Trivia: Randy’s Hobby Shop

The answer is C: An elaborate train set. It was awesome! My sons and I would spend hours at Randy’s hobby shop, mostly spending time looking at the train set!

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The Cassina Group Closes Over $1 Billion in Sales Over Past Two Years

CHARLESTON, SC USA – The Cassina Group, Charleston’s #1 boutique real estate firm, has closed over $1 billion in sales over the past two years.  The company’s combined sales volume for 2021 and 2022 totals $1,070,975,059, representing a record-breaking two years for the company.  This is an especially impressive feat given that the powerhouse firm has just 43 REALTORS®. 

“We could not be more proud of our REALTORS®,” said Owen Tyler, managing broker and partner at The Cassina Group. “They are highly educated and knowledgeable about the ever-changing market, working tirelessly day in and day out to provide the finest service to our wonderful clients.  We are so grateful to all 419 clients who entrusted us in the home buying or selling process this year and look forward to continued success in 2023.”

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Old Village Trivia: Pitt Street Pharmacy

The answer is D. Chewing Gum! Yes, if you grew up in the neighborhood, it is likely that your grandmother’s gum is immortalized underneath the counter. All colors are represented, and I find it gross and funny! The staff re-coats the counter annually for preservation and to keep it sanitary. Fun Fact! Be sure to look next time you go!

2023 Local Real Estate Market Predictions 

The local real estate market finished strong in 2022, with Lower Mt. Pleasant seeing a 20% increase in home prices over this time last year (click for more details).  Market indicators suggest 2023 will be no different.  Here are some take-aways from experts as well as my predictions for the upcoming year:  

  • Inventory will remain relatively low
  • Prices will remain steady, however, sellers will find that an aspirational sales price may need to be adjusted down to fit the market
  • Interest rates will continue to vary
  • Out of town buyers will still move to Charleston for its amenities, weather, food, lifestyle and low taxes
  • Multiple offers are on the decline
  • Days on market will likely increase and buyers will have an opportunity to take a breath

The Real Estate market is local, down to your neighborhood, down to your street. I specialize in this market and I’m happy to provide expert knowledge based on data and years of experience. Please contact me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com if I can help!

No-Brainer Tips To Increase Your Home Value

It’s always important to maintain your home, so here are my top picks of tasks that are proven to increase your home value over time.  

​*Upgrade to energy-efficient ​appliances, smart technology and high impact windows

Energy efficiency is​ an important factor of any home, so when it’s time to upgrade appliances, technology and windows, make efficiency a priority.  Insulating the attic and encapsulating the crawl space is also a worthy choice. Consider implementing smart door locks, thermostats, lights, etc. These investments will pay off over time and will have a positive impact when and if you decide to sell.   ​ 

​*Create curb appeal and additional living space with low-maintenance landscaping

First impressions are key to buyers, and even if you are not selling, you will love the look of lush, low-maintenance landscaping that stays green year-round.  Think about your yard as additional living space by adding covered seating areas, a paved courtyard, fire pit and more. Outdoor showers are also a plus in the Lowcountry!

*Update finishes​ and fixtures​

​Updating light fixtures, faucets, ​d​rawer pull​ and door knobs s​ can give your home ​a new, trendy feel.  These small updates don’t cost a lot and will freshen up your space in an instant!  

*Paint Exterior and Interior

Painting the exterior of your home is just good maintenance and should be done regularly. When it comes to your interior, there is no investment with a bigger “wow” factor than a fresh coat of paint. If considering selling, neutral colors are always advised.

When possible, I do advise hiring professionals. If I can help provide a list of trusted resources, let me know by reaching out at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com

Jackie Kelly, REALTOR- The Cassina Group

The Cassina Group, 309 Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant 29464

For my final 2022 Reasons To Love The Old Village post, I am going with ME! Probably because I am the only one who reads this stuff! I’ve been a top producer in The Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant neighborhood for over 20 years. If I can help you, please reach out to me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com and to see a complete list of homes for sale, visit www.SearchOldVillage.com. Thanks and see you around the hood!

Shem Creek Shrimp Boats!

We treasure Shem Creek! The nature and history of this special place can be enjoyed in so many ways, from dining, fishing, boating, paddle boarding, or even relaxing at the pavilion at The Shem Creek Park.

The shrimping industry is a huge part of our community’s history. Click here for the Town of Mount Pleasant Website, which offers a wealth of interesting tid-bits. And below is an excerpt about how the first shrimpers came to call Shem Creek their home:

In 1930, Captain C. Magwood was the first fisherman to bring ocean shrimp into Mount Pleasant. Seven years later, a bridge was built over the creek, and within two decades the first shrimp dock was constructed. After that, Moultrie Fisheries established Shem Creek’s seafood ice manufacturing. Now the support was in place for a strong seafood industry to emerge and shrimping grew into an important harbor industry centered at Shem Creek. In their heyday, seventy shrimp trawlers operated off the docks. By 2011, there were about ten trawlers remaining in the harbor along with a few charter boats.

Today, the creek is best known for its traditional historic charm as a vibrant backdrop for restaurants and bars offering an energetic night scene for the under-thirty crowd. Nevertheless, like generations in the past, modern Mount Pleasant residents value Shem Creek for its constant provision of abundant seafood, transportation, recreation, and employment.

The Pitt Street Bridge!

Pitt Street Bridge

Originally a simple plank and barrel footbridge and later replaced as a trolley bridge, the Pitt Street Bridge is one of the neighborhood’s most prized amenities. Currently known as the Pickett Bridge Recreation Area, this special place features a fishing pier, lovely greenway, paved pathway, park benches, and spectacular harbor views! Insider tip: This is the spot to watch fireworks on July 4th!

Before the Revolutionary War, a plank bridge built on barrels was constructed across the inlet separating Mount Pleasant from Sullivan’s Island. In 1864, the H.L. Hunley crew crossed the footbridge on the way to Breach Inlet to test dive the submarine. A trolley bridge spanned the cove in 1898 and was replaced by a vehicle bridge in 1927 known as Pitt Street Bridge.

Cove Inlet Marker

Is The Market Stabilizing?

Article provided by The Post & Courier

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.