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Good Things About Summer on Isle of Palms

Here at the Isle of Palms office we have had a crazy last few weeks.  Vacation guests, contracts and new listings- we’ve been working hard.  But today we got a little break and a surprise to put a smile on our faces.

Local residential, business cleaning and restoration company ServiceMaster stopped by to introduce themselves and treat us to some ice cream.  Well, one would assume that means a gift card for a free scoop or a gallon of Bryers for the office.  Not quite… ServiceMaster brought their own ice cream truck to treat us all!

Who doesn’t love free ice cream?

Thanks guys for putting a smile on our faces and for some creative self promotion that benefits us all.


Dog Days of…Spring!

We’ve reached the 70’s! I have packed away the sweaters and I am ready for spring, how about you?

MY favorite thing about the beginning of spring is it’s time to frolic with the dogs!  There’s no better excuse to get some fun and some exercise than taking a walk with your four legged friend near or on the beach.* The sun is shining down, the water has a chill but it’s fine for wading in bare feet. Everyone is cheerful because they know winter is near its end, the daffodils are already in bloom as are camelias.  Windows are open for some fresh air. Charleston is new again!

But back to the dogs. I’ve just got two cats right now and any cat owner can attest they just are not the type of animals you can put a leash on and hit the outdoors for some air and exercise.  However,  I am a lucky aunt to many a friends’ dogs and I take every opportunity I can to whisk them away for warm weather adventures.  There is a lowkey little “Bark Park” on the Isle of Palms. It’s not much more than some patches of dirt and grass in a large fenced in enclosure with a separate run for smaller dogs but everyone there is always friendly and the dogs do what they do- just play.  It’s on 29th Ave. behind the Rec Center.  That’s closest to my house so it’s my favorite. But there are dog parks all over the area.  I will say if you are ever new in town anywhere, a dog park is an instant ice breaker. There’s always a conversation starter when you’re surrounded by playing dogs.

The IOP park is closest to where I live, but there are several area dog parks.  James Island County Park (there is a lake area for the dogs), Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston, and Palmetto Islands Park in Mt. Pleasant each have dog friendly areas.  I’ve never lived in such a pet friendly city before!

Nothing beats the beach though. I have never seen a happier dog than a dog that gets a few miles out and smells the salt water and suddenly is aware of where he/she’s going. THAT is a happy dog.

*Every beach has its own policy about dogs- there are leash laws, hours of dog friendliness, necessary dog licenses, etc. and only a few of our rental properties are pet friendly so check before your bring your dog.

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Do You Love Where You Live?

I just love where I live! I’m guessing that you love where you live, but if you don’t, the Low Country is a place that you will fall in love with very quickly. I took this picture with a Blackberry from the roof top at Morgan Creek Grill one afternoon this past week.

We were having a nice visit with our friends, the Samuelsons, and enjoying the food at the Grill. It has been very hot for the past several weeks, but on this evening the breezes were cool and comforting. Great friends and good food!

Patricia and I have lived here since 2002. We moved from Morristown, NJ where we had lived on and off for over 25 years. That last winter in New Jersey was difficult in many respects, but the weather was really nasty. We left in a snow storm that followed us down I-95 for many, many miles. When we finally arrived very late at night, there were our friends, the Samuelsons, who greeted us and helped us to settle in for the night.

Living in the Low Country has always reminded me of New Orleans where I grew up. There is so much in common between the two. In New Orleans we had swamp. Here we have marsh. There the canals in New Orleans that were like the area around Shem Creek, in some cases. In New Orleans we had heat and here we have heat. On the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain there were places like Morgan Creek Grill. We always had fresh seafood, just like we have here. Great friends there, just like here.

All of these things are in common between here and there, so for me it was easy to fall in love with this place. After all, it was like I had come home! You can make this your home, It is an easy place to fall in love with, and as Mikey’s brother say: “Try it! You’ll like it!”


Home Buying and Baskin-Robbins

I remember my first visit to a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream store when I was a child. There were more flavors than I had ever seen before all at a price my parents were willing to pay! How could I decide which was best? I was used to vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, but now there was mango, peach, caramel and cream, and about 27 other flavors to choose from. What was I to do?

Today’s real estate market is kind of like that. There are so many homes and neighborhoods available at great prices. How can a person decide on what to choose? If you are in the market for a new home, how can you avoid being mesmerized by the 33 flavors of homes available to you? Before you start looking, know what you need! Answer some questions before you go. The first answer you need is to the question of what you can afford. Here are a few others to consider:

  • How big of a home do we need?
    • Will three bedrooms and two bathrooms work? Or do we need more?
    • How many square feet of air-conditioned space do we need?
  • What size lot do we need?
    • Do we want a large lot?
    • Are we interested in a small lot?
    • How much yard work am I willing to do?
  • Are we interested in a townhome or condominium?
  • What schools are nearby?

Once you’ve established your needs and balanced them with your wants, your Realtor® can focus the search on that target. Your Realtor® will preview a selected group of homes before spending your time in actually visiting everything in the mix. You should be able to find your home within 5 to 10 homes that you visit.

Remember Baskin – Robbins? I got sick sampling as many flavors as I could and never bought one scoop. Avoid the stomach-ache in your search by knowing what you want before you go to market.


May is Blooming and Booming

Isn’t this grand! It is the first week of May. Temps are getting up to 80 degrees, the birds are chirping, the fish are jumping, my tomato plants are growing leaps and bounds.
Good news in the local real estate market, too. Comparing the first 4 months of 2009 with the first 4 months of 2010 – well, there is no comparison. With the exception of Sullivans Island, most of the Charleston area that I track saw the number of home and villa sales increase from 19-55%. Seabrook and Kiawah were up 50%, Wild Dunes was up 55%, Isle of Palms was up 30%, downtown Charleston was up 24%, Mt Pleasant was up 19%, and Daniel Island was up 24%. Inventory is moving.
Now, PRICES. They are, as you might expect, all over the map. Wild Dunes’ sales prices were down 15%, Isle of Palms’ prices were up 19%, Sullivans Island prices were down 14%, Seabrook and Kiawah prices were up 4%, Mt Pleasant prices were down 1%, Daniel Island prices were up 22% and downtown Charleston prices were down 29%.

So, to summarize, the number of sales were up, while in most areas the average sales price was down – compared to the same time frame as last year. Keep in mind this is an average of all properties, villas, condos and single family homes. I did not have land sales in the mix.

If you have a question about any of the information, please give me a call or shoot me an email.

Betty Poore ( 843.442.1889)

Isle of Palms 2010 Beach Run

Saturday July 17- a 4 mile run/walk at 8am and youth fun runs at 9am.  This Beach Run is put on by the Isle of Palms Recreation Department .  The run/walk is $20 for registration and the youth fun runs are $5.   You can register at the Isle of Palms Recreation Center at #24 28th Ave on the Isle of Palms or by going to  .

All events are on the flat, wide hard-packed beach near low tide and begin and end behind the Windjammer at 1008 Ocean Blvd.

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 /

Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Few of us are in the position to pay cash for our next house. Most of us will need a mortgage. When we apply with a lender we need information about the mortgage and the process of closing a loan. Here are some questions to ask your lender before you apply for your mortgage.


What is the best program for me based on my situation? Why?

How long will it take to process and close the loan?

Will I need Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? If so, for how long?

Are there any special underwriting guidelines that you follow?

What is the most popular loan program being offered? Why is it popular?

Who will be servicing the loan?

In six months to a year, what will make this loan look good to me?

What are your standard fees? Are there special fees that I should be aware of?

Are there any escrow requirements?

During the “lock-in” period, what happens if rates go down?

What do you need from me to get the loan approved?

Who will be my contact person during the application process?

You can probably think of many more things you need to know before you apply. Your mortgage consultant should be able to answer your questions and offer you all the information you need to make an educated decision.


Possible Affect on Real Estate if Sullivan’s Island Elementary School is Closed

By now, most parents of children attending Sullivan’s Island Elementary are aware and really concerned that their school may not be operating in the future. This school has been a beacon of excellence for the district and the State of South Carolina for 50 years. It has earned top state honors for excellence throughout most of memorable history.

More importantly, families have moved into the communities of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms with the intent for their children to attend an excellent school without the “private school” price tag. This has created an interesting dynamic to the rising home prices on Sullivan’s and IOP over the past ten years.

On Sullivan’s Island, people were attracted by the “residential” nature of the Island; so much so that a few years ago, the Town Council eliminated short term rental licenses. The most valuable aspect of this “residential flavor” was the quaint fact that an elementary school, an excellent one at that, was located slap in the middle of the island. Scores of children walk, ride bikes, and are driven in golf carts to school each morning.

Where does that happen these days?

Removing the elementary school from the mix will most certainly eliminate this morning and afternoon ritual, but more importantly, severely erode housing demand by families who desire this lifestyle for their young, developing kids.

As a local real estate agent, I can assure you that home values would most certainly be hindered. In our business, if we are good at what we do, we listen to our clients. I can tell you that my clients (actually, whether they have kids or not) ask about the school and are thrilled to know that an excellent school operates on the islands. Their experience tells them that a quality school is an added piece of security for their real estate investment.

Families’ home buying decisions might direct them back to the mainland to be closer to their school. They might decide to spend less on housing in order to pay private school tuition. Either way, residents of Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms will be the losers as they will have to depend more on visitors and retirees to buy homes and spend money on these islands.

Yes, you can help. Please email your letter of support to Sullivan’s Island Elementary community action group at or contact me at 847-7980. We ask that you write a letter to Dr. Nancy McGinley and your member of the Charleston County School Board and express your concern for making sure that this valuable school is rebuilt to current specifications and attracts families to our islands for years to come.

-Mark Mitchell