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By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Located minutes from downtown Beaufort, SC, the community of Habersham is a true original. The community was inspired by the coastal towns of 100 or so years go. The development team of Habersham -- which also developed the very successful Lady's Island community of Newpoint, have created a tota...
By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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I just got an abject reminder of what  the importance of quick action when  you find a property which checks all of  your  boxes.Timeliness is everything.It's one of the oldest axioms in real estate," The home you saw today and are thinking about offering on tomorrow may be the same home someone ...
By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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The beautiful  thing about real estate is that you learn new thing constantly. You couldn't make this job routine if you wanted to.Yesterday, May 6, I was seeking out information on whether a property at the Islands of Beaufort in Beaufort was "dockable," and, furthermore, whether it could accomo...
By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Kelly, Thanks for the email. It is great to hear from you. We will continue to provide update information on possible properties of interest.  Don't worry. You are not starting too soon. January 2016 will be here before you know it!!We are very excited about your move to  Beaufort, which we think...
By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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I was asked by a buyer recently about a property which was listed twice --  at $60,000 and also at $289,000. What do you do when your raw land is not moving? You put a house on it.  This is an old real estate strategy to generate interest in a piece of land, in which a seller (usually at the adv...
By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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I received an email this morning from a young fellow who had a few questions regarding fees associated with purchasing a home, so I thought I would share my response....Spencer,  Good morning. Thanks for your email. I would be happy to try and address some of your questions.  Your assessment of t...
By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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No doubt about -- Zillow and Trulia are fun sites to use. A friend of mine compared it to the Pottery Barn Catalog.  Buyers and sellers need to understand, though, that the information is not "real time," and many of the homes shown as "available" are not. These homes found on Trulia and Zillow a...
By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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We visited the two Congress Street homes today in Beaufort's Historic District, on behalf of a pair of out-of-town clients.    These homes will require considerable work, but the payoff for this kind of project can be dramatic.   Both homes have great locations in upcoming areas of the Beaufort ...
By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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Located about 20 to 25 minutes from Historic Downtown Beaufort, SC, Paukie Island is a true boater's paradise. Although downtown Beaufort is 20 minutes by car, it is just around the corner by boat.   Homes in Paukie Island range in price from just under $200,000, to deep-water homes currently on ...
By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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2014 was a banner year for Beaufort's Pinckney Retreat, a 77-homesite, gated coastal community in Beaufort, SC. Pinckney Retreat had a record 22 sales in 2014, with 11 homes currently under construction as of this blog post, according to sources  from Pickney Retreat. The development team is hopi...
By Keith Strawn, www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com
(www.ExploreBeaufortRealEstate.com (Ballenger Realty))
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There is a saying, "It's not closed until it's closed." Sometimes, it's not closed until after closing.  Take my closing yesterday. After closing, the lender sprung a couple of conditions on us. I won't boar everyone with the details, but the buyer's agent and seller's agent got on the phone and ...
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...

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