Buying a home is one of the most significant investments that you will ever make. Like most good things, finding the perfect home comes with a lot of work. From your initial search online to your home tour and finally closing, there are many difficult decisions to make along the way. The bottom line is that the entire home buying process can be very stressful, especially when it comes to finding the right mortgage broker and loan for your new home. Since market conditions and mortgage programs change frequently, you have a lot riding on your broker's ability to provide quick and accurate financial advice. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or own several residential properties, you need a mortgage broker in Simpsonville, SC, who can educate you on mortgage rates and provide trustworthy guidance to help you make an informed decision.
My name is Dan Crance - Simpsonville's most trusted mortgage loan officer with more than 30 years in the mortgage industry. I bring unparalleled insight and decades of experience into your home loan process. If you're looking for a new home loan, are interested in refinancing your current mortgage, or need information regarding FHA, VA, or other types of loans, Dan Crance is Your Mortgage Man.
Unlike some mortgage loan officers in Simpsonville, my primary goal is to help you make the right mortgage choice for you and your family. Mortgage lenders have a horrible reputation for turning over clients quickly to expedite cash flow and make the most money possible. While some mortgage brokers come off as pushy and impatient, I encourage my clients to take as much time as they need to ask questions and review their mortgage agreements. I'm here to help answer those questions and provide you with easy-to-understand advice so that you can rest easy knowing you made the right choice. I could say that I strive to provide service that exceeds your expectations, but I'd rather show you. In the end, I want you to leave feeling confident in the loan you've selected, as well as in your choice of broker.
Clients choose my mortgage company because I truly care about helping them navigate the often-confusing landscape of the mortgage process. I am fiercely dedicated to my clients and make every effort to provide them with trustworthy advice and an open line of communication.
In my business, I work for two different customers. On one hand, I have the buyer: the person entrusting me with the responsibility of guiding them through one of the most important decisions ever. Serving homebuyers is not a task that I take lightly. I work with them daily to help them through the process and provide timely updates and news on their mortgage status. On the other hand, I have the realtor: the person who works with my client to find their dream home. Since their commission is in my hands, working with realtors is also a very important task. I update these agents on the status of their customers weekly. Only when I take care of both parties can I say my job as a mortgage loan officer is complete.
As a mortgage broker with more than 30 years of experience, I pledge to give you the highest level of customer service while providing you with the most competitive loan products available. That way, you can buy the home of your dreams without second-guessing your decision.
At Classic Home Mortgage, our team works diligently to close on time without stress or hassle. Whether you're a seasoned homeowner or are buying your new home in Simpsonville, we understand how much stress is involved. Our goal is to help take that stress off of your plate by walking you through every step of the home loan process. Because every one of our clients is different, we examine each loan with fresh eyes and a personalized approach, to find you the options and programs you need.
With over 30 years as a mortgage professional in Simpsonville, Dan Crance will help you choose the home loan, interest rate, term options, and payment plans that fit your unique situation.
30-Year Loan - This loan is often considered the most secure option to choose. With a 30-year loan, you can lock in a low payment amount and rest easy knowing your rate won't change.
FHA Loan - If you're not able to make a large down payment, an FHA loan could be the right choice for you. With an FHA loan, many of our clients have successfully purchased a home with less than 4% down.
VA Loan - This loan is reserved for military veterans and active-duty men and women. Those who qualify may be able to purchase a home with no down payment and no Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
Because home mortgage rates in the U.S. have been so low over the last year, many current homeowners are opting to refinance their home loans. Simply put, refinancing is replacing your existing mortgage with a different mortgage under new terms. Homeowners who refinance their homes enjoy lower interest rates, lower monthly payments, and even turn their home's equity into cash. If you're interested in refinancing your home, it all begins with a call to your mortgage broker in Simpsonville, SC - Dan Crance.
Refinancing from a 30-year to a 15-year mortgage might seem counterproductive on the surface because your monthly payment usually goes up. However, interest rates on 15-year mortgages are lower. And when you shave off years of your previous mortgage, you will pay less interest over time. These savings can be very beneficial if you are not taking the mortgage interest deduction on your tax returns.
FHA loans are notorious for paying premiums for the life of the loan. Mortgage insurance premiums for FHA loans can cost borrowers as much as $1,050 a year for every $100k borrowed. The only way to get rid of mortgage insurance premiums is to refinance to a new loan that the Federal Housing Authority does not back.
Sometimes, borrowers with adjustable-rate mortgages refinance so they can switch to a fixed rate, which lets them lock in an interest rate. Doing so is beneficial for some homeowners who like to know exactly how much their monthly payment is each month. Conversely, some homeowners with fixed rates prefer to refinance to an adjustable-rate mortgage. Homeowners often go this route if they plan on selling in a few years and don't mind risking a higher rate if their plans fall through.
Finding the right loan can be a difficult proposition, even if you have been through the process before. This is especially true since mortgage rates and market conditions change frequently. If you're like most of my clients, you probably have questions about interest rates, refinancing options, and a litany of other topics. To help alleviate some of your stress, here are just a few common questions with answers so that you can better educate yourself as we work our way to securing your loan.
As Simpsonville gears up for voters to head to polls on Nov. 7 to choose City Council representatives, unpacking who is running for which seat may be difficult.Councilmembers Matthew Gooch (Ward 1), Jenn Hulehan (Ward 3) and Ken Cummings (Ward 5) are not seeking reelection. Mayor Paul Shewmaker is the only incumbent on the ballot. In addition, Shannon Williams (Ward 3) is the only candidate running unopposed.MayorI...
As Simpsonville gears up for voters to head to polls on Nov. 7 to choose City Council representatives, unpacking who is running for which seat may be difficult.
Councilmembers Matthew Gooch (Ward 1), Jenn Hulehan (Ward 3) and Ken Cummings (Ward 5) are not seeking reelection. Mayor Paul Shewmaker is the only incumbent on the ballot. In addition, Shannon Williams (Ward 3) is the only candidate running unopposed.
Incumbent: Paul Shewmaker
Position: Retired director of human resources and does HR consulting work
Years as mayor: 3.5
What do you plan to work on if reelected? Complete the major projects council has begun, including the new municipal complex and renovation of Simpsonville Park, improved walkability and traffic flow downtown, making South Main a better festival venue, and extending the Swamp Rabbit Trail to Heritage Park. Continue developing a plan to help the people most affected by stormwater runoff during heavy rains. My highest priority is to continue the leadership, integrity and civility I have brought to the mayor’s office and council meetings during my first term.
Challenger: Warner Bouzek
Position: Owner of King Tut Grill in Simpsonville
What is the one thing you plan to change if elected? The one thing that needs the most focus is getting families to and from work or school more easily. I plan to work heavily with the county and state to improve the infrastructure and prepare for the next 20 years. Families should be spending more time at home and less time on the road stuck in traffic.
Challenger: Janice Curtis
Position: Owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics and Spa in Simpsonville
What is the one thing you plan to change if elected? I have established relationships with our county, state and federal representatives. I have personally met with the representatives to discuss flooding in our community and remedies. I look forward to working with county representatives to curtail problems Simpsonville encounters when new developments are approved in the county. The traffic must be addressed in our community. I know the city currently has a traffic plan in place, but this will take substantial time to complete. We must have safety precautions in place for neighborhoods that will be used as cut through during roadwork. I have a proven record of rolling up my sleeves and doing the hard work and keeping promises.
Candidate: Erin Medlin
Position: Realtor and English instructor at USC Upstate and Spartanburg Community College.
What is the one thing you plan to change if elected? Simpsonville has grown exponentially, which requires sustainable growth and infrastructure to be our top priority. I want to see that growth carried out in a transparent and viable fashion, with input from our citizens. Growth without plans for implementation leads to a poor quality of life for everyone and Simpsonville deserves a livable community today and for the future. I have started the conversation with our county and state representatives on how we can work together to solve some of these issues.
Candidate: Chad O’Rear
Position: Care navigator with Providence Care
What is the one thing you plan to change if elected? One of my first orders of business is to work towards a repeal of ordinance No. 2018-07 which requires a “super majority” vote to make decisions about the employment of the city administrator and department heads. Secondly, re-open Hunter Street. Thirdly, be more available, receptive and transparent with the citizens of Simpsonville.
Candidate: Skip Strong
Position: CNC/EDM machinist
What is the one thing you plan to change if elected? I am a strong supporter of our law enforcement and first responders and believe that more staffing, equipping and training is necessary to keep up with the growth that Simpsonville is experiencing. I’d say the general consensus is that people feel safe parking downtown and walking to restaurants, shopping, music venues, etc. Let’s maintain that level of comfort and safety as we grow.
Candidate: Shannon Williams
What is one thing you plan to change if elected? I think there has already been some wonderful work done by the city council. I am looking forward to contributing to the positive changes the city has made and will continue to make. I would like to focus on the community and making sure Simpsonville is a great place for all of its citizens. I am open and here to listen to the people of Simpsonville.
Candidate: Tim Pinkerton
Position: Retired from the construction and engineering industry
What is one thing you plan to change if elected? I would change the counterclockwise proposed traffic switch and develop safe passage through the heart of Simpsonville without creating more traffic through and affecting neighborhoods. My construction-business background suits the need of a representative with a common-sense approach to growth with a focus on maintaining our infrastructure before city enhancements.
Candidate: Jermaine Smith
Position: Trainer at Michelin
What is the one thing you plan to change if elected? I am looking at bringing change through economic opportunities for existing and new residents of Simpsonville, so that everyone can have a hand in the growth of the community.
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. —Fans of a country singer slated to appear in South Carolina this week are in for some disappointment after the artist canceled some shows.(Above video is the Tuesday morning headlines for 10/3/23.)Michael Wilson Hardy, or just HARDY as he's known to fans, announced Tuesday he was pulling the plug on two mockingbird & THE CROW tour dates, including the one set...
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. —
Fans of a country singer slated to appear in South Carolina this week are in for some disappointment after the artist canceled some shows.
(Above video is the Tuesday morning headlines for 10/3/23.)
Michael Wilson Hardy, or just HARDY as he's known to fans, announced Tuesday he was pulling the plug on two mockingbird & THE CROW tour dates, including the one set for Thursday, Oct. 5, at the CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park in Simpsonville.
The venue posted on its website that ticketholders will be receiving an email from Ticketmaster.
HARDY posted about the decision on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, saying:
"I've been dealing with some serious anxiety since the bus accident last year and over the last two weeks, it has taken control of my life. It caused me to suffer many panic attacks which have landed me in the hospital. I need a moment to focus on me and to make myself better for my wife, family and you, the fans."
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Along with the Heritage Park appearance, HARDY also canceled his show on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Athens Fairgrounds, in Winterville, Georgia.
"Refunds for these two shows will be available from the point of purchase," HARDY wrote.
HARDY suffered significant injuries on Oct. 2, 2022, in an early-morning crash when his tour bus overturned on a stretch of Interstate 40 West in Nashville.
Also injured in the crash was the bus driver, HARDY's manager and a photographer/videographer, Tanner Gallagher, who posted on Instagram about the crash more than a week after it happened.
HARDY has written songs for Florida Georgia Line, Chris Lane, Blake Shelton, Dallas Smith, Thomas Rhett, and Morgan Wallen.
"My plan is to be back and focused on Oct. 12th," HARDY ended his post. "Thank you for understanding, see you soon."
The deal between the YMCA Simpsonville and Fellowship Greenville church, located at 3161 S. Highway 14, closed on June 15.Charlie Boyd, currently a lead pastor at Fellowship Greenville, has been a member of the church for 26 years.“We have grown tremendously over the past year,” he said. “By about 900 people in just one year. A lot of them are moving from out of state. Every week I meet people from the West and Northeast, so we ran...
The deal between the YMCA Simpsonville and Fellowship Greenville church, located at 3161 S. Highway 14, closed on June 15.
Charlie Boyd, currently a lead pastor at Fellowship Greenville, has been a member of the church for 26 years.
“We have grown tremendously over the past year,” he said. “By about 900 people in just one year. A lot of them are moving from out of state. Every week I meet people from the West and Northeast, so we ran out of space.”
A realtor who attends Fellowship Greenville services mentioned putting up a bid for the YMCA Simpsonville once it was listed for purchase, Boyd said.
“We put a figure out there, and the Y accepted our bid,” he added. “This space will hold about 700 people, and it’s just six miles down the road from our present location, so it’ll work out well as a satellite campus.”
The church has about 1,100 people who live within two miles of the YMCA Simpsonville property already wanting to go to this campus once it opens, said Boyd.
This YMCA has had a plan for several years to move everything to its other Simpsonville location near Interstate 385, said Boyd.
“We are planning to allow them to use the sports fields for the foreseeable future, but there is not a formal partnership,” Boyd said. “But we have worked together well, and it has been a great experience.”
The building will undergo $12.8 million of renovations.
Renovations will be extensive, said Marks, and they are looking into partnering with a permanent coffee shop as part of the common area coffee shop that could run at the new location all week long.
“We think it will be a nice upgrade to this part of the community,” Marks said.
Fellowship Greenville Executive Pastor Rob Marks said the building currently has a gym they are going to convert to a worship space. There are multipurpose rooms and a pool that will all be converted for kids and students. There also will be a foyer/coffee area similar to the space they have at their current location.
“Part of what we will do is run the same programming there that we do on a Sunday morning here,” said Marks.
Initially, the new location will just be open on Sundays for children’s ministry, middle school ministry, preaching and worship, and Bible study type activities will still be held at the Greenville location, he said.
“From our perspective, we have a bunch of people who already live in this area who could benefit from the new location, but we also want to reach even more people,” said Marks. “We really wanted to partner with the Y to continue to offer their outdoor sports programs. They don’t have space, yet (at the other Simpsonville location), so we still want to have the community involved in these sports. We wouldn’t want the community to feel like they couldn’t do that just because a church has moved into that space.”
DP3 Architects is the architect on record, and currently, the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
Thinking about bringing the family to a Christmas Parade? You really can’t beat the tradition of attending a Christmas Parade with your kids. It might be a little bit nippy but thankfully we live in the Upstate where early December isn’t typically bone-chilling cold. Grab your jackets, lawn chairs, and maybe a mug of hot cider to check out this list of Christmas Parades in Greenville, Spartanburg, and nearby areas!If you don’t see your town’s parade in the list under Gr...
Thinking about bringing the family to a Christmas Parade? You really can’t beat the tradition of attending a Christmas Parade with your kids. It might be a little bit nippy but thankfully we live in the Upstate where early December isn’t typically bone-chilling cold. Grab your jackets, lawn chairs, and maybe a mug of hot cider to check out this list of Christmas Parades in Greenville, Spartanburg, and nearby areas!
If you don’t see your town’s parade in the list under Greenville or Spartanburg, scroll all the way to the calendar listings. There are a lot of parades this year and we have tried to list as many as we could find.
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We’ll be updating this list throughout the season. Parades are listed in date order.
Christmas Parade in Mauldin, SC (December 2, 2023 at 2 pm) – Starts at Mauldin High School and ends at the Mauldin Cultural Center.
Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 6 pm) – This parade has taken place for over 75 years in Greenville. The route is on Main Street from the intersection with Augusta to the intersection at North Street.
Christmas Parade in Greer (December 3, 2023 at 2:30 pm) – The 2023 Greer Christmas Parade, benefits Greer Relief and features over 90 parade units including numerous businesses, clubs, organizations, churches, schools, dignitaries, and marching bands. As always Santa Claus will be the featured guest of the parade. The parade route is 1.1 miles long, begins at Poinsett Street & Memorial Drive, and ends at N. Main Street & Cunningham Drive.
City of Anderson Christmas Parade (December 3, 2023 at 3 pm ) – Line up on Main Street to see the Christmas parade.
Christmas Parade in Simpsonville (December 3, 2023 at 3 pm) The parade will run north to south along NE & SE Main Street through downtown Simpsonville. The starting point for the parade will be on N.E. Main Street at S Pliney Circle, which is slightly different than previous years. The end point is on SE Main Street at the intersection of Fernwood and Richardson Streets (CVS/Veteran’s monument). This year’s theme is “Christmas through the Decades.”
Clemson’s Magic of Christmas Parade (December 5, 2023 at 5 pm)
Fountain Inn Christmas Parade on Main Street in Fountain Inn (December 6, 2023 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm)
Travelers Rest Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 10 am)
Powdersville Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 11:30 am)
Slater Marietta Christmas Parade (December 10, 2023 at 3 pm)
Gaffney Christmas Parade (December 1, 2023 at 6 pm) Celebrate “A Superpowered Christmas” with the parade, which is then followed by a festival with a laser show and family fun. In the past they have had inflatables, rides, vendors, meet and greet with Santa, train ride, and more.
Clinton Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 10 am) This year’s theme is “A Tacky Clinton Christmas!” Wear your tackiest sweater or goofiest elf ears as we kick off the holiday season.
Honea Path Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 11 am) Horses welcome at this parade!
Boiling Springs Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 10 am) One of Spartanburg’s most popular parades is the one that takes place in Boiling Springs.
Williamston Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023, 1 pm) Starts at town hall.
Belton Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 3:30 pm)
Duncan Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 4 pm) “Toyland Christmas Parade and Festival” Route will start at Byrnes High School. Christmas music, hot chocolate and more following the parade at Stoneledge Park.
Inman Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 5 pm)
Laurens Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 5 pm) The parade route will be up Main Street. Santa Clause is scheduled to make his appearance.
Greenwood Christmas Parade (December 3, 2023 at 2:30 pm)
Campobello Christmas Parade (December 3, 2023 at 3 pm) After the parade, have your picture taken with Santa.
Landrum Christmas Parade: Light Up Landrum Parade and Stroll (December 7, 2023 at 6 pm)
Lyman Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 5 pm) – Parade will start and end at Lyman Town Hall, and there will be free carriage rides after the parade, live music, and refreshments.
Reidville Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 3 – 5 pm)
Woodruff Christmas Parade (December 10, 2023
Chesnee Christmas Parade (December 10th, 2023)
Spartanburg Christmas Parade (December 12, 2023 at 6:30 pm) This popular family favorite is back with more lights, more lights, and even more joy!
Asheville Holiday Parade (November 18, 2023 at 11 am) – The parade features more than 100 entries including bands, dance and cheer squads, youth sports, nonprofits and businesses. Free photos with Santa after the parade at the Restoration Hoteal from 2 pm until 4 pm.
The City of Seneca Christmas Parade (November 27, 2023 at 6:30 pm) – The route goes from Oak Street to North First Street, then turns right onto Cherry Street, right on Main Street, and passes through RamCat Alley. The parade follows the 5 pm tree lighting ceremony.
Pickens Christmas Parade (December 1, 2023 at 7 pm)
Annual Christmas Parade in Cashiers, NC (December 2, 2023 at 3 pm)
Highlands Christmas Parade in Highlands, NC (December 2, 2023 at 10:30 am)
Hendersonville, NC Christmas Parade along Main Street in Hendersonville (December 2, 2023 at 6 pm)
Downtown Brevard Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 11 am) Parade begins at Brevard High School and goes through quaint downtown Brevard.
Dacusville Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 2 pm)
Tryon Christmas Parade (December 6, 2023 at 5 pm)
Easley Christmas Parade of Lights (December 9, 2023 at 6 pm)
Christmas Parade in Laurens, SC (TBA)
Lorraine says, “Bring chairs for everyone, snacks, drinks, wear layers of clothing, bring hat/gloves/scarf, bring small toys that you don’t mind losing in a crowd, be prepared to hold child up or place on shoulders to see over the crowd unless you are in the front.”
Pete says, “Get there early with foldable chairs and blankets if cold.”
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Christmas parades organized by date.
Want to know what’s going on in Greenville over Christmas? Just check our Ultimate Holiday Guide where we are keeping track of Santa, holiday storytimes and more!
Scuffletown Food Truck Park will be located at 206 Ladean Court when it is complete this fall, said owner Justin Holck.The family friendly food truck park will feature a 120-inch TV screen for movie nights, sports and other entertainment, a 20-by-20-foot fenced-in sandbox for children to play, and a stage for live music.To pair with the entertainment options, Holck said they have a good mix of tenants: One Love Fusion, which is island-style ...
Scuffletown Food Truck Park will be located at 206 Ladean Court when it is complete this fall, said owner Justin Holck.
The family friendly food truck park will feature a 120-inch TV screen for movie nights, sports and other entertainment, a 20-by-20-foot fenced-in sandbox for children to play, and a stage for live music.
To pair with the entertainment options, Holck said they have a good mix of tenants: One Love Fusion, which is island-style cuisine; Half Rooted, Columbia fusion eats; Too Sauced Up, which will have a few wings options; and Birria Boy, a Tex-Mex-style option.
Holck was firefighter in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, leading to his career as a full-time firefighter in Greer.
“Working as a firefighter gives you certifications you can use in the outside world,” he said. “Although transitioning from the military to a civilian firehouse comes with challenges, I have pushed myself to be the best I can be. Now I’m opening the business and excited for this new venture. My skills I’ve learned as a firefighter prepared me for this opportunity.”
Although Holck will focus most of his attention to get the food truck park up and running, he will continue his work as a part-time firefighter.
“I love the job and want to continue that passion as well,” Holck said.
The Holcks — to include Justin Holck’s wife, Allie Holck — have teamed up to work together to run the business.
“We love this area and make a great team,” Justin Holck said. “We have been in Simpsonville nearly three years and consider ourselves in the process of becoming locals.”
He said the idea for the food truck park in Simpsonville came with him when the Holcks moved from Oregon, where the couple frequented several food parks.
“I enjoy the sense of community it brought,” he said. “This kind of platform allows people to mingle and have kids playing in the playground and sandbox, hoping to create the same space for adults. We have a passion for fresh fast food as well, as for the most part, a lot of time is spent at fast food restaurants for a lot of people. We are happy to provide a space to support small businesses and fresh options. Supporting the local community is a big motivator for us. “
Scuffletown Food Truck Park is looking for two additional tenants to join the others. The Holcks can be reached on Instagram @scuffletown_food_trucks.