5 Things to Consider When Looking into Mortgage Rates

5 Things to Consider When Looking into Mortgage Rates

It finally happened for you! You’ve been sticking to your budget and saving up for your forever home. Now you’re ready to start the purchasing process, but how do ensure the best deal for you and your family? Navigating mortgage rates can be overwhelming and confusing. It’s a big decision, so here are 5 things you should consider when looking into Mortgage Rates.

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What Closing Costs Can I Expect to Pay When Buying a Home?

What Closing Costs Can I Expect to Pay When Buying a Home?

When purchasing a home in Charleston, you must be financially prepared. While a down payment is a large portion of your home-buying expenses, it isn’t the only cost you should prepare to pay. Most buyers can expect to pay between 2% to 5% of the home’s purchase price in closing costs. These are the fees that are accumulated during the home-buying process and should be paid at the time of closing. 

There are many types of closing costs you may be required to pay. Here are several common ones you can expect to see. 

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Here’s How to Prepare Your Charleston Landscaping for Winter

Here’s How to Prepare Your Charleston Landscaping for Winter

While the winters in Charleston are generally very mild, it doesn’t mean you can ignore your landscaping. With a little preparation and proper care, you will improve your home’s curb appeal and keep your plants healthy. Here are just a few ways that you can prepare your Charleston landscaping for the cold winter months.

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Easy Ways to Make Your New House in Charleston Feel Like Home

Easy Ways to Make Your New House in Charleston Feel Like Home

Moving into a new house in Charleston is always exciting. That being said, once all those boxes have cleared and all the furniture is in place sometimes a space needs a little pizazz to get it really feeling like it is not just a house, but actually your house. This is often especially true  if this is your first home or if you have recently upgraded to a newer space and might have a little extra room to fill with your existing furnishings. 

So what are some quick and easy ways to get that new house feeling like a home pronto? Read on to find out!

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All Generations Believe Renting Is More Affordable Than Owning—Even Though It’s Not True

All Generations Believe Renting Is More Affordable Than Owning—Even Though It’s Not True

The misconception that renting is more affordable than homeownership is not only costing renters of every generation money, it’s also costing them the ability to own their own home. If you’ve been renting because you believe it’s saving you money—no matter how old you are—it’s time to look at the facts, reevaluate your situation, and consider transitioning to homeownership.

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More Than 19 Million Millennials Across the US are "Mortgage Ready"

More Than 19 Million Millennials Across the US are "Mortgage Ready"

When someone uses the term “millennials,” most people don’t immediately think of financial stability or homeownership. But according to a new study, more millennials than ever are ready, willing, and able to purchase property in today’s market.

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Development and Economic Growth in Charleston... Should We Embrace It or Resist It?

Development and Economic Growth in Charleston... Should We Embrace It or Resist It?

If we're being honest, most of us have had this conversation with our friends and loved ones over dinner at some point in the last few years. The landscape of our beloved city is changing before our eyes. We sit in traffic longer than we ever have before, our beaches seem to be so much more crowded than we remember them being "just yesterday," and we are spending more and more of our wages on rent or our mortgages. With all this development going on, should we embrace the change or resist at all costs?

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Late Summer Lawn Care Tips

Late Summer Lawn Care Tips

If you're like me, you have spent quite a bit of time getting your lawn and flowerbeds in order this summer, sometimes battling intense heat, several days of rain, or the dreaded chamberbitter infestation.

I thought I would say a few words about what I've learned about late summer lawn care as a homeowner, and things I've been taught by my friends and neighbors. I hope you find these tips to be useful!

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4 Tips for Buying a Home in a Hot Market

4 Tips for Buying a Home in a Hot Market

When a market is hot, finding and buying a home can feel like an uphill battle. In a seller’s market, homes go quickly. They can be on the market one day and gone the next. And on top of the challenge of finding a home, most homes (especially the desirable ones) have multiple offers, making it harder to get into the home of your dreams.

But buying a home in a hot market isn’t impossible! You just have to approach it strategically and stack the deck in your favor to find – and successfully buy – the right home for you and your family.

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3 Common Fears of First-Time Homebuyers... and How to Overcome Them

3 Common Fears of First-Time Homebuyers... and How to Overcome Them

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home but are dealing with the fear that comes along with it, don’t worry! You’re not alone. Most first time home-buyers deal with a certain level of fear as they get ready to buy their first home.

But that fear doesn’t have to hold you back. Here are three of the most common fears of first time home-buyers (and how you can overcome them).

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7 Debates First-Time Homebuyers Face

7 Debates First-Time Homebuyers Face

Buying your first place can be an exciting but often overwhelming experience. From finding “the one” to figuring out how you’ll pay for it, you’ll face many choices along the road to home ownership.

Before you box up your belongings and prepare to put your new welcome mat in place, you’ll have to do some serious soul searching. Let’s explore the most common decisions first-time homebuyers face.

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3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent Wants You to Bother Them

3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent Wants You to Bother Them

Real estate agents hear this all the time… “I wish I had called you before. But I just didn’t want to bother you. I know you’re busy…” …after it is too late.
There are times when you might feel like you shouldn’t “bother” the real estate agent you know. (Could be your friend, a neighbor, your brother-in-law, cousin, your sister…) Maybe you’re truly trying to be considerate.

But, maybe it’s because you’re not even aware that you should. Or, you just don’t want to feel obligated or pushed into doing something. (Despite what many people think, most agents are not pushy. Most are the exact opposite.)

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When You Hire a Realtor, You're Also Partnering with These 11 Pros

When You Hire a Realtor, You're Also Partnering with These 11 Pros

From striking the best deal to simplifying that often-daunting paperwork, these pros truly do and know significantly more than their job title implies. In order to maximize your value and minimize your stress level, your agent must morph into nearly a dozen different roles to get the job done.

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