May 2009

There are 8 blog entries for May 2009.

Today I'm going to share a few of the the newly listed properties at ERA Evergreen. As most home buyers know, finding a great deal often depends on maintaining a close eye open new listings.  Obviously everyone is taling about foreclosures and short sales but I still contend that keeping a close watch on new listings is the BEST way to find a great deal on that dream home.  That's how I bought my first 2 homes which I turned a hefty profit on both.  So here a few new ones from ERA Evergreen.



1311 Broad Street 1311 Broad Street

Absolutely charming 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home that is extremely well maintained with many upgrades...wood floors, stainless steel appliances and beautiful fenced backyard with gorgeous landscaping. If you are

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cat_island_sc_real_estate_1280 Today I'll break down some of the active listing numbers on one of the more popular communities in Beaufort SC, Cat Island.  So far in 2009 only one home has sold in the neighborhood, and it was priced at $359,000.  Looking at the current houses under contract, you will see a trend that seems to be universal in today's market:  lower end homes are what's selling.  High end properties are nowhere to be found in most market reports I do.  My prediction is you won't see Luxury properties selling again until Spring 2010.

Out of the 3 homes under contract, 2 are in Olde Tabby Park and one is in the Dolphin Point area.  For the rest of 2009 you can expect homes in Olde tabby Park to see to see the most activity as prices are generally on the lower end on the

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lowball_400 For a year and a half you have head me say hold tight on buying a house.  You will never hear me say the old cliché, "It's a great time to buy".  It sounds like a car salesman and I refuse to talk buyers into buying a house.  My job is to inform buyers to the best of my ability.  It is their job to decide when to buy.  What I will finally say is, buyers ready to purchase are finally seeing the light at the end of the housing tunnel.  With home sales down 23% from the already slow 2008, home prices reduced approximately 20% and interest rates still below 5.00%, the market is getting ripe.

Is it time to pull the trigger with an offer?  That depends.  Personally I believe home prices remain slightly overpriced.  That being said, make no mistake, sellers

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Today we are going to take a look at the residential real estate market on Fripp Island.  The below chart should give a fairly accurate picture of housing movement on the island.  In the charts below you can get an idea on housing movement on the island.  Fripp Island has had 110 listings hit the market in 2009, 53 have expired, 7 have sold and currently there are 5 homes under contract.  With 5 pendings, is shows sales are slightly picking up during this typically active real estate season.   

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The below chart details the active residential listings on Fripp.  With the average 2009 home price at $805,013, you can expect sales to stay relatively slow on the high end properties.  I say

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Ever wonder how home buyers find the house they eventually purchase?  I found a couple survey charts released by The National Association of Realtors that might surprise you.  It seems that the internet has become the primary information source of people looking to buy a house.  NAR charts show that every year people are using the internet more and more to inform themselves on buying a home.

Highlights from the NAR Survey:

  • 33% of all buyers looked online for property as the first step in the home buying process while nly 4% visited an open house first.
  • 87% of all buyers used the Internet as part of their home search.
  • 94% of 25-44 year olds used the internet as part of their home search and this is very important as over 50% of home buyers are in
2,128 Views, 0 Comments. Today I received a Call to Action e-mail that was sent to all Realtors around the state.  I have posted this e-mail below because it not only affect Realtors, but virtually every single person in the Palmetto State.  If you own, plan to buy, or plan to sell property in the state of South Carolina this affects you in a dramatic way.  If you don't know what the Point of Sale real estate tax is, you should.  Below are some facts taken directly for the SC Realtors website.  Keep reading to learn more.

From the SC Realtors Website on "Point of Sale":

In 2006, the General Assembly enacted property tax reform that provided for point of sale property tax assessment.  Regrettably, this has created serious inequities in the real estate market.   

Point of sale

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In the June edition of American Style magazine, Beaufort was named the 12th best small town art destination in the US.  If you've visited our sleepy little town, you know why.  Amongst the quaint Mom n' Pops stores are a myriad of art galleries throughout the city.  Bay Street is home to a large number of the local galleries.  The ranking of twelfth is up two spots from fourteenth in 2008. 

Is you think the small town category is no big deal because of it might be less competitive, consider that Beaufort beat out well known artsy towns such as Aspen, Colorado; Laguna Beach, California; and Naples, Florida.  Art connoisseurs can rest assured that when visiting Beaufort SC, they won't be disappointed.

The 2009 poll marks the 12th Reader's Choice

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As we all know, new listings are often where you find the best deals.  ERA Evergreen Real Estate Company recently had several properties that became availble.  To give some of my fellow agents a little extra exposure, I thought I would feature some of our company's new listings.  If you are interested, just fill out the form at the bottom and I promise to get back to you promptly.

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402 Island Circle East


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