Resources for Buyers and Sellers of Lowcountry Homes

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What You Should Know About Home Buying Closing Costs

Once you've finally found the perfect home and agreed to a purchase price with the seller, you'll need to go through the closing process, including taking care of the home buying closing costs. This is the final step in a real estate...


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Do I Need a Realtor to Buy a Home?

Do I need a Realtor to buy a home? This is a question that many home buyers ask. Being that Realtors are trained real estate professionals, conventional wisdom tells us that they can certainly...


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What is the Home Buying Process?

As the housing market continues to improve and financial institutions expand their lending, more and more people are looking to buy their first home. A recent report by REALTORS found that first-time buyers accounted for nearly one-third of...


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The Benefits of Buying a Home

2016 was a record year for U.S. home sales. According to a report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), home sales reached their highest level in more than a decade, signaling a positive trend for the real estate market. In total, some...


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How to Buy a Home with Bad Credit

The single most influential factor in determining your approval for a loan is your credit history. If you have other revolving credit accounts that are in good standing -- and maintain a low debt-to-credit ratio -- lenders will view you as being...


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Buying Your First Home - What You Need to Know

Congratulations on your decision to buy your first home. For millions of Americans, a home is their biggest asset and investment. Instead of throwing money down the drain by renting a house or apartment, you can put that money towards building...


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What is MLS in Real Estate?

When you're looking to buy or sell a home, you've probably come across the term "MLS". An acronym for multiple listing service or multiple listing system, it's a fundamental tool used by real estate professionals....


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What is Loan to Value in Real Estate? (LTV)

When buying a home, you may come across the term LTV, which is short for "loan to value". This financial term is used to define the ratio of the amount of money borrowed in a mortgage to the value of the property for which it used....


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What is Escrow in Real Estate?

If you're buying a home, you should familiarize yourself with escrow accounts and how they work. It's an important part of real estate transactions that's designed to protect both the buyer and seller. To learn more about what is...


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What is a Real Estate Broker?

Whether you're buying or selling a home, you should consider hiring a real estate professional to help facilitate the process. They have the experience and skills needed to ensure a smooth, hassle-free transaction between you and the other...


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Practical Moving Tips for Homeowners with Pets

Are you are the proud owner of a pet? Well, you aren't alone. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), approximately 36.5% of all U.S. households own a dog and 30.4% own a cat. There's nothing that compares to...


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What is a Real Estate Agent and How Can They Help You?

Also known as a real estate broker or real estate salesperson, a real estate agent is a professional whose job is to help homebuyers find and buy a home and homesellers find a buyer for their home. Generally speaking, they...


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What is a Short Sale in Real Estate?

In real estate, a short sale refers to the act of selling property for less than the amount still owed to the lender. When a homeowner struggles to pay their monthly mortgage, he or she may consider a short sale as an alternative to foreclosure....


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What is Real Estate? Examining the Terms of the Trade

You've probably heard the term "real estate" being used to describe homes and properties, but you might be surprised to learn its true definition. Today, we're going to take a closer look at what is real estate, revealing what...


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Renting vs Buying a Home: Which is the Better Option?

One of the biggest financial decisions you'll make in your life is whether to buy or rent your home. Let's take a closer look at renting vs buying a home and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each option. Before you jump...


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FSBO Tips for Selling your Home

If you're planning to sell your home, you typically have one of two options: you can hire a real estate agent, or you can sell your home yourself. The latter, known as "For Sale By Owner" (FSBO), allows sellers to do all of the...


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What is a Homeowner\\\'s Association? What Benefits Does it Offer?

When searching for a new home, you may discover that some properties are in neighborhoods which have a homeowner's association (HOA). Unfortunately, there's a lot of misinformation floating around on the subject. To clear up the confusion,...


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Buying a Home? Why You Should Work with a Qualified Real Estate Professional

If you're in the market to buy a new home, the best course of action is to work with a qualified real estate professional. Some people assume that it may be an unnecessary expense, in reality, engaging the services of a real estate agent...


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Home Relocation Resources to Simplify your Move

If you're planning to move in the near future, there are many resources to help make the process a bit smoother. This list of home relocation resources features links to helpful tools and websites, making the otherwise stressful tasks of...


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What is A Reverse Mortgage?

You've probably seen a TV commercial advertising a reverse mortgage at some point. They are often touted as a means for older homeowners to pull money out of their home's equity. But unless you're familiar with the process, you may...


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The Importance of Beautiful Landscaping for your Home

Landscaping says a lot about a home. It's the primary element in "curb appeal," setting the tone for the rest of your home's design, both interior and exterior. However, landscaping offers more than just aesthetic benefits....


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6 Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

If you're eager to sell your home, you should invest the necessary time and energy into "staging" it properly. By preparing your home so it's more appealing to prospective buyers, you may have an opportunity to sell it quicker...


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6 Tips for a Smooth Home Renovation

Renovating your home can serve many purposes. Not only does a renovation increase the value of a property, it can also make a home much more comfortable and appealing. If you're thinking about remodeling your home, here are 6 tips for a...


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What is a Foreclosure Property? Should You Purchase One?

Whether you're looking to buy a new home as your primary living residence, vacation home or investment property, you may consider buying a foreclosed home. Because they've been repossessed by the lender, they often cost less than their...


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When is the Best Time to Refinance a Mortgage?

When done correctly, and at the right time, refinancing a mortgage can save you big bucks over the course of your home loan. Refinancing refers to the process of paying off your current mortgage with a new mortgage. If you obtained your original...


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Qualifying for a Mortgage: Tips to Getting Approved

Unless you happen to be sitting on a large financial "nest egg," you'll probably need to take out a mortgage in order to buy a home. According to a report by the National Association of Realtors, the median sale price of homes...


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Frequently Asked Questions about Relocating to a New Area

It's estimated that roughly 14.19% of the U.S. adult population will move to a new location this year, according to data by the Census Bureau. But if you're thinking about moving, you might have a few questions, which we're going...


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Commonly Asked Questions by Real Estate Investors

With the U.S. housing market trending back in a positive direction, many entrepreneurs and businesses are investing in real estate. According to some statistics, roughly 1 in 3 homes sales are investments. If you're thinking about the possibility...


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Frequently Asked Questions about Renting a Property

Roughly 35% of all homes in the United States are rented, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). There are certain perks to renting a home, such as peace of mind knowing that major repairs are covered by the landlord or...


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Frequently Asked Questions by Home Sellers

Roughly 5 million homes are bought and sold in the United States each year. If you're planning to sell a home in the near future, though, you may have some questions. To make this otherwise confusing process just a little easier, we've...


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Frequently Asked Questions by Home Buyers

Although buying a home may be one of the biggest accomplishments in many peoples lives, there's no denying the fact that it can be a stressful experience. However, it also marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life. In an effort to...


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Top Concerns of Potential Homebuyers

For most people, a home is their biggest asset by far. Assuming that you continue to pay your mortgage every month, you will generate equity in your home, which is essentially ownership in the property. But you may have some concerns if you're...


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2017 Housing Trends: Are Home Sales Up or Down?

With a new year upon us, many Americans are wondering about home sales data and if now is a good time to buy or sell a home. If you look back at 2016, you'll notice that mortgage rates dropped below 4% in Q1, balancing a low but steady rate...


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Wayne M. McDonald elected to the MLS Board of Trustees for 2017

\"\"Congratulations to our Broker-In-Charge Wayne M....


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