Charleston SC Real Estate Blog

Mariners Cay ViewsI was showing more condos for sale at Folly Beach again and I keep "re-discovering" the attraction that Mariners Cay has at the beach.  What a great place to live, or to purchase as an investment property.  Here are a few reasons why, from a Realtor's perspective.

#1: Location.  Yes, you guessed it.  'They' always say the three most important things to consider when purchasing real estate is location, location, location.  Well for Mariners Cay, this condo community sits right along the Folly River.  It has gorgeous views from the family rooms and screened-in porches of the bottle nosed dolphin that play here, of the sailboats going by, the beautiful wildlife, birds, and sunrise/sunsets. Not to mention, with this location so close to the beach- it's an

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Here are some quick stats for the Charleston real estate market for the mid-year point of 2013:

  • The market is up compared to 2012 across the board (with a few exceptions) - # of homes sold, median sales price and $$ per sq ft. 
  • Closed Sales are up 23% over last year and up 35% over 2011.  Closed Volume is up 32% over 2012 and up 52% over 2011.  Median Sales Price is up 8% over 2012 and up 13.5% over 2011.
  • For the Tri-County area, below $350,000 there is more demand than supply, with generally a 3-4 month absorption rate.
  • Foreclosures for Charleston are down 24% from Jan through June vs. last year at the same time!

Year to Date 2013 Housing Market Data
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oaks-at-indigoThe Oaks at Indigo Fields is the newest addition to the list of Rex Thompson Homes communities.  Just inside the beautiful established community of Indigo Fields, The Oaks is conveniently located near the intersection of Ashley Phosphate and Dorchester Roads.  Indigo Fields is close to shopping, dining, entertainment, golf, Bosch and Boeing and is proud to be a part of the award winning Dorchester District II school system.

The Oaks at Indigo Fields is a unique community featuring elegant design blended with technology and modern convenience. All of the homes in the Oaks feature Smart Tech Plus, an advanced operating system that can be controlled directly from your smart phone or tablet device.  The Smart Tech Plus package also includes a structured

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Fight for Air

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


I invite you to join me and participate in the Fight for Air Climb on July 20, 2013 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 'Support Mike!' link).

  • Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the
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Hanks Seafood RestaurantSouthern Living has once again given our beautiful city of Charleston great recognition. Charleston was recently named The South's Tastiest Town. World-class restaurants such as FIG, Husk, McCrady's, Blossoms, Magnolias, SNOB (Slightly North of Broad), Cypress, Grill 225, High Cotton, and Hominy Grill to name a few of the most recognizable restaurants.

Being in real estate and showing houses here for those looking to relocate to Charleston, I'm always asked, "So where are the best restaurants to visit while we're here?" The first question out of my mouth is always the same- "What kind of food would you like to eat?" You see, as any local knows in Charleston, you could spend the next 3 years visiting a new restaurant every day if you decided to eat at a

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We're always giving updates regarding the real estate market here in Charleston, so this time I thought we'd take a look at some fun and interesting real estate photos from realtors locally and around the country.

How about this one, a $225,000 bush for sale?

bush-in-front-of-house

 

Here's a great one of the beautiful front yard:

Front Yard Shot

 

How about a great shot of the bunkbed:

 Bunkbed shot

 

Here is a beautiful kitchen shot...looks fine to me...

Blurry kitchen

 

Same house, beautiful family room photo:

Really?

 

You may have wanted to put a few things away first... (de-clutter)

De-clutter your home!

 

I always like the option of having an office:

bathroom-office-a great idea!

 

Flowers ALWAYS add to a room...

We love flowers

 

This is what it might look like at night?

Night shot?

 

Wow, this is overkill (yes, pun intended):

a_little_much_522

 

These

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Shrimp boats along Shem Creek It's that time of year again for the Mount Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival! Come on out to Waterfront Park, Sunday April 29th from 11:30am to 6:00pm.

This wonderful event used to be located near Alhambra Hall in the Old Village, but since it has outgrown the original location- it has been relocated to Mount Pleasant's Waterfront Park at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge.

This festival highlights some of the best local seafood that Charleston has to offer, and is community-supported benediction that calls for a safe and prosperous shrimping season in Charleston! It should be a great event this year with live music, local crafts, kids activities, a boat parade, and of course the ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/fishing fleet here in

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March 21-April 20th

Beautiful gardens surrounding a downtown home in CharlestonIt's that time of year again for the 66th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens. This festival features the interiors of our beloved downtown historic antebellum homes, as well as the beautiful surrounding gardens of approximately 150 homes in 10 colonial Charleston neighborhoods dating to the 18th Century.

Take a walk and enjoy Charleston's distinctive history, architecture, gardens, and culture. This tour allows the public to view some of America's oldest historic homes, during Charleston's peak blooming season.

The tours feature 7 to 10 properties each day, of ten neighborhoods, dating from the American colonial period, through the antebellum and Victorian eras, to early 20th century. Take a walk back in history, and place

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A flood on Ashley, downtown Charleston SC Chances are, if you're living anywhere near the coastline of Charleston, South Carolina, then you're paying for flood insurance due to the the fact that Charleston's elevation is just above sea level. If you're financing your home, then your lender would have required it at closing when you purchased. However, if you paid cash or if your house is in flood zone x, then it wouldn't be required. See more on Charleston flood zones.

But what is this about flood insurance rates going up, and will it affect me? Yes. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 was passed in June of 2012 which will increase flood insurance premiums over a 4 or 5-year period.

The National Flood Insurance Program states that premiums were off as much as 40% of

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Ready to Run?

The Cooper River Bridge Run in full effectThe April 6th, 2013 race date is close upon us! Are you ready to run or walk in one of America's best organized 10K runs?

This incredible race in Charleston, South Carolina has one of the most beautiful, serene, and unique settings around the country. Starting in Mount Pleasant, this race is enjoyed by the young and the old, the fast and the slow, those that run and those that walk. There are world-class athletes that train all year for this particular race, and those that enjoy walking the 10K while taking in the Charleston Harbor, and downtown Charleston's rich history.

April in Charleston certainly provides for some of the best weather during this time of year, and what better setting than running over North America's longest

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