Poultry Festival for the Lexington County   Leave a comment

members of the Leesville Merchants Association flocked together to hatch the concept of a town festival. It was Sara Shealy, famous throughout the region for eggs-traordinary fried chicken served in her Batesburg-Leesville restaurant, who courageously proposed the

development of a Poultry Festival for the Lexington County community. After

much clucking and crowing, the head rooster called for a vote and the Poultry

Festival was hatched.

What better theme to spotlight the largest agri-business in South Carolina –

a $1 BILLION industry that employs thousands in production, processing,

marketing of eggs, broilers, turkeys, pigeons, quail and spring chickens!

Lexington County; home of Columbia Farms, Saluda County, headquarters

of Amick Farms and Gentry’s Poultry Company, and Aiken County are

among the state’s top broiler producers.

The first festival, staged in 1987 called the Ridge Poultry Festival, attracted over

20,000 visitors to the Twin Cities. In 1989, the event, experiencing growing pains changed its name to the South Carolina Poultry Festival to mirror the stampede of Palmetto State citizens who streamed into the town to partake of food, fun, music, crafts, and fireworks. Festival goers have clucked together through the ensuring eggs-travaganza and have packed the weekend population of Batesburg-Leesville to 100,000 plus!!!

This is a great weekend to bring the kids out and enjoy…more info here 

Lexington SC Home Loan rates weekly   Leave a comment

James Nobles
Loan Officer
Guild Mortgage Company
Phone: (803) 391-3550
NMLS #: 474219
In This Issue…  
Last Week in Review: There was mixed news from the housing sector, while home loan rates remain near record lows.

Forecast for the Week: Look for key reports on housing, manufacturing, inflation and the U.S. economy. Plus, the Fed meets!

View: There’s a new scam circulating on Facebook. Keep your computer and devices protected by following these easy steps.

Last Week in Review  
“I don’t know why I go to extremes.” Billy Joel. Temperatures may be warming across much of the country, but the extreme weather from this winter is still impacting some areas of the housing sector.

Existing Home Sales in March surged by 6.1 percent from February to an annual rate of 5.19 million units. This was the largest monthly increase since December 2010. Sales are also up 10.4 percent from a year ago. Lawrence Yun, the National Association of REALTORS®chief economist, noted, “After a quiet start to the year, sales activity picked up greatly throughout the country in March.”

On the flip side, New Home Sales in March unexpectedly declined as sales fell 11.4 percent from February to an annual rate of 481,000 units. This is a stark contrast to the 543,000 units recorded in February, which was the strongest performance for new home sales in seven years. The harsh winter weather in January and February shut down construction sites, and that had an impact on March’s figures. We will have to see if new home sales are further curtailed heading into the spring home buying season.

Also of note, Fannie Mae released its April 2015 Economic and Housing Outlook, revealing that economic activity was suppressed in the first quarter, largely due to the West Coast port disruptions and difficult weather patterns that gripped a large portion of the Northeast. Now that spring has arrived, it will be important to see if economic activity blooms along with the weather.

The bottom line is that home loan rates remain attractive, and now is a great time to consider a home purchase or refinance. Let me know if I can answer any questions at all for you or your clients.

Forecast for the Week  
A full slate of economic reports is ahead, plus the Fed meets!

  • On the housing front, look for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index on Tuesday and Pending Home Sales on Wednesday.
  • Consumer Confidence will be reported on Tuesday, followed by the Consumer Sentiment Index on Friday.
  • On Wednesday, Gross Domestic Product will give us an important read on the U.S. economy during the first quarter of 2015.
  • Look for news from the manufacturing sector via the Chicago PMI on Thursday and the ISM Index on Friday.
  • The Fed’s favorite measure of inflation, Personal Consumption Expenditures, will be released on Thursday, along with the Employment Cost Index, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, Personal Incomeand Personal Spending.

In addition, the Fed meets this week, with the Monetary Policy Statement due to be released on Wednesday. Investors will be listening closely for any hints as to when the Fed may raise the Fed Funds Rate (the rate banks charge each other to lend money overnight), and this news could lead to volatility in the markets.

Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. The chart below shows Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), which are the type of Bond on which home loan rates are based.

When you see these Bond prices moving higher, it means home loan rates are improving—and when they are moving lower, home loan rates are getting worse.

To go one step further—a red “candle” means that MBS worsened during the day, while a green “candle” means MBS improved during the day. Depending on how dramatic the changes were on any given day, this can cause rate changes throughout the day, as well as on the rate sheets we start with each morning.

As you can see in the chart below, Mortgage Bonds remain in a tight trading range. Home loan rates are hovering near record lows.

Chart: Fannie Mae 3.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday April 24, 2015)
Japanese Candlestick Chart
The Mortgage Market Guide View…  
Alert: Facebook Video Scam

A “malicious tagging” scam is making its way around Facebook, putting multiple operating systems and devices at risk, including computers, smartphones and video game systems.

How It Works
A post appears in your Facebook news feed that seems to link to a funny video. This link will look like it is tagged by 20 of your friends to dupe you into thinking the link is safe. However, once you click on the video, a second link pops up saying the video cannot be played without updating your Adobe Flash Player. If you click the second link to download the update you will download malware, giving hackers access to your logins and personal data.

NOTE: A variant of this scam sends you to download a Chrome or Firefox browser video plugin.

How to Protect Yourself
First, never accept system or software updates from third party links like pop-ups on social networks or web pages. If you suspect your Adobe Flash Player or other software may be out of date, go directly to the developer’s website and download it.

Second, ask yourself if your friends or associates would post this material, and if they know each other well enough to be tagged on the same feed. Also, make sure you have anti-malware installed on your machine: AVG (freeware) or McAfee (subscription) are two options. But beware that even if you have this protection, being judicious with the links you click is the best policy.

Finally, adjust your Facebook privacy settings to ask permission to display content you’re tagged in. This will limit the spread of scams in case you do fall prey to one. Simply set the Timeline Review option in your Facebook Privacy Settings.

As always, feel free to pass these helpful tips along to your team, clients and colleagues!

Sources: Bottom Line, HotforSecurity.com

Economic Calendar for the Week of April 27 – May 1

Economic Report
Tue. April 28
S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index
Tue. April 28
Consumer Confidence
Wed. April 29
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Wed. April 29
GDP Chain Deflator
Wed. April 29
Pending Home Sales
Wed. April 29
FOMC Meeting
Thu. April 30
Chicago PMI
Thu. April 30
Employment Cost Index (ECI)
Thu. April 30
Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE
Thu. April 30
Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE
Thu. April 30
Personal Spending
Thu. April 30
Personal Income
Thu. April 30
Jobless Claims (Initial)
Fri. May 01
Consumer Sentiment Index (UoM)
Fri. May 01
ISM Index
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New HUD Home in Columbia SC   Leave a comment

] Status: FOR SALE

Price: $225,000 HUD Home

Address: 1176 ASHLAND DRIVE
Type: Residential
Style: 2 Story
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Suite: NoDSCN5146
Living Area: 2,980 square feet

Wonderful all brick 2 story in Popular Lake Carolina. Gleaming hardwoods on main floor and formals for great entertaining. Large spacious den with cozy gas fireplace. Galley style kitchen with butlers pantry. Huge master bedroom with parent retreat and luxury bath. Washer and dryer area upstairs so never any heavy lifting. Large secondary bedrooms for the kids to be very comfortable and all this at a less than builder price. Hurry as this one will not last long! EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY.Property sold AS-IS.Utility activation and dewinterization and rewinterization costs are buyers expense year round. HUD will not pay deed stamps. Buyer to re-key at closing

Chip Jefferson

Gibbs Real Estate

Information is deemed to be correct but not guaranteed.

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Posted April 25, 2015 by Chip Jefferson in HUD Homes for sale

I’ve posted a new listing!   Leave a comment

I’ve posted a new listing!.

Posted March 11, 2015 by Chip Jefferson in Uncategorized

2014 Lexington Corn Maze location   Leave a comment

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2014 corn maze is Down on The Farm
September 19th – November 16th

Friday 6 PM – 11 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 11 PM
Sunday 2 PM – 7 PM
Columbus Day – 10 AM – 7 PM Oct. 14th only!!
Flashlight Nights: Flashlight Nights Friday and Saturday. BRING YOUR OWN FLASHLIGHT and explore the maze in the dark.
Tickets are $10.00 per person, groups of 20 or more, see below
2 and under Free!
Last Ticket Sold: One hour before closing.

NOTE: The Corn Maze is not wheelchair accessible.

This Year’s Corn Maze Theme
Down on The Farm!!

We extend a special welcome to you, as you make this part of your fall family tradition.

As you navigate our 8 acre corn maze you will find clues, pictures, and games. Maize-o-Vision secret decoders help you navigate the multi-acre puzzle. Can you find your way out? Maize Quest is a great way for families, scouts, schools, youth groups, and corporate parties to enjoy victory together!

Bring your family for a weekend to remember

We offer Birthday Parties and Evening campfires, and Overnight Camping for groups.

Hayrides just $2 per person!
New for 2014 Cow Barrel Train $2.00 per person and Pedal Karts $2.00 per person.

After ‘Getting Lost’ in the Corn Maze, visit theKiddie Corn Maze, Tire Maze, Tricyle Raceway, Cornsnake, Rubber Duck Races, Sand Pile, “Spookley & His Friends Storybook Maze”, South Carolina’s Original Marshmallow Maze, John Deere combine slide, pumpkin bowling, giant forty foot slide, wooden playground area and much, much more.

Then visit the Gift Shop and the Snack Shoppe to complete your adventure. Maize Quest is located at The Clinton Sease Farm, and is presented by your friends at The Farmer’s Shed. We are located at 404 Olde Farm Rd, Lexington, SC 29072.

Groups of 20 or more: Contact us for Special Scheduling and Discounts

– Pre-register at info@clintonseasefarm.com by sending the following:
name of group
contact person & phone number
date and time of visit & a rain date
number of people in your group
– Collect all funds and make a single payment
– Ticket price for qualifying groups is $9.00 per person




56th Lexington County Peach Festival   Leave a comment

The 56th Festival: Things to Know

The 56th Lexington County Peach Festival will be held July 4, 2014 in Gilbert, SC. The festival takes place in the Gilbert Community Park located on Rikard Circle behind Gilbert United Methodist Church and between Gilbert Primary and Gilbert Middle Schools.



  • Frequently Asked Questions: View these FAQs to learn more about the festival.

  • Festival Map: Use this Google Map to help find your way around Gilbert.



Festival Overview


For 56 years, the Town of Gilbert has hosted the Lexington County Peach Festival, and it is recognized as one of the most successful and prestigious events of its kind in the southeast United States. Summer after summer in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, the community was alive with the harvesting, packing, and shipping of peaches. Today, while we find only a few peach farms still in operation, the peach remains (in our minds) the “Queen of all Fruits” and worthy of “honor” in our small town.


The Lexington County Peach Festival is held every year on July 4th (or July 3rd if the 4th is on a Sunday) in Gilbert, SC at the Gilbert Community Park. Festivities kick off every year with the parade at 9:30 am and stretch into the night until 10:00 pm when we bring the day to a close with a dazzling display of fireworks. We hope you plan to spend July 4th with us in Gilbert as you enjoy the live entertainment, parade, over 100 Art & Craft Exhibits, an antique car show, a Revolutionary War Re-enactment, a tractor show, children’s rides, and numerous food items specializing in “Peachy” delights!  A student Peachy Art Contest held in May at the various schools and the various divisions of the Peach Pageants scheduled for June 28 are events also held in conjunction with the Peach Festival.


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