Foodie Scene in Greenville

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Food Worth Trying in Greenville

Greenville’s foodie scene is pretty impressive to locals and tourists alike. What’s a foodie? Simply put, a foodie is a person that loves food and is open to all food dining experiences. With over 100 restaurants in Downtown Greenville alone, there is so much food worth trying in Greenville, foodies! Continue reading for our staff & agent favorites!

For Foodies in Greenville

Abanico – Have you ever been to a tapas bar? Their menu is categorized by, charcuterie/ensalada, paellas/fideua, vegetable tapas, seafood tapas, beef tapas, pork tapas, soups & desserts. Try it out today.

Bonefish Grill – Who doesn’t love seafood? This place is an agent favorite for many reasons. Find out why for yourself next time you’re in the mood for seafood.

Coastal Crust – Founded by a South Carolinian family, Coastal Crust is an agent favorite for the pizza of course & their Caesar salads. According to that agent, it’s imperative you ask for a side of their house-made chili oil.

Coral Greenville – For fresh seafood, a lively atmosphere, and exceptional service, reserve a table today at Coral. They even offer private dining that fits up to 20 guests in their dining room, The Bailey Room.

Double Dogs – A place to bring all your family and friends, Double Dogs has plenty of shareable plates and kid’s meals! A staff member’s favorite meal from Double Dogs is the Steak and Fries salad simply for the quality of meat. You’ll have to try it!

More About Greenville’s Foodie Scene

Fork and Plough – The restaurant features a new menu daily and what’s more exciting than having a restaurant source their menu items from local farms? The chance to try all those menu items with their rotating menu.

Hall’s Chophouse – You may have heard about Hall’s claim to fame; beautiful cuts of meat that are presented to the table for everyone to choose. But you may not have heard of their lunch special where you can snag the same burger from the dinner menu, but for way less at lunch.

Ink & Ivy – This place is no hidden gem, but one could think so by just glancing at the restaurant’s exterior. Ink & Ivy boasts three floors along with a spacious rooftop lounging area on the fourth floor. They have three menus: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch and one Rooftop menu. Our favorite times to visit are for happy hour and brunch. Try it for yourself today!

Lewis BBQ – Central Texas BBQ meets Greenville. Open 7 days a week, grab a bite at Lewis BBQ with friends and family. Their serving style is basically family style, your choice of meats and sides presented on a large tray on top of thick paper, so we’d suggest the more the merrier.

Andy’s Frozen Custard – Custard is essentially ice cream, only with one ingredient added: egg yolks. And yes, it’s better than ice cream. At least we think so.

For Foodies Ready to Culturally Immerse Themselves

Asada – Latin American fusion and one of the most authentic Latin American cuisines in the Upstate at that.

Soby’s  A high end Southern restaurant located downtown, Soby’s is great place to go for a nice night out. Right on the corner of E. Court and S. Main, enjoy some of Greenville’s best crab cakes or shrimp and grits to end your night on the town.

CAMP Modern American Eatery – They sum themselves up the best on their website: Unwind with friends at CAMP, a modern American eatery in the heart of Downtown Greenville featuring classic dishes with reimagined, globally-influenced flavors.

Golden Llamas – If you’ve never tried Peruvian food, Golden Llamas is authentic, delicious, and so reasonably priced for the punch of flavor packed in every menu item. Our suggestion? Lomo Saltado.

L’Incanto – The expansion project of 2019 in Downtown Greer would prove to draw in more community members to L’Incanto. They describe their cuisine as the finest Northern Italian cuisine. The two visionary chefs have decades of experience but “L’Incanto represents a new adventure for their longtime passion.”

El Tejano – If you’re from the Simpsonville area or find yourself in town one day, visit El Tejano for their fine Mexican food, as they claim on their social media. With over 5k followers on their social, there’s something to be said about their food!

Check out our Pizza in Greenville blog!

Do you ever find yourself not wanting to cook, or not knowing where to eat? It’s a dilemma that everyone faces from time to time, even a foodie. Whether you’re from Greenville, a visitor, or someone who has just moved here, you are bound to find a place on this list that will become a new favorite! 

Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery Are you looking for somewhere to grab a quick, nutritious lunch or breakfast and coffee? Stop by Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery. In addition to the café, they also have a bakery serving fresh-baked sweet and savory treats. When it comes to a store with local goods, Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery is a must!

Woodside Bistro Located on Woodside Avenue, Woodside Bistro is a great stop for lunch. Though it is only a little over a year old, this restaurant has definitely made a name for its shrimp po boy, sweet potato fries, and short rib French dip.

The Seafood Spot – If you’re looking for some authentic and reasonably priced Low country-style seafood, this is definitely the place to go! The Seafood Spot is acclaimed by Greenville locals and visitors alike for its fried fish, hushpuppies, and low country boil. People don’t just come here for the food, but also the friendly atmosphere and great customer service.

Mextizo Tortas & Tacos Enjoying a trip to the mall and craving some authentic Mexican food? This is the spot. Located on Haywood Road, Mextizo serves classic tacos, burritos, quesadillas, flautas, and tortas. In addition to their menu, they also have a full salsa and toppings bar along with refreshing aguas frescas.

Sassafras Southern Bistro – Specializing in Southern cuisine, Sassafras embodies Southern hospitality and class. On a night out, you could stop by the bar for hand-crafted cocktails or sit down at the restaurant to enjoy their classic dishes such as the grilled salmon and grits or the pimento cheese fondue.

Pomegranate on Main – If you’re looking for a higher end Mediterranean experience, consider visiting Pomegranate on Main to try beloved dishes such as the marinated chicken and yellow rice with cranberries. The restaurant is within walking distance to Falls Park and has a gluten-free menu. POM offers vegan and vegetarian options, making it the perfect date night place!

Every place on this list is locally owned and authentic to its culture, so we encourage you to give at least one of these a try so you can see what we mean by our foodie scene. For all you know, you might just find a new gem. 

We promised to share more!

Mac’s Speed Shop 

Menkoi Noodle House 

Pink Mama’s 

Ristorante Bergamo 



Society Sandwich Bar 

Speed Bowl 

We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for the support from our community.

Prime Realty encourages you think about us the next time you need buying or listing services. We look forward to connecting with you and if we’ve had the pleasure of working with you and have not yet submitted a review, you can do so here!

Rebuild Upstate

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Rebuild Upstate Builds Generational Wealth

Prime Purpose is Prime Realty’s devotion to enhance our local pride and establish partnerships with local businesses in our community so that we can bring those resources to our audience through our partnerships. “Rebuild Upstate is honored to work collectively with Prime Realty to strengthen our community – one home and one family at a time.”

Rebuild Upstate’s focus to preserve homes by utilizing local service providers and community volunteer groups is like our mission at Prime Realty. Through our Prime Purpose initiative, we can rally volunteers, sponsor events, and deliver local resources and service providers to our community partners, Rebuild Upstate and Speak for Animals.

Rebuilding More than Homes

Who is RU?

Rebuild Upstate’s mission is to retain homeownership to build generational wealth for families located in South Carolina, specifically Oconee, Pickens, Anderson & Greenville County. Rebuild Upstate repairs the houses of our low-income neighbors to make homes safer, healthier, and more livable.

As Prime Realty’s newest Prime Purpose partner, we thought posting before/after projects would be a great way to showcase Rebuild Upstate’s amazing efforts and accomplishments! This house here belongs to a Marine Corps veteran who performed his own repairs before he no longer could be due to the physical demand.

Why home Repair?

The answer is simple: the best home for an at-risk homeowner is the home they already have. According to Rebuild, “When using volunteers, the average affordable housing home costs $120,000 to build. For the same investment, Rebuild Upstate can repair and rehabilitate 20 existing homes. This home received multiple health and safety repairs including roofing and flooring. ⁠Donations are an important part of keeping our neighbors safe. You can donate here.⁠”

Prime Realty’s Build Day at Anderson Family Home 

On November 5, Prime Realty agents visited Mrs. Anderson’s home to continue repair work organized by Rebuild Upstate. As a real estate company, it’s important to our whole organization to serve the existing homeowners of our community. Our partnership allows the opportunity for our two organizations to coordinate an event with a shared mission. In our case, we’re a real estate company working with a non-profit focused on retaining home ownership and increasing generational wealth. A win win.

“It was such a great day.  Loved working with other Prime agents on this project.  It was nice to be hands on and actually help build something for Mrs. Anderson’s home.” Tracy Tate


Their Process

“Rebuild Upstate believes the best home for a homeowner who is at-risk in the affordable housing crisis is the home they already own. To that end, we provide volunteers and materials to make homes safe, healthy, and sustainable for our neighbors in need. By exclusively focusing on home repairs and improvements, we allow residents to remain in their homes to maintain stability and dignity.”

RU is proud to help vulnerable populations through our process. Vulnerable populations include veterans, older adults, people with disabilities, and families with children.

Prioritization Criteria: Exploring the Applicant Process

  1. Submit your application
  2. Rebuild Upstate will determine eligibility
  3. Households that have applied move through the funnel as they meet prioritization criteria.
  4. Repairs happen for the household with the greatest need that can be met with Rebuild’s current available resources.

Types of Repair Projects:

  • Decking
  • Electrical updates
  • Floor Repair & Replacement
  • HVAC
  • Mold Removal
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Ramp installation
  • Standing shower installation
  • Stair repair & replacement

Catch up with Our Partner

Just 13 years after their first build, Rebuild Upstate completed repairs on its 1,000th home. Rebuild Upstate is enhancing lives here in the Upstate, one repair at a time. Most recently in 2022, they completed the most repairs they ever have before standing at 582 projects, 109 homes all while utilizing 825 volunteers. We’re so excited for our next build day scheduled in March! Learn more about our Prime Purpose partner on our website.

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Commercial Real Estate in Upstate South Carolina

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7 Unit Package in Greenwood, SC

Phoenix St & Baptist Court | Greenwood, SC 29646


  • Phoenix St. Includes:
  • Two – 1 Bed, 1 Bath units on the first floor
  • One – 2 Bed, 1 Bath unit on the second floor
  • Baptist Ct. Includes:
  • Two – 2 Bed, 1 Bath single family dwellings
  • One – 2 Beds, 1 Bath Duplex
  • One – Value add duplex waiting to be flipped for its future renters!
  • Properties located within 5 minutes of each other

Apartments in Greenwood

310 Walker Avenue | Greenwood, SC 29649


  • 12 Total units
  • All are 2 BR, 1 BA
  • Separate utilities for each unit
  • Extra lot included that offers room for growth
  • Located near Lander University and Lake Greenwood

Multifamily in Laurens

2841 SC-127 | Laurens, SC 29360


  • Wonderful value-add opportunity
  • Renovations could add additional units and/or coin laundry
  • 18 Total Units
  • 17 Studios and 1 – 2 BR/1BA.
  • Located in the growing city of Laurens, SC near I-26

Apartments in Downtown Laurens

255 E Main Street | Laurens, SC 29360


  • Wonderful value-add opportunity
  • Additional home included which could add units and/or coin laundry after renovations
  • 21 Total Units
  • 7 Studios, 3 – 1BR/1BA, 11 – 2 BR/1BA
  • Close access to I-26 and I-385

Unzoned Lane in Travelers Rest

Belvue School Road | Travelers Rest, SC 29690


  • Unzoned
  • 0.96 +/- acres
  • Direct access to Highway 25
  • Located minutes from downtown Travelers Rest

Industrial Warehouse and Company for Sale

Upstate, SC | Upstate, SC 


  • Adjusted annual profit: $250,000
  • 10,946 +/- SF total
  • Situated on 1.63 +/- acre lot
  • Building 1: Front offices and rear shop/warehouse space
  • Building 2: Steel building divided into 3 shop/warehouse bays
  • Building 3: Rear storage shed with a roll up door and service door

Office Space for Lease – Site #1142

618 W Main Street | Williamston, SC 29697


  • 1,250+/- SF off
  • Great corner lot on Main street in Williamston
  • Ideal for small office, retail space

250 Rock Quarry Road – Site #1127

250 Rock Quarry Road | Travelers Rest, SC 29690


  • Unzoned
  • Multiple parcels combined to equal 2.25 +/- acres
  • Swamp Rabbit Trail within walking distance

Connect with Our Commercial Team

Prime Realty Commercial is presenting the opportunity to lease or purchase commercial space in the Upstate of South Carolina. We hope browsing through our commercial listings in more detail piqued your interest! To submit an inquiry, email with any questions, fill out our contact form, or call our office at 864-326-5405. For residential opportunities, browse our Live Greenville site. 

2022 Market Review

2022 Market Review for South Carolina Real Estate

2022 Market Review

Here’s the 2022 Market Review.

People would consider last year to be a rollercoaster year. Mortgage rates were near historic lows, buyer competition was fierce, and homes were selling at a breakneck pace, often with multiple binds and all-cash offers, due to pent-up demand and a shortage of housing supply, causing sales prices to soar to new heights.

But all that changed shortly after when the increase in mortgage rates began and hundreds of dollars added to people’s existing monthly mortgage payments, causing the housing affordability to plummet to its lowest level in decades. 

Year-to-Year Comparison Report comparing 2021 to 2022.

The quantity sold increased by 2% going from 33,753 to almost 34,337.

The volume sold increased by 14% going from $10,114,053,877 to $11,568,805,796.

The average sale price increased by 11.9% going from $318,548 to $356,525.

The median sale price increased by 14% going from $265,000 to $302,187.

The Price Comparison Report

While the Year-to-Year report does a good job explaining the numbers how much they changed percentage wise, our second source is the Price Comparison Report. This report gives you a more specific look at the overall numbers for each year.

The Price Comparison Report for the years 2021 and 2022 in Greenville looking only at Sold Residential properties, we saw a decrease in home price and a decrease in days on market (DOM). As you can see from this chart, Days on Market declined in 2022 from the 2021 average.

Price Range

Sold 2021

Sold 2022

Average DOM 2021

Average DOM 2022
















$150,000- $199,999






























The Average Sale Price Sold average for 2022 was $356,525 which is significantly more than the 2021 Average Sales Price Sold average of $318,548. While the number of listings from 2021 to 2022 increased from 20,204 to 20,594.

The Cumulative Historical Statistics

The Cumulative Historical Statistics created by the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors® is the final source for our 2022 Market Review. According to these statistics, the Upstate has had a steady increase in units, volume, average price, and median price for the past five years.

These numbers are a representation of market activity but may not include all sales brokered by Member firms and should not be viewed as an all-inclusive of sales transacted within the referenced time periods.

Here are the 2022 numbers compared to last year (2021).



Average Price

Median Price

Average DOM











 Here are the 2022 numbers compared to the 2016 numbers.



Average Price

Median Price

Average DOM











So, what does this mean for 2023?

Takeaway from SCR Annual Report on the South Carolina Housing Market:

Looking ahead to 2023, much depends on inflation, mortgage interest rates, and the broader state of the economy, although economists predict many of 2022’s housing trends will continue into the new year: home sales will soften, price growth will moderate, inventory will remain tight, and there will be greater variability between markets nationally, with some regions possibly seeing price declines while other, more affordable areas of the country remain in high demand and experience price growth.

NAR Declares Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Real Estate Market as ‘One to Watch in 2023’:

NAR selected the top 10 real estate markets to watch in 2023 based on how they compared to the national average on the following economic indicators: 1) better housing affordability; 2) greater numbers of renters who can afford to buy a median-priced home; 3) stronger job growth; 4) faster growth of information industry jobs; 5) higher shares of the information industry in the respective local GDPs; 6) migration gains; 7) shares of workers teleworking; 8) faster population growth; 9) faster growth of active housing inventory; and 10) smaller housing shortages.

Prime Realty’s 2022 Residential & Commercial Review

Prime Realty’s residential team ranked no. 65 nationally for total volume sold as a firm! Selling 171 units in 2022, they ranked no. 51 nationally. Prime Realty team is ready for 2023!

Prime Realty’s commercial team reached almost $22 million in volume sold in 2022, establishing their national ranking at no. 41.

Find Your Dream Home in South Carolina

We hope you found this 2022 Market in Review helpful and informative.

If you’re in the market for real estate in South Carolina, be sure to check out our inventory site for available properties. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or to schedule a showing. And remember, if you’re ready to take the next step in finding your new home, give us a call or visit our website to schedule a consultation with one of our expert agents today!


NAR Forecast

South Carolina Realtors

For this blog, we used the Residential Sales data from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) for the Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS® (GGAR) to show you how the market in Greenville has changed over time. For more generic 2023 detailed forecast reports, visit Realtor and Zillow.

Speak for Animals

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Speak for Animals Lends a Voice to Animals

Each year, Prime Realty partners with a local organization. For 2023, we are proud to announce we will be partnering with Speak for Animals!

Speak for Animals was founded in 2003 by Susan Bufano. Her right-hand woman is Lindsey Deon, who has been involved with SFA for 8 years. We can’t wait to dish more details about all the amazing things SFA has done, and all what we plan to do together in 2023.

Our newest Prime Purpose partner will benefit because Prime agents willingly donate proceeds from each of their transactions, and Prime Realty matches it. The decision to partner with SFA was easy since our office is full of animal lovers and because we had a Prime agent (Erin Halperin) encourage the partnership after having been a volunteer with SFA for years.

Who is Speak for Animals?

Speak for Animal’s mission is to reduce financial barriers for pet owners that want to spay/neuter by offering low-cost services. When you complete an application, you will receive a voucher to make an appointment with one of SFA’s partner vets. Please be aware that veterinarians are backed up right now and make sure you make an appointment ASAP.

SFA accomplishes their mission through:

  • Low-Cost Spay and Neuter programs
  • Partnerships with dedicated veterinarians
  • Community Outreach, Advocacy, and Education
  • Planning and collaborating with animal welfare organizations
  • Aid with veterinary care through our Pickle Fund
  • Advocating a compassionate lifestyle

What is SFA?

Their goal is to help animals primarily through spay/neuter and vet care. SFA is different from local animal rescue groups in town since they mainly act as a resource coordinator for individuals and organizations alike. We had the opportunity to speak with the founders and after gaining their valuable insight, it is evident that SFA’s focus is to provide care to those animals that need it the most.

Our Programs

Fix-A-Feline (Friendly Cats)

Fix-A-Pit (Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mixes)

Government Assistance Client (Proof of Assistance required)

Feral (Wild) Community (Cat Program)

Our Services


Speak for Animals believes the best way to combat overpopulation is by providing spay/neuter procedures. When you donate, your gift could mean the difference of life for the cat on the street that’s having litter after litter. Or the dog that can finally calm down and lose interest in roaming about once it’s neutered. “Thank you for taking a stake in improving the health and happiness of dogs and cats, while reducing suffering with your investment in Speak for Animals.”

The Pickle Fund

“The Pickle Fund was started in memory of a dog with cerebellar brain damage, who was rescued by Speak for Animals’ founder, Susan. When Pickle passed away, we started a fund to help dogs and cats “in a pickle” who need veterinary care due to the lack of resources in our area.”

Animals can’t speak for themselves! Please contact animal control to report animal cruelty.

Catch Up with Our Partner

Speak for Animals is an innovative 501(c)3 charitable organization operating in the Upstate responsible for tens of thousands of vulnerable animals receiving care through their programs for the last 20 years.

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Day Trips Not Far from Greenville

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Plan Your Next Day Trip in 2023

Greenville was in the limelight for most of 2022. Major publishers from Southern Living to Condé Nast Traveler wanted in on the action. We even had our own 60 minutes segment that aired Jan. 09 called “The Big Quit.” As a result, what was already a town that was beginning to gain traction, Greenville experienced a serious influx of new residents (17 a day), new developments, food & arts venues, and more! So, if all the hype drew you into our charming city, then let us show you all the places you can travel to for perfect day trips.  

Asheville, North Carolina 

Less than an hour away, this North Carolina town is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you wish to walk or drive, you can find easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail. Renting cabins are popular in this area, especially during the winter months.  



Athens, Georgia 

Filled with a healthy dose of southern charm, Athens has on display a Victorian-era historic district filled with antebellum buildings that are accompanied by the lively arts and music scene perfect for day trips.




Atlanta, Georgia 

Less than 2 hours away, Atlanta is one of the busiest towns South Carolina residents have access to. If you visit Atlanta, three places you should visit are the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola Museum, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  




Greer, South Carolina 

This city is known for its friendly small-town feel, especially in downtown across 12 blocks filled with shops and restaurants. During the summer months, you can catch live music performances every Friday. Greer is also home to the country’s only BMW manufacturing plant. 

BMW Factory Tour 

BMW Zentrum Museum offers this unique experience of stepping inside a working BMW factory. The museum is open to visitors throughout the week, but you’ll have to reserve that factory tour ahead of time if you’re interested. Among the museum’s treasure filled trove is state-of-the-art, rare, concept vehicles like the Isetta “Bubble Car.” 


Charlotte, North Carolina 

The modern downtown, described as Uptown by locals, is where you will find the bulk of the city’s best restaurants and retail stores. Surrounded by soaring skyscrapers and high-profile attractions, like the NASCAR Hall of Fame, you’re sure to be entertained.  



Columbia, South Carolina 

Did you know that South Carolina’s capital is often referred to as “The Real Southern Hot Spot”? Columbia offers trendy stores and fancy cocktail bars, and at the same time, offers a glimpse into the city’s rich heritage. If you’re travelling with your family, a family favorite is the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.  



Easley, South Carolina 

Dubbed as the biggest city in Pickens County, Easley is at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains allowing visitors to enjoy many lakes, waterfalls, and scenic hiking trails. Every city in South Carolina has a bustling food and retail scene, but Easley specializes in a weekly farmers market and has plenty of antique stores to browse making it a perfect destination for day trips.



Fountain Inn, South Carolina 

Fountain Inn received its name from a historic inn that served as an overnight stop for exhausted stagecoach travelers. Today, the town still offers tranquility to visitors who want a break from city life with plenty of parks, walking trails, and outdoor concerts held at Commerce Park during the summer.  


Simpsonville, South Carolina 

The city of Simpsonville has roots dating back to the 1820s. For visitors seeking a thrill, this city has a zipline canopy tour that takes you across the lush Green River Gorge. You can also get behind the wheel of a race car at the BMW performance Center, or whitewater raft down the Chattooga River. Take your pick. 


Musgrove Mill Historic Site 

Built in 1780, the site commemorates an important battle fought at that time and the history of the Revolutionary War. The park also boasts some of the best nature has to offer, including the Enoree River and Horseshoe Falls. 



Paris Mountain State Park 

A nature lovers paradise. Seriously. This historic park was constructed during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps and offers more than 1,500 acres of land for visitors to enjoy. You can do whatever your heart desires: mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, nature watching or swimming in the designated lake during the summer. Start planning your day trips now!


Pickens County 

This area is still up and coming with a humble selection of restaurants and shops, but the highlight of the area is the Sassafras Mountain. It’s the highest natural point in the state, so when will this make your perfect day trips list? 


We have two blogs sharing state parks and waterfalls in the state and surrounding areas that are worth checking out! Continue reading for some local favorite state parks.


Lake Hartwell State Park 

There’s a high chance you have heard of the popular Lake Hartwell State Park. Georgia’s 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell surrounds the state park. This state park is suitable for people that enjoy recreational activities like playing basketball and fishing. This park has many paved campsites suitable for tents and RV camping at 115. Aside from those campsites are 13 walk-in tent sites, two camper cabins, one picnic shelter, and a 75-mile nature trail. 

Croft State Park 

A historic state park worth mentioning is Croft State Park. What used to be a WWII Army training camp now holds several recreational activities like biking, hiking, camping, fishing, and equestrian riding. For the avid equestrian, this park has over 20 miles of equestrian trails and houses equestrian events. Of the 7,054 acres of land, there are three picnic shelters, 50 campsites for tent and RV camping, over 20 miles of biking trails, and almost three miles of hiking trails. Lastly, Lake Craig spans 165 acres and is perfect for fishing. Paddling is also an advantage of the lake. 

Table Rock State Park  

Another park built by the Conservations Corps is Table Rock State Park. There are 94 campsites for tent or RV camping, four picnic shelters, and a swimming hole with a high dive that’s open in the Summer. There are two park lakes, the Pinnacle Lake and Lake Oolenoy amounting to 103 acres of the total 3,083 acres (about twice the area of Philadelphia Airport) of the park.  

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 

Home of the infamous Dolly Parton’s amusement park, Dollywood, Pigeon Forge is a lively mountain town for country music fans and mountain lovers alike. What many people don’t realize is that this mountain town hosts several annual car shows, like the Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Club Invasion. “With over 43,000 people (about twice the seating capacity of Madison Square Garden) in attendance and 20,000 Jeeps over the 3-day event, GSMJI 2022 shattered previous years’ records in attendance.” It is a car enthusiasts’ paradise and an ideal destination for day trips.

South Carolina Botanical Garden  

This 295-acre sanctuary for a diverse collection of plant life is on Clemson University’s campus and has no admission fee. Visitors have the choice to use the garden’s 3 mile of nature trails, check out the geology museum, or visit the Hanover House; a house built during the early 18th century.  


The Anderson County Museum 

The museum is home to more than 25,000 artifacts that show off the county’s history. You can also learn more about the history of South Carolina and engage in family-friendly activities the museum offers like scavenger hunts and interactive games.  

Travelers Rest 

The name of this city has an interesting backstory. Because TR is located near the start of the Appalachian Trail, travelers would rest in TR before starting or continuing their journey, hence Travelers Rest. This small town has plenty to highlight. Although the downtown area is not vast, several retail stores, restaurants and souvenir shops are sprinkled along the street. What is new in Travelers Rest are the two brand new wineries: Eagle Mountain Vineyards and Kennington Family Winery. 


Check Out More Prime Realty Blogs About Upstate South Carolina

Day trips are good for the soul! If you are looking for recommendations of more places to go or things to do, check out Prime Realty’s blog all about the Upstate of South Carolina. If you want to learn more about some local favorites in the Upstate, our real estate agents would love to share their personal favorites with you! What is more exciting? The New York Times kicked off the start of 2023 by featuring an article, “52 Places for travelers to Visit in 2023.” Not one, but two South Carolina cities made the list! Greenville and Charleston.

Dog Friendly Places in Greenville 

State Parks Not Far from Greenville 

Happy Hours Around Town 

Waterfalls in Upstate, South Carolina

Photos are sourced from various websites like SC Picture Project, GVL journal, and respective official city webpages along with stock image sourcing. 

Prepare for Your Mortgage Loan Application

Mortgage Loan Application

Applying for a mortgage is something that most people never learn to do until the time comes. And when that time comes, many can feel like they’re already 10 steps behind. If you’re in the process of buying a house, that most likely means you have your finances in order and a budget set in place. So, what’s next? When you’re shopping for a lender, consider different options like your bank, local credit union, or online lenders. Mortgage brokers offer a considerably wider array of options and can streamline the mortgage process for you. 

Let’s Begin

Once the seller accepts your offer, you’ll need to apply for a loan. According to Bank of America, “All lenders require you to provide information about yourself and anyone else who will be listed as a co-borrower on the mortgage.Keep in mind that each lender has their own criteria, so the results of your application can vary. On average, it can take anywhere from 30 days to several months for your application to be approved. The exact forms for different applicants vary but a lender can gauge whether you’ll be approved by checking out your recent pay stubs, bank statements, W-2 Forms, and tax returns.

Your financial situation affects the documents you are required to submit, but here are seven commonly requested documents: 

1. Tax Returns

Your tax returns allow lenders to gauge your financial health. For the lender to be able to request a copy of your tax return to the IRS, you must provide the lender with a signed Form 4506-T. They want to see one to two years’ worth of tax returns. 

2. Pay stubs, W-2s or other proof of income

Pay stubs allow lenders to gauge your current earnings. For those of you that are self-employed, you might be asked to show proof through 1099 forms, direct deposit or other methods. 

3. Bank statements and other assets

Lenders request these documents to verify your financial standing. Since lenders are assessing your risk profile, they’ll look at your bank statements and other assets. Any traces of savings or emergency savings plans will be taken into consideration when reviewing your application. Lenders want to know how prepared you are for an emergency. Having 3-6 months of savings equivalent to your living expenses will indicate that you are responsible and prepared for an emergency. They’ll also reference your investments assets like your life insurance. They will also analyze the amount of time the direct deposit’s total has been in your account and verify it didn’t appear overnight in your account. 

4. Credit History

With your verbal or written consent, lenders will pull your credit report. Industry members advise you to be prepared to write a statement that explains negative items in your credit report. For example, if you underwent a short sale or foreclosure, you would include stating so. Not disclosing blemishes will delay the application process and could even prevent mortgage approval.  

5. Gift Letters

If you are in the position that your friends and family can give money towards your new home, then you’ll have to provide written information that the money is in fact a gift and not a loan.  

6. Photo I.D.

Solely to verify you are who you claim to be.  

7. Renting History

A person’s rental history is vital for applicants who don’t have an extensive credit history. Lenders will request proof that you were an ideal tenant who paid on time. Lenders could ask your landlord to provide documentation backing up your claim or ask for a year’s worth of canceled rent checks (checks that were cashed by the landlord). 

Locking in your interest rate

According to Bank of America, “A rate lock, also known as a rate commitment, is your lender’s assurance that the interest rate and discount points are guaranteed until the rate lock expiration date.” Talk to your lender about ways you can protect yourself against rising interest rates. If you’re worried about the rising rates, you can lock your rate with your lender when you fill out the application. You are not obligated to do this if you believe the rates will decrease prior to signing off on your new house, but the rate must be finalized and locked in prior to the lender preparing your closing documents.

At the time of signing, you need to already have your budget set for the down payment. According to, “the long-accepted ‘standard’ down payment for buying a home is 20% of the total sales price.” Make sure to also budget for the anticipated appraisals, inspections, and the home’s closing costs.

Prospective Buyers

What is a prospective buyer? A prospective buyer is:

  1. a person who has submitted an offer to the seller, but the seller has yet to accept the offer. 
  2. a person who is in preparation to buy their first home. 
  3. a person who expresses interest towards a specific property but has yet to make an offer. 
  4. a person who has begun their home search but has yet to select a specific property. 
  5. a person whose offer has been accepted by the sellers, the negotiation process may or may not already be underway, and the closing documents are what’s left to sign.

From a legal standpoint, the term prospective buyer is most commonly reserved for once the potential buyer’s offer has been accepted by the seller. It can be essential to know whether you qualify as a prospective buyer for legislative reasons. South Carolina is included in the sum of states that acknowledges and accepts the term: prospective buyers. 

Why is it important?  

Because the prospective buyer is entitled to certain rights during the sales process. In some areas across the nation, the potential buyer isn’t classified as a prospective buyer until an offer is submitted, as a legal standpoint. In other areas, the status isn’t disclosed to the buyer until the seller has accepted their offer.

Why have I been refused a mortgage?  

According to Experian, if you are refused a mortgage, here are a few common reasons why: 

  • The lender has calculated you won’t be able to make the repayments. 
  • You’ve made too many credit applications in a short space of time in the past six months, resulting in multiple hard searches being recorded in your report. 
  • You’re not registered to vote on the electoral roll (this is used for proof of your address and identity). 
  • There are mistakes such as incorrect addresses or other errors on your application form. 
  • You may not fall into the target bracket for the type of mortgage you’ve applied for. (Experian, 2022)

Community Assistance Programs

1.) SC Housing 

2.) Community Works Downpayment Assistance 

3.) GCRA 

“Established in 1974, the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA) works to improve the living conditions of the county’s residents by building new homes, rehabilitating existing homes and improving the infrastructures within communities.”

Did you know you could be eligible for down payment assistance? 

Qualifications: Eligible Buyer

  • Must be a first-time home buyer 
  • Stable income 
  • Secure a 30-year, fixed rate 1st mortgage 
  • Complete the application process
  • Invest a minimum of $500 into the home purchase
  • Attend a community works orientation
  • Attend a homebuyer education workshop through GVL County Human Relations Key Program 

Qualifications: Eligible Properties 

  • New and existing properties in GVL County 
  • Max purchase price for new construction is $240,000 
  • Max purchase price for an existing home is $195,000 
  • The home must be the buyer’s principal residence 
  • Monthly mortgage payment must be affordable (33% of monthly income) 

Eligible Uses 

  • Funds may be used for down payment and for closing costs.
  • The total of bank mortgage on the property may not exceed 100% of the appraised value. (This does not include funds from Community Works.)
  • Buyers may not receive any funds back at the time of closing. 

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Winter in the Carolinas

winter in the carolinas. Depicted here is the watch tower on Furman University campus

New Year’s Day Festivities in the Carolinas & Tennessee 

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks Show

Sat, Dec 31

Gatlinburg Space Needle

115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN

New Year’s Eve Family Night

Dec 31, 2022, 7 PM – Jan 1, 2023, 12 AM

Beech Mountain Ski Resort

1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mountain, NC

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Island

Dec 31, 2022, 10 AM – Jan 1, 2023, 12 AM

The Island in Pigeon Forge

131 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN

Happy 2023! Fireworks Show!

Sat, Dec 31

Newberry / I-26 / Sumter NF KOA Journey

567 Fairview Church Rd, Kinards, SC

Juniper New Year’s Eve Rooftop Masquerade

Sat, Dec 31, 8:30 PM

AC Hotel by Marriott Greenville • Greenville, SC

Starts at $150.00

New Year’s Eve 2023 Southern Gala

Sat, Dec 31, 8:30 PM

Commerce Club – Greenville • Greenville, SC

Starts at $100.00

Hoppin’ New Year’s Eve Party!

Sat, Dec 31, 8:00 PM

Hoppin’ • Greenville, SC

Starts at $85.00

New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl – Greenville

Sat, Dec 31, 4:00 PM

NYE at Ink n Ivy Greenville

Sat, Dec 31, 9:30 PM

Ink N Ivy Greenville • Greenville, SC

Starts at $20.00

Holiday Light Shows in the Upstate

Upstate Holiday Light Show

November 24 through December 31

6:00pm-10/11:00pm | $35 to drive through

Holiday Lights Safari

November 22 through January 1

6:00pm -9:00pm | $10 per adult/child

Anderson Christmas Lights

November 24 through December 25

5:30pm-10pm | $35 to drive through

Winter Activity Alternatives

Snow Tubing in Hendersonville, NC 

Winter Hikes


Ice on Main

November 24 through January 16

Open 7 days a week, excluding Christmas Day. | $10 Adults, $8 Children FREE for children 2 and younger

Holidays at the Zoo

December 15-30 at the Greenville Zoo


Visit The Toasty Farmer at Brewery85

This is the seventh season for the Toasty Farmer, which runs December 3 through March 2023 every Saturday, except for some additional select dates.

Prime Realty is Eager to Assist the Upstate of South Carolina

Are you looking to buy or sell in the Upstate of South Carolina? Then list your home with Prime Realty. We can deliver Prime Results in Prime Time.

As a boutique firm, we pride ourselves in delivering that personal touch for you. Not only will our dedicated agents make you their #1 priority, but we can also provide services that will accelerate the sale like home staging. Learn more on our About page or visit our inventory site that is in sync with the MLS, which means as soon as a listing enters the market it will be featured on our Live Greenville site.

Home Staging & the Role it Plays

Holiday Home Staging Do’s & Don’ts

No matter the holiday, it’s important to keep it simple when it comes to home staging during the holiday seasons, especially before a sale.

Decorating for the holidays is something the majority of home owners look forward to and it tends to be no different when the home is for sale. We’re here to tell you that if your home is for sale, you’ll want to remove your holiday decor. Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider:


  • For every holiday decoration, switch it out for “season appropriate” decor. Since it is the fall season, swap your orange pumpkins for some potted Mums.
  • Swap out the holiday scents for season scents like Pine and Marshmallow Fireside
  • It’s important to remove these decorations prior to taking the MLS photos. Once they have been taken, you can revert back to your holiday decorations!


  • Don’t leave inflatable decorations that actually double as obstruction of views for your home.
  • Don’t overwhelm visitors with obnoxious holiday scents that will divert their attention away from your beautiful home.
  • Don’t let your Halloween decorations scare potentials buyers away!

Interior Designers and Home Stagers are similar but also, very different.

The Real Estate industry contains several professions and services that are instrumental to the success of the transaction. Several buyers and sellers are familiar with the importance inspectors, lenders, and appraisers hold to the transaction. But what about the individuals that arranges or stages the furniture? These individuals are referred to as home stagers.

Different from interior designers, home stagers must appeal to the buyers by personalizing or depersonalizing the space in preparation for the sale. Prior to designing, an interior designer must consider the customer’s individualistic or familial personality and lifestyle to deliver a tailored environment perfectly suited to them. 

What advantage do staged homes possess?

The goal of staging homes is to emphasize the home’s architectural details and best assets. This allows buyers to effectively gauge the potential that the new house could offer them.  

The time the house stays on the market is significantly reduced when a stager is introduced into the space. It allows the buyers to envision their lifestyle easily and that is harder to do if the home is empty. According to NAR, “Statistics have shown that houses that have been staged average 42 days on the market vs. non-staged homes that can average 142 days on the market.”

The Home Stager Steps in

A home stager’s main competition is the staged homes that home buyers witness from watching the HGTV channel. Many home buyers are inspired by the overall aesthetic captured through the screen they’re regularly stationed in front of, and often find themselves on home décor retail sites. 

“A home stager must know the difference between decorating to sell and designing to live. There must be a perfect blend of eye-catching with mass appeal,” according to Erin Halperin, an agent at Prime Realty who happens to have extensive experience in the real estate staging world. 

Many home stagers don’t ever step foot inside the space they’re tasked to stage, let alone meet the prospective buyer since there is rarely only one, especially at the start! If the home stager does not have access to personnel on either side of the transaction, I asked Erin how she finds inspiration:

“Inspiration comes from places such as art, Architectural Digest and Elle Décor magazines, catalogs, but also social media. It serves one purpose to me only which is that it allows me to see designers and architects making beautiful spaces all around the globe, that I would never know of otherwise.”

How Social Media is at Play

The beautiful thing about social media is its accessibility. Home stagers do not have to follow all industry-related social media handles to be successful. All social media platforms have the option to filter through their respective platforms through categorical hashtags. So, if a home stager needs specific inspiration for a certain aesthetic, say boho style or eccentric, they can find an ample number of options through that hashtag. With some hashtags collecting over 500K posts within an hour of when it was first posted, users all around the world can engage with your post!  

Selling a Lifestyle, not Just a Room

What are the benefits of staging your real estate listing? 

Leaving the task to the buyers of envisioning their life can be a mistake. They’re not totally to blame. Who could really walk into a space with no furniture and still be able to envision themselves in the house? “Staging a home helps consumers see the full potential of a given space or property,” said Jessica Lautz, NAR’s vice president of demographics and behavioral insights. 

Today, Erin stages smaller homes by incorporating pieces that sellers already have coupled with items from her small collection of accessories such as rugs, pillows, and lamps. Erin believes it is easy to walk into an empty space and furnish it, however, she likes the creative challenge of taking existing items and rearranging a room. “I love re-envisioning a room to its fullest potential to attract a buyer. The greatest compliment I get is when a seller says “Geez, well now I want to stay!” 

Quarantine changed how people made changes in their homes based on their new way of living. Every home stager is different. Here’s how Erin approaches real estate staging in terms of trends: 

There are several more trends in both categories but in regards to Erin’s approach, the trends listed are what she’s paying attention to during her staging appointments. 


  • Open shelves in kitchens
    • Impractical because if you cook often, it’s hard to maintain 
    • Easy + cost-effective but impractical
  • Gray as the only color throughout the home versus as an accent color, infused with other colors
  • Farmhouse/Barn Doors
    • There’s a place for the Farmhouse style and its attributing features but it’s not for every home
Design Trends: 
  • Built-in appliances
  • Less industrial kitchens; hoods for example
  • Backsplashes are either continuing on the countertop or tiles are stacked vertically versus horizontally 
  • Color, florals, bringing natural elements inside to “inform” the color palette & create rooms that reflect the people living in them
  • Black accents are used to make everything pop

Key Takeaway for Home Stagers

Home stagers must be very sensitive to a seller’s attachment to items in their home. It’s their job to help the sellers realize why they want to sell and that everyone has a different style preference.

It’s also important to note that real estate staging does not have to mean bland neutral. Personality makes a home memorable and shows a buyer walking through the home what kind of creative potential exists for them to make it their own. “Clean,” “Bright,” and “Flow” are the mantra words that I use regularly when staging.

Prime Realty is Eager to Assist the Upstate of South Carolina

Are you looking to buy or sell in the Upstate of South Carolina? Then list your home with Prime Realty. We can deliver Prime Results in Prime Time.

As a boutique firm, we pride ourselves in delivering that personal touch for you. Not only will our dedicated agents make you their #1 priority, but we can also provide services that will accelerate the sale like home staging. Learn more on our About page or visit our inventory site that is in sync with the MLS, which means as soon as a listing enters the market it will be featured on our Live Greenville site. 

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? We decided to ask the people who know the area best, our agents! Below are responses from a select amount of our Prime agents. 

Question 1: 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.”

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.”

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.”

Question 2: 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.”

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!”

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!”

Question 3: 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.”

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.”

Check Out More Prime Realty Blogs About South Carolina

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!

Pizza in Greenville

Pizza Spots in Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville South Carolina pizza places to visit, group eating pizza slicesSlice of Greenville

There are so many different places to get a slice of pizza. And depending on who you ask, some places are better than others. The perfect ratio of sauce to cheese is what Prime Realty thinks makes an amazing slice. How about you?

For when you’re craving pizza in Greenville, SC…

Bada Bing Pizzeria: Located on Woodruff Road, their New York style pizza is a worthy contender. You can also get a bowl of pasta with meatballs and two garlic bread knots for less than $15. 

Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria: Barley’s originally opened in Downtown Greenville in 1993. Barley’s has some of the largest slices you can get in Greenville.

Brooklyn Pizza Bites: Brooklyn Pizza Bites consistently delivers on flavor. They have classic NY style pizza as well as flavorful buffalo wings and hearty calzones. 

Coastal Crust: Originally located in Charleston, South Carolina, Coastal Crust has now expanded to the Village of West Greenville. Their Neapolitan Wood-fired pizza is delicious!

D’Alessandro’s Pizza Greenville: Also known as D’als, they are located behind Community Tap on Wade Hampton Boulevard. They have vegan and gluten free options!

Frodos’ Pizza: Located off Pleasantburg, right across from Greenville Tech, the little white building is the perfect place for children’s’ parties or family gatherings. Try their salad bar and pizza by the slice!

More Pizza in Greenville

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizza: Authentic, fresh, and not like the rest. There’s not a better Margherita pizza in town.

Local Pie Pizza Co.: This is your go to pizza food truck. They specialize in hand tossed pizza made fresh in the truck.

Merrell’s Pizza: Next time you’re in the Greer area, make sure to try a New York style pizza at Merrell’s.

Napoli Pizzeria and Restaurant: This family run Greek and Italian Pizzeria and Restaurant is best known for their pizzas but everything on their menu is just as delicious!

Tacozzini: Located on Augusta Street, Tacozzini creates mixes casual with modern with their unique style of food! They also have amazing gluten-free cauliflower crust available!

Tito’s Restaurant Pizzeria: Located near Cherrydale, Tito’s is a great location to go for delicious pizza! They don’t have a website but trust us on this one.

Todaro Pizza: Located near Downtown Greenville next to Urban Wren and Hoppin’ Brewery, Todaro features a weekly special. $5 Mondays! For $5, get a whole pie from Todaro for dinner.

Trio Brick Oven Cafe: Trio is in the heart of Downtown Greenville and has been around for over 20 years! Their pizza is a classic brick oven style with a variety of toppings. They offer gluten free crust and more recently have added take-and-bake options to their menu.

World Piece: Located on Stone Avenue, World Piece offers amazing Chicago Style Pizza along with amazing salads, wings, burgers, and other delicious menu items!

Learn More About Greenville, South Carolina 

Thanks for reading! Think we missed a notable favorite? Email our marketing team at to let us know, and we’ll make sure to include it. Learn more about what the Greenville community has to offer through our blog.

If you’re in the market for real estate in South Carolina, be sure to check out our inventory site for available properties. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or to schedule a showing. And remember, if you’re ready to take the next step in finding your new home, give us a call or visit our website to schedule a consultation with one of our expert agents today!

Matt Poole’s Agent Spotlight

Matt Poole real estate agent in Greenville, South Carolina

Real Estate Agent Spotlight: About Matt

For our third real estate agent spotlight, we are featuring Matt Poole. 

How It Started

Prime Realty: Why did you decide to become a Realtor?

Matt Poole: I wanted to be my own business owner. I have an entrepreneurial mindset and I love having the ability to set my own schedule for the day. That flexibility with my love for real estate and people just made for a perfect storm of interests that led me to getting my license and taking me to where I am today.

PR: What were you doing before Real Estate?

Matt Poole: I was working as the Deputy Director of Short-Term Finance for a lender here in Greenville. I worked my way up through that company in about 3 years and was running the day-to-day operations of one of our underwriting departments. It was a great opportunity to learn the real estate investment side of the business and learn management. It provided me a great foundation for the transition into being a Realtor.

PR: For people who aren’t local, tell us about where you live and why you’re the most ideal Realtor.

Matt Poole: I was born and raised in the Greenville area. I lived in Mauldin and Simpsonville for most of my life and I have lived in Anderson too. Being a native, I have seen the Upstate grow and I know all the details about this area. Whether its recreation, history, the food scene, sports, entertainment, or anything in between, I have knowledge of all of it. In addition to knowledge of the area, my experience in real estate lending gives me a unique perspective. Since I have worked on both sides of the transaction, that gives me an advantage because I can speak that language and really set expectations for my clients for both sides of the transaction.

More About Matt

PR: What is your favorite aspect about being a Realtor?

Matt Poole: The people! I love meeting people from all different parts of the country, all different walks of life, all in different situations. You learn so much about these people and become friends with them. I think it is important because you are being trusted to help them through the biggest purchase of their life. And at the end of it, keeping in touch and hearing all the fun stories is more rewarding than any paycheck. I also love that I get to just be a listening ear too. Some people have been through tough times and if I can just be a friendly face and let them know that things will be okay, then I have done my job.

PR: What’s been the most impactful part of your job as a Realtor?

Matt Poole: Two things: Making a difference in the lives of the clients I meet and helping them transition into a new home and sometimes a new area. The second, and equally important to me is making a difference in the lives of the people at Prime Realty. I love helping our new agents get going, being a resource for people in the office, and just paying my knowledge and experience forward so others can succeed. Those two things are what keep me going every day in this industry.

PR: Tell us the positive changes you’ve personally witnessed since becoming a Realtor, and about any industry standards or ethics that surprised you in a good way?

Matt Poole: One of the biggest positive changes I have seen in myself is confidence and the ability to connect with people, no matter their walk of life, situation, or personality. I have found a true passion for connecting with people through this job. And more on a professional level, the positive changes I have seen in Greenville with the growth, both in the housing industry and in just the economy. I watch those statistics firsthand every month and year and being a native from Greenville, it is fascinating, and I love knowing that I have been a part of it.

Click Here to Watch Matt’s YouTube Video

PR: You’ve been in the industry long enough to share some advice. What’s the most important piece of advice you would want to share with someone who is interested in becoming a Realtor?

Matt Poole: Do not treat this like any other position. You are a business owner, and you must treat it as such in order to be successful. This is not a 9-5 and you must be ready to work hard and do the behind the scenes work like marketing, calling people, networking and much more. If you have that mindset, you will come into this industry and you will see success.

PR: What advances in the industry have you been able to accomplish since joining Prime Realty?

Matt Poole: The most recent one was getting my Real Estate Broker’s license. That was a goal of mine since the first day I got my salesperson license. I have always wanted to move my way up and earn a spot with the company that allowed me the opportunity to manage and train new agents so they can be successful like myself, and many others.

How It’s Going

PR: What’s it like being on the PR team?

Matt Poole: It’s like working with a big family. Everyone helps everyone and we try to ensure the success of everyone around us. It isn’t “cutthroat” or all about one person. And this mentality has really allowed Prime to have so much success in such a short amount of time. I could not imagine selling real estate with anyone else.

PR: Do you wish you entered the field earlier or do you think when you started was perfect timing?

Matt Poole: I think I entered at the right time. My time in real estate lending prior to becoming a Realtor helped me have a solid foundation of knowledge before getting my license so the learning curve was easier and I understood the language and the business better. This helped me have a strong year 1 and that success carried me into the next years up until now.

Find Your Dream Home in South Carolina

If you’re in the market for real estate in South Carolina, be sure to check out our inventory site for available properties. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or to schedule a showing. And remember, if you’re ready to take the next step in finding your new home, give us a call or visit our website to schedule a consultation with one of our expert agents or with Matt today!

Waterfalls in Upstate South Carolina

Picture of a waterfalls within a mountains-cape

Your Guide to Waterfalls in Upstate S.C.

It’s finally that time of year when the weather is getting nice and it’s starting to warm up in the Upstate of South Carolina. It’s no secret that the Upstate is full of waterfalls, but did you know we are known for having one of the highest concentration of waterfalls in the United States? The specific area is called the Blue Ridge Escarpment, also known as “The Blue Wall.” The Blue Wall rises 3,554 feet at its highest peak and spans around 20,000 acres through South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Many of the waterfalls are located in Oconee, Pickens, and Greenville Counties, this area has an average rain fall of 80 inches which creates beautiful rushing waterfalls. We did some reading and spoke to a couple of locals to create a list of a of waterfalls in each area of the Upstate that are perfect for every kind of adventurer!

Click on the section heading to be directed to one of the many state parks found in that county.

Oconee County Falls

Waterfall in North Carolina

Oconee County is also known as “The Golden Corner” and it runs along the Chattooga River and marks the border between South Carolina and Georgia.

  • Bee Cove Falls: This waterfall is divided into four sections. The hiking distance is about 2 miles to see all four and the hike is considered difficult.
    • #1. 40 foot waterfall
    • #2. 30 foot waterfall
    • #3. 40 foot waterfall
    • #4. 20 foot waterfall
  • Big Bend Falls: This 30 foot waterfall gets its name from the hairpin curve where it is located on the Chattooga River just before the falls. The hike to Big Bend is almost three miles and is considered an easy hike. The shoreline of the river below the falls is beachy and boulders where you can relax, have a snack, or take a swim after your hike.
  • Brasstown Falls: This series of three waterfalls is located on the edge of Sumter National Forrest. It is a quick hike, only .3 miles to see all three but is not recommended for new hikers!
    • Cascades: 50 feet
    • Veil: 35 feet
    • Sluice: 35 feet
  • Disappearing Falls: This 12 foot waterfall is one of the more interesting waterfalls in the upstate. At first glance, it appears to be a small stream, but when you get closer there is a 12 foot drop over a black granite rock, the water ends up in an underground stream.
  • Hidden Falls: This 60 foot waterfall is best viewed after a rainy day and was unnamed until 1995. The hiking distance is a little over two miles and is considered a moderate hike.
  • Issaqueena Falls: This 100 foot waterfall is one of the easiest to access in South Carolina. Just a 10 minute hike, perfect for all kinds of hikers!
  • Whitewater Falls: This 200 foot waterfall is located north of Salem. There are two major falls, and it is considered the highest series of falls in North America.

Pickens County FallsWaterfall

Pickens County is known as the upper Eastatoee Valley. Eastatoee is a Cherokee word that translates to Valley of the Green Bird, which is a reference to the now extinct Carolina Parakeet. Pickens County is located he northwest part of the U.S. state of South Carolina, between Greenville and Clemson and up to the North Carolina border.

  • Carrick Creek Falls: This 15 foot waterfall is an easy .2 miles hike in Table Rock State Park.
  • Eastatoee Gorge Falls: This 25 foot waterfall is an amazing sight after a difficult 2.5 mile hike. The fall is at the point where the 15 foot wide river is forced into a three-foot-wide sluice.
  • Gauley Falls (also known as Sliding Rock Falls): This is a 12 foot waterfall that is made up of a series of large boulders that the water flows over. There is no need to hike to get here, it is located right off the golf course at The Rock at Jocassee.
  • Mill Creek Falls: This waterfall is divided into two parts, upper and lower.
    • Upper: This 25 foot waterfall is about a three mile hike that will take you to the bottom of the falls so you can look straight up at it.
    • Lower: This 50 foot waterfall is technically located on private property, but can be seen taking a quick road side break on your way to Table Rock State Park.
  • Pinnacle Mountain Falls: This 100 foot waterfall is a 1.4 mile hike through a rough trail but is totally worth the view. This multi-tiered waterfall runs over rocks and fallen trees.
  • Todd Creek Falls: This 20 foot waterfall is breathtaking and only a 20 minute hike.
  • Twin Falls: This 75 foot waterfall is located an easy ¼ of a mile hike, it even has a viewing deck with seating. If you visit after a heavy rain, you can sometimes see a third waterfall to the right of the falls.

Greenville County Falls

Waterfall in GreenvilleGreenville County is located north of Pickens and Oconee Counties. The waterfalls in this area are surrounded by a rich history of mountaineers in the Upstate.

  • Ashmore Falls: This 150 foot waterfall is located in the Ashmore Heritage Preserve. While it is only a short walk to be able to see the waterfalls, if you want to get a closer look, you’d have to hike a bit further into the steep terrain.
  • Drip Rock Falls: This 12 foot waterfall is located right on the side of the road and is best viewed during the winter months. The slow flowing water creates beautiful large icicles in the winter.
  • Falls Creek Falls (not to be confused to Fall Creek Falls): This 125 foot waterfall is a 1.2 mile hard hike in Westminster, SC and is one of the most unique waterfalls in the Upstate.
  • Firewater Falls: This 20 foot waterfall is located 1 mile into a Caesars Head State Park. The name came from an old moonshine still that once was on top of the granite shelf.
  • Jones Gap Falls: This 50 foot hike is located only one mile down a well maintained hiking trail. The water flows over many multi-colored ledges of granite.
  • Mashbox Falls: This 80 foot waterfall is a difficult hour long hike near Caesars Head State Park. This waterfall location is interesting because of the mashbox and two 55-gallon water drums used for making moonshine that are stuck in the ground around 300 feet from the base of the waterfall.
  • Rainbow Falls: This 140 foot waterfall is located a hard half mile hike in Cox Camp Creek. The hard hike is worth it to see this beautiful thin ribbon of water falling and swaying in the wind.
  • Reedy River Falls: This 28 foot waterfall is located in the heart of downtown Greenville. If you want to take a long or short walk on the Swamp Rabbit Trail to check it out, this waterfall is hard to miss.

There are a so many great waterfalls to visit in the Upstate. We only picked some local favorites, there are so many more to choose from! Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to visit these beautiful Upstate waterfalls for yourself. If you enjoyed this guide, please share it with other hikers and lovers of the great outdoors and check out some of our other guides to the Upstate. Happy adventuring!


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Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina by Thomas E. King

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. 


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.  


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. 


Starting February 2022. 


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. 


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 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 

Helpful Apps for Homebuyers

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Helpful Apps for Homebuyers, Expecially First Time

To learn more about an app, click on the company’s logo on the left hand side.


Centriq brand logoCentriq offers tutorials, how to videos, and more. Buyers have supplies accessible through their fingerprints and can even be alerted if a supply they are looking for is on recall. On their website, Centriq claims, “Just snap a picture of the appliances, electronics, and tools in your home. We’ll add the user manuals, warranties, how-to-videos and more. Personalize and group all your information to make it as unique as your home.”



Green Pal brand logoLike the Handy app, this platform connects you with trusted professionals for easy      scheduling. Moving to a new area as a first-time homebuyer can present its limitations, especially regarding the available resource pool you have access to. Who really prioritizes lawn care above all else during their move anyway? Plus, you can pay through the app, so you don’t have to be present at the time the local lawn care professional is present at your home. 



Moved brand logoThink of this app as your personal moving concierge. The app connects you with an assistant that will help manage the complex process and various steps that are involved in the moving process. It can organize every step of the way—from finding movers, hiring packers, and selling unwanted items, to updating your address and even hiring cleaners and painters. The app can also help you find moving professionals, affordable packing materials, and storage facilities.  


Everything But The House 

EBTH brand logoThis service is an estate sale marketplace conveniently packaged in an app that makes buying and selling secondhand goods easy. EBTH was designed with the idea to help people through their full-service approach to consignment. Similar to eBay’s business model, EBTH features products for seven-day periods where you may bid against other shoppers. Every item listed in EBTH starts at $1.  




Nextdoor brand logoThe inventor, Nirav Tolia, spent a decade acquiring data and fine-tuning information that could offer residents a sense of community within their neighborhoods. In neighborhoods across the country, NextDoor is thought to be like a group chat for neighbors. It not only connects neighbors but community members within communities. This app is also a great tool to gauge your potential new community without ever having to worry your contact information will be publicly displayed.  



iScape brand logoiScape utilizes augmented reality to allow homeowners the chance to visualize potential improvements for their outdoor spaces. Not everyone in the south has access to a truck, so this app is perfect for those that have to arrange a service before retrieving their purchase. Users can experiment with several outdoor implementations like flowers, furniture, and even shrubs before ever having to commit to purchasing them.  

The only downside to this app is that it is only compatible with iOS devices.  



Homezada brand logoHomezada is an easy-to-use home inventory app that allows homeowners to manage important documents and plan projects. During every real estate transaction, there are several moving parts and it is easy to forget what important resources you need to readily access. Think of it as a digital hub for home improvements, home maintenance, inventory and finances.  


ADT Pulse 

ADT Pulse brand logoSimilar to the Ring Video Doorbell, ADT Pulse allows users to access their security cameras from anywhere in the world. It will allow you to turn on lights, switch small appliances on/off from the app, lock and unlock doors from the app, and more. The main difference between ADT Pulse and their competitor is that ADT Pulse offers a touchscreen control panel, and Ring solely operates by a push-button panel. 


Find Your Dream Home in South Carolina

If you’re in the market for real estate in South Carolina, be sure to check out our inventory site for available properties. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or to schedule a showing. And remember, if you’re ready to take the next step in finding your new home, give us a call or visit our website to schedule a consultation with one of our expert agents today!

Learn more about how Prime Realty can assist you here.