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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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Tag: Wild Dunes

19 Ocean Point Drive, Isle of Palms

19 Ocean Point Drive

Welcome to 19 Ocean Point Drive located in the gated neighborhood of Ocean Point, in Wild Dunes!  This custom built home overlooks the lagoon and golf course while also providing ocean views from the 3rd floor. The spacious foyer opens to a gorgeous, wide staircase and the inviting first floor living area with hardwood floors throughout. The open floor plan is perfect for entertaining with a large gourmet kitchen front and center, flowing into the dining and living room.  The kitchen offers high-end stainless steel appliances, updated cabinetry, granite countertops.  All three of the porches provide water views in every direction.  The large garage has room for three cars.

19 Ocean Point Drive

Ocean Point offers homeowners private beach access, a private pool and open picnic pavilion. Wild Dunes offers access to two golf courses, world class tennis facilities, pools, playground, and all just 12 miles from Historic Charleston.

19 Ocean Point Drive

Want to Hear More?

For more information on this property, or others like it, please contact Betty Poore or Ginn Maiers at our Isle of Palms Office.

Why Guests Vacation: Rest and Relaxation

Why Guests Vacation

What guides a guest to book a vacation rental? Most believe it is price or location or amenities. Yes, these are very important, but it is important to remember the vacation is not about a house or condo or even the bells and whistles. It is about an experience. It’s somewhere to spend time with friends and family… and most importantly, to enjoy some rest & relaxation.

Rest & Relaxation

It appears obvious when stated, but R&R is the #1 reason guests vacation… and it is often over looked by many in the vacation rental business. Even guests tend to forget this during the lengthy research. Everyone is focused on pools and taxes and all the minor details… so it’s important to never forget why guests vacation. It’s all about the R&R. Guests want the confirmation and the reminder of why they began the quest in the first place. Great photography capturing the look and feel finishes the picture.

Sleeping Arrangements

We are often asked by new vacation home owners, “What sleeping arrangements should we use in our vacation rental?” I think it’s one of the most important questions we’re asked.  Keeping a mix of larger beds (queens and kings) with a few single sleeping arrangements will provide the best rental interest across all seasons. Often, we will suggest using a double / twin hybrid bed set for a 3rd or 4th bedroom… or a queen with a single trundle hidden below. It works well for singles travelings or young adults/kids. It’s important to resist the urge to decorate a room for kids. This limits your options.

Big, Beautiful Bedding

Fluffy and inviting bedding is also a great investment. It solidifies the guest’s interest for a relaxing vacation. Bedding will need replacement frequently as it is expected to be well enjoyed, so plan to replace these items often. It’s better to continue taking high value reservations than to worry about the relatively minimal cost of bedding.

Furniture and Furnishing

Furniture is also a big selling point from a guest’s perspective. Properties decorated with a thrift store approach are quickly skipped by potential guests researching online. Investing in affordable, replaceable, and inviting furniture is another extremely important step to owning a successful vacation rental.

 

by Wes Walker
Vice President of Vacation Rentals
Dunes Properties of Charleston
(843) 513-1604

 

 

 

 

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Vacation Rentals And Home Warranties: A Unseen Expense

Are Vacation Home Warranties Good For Vacation Rental Owners?

The short answer is no. Home warranties are famous for delayed responses and low price (value) technicians. Still, I can consider the argument of home warranties are good values… but for primary residences only. Even then, I find they are frustrating and typically without complete resolution.

home warranty vacation rental

For vacation rentals, large and important purchases / repairs are mostly likely needed during a busy season of high use. Think refrigerators and air conditioning systems. These season are often filled with vacation guests paying thousands in rental rates for a few nights of relaxing vacation time.

When a system needs repair, the guest often expects an immediate result… regardless of what they would expect at home. Warranties add lots of delays, and more delays create potential liability for the home owner. The longer a guest waits, the more likely a credit or refund is expected.

My advice… ignore the home warranty unless it’s January or February. Otherwise, it is likely the perceived savings of a warranty plan will turn into an unseen expense with the move or refund issued to a understandably hot and frustrated vacation guest.

by Wes Walker
Vice President of Vacation Rentals
Dunes Properties of Charleston
(843) 513 1604

Related Reading for Vacation Rental Home Owners…

New Wild Dunes Listing- 8 Summer Dunes Lane

 

 8 Summer Dunes Lane. 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, 3600 sq. ft. Offered for $1,299,000

8 summer dunes lane, dunes propertiesTHIS is a master bedroom of dreams

Located in the resort of Wild Dunes, this oceanfront custom built home features an inverted floor plan which makes excellent use of the ocean views.  The first floor features 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Second floor has is an open floor plan with kitchen, dining room, living room and 1/2 bath, and did we mention the spectacular ocean views? The third floor features the master suite and a 5th bedroom/bath, 2 decks on the ocean side with incredible views. Hardwood, carpet and ceramic tile. An elevator to all floors. Sold completely furnished.

Listed by Penny Altman. Before coming to Dunes Properties, Penny worked for several real estate resort companies in the area. She brings a wealth of information in Charleston Coast real estate. With experience in resort real estate sales and knowledge of the Wild Dunes area since 1985, Penny Altman is the real estate professional who is committed to working hard for you. You can rest assured your property sale or purchase will go as smoothly and quickly as possible. She feels that the Charleston coast is the most beautiful place to live. If you want to be apart of this beautiful area contact Penny today for all your real estate needs. paltman@dunesproperties.com | (843) 568-9326.

Charleston Residential Sales are Up & One of Our Offices is #1

This week’s Charleston Regional Business Journal reports that residential sales in Charleston are up and the inventory is down compared to this time last year.  So, is it turning into a seller’s market? It’ll be interesting watching it play out.  2013 Charleston MLS president Dave Sansome is quoted in the CRBJ as saying “Many areas of our region are squarely in seller’s market territory. That doesn’t mean that sellers can start overpricing their homes and expect them to sell, but it does mean that they have a bit more room to negotiate for the price they want than they have in recent years.”

Our business has definitely increased. Our Isle of Palms office is the #1 office in volume and sides for residential sales in the resort of Wild Dunes and on Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. We are quite ahead of our competition if I may blow our own horn for a moment.

As reported by MLS from 1/1/13-3/13/13 residential sales by office for Sullivan Island, Isle of Palms, and Wild Dunes

Dunes Properties $10,702,132
Carolina One $6,498,000
Beachside $3,339,000
Wild Dunes Real Estate $3,223,000
Carolina Elite $3,100,000

The Business Journal article by Lauren Ratcliffe reports that Charleston sales are outpacing last year’s by over 18%. In February of 2013 722 homes were sold with a median price of $181,334 and Charleston hasn’t seen sales volume like that since February of 2008 when 733 homes sold. Inventory has decreased by 1000 homes in comparison to this time last year.

 If you are thinking about selling, now might be the time.  As us about the Dunes Difference and see what we can do for you. If you are interested in buying, you might want to get started looking. We can help you with that search here.

Shipwatch Villa – Wild Dunes

Shipwatch has the finest pools in Wild Dunes

A somewhat recent large assessment, coupled with pending litigation has caused a depressed market in the Shipwatch Villa community of Wild Dunes. Condo sells since the assessment was announced are proof as the difference in list price to sell price is astounding. Going back to July 1st, 2012, statistics show owners getting only 76.54% of what they were asking (does not include price reductions). This is significantly lower than when you combine all condo sells in Wild Dunes since that time (87.82%).

Below I have listed the last five to sell with the asking price and sell price:

122-D Shipwatch     $525,000 > $440,000

420-C Shipwatch     $725,000 > $475,000

318-C Shipwatch     $699,000 > $525,000

413-B Shipwatch     $740,000 > $535,000

405-A Shipwatch     $675,000 > $600,000

These numbers show that buyers are taking advantage of the opportunity presented and doing well with it. The owners knowing of the assessment just want out and are ready to negotiate big time because of it (if they can).  Now, there is a catch. In most cases, the buyers are agreeing to take on the current assessment, therefore taking on an additional $40K +/- to what they are getting the property for. On top of that, usually, with condo litigation, lenders are wary and will not loan. Therefore, more times than not, 100% cash becomes necessary to purchase.  Still, the deals are there and for the savy investor, with interest in Shipwatch or owning a condo in Wild Dunes, it could be time to make the jump.  Additionally, with the assessment comes repairs, and with repairs comes improvement only helping property values.

dunes properties agent Donnie Whitaker updates his blog every month with a list of everything that is currently for sale in Shipwatch Villas.  Check out the full Shipwatch Post for more information.

- Donnie Whitaker, dwhitaker@dunesproperties.com | (843) 607-0954

 

The NAR studies the Digital House Hunt

by – Liz Poore, dunes properties of Charleston agent, 843.513.1767

The National Association of Realtors published a study about the Digital House Hunt. The purpose of the study was to understand how consumers are using digital media in their real estate search process. The report found some great information, most of which I’m definitely not surprised about. Here are some report highlights:

-90% of home buyers searched online during process

-Real estate related searched on google.com grew 253% in the past 4 years.

-Buyers use specific online tools during different phases of home searching

-”Local” search terms and websites are very important to buyers

-Mobile technology can determine online to offline buying, including reviews

-The study looked at how YouTube and other video satisfy buyers’ research needs

-The role of age and gender in driving real estate decision making in the market by being the top demographics who searched online and took the next steps offline

-Top states for searches around first-time home buyer tips and specific housing advice such as foreclosures

If you check out the full study, you’ll arrive on page 27 to where the researchers also studied where vacation shoppers are looking the most. The results showed that 93% of vacation home shoppers used the internet and that a little more than half of vacation home buyers started their searches online. South Carolina was in the top 5 locations for vacation category home searches. The main searches all included some sort of question about a vacation rental.

The business of vacation rentals is booming in Charleston. Specifically, Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and Folly Beach are huge for this purpose. Before working as an agent I worked for over a year as a vacation planner on Isle of Palms in vacation rentals. It’s truly unbelievable how many people come here from all over the world to vacation. There’s nothing better than an oceanfront house or quaint condo within walking distance to the beach. There are so many different events throughout the year to attend, and what better idea than to rent a condo/house at the beach and get the best of both worlds? The proximity to Charleston is unbeatable. For those looking into second homes, Charleston is the perfect location.

- Liz Poore, dunes properties of Charleston agent, 843.513.1767

Betty Poore’s November Update

Good chilly morning! We have had all the rain we need, thank you! It finally cleared up here and for the next week we are going to have sunshine, blue skies and temperatures in the mid seventies. Life is pretty darn good here on the Charleston Coast.
 
Real estate activity lately has been on the rise. We are seeing an increase in the number of properties sold, but a decrease in sales prices. There is plenty of interest in foreclosure and short sale properties, but why go through all the hassle when there are properties on the market priced even lower that are neither? Just smart sellers getting in front of the decline in the market. If you would like a list of some of my best buys just shoot me an email or go to my blog. I’ll be updating that list this afternoon (they are not just my listings.)
 
There is some good reading in this month’s E-Newsletter. The three main articles of interest  include:  “Knowledge is Power When Buying a House”, “Five tips to Increase Your Home’s Appeal, and “Four Questions Help Determine Improve or Move”.
 
And, pay attention to interest rates! Mark and I are re-financing because the rates are incredibly low! Call your lender this week to see if you can take advantage of the rates before they go back up.
 
As always, I hope you’ll give a call or stop by when you are in the area.  Talk with you soon.
 
Sincerely,
 Betty Poore – Realtor
Your Connection to the Charleston Coast  
Betty@BettyPoore.com
(p)  843-608-9362
(f)   866-279-2260

Resort Property Ownership Could Be Yours

 

If you are interested in owning your own home away from home piece of coastal heaven on the beach, but are afraid it doesn’t fit into your budget, fractional ownership may be for you.

I have just listed 1/10 of a share of D427 Shipwatch. 5 weeks a year offered at $99,000.   Click here for details .  3 bedroom, 3 baths, 1616 heated sq. ft, ocean front townhouse style villa with beach and golf vistas.

Contact me if you would like to see this lovely villa or have any questions about real estate in Charleston.

Joe Walker (843)345.4510 / joenwalker@aol.com

Has the Real Estate Market Stabilized?

I read a couple of articles this past week that on the surface are contradictory. I tried to make sense of what I read below.

That depends on who you ask and what real estate market you are talking about: new homes or resale; national, local, or my neighborhood. The market that is important to you is the market in which you are buying or selling.

New home sales have been in turmoil in almost every market. November, 2009 sales figures are a good indication of just how much turmoil. The number of transactions for new home sales nationally dropped 11% from the October sales. That represents the lowest number of monthly new home sales since April, 2009. the median sales price is down by approximately 2% year over year, but up about 4% from the previous month.

The resale market shows a different story on the national market. Resale of existing homes in November surged to the highest level in nearly 3-years. About half of the transactions in November were first-time buyers taking advantage of the tax credit for first-time buyers. That tax credit was to expire November 30, 2009. It has now been extended until April 30, 2010 and expanded to include current home owners who relocate.

What does it mean for me?

Real estate is a local business. The only markets that mean anything to you, individually, is the real estate market you live in or want to live in. National market statistics cannot give you the true picture of what is happening in your neighborhood. Whether you are buying or selling, you need to know what the market is doing in your neighborhood. If you are a buyer you want to know what’s available and what is the average price of homes that are selling that meet your requirements. If you are selling a home you want information about comparable sales in your neighborhood.

  • What was the listed price and what was the selling price?
  • How long are homes on the market?
  • What is the current inventory of homes that are similar to mine?

All of this data tells you if the market has stabilized in your neighborhood. A FREE tool for buyers and sellers in the Charleston Trident area is available at:

http://tinyurl.com/Market-Stable

 

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