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31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439

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11 Fulton Street
Charleston, SC 29401

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1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455

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835 Coleman Blvd Ste. 200
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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Charleston Real Estate Market Mid-Year Update

Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors, delivered the keynote address and discussed the Charleston real estate market last Wednesday for area members of Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.  He had lots of good things to say about the Charleston market in general. Read the whole story and watch the videos HERE.

Now what does all this mean to you as a homeowner, Buyer, or Seller? Be sure to talk to your agent, they are there for you whenever you have a question about home ownership and the market in general,  not just if you are interested in buying or selling right now.  You can speak pressure and commitment free to a dunes properties agent any time by calling 800.476.8444 or stopping by one of our four offices at 214 King St. downtown, 31 Center St. on Folly, 1400 Palm Blvd. on the Isle of Palms, or at Bohicket Marina near Seabrook/Kiawah Islands.


Charleston Trident Association of Realtors Q2 Market Update – It’s all Local

Each quarter the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors produces a brief video outlining “The Skinny” on the local residential real estate market.  In short:

  • Inventory is down with fewer houses for sale
  • Median prices are down just slightly
  • The difference between original list price and sales price is lessening
  • Mortgage rates are down again

Past and Present Sizzle Together in Charleston

Those two famous cookbook authors, The Lee Brothers (Matt & Ted) ruminate in Travel + Leisure Magazine about Charleston. 

Yes another great article about Charleston. This city is a top tourist destination and Charleston is frequently featured in magazines, tv programs, blogs and books.  Frequently the content is interchangeable and pretty much says the same things over and over again. Not that we don’t enjoy or appreciate the articles, we do! But I noticed this article by the Lee Brothers, definite Charleston insiders and not just a travel writer here for a week trying to figure out this city. 

Matt and Ted Lee have written the most beautiful ode to Charleston I think I have read yet.  They describe the juxtoposition of the past and present in this town-how it has aged gracefully and grown even more vibrant and relevant. 

Charleston has “contemporary” sizzle as they say and has found a new way forward by reaching to it’s past and embracing the tension that lies between the past and the present.  They make note of how in these times of economic downturn, the citizens of Charleston have focused on what really matters in the world and have dug deep to embrace their roots.  Art, music, food- things in life that feed the soul- Charleston has in abundance. And the quality and diversity is a testament to the home Charleston is.  Dive bars, world renowned chefs, artists from around the world finding second homes in town, historical architecture mixing with the new, home cooking with innovative flair- Charleston has found a new way forward and this city is growing in all ways good.

Lookout for a Familiar Face Walking the Ravenel Bridge

Today, local Mitchell Elementary School will be visited by Jared the Subway spokesman.  He is in town promoting healthy eating habits for children.  There will be a 2pm assembly at the school and after that Jared will be walking the Ravenel Bridge from 3:30-4:30pm with a group of teachers who walk the bridge daily.

I have always been a fan of Subway. As a vegetarian for the last 24 years,  it was one of my very few fast food options.  To my delight there happens to be one right down from my office on the Isle of Palms.  There are lots of fabulous dining options on and very near the Isle of Palms but sometimes you just want that quick $6 lunch.

– Rebecca, administrative assistant extraordinaire!

Full Moon Madness

This weekend the low expected on Saturday is 70 degrees! Wow!  Granted we still have beautiful beach worthy temperatures in Charleston up through November, but that “aaahh it’s summertime” feeling is coming to an end.  The summer is our busy time and everyone at Dunes Properties,  from our agents to our vacation rental staff, worked so hard that our president, Randy Walker, treated us to a surprise full moon harbor cruise last night aboard the Schooner Pride.

We saw rain off in the distance (the views are so amazing here you can often see rain pouring from clouds far away that never makes it to where you’re at), and heard some thunder but amazingly we were spared and eventually the full moon made it out from the clouds.

It can be so easy to take the every day beauty in your life for granted, but I don’t think any of us take Charleston, the sea, the beach, or life here for granted. We wake up every morning knowing that we live in one of the best cities.  That feeling just gets a bit of reinforcement  on nights like last night.

Pelicans circling and floating in the water, gulls cruising along, water lapping at the side of the boat- the Ravenel Bridge off in the distance.  Just spectacular scenery and it’s around us every day.

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.


Folly Opportunity- Great Lot with a Fixer Upper

We’ve has just listed this great lot which has a home that needs some work.  601 West Beach Court. We think this property is going to move fast at the super aggressive listing price of $394,900.   A primary residence, a 2nd home, an investment rental property? You name it and this prime real estate fits the bill. This oversized corner lot is just steps away from beach access yet secluded away from the busy hustle and bustle that summertime can bring at Folly.

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!


Charleston From the Water

It was a windy day on the water and perhaps 3 hours was about an hour too much for some of our spaghetti arms but we made it through.  There were laughs- fighting against the winds and landing in some reeds and  having to be towed out by the tour guide (that was me- he had a little hook attached to his boat he latched onto mine and kayaked me out from under a pier). No one fell out of their boat, that’s the important thing.What a glorious summer in Charleston. I have to say the temperatures have not been stifling and there have been many breezes and days cooled off by rain.  I took advantage of this great weather and went kayaking in Mount Pleasant.  I opted for the 3 hour tour from Coastal Expeditions .  They are located in Mt. Pleasant at Shem Creek, the Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and also Bulls Island’s ferry.  They provided the kayak, the tour guide and the life jacket.  We were off after a brief introduction to proper kayak procedures.

The tour was fun and educational and going through the water you get a very different perspective on how the land is connected than you do in a car on the road.  Going through Shem Creek and under Coleman Blvd. looking up at the boats and restaurants is so very different than dining at Red’s and looking into the creek.  Going through Shem Creek was the most adventurous part- we saw three dolphins up close!

The guide was very knowledgable about area wild life and was excited to share information on everything we saw.  I learned that pelicans usually die because they lose their eyesight and can’t feed and how dolphins on the SC coast have a unique feeding strategy where they flip a fish onto shore then they flip themselves out of the water for a brief moment to grab the fish – it’s called “strand feeding.”

I can’t wait to get back in a kayak and I am looking into buying my own. This was an adventure I can’t wait to experience again.

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