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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
The South Carolina Aquarium has completed their latest exhibit, and we are all invited to the party!  Come on out on March 15, 2008 to help celebrate the grand opening of the new major exhibit, Camp Carolina.  Everything gets started around 10am and goes until 4pm.  Enjoy a day packed with outdoor activities, fun for the kids and live music. A few of the day's activities will include watching scouts demonstrate their outdoor skills, testing your talent on the traversing wall,and listening to camping stories while feasting on s'mores!  And you definitely won't want to miss a visit inside the Aquarium to see Camp Carolina's exciting interactives and animals! Here's what the South Carolina Aquarium's website has to say about Camp Carolina: "Grab your gear and prepare for an outdoor advent...
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By Thomas Cunningham, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
    The human condition; what exactly makes us human? Is it our thoughts, our feelings or maybe better stated: our actions!   Something I have been struggling with is the full understanding of why we continue to abuse both ourselves and all  things that surrounds us; is this human nature?   Have things gotten too far gone? Do we still have the power within us to change that which is inside all of us as well as all that surrounds us?   What can I ( you )  really do to change our world? Corporations rule, Governments rule, Elders rule! What can I ( young and individual ) do to change that which is massive and old? I came across this Picture while doing a seach on Google Images and stumbled across this youg girls Blog, I really enjoyed it maybe you will too. Check it out JoAnne's BLOG
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By Foster Smith Summerville, Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor
(Carolina One Real Estate)
According to the Charleston Business Journal, the local housing market in Summerville and the Charleston area should see an increase in the year 2008. The two key factors in this upturn in housing sales will be affordable loan products and affordable housing. If these two factors can move into place, which they are currently doing, we should see a rise in home sales....Click here to read more!
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By Carolyn Dubrofsky
(Charleston Your Home )
Next time you hit the grocery store, try banishing those plastic bags by bringing along your own eco-friendly bag. Let’s take a look at the numbers: 100 billion each year in the U.S. with less than 1% recycled with the average 4-person home using over 1500 in a year. How did we ever get by without them just a few short years ago? Why are we just throwing them all away?As a family we have taken baby steps towards “going reusable” but that doesn’t mean everyone will - so maybe some help is needed. For instance, Whole Foods recently announced they’re eliminating plastic bags from all 270 of their locations. This is good. Bi-Lo will give you 5¢ refund for bringing your own. This is also good. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the other big brands follow their lead!Here’s a rundown of where th...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
More great news for South Carolina is just in, and it's about our higher education. Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston all are ranked as among the best deals in public education, according to Kiplinger's 2008 annual ranking.Clemson claims the highest spot among the three, ranking No. 33 of 100, but fell from No. 29 last year.   USC, meanwhile, jumped 16 spots to No. 35 after dropping 20 spots in 2006. College of Charleston also made the list at No. 70, down from 47 last year, as the cost to attend the school increased from an average of $14,762 to $17,272. To compile the list, Kiplinger analyzed student SAT and ACT scores, university enrollment, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates, total cost and average debt after graduation.  The fin...
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By Michael Johnson, Metro Charleston SC
(Carolina One Real Estate)
The 26th Annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition will get under way in Charleston, SC on February 15, 2008 and continue throughout the weekend, ending on February 18 2008.  It is the largest wildlife and nature event in the nation and draws 35,000+ people each year to see the events and exhibits.  According to the website, "the Expo showcases original paintings, carvings and sculpture by some of the most gifted artists in the wildlife art genre, as well as photography, gifts and collectibles, conservation exhibits, family activities, and more."Among one one of the more popular events will be the Dockdogs.  This event includes dogs of all kinds competing in several water jumping games..Here is a schedule of events as published by the event website, www.sewe.com:SEWE 2008 Schedule of Eve...
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According to some information that I saw on Trulia.com regarding the Charleston Housing market, it was fourth in the USA with a month on month rise of 6.2% in housing price. First was Hilton Head, SC with a 12.1% rise. Alan LangstoneReal Estate AgentLangstone TeamCarolina One Real Estate1951 Clements Ferry RoadCharleston, South Carolina, 29492Work: 843-284-1932Mobile: 843-709-8123Fax: 843-202-8675alan@carolinaone.comwww.langstoneteam.com"Trust, Integrity & Service"Visit MyBlogLog and get a signature like this!
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By Thomas Cunningham, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
Continued from previous post.                I continue down the Battery, right alongside the water. At time I slip across both of the One Way streets that make up Murray Blvd. in order to get a better view of a particular house that has caught my eye or has a for sale sign in front of it. As I made my way up to the Fort Sumter House, a woman was walking her dogs. Not one, but Three beautiful (black & white) Springer Spaniels bouncing along with their master in tow. Being a dog lover, I had to strike up a conversation. Beth was her name, she had kind eyes. The type of eyes you expect to see in a person who truly loves animals. I asked about the dogs and if my memory severs me right, all but one were "rescued" Springer's.  Dogs that were either abandoned or just in need of a good home. T...
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By Thomas Cunningham, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
 It's slightly overcast, a touch of chill in the air, blue sky and sunshine struggling to break it's way through the grey blanket that lingers overhead. It all adds to persona that makes up Charleston really. A place that is known for it's humid, hazy days; it's hot, muggy evenings that give no relief to that heat of the day. It's Sunday and I am still slightly recovering from a cold I had caught earlier in the week. I haven't felt myself all week long and have been cooped up in the house for several days now. A lazy Sunday, as all Sundays should be if you ask me! I slept in today and relaxed in front of the TV till this afternoon. I guess being stuck inside most of the week had finally caught up with me because I had a massive urge to get outside; to just be in the open air; to simply ...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Just imagine this.....65,000 pounds of oysters! Two tractor-trailers full of oysters will roll onto the grounds at Boone Hall Plantation on Sunday, January 27, 2008 to kick off the 25th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival.  This event has been named in the "top 20 events in the southeast" by the Southeastern Tourism Society! Held by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, the "Oyster Fest" gates open at 10:30 am with free parking available. Besides having plenty of oysters, other food will also be available.  The "Food Court" will feature food from some of the area's most popular restaurants, so everyone will be able to find something great to eat.Activities on the main stage include the Oyster Shucking Contest, the Oyster Eating Contest and local live entertainment.  Also, the wi...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
I cannot count the number of times that I've been showing a home, mention a FROG, and get really funny looks from our clients.  It seems that none of our out-of-town buyers have ever heard the term.  But since we're both Charleston natives, it's just part of our language. So, a FROG is a Finished Room Over Garage.  Other places refer to it as a bonus room, but here it's a FROG. In the early 1970's, builders in the Charleston area starting dropping the ceiling in the garage to create space for a room - sometimes unfinished (UnFROG) and sometimes finished (FROG) in order to add value to their homes. The only access to this room was typically through the garage or laundry room.  This room is unique to Charleston -- at least by this name.  We also have the only MLS that identifies a FROG a...
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By Bobby Wallace, Sell Your Vacant Land The Hassle Free Way!
(Vacant Land Solutions)
Are you tired of paying rent and want to own your own home? Not sure how to go about it? Who do you talk with? What do you need to do first?In many respects, buying a home in Charleston South Carolina is all about the numbers, and to be more specific, if you have credit problems, are self-employed, or  do not have a big down payment, you need to know the game of numbers.How much house can you afford?  What will your down payment be?  What is the monthly payment for a new house in Charleston?What interest rate will you really receive given your income and credit history?Knowing your numbers can often be the difference between making your landlord more rich in 2008 or owning a new home.Let's look at a few numbers that will definitely help you understand your feasibility of buying a new ho...
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By Thomas Cunningham, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
 So, with hopes of more people having the chance to see this Post. I implore more of my fellow comrades to take the time to read this post and voice your opinions.    I was curious, in this tumultuous market laden with negative press is it a positive move for someone like myself, to take up a position as a Mortgage Banker and use the opportunity to learn all the in's and out's of the financial side of Real Estate?  I'm quite excited by the idea. I have always been extremely curious about how things work on the lending side of this Industry. So, just curious what my fellow professionals might think of this idea! Are there any of you out there that have pursued this line of experience? If so, what are some tips you can share with me; Good-Bad and the ugly??What do you some of you think th...
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By Foster Smith Summerville, Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor
(Carolina One Real Estate)
Too often, I hear on the news or television the doom and gloom of the media in regards to the current housing market. If one were to listen solely to the media, you would feel as though your house would never sell, and if you were a buyer you could practically pick up a house for a song because the market was so soft. While some of this is true on the national level, thankfully reports have confirmed that on the local level we are not running with the rest of the country. The NAR put out a price analysis last month that was very interesting…Click Here to Read More at SummervilleRealEstate. 
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
In just a few short weeks,  the streets of Charleston will be filled with reindeer, elves, presents, Christmas trees and santas. And although this may include the holiday decorations, that's not what I'm referring to.  It's time again for the Annual Reindeer Run! This fun run is a jolly jog or jaunt (5K - 3.1 miles) through the streets of downtown Charleston during the holiday season. And it's for reindeer of all fitness levels and ages. Whether you plan on running or walking the course, be sure to dress in your best holiday costume to win fabulous prizes. The Reindeer Run is for everyone including runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, & scooters. This year's run will be on December 1st.  The starting point is going to be Southend Brewery.  The runners will begin at 9:00 am, with the walk...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
This holiday, revisit the charm of old time village traditions at Freshfields Village at Kiawah Island.  You will be surrounded by hay bales, garland, unique ornaments, wreaths, and an antique truck on the green. Everything gets started on Friday, November 23rd from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, and it's free to enjoy! There will be carolers strolling around the Village from store to store all day.  Make sure you pick up a complimentary hot chocolate while walking around.  And don't forget that Santa and his helper will be in the courtyard welcoming kids for this one weekend only. This holiday season, Freshfields is the place to be. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm - Bring your kids, your pets, and your friends to take pictures with Santa.  The first picture for every family is free! 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Stop...
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By Thomas Cunningham, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
So, with hopes of more people having the chance to see this Post. I implore more of my fellow comrades to take the time to read this post and voice your opinions.    I was curious, in this tumultuous market laden with negative press is it a positive move for someone like myself, to take up a position as a Mortgage Banker and use the opportunity to learn all the in's and out's of the financial side of Real Estate?  I'm quite excited by the idea. I have always been extremely curious about how things work on the lending side of this Industry. So, just curious what my fellow professionals might think of this idea! Are there any of you out there that have pursued this line of experience? If so, what are some tips you can share with me; Good-Bad and the ugly??What do you some of you think the...
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By Ed DeChristopher, CRS Fredericksburg VA
(Fredericksburg Realty, Inc.)
Thirteen grandchildren.  Yup, that's how many grandchildren we have.Well, on October 20th of this year, our oldest grandchild TJ Michalenko - was married to a wonderful girl!Katherine Kerns and TJ Michalenko were married in Charleston Harbor and it was one of the nicest weddings we have ever witnessed.  The two of them took care of everything themselves and a great job they did.Have never been to Charleston before and I was taken aback by the lovely setting.The wedding began in the late afternoon and the two of them planned that perfectly.  Shortly after the wedding was over (and the hundreds of pictures taken) the sun began to set and the cool night air surrounded us all.  The ceremony was beautiful as was the scenery.After the wedding we all began our short walk to Historic Charleston...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Last night I was watching the news and heard that starting today, November 1st, the three percent state tax will no longer be charged to unprepared foods purchased at grocery stores.  Awesome news! The three percent state sales tax on unprepared foods will be lifted as part of the state's property tax relief and school funding legislation of 2006. County sales taxes will still apply to foods. Currently Charleston County has a 1.5% tax that is charged for road improvements and for property tax relief.  The state tax will be removed on all groceries except those intended to be eaten at or near the store, spices, seeds to be grown as food and all beverages other than alcoholic ones and hot ready-to-drink offerings. I knew there was a reason I waited to go to the grocery store until today ...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
This year is the 3rd Annual Pet Helpers Black Tie Fur Ball Gala on Saturday, October 27, 2007.  The Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Drive in Downtown Charleston will be the location to dine and dance and benefit the homeless furry friends at Pet Helpers Rescue & Adoption Shelter.  The ball will get rolling at 6:30 pm, with popular and fun- loving emcees Tom Crawford and Victoria Hansen of Channel 4 News. As you begin your evening with a beverage from the open bar and hors d'oeuvres, you will have time to view and bid on the many exciting Silent Auction items which will include "get-aways," art work, dinners, personal and pet services, jewelry, golf packages and many other exciting and unique items. You will enjoy a plated dinner, have a chance to bid on exciting Live Auction items, and...
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