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Important things you should know about living in Charleston, SC.

How much will you pay in Property Taxes in Charleston?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions by those of you who are thinking about moving to the Charleston Metro Area, or those of you who are moving from a rental in Charleston to your very first home!  Not only are you seeing all kinds of numbers that don’t make sense online, but also you are hearing things...

All About Living in Flood Zones in Downtown Charleston

All About Living in Flood Zones in Downtown Charleston

With hurricane season upon us, I thought this would be the opportune time to talk about living in flood zones in Downtown Charleston. Being in a flood zone is a fact of life for us here, because, uh…we are a peninsula completely surrounded by water. But there are nuances to it you should know about – 1. FEMA flood zones,...

What color can I paint my home in Historic Charleston?

What color can I paint my home in Historic Charleston?

Here's the answer to the commonly asked question "What color can I paint my home in Historic Charleston?"

All about Downtown Charleston’s Neighborhoods – a map, descriptions and more.

I created this Charleston neighborhood map years ago at the start of my ongoing project to eventually profile every single neighborhood on the Charleston Peninsula, including photos, videos, recreation, school, shops, restaurants and services. But since many of you ask ‘Which Charleston neighborhood is best for me?”, I thought I’d go ahead and give you a head start.  You might...

Charleston Home Sellers – Here is What You Should Expect From Your Realtor®

Charleston Home Sellers – Here is What You Should Expect From Your Realtor®

I don’t expect this post to be very popular.  I expect some real estate colleagues might get a little upset that I am pointing all this out.  I expect that you as a Seller, might get a little upset if you are not receiving everything I outline below. Well, so be it. I cannot stand for mediocrity any longer.  I...

What is the Job Market Like in Charleston?

What is the Job Market Like in Charleston?

People who are considering moving to the Charleston area ask me this question all the time.  Can I get a job here?  Will I make less money than I am making now? The answers to those questions are yes, and probably yes. Six years ago, I took my Great Big Leap and moved here without a job. The move was...

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Appraising the Character of Cannonborough/Elliotborough, Windermere and Byrnes Downs

The City of Charleston recently released what they call “Area Character Appraisals” for three additional neighborhoods which are considered to have a distinct historic importance in the Charleston region – Cannonborough/Elliotborough on the Charleston Peninsula, and Windermere and Byrnes Downs just over the bridge in West Ashley – both well situated to be walkable and tightly knit (so of course...

Southwest Airlines is Now Gracing our Skies

Southwest Airlines is Now Gracing our Skies

The other day I looked up, and saw a bright orange and blue plane soaring across our Carolina sky.  I smiled because that little bird of paradise is a sign of great things to come.  Lower fares.  More visitors. Better economy. The list goes on.  Southwest Airlines officially launched their first flight on Sunday morning amidst much pizazz and hullaballoo Southwest-style,...

Why Waiting for a Price Decrease Could Cost You the Big Bucks $$$

Lorcan Lucey, one of my favorite mortgage brokers in Charleston sends out a monthly rate update newsletter. His most recent one tells a tale about why waiting for a price decrease on a house you love could cost you the big bucks over the long run.

The ugly truth about selling your house in ‘this’ market.

The ugly truth about selling your house in ‘this’ market.

1. Your stuff is great, but it’s ugly. Please don’t be offended.  We’ve all got beautiful things collected over the years and comfortable furniture that we would never get rid of, but buyers do NOT want to see it.  They want clean, uncluttered, and newish.  You have to be able to give them the space to envision their things in...

The Art of An Offer – Advice from a 25+ Year Vet of Real Estate

The President of my company recently posted this on our collective blog, and I liked it so much I am reposting it.  If you are looking to buy a house in the future – take heed! 🙂 “Having been in the real estate business for over 25 years, I have experienced every different type of offer to buy, been involved...

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