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We had just met and couldn't resist the photo op!

We had just met and couldn’t resist the photo op!

It has been sometime since Patricia and I got together. And there have been a lot of changes over the years. We have changed businesses at least a few times, but we have always been in sales or sales related jobs. We have lived in New Jersey a few times, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and now in Mount Pleasant, SC, just east of the Cooper River from Charleston, SC. Hair styles have come and gone, and so has facial hair…Mark’s!

We are still here!

We are still here!

After more than 25 personal real estate transactions we learned about the good, the bad and the ugly parts of real estate transactions! There are many stories to be told about some of the houses we bought, the ones we didn’t, and the ones we shouldn’t have. We learned about real estate agents from personal experience and what makes one better than another. And we learned why some agents always have loyal clients and others are always looking for new clients for their next transaction! When we made the decision to enter the business, we knew that we wanted to be the ones with loyal clients who would always refer their friends to us for their real estate needs.

Our business has done well and we are very thankful to our many clients who trusted us so much with their transaction that they trust that we will treat their family and friends with the same way. It is a great time in real estate and Mark and Patricia Fuchs Team Up for Success with our clients as we have for these many years!

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What You Must Know About Home Appraisals

Understanding how appraisals work will help you achieve a quick and profitable refinance or sale. Read

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A small maze.

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I just read a post on Ronnie Bartles blog (http://www.bartlesandassociates.com/bartlebys-blog/2011/7/10/do-i-know-you.html) about the saga of Coco and her fiancée, first time home buyers. It made me stop and think about how things have changed over the past couple of years. Coco is not alone in her angst and customer service has all but disappeared. But there is hope!

My wife, Patricia, and I are Realtor*s and have helped a number of first time home buyers, and seasoned home buyers and sellers navigate through the real estate maze that is a fact of today’s market. We haven’t done this alone. We have a select group of service providers, that have mastered the maze, and we recommend them to our clients. As a team, we help our clients through the maze and bureaucratic red tape. No real estate transaction today is without stress, but we Team Up for Success and reduce the stress for our clients.

There should never be a reason for a home buyer to have to change agents, or home inspectors on any real estate transaction and then lose the deal after all is said an done. We cannot change the bureaucracy involved with bank owned homes, or short sales. But we can make sure that all the t’s are crossed and all the i’s are dotted. Team Up for Success is not just a slogan, it is how we approach our profession. If you have real estate needs, buying or selling, first timers or seasoned veterans, test us out! We want to Team Up for Success with you!

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Every once in a while, a Saturday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant is just perfect. That’s a Saturday when a lot of mundane things can be put to the side because the weather is perfect and you want to spend time with your best friend exploring places nearby. This past Saturday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant was perfect. I asked Patricia if she could spend a little time with me at Waterfront Park beneath the Ravenel Bridge.

I hadn’t been to Waterfront Park and it had been a while since Patricia had been there. I wasn’t expecting much more than a pleasant afternoon with my wife, but I got a whole lot more. The weather was perfect. Bright sunshine, cool temperatures and soft breezes. We park under the bridge and walked through the Memorial Plaza on to the fishing pier. Not the kind of fishing pier I remember by a long shot. This is a wide pier that extends a long way into the Wando River. There are plenty of covered areas with swinging benches that I’m sure are welcomed sights during the summer. Some families were enjoying swinging on this day and it was so nice to hear happy families enjoying time together. There were people fishing, and some actually catching fish! Some were carrying picnic baskets to the pier-head where there are beautiful teak tables and chairs, or ample space to sit on the concrete if you’d like. People were riding bikes, others in wheelchairs, and some, like us, ambling along enjoying the day.

I took this picture at the end of the pier. We all can find things to complain about without really trying. But on a Saturday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant, walking with my girlfriend, all I could think about was how nice it is to be able to enjoy a walk on the fishing pier at Waterfront Park.

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I did a little research this past week on the real estate market in Mt. Pleasant and learned a couple of interesting things about the Mt. Pleasant real estate market. In the local multiple Listing Service (MLS) Mt. Pleasant real estate is in two sections; properties south of Hwy 41, and properties north of Hwy 41.

The total number of homes listed for sale in all of Mt. Pleasant (both parts of MLS and both attached and detached homes) is 1159. This is a moving target, so the numbers will be different slightly this week. Of those homes listed there are 264 that are listed as contingent, meaning their under contract but area in the process of clearing those contingencies. Of these, some may not clear all contingencies and will return to the active status.  The numbers show about 18.6% of the listed homes for sale in both sections of Mt. Pleasant are under contract.

A Mt. Pleasant detached home

Looking at the Median Prices provides some additional information that can be telling. For the area north of 41, the Median Price for all homes listed is $450,000, while the Median Price for the homes that are contingent is $315,000. A difference of $135,000 below the Median Price for all Listed detach homes. For homes listed in the south area below 41 the Median Price is $469,950, while the Median Price for the homes that are contingent is $372,500. A difference of $97,450 below the Median Price for all listed homes.

Attached homes have a lower Median Price, but show a similar trend. In the north area above 43, Median Price is $212,200 while the Median Price of contingent homes is $199,000. In the south area Median Prices for all listed homes is $229,945 while the Median Price for contingent homes is $156,500.

Some attached homes in Mt. Pleasant.

In all cases, the Median Prices show that the homes under contingencies have Median Prices well below the Median Price for all listed homes, both attached and detached. Since these homes are active contingent, the Median Price reflects the listed price at the time the home was classified as active contingent in MLS. The actual price paid is not reflected in any of these numbers.

The take away is that in this market, homes need to be price aggressively or buyers will look to properties that are! Buyers have more choices and will not look at homes that are not aggressively priced. A professional real estate agent knows the local market and is in the best position to help their clients price their homes competitively for that market.

We are professional Realtors and know the market in Mt. Pleasant. If you have questions about real estate in Mt. Pleasant, or you are looking for help buying your next home, or selling your current home, call us. If you know someone who may have questions, have them call us. Patricia can be reached on 843-425-0953. I can be reached on 843-364-9509. You can also sign-up for the most comprehensive Market Snapshot available at our website at www.MarkandPatriciaFuchs.com.

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I started bike riding about 45 days age. How things change in 40 days! When I started I would ride around my neighborhood for 20-30 minutes. I took the same route most days so that I felt comfortable (and wouldn’t get lost!)

I thought I was doing pretty well those first few weeks. I could complete the ride without feeling tired, by I wasn’t actually enjoying the ride. I was riding because I had made a commitment to ride the 30 days in September. I remember that Kristin B. Walker told me that I just needed to ride every day for 30 days as part of 30 Days of Biking. It didn’t matter how far I rode, around the block would count. I just needed to get on that bike every day for 30 days straight. That was the hook! Initially I thought I would ride around the block. But I found that I couldn’t just ride around the block! I had put on my clothes and shoes, got on the bike, and I wasn’t going to waste that energy just to take a spin around my block!

A pleasant place on my ride.

If you followed me on Facebook or Twitter you know that in the beginning my posts/Tweets weren’t much more than a log of rides. Then I might have said something about the scenery. But I seldom talked about how I felt. I didn’t feel bad, but I didn’t know if I felt good. I was happy when the ride was done because I had notch another day off the commitment to do 30 days. I wasn’t paying attention to how my body was feeling…except for that seat! Why can’t bicycle seats be more comfortable? I finished my 30 day commitment on 10/4/2010 and I am still riding every day. Why?!?

How things change in 40 days! I’m actually liking this bike riding thing. In the last week I’ve noticed changes in my daily ride. I’m having to ride farther to keep to my 30 minute ride. I also noticed that I don’t change gears as much as I did in the beginning. I’m paying attention to the things I’m seeing in a different way and I’m enjoying the 30 minutes with just me. I feel happy after the ride, not because I’m finished, but I feel good.

I have fibromyalgia and osteo arthritis. As a result, I was in a lot of pain most days even though I have been on medications that are supposed to help. I had trouble sleeping because I could never get comfortable in bed. I tried walking, but my body did not like that very much. I had gone to the gym, but weight training was painful in my joints. Bike riding has allowed me to get some exercise and that is so important to relieving the symptoms of my ailments. Patricia, my wife, tells me about the endorphin rush she gets from exercise. I never felt that. Or did I? Maybe the endorphins are responsible for some of my pain relief. Whatever, how things change in 40 days!

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