All Blog Entries by Jonathan Kostyra

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There are currently 172 blog entries published by Jonathan Kostyra.

Open House Realty and the Carolina Realty Team Difference

The Carolina Realty Team operates under the Real Estate Brokerage firm of Open House Realty of Greenville and Spartanburg. Open House Realty is one of the largest privately owned firms in Upstate South Carolina. Open House Realty is also one of the most innovative of Upstate SC firms embracing technology, innovation, and the changing needs of their clients. Open House services all of Greenville South Carolina Real Estate, Anderson, and Spartanburg.

Open House Realty and the Carolina Realty Team pride themselves on offering real estate consumers choices and overall marketing flexibility.  Company culture is grounded on hard work, ethics, honesty, and integrity.  If you would like to know more

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It was just recently announced that Clemson University (my alumni) has climped the ranks from 34 to 30 on US News & World Reports top Public Universities. The rankings are online at: According to the report, Clemson has improved in graduation rates, class size, and quality of students. Numerous other South Carolina schools ranked well in other categories. These would include: The University of South Carolina's Moore School of International Business which kept its number one rank as the best undergraduate International Business Program. Overall USC ranked 54th among public institutions. Furman Universty ranked 41st among Liberal Arts colleges and Wofford ranked 57th. All of these schools have received National recognition in the…
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Due to the heavy concentration of high tech firms and manufacturing facilities, Greenville is quickly becoming South Carolina's leading business super center. The ICAR development project (International Center for Automotive Research) will continue this trend and may mark the beginning of a new era in South Carolina where research universities play a major role in leading innovation and business.

Clemson University has partnered with several major Fortune 500 companies in the development of the ICAR research park. The business park will cover 400 acres near I85 and Laurens road. IBM, Microsoft, BMW, Michelin, and The Timken Company have all committed to Clemson's ICAR project. Public and Private commitments to Clemson-ICAR have already topped 180

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Despite a national slow down in real estate sales and prices in 2006, the Greenville SC Real Estate market is bucking the trend with stronger year to date sales over last year and an overall increase in median prices over last year (2005) as well. Statistics from the Greenville Multiple Listing service show a grand total of 7861 homes sold from Jan 1st 06 through Sept 30th 2006 while last year’s year to date sold numbers came in at 7189 total units. This is an increase of 9.3% over 2005. Currently median Greenville home prices for 2006 are also up 6.6% over 2005 as well. These numbers reveal a robust and growing real estate market that is backed by a strong demand for new and existing homes. If you consider the numbers, you may very well conclude…
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There are many investors, locally and out of state searching for that pefect deal in the Greenville Home Market. Jonathan and the Carolina Realty Team can offer a number of tips and resources for the both the beginning and seasoned investor alike. One great place to start your search is the Foreclosure and Hud Home Markets. Most of these properties can be viewed online at Another good resource is Gibbs specializes in foreclosures and Hud homes and services the majority of the South Carolina Real Estate Market. If you locate a home on one of these sites and would like more information or if you have an interest in possibly making an offer, please contact Jonathan directly at 864-525-0736.


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Downtown Greenville is experiencing a nice surge in retail and other commercial development. Publix, an upscale grocery retailer with headquarters based in Florida, is the latest entrance in the downtown Greenville market. Publix will become the second grocer in the downtown area. Greenville’s West Side, known as West End, has been red hot as well with new retail, residential and commercial offerings. Restaurants, shops, and galleries are replacing vacant buildings. The new Greenville Drive stadium is now complete and the overlooking condo development (Field House) is nearing completion as well. For more information, call us at the Carolina Realty Guide and stay tuned for the latest developments in Greenville’s Downtown Real Estate Market! Posted…
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Did you know that the median home price for 2006 in the Greater Greenville South Carolina area was only roughly 142,000 dollars! Does this mean we have small and cheaply built homes here? Absolutely not! These numbers reflect that the the average price of a home here is roughly 7-10% below the national average. In other words, a home purchaser here gets more bang for the buck than in many other places in the country. In fact many of my out-of-state home buyers are literally shocked at the size, quality, and affordability of housing here. Posted by Jonathan, 02/16/07.

Jonathan Kostyra
Open House Realty
Mobile 864-525-0736
Greenville SC Real Estate Agent
Downtown Greenville Condos
Lake Keowee Real Estate


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Recently in Jan 2007, Americas Promise-- Alliance for Youth designated Greenville as one of the top 100 cities for young people emphasizing Greenville’s commitment to provide safe, healthy, and caring environments for young people. “When a community provides all that its young people need to be healthy and secure, it deserves to be honored and showcased as an outstanding example of what it takes to successfully nurture this nation’s young people,” said Colin L Powell, the founder of Americas Promise Alliance for Youth.
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