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Nov. 11, 2019

Home Renovations That Can Help Seniors Age in Place


Seniors know there is no place like home. That’s why an estimated 71 percent of people want to age in place as they enter their twilight years. Of course, in order to stay in their home, safety should be taken into consideration. The little household accidents that don’t mean much when you are younger can have serious health implications when they happen to a person over 65. As we age, our bodies grow frailer while our reflexes slow down. An unexpected fall can lead to significant injuries that can impede a person’s ability to care for themselves. A fall can even be fatal for a senior. Fortunately, there are things people can do to make their homes safer, prevent accidents, and facilitate aging in place for retirees over the age of 65.


Clean It Out


One of the best ways to make a home accessible for seniors is by cleaning out all the excess junk and removing unnecessary furnishings — especially low-profile ones like rugs, ottomans, and coffee tables that can pose a risk for tripping. Here’s a helpful strategy for decluttering: If the home burned down and the person lost everything, what would they replace as soon as possible? Make a home inventory — anything that the person could get by without much notice should be trashed, donated, or sold.


An easy place to start cleaning is the closet. As we age, we tend to favor more comfortable clothing options that are easy to get on and off at the beginning and end of each day. Go through and clean out formal outfits, things that are ill-fitting, and all those garments they’ve held on to for too many years. Family members and friends can come by and pick out the best of the vintage gems. Everything else can be sold, donated, recycled, or repurposed. Once you have the closet cleaned out, move on to other areas of the house until they only have the things they need to live comfortably day-to-day.


Household Renovations


Making a house safe for aging in place may take a significant investment in renovations. For instance, if the home has steps and stairs, safety ramps need to be installed so that seniors can safely climb up and down unencumbered. If their house has two stories, seniors with mobility aids may need a residential chair lift in order to get both up and downstairs.


Another area of the house that will need updates is the bathroom. Bathrooms are the most dangerous part of the house. Facilitate safe bathing by installing a shower bench and extendable showerhead. These also make it easier for seniors to maintain their modesty when bathed by a caregiver should the need arise. Grab bars by the toilet, tub, and sink are also helpful when it comes to getting up and down while in this very important room. It may also be helpful to install a slip-proof flooring that reduces their chances of falling.


Moving On


Sometimes, the houses where people raise their families are not the best options for aging in place after all. It may be easier to simply move to another home that is smaller and already outfitted with accessibility features. Depending on how much their current home is worth, it can even be more cost-efficient than doing renovations. Use online filters to help search for accessible homes for sale in your area. Make a checklist of all the things the retiree would like in their home, and use that list to weed out houses that do not fit the criteria.


After you’ve found a house that fits your needs and lifestyle, it’s time to search for a home loan that works best for your finances. For instance, many people look into conventional mortgages due to the benefits they provide, which include the choice between adjustable and fixed-rate loans and the ability to avoid additional mortgage insurance payments by putting 20 percent down at closing. However, keep in mind that you’ll need a good credit score (680 in most cases) and a debt-to-income that’s less than 45 percent to qualify. Some people opt to wait until they can meet these criteria so they can reap the benefits conventional loans offer.


Seniors who wish to age in place must prepare their homes for safe living. Start by clearing out clutter and only keeping the necessities in the home. Safety renovations such as ramps and shower benches can prevent accidents and injury. However, sometimes it makes more sense to simply downsize and move to a home that is already accessible.


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Posted in architecture
Oct. 4, 2019

You Do Not Want to Miss This Gorgeous Townhome Style West Ashley Condo That Shows Like a Designer Showhome!

As soon as you walk into this home located in West Ashley/Charleston, SC, you will be instantly wowed!  Brand new, beautiful engineered hardwood floors, gorgeous galley kitchen with granite counters and upgraded cabinets are just the start.  As you enter the living area, you will fall in love with the coastal feel of the shiplapped walls, beautiful fireplace and entry out to the screened porch which overlooks the neighborhood pool.

Upstairs you will find two nicely sized bedrooms with shared bath.  The master has its own sink/dressing area too for added privacy.

You will love the amenities that Ashleytowne Village has to offer, between the pool, dog park and community boat dock and ramp!  Boat and RV storage is available for an additional cost.

For details on this lovely home, go to:


Call today for your exclusive showing!

Posted in Homes for sale
Oct. 3, 2019

Make This Wonderful Lovely One Story Johns Island Home Your Must See This Weekend for a Just Listed Open House

If you are looking to live in an area that has that country feel yet close to beaches and shopping, you don't want to miss this wonderful move-in ready one-story home, situated in a lush, private, tropical setting on a cul de sac in the popular Summertrees neighborhood of Johns Island, South Carolina.  What is even better, this home is not in a flood zone or in a formal HOA!

Features of this home include an open floorplan with bamboo floors throughout the main area.  The large kitchen has granite counters and plentiful cabinets and counter space - couple with the floorplan, this home is perfect for entertaining extended family and friends!

The spacious master ensuite is located on one side of the home while the additional two bedrooms and guest bathroom are situated on the other side, offering plenty of privacy for everyone.

Enjoy the lowcountry weather on your screened porch which overlooks a beautiful garden oasis, complete with multiple fruit trees, which attracts all kinds of wildlife.


For details on this wonderful home, go to:

Schedule your showing today!

Posted in Homes for sale
Sept. 26, 2019

This Lovely JUST LISTED Duplex in Summerville is Not to be Missed

Looking to either purchase your first home or downsize and want maintenance-free living?  Don't miss this lovely, move-in ready duplex in the Village on Central subdivision in Summerville, SC.  You will LOVE this great open-concept floorplan which makes living so much easier.  

Features include a nicely sized foyer that opens to a large living room/dining room combination.  You will find gleaming laminate flooring throughout.  During those chilly months, cozy up and stay warm in front of your gas fireplace and on those warmer summer mornings, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee out on your screened porch.  The well-equipped, eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, overlooks the living room, which is perfect for entertaining and has ample cabinet space!  The vaulted ceilings in the living room and master bedroom allows plenty of natural light.  The spacious master ensuite has lots of closet space as well.  Living can't get any easier with the HOA maintained lawncare which includes your irrigation as well! 

Conveniently located to shopping, schools and downtown Summerville being only three miles away, this townhome is truly located in a highly desirable area that you do not want to miss!


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Posted in Homes for sale
Aug. 14, 2019

Easy Preparations for a Successful Open House

When your Realtor plans to do an open house, there are a few things that you can do to help make the day a success. And, it doesn’t have to cost half your equity in unnecessary upgrades and renovations. 


Here are a few often-overlooked ideas that range from free to a few hundred dollars that can help you net more from your investment.


Look at the outside 


Curb appeal. It’s a term often tossed around but not necessarily understood by home sellers. Your curb appeal is simply how inviting your home looks from the outside. Curb appeal includes everything from the color uniformity of your grass to neatly trimmed shrubs and clean shutters. Make your home a showplace by mowing a day or two before your open house, filling holes or fixing damage caused by dogs or children, and pulling weeds. Curb appeal isn’t just about your lawn. You can also add a new mailbox and outdoor lighting and give your front door a new coat of paint. 


Keep it clean


You will never clean your house well enough to make it look like no one’s been there. But when you’re ready to host an open house, that’s exactly the kind of clean you need. Your eyes (and nose) are acclimated to your environment—your buyers’ senses are not. Before your open house, hire a housecleaning service to get the nooks and crannies you’ll undoubtedly overlook.  


Light is right


Ideally, your home will be well lit with natural light, which doesn’t alter colors and produces a sense of openness. But, if you don’t have large windows or if your open house will take place in late afternoon when the sun has already set, you’ll need to take special care or to get your interior lighting just right. Lighting is a powerful interior design element, and your home’s ambient light should illuminate as large a space as possible to enhance visibility and safety. Choose a bulb that puts your home’s colors in their (pardon the pun) best light. You can find multiple options at your local hardware store for about $5 per bulb.


Just go already


Now that you’ve got the lighting, lawn, and look just right, your main priority is to vacate the premises. According to Bank Rate, sellers should never stay on-site during an open house. It will make buyers uncomfortable and may give you an inflated sense of your home’s actual value. Don’t forget to grab the dog on your way out the door, as your pup’s presence is also an undesirable distraction.


While no one thing on this list guarantees your house will be sold by the end of the day, they are all great ways to shift the focus to the positive aspects of your home. Inviting curb appeal and white-glove treatment can go a long way toward bolstering your home-selling efforts.


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Posted in Homes for sale
Aug. 8, 2019

Beautiful Charleston Single Style Home Just Listed on James Island

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!! This immaculate, lowcountry home is in one of the most desirable James Island areas. As soon as you are greeted by the gas lanterns at the entrance of this quaint neighborhood, you will feel like you are in downtown Charleston, SC! Nestled in a quiet cul de sac, you will immediately imagine yourself sitting in a rocking chair, sipping sweet tea on your expansive front porch or enjoying a morning coffee on your screened porch, watching the wildlife enjoying the pond. Inside you will find spacious living & dining areas with gleaming hardwood floors throughout, gas fireplace for those chilly southern winter nights & beautiful crown molding. The kitchen has a large island, beautiful granite counters & glass backsplash, upgraded cabinets - perfect for those who love to cook and entertain. Privately situated on the 1st floor, the large master ensuite has BRAND NEW HARDWOOD FLOORS. Upstairs, you will find two guest bedrooms and an additional bathroom. The detached garage, complete with a mini split unit to keep the space comfortable all year round, is insulated with spray foam and insulation on the garage door and perfect for a gym, man cave or home office! And, enjoy your own hidden retreat behind the garage, complete with a Belgard patio. You definitely don't want to miss this gem of a home which is minutes to downtown Charleston and Folly Beach!

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Contact us to schedule your exclusive showing at 1125 Sabrina Circle, Charleston, SC  29412


Posted in Homes for sale
July 30, 2019

Here is Your Opportunity to Build Your Dream Home in Historic Summerville

We all know land is becoming scarce in Summerville, SC as developers snatch up large parcels of land and build new homes on postage stamp sized lots.  So, when the opportunity for a lot in Historic Summerville comes up, anyone looking to build their dream home, needs to jump.

Well, here is your chance to build your dream home in the heart of Summerville! This partially cleared .29 acre lot, nestled between Main Street and West Carolina, is an easy walk to Azalea Park, the Farmers Market, some of Summerville's best restaurants, as well as the newly renovated Town Square!  A lot of this size, in Summerville, especially in the heart of downtown, is very hard to come by - Don't miss out!! 


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Posted in Homes for sale
June 27, 2019

This Like-New JUST LISTED Home in Summerville Shows Like a Model Home

No need to wait for new construction when you can have this JUST LISTED home in the Reminisce neighborhood of Summerville, SC!  You will be welcomed by a gorgeous stone front and inviting front porch upon arriving to this 3057 sq ft home.  Upon entering, you will be immediately drawn to the open layout and gleaming high quality laminate flooring. Entertaining will be a breeze with this floor plan - open living/dining area, spacious family room, leading to a cook's dream kitchen!

Features include**Large kitchen with stainless steel appliances, plentiful 42'' cabinets with crown molding and roll out trays, granite counters and large island with ample seating**Powder room off the office/den and has a large storage closet that could be easily converted into a shower. You will find four nicely sized bedrooms plus HUGE Loft upstairs. You will love your new Master en suite with tray ceiling, dual sinks, separate shower/soaking tub and large walk-in closet! And, nicely sized laundry room is also located upstairs. We can't forget the screened in porch overlooking the fenced yard, complete with large playset - you will enjoy many gatherings for years to come! Reminisce is a welcoming neighborhood with many events throughout the year - you will love living here!

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Posted in Homes for sale
June 27, 2019

This JUST LISTED Well Maintained Home in Whitehall of North Charleston is Waiting for YOU!

Looking to be in the Dorchester School #2 District?  Look no further! This move-in ready home in the sought-after Whitehall subdivision will end your search! Located on a large, fenced corner lot, this well-maintained home has a BRAND NEW ROOF, is freshly painted and has beautiful high quality laminate flooring throughout!

As you enter this North Charleston, SC home, you will first notice the light and airy feeling from the vaulted ceilings!  Features include:  First floor Master En Suite with vaulted ceilings, large walk-in closet, separate tub and shower**Enjoy chilly winter nights snuggled in front of the wood burning fireplace in the light and bright family room, also with vaulted ceilings**Many meals will be enjoyed in this spacious eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances**Formal dining room with French doors that could also be an office or playroom**Upstairs you will find two spacious guest bedrooms and full bath**Relax in your screened in porch, enjoying sweet tea on hot summer nights or entertaining guests...Enjoy wonderful amenities including a pool, playground, fishing ponds and tennis courts.

Located near Boeing, Bosch, Mercedes, Joint Base Charleston and Charleston International Airport, you will also find plentiful shopping and restaurants. Don't miss this gem!

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Posted in Homes for sale
June 6, 2019

Adorable Crowfield Plantation Home Just Hit the Market

Crowfield Plantation, in Goose Creek, South Carolina, is a hot neighborhood with homes going under contract within just a few days!  This adorable gem just came on the market today and we do not expect it to last long! Well maintained, this home is just perfect for a starter home or for someone looking to downsize.  With one-level living, one need not bother with stairs and there is plenty of room for everyone!  A wood-burning fireplace in the Great Room exudes charm and the high ceilings offer ambiance.  Enjoy a well equipped kitchen with separate dining area and off of the Great Room, there is approx. 200 square foot sunroom, not currently accounted for in the square footage as an extra space.  There is a one car garage and room for an additional car on the parking pad.  Your backyard offers you a secluded retreat with plenty of space for those summer BBQ's.  And, we cannot forget the BRAND NEW ROOF!!  Crowfield offers many wonderful amenities including pools, playground, tennis court, walking trails and a golf course.  This home is conveniently located to the Naval Weapons Station, Volvo, Boeing and minutes from I-26.  Schedule your showing today!

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Posted in Homes for sale