Charleston, SC Real Estate News

By Scott Dovala, Santa Rosa Mortgage and Home Loans
(Ascent Home Loans)
  As a National Mortgage Banker, Ascent Home Loans has provided innovative lending solutions for over 10 years. With our state of the art technology, I can give you quick loan decisions when you need to refinance, or fast pre-approvals that will give you that edge when negotiating for a new home. At Ascent Home Loans of Santa Rosa CA, I want to help you make the right choices when it comes to selecting the correct mortgage for you and your family. How do I do this?  I listen to my clients. With the right questions being asked, a client can provide a wealth of information on their future home loan and investment needs. I unlike other lenders, help you choose the right loan program that best fits your needs, not ours. Now, I can be like other every other mortgage company and tell you we h...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Have you ever wanted to be on TV?  How about on a reality TV series?  Well here's your opportunity. There is going to be a casting call for the next season of Big Brother right here in Charleston, SC.   I believe that this casting call will be for the season airing next summer, which should be season 10. The casting call is going to be on April 11, 2008 at the Mad River Bar and Grille in Downtown Charleston.  Their address is 32B Market Street.  And don't show up too early -- the casting call doesn't get started until 4pm, and it goes until 8:00. If you'd like more information, or if you have any questions, you can call Mad River Bar and Grille directly at 843.723.0032.
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Did you happen to see the article in the latest Parade?  It covered Great Things to do in Great American Cities, and Charleston, SC was the second city listed! I've always known that there are countless things to do in Charleston.  Especially on a warm spring day and in the heart of out beautiful city.  Downtown Charleston has the best of just about everything.  You can take a walk through White Point Gardens right on the tip of the peninsula and stroll down the Battery.  You can take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city and learn a few things from a licenced tour guide.  You can wander through The Market area where hundreds of vendors have beautiful things for sale.  You can meander through the old cobblestone roads and awe at the intricate architecture displayed in homes and ...
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By Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Buyers' Choice Realty)
DON'T READ THIS IF you are the mother of a son.  Especially don't read this if you are the mother of a son who wants to join the military.   It will make you cry.  It made me cry writing it, and I still get misty eyed as I read it yet again.  The following is an "over grown comment" I made last night on Melissa Grant's blog: "What is the age of reason?  My son is 15 and wants to join the Military".  Dear Melissa,Your words resonate with me.  My son was the same way.  It all officially started in high school with the ROTC program, but the signs were there long before that, when he used to move his plastic armies (those little military figurines) across the large World map I had bought for him.  By the way, you forgot to mention the shoe polishing endeavors...  my son was obsessed with po...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Did you know that you can cruise right from the Charleston Harbor? We have a large port, and the cruise industry has just recently begun to take advantage of it. Several years ago we had our first cruise line, Norwegian, start sailing from the port of Charleston.  I believe they sailed every Saturday for a 7 day cruise from March to November. Jim and I took one of these cruises and had a great time.  It was our first, and the ports of call were Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Key West.  And since Jim was born in Key West, this was the one we were really looking forward to getting to! Then Carnival jumped into the Charleston scene for just a couple weeks.  They had one cruise in May and one in October.  And since their name is so big, everyone wanted on these trips.  Jim and I also voyaged o...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
I have been saying it for awhile now, and I finally have proof! In the USA Today yesterday there was an article on the economy and how it's doing in different towns across the United States.  The map below was part of that article.If you scroll over South Carolina, you will see that Charleston has a big green dot next to it.  And that green dot signifies that we are currently in an expanding market, not one in a recession!This is just terrific news!  I've known that Charleston was not as bad off as other areas of the country, and this is just verification.If you have any questions about the Charleston area or our expanding market, we would be happy to answer them. 
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Easter is right around the corner, and so are the Easter festivities!One of the local events this year is going to be the Easter Celebration at Freshfields Village.On Saturday, March 22, all of the kids will want to check out the Freshfields Village because the Easter Bunny will hopping around from 10am to 2pm.  And there will be plenty of activities!  Some of the happenings will be a jump castle, face painter, the Easter bunny himself, and egg decorating.  And starting around 11am, there will be a cookout for everyone!The best part?  It all free!The Freshfields Village is located at the crossroads of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, so head on out there the day before Easter and join in on the Easter fun! 
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
For years and years the John Ancrum SPCA has been in a small and over-crowded home on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston.  I have been there on many occasions -- I got one of my cats there several years ago.  And then Jim and I also got two puppies and another kitten after we got together.  But the past couple of years have been big fundraisers for them.  They have put tons of time and energy (and money -- almost $9 million) into their goal of building a bigger and better shelter, and now it's time to sit back and reap the benefits! On Saturday, March 8, 2008, the Charleston Animal Society will have a huge celebration and "Open House" for their new shelter on Remount Road.  Everything will get started around 11am and last until 4pm. There will be jump castles, face painting, temporary ta...
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By Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging
(Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team)
This is a beautiful home full of character.  Unfortunately much of that character is old world and many people today don't necessarily feel that this fits their needs/wants.  For downtown there is tons of space and light.  The home is within walking distance to Charleston's Battery and most of the nightlife, restaraunts, shopping and parks.  This said the home has been on the market for some time and so the agent called me in to see if we could help.  Coming into the common areas I was stunned to see a beautiful lush arboritum & benches.  This is simply not something we see everyday around here.  Walking into the unit itself, I found the problems to be pretty easy to spot.  The home was large & there was a ton of light, but the floors were marble, the walls were faux painted and each ro...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
In today's local paper it was reported that the city of Charleston is going to spend $1.4 million to buy a historic East Bay mansion -- the Josiah Smith Tennent House.    The current owners of the mansion are a nonprofit group, Elpis Inc., that have received more than $1 million in grants from the city to renovate the building as a community center.  And in 2003 they also took out a $1.73 million mortage to aid in the renovation project. But it seems that they have defaulted on their loan, and now the city will have to buy it back form the bank.  It seems such a shame since they gave the property to Elpis Inc. in 1993.  At that time there were high hopes for the mansion to serve as a community center for the East Side neighborhood. Elpis, an affiliate of the Rev. Dallas Wilson's Agape ...
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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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