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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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.

 

Appreciating Charleston

Just one of the many relaxing places in Mt. Pleasant

Facebook and Twitter offer insights into what’s important to people RIGHT NOW! After reading a number of posts on both, I started to see a pattern that I hadn’t expected: Lots of us are expressing appreciation for what we have around Charleston, SC.

Many posts are about good meals at various local restaurants. There have been a few about the weather and some about what’s the economy doing. Others talk about various activities that people are enjoying and a number that express appreciation for friends, or share family moments and dishwashers that don’t work…lots of people offered suggestions on what to do about that one!

One post talked about driving to the Ravenel Bridge to walk across the bridge (a favorite pastime of many), but the rain there caused her to have to find sunshine on a walk on the beach instead. I thought that one was particularly interesting since it helped me to appreciate that there are options for something as simple as a daily walk!

My wife and I were driving back from a trip to Hilton Head on Sunday. As we were driving on 17S, we both commented on natural beauty that surrounds us. We decided to move here to for business reasons, but fell in love with the area because of what it offers, the people, the food and the natural beauty that surrounds us everyday. When I read posts that show the appreciation that others have for what surrounds us it makes me smile. People from other areas want to be here. They buy second homes, or take vacations here because of what we get to enjoy everyday.

I have come to appreciate what we have and look forward to enjoying it for a very long time. I hope you do to!

 

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 (betty@bettypoore.com 843.442.1889)

Charleston County Leads Regional Recovery

As reported by Charleston Trident Association of Realtors

CHARLESTON COUNTY
Charleston County continues to lead the regional market recovery with 60% more closed sales and a 5% increase in median price when compared to last year.  In February, 288 homes sold at a median price of $235,950 in the county compared to February 2009 preliminary figures which showed 180 homes sold at a median price of $225,000.
In Charleston County, the area south of Highway 41 had the most activity in February, with the Rivertowne neighborhood showing the highest sales for that area.

Search for available Charleston county properties on our website.

Mount Pleasant Real Estate

Reading the national news about real estate can cause buyers to wait for the market to bottom out before buying. The problem is that like the stock market, when the bottom is identified, prices are already going up! The national picture does NOT hold true for local markets. In fact, in the Charleston real estate market sales vary from North Charleston to Summerville to West Ashley to Mt. Pleasant! The December 2009 results show that in Charleston County the number of transaction increased by 31% and the average sales price increased by 6% over December 2008.
If you are looking for a single family detached home in Mt. Pleasant, now might be a great time to buy. Interest rates are low, prices are still moderate and inventory is good. Buyers are looking for homes that have at least 1800 square feet of living space with no more than 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. If that meets your overall specifications you have approximately 366 homes below $800,000. That’s a lot of homes to consider!
From one end of Mt. Pleasant to the other, there are great homes that can be yours. Your real estate professional can help you find the right home for you. Location, price and condition are important. Having a professional representing you is critical.
Contact Dunes Properties.

 

Is It Time to Buy Real Estate?

Maybe you have read about the real estate market in the Charleston, SC area and are wondering what to do. You wouldn’t be the only one! Information is valuable when you understand the context and what it means.

The number of new real estate listings is slowing. The number of current listings is decreasing. There are more price reductions each week than there are price increases. Mortgage rates are low and there are tax incentives that are about to expire.  Is it the time to buy real estate?

Making sense of the information can be difficult. Especially if you think that we haven’t hit the bottom yet! After all prices are being lowered more than they are being raised.  But maybe we have essentially hit bottom because there are fewer listings and fewer new listings coming on the market. Rates are low now, but they WILL go up…soon, maybe. What should you do?

One of the Dunes Properties professional real estate agents can help you to make sense of the market. I am one of those agents and I can help you make sense of the confusing information you read each day about real estate. Our market is good. Whether you are buying your first home or moving to you dream home, we can help you make the best decision for you.

 

Mount Pleasant Real Estate

Reading the national news about real estate can cause buyers to wait for the market to bottom out before buying. The problem is that like the stock market, when the bottom is identified, prices are already going up! The national picture does NOT hold true for local markets. In fact, in the Charleston real estate market sales vary from North Charleston to Summerville to West Ashley to Mt. Pleasant! The December 2009 results show that in Charleston County the number of transaction increased by 31% and the average sales price increased by 6% over December 2008.

If you are looking for a single family detached home in Mt. Pleasant, now might be a great time to buy. Interest rates are low, prices are still moderate and inventory is good. Buyers are looking for homes that have at least 1800sf of living space with no more than 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. If that meets your overall specifications you have approximately 366 homes below $800,000. Thats a lot of homes to consider!

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