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Thursday, September 20, 2018   /   by Josephine Traina

Charleston Housing Market Update Fall 2018

As we head into Fall 2018, there’s no question that the Charleston area as a whole is a seller’s market. Inventory is generally low, median listing prices continue to rise to record levels, and homes are getting snatched up quickly.
But when you look neighborhood to neighborhood, you’ll find that several areas have been buyer friendly so far in 2018 and are forecast to stay the same throughout the rest of the year.
Let’s look at the Charleston housing market stats for Fall 2018 to pick out the neighborhood-specific trends that buyers and sellers need to be aware of.
Areas with Healthiest Inventory of Homes for Sale
“Months of Inventory” (MOI) is one of the key numbers we look at to determine the health of the Charleston housing market and the conditions for buying and selling. Six months of standing inventory (meaning it would take six months to sell off all the homes currently on the market if sales continued at their current pace) is considered ...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018   /   by Josephine Traina

Best Places to Live in Charleston for Families

Neighborhoods in and around Charleston provide a rich mix of history, activities, architecture, and attractions. With so many vibrant areas to choose from, it’s hard for anyone to narrow in on a short list of locations as you move along in your home search.
For those looking for the best places to live in Charleston for families, the task gets even harder.
It’s nice to have so many great options to choose from, but you’ll need a little help picking a neighborhood in which to lay down roots with your family.
If you have questions about your family’s home search in the Charleston area, you can contact Charleston Welcome Home for personalized advice on neighborhoods, schools, and more!
To help you get started, we’ve got two highly recommended places for families in Charleston to look for a new home.
Best Areas to Live in Charleston for Families
First up on the list is Mount Pleasant, SC, a family-friendly suburban area only about a 15 minute drive north ...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018   /   by Josephine Traina

VA Home Loan FAQs for Home Buyers in Charleston

Purchasing a house through a VA home loan could give you access to all kinds of valuable benefits, including:

$0 down payment

Free home appraisal

Reduced closing costs

No monthly mortgage insurance premiums

VA home loans are the most powerful mortgage option on the market. If you’re a veteran or member of the military, your eligibility for the program might be the deciding factor in whether or not you’re able to buy a home.

If you’ve got questions about your eligibility or the potential benefits of the program, we’ve got you covered. Find answers in the VA Home Loan FAQs listed below.

VA Home Loan FAQs - Eligibility

Let’s start out with FAQs specifically about eligibility.

Are Reservists Eligible?

Reservists and National Guard personnel activated any time on or after August 2, 1990 who served a minimum of 90 days and received an honorable discharge are eligible. If at any ...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018   /   by Josephine Traina

5 Mistakes Military and Veteran Home Buyers Must Avoid

Buying a home can be stressful for anyone, but veterans and military personnel in Charleston often face unique challenges that complicate the process even further.

As a current or former member of the military, you may have slightly different needs and goals than the average home buyer. You also have access to exclusive programs that, if used properly, have the potential to make buying a home easier and more rewarding.

What you do over the next couple months -- or in some cases, what you don’t do -- will have a huge impact on the success of your property purchase. This is the time to look at and learn from the mistakes other people in your situation often make.

Top 5 Mistakes of Charleston Military and Veteran Home Buyers

Let’s dive into the five biggest mistakes that military and veteran home buyers MUST avoid.

#5 - Making Other Big Purchases Around Closing Time

Obviously, buying a home isn’t as simple as a single, isolated purchase. At ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018   /   by Josephine Traina

The Wreck - One of Charleston's local favorites - Southern Charm at its finest

Being a fan of the Wreck of the Richard and Charlene on Shem Creek, I thought I would give you a brief history of this classic in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant.  

The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene is one of Charleston's local favorite seafood food establishments. Although settled in an old icehouse, this  restaurant has all the warm southern charm it needs.

 As hurricane Hugo swept through back in 1989, it plowed over the same spot the restaurant now stands. Directly in its path was The Richard & Charlene, a North Atlantic trawler. As the winds and the water did their damage, the trawler was slammed back and forth into the neighboring dock. This restaurant was named in memory of that stormy day. 
As hurricane Hugo swept through back in 1989, it plowed over the same spot the restaurant now stands. Directly in its path was The Richard & Charlene, a North Atlantic trawler. At 3 p.m. on September 21, 1989, the sky was clear and sunny. Shem ...

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