sc real estate: The Power of A Random Act of Kindness - 08/24/14 11:14 PM
Kindness if a wonderful thing.
Yesterday, I saw a woman purchase three new pairs of shoes for a grandmother who was school shopping for her granddaughters. I was fortunate to be a bystander for this magnanimous gesture.
The grandmother was  struggling to find something affordable for the two girls, who were probably ages 10 to 13. After a few minutes of looking around, the grandmother suggested to the girls that maybe they try again next week.
The next thing I knew, this bystander stepped in and was helping the young girls find Sperrys (not cheap), and the bystander even bought a pair … (1 comments)

sc real estate: Thoughts on offer "staging" blog by Jeff Dowler - 08/18/14 09:46 AM
Active Rainer Jeff Dowler wrote a great blog about "staging" our offers, to put our clients' best foot forward.
Jeff's blog touched all the right bases about the actual presentation of the offers, so I won't belabor the point by repeating his points.
However, I want to applaud the premise. Communication is essential to any business transaction, perhaps none moreso than in real estate transactions. Taking a few moments to put a better face on the offer makes perfect sense.
How many times have we been handed (or emailed) an offer by a snarling, surly agent who seems to almost … (0 comments)

sc real estate: Hilarious Photo and Caption - 06/20/14 10:12 PM
I "lifted" this very funny photo from the Pinterest page of Diane Morales, a Keller Williams agent in Saint Charles, ILL.
I am not sure if this bug-eyed agent is directing his frustration at another agent's buyer client, or his own buyer client.
This funny graphic made me harken back to the most ridiculous offer I ever encountered. I was on the selling side. This was about 12 or 13 years ago.
I don't remember the exact terms, but the offer went more or less something like this --
Offer was something like 70 percent of the asking price, on a $690,000 … (0 comments)

sc real estate: Picking up Property for Pennies on the Dollar -- But Which Dollar? - 06/14/14 12:06 AM
I recently met a gentleman who was looking to pick up raw, undeveloped land for "15 to 20 cents on the dollar."
That is all good and well, I told him. But, I continued, "which dollar are you referring to"?
Was it the dollar of the early 2000s, when land prices were exploding at 25 to 30 percent a year, or the dollar of the last few years , in which the air had gone completely out of the land market?
The land market is recovering, but it is still lagging behind the residential market.
In the early 2000s, the market was … (0 comments)

sc real estate: Port Royal Redevelopment? - 06/13/14 11:50 PM
Beaufort, SC real estate observers s have been waiting for years for the next step to be taken in Port Royal, where 50 acres of pristine waterfront property awaits development. For years, the South Carolina Ports Authority operated a lightly-used shipping port on the site. The port has been shut for several years now.
First, just a few years ago, former Gov. Mark Sanford signed a bill ordering the closure of the port, which sits behind an imposing wall of rusted chain-link fence. Gov. Sanford also ordered the property be sold for development. Real estate excitement hit fever pitch as speculators swarmed the quiet little town … (0 comments)

sc real estate: What Does It Take To Be A Successful Agent These Days? - 05/11/14 10:44 AM
If I were to try and boil success -- in real estate or any profession -- down to one word, it would be integrity.
With integrity comes honesty, professionalism and thoroughness.
With integrity comes courtesy, and civility.
Integrity allows you to act in the best interest of your client, yet still treat all parties honestly.
With integrity, it doesn't matter if you sell one home per year or 100.
If there is no integrity, what is there? 

sc real estate: Will Bitcoin Ever Be Accepted Here? - 05/05/14 09:20 PM
Can't I have a firm understanding of Bitcoin. What I do know is that the online currency was created by someone who uses the alias Satoshi Nakamoto, and Bitcoin is gaining popularity among vendors. According to Money Magazine, bitcoin can buy you a pizza in some places, and even a manicure.
But will Bitoin ever be able to buy you a house or a piece of land?
With the way technology is changing, I'd have to say "yes."
I suppose you can demonstrate existance of funds in Bitcoin, just like you can get a letter from Bank of America or Wells Fargo.

sc real estate: The 80 Percent Rule - 04/27/14 01:55 PM
The 80 % rule dictates there is no such thing as a "perfect" home. So, armed with this fact, buyers should bear in mind that there are no 100 percent houses. But there are plenty of homes which offer 80 percent of what you are looking for, as a buyer.
A Realtor friend of mine proposed that the only way to get a 100 percent home is to build it. But, I would suggest this is even difficult, because the location of a home is part of most buyer's wish list.
So, while you may be able to build a 2000 square … (0 comments)

sc real estate: Foreclosure Absoption Rate Suggests Thinning of Inventory - 01/20/14 11:23 AM
For those seeking to capitalize on a foreclosure home purchase in Beaufort, SC, the window of opportunity could be closing.
Current Beaufort real estate absorption rates indicate that the number ...of available foreclosures on the market could be significantly thinned by the time this summer rolls around. In other words, these foreclosures aren't going to be around forever.
According to Beaufort Multiple Listing Service stats, the current absorption rate for existing foreclosure homes on the market is only 2 months. The "absorption rate" is the amount of time it is estimated to take to sell all home currently on the market, … (1 comments)

sc real estate: Something To Think About Regarding Foreclosures - 01/01/14 01:15 AM
One of the first statistics a lot of buyers want to know is Days on Market. When it comes to statistics regarding a bank-owned property, we can always disregard this statistic.
Foreclouse is a process that usually takes a bank months to complete. Only after the several month foreclosure process will a property be ready for marketing.
For instance, while researching investment property for a client earlier today, I came across a pair of homesites in an established, waterfront  neighborhood just outside, just outside of Beaufort. One of these homesites has a panoramic river view. The other is on tidal creek with an  existing … (2 comments)

sc real estate: Gold, Real Estate, and the Value of Buying Enthusiasm - 12/31/13 11:10 PM
I read an Assoiciated Press story this morning that reported gold "closed out its worst year since 1981." And, yet, I have heard absolutely no commercials in recent months from Rosalind Capital or any of theother gold peddlers regarding what a great time it is to buy.
Crazy, isn't it, that a couple of years ago, when gold was at an all-time high, the airwaves were flooded -- and I mean flooded -- with commercials urging investors to jump in and buy.  Everyone from Sean Hannity to G. Gordon Liddy served as pitchmen for gold, touting the fact that the metal was at … (1 comments)

sc real estate: Loggerhead Trail - 12/05/13 11:19 AM
One of the real signs of health with the Beaufort real estate market is the re-emergence of new construction, both custom homes and spec homes.
So, I am happy to announce three new homesite listings in the Loggerhead Trail community in Beaufort, SC. I just finished the listing paperwork today, and immediateley entered them into the Beaufort Multiple Listing Service.
If Loggerhead Trail sounds like a special place, it is. Loggerhead Trail is an environmentally sensitive conclave of 8 homesites in the heart of Beaufort's very popular Lady's Island.
Loggerhead Trail is convenient located to popular Lady's Island … (0 comments)

sc real estate: Callawassie Island, SC - 11/25/13 12:11 PM
Callawassie Island is a scenic golf-course community located between historic Beaufort, and Hilton Head Island, one of the top vacation spots on the East Coast.
Callawassie Island has recently re-structured its membership options. If you are considering a golf community in this area, you might find this beneficial. 
Upon closing on property, new owners on Callawassie Islandl pay a $15,000, one-time initiation fee to join the club.This is a non-refundable equity membership.
Moving forward, new owners will pay $630 per month ($7560 annually) for Island Dues. These dues entitle owners use of pool, tennis courts, and other island amenities. If the new owner were to elect to add … (0 comments)

sc real estate: Help positioning text around pictures - 10/24/13 11:55 AM
Dear AR Friends,
It has been a while since I posted, and I got hit smack in the face with the new dashboard menu.
Can somebody please tell me how to get text to wrap around photos? Thanks in advance.

sc real estate: More Encouraging News......... - 09/16/13 11:11 AM
 If you or anyone you know has any rea estate related questions regarding the Beaufort, SC real estate market, feel free to call me at 843.263.6886, or email me at, or visit my website,

sc real estate: Beaufort, SC Real Estate Prices Finally Turning the Corner? - 09/13/13 01:49 PM
And now, for some good news. Median sales prices via the Beaufort Multiple Listing Service rose in August 2013, to $185,000, compared to the median sales price of $166,565 for August 2012, according to figures released this week by the Beaufort Association of Realtors. That is an increase of about 11 percent, according to BCAR stats.
Other encouraging indicators include the year-to-date figures for 2013, which saw the median sales price for January through August increase to $183,000, up 4.6 percent from the same time period in 2012. 

sc real estate: Newpoint, Beaufort, SC - 07/19/13 11:16 PM
NEWPOINT -- Newpoint is a popular community located on Lady's Island, about 3.5 miles from Historic Downtown Beaufort. Known for its "neo-traditional" architecture, Newpoint was designed to look like turn-of-the-century Beaufort, SC, along with other coastal towns. Among the popular features of Newpoint homes are large porches, manageable homesites, and charming, old-style architecture.
First developed in the early 1990s Newpoint spawned a revolution of other similar neighborhoods, from Battery Point and Broad Street, to Habersham and Coosaw Point.
There have been six home sales in Newpoint in the past 12 months, with a median sales price of $459,500. Sale prices ranged … (1 comments)

sc real estate: A Phone Call From My Very First Real Estate Client - 06/17/13 11:36 PM
I got a call over the weekend from an old client. As soon as I heard, "Hi, Keith Strawn, this is a blast from your past......" I knew exactly who it was. This client (once a client, always a client, right?) Donna is a Realtor herself, and she was my very first listing and sale. So, suffice it to say, Donna has a very special place in my heart, and she absolutely made my day with this phone call.
When I started practicing real estate in 1998, i went on a farming campaign that would have made each and every one … (1 comments)

sc real estate: Beaufort's Spring Island Named Top South Carolina Community - 02/04/13 11:01 PM
Beaufort's Spring Island was just named Best South Carolina Community by a real estate website.
This is exciting news for Beaufort premier exclusive community, located just south of the Broad River.. Spring Island is a 3,000-acre private island, and a perfect place to escape it all . Located in the Lowcountry, just south of Historic Beaufort, SC. Spring Island, was recognized by the website as being a carefully-preserved, upscale community, which has preserved its roots, back to when it was a working plantation about 200 years ago.
If you are looking for an upscale, private community, to serve as either a primary residence, … (1 comments)

sc real estate: Focusing on the wrong thing when bidding on a property - 01/29/13 02:35 AM
One of the most ill-advised strategies to buying property is to fixate on what the seller paid, and refuse to allow the seller to make any money. This happens a lot in the current market, where gauging sellers is almost a point of pride to many buyers.
It doesn't matter what the seller paid. Sometimes, there is opportunity for two people to make out well on a property, even in a short period of time.
For instance, what if a home-seller paid "X" for a property, a year ago, and has it currently listed for "X PLUS 25 PERCENT?" Who says "X PLUS … (1 comments)

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