If you are considering a home purchase, you need to know the advantages and disadvantages of owning a home. Here are some of the disadvantages for your consideration:
Charleston in the News - August 2019Fri, Aug 2nd 2019 1:00 pm by Alan Donald Charleston
Charleston County's Academic Magnet High School is No. 1 in National Ranking of Public High Schools
On April 30th, U.S. News & World Report announced that the Academic Magnet High School (locally referred to as "The Magnet" or AMHS) led the rankings in a pool of about 17,000 public high schools in the nation. Academic Magnet is frequently ranked in the Top 100 of various websites and publications and is known for not only its rigorous course loads but also for having some of the most academically gifted students in Charleston County. As a state that falls among the worst-performing academically in the nation, The Magnet really stands out and there is a reason why. Almost all of its co...
What's Happening in Charleston: August 2019 EditionFri, Aug 2nd 2019 1:00 pm by Alan Donald Events
The first day of classes is right around the corner with students returning to Berkeley and Dorchester County schools on the 19th and to Charleston County schools on the 21st. So be sure to grab some more days of fun before the kiddos go back to school and don't forget to inform them about "cooties"! Click here for the medical guide for cooties to share with your cuties. Enjoy some of the events listed below and celebrate any number of fun and silly national holidays that everyone can enjoy such as National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (2nd), National Friendship and Sisters Day (4th), National Women's Day (9th), National Son and Daughter Day (11th) and National Financial Awareness Day (14th), ...
What's Happening in Charleston: July 2019 EditionMon, Jul 1st 2019 4:00 pm by Alan Donald Events
July has arrived and so have the Independence Day celebrations! Bring out the grills, call up your friends and family, and watch one (or more) of the many fireworks shows and the 10th Annual Salute from the Shore 'Air Parade' happening on the 4th! Other long-running annual events this month include the 15th Annual Sweetgrass Festival on the 13th and the 16th Annual Charleston Caribbean Jerk Festival on the 20th. More fun for all abounds throughout the month, with an array of movies, summer concerts and sporting events! So mark you calendars, put on your sunscreen and enjoy!!
Here is your July 2019 calendar of events:
1: Christmas in July, Coconut Joe's Beach Grill, Isle of Palms
Charleston in the News - July 2019Mon, Jul 1st 2019 4:00 pm by Alan Donald Charleston
College of Charleston Gets a New Innovative Course of Study
While the College of Charleston teaches many disciplines, its main objective is to be innovative. Yet the most innovative career option is engineering and the college does not offer this program ... at least not until next year! To help meet the strong demand for engineers which has been outpacing supply in South Carolina and elsewhere, the College of Charleston will be introducing a new interdisciplinary program of study - Systems Engineering - that will be "the only one of its kind in South Carolina at the undergraduate level". College President Andrew Hsu has been working with Boeing, Bosch, the Charleston County Economic...
** NEW LISTING ** 553 Antebellum Ln., Mount Pleasant SC 29464Tue, Jun 18th 2019 9:48 am by Alan Donald Alans Listings
553 Antebellum Lane ***NEW LISTING! ***
MLS# 19017725 - Residential
Mount Pleasant, SC
This 2-story, 3-br., 2.5-ba. home is move-in ready yet still awaiting a new owner's personal touch! Entering the foyer of this open plan home, you are welcomed by the abundant natural light and laminate wood flooring that extends throughout the first floor, a stately staircase and an adjoining dining room with crown molding and chair rail. The great room is equally inviting with its vaulted ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, large windows overlooking the backyard and easy flow into the freshly-painted eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances which opens onto the patio and wood deck in th...
Pulte Delivers Customized Homes and Experiences in NextonSat, Jun 15th 2019 4:30 pm by Cynthia Partrick Alans Listings
Located a mere half of a mile off of Interstate 26, 5 miles from historic Summerville, 25 miles from downtown Charleston, and 35 miles from the beach, the Nexton community is perfectly nestled in its own subdivision just a short distance from schools, hospitals, recreation, shopping, dining, entertainment, and transportation. There are three different neighborhoods within the Nexton community offering a variety of activities, homes, and lifestyles for each, so there is certainly a place for everyone. It has become a real estate mecca for new construction homes, and prospective buyers have caught wind of its appeal. The first neighborhood developed in Nexton is the Brighton Park Village su...
How is the Charleston Real Estate Market?Sun, Jun 2nd 2019 9:17 am by Alan Donald Charleston Real Estate
"How is the Market?"
This is the most common question we get asked as Realtors. At the risk of sounding evasive, the best answer is to say "Why do you ask?".
The point is that we need more information before we can answer the question appropriately. Is the person asking about his/her neighborhood, city, zip code or metro area? From what perspective - homeowner (seller's)/buyer's/investor's or renter?
Our market (Charleston Metro Area) is still strong (seller's market). However momentum is shifting and many sub-areas are behaving differently. For example, while the median Months of Supply for the whole Charleston MLS (single family detached homes) is pretty stable at 3.9 months, some...
What's Happening in Charleston: June 2019 EditionSat, Jun 1st 2019 2:05 pm by Alan Donald Events
June has arrived and so has the scorching heat! As a matter of fact, we hit the 100s in late May so get ready for a hot summer! The Spoleto Festival USA is now in full swing and you still have time to see some of the amazing and beautiful pieces. Father's Day is mid-month (16th) so don't forget to treat dad to a day of golf and celebrate him! There are tons of events going on this month, including many to help escape the heat. Be sure to check them out!
Here is your June 2019 calendar of events:
Charleston in the News - June 2019Sat, Jun 1st 2019 2:05 pm by Alan Donald Charleston
Reboot YOUR Commute to Reduce Traffic
Many local businesses - representing more than 39,000 total employees combined - are encouraging what they call "Reboot the Commute" in an effort to help mitigate area traffic affecting quality of life for many people daily. This business-led campaign spearheaded by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) is challenging employees to help lower traffic congestion by staggering work hours, ride sharing, using public transit, and other means. Well over half of employees drive alone to work (80%) or drive to work between the peak congestion period of 6:00-8:30AM (60%). Reboot the Commute is trying to educate employees about alternative wa...
URGENT Buyer NeedsFri, May 3rd 2019 2:45 pm by Alan Donald Buyers
UPDATED: Augist 1, 2019
The Alan Donald Team has SEVERAL PRE-APPROVED BUYERS who want to buy homes. Please note they have seen EVERYTHING that is available on the MLS.
Whom do you know looking to sell in the next 2-3 months that we can match with a fully-approved buyer?
Below are our team's urgent buyer needs:
MOUNT PLEASANT, WEST ASHLEY
- Investment property
- Condo or townhouse
- 2+ bedroom, 2+ bathroom
- Low or no HOA/regime fees
- OK if it needs cosmetic upgrades & TLC
- Up to $250,000
- Ideal timing: OPEN
MOUNT PLEASANT SOUTH
- 3+ bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms, 1,500+ sq. ft. Townhome/Single Family Detached
- Master down
- 2-car attached garage
- Move-in condition
- Up to $350,000
What's Happening in Charleston: May 2019 EditionFri, May 3rd 2019 2:05 pm by Alan Donald Events
May is here and the weather is spectacular for the world-renowned and 43rd annual Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival (its sister arts festival with local and regional artists), both taking place across Charleston from May 24th through June 9th. Other annual events celebrated this month include the Kentucky Derby (4th), Cinco de Mayo (5th), Mothers Day (12th), Memorial Day (27th) & area school graduations ... as well as birthday celebrations for hometown celebrities Darius Rucker and Stephen Colbert, both born on May 13th ... and so much more!
Here is your May 2019 calendar of events:
Charleston in the News - May 2019Fri, May 3rd 2019 8:25 am by Alan Donald Charleston
Bye, Bye Hominy Grill! So Sad to See You Go!
Hominy Grill was one of the first restaurants we "experienced" when we moved to Charleston nearly 15 years ago. Bet that's true for many newcomers. It was also one of our "go to" restaurants when we had visitors. Probably also true for many locals. So we are very sad to see it go. But we can certainly appreciate owner and James Beard Award-winning chef Robert Stehling's reasons. Read more here ... and if you are looking for new restaurants to try, check out Eater Charleston's Spring 2019 list here.
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Top 5 Success Tips for Sellers - How to Maximize Your Cash and Minimize Your Stress When Selling Your HomeThu, May 2nd 2019 8:05 pm by Alan Donald Sellers
HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR CASH AND MINIMIZE YOUR STRESS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME
Top 5 Success Tips for Sellers
In the higher price points of the Charleston SC Metro Area, such as Daniel Island and Mount Pleasant, we have seen the start of a market shift - I would describe the market as still going with the foot on the gas, but with the handbrake on. Buyers have LESS URGENCY and are a LOT PICKIER than when the market was very hot 2 years ago.
Given the availability of new homes (6 out of every 10 buyers in Mount Pleasant North of IOP Connector buy new construction) most buyers are comparing pre-owned homes with NEW CONSTRUCTION homes.
Sellers can control only their home PRICE, its CONDITI...
What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire InMon, Apr 8th 2019 10:42 am by Alan Donald Retirement
As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your needs in retirement.
According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.
“It may be easy enough to purchase your home today but think long-term about your monthly costs. Account for property taxes, insurance, HOA fees, utilities – all the things that will be due w...
What's Happening in Charleston: April 2019 EditionWed, Apr 3rd 2019 8:20 am by Alan Donald Events
Spring is here and there are lots of outdoor events and activities this April. The week-long Volvo Car Open tennis tournament on Daniel Island kicks off the month and concludes on the same weekend as the Cooper River Bridge Run and Summerville's Flowertime Festival. The month wraps up with Mt. Pleasant's 32nd Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival. In between, there are a host of other exhibits, expos, fairs, festivals, galas, performances, shows, sporting events, and tournaments both inside and out, not to mention Easter, Passover and Earth Day services and celebrations. So get out there and have some fun!
Here is your April 2019 calendar of events:
Area Farmers Markets Are Back!Wed, Apr 3rd 2019 8:20 am by Alan Donald Charleston
Area farmers markets are getting back into full swing again! We are fortunate to have so many from which to choose! Here are some of our more popular seasonal and year-round farmers markets (with links) and their 2019 schedules:
Charleston Farmers Market
Marion Square, 329 Meeting St.
Saturdays, April 13 – November 30, 8am – 2pm
Folly Beach Farmers Market
Folly River Park, Center St., Mondays, 4pm – 8pm
& Joe Richardson Park, Saturdays, 11am – 4pm
Hanahan Family Farmers Market
Reservoir Hall, 1601 Eagle Landing Blvd.
Thursdays, 3pm – 7pm
Isle of Palms Farmers Market
Isle of Palms County Park, 1 14th Ave.
Thursdays, September – October, 3pm – 7pm
Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for SaleWed, Mar 27th 2019 11:19 am by Alan Donald Sellers
The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move.
New research from realtor.com shows that the first week of April is actually the best time to list your house for sale! The report used “trends in median listing prices, views per property on realtor.com, home price drops, median days on market, and number of listings on the market over the last three years,” to determine a ranking for every week of the year.
Listing your home in the first week of April contributes 14x more property views, 5% les...
Baby Boomers: Too Many Big HousesTue, Mar 26th 2019 10:11 am by Alan Donald Real Estate
A friend of mine sent me this article from the Wall Street Journal that I found very interesting and right on the money!
A Growing Problem in Real Estate: Too Many Too Big Houses
Baby boomers and retirees built large, elaborate dream homes across the Sunbelt—only to find that few people want to buy them.
Large, high-end homes across the Sunbelt are sitting on the market, enduring deep price cuts to sell.
That is a far different picture than 15 years ago, when retirees were rushing to build elaborate, five or six-bedroom houses in warm climates, fueled in part by the easy credit of the real estate boom. Many baby boomers poured millions into these spacious homes, planning to live o...
Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?Thu, Mar 21st 2019 3:07 pm by Alan Donald Sellers
Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?
In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do.
According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen at over 6% a year over the past two years, but have started to slow to 4.4% over the last 12 months. By this time next year, CoreLogic predicts that home values will be 4.6% higher.
With prices slowing from their previous pace, homeowners must realize that pricing their homes a little OVER market value to leave room for negotiation will actually dramatically ...