Charleston, SC Real Estate News

By Kevin Breeland, CMB
(Amplify Credit Union)
It was television at one time, but now it is not. What am I talking about? Relationship building and the use of Social Media Networking.   One of my favorite shows on television is NCIS. I think one of the reasons I enjoy it so much is the show does a very good job, in my opinion, of developing the characters. It got me to think about how television is really evolving into Social Media Networking. Now I know there will be many of you who will disagree but stay with me just a moment and I will explain myself.   Below, you see a Microsoft Clip Art picture. I have inserted this picture because it shows networking one-one and in a group...meeting setting, the usual things that go with business. It was free to download and took less than a minute to do. I am started talking about NCIS so I w...
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By Kevin Breeland, CMB
(Amplify Credit Union)
WE were "Juiced" now our records mean nothing.......is that really true?   No, I am not talking about baseball and baseball players on Steroids...I am talking about the Mortgage Industry and almost Free Money with NO DOCUMENTATION.    Needless to say we have seen major changes in Credit Requirements, FICO score requirements, Underwriting requirements, you name it almost every aspect of the Mortgage Business has changed in the last 17 months. I am not going to lie to you, my income has fallen and I would imagine most people in the mortgage business that would be an accurate statement for most. For others, they are no longer in the business and that may not be all bad.   But, remember the day......the free credit, no documentation, Loan Officers and Realtors were making money hand over fi...
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Charleston SC has long been a destination for tourists. In fact, many people end up moving to Charleston because of a visit they made. One trip and it is easy to see why people fall in love with the "Lowcountry": close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, all of the water that surrounds us (tidal creeks, marshes, rivers, inter coastal waterway, etc.), the historic charm and architecture, the great history of one of the oldest cities in the US. the warm, sub tropical climate, and of course, all of the friendly folks that inhabit this fine city. Many people do not consider now a good time to buy a home in Charleston SC, or anywhere for that matter. However, that couldn't be any further from the truth, and recent reports show that Charleston SC is indeed a great place to buy a home. First, Cha...
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By Bobby Wallace, Sell Your Vacant Land The Hassle Free Way!
(Vacant Land Solutions)
Do you use signs to market your business or service? You know the kind that I am talking about; the bright yellow signs that are nailed to telephone poles, or trees or are stuck in the ground near high traffic areas.     Investors called them 'Bandit Signs" or "Snipe Signs" Several years ago, when I first began investing in real estate, I had a friend that ordered 500 of these signs every month to "get-the-word-out" as he says, about his business; when I asked him, "Why 500?" he replied, "Because "They" keep taking them down!" He never could explain exactly who "They" were. I accused him of being paranoid :) I was naive; a "babe-in-the-woods"; I didn't know then what I know now! So, for all you paranoid Charleston "We Buy Houses "Investors, "Avoid Foreclosure" Mortgage people, Realtors ...
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By Bobby Wallace, Sell Your Vacant Land The Hassle Free Way!
(Vacant Land Solutions)
The Charleston Real Estate Investors Association Would Like To Invite You To Learn How To Get Out Of The "Rat Race". CASHFLOW® 101 is an educational program that teaches accounting, finance, investing and creating PASSIVE INCOME at the same time and makes learning fun.         Are you interested in PASSIVE INCOME? Would you like to have your money work for you...instead of you working for it? Are YOU interested in playing the Cashflow 101 Board Game with other like-minded individuals?  This incredible game was designed and promoted by Mr. Robert Kiyosaki, an investor, entrepreneur, educator, and author of Rich Dad Poor Dad (the USA Today #1 Money Book for 2003 and 2004)... and you can play FREE!                                                 CashFlow 101 DetailsDate: Tuesday February 2...
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By Randall Sandin, 843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate
(Carolina One Real Estate)
Open House - Sunday 2/22, 1-3pm Please stop by to view this super clean condo in the Grove Park section of Grand Oaks Plantation 1502 Whitby Lane - Charleston, SC - $147,500 This ground floor condo in Grove Park is in immaculate condition. Still occupied by the original owners - no pets or kids and have never smoked in the home...this unit is like new! Enjoy the large open floor plan with 1320 sq. feet of usable space. An oversized master bedroom has plenty of closet space along with a dual vanity, garden tub & walk-in shower in the master bath. Second bedroom is very large with dual closets. Large living area has a gas fireplace and opens up to the screened porch. Other amenities include 9 foot smooth ceilings, 5 upgraded ceiling fans, gas water heater, built-in microwave, tilt-in wind...
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By Randall Sandin, 843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate
(Carolina One Real Estate)
Community Open House Grand Oaks Plantation neighborhood - Sunday, Feb 22, 1-3pm We will have three houses open for viewing this Sunday, February 22nd from 1-3pm in the Grand Oaks neighborhood in West Ashley. We hope you and your clients can come by for a look. All three properties are in excellent condition and very clean.      1502 Whitby Lane - Grove Park Condos $147,500, MLS# 2901631 2 BD, 2 BA, open floor plan, screened porch Click here for the VISUAL TOUR       437 Sycamore Shade - Grand Oaks $310,000, MLS# 2822045 3 BD, 2 Ba, large FROG, fenced yard Click here for the VISUAL TOUR        451 Sycamore Shade - Grand Oaks $270,000, MLS# 2830530 3 BA, 2 BA, 2 car garage, screened porch Click here for the VISUAL TOUR For more info on Charleston SC real estate, call Randall Sandin at 843...
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By Debbie Donovan
(RE/MAX Alliance)
Wild About Charleston   This past weekend, the 27th Southeastern Wildlife Exposition was held in Charleston. Touted as the nation's largest wildlife art and nature event, SEWE epitomizes one of the great reasons to live in Charleston...there is always something to do.   The reason for attending my first ever SEWE event was to see the presentation Living with Wolves by Jim and Jamie Dutcher. Always fascinated with wolves, I was intrigued to hear the story of this couple who lived with a pack of wolves in Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness for six years. The presentation was captivating. They have taken it as their responsibility to educate others about this often misunderstood predator and the important role wolves' play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. I applaud their efforts.   Watching the...
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By Kevin Breeland, CMB
(Amplify Credit Union)
I told you so....how many times when you were a kid did you hear that from your brothers and sisters. Well, if you were anything like me you heard it many times. Even as an adult I have heard more than once.    Yesterday, like many Americans, I watched President Obama's news conference. As you know his news conference was about U.S. Home Mortgage Crisis. I don't want to write about the conference but one thing he said towards the end really got my attention and got me to thinking. Here is what he said and I quote "So solving this crisis will require more than resources-it will require all of us to take responsibility. Government must take responsibility for setting rules of the road that are fair and fairly enforced. Banks and lenders must be held accountable for ending practices that g...
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By Joye Hollis Ridgeway, - Homes, Land, Investment, Commercial
(AgentOwned Realty, Charleston SC)
            I am often asked:  "Do I live in Charleston City or Charleston County?"                                       "Who do I contact, the city or the county?                                       "What's the difference ?"                                       "If I live in the city, why do I have county services ?"             Basically, Charleston City and Charleston County are two branches of government, each performing different services for the citizens.            While the city provides specific services to its residences, the county provides specific services to ALL Charleston county residences, in the city or outside the city.            The CITY provides:  Law enforcement                                         Roads                                         Drainage      ...
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By Kevin Breeland, CMB
(Amplify Credit Union)
Say it ain't so Joe! Well this is not about the Chicago Black Socks and Shoeless Joe Jackson. It does involve another famous Chicagoan resident, President Obama.   Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the largest spending package in American History. Depending on who you talk to some believe it was the right thing to do and some believe it was the wrong thing to do. Since I am a Republican, I join my Three Republican Senators who voted for it and believe it was just the first step in a number of steps that need to be taken.   This is not a debate about Republican or Democrat, right or wrong. When I was watching this morning news there was a story regarding Senator Lindsey Graham. Since I live in the "LowCountry" of South Carolina Senator Graham is my senator. Once again he had a c...
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By Kevin Breeland, CMB
(Amplify Credit Union)
I don't remember how old I was the first time I heard "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink". I am not even sure where it originated, who said first, etc. The good news, or maybe not, this is not about horses....or is it?   What I know about horses would not fill a thimble. At 6 years old outside of El Paso, Tx where we lived at the time I was thrown from a horse and I remember the thump I felt when I hit the ground. Then, when I was 16 and now living in the country in Southwest Louisiana I was taking care of my uncles horses. I was feed one of them and he stepped on my foot....oh the pain of it....I can still feel it and man did that hurt.   Well, my luck with people is about as good. The sad part, I interact with people everyday and only horses like once every 2...
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By Debbie Donovan
(RE/MAX Alliance)
Dog Lost in Charleston - Grand Oaks Plantation   On February 16, Lena ran from her new home in Charleston's Grand Oaks Plantation.  My client just closed on her house last week and drove to Atlanta Saturday to pick up her new dog, Lena.  Lena is a Bernese Mountain Dog and a rescue.  She was taken in a kennel seizure and my client has been waiting to settle in her new Charleston home before getting Lena.  Lena is about 60 lbs.  Her body is black.  She's got white on her chest, feet and face.  She's also got tan on her feet and face.  She won't bite, but she's scared of people.  She was wearing a red and blue Kansas Jayhawk's collar.  She does have a microchip.  Please help bring Lena home by sharing this with others.  Contact me at 843-327-6099 with any information.  Your help is greatly...
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By Randall Sandin, 843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate
(Carolina One Real Estate)
I am pleased to announce that the Charleston Pier Partners team of Matt Poole & Randall Sandin received the "Platinum Circle Award" from Carolina One Real Estate at the 2008 awards ceremony. Thanks to all of our clients who were the sole reason we received this award. We both look forward to a successful 2009 year in Charleston & Folly Beach real estate. To search the Charleston MLS, go to http://www.charlestonpierpartners.com or call Randall Sandin at 843-209-9667 for all your Charleston real estate needs.   
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By Mike Ciucci
(Carolina One Real Estate)
You know, I'm so glad to be in Charleston, SC. Right now, it's sunny, 72 degrees in February, with a light wind. The winter is slowly giving way to spring, and the people of the Lowcountry are training for the Cooper River Bridge Run. Earlier today, I was out at the beach going on caravan with my company, Carolina One Real Estate. We do this every Thursday morning. We have our weekly meeting, talk about the current market, things that have come up in transactions with other agents that we can all learn from, and how we can become better agents, and more importantly, better people. So after our weekly meeting, all the agents go on caravan. What we do on caravan is take a look at the new listings in person, and determine what the sellers can do to their home to help get it sold. You know,...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
I never thought I'd witness it, but it seems that Charleston, SC has been rated higher than the Big Apple. The readers of Conde Nast Traveler ranked our very own Charleston as the #2 city in America to visit! Charleston has been on Conde Nast Traveler's top ten list for the past sixteen years.  In the most recent years we have been in the third spot, right behind New York City. And it seems that we have moved our way up into their spot while they drop down into #3. And who has remained in the #1 spot?  San Fransisco! So watch out California - we're moving our way to the top!   ***************************************** We proudly serve and sell real estate in and around all of Charleston, SC.  If you are thinking about purchasing or selling your home in Charleston, Johns Island, James I...
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By Kevin Breeland, CMB
(Amplify Credit Union)
 I am sitting here at my dining room table composing this blog because I am waiting on the gas company. When I signed up for service I was told someone would call me in a few days to schedule connection. A few days later they did and we set a time a week and half out between 8:00am and Noon.   As I think about that now it comes to me how "ol school" this appointment is. First, with today's technology I can do almost anything right from my laptop. I don't have to go to the bank, in most cases I can pay my bills via the laptop, when you call a place a business there are times you don't even need to talk to a person (although I have to say that is my least favorite form of technology). Computers and robots preform surgery, computers and technicians can fly a man-less plane from thousands o...
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By Bobby Wallace, Sell Your Vacant Land The Hassle Free Way!
(Vacant Land Solutions)
A lot of us that were around back in the 60's, remember Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner. James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, & Horst Bucholz, teaming up to star, in what many movie fans would argue, is the greatest western of all time: The Magnificent Seven!         It is the story of seven highly skilled professionals that joined forces to help a small Mexican village. The original movie started a decade of great sequels, (The Guns of the Magnificent Seven, Return of the Magnificent Seven, etc) and helped pave the way for the "Spaghetti Westerns" that made Clint Eastwood (The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, A Fist Full of Dollars, etc.) a household name. If you have never seen The Magnificent Seven on Turner Classic Movies, you really owe it to yourself to hustle down to B...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
  ***************************************** We proudly serve and sell real estate in and around all of Charleston, SC.  If you are thinking about purchasing or selling your home in Charleston, Johns Island, James Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, North Charleston, Hanahan, Summerville, Goose Creek or other surrounding areas, and more importantly, want to work with a local area expert, contact us at your earliest convenience.   Jim and Maria Hart Realtors®/ Agent Owned Realty (843) 364-9845 hart@agentowned.com   Copyright © 2009 by Jim and Maria Hart (AgentOwned Realty).  
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By Jason Ogden
(AgentOwned Realty)
We had a very informative East Cooper Top Producers Meeting yesterday.   Christopher Morgan with the City of Charleston gave us a great presentation about the city's Century V Plan   Christopher is hopefully going to send me some of his graphics and slides for me to post...   For now, I will summarize briefly and post a few links.   The Century V Plan is the name of the city's comprehensive plan for growth and development among other things...   The purpose of the plan is   To help make the city more liveable for every resident Provide guidance to citizens and local government Define the city planning program     The link to the document on the City website:   http://www.charlestoncity.info/shared/docs/0/century_v_plan4.pdf   Link to a great City of Charleston Map with color coding that...
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