The OOPS! Co. A Unique, Locally Owned Shop!

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The OOPS! Co. offers a wide variety of great finds for everyone! Located at 696 Coleman Blvd, you will love their eclectic fashion brands and creative styles for a great price! Locally owned and established in Charleston in 1982! Be sure to give them a try!

Click here to visit their website, and here is an excerpt about what makes them so special:

 We’re local.

OOPS! has been a SC merchandise headquarters for decades. Established in Charleston in 1982, we began as a family-owned business and we’re proud to say that we’re still keeping it in the family today. We have a limited supply of merchandise, and we choose to sell it locally at our five locations across South Carolina. The items featured on our site are only a fraction of what we sell in store! 

 We mix it up.

OOPS! originally started by selling factory irregulars and overruns of brand name items at a discounted price. Over the years, our customers’ tastes have evolved – and so have we. These days, we have the perfect product mix of regular and discounted merchandise to fit every shopping need and budget. And in order to keep things fresh, we receive new shipments daily!

 We give back.

OOPS! is committed to supporting the communities where we work and live. We generously donate to non-profits and support fundraising efforts of the communities around our five locations.

Handcraft Kitchen and Cocktails

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Who doesn’t appreciate a specialty cocktail combined with good ole’ American comfort food? Find it at Handcraft Kitchen and Cocktails, where happy hour occurs daily, plus fun events such as Tequila Tuesday, Wine Wednesday, and Live Music Thursday! And be sure to check out their mac and cheese! Explore Charleston ranks it as one of Charleston’s best!

Located at 735 Coleman Blvd, with plenty of free parking, Handcraft is open 7 days a week for indoor and outdoor dining. Reservations are not required, but suggested. Visit their website for menus and more. Hope to see you there!

GDC Home

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My go-to store to make a house your home!

Since 1978, GDC Home has proudly offered a comprehensive selection of furnishings reflecting the casual elegance of the Charleston, SC area. GDC Home offers everything you need to design or update your indoor and outdoor spaces.

Family owned, this one-stop-shop is professionally staffed, and they make it easy for you to transform your space. With a wide variety of furnishings, accessories, area rugs, upholstery and more, GDC has it all. Located at 695 Coleman Blvd and opened daily from Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm, Saturday: 10am – 5pm and closed on Sunday.

Click for their website and be sure to follow them on instagram.


Skoogies!

Skoogies lives up to their Motto… “Best Little Deli South of Chicago!” Pro-Tip: Skoogie Dog all the way with a side of fries and a coke! There’s nothing better!

Located at 840 Coleman Blvd, Skoogies offers a variety of sandwiches which are always served quickly with a pleasant attitude! In addition to a delicious hot dog, they feature tuna or egg salad, Reuban, pastrami on rye and more. Open daily from 11am-4pm. Click here to learn more.

It’s a great place and I’ve been fortunate to enjoy many lunches with my sons at Skoogies. It’s our favorite spot!

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Haddrell’s Point Tackle

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Haddrell’s Point Tackle and Supply, located at 885 Ben Sawyer Blvd, is the premier fishing tackle and supply destination for the serious sportsfishermen. Their knowledgeable staff provide expert advice and tips to help you find what you need for your next inshore or offshore trip.

In addition to selling a variety of clothing and gear, Haddrell’s also features events such as Fly Fishing Class and Tarpon Seminars, in addition to rod and reel repairs. This family run business opened it’s doors in 1983 and have been serving our community ever since! Be sure to check them out for all of your professional fishing advice! And follow them on Instagram by clicking here.

Is The Market Stabilizing?

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Interesting article by Warren Wise with The Post & Courier. In short he states that the median price for a house in the Charleston area is about $400,000, which is up $50,000 over the past year, and $120,000 since the start of the pandemic.

The article goes on to reference my (extremely knowledgeable) Broker-In- Charge, Owen Tyler, who indicates that the market appears to be stabilizing. And by that, he is referring to less multiple offers, more days on market, and less overall transactions. Prices have not leveled off and according to the data, that s not expected to happen in the near future.

The single most important thing to remember when it comes to understanding the market, is that all real estate is local, down to your neighborhood… down to your street. I specialize in this local market, so if I can help answer any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com.

Market Update

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Below is a recap of the Charleston Real Estate Market, information provided by the South Carolina Association of Realtors and reflects July 2022.

The U.S. housing market has continued to cool, as rising mortgage rates and record high sales prices have stifled affordability, weakening demand and pricing out a multitude of buyers. Nationally, median household income has failed to keep pace with increasing mortgage payments, with the costs of buying a home about 80% more expensive now than they were just three summers ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

As more and more prospective buyers find their home purchase plans delayed, many are turning to the rental market, where competition has intensified due to increased demand.

  • New Listings were down 7.9 percent to 11,981
  • Pending Sales decreased 22.0 percent to 8,014
  • Inventory grew 36.3 percent to 18,377 units
  • Prices moved higher as Median Sales Price was up 17.6 percent to $323,272
  • Days on Market decreased 2.4 percent to 40 days
  • Months Supply of Inventory was up 46.2 percent to 1.9 months

At a time of year when home buying activity is typically very strong, soaring homeownership costs have caused home sales to decline nationwide for the fifth consecutive month, with existing-home sales falling 5.4% month-to-month and14.2% year-over-year as of last measure, according to NAR.

But there is a bright spot. Inventory of existing homes has continued to climb this summer, with 1.26 million homes available at the beginning of July, equivalent to a 3 months’ supply. And despite the summer slowdown, homes are still selling quickly, with the typical home staying on market an average of 14 days.

If you have questions about buying or selling, please reach out to me at Jackie@thecassinagroup.com.

The Wreck of The Richard and Charlene!

Tucked away at 106 Haddrell Street in the Old Village, The Wreck of The Richard and Charlene is one of our neighborhood’s best kept secrets! Seafood and Shem Creek Views? Yes, please!

Click here for info and enjoy their story as it is told by the owners…. At 3 p.m. on September 21, 1989, the sky was clear and sunny. And Shem Creek was quiet, and some would later say serene – hardly a fitting herald for hurricane Hugo. Only 7 hours later, the eye of Hugo, the enormous Category IV hurricane, passed directly over the spot where the restaurant now stands. The water was rising and did not stop until it had covered the shore at least 8 feet deep. The Richard & Charlene, a derelict North Atlantic style trawler, next door at the Wando dock, was lifted with such force that the pile to which it was moored came right out of the bottom. Then, as the calm of the eye passed over, the ferocious hurricane winds came with unbelievable power from the West, turning the derelict trawler around, breaking it loose, and driving it over the neighboring dock, causing the deck planking to fold up like an accordion. When the monster had finally passed and the water receded, the trawler had impaled its enormous bulk on the bare pilings. For nine months the ruined trawler sat in place, immovable, washed over twice a day by the high tides until finally removed by salvagers, never to sail again.

It is in memory of this indelible event that the existing restaurant on the same site has been named The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene.

Owners: Allison and Hank Cagle and Ann Warner

HOURS OF OPERATION: Tues-Sun 5PM–8:30PM, Restaurant Dining, Closed Mondays

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Mortgage Rates Topping out?

Interesting quick read by Laurence Yun, the Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors: Slowing Inflation Suggests Mortgage Rates Have Topped Out.

NAR’s chief economist shares what now needs to happen to bring down borrowing costs and increase affordability for home buyers.

August 11, 2022

Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Inflation eased slightly in July, which could bode well for the housing market in the months ahead, says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®. Overall, inflation slowed from 9.1% in June to 8.5% in July, but prices for food and rent continued to climb, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index showed Wednesday.

Still, the slight deceleration suggests that consumer price inflation may have peaked, which suggests that mortgage rates also may have peaked, Yun says. The level of inflation “is still high and uncomfortable but may indicate the start of a steady retreat,” Yun adds.

Gasoline prices posted a 7% monthly decline, a significant contributor to the recent moderation in inflation. However, prices remain 44% higher than a year ago and 104% higher than two years ago. Also, the CPI showed that the rising costs of food, up 10.9% in July, continue to hit many Americans’ pocketbooks. That’s the highest increase in food prices since May 1979. Household energy costs were up 20.5%, and furniture costs were up 14.8%.

Rents continued to rise in July, up 6.3% compared to a year prior, the CPI showed. “That is a testament to the ongoing housing shortage,” Yun says.

But could the worst of sky-high inflation be behind Americans? Yun thinks so. “If there is a sustained decline in gasoline prices and more production of apartments and single-family homes, consumer prices will pull back, encouraging the Federal Reserve policy to be less aggressive,” Yun says. “Mortgage rates will fall.”

On Wednesday morning, the 10-year Treasury yield stood at 2.7%. “That should translate into 30-year mortgage rates pulling back to under 5%,” Yun says. “Some recent potential home buyers who were pushed out of the market may now be able to get back in and qualify for a mortgage.”

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