Charleston, SC Real Estate News

By Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging
(Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team)
SC Realtors, are you looking for a way to step up your business, learn something new & exciting and network all at the same time?    We hope to see you at this conference, where we will be exhibiting.  We have also planned a small breakout session (time to be determined).  If you are still looking for more information check out the Detailed Conference Agenda. Be sure you don't miss the opening address with Keynote Speaker Henry Winkler!  (That's right, The Fonz will be giving a keynote address!)  and  don't miss this educational session on home staging: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Education SesssionAmy Chorew:Trimming the Tree: Home StagingEducation Session Afterwards you'll want to make sure to stop by our booth and register for one of our new Agent Courses! See you there!
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By Bobby Wallace, Sell Your Vacant Land The Hassle Free Way!
(Vacant Land Solutions)
If you had one chance to ask a real estate attorney about closings, Hud statements, title searches, double closings, probate, etc.... ..without it costing you $150 hour? What would your single most important question be? Our Charleston Real Estate Investor's "Members Only meeting meeting on August 19th will feature  local Charleston, SC  attorney, Dan Dugan, who will give you valuable insight as to how to get your properties closed. I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to "pick the brains" of one of our sharpest members. PLUS: * CashFlow Game schedule * Upcoming land trust & "Subject To" meeting * Partnering opportunities                                                                                                                * Master Mind group - "like-minded" people D...
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By Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team
(Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor)
The United States Coast Guard has kept our waterways safe and secure for 218 years.  On its birthday this August the 4th, it's a wonderful time to reflect on its history and more importantly give thanks to those who have served.  The Coast Guard dates back to 1790 and is the 5th branch of the US military.  Their primary mission is to enforce maritime law while protecting our economic interest and safety. They fight the illegal drugs war from the water borders and save lives including more than a million people. Protecting our shores is a daunting task and the smallest branch of the military has been charged with the challenge. About 40,000 men and woman are on active duty.  On an average day, the Coast Guard saves 14 lives, assists 98 people in distress, halts 17 illegal migrants and se...
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By Bobby Wallace, Sell Your Vacant Land The Hassle Free Way!
(Vacant Land Solutions)
Local expert, Lou Castillo to  answer questions on  how to "Wholesaling properties in today's market".Charleston, SC, - Lou Castillo, real estate investor, internet expert, and noted author will be the guest speaker at the Charleston Real Estate investor's Association August 5th 2008 meeting.   The location for  the meeting will be at Carey Hilliard's Restaurant, 6601 Rivers Ave. N. Charleston, SC."Lou will talk about "Fast Turn Profits" which covers wholesaling in today's market. He will also be covering the power of the internet and why it is an essential tool that all investors need to add to their portfolio. " said Bobby Wallace, host. "Many of our members are always asking for marketing and internet  advice. So we have found the best of the best to be our featured guest speaker and...
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By Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
One of our trips during our South Carolina vacation this summer was to visit Fort Sumter, the site of the first shots fired in the Civil War.   We were excited to finally get there as we had been attempting to make this trip many times and literally missed the boat the last time we were there. The tour boats only leave 3 times a day from two locations and we got there just as the last tour had left the last time we wanted to go.  Needless to say, I did my research this time and we headed out to Charleston early in the day to catch the first tour at 9:30.  No simple task with 4 teenagers to get up and moving but we did it! It was a fun and interesting half hour ride out to the fort from the dock near the South Carolina Aquarium. The boat passed by many picturesque landmarks and the story...
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By Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
I love Charleston SC.  It is one of the most beautiful cities in the country in my opinion. We usually try to make a trip to Charleston at least once during our South Carolina vacation breaks.  We often visit the City Market which has been operating  since the late 1700's.   Market Hall was built in 1841 and now houses a Confederate Museum.  The market itself is set up with covered booths that sell candy and treats, clothing and jewelery, handbags, and those famous low country baskets that you can see being woven right there. On this trip we ate lunch at the Southend Brewery and Smokehouse located on East Bay St.All the tables have white paper and crayons are available.  We had fun with them!Here's the view from the third floor of the Southend Brewery.We took the trolley bus down to the...
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By Michael Johnson, Metro Charleston SC
(Carolina One Real Estate)
Hurricane season 08 is in full swing with a few named storms already.  The season extends from June 1st throuogh November 30th.  The following are the planned evacuation routes for the different areas in the Charleston Metro. as put out by the state.  Edisto Island and Adams Run: [MAP] Evacuees from Edisto Island and Adams Run will take SC 174 to US 17.  They will then take US 17 south to SC 64. SC 64 will take them to Walterboro and eventually to Augusta.   Yonges Island, Meggett, Hollywood, Ravenel: [MAP] Evacuees from Yonges Island, Meggett, Hollywood and Ravenel will take SC 165 to US 17.  They will then take US 17 south to SC 64. SC 64 will take them to Walterboro and eventually to Augusta.   Johns Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook: [MAP] Evacuees from Johns Island, Kiawah Island ...
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The American Dream of home ownership is still alive and well...the media is our enemy. Doing anything for ratings remember the phrase" money is the root of all evil."...so are ratings and that is what is driving us down a weeded road not the garden path so to speak. The same problem with rising oil prices are driving up the prices at the pump unregulated buying then  selling of oil futures is before the oil comes from the grounds.  Ratings are golden to the media the can make the sky rise or fall.  Remember the 80's when  a 1000 savings  banks failed it is not half that bad today we only have less than 100 .  Our family members Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still safe from harm not failing as the media would have us to believe  and Uncle Sam will see to their survival... Under a  polit...
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
I was raised in a communist, iron curtain country.  We were NOT allowed to go ANYWHERE.  The happiest moment in my life was when I arrived in the USA.  To be FREE is indeed an amazing privilege.  I have tears in my eyes as I'm writing this.  The human spirit seeks freedom.  Being able to go anywhere in the World and reading anything (our books were censored too) is indeed such an amazing opportunity.  For those born in this country, that privilege is taken for granted.  For me, it is still a privilege much revered.   I thank God every day for being here!  I am a proud American!  People ask me which country I consider mine.  What a silly question.  Like a child who is mistreated by its biological parent, then adopted by a loving parent...  there is no doubt who the REAL PARENT is:  the A...
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By Thomas Cunningham, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
Lakeside, Charleston SC      Tucked away within a verdant oasis, yet convenient to everything that Charleston has to offer, Lakeside is a beautiful Townhome community located on James Island between Folly Rd and Maybank Hwy.   Lakeside is just around the corner from the Intercoastal Waterway, five minutes from Downtown Charleston and 15 minutes from Folly Beach.             Lakeside provides an idyllic setting for its 76 Townhomes with Two and Three bedroom floor plans.  Pristine and verdant, quiet and quaint, Lakeside is located just off Folly Road on James Island, SC.  This Townhome community provides the best of both worlds: concealed but surprisingly close to all that Charleston has to offer. Within walking distance you can find several Restaurants, Grocery Stores and Dry Cleaners. ...
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By Bryan Crabtree
(Bryan Crabtree, The Real Estate Expert.)
Recently, I sold the business operation/goodwill of Dean-Kelby Realty LLC to Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.  We built quite a team over the 6 years we grew and operated (400 agents with 7 offices).  Our original core of 130 agents were the latter part of my exit from ownership.  A lot of people have asked me why do this now in this market?  It's very simple; times are tough and "strength" is the key to surving.  A few months ago, I began predicting that Prudential Carolina Real Estate would sell, close offices or make an agressive maneuver in our local market to overcome its challenges.  A company cannot sustain (nor could we in our previous format) the loss of 50% of its business.  PCRE's reaction was to drop its franchise and become Carolina One Real Estate.  This was a bold move t...
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By Adam Hankey, Internet Marketing, MLS IDX, Web Design
( Search Engine Marketing Strategist)
Home buyers are finding many great options in the  Charleston real estate market between the $200s and $300s range.     These great deals are being found in all corners of the market and have kept the real estate market on a gentle positive increase.     With your money, in Charleston County you may choose to build a brand new Charleston custom home in one of the many new residential developments, or you could purchase an older home in a golf course community.   Once you’ve made the decision to live in the amazing community of Charleston you will be overwhelmed by the beautiful atmosphere the Charleston area offers.
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By Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging
(Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team)
Today I was fortunate to stage a stunning 1840s renovated carriage house.  One of the big problems in this home was the appearance of lack of size.  Buyers felt this simply wasn't a large enough property for full time living.  This room felt a little too small - even for a guest room.  Before it seemed as if the bed would be inside the fireplace...   This living room seemed barely large enough for a comfortable living space let along a dining room... hopefully we've squashed that problem...       These spaces were actually able to break down into 3 distinctive living spaces, showing funcationality.  Buyers want to know that they can have a party, entertain, etc.  Now, they can do just that! Staging, properly done, is more than just adding furniture & some art to a home.  It should help ...
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By Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging
(Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team)
What an honor to stage such a beautiful home.  The attention to detail is amazing and you can feel the history in the original touches throughout.... Here are some photos if you don't want to watch the RES.....       I'm sure you can see why I enjoyed my workday so much today with such a beautiful subject to work with!!  Best of all this home is within walking distance to some of the best restaurants in Charleston and the waterfront!
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Did you know... 7.6 square miles is all the area that the peninsula of Charleston makes up, while there are almost 150 total square miles within the entire city of Charleston. 1773 was the year that the very first public museum in America, the Charleston Museum, opened. 118,492 people reside within Charleston city limits, according to a 2007 census. $35,295 is the median family income in the city of Charleston, which is more than $10,000 below the national average. 4 US cities were more populated than Charleston in 1800.  Today there are more than 200. 1.5 times as many people live in the city of Charleston than did in 1980, due in part to consistent annexation over the last 25 years. 1788 was when Charles Cotsworth Pinckney ceded the land on which the City Market is built, doing so wi...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Today was Chief Rusty Thomas's final day on the job.  After the Sofa Superstore fire last year that claimed the lives of nine Charleston firemen, I honestly think Chief Thomas just needs a break. He served the Charleston fire department for 32 years, and so it's really the only job that he has ever had.  I don't know how you walk away from the only thing you have ever known, but that is just what he has done.  Here is what one of our local television stations, WCBD Channel 2, had to say about Chief Thomas in a news piece today: After more than 30 years Charleston Fire Chief Rusty Thomas walks away from the only job he has ever known today. June 18th is symbolic for many reasons in Thomas' life.  On that date in 1976 he took his first station assignment as a firefighter for engine eight...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
With the 3rd anniversary of the Arther Ravenel Bridge (a.k.a. the Cooper River Bridge) we thought that we would pay tribute by sharing some interesting facts. Saturday, July 9th & Sunday, July 10th 2005: The Low Country hosted a Bridge Open House in which thousands from all over attended to walk and bike the new span. Thursday, July 14th 2005: The Official Bridge Lighting Ceremony and Mile of Fireworks across the Cooper River was held. This was a spectacular event. Saturday, July 16th 2005: The dedication of the Cooper River Bridge was held mid-span between the towers and the first vehicles were allowed to cross immediately following the dedication. The main span for the new bridge is 1546 feet long, the longest cable stay span in North America (at the time). The Bridge construction inc...
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By Vince Perna, Folly Beach, SC
(Dunes Properties of Charleston)
Hello Everyone! I took a class yesterday that covered mls statistics reports.  It was exceptionally insightful and I was amazed at the reports I can produce.  I had used 1 or 2 reports mainly, but I learned the purposes of all the reports.  Some of the current data was unimpressive but knowing is half the battle.  With the information we can make educated decisions. Another thing I learned about the mls was that we can customize our search results page.  I had been using the default search results for 4 years and now I learned you can customize it.  This will be great going forward.  Two of the features that I added were consecutive days on market and original list price.  consecutive days on market tells you how long it has ben listed regardless of whether an agent withdraws the listin...
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By Beth Rowlett
(Healthy Realty)
I'm looking forward to hosting an upcoming event for first time home buyers - partnering with SunTrust Mortgage Company. Potential buyers can expect to learn the following: reasons to buy a home, mortgage options, credit score information, navigating the home buying process  - PLUS special rebate offers!!! The Seminar is FREE and there will be complimentary dessert. Seating is limited. So please let me know if you plan to attend: uvahowdy@hotmail.com What: First Time Home Buying Seminar Location:  276 East Bay Street  Charleston, SC   (SunTrust location) Date: Tuesday, July 15 Time: 7pm
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Hundreds of people filled the Gaillard Auditorium this morning to pay tribute to nine fallen firefighters on the first anniversary of the deadly Sofa Super Store fire. The somber, hour-long event drew mourners from across South Carolina. The ceremony was short on speeches, with the families preferring to tell the story of the nine men who died through a montage of images and music. The individualized presentations captured the personality of each man, both as a firefighter and as beloved family member. Capping the ceremony was a presentation of medals of honor from the International Association of Fire Fighters. Members of the Charleston Fire Department honor guard held the medals as they stood beside over-sized portraits of the fallen. Then, they rang a memorial bell signalling the fin...
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