All Blog Entries by Mike Ciucci

There are currently 142 blog entries published by Mike Ciucci.

Bill Murray Always KnowsIf you would have told me last year that the entire world would be shutting down due to a virus in 2020- I would have said you are either delusional, or I would have feared some sort of doomsday apocalypse (or both).  And yet, here we are.

Now that we are past the initial phase/stage of infection, and on to the second stage- let's take a look at where we stand in all of this with Covid 19.

Many of you are wondering how Coronavirus will affect buying or selling a home in this Charleston real estate market.  Short term- things are humming along, and have been.  We are doing much more online marketing, online virtual showings, and of course plenty of online meetings.  It is still an absolute sellers market right now with a low number of available homes

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Video Tour of 2882 N Moss Oak Ln

Take a look at this video tour of a new house for sale in West Ashley.  New high-quality wood laminate floors, custom updates to all the bathrooms in 2019, new HVAC system and ductwork in 2019, and newer stainless steel appliances as well.  Great location in the established neighborhood of Canterbury Woods, within the City of Charleston, minutes to downtown, beaches, or the islands. This home sits on a cul-de-sac, has an organically managed lawn with lush St. Augustine grass, and has an enclosed back yard that backs up to a play park with mature trees.

The owners have also painted the interior, installed an energy efficient water heater, and a barbecue pit area, with complete privacy in the back yard! This house

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So we're in the news again! This time it's national news on CBS. South Carolina and more specifically- Charleston, is booming right now.  We are enjoying some of the lowest unemployment rates in the Country! A wonderful climate, plenty of job opportunities, large companies moving to the area, and massive changes in Charleston's infrastructure shows dramatic growth for our Tri-County area.

Take a look at this quick video on how Charleston is truly starting to take shape with the Port of Charleston, and the many large companies setting up shop here. There are still plenty of opportunities to find an investment to double (yes, double) your money within 10-15 years. Make the down payment on rental house (10%), have the renters pay the note down

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"Hey Mike, how's the market been lately?"  I get this question asked almost every day I encounter someone I know out in public. I can equivocally say without a doubt, that "It depends". It depends on which micro-market you're referring to in Charleston, and whether you are a seller, or a buyer.

Hello all, I'd like to post a quick update on our real estate market here in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. We are seeing some changes, and there are talks of the market cooling off, and I wanted to respond to that.

The real estate market has been on fire for a number of years in Charleston. Year-over-year of increased home values and closings. A low inventory of homes on the market, which equates to less choices for buyers, which increases demand, and

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Selling your house in Charleston? You have 1 shot to get it right

Selling a Charleston HouseLooking to sell your house on your own, or looking specifically for a Charleston Realtor?  Regardless of which path you are going to take, you need to have an exceptional plan in place, in order to sell your house.

  • Who are you going to hire?
  • What's your timeframe?
  • What kind of marketing will be done?
  • How are you going to stand above all the house-for-sale "noise"?

What I'm going to write about today is only ONE POINT in marketing your house.  And that is, marketing your house online PRIOR to getting the house on the market.  Yes- that's the magic pill.  The pill not taken certainly by MOST realtors.  Why?  I honestly don't know.  It is such a large mistake.  I

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2019 Taste of James IslandIt's that time to come out to the 2019 Taste of James Island!  Come out and support James Island Outreach, and the town that you live in. Mingle with all your neighbors while enjoying some of the best weather that Charleston has to offer on April 27th at the First Baptist School Athletic Field.

They've got great FOOD, music by Calhoun's Calling & Wildflower Station, door prizes, KIDS activities, and a raffle!

James Island Outreach's goal is to serve the citizens of James Island and Folly Beach with emergency food, medicine, and utility assistance.

 Take a look at what they've accomplished in 2018:

- Served on average 180 clients per month representing 385 total family members monthly
- Provided ~120,000 pounds of food assistance (10,000lbs per

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Janie's FundI need your help!  Ever heard the song by Aerosmith, "Janie's got a gun"? It is a song about a young girl abused by her family. Unfortunately, this happens more than you think. Steven Tyler is opening up another Janie's House on February 10th, and my life coach and dear friend Edie Allen is speaking at the Grammy Viewing Party in LA - www.janiesfund.org. These young girls don't have a voice, but Steven Tyler and Edie do!


Please help my dear friend and her cause. Anything you can give is a small miracle. https://support.youthvillages.org/fundraiser/1828227 Thank you, thank you.  More about the story HERE:

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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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