Buying a Home in Charleston, SC

Buying a home in Charleston, SC.

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We just got a real estate contract!Congratulation on your purchase contract! A job well done on being masters of HGTV staging, landscaping pros, and social media sellers. It is now time to relax and coast to closing. Right?

A lot of buyers and sellers feel it's now okay to ease up, and all that's needed is paperwork for the lender, and frequent communication from your realtor that everything is rolling smoothly. But as any realtor will tell you- now is when the difficulty or success begins (it's all how you look at it).

Whether you're a seller or a buyer, there are a number of items that need to fall into place in order to have a smooth, successful closing.  But what are those items?  I've come up with a list that I've used over the years here in Charleston that I hope you'll find

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What a beautiful new construction house located close to Meeting Street and Upper King Street. Walk to your favorite coffee shops, restaurants, and anything downtown. This house has all of the extras, and with the largest advantage being that this house is NEW. Not 100 years old, 200 years old- but up to today's new construction codes, energy efficiency, and high city standards.

No expense spared in this 3-story Charleston single designed by renowned local downtown & Kiawah architect Ashley Jennings. This has all of the old-world charm of Downtown Charleston- plus all of the modern conveniences in today's world.

The big thing about this house is the real estate investment.  This location is ONE BLOCK away from multi-million dollar homes in

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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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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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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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