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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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New Listing- Wild Dunes Townhome for $525,000!!

44 Racquet Club Villa * Isle of Palms, SC

One of its kind, this gorgeous end-unit 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,742 sq ft Racquet Club villa boasts the largest back porch and side yard of any in the neighborhood. It is the only home with complete separation from the rest of the development, as it sits on a corner lot and opens to fantastic HOA green space and a back pond. The set-up is unparallelled.

**GREAT CONDITION**

This home has been impeccably maintained by the SINGLE OWNERS that have cared for it since 1980. They have never rented it nor occupied it full time, yet live locally and are able to keep it in perfect condition. That unique set-up results in a home that truly stands out among the competition. It is in fantastic condition!

**FINISHES**

Perfectly polished hardwood floors and the original knotty pine walls help to make this property truly shine. The walls were a notable upgrade during construction and that decision is why the home has been able to maintain the condition that it has! The pine walls hold up to the salty air unlike any other material–one of many decisions made by these owners committed to the upkeep of the home’s style and durability!

**LOCATION**

Situated directly across from the pool with Racquet Club amenities and steps from both the ocean and the golf course, this is the perfect place for you and your family! Wild Dunes is a golfer’s paradise and the resort was recently names one of the Nation’s Best Locations for Families! Minutes from downtown Charleston, this location delivers you the absolute best that the Lowcountry has to offer!

Contact me directly for showings- Rebecca at 843-364-5818

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Real Estate, Relocating

 

New Listing- $165,000 (but with 7 showings in the first 24 hours, it won’t last long!)

102 Dillard Dr. Goose Creek, SC
$165,000

Home is PRICED TO SELL! Fantastic 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features an additional upstairs FROG that is perfect for a playroom, media room or office.

***OPEN FLOOR PLAN***

As you walk in the front door, you are immediately greeted by an impressive foyer/entry space not often found in homes of this price point. The floor plan boasts loads of living space as well throughout the family room, dining room, and kitchen with eat-in area, making the perfect layout and square footage for entertaining! The vaulted ceiling in the living room and plenty of windows make this home open and BRIGHT!

***BEDROOMS***

The spacious master bedroom and bath were recently redone, with a new bathroom vanity added mid-February, 2012! This space is open and offers plenty of space for the most distinguished buyer! The 2 guest rooms are also nice sized and share a well appointed full bathroom off of the hall. All of the bedrooms are well placed on the main floor, making them convenient and accessible- while still set off of the living space and, thus, very quiet. ***UPGRADES*** This home has been immaculately cared for and constantly upgraded. The entire kitchen was redone with new cabinets and new counter-tops in Nov 2010, a new deck was added in May 2011, a new roof with 30-yr architectural shingles was installed in Nov 2011 and the master bathroom was completely redone in Feb 2011 with all new cabinetry, counter-top, sinks and fixtures! The house is decorated with designer paint colors throughout and is MOVE-IN READY! ***YARD*** This home sits on almost a third of an acre and is the perfect, private spot for you and your family. With a full privacy fence around the yard, you are sure to enjoy all seasons of outdoor entertainment! Also rare for the lowcountry, this home sits on high ground, giving it a beautiful street scape and also protecting it from the threat of hurricane flood waters.

***NEIGHBORHOOD***

Although this home technically sits in Goose Creek, you really receive all the benefits of the Goose Creek zip code (including Laurel Hills HOA fee that is only $110/year) while enjoying the amenities of Hanahan’s Tanner Plantation less than a quarter of a mile away! The new Bi-Lo shopping center offers everything you need for groceries, neighborhood bars and restaurants, nail salons, etc!

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Real Estate, Relocating

 

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*NEW LISTING* Mount Pleasant for $125,000!!

Cambridge Lakes Condo- Now Under Contract!

We had an offer in 3 days!!

$125,000

2 bedroom, 2 bath 1,227 sq. ft

Fantastic first floor condo at an unbelievable price–even though it’s NOT a short sale!! Owners say SELL!! *** This is a desirable two bedroom, two bath floor plan with open living and dining space and a large, functional kitchen. This home also boasts a large screened-in porch with an outside storage closet. *** Neighborhood amenities include a fantastic club house, a pool, a fitness center, a putting green, and boat storage. *** Ideal location in the heart of Mount Pleasant. Exactly 8 miles from the Isle of Palms beach and 8 miles from downtown Charleston, you couldn’t live in a better spot! And with highway 17 and I-526 both less than a mile away, getting where you need to be has never been easier! *** Similar floor plans rent for $975- $1,200/mo. Cash flow a beach property now!

 

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11 Perseverance St in I’On- For Sale!!

3,300 sq. ft 5 bedroms/ 5 baths
One of kind I’On masterpiece! This newly-constructed home was designed by Neal Van Dalen and built by I’On guild builder Spencer Development as a custom home! NOT A SPEC!

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Walk into this amazing home and you are immediately greeted by the show-stopping front door, 11 ft ceilings, stunning dark Oak floors throughout and clean, bright molding and trim. The dining room is immediately on your left and features a dramatic, modern chandelier that will surely make all of your guests stop in their tracks. The thoughtful floor plan continues with a first-floor bedroom/office, a full bath, a butler’s pantry with Sub Zero wine refrigerator , and a sprawling living room/kitchen that opens itself up into the private covered porch and outdoor living space. The kitchen is a chef’s dream! It boasts double ovens, a 42″ built-in stainless KitchenAid refrigerator, a microwave drawer, a hidden dishwasher, two trash drawers, a Wolf gas cook-top and honed Arabascata Marble counter-tops!! The new Delta “one-touch” faucet will be sure to impress as well! Spacious custom cabinetry and pantry will offer you plenty of space to entertain all who come over!

Head upstairs to the large master bedroom with private covered porch. This room was the owner’s pride and joy. Separate his and her master closets are perfectly appointed and spacious enough for the most discriminating of buyers. The master bathroom comes complete with designer lighting, more marble counter tops, an oversized shower with rain shower head, and a free-standing modern eggshell tub! Two additional bedrooms on this floor each have private full bathrooms, large closets, and one even has an additional private covered porch. The carpet in these bedrooms is upgraded and guaranteed against all stains.
The 3rd story boasts a 5th bedroom, 5th full bath, a media room/playroom, and additional storage.

*** EXTRA FEATURES ***
Outdoor shower, grilling patio with gas line, sealed crawl space, privacy fence, irrigation system that includes the custom planters, hidden outlets for optimum organization, pre-wired for surround sound, and still under 1-year warranty!! Home could be sold fully furnished or partially furnished with acceptable offer!

***LOCATION***
Located in the Middle of I’On near Maybank Green Park, Perseverance Fountain Square Garden, Westlake Amphitheater, and Sweet Olive Garden Shop. This home is walking distance to I’On Square Restaurants and Shops and to the boat ramp located within I’On. Also enjoy the walking/biking trails throughout the neighborhood! Membership to I’On Club Pool, Tennis, and Fitness Available as well! You may never want to leave I’On but downtown and the beaches are both only 3-5 miles away!!

Email me at rebeccalinenger@gmail.com or
call me at 843.364.5818
for more information or to set up a private showing!

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Real Estate, Relocating

 

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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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10 Contracts Pending…but does that mean recovery?

Many of you have been following me on Facebook or Twitter…or this blog…and you see that my listings are going under contract at an insane rate right now. Some of them have never even made it to the blog because they go under contract too quickly! (I’m not complaining, by the way!) But the posts have raised quite a few questions from my followers and clients.

Is the market on the rise? Are we finally looking at recovery? Can I get out of my house what I need to in order to sell it? These are the types of questions I get every day.

It may depend on what news channel you are listening to at the moment but real estate news in general is finally sounding hopeful! Many of us hear that the market is on the rise and we want to know what that means for us–as homeowners and as Charleston residents. Let me give you a few things that I have learned to be completely unchanging over the past few months.

1. Bank-involved properties (REOs, short sales, foreclosures) ARE being used in appraisals.

2. Past sold comps (appraisals) determine your home’s true value.

3. Therefore, transactions are up, prices are NOT.

Even if a buyer wanted to buy your home for higher than market value, their loan is contingent on the appraisal and therefore, they wouldn’t be able to unless they had enough cash to make up the difference. And, let’s be honest, that isn’t happening. No intelligent buyer (especially when represented by an intelligent Realtor) would overpay for a home in today’s market. So the value of our entire market right now is based off of a flood of foreclosures and other bank-involved homes.Appraisals are tied to values set by the banks…and so the wheel turns.

As a seller, you may be thinking that you want to wait this out–not sell now–hold it. That sounds smart and, for a few months last year, it was. But now, all you need to do is to tune into the news, read about the banking crisis, or call your local mortgage officer to find out that this unique problem is only going to get worse. In our Keller Williams office in Mount Pleasant, we have a fantastic Bank of America mortgage officer named JoAnn Terrell. She keeps us up to date with everything that is going on with mortgage rates, new loan offerings, and–most recently–the foreclosure epidemic. I would be more than happy to pass you along to her for the exact specifics but basically the amount of foreclosures  JUST from Bank of America is set to increase in 2011 to FIVE TIMES what it was in 2010. And the forecast for 2012 is even worse. So no matter what happens with people’s personal lives and how strong their desire to move–either to a different state or just a different house– our values over the next several years will be determined by what the banks are willing to take for their properties.

It kind of makes you feel like that Econ-101 class you took Freshman year was a waste,  huh? If supply goes down or demand goes up,prices increase…right?! Well–not in this case.

So really the conclusion is that if you want to sell, need to sell, or think that you might need to sell in the next 3-5 years, DO IT FAST. I mean, really quickly. Get the house on the market and priced to sell in 90 days before we hit our Fall slump. And, if not, stop thinking about it and wondering. Plant a garden, build a deck, bunk up the kids…just know you’re staying put for a while.

 
 

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