Audubon Swamp Garden at Magnolia Plantation

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Audubon Swamp Garden at Magnolia Plantation

The Audubon Swamp Garden boasts a diversity of living things almost unequaled anywhere else in the United States.  Thousands of plant and animal species coexist in the sixty acres of blackwater cypress and tupelo swamp on Magnolia Plantation.  It is home to herons, egrets, otters, turtles, and alligators.  Boardwalks, dikes and bridges traverse this wild and otherwise inaccessible area.  The plants dazzle almost as much as the wildlife as hundreds of colorful species have been added, all planted with the taste that has made the 300 year old garden world famous.  If you love the beauty of nature, you will love the Audubon Swamp Garden at Magnolia Plantation.

Though operated independently, The Audubon Swamp Garden is reached through the Magnolia Plantation entrance.  It is open 365 days a year.  For more information visit:  http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/swamp_garden.html

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"Carolina Joe" Just Sold Another One!!!

"CAROLINA JOE", YOUR REALTOR TO KNOW!

1228 BELVEDERE DR HANAHAN, SC 29410-2302 LP: $125,000

MLS#: 2926407 – RES – SFD Status: Sold
Area: (71) BER-Hanahan Area
Municipality: (31) HANAHAN
Bedrooms: 3 Apx SqFt: 1,201
Bths Ful/Hlf: 2/0 Tax Map#: 265-11-03-057
Stories: 1 Story Apx YrBlt: 1968
Address: 1228 BELVEDERE DR
City: HANAHAN Zip: 29410-2302
Lot Size:   Acres: 0.24
Subdiv: BELVEDERE ESTATES Subsec:  
Grade Sch: HANAHAN ELEMENTARY Middle Sch: HANAHAN
High Sch: HANAHAN New/Owned: Pre-owned
Legal Desc: 6-11-07! DISTRICT 09! ASSESSMENT DISTRICT 010! COUNCIL DISTRICT 1! JURISDICTION 1! SCHOOL DISTRICT 15
Style: Ranch Fireplace:   Special:  
Roof: Asphalt Shng Foundation: Crawl Space Floors: W/w Carpet, Wood, Vinyl
Cooling: Central Heat: Heat Pump Utilities: SCEandG
Parking: 1 Car C/port        
Auction: N Auction Type:   Reserve Amt:  
Lot Desc: Inside
Exterior: Brick – veneer
Master BR: Downstairs
Other Rms: Eat-in Kitch, Frmal Living
Misc. Int: Blown Ceil
Wat/Sew: Public Water, Public Sewer
Amenities:  
Appliances: Elec Range, Washer Conn, Dryer Conn, Garbage Disp, Ceiling Fan

Directions: Murry to Belevedere Drive. House is on the right.
Remarks: Comfortable brick ranch in the sought after neighborhood of Belvedere Estates. The home is being offered in its "as-is" condition and has been priced under the appraised value. The property has been well cared for. Some of the carpets are new but all look like they are new. The best surprise is that the bedrooms, hall and livingroom all have hard wood floors under the carpet. The master bedroom is spacious with its own full bath. This home is perfect for the young family just starting out in Hanahan. The yard is fenced and the flower gardens just need someone to continue the care that they are used to. The home has new upgraded 200 amp electric service within the last 3 years. Note the new landing and stairs off of the side door for ease in entering the kitchen and the rest of the house. Seller had additional cabinets installed in the kitchen and for your comfort a new fan/heater combination in the hall bath. For questions call the listing agent.

 

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3 Reasons Why Those Who Don’t Buy Now Might Regret It Later

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

3 Reasons Why Those Who Don’t Buy Now Might Regret It Later

RISMEDIA, March 24, 2010—Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions an individual can make. So it’s understandable that one considering a home purchase may take their time to avoid rushing into such a large financial commitment. However, several factors might leave prospective home buyers who don’t purchase a property now wishing they had taken action sooner.  “Current market conditions have created a perfect storm of sorts that has made it an ideal time to purchase for first-time and trade-up buyers alike,” said James M. Weichert, president and founder of Weichert, Realtors. “Those who have the means and the desire to buy now but don’t, aren’t likely to see such a great opportunity again anytime soon.”

Specifically, Weichert offered three reasons why those who aren’t under contract to purchase a new home by April 30, 2010 might regret it.

1. They won’t receive a sizeable amount of money from Uncle Sam.  For the past two years, the federal government has offered a home buyer tax credit to help stimulate the economy. But that financial incentive is set to expire soon. First-time buyers who aren’t under contract to purchase a home by April 30, 2010 will leave the $8,000 that is available to them through the tax credit on the table. Meanwhile, repeat buyers will miss out on the opportunity to collect up to $6,500 from the government.

2. They might not lock-in on the historically-low interest rates.  Thanks to measures taken by the Federal Reserve including the purchasing of mortgage-backed securities, interest rates have remained historically-low for several years. With the economy beginning to show signs of recovery, it is widely believed that the government will soon put an end to these stimulus efforts.  If that happens, many economists believe we will begin to see a sharp increase in interest rates which could result in a much higher monthly payment for those who wait. For example, an interest rate increase of 1% on a 30-year fixed mortgage of $300,000 could cost a buyer $188 more a month or $67,000 more over the span of the entire loan.

3. They might miss out on record home price affordability.  Home price affordability is at its most optimal level in decades. As a result, those who wait to buy will likely pay more for the home they purchase than what that same home would cost right now. In fact, home prices have already begun to rise slightly in some markets. Instead of getting a better bargain, waiting to buy a home might net buyers a higher purchase price, less appreciation and less house for their buck.  “There is no time to waste for anyone who wants to take advantage of this great buying opportunity. Particularly for those who have a home to sell first,” added Weichert. “If you are prone to saying ‘what if’ and wondering what could have been, you will thank yourself down the road for buying now.”

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"Carolina Joe" Just Listed Another One!!!

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4359 BRIARSTONE CT NORTH CHARLESTON, SC 29418-5407 LP: $60,000

MLS#: 1008591 – RES – SFA Status: Active
Area: (32) CHS-N.Chas./Summerville outside I-526
Municipality: ()
Bedrooms: 2 Apx SqFt: 1,188
Bths Ful/Hlf: 1/1 Tax Map#: 408-10-00-205
Stories: 2 Story Apx YrBlt: 1976
Address: 4359 BRIARSTONE CT
City: NORTH CHARLESTON Zip: 29418-5407
Lot Size: 19' X 104' Acres: 0.04
Subdiv: ASHLEY VILLAS Subsec:  
Grade Sch: W B GOODWIN Middle Sch: BRENTWOOD
High Sch: GARRETT New/Owned: Pre-owned
Legal Desc: LEGAL: LT 96 !BLDG STYLE: TOWNHS-MIDDL
Style: Townhouse Fireplace: Family Rm Special:  
Roof: Asphalt Shng Foundation: Slab Floors: W/w Carpet, Vinyl
Cooling: Central Heat: Heat Pump Utilities: Chas Water Sys
Parking: Off-st Prkng        
Auction: N Auction Type:   Reserve Amt:  
Lot Desc:  
Exterior: Wood Siding, Other (use remarks)
Master BR:  
Other Rms: Family, Sep Dining, Sun, Laundry
Misc. Int: Smooth Ceil
Wat/Sew: Public Water, Public Sewer
Amenities: Trash Pickup, Tennis Court, Club House
Appliances: Elec Range, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Washer, Dryer, Ceiling Fan
Directions: TURN ON TO BREAM ROAD FROM DORCHESTER ROAD. TURN RIGHT ON FOWLER DRIVE. TURN LEFT ON TO BRIARSTONE COURT. HOME IS ON LEFT NEAR THE CUL-DE-SAC.
Remarks: THIS 2 BEDROOM 1.5 BATH TOWNHOUSE IS LOCATED CLOSE TO THE AIR FORCE BASE AND BOEING'S NEW FACILITIES HAS OFF STREET PARKING, A SUN ROOM, AND A SMALL PRIVATE BACK YARD. THE HOME MAY NEED SOME WORK DONE TO IT ALONG WITH NEW PAINT AND CARPET. HOME IS PRICED ACCORDINGLY. TAXES ARE CURRENTLY AT THE 6% ASSESSMENT RATE.

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

 

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.

History

Thomas Drayton and his wife Ann arrived from Barbados to the new English colony of Charles Towne and established Magnolia Plantation along the Ashley River in 1679. Thomas and Ann were the first in a direct line of Magnolia family ownership that has lasted more than 300 years and continues to this day.
Magnolia Plantation saw immense wealth and growth through the cultivation of rice during the Colonial era. Later, British and American troops would occupy its grounds during the American Revolution, while the Drayton sons would become both statesmen and soldiers fighting against British rule.

The establishment of the early gardens at Magnolia Plantation in the late 17th century would see an explosion of beauty and expansion throughout the 18th century, but it was not until the early 19th century did the gardens at Magnolia truly begin to expand on a grand scale.

Upon his death in 1825, Thomas Drayton, the great grandson of Magnolia’s first Drayton, willed the estate successively to his daughter’s sons, Thomas and John Grimké. As he had no male heirs to leave it to, he made the condition in the will that they assume their mother’s maiden name of Drayton. Some time later, while in England preparing for the ministry, young John Grimké Drayton received word that his older brother Thomas had died on the steps of the plantation house of a gunshot wound received while riding down the oak avenue during a deer hunt. Thus, having expected to inherit little or nothing as a second son, young John found himself a wealthy plantation owner at the age of 22.

Despite the prestige and wealth inherent in ownership of Magnolia and other plantations, he resolved still to pursue his ministerial career; and in 1838 he entered the Episcopal seminary in New York. While there, he fell in love with, and married, Julia Ewing, daughter of a prominent Philadelphia attorney. Returning to Charleston with his bride, he strove to complete his clerical studies while bearing the burden of managing his large estate. The pressure took its toll, and his fatigue resulted in tuberculosis. His own cure for the illness was working outside in the gardens he loved. He also wanted to create a series of romantic gardens for his wife to make her feel more at home in the South Carolina Lowcountry. A few years later, as though by a miracle, his health returned, allowing him to enter the ministry as rector of nearby Saint Andrews Church, which had served plantation owners since 1706 and still stands just two miles down the highway towards Charleston. But until his death a half-century later, along with his ministry, Rev. Drayton continued to devote himself to the enhancement of the plantation garden, expressing his desire to a fellow minister in Philadelphia, "…to create an earthly paradise in which my dear Julia may forever forget Philadelphia and her desire to return there."

In tune with the changes he had seen taking place in English gardening away from the very formal design earlier borrowed from the French, John Grimké Drayton moved towards greater emphasis on embellishing the soft natural beauty of the site. More than anyone else he can be credited with the internationally acclaimed informal beauty of the garden today. He introduced the first azaleas to America, and he was among the first to utilize Camellia Japonica in an outdoor setting. A great deal of Magnolia’s horticultural fame today is based on the large and varied collection of varieties of these two species—not the abundant and lovely Southern Magnolia for which the plantation just happened to have been named.

The outbreak of the American Civil War would threaten the welfare of the family, the house, and the gardens themselves. But the plantation would recover from the war to see additional growth of the gardens as they became the focus of the plantation over agriculture when the gardens opened to the public for the first time in 1870 and saved the plantation from ruin. Since that time, the plantation and gardens have evolved and grown into one of the greatest public gardens in America with a rich history. To explore that history in-depth and hear the stories of those who lived and worked there over the centuries, visit Magnolia Plantation & Gardens today.

Location

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens are located at 3500 Ashley River Drive.  To learn more about events and admission visit:  http://www.magnoliaplantation.com

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

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"Carolina Joe" Just Listed Another One!!

"CAROLINA JOE", YOUR REALTOR TO KNOW!

833 RUTLEDGE AVE CHARLESTON, SC 29403-3717 LP: $120,000

MLS#: 1008242 – RES – SFD Status: Active
Area: (52) CHS-Peninsula Chas. outside of crosstown
Municipality: ()
Bedrooms: 2 Apx SqFt: 1,092
Bths Ful/Hlf: 1/0 Tax Map#: 463-11-02-103
Stories: 1 Story Apx YrBlt: 1935
Address: 833 RUTLEDGE AVE
City: CHARLESTON Zip: 29403-3717
Lot Size: 40' X 110' Acres: 0.10
Subdiv: WAGENER TERRACE Subsec:  
Grade Sch: JAMES SIMONS Middle Sch: BURKE
High Sch: BURKE New/Owned: Pre-owned
Legal Desc: LEGAL: LT C !BLDG STYLE: COTTAGE
Style: Traditnl Fireplace: Living Rm, Dining Rm Special:  
Roof: Slate Foundation: Crawl Space Floors: Wood, Vinyl
Cooling: Window Unit Heat: Gas Utilities: SCEandG, Chas Water Sys
Parking: Off-st Prkng        
Auction: N Auction Type:   Reserve Amt:  
Lot Desc:  
Exterior: Wood Siding
Master BR:  
Other Rms: Eat-in Kitch, Frmal Living, Sep Dining
Misc. Int: Smooth Ceil
Wat/Sew: Public Water, Public Sewer
Amenities: Cable Available, Trash Pickup
Appliances: Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer Conn, Dryer Conn
Directions: LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF RUTLEDGE AVENUE BETWEEN POPLAR STREET AND SIMONS STREET.
Remarks: TYPICAL 1930'S STYLE 2 BEDROOM ONE BATH WAGENER TERRACE COTTAGE IN FAIRLY GOOD CONDITION. THE ROOF IS SLATE, THE SIDING IS WOOD, NO CENTRAL AIR, OFF-STREET PARKING, AND LARGE BACK YARD. HOME IS DATED. SEE PICTURES. THE SELLER TO DO NO REPAIRS
If square footage is important – MEASURE!!
Listing Provided By: (1836) AGENTOWNED CHAS. GROUP

Lease/Pur: N Financing: Any    
Taxes: $524

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The Inn at Middleton Place

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

The Inn at Middleton Place

Located just outside Charleston, SC, on the bluffs of the Ashley River, the Inn at Middleton Place offers relaxing accommodations in an atmosphere of unsurpassed natural beauty.

A recipient of the American Institute of Architects highest award, the Inn's design is a contemporary counterpoint to the adjacent 18th-century Middleton Place, America's oldest landscaped gardens, and a National Historic Landmark.
In addition to gracious sleeping-room accommodations, with scenic views and seasonal wood-burning fireplaces, guests of the Inn enjoy a wide range of educational experiences. The Middleton Place Gardens, House Museum and Stableyards tell the story of one of America's most important families and the history of a thriving South Carolina rice plantation.  Admission for two (a $70 value) in included in your room rate.  Middleton  Outdoor Center's naturalists facilitate daily guided- and self-guided  walking, biking and kayaking tours of the woods, marsh and river.

Your stay also includes an assortment of fresh fruit, pastry and cereal as well as an evening manager reception where you are treated to house wines, beer and daily appetizers.  Dining options consist of The Lakehouse, where a hot cooked to order breakfast can be purchased from 7-10 am, the Lodge and Garden Market where light lunch and snack options are available, or The Middleton Place Restaurant offering classic low country cuisine for lunch and dinner.  The Restaurant is closed on Monday evenings.

For additional information and room rates visit: 
http://www.theinnatmiddletonplace.com

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Middleton Place

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Middleton Place

An 18th-century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark comprising America’s oldest landscaped Gardens, the Middleton Place House Museum and the Plantation Stableyards. The Gardens reflect the elegant symmetry of 17th century European design. Guided tours of the House Museum interpret the Middleton’s vital role in American history. In the Plantation Stableyards, craftspeople including a blacksmith, potter, carpenter and weaver, recreate the activities of a self-sustaining Low Country plantation.

Middleton Place was the home of Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress, and his son, Arthur Middleton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. The gardens were begun in 1741 by Henry Middleton and restored by Middleton descendants. These gardens contain the oldest camellias in the new world, planted in 1786 by French botanist Andre Michaux. The Middleton Oak, whose age is estimated at nearly 1000 years, the rice mill and pond, the butterfly lakes and the tomb of Arthur Middleton are on the property.

The Middleton Place Restaurant serves lunch daily from 11am-3pm to visitors of the property; dinner is served to the public Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Garden Market and Nursery offers rare Middleton Camellia Japonicas and Middleton Oak seedlings, annuals, perennials, herbs, as well as gardening accessories, plantation crafted wares, specialty foods, and picnic lunches. The Museum Shop features books of regional interest, artwork, specialty foods, jewelry and more.

Middleton Place is located at 4300 Ashley River Road.  You can contact them at (843) 266-7492 or visit http://www.middletonplace.org

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"Carolina Joe" Just Listed Another One!!!

75 COOPER ST CHARLESTON, SC 29403 LP: $37,500

MLS#: 1008048m – VAC Status: Active
Area: (51) CHS-Peninsula Chas. inside of crosstown
Municipality: (11) CITY OF CHARLESTON
Low Price:  
Zoning: Residential Tax Map#: 459-05-04-058
Address: 75 COOPER ST
City: CHARLESTON Zip: 29403
Lot Size: 36' X 28' Acres: 0.01
Subdiv: EASTSIDE Subsec:  
Grade Sch: MEMMINGER Middle Sch: COURTENAY
High Sch: BURKE    
Legal Desc: 47 S. Cooper
Dev Status:   Docs Avail:  
Existing Util: Sewer @ Site, Water Road Front: City Street
Income:   Misc:  
Structures:   Uses: Residential
Directions: FROM EAST BAY STREET TURN ON TO COOPER STREET. THE LOT IS ON THE RIGHT BETWEEN AIKEN STREET AND HANOVER STREET.
Remarks: THIS LOT IS LOCATED NEAR THE EASTSIDE REDEVELOPMENT AREA. IT IS NEAR THE LOCATION OF THE OLD MT. PLEASANT BRIDGE APPROACH RAMPS.

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"Carolina Joe" Just Sold Another One!!!

2972 SUGARBERRY LN JOHNS ISLAND, SC 29455 LP: $139,900

MLS#: 2931178m – RES – SFA Status: Sold
Area: (23) CHS-Johns Island
Municipality: (11) CITY OF CHARLESTON
Bedrooms: 3 Apx SqFt: 1,596
Bths Ful/Hlf: 2/1 Tax Map#: 312-11-00-126
Stories: 2 Story Apx YrBlt: 2007
Address: 2972 SUGARBERRY LN
City: JOHNS ISLAND Zip: 29455
Lot Size:   Acres: 0.00
Subdiv: WHITNEY LAKE Subsec:  
Grade Sch: ANGEL OAK Middle Sch: HAUT GAP
High Sch: ST JOHNS
Possessn: At Closing New/Owned: Pre-owned
Legal Desc: Lot 126
Style: Townhouse Fireplace: Family Rm, One Special: Corp Owned
Roof: Arcitec Shng Foundation: Slab Floors: W/w Carpet, Wood, Ceramic Tile
Cooling: Central Heat: Heat Pump, Electric Utilities: Bk Elec Coop
Parking: 1 Car Garage, Detached        
        SqFt Source: Previous Listing   $/Sqft: $84.59
Auction: N Auction Type:   Reserve Amt:  
Lot Desc: Level
Exterior: Cement Plank
Master BR: Upstairs
Other Rms: Family, Foyer, Sep Dining
Misc. Int: 9'+ Ceilings
Misc. Extt: Privacy Fenc, Covr'd Patio, Gutters
Wat/Sew: Public Water, Public Sewer
Amenities:  
Appliances: Washer Conn, Dryer Conn
Green Features:

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The Citadel Museum

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

The Citadel Museum

The Citadel Museum represents the history of The Military College of South Carolina from its founding in 1842 to the present. Arranged chronologically, the permanent exhibits feature the military, academic, athletic and social aspects of cadet life.

The past is brought to life with photographs from the Archives highlighting the exhibits. Memorabilia from special events, biographical sketches of the presidents of the college, as well as cadet uniforms and arms are displayed. Through a self guided tour, the visitor experiences the essence of each era in The Citadel's history.

A handsome display of Citadel rings from 1895 to the present is a focal point in the foyer of the Museum. Citadel men who lost their lives in wars since World War II are memorialized in photograph albums also in the Museum's foyer.

Museum Tours

Although the museum is designed to be self-guided, group tours can be arranged by making an appointment in advance of the visit. Group size must be under 30 people for a guided tour, due to the size of the exhibit area.

Hours of operation are:   Sunday – Friday, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM,
                                        Saturday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

For more information see http://www.citadel.edu/acrhicesandmuesuem

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

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Fort Sumter National Monument

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter is the Island Fort where the Civil War began.  On April 10, 1861, Brig. Gen. Beauregard, in command of the provisional Confederate forces at Charleston, South Carolina, demanded the surrender of the Union garrison of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Garrison commander Anderson refused. On April 12, Confederate batteries opened fire on the fort, which was unable to reply effectively. At 2:30 pm, April 13, Major Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter, evacuating the garrison on the following day. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War. Although there were no casualties during the bombardment, one Union artillerist was killed and three wounded (one mortally) when a cannon exploded prematurely while firing a salute during the evacuation on April 14.

Fort Sumter Tours

Fort Sumter Tours is an authorized National Park Service concessioner. We provide the only commercial boat transportation to Fort Sumter, the island fort where the Civil War began. The cruise yachts carrying you to Fort Sumter are U.S. Coast Guard inspected passenger vessels. They are clean, safe and equipped with snack bars and restrooms.

We have two convenient locations from which you can depart: Liberty Square in downtown Charleston, or in Mt. Pleasant at the Patriots Point Maritime Museum, the world's largest naval and maritime museum.

After boarding, you will experience a relaxing 30 minute cruise through Charleston's historic harbor out to Fort Sumter. The tour is fully narrated and explains many points of interest and historic significance. You will learn about the major events which led to the outbreak of America's most bloody war. At Fort Sumter National Park, historians will provide detailed information about Fort Sumter and its pivotal role in the War between the States. There is a museum with fascinating exhibits and a small gift shop for your enjoyment. After one hour at the Fort, you will cruise back to port, enjoying panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Charleston's bustling harbor.

For rates and schedules see www.fortsumtertours.com

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Future Foreclosures Could Hamper Housing

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Future Foreclosures Could Hamper Housing

In spite of signs of a recovery, many home buyers are continuing to fall behind on their mortgages. Some economists see this as an indication that a second major wave of foreclosures is likely, even though the housing market appears to be stabilizing.

This next upsurge in foreclosures could cause more disruption and push prices down farther.

Housing experts say that the recent favorable housing data doesn’t reflect the number of properties that banks have left in limbo — repossessed, but not yet on the market.

"Lenders are deluged by late-stage delinquencies. The pent-up foreclosure inventory is there," says Massoud Ahmadi, director of research for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

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Source: Washington Post, Renae Merle (03/12/2010)
 

FHA Head: Don't Raise Down Payments

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

FHA Head: Don't Raise Down Payments

Now is not the time to raise the downpayment requirement on a Federal Housing Administration loan, warns FHA Commissioner David Stevens.

Stevens, testifying before a committee of the U.S. House, said his agency would probably insure 300,000 fewer home loans per year if the mandatory down payment was raised from 3.5 percent to 5 percent — a 40 percent increase.

Congress has been considering various ways to put FHA on a sounder financial footing. Besides increasing the downpayment requirement, another suggestion under discussion is raising the upfront mortgage insurance premium to 2.25 percent of the loan amount, up from 1.75 percent currently.

The National Association of REALTORS® also opposes the proposal to raise the mandatory down payment for an FHA loan. The FHA remains financially strong because it has taken steps to ensure solid underwriting standards and responsible lending practices, said Charles McMillan, NAR immediate past president, in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity.

“As the leading advocate for housing issues, NAR believes that one of the best ways Congress can help strengthen FHA is to quickly consider and pass legislation that would make current loan limits permanent,” McMillan said. “It’s important to note that higher balance FHA loans perform better than lower balance ones. While some argue that higher balance loans put taxpayers at risk, such loans actually strengthen the program and reduce risk to the fund.”

Explaining that FHA has played an important role in the recent housing and economic crisis by filing the gap left by private lenders, McMillan said FHA insured almost 30 percent of single-family mortgages in 2009 and more than 50 percent of first-time buyer loans. “Historically, FHA’s market share has hovered between 10 and 15 percent of all loans. And when the private market is strong enough to return, we welcome a reduced FHA market share,” he said.

McMillan said NAR was also concerned that FHA wanted to decrease seller concessions to 3 percent. Reducing seller concessions could put homeownership out of reach for many buyers, he said, because it could require buyers to pay more at closing.

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Source: Associated Press, Alan Zibel, and NAR (03/11/2010)
 

The Thomas Elfe House of Charleston South Carolina

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

The Thomas Elfe House of Charleston South Carolina

This circa 1760 small Georgian singlehouse remains largely in its original state containing finely paneled rooms with authentic furnishings.  The interior and exterior drawings of this house were included in the Historic American Building survey of the U. S. Department of Interior for its archives in the Library Of Congress.  The home is known for its showplace 18th and early 19th century furnishings, award winning “period” kitchen, along with being featured on House and Garden TV and in American Life magazine. 

The Thomas Elfe House is located at 54 Queen Street.  Open Monday – Friday 10:00 AM to Noon.   Open Afternoons and weekends by appointment. 

Admission is $8.00

For additional information see http://www.thomaselfehouse.com

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Top 10 Things First-Time Homebuyers Should Know

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Top 10 Things First-Time Homebuyers Should Know

Buying a home for the first time can be complex. To avoid mistakes and make a smart purchase, do the homework and know what to expect. To help start the process, HGTV's FrontDoor.com identifies the top 10 important points every first-time buyer must know. (http://www.frontdoor.com/top10)

1: Just because it's a buyer's market doesn't mean you should buy right now. Don't let the lucrative market dictate a buying decision if the time isn't absolutely right. Potential homebuyers need to ask themselves if they have a good credit score, if their job is secure and if they can stay in the home for a few years. If the answer to these questions is "no," it might make more sense to wait until life and finances are more stable.

2: The cost of owning a home is more than just the purchase price. On top of a mortgage payment, there are several monthly fees and expenses any first-time buyer should consider when becoming a homeowner: insurance, property taxes, utilities and maintenance. Think about scaling back the home price in order to better budget for the entire package.

3: Programs are out there to help first-time buyers. A sizeable down payment is great to have for a home purchase, but not everyone can afford to fork over 20 percent upfront. Fortunately, there are many federal, state and local programs geared toward helping first-time homebuyers with down payments, interest rates and loan terms sure to make the whole process and affordability a bit easier.

4: Foreclosures and short sales present great deals, but proceed with caution. Buying a foreclosed or short sale home can be a risky proposition for a first-time buyer. Foreclosures are often sold "as-is," while a short sale transaction can be lengthier and more complicated than a typical home purchase. First-timers should consult an agent or attorney with specialization in these areas.

5: Getting pre-approved for a loan gives you more buying power. Obtaining lender pre-approvals are important because it establishes a homebuyer's maximum purchase price, shows sellers that the buyer is serious about buying a home and lets the homebuyer compare interest rates and terms to find the best deal.

6: Good school districts boost property value. One of the most important aspects of a home's value is the neighborhood where it's located. Even if the homebuyer does not have kids, buying a home near sought-after schools can help the resale value.

7: You may be able to access your tax credit upfront. Buyers using FHA-insured mortgages can apply their tax credit toward their home purchase immediately, rather than waiting until they file their income taxes to receive a refund. Prospective buyers who believe they qualify for the credit are also allowed to reduce their income tax withholding, therefore increasing their take-home pay.

8: Not all real estate agents represent buyers. There are three types of agents: listing agents, who represent sellers and help them get the best price; buyers' agents, who represent buyers and protect their interests; and agents who represent either (or both). Often, first-time buyers prefer to work exclusively with a buyer's agent so there are no possible conflicts of interest.

9: Doing your homework can help you make a competitive offer. Before buying the home, determine the property's market value by having the realtor conduct a comparative market analysis. This report will show what buyers were willing to pay for similar homes in the area, giving a good idea of what will make a fair offer.

10: It's important to have a back-out plan. Before signing on the dotted line, make sure to have a contingency plan in case things don't go as planned in the home inspection or appraisal. If the home has a major flaw or doesn't appraise for the purchase price, an escape plan allows the contract to be voided.

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Foreclosures drop for 2nd month in February

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Foreclosures drop for 2nd month in February

U.S. mortgage foreclosure filings dropped for a second straight month in February, and notched the smallest annual increase in four years as housing-rescue efforts contained activity, a report released on Thursday showed.
Foreclosures are by far one of the biggest threats to the U.S. housing market, which remains highly vulnerable to setbacks and heavily reliant on government intervention. If foreclosures keep dropping, it will be one of the strongest signals yet the market is on the path to recovery.

Foreclosure filings — including mortgage default notices, house auctions and home repossessions by banks — were reported on 308,524 properties in February, down 2 percent from January, but still up 6 percent from the year-ago month, real estate data firm RealtyTrac said.

"The 6 percent year-over-year increase we saw in February was the smallest annual increase we've seen since January 2006, when we began calculating year-over-year increases, but it still marked the 50th consecutive month of year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity," said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac, in a statement.

Proclaiming an end to rampant foreclosures, however, is premature. Indeed, many say foreclosure prevention programs have fallen short of addressing the trend's current drivers.

"This leveling of the foreclosure trend is not necessarily evidence that fewer homeowners are in distress and at risk for foreclosure, but rather that foreclosure prevention programs, legislation and other processing delays are in effect capping monthly foreclosure activity — albeit at a historically high level that will likely continue for an extended period," he said.

While February's drop may indicate that efforts to prevent foreclosure are gaining traction, the data has been volatile.

"In addition, severe winter weather appears to have temporarily slowed the processing of foreclosure records in some Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states," he said.

One in every 418 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing in February, Irvine, California-based RealtyTrac said in its February 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

Furthermore, more than 300,000 properties received foreclosure filings for a 12th straight month, RealtyTrac said.

REOs, or real estate-owned properties, activity nationwide was down 10 percent from the previous month, but up 6 percent from February 2009; default notices were up 3 percent from the previous month, but down 3 percent from February 2009, and scheduled foreclosure auctions were down 1 percent from the previous month, but still up 16 percent from February 2009, RealtyTrac said.
High unemployment and wage cuts have hurt the ability of many home owners to pay monthly mortgage payments. Unemployment was at 9.7 percent in February, according to the Labor Department.

Many lawmakers, advocacy groups and housing experts say the government's Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, has fallen short because of its failure to adequately address negative equity or "under water" mortgages.
Negative equity has been one of the biggest banes of many home owners' lives, making many unqualified for home loan refinancing and preventing some from selling their homes. Borrowers in negative equity are more prone to defaults and foreclosures.

SUNBELT STILL HURTING

The foreclosure rate in Nevada, once one of the hottest U.S. real estate markets, remained highest among U.S. states for the 38th straight month — despite a month-over-month drop in foreclosure activity of nearly 7 percent and a year-over-year fall of 30 percent.

One in every 102 Nevada housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month of February — more than four times the national average.

Arizona and Florida documented nearly identical foreclosure rates, with one in every 163 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in both states in February.
Despite a nearly 21 percent drop in foreclosure activity from the previous month, Arizona's rate was statistically slightly higher than Florida's rate, and ranked second highest among the states. Foreclosure activity in Florida increased nearly 15 percent in February from January.

The foreclosure rate in California, the most populous U.S. state, ranked fourth highest among the states, with one in every 195 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month.

Michigan's foreclosure rate ranked fifth highest among the states, with one in every 226 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in February.

Other states with February foreclosure rates among the nation's top 10 were Utah, Idaho, Illinois, Georgia and Maryland, the report showed.

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By Julie Haviv
 

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon Charleston South Carolina

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon Charleston South Carolina

History lives here as Colonial costumed guides talk about the extraordinary events of old Charles Towne.  Completed in 1771 as the Royal Exchange and Custom House, this extraordinary building has been the site of many important historic events which brought about our independence and the freedom we enjoy today.  You can experience the majesty and grandeur of the Great Hall where George Washington was entertained in 1791, or explore Charleston’s pirate history in the eerie Provost Dungeon. 

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon is located at 122 East Bay Street.  It is opened Daily.  You can get additional information by calling 843-727-2165 or at http://www.oldexchange.com

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The Powder Magazine in Charleston South Carolina

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

The Powder Magazine in Charleston South Carolina

The Powder Magazine is South Carolina’s oldest public building.  Gunpowder and munitions that defended our young country from threats by the Spanish, French, Native Americans, and Pirates were stored here.  You can explore Charleston’s Colonial history in a very unique setting. 

The Powder Magazine is located within the old “walled city” of Charles Towne at 79 Cumberland Street.

Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

For additional information see http://www.powdermag.org

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American Military Museum in Charleston South Carolina

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:


American Military Museum in Charleston South Carolina


Hundreds of uniforms, patches, insignias, military miniatures, and toys soldiers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  Collections on display from Desert Storm, Vietnam War, Korean War, World War II, World War I, Spanish American War, Indian Wars, Civil War, Mexican War, and Revolutionary War. 

Located at 360 Concord Street on the Aquarium Wharf

Hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Sunday 1:00 Pm to 5:00 PM.

For additional information about the American Military Museum in Charleston South Carolina see http://www.americanmilitarymuseum.org/

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Home Buyer Tax Credit Summarry

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

HOMEBUYER TAX CREDIT SUMMARY


There are only 53 days left for home buyers to take advantage of the home buyer’s tax credit.  You must have a home under contract by April 30th and close by June 30th.  Below are the details of the tax credit.


1.  Extend through April 30, 2010 the tax credit for first-time homebuyers (up to $8,000 or up to 10 percent of the purchase price of the residence), allowing 60 days to close, provided that the homes are under a binding contract by that date; and provide homebuyer tax credit of up to $6,500 to owners who have been in the same principal residence for five consecutive years during the previous eight years.

2.  Increase the income limitations to $125,000 for individuals and $225,000 for joint filers.

3.  Phase out the credit for individuals with incomes above $125,000 for individuals and $225,000 for joint filers at the same rate as current law (over the next $20,000).

3.  Limit the credit to purchases of principal residences equal to or less than $800,000.

4.  Eliminate the 36-month recapture requirement for military personnel, including members of the Foreign Service and intelligence community, forced to sell as a result of an official extended duty of service.

5.  Extend the tax credit for one year for military personnel serving outside the United States for at least 90 days in 2009 or 2010.

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Confederate Museum in Charleston South Carolina

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Confederate Museum in Charleston South Carolina

City Market stands on the site of filled in creek and marshy lands donated by the Pinckney family for a city market, with the stipulation that the property revert to the family if used for any other purpose. The market was built sometime between 1788, when the land was donated, and 1807, when a city ordinance was adopted for regulating the "Central Market" here. The first market consisted of a beef market at the Meeting Street end of Market Street, behind which was a country produce market. On the other side of East Bay there was a fish market. The present Market Hall, erected in 1841, was designed by Edward B. White in the Roman Revival style. Sheep and bull skulls decorate the stucco frieze, symbolizing the presence of a meat market. In the past, the proximity of the meat market was indicated by buzzards (Charleston eagles) who scavenged the debris thrown in the street at the end of the market day. For providing that valuable service, the buzzards were protected by law. Other ordinances regulated butcher cuts and weights, required vendors to wear clean white aprons, etc. No produce could be brought to market for sale a second time. The second floor of the Market Hall houses the Confederate Museum and is the headquarters of the Charleston chapter of the "United Daughters of the Confederacy." The market sheds behind the hall are difficult to "date" as the market has been rebuilt several times due to fires and tornadoes.

(Rogers, Charleston in the Age of the Pinckneys , pp. 86-87; Ravenel, pp. 163-165; Fraser, Reminiscences , pp. 32-33; Rhett & Steele, pp. 54-55; Whitelaw & Levkoff, pp. 148, 210, 226;Nielsen, DYKYC, Sept. 2, 1935; Stockton DYKYC, April 15, 1974)  http://www.ccpl.org/ccl/meeting_st_business.html

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday – Saturday 11AM – 3:30PM
Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Admission: Adults & Teens $5.00—-6 – 12 years old $3.00, Under 6 Free

Location: 188 Meeting Street, corner of Meeting and Market Streets
Historic Downtown Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 723-1541

Additional information or questions about the Confederate Museum at   http://www.csa-scla.ogr/articles/ConfederateMuseum.htm

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Shuck Your paws Off for Pet Helpers on March 20th

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Shuck Your paws Off for Pet Helpers on March 20th

 

 Downtown Charleston, South Carolina March 20th at the Charleston Visitor Center at 375 Meeting Street will be the site of a fund raiser to support Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Nutter Clinic.  Pet Helpers works to accomplish this goal by keeping all animals until adopted, providing low cost spay/neutering, along with many training programs.

Enjoy this Saturday evening event full of all you can eat southern cuisines, and to the swinging sounds of the Shakin Martinis, all presented by Rosebank Farms Café, Fatboys Lowcountry Cooking, and Elizabeth Grace Occasions. 

Indulge in all you can eat oysters, chilli, hot dogs, veggie dogs, non-alcoholic beverages and more!  Be sure to check out the silent auction.

Get tickets online at www.pethelpers.org, or by phone at 843-795-1110, or buy them at the door.  Adult tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door (a special discount for college students), children 6-12 are $10, and children under 6 are free. 

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

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Existing-Home Sales Down, Prices Steady

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Existing-Home Sales Down, Prices Steady

Existing-home sales fell in January but are above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.

Existing-home sales — including single-family, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops — dropped 7.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million units in January from a revised 5.44 million in December, but remain 11.5 percent above the 4.53 million-unit level in January 2009.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said there is still some delay between shopping and closing that affected current sales. “Most of the completed deals in January were based on contracts in November and December. People who got into the market after the home buyer tax credit was extended in November have only recently started to offer contracts, so it will take a couple months to close those sales,” he said. “Still, the latest monthly sales decline is not encouraging, and raises concern about the strength of a recovery.”

Inventory Levels

Total housing inventory at the end of January fell 0.5 percent to 3.27 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 7.8-month supply at the current sales pace, up from a 7.2-month supply in December. Raw unsold inventory is 9.6 percent below a year ago, and is at the lowest level since March 2006.

“Activity should be picking up strongly in late spring as buyers take advantage of the tax credit, which is critical to absorb distressed properties reaching the market and to continually chip away at inventory,” Yun said. “With a downtrend in the number of homes on the market, especially in the lower price ranges, values are beginning to firm but with great variance around the country.”

Median Home Prices

The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $164,700 in January, unchanged from a year earlier. Distressed homes, which accounted for 38 percent of sales last month, continue to downwardly distort the median price because they typically are discounted in comparison with traditional homes in the same area.

A parallel NAR practitioner survey shows first-time buyers purchased 40 percent of homes in January, down from 43 percent in December. Investors accounted for 17 percent of transactions in January, up from 15 percent in December; the remaining sales were to repeat buyers. The survey also shows that buyer traffic increased 9.4 percent in January.

NAR President Vicki Cox Golder said buying a home in the current environment has become more challenging. “First-time buyers and others who need a mortgage are increasingly losing out to all-cash investors for the best bargains in many areas, particularly for foreclosed homes where cash is king,” she said.

“Inventory conditions vary by price range, and of course there are major differences depending on location. REALTORS® are the best buyer resource for strategies on winning bids in increasingly competitive markets,” Golder said. “The bidding for more desirable homes will only accelerate between now and the April 30 contract deadline to qualify for a tax credit of up to $8,000.”

According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 5.03 percent in January from 4.93 percent in December; the rate was 5.05 percent in January 2009.

Single-Family Homes and Condos

Single-family home sales fell 6.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.43 million in January from a level of 4.76 million in December, but are 8.6 percent above the 4.08 million pace in January 2009. The median existing single-family home price was $163,600 in January, down 0.4 percent from a year ago.

Existing condominium and co-op sales dropped 8.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 620,000 in January from 675,000 in December, but are 38.1 percent above the 449,000-unit level a year ago. The median existing condo price was $172,400 in January, which is 1.4 percent higher than January 2009.

Regional Performance

Existing-home sales in the Northeast fell 10.9 percent to an annual pace of 820,000 in January but are 22.4 percent above a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $245,300, a gain of 8.8 percent from January 2009.
Existing-home sales in the Midwest declined 6.9 percent in January to a level of 1.08 million but are 8.0 percent higher than January 2009. The median price in the Midwest was $130,300, which is 1.0 percent below a year ago.
In the South, existing-home sales dropped 7.4 percent to an annual pace of 1.87 million in January but are 12.0 percent above a year ago. The median price in the South was $140,200, down 2.0 percent from January 2009.
Existing-home sales in the West declined 5.2 percent to an annual rate of 1.28 million in January but are 7.6 percent higher than January 2009. The median price in the West was $203,400, down 5.8 percent from a year ago.

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2010 Family Circle Cup

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your real estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

2010 Family Circle Cup

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As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC real estate needs or questions.

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