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Vital Information: Charleston County New Flood Zones

If you’re shopping for a new home in Charleston County, a real estate term that you might have run across is the “hundred year flood line” or “flood zone.”  You might also have heard discussion of how the type of flood zone that a home is in could potentially require costly flood insurance...

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New NFC enabled Charleston New Homes Guide Neighborhood Network
November 06, 2018

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New NFC enabled Charleston New Homes Guide Neighborhood Network

Charleston New Home Guide takes Mobile on a Ride. Researching and receiving pertinent new home neighborhood information is now easier than ever…just TAP GO.

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Why Building a new home in Charleston SC is Better
October 23, 2018

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Why Building a new home in Charleston SC is Better

Consider the advantages of a new construction home vs. resale in Charleston SC.  Know your options and what works best for you.  How to be an informed savvy homebuyer...

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Charleston New Homes Guide launches Realtor Quick Connect online tool
August 23, 2018

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Charleston New Homes Guide launches Realtor Quick Connect online tool

Charleston New Homes Guide recently launch Realtor Quick Connect online allowing area agents quick access to some of the site's most valuable information. Learn more about how The Guide's tools can best serve you!

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Questions to Ask When Touring a Model Home
June 26, 2018

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Questions to Ask When Touring a Model Home

If you’re shopping for a new construction home in Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester County here are helpful questions to insure you get the most from your model home visit...

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Moving to Charleston is a Great Choice: Make it a Great Transition for Your Kids Too
April 24, 2018

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Moving to Charleston is a Great Choice: Make it a Great Transition for Your Kids Too

Moving into a new home is both exciting and stressful- here are some tips to help your family adjust to your new community...

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Calling New Home Buyers & Realtors! What Can The Guide Do for You?
February 20, 2018

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Calling New Home Buyers & Realtors! What Can The Guide Do for You?

The Guide offers Realtors and new home shoppers the most up to date information on all things Charleston new construction for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties...

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Organization on Your Resolution List? Easy Garage Hacks Will Help
January 25, 2018

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Organization on Your Resolution List? Easy Garage Hacks Will Help

One of the great perks of new construction in the Charleston area is all of the unadulterated garage space. Keep it organized with these easy DIY tips...

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Out with the Old, In with the New: 2018 Home Design Trends
January 16, 2018

Tagged as: Housing Trends

Out with the Old, In with the New: 2018 Home Design Trends

Find out the latest trends for 2018 in new construction and interior decoration- they’re good to know if you’re thinking about buying a new home or listing your current home...

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Recent SC Tax Legislation Continues to Support Homebuyers
December 19, 2017

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Recent SC Tax Legislation Continues to Support Homebuyers

Good news for SC homebuyers as recent legislation should continue to support the Mortgage Credit Certificate program saving buyers up to $2000/year...

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The Latest Trends for flex spaces, bonus spaces in new homes
December 14, 2017

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The Latest Trends for flex spaces, bonus spaces in new homes

Flex spaces are a major trend in homebuilding. Buyers want rooms without specific designation to fit their lives. From home offices to playrooms, find out more about expectations drive the market...

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Some Lesser Known Perks of Buying a New Home
December 12, 2017

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Some Lesser Known Perks of Buying a New Home

Discover some of the lesser-known benefits of buying a new construction home.  From better wiring to great communities, new construction is the logical choice...

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Why purchasing a new home at year-end holiday time is a great idea
December 07, 2017

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Why purchasing a new home at year-end holiday time is a great idea

Is buying a new home at the end of the year wise? With everything else going on in your life, why would you want to buy now? Read on and find out more...

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New Home Buyers Spend Money on Appliances, Furniture and Alterations
November 30, 2017

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New Home Buyers Spend Money on Appliances, Furniture and Alterations

Buying a new build home? What can you expect to spend money on after your move in? Get the most recent numbers & info so you can budget, make plans...

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Why the Holidays Can Be a Good Time to Buy a New Home
November 28, 2017

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Why the Holidays Can Be a Good Time to Buy a New Home

Spring isn’t the only hot season for real estate in Charleston- the holidays can be the perfect time to buy a new construction home...

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Last Minute Cleaning Hacks for the Holiday
November 21, 2017

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Last Minute Cleaning Hacks for the Holiday

First Thanksgiving in your new construction home? Here are some tips to make your home guest-ready on the fly...

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The homebuilding industry is a major component of the Charleston area economy
November 16, 2017

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The homebuilding industry is a major component of the Charleston area economy

As Charleston has grown, so has the homebuilding industry. With strong job growth, bright future, the economy of Charleston is pegged to construction...

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FSBOs lose money, have poor market exposure while incurring more legal risk
November 09, 2017

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FSBOs lose money, have poor market exposure while incurring more legal risk

Do For Sale By Owner listings actually save seller’s money? Learn about the inherent risks of selling a property yourself...

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Supply and demand in the housing market
November 02, 2017

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Supply and demand in the housing market

How do supply and demand affect the real estate market? More specifically, how have these factors influenced the Charleston market?

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Homebuyers Favor Charleston; Market Heats Up as an Inbound Destination
October 26, 2017

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Homebuyers Favor Charleston; Market Heats Up as an Inbound Destination

Charleston is an increasingly desirable destination for homebuyers who are planning to acquire a new home. ATTOM Data documents that homebuyers are increasingly choosing Charleston. Their Q2 2017 Pre-Mover Housing Index signals Charleston as the 10th most...

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Lowcountry Guide to Getting Settled in Your New Home
October 19, 2017

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Lowcountry Guide to Getting Settled in Your New Home

Relief. That’s probably what you feel now that you’ve moved into your new construction home. But, you look around and there’s a sea of boxes swamping your home, and nothing feels like home yet. Where do you begin...

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Fall Yard Tips from a Smithsonian Gardner
October 17, 2017

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Fall Yard Tips from a Smithsonian Gardner

Take advantage of the cooler fall temps this month and spend some time in your new yard. Establishing a new yard and nurturing it to thrive can take a bit of effort so get a head-start before winter hits and come spring you’ll head into prime yardwork season with a lawn that will be the envy of the neighborhood...

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Simplify and save when moving into your new home
October 12, 2017

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Simplify and save when moving into your new home

Dreading your move to your new home? Do you need to economize but cannot bring yourself to (once again) call your friends and feed them pizza in exchange for moving you? There are ways to move your stuff that you might never have considered...

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Outdoor decorating trends every homeowner can love
September 28, 2017

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Outdoor decorating trends every homeowner can love

Being located in a sub-tropical climate means residents of the greater Charleston area have more months to enjoy the great outdoors. What better way to enjoy our wonderful weather than to spend time on your porch or patio...

 

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New Home Buyer & Seller Generational Trends
September 21, 2017

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New Home Buyer & Seller Generational Trends

Five very diverse generations are purchasing homes according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Market trends and statistics of these buyers’ choices was published in the...

 

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Five Things to Do When Shopping for Your New Home
September 19, 2017

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Five Things to Do When Shopping for Your New Home

Every day at the Front Porch Studio at Nexton the knowledgeable Sales Counselors help home shoppers like you find a new construction home that they will absolutely love.  This makes them experts on the topic of finding a home...

 

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Is Greater Charleston’s Home Sales Pace Sustainable?
September 14, 2017

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Is Greater Charleston’s Home Sales Pace Sustainable?

Since 2007 and the crash of real estate sales, the housing market across the United States has recovered momentum. In many markets the pace of home sales is now fully recovered...

 

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When is the best time to buy a new home?
September 07, 2017

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When is the best time to buy a new home?

Is there a best time to purchase a new home? You’ve probably heard that the spring season is the peak homebuying season, and numbers seem to prove that. However, if you are not compelled to purchase in the...

 

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Charleston Identified as Major Job Center
September 05, 2017

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Charleston Identified as Major Job Center

The National League of Cities (NLC) just released some compelling research assessing economic landscapes across the country.  There were two main takeaways from this data. The first is that overall, local economies have reportedly improved since 2016...

 

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What trends are influencing retirement planning?
August 31, 2017

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What trends are influencing retirement planning?

When we are in our twenties, our thirties, or even our forties, we believe decisions about our financial future are a long way off. Yet, faster than we expect to, we arrive at the day when decisions about how we choose to enjoy our lives in our 60s and 70s become imperative...

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How to Budget for Your New Home Prior to Move-In
August 29, 2017

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How to Budget for Your New Home Prior to Move-In

Buying a new home is an exciting endeavor; it’s likely one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make. You’re likely wondering, amidst all of the excitement, how the heck you’re going to pay for it every month...

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New trends in master planned communities
August 24, 2017

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New trends in master planned communities

Across the Lowcountry, homebuyers are finding fresh options associated with master planned communities. Traditionally, these developments include pools, walking and biking trails, and playgrounds. Today’s buyers want more. They want communities which enhance their lives...

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Home Buying Benefits for Military Home Buyers
August 22, 2017

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Home Buying Benefits for Military Home Buyers

If you’re active duty military and working at the Naval Weapons Station or at Joint Base Charleston, or if you are one of the many Veterans that decide to call Charleston home, there are some great advantages resulting from your service...

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How can you tell if you are ready to quit renting and become a homeowner?
August 17, 2017

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How can you tell if you are ready to quit renting and become a homeowner?

The American Dream is a home of your own. For many that means renting and for others that means owning. Approximately sixty-four percent of the population in the US own their home. As of 2017, thirty-six percent of the population rent their home...

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What does it mean to pre-qualify for a new home?
August 10, 2017

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What does it mean to pre-qualify for a new home?

Setting out to purchase a new home isn’t like a trip to the store, where you grab your debit card and go to the store to select your purchases. There are some things to square away before you call a Realtor or go house hunting...

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Creating a cozy room
August 03, 2017

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Creating a cozy room

Create a home where you want to end your days curled up in cozy comfort. When you’re in an appealing, cozy space, you feel sheltered, embraced and safe. Relaxation follows and then a sense of peace. Who wouldn’t want that in their home...

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Mortgage rates falling, mortgages more available
July 27, 2017

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Mortgage rates falling, mortgages more available

There’s good news for you if you’re planning to purchase a home in 2017. Mortgage rates, which were as high as four and a quarter percent in January, are now at the lowest rate this year...

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13 Pro Home Staging Secrets for Every Seller
July 20, 2017

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13 Pro Home Staging Secrets for Every Seller

It’s no secret that getting a house ready to sell is a challenge. In today’s market, having a home that is clean, tidy, and has curb appeal is not enough. Your home needs to be beautifully staged to help buyers understand how it fits their needs...

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How Long Does it Take to Buy a New Home? Here’s a Timeline
July 13, 2017

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How Long Does it Take to Buy a New Home? Here’s a Timeline

When you start shopping for a new home the length of time the process will take is a natural consideration, particularly if you are planning to list and sell your current home as part of the deal or need to plan when you’ll be moving from a rental...

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10 Ways to Create a Neighborly Community
June 22, 2017

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10 Ways to Create a Neighborly Community

Now that you’ve bought your new home and moved into your community, it’s time to get involved and meet your neighbors. It’s easy to think that this is someone a task for the community association or the HOA. The truth is that it is everyone’s responsibility to...

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Five Compromises to Consider When Shopping for a New Home
June 20, 2017

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Five Compromises to Consider When Shopping for a New Home

The home buying process usually involves a list of “must-have” items in your new home and some items that you would really like to have but that are ultimately negotiable...

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Ever think about what’s inside your walls?
June 15, 2017

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Ever think about what’s inside your walls?

When building a new home, most of us are focused on what the home’s interior will look like. We are excited to choose our colors, cabinets, flooring, and countertops. But do we ever consider...

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Upgrade Your Home & Improve Return on Investment
June 13, 2017

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Upgrade Your Home & Improve Return on Investment

An important part of the new construction process is selecting what design and floorplan upgrades you’re going to include in your new home.  Most builders offer a diverse selection of tempting options and it can be challenging to stay on budget during this process...

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Millennials, Mortgages, and Home Buying
June 08, 2017

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Millennials, Mortgages, and Home Buying

Millennials are people born between 1981–1997 and are between 36 and 20 years old. These computer savvy buyers are disrupting many established practices. Nowhere else is this more evident than home buying and obtaining mortgages...

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Tax Implications Of Home Ownership Or Home Sales
June 01, 2017

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Tax Implications Of Home Ownership Or Home Sales

Are you a new homeowner or considering purchasing a new home? If so, you may be wondering what the tax implications are for owning a home. And if you’ve sold a home in the last year or plan to sell one this year...

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How will rising mortgage rates affect home sales in the Charleston market?
May 18, 2017

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How will rising mortgage rates affect home sales in the Charleston market?

If you’re one of those who have been noticing the increase in home mortgage rates, you’re not alone. What do these increases mean for you as you and how do they impact your ability to purchase a new construction home?

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Planning for retirement: Tips to help make the transition to the next phase of your life
May 11, 2017

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Planning for retirement: Tips to help make the transition to the next phase of your life

As you approach retirement, you may be looking forward to time to do as you choose, travel or visit family and friends. And you may be like most American Boomers who plan to work well beyond traditional retirement years to maximize...

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Common issues in the first year of your new home
May 06, 2017

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Common issues in the first year of your new home

As you’re settling into your new home, your new home is setting into being. During the first year, post-construction, you may see some changes in the appearance of your home. Learn what is expected and common and what issues should cause you concern...

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Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Tasks
April 27, 2017

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Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Tasks

Nobody likes spring cleaning, but the feeling of accomplishment which comes from taking care of your most valuable investment — your home — can provide you the...

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8 Ways to Maintain Your Brand New Yard
April 25, 2017

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8 Ways to Maintain Your Brand New Yard

You’ve moved into the new home of your dreams and can’t help but admire how the freshly sodded yard compliments the architectural detail on the exterior of your new home...

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Choosing a community: Figuring out what’s important to you
April 13, 2017

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Choosing a community: Figuring out what’s important to you

In 2013 the National Association of Realtors surveyed homebuyers to find out what was important to them when it came to community choice. Their Community Preference Survey indicates...

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No Credit Score? No Problem! Freddie Mac Offers New Path to Homeownership
March 28, 2017

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No Credit Score? No Problem! Freddie Mac Offers New Path to Homeownership

The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, more commonly referred to as “Freddie Mac,” is offering a new means of home financing for borrowers who don’t have a...

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What is most important to you about a new home
March 16, 2017

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What is most important to you about a new home

If you’re like most home buyers today, you’re looking for a single family home that has more than 2,000 square feet, an open plan living area, a separate laundry room, three bedrooms, and at least two and a half bathrooms with...

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Charleston County Revising Flood Maps
March 14, 2017

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Charleston County Revising Flood Maps

If you’re shopping for a new home in Charleston County a real estate term that you might have run across is the “hundred year flood line.”  You might also have heard discussion of how the type of floodzone that...

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2017 new home construction in Charleston SC
March 06, 2017

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2017 new home construction in Charleston SC

It’s no secret that the Charleston real estate market is on fire. Charleston tops many “Best Of” lists, feeding the “I want to move to Charleston” hunger...

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Storage ideas for your new home
March 02, 2017

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Storage ideas for your new home

As you begin to think about your new home, start to brainstorm where you’re going to put everything. Moving into a new home means new ideas about how you’re going to live there, including where you’re going to store your possessions...

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What are the Rules to Accessorizing a New Home?
February 21, 2017

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What are the Rules to Accessorizing a New Home?

You can probably imagine hundreds of decoration and interior design directions for your new construction home. But before you head into decorating at full speed, it’s important to take the time to think about...

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Designing the Best Owners Retreat for Your New Home
February 16, 2017

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Designing the Best Owners Retreat for Your New Home

Your new home’s owners retreat ought to be a place that’s cozy and comforting. It’s your personal space where you recharge and relax at night and the place where you begin your days. For these reasons...

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Designing the Best Kitchen for Your New Home
February 09, 2017

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Designing the Best Kitchen for Your New Home

Kitchens are the center of family life these days. In times past, they were simply places to cook food. Now, they’re family gathering spots where kids do homework, or you entertain friends while you create good things to eat or you...

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FHA Reduces Mortgage Insurance Premiums
February 07, 2017

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FHA Reduces Mortgage Insurance Premiums

The Federal Housing Administration has recently reduced mortgage insurance premiums, allowing existing and new home buyers to save up to $500 per year. This reduction has lowered the annual premiums paid by...

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What to Expect After You’ve Signed a Contract
January 31, 2017

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What to Expect After You’ve Signed a Contract

Buying a new construction home can seem intimidating, especially if you’ve not done this before. If you’ve wondered what happens after you have signed a contract to build a home, we’re here to answer those questions with insights from home builders in the greater Charleston market...

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Growth Boundaries Restrict Urban Sprawl into Rural Charleston County
January 19, 2017

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Growth Boundaries Restrict Urban Sprawl into Rural Charleston County

To balance rapid growth with infrastructure, cultural and natural resource needs, Charleston County’s urban growth boundaries define corridors with specified plans for land use, natural resources, cultural resources, housing, and transportation...

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Why a new home is better and possibly cheaper in the long run
January 17, 2017

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Why a new home is better and possibly cheaper in the long run

Are buyers of new homes wiser than buyers of existing homes? It all depends on your perspective. While new home sales are strong, their numbers do not approach the number of resale homes. According to the..

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Care for your new landscape
January 12, 2017

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Care for your new landscape

Caring for your new home's lawn and landscape will ensure that it enhances the curb appeal of your house. Learn how to care for the plants your builder installed...

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Top 10 Features for Lowcountry new homes
January 10, 2017

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Top 10 Features for Lowcountry new homes

Savvy Lowcountry homebuyers want high-quality, low-maintenance, easy living homes where they can enjoy their leisure hours. Learn our top ten must haves...

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What new home technology should you choose when building a new home?
January 05, 2017

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What new home technology should you choose when building a new home?

Your new home can be designed to allow you to monitor, control, and command every system and service. Learn which options may be best for you...

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Care for your new home - scheduled maintenance to maintain your warranties
December 29, 2016

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Care for your new home - scheduled maintenance to maintain your warranties

Owning a new home is different than renting. The primary difference is that you as the owner are now in charge of all of the homes regular maintenance. New construction homes come with warranties that cover all aspects of the home...

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Never bought a new home, here's what you can expect
December 27, 2016

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Never bought a new home, here's what you can expect

Your new construction home journey is one of anticipation, excitement, and, sometimes tension. A home is a huge investment. Building your new home will require many things of you...

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Buying a home in a hurry? We’ve got you covered!
December 22, 2016

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Buying a home in a hurry? We’ve got you covered!

Looking for a home that is truly “move-in ready?” You’re in luck! Realtor.com has some great tips to expedite the home buying process and Charleston area homebuilders have a great selection of homes available

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How to choose your builder
December 20, 2016

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How to choose your builder

Choosing a new home builder is like finding a significant other. And as with choosing a life partner, you want to be certain that the relationship will have strength to endure any and all conditions...

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What to look for in a new home neighborhood
December 15, 2016

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What to look for in a new home neighborhood

When it comes to choosing a new home neighborhood what factors should you consider and how should you evaluate whether the neighborhood fits your needs?

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Looking for a new home? Should you remodel or buy new?
December 06, 2016

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Looking for a new home? Should you remodel or buy new?

Who hasn't enjoyed watching HGTV’s Love It or List It? In each show, the hosts Hilary Farr and real estate agent David Visentin work tirelessly to give homeowners the home of their dreams. At the end of the show owners either “love it” and remain in their current home, or buy a new home...

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2016 Top Kitchen Trends
December 01, 2016

Tagged as: Housing Trends

2016 Top Kitchen Trends

Visiting a builder’s decorated model home is a great way to get an idea of what they can offer you in your new home and also to stay on top of the current trends in home design.  In the last decade kitchens have become a focal point in many homes...

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Kitchen
November 24, 2016

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Kitchen

The kitchen has long been the focal point of a home during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Families and friends gather to give thanks, share a meal and enjoy football and parades.  The kitchen is where people congregate as food is prepared and stories are told...

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Bosch Expands Bringing 150 Jobs to the Lowcountry
November 22, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

Bosch Expands Bringing 150 Jobs to the Lowcountry

The local Bosch facility is expanding their North Charleston operations in Dorchester County, bringing an additional 150 jobs to the region. These jobs are part of $175 million expansion by the German automotive parts maker that is slated to...

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Charleston’s historic houses influence new homes’ design and construction
November 17, 2016

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Charleston’s historic houses influence new homes’ design and construction

From its founding, Charleston has influenced the rest of the country. The list of Charleston "firsts" is long and varied. These days, Charleston’s amazing, and beautiful built environment influences new home construction all across the Lowcountry...

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South Carolina Ranked 2nd Best State for Business
November 10, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

South Carolina Ranked 2nd Best State for Business

In a recent article in Area Development, a quarterly development magazine, South Carolina was ranked 2nd best in the country for conducting business.  South Carolina was in good company as nine of the top 20 spots ranked are located in the South East with neighboring Georgia being ranked...

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Berkeley County to protect its rural areas with a growth boundary
November 08, 2016

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Berkeley County to protect its rural areas with a growth boundary

Berkeley County, one of the three counties which comprise the greater Charleston Trident Region is the fastest growing county in South Carolina. It is the 40th fastest growing county in the United States. Despite its growth, the county is focused on protecting the rural...

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Ownership differences between single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums?
November 03, 2016

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Ownership differences between single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums?

If you own a home, you may feel that it is your personal domain to do with as you wish.  When you closed on the sale of the house, ownership was conveyed to you. There are different types of real estate ownership...

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What kind of home suits you best?
October 27, 2016

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What kind of home suits you best?

If you’re like most people, the American dream has always meant owning your own home. In the past, that dream was probably limited to something like this: A two-story house with a front porch, a big yard and a white picket fence. Sounds nice, to those of you who enjoy...

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What is the difference in a PUD, a master planned community and a “regular” neighborhood
October 20, 2016

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What is the difference in a PUD, a master planned community and a “regular” neighborhood

Over the 20th century, community development morphed from building one home at a time on a single lot to master planned communities where multiple neighborhoods and various businesses, schools and places of worship are combined into cities within cities...

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Four Questions Your Realtor Won’t Answer
October 13, 2016

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Four Questions Your Realtor Won’t Answer

Working with a buyer’s agent can be a huge asset, they’re a great resource when shopping for a new construction home. They can answer a myriad of technical questions about the home, market and mortgage process and can ultimately save you...

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Your new home’s roof: Facts and regular maintenance
September 29, 2016

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Your new home’s roof: Facts and regular maintenance

Your home’s roof is a critical component of your home’s construction. It keeps out the weather and protects your home from hail, and windblown debris...

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Charleston Ranked as “Affordable Beach Town for Year-Round Summer Living”
September 27, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston Area Housing Market

Charleston Ranked as “Affordable Beach Town for Year-Round Summer Living”

We nearly have the first week of fall under our belts… are you already missing summer?  Maybe a year-long “vacation” home is the answer—enjoy permanent summer living in a coastal town...

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Boost Your Home’s Value w/ Easy DIY Upgrades
September 15, 2016

Tagged as: Design Tips

Boost Your Home’s Value w/ Easy DIY Upgrades

If you are a current homeowner and are hoping to sell your home in order to move into the new home of your dreams, check out these great tips from Zillow to boost your home’s value...

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September 13, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

Relocations to Charleston area rise as aeronautical and automotive sectors increase manufacturing presence

Charleston, South Carolina has become a hub for the aeronautical and automotive industries.

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September 02, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

The Cost of Homeowner’s Insurance

As we approach Hurricane Season with a tropical storm on the forecast, it’s only natural that Homeowner’s insurance should come to mind.  If you’re shopping for a new house, home owner’s insurance is also an important consideration when determining your budget...

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August 29, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Facts on Foundation Types for New Home Construction

A firm foundation, we are told, is essential to building a house which lasts. In new home construction, foundations come in many types. In the Southeast, common foundations are raised foundations with crawl spaces, foundational pilings, raised slab and slab on grade...

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August 26, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston News

Charleston Ranked World’s Friendliest City by Conde Nast Traveler

Charleston has been garnering tremendous press recently as Travel + Leisure rated the Holy City as the “world’s best city” to visit.  Last week, readers of Conde Nast Traveler voted Charleston as the “world’s friendliest city”...

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August 24, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston News

Dorchester II Schools Open Three Highly Anticipated Elementary Schools

Years of planning have come to fruition as Dorchester II school district welcomed students through the doors of three brand new elementary schools on Monday August 15.  The new schools include...

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August 19, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

Protecting yourself against unknown issues post-closing on your new home

You’ve moved into your new home and are enjoying all the comforts and conveniences you have selected. Then you discover that during heavy rains, water leaks in under your front door. What do you do...

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August 15, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

SC Driving States Economy, Set to Outpace Nation thru 2017

South Carolina, particularly the Charleston area, has been in the news often in the last several years; South Carolina’s economy is booming, bringing more jobs and growth to the Lowcountry.   Charleston has welcomed...

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August 12, 2016

Tagged as: Home Mortgage Info

Financial Tips for Buying Your First Home

Are you considering buying your first home? It’s a big (and exciting!) decision and you will want to make certain that you’re in the best financial position you can be prior to signing on the dotted line. It’s a serious commitment so be sure you...

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August 08, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

Should I have my new construction home inspected by a home inspector before closing?

Few things in life are perfect. When buying a new home, many of us expect that it will be mistake free, shiny bright and precisely the way we want it. While the majority of new home builders deliver quality...

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August 03, 2016

Tagged as: Design Tips

Which Countertop is Right for You?

One of the best parts of building a new construction homes is the ability to choose. From the homesite, to the floorplan, to all of the exterior and interior fixtures, you can pick options that perfectly reflect...

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July 29, 2016

Tagged as: Housing Trends

Why Lowcountry homes are so unique - What to know

Travel + Leisure magazine has just named Charleston the best city in the world. Of course all it takes is one brief visit here to understand how distinctive Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry is. This uniqueness translates into some architectural and stylistic adaptations to life here along the Southeast coast...

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July 18, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

The benefits of working with a RealtorⓇ to purchase a new home from a builder

In a real estate transaction buyers and sellers traditionally are represented by licensed professionals who know and understand real estate law, contracts, and are experts at negotiation. Realtors are specialists who have been examined and are certified by the state specifically in real estate sales...

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July 13, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

What is a Condo & Is it Right For You?

If you’re in the new home market you might have run into the term “single family home” used in contrast to a “condo” or “townhome.”  All three of these homeownership options have their upsides, it is simply a matter of determining which choice is right for you and your lifestyle...

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July 06, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

What should I know about buying a new construction home as compared to buying a resale home

If you're in the market to purchase a home you must first decide whether you want to buy a new construction home or if you'd like to buy a resale home. There are advantages to each home type. Knowing your preferences allows you to find the home that suits you best...

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July 01, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

A Home Appraisal. Why Do You Need It & What Does It Cost?

When you start shopping for a home you know that it’s going to be a huge investment. What might not occur to you is all of the upfront costs that can go into homeownership in addition to the actual purchase price that you and the seller agree upon for the home...

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June 29, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Nine “Must Haves” For Every New Homeowner

New to homeownership and the responsibilities that come with it?  Grab these items, compiled by houselogic, and you’ll be ready for every surprise scenario that can pop up with homeownership...

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June 24, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston News

Charleston Rated Second Hottest City for Millennials Nationwide

Millennials are starting to have a notable presence as homebuyers in the real estate market nationwide. With steady jobs and savings in the bank, they are seeking out affordable housing in locales offering desirable lifestyles...

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June 22, 2016

Tagged as: Design Tips

Four Fool-Proof DIY Outdoor Upgrades

It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy your new yard. Create the perfect DIY outdoor space with these four brilliant yard upgrades by houselogic that are fully klutz-proof and require no green thumb or home improvement experience...

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June 20, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

The differences between a semi-custom home and a custom home

When planning your new construction home, you have myriad choices. Making sure you get the home you want, that fits your budget and your timeline goes a long way towards making sure that your new home is the home of your dreams...

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June 15, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

The difference between a production builder and a custom home builder

When it comes to selecting a builder for your new home, you have probably heard a number of
terms to describe the various types of homebuilders. These include production builder, volume
builder, custom builder and semicustom builder...

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June 10, 2016

Tagged as: Home Mortgage Info

What you should know about obtaining a mortgage from your home builder’s lender

As you search for a mortgage for your new home, you may have learned that your homebuilder has a preferred lender. But are they the right source for your mortgage?

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June 06, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

What is a “Buyer’s Agent” Realtor and Why Should You Consider Using One?

You’re in the market for a new home.  You’ve decided you’d like to use a Realtor® to assist you with your search and negotiations.  You research which real estate company is best suited ...

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June 03, 2016

Tagged as: Decorating Tips

DIY Interior Painting Hacks from the Pros

The interior walls in new construction homes often come painted a single color: white. Or, for a non-prohibitive upgrade cost, you can have the home painted a neutral color, maybe a pleasant shade of tan or a non-intrusive beige.  While having this

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May 30, 2016

Tagged as: Design Tips

New Home Construction: Your design center visit and choosing finishes and fixtures

When you've selected a builder, chosen a floor plan and have been approved for a mortgage, you'll visit your home builder's Design Center to choose ...

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May 27, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

More Growth Comes to Daniel Island as Blackbaud Adds 300 Jobs

The Post and Courier recently reported that tech company Blackbaud will be investing more than $150 million in the Charleston market.  Blackbaud is a software company that caters to philanthropic industries. Valued at over $2.7 billion Blackbaud is South...

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May 25, 2016

Tagged as: Design Tips

Selecting design center options that will hold their value in your new construction home

Your home builder offers you design options for floorplans, trim packages, fixtures and finishes in your new home. Unless you bought a house that is already constructed, you have the opportunity to choose your colors, your flooring, your countertops, your plumbing fixtures, as well as wall to wall carpeting or hardwood floors. You may also have the option of alternate floor plans...

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May 23, 2016

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Beginner’s Guide to New Home Maintenance: Part Two, Outside the Home

Even though your new construction home is designed to be low-maintenance, there are some inexpensive easy things you can do to help maintain your home, ensuring that it is operating at peak performance and protecting your investment. Learn more about exterior maintenance tips.

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May 20, 2016

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Learn what your new construction home warranty covers and why you need to understand it

Buying a home is a major life decision. When making this large purchase, you’re sure to be concerned about quality and integrity of your home and builder following the closing. To reassure you, builders provide a home warranty.

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May 18, 2016

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Beginner’s Guide to New Home Maintenance: Part One, Inside the Home

One of the great benefits of owning a new home is that they allow for a relatively low-maintenance lifestyle and come with a new home warranty. But like a new car will still need its oil changed, new homes will need some basic maintenance performed...

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May 11, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Is there a better time of the year to buy a new construction home?

Best season to build and buy a new construction home and what you need to know. For everything there is a season...

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May 09, 2016

Tagged as: Design Tips

Easy Ideas for Ideal Outdoor Living at Your New Home

In the April/May/June issue of The Guide you’ll discover an outdoor living article featuring some of the region’s best new construction outdoor living spaces demonstrated at Builder’s model homes...

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May 02, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Before you buy: Top questions to ask before purchasing a new construction home

If you've been thinking about purchasing a new construction home, you probably have a lot of questions about the entire process. Prior to making a choice or even visiting new home communities or looking at lots, you will need ...

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April 27, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Are new construction home builders’ prices negotiable?

When it comes to real estate you've probably heard the old platitude that everything is negotiable. And when it comes to new construction homes, in some cases that may be true and in some cases ...

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April 25, 2016

Tagged as: Housing Trends

What’s New Part Three: Feature Trends in 2016

When you visit the model home at a new construction community there’s a lot to consider besides just the floorplans.  Decorated model homes are typically loaded with options and upgrades highlighting the best that the...

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April 18, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

Groundbreaking of Charleston Trade Center Tuesday April 19th

Berkeley County has recently experienced phenomenal growth with the news of Gerber & Volvo investing in the construction of production facilities and the trend continues as Charlotte-based developer...

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April 13, 2016

Tagged as: Housing Trends

“Must-Have” New Home Features for 2016

“Must haves” items in a home have changed drastically over the years and the new homes being built today reflect the latest and greatest in exactly what new homebuyers are shopping for.  Builders invest largely in...

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March 30, 2016

Tagged as: Housing Trends

Whats New Part 2: Floor Plan Trends in 2016

As we move into spring of 2016 be on the lookout for what’s new this year in new construction. There are some great new floorplan trends that are sure to improve the livability of your next new home!  Be sure to tour some of...

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March 25, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

What’s The Purpose of a Model Home in New Home Shopping?

When you’ve decided to start shopping for a new home it’s a process… you’ll most likely start your search on the internet getting a broad view of the options that are available and getting a feel for what you like and where you would like to be...

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March 14, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

REALTORS® Share Dating Advice… For New Home Shopping!

Like dating, the process of trying to find the perfect new home can be a perilous journey of ups & downs before you discover the “one”; the new home that offers the perfect combination of attributes…location, price & the interior features you’ve been searching for...

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March 11, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

Listing Your Home? Check Out These Tips to Prepare

If you are in the process of shopping for a brand-new, new construction home but need to sell your current home, fear not! The market is strong and we are fast approaching...

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March 02, 2016

Tagged as: Housing Trends

What’s New in 2016

One of the biggest advantages and draws to a new home is that it is, in fact, NEW! Not only is it built from the ground up to meet your needs and lifestyle; it typically comes with a warranty for your security and peace of mind. Plus, newly built homes offer buyers many more...

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February 24, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Home Ownership Tax Deductions You Don’t Want To Miss

Owning a home has so many wonderful perks—including tax deductions! As you prep your taxes this year, HouseLogic offers advice on deductions you don’t want to miss from mortgage interest to property taxes...

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February 01, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

What Does That Mean? New Home Terms Defined!

When buying a new home, there are so many new words that will pop up, such as elevation, trey ceilings, and cabinet styles. Here’s a cheat sheet on some...

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January 27, 2016

Tagged as: Charleston News

Charleston Continuously Named Top Destination

It’s no secret that we think South Carolina is one of the best states to relocate to, but word is getting out and experts continue to agree again and again! The state was named No. 2 as the top...

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January 06, 2016

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

The Reality of Renting Vs. Owning a New Home in Charleston SC

In today’s market, it makes so much more sense to own the home you live in rather than to spend your money renting from day-to-day. Lennar has offered six reasons why owning is the best decision for you and your future...

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January 04, 2016

Tagged as: Decorating Tips

Plants Can Actually Keep Your New Home Cleaner

As the holidays draw to an end, it’s time for the annual new year clean up as well! But while you put away decorations, scrub the counters, mop the floors and change the sheets, have you ever considered cleaning the air in your home...

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December 28, 2015

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

Buying a Home: A one-year plan

So you decided you’re ready to buy a house. Fantastic! But are you truly ready? Do you have good credit, a budget, a location? HouseLogic has mapped out a one-year plan for homebuyers, and while that may be..

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December 25, 2015

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Create Your New Home Search Resolutions

It’s about that time of year to start making your New Year’s resolutions about your health, your happiness and your career. But if your 2016 plans include buying a new home, you should...

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December 16, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Area Housing Market

SC has Fifth Lowest Property Taxes in the U.S.

Just as everyone winds down celebrating the holiday season, they ramp up for another one—tax season. American households on average pay $2,089 a year in property taxes, according to a MarketWatch analysis. Tack that onto...

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December 09, 2015

Tagged as: Decorating Tips

Top Tips for Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests

The holidays are on their way—and for many of you, so are the house guests! You have a lengthy checklist no doubt of beds to make, rooms to clean and food to prepare...

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November 30, 2015

Tagged as: Home Builder News

Celebrate Giving Day by Supporting Builders’ Favorite Charities

Tomorrow, December 1, the world will celebrate Giving Tuesday—a day dedicated to giving back to your community. As the hustle and bustle of the holidays kicks off, Giving Tuesday is a way to...

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October 30, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston News

Charleston is 2015’s No. 1 Destination for Ghost Tours!

The history. The colors. The plantations, breweries, dining and shopping. There are endless reasons to move to Charleston, but one of the most fascinating this time of year is their ghost tours. We bet you had no idea that Charleston is considered the most...

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October 21, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston News

South Carolina’s Coast Gets an Additional 854 Area Code this Fall

The Palmetto State’s coast is developing so fast that it’s running out of numbers! As a result, an 854 area code will be issued to all new lines starting Monday, October 19. To prepare for the addition, starting in September, residents were required...

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October 16, 2015

Tagged as: Decorating Tips

Decorate Your New Home for Halloween—On a Budget!

You see the photos of homes decorated to the nines for the spookiest holiday of the year. Cobwebs. A zombie graveyard in their front yard. Skeletons, pumpkins and eerie lights galore. Unfortunately those enviable decorations come with a price—but House Logic can help alleviate it..

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September 18, 2015

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

How to Find Your Perfect New Home in Any Lowcountry City

Downtown Charleston has always been the prime destination for dining, shopping and entertainment, but Summerville is rising up right behind it as a lowcountry hotspot. Recently, The Post & Courier recapped the town’s progress...

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September 11, 2015

Tagged as: Housing Trends

Main Level Suites Are Increasing in Popularity in New Homes

Traditionally in a two-story home, the owner’s suite is typically built upstairs alongside the rest of the bedrooms. But today, main level suites are becoming increasingly popular due to the privacy they offer and...

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September 04, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Area Housing Market

How do Charleston Home Prices compare to the rest of the world?

Fast Company was curious what kind of home you could buy for $300,000 in various parts of the world, and compiled a list of what you could buy across the U.S., U.K., and even Greece for...

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August 28, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

Gerber to Invest $33m in Berkeley County Distribution Center

Gerber Childrenswear LLC has just announced that it is coming to Berkeley County. Their investment of $33m is anticipated to bring tremendous growth to the area with their plans to build a...

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August 17, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Hosts Volvo Project Discussion

Volvo hopes to begin construction on its new SC facility before the year’s end and be fully operational by 2018, according to the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. In May, Volvo announced...

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August 07, 2015

Tagged as: Decorating Tips

Newest Design Trend Predictions for Decorating Your Home

Top predictions of what new homes will look like in 2020 and what you should consider now when designing your newly constructed home...

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July 24, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Area Housing Market

“Turbo Tourists”: Future Summerville Homebuyers

The Guide recently spoke with Tina Zimmerman, the director of Tourism for The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce.  Tina has observed a growing phenomenon in the past year...

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July 13, 2015

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

New Home Closing Documents Effective October 1

The Charleston Regional Business Journal recently reported that the date for the recent changes to the Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act and Truth in Lending Act, scheduled to go into effect August 1, has been delayed...

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July 01, 2015

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

14 Steps to the Perfect Modern-Day Open House

Trying to sell your home?  Spring and summer are the hot the seasons to sell real estate. If you’re trying to sell your home this summer...

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June 12, 2015

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Simplify Your Yard Work

Trying to save time this summer or avoid working outside in the heat? Try these tips from www.familyhandyman.com to simplify your lawn-care routine...

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May 22, 2015

Tagged as: Design Tips

Find Your Perfect Kitchen Countertop

One of the great benefits of new construction is the ability to customize your new home to suit your taste and to best accommodate your lifestyle. Builders typically offer...

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May 18, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

More Growth for South Carolina as Volvo Selects Berkeley County for New Production Site

Volvo announced last week that they will be building their first North American production facility in Berkeley County, close to Ridgeville. They cited the main factors in their decision as...

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May 15, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Area Housing Market

Realtor Association Calls for The Construction of More New Homes

The Charleston Regional Business Journal recently reported that Charleston Trident Association of Realtors President Matt DeAntonio believes recent business investment in the Charleston area will...

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May 06, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston News

Charleston County School District Garners National Attention with Personalized Learning Program

For parents, investigating school districts is an important part of any move.  For those considering Charleston County, you will be happy to hear that...

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April 20, 2015

Tagged as: Home Mortgage Info

What’s the Average Charleston, SC Down Payment on a New Home?

When buying a new home in Charleston, SC, you want to make a confident, secure decision with your money. Understandably, homeowners want appreciation and ...

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April 16, 2015

Tagged as: Housing Trends

What to Expect From Kitchen Trends in Charleston’s New Homes

Similar to the rest of your home, kitchens can be a place of luxury and beauty, in addition to being functional. In the Charleston, SC area, builders and architects have begun to design kitchens that are...

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April 03, 2015

Tagged as: Decorating Tips

9 House Hacks to Beautify Your Home for Under $75

Looking for a weekend project that won’t break the bank? Whether you just bought a new construction home and you’re in the process of making it your very own or you’re trying to increase ...

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March 29, 2015

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Achieving Curb Appeal: Good Looks, Climate Conducive Products & Minimal Maintenance

Builder Magazine recently issued a special report confirming that an old adage still remains true: curb appeal will sell a house.  They suggest that a home’s exterior needs to meet an important trifecta of qualifications…

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March 25, 2015

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Help Protect Your Smart Home from Hackers

One of the great benefits of owning a new construction home is that often they come with built-in smart technology that increases the homes efficiency and improves ...

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March 16, 2015

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

First Time Homebuyer Reality Check

Buying your first house is one of the most exciting purchases of a lifetime. After you’ve spent so long envisioning the perfect dream home; what it will look like, where it will be, how you will decorate it, it can be a harsh reality when you...

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March 13, 2015

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

How to Save Your Yard from Moles

Seemingly overnight the pretty green well-watered yard at your brand new home can take on the appearance of a battle-field, with visible holes and tunnels that look bad and pose a hazard for twisting ankles. Unfortunately, moles are a staple of the typical Southern yard...

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March 09, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

“Project Unicorn” Revealed to be a New Mercedes Production Facility

The rumors surrounding Project Unicorn were finally laid to rest last Friday in what the Charleston Regional Business Journal heralded as one of the largest economic development announcements ever made in the Lowcountry...

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March 04, 2015

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Will Switching Light Bulbs Save you Money?

One of the big benefits of new construction is energy efficiency. Builders use designs and products that are intended to save homeowner’s money over the years...

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February 27, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Economy

“Project Unicorn” Comes to the Lowcountry

Live Five News recently reported that there is to be a new “Boeing-esque” mystery manufacturer coming to North Charleston.  The true name of the company behind “Project Unicorn” is scheduled to be revealed...

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February 11, 2015

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Think You Can’t Afford Homeownership? Check Out These Possibilities!

US News & World Report staffer Susan Johnson recently published an article detailing three creative ways that offer unconventional approaches to affording homeownership. They are definitely worth...

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February 06, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Area Housing Market

Hope for Future Homeowners: The “Boomerang Buyers”

Data from RealtyTrac shows the emergence of a new type of homebuyer, chronicling the come back of those that lost their home during the foreclosure crisis.  The recession and housing crash of 2007 cost an estimated 7.3 million...

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February 02, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Area Housing Market

Charleston: A Strong Market for Young Adult Homebuyers

A recent article by Hanley Woods Data Studio reported that economists propose that 2015 will be the year that young millennials make a noticeable entry into the housing market. They reached this estimation by studying the home buying history...

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January 30, 2015

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck in New Home Upgrades

If you have picked a new construction community, picked the lot on which your home will be built and picked your floorplan, your next big decision making process will be the upgrades that you want put into the home. This is when you pick...

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January 26, 2015

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Understanding Your Home Warranty

As you are in the process of shopping for a new construction home you are likely to hear Builders mention the warranty that comes with the home. This is typically referred to as a 2-10 warranty.  One big benefit of buying new construction is ...

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January 25, 2015

Tagged as: Charleston Area Housing Market

News in the New Homes World

While these topics might fly under your radar as they’re not frontpage news, they can help you as a savvy consumer.  It’s important to be educated about the company you might be buying your next ...

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January 16, 2015

Tagged as: Home Mortgage Info

FHA News: Cuts on Mortgage Insurance Will Save Buyers $$$

When new home Buyers receive a breakdown on their future mortgage payment from their lending officer, many are uncertain of the amount every month that is designated to pay their mortgage insurance premium. Not to be confused with...

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January 14, 2015

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Protecting Your Home from the Cold in the Lowcountry

It is rare in the Lowcountry that our temperatures dip below freezing for prolonged periods of time. In Charleston extreme cold weather is deemed newsworthy and all week ...

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January 07, 2015

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

The Benefits of Buying vs. Renting: Financial Advantages of Homeownership - Part II

New home prices are becoming increasingly competitive with rental prices. There is also currently a better inventory of available new construction homes compared to the inventory of rental homes. In addition to these compelling aspects of new homes compared to rentals, there are some key financial advantages...

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January 05, 2015

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

The Benefits of Buying vs. Renting: Changes in the Rental Market - Part I

When considering their housing options people often assume that renting is more affordable than purchasing a new home. While this can be true, the rental market is changing ...

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January 02, 2015

Tagged as: Housing Trends

What’s New for 2015

Curious about what the hot new home buying trends will be for the New Year?  The Guide has you covered with the latest scoop on…

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December 18, 2014

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Now Available! Reduced Down Payments & Lower Interest Rates

One of the biggest hurdles towards homeownership, particularly for first time homebuyers, can be saving up the down payment necessary to secure a loan. Conventional loans that are not...

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December 10, 2014

Tagged as: Charleston Area Housing Market

The Lowdown on Lowcountry Real Estate

Good news for Charleston area homeowners! Per The Charleston Regional Business Journal, both home sales and prices are have demonstrated a notable increase ...

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December 05, 2014

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Avoiding Mortgage Woes: Time is of the Essence - Part 4

In the prior blogs in this series we discussed several aspects of the loan process; how a buyer needs to maintain their credit score, and how the home will go through an inspection and appraisal process.  This part entails a seemingly obvious but sometimes hard to stick ...

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December 03, 2014

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Avoiding Mortgage Woes: Making Sure You Get What You’re Paying For - Part 3

In two prior blogs we discussed important components of the mortgage process: the importance of maintaining your credit through closing and the requirement of the house successfully passing inspection.  This blog addresses a third component, the necessity of the house appraising...

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December 01, 2014

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Avoiding Mortgage Woes: Building to Code - Part 2

Qualifying for a mortgage is a strenuous process that has many intricate facets.  Part 1 of this series discussed how to avoid loan denial as the result of a change in credit.  Maintaining a buyer’s credit is entirely the buyer’s responsibility. The good news...

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November 30, 2014

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Avoiding Mortgage Woes: Fluctuation in Credit

Mortgage approval is one of the most crucial factors in the home buying process and can be one of the most stressful elements buyers experience. A frequent and unfortunate reality is that buyers will obtain a letter of pre-approval...

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November 21, 2014

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Prepare your Lawn for a Southern Winter

Spring and summer are the times in the South when yards garner the most attention.  Grass grows at alarming speeds and by mid-summer weeds ...

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November 12, 2014

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

Paying Your Dues

If you are shopping in new construction neighborhoods you will most likely encounter the term “HOA fees.” If you’re shopping for a condo or townhome, this may be called a regime fee.  HOA stands for ...

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October 22, 2014

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Understanding Energy Efficiency

The term “energy efficiency” has been a homebuilding industry buzzword for quite a few years now.  It is something buyers have come to expect in a new construction home but something that is not always quantified...

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October 17, 2014

Tagged as: Housing Trends

What’s on the Rise…

As we progress into the 4th quarter of 2014 it’s a good time to begin to look back and see what trends have predominated and grown in home building over the year  (or past many years). This allows us to move into 2015...

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October 08, 2014

Tagged as: Charleston News

Public Transportation is Gaining Momentum in the Lowcountry

In many markets proximity to public transportation can be a valuable factor for consideration when purchasing a new home. While traffic and commutes are a concern in the Lowcountry, the suggestion of avoiding traffic and reducing environmental impact...

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September 25, 2014

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Battening Down the Hatches

As we officially enter into fall and commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo it is a necessity as Lowcountry residents to take several moments to consider hurricane preparedness...

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September 24, 2014

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

Doing Your Homework

School districts are a big factor when buying a new home. Being in a superior school system is not just a priority for parents with school-aged kids at home, it‘s important for everyone’s resale potential...

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September 26, 2011

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Natural Gas Value Rate

Did you know that SCE&G offers a Natural Gas Value Rate for customers who enjoy the comfort and convenience of natural gas throughout the year...

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September 12, 2011

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Helpful Pest Control Tips For Fire Ants From Terminix

Because of the health threat posed by fire ants, it is important to take steps to control the ants around the home and in the yard. Over-the-counter fire ant baits can be effective if properly used...

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August 22, 2011

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Routine Maintenance -- How to Care for Your New Home

Now that the boxes are unpacked, the pictures are on the wall and the furniture is arranged just the way you want it, it’s time to start thinking about how you will keep your home in tip-top condition...

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August 15, 2011

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Home Buyer's Dictionary

When you start shopping for a new home, you may encounter some words and terms with which you are unfamiliar. The following glossary will help you to be a better informed shopper.....

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August 08, 2011

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Homes That Save Energy Like Never Before

 With the present (and future) heightened focus on energy conservation and costs, one of the biggest considerations for today's home buyers is how much and what kind of energy their new homes will use...

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August 01, 2011

Tagged as: Home Buying Process

What Typically Occurs During The Pre-Settlement Walk-Through?

 Before you go to settlement on a new home, you and your builder will "walk through" the house to conduct a final inspection. The walk-through provides an opportunity for you to spot items that need to be corrected or adjusted.  It also allows you to learn how your new home works...

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July 25, 2011

Tagged as: Home Mortgage Info

Money matters should be in order before searching for a new home.

For aspiring buyers, it’s time to get your financing strategies in order. Below are a few tips on nailing down reliable financing...

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July 18, 2011

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Home Maintenance Quiz

Your home may be the largest investment you'll ever make.  Maintaining your homes' value and ensuring it will provide as a comfortable, safe shelter for you and your family it's necessary to be sure to take good care of it with regular maintenance...

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July 11, 2011

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Using Mulch Around Ornamentals

Applying mulch around ornamental plants is a common practice in most urban landscapes.  Mulch can improve plant growth, enhance landscape appearance, prevent plant damage, reduce maintenance time (weed control) and decrease water demands. Common mulch materials include...

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July 04, 2011

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Understanding Mold

By now, virtually everyone has heard horror stories about the damage mold can wreak on a home and on the health of its occupants...

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June 20, 2011

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Termites - how to make your home less vulnerable to them

Termites are small, white, soft bodies insects that live in colonies which can contain over one million individuals.  These colonies are well organized, with a king and queen, workers, soldiers, and swarmers. The workers do all the damage, the soldiers defend the colony, and the swarmers are winged termites that fly off to start their own colonies...

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June 06, 2011

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

What exactly are termites and how can you prevent them?

No type of home is safe from termites; they need only a crack the thickness of a sheet of paper to gain access. A termite’s sole function on earth is to recycle cellulose, and to these blind insects, a house is nothing but dead wood...

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May 30, 2011

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Welcome to the World of New Construction

By purchasing a newly built home, you have chosen to receive considerable advantages over the used-home buyer. Because your home is brand-new, you are not inheriting any problems from the previous homeowner. Your home is built with all new products and will most likely...

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May 23, 2011

Tagged as: Home Maintenance

Natural Disaster Preparations

When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act.  Communications, transportation, utilities and other essential services could be disrupted by disasters, forcing you to rely initially on your own resources for food, water, first aid, transportation, and shelter.  Learn how to protect yourself...

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April 13, 2011

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

Pitfalls of Short Sales & Foreclosures

 Deal or no deal, should you consider purchasing a home that is a short sale, foreclosure or OREO? People are led to believe that they can save a lot of money purchasing a home that falls into one of these categories. But, what exactly does a short sale, foreclosure...

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April 05, 2011

Tagged as: Home Buying Info

How to get a good deal when buying a house today

 If you're in the market for a home and you've been watching the news lately, surely you are wondering, "Am I getting the best deal I can get on my new home?" A "deal" can mean many different things to many different people...

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