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Mt. Pleasant Custom Home...3122 SAND MARSH LN Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 - Hamlin Plantation

Sun, Apr 24th 2011 10:38 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info

Mt. Pleasant Custom Home -3122 SAND MARSH LN Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

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This lovely traditional corner lot home features 4,360 sq.ft. of custom built attention to details. From entering into an open foyer, the formal living and dining room are to the right and left. There are many windows throughout this home making it light, bright and inviting. Featuring Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors throughout with ceramic tile in the bathrooms and laundry rooms. The crown moldings are commanding and abundant. The great room features a fireplace, built in bookcase and surround sound speakers. The gourmet kitchen is open to the great room and features a Viking dou...



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Ocean Front Folly Beach...503 East ARCTIC AVE Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mon, Apr 18th 2011 5:01 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info

503 East ARCTIC AVE Folly Beach, SC 29439

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THIS HOME WAS A SINGLE FOLK COTTAGE WHEN OWNER PURCHASED IT AND COMPLETELY RENOVATED AND EXPANDED BUILDING. OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH KITCHEN, DINING AND LIVING ROOM ALL ONE. BIG SPACE OVERLOOKING OCEAN. ON THE MAIN LEVEL THERE ARE 3 BEDROOM, SITTING ROOM, 1.5 BATHS AND THE BIG LIVING ROOM,DINING, AND KITCHEN AREA PLUS FOYER. SECOND FLOOR CONSISTS OF A BIG MASTER SUITE WITH ITS OWN SITTING ROOM. HUGE BATHRM AND ITS OWN PRIVATE KITCHEN, STORAGE AND OWNERS CLOSET. THE HOUSE ALSO HAS EXCELLENT OUTDOOR SPACE OF COVERAGE PORCHES AND OPEN DECK. ONLY 5 BLKS TO CENTER OF TOWN AND RESTAURANTS...




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Park West Tidal Creek....3528 HENRIETTA HARTFORD RD Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

Mon, Apr 18th 2011 4:53 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info

Tennyson... The Best of Park West on Tidal Creek!!!!!!

 

3528 HENRIETTA HARTFORD RD Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

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This spectacular Park West beauty has it all! Located in the desirable Tennyson section on a tidal creek with bulkhead already in place. From the moment you enter this fabulous all-brick structure, you are greeted by sweeping views of the water and marsh. The tranquil formal living room provides a wonderful backdrop for lavish entertaining. A beautiful coffered ceiling adds elegance to the adjacent formal dining room. The dream kitchen, smartly designed, showcases the views and overlooks the family room. No expense ...




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Custom Beauty in Shadowmoss Plantation - 409 Shadowmoss Pkwy, Charleston SC 29414

Sun, Apr 17th 2011 10:30 am by Donald Russell Buyer Info

Custom Built Home in Exclusive Middleborough section of Shadowmoss Plantation

 

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409 Shadowmoss Pkwy

This house will take your breath away. It is 100% custom built and every room is amazing. There is crown molding throughout along with Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors. The great room has a coffered ceiling and built-in bookshelves along with a gas fireplace and it is wired for surround sound. This room flows right into the enormous kitchen. This is what you would see in the million dollar range. It boasts beautiful custom cabinets, a raised island with a decorative copper ceiling above, granite counters and tile backsplash. You really have to see it to appreciate ...




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9 Unexpected Energy (and Money) Savers for your Charleston Home!

Sun, Apr 10th 2011 9:42 am by Donald Russell General

9 Unexpected Energy (and Money) Savers

Here are a few surprising and simple ways to cut your energy bill during the upcoming South Carolina Summer.


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Short Sale Story and Video featuring ChuckTown Homes on ABC News 4 in Charleston, SC

Wed, Mar 23rd 2011 12:55 am by Donald Russell Buyer Info
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From: abcnews4.com

West Ashley - Facing a possible foreclosure and looking for a way out? 

This is the situation thousands of families are dealing with as the housing market tumbles. One option that's becoming more popular is a short sale.

Basically, the short sale is when the lending company handling the mortgage accepts a payoff for less than the amount owed. The homeowner avoids the consequences of a foreclosure.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. In a situation where a homeowner is behind in mortgage payments, looking at possible foreclosure, a short sale provides a way out.

“There are some short sales out there that are great deals where the banks are maybe wi...




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Home of "The Original Foreclosure Bus Tour" - ChuckTown Homes

Wed, Mar 23rd 2011 12:22 am by Donald Russell Buyer Info

Potential buyers take a look at one of six homes in West Ashley on ChuckTown Homes' first foreclosure bus tour.

 

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To learn about upcoming foreclosure bus tours, see the web site at chucktownhomes.com

 

 

Ethel Campbell says she and her husband are going to try to buy one of the six homes they saw on ChuckTown Homes' foreclosure bus tour Saturday.

But she doesn't want to stir up any competition, so for now, she isn't going to say which one.

The couple owns a house in Summerville, but the pair wants to purchase another to provide a home for their son, who might relocate to Charleston, she said.

The tour was a great way to go house- hunting, she said. 'We really liked that we c...




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House Buying Strategies in Charleston's Down Market

Wed, Mar 9th 2011 12:48 am by Donald Russell Buyer Info

House Buying Strategies in Charleston's Down Market

There are some special considerations when looking to buy a home in Charleston's buyer's market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the housing market is slow, referred to as a "buyers' market," there are typically more houses for sale than buyers interested in purchasing them. Anxious sellers may reduce their prices and offer concessions to lure buyers in.

That can make it a great time to buy -- but don't throw caution to the wind. To get the best deal, evaluate whether you're truly read to buy, learn the ins and outs of the market, consider the pros and cons of buying a foreclosed home, and take advantage of market conditions wh...




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Anti-Checklist: What Not to Do When You're Making an Offer or Negotiating in Charleston

Wed, Mar 9th 2011 12:18 am by Donald Russell Buyer Info

Anti-Checklist: What Not to Do When You're Making an Offer or Negotiating

 

Disparage the Property, Its Location, Condition, etc. -- Don't even bother trying to justify a lowball offer. (Believe me, the seller and their agent were well aware that there's an electric tower in the backyard when they set the asking price.)

 

Ask, or Care, How Much the Sellers Paid for It or How Long They've Owned -- Fair market value is what it is, regardless of how much money the seller is making on the home. When you sell the home, you will not be willing to take less than your home is worth just because it has appreciated a lot. Why should the seller?

Disregard the Seller's Wants and Needs --...




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148 SILVER CYPRESS CIR Summerville, SC 29485 - Legend Oaks Plantation - The Club

Tue, Mar 8th 2011 10:04 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info

148 SILVER CYPRESS CIR Summerville, SC 29485
 
Legend Oaks Plantation- The Club
148  SILVER CYPRESS CIR Summerville, SC 29485


A STUNNING, CUSTOM BUILT HOME IN THE GATED SECTION OF THE CLUB AT LEGEND OAKS PLANTATION, WITH SPECTACULAR WATER/POND VIEWS FROM MOST EVERY WINDOW AND PROTECTED WETLANDS BEHIND THE HOME,THIS WELL PLANNED HOME SHOWS ATTENTION TO DETAIL: 10 FT CEILINGS ON THE FIRST FLOOR,9 FT ON THE SECOND, CUSTOM CABINETS,GRANITE COUNTERS,LARGE ISLAND WITH GAS COOKTOP, BUTLERS PANTRY, HEART OF PINE FLOORS, CUSTOM MOLDINGS AND BUILT-INS WITH 8" BASEBOARDS AND 10" CROWN MOLDING, WIRED FOR SURROUND SOUND & ALSO WIRED & "STUBBED" FOR AN ELEVATOR. MORE UPGRADES INCLUDE: STAINLESS APPLIANCES WHICH INCLUDES A WALL OVEN/...




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111 ASHLEY BLUFFS RD Summerville, SC 29485 - The Bluffs at Ashley River

Tue, Mar 8th 2011 9:52 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info

111 ASHLEY BLUFFS RD Summerville, SC 29485

 

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This home is breathtaking from the driveway with its private, wooded lot, wonderful lowcountry-style front porch and features you can't find in the most expensive custom homes in Summerville. Once inside, the amazing foyer leads you to an open staircase and family room and open floor plan full of light. The formal dining room will accommodate a large table and has plenty of wall space to allow for buffets and hutches as needed. The room features custom paint, arched doorway and crown molding. The beautiful hardwood floors run through the downstairs. The back of the home has a wonderful design with a huge kit...




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351 RHODEN ISLAND DR Charleston, SC 29492 - Daniel Island- Bank Owned!!

Tue, Mar 8th 2011 9:41 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info

351 RHODEN ISLAND DR Charleston, SC 29492

Daniel Island- Water Front- Bank Owned!!!

 

 

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This stately waterfront wonder is a FORECLOSURE and shows beautifully, clean and a joy to show your client. Architectural treasure fronting Ralston Creek and designed to take advantage of the spectacular marsh and Wando views including an infinity edge pool with a spa, expansive terraces and a private deepwater dock. This home's outdoor living spaces offer restful spots for relaxing or entertaining friends and family. Graced with stunning Lowcountry details, this island getaway boasts coffered ceilings, Brazilian cherry floors, heavy paneling, custom cabinetry and built-ins and exquisite t...




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1820 PALMETTO ISLE DR Mount Pleasant, SC 29466- RiverTowne Country Club

Tue, Mar 8th 2011 9:32 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info

1820 PALMETTO ISLE DR- Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

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Rivertowne Country Club is situated on land of classic Low Country beauty and charm. Located in Mt. Pleasant and surrounded by Horlbeck Creek and the Wando River, the Rivertowne landscape welcomes you with broad stretches of marshlands and a rich canopy of lush trees. At Rivertowne Country Club you'll feel far away from the rush and noise of everyday life, yet you'll be only twenty minutes from Charleston and fifteen minutes from the Ocean. Outstanding shopping, night life, and medical facilities. Rivertowne Country Club offers a wealth of amenities that contribute to both the neighborly ambience and t...



5056 CORAL REEF DR Johns Island, The Villages in St. Johns Woods

Mon, Feb 28th 2011 3:24 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info

      The Villages in St. Johns Woods

5056 CORAL REEF DR Johns Island, SC 29455

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Exquisite detail is evident in every inch of this custom built beauty in the exclusive and highly desirable Villages in St. Johns Woods.
This one owner open floor plan home is better than new and features: Heart of Pine Hardwood floors; 11 ft. smooth ceilings with
detailed crown molding; Kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and breakfast bar; Huge laundry/mud room
with extra storage and side exterior entrance; Downstairs Master Suite with large windowed walk-in closet, dual vanities, whirlpool
tub and separate shower; Large family room with gas log firep...



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510 Mayfield Street in Ashborough in Summerville

Sat, Feb 12th 2011 3:33 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info

510 MAYFIELD ST Summerville, SC 29485

ImageIncredible opportunity to own a solid brick executive home on tidal creek with in ground swimming pool. 1st floor features of this 5000 square foot home include: Large family room with wood burning fireplace, formal living and dining rooms with hardwood floors; office with built in shelving; enormous kitchen with breakfast dining area overlooking porch and pool; mother-in-law suite or 1st floor master bedroom; and a 2nd large den perfect for pool table or kids playroom with stairs leading to 2 bedrooms and bath over the 3 car garage which would be perfect for an au pair suite or teenage hideaway. Upstairs is the 20 x 17 master suite with his/her c...




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ChuckTown Homes: More than just Realtors?

Sat, Feb 12th 2011 3:01 pm by Donald Russell General

Realtors display courage tracking down man accused of attempted West Ashley kidnapping

 

The dirt-encrusted five pound weight was just there in an alley, no telling for how long. Donald Russell picked it up almost without thinking.

Now, it’s a keepsake, a memory of the strange events of Jan. 18.

Russell, a partner in Chuck Town Homes real estate agency, and associate Jeremy Wilson would chase after an alleged violent crime suspect near their Savannah Highway office. Russell would corner the suspect -– a homeless man who allegedly had entered a car wielding a pocket knife and demanded a ride from a woman driver.

Both Wilson and Russell acknowledge that this was out of the ordinary. Bu...




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Hamlin Plantation- 5000 Sound View Drive in Mount Pleasant

Mon, Feb 7th 2011 8:53 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info
5000 SOUND VIEW Drive in Mount Pleasant, SC 29466- Hamlin Plantation
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Exquisite detail is evident in every inch of this custom built beauty in the exclusive "Sound" section of Hamlin Plantation.
This gorgeous 4500 sf elevated home was constructed by master builder Thomas M. Evans and featured in the 2010 winter edition of Charleston Home + Design magazine. You will instantly be impressed by the dramatic entrance, gas lanterns, and wide porches that wrap around the home offering peaceful pond views from the front and back. Once inside you will notice the bright and open floor plan that features: gleaming hardwood floors; 9 ft. smooth ceilings with recessed lighting; ro...



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Alston Point in Mount Pleasant- 725 Faulkner Drive

Mon, Feb 7th 2011 8:34 pm by Donald Russell Buyer Info
725 FAULKNER DR Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
 
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BEST VALUE IN MT. PLEASANT OVER 6,000 SF!!!!
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This spectacular custom built 7,000 sf all brick, 7 bedroom, 7 bath home sits beautifully on 1.34 acres!!! Upon entering this home, you'll immediately notice the beautiful marble and walnut hardwood floors, as well as eye catching crown molding and light fixtures. While making your way through the spacious downstairs you'll find a gourmet kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, top of the line appliances and a large eat-in breakfast area perfect for the entire family! The downstairs also featu...



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Tax Tips for Charleston Homeowners Looking Ahead to 2010 Returns

Mon, Dec 13th 2010 6:08 pm by Donald Russell General

From energy tax credits to vacation home deductions, check out these tax tips for Charleston homeowners looking ahead to 2010 returns.

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Claim remaining energy tax credits

It's time to get cracking if you didn't exhaust your full allotment of residential energy tax credits during 2009. Although tax credits for big projects like residential wind turbines and solar energy systems have no upper limit and are good through 2016, energy tax credits capped at $1,500 expire at the end of 2010. Eligible capped projects include new windows and doors, insulation, roofing, water heaters, HVAC, and biomass stoves.

Here's how it works with capped federal credits: You can earn energy tax credits wor...




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Best Deals on Christmas Trees in Charleston, SC

Sat, Dec 4th 2010 12:56 pm by Donald Russell General

Okay...I know you are thinking why is there a blog on a Real Estate website about where to find the best deal on a Christmas Tree in Charleston, South Carolina. Well...it is because I spent 3 hours hunting one down the other night with my wife, son, and dog Jasper and I thought it may save someone else a little bit of time.

 

Not only will this possibly help you with where to find the best deal but also some things I became educated on during our journey!!

We made 5 stops...here ya go...

 

Stop 1: A friend of ours told us about a GREAT place to buy a tree near Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ off of Highway 61 so we headed that way and agreed that if we came across any other places on the...




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