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July 8, 2020

TO-DO LIST FOR FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS

If you’re buying a home for the first time here in the Charleston, SC area, it can be a little difficult trying to figure out where to start. Here’s a handy to-do list to help you out, and be sure to call me if you have any questions!

1) Save: Save for a down payment, closing costs, and escrow for insurance and taxes. It is always safe to have 20% of the amount of the home you are trying to buy so you do not have to pay private mortgage insurance. So, if you are looking at a $300,000 home, try to have $60,000 saved. TIP: You can always get a loan if you do not have this as you can put down as little as 3%, if qualified.

2) Improve Credit Score: Make sure to stay current on your bills, make no major purchases, don’t cancel any credit cards. A higher credit score means a lower interest rate!

3) Calculate what you can afford: Look for a mortgage calculator online, or give me a call and I can let you know what you can afford!

4) Get Mortgage Preapproval: Shop for the best deal, choose primary and backup lenders, and look for mortgage advice. I have some great, local lenders you can choose from, and I am here if you need any advice. TIP: Always try to work with local lenders as state laws are different from state to state and a lender located in California may not know local laws of South Carolina.

5) Decide: Decide what you want in a home. Are you looking for a home with a pool, or do you need something with a big backyard for your dog to run-around in? How many bedrooms do you need? What kind of kitchen do you want? Do you want a new build? Write down all of the things you want in a home, and give it to your Realtor and they will help you find a home with everything you need.

6) Choose a Realtor- Looking for a Realtor? You have come to the right place! I have the experience, patience, and knowledge you have been searching for.

7) Visit Homes- Your Realtor will take you to the homes you would like, but there are a few things that you should do to ensure that your favorite home will end up working out for you. Take photos and make notes about each home that you visit and compare it to the list you made in step five.

8) Narrow choices- Choose your favorite homes and visit the neighborhood during the day and at night to gauge traffic, noise, etc. Also, test the commute from work and consider the resale value.

9) Make an Offer- Make an offer on the home! I am here to make sure your offer is considered, and will work hard and collaborate with the other Realtor to make sure I highlight how much you are interested.

10) Schedule Home Inspection: I have a great inspector that will do a walk-through of the home and let you know things that may need to be fixed.

11) Make Final Walk-Through: Test the light switches and sockets, check and make sure that the doors and windows work, and test the faucets, drains, toilets, etc.

12) Close and Move In- Start your life and enjoy the happiness! 

Posted in tips
June 29, 2020

Build Your Dream Home in This Gated Community with Wonderful Amenities

 

 

 

 

WELCOME to your own private, gated, natural oasis with space to live! This 2.98 acre, extra wide and deep lot property is nestled in hardwoods and towering pines of Moncks Corner, SC. The home site sits on 1.2 acres of high land with the remaining space home to deer and turkey roaming the low country woodlands, not low country swamp. Rear property line adjacent to land that will remain undeveloped! No flood insurance is required! Wassamassaw Plantation offers wide open, public space with 3 ponds covering over 13 acres total. Enjoy wonderful amenities including pool with clubhouse, pavilion, fireplace, grilling area, playground, and fishing docks which are all available for you to enjoy! Cane Bay Schools, grocery, shopping and restaurants are a few miles down the road and is close to Volvo and easy drive to Boeing! Don't wait, build your dream home now!

 

For details, go to:  http://www.sccoastalislandhomes.com/search/results/?mls_number=20016709

Posted in Land for Sale
May 28, 2020

Your Wild Dunes Vacation Retreat is Now Available!

Privately situated, overlooking a serene lagoon, your tropical getaway is just steps to the beach and makes an excellent rental property!

Turn-key ready, this tastefully renovated, fully furnished unit, has gleaming hardwood flooring throughout. The open airy floor plan features two spacious Master en-Suites situated on either side of a light filled family room, offering guests the maximum privacy. Both bedrooms offer separate entrances and private balconies overlooking lush greenery and calming water views. No need to eat out all the time with your well-appointed kitchen which has plenty of granite counter space to prep meals, stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinet storage and a breakfast bar to hang out at and enjoy an icy cold beverage after a hot day at the beach.

Wild Dunes is an amazing gated community with golf, tennis, biking trails, vast stretches of sandy beach & much, much more! Located in the heart of the resort, you and your guests are just a short walk to tennis, shopping, dining and the day spa. Love to golf? No better place than to take a swing on 36 holes of signature golf courses, designed by Tom Fazio. Come and take a look today, you won't want to leave!

Isle of Palms has so many convenient spots to add to your dream vacations. Just a few blocks away are these excellent restaurants!

 

Visit here to learn more about this beautiful home 

Posted in Homes for sale
May 18, 2020

Adorable Cottage-style Home in Johns Island!

Welcome home to your adorable cottage-style home located in the beautifully maintained, quiet section of The Villages of St. John's Woods. Can't you just envision sitting on your front porch swing, on a warm summer night sipping sweet tea?!

Then head inside, through the Great Room which has a gas fireplace for those chilly winter evenings. Enter into the dining area and open concept kitchen which has 42'' classic white cabinets, beautiful granite counters with brand new sink and faucet, offering plenty of storage and prep space. While in the kitchen, you can't help but notice the gleaming hardwood floors throughout the whole home, 10' high ceilings and lovely moldings which really add character to your new home.

From there, retreat to the Master ensuite which has wonderful natural light, 2 large closets, newly updated double sink vanities with new faucets, new hardware and nicely sized shower. The 2 additional spacious bedrooms and guest bath which also has a new vanity top, faucet and hardware, are evenly separated offering everyone lots of privacy. You will also find a nicely sized laundry room off the kitchen and a huge screened porch which could easily be enclosed!

Out back, you will find a detached 1-car garage and carport and a picket fenced private backyard with irrigation and all new sod. Need extra storage? No problem! The entire attic in fully floored to store those holiday decorations. Enjoy wonderful amenities including pool, pavilion, play park and walking trails. Centrally located, you are just 15 mins. to MUSC, CofC and downtown Historical Charleston. Lots of great restaurants in town, golf just over the bridge at the James Island Municipal Course and the beautiful Kiawah Beachwalker Park is an easy drive. You don't want to miss this beauty of a home!

John's Island is quickly adding some of the city's best bars and restaurants. Here are a few of my favorites, just a few blocks away!

 

Visit here to learn more about this beautiful home - http://www.sccoastalislandhomes.com/search/results/?mls_number=20013046

Posted in Homes for sale
May 13, 2020

Perfect Family Home in Grand Oaks Plantation

This wonderful, well maintained home, located in the desirable Grand Oaks Plantation, is ready for its new owners! Can't you imagine sitting on your front porch enjoying some sweet tea??!!

As you enter this lovely home, you will be greeted by a formal Dining Room on the left and Study with French doors on the right. Stroll past the powder and laundry rooms into the open family room with fireplace and eat-in kitchen with breakfast nook. Upstairs there is a spacious Master en Suite with sitting area and master bath with a separate garden tub and large shower. 2 nicely sized bedrooms and a full bath are just down the hall. The yard has great curb appeal with Palm Trees and nice landscaping. The back has a great deck with pergola for hanging out with friends or watching the kids in the fenced backyard. With the Bees Ferry Recreation Center just around the corner offering multiple recreational opportunities and the neighborhood pool down the street, you'll love the location in this neighborhood that's perfect for everyone, including your 4-legged family members!

Be sure to wave hello to the neighbors you see walking, biking, and jogging on any given day. The newly constructed shopping plaza at the entrance to Grand Oaks Plantation has a brand new Harris Teeter and shops and restaurants as well as a gas station across the street.

The convenience of having multiple grocery stores nearby will make life easy for you. Grand Oaks is conveniently located to multiple grocery stores, shopping and restaurants, which makes it easy to enjoy all that Charleston has to offer. Just a short trip to the beach or downtown Charleston, you are going to love living here!

Here are some great local options, just a few blocks away!

Restaurants

Stores

  • Home Depot
  • Walmart
  • Kroger
  • Harris Teeter

Parks

  • West Ashley Park
  • Bees Landing Recreation Center

 

Visit here to learn more about this beautiful home - http://www.sccoastalislandhomes.com/search/results/?mls_number=20012870

Posted in Homes for sale
May 11, 2020

Your Folly Beach Getaway Awaits!

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to live waterfront in the highly sought after gated community of Little Oak Island. An inviting glass double door entrance on a sprawling, true Lowcountry-style porch, draws your attention to the detail and warmth in design throughout as you enter this gorgeous open floor plan with glistening hardwood floors throughout.

The spacious layout features a wonderful flow from the living, dining and kitchen areas, perfect for hosting dinner guests who can meander onto your outdoor living area. Enjoy the island breezes on the expansive rear screened porch or move on down the stairs to your own private dock where everyone can sit and enjoy the calming sound of the marsh as the stars glisten over the water. On those chilly nights, enjoy the warmth of the fire-place or sitting at the breakfast bar, making a puzzle with your family, after finishing dinner in your spacious kitchen, which has plentiful counter space, cabinet storage and a large island with gas cooktop to make those family dinners.

Escape upstairs to your own private suite complete with vaulted ceiling, plenty of natural light, a sitting area with fireplace and porch which is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail at the end of a long week while guests or family retreat to their rooms on the main level. The 2 additional bedrooms each have their own bathroom and are located on opposite ends of the home, offering plenty of privacy. And, you will love the large space off the kitchen which would be perfect for a home office, craft room or home gym!

The garage has ample space for multiple cars, toys, storage and workshop and even has an outdoor shower to wash off the sand when returning from the beach. Fish, kayak, and boat from your private dock or enjoy the quiet community pool. Just a short bike ride over the bridge, you will love the ability to put your toes in the sand at any given time as you make Folly Beach your new home!  Click here for more information!  http://www.sccoastalislandhomes.com/search/results/?mls_number=20012634

Folly is more than just a vacation hot spot! There are tons of year round restaurants, bars and parks near by! Here are a few of my favorite hideaways on Folly Beach:

Restaurants & Bars

Chico Feo

  • Fun outdoor atmosphere with some of my favorite tacos around!

Loggerheads's Beach Grill

  • Beer, beach and music. What more could you ask for!

Lost Dog Cafe

  • Adorable dog loving breakfast spot! 

Surf Bar

  • Chill, fun spot with good late night snacks and positive vibes!

Taco Boy

  • Local hot spot for tacos and margs!

Sand Dollar Social Club

  • Legend has it, this is one of Charleston local Bill Murray's, favorite spots!
Posted in Homes for sale
April 27, 2020

Stunning Custom Built Lakefront Retreat Just Listed in Ravenel

Escape the hustle and bustle with this privately situated lakefront retreat and enjoy the privacy of your own sanctuary only minutes from the culture and lifestyle people love about Downtown Charleston, SC. Located at 6489 Scarletts Retreat, Ravenel, SC, this stunning, custom built home spared no expense with its design. As you pull into the gated driveway and walk onto the massive southern-style front porch, you will be instantly greeted as you walk through the entryway, with beautiful lake views off the back of your home. Soaring high ceilings give the Great Room, which opens to the impressive chef's kitchen, a light and airy feel. Featuring professional grade s/s Thermador appliances, meal prep is simplified with the 6-burner gas range/oven, electric wall oven with built-in microwave and warming drawer, prep sink and plenty of counter and cabinet space. Family or guests can enjoy meals at the island or in the lovely separate dining room. The refrigerator is paneled to match the exquisite custom cabinets. Windows over the sink provide additional natural light and an adjacent walk-in pantry provides ample storage and even has another prep sink and ice machine, perfect for those impromptu cocktail parties. If you love to entertain, you will love the flow of the rooms, which open onto an oversized covered patio, complete with its own outdoor kitchen, and wonderful in-ground saltwater pool, overlooking the bass-stocked lake. The Master ensuite is a dream oasis with enormous dressing room with built-in shelving, beautifully tiled bathroom with his and her custom vanities, bidet, large soaking tub and oversized tiled shower. Enjoy your morning coffee or glass of wine as the sun sets over the water in your large screened porch which also opens to the pool. A second nicely sized en suite bedroom across the hall from the Master has a lovely custom tiled bathroom with antique dual sink vanity and artists will love the office off the bedroom which has vaulted ceilings and wall of windows overlooking the water. Upstairs, you will find 2 additional large bedrooms, both with vaulted ceilings and jack-n-jill bathroom, also with antique vanity with dual sinks. Dog lovers will love the huge laundry room, off of the kitchen, complete with its own dog bathing area, laundry sink and 2nd dishwasher! Over the garage, enjoy the huge Bonus Room, not included in the square footage but has a separate heat source, perfect for home office, work shop, exercise room, media room - the opportunities are endless! Love to garden? Multiple raised beds, gardening shed and irrigation are already in place! Do not miss this truly one-of-a-kind haven!

 

Click here to learn more about this amazing home and to schedule your exclusive showing: http://www.sccoastalislandhomes.com/search/results/?mls_number=20011027

Posted in Homes for sale
April 21, 2020

Preparing Your Home for a Home Inspection

When getting ready to list your home to sell, you also want to think about any potential issues that may show up in the home inspection once you go under contract with a Home Buyer.  Here are some helpful suggestions that should be done right away to avoid any delays in the sales process:

  • Clean out gutters. Make sure all downspouts drain water away from the home.

  • Cut tree limbs/bushes 24” away from the home.

  • Replace any rotten wood on the exterior.

  • Repair any active plumbing leaks.

  • Repair any active roof leaks.

  • Fix small issues: doors/windows that don’t operate properly, non-working appliances, etc.

  • Make sure all lights/ceiling fans operate.

  • Ensure smoke/carbon monoxide detectors work.

  • Move items that are blocking access for inspection.

  • Unlock gates, doors, attics, and crawl spaces.

  • Ensure all utilities/gas pilot lights are on.

  • Get the HVAC serviced. Clean/replace the filters. 

  • Repair any minor issues that you are capable of handling.

  • Provide reports/receipts for past inspections or repair work completed

You may also want to consider having a pre-listing inspection done so that you have no unexpected surprises when the Buyer has their inspection.  The last thing you would want to happen is have the closing delayed due to the need for repair quotes and/or having expensive, necessary repairs done in order to close on the house.  

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Posted in tips
April 14, 2020

House Hunting for an Accessible Home

Housing is one of the greatest challenges faced by people with disabilities. While new houses are being built every day, people with disabilities continue to struggle to find housing that meets their needs. If you are in the market for an accessible home, here is what you need to know.

Your Rights as a Disabled Home Buyer

If you have rented a home or apartment, you know that you cannot be denied housing because of your disability and that a landlord must make reasonable accommodations to enable your use of a rental unit and common areas. However, if you are a first-time home buyer, you may not realize similar protections extend to purchasing a home of your own.

You cannot be denied credit or the option to purchase a home on the basis of your disability, and income received through assistance programs like SSDI cannot be considered any differently than wages when qualifying for a loan. You can learn more about the rules that protect home buyers with disabilities and programs to assist disabled home buyers here.

Your Financing Options

Home buyers have a variety of loan opportunities to choose from; home buyers who are disabled have even more. Depending on your income level and your disability, you may be eligible for grants or special types of financing offered through the government of private organizations. If you’re a veteran, you’re also eligible for grants through the government, purchasing a home through Homes for Our Troops or even a VA loan. The beauty of a VA loan is there are no down payment or private mortgage insurance requirements. When surveying loan options, be sure to explore all the opportunities available to you to get the most funding or right financing for your situation.

What to Look for in a Home

While you have the right to purchase any home you choose, it is wise to shop for homes that accommodate your disability. When you purchase a home that offers a basic level of accessibility, you spend less time and money adapting the home to make it livable. Search terms such as “accessible,” “universal design,” and “aging in place” can help you locate accessible homes through online listings. There are many sites that specialize in accessible homes. However, review listings to see if the home offers the features you need. Features that buyers with disabilities should consider include:

● Access to public transportation

● Proximity to frequently used healthcare services

● Wide, level driveway or garage parking

● Low-maintenance, accessible landscaping

● Step-free entrances

● Single-story homes or homes with elevators

● Open floor plans with clear lines of sight

● Wide doorways and hallways

● Low, rounded thresholds

● Hard flooring and/or low-pile carpeting

● Raised power outlets and lowered light switches

Curbless showers

 

This list does not t include every feature that makes a home accessible. Additionally, not every buyer with disabilities requires all of these features. However, because these 12 features are expensive and sometimes impossible to change after construction is complete, they are worth prioritizing as you shop for a home. Once you’ve done your research homework, bring your findings to your realtor, and they can help you get started on your home search.

What to Modify in a Home

It is difficult to find a home that meets every accessibility need, especially because each disability is different. However, if you find a home with a location and structural elements that suit your needs, it is possible to modify the home to be fully accessible. These are common features that disabled home buyers must add to their home:

● Lever-style door handles

Grab bars in bathrooms

● Raised toilet seats

● Adjustable-height kitchen counters

● Lowered kitchen cabinets with looped pulls

● Knee clearance under counters and sinks

● Front-access appliance controls

● Side-by-side or drawer-style refrigerator/freezer

● Drawer-style dishwasher

 

As you make modifications, keep your home's resale value in mind. Buyers without disabilities may be turned away by homes with an institutional appearance, but by employing the principles of universal design, you can incorporate accessibility without sacrificing design. Think design choices like under-sink knee clearance concealed by cabinet doors, bathroom grab bars that pull double duty as towel racks, and a low-profile entry ramp that's integrated with the landscaping. You can learn more and see examples at Abilities.com.

When shopping for an accessible home, a knowledgeable real estate agent is an invaluable resource. However, it is equally important to understand your rights and needs as a disabled home buyer. While the options for move-in ready accessible housing may be limited, it is possible to find a house that requires minimal changes to transform into an accessible, enabling home.

 

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Posted in tips
March 30, 2020

Nearly New Cane Bay Plantation Home on Premium Pond Lot Just Listed for Sale in Summerville

If you are looking for a new home in the very desirable Cane Bay Plantation area of Summerville, SC, you will not want to miss this nearly new home that just came on the MLS!  Welcome to this nearly new Middleton plan with three-car garage located on a wonderful pond homesite. Upon entering, you are greeted with a grand two-story foyer with a dining room that leads to the fabulous open concept gourmet kitchen which features butler pantry, double wall ovens, all gas stainless appliances, plentiful storage and counter space, large island and breakfast area. The light and airy Family Room is great for entertaining and directly off the kitchen is a screened porch that opens to a large patio and fenced-in yard, overlooking a peaceful, serene pond. Your spacious master suite is also on the 1st floor and includes a tile shower with separate bath, dual granite countertop raised vanities and a separate toilet room plus a closet with plenty of storage space. The laundry room is conveniently located on the first floor as well coming in from the 3-car garage. A powder room off of the foyer finishes the first floor. As you go up the hardwood stairs you are greeted with a giant bonus room with French doors, this could be a 5th bedroom as there are 2 large storage closets. Also on the 2nd floor are 3 bedrooms, one having its own full bath making it a great guest suite, mother-in-law suite or child's private bedroom. There is an additional full bath with separate tub and shower room plus dual granite-topped vanity which is accessible from the hall for the other 2 bedrooms.

Magnolia offers a pool and a kid's playground and all of Cane Bay has miles of walking or jogging trails for all to enjoy. Looking for more fun for the family? Join the YMCA that features a 54,000 sf sports facility with a 25-meter swimming pool, basketball court, library and so much more. The new Volvo American plant as well as Boeing are an easy drive and military bases close by as well.  Convenient to schools, a shopping center that has boutiques, gas stations, restaurants and a grocery store, plus more, you won't want to miss this opportunity to live in Magnolia at Cane Bay! 

Contact me for a VIRTUAL WALK-THROUGH VIDEO TOUR and, meanwhile, go to:  http://www.sccoastalislandhomes.com/search/results/?mls_number=20008809  for complete details and photos!  

Posted in Homes for sale