Isle of Palms Office

1400 Palm Boulevard Ste. M
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.5600

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Folly Beach Office

31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
843.588.3800

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Dunes Downtown

11 Fulton Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.5618

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Kiawah Seabrook Office

1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.9800

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Mount Pleasant Office

835 Coleman Blvd Ste. 200
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843.881.5600

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Charleston Area Market Stats Through December 2021 (and other News)

“The 2021 housing market was one for the history books. After three consecutive months of increases recently, existing home sales are on pace to hit their highest level in 15 years, with an estimated 6 million homes sold in 2021 according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales prices reached new heights, inventory hit rock bottom, and homes sold in record time, often for well above asking price. Looking ahead, experts anticipate many of the housing market trends of 2021 will continue in 2022, albeit at a more moderate level. Home sales are projected to remain strong but will be tempered by the limited supply of homes, higher sales prices, and rising interest rates, with the Federal Reserve planning multiple rate hikes in the new year. “

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales -7.6% | Median Sales Price +22.6% |  Months Supply -53.3%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listings

1225 Guerins Bridge Road Lots 1-7, Awendaw on the River
7 Deepwater Homesites Ranging from 2.88 – 6.65 Acres | Each Offered for $649,000 

Now taking reservations! If you’re searching for a great homesite on deep water to build your dream home, then look no further! Awendaw on the River offers seven (7) homesites boasting expansive views of the Wando River and marsh. With more than eight feet of water at low tide, this area of the river will afford you the Lowcountry lifestyle of your dreams. The location also can’t be beat, less than 10 minutes to Wando High School, Roper St. Francis Hospital, and Costco.  For more information, visit AwendawOnTheRiver.com.

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Charleston Coast Vacations

Our 2022 vacation brochures started hitting mailboxes earlier this month! If you’ve stayed with us the last few years, look out for your hard copy soon. If you want to make sure you receive a copy, email vacations@dunesproperties.com to request one.⁠⁠ See something you like? Search and book online at our website 👉🏽 www.charlestoncoastvacations.com

Charleston Area Market Stats Through November 2021 (and other news)

Charleston Area market stats thru November

“The economy is improving, unemployment is falling, and the U.S. real estate market remains strong as we head into the holiday season, a period when activity typically slows as people take time to travel, celebrate, and spend time with loved ones. Although the market is not as frenetic as was seen earlier this year, buyer demand is high, bolstered by attractive mortgage rates and a low supply of inventory. ”

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +2.3% | Median Sales Price +14.4% |  Months Supply -50.0%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

32 seagrass lane wild dunes

32 Seagrass Lane, Wild Dunes
4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths | 3,709 sq ft | Offered at $2,495,000
Located in desirable Wild Dunes, this custom built home is nestled among magnificent mature trees and overlooks the 3rd hole of the Wild Dunes Links Course. The first floor living space features a formal dining room, private office/study, living room with a wall of windows which provides lots of natural light and magnificent views, a beautiful gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, sunroom and private master suite. The second floor has three additional bedrooms and two baths. The Seagrass neighborhood offers owners private access to the beach and a neighborhood deep water crabbing dock. For more information on this beautiful home, visit bit.ly/32SeagrassLn.

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Charleston Area Market Stats thru October (and other news)

“The U.S. housing market remains robust, with strong activity reported across both rental and residential housing fronts. Single-family rent prices are increasing rapidly, as demand for single-family housing and inventory constraints forces some buyers to rent, increasing competition and pushing rents up across the nation…With interest rates inching upward, and experts expecting further rate increases on the horizon, motivated buyers are hoping to lock in their home purchases to take advantage of what are still historically low rates.”
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales -8.2% | Median Sales Price +15.4% | Months Supply -50.0%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

783 Olde Central Way, Mt Pleasant
5 Beds, 5.5 Baths, 5808 Sq Ft   |  Offered for $4,195,000

Nestled in desirable Olde Park, this French Provincial home was custom built by Sheppard Construction with no detail overlooked. The exterior boasts a concrete brick paver circular driveway, stucco over brick exterior, custom mahogany windows, doors and shutters, copper lanterns and gutters, a synthetic slate roof, sophisticated security system, 3 car garage and mature and lush landscaping by Robert Chesnut. The interior is equally impressive featuring 11 ft ceilings and beautiful walnut hardwood on the first floor, as well as as a sun-filled view of the back terrace and the pond. The oversized dining room is perfect for entertaining and large dinner parties with a fireplace and bar area with gorgeous chef’s kitchen. There are two true, oversized masters and a grand total of 6 wood burning fireplaces with chimneys that are vented for gas.⁠ For more information, visit bit.ly/783OldeCentralWay.

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Upcoming Charleston Events

32nd Holiday Festival of Lights  | Nov 12-December 31
Families are invited to warm their hearts as they cruise along the three-mile display of glimmering lights through the park featuring over 750 light displays, family attractions, shopping, dining and more. For more information, bit.ly/2021FestivalofLights.

Aquarium Aglow | Nov 18-January 2
Enjoy this immersive holiday light spectacular with tens of thousands of lights displayed throughout multiple installations, complete with nightly live entertainment and a variety of food and refreshments available for purchase. For more information, visit bit.ly/AquariumAglow2021.

2021 Drayton Hall Oyster Roast | December 5
A long time favorite of local families and visitors alike, Drayton Hall throws the best annual oyster roast complete with oysters with all the fixings, chili, beer, wine and live music on the most beautiful historic landscape in Charleston. For more info, visit bit.ly/DraytonOysterRoast.

How Important is a Termite Inspection (CL-100)?

The termite inspection process for buyers is 100% about risk tolerance. In SC, termite damage is not uncommon and I always counsel buyers to include a clear or “clearable” inspection as contract contingency. I believe it is as important as the home inspection. Inspectors not only check for evidence of active termites, but also evidence of wood destroying fungi and elevated moisture levels below the main living level of the house as both attract termites. Once the inspection is complete, a letter called a CL-100 is issued with the results. Often, there are items that once they are repaired or mitigated, they can be “cleared” by a General Contractor for damage or a licensed pest professional for treatment and buyers can then move forward confidently.

The SC contract gives buyers the option of having the seller or the buyer to select the inspector, and also the seller or buyer to pay for the inspection. I have always counseled my buyers to make their own selection and pay for it as well. In the economics of home purchasing, it is a small amount of money to ensure that the inspector is working on their behalf. Imagine if the seller selects the inspector and it’s his or her brother-in-law. Whose interest does that particular provider have at heart? It’s worth it to pay for it every time.

My newest resolution is to make every buyer contract contingent on the seller proving with the actual pest control contract (not just the seller’s disclosure) just how the property is covered and if the coverage is transferable to the new owners. Many of us have taken sellers and agents at their word on the disclosure just what the coverage is. I now require proof because pest control companies do not always have the same coverage and the amount that insurance provides.

There are also varying types of treatment such as liquid or bait, and buyers need to consult with their pest control provider to determine which type meets their particular need for reassurance. The other influencing factor is whether the warranty or bond includes coverage for damage repair or only retreatment in the case of infestation and destruction. They also need to determine if the existing bond or warranty can be transferred when the property changes hands.

If the inspection finds that repairs need to be made in order to correct any deficiencies, it’s important for buyers to approve the general contractor selected to make those repairs. I had one inspection where the repair was not correctly done and we had not insisted on a general contractor because it was minor repair, and in no way structural. On the final walk-through, with over 25 years in construction and real estate, I could see it was improperly repaired. Because the bank did not require the inspection however, the buyer opted to waive the inspection on the contract and have it repaired properly later. This was only advisable because we determined there was no evidence of infestation, just a bit of wood rot at the door jamb to be repaired properly later. The SC CL-100 inspection report requires using a general contractor – residential building licensees are not qualified to clear an inspection if there are deficiencies even if the licensee has completed the repairs.

For those who want to play the odds, like my neighbors who decided that continuing their termite bond retreatments were too expensive on an annual basis and stopped them. When termites eventually invaded, it cost them 12K plus to repair the structural damage. They were willing to take the risk.

Other final thoughts on termite inspections:
• Termite inspections may turn up evidence of previous infestations – don’t panic, as long as it is not active, we can still get it passed with proper documentation.
• VA loans always require proof of a clear inspection.
• My SC buyer was working with a NC lender who told her she did not need an inspection because it was not a VA loan. He did not realize SC buyers have different risk exposure and that it was written in the contract as a contingency for the sale. She nearly cancelled her appointment at the 11th hour however, she wisely called her REALTOR® who kept her on track to close!

Bottom line – get a termite inspection and use a knowledgeable, qualified
REALTOR® to best represent your interests.

– Terry Bell-Aby, Realtor®
Mobile  508-627-2988  | Terry@dunesproperties.com

Charleston Area Market Stats Through January (and other news)

CHS Market Stats thru January 2021

January started off strong for the housing market, with healthy buyer demand and strong market fundamentals. A robust increase in housing starts in December points to an active year for new construction, but higher material costs, especially lumber, and a limited supply of buildable lots will temper the number of new units.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +22% | Median Sales Price +9.5% |  Months Supply -70.6%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

134 North Plaza Court #204, Mount Pleasant
3 bed, 2 full and 1 half bath, 2577 sq ft   |  Offered for $1,350,000


This pristine waterfront condominium offers panoramic views of historic downtown Charleston, the Charleston Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge. Enter through a private, direct access code elevator with a secure interior door to the spacious 23′ living room. The living room boasts a gas fireplace and connects seamlessly to the expansive dining room and adjoining kitchen, perfect for entertaining. The Renaissance offers outstanding amenities including a pool, clubroom, premium workout room and multiple guest suites in each of the two buildings that can be reserved for a nominal fee. Other amenities include garage parking for two cars and a climate controlled storage room.⁠⁠ For more information, visit bit.ly/134NPlazaCt204.

Welcome New Agents

Welcome to our newest dunes properties agents, Nelson Lundberg, Heyward Bonner and Zoe Skinner! To find out more about these agents visit bit.ly/DunesAgents.

Charleston Coast Vacations

New property alert! Book your summer stay at the Riprap Cottage featuring incredible views, a beachfront deck, and great proximity to shops and restaurants. Book your spring and summer vacay dates today! Book online at our website www.charlestoncoastvacations.com

Charleston Area Market Stats through November (and other news)

Charleston Market Stats through November 2020

“November saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average top 30,000 for the first time, while mortgage rates reached new record lows again. These new records have provided encouragement for buyers to move forward on home purchases, which continued to remain strong overall for the month. Showing activity remains higher than the same period a year ago across most of the country, suggesting that strong buyer demand is likely to continue into what is typically the slowest time of year. With inventory remaining constrained in most market segments, sellers continue to benefit from the tight market conditions.”

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +34.5% | Median Sales Price +18.4% |  Months Supply -61.5%

Featured Listing

1509 ocean club

1509 Ocean Club, Wild Dunes
4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths | 2,810 sq ft | Offered at $1,599,000
Welcome to 1509 Ocean Club, a premier oceanfront penthouse villa with spectacular 180 degree views from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean. This 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath villa is a rare find with the desirable ”B” floor plan, offering additional square footage, a breakfast room, private powder room for guests, and 3 of the 4 bedrooms facing the stunning view! For more information or to schedule a private showing, visit bit.ly/1509OceanClub.

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The Thanksgiving in Charleston that Changed my Life

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One of the reasons I made the decision to move to the island of Martha’s Vineyard from Pennsylvania years ago was the fact that the winters were milder than mainland New England, largely because water tempered the atmosphere and it was not subject to the kind of snow the rest of the northeast received. As time wore on however, the winters became increasingly severe. My last winter required hiring a front loader to open my driveway after snow plows stacked it more than 10’ high. I was over it, and began looking for a new adventure. I had criteria of course, my next home had to be near a beach, on the east coast in order to be near family in PA, and it had to have a lively arts community. It also had to have an economy that would support more than just the hospitality industry as we were coming with no firm employment. We studied cities up and down the Atlantic coast, and decided our first visit would be to Charleston. We took the longish holiday over Thanksgiving to make our first investigation to do some exploring on our own as well as arranging with a local REALTOR® to see some properties.

We drove around a bit and loved what we saw. It did not take long to know Charleston would be our next home. I found myself sitting in Waters Edge restaurant overlooking Shem Creek on Thanksgiving Day and that sealed the deal. It was 75 degrees and sunny, I ordered a rare tuna steak and declared this was the best Thanksgiving ever!

Shem Creek Charleston SC

The next day we began looking at homes. We were moving from a very remote location only accessible by boat or plane, so the idea of just running to Home Depot on a whim rather than planning it weeks in advance was an idea we needed to wrap our minds around again. We looked at homes in Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, and Hanahan. They were very nice homes, but the neighborhoods were more suburban than we preferred. We had been living next to a 10 acre meadow and just two blocks from a state forest. Still, seeing them and their relative convenience helped us refine our requirements. Perhaps even tougher than the neighborhood feel, was the architecture. As a REALTOR®, every week I talk to people about growing older and wanting a master on the first floor at a minimum, and preferably eliminating most stairs altogether. Our New England saltbox was fine for our younger selves but in our forties, we knew that those days were numbered. Finding a single story, contemporary home where most folks want the elevated and more traditional architectural vernacular of the Lowcountry was not easy. Nothing seemed to fit the bill.

After a few weeks of searching I found a contemporary house on Johns Island. Rural to be sure, but just a 15 minute trip to Costco – by car! Anxious as we were, we had to wait until after Christmas to see it in person. We feared it would be snapped up but, it was just not feasible to get there sooner. Fortunately for us, because more people wanted the true Charleston character it had not yet been sold. We walked in the door and I knew it was my house. New construction – a spec home, and it backed up to wetlands and woods. We wrote an offer sitting on the floor in the empty living room. Now, I did have to give in on some things I thought I needed like a larger kitchen, but everyone does – no home is perfect and even if you build it yourself, there will be things that don’t turn out as planned. Remember, everything is a trade-off! Sometimes you get tuna instead of turkey and you can be very thankful.

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If you are thinking about making the Lowcountry your home, take it from a transplant – best decision ever! I’d love to help you find your next home.

Uniquely Charleston Tours

Working in downtown Charleston, the carriages and tour groups on foot are ubiquitous. dunes properties is located on the first floor of a famous former bordello so you can guarantee the tour guides are certain to point it out every time they pass.

If you however, are looking for something more Uniquely Charleston, I know just the guy for the job. Paul Garbarini’s Uniquely Charleston tours are walking tours customized to your party’s interests. Limited to no more than six people, he can take time to answer all of your questions and focus on the elements that pique your particular interest. “I’m old enough to only do things that are fun, and more than six people on a tour is not fun! The regular walking tours max out at 20,” Paul explains. He also works on your schedule to accommodate the stamina and needs on an individual basis planning shady walks, bathroom breaks, and water along the way.  And, if you want or need a driving tour, he’ll do that as well. In his eighth year now doing downtown tours, Paul is also an interpreter at McCloud Plantation Historic Site.

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Word of mouth and reviews on Tripadvisor are virtually his only advertising. He has a website, but the business is built on the delighted customers who praise his knowledge and enthusiasm. Paul’s very particular charm and verve will entertain even the soberest tourist. When asked about the cost he declared “I base it on price per person and it’s 90 minutes long unless we are having too much fun or we’re all excited.

Self – taught over 20 years, his independent research means no one else tells the stories he does. Rather than focus on the rich people who owned the buildings or the statues of military leaders, he explains who built the city, how they lived, and worked. In the 21st century, the concepts of labor and work can be troublesome to process let alone an understanding of what enslavement has meant for our country. According to Paul “It’s an opportunity to raise awareness – I am a ‘brick geek’ – I know both the people who made the bricks and the people who owned them. Their descendants asked me to tell the whole story.

uniquely charleston tours

When asked who his clients were, he replied, “The universe has sent me philosophically compatible people.” One in particular was Dr. Ysaye Barnwell. She traveled from her home in New York to Charleston to make a presentation for the Avery Institute of African American History and Culture at her grandfather’s church – Central Baptist on Radcliffe Street. Because her family was originally from Charleston, she wanted a custom tour. Paul set about researching her genealogy and found that her grandfather, who died in 1907, was one of the richest African American men in town. Originally an enslaved person, Paul even found the original bill of sale from when he was sold in the public records. He went on to learn Dr. Barnwell’s grandfather, William James Parker, was known as the Tinsmith of Tradd Street. Church and census records showed he was also a founding member of Central Baptist Church, and that he donated the labor to put the tin roof on the new church and erect the metal steeple tower.  On her personal tour, Paul not only toured the church, but also two of the homes in which he had lived on Tradd. Paul was acquainted with the owner of 12 Tradd who welcomed her inside. Grateful and overwhelming was how she described her experience.

I’m pretty sure that was a tour no one else has ever given. Truly unique.

For more information, or to schedule your own Uniquely Charleston Tour, visit https://uniquelycharleston.tours/.

Charleston Area Market Stats through September (and other news)

October Market Stats

“Strong buyer activity has continued into the fall, which is normally the start of the seasonal slowing of the housing market. With stronger buyer activity in the market this year and the continued constrained supply of homes for sale, speedy sales and multiple offers are likely to remain a common occurrence and will keep the housing market hot even when the weather is cooling.”

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +46.3% | Median Sales Price +8.8% |  Months Supply -56.1%

Featured Listing

2208 palm blvd

2208 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms
6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths | 6,182 sq ft | Offered at $6,500,000
Designed by architect Steven Herlong with interiors by Amy Trowman Design, this 1.3 acre oceanfront estate is the epitome of luxury. Nestled in the heart of Isle of Palms, the estate boasts captivating ocean views, circular porches, a 7 car garage, gorgeous infinity pool, gazebo, and a 500-foot Ipe boardwalk as you walk comfortably to the ocean. The interior is equally impressive with a 16 ft barrel ceiling in the great room, black walnut floors, mahogany ceilings, stunning chef’s kitchen and more. For more information on this one of a kind home, visit www.2208palmblvd.com.

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Charleston Coast Vacations

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We 💗💗💗 it when our guests have a great experience on Charleston’s beaches! We know some of your most cherished memories are made during your vacation time with us. Nothing makes us happier than seeing smiling faces and hearing about your stories. Whether you’ve been visiting us for years or you just got back from your first trip, we’d love to hear all about it! Submit your story at bit.ly/CCVcontest and we’ll feature it in our special blog series, on our Facebook Page, and you’ll be entered into our next Vacation Giveaway! 🏖️

Charleston Area Market Stats through July (and other news)

Charleston Area Market Stats August 2020

“Healthy buyer demand and constrained supply continue to be the story for much of the country. Nationally, showing activity in July remained substantially higher than a year before and multiple offer situations are a frequent experience in many markets. With the inventory of homes for sale still constrained, a competitive market for buyers shows little sign of waning…Despite this significant economic impact, home buyers remain extremely resilient. With mortgage rates remaining near record-low levels and home purchase mortgage applications up from a year ago, high buyer activity is expected to continue into the late summer and early fall market.”

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +31.6% | Median Sales Price +9.5% |  Months Supply -45.2%

Featured Listing

1126 Ocean Forest Ln Seabrook Island

🌴 1126 Ocean Forest Lane, Seabrook Island 🌴
5 bedrooms, 5 full & 2 half baths | 4,960 sq ft | Offered at $3,200,000
Set back from the beach with commanding ocean views of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, this superbly renovated home features over 3,000 sq ft of covered porches, a three stop elevator, fabulous elevated pool, spa, and travertine sunning deck, rooftop terrace, and community boardwalk through the dunes directly to the beach.
For more information, visit: bit.ly/1126OceanForestLn

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Dunes in the Wild

dunes in the wild loggerhead turtle hatchlings

Say hello to the cutest baby loggerhead hatchling! 🐢🌊 Dewees’ second sea turtle nest of the summer hatched a little over 3 weeks ago, and this little cutie was caught on 📷 at sunrise by our very own Judy Fairchild!

Charleston Coast Vacations

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We pride ourselves in providing more than properties. We want to provide an incredible experience from start to finish, and that begins in the planning process. Check out our FREE Destination Guide for local tips about activities and attractions to fill your itinerary! 👉 bit.ly/chs-destination-guide.

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