June 2008

Found 3 blog entries for June 2008.

I wanted to make sure you knew that our website shows all the listings on the Charleston MLS. A lot of people ask us about that, since many websites show only some of the listings (i.e., just their company’s listings, or listings in a certain price range, etc.). Also, we’ve written all of the information on the site ourselves. A lot of website owners get a third party to write their content – and often, these writers have never even been to Charleston! So, we hope that you’ll find the information on our site useful. Our goal was to make the most user-friendly and informative real estate website in Charleston – and the positive feedback we’ve gotten from clients I think speaks for itself!   If you have any questions about a specific listing, know that…
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Insurance can also play a big role in the affordability of the homes you consider. Insurance is not as expensive in areas that are further inland (like Summerville, for example, where flood insurance is rarely required). However, in the areas closer to the coast (the beaches, of course, along with James Island, West Ashley, downtown Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant), many of the homes require flood insurance if they are located in certain flood zones. In some of the lighter flood zones, the homes don’t require flood insurance, but it’s recommended that you get it (and the policies are quite low in cost).    Insurance prices vary according to where the home is located and which company you choose. When our clients are ready to make an offer on a home, we…
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We get a lot of questions about real estate taxes in Charleston, so I wanted to just talk briefly about taxes. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to pay about $750 in taxes for every $100,000 of the purchase price of the home. So, for example, you can estimate paying about $2,250 every year in taxes for a house that you paid $300,000 for. This is, of course, simply an estimate – but buyers generally find it pretty helpful. Also, taxes are generally a little less for Berkeley County real estate and Dorchester County real estate compared to real estate in Charleston County.   Buyers often ask what the current taxes are for a home. Although it’s possible for us to look up what the current owner paid last year in taxes, this is not a very accurate…
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