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Wed Aug 26, 2009
Marshall Walker answered:
Yes is my first response - I dont think we are at the bottom of the market. However that being said there have been some good properties being sold . We would have to evaluate on a case by case basis.

Would you like me to set you up to recieve a current market snapshot and daily or weekly market updates?

Marshall Walker
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Fri Aug 28, 2009
Gloria May answered:
Dear Susan,

I understand you are interested in 1071 Sea Eagle Watch. It is still available and is a possible short sale for $425,000.
Enclosed is my web site if you would like more information on this home or others like it. The MLS # for this home is 2826138. You can search for listings by MLS number on my web site.

http://www.gmaycharlestonhomes.com/

Please feel free to call me with any of your question or to set up a showing on this home.

Thank you,

Gloria J May, Realtor
EXIT Realty Charleston Group
843-437-7405
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Sun Mar 29, 2009
Marshall Walker answered:
Rebecca
I live on the upper Peninsula in Hampton Park Terrace and and maintain an office at 35 Broad Street. The Market is Charleston does offer some good oppurtunity however it will be difficult to keep under the $200k mark on a single family home unless you are above the cross-town or willing to take on substantial renovations. f you would like to call me at 866-556-3433 toll free I will be happy to speak to you about your needs and expectations. I do know of a small home just off Bogard Street that has been renovated but is not yet on the MLS which will be $219k - good rental potential, large lot and the ability to tear down and rebuild at a future date as the current structure was built in the 1980's and is not historical.

take care and good luck!
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Thu Mar 19, 2009
Darcy Creaturo answered:
http://www.schumacherhomes.com/

Schumacher Homes are a custom builder. They build on your lot. They have many floor plans to choose from.
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Thu Apr 2, 2009
Randall Sandin answered:
Hi Rachel - Sorry but no, you would not qualify. The tax credit is for first time home buyers and those who have not owned a home in 3 years. Even though you are renting the home, you are still the owner and therefore do not qualify. Sorry about that. Let me know if you need any assistance looking for a place to buy as this is what I do for a living - help people buy and sell homes. I am a fulltime agent and do nothing but that. If I can help, please give me a call at 843-209-9667 or email me at rsandin@carolinaone.com

Thanks, Randall
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Mon Mar 16, 2009
Randall Sandin answered:
Hi Neil - Sometimes you can get the appraisal fee back at closing but it depends on your lender or if you asked the seller to pay your closing costs and sometimes that can get the appraisal money refunded. Let me know if you have any other questions or if I can be of any help.

Randall Sandin
843-209-9667, rsandin@carolinaone.com
Carolina One Real Estate
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Thu Apr 2, 2009
Teresa Cooper answered:
Hello, Karla. Well, there's lots to choose from in the condo market right now! In fact, there are about a dozen or so condos / villas available on Seabrook Island, within walking distance to the beach. While prices are amazingly low right now on Seabrook, as with any condo / villa, you need to be completely informed about the regime and community association fees and dues. As a former Seabrook Island resident, I can highly recommend living here! Seabrook has a unique combination of natural beauty, and sense of community, and is about 20 minutes drive from all the activity of Charleston.

If you'd like more information about specific properties, or about other aspects of living in Charleston / Seabrook Island, please contact me.

Teresa Cooper, CPA, Realtor
teresa@teresabcooper.com
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Fri Feb 27, 2009
Randall Sandin answered:
Hi Jackie - I have all this info in my office and if you email me at rsandin@carolinaone.com, I can send you the guidlines and also the link for the new IRS form. Thanks, Randall

Randall Sandin
843-209-9667, rsandin@carolinaone.com
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston Pier Partners
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Fri Apr 10, 2009
Darcy Creaturo answered:
I think if your ever going to buy now is the time! With lower mortgage rates and home prices what do you have to loose! Why pay someones mortgage?
Plus the President will be signing a buyers tax credit of up to 8,000 dollars today. One more reason to buy in 2009. ... more
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Tue Feb 17, 2009
Rose Ann Mascarella answered:
The short answer is the homeseller may need the larger asking price due to what they may owe. The bank may only be willing to lend up to a certain amount based on what appraisers are showing the market has supported in that area. ... more
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Wed Jun 30, 2010
Charleston Relocation Experts answered:
Rebecca, That will depend on a couple of things. Will you be renting or purchasing? Either way, what price range is comfortable as that may determine your options. Also, what is most important to you as for as location? Proximity to work, downtown, the beach? ... more
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Mon Jul 22, 2013
Randall Sandin answered:
Hi Michael - That is a tough question...it will all depend on what you are looking for in a house. Spec homes can be built in the $100/foot range and custom homes can run in the $175-$250 range. I have a great builder who is a client of mine and he would be more than happy to discuss with you further what you are looking to do with your property. If you would like his contact info, please call me at 843-209-9667 or you can email me at rsandin@carolinaone.com.

Please let me know if I can help you out.

Randall
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Thu Aug 4, 2016
Seth Siegler answered:
Meridian Place is a nice place to live on James Island.

I have four Meridian Units to folks who are still very happy living there full time!

The neat thing about them is the cathedral ceilings. That makes the interior space feel really open and airy. And for the money and location (5 min to the beach, 7 min to downtown) they are really a nice value.

The back yard is the right size for a grill but not too big to take care of. The front yard is maintained by the homeowner association and the dues are only about $60/mo.

There are currently 11 Meridian units on the market ranging from $159K-$189,900. 10 of those units are 2-bedroom units and the one that is $189,900 is a 3-bedroom unit on Dexter Ln.

Hope that helps!

Feel free to contact me if there is any other info you might want!

--Seth
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Wed Nov 4, 2009
Darcy Creaturo answered:
Would you consider a condo? There are some very nice condo's in Mount Pleasant in that price range. It would be very difficult to find any property in the Charleston area in the 140K or less price range.
If you'd like, use the link to my web site below to view all properties on MLS.
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Fri Aug 15, 2008
Marika Kary answered:
If you are looking in downtown Charleston, the best resource for information on a neighborhood's crime statistics are through Cpt. Francis with CPD: CHARLESTONPOLICE@ci.charleston.sc.us

Francis has helped me answer questions about specific neighborhoods & crime patterns in the past for parents buying homes for their kids in the downtown Charleston college areas. Because of the large student populations between the College of Charleston and MUSC, there certainly is a demand for rental housing, although some of these students don't take the best care of the home. If you are looking to live there one day yourself, I would advise targeting the growing population of young professionals who like to rent downtown (esp. those who work at MUSC) and are working their way up to purchasing a home but enjoy the conveneince of living downtown and being close to work or the great amenties of downtown Charleston. Many of those renters take great care of the property, can be fairly long term rentals and also seek a safe neighborhood that you would enjoy as well.
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Mon Aug 18, 2008
Marika Kary answered:
Hey there, Jackie:

The biggest issue you might encounter when buying a foreclosed proeprty is the condition of the property and that may be where some financing institutions get tripped up an dcannot provide you with a loan. If you want to talk to a lender who is incredibly helpful, takes the time to make sure you understand and are happy with the loan then you should call on Brandon Buchardt with Southern Trust: 843-478-3876. He is currently working with one of my buyers purchasing a foreclosure property. Just a quick wanring - it is a lengthy process if the home is in a short sale situation - the banks are just plain overwhlemed! ... more
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Wed Aug 6, 2008
Marcia Wray answered:
Jackie,
These houses on the Chas. County site are close to, or already scheduled for auction. You should be able to find additional information about how the auction is conducted on the site, also. There are different bidding guidelines depending on various criteria. Usually, they expect at least 10% cash within days of the auction if you are the winning bid. If you do your research and are well prepared, there are some good deals for houses at auction!
I wish you the best!

Marcia Wray
Cornerstone Properties of Charleston
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Thu Aug 14, 2008
dele me answered:
I am Realtor in the Charleston area. There are many agents that sell Bank owned properties. I don't know any one Realtor that specializes in repo's.
I have had repo's myself through the years. It depends on what deal's you have with specific lenders as different lenders use different Realtors and different companies.
The source you want to get to is the MLS as all bank owned properties that are listed for sale are in the MLS.
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Tue Jul 22, 2008
Dallas Texas answered:
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Wed Jun 30, 2010
Cheryll Woods-Flowers ABR answered:
When data is collected on Charleston, it is collected on the Charleston area which includes areas outside of the 29401 area code. 29401 includes historic homes on the peninsula of Charleston which commonly sell for millions of dollars. I hope that is helpful! There are many homes outside of the peninsula that can be purchased for far less depending on how close you want to be to the peninsula and to the beaches. Visit my website where you can search all Charleston area homes.

Cheryll Woods-Flowers, ABR
Keller Williams Realty
http://woodsflowers.com
843-442-2219
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