Charleston SC Real Estate Blog : 7 Characteristics of the Home Search

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 Homes are truly unique. I look forward to helping you with any of your Charleston SC Homes For Sale needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Charleston SC Homes For Sale : 7 Characteristics of the Home Search

Charleston SC Real Estate Blog :  7 Characteristics of the Home Search

The National Association of Realtors in their 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers Survey found buyers most frequently conducted their home search in the following manner:

1.  For 43 percent of home buyers, the first step in the home-buying process was looking online for properties and 12 percent of home buyers first looked online for information about the home buying process.

2.  Ninety-two percent of buyers use the internet in some way in their home search process and 50 percent of buyers use a mobile website or application in their home search.

3.  Real estate agents were viewed as a useful information source by 98 percent  of buyers who used an agent while searching for a home.

4.  The typical home buyer searched for 10 weeks and viewed 10 homes—this is two weeks shorter than the previous year’s report.

5.  Approximately nine in 10 recent buyers were at least somewhat satisfied with the home buying process.

6.  For more than half of buyers finding the right home was the most difficult step in the home buying process.

7.  Approximately nine in 10 recent buyers were at least somewhat satisfied with the home buying process.

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Charleston SC Homes For Sale : The Characteristics of the 2014 Home Buyer

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 Homes are truly unique. I look forward to helping you with any of your Charleston SC Homes For Sale needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Charleston SC Homes For Sale : The Characteristics of the 2014 Home Buyer

Charleston SC Homes For Sale : The Characteristics of the 2014 Home Buyer

Below are the characteristics the 2014 Homebuyer according to the 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers:

  1. Thirty-three percent of recent home buyers were first time buyers, which is still suppressed from the historical norm of 40 percent among primary residence buyers.
  1. Thirteen percent of buyers purchased a multi-generational home due to cost savings, children over the age of 18 moving back into the house, and health and caretaking of aging parents.
  1. The typical first-time buyer was 31-years-old, while the typical repeat buyer was 53.
  1. The 2013 median household income of buyers was $84,500. The median income was $68,300 among first time buyers and $95,000 among repeat buyers.
  1. Sixty-five percent of recent home buyers were married couples.
  1. For 24 percent of recent home buyers, the primary reason for the recent home purchase was a desire to own a home, while nine percent purchased due to a job-related relocation or move, and eight percent bought for the desire to be in a better area or a change in family situation.

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Charleston SC Real Estate Blog: 152 Treeduck Court Kiawah Island SC 29455 4BR / 4.5 BA Home For Sale

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Charleston SC Real Estate Blog:  152 Treeduck Court Kiawah Island SC 29455 4BR / 4.5 BA Home For Sale $819,000

Charleston SC Real Estate Blog:  152 Treeduck Court Kiawah Island SC 29455 4BR / 4.5 BA Home For Sale $819,000

152 Treeduck Court on Kiawah Island is an extremely well maintained four bedroom/four and one half bath home, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac behind the second gate, just a short distance to the beach. Living room featuring cozy fireplace with wall-to-wall windows opening onto screened porch with bright, open, spacious kitchen/dining and family room. All bedrooms have own separate full baths. Master suite on second level features walk-in closet, deep garden tub, separate walk-in shower and custom vanity with His & Her sinks. Entire top floor comprises private bedroom with vaulted ceiling, ceiling fan, skylights and full bath. 152 Treeduck Court on Kiawah Island has a two car garage and is being sold unfurnished. ARB pre-approved for pool addition.  152 Treeduck Court on Kiawah Island is approximately 45 minutes from the heart of Downtown Charleston.

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152 Treeduck Court on Kiawah Island is listed by Pam Harrington with Pam Harrington Exclusives.

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Charleston Real Estate: Avenues of House Hunting

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Charleston SC Real Estate: Avenues of House Hunting

With 2012 upon us, the avenues of exploring many industries are continuing to evolve and move forward. The real estate industry is no different, as many agents look to gain more exposure of listings through different ways. While driving around town to look for a property is still done by some, much of the painstaking searching time has now given way to convenience through the internet and mobile technology.

In the Charleston real estate market, which is larger than your normal small town, the convenience of online listings is extremely crucial in 2011. Most real estate agents have access to hundreds of listings at their own site, making it easy and simply to find what you’re looking for in a certain location. Price range fields, location fields and other features allow each search to be specialized for a given location.

An interesting aspect of comes in when reviewing the forms of internet searches. In an area such as Charleston, area realtors will each have access to the MLS on an IDX search. Many also use sites like Trulia or Zillow, which show both Charleston apartments and homes. One aspect is that some real estate searches require a registration process online; however they are certain to get less traffic because of the time that it takes.

Recently, the real estate industry has started to put a lot of resources into the mobile marketing industry. One big aspect of this is the use of text messages in a non spamming manner. Many agents have invested into messaging campaigns, then following leads with personal phone calls. One thing text messages and calls do is generating leads that are usually quality and longer term than your average e-mail.

One of the important aspects for today’s search avenues is that listings are clear and not hiding anything. This means high quality pictures that show a big portion of the property, as well as concise information for each real estate listing.  Because prospective buyers divert their search to the internet, they don’t want to be misled in anyway. This means good information, descriptions and images of each potential home.

Mobile avenues of search and connection with potential buyers also allow real estate agents to have better reporting during the process. Reporting in mobile marketing is successful when it covers certain characteristics such as dates, property info, times and some other information that is beneficial in post observations. 

This articel was writen by guest author Lillian Swift.
 
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Charleston SC Real Estate Blog: July 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends JULY – 2011 Newsletter http://carolinajoe.housingtrendsenewsletter.com

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, consumer videos, blogs, real estate glossary, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, and REALTOR.com local community reports.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report:

http://carolinajoe.housingtrendsenewsletter.com/dispContent.cfm?loadid=2&loadtype=0

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and I am happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and I look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTOR® in the future.

Sincerely yours,

Carolina Joe Idleman
AgentOwned Realty Charleston Group
902 Savannah Highway Charleston SC 29407 843-557-9203 joe@carolinajoe.com
 

4 Parkwood Avenue Charleston SC 29403 4BR / 2BA Westside Home For Sale $150,000

4 Parkwood Avenue Charleston SC 29403 4BR / 2BA Westside Home For Sale $150,000

4 Parkwood Avenue Charleston SC 29403 4BR / 2BA Westside Home For Sale $150,000

4 Parkwood Avenue in Downtown Charleston's Westside could be a 203k rehab special – Ask your agent how you could secure rehab financing to create your perfect family home!  This is a handyman special in a desirable neighborhood, close to the Citadel, Hampton Park and City tennis courts. Home is currently configured as duplex.  4 Parkwood Avenue is zoned DR1F. Home is to be sold as/is. First time homebuyers this is a great chance to purchase a home using a 203K loan.  4 Parkwood Avenue is approximately 10 minutes from the heart of Downtown Charleston.

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4 Parkwood Avenue in Downtown Charleston’s Westside neighborhood is listed by Marshall Walker with Marshall Walker.com Group.

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May 2011 Charleston Metro Monthly Housing Indicators

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

May 2011 Charleston Metro Monthly Housing Indicators

Homeownership is about painting a room fluorescent fuchsia without asking anyone's permission. The recent market challenges have forced some homeowners to become begrudging renters or unintentional landlords. For the nation as a whole, the National Association of REALTORS® reports that the homeownership rate has shifted from 69.0 percent in 2005 to 66.5 percent so far in 2011. While that's not a tectonic shift, let's see what other indicators reveal since that first fateful month after the 2010 tax credit.

New Listings in the Charleston region decreased 73.3 percent to 449. Pending Sales were down 45.8 percent to 362. Inventory levels shrank 15.3 percent to 8,764 units, but there are still plenty of great choices out there.

Prices gained some traction. The Median Sales Price increased 2.7 percent to $189,950. Days on Market increased 15.2 percent to 126 days. Consumers were absorbing homes more quickly as Months Supply of Inventory was down 6.7 percent to 11.8 months. Affordability also improved.

Nationally, the interest rate dropped to 4.88 percent on a 30-year fixed conventional while the unemployment rate snuck up to 9.1 percent in May. The economy added 54,000 jobs, which was far less than April and insufficient to curb unemployment. As recovery goes, so goes positive trends. Some metrics should continue to show favorable movement, but stronger job growth is needed to fuel housing demand and reinforce consumer confidence.

See additional information here.

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June 2011 National Housing Trends

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends JUNE -2011 Newsletter:
http://carolinajoe.housingtrendsenewsletter.com?Newsletter_ID=273&Period_ID=380

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is also filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, housing market video reports, blogs, real estate glossary, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, community reports that map shopping, schools, recreation and more.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report:
http://carolinajoe.housingtrendsenewsletter.com/dispContent.cfm?loadid=2&loadtype=0

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and I am happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and I look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTOR® in the future.

Sincerely yours,

Carolina Joe Idleman
AgentOwned Realty Charleston Group
902 Savannah Highway Charleston SC 29407
843-557-9203
joe@carolinajoe.com

 

May 2011 National Housing Trends

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

May 2011 National Housing Trends

Housing Trends Update is published monthly and is available only to real estate agents who are part of the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance monthly survey panel.  You can read the May 2011 National Housing Trends report here.

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April 2011 Colleton County Housing Market Statistics

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

April 2011 Colleton County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Colleton County.
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April 2011 Dorchester County Housing Market Statistics

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

April 2011 Dorchester County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Dorchester County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken down further into the following local areas:  Dorchester Road, Greater Summerville, and Saint George – Rural Dorchester County.

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April 2011 Berkeley County Housing Market Statistics

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

April 2011 Berkeley County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Berkeley County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken further down into the following local areas: Daniel Island, Goose Creek and Moncks Corner, Hanahan, and Rural Berkeley County.

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April 2011 Charleston County Housing Market Statistics

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 yourCharleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

April 2011 Charleston County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Charleston County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken further down into the following local areas: Downtown Charleston, Charleston above the Crosstown, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant South the Isle of Palms Connector, Mount Pleasant North of the Isle of Palms Connector, Wando – Cainhoy, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, James Island, Folly Beach, Johns Island, Kiawah – Seabrook, Hollywood – Ravenel, Edisto Island, and North Charleston.

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14 STEPS TO BUYING A HOME

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

14 STEPS TO BUYING A HOME

1.  Select a lender to work with.  First and most importantly, work with direct lenders only.  A mortgage broker is just a middle man.  A direct lender does its own underwriting for mortgages.  Most banks are direct lenders.  Contact at least three lenders to discuss their general guidelines regarding the financing process, their financing guidelines, customer service, types of loan packages available, interest rates and fees.  Select your vendor based on this information combined with your assessment of which lender you feel you can work with the best.

2.  Get preapproved for financing.  This is important because financing requirements change daily in today’s market and you do not want to waste your time and the real estate agent’s time if you can’t qualify for financing, along with helping you to determine if you need to sell your home first, shows you what your monthly payment will be, tells you what price range to look for your new home in, and you will need a preapproval letter to accompany your contract when you make an offer on your new home.

3.  Select the type of loan that works best for you.  Discuss with your lender the various mortgage programs that are available such as a fixed rate, adjustable rate mortgage, conventional versus FHA financing, USDA Rural Housing Program, or VA financing.  Discuss the terms of the loan.  Do you want a 15, 20, or 30 year mortgage?  How much will the down payment be required for each program?   Ask if there is any special state, or local funding programs you may qualify for.

4.  Additional expenses.  In addition to you mortgage payment keep the             following expenses in mind to help you determine your bottom line monthly budget:  cash you may need for earnest money, closing costs, home inspection, property taxes, home insurance, landscaping, HOA / Regime fees, utilities, etc. 

5.  Do your homework.  Determine the neighborhood you want to live in.  With all the resources available on the internet you can learn about neighborhoods, schools, amenities, shopping, dining, medical facilities, and specific homes prior to actually starting to look at homes.  You can find the answers to a good many of your questions and search for a home at my website http://www.carolinajoe.com and my blog http://www.carolinajoe.com/blog/ .  Once you have selected a neighborhood drive through it at different times and over a weekend to see how quiet it is and to speak with some local neighbors.

6.  Select a realtor to work with.  I recommend selecting a realtor who is an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) because these agents have taken additional training and documented work experience in order to obtain the ABR designation from the National Association of Realtors.  To find the realtor who is right for you I recommend asking a friend, a co-worker, searching the internet, or calling some local real estate companies.  Set up interview with at least three agents and get a feel for who you believe is the best and who you can work with the best.

7.  Finding you new home in your preapproved price range.  The first thing to do is meet with you realtor and tell him as much as you can about where you want to live, the price range, and all of  the home features that are important to you.  Are you interested in short sales or bank owned properties?  Start looking at homes.  You will know the right home when you see it.

8.  Making an offer on a home.  Once you find your new home have your realtor prepare the offer.  Make a fair offer, sometimes if you make an unrealistic “lowball offer” the seller will not consider you a serious buyer and will not be willing to negotiate.  Be sure you offer contains any contingencies you need such as financing, buyer’s satisfaction of home inspection, buyer’s satisfaction of termite inspection, buyer’s ability to get satisfactory homeowner’s insurance, etc.  Make sure you offer is accompanied by your preapproval letter and a copy of your earnest money check.

9.  Be willing to negotiate. I t has been my experience that in most instances the buyer and seller can find a common ground both can live with.

10.  Obtain a ratified contract. This occurs when both the buyer and seller have signed the contract and all changes during negotiations have been initialed and dated by both parties.

11. Submit a copy of the ratified contract to your lender.   Now the financing approval officially begins.  Be sure to complete you application and pay the necessary fees as quickly as possible.  Any time the lender or underwriter request additional information be sure to provide it as quickly as possible.  During this process you will probably be asked for the fee to conduct an appraisal, do this as soon as it is requested.   If you follow theses guidelines you financing process will be as painless as possible.

12.  Schedule and complete your home inspection.  Your realtor should be able to recommend a good home inspector.  Schedule your home inspection as soon as possible after getting a ratified contract.  This will enable any issues that come up to be resolved in a timely manner prior to closing.

13.   Select a closing attorney.  If you do not have a preferred closing attorney, your realtor can provide you some recommended closing attorney’s.  Schedule the date and time for the closing.  Provide the closing attorney with a copy of the ratified contract.

14.  Closing.  Once the lender receives the “good to close” from underwriting and the closing attorney has completed the title search you are ready to close.  Make sure that any funds you are required to bring to the closing are either wired to the closing attorney, or are brought to the closing in the form a money order or a cashier’s check as a personal check will not be acceptable.  Sing the documents, get your keys and enjoy your new home.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated.

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March 2011 Colleton County Housing Market Statistics

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

March 2011 Colleton County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Colleton County.
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As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated.

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March 2011 Dorchester County Housing Market Statistics

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

March 2011 Dorchester County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Dorchester County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken down further into the following local areas:  Dorchester Road, Greater Summerville, and Saint George – Rural Dorchester County.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated.

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March 2011 Berkeley County Housing Market Statistics

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

March 2011 Berkeley County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Berkeley County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken further down into the following local areas: Daniel Island, Goose Creek and Moncks Corner, Hanahan, and Rural Berkeley County.

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March 2011 Charleston County Housing Market Statistics

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 yourCharleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

March 2011 Charleston County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Charleston County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken further down into the following local areas: Downtown Charleston, Charleston above the Crosstown, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant South the Isle of Palms Connector, Mount Pleasant North of the Isle of Palms Connector, Wando – Cainhoy, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, James Island, Folly Beach, Johns Island, Kiawah – Seabrook, Hollywood – Ravenel, Edisto Island, and North Charleston.

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261 Sea Marsh Drive Kiawah Island SC 29455 3BR / 3.5BA Home For Sale $799,000

261 Sea Marsh Drive Kiawah Island SC 29455 3BR / 3.5BA Home For Sale $799,000

261 Sea Marsh Drive Kiawah Island SC 29455 3BR / 3.5BA Home For Sale $799,000

This 3 bedroom home was designed for comfort where live oaks provide a canopy of shade for the front porch. Enter through the double front doors into the foyer where a pebbled Japanese courtyard with fountain lavish in the sun-light. The atrium in the center of the home is surrounded by the living room, dining room, foyer, and spa room with a hot tub and access to the master bedroom. This atrium, the skylights in the kitchen, and the glass enclosed sunroom bring in the outdoors throughout all the living areas and flood the home with natural light. The large living area features tray ceilings, a fireplace, and windows providing views of the ninth green of the Cougar Point golf course. All bedrooms have private bathrooms and an additional half bath is available for guests. The breezeway connecting the home to the two car garage leads to a laundry room and then on to a breakfast room. Improvements to the home include blond oak hardwoods, crown molding throughout, a Jennaire cook top and Whirlpool wall oven, a climate controlled sunroom, and fresh paint on both the interior and exterior of the home. AHS home warranty is transferable.  261 Sea marsh Drive is approximately 40 minutes from Downtown Charleston.

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261 marsh Drive on Kiawah Island is listed by Steven Ellis with Ellis Akers Real Estate, LLC.

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February 2011 Colleton County Housing Market Statistics

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

February 2011 Colleton County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Colleton County.
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As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated.

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February 2011 Dorchester County Housing Market Statistics

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

February 2011 Dorchester County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Dorchester County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken down further into the following local areas:  Dorchester Road, Greater Summerville, and Saint George – Rural Dorchester County.

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February 2011 Berkeley County Housing Market Statistics

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

February 2011 Berkeley County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Berkeley County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken further down into the following local areas: Daniel Island, Goose Creek and Moncks Corner, Hanahan, and Rural Berkeley County.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated.

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February 2011 Charleston County Housing Market Statistics

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 yourCharleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

February 2011 Charleston County Housing Market Statistics

Here are the housing market statistics for Charleston County.  Additionally the housing market statistics are broken further down into the following local areas: Downtown Charleston, Charleston above the Crosstown, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant South of Highway 41, Mount Pleasant North of Highway 41, Wando – Cainhoy, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, James Island, Folly Beach, Johns Island, Kiawah – Seabrook, Hollywood – Ravenel, Edisto Island, and North Charleston.

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February 2011 Charleston Monthly Housing Indicators

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

February 2011 Charleston Monthly Housing Indicators

Market activity may appear to be low in year-over-year comparisons due to the 2010 tax credit. We knew this was coming. Several other themes warrant attention before we dig into the numbers. First, we've had several months in a
row of private job growth. Second, interest rates, in concert with food and energy costs, are rising. Third, the anticipation of rising rates often motivates buyers.  A recovery looms. Now, let's take a look at those numbers.

New Listings in the Charleston region decreased 17.3 percent from last February to 1,451 new homes. Meanwhile, Pending Sales increased 12.3 percent to arrive at 841 contracts written. This meant inventory levels decreased 15.7 percent from last year to reach 8,470 active listings.

Prices slid a bit – the February Median Sales Price of $166,500 decreased 7.5 percent. Negotiations moved toward buyers as Percent of Original List Price Received at Sale decreased 1.9 percent to 88.3 percent. The absorption rate
decreased 18.9 percent as Months Supply of Inventory checked in at 11.1 months.

The national average interest rate was 5.23 percent on a 30-year fixed. The U.S. government would like to play second fiddle to the private sector in the mortgage market. Shifting the risk burden makes fiscal sense but could threaten an already fragile recovery. The Center for Responsible Lending states that it would take 14 years for the typical American family to save enough money for a 20 percent down payment, based on national average home prices.

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February 2011 Charleston Housing Supply Outlook

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 Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

February 2011 Charleston Housing Supply Outlook

In the Charleston Trident region, the price range with the strongest sales activity was the $100,000 and Below range, where sales were up 38.6 percent over the last 12 months.

Sales were weakest in the $150,001 to $200,000 range, where sales were down 13.4 percent versus last year.  Inventory in the region has fallen 15.6 percent, led mostly by a decline in condo inventory.

Median Sales Price was up the most in the single-family segment with a 2.7 percent gain to $194,990, while prices were down 4.0 percent for condos to $144,000.

The price range with the longest Days on Market Until Sale was the $350,001 and Above range, where the average market time was 184 days. The range with the shortest market time was among homes in the $100,001 to $150,000 price range, where it’s taking a shorter 91 days for a home to sell, on average.

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