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Monday, September 29, 2014   /   by Fra Jamir

Thrifty Ways Charleston Area Homeowners Boost Their Selling Price




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Friday, September 19, 2014   /   by Fra Jamir

Area Home Auctions Can Invite Nail-Biting Risk

Even though the housing market continues to trace an upward path, foreclosures do still occur—and Charleston home auctions are sometimes the result. It means that there are still some good distress bargains to be had, particularly if you are interested in buying a home at auction.
Television shows like HGTV’s Flip or Flop portray the “nail-biting” drama and money-making side of buying a home at auction—sometimes inspiring home buyers to try their hand at the enterprise. But what is sometimes underplayed in such TV presentations is a fact well known to seasoned Charleston home auction veterans: namely, that home auctions involve significant risk.

If you have never attended a Charleston home auction before, the process can be fairly straightforward. Homes set for auction are listed publicly or made attainable through a paid auction service. Once the auction starts, you will have the opportunity to bid on the property, competing with other buyers ...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014   /   by Fra Jamir

Market Awareness Bolsters Charleston Home Buying Negotiators

With Labor Day behind us, the serious fall Charleston, SC home buying season is upon us. If you will be scouring the market for a new residence, you are likely to be in luck: across the nation, more sellers are being coaxed off of the sidelines. According to the Associated Press, “A fourth straight monthly increase of sales in existing homes provided the latest evidence…that the U.S. housing market is rebounding…” The rise comprised “the highest annual rate since September of last year.”

With temptingly low interest rates and batches of homes hitting the market from sellers motivated to complete their sales before the holidays, Charleston home buying consumers have ample reason to think their timing is good. Once the right property has been found, success in home buying negotiations determine what happens next: 
The Asking Price
When the subject property is one that has just recently come onto the market, the asking price may or may not b ...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014   /   by Fra Jamir

Selling Your Home in Charleston Area’s Fall Sales Season

Springtime is correctly known near and far as the peak season for selling your home—in Charleston, SC; elsewhere in the U.S.; probably on Mars, too. Everybody knows it. This has created a most unfortunate side effect: namely, the notion that if you missed the spring home sales binge, you’d best cancel all plans and hold your house off the market until next year (even if you’re actually ready to list).

So…should you give up on selling your home in Charleston, SC as we move into the cooler months?
Far from it! In fact, many agents with years of experience under their belts have done the math and consider autumn to be the second best season to sell a home. When you think about it, it’s logical. For one thing, there certainly are prospects who won’t wait—buyers who will be happily mowing their new lawns by the time next spring rolls around. Weather is another reason: fall brings many moderate, perfect-for-home-touring days. Then there& ...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014   /   by Fra Jamir

Charleston, SC Home Showings Keep Busy Households Hopping

Selling your home quickly and for the highest price possible demands that the Charleston showings be proactively appealing: that is, more than just a passive display of the residential “merchandise.” To make the most of the advantageous situation that any showing or open house should be, both you and your Realtor® must adopt the approach of any successful salesperson—namely, being certain every potential customer is shown the best aspects of the product. When it comes to Charleston area home showings, that means staging.

Most of the advice you’ll read about staging follows the same general formula: organizing rooms; maintaining exterior landscaping; updating aged features; eliminating clutter. What’s sometimes missing from those guides is a practical problem: a prescription for showings when the home in question is currently housing a family busy with schoolwork, after-school extracurriculars and full time professional obligations—in other w ...

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