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Top 5 Home Buyer Concerns


Top 5 Home Buyer Concerns

Home BuyersLet's face it: The real estate market in the Charleston, SC area has changed substantially! Three years ago it had abundant listings, double-digit absorption rates and very eager sellers. Interest rates were low and going nowhere, and there was little urgency. Home prices were declining and buyers could take their time finding the right home, negotiating the right price and waiting for the market to touch bottom. 

Today the story is completely different: The local real estate market in some areas of the Charleston, SC, metro area (specifically in Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island, SC) are now under-supplied and prices are rising once again.

From our experience,...

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Be Proactive - Deal With Defects



Alan Donald Real Estate Blog- Be a proactive seller

In any residential real estate transaction, the Buyers will likely conduct home and termite inspections as part of their "due diligence" to make sure the home is in good condition (for the price). Even if you are selling your home "as-is" (which means you are not willing to pay for any necessary repairs), most buyers will include an inspection contingency clause in their offer. 

These contingencies will allow them to hire any number of experts (including a home inspector, a termite inspector and a structural engineer) to make sure that the house is safe, structurally sound, free of leaks and that all the systems are working properly (i.e. that th...

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Furry Friends and Pet Dander



PetsMost of us REALTORS are animal lovers and have pets of our own, but we also share many stories about showing homes where our clients went into a sneezing fit, we got bitten by a cantankerous furry creature, or opened the front door only to helplessly see a cute kitty scoot toward the nearest busy street.

It is essential to take pets and its effects into consideration if you want to put your house on the market.

Initially, make sure that you bring a friend who does NOT have any pets to do the "sniff test" and make sure your home does not have any pet odors. Steam clean carpets and vacuum all furniture. Wash all pet bedding and toys. Make sure to shampoo and comb your ...

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Buyers-- How Well Do You Negotiate?


Negotiations from the buyers’ perspective:

Traditionally people think of a good negotiator as a person that crushes the competition and gets the last dollar out of the transaction. However, buying a home is just one of the pieces of the life puzzle and a real estate adviser should focus more on the long-term objectives of the clients.

Negotiating skills depend more on market dynamics and the tactics need to be adjusted to fit these dynamics. For example, for a buyer it is very different to negotiate in a buyers’ market (where there are a lot of listings and not a lot of competition) than in a sellers’ market (where there are very few listings and a lot of competition).

In a b...

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Feb 20 2013
7:00 am

Posted By Alan Donald
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WSJ Study Finds Best Listing Day


WSJ Study Finds Best Listing Day

REALTORS have often debated if the day of the week that you list a home has any effect on the outcome. The Wall Street Journal published recently the results of a national study that concluded that YES! The day of the week DOES affect the outcome, albeit in a small way.

Sold vs. List Price by Day of Week of Listing

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Feb 8 2013
11:15 am

Posted By Alan Donald
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Smelly Affairs!



Smelly Affairs

The sense of smell is a powerful motivator. When prospective buyers walk into a house, their senses are alert to take in any visual, audio or smell stimuli to form that “first impression”.

It is well known that buyers respond more positively if they smell freshly baking oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies instead of the lingering odors of mold, cigarette smoke or a household pet. 

Because you are used to it, you may not notice odors that visitors are aware of as soon as they walk in the door. When your house is for sale, ask a friend or neighbor to give it a "sniff test". If they notice any odors, you bet potential buyers are going to notice them too! The presence of...

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Nov 23 2012
9:37 am

Posted By Alan Donald
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Interest in Charleston SC Real Estate Grows Nationally

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Interest in Charleston SC Real Estate Grows Nationally

Charleston, SC was in the news recently as the "Best Tourism Destination in the World" (Conde Nast Travel Magazine, 2012) and many other accolades. Summerville (part of the Charleston MSA) was also chosen as "The Best Place to Retire in the U.S." by CNN Money. In addition, Charleston area's employment is the fastest growing in South Carolina (Boeing just built a new plant here) and the economic outlook for this coastal city is looking very encouraging.

It is no surprise that our real estate is receiving increasing attention nationally. The following graph from Google Trends shows the search activity for the term "homes in charleston...

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May 21 2012
10:19 am

Posted By Mikayla Carr
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Meticulously maintained! GREAT PRICE! Daniel Island Real Estate

Daniel Island
1041  BARFIELD ST Charleston, SC 29492
$429,900 - 1041 Barfield St Charleston, SC @ Daniel Island
Beds:3Baths:2 Full / 1 Half
Very clean and meticulously maintained home on this quiet tree lined street. Owners report all neighbors are perfect! Walk to Daniel Island Elementary & Middle School, Bishop England High School, library, and neighborhood pubs/shopping/resturaunts. To be so close to conveniences and to live on a quiet peaceful street in a very desirable commu...

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Mar 20 2012
1:43 pm

Posted By Alan Donald
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Real Estate - View the MOST POPULAR LISTINGS on Isle of Palms, SC

Isle of Palms

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View the MOST POPULAR LISTINGS on Isle of Palms, SC

Most Popular Homes for Sale on Isle of Palms, SC

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In addition to Isle of Palms,SC homes for sale, here you'll also find a comprehensive Isle of Palms,SC School Report, full Isle of Palms,SC demographics, and real estate insights second to none. Please feel free to browse the site to learn about Isle of Palms,SC Real Estate homes for sale, and get in touch with any questions you may have.

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This site is updated daily with new Isle of Palms,SC homes for sale and properties that come on the market in the Isle of Palms,SC area. Often, homes are sold within days of coming on the mark...

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Mar 18 2012
6:47 pm

Posted By Alan Donald
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Fantastic Home In Riverland Terrace - $339,000 - 2078 St Lukes Dr Charleston, SCMLS# 1206497 James Island SC Real Estate

James Island
Call UsCall Us on 843-416-1434 - call to view this home!
2078  ST LUKES DR Charleston, SC 29412
$339,000 - 2078 St Lukes Dr Charleston, SC @ Riverland Terrace
Beds:4Baths:2 Full / N/A
Don't miss out on this gorgeous home that is finishing up renovations. This wonderful four bedroom, two bath home has the perfect open floor plan. Large living room with wood burning fireplace. Completely new kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Lots of natural light. Master suite with his and her closets...

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Nov 30 2011
1:15 pm

Posted By Candy Sammons
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*New Listing* $139,900 - 4805 Wheatfield Dr Summerville, SC @ The Farm At Wescott

Summerville Listings
4805  WHEATFIELD DR Summerville, SC 29485
$139,900 - 4805 Wheatfield Dr Summerville, SC @ The Farm At Wescott
Beds:4Baths:2 Full / N/A
Not a foreclosure or short sale, just a great deal. This home has been renovated (painted throughout including the garage) It's in great condition (like new) and ready to move in. Features 4 bedrooms (2 masters) and 2 full baths. The kitchen is large with a built in microwave, smooth top range, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and pantry. The ki...

Broker Reciprocity The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Broker ReciprocitySM Program of the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service. R...

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Sep 13 2011
12:22 pm

Posted By Alan Donald
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You Can Now Set Up DAILY ALERTS!


Time is a scarce resource. When you are searching for the right home, it pays to have the best technology tools at your disposal! We are now offering a new service: Automatic daily, weekly or bi-weekly alerts, which sends all new listings that fit your search criteria AUTOMATICALLY to your email. So you don't have to spend as much time looking online, or starting from scratch every time you sit down to search.

If you would like to set up your own listing alert, please visit our sister website, . Just click on "My Tools" and scroll down to "My Alerts.



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Aug 24 2011
8:50 am

Posted By Alan Donald
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New Client Testimonial


"In today’s world we often find our experiences with people to be brief and selfish.  Rarely do we find honesty and empathy in our contracts with people in business. Occasionally, however, there are those who practice honesty, kindness and empathy in all their affairs.  I found Alan Donald to be such a person.

During a difficult time in my life, facing foreclosure, Alan worked diligently, for 19 months to turn my situation around.  There were many times that I ran short on patience.  Banks can be heartless, not to mention towers of inefficiency. 

Alan persisted, patiently, one day at a time, going forward, never giving up.  Never did he show signs of frustration.  I am grateful – for Al...

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Freddie Mac Summer Promotion on Foreclosed Homes

ForeclosuresIn an attempt to lower their inventory of foreclosed homes ASAP, Freddie Mac recently launched a promotion to attract buyers and their agents.

With this promotion Freddie Mac (Homesteps) offers to pay up to 3.5% of the purchase price toward buyer's closing costs and a bonus to their selling agent for contracts (from owner occupiers only!) ratified from May 16th until July 31st, 2011 that close on or before September 30, 2011. 

Also a two-year limited Home Protect home warranty that covers electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, heating and other major systems and appliances, plus up to 30% discounts on appliance purchases is available fo...

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Mar 28 2011
1:45 pm

Posted By Alan Donald
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ION - NEW CONSTRUCTION - Small Cottage Under $$300K $289,000 - 48 Sanibel St Mount Pleasant, SC @ Ion MLS# 1017325

Mt Pleasant Real Estate Market
48  SANIBEL ST Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
$289,000 - 48 Sanibel St Mount Pleasant, SC @ Ion
MLS# BR1017325 Class: Residential Status: Active
Beds:2Baths:1 Full / N/A
Charming cottage on one of the most beautiful streets in I'On. Don't miss this opportunity to own a high quality, low maintenance I'On home. The living room features a masonry fireplace and opens to a spacious private courtyard terrace. The kitchen boasts a Jenn-Air electric cooktop, wall oven and microwave as well as a KitchenAid refrigerato...

Broker Reciprocity The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Broker ReciprocitySM Program of the Charleston Trident Multipl...

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Mar 17 2011
7:53 am

Posted By Alan Donald
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New Listing in Belle Hall: $250,000 - 223 Historic Dr Mount Pleasant MLS 1106535

Belle Hall Plantation
223  HISTORIC DR Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
$250,000 - 223 Historic Dr Mount Pleasant, SC @ Belle Hall
MLS# BR1106535 Class: Residential Status: Active
Beds:3Baths:2 Full / N/A
Great Midwood floor plan with a back wall of windows for lots of natural light!Backs to protected woodlands for lots of privacy(no homes behind you!) Bay windows at kitchen breakfast nook and in Master Bedroom add lots of charm to this loved home. Truly great space and lots of natural light. Vaulted ceilings in family room and Master Bedroom ...
More information on Belle Hall at

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Feb 8 2011
9:25 am

Posted By Alan Donald
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Alans Listings

Distressed HomeRealtyTrack, a service that tracks foreclosures in the U.S. reported that lenders foreclosed on 1 million properties in 2010, a record number since it started tracking foreclosure activity in 2005.

That's a huge number! It means that banks are now proud owners of 1 million homes which will come back on the market this year. In Charleston and Mt Pleasant, we are already experiencing an increase in the number of lender-owned (REOs) that are being listed. There are currently more than 400 homes listed as REOs, and this number is probably much higher, as some REO agents do not label their listings correctly. 

These properties will be aggressively priced, since banks will want to offload the...

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Jan 30 2011
10:53 pm

Posted By Alan Donald
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Top Ten Reasons Why We Would NOT List Your Home

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Home PuzzleWhy would we say such thing? After all, aren’t all Realtors supposed to list whatever they can, whenever they can?  

You see, we believe that transactions must be Win-Win for all the parties involved. If we list your home and are not able to sell it, you will still have your home to sell, we all wasted a few months, our relationship with you suffers, and our reputation as professional, effective agents may take a hit. This is a lousy long-term business strategy!

Professional, effective and efficient Realtors must be very careful about which homes they choose to carry in their inventory. After all, their objective should be to SELL ...

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