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Fall Frenzy…Contracts and Discovery Trips!

It’s gearing up to be a busy and fun fall!  We had three – yes, THREE – ratified contracts this week (2 listings and 1 buyer)!  So excited to get 1305 Weavers Way and 125.5 Queen Street under contract, and my buyers are so excited about their new home in Longpoint Subdivision.

Of course, my team and I are also staying busy with all of our other listings and buyers.  We have awesome homes in Grassy Creek and Carolina Park that will be sold before we know it!  We are also working on an amazing pocket listing in Hamlin Plantation with TONS of upgraded, energy efficient, and high tech features…stay tuned for photos early next week! This special home won’t be listed in MLS until February or March, so the only way to get inside is to contact me directly for a private showing. Make sure to check back for all of the photos–you will not want to miss it!

I also have new clients relocating from Kansas and have gotten to show them the best of the Lowcountry life! My team put together a two-day “Discovery Trip,” which is a step above the normal scope of Realtor service. It was amazing!! I loved driving around Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, and Sullivan’s Island with them and explaining all of the details that make our city so incredible.  We toured homes in I’On, Dunes West, Daniel Island, Old Village and more – some of the most gorgeous listings on the market – with inviting pools, deep water access, and stunning views!  We dined on Shem Creek on a warm fall afternoon, and explored community youth programs and recreational facilities for their active family.  We also toured and interviewed with some amazing private schools in the area (and I may have even fallen in love with one for my own family!).

“Discovery Trips” allow new buyers to envision their lives here in our community. Way more than simply a home search, many buyers need to see what their days will look like–where they will shop, where they will go to church and school, where their children will get together with friends. If you know someone relocating to the area, make sure they are working with an agent and team who go above and beyond to make their transition easy!! We love to help your friends/family relocate here!

Does it get much better than this?

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Meet the Linengers!

We love our neighborhood so much, so it was such an honor for our family to be featured in this month’s I’On Life Magazine! Check out the article below…

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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Family, Local Info

 

April 2014- The Charleston Real Estate Market is HOT

Every time I begin writing a post on one of my new listings, it goes under contract!! That’s right–6 new listings over the last two months have gone under contract within the first few days of being listed. One of them was under contract in less than 4 hours!! So what has changed and why is the market so crazy?? It seems like everyone that has been waiting in the wings for the last few years is finally pulling the trigger and getting their finances in order to buy. We still have loads of people moving to the area as well so that compounds the situation.

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I am also working with several buyers in Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston that can’t seem to find exactly what they are looking for. Inventory is low and buyers are competing for properties more than they have in recent years. Multiple offer situations are commonplace again. Couple that with the fact that rents are going up, up, UP in our area…so it is usually cheaper to buy than it is to rent…and we have more people than ever looking to buy! Certainly the ratio of buyers to listings is getting out of hand.

So if you have a home that you are possibly interested in selling, let me know. I’d be happy to provide you with a free market analysis of what your home would be worth so you can make the most informed decision! It very well may be worth higher than you think (even higher than it was a couple of months ago)!!!

Hopefully, if you are reading this, then you already know that I am a complete open book and would never pressure you to make any decision at all…it’s just free information! rebecca@theblvdcompany.com

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Local Info, Real Estate

 

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The Holidays Are Coming- What Do I Do With My House?

The air temperature in Charleston has recently dropped below 80 for at least two days in a row and you know what that means…it’s Christmas!! 🙂 Well almost. Our local stores jump immediately from beach chairs and sunscreen to Holiday decorations and craft supplies. I find myself sweating as I down my Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks but, really, I have no choice…it’s “Fall” now!

As a Realtor, this time of year is always interesting because most of the people I come in contact with either want to wait until Spring to sell their home or they are considering pulling their current listing off of the market during the holidays. At first glance, it makes sense. I get it. It may sound like a good idea at first but let me give you a few things to consider when deciding what is right for you and your family.

 

1. Everyone else is doing it

If there is one thing we can all agree on from the last 5 years, it’s that the people that made out the best financially were often doing the opposite of what the “masses” were doing. Let me put it like this…if you were one of the ones following the trend and buying at the top of the market, you probably owe more on your home than it is worth today. If you were selling when everyone else was buying, or buying when everyone else was selling, you are most likely in great financial shape! The same is true with our yearly cyclical market. Especially in a resort town like Charleston, we have visitors come year round. Especially during the winter months, we see more and more tourists and second-home buyers travel down from the North East or from less desirable winter climates and decide to settle in Charleston. Every year we see a much more dramatic drop in listings than we do in buyers during these months. What that means is that your ratio of buyers to sellers actually IMPROVES during the holidays. Everyone else is pulling their home off of the market so if yours is there, hold it, and if it’s not, this may very well be the best buyer exposure you are going to get all year long!

 

2. It is beautifully decorated for the holidays

One thing all sellers have in common is that they want their home to look nice for showings. They want it to show well so they can get the highest possible value for their home. In real estate, a higher perception of a home’s condition translates into real dollars in the negotiations. So why in the world do we think it makes sense to pull it off the market when it is decorated more completely than any other time of the year? How beautiful do homes look when they are dripping with twinkling lights, smelling of cinnamon and evergreen trees, and have poinsettias sitting around the hearth. Actually, decorations like these can easily hide some of the cosmetic imperfections with your home without the appearance that you are trying to “cover something up.” It is expected that you would have some decorations and yummy smells around the house so the buyers’ antennas don’t go up.  They can see that a home is loved and lived in and don’t lead with such a critical eye.

 

3. You’re busy

Wait…that is one of the reasons you DON’T want to sell your house right now? It should be one of the reasons that convince you to do it! No matter how you slice it, showing your home is inconvenient when you’re living in it all day every day but, during the holidays, you have more than enough excuses, errands, and grocery store needs to keep you busy when you have to pop out of the house for an hour. Load up the kids and go to the beach for an August showing? No thank you!  That requires 2 hours of prep work and will just load the house full of sand upon the return. But head over to Walmart or Target to pick up a couple of teacher gifts? You had to do that anyway! The busyness of this time of the year actually helps with seller anxiety because there are so many legitimate reasons to be out of the house.

 

4. Buyers like turkey too

When sellers come to me asking about pulling their home off of the market, the most common comment I get is, “I’m not going to be able to show my house while cooking Thanksgiving dinner!” These types of sentiments always make me chuckle a little bit because what in the world would make you think that both a potential buyer AND their Realtor hate their families, turkey and football!? They will be doing their own thing that day, I guarantee you. 🙂 And on the off chance that you do get a showing request, you can easily decline or reschedule to a more convenient time.  The great thing about working with a Realtor is that you don’t even have to field the call if you don’t want to–we’ll do it for you!

 

I would love to help you price your home in our current market and then you can decide if selling makes sense for you! Ask me about completing a competitive market analysis for free and with no obligations!! Just email me at rebeccalinenger@gmail.com or call me at 843.364.5818 to find out more!

 
 

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Local Produce Delivered RIGHT to Your Neighborhood!!

So, most of you know by now that I LOVE food.  I label myself as a foodie and enjoy pretty much anything that falls under that broad category! Living in Charleston, there are great restaurants and local shops to keep me satisfied but sometimes I run my pocketbook into the ground trying to keep up with all of the amazing, organic options that are around me!! So, when a friend of mine told me about the CSA Program at Pinckney’s Produce, I got super excited! The boxes are HUGE so my husband and I are starting with a single share but, whatever the size, you get an entire box of fresh, local fruits and veggies delivered every single week…really inexpensively! There are locations all over the Charleston are so just click on the website and find the one near you! So to all my fellow foodies, here you go…you’ll definitely thank me for it! Below is a copy of the email that they just sent out with even more information…

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We have just completed our Spring/Summer season for 2010, and what a fantastic harvest it was!  The boxes were just overflowing with produce each and every week, and we couldn’t be happier with the quality and taste of each variety.  Our Fall season begins in just over a month and a half!  We are busy preparing the fields and planting our Fall crops, so all will be ready to go during our first week of delivery. We hope you’ll join us!

The Fall season runs 11 weeks from September 7th to November 22nd.  We are anticipating the same great variety for the Fall that we had for Spring.  Crops will include: Butter beans, Field Peas, Winter Squash (Acorn, Spaghetti, Butternut), Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkins, String Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuces, Spinach, Swiss Card, Kale, Mustards, Collards, Rutabaga, Turnips, Green Peanuts, Carrots, Beets, Watermelon, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Peppers (Banana, Green, Yellow, Red), Tomatoes (Cherry, Slicers, and Roma), Squash, Zucchini, and many other surprises.

We are now accepting new members on our website for the Fall season.  We anticipate that several drop sites will fill up quickly (especially Forest Lake Gardens and Rosewood Market in Columbia), so please reserve your spot today! We are very excited about a few new drop sites in the Charleston area:  Earth Fare in West Ashley, Ted’s Butcherblock Downtown, and, Crowfield Baptist in Goose Creek.  We think that this Fall will be our best season yet, and we hope that you will join us!  To become a part of our Farm Family this Fall, please click on this link to take you to our sign up page on the website.  A list of drop sites is available there, so you should be able to find one convenient to your home or workplace. Please email (admin@pinckneysproduce.com) or call us (803-492-3521) should you have any questions about our farm and/or the Fall program!

Thanks so much for your interest in our farm and your support of our efforts.  We hope to see you this Fall!

Regards,

Jody

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2010 in For Foodies, Local Info

 

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Charleston Listed As Top 3 North American City For Vacations!!

Read this fantastic article listing Charleston as the number 3 North American city!!!
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Top 10 hotels and cities for vacations in 2010

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// New Orleans is hot tourist destination againGet out your bucket list. Travel + Leisure gave explorers a sneak peek at its 2010 World’s Best Awards recently, ranking everything from hotels to airlines to rental car agencies to best cities to visit both abroad and in the U.S. and Canada.

The top North American city to visit was New York, followed by San Francisco, Charleston, South Carolina and Chicago. New Orleans returned to the list — as number 7 — for the first time since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.

Despite the recession and the negative publicity surrounding the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, hotels and restaurants in the Big Easy are experiencing their best year since 2005, ranking first in growth out of the top 25 U.S. markets for hotel performance, according to a survey by Smith Travel Research.

New Orleans’ officials said the city’s return as a top tourism mecca is the result of years of hard work by hoteliers and restaurateurs to persuade travelers that the area is in good enough shape to merit a visit.

“We must continue the momentum because tourism, a perception driven industry, does not just happen,” said Kelly Schulz, vice president communications and public relations for the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The convention bureau “has had only a few minor cancellations due to the oil spill,” she added, “so we are working hard to clarify misperceptions and let visitors know that the visitor experience in New Orleans is unchanged by the oil spill tragedy.”

Other popular tourist spots in the Gulf, however, are not so lucky. A study released this month by the University of Southern Mississippi found that the spill could result in an $120 million loss in non-casino tourism in that state’s coastal areas.

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Meanwhile, low-fare carriers dominated Travel + Leisure’s list of best domestic airlines, with relative newcomer Virgin America in first place, followed by JetBlue Airways in second and Midwest Airlines in third.

The survey results, based on responses to a poll from December through March in which 16,000 readers were asked to rank various tourism venues and services, also included the world’s best city — Bangkok — the world’s best hotel — Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambhore, India — the world’s best car rental agency — Hertz — and the world’s best destination spa — Rancho La Puerta Tecate, Mexico.

Crystal Cruises, ranked by readers as number one in the Best Large Ship Cruise Line category, and Singapore Airlines, ranked number one among international airlines, both held onto the spots they’ve dominated since the survey began in 1996.

A full list of winners, including a “20 to Watch List” that singles out new hotels and resorts, will be available in the magazine’s August issue.

Read more: http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/07/12/top-10-hotels-and-cities-for-vacations-in-2010/?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl6%7Clink4%7Chttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.walletpop.com%2Fblog%2F2010%2F07%2F12%2Ftop-10-hotels-and-cities-for-vacations-in-2010%2F#ixzz0tbzJhQTU

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2010 in Local Info

 

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Cinderella Day Charleston–Get INVOLVED!

Set your calendars and call your girlfriends–we are going to need all of the publicity and donations we can get to make March 6, 2010 the most special day of these girls’ lives!!

If you have never been involved with Cinderella Day before, let me explain how it works.  Seacoast Church’s North Charleston Dream Center is already involved in reaching out to the North Charleston area and meeting the needs of the community there.  Through this partnership, a need was recognized 3 years ago and the Dream Center stepped up to meet that need.  Prom is a pivotal time in a young girls life but for hundreds of girls around the Lowcountry, it is simply a time where the needs of their families outweigh the importance of buying a new dress and feeling beautiful.  What an opportunity this is for the community to step up and build self esteem!!!  In 2008, we had 120 girls attend the Dream Center’s Cinderella Day and last year we had 180 girls attend.  In 2010, our goal is to fit 300 girls with gently-used, gorgeous dresses, shoes, and jewelry that they can wear to prom…all for FREE!!

In addition to dress donations, we are looking for make-up artists, hair stylists, jewelry and shoe donations, corsages, limos…anything that will help contribute to this memorable occasion.  We need YOU to get involved, spread the word, and help get as many donations as possible!  Pass the word around to anyone you think would like to help or anyone who could benefit from attending this event.

For more information, to donate or get involved, visit http://www.cinderelladaycharleston.com or contact Brittany Meyers at brittany.meyers (at) citadel.edu

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2010 in Local Info

 

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