Mama Liz tells us who should buy flood insurance to protect their home in Charleston SC.
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Get Flood Insurance NOW!Thu, Sep 28th 2017 3:14 pm by Liza Valero Flood Insurance
Flood Insurance: Facts & Fiction
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria….the names have all made us take a step back and rethink flood insurance. Much has been said about what flood insurance is, what it covers, and who should carry it to protect their homes. I caught up with Wally Burbage of Allstate Wally Burbage Insurance to get the skinny:
Q - What does regular insurance cover?
A- Most homeowners policies cover fire, theft, wind, and hail damage.
Q - Why should a homeowner get flood insurance in areas where flood insurance is not required by mortgage companies?
A - Flood insurance in Preferred Flood Zones (find out what zone your home is in here with the FEMA flood insura...
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Mainland Container Co. Kitchen and BarThu, Sep 28th 2017 2:15 pm by Patrick Gallant The Old Village Mount Pleasant
Come one come all to a beautiful new spot to get food and drinks!
If you live in the Charleston area and love trying out new bars, then I got just the place for you. Mainland Container Kitchen and Bar, located on Ben Sawyer Blvd is a fantastic new place to enjoy tasty food and cocktails. Directly across from the Old Village and on the way to Sullivan's Island, this new hot spot is a must see for anyone passing through. This laid-back bar and restaurant was previously called Sawyers. The new digs have a similar, friendly, island atmosphere, but has a far more impressive food/drink menu. They had a spectacular party last weekend with a corn hole tournament and excellent live music. ...
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Moving to Summerville SC Part 12 - More what to doThu, Sep 28th 2017 1:36 pm by Relocating to Charleston SC area
I spoke too soon last week…..it hasn’t felt like Fall here this past week – temps in high 80’s but back in Wisconsin – it is in the 90’s so I can’t complain – even for the Packer game it was still 90 in Green Bay……they aren’t complaining because probably in a week or two they will get snow! Ugh! I have looked at the forecast for the week ahead, and little cooler temps are predicted. Yeah!
The house is almost completed….we close in 24 days (follow the progress and my Summerville relocation!). Landscaping was completed this week and when I walked by the house this morning, the cleaners were there inside. All that is left is the back porch and a few minor items.
In the meantime – I ...
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The Daly Life of a RealtorThu, Sep 28th 2017 1:19 pm by Jenny Daly Fall in the Lowcountry
Fall Leaves Bring Sold Signs
Summer has come to an end and you probably are thinking you've lost the opportunity to sell, and need to wait till next summer. But that's far from the truth! Although it's not as hectic and crazy with the swarm of buyers on the market, the fall season brings out the most serious of lookers. They are the pool of buyers that waited out the summer frenzy to find their perfect home in the fall, and you don't want to miss these buyers! They are ready to make a move, today! And selling in a slower period does not equate to less money. That's a misconception that home owners have based on untrue data that floats around. With the right agent, and your home bei...
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Weekend Update for Charleston SCThu, Sep 28th 2017 12:17 pm by Ralph Campbell Things to do in Charleston
Weekend update for Charleston!!
After a few hot days it looks like this weekend will be a little cooler. As usual, there are many indoor and outdoor activities to take your mind off the heat. Here are a few suggested activities:
- The MOJA Festival of Arts a celebration of African American and Caribbean arts, runs from Thursday September 28th through Sunday October 8th. The opening parade is Thursday night beginning at Marion Square and ending at the Customs House on East Bay St. About half of the events are free and the remainder are reasonably priced. For more information visit mojafestival.com.
- After taking a year off Fright Nights return to Boone Hall Plantation! The events be...
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Is your Home worth $311,000 or More..?Thu, Sep 28th 2017 12:00 pm by Gary Buchanan Charleston Home Sales
The Numbers are In for August 2017. I just read the numbers from our monthly Reports from CTAR (Charleston Trident Association of Realtors®). Overall, they suggest the market “Shows Healthy Growth Through the Summer Session”.
In Charleston County there were 828 properties sold (in August) and the Median Sale Price was $311,000. They state that there was a 1% growth in Sales of Single-Family Homes, Year-to-date. The report also stated these people paid 6.5% more for those homes (compared to a year ago). Ouch..!! Check out my post a month or so ago, showing the numbers for homes For Sale in the Avondale Area.
The monthly report (Charleston County) says there are around 2,836 homes ...
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It's Fall Y'all and that means its time for Pumpkin Patches!Thu, Sep 28th 2017 12:00 pm by Jennifer Brown Family Fun Activities
I absolutely love this time of year! Not just for the nice weather that eventually gets here, but for the fun activities for the whole family! Local Pumpkin Patches are a great way to support our local businesses but also get out and enjoy these fall festivities!
Boone Hall Farms:
- Pick your own pumpkin and pay by the pound. Snacks and cute decor available for purchase. Jump castles, rock climbing wall, hay rides and other activities for the kids are available for a fee. September 30-Oct 31st Monday thru Sat 9am-6pm and Sunday 11a-6p. Visit Boone Hall Farms for more info!
West Farm Corn Maze:
- Purchase and decorate a pumpkin, roll around in corn kernels, get lost in the corn maze...
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Orange Grove Middle School in West Ashley Expanded To Three Grades For 2017Thu, Sep 28th 2017 11:53 am by Jack Crow Charleston Area Schools
The 2017-18 school year is in full swing as Orange Grove Middle School begins its first 9-weeks with a full complement of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! The majority of students attended the award winning Orange Grove Elementary Charter School, and continue to achieve at the next level. To learn about how to attend Orange Grove Charter School click the link to my blog post from earlier this year here.
The former Oakland Elementary School was home to the students of St. Andrews Math and Science Elementary during the construction of their new building, and is now the temporary home to Orange Grove Middle School. Plans for a permanent campus are being developed since the purchase of 7 acres of...
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Thrifty and Kind: Consign CharlestonThu, Sep 28th 2017 10:42 am by Susan Kraber Thrift
On Saturday, September 30 starting at 10AM, Consign Charleston is have a parking lot sale. It’s not just any sale: This semi-annual event that will save you money and help the survivors of Harvey, Irma, and Maria. This is how it goes:
1. On Saturday, September 30th starting at 10AM, everything on the parking lot of Consign Charleston will be 50% off.
2. Take your gently used or new clothing items to be donated to the survivors of the terrible hurricanes that they just lived through. You can donate the clean, ready to wear clothing between now and the end of business September 30. Summer clothing is best. For doing so, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL 15% OFF OF YOUR PURCHASE.
3. Consign ...
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List of Items to Research Before Meeting a Realtor for the First TimeThu, Sep 28th 2017 10:26 am by Marthe Teixeira Buyers Information
I wanted to share some things for buyers to think of before their first meeting with a realtor. Before sitting down with a realtor for that very first meeting to go over buying a house, here are some items to think about:
1. Neighborhoods - where do you really want to be? What is most important to you, your proximity to work vs children's school/daycare or anywhere that doesn't have traffic? Do you want to be in a neighborhood with amenities, lots of children or you do you not want to pay an HOA. The best thing to do before your meeting is do some research on different neighborhoods and compare them online. It would be an impossible task for a realtor to show you all the neighborhoods ...
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Mark Your Calendar for These Awesome Fall Events!Thu, Sep 28th 2017 10:00 am by Brad Thompson Charleston Area Events
The events of the past few weeks have been exhausting, to say the least. Between a multitude of natural disasters and a laundry list of political issues at home, I thought it may be appropriate to take a step back and remember how lucky we are to be residents of this wonderful area and to take stock of the many events we have to look forward to this Fall. Below is a list of events coming to the Lowcountry in October (and a few for the end of September), ranging from family and child-friendly affairs to ones restricted to people 21+ years old. Hopefully, there is something for just about everyone!
- 9/29, 10/04, 10/12, 10/13, 10/28: Charleston Arts Festival 2017 - An arts festival span...
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New Restaurants in Charleston Summer 2017Thu, Sep 28th 2017 9:13 am by Bonnie Sitsis Charleston Food
New Restaurants in Charleston this Summer 2017
Downtown (and Uptown) Charleston has seen a slew of new restaurant openings this summer. As you know the dining scene is very competitive and ever-changing – new restaurants really need to bring their A-game to compete. Here are some new options that have opened from July-present. Give them a try and let me know what you think. Rooftops included. Did I miss one? Probably, so please let me know. Have you tried one – what did you think? I have already started making my way through this list and will be sharing my experiences with you soon!
Opened in July 2017:
Cuban Gypsy Pantry (141 Calhoun Street) Chef Will Vivas is serving a wide ...
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My arrival to Summerville...Wed, Sep 27th 2017 8:09 pm by Kelli Kellen Relocating
Welcome to my blog…I’ve never written a blog but here I go… one thing that I love to do is discover new places around our area and the cool part of living here during all this amazing growth is that really cool new places are opening all the time. So, here’s my little story of my beginning adventures in Summerville, SC.
I relocated to Summerville from Virginia Beach a little over 2 years ago and while this wasn’t my first move, it was still a major move and honestly, I felt like a fish out of water. I got lost every time I left the house for the first few weeks and initially, I really missed that comfort of knowing my community and the lay of the land. One thing that I noticed as I began...
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PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS EAST OF THE COOPERWed, Sep 27th 2017 6:27 pm by Publix Super Markets East of the Cooper
PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS EAST OF THE COOPE
The grocery stores East of the Cooper are numerous. The one that really has a major presence in the area is Publix Super Market. They are located all around the area even on Daniel Island. They have competition but the products they carry and friendliness of the employees makes it a good place to shop for groceries. The green shopping bags
people are carrying out the store full of groceries really shows the business they get from the local population. I found that the store has got a variety of specialty cut steaks that makes a great Sunday afternoon supper. The friendliness of the butcher and his knowledge has been a great help in picking out mea...
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Terminating a Real Estate ContractWed, Sep 27th 2017 1:30 pm by Robert Judy Real Estate Education
There are many reasons one may want to terminate a real estate contract they have in place. Whatever your reason may be, I am going to explain how terminating a contract works.
The first thing you should look into when thinking about terminating a contract is can you keep your earnest money? You can terminate a contract because of three reasons, and still keep your earnest money. They are;
- If you’re a buyer and your financing falls through at any point (you can’t get a loan).
- If you’re still in your due diligence period or repair procedure period and the sellers are not agreeing to the repairs you asked for.
- If the CL-100 comes back unclear and the seller is not willing to clear i...
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REAL ESTATE SHOWINGS AND INDICATORS POINT TO A CONTINUED STRONG MARKETTue, Sep 26th 2017 12:33 pm by Market Statistics
s!The ShowingTimeShowing Index is a Trade Marked index that tracks the average number of buyer showings on an active residential property listing in MLS. For of this Blog, we will refer to this trademarked index and indicator simply as the “index”.
This index is traced monthly and is highly reliable and a leading indicator of current and future demand trends and provides a good indication of how strong or weak the Real Estate market is. So according to ShowingTime’s latest statistics as of month-end August 2017, the South Region showings are up 4.5% over the previous month and are steadily making monthly, and year-over-year increases.
In August 2015, the index was at 103.3 a 10.2% incre...
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Renovations and Pulling PermitsMon, Sep 25th 2017 3:02 pm by Kim Katich Renovating
Buying a home to renovate and resell?
If you are renovating a home to resell make sure you have a business license in the community and pull all the proper permits. This can save you a lot of penalties and will be a plus when you go to sell. You can tell the new buyer that the permits have been pulled. There are also some areas that will not even allow you to turn the water on unless you have a business license. You do not want to get caught without all the proper documents.
All of the municipalities have different restrictions. Some areas may require you to have a demo permit where other maybe more laid back. Whatever the case, it is best to find out exactly what is required of y...
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Top 6 Home Maintenance Items for the FallMon, Sep 25th 2017 3:00 pm by Scott Fulton Home Maintenance
Fall Home Maintenance
It may not feel like it, but Fall is here. The weather will HOPEFULLY start getting cooler over the next few weeks. For me, the cooler weather is a time for me to get outside and do some house maintenance. A list of a few items that I check for:
1. Check your dryer vent for lint on the exterior of your home. If there is lint, clean it out to allow for better airflow.
2. If you are not setup on a twice a year preventative maintenance with an HVAC company, I would highly recommend it. You want them to come out early Spring and Fall to check over your exterior condenser unit and interior air handler. The average price is $110-150 a year for a contract.
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Charleston Real Estate Market - September 25, 2017Mon, Sep 25th 2017 11:03 am by TheMikeandJeanne Team Real Estate Statistics
Buying activity is back to normal now after Irma but it is Fall so things are slowing down slightly in the Charleston area. According to Charleston Real Estate Stats, 265 residential properties went under contract from 9/15/17-9/21/17. Mount Pleasant had 30 homes go under contract with a median of $229 per square foot. West Ashley had 25 homes go under contract with a median of $162 per square foot. James Island and North Charleston did have very slow weeks. Interested in buying or selling? We would love to help!
Mike – 843-737-1690
Jeanne – 843-901-1850
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