condo: What Do You Want And Need In A New Home? - 02/28/11 04:27 AM
Finding a new home can be exciting.  But deciding want you really want and need (and can afford) is the kicker.  Almost every homebuyer will face several trade-offs.

Do you prefer a home with a large yard, or a townhome or condo with almost all maintenance performed by an outside agency?  Basic needs include the number of bedrooms and baths.  Are an office and garage needs or wants?  How about the age of a home?  New homes should be mostly maintenance free for a few years while existing homes in established neighborhoods will require more frequent repairs.
Another decision will be the commuting time … (1 comments)

condo: 2008 Columbia SC Home Sales Through November 30 - 12/15/08 03:11 AM
Columbia SC

For the first time in a long time the total number of home sales in the Greater Columbia area dropped from the previous year.  Even though mortgage rates were below 6.5% the entire year Columbia's sales were off by more than 2,000 units.
 

The Columbia area sales of Condos and Patio Homes were also down over 20% while Townhome sales dipped only slightly.  The surprising number to me is the drop in patio home sales because the number of new patio home communities has really increased the last couple of years and I thought sales had been … (2 comments)