Posted By Alan Donald @ Jul 29th 2009 3:16pm In: Real Estate

Charleston County Home Showings Jul 09Showings are at an 18-month high in Mt. Pleasant and also in Dorchester County (Summerville), according to data compiled by Centralized Showing Service, which records all showings booked for REALTORS via the MLS. Charleston (West Ashley) and areas of Berkeley County also exhibit a similar patter (see graphs). Because showings are an indicator of the level of buyer interest in the market, it can be used as a predictor for future sales, which will normally show up 2-3 months later. Many factors may be contributing to this uptick in showings: Families are back from summer holidays, interest rates are still low, prices have continued to drop, and the $8,000 First-time Home Buyers' Tax Credit is encouraging renters to get in the game!

Home Showings Chart Dorchester & Berkeley Counties July 09This is all good news that show the resiliency of our Charleston Area Market. I have always argued that Charleston is blessed because a) It is on the coast (almost everyobdy loves the beach); b) It has great weather (no snow); and c) Its economy is dependent on at least four different industries: Tourism & hospitality, logistics (the Port of Charleston), education (MUSC, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University) and the military (Charleston Air Force Base, SPAWAR and the Naval Weapons Station). So our economy should rebound quicker than a similar sized single-industry town...


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