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To Open House or Not to Open House

Last Wednesday one of our agents participated in a neighborhood open house in the River Reach at Remley’s Point neighborhood. He  had the Dunes Properties  listing at  120 Wando Reach Ct.  open for viewing

120 Wando Reach  Mount PleasantThe same day as that open house, I read a blog on the real estate site Active Rain written by an agent in another state about how open houses are a waste of time and don’t sell the homes . Of course her post got me thinking.

Honestly, yes, most of the time an open house does not sell the property that is “open.” However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea to have one.  I can think of several reasons why you may want to sit down with your listing agent and plan on having an open house.

  1. It gives the curious neighbors a chance to be looky loos. And who knows, maybe one of them has a family member or friend they want to live nearby and will talk up your house to them.
  2. There are many potential home buyers who may be unsure if they are interested and do not want to take up an agent’s time to show them a house they are waffling over. This gives them a chance to see the home firsthand without any pressure and decide if they want to proceed with making an offer or  setting up a second showing for the home.
  3. Agents will do what we call a “caravan” and line up several nearby open houses over the span of a few hours and serve light food or offer a giveaway incentive (think gift card, gas card, cash drawing) to encourage other agents to view the home. This makes sure agents are familiar with the home and if they speak with a client who might be interested, they’ll be more inclined to remember the home and talk to their clients about it.
  4. Showing appointments can be a drain on you and your family’s time. If you find you are getting too frequent showing requests (which really is a good thing if you want to sell!) an open house may be a chance to lessen the number of showings.
  5. If your home has really unique features or word of mouth press in the community, there may be people who want to view it but have no interest in purchasing it or any other home. Having an open house may reduce those gratuitous showings.

Is an open house guaranteed to sell your home? No. Is an open house for every seller? Again, no. Have a conversation with your listing agent about the possible pros and cons for you.

Open House at Our New Bohicket Office


We had a wonderful party to celebrate the opening of the Kiawah Seabrook Office at 1887 Bohicket Marina Village on January 22, 2011.  The weather outside was brisk, but inside our little office we kept warm with a little wine and lots of great conversation.  Thanks to all who attended.  Those of you who were not able to make it, stop by the office to visit sometime!  We have a fantastic group of experienced agents who have been representing buyers and sellers on the islands for years, and our hope is that this office will be an effective tool for their continued success. Best of Luck Kiawah Seabrook Group!

Featured Home, Open House, Perfect Price to Buy

You’re invited to an open house on Sunday, February 21 from 2pm-5pm at 242 Kelsey Blvd.  (Directions: From I-526, you will take Clements Ferry Rd North about 2 miles. Turn right into neighborhood, continue onto Kelsey and unit will be on your left. End Unit.)

A great opportunity to affordably own a great little property near downtown and the beaches.  The price was recently reduced to $165,000.  Great mortgage possibilities available through First Federal

Cheaper than renting? Here are some potential monthly mortgage figures worked up by First Federal’s Tricia Eldridge
Conventional 30 year loans with 20% down on the purchase price:
  • 3/1 Year ARM with 3.5% interest = $792.74/ Month
  • 5/1 Year ARM with 4% interest= $830.19/Month
  • 7/1 Year ARM with 4.25% interest= $849.36/Month

Hope to see you at my open house!

Brigitte McElroy

A Place to Call Home Tour… Charleston’s Open House Weekend

This weekend the Post and Courier is sponsoring an Open House Tour featuring over 140 homes in the Lowcountry that range in price from $89,900 to $3.2 million. Every area of the Charleston Coast is represented with homes on the peninsula, the beaches, as far out as Moncks Corner and Hollywood and everywhere in between.  The Post and Courier is even offering the opportunity to win $2500 toward a down payment simply by registering for a drawing at any home on the tour.

Several Dunes Properties agents are participating in the Tour this weekend.  Kristin and Randy Walker are offering 61 Ashley Ave. (circa 1803), a beautiful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath downtown home on one of the peninsula’s largest lots.  This property even features a separate 2 bedroom, 1 bath Carriage house added in 1853.  Significant updates have been made to this property, but many of the original, historic features remain.  It is truly one of the finest homes currently for sale in Charleston, so stop in to check it out.

Jack Hurley’s home on tour is at 4124 Egret’s Pointe in Mt. Pleasant’s Charleston National golf community. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath is built in the classic Charleston Single style in a secluded, but convenient neighborhood.  Jack is offering an extra incentive for folks to come out and tour this home.  If the winner of the Post and Courier’s giveaway is from his property, he’ll not only match the $2500 prize but he’ll throw in new carpeting and deduct one point from the purchase price. Way to go, Jack!

To view homes before driving out and touring, visit the newspaper’s Web site, There are videos of all the homes on the tour, and you can search by area, new, resale, condo/townhouse or luxury properties of $500,000 or higher. This is great way to see what’s out there, whether you are currently looking to buy or just thinking about it.  With the new tax credit, the lowest mortgage rates in decades, conservative prices, and bountiful selection, there really is no better time to buy.

So stop by the website to browse the options and get out there today 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t forget to drop in an entry form for the $2,500 down payment drawing. Official rules and regulations apply and will be posted at all houses. Register at any of the homes this weekend, but if you want a little something extra, register at Jack’s!

For more information on the A Place to Call Home Tour Open House Weekend check out this ARTICLE from today’s Post and Courier.

Featured Property with Open House – 212 Little Oak Island Drive, Folly Beach

This week’s Featured Property is 212 Little Oak Island Drivelocated on secluded, private Little Oak Island just minutes from Folly Beach. Enjoy the serenity of this island from one of your treetop balconies overlooking the lagoon. This property offers you complete access to all the amenities of a resort with tennis courts, swimming pool and crabbing docks. “The Edge of America” Folly Beach is just a quick bike ride away. This is the only 3 bedroom, 3 bath available on this highly desired, gated island.

There is an Open House on Sunday, February 15, 2009 from 10am-2pm.

For more information, contact real estate agent ERIC PETH at or call 843.252.7800

Featured Property – 1547 Clark Sound Circle, James Island

This week’s Featured Property is 1547 Clark Sound Circle on beautiful James Island. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is located in the Bayview Farms community, which offers a pool, tennis and basketball courts, a clubhouse, and sidewalks throughout. This home is perfect for a family and priced to move! The sellers left Charleston for new job opportunities, which means the house is vacant and ready for your family to move in immediately.

There is a permanent Open House on this property! Call 425.4614 for details.

For more information, contact real estate agent VINCENT PERNA at or call 843.538.3800

Featured Property with Open House – 259 Forest Trail

This week’s Featured Property, 259 Forest Trail is a beautiful Isle of Palms home in a great family neighborhood. It’s just a short walk to the beach and marina.  This property has extensive, yet easy to maintain landscaping and includes 8 Palmetto trees, 2 Palm trees, and 3 Grand Oaks. There are also 5 Charleston Garden raised beds on this rare half acre lot.

There is an open house most Saturdays and Sundays in November so stop by and check out this fantastic deal of the Isle of Palms.

For more information, contact real estate agent Joe Walker at or call 843.345.4510

Featured Property with Open House – 61 Ashley Avenue

There are certainly some extraordinary listings here at dunes properties, and this week’s Featured Property is no exception. The Richard Peyton House at 61 Ashley Avenue is one of the most charming homes in Harleston Village and offers one of the Charleston Peninsula’s largest lots.  Quietly tucked behind an ivy-covered wall, this house sits on the Northwest corner of Colonial Lake and sports gorgeous lake views from upper-floor rooms and piazzas.  The property includes a completely renovated 2 bedroom, 1 bath Carriage House, a one car garage, the original brick courtyard, and a Loutrel Briggs-designed garden.  This is a wonderful opportunity to own a stunning, historic home in one of Charleston’s most beloved neighborhoods. Stop by and see it for yourself. There is an OPEN HOUSE every Saturday from 12pm-5pm

Or if you can’t make it in person, check out the video for this extraordinary property here.

For more information, contact real estate agent RANDY WALKER at or call 843.886.5600 X236