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Friday, November 16, 2018   /   by Josephine Traina

Charleston, South Carolina, Rent vs. Buy, Here are the facts.

There is no better time to buy, is Now. Call or text me today to find out how you can own a piece of the American Dream, with little or no money down

75% of Renters Have Been Misinformed Buying Myths, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Rent vs. Buy

Recently, multiple headlines have been written asserting that homeownership is less affordable today than at any other time in the last decade.

Though the headlines are accurate, they lack context and lead too many Americans to believe that they can’t partake in a major part of the American Dream – owning a home. In 2008, the housing market crashed and home values fell by as much as 60% in certain markets.

This was the major trigger to the Great Recession we experienced from 2008 to 2010. To come back from that recession, mortgage interest rates were pushed down to levels that were never seen before. For the last ten years, you could purchase a home at a dramatically discounted price and attain a mortgage at a his ...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018   /   by Josephine Traina

Where Do MUSC Students Live: Best Off-Campus Options

Each year Charleston welcomes droves of new and returning students to the Medical University of South Carolina.
Finding appropriate housing can be one of the biggest challenges budding physicians and healthcare professionals face during a relocation. At Charleston Welcome Home Real Estate, we’d like to make that part of the transition as easy as possible for you.
With the only designated DRS Agent in Charleston and more than a decade of experience helping medical professionals find the best off-campus housing options, our real estate brokerage is uniquely qualified to assist you in your transition to the Holy City.
To help you get started on your search for a home, condo, or apartment near MUSC, let’s look at the best off-campus housing options and let you know how to contact a Charleston Welcome Home agent for guidance.
Best Off-Campus Housing Near MUSC
What’s the best option for medical professionals training at MUSC and demanding convenience and luxury in thei ...

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Wednesday, October 10, 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 ...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018   /   by Josephine Traina

Physician Home Loans Guide for Doctors Relocating to Charleston

At first glance, the terms of a physician mortgage loan look almost too good to be true: no requirement to obtain private mortgage insurance, no money down, and no jumbo limits.


But do physician home loans really live up to the hype? That’s what so many doctors relocating to Charleston want to know.


If you’re coming to the Holy City to work or continue your studies at MUSC, Roper St. Francis, or the VA Medical Center, you should know your options when it comes to buying a home.


You’ll find everything you need in our complete guide to physician home loans.


Physician Home Loans Guide


Let’s get started with some background.


Why Do Physician Mortgage Loans Exist?


Doctors, or soon-to-be doctors, are highly desirable customers for mortgage lenders because they often take out big loans early on in their careers and have a great track record when it comes to paying off those loans.


A medical student transitioning into residency wi ...

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Monday, October 1, 2018   /   by Josephine Traina

Best Housing Options Near MUSC and the Medical District

Relocating can be stressful for anyone, but it’s especially challenging for medical professionals coming to town to continue their education at either the Medical University of South Carolina or Roper St. Francis.
Around this time of year, many newcomers are streaming into the top institutions in Charleston’s medical district. Their studies and demanding schedule are going to be top-of-mind for these individuals, but first they need to find a place to live.
Luckily, the Charleston area offers many great housing options near MUSC and Roper St. Francis that would be perfect for a relocating medical professional.
I’m proud to say that I’m the only agent in Charleston with the DRS Agent designation.

"The DRS Agent Network is an exclusive agent network that certifies real estate agents.... who are serious about and committed to serving the needs of the medical community. Only agents that have demonstrated a required level of professionalism and success and ...

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