of S.C.

According to the people who live here (and a few national publications) the Upstate is one of the best and friendliest places to be, but what makes it the best? There are countless things to love about the Upstate, so to narrow it down we decided to ask the people who know the area best, our agents!

Q1. Why do you love the Upstate of South Carolina?

Jackie Dowling: “I love the Upstate because it is close to the mountains and close to the beach! You can take a day trip to either!”

Lindsay Jasionowski: “I love that the Upstate offers “big city” experiences, yet still manages to feel like a small-town home. The upstate is very passionate about keeping things local. Almost all of the restaurants are sourced by local farms, small businesses selling products produced by local artists and designers. And my favorite of all, the amount of people who spend time outdoors – running, biking, walking, hiking – rain or shine, you can almost guarantee to see activity around you.”

Tracy Tate: “I love the Upstate of South Carolina because of the people that live here. I am originally from here, but I love that so many people have found our great area and love it enough to move here. People are kind and helpful.”

Bryan Mann: “I was born and raised here in the Upstate. I love everything about Greenville with my family and the history that I have here.”

Sierra Wright: “I love the location! Greenville SC is driving distance to the beach, the mountains, and also bigger cities. The climate is always nice, and cost of living is lower than up north and the West Coast.”

Mary Krcelic: “The Upstate has been my home for over 35 years. Love it because of the closeness to so many other places, activities, change of seasons, football and because Greenville is amazing!”

Matt Poole: “I love the Upstate because of its proximity to so many things. Hiking, Lakes, the beach, Charlotte, and Atlanta are all within a couple of hours. I also love that there is so much you can do and with so many new businesses and companies coming into the area, that list continues to grow.”

Chad Carson: “Love the overall feel of the Greenville area. Close enough to mountains and beach and a great mix between small town feel and yet still have everything we need within driving distance. Love to see the overall growth as well!”

Jack Tidwell: “I love how close it is to everything, but it doesn’t have the big city feel to it. There are many great restaurants and things to do in the area. I feel that it is a lot of diversity that has happened in the area as of late.”

Rebecca Henderson: “It’s the best location! Close enough to the mountains for a day hike and lakes/beach for some fun on the water, our area has something to offer in all seasons.”

Amy McMahan: “I love the smaller town living. The proximity to the mountains and the beach makes it a great place to live.”

Erin Halperin: “Accessibility to mountains, coast, ATL, Asheville, Charlotte without the price tags.”

Q2. What is your favorite place in Upstate S.C.?

Rebecca Henderson: “How am I supposed to choose one?! If I had to choose, it would be the Greenville Zoo!! I have adored and been fascinated by animals all my life, so the zoo is a very happy place for me. A close second is the Roper Mountain planetarium…call me crazy but the illusion of experiencing galaxies far far away is hypnotic. Having gone there as a kid for many field trips, there’s something a little nostalgic there as well.”

Jack Tidwell: “Soby’s in Downtown Greenville!”

Chad Carson: “Downtown area for sure. Great to walk around and explore the bridge as well as great shops/restaurants.”

Matt Poole: “My favorite place in the Upstate is Downtown Greenville. I love the food scene and the vibe that downtown provides. It is a beautiful place to walk around, shop, enjoy good food and good times with your friends and family.”

Mary Krcelic: “I love Downtown Greer. There are so many cute places and wonderful restaurants. I also love Landrum and it’s cute downtown.”

Sierra Wright: “The Swamp Rabbit Trail is the best place for walking and bicycling, it is also very relaxing!”

Bryan Mann: “Downtown Simpsonville and Downtown Fountain Inn are some of my favorite places in the Upstate!”

Erin Halperin: “Anywhere outside, but the Swamp Rabbit Café has amazing local groceries and delicious treats!”

Tracy Tate: “I love Paris Mountain. It is beautiful and a short drive from my home.”

Lindsay Jasionowski: “Falls Park – How many states have a massive waterfall nestles right into the heart of the City?!”

Jackie Dowling: “The Children’s Museum! We frequent often and love the ever-changing exhibits. It’s fun for all ages.”

Amy McMahan: “Downtown!”

Q3. What is your favorite thing to do in the Upstate of South Carolina?

Tracy Tate: “I am a runner, so my friends and I make great use of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. We met at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe, get our miles in and then have breakfast.”

Bryan Mann: “Spend time with my daughter doing fun things around Greenville. The number of parks, arcades, trampoline parks that we are able to go to makes it easy to go places.”

Amy McMahan: “We live to walk downtown and have lunch and shop!”

Matt Poole: “My favorite thing to do in the Upstate is driving. I know that sounds weird, but there are so many amazing places around that you see so much. Taking a drive down Highway 11 at the base of the mountains in the fall or around Keowee in the Summer or through many of the small towns. There is just so much to see and enjoy.”

Rebecca Henderson: “Eat! So many incredible places to enjoy a great meal, from the local family-owned kitchen to the national chains; there’s something for everyone!!”

Jackie Dowling: “Go hiking or biking along the Swamp Rabbit Trail.”

Lindsay Jasionowski: “Explore the outdoors!!”

Erin Halperin: “Walk or bike the trail”

Sierra Wright: “Travel to the beach and enjoy the events Downtown Greenville.”

Mary Krcelic: “I love all of the events in Greenville, some of my favorites are Fall for Greenville and Euphoria.”

Jack Tidwell: “Eat!”

Check Out More Prime Realty Blogs About South Carolina

The views, the food, and the accessibility, with so many options of where to eat and what to see, it is obvious why everyone loves the Upstate. The question now is what are you going to do when you get here? If you are looking for recommendations of more places to go or things to do, check out Prime Realty’s other blogs all about the Upstate of South Carolina, linked below. If you are thinking about relocating here or just moving to a different area, contact one of our Upstate  real estate agents today!

Prime Realty’s Vendor Program: Prime Trusted

Prime Trusted was created with the idea of facilitating a network of vendors that could be readily accessible to not only our agents, but also our past and present clientele. Prime Realty continually aims to collect and distribute resources that are beneficial to our clients. Our vendor program allows us to assist our clients beyond the closing table.  

Within our network of vendors, we have 30+ businesses in 25+ service categories. The companies and individuals listed on the preferred vendors list have either provided service(s) or conducted work for clients of Prime Realty, for individuals that Prime Realty agents have met and have expressed satisfaction towards their service(s), or that Prime Realty has felt confident in utilizing their service continually. 

Who?

The Prime Trusted Vendors act as stakeholders in the agents’ businesses by offering tools, world class service, and ongoing training to achieve individual and collective growth.  

What? 

Prime Trusted is designed to give vendors who are leaders in their own respective industry and who are in alignment with our values the opportunity to build relationships with our agents. 

When?

Starting February 2022. 

Where?

Headquartered in the Prime Office located in Greenville, South Carolina. The location of our network of vendors spans from all around the Upstate of South Carolina. 

Why?

Prime Realty takes pride in being able to support our local associates by helping facilitate relationships with reputable vendors, a part of the real estate industry. 

program's contact infoFrom Our Broker-in-Charge

Our BIC Ashley Lewis shares why our vendor program, Prime Trusted, was created.

“One of the most valuable things a realtor brings to a transaction is the network of people and businesses that they know and trust. We formed Prime Trusted to gather those [people and businesses] into one database to help our clients have quick access to some of our favorite businesses in the area. Naturally like any generated sheet, we do not have any control regarding their service or responsiveness, but if it is brought to our attention that select Prime Trusted vendors are not meeting expectations and not abiding by our Prime Trusted Commitment letter they have signed to be considered for acceptance, they will be removed from the program. So, please rest assured these vendors have been vetted, their licensure and insurance have been verified, and I would trust them in my own home. For many of the vendors included, chances are they have already been there, too!” 

Once the transaction is completed and you’re now settling into your new home, let’s say you are inspired to redo your bathroom, or want to upgrade your kitchen; your resource pool may be limited. If you aren’t privy to the home buying process, the despair of “What do I do next?” is staggering. Nothing feels worse than not knowing where to find your next resource. With the Prime Trusted Vendor Program, you have access to all services in your area at the click of a button.

Q & A 

Where can I learn more? 

To learn more, visit the Prime Trusted Vendor page on our website at primerealtysc.com. There you can find our full and comprehensive list of Prime Trusted vendors for your reference. 

How to get started? 

To get started, submit your application to the firm and within two weeks, expect a follow-up from either the firm or our agent leader. 

What are the requirements? 

Your business must be in the Upstate of South Carolina, you must present documentation of licensure and insurance, and you must abide by our Prime Trusted Commitment letter.

How long is my membership of this vendor program? 

The duration of your 12-month membership begins at the time of acceptance. The membership is contingent on completing monthly charges and your ability to abide by our Prime Trusted Commitment letter. 

How will this benefit me? 

Brand awareness and exposure is monumental for your business when it comes to competition. The benefits to you and your business in its entirety are not disclosed below but continue reading to learn the basics. 

You would have access to our office meaning a few things: 

  • Display your promotional and marketing materials in the office. 
  • Have marketing materials displayed periodically in the office. 
  • Can host breakfast for agent training meetings and take 5-10 mins to share the latest news pertaining to your business. 
  • Can schedule quarterly meetings with Prime admin to assess agent engagements. 

What differentiates your vendor program from the competitor’s program?  

Our program was built through the established networks of our agents and company. With quality being at the forefront, the quantity of the vendors allowed in our program is heavily dependent on the vendor’s quality of service.  

How is your list different from a Google search? 

The main difference between compiling and referencing your independent research versus ours is that we at Prime Realty have already taken care of the nitty gritty. Each one of our vendors undergoes a screening process, one that verifies they are bonded and insured, that they provide services within the Upstate of South Carolina, and that their company values align with ours.  

To learn more, visit our Prime Trusted page on our website. For an application, email ptvendors@primerealtysc.com.