Buying your first home can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. But it can also be one of the scariest. Buying real estate is a complicated process. And if you've never purchased a home before, the fear of all those unknown variables can make the experience stressful, frustrating, and downright terrifying. If you're thinking about purchasing a home but are dealing with the fear that comes along with it, don't worry! You're not alone. Most first time home-buyers deal with a certain level of fear as they get ready to buy their first home. But that fear doesn't have to hold you back. Here are three of the most common fears of first time home-buyers (and how you can overcome ...
3 Common Fears Of First Time Home-Buyers… And How To Overcome ThemTue, Feb 20th 2018 2:03 pm by Alan Donald Buyers
More Than Just a House- 62 Saturday Rd.Mon, Feb 19th 2018 10:00 am by Alan Donald Charleston Real Estate
NEW LISTING in the beautiful and sought after Mount Pleasant neighborhood of I'On. This 4 bd. 3.5 ba. home is tucked away from the noise and activities by I'On Creek Club at 62 Saturday Road.
This home is more than just somewhere to sleep at night. It provides somewhere to rest and relax, a large enough space to raise a family or have the family over, and is located in a neighborhood that embraces the charm and hospitality that Charleston is all about.
The interior of the home features updates throughout such as painted white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a semi-open concept living that's perfect for entertaining and having open sight lines to the rest of the family sp...
COMING SOON- The Gadsden Downtown CharlestonFri, Feb 16th 2018 2:00 pm by Alan Donald Charleston Real Estate
Listings for The Gadsden luxury condominiums in Downtown Charleston just went live on the MLS yesterday, February 15th! This condo will have 76 residences available with 1, 2, or 3 bedroom floor plans; some of these residences will feature a park view or a city view. The design of the condo incorporates a warm welcoming feel alongside modern updates such as new stainless steel appliances, oversized ceilings, and modern artistic touches throughout.
Not only will The Gadsden be centrally located with close proximity to the new Gadsdenboro Park, but to all the great Downtown Charleston restaurants and activities. When not exploring the various activities that are at your fingertips, The ...
Charleston's Most Expensive Home!Wed, Feb 14th 2018 3:21 pm by Alan Donald Real Estate
Charleston's Most Expensive Home
Curious to see what Charleston's most expensive property looks like? We were, too.
Wait no further and check out for yourself what Charleston's most luxurious property looks like on the inside. Spoiler Alert...it's amazing.
Click the button to see more.
Listing Courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
More Than Just a House - 1233 Hidden Lakes Dr.Fri, Feb 9th 2018 1:00 pm by Alan Donald Alans Listings
1233 Hidden Lakes Dr., Mount Pleasant SC 29464
After over 15 years of living at 1233 Hidden Lakes, the Sellers' family decided it was time to sell their home. This home holds many memories for them including that of raising three kids, renovations, and great pool parties!
Their favorite part of the home was the all-season backyard oasis that provided the indoor/outdoor living they had dreamt of.
A gorgeous pool welcomed them in the summer, a warm fireplace in the winter and a barbecue kitchen in the spring and fall.
Their family and friends also had many adventures kayaking to the large lake through their backyard canal access.
The inside of their home provided the kids with spac...
NEW 55+ Community in Del Webb at NextonMon, Feb 5th 2018 10:00 am by Alan Donald Retirement
Del Webb Nexton- A New 55+ Community in
The Del Webb Charleston at Nexton Community is now open and welcoming guests of the 55+ active adult community. This community is being developed by Pulte Group and is part of the larger Nexton Community of homes. Guests that reside in the Del Webb Community will have access to various amenities including those of the new Del Webb 2,500 sq.ft. Amenity Center in addition to those of the nearby Nexton Community Center. Amenities include:
-Indoor/Outdoor Saltwater Pool
-4 Pickle Ball Courts
-And Much More
Del Webb homes start at a base price of $240,00 for a 1,262 sq.ft. home and go up to $356,990...
Charleston SC, In The NewsTue, Jan 30th 2018 3:10 pm by Alan Donald Alans Listings
Carolina’s Rigging & Crane and Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware expanding presence in two S.C. Counties
January 12, 2018
Lowcountry Biz SC writes Carolina’s Rigging & Crane and Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware, manufacturers and suppliers of wire rope, rigging and safety solutions for a wide range of industries, are expanding operations in Charleston and Richland Counties. The joint investment of $3.4 million is expected to create 35 new jobs.
Carolina’s Rigging & Crane and Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware supplies and services manufacturers, construction, maritime and energy and transportation companies who utilize wire rope, web slings, tie downs, chain and hoist prod...
What's Happening in Charleston? Events and Activities for February, 2018.Tue, Jan 30th 2018 1:00 pm by Alan Donald Charleston
As the very cold and snowy month of January is put behind us, February is looking up with great activities! With the SE Wildlife Expo in town, continuing Oyster Roasts, and the start of the Charleston Wine+Food Festival, we are looking forward to a month full of fun events and better weather. Here is your February calendar of events...
1: Night at the Brewseum, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
2: Good Catch Oysterfest, SC Aquarium
3: Groundhog Day Movie, Chas Music Hall
3: 18th Annual Downs Byrd Memorial Paws and Pearls Oyster Roast,Summerville Country Club
Annual Real Estate Market Update for 2017Mon, Jan 29th 2018 9:15 am by Alan Donald Real Estate
Annual Real Estate Market Update Charleston, SC - 2017 in Review
By Alan Donald, Broker Associate
Keller Williams Realty, Mount Pleasant, SC
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2017 was a record-setting year for the Charleston Area market. 18,397 properties changed hands during the year, making it the busiest year on record and beating the previous record established in 2005. Our market, similarly to the national market, has a housing inventory shortage. Sellers still hold the advantage in most sub-markets.
Our area economic indicators such as unemp...
If You’re Considering Selling, ACT NOW!!Fri, Jan 26th 2018 4:44 pm by Alan Donald Real Estate
Definitely an aggressive headline. However, as the final data on the 2017 housing market rolls in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!
How did we finish 2017?
New-home sales were at their highest level in a decade.
Sales of previously owned homes were at their highest level in more than a decade.
Starts of single-family homes were their strongest in a decade and applications to build such properties advanced to the fastest pace since August 2007.
Bloomberg Business just reported:
“America’s housing market is gearing up for a robust year ahead. Builders are more optimistic, demand is strong and lean inventory is keeping prices el...
COMING SOON! New 55+ Community in Mount PleasantFri, Jan 26th 2018 1:42 pm by Alan Donald Senior Living
COMING SOON! 55+ Residential Community in Mount Pleasant! If you love the beaches and Downtown Historic Charleston, this project will offer a LIMITED AMOUNT (~30) of NEW one-story homes in a 55+ gated community, priced from the $400K's.
To register your interest and get first dibs at these homes, please fill out this form: http://vid.us/mka6t1 or call us at 843-900-0155.
These will sell fast!
The Charleston Boat Show Sets RecordTue, Jan 16th 2018 2:33 pm by Alan Donald Events
LowcountryBizSC reports that the 2018 Charleston Boat Show, scheduled for January 26-28 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, has set a new record in space booking.
"Each year the Charleston Boat Show attracts between 10,000-11,000 people. There will be 125 exhibiting companies at the show this year, with 35 boat dealerships represented. There will be more than 85 different boat brands on-site.
The show is known for family fun as well as educational seminars, including the Coastal Fishing Expo, sponsored by Coastal Carolina Fisherman. This year’s schedule includes lots of fishing classes by the best captains, kids’ activities like face-painting, SCDNR Boating Simulator, Turtle Putt...
Tax Reform and Its Effects on Real EstateThu, Jan 4th 2018 1:34 pm by Alan Donald Taxes
Tax Reform & Housing: A Reference Guide
Disclaimer: This guide is not meant to be a resource for tax advice but instead a resource for basic information concerning only certain aspects of the new tax code and how they may impact the real estate market. You should get tax advice from your accountant or tax preparer who will explain how the entire tax code will affect your personal return.
This information became useful immediately after the new tax code became law. Some of the information may be revised as the analysis of the new law evolves.
When the tax code was originally being overhauled by the House and the Senate, there were three major proposals being considered that would h...
Charleston SC, In The NewsSat, Dec 30th 2017 12:45 pm by Alan Donald Charleston
MUSC approves new 128-bed, $325 million hospital project to move forward
After 30 seconds of discussion during a Board of Trustees meeting Friday morning, the Medical University of South Carolina agreed to move forward with plans to build a new $325 million hospital somewhere in the tri-county area.
Hospital leaders have not been specific about where it might be built, but if approved, it would rival the cost of the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital.
No board members asked questions or commented on the 128-bed project before unanimously agreeing to move forward Friday.
The board's approval is a preliminary step that allows MUSC staff to apply for a Certificate of Need, whi...
What's Happening in Charleston? Events and Activities for January 2018.Sat, Dec 30th 2017 12:15 pm by Alan Donald Events
There is no better way to celebrate the start of the new year than with events around this great city. This month features some fun activities, but it is packed with the very best food events including everyone's favorite, Charleston Restaurant Week!
With the new year in tow, take the opportunity to explore parts of the city you've always wanted to or at least start with events that are coming up this month. Here is your January calendar of events:
Charleston SC Real Estate Market Update - January 2018Wed, Dec 27th 2017 9:00 am by Alan Donald Real Estate
CHARLESTON, SC—(December 13, 2017) According to preliminary data released today by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR) 1,356 homes sold in November in the region at a median price of $252,733. Last November, 1,267 homes sold at a median price of $242,920.
The year-to-date pace of growth in sales and median price in the region stayed constant through November, tracking 3% growth in sales for the year and 4% growth in median price. 16,832 homes have sold in the region at a median price of $250,000 thus far in 2017. At this time last year, 16,302 homes had sold at a median price of $240,000.
“We are in a position to finish this year on a path of sustainable growth for t...
Why Not Sell On Your Own? To FSBO or Not to FSBO, That is the Question...Tue, Dec 26th 2017 10:35 am by Alan Donald For Sale By Owner
If you are a VERY EXPERIENCED home seller, a former Realtor or an attorney, you may consider selling your home by owner. Most people who decide to sell by owner do so because they think they will net more money by saving the listing agent's commission. And in a hot "sellers' market" like we have right now,the odds are that they will sell their home.
What many FSBOs don't realize, is that by giving their home less market exposure than what an experienced, professional Realtor can give, sellers may not be getting the highest market price and may be leaving money on the table, even after paying a listing commission. And doing everything themselves, plus exposing themselves to safety and li...
Rents Are on the Rise: Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap!Wed, Dec 20th 2017 12:04 pm by Alan Donald Renters
There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is protecting yourself from rising rents, by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.
Don’t Become Trapped
A recent article by Apartment List addressed rising rents by stating:
“Rents are up 2.7% year-over-year at the national level. Year-over-year growth continues to fall between the 2.1% rate from this time last year and the 3.4% growth rate from October 2015.”
The article continues explaining that:
“Despite the seasonal slowdown, rents are still up year-over-year in 89 of the 100 Largest cities.
Additionally, the Urban Institute revealed that,
“Over a quarter of renters, or 11.1 million households,...
What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy a Home?Wed, Dec 13th 2017 5:20 pm by Alan Donald Alans Listings
What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy a Home?
Over the course of the last 12 months, on average home prices have appreciated by 7.0% in the U.S. Over the same amount of time, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market.
As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price, but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic...
Upcoming Lot Releases on Daniel IslandSun, Dec 10th 2017 7:49 pm by Alan Donald Daniel Island
New Lot Releases on Daniel island
There will be a couple of lot releases on Daniel Island in 2018.
There will be 4 lots released on Captain's Island in January, two deep water lots with private dock permits and 2 marshfront lots on Ralston Creek.
In Daniel Island Park, there will also be a release in the Ralston Grove section (probably in February), of approximately 25-30 homesites, about half of which are interior lots and 16 with beautiful marsh views.
In addition to homesites, several builders are building "spec homes" in this neighborhood, if you are interested call us on 843-900-0155, we can provide those details.
On the South end in Edgefield and Smythe Park, homesites will be r...