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Was 2012 a Better Year for Charleston SC Real Estate Than 2011?

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There are still those questioning whether the housing market is truly making a comeback. We have decided to graph home sales over the last two years based on the National Association of Realtor‘s Pending Home Sales Report. We believe the graph removes all doubt.

 

Charleston Real Estate 2012 sales


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The methodology for the report as per NAR:

The Pending Home Sales Index is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.

The index is based on a large national sample, typi...

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What's going on with the Charleston Luxury Real Estate Market?

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How's the pulse of the 1 million+ market in Charleston, SC?

What's the high end set doing in the rest of the country?

 

 Charleston SC Real Estate- Luxury Market

There has never been a better time to invest in Charleston Real Estate! Let ChuckTown Homes show you how to buy a piece of paradise.

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Where is the 2013 HGTV Dream Home??? Charleston of Course!!

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HGTV selects beautiful Kiawah Island for the backdrop of their 2013 Dream Home!

Kiawah Island HGTV Dream Home- Charleston Real Estate

 

 On Kiawah Island, S.C. — like so many new, upscale coastal developments — the predominant architectural style is shingle, a rambling, asymmetrical form inspired by 19th-century Newport mansions.

But not HGTV Dream Home 2013. The distinctive look of this luxury home was inspired by the region’s centuries-old building traditions — with an up-to-date spin from across the continent, this is truly a unique piece of Charleston real estate.

“I call it Low Country Zen,” says Lead Architect Chris Rose, AIA, who combined the unassuming vernacular farmhouse traditions of tidewater South Carolina with ultramodern...

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5 Reasons to Buy Charleston Real Estate Now Instead of the Spring

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Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a piece of Charleston Real Estate than right now. Here are five major reasons purchasers should consider buying:

Supply Is Shrinking

With inventory declining drastically in Charleston, finding a home of your dreams may become more difficult going forward. There are buyers in more and more markets surprised that there is no longer a large assortment of houses to choose from. The best homes in the best locations sell first. Don’t miss the opportunity to get that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ buy.

Price Increases Are on the Horizon

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Nov 26 2012
2:46 pm

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Charleston SC Real Estate- Who's buying & selling in 2012?

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Who is doing all this buying and selling in Charleston?

 

 Charleston SC Real Estate- buying and selling 2012

Are you planning to sell or buy Charleston SC real estate sometime in 2013? Looking for a great deal on a piece of Charleston real estate right now? Call ChuckTown Homes to find out how to negotiate the best deal and buy like a savvy investor.

 

Originally published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
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Nov 19 2012
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Charleston Real Estate- Home sales rebound: Generation Y aiding growth in Lowcountry housing

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Mark Kaspar has always wanted to own a house.But the 25-year-old graduate of The Citadel put plans on hold until recently after landing a job at Life Cycle Engineering in North Charleston."Now I got a job in my career and I'm at the point where I am done throwing money down that black hole with renting," Kaspar said.  "I'm ready to move on with my life. I grew up with a yard and that is something I want of my own."

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Kaspar is among what some real estate agents throughout the Lowcountry say are a burgeoning group of "Generation Y" consumers ready to buy homes amid other pent-up demand sources. They're enticed by lower home prices and attractive mortgage rates ...

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Charleston Real Estate- Local Market Reports

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Charleston Real Estate Market Continues Positive Progress Year-to-date figures show 12% sales growth, 4% increase in prices

CHARLESTON, SC—(November 13, 2012) According to preliminary data released today by the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR), 898 homes sold at a median price of $185,112 in October. These figures, representative of all homes sold through the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service (CTMLS), show a 34% increase in sales volume and a slight 2% decline in prices when compared to preliminary figures from October 2011.

Year-to-date figures demonstrate continued positive progress for the local real estate market: 8,794 homes have sold at a median price o...

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Good News for Charleston SC Real Estate in Cane Bay- a New YMCA!

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Developer gives 68 acres for Cane Bay YMCA

 

Folks in Cane Bay don’t have to leave their neighborhood for school or the grocery store.

In a few years, they will also be able to play soccer, softball or swim in their own community, too.

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Cane Bay developer Gramling Brothers Real Estate and Development Co. recently gave 68 acres to the newly formed YMCA of Greater Charleston for a 70,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art sports facility with a 50-meter pool, basketball court, track and multipurpose space. The surrounding land will have fields and courts, and the complex will be surrounded by 15 miles of trails.

“This will draw people from m...

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Sep 26 2012
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Charleston Real Estate Short Sales – 10 Common Myths Busted!

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Charleston Real Estate Short Sales – 10 Common Myths Busted!



Charleston Real Estate Short SalesIt’s likely you’ve heard the term “short sale” thrown around quite a bit. What exactly is a short sale?

A short sale is when a bank agrees to accept less than the total amount owed on a mortgage to avoid having to foreclose on the property. This is not a new practice; banks have been doing short sales for years. Only recently, due to the current state of the housing market and economy, has this process become a part of the public consciousness.

To be eligible for a short sale you first have to qualify!

To qualify for a short sale:

Your house must be worth less than you owe on it.

You must be able to prove tha...

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Sep 14 2012
9:26 am

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The Finances of Renting vs. Buying Charleston Real Estate

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The Finances of Renting vs. Buying

by The KCM Crew on September 14, 2012

Buying Charleston SC Real EstateTrulia reported this week that homeownership is 45% cheaper than renting in the United States. Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist explained:

“Homeownership is cheaper than renting in all of the 100 largest metros, by a wide margin. Despite the recent price rebound, rents continue to rise faster than prices, and mortgage rates are near record lows.

 

Homeownership makes the most financial sense for people whose strong credit scores let them snag the lowest mortgage rate and who get the biggest benefit from deducting mortgage interest and property taxes from their income taxes.”

(Trulia’s methodology ...

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Sep 11 2012
7:28 pm

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Waterfront Charleston Real Estate! 4181 Victory Pointe Drive Mount Pleasant, SC

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Waterfront Charleston Real Estate! 4181 Victory Pointe Drive Mount Pleasant, SC

Waterfront Charleston Real Estate! 4181 Victory Pointe Drive Mount Pleasant, SC

Wonderful waterfront Charleston Real Estate with two and a half miles of unobstructed views of Porcher Creek, Dewees Inlet, Intracoastal Waterway & Isle of Palms from almost every room in this home. This meticulously maintained home is located in the very private and gated Victory Pointe neighborhood in The Bluff At Charleston National.

Golf in the morning and boat in the afternoon. Enter the home and you will be amazed at the panoramic views. This gorgeous home features a easy living open floor plan that is perfect for entertaining as well. It is perfectly situated facing due south with plenty of windo...

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Aug 28 2012
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Charleston Real Estate- 43 Society Street Charleston

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Downtown Opulence! 43 Society Street Charleston

Charleston Real Estate- 43 Society Street

This is a beautiful 1840's masonry building  that represents what Ansonborough's history is all about. This type of masonry home was mandatory to build after the great fire that destroyed most of the this neighborhood if you wanted a mortgage at the time.

The rooms are large, elegant and graceful with most of the original details including gleaming pine floors, beautiful moldings, wainscoting, doors, staircase, and 8 fireplaces. This bright, sophisticated Charleston real estate is quite different from most single houses in that it has it's original kitchen house and carriage house. The restoration incorporated these dependencies into ...

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Aug 28 2012
6:45 pm

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Charleston Real Estate- 328 Bennett Street Mount Pleasant

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Fine Living in Old Village- 328 Bennett Street Mount Pleasant

Charleston Real Estate- 328 Bennett Street

Tucked away in the heart of the Old Village, this charming turn-of-the-century cottage offers buyers historical touches and move-in-ready details.

With views of the Charleston harbor, quiet tree-lined streets and a true neighborhood feel, 328 Bennett Street is a great find in Charleston real estate. As you enter the home, you will instantly be impressed with the well-preserved historical details found in the home's gleaming hardwood floors, detailed window casings, thick baseboards, exposed brick wall and bright windows. There are also many current updates including modern light fixtures in all of the rooms, brushed nick...

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Aug 28 2012
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Charleston Real Estate- 3217 Hydrangea Trail Johns Island

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3217  Hydrangea Trail Johns Island, SC 29455

3217 Hydrangea- Charleston Real Estate

This  beautiful Charleston reale estate is  the total Johns Island package with a fresh, warm interior, large porch for relaxing and dining, and a gorgeous garden. The open floor plan is wonderful for entertaining, and the kitchen is lovely with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

The large master on the first floor overlooks the "English" garden and includes an elegant, gracious bath and generous walk in closet. Also located on the first floor is a bright office which opens onto the front porch with French doors.

The upstairs includes 2 large bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bath. In addition, the upstairs landing works ...

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Aug 27 2012
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Charleston SC Real Estate- 1002 Middle Street Sullivans Island, SC 29482

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Charleston SC Real Estate- The Best of Sullivan Island!- 1002 Middle Street Sullivans Island, SC 29482

 

Charleston SC Real Estate- Sullivan Island

Sullivan's Island is the best Charleston SC Real Estate. Wonderful three story home Direct Beach Access. Incredible views of the Charleston Harbor and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The first living floor has four bedrooms each with its own bath. There is also a mini kitchen and gathering area. The Second floor has a wonderful open floor plan with large eat in kitchen, dining room and living room. The kitchen has subzero refrigerator, two dishwashers, wine cooler, custom cabinetry.

There are views from every room. Large living porch with fireplace right off of living room. Master...

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Jul 31 2012
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Waterfront Luxury! Charleston SC Real Estate at it's Finest- 110 Cainhoy Landing Road

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Waterfront Luxury Close to Mount Pleasant!

110 Cainhoy Landing Rd Charleston, SC 29492

110 Cainhoy Landing Road 29492
 

Words can't do justice for this amazing Charleston SC real estate--please see the beautiful pictures.

Custom exquisite details in every corner of this luxury home located on private marsh lot with views of the Wando River.

Just a few of the many features include: private security gate with cameras opening to circular drive with abundant parking; impressive slate staircase leading to wrap around porch and front door; beautiful foyer welcoming you into the open and bright floor plan with gleaming hardwood floors; 10+ foot ceilings with intricate crown design; separate formal dining room; butl...

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Jul 19 2012
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Charleston Relocation Guide for Home Buyers!

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ChuckTown Homes proudly presents, "Charleston SC." Your comprehensive guide to relocating to the Charleston, SC area and Charleston SC Real Estate.

Charleston Relocation Guide

This guide is perfect for getting to know all the unique neighborhoods of Charleston. Read it here online, or we would be happy to mail you a hard copy.

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Jul 18 2012
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The Charleston Housing Market has Turned—at last.

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The housing market has turned—at last.

The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing "experts" that housing is bottoming. The numbers are now convincing.

Nearly seven years after the housing bubble burst, most indexes of house prices are bending up. "We finally saw some rising home prices," S&P's David Blitzer said a few weeks ago as he reported the first monthly increase in the slow-moving S&P/Case-Shiller house-price data after seven months of declines.

The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing "experts" that housing is bottoming. The numbers are now convincing, according to David Wessel on The News Hub.

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Jul 12 2012
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Charleston Real Estate Market Update

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CHARLESTON MARKET ACTIVITY REPORTS

Home Sales Pass 1,000 mark again in June; Prices stable at $200k

CHARLESTON, SC—(July 10, 2012) Home sales in the Charleston region maintained their consistent and steady pattern in June, with continued growth in sales volume and ongoing stability in pricing. 1,033 homes sold at a median price of $200,000 in June according to preliminary data released today by the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR). Last month, adjusted figures show 1,002 homes sold at the same median price.

Charleston MArket Update

“Our market is showing clear signs of price stability and positive, sustainable growth” said 2012 CTAR President Herb Koger.

“Buyers are capitalizing on ...

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How do you pick a Charleston SC real estate agent?

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Important Things to Know About Agents and Houses

 
Real Estate Agent in Charleston

 

It's the biggest purchase Americans make ... the house.

The best way to make sure that buying a house goes off without a hitch is to get as much information about the process as possible, and to also know how to select the right real estate agent. On that note:

 

 

Five Things to Know About a Charleston SC Real Estate Agent

What's Your Number? – Ask how many properties the agent has sold. You want to see a proven track record, and someone who sells 10 homes a year probably won't get the job done as well as someone who sells 50 or 60 homes. Also, you want to find someone who is experienced in selling homes in your neighborh...

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