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A view from the roof at Morgan Creek Grill.

I just love where I live! I’m guessing that you love where you live, but if you don’t, the Low Country is a place that you will fall in love with very quickly. I took this picture with a Blackberry from the roof top at Morgan Creek Grill one afternoon this past week.

We were having a nice visit with our friends, the Samuelsons, and enjoying the food at the Grill. It has been very hot for the past several weeks, but on this evening the breezes were cool and comforting. Great friends and good food!

Patricia and I have lived here since 2002. We moved from Morristown, NJ where we had lived on and off for over 25 years. That last winter in New Jersey was difficult in many respects, but the weather was really nasty. We left in a snow storm that followed us down I-95 for many, many miles. When we finally arrived very late at night, there were our friends, the Samuelsons, who greeted us and helped us to settle in for the night.

Living in the Low Country has always reminded me of New Orleans where I grew up. There is so much in common between the two. In New Orleans we had swamp. Here we have marsh. There the canals in New Orleans that were like the area around Shem Creek, in some cases. In New Orleans we had heat and here we have heat. On the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain there were places like Morgan Creek Grill. We always had fresh seafood, just like we have here. Great friends there, just like here.

All of these things are in common between here and there, so for me it was easy to fall in love with this place. After all, it was like I had come home! You can make this your home, It is an easy place to fall in love with, and as Mikey’s brother say: “Try it! You’ll like it!”

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Some of the women in the Dune Properties IOP office.

There are days when things just seem to come together.  The weather was very hot. The office was busy. Then someone noticed that six of the women in the office were dressed in black and white outfits. It wasn’t like anyone planned it. It just happened! Then one of the women wanted a picture of all of them together and I had a camera.

The first idea was to move outside to the Adirondack chairs in front of the office. After all, the chairs are a part of the Dunes Properties logo and these hard-working women represent the spirit of Dunes Properties on IOP and in Mt. Pleasant. That almost worked, but a car side-swiped the post protecting the sidewalk just as we were about to take the picture. We thought we had better move inside to safety.

We settled on the conference room credenza as the perfect place and then the fun began. The end result is the picture above. Not bad for a group of realtors just having a little fun.

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10 Blogging Tips. My 1,000th Post on This Blog.

I read this earlier today and thought I wasn’t the only one who would enjoy it.

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Homes use energy every day.

Most of us are do not think about how much energy we use in our homes. At least, not until we receive our energy bill from our service provider. Here are a few statistics that we should be familiar with concerning how much energy buildings use in the United States according to the U. S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) web site:

  • buildings use 39% of the total energy consumed
  • they use 68% of the electricity
  • emit 30% of greenhouse gases
  • use 30% of the raw materials
  • produce 136 million tons of waste annually
  • are responsible for 12% of the portable water consumed

Are these statistics indicating good energy use or bad? Can those numbers be changed? What can an individual do to deminish the energy we comsume in our own home? All of us need to educate ourselves about how to more efficiently utilize our limited resources. There are options that make sense and some that may or may not make sense. I will explore some of the options in a series of blogs over the next few weeks. I will share with you what I learn and provide you with references that you can use to find answers that might work for your circumstances. Here are a couple to start with:

www.energysavers.gov;

www.thegbi.org.

Enjoy your research!

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Was your home search productive?

Was your home search productive?

 

Finally, we reach the concluding part of the series: How to Make Your Home Search Productive! I hope that you have found the previous parts of the series to be helpful. This part focuses on service providers, what you need to do before closing and what happens at closing.

The offer has been accepted and now you need to take the steps necessary to clear any contingencies you may have placed on the purchase. There are inspections to complete, and unless you are paying cash, you will need to make application for a mortgage. Your Realtor® works with a variety of service providers and will provide you with several options for each service provider you need for this transaction. Your Realtor® will also coordinate the activities of the service providers you select so that they will have access to the property to complete their work.

You will likely need a home inspection to make sure that the property is free from major defect. If there are defects uncovered, your Realtor® will help you to understand how to proceed. Some defects can be easily corrected and others may require some negotiations with the seller to clear before your home purchase can proceed.

Insurance is another service you will need for your new home. Not only homeowners, but title insurance to protect your interests in case of issues that appear subsequent to the title search. Make sure that your Realtor® helps you to understand how title insurance can help you. Flood insurance is another item to consider even if you are not in a flood prone area. The federal government issues flood insurance. You may also consider a home warranty to protect against unexpected plumbing, wiring and structural defects.

Many offers to purchase a property include a schedule for different inspections and mortgage application to take place. Meeting those dates is critical to completing the transaction. Your closing attorney or escrow agent will appreciate your timely completion of each item so that all necessary documents are prepared and delivered on the appropriate dates. Your Realtor® will help you to meet each of these dates so that all documents area prepared and available on schedule. Your Realtor® will also review with you all closing documents, including the HUD-1, prior to closing the transaction with the closing agent. Your lender should have reviewed a good faith estimate of your closing cost with you before now, and will be the one to fully explain questions on the HUD-1.

This series is intended to provide you with an overview of the buying process so that you can make your home search productive. If you have questions, call Patricia at 843-425-0953, or me at 843-364-9509. Both Patricia and I want to help you with your home search. You can visit our website www.MarkandPatriciaFuchs.com to sign up for our FREE MLS Market Survey to get started on your home search.

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When I look at our real estate inventory and the numbers of days most are on the market, the answer may be that it is not! Generally speaking, there are a number of factors to consider when selling your home. One of the most critical is the listing price.

Many people set the list price of their home based on their ‘needs’ rather than what the market is saying about the value. Well meaning, but misinformed parties may offer advice that is based on incorrect assumptions. The home owner may allow their own positive emotions about the home to influence what they think the house is worth. Some home owners think they need to allow a negotiating cushion in their listing price. What is the result of any of these pricing strategies? A listing price that is above the current market value!

Houses that are priced at or below the current market value draw buyers and sell quickly, even in a buyers market. Well priced homes will sell in a shorter time and at a higher sales price.

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