Buying a home in Charleston, SC.

Bitcoin for real estate?What Bitcoin Is

First of all- what is bitcoin?  I mean, you may have heard about it, but what’s all the fuss?

Bitcoin was invented by someone or a group of people that wish to remain anonymous.  They wrote the code for bitcoin, implemented it, and then walked away.  It has been running almost untouched for just over a decade (since 2009, created by the alias Satoshi Nakamoto).

The beautiful thing about bitcoin is that it is a digital way to transact with someone (send or receive money) without there being an intermediary (bank) that takes a slice of your pie. So someone gets all of the intended money without a 3% (or higher) credit card, PayPal, Zelle, or bank fee.  It costs fractions less to send money, and you can send it across the world,…

291 Views, 0 Comments

Where Are the Best Areas to Live in Mount Pleasant?

Mount Pleasant AreasMount Pleasant, South Carolina.  Such a great place to live!  It borders historic downtown Charleston, while also bordering Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island beaches.  As one of the first locations settled outside of downtown, this location has one of (if not THE) largest draws of any community in Charleston.  I've personally seen Mount Pleasant grow tremendously over the decades, and while 'change is inevitable, growth is optional', I've loved the growth that Mount Pleasant has experienced.  The last census says that Mount Pleasant's population is right around 92,000.  Which is the 4th largest city in the state of South Carolina.

But with such a large surface area and population, how does one…

239 Views, 0 Comments

Our new Charleston Real Estate Website!After our first website launch in 2009 here at BuyingCharlestonRealEstate, we've had many different websites/looks over the years.  I'm proud to say I believe this one should be the best for all of those looking to buy or sell a house here in Charleston.

We've added a number of different features for those looking at houses or land, and also have a great sections for those that want to SELL their house in Charleston.  With so much competition now (we were actually one of the top 3 websites in Charleston before Zillow and the big ones came along), we have to constantly change things up to ensure you have the latest technology and tools available at your fingertips.

A few of my favorite items:

  • Communities/Areas Page - Shows the communities…

535 Views, 0 Comments

Exhausted real estate buyerWhat an incredible whirlwind the Charleston real estate market has been lately.  Little home inventory on the market, multiple buyers, sellers calling the shots- all of it...loved by sellers, but hated by buyers.  Well I think it's finally time to let you know that...

BUYERS ARE NO LONGER GOING TO TAKE IT.

We are actually seeing a change in the market from as early as 6 weeks ago.  You see, we've been in a sellers market since the onset of Covid.  No surprise there.  And because Covid has hit us so hard- sellers were not showing houses in the spring of 2020.  So there was a lack of available homes for a large portion of 2020.  Not to mention that after Covid- folks from NYC, Ohio, and California were all leaving large cities and coming to…

1685 Views, 0 Comments

Follow the yellow brick road to Charleston!

So if you are not from Charleston, South Carolina and are making a move to this wonderful city- how do you navigate the subtle but sometimes drastic differences between the areas surrounding Charleston? Because each and every area within Charleston has its own vibe. Its own personality, and subculture.

Most people moving to Charleston have an idea of what they’re looking for.  Whether they’ve created this idea/potential reality over the span of a number of years, or whether they’ve gone back to their roots and would like to live in something similar to their childhood home- we all have our own ideas of a perfect place to live.

But how are you expected to move to a city where you don’t know anyone, and don’t know the difference between living in…

3672 Views, 0 Comments

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…

6061 Views, 0 Comments

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…

1115 Views, 0 Comments

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…

1084 Views, 0 Comments

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…

2067 Views, 0 Comments

 

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…

1736 Views, 0 Comments