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What's Going On with Mortgage Rates?

What's Going On with Mortgage Rates?

Mortgage rates have been increasing lately. It can be very frustrating as a prospective home buyer, but there is good reason for it. This blog post explains why interest rates are increasing, who is responsible for causing these rates to increase and why it isn't the worst thing ever (albeit frustrating). While rates were bumped a couple of times at the end of 2016, we're expecting them to be raised more than once in 2017. If you're worried that these rising interest rates are going to keep you from buying, don't fret- the increase is pretty nominal on an average house, but I would certainly recommend talking to mortgage lender about your borrower power before you file your taxes next month. A good lender can suggest some things that can have a big affect on your borrowing power later down the line. As always, remember me if you're interested in buying or selling residential, investment or commercial real estate in Charleston!

8 Rookie Landlord Mistakes

8 Rookie Landlord Mistakes

This post is aimed at new and aspiring real estate investors that want to purchase rental properties. Like most things, newbies will undoubtedly make a lot of mistakes. But, even small mistakes when you own a rental property can be quite costly. This blog post discusses 8 easy to make mistakes and how to avoid them. 

Americans Think It's a Good Time to Sell

Americans Think It's a Good Time to Sell

It's no secret that we're experiencing a seller's market. Sellers have much more leverage than buyers do in our current real estate market. Realtor Magazine recently published a very insightful article including data provided by Redfin.com that was gathered by surveying sellers. This post discusses some of the interests and concerns that those ready to sell their homes are facing and to what percentage they would agree. Remember me if you're interested in buying or selling residential, commercial or investment real estate in the Charleston, SC area!

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.

Title Insurance - Inside and Out

Title Insurance - Inside and Out

Title insurance is very confusion. Most folks don't even know what it is unless they've bought a home. In fact, many homeowners don't know what title insurance is, either. It's one of those things that you just assume is necessary and good, but don't exactly know what it is. Title insurance is a type of insurance that is mean to protect you interest in your home. Before you buy your property, the closing attorney will do a title search to make sure there is no one else claiming to own the property other than the parties that are selling that property. If there is a conflict in the title, you are almost always encouraged NOT to buy the property because the title is not marketable. If the title is clear, which it usually is, then you will continue on to close the home. Once you've done so, your attorney will find you a title insurance policy that is designed to make sure that your title to your property is always marketable and that one can claim to own part of your property after you have closed. Like any other insurance, there may be claims that are not honored, but title insurance is something that you will always want! This blog post explains the ins and outs of title insurance in more detail. Remember me if you're interested in buying or selling residential, commercial or investment real estate in Charleston, SC.