Station 28.5 Photography

You need to stop what you are doing and check this out!  

Jason Ogden is a professional photographer specializing in drone photography based on Sullivan’s Island, SC.  He began capturing Charleston area scenery from the air in 2016.  His distinct style is full of vibrant colors while capturing unique images of Charleston area favorites like the Old Pitt Street Bridge and the Pineapple Fountain.  His straight down ‘overview’ images of Lowcountry scenery take on an almost abstract quality while revealing the beautiful patterns all around us.  And definitely check out his Cargo Ship series!  We never knew how beautiful those ships could be; the containers look like colorful Lego bricks!  So cool!

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If you love what you see, you are in luck! Jason sells fine art prints of his photos. For more information and pricing, email Jason at  station285photo@gmail.com

I could look at his photos all day!

 

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Just Listed :: 706 Simmons Street

New construction on a large lot with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths & 3482 square feet. Offered at $1,365,000. For more information,  click here.

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Features include:

*Lovely brick-lined walkway leading to a charming front porch with elegant mahogany exterior doors

*10-foot ceilings, 4-inch oak flooring, wood-planked/Shiplap walls, custom light fixtures, and solid core 5 panel doors

*Gourmet kitchen with stunning, oversized marble island (12 feet)

*Living room with gas fireplace and reclaimed mantle and large windows that offer tons of natural light

*Large, private back yard, fully fenced and surrounds a beautiful oak tree

 

For more information and/or to schedule a showing, contact Jackie Kelly at 843.991.9111 or Jackie@thecassinagroup.com.

 

 

 

 

16 Years of Solid Growth in The Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant

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AVERAGE SALES PRICE IN THE OLD VILLAGE/ OLD MT PLEASANT, FROM 2001-2016, PER THE CHARLESTON MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE

The US housing market seems unstoppable, and our neighborhood is no exception.  Prices continue to rise, demand is strong, inventory is tight, interest rates are low and new construction is in full force.

Sales prices in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant are at an all time high, with the average sales price reaching $685,000 in 2015 and a staggering $743,000 in 2016.  That is a considerable jump from $455,000 in 2014.  Not to mention that price has more than doubled from the 2001 average of $370,000.  These stats show a solid investment market based on a steady increase over a long period of time.

So what does it all mean?

For sellers, it all sounds good, right?  But pricing your home accurately is still the key. The average “Days On Market” for homes sold in the OV/ Old Mt. P was 64 in 2016 and 65 in 2015.  When a home is priced under market value, multiple offers typically happen and can drive the sales price up.  And if priced over market value, the home will sit on the market with little to no activity after about 120 days.

For Buyers?  According to Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke, of Realtor.com, “Buyers who are able to land the home of their dreams can reassure themselves that their investment is likely to be a solid one—especially in our hottest markets, where homes are selling fastest and there’s the most demand.”

I always say it’s best to watch the market on a local level, and watch the prices over a long period of time.  And when you are ready to buy or sell, it’s imperative to team up with a savvy REALTOR® who understands your market.  If I can help you, please let me know.  To see all homes for sale, visit http://www.SearchOldVillage.

Just Listed – 212 Freeman Street

You will love this carefully restored historic (1800’s) cottage with tons of character and charm! Main house with a lovely over-sized front porch and 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths plus detached room over the garage. Wide-plank heart pine floors; 9+ foot ceilings; built-in shelves; elegant dining room with dental crown moulding and more. The kitchen features marble countertops, bathrooms have been updated with granite vanities. Spacious Master suite has a lovely sitting area and updated bath including double vanities, stand-up shower, and claw foot tub.

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Please contact me  if you have any questions and/or would like to see his home.

Jackie Kelly, Realtor®

jackie@thecassinagroup.com

843.991.9111

 

January 2017 Home Sales On The Rise

The 2017 market starts off strong, as home sales in the Charleston Region continue to rise.  In a market of low interest rates, a surplus of buyers and low inventory, sales prices continue to rise as well as the number of homes sold.  Here is the latest Market Update, provided by the Charleston Trident Association Of Realtors®. 

CHARLESTON, SC—(February 10, 2017) According to preliminary data released today by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR) 1,029 homes sold in January in the region at a median price of $238,900. Last January, 972 homes sold at a median price of $218,020.  This marks the twelfth consecutive month that sales in the region have surpassed 1,000 homes and the first time in a decade that January sales have exceeded that benchmark.

Comparing the first month of 2017 to last year, sales volume has increased 6% and buyers are paying 9.5% more for homes in the region than they did last year.

Inventory has declined about 20% over the last 12-month period, with 4,746 homes listed as “active” for sale in the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service (CTMLS) as of January 31.  We expect that inventory will begin increasing slightly in the coming months.

“We are pleased to see the residential market starting on such solid ground in 2017” said 2017 CTAR President Dave Sansom.  “Last year was a strong year of growth in our market and starting the year with such substantial increases bodes well for both buyers and sellers. We’re poised to see another year of consistent growth in our market, supported by the flourishing local economy” he concluded.

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500 homes sold at a median price of $308,750 in January in Charleston County. There are currently 2,545 residential properties for sale in Charleston County—1,920 single-family homes and 625 condos/townhomes.

For Stats specific to Mt. Pleasant, South of the Isle Of Palms Connector, Click here

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Welcome to BoomTown!

For those of you who haven’t heard of BoomTown, it’s like Charleston’s own mini Google in a way. It’s that cool!

BoomTown’s software and services help real estate agents close more deals and grow their business.

I had the privilege of touring BoomTown’s new office space on King Street yesterday. It’s fantastic!

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Adam Gorlitsky! My Inspiration To Move Out Of My Comfort Zone

adam-rewalkMany of you know Adam as the first Paraplegic to walk the Cooper River Bridge Run/Walk, but I know him as an amazing person and friend. Ten years ago while at the wheel of his car, Adam dozed off and ran off the road. He awoke with a devastating outcome… a severed spinal cord and a new reality of life in a wheelchair.

Fast forward to last year when Adam was able to bring home the latest technology, a “ReWalk Exoskeleton” (a battery-pack based unit which he describes as a cross between Iron Man and Avatar). Needless to say, Adam is full steam ahead on this new chapter of his “walking upright” life, and he is committed to bridge the gap between what it means to be disabled and able-bodied.

My path crossed with Adam a few months back, while attending a luncheon at Tavern & Table (which, btw, I love!). Adam was the guest speaker, and little did I know, he would change my life…(well, at least my attitude). About how fortunate my life is, and how determination can help me achieve anything I set my mind to do!

A few weeks later, while at the gym (for the first time in months) I saw Adam and introduced myself.  I told him how he inspired me to up my game.  And next thing I know, his words set a fire in me… “Jackie, I challenge you to do a 1/2 marathon!”  And I, in turn said, “Adam, I challenge you to do the same.”  TOTALLY OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONES!  But we shook hands and on it and started a 24 week training program in preparation for the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon, in January of 2017.

The experience was AMAZING to say the least! And I am so proud of Adam, as he pushed himself to complete parts of the 5K, 10K and Full Marathon.

And what about my experience? I was super nervous for the run, but trained and ready. Then the bad weather came in… thunder and rain… and the Disney execs were forced to cancel the race. I looked at is my “GET OUT OF JAIL FREE” card and was thrilled to be able to skip the run and spend the day at the park with my family!  When I returned home, I was able to complete the Folly Beach “Save The Light” half marathon, and the experience was beyond words.  I would have never thought I could do such a thing, but with Adam’s inspiration, I am now proud to have the coveted “13.1” sticker on the back of my car!  Yeah!

Stay tuned to learn more about Adam and his 1 million steps tour, where he has dedicated himself to he raise money and awareness to help other paraplegics. Super inspiring stuff! Follow his journey at I GOT LEGS: Team Adam: One-Million Steps Tour.