About dunes properties of Charleston

dunes properties of Charleston is a real estate, vacation rental and property management company representing the Lowcountry with almost 80 exclusive Charleston beach vacation rental properties, 70 real estate agents and employees, four full-service offices. Nobody knows the Charleston Coast better.

Isle of Palms Office

1400 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.5600

Real Estate Inquiries:
realestate@dunesproperties.com
Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


Folly Beach Office

31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
843.588.3800

Real Estate Inquiries:
realestate@dunesproperties.com
Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


The Real Estate Studio

214 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.5618

Real Estate Inquiries:
realestate@dunesproperties.com
Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


Kiawah Seabrook Office

1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.9800

Real Estate Inquiries:
realestate@dunesproperties.com
Vacation Rental Inquiries:
vacations@dunesproperties.com


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To Buy or to Rent?

To Buy or to Rent?

That is the question! Many often wonder which is less expensive, to rent a home, or to own a home? The answer helps families make the decision whether or not to buy. There are some obvious reasons to own instead of rent, like being able to customize the space and not having a landlord. When you are renting, the space is not actually yours, so if you want to paint some of the walls or do some minor renovations, that is not an option. You also have a landlord, which means that when something is broken, it is out of your hands.

Some benefits of becoming a home owner in today’s market include low mortgage rates and tax deductions. A huge benefit of home ownership is being able to deduct things like mortgage interest payments and property tax payments. Itemizing deductions, or even taking the standard deduction, saves money and makes buying cheaper than renting in some cases.

Interest rates have risen, but still remain historically low. If you choose a fixed mortgage rate then your monthly payment will not change, unlike most rents, which tend to rise every year.

Another factor to consider is how long you plan on living in the home. If you are uncertain about whether or not you may want to move again soon, then renting is probably the route to take. If you are certain that you will stay put and decide to purchase, then the longer you stay in that location, the lower the cost of owning, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

“The numbers on housing have an important message for American families today, and particularly young families setting out on life’s great adventure: Five years ago, at the peak of the home buying euphoria, it was emphatically a time to rent. Today, when home ownership is depreciated more than ever before, the numbers tell us it is time to buy. Before it increases by leaps and bounds as predicted.” — Keeping Current Matters

If you’re thinking about buying in the Charleston area, we would love to hear from you! Whether it’s to chat or to browse our real estate listings, dunes properties has over 40 licensed, experienced real estate agents that are here to help.

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