Charleston is home to some of the most stunning properties in the world, but there’s really nothing that compares to the stature and location of 18 Broad Street, also known as the Peoples Building. Nestled near the corner of historic Broad and East Bay Streets, find yourself immersed in all of the historic charm of the city and steps away from the best in southern cuisine, entertainment, and the unmatched scenery of the Holy City–Conde Nast’s Top City in the US for nine years. Unparalleled in prominence, and certainly in panoramic views, the penthouse at 18 Broad comprises the top two floors of the historic People’s Building, originally built in 1911. For more details, contact me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com
Custom-built, impeccably designed home located on an elegant, hidden oasis on a quiet street in the Old Village. Once inside, the free-flowing floor plan emphasizes the property’s seclusion by incorporating the main living space into the second floor. This home must be seen in person to really grasp the extraordinary use of space. Features: *Fully enclosed courtyard flanked with stunning stucco accent walls, pergolas, a tabby patio, brick fire pit, outdoor shower, and lush low-maintenance landscaping*Spacious 2-car garage*In-law suite with kitchenette and separate entrance*Wide-planked white oak flooring *10-foot ceiling *Great room with tons of natural light, decorative gas fireplace and dramatic windows showcasing the surrounding trees *Open flow to white kitchen with oversized white Rhino Marble island, Subzero refrigerator, Italian Cooktop, dual stainless dishwashers, stainless farm sink and Kohler Plumbing fixtures. Click here for more.
1424 Pocahontas Street is now available for purchase for $550,000. Large lot (almost a half acre) with mature trees lining the property, ready for your dream home in the highly desirable Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. Flood Insurance NOT required. Email me for info, Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com.
I am often asked what upgrades are worthy investments to prep a home for sale. We all know the easy answers….
Minor kitchen and bathroom updates
But experience (and tons of research) has taught me a few tricks that I am happy to share. Remember, the goal is to make the home visually appealing to a wide range of buyers! So for what it’s worth, here are my top picks of upgrades that should be considered when it comes time to sell….
Front yard landscaping, new pine straw/ mulch, potted plants for color, and landscape lighting (be sure to get an evening shot for your marketing). Remember that curb appeal is key!
Consider a new high-quality front door, something special! Especially in a neighborhood where homes look similar. Be sure to make your home pop!
New garage door! If needed, this can be a large focal point and by adding a new garage door, you can change the whole look of your home!
New roof, if needed. Insurance companies are asking and could base the buyer’s insurance rates according to the roof’s age. If your roof is in need of repair, investing in a new roof will go along way to help secure a buyer and prevent any headaches with your buyer securing insurance.
Back yard WOW spots! This could be a new brick lined patio, fire pit, garden or paved courtyard with water feature and up-lighting Just remember that folks in Charleston actually use their outdoor living space year round, so use this space to create something usable and enchanting!
Large living room rug! It’s all about scale, and by placing a large, comfy rug in the main living area, you will send a big, welcoming message to your buyers! And since the living room is likely the first room the buyers will see, here is your chance to make a bold statement!
Green Features! Buyers love homes with tankless hot water heaters, high efficiency windows, etc. If it’s time to update any of your mechanical componants, be sure to consider going the extra mile with newer products that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
Golf Cart! If you live in a walkable community where golf carts are allowed, a buyer LOVES to see a golf cart included in the sale. Remember, you are selling more than a home, you are selling a lifestyle and your buyer will love it!
If you are considering buying or selling, I specialize in this market and I am happy to provide you with a personalized plan for success! Feel free to contact me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com and to see homes for sale in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant, visit my website at SearchOldVillage.com.
Mortgage rates are LOW, LOW, LOW! But how low will they go? That’s the questions. The benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.81 percent, down 16 basis points from a week ago, according to Bankrate’s weekly survey of large lenders.
“Mortgage rates plunged, along with bond yields, as the U.S.-China trade war escalated and fears of a global recession have increased,” says Greg McBride, CFA, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst.
So what does it mean? By looking at the US 30 YR data provided by Feddie Mac, it’s easy to see that buyers can afford “more home” in 2019 vs the tail end of 2018. If you are interested in learning more, let me know and I will connect you with one of my preferred lenders who will be happy to help.
The 2018 average sales price for single family homes in the Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant was $816,000 compared to 2013’s average of $570,000. That represents an approximate 7.5% appreciation rate per year over the past 5 years! Amazing!
So what is expected for 2019? Local experts forecast another solid year, as there are plenty of buyers and inventory is still low. Interest rates will prove to be the “wild card” as rising rates will limit some buyers’ ability to purchase, potentially creating longer market times. But for today, according to “The Morning Brew” the 30-year fixed mortgage rates hit a 4 month low, which is welcome news! Full steam ahead!
Data obtained from the Charleston MLS, deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The 2013 sales average did NOT include 101 Venning St., which closed for $5,000,000.