Explore Beaufort, SC

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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I rose early Christmas morning, and logged on to the computer. There was a familiar theme -- cold and snow throughout the Midwest and Northeast. I saw a lot of single digit temperatures this morning. I saw a lot of pictures of snow-covered cars and trees. I saw a lot of very cold-looking people. ...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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it's more like a request. I was hoping for some feedback.One of my pet projects is my email newsletter. I sent out the first edition in months today. In fact, I haven't sent out an edition since getting involved with Active Rain. I would love some Active Rain feedback. If you have a spare minute ...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Eddie Van Halen once said that rock and roll returns to its guitar roots every decade or so. There are periods when lush orchestration and synthesizers seem to dominate the rock landscape, but sooner or later, everything comes back to the guitar. There are roots of successful real estate, as well...

By Chris & Maria Skrip, Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Sun City SC
(RE/MAX 1st Advantage)
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I have written several times about Berry Island, but I don't think that I have mentioned about Charlie's (the owner) delicious BREAKFAST!  He has some of the freshest ingredients and interesting dishes.  For example, he let me sample a new item; Jalapeno Bacon (not too hot though) that will be pl...

By Chris & Maria Skrip, Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Sun City SC
(RE/MAX 1st Advantage)
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The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, AKA Blue Angels, will be attending the 2009 Air Show at MCAS Beaufort.  The Air Show will attract hundreds of thousands of attendees during the 2 day FREE event.  The last Air Show with the Blue Angels was in April of 2007.  This was the Air Show where the ...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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In recent weeks, the prevailing gas prices in and around Beaufort, SC have been in the $1.50 to $1.55 per gallon range.  So, imagine my surprise last night when I passed a station advertising $1.72 per gallon on its  marquee. Now, we're not talking about some station out in the sticks. These guy...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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A Realtor called today for advice on a sticky negotiation. My friend was acting as a buyer's agent. It seems after this Realtor's initial written offer, the two agents fell into the trap of trying to speed things up by hashing the rest out verbally, and then putting it on paper once everything wa...

By Cherimie Crane
(Cherimie Crane & Associates)
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Amidst the hustle and bustle, the obligations, the rush and scurry, I chose to sit at home. It was beautiful last night in Beaufort. A warm and breezy 70 degrees, the stars were bright and clear, and the frogs were out in full force on caroling spree matched only by the crickets. My social calend...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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  A good friend offered to buy lunch today. Considering my comical financial situation, who am I to say no?   Andy is a very good friend, but he started out as a client. He is a 71-year-old former Marine who originally hailed from the midwest.   So why does he remind me of my  5-year-old daughter...
Beaufort South Carolina Real Estate Owners are able to challenge 2008 Property Taxes     With the 2008 Real Estate tax bills many Beaufort S.C. home owners are shocked by the new assessed value of their Beaufort homes. With the present decline in Beaufort property values many homeowners feel they...

By Cherimie Crane
(Cherimie Crane & Associates)
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Bay Street is our main artery through Historic Downtown Beaufort. Many spend their morning jogging, walking furry friends, or taking advantage of the always supreme photo opportunity.  Bay Street runs along side the Intracoastal Waterway and the views are always breath-taking.   This morning it w...

By Cherimie Crane
(Cherimie Crane & Associates)
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How much more can a person actually withstand!?!? Seriously. I am completely fed up with trying so hard to keep up with these two on a daily basis. Just recently have they become such a force on Active Rain and Localism. I pretty much had it all to myself before now. Basically, I had the playhous...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Amy Le of Chicago posted a fine blog about Realtor dos and don'ts. Although it was not the thrust of her blog, she mentioned a recent experience at an open house, where the host agent talked on the phone the ENTIRE time Amy and her client were in the home.  Technology is absolutely trashing Amer...

By Cherimie Crane
(Cherimie Crane & Associates)
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As I write this my hands are shaking, my heart is racing, and if there were any tears left at all, they would pour. Some may not be able to relate but I feel that there are many who will.  Late last night I was awakened to my greatest fear. You see my best friend is my world. He has been by my si...

By Cherimie Crane
(Cherimie Crane & Associates)
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When an agent calls to show YOUR listing, how easy do you make it? Do you consider yourself to have an active role?As Realtors, we are generally more prepared for showings when we represent the buyers. It is almost second nature to be organized, prepared, and full of information. The past few mon...

By Cherimie Crane
(Cherimie Crane & Associates)
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By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Sometimes, while showing property, an empty house can really speak to me. I am probably more prone to nostalgia than most, but I confess to pangs of sadness when coming across those tell-tale signs of days gone by. Maybe it's a forgotten, left-behind toy in the back yard, or a teenager's beaded ...

By Chris & Maria Skrip, Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Sun City SC
(RE/MAX 1st Advantage)
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I received an unusual call today.  There is an elderly couple moving to the Beaufort area in their RV.  They are wanting to buy a home site to place their RV on when they are in town. Until they find that perfect home site, they needed to find a place to live - an RV Park!  Well, I have to say th...

By Chris & Maria Skrip, Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Sun City SC
(RE/MAX 1st Advantage)
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The Festival of Trees benefited Friends of Caroline Hospice. Visitors strolled through decorated trees and wreaths created by members of the Beaufort community. This event has become a tradition of Beaufort's holiday season. Friends of Caroline Hospice provides its services free of charge to fami...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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  Sixteenth Century English statesman THOMAS MORE said that searching for errors in the Tyndale King James Bible was like searching for water in the ocean. I would imagine it's much easier to find errors on the Internet. Blogging is said to be the ultimate form of democracy. Everybody gets a chan...

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