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Planning to Move to Charleston? You Can Still Secure a Low Mortgage Rate on Your Next Home

Wed, Apr 21st 2021 10:21 am by Shawn Pillion General

Charleston Window

This year, mortgage rates have started to slowly climb above recent record-breaking lows. Many homeowners planning to move to the Charleston area may feel like they’ve missed the chance to score a great rate on their next mortgage. In reality, there’s still time to secure a rate far below the historic norm. Here’s why.


After creeping up for seven consecutive weeks, average mortgage rates have dropped more recently (See graph below). With rates taking a slight dip over the past two weeks at the same time the inventory of houses for sale in Charleston is so low, homeowners today are sitting in the optimal seat to sell. What’s the advantage of selling your house now? Securing a low mortga...



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Homeownership in Charleston Is Full of Financial Benefits

Thu, Apr 8th 2021 10:53 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

A Fannie Mae survey recently revealed some of the most highly-rated benefits of homeownership, which continue to be key drivers in today’s Charleston power-packed housing market. Here are the top four financial benefits of owning a home according to consumer respondents:

88% – a better chance of saving for retirement
87% – the best investment plan
85% – the chance to be better off financially
85% – the chance to build up wealth
 Charleston Equity Gap

The above graph only includes data through 2019, but according to CoreLogic, the equity held by homeowners grew by $26,300 over the last twelve months alone. And in the Charleston Real Estate Market, many homeowner's equity grew even more than that in the last year...



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Charleston Real Estate Myth Busters

Tue, Mar 30th 2021 9:35 am by Shawn Pillion General

There are a lot of misconceptions about buying or selling a home today, making it challenging to know exactly how to navigate the current Charleston real estate landscape. Here’s a little clarity when it comes to 5 common myths about the 2021 Charleston housing market. With these busted myths in hand, be sure to also work with a trusted real estate advisor so you can decipher local facts from fiction along the way.

Charleston Real Estate Myth Busters

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16 Jasper Street UNIT A
Charleston, SC

MLS# 21008207 - Residential

16 Jasper Street is newer construction (2012) in the Historic District of Charleston with King Street shopping, dining and entertainment a few blocks away. Come see it! This unattached home has a m...



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Charleston Real Estate Sellers Market

Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 10:06 am by Shawn Pillion Seller Info

Charleston Real Estate Sellers Stats

Some Highlights

  • Over the past year, homeowners in the Charleston Real Estate market have gained an unprecedented opportunity to sell with great success while buyer demand is soaring.
  • With homes selling twice as fast as they did last year at this time, getting multiple offers, and rising in price, homeowners are in the driver’s seat.
  • Call us today if you’re ready to learn about the leverage you have as a seller in the Charleston Real Estate housing market.


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    67 Barony Court
    Edisto Beach, SC

    MLS# 21005385 - Residential

    Panoramic views from this custom home in the gated Wyndham resort. This fine home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac with almost every room focused ...



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Charleston Real Estate - Bidding War Tips

Mon, Feb 15th 2021 10:32 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

Charleston Real Estate Tips

Tip #1: Put your best offer in immediately. 
In this hot Charleston Real Estate market, sellers are less inclined to negotiate their asking price because, well, they don’t have to. There will be other buyers out there that will be more than willing to put in a higher offer.

Tip #2. In a bidding war, choose between the following:
Cash
Conventional (20% , 15% , 10% , 5% , 3%)
FHA 3.5%
Majority of the time, a seller is going to look for the highest down payment, so the higher your down payment, the chance you will be outbid are less. Cash is king especially in this Charleston Real Estate Market! Sellers are more likely to favor buyers who pay in cash. If using a low down payment loan option...



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In this Charleston Real Estate Market, Is It The Right Time To Sell?

Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:00 am by Shawn Pillion Seller Info

If you're on the fence about selling your house, now is a great time to take advantage of sky-high demand, low supply, and fierce buyer competition right now in the Charleston Real Estate market.

The housing market made an incredible recovery in 2020 and is now positioned for an even stronger year in 2021. Record-low mortgage interest rates are a driving factor in this continued momentum, with average rates hovering at historic all-time lows.

Charleston Real Estate Inventory

As the map shows, buyer traffic in Charleston, SC is very strong, but seller traffic is low. With so few homes for sale right now, record-low inventory is creating a mismatch between supply and demand.

Sellers may not want to wait until spring t...



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Charleston Real Estate - Advice When Applying For A Mortgage

Wed, Jan 27th 2021 9:23 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

Charleston Real Estate Advice

There are a few key things to avoid after applying for a mortgage to help make sure you still qualify for your loan at the closing table. In this competitive Charleston Real Estate Market, you definitely want the closing to go as smooth as possible. And with all the covid shutdowns, people are flocking south to Charleston so it's wise to be sure there are no surprises when it's time to close the deal.

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310 Longshore Street UNIT #628
Charleston, SC

MLS# 20033330 - Residential

New concrete and steel construction complete in 2021. Spacious 3 bedroom plus den with large out door space. Corner location affords lots of natural light.

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Winning as a Buyer in Charleston's Sellers’ Market

Fri, Dec 11th 2020 2:16 pm by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

Charleston Real Estate 2021


Will 2021 be a seller's market in Charleston? You can bet on it.


Buyers have to be ready to compete. Call the experts at ChuckTown Homes Real Estate to learn how to win in this market!

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170 Barn Hill Road
Ladson, SC

MLS# 21001645 - Residential

Welcome home to 170 Barnhill Road! Enjoy the tranquility of country living coupled with the convenience of living close to town. This wonderful 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is situated on nearly 2 acres and offers a main house with a private Mother-in-law suite, HUGE storage shed, lovely pergola and more! The versatility of this home is just one reason it's so appealing. For one, it can be used as described, confi...



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It Pays to Sell with a Real Estate Agent in Charleston!

Mon, Dec 7th 2020 11:53 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

It Pays to Sell with ChuckTown Homes Real Estate

FSBO or hire the experts for your Charleston home sale? You need to talk to the listing experts at ChuckTown Homes Real Estate before pulling the trigger.

2020 has brought all kinds of changes to the Charleston market- for sure 2021 will be a new era for real estate sales in the Holy City. Don't go it alone!!!!



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Selling Your Charleston Home Is the Right Move, Right Now

Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 11:43 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

Sell Your Charleston Home 2021

Demand from homebuyers has skyrocketed this year, which means today’s sellers are poised to win big.

Covid shutdowns have brought many buyers from large Northern cities to Charleston. Our market looks like a deal to them- and they have cash! This ideal moment in time to sell your house won’t last forever, though.


With more sellers coming to the Charleston market in the spring, waiting until next year means buyers will have more choices, so your home may not stand out from the crowd.


Reach out to the experts at ChuckTown Homes Real Estate today to discuss why now may be the right time to make a move on your terms.

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Thinking of Moving?

Fri, Oct 9th 2020 9:26 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

THINKING OF MOVING?

Moving to Charleston SC 2021

2020 has brought extremely low inventory levels to the Charleston SC real estate market.

It's very common for us to see 10 offers on one house house in 2020. Don't want to compete in

an escalating bidding situation? Want everything on your list to already be in the house?

Let us show you how to buy a new construction home in Charleston in 2021! Different

than buying a pre owned home? Sure! But don't worry the professional buyer representatives

at ChuckTown Homes Real Estate know every step of the way. Free-to-you professional

representation- It's what we do!

Find out why we are Dave Ramsey's most often trusted ELP in Charleston.

Charleston SC Dave Ramsey Real Estate ELP

Learn about all t...



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Should You Buy an Existing Charleston Home or New Construction?

Wed, Aug 26th 2020 11:13 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

Should You Buy an Existing Home or New Construction?

Nexton- Summerville New Homes

Finding the right home to purchase today in Charleston is one of the biggest challenges for potential buyers. With so few homes for sale and construction of newly built homes ramping up, you may be wondering if you should consider new construction in your search process. It’s a great question to ask, and one to look at from the pros and cons of what it means to buy a new home versus an existing one. Here are a few things to consider when making the best decision for your family.

New Construction  


When buying a new home, you can often choose more energy-efficient options. New appliances, new windows, a new roof, etc. These can all he...



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House Hunting: Everything You Need to Know from Dave Ramsey

Wed, Jun 24th 2020 2:49 pm by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

House Hunting: Everything You Need to Know

Dave Ramsey Real Estate ELP Charleston SC

So you’re ready to buy a house. If you think house hunting is like trying to find toilet paper during a pandemic, you’re not alone. Most buyers say finding the right home is the most challenging step of the home-buying process. But don’t let that get you down. If you strap in and stay focused, you’ll find the home of your dreams!

To keep calm during your home search, it helps to know that most buyers search for 10 weeks and view nine homes before they find the one they purchase. In the middle of all that, it can be easy to lose focus and forget what kind of house fits your budget and lifestyle. But our house hunting tips will show you exactly...



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How Interest Rates Can Impact Your Charleston Monthly Housing Payments

Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 10:41 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

Spring in Charleston SC

Spring in Charleston is right around the corner, so flowers are starting to bloom, and many potential homebuyers are getting ready to step into the market. If you’re thinking of buying this season, here’s how mortgage interest rates are working in your favor.

Freddie Mac explains:

“If you’re in the market to buy a home, today’s average mortgage rates are something to celebrate compared to almost any year since 1971…

Mortgage rates change frequently. Over the last 45 years, they have ranged from a high of 18.63% (1981) to a low of 3.31% (2012). While it’s not likely that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate will return to its record low, the current average rate of 3.45% is prett...



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The #1 Reason to List Your Charleston House Right Now

Wed, Feb 12th 2020 11:42 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

The #1 Reason to List Your Charleston House Right Now

Nexton in Summerville

The success of the U.S. residential real estate market, like any other market, is determined by supply and demand. This means we need to look at how many potential purchasers are in the market versus the number of houses that are available to buy. With early 2020 housing data now rolling in, it’s quite evident there are two big stories impacting this year’s residential real estate market:

1. Buyer demand is already extremely strong
2. Housing supply is at a historically low level

Demand


ShowingTime is a firm that compiles data from property showings scheduled across the country. The latest ShowingTime Showing Index reveals how s...



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Where Have All the Charleston Houses Disappeared To?

Wed, Jan 29th 2020 11:38 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

Folly Beach SC Searching for Homes

If you’re following what’s happening in the current Charleston housing market, you’ve seen how the lack of newly constructed homes is a major reason there’s a shortage of housing inventory available to today’s buyers. Another reason is that the inventory of existing homes for sale is shrinking. According to the most recent Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), sales are up 10.8% from the same time last year. That exceeds expectations and is great news.

The troubling news from the report is that the sold inventory is not being replaced. As NAR explained,

“Total housing inventory at the end of December totaled 1.40 million units, down 14.6% from Nov...



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Charleston HomeBuying Checklist

Tue, Jan 28th 2020 2:44 pm by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

Charleston SC Home Buying Checklist 2020

Ready to get moving on your dream of home ownership in 2020?

Want to know what we know about Charleston Real Estate?

 

Call ChuckTown Homes Real Estate today and put us to work for you!

ChuckTown Homes Real Estate

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8644 Scottish Troon Court
North Charleston, Sc

MLS# 18001036 - Residential

Gorgeous custom estate on the golf course in Coosaw Creek Country Club! No expense spared on this one year old executive home. Be sure to watch the YouTube video! Random width walnut floors greet you behind the custom mahogany and iron front door. Beyond the foyer lies a generous home office and powder room with custom live edge slab vanit...



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There’s a Long Line of Buyers Waiting for Your House

Thu, Jan 9th 2020 10:50 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

There’s a Long Line of Buyers Waiting for

Your Charleston House to Hit the Market!

long line of charleston sc home buyers

If you’re following what’s happening in the housing market right now, you know that many people believe the winter months aren’t a good time to sell a home. As realtor.com Senior Economist George Ratiu recently noted,

“Sellers tend to be more reluctant to list during the colder time of year when the market typically makes a seasonal slowdown.”


However, a recent report by ShowingTime reveals how this year is different. Buyer activity is way up compared to the same time last year. The report explains,

“The nation’s 12.6% growth in home showings compared to 2018 was the most significant jump in buyer...



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Why You Shouldn’t “For Sale By Owner” Your Charleston Home

Mon, Dec 30th 2019 11:53 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

Why You Shouldn’t “For Sale By Owner” Your Charleston Home


Rising Charleston home prices coupled with the current low inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their homes on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner).

However, a FSBO might be hard to execute well for the vast majority of sellers.

Charleston SC FSBO

Here are the top 5 reasons not to FSBO:


1. Online Strategy for Prospective Purchasers

Studies have shown that 93% of buyers search online for a home. That’s a pretty staggering number! Most real estate agents have an Internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

2. Results Come from the Internet

According to NAR, here’s where b...



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Charleston Buyers Are Looking For Your Home!!!

Fri, Nov 29th 2019 10:33 am by Shawn Pillion Buyer Info

Charleston SC Winter Real Estate

Inventory is lower through the holidays- you've got a better chance of getting noticed right now.

Also- any buyers that are out looking for houses now are VERY serious and real buyers!!!

We're here to help- give us a call to list your Charleston home for sale!



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