Explore Beaufort, SC

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Seems like every week, l encounter a new name in my real estate travels, a name which wasn't around back in the pre-recession market. There are new companies, new agents, new home inspectors, among others. Fresh faces... As we head into 2015, I find it heartening to see the roster of our local Bo...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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When making your next home puchase, make sure you are mindful of homes on private oads. I am sure evey state is different, but in South Carolina, private roads ae signified by blue street signs. VA lenders like to see a maintained road. Someimtes, this may be easier said than done. I have seen s...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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As you begin your search for that perfect home, the best advise I can give you is to contact a professional lender immediately about getting qualified for a mortgage.   This is important for several reasons.    1)Just about all sellers these days will not consider an offer without a prequalifica...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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I had a discussion recently with a seller who wanted to add a selling bonus to the listing agent. I advised against it. Firstly, in 15 years as a licensed South Carolina Realtor, I have found selling bonuses to be ineffective tools for my sellers. If a buyer's agent has a client for my home or la...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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  We always encourage our clients to "let the market speak," and to "listen to the market." After all, a $200,000 home is a $200,000 home, right? The College Football market spoke to me last week. I overvalued my team, the Georgia Bulldogs, thinking they were National title contenders. But, just...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Newpoint continues to be a sought-after community.   Homes in Newpoint over the past year have sold faster than competing communities, such as Coosaw Point, Distant Island and Cat Island. That's great news for prospective sellers.   There have been 8 Newpoint sales in the last 12 months. The med...

By Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert
(Movement Mortgage)
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VA Loan in Beaufort SC  It is one of the best mortgage loan programs available today. The Beaufort South Carolina VA Loan for both honorably discharged vets and active duty military personnel and if you want to know more about its features, read on. Here are the features of a VA loan program: Zer...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Dear Diane,   Are you up for a project?   This home you inquired about has magnificent views of the Broad River, and sits on a beautiful lot. In many ways, it is the quintessential Lowcountry experience -- oaks, waterviews, lush landscaping.   But this home needs a major overhauling, which is wh...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Kindness if a wonderful thing. Yesterday, I saw a woman purchase three new pairs of shoes for a grandmother who was school shopping for her granddaughters. I was fortunate to be a bystander for this magnanimous gesture. The grandmother was  struggling to find something affordable for the two girl...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
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Active Rainer Jeff Dowler wrote a great blog about "staging" our offers, to put our clients' best foot forward. Jeff's blog touched all the right bases about the actual presentation of the offers, so I won't belabor the point by repeating his points. However, I want to applaud the premise. Commun...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
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I get asked that frequently. I can't put my finger on why so many folks choose to relocate or retire to Beaufort, I just know people want to be here. Beaufort is a target destination of folks from Maine to Tennessee and North Carolina to Connecticut.Well, maybe I can  put my finger on it. Besides...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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I "lifted" this very funny photo from the Pinterest page of Diane Morales, a Keller Williams agent in Saint Charles, ILL. I am not sure if this bug-eyed agent is directing his frustration at another agent's buyer client, or his own buyer client. This funny graphic made me harken back to the most ...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
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I recently met a gentleman who was looking to pick up raw, undeveloped land for "15 to 20 cents on the dollar." That is all good and well, I told him. But, I continued, "which dollar are you referring to"? Was it the dollar of the early 2000s, when land prices were exploding at 25 to 30 percent a...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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If I were to try and boil success -- in real estate or any profession -- down to one word, it would be integrity. With integrity comes honesty, professionalism and thoroughness. With integrity comes courtesy, and civility. Integrity allows you to act in the best interest of your client, yet still...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Can't I have a firm understanding of Bitcoin. What I do know is that the online currency was created by someone who uses the alias Satoshi Nakamoto, and Bitcoin is gaining popularity among vendors. According to Money Magazine, bitcoin can buy you a pizza in some places, and even a manicure. But w...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
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The 80 % rule dictates there is no such thing as a "perfect" home. So, armed with this fact, buyers should bear in mind that there are no 100 percent houses. But there are plenty of homes which offer 80 percent of what you are looking for, as a buyer. A Realtor friend of mine proposed that the on...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
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Here we are in early February, the tail end of the winter market, and we are seeing many buyers have to scramble to get offers in before the home of their choice is bought out from under them. Yes, urgency has returned to the Beaufort, SC real-estate market, as more buyers are competing for a see...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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New homes are covered by the builder's warranty, which is very comprehensive and covers the structure from top to bottom.   However, if you are purchasing a pre-owned home, we recommend buying a home warranty plan, offered by the likes of Old Republic, American Home Shield or 2-10.   Starting at...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
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The waterfront community of Paulkie Island is one of Beaufort’s best-kept deep-water secrets. Located just west of Beaufort, Paulkie Island is off the beaten path, without being totally out of the way. If you have read any of Pat Conroy's fiction, you know what I am talking about. Paulkie Island ...

By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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For those seeking to capitalize on a foreclosure home purchase in Beaufort, SC, the window of opportunity could be closing. Current Beaufort real estate absorption rates indicate that the number ...of available foreclosures on the market could be significantly thinned by the time this summer roll...

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