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Are You Still Renting? STAHHP!

Are You Still Renting? STAHHP!

The Charleston are's population has been burgeoning. Everyone knows it. It's partly due to the fact that our little city is so livable, but it is also due to the heavy influx of industry that we're currently seeing. I think new industry should be welcomed with open arms to strengthen our local communities. However, when you experience an influx of new residents, you will certainly see an affordable housing shortage. That has been the case here in Charleston recently. Unfortunately, house prices have skyrocketed and that has made many millennials unable to buy. They have to resort to renting and the rental rates in the area have been increasing just as aggressively as home prices. Today's post is about why it is impractical to continue renting in today's market. I know it isn't easy to buy a home, so we will follow the previous statements up with some information on how you CAN buy a home more easily than you think you can.

Realtor Economist's Letter to Millennials

Realtor Economist's Letter to Millennials

Millennials are struggling economically. It's primarily student loan debt that has proven to be Millennial's plight. In this blog post, a very well-known economist's opinions and advice are directed toward millennials on how to better position themselves financially to succeed. Most millennials want to buy a home, but are unable to due to their student loan debt and high costs of living due to inflation. This post focuses on some of the ways that millennials can overcome these struggles. Remember me if you're interested in buying or selling residential, commercial or investment real estate in Charleston, South Carolina.

Safety and Real Estate

Safety and Real Estate

Recently, there has been a lot of coverage of various crimes committed against real estate professionals. Our jobs demand us to put ourselves in very vulnerable situations. We have to visit unknown or vacant properties on a daily basis. We have to meet with absolute strangers in these houses quite often. We're normally on call and can find ourselves at these properties with strangers at all hours. There have been quite a few attacks and even murders committed against real estate agents in the last few months. The victims were targeted for the reasons that I mentioned above. Beyond wanting to protect ourselves, we also want to protect our clients when we show them a house. I personally take every step I can to protect myself and my clients when visiting properties. This includes having a concealed weapons permit and trying to keep my firearm with me every time that I visit a questionable property. This post explains the ways and reasons that we attempt to be as careful as possible when it comes to showing properties for the safety of ourselves and our clients. Remember me if you're interested in buying or selling residential, commercial or investment real estate in Charleston, SC.

The Closing Process Has Changed

The Closing Process Has Changed

The real estate industry changes constantly. While things like rates and loan products seem to evolve constantly, every few years something major will change that has a major effect on the industry. Every now and then, there will be perhaps a new version of the state contract or a new addendum that pops up. Things like this are perfectly fine as they are improved or developed to better serve our clients and they take very little time to acclimate to. However, some times there are major changes that can stunt the whole industry for a short period of time. Recently, it was revealed that we will be using an entirely new closing procedure when buying or selling a home. This was also designed to protect both buyers and sellers after many were unaware of their predatory loans in the mid-2000's. Rather than using the HUD-1 as the closing document that were all so used to, we will not be shifting to a new document and disclosures process. This process will take a little bit longer to get through than the old HUD-1, but it gives buyers much more transparency when it comes to their loan product. This blog post is all about the new RESPA-TILA activity and the new closing processes that have sprung from it. Remember me if you're interested in buying or selling residential, commercial or investment real estate in Charleston, SC.

Longevity in the Real Estate Industry

Longevity in the Real Estate Industry

Today's post is meant to give a little insight into the real estate industry. In particular, being a career Realtor. Being a successful Realtor isn't easy. It take a ton of self-motivation, drive and consistency. Honestly, there is never a day (including weekends and most Holidays) when I don't do some amount of work. Granted, I'm also a real estate investor and have a lot of my own projects to maintain. A lot of Realtors can get burnt out. When this happens, they either slow down their production or they move on to another opportunity in real estate. As the source of this article proves, achieving longevity as a Realtor requires you to have fun and enjoy what you're doing. Work is never too bad if you show gratitude and enjoy your work. Remember me if you're interested in buying or selling residential, commercial or investment real estate in Charleston, SC!