Charleston SC Real Estate Blog

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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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Find the best Charleston area for investing If you are living in Charleston, South Carolina and looking to invest some of your hard-earned money into real estate- which areas should you consider, and what might be a good buy?

There are many opinions on what might be the best gameplan.  One certainly has to take into consideration the best areas, the best price ranges to purchase in, and what kind of investment property to purchase.  For this blog post, I'd like to cover a few of the areas surrounding downtown, Charleston. I'm not the 'end all' pro when it comes to investing, but after living here in Charleston practically all of my life- I've seen different areas excel in this Charleston real estate market.

As anyone knows, the three most important factors when choosing real estate is

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Bluff Estates, Mt. Pleasant SC Bluff Estates is Catalyst Builder's newest community located off Porcher’s Bluff Road in Mt. Pleasant.  With seven home sites starting in the mid $300s and numerous upgrades, these semi-custom homes are expected to sell very quickly.  Carolina One New Homes will be coordinating the marketing efforts for Bluff Estates.

Some of the many standard features include smooth ceilings throughout and 10 foot ceilings as well as oak hardwood flooring on the first floor; gas range, gas fireplace and Rinnai tankless water heaters (think cost-efficiency); granite kitchen countertops, Armstrong Cabinets with beautiful crown molding and GE stainless appliances.  In addition, the cement exterior siding comes complete with Sherwin Williams Historic Charleston colors.

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Ocean Neighbors New Homes Going Up January 14, 2013 - Charleston, SC - Just a short three miles from Folly Beach on secluded Battery Island you’ll find Mungo Homes newest community, Ocean Neighbors. Marketed exclusively by Carolina One New Homes, Ocean Neighbors is the only community on James Island to offer beautiful lakefront homesites from 2100 to 4100 square feet beginning at only $295,900.

With their new “Vanguard Series,” Mungo Homes will be offering nine (9) new floorplans that are all HERS rated and “hauSmart” certified, insuring maximum energy efficiency and ultimate convenience for your new home.

Construction, scheduled for early 2013, will also feature a magnificent 12 acre lake, strolling sidewalks, a playground as well as a community dock.

To view the homesites, turn left

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New Neighborhoods Scheduled for James Island

James Island will see some changes over the next 3 years.  Here is a quick snapshot at what is going on:
 

  • Harbor homes is about to begin building 19 new homes in Ocean Neighbors
  • Crescent Homes is about to begin building 25 new homes on Riverland Drive across from the golf course.
  • DR Horton has begun building about 20 LARGE homes in Island Shores (located down Woodland Shores toward the Stono River)
  • New Leaf Builders is about to begin 12 homes on Woodland Shores Rd.
  • DR Horton is about to begin developing and building 38 homes in Harbor Woods off of Regatta Rd
  • Beazer is about to begin developing and building 88 homes in the front of Seaside Plantation
  • And finally at the corner of Grimball and Folly on
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Where are the Best Areas to Purchase in Charleston?

Yes, you heard it correctly- Charleston, South Carolina is currently experiencing a 'Sellers Market' in some areas of Charleston.  Where are the areas? What are the best deals?

Take a look at the illustration below. There are certain areas surrounding Charleston that are experiencing a 'sellers market'.  For those that don't know- a balanced housing market in Charleston means that there is a 6 month inventory of homes for sale.  This means that if NO new homes came on the market, it would take 6 months for the inventory of homes to sell at the current rate that which homes are selling.

For example, a 10 month supply of homes on the market would mean that it is a Buyers Market.  A 4 month supply

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7 King Street Take a look at this prized home on 7 King Street, in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. This home was built in 1905, but don’t let it’s age fool you- the current owners have undergone extensive renovations to the home, and it shows. Wonderfully appointed rooms and plenty of the modern fixtures and amenities that we love, but fine touches that also tie in with the historic charm that Charleston so tastefully boasts.

This South of Broad location affords the best location one could want. It is in the heart of the residential Historic District downtown, which allows for easy access to shopping on King Street, or walks to Waterfront Park and the Battery- yet in the quiet residential district.

Call us to schedule a personal tour of this fantastic

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We truly have the best city in the world. If you've had the opportunity to live or visit here, then you know what I mean.

Take a look at this excellent video from Charlestonly.com that encapsulates the feeling of being right here, in Charleston...

 

Video from Charlestonly.com
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