Charleston SC Real Estate Blog

The perfect house, yours!When I pull into my neighborhood, I feel at home. As I drive in, I see my neighbors walking their dog, walking with their kids, and kids riding their bikes with friends. I know these people, they are my neighbors. I make it a point to wave to them, to talk to them, and to engage with them.

As I turn into my driveway, I look at my yard. I love my yard. I’ve worked on it, it’s tough…but worth it. Cutting, edging, blowing, trimming and planting my favorite plants and shrubs. But it’s mine!

I walk up my front porch and turn the doorknob to my house. It’s unlocked. It probably shouldn’t be, but I know it’s fine. It’s safe. I walk in the door and my dog barks and barks (too loudly) and greets me. Talk about unconditional love! My kids are playing in the

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Folly Beach dredgingHave you noticed increased sand, rocks, and groin size at Folly Beach lately?  Folly Beach had received a $10 million dollar grant in 2018 from the Army Corps of Engineers for beach renourishment.  As you may or may not know- Folly Beach has had its share of concerns over beach erosion due to a few factors.  One (and the most important) reason for the erosion of sand on Folly is due to the Charleston jetties in the Harbor.  The Charleston jetties were constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers years ago, in order to preserve the deep, dredged channels extending outwards to the Atlantic Ocean for container ships inbound and outbound through the Port of Charleston.  The unfortunate byproduct of these jetties are that they are blocking the natural flow of

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Rainbow Row, Charleston in winter. courtesy Catherine Ann PhotographySo you are thinking of selling your house, but don't know when the best time to sell might be.  You hear it often from realtors or friends at dinner parties- that "Spring is the best!" or, "Summer is red hot".  Sure, those could be the best selling times, but you have plenty of other options, that might even be better than those times, and here's why.

Most of the time, there are other factors and circumstances that surround your decision making regarding selling.  Whether is is a new job, a relocation associated with a job change, an end of a rental lease, etc.  Even if you could time it for the best month (April?), you may not even have the ability to do so.

In light of this, here's my argument why the winter might be the best time to sell for

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Due diligence in South CarolinaWhen you make an offer on a home in Charleston- or even South Carolina, there are different contingencies that should be apart of any real estate contract.  Typical contingencies such as a home-sale, financing, appraisal, and inspection contingencies.  So what about due diligence, where does that fit in?

Regarding the home inspection contingency in paragraph 8 of the South Carolina contract, you typically can go one of two ways.  Either a Repair Procedure, or a Due Diligence Addendum.

The repair procedure spells out how long you have to complete any home inspections, but it specifically states in the contract which items are to be addressed.  Typically, these are major home items/systems such as Heating & Air systems, plumbing, electrical systems,

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New Charleston MLS Listings

New home listings in Charleston

These are NEW real estate home listings in Charleston, that are JUST LISTED on the market.  I'm sure there are plenty of you out there, tired of seeing dated information on Zillow or Trulia.  Well, this website has a direct feed to the Charleston MLS system, so all listings are update multiple times a day, and are brand new!

  • Updated all day, every day
  • New listings only. Those 7 days old or older are removed.
  • Only listings that have come on the market right away.

These are typically the best deals for investors, and for home buyers as well (being new listings).  In this market, you have to beat out the other competing buyers, so get a jump on the competition!

Access the NEW listings here

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Here is the most expensive home in Charleston, South Carolina

Legare Charleston House 

So I was up late last night viewing our Charleston MLS, and decided to do something fun.  Just like many of you searching for homes out there, I was just browsing different types of houses, types of land, foreclosures, etc.

You see, one of the great perks of being a realtor in Charleston (as you can imagine) is having access to all of the houses on the market here in Charleston, and all of the neat ideas that homeowners think of when decorating their house. Kitchen ideas, bedroom or master bath ideas, etc.  But not to get off topic too much- as I was looking through all of the home listings I decided to look up the most expensive house house in Charleston.

I knew it might be quite

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I am asking for your help!  I am participating in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb because breathing shouldn’t be an uphill climb.

I invite you to join me and participate in the Fight for Air Climb on July 25, 2015 at the North Charleston Coliseum! My team will be one of hundreds competing to make up and down the many stairs of the North Charleston Coliseum. It won’t be easy, but if you are up to the challenge, breathe in, step up and get ready to experience the climb of your life. If you can’t climb with me, please make a tax-deductible donation to my Fight for Air Climb team by visiting my Personal Page. (PLEASE DONATE HERE, and click on the 'Donate to Mike!' link).

American Lung Assoc Stair Climb

  • Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the
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We all use our home as our place to reside- but it's much more than that.  It reflects our personality, our character, and our sense of style.  But a home is also a place where we can get very creative and express our talents.  It's an opportunity to go against the grain and not be so "cookie-cutter".

Here are some pretty amazing homes from around the world, where many of these folks have gotten very creative.

These were 70 dome houses built for villagers that lost their homes in an earthquake.  These monolithic domes can withstand earthquakes and winds up to 190mph!

Homes built to withstand earthquakes

 

The following is a bio-climatic solar house in Eastern France.  The house was designed as a three-dimensional sundial that keeps cool in the summer months, and warmer

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Are We in A Sellers Market in Charleston?

Let's take a look at the recent statistics that have come out regarding the Charleston real estate market.  A few notes to consider and look at:

The "Sellers Market" areas are highlighted in yellow and have increased in the below $250,000 ranges, indicating an average of 4month absorption rate and the $250,000-$500,000 ranges indicate an average of 5month absorption rate, based on the recent past sales history.  See below:

Recent Charleston Home Sales Click Here to download the PDF for better viewing.

 

The following is the latest Quarterly Report for Charleston shows the latest residential statistics for the Tri-County area of Charleston:

Residential Housing Charleston Market

 

The Supply and Demand - shows below the $450,000 price range there is more

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Search Charleston SC Real Estate via Our Mobile Website

Charleston Mobile Real Estate WebsiteWe are proud and excited to introduce our mobile platform for Android phones, IPhones, and BlackBerry devices, too!  Not only is our normal site a "responsive design" which adapts to any mobile platform, tablet, Ipad, or phone- but our Charleston real estate mobile website is specifically made for users on the go.

Here are a few unique and great features of our Charleston mobile real estate website:

  • You can view any home within a 5 mile radius from you, in an overhead map view.  Search any home on the street you're on!  This is a great means of going out and house-hunting yourself, and finding prices, statistics, and how long a house has been on the market- without contacting a realtor!
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