This may be the most “event-full” month we’ve ever come across in the Charleston area! There are at least 17 - Yes, 17! - festivals, three major sporting events and a myriad of events and activities catering to all interests, not to mention the return of most of our seasonal farmers markets. The festivals on our radar include: 75th Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens (through the 9th), Flowertown Festival (1st - 3rd), Artcelium Fest (3rd), (8th - 9th), Lowcountry Strawberry Festival (8th - 16th*), Founders Day Festival (9th), Lowcountry Cajun Festival (9th), Gospel Fest 2022 (17th), Charleston Cocktail Week (18th - 24th), Sundown Festival (20th), Charleston Jazz Festival (21st - 24th),...
What's Happening in Charleston - April 2022 (Events)Sun, Mar 27th 2022 8:00 am by Alan Donald Events
Charleston in the News: April 2022 EditionSun, Mar 27th 2022 7:20 am by Alan Donald Charleston
Glen McConnell Pkwy Widening Project Starts
Charleston County has announced that the widening project which will take the four-lane road to six lanes from Magwood Drive to Bees Ferry Road started in March. In addition to road widening, the project calls for a 10-foot-wide multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path, additional bus stops and upgrades to existing intersections. All work requiring lane closures will be done at night. This project will improve morning and evening commute times for West Ashley residents. Read more details about this project.
MSC Expands Operations in Mount Pleasant
Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a global transportation and logistics co...
No. 1 Reason Why Purchasing a Home in Charleston, SC Still Makes Sense!Sat, Mar 26th 2022 2:40 pm by Alan Donald Buyers
Our local paper, The Post & Courier, reports that average dwelling rental in Charleston is $400 above the national average, with the median rental rate for a one-bedroom apartment now standing at $1,446 and $1,690 for a two-bedroom (the national average rental
for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,294). Rental rates were just starting to rise at this time last year after the widespread availability of COVID vaccines allowed renters who had returned home to live with family members to begin to move back into their own apartments.
Mount Pleasant has the most expensive rental rates in South Carolina, with a median rental of $1,868 for a one-bedroom unit and $2,146 for a two-bedroom dwellin...
Luxury is Living Together!Mon, Mar 21st 2022 8:43 am by Alan Donald Alans Listings
Aging parents? Hard to see them often enough?
This brand new home may be the solution! It has a perfect design for a multi-generational family:
The main house has 3 bedrooms, plus an independent in-law suite (with a separate entrance and a kitchenette).
In addition, there is a fully independent carriage house with its own 2-car garage!
Check out the video tour:
1456 Tannanger Trail
MLS# 22006865 - Residential
Imagine this brand new custom-built, coastal modern luxury home on a wooded, 2.5-acre lot in a small, gated, horse-loving community...as your multi-generational family complex, winter retreat, or permanent home with an income-earning unit.In the words o...
Win Free Tickets to Cooper River Bridge RunThu, Mar 17th 2022 7:42 pm by Alan Donald Charleston
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Hedge Against Inflation With These 3 Real Estate Investment TypesWed, Mar 16th 2022 2:30 pm by Alan Donald Real Estate
Hedge Against Inflation With These 3 Real Estate Investment Types
The annual inflation rate in the United States is currently around 7.5%—the highest it has been since 1982.1 It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, a lawyer, a plumber, or a retiree; if you spend U.S. dollars, inflation impacts you.
Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of goods, to continue.2 Luckily, an investment in real estate can ease some of the financial strain.
Here’s what you need to know about inflation, how it impacts you, and how an investment in real estate can help.
WHAT IS INFLATION AND HOW DOES IT IMPACT ME?
Inflation is a decline in the value of money. When the rate of inf...
Keep the Numbers in Perspective!Fri, Mar 11th 2022 9:37 am by Alan Donald Real Estate
Let's keep the numbers in perspective!
Yes, home prices have risen very fast in the last two years...
Yes, mortgage interest rates have increased noticeably...
However, look at this HOME AFFORDABILITY chart. Buying a home today is still VERY AFFORDABLE compared to years past...
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SC Ranked No. 2 in 2021 for In-bound Moves, Study SaysSat, Mar 5th 2022 4:14 pm by Alan Donald Mount Pleasant
I read this article in the Post & Courier and found it interesting...
SC ranked No. 2 in 2021 for in-bound moves, study says
BY WARREN L. WISE firstname.lastname@example.org
Only 13 states saw the percentage of people moving in last year higher than those moving out.
South Carolina was in the former group.
A new study shows the Palmetto State ranked No. 2 in the nation last year for in-bound moves.
The state saw nearly 42 percent more people moving in than moving out, ranking second to Arkansas with almost 44 percent more relocating to the land of Little Rock and the Ozarks, according to a study of 90,000 moves last year by hireahelper.com.
Mount Pleasant and Myrtle Beach picked up the...
Is the Charleston, SC Residential Real Estate Market in a "Bubble"?Fri, Mar 4th 2022 3:05 pm by Alan Donald Charleston Real Estate
Charleston, SC Metro Area Residential Real Estate Market Trends
Until 2019, Charleston's Median Home Sales Price trendline was below the 4.3% annual compound rate trendline.
The rapid appreciation in 2020 and 2021 made the actual line cross and we are now above the trendline, just like in 2005.
Unless supply catches up with demand, a reversal of these trends is unlikely in the short to medium term.
The gap between demand and supply is still growing. At the current rate of demand we would need about 6,000 active listings in the MLS to "balance" the market.
We have 1,000!
Are we in a real estate bubble?
These trend lines show that this time around home appreciation is much mo...
What's Happening in Charleston - March 2022 (Events)Wed, Mar 2nd 2022 8:05 am by Alan Donald Events
March 2022 Events
( Copyright © 2022 The Alan Donald Team)
It’s March - Women’s History Month and Irish American Heritage Month - and spring is in the Charleston air! Mardi Gras wraps up on the 1st and don't forget about March Madness and Daylight Savings Time (begins on the 13th when clocks spring forward). We have two very long-standing annual events taking place in Charleston this month: the 75th Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens hosted by the Historic Charleston Foundation (3/16-4/9) and the Garden Club of Charleston’s 86th Annual House & Garden Tour (3/24-3/26). Two other popular events this month are the Charleston Wine + Food Festival (3/2-6) and the Charleston Bluegrass F...
317 Fish Creek Dr., Summerville *** FULLY FURNISHED Home For Sale in Premium 55+ Community ***Thu, Feb 24th 2022 4:45 pm by Alan Donald Alans Listings
317 Fish Creek
MLS# 22004575 - Residential
Shows like a model home!
Immaculate, move-in ready, FULLY-FURNISHED, 3-bd./2-ba., 1-story + FROG 'Donegal' floor plan home in award-winning, resort-style 55+ community. Spacious open plan living and dining area, gourmet kitchen with large island, cozy sitting area plus sunroom. Great curb appeal, covered front porch and foyer with wainscoting and crown molding. Kitchen with quartz counters, gas cooktop, S/S appliances, painted cabinetry and a large pantry closet. Laminate flooring throughout for easy care. Master suite with upgraded en suite and spacious walk-in closet. Finished FROG with ...
The Pendulum is Always MovingTue, Feb 22nd 2022 4:19 pm by Alan Donald Senior Living
The Pendulum is Always Moving
By Bruce Nemovitz, Bruce Allen Consultants
The real estate market is always moving in one direction or another.
In real time, the market heavily favors the seller. This is because the inventory of homes is at an all-time low, giving anyone selling your property a distinct advantage over the would-be purchaser.
That is great news for you, the homeowner. However, a caveat: The real estate market is always changing, and when it moves in one direction or another it usually is quick and decisive. My 35+ years in the real estate business as a Realtor has taught me many lessons. History does repeat itself and that feeling that prosperity and appreciation of ...
Growth & Revitalization in Goose Creek — SC's 8th largest cityFri, Feb 4th 2022 12:55 pm by Alan Donald Goose Creek
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As much as Charleston is growing, the surrounding areas are growing just as fast.
And while most people who talk about that growth focus on the backed-up traffic, the overflowing schools and the strained infrastructure, there’s also a lot of love and exploration in all of it.
Take Goose Creek, just 15 miles from Charleston, is one of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina and now the state’s eighth-largest. It’s becoming a top destination for younger residents looking for an affordable place to live.
Charleston in the News - February 2022 EditionMon, Jan 31st 2022 8:25 pm by Alan Donald Charleston
Banner Year for SC Economic Development Led by Local Expansion Project
Google's $500 million planned expansion of its data center near Moncks Corner was the single largest capital investment announcement for the state in 2021... a banner year for South Carolina with a record $5.7 billion in economic development planned across the state. This was not all for Berkeley County, as the state's 8th largest investment announced last year is for a $118 million expansion of the Volvo Cars plant for its electric-vehicle plans. The largest project announced in terms of job creation for 2021 is by Canadian digital services provider Telus International, who is opening a new call center in North C...
What's Happening in Charleston - February 2022 (Events)Mon, Jan 31st 2022 8:20 pm by Alan Donald Events
February has arrived and we have so much going on this month in the Charleston area and in general! It’s Black History Month, Chinese New Years is being celebrated on the 1st and it will be the Year of the Tiger, Groundhog Day follows on the 2nd, Valentine's Day is on the 14th, the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition (SEWE) runs from the 17th to the 21st, Presidents’ Day is observed on the 21st this year, the Charleston Comedy Festival returns this year from the 23rd to the 26th, and Mardi Gras continues through the month culminating on March 1st. We have oyster roasts, including the 38th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall in Mount Pleasant on the 6th, and a full mix of indoo...
*** BETTER THAN NEW *** 2077 Kemmerlin St., Johns IslandThu, Jan 27th 2022 5:17 pm by Alan Donald Alans Listings
Immaculate 5-br. 3-ba. Home On Double Pond Lot in Oakfield on Johns Island
Better than new!
This immaculate 5-br., 3.5-ba. home was built by Pulte Homes built on a DOUBLE POND LOT.
With a fully-fenced backyard on a tranquil pond and a finished 2-car garage, this home stands out!
As you enter, the formal dining room, with tray ceiling and crown molding, and the central great room with a gas fireplace welcome family and friends.
The gourmet eat-in kitchen overlooks the great room and boasts a breakfast bar, granite counters, subway-tile backsplash, S/S appliances, white painted cabinetry, a table area and a walk-in pantry.
A bright sunroom adjoins the great room and leads to a sc...
Here’s How to Cash Out When Mortgage Rates are RisingWed, Jan 19th 2022 11:38 am by Alan Donald Real Estate
Homeowners are Sitting on Record Equity, So Here’s How to Cash Out When Mortgage Rates are Rising
During the last year, home prices rose, making many Americans house rich.
By the end of the third quarter, borrowers had a record $9.4 trillion in tappable home equity collectively, or an average of $178,000 per borrower, says Black Knight.
When tapping those dollars, it’s best to consider your whole financial picture, including current debt amount and associated interest rates, how much you’re looking to borrow, available HELOC vs. cash-out rate offerings, and the timeline for paying off the additional debt.
But with 24% of all first-lien mortgages with an interest rate below 3%, cash-ou...
Achieving the Dream of HomeownershipMon, Jan 17th 2022 4:21 pm by Alan Donald First Time Home Buyers
Achieving the Dream of Homeownership
Homeownership has long been considered the American Dream, and it’s one every American should feel confident and powerful pursuing. But owning a home is also a deeply personal dream. Our home provides us with safety and security, and it’s a place where we can grow and flourish.
We remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of us will remember his passion and determination for the causes he championed, including his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. As we reflect on his message today, it may inspire your own dream of homeownership. And if so, know you’re not alone. With a trusted real estate advisor at your side, you can begin y...
The Port of Charleston is Well Positioned to Compete in the FutureThu, Jan 13th 2022 1:30 pm by Alan Donald Charleston
What's Happening in Charleston - January 2022 (Events)Sun, Jan 2nd 2022 12:00 pm by Alan Donald Events
January 2022 Events
( Copyright © 2022 The Alan Donald Team)
Welcome in your 2022 new year with one or any number of exciting events happening this month! There are polar plunges, Charleston Restaurant Week (begins the 13th), Charleston Winter Wine Festival (29th), live concerts and much more this month. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the 17th and there will be several events commemorating him. Plus, you can create your own fun celebrating any of the month’s unique and wacky national holidays such as National Bird Day (5th), Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day (11th), Appreciate a Dragon Day (16th), Winnie the Pooh Day (18th), Penguin Awareness Day (20th), and Global B...