Happy Hour Musts 2019: Charleston

Happy Hour Musts 2019: Charleston

Charleston and booze goes together like…

PB&J, Office reruns at the end of a long day, Pancakes for a hangover, Flava-flav and giant clocks, your Mom needing tech support to log into facebook,….

…needless to say this town has no shortage of spots to gather, imbibe and socialize over discounted bites.

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Open Houses: An Agents Take

Open Houses: An Agents Take

Boy have i railed against open houses for a while. You know what the funny thing is? I still occasionally do them.

What I said to the camera is 100% what I think and feel, but remember that old adage the customer is always right?… They aren’t but their perception is.

Let me explain…

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Post Inspection: 7 tips for What To Do Next

Post Inspection: 7 tips for What To Do Next

It’s the day (or night) after the inspection. Anxiety levels are running high on both sides the transaction. As the buyer, you’re waiting on the report and are bout to be shocked by the sheer length of the report regardless…., and the sellers and their agent are hoping they don’t hear more than a 👍🏼

A typical inspection will last a couple hours, the inspector will take a lot of notes as well as pictures to ensure the report is thorough.

Inevitably, (good or bad) the report hits your email like a ton of bricks. After sorting through the disclosures you remember signing, disclaimers and all the print/pics of 50-plus pages of descriptions, photos, subsections and educational primers of each part of the house, you (the buyer) is left to try to make sense of this document and determine what in the hell you’re supposed to do from here. Now is the stage most people have these questions:

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The Home Inspection: 7 Common Questions

The Home Inspection: 7 Common Questions

Oh the home inspection. You just were so excited because you found the perfect place, you made an offer, negotiated just like they do on the TV shows (HA) and ratified on the house (aka everyone agreed to price/terms). Now your friendly agent strikes fear in your heart immediately by reminding you its time to schedule the daunting home inspection…

Oh the horror….

Just like when having any doctors visit, we might…

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Where & Why: Huriyali

This episode of 'Where and Why' highlights not just the passion, but the growth of a passion into a thriving business in downtown Charleston. Huriyali fuels locals with amazing juices, smoothies, bowls and now a full breakfast/lunch menu full of healthy bites.  During my sit down with one co-owner, learned whats fueled their passion for health, their experience growing a business in Charleston, and what made them decide uptown Charleston was the no-brainer spot to get started.

The goal at Huriyali is to make healthy choices simple; increasing the happiness, healthfulness, and performance of our customers.

It’s quite simple - What you put in, is what you get out. We believe nourishing and taking care of your body in turn nourishes your soul.
— Ruchi, Owner

Where & Why: Cannonborough Collective

Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with two local entrepreneurs, Mimi Striplin and Liz Martin of Cannonborough Collective. It's since become a favorite place for client and family gifts due to some of their beautiful and unique offerings. Currently the only balloon & gift shop located on downtown Charleston's Peninsula, right in the heart of Cannonborough at 185A St. Philip Street. The space offers a shared space that allows local brands to rent space to sell their merch. After hours, Cannonborough Collective occasionally serves as a crafter’s workshop catering to locals and bachelorette parties.

Check out the video to see what these two are up to or pop in to one of the most inviting shops you'll find around town!

"Cannonborough Collective is a place that’s for locals by locals, and we want to share the space with other Charleston makers. We’re not business moguls, just two regular gals who were spending so much time at markets and pop ups that we wanted to have a space to call our own.  We love the existing shops and eateries in the neighborhood and are so thrilled to have joined the Cannonborough/Elliotborough community.

- Liz Martin & Mimi Striplin

Market Update: February 2018

Market Update: February 2018

This quick update will help answer questions like: whats the median sales price currently in Mount Pleasant? Has the West Ashley pricing peaked? What are the available number of homes in James Island? And much, much more...

If you own a home in the Charleston area or considering buying one, this data will help you with decision making.

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2017 Year In Review - Charleston Housing

A big thank you for the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Charleston Trident Association of Realtors for putting forth the data to give all of us a comprehensive overview of this past year in the market. The data below and referenced in the the podcast reflects the entire year of 2017.

The Raw Data:

Sales: Pending sales increased 5.4 percent, landing at 18,726 to close out the year. Closed sales were up 3.1 percent to finish 2017 at 18,381.

Listings: Year-over-year, the number of homes available for sale was lower by 14.0 percent. There were 4,673 active listings at the end of 2017. New listings increased by 4.5 percent to finish the year at 24,054. Home supply was once again lower than desired in 2017.

Showings: Demand was high throughout 2017, thus showings were up. Homes for sale received, on average, 3.2 percent more showings. There were 13 showings before pending, which was unchanged compared to 2016.

Distressed Properties: The foreclosure market has dwindled from its peak several years ago. In 2017, the percentage of closed sales that were either foreclosure or short sale decreased by 8.1 percent to end the year at 5.7 percent of the market.

New Construction: New home building has improved acrossthe country but is not yet at a level to help sustain a balanced market. Locally, new construction months of supply finished 2017 at 3.8 months. While previously owned homes have seen months of supply drop from 6.0 to 2.8 months over the last five years, new construction supply has seen less change from a 2014 peak of 5.6 months.

Prices: Home prices were up compared to last year. The overall median sales price increased 4.7 percent to $251,333 for the year. Prices are expected to rise at a slow rate in 2018. Single-Family home prices were up 5.9 percent compared to last year, and Townhouse/Condo home prices were up 4.5 percent.