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Isle of Palms Office

1400 Palm Boulevard
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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The Real Estate Studio

214 King 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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Mt. Pleasant Voted Top 10 “All-America City”

A while back I wrote this post about the National Civic League’s “All-America City” contest. More than two dozen cities were in the running and the winners were announced on June 18th at a ceremony in Kansas City, MO with representatives from the winning cities.   

 Here are the winners in alphabetical order:

  • Chandler, Arizona
  • Lynwood, California
  • Rancho Cordova, California
  • North Miami, Florida
  • Acworth, Georgia
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Salisbury, Maryland
  • Gastonia, North Carolina
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • El Paso, Texas

Buildings Use Energy

Most of us are do not think about how much energy we use in our homes. At least, not until we receive our energy bill from our service provider. Here are a few statistics that we should be familiar with concerning how much energy buildings use in the United States according to the U. S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) web site:

  • buildings use 39% of the total energy consumed
  • they use 68% of the electricity
  • emit 30% of greenhouse gases
  • use 30% of the raw materials
  • produce 136 million tons of waste annually
  • are responsible for 12% of the portable water consumed

Are these statistics indicating good energy use or bad? Can those numbers be changed? What can an individual do to deminish the energy we comsume in our own home? All of us need to educate ourselves about how to more efficiently utilize our limited resources. There are options that make sense and some that may or may not make sense. I will explore some of the options in a series of blogs over the next few weeks. I will share with you what I learn and provide you with references that you can use to find answers that might work for your circumstances. Here are a couple to start with:

www.energysavers.gov;

www.thegbi.org.

Enjoy your research!

Keeping America Beautiful 2010

This past Saturday, Dunes Properties’ Rebecca Narkiewicz along with vice chair of the Mt. Pleasant Pride Committee (Patricia Fuchs) helped clean up the Ocean View Cemetary in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant.  They were part of a small group consisting of student volunteers, church organizations, city employees and neighborhood residents.  Low hanging branches were trimmed, weeds were pulled, litter was picked up- it was a great big success.

Looking For a New Neighborhood- Consider the Old Village

I live in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant  and have been there for going on 11 years.  It’s a great hodgepodge of styles and price ranges.  On any given day you could snap a picture worthy to be on a magazine cover- a beautiful bike with a basket with an elegant woman sporting a straw hat and a summer dress,  a young couple pushing a baby stroller and walking their dog, white picket fences, live oaks, blooming azaleas- It’s just visually idealic.  But it doesn’t stop there.  It’s a place where you know your neighbors by name and stop and ask someone if they need help carrying their groceries in.  It’s like most neighbhorhoods in Charleston. 

And it doesn’t stop there.  I can’t imagine a more convenient place to live than the Old Village.  It’s so convenient.  The Blue Angels were in town over the weekend to perform two air shows.  My husband and I just took a 10 minute walk to the waterfront and voila- front row seats!  On the Fourth of July fireworks are set off on Sullivan’s Island, Patriot’s Point, James Island and Isle of Palms.  15 minute walk to Alhambra Hall and again, front row seats to the best light show ever because you can see the fireworks from all the islands.  The Blessing of the Fleet- right there at Alhambra Hall.  Need a great spot for a picnic? The playground across from Alhambra Hall.  Crave an old fashioned malted milk shake? The Pitt Street Pharmacy.  An unusual gift or bouquet? Out of Hand on Pitt St.  Breakfast treats? The Old Village Bakery. 

The cherry on top? We’re just a 5-10 minute drive to the beaches of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s. 

So if you are thinking about a change of neighborhoods, somewhere to slow down and find the time to actually live life- give Dunes Properties a call and we can find out what Charleston neighborhood will suit you best!

In the meantime, check out the local news’ video of The Blue Angels’ performance  http://vp.mgnetwork.net/traveler.swf?embed_referer=&u=79dc75709c86102da6fd001ec92a4a0d&z=CBD%253%25%94

Mount Pleasant, All America City?

The Post and Courier reports

DENVER — Mount Pleasant is among more than two dozen communities named finalists for the National Civic League’s 2010 All-America City Awards.

The Denver-based organization says the cities were selected for addressing such issues as diversifying the labor force and funding services during the recession.

Finalists are:

  • Chandler, Ariz.
  • Bentonville, Ark.
  • Dublin, Lynwood, Rancho Cordova and the Vernon Central neighborhood, Calif.
  • Miami Lakes and North Miami, Fla.
  • Acworth, Ga.
  • Belleville and Canton, Ill.
  • Noblesville, Ind.
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Lenexa and Scott County, Kansas
  • Bowling Green, Ky.
  • Salisbury, Md.
  • Ferguson and Riverside, Mo.
  • Lynbrook, N.Y.
  • Gastonia, N.C.
  • West Chester and Wyoming, Ohio
  • Mount Pleasant, S.C.
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Abingdon, Va.
  • Middleton, Wis.

Ten winners will be announced on June 18. 

And I couldn’t be more excited because I proudly call two of the finalist cities home, Ferguson, MO and Mount Pleasant, SC.  Good luck to both! I think you are wonderful and great places to call home.

The Best

The best, according to Charleston City Paper , suburb is Mt. Pleasant and the best neighborhood is I’on Village in Mt. Pleasant.  Best new development is North Charleston’s Oak Terrace Preserve. 

If you are interested in learning more about those neighborhoods and what might be available for you, please search real estate on our website,
Dunes Properties.com

The City Paper puts out various lists readers vote on every year. This week’s issue is “13  Best.”

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.

 

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.

 

Dunes Properties Volunteers at World’s Largest Oyster Roast

This Sunday at Boone Hall Plantation come say hello to many Dunes Properties agents, employees and even our President himself, Randy Walker.  We’ll  be volunteering on behalf of Hollings Cancer Center and serving up buckets of oysters  at the 2010 Lowcountry Oyster Roast.

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association sponsors the festival and they go through about 65,000 pounds of oysters. This event has been named in the “top 20 events in the southeast” by the Southeastern Tourism Society.  

The festival offers many other food options from local restaurants as well entertainment, contests and activities for kids.  Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Travel Council and Charleston County Science Materials Resource Center. 

Here’s a few facts about oysters:

  1. There’s no way to tell males from females by their shells and they may change sexes a few times in their lifetime
  2. Oysters can be eaten 12 months a year (not just ones ending in “r”). The “r” myth probably came about when oysters needed to be shipped and there was inadequate refrigeration in the warmer months
  3. Oysters are nutritionally well balanced and recommended for low cholesterol diets

Bring your gloves, shucking knife, and appetite! We hope to see you there.

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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