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The Best Areas To Invest in Charleston, SC for Purchasing a Home

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Charleston, South Carolina, is not only an excellent place to put down roots and live but also to invest in real estate. There’s a healthy balance of all types of people in Charleston, from retirees and families to temporary residents. What’s the appeal of Charleston that pulls in over 150,000 residents like a magnet? Safety, good public schools, historic charm, and great entertainment are certainly at the top of the list. All of those promote a heavy flow of people wanting to move to the area, either temporarily or permanently. In fact, ...

A Run Down of the 5 Most Important People in the Home-Buying Process

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Among all US states, CNBC listed South Carolina as the one with the most stable housing markets, making it a suitable place to check out if you’re looking for a new place to call home. It has a 21.4% appreciation rate, so house prices in South Carolina are expected to increase and remain popular among real estate buyers as an investment.

However, acquiring a home requires expert knowledge because of its many moving parts. Before committing to a purchase, here are the five people that should...

Solving the Dilemma of Choosing Between a Forever Home and a Starter Home

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The decision to choose between a forever home or starter home is not one to take lightly. While a starter home provides an affordable path to homeownership, it’ll require you to make another move in a few years. Conversely, a forever home will secure your housing needs for the foreseeable future but will involve a larger investment. If you’re in two minds regarding which option to go with, this article by Southern Bell Living will help you make an informed decision.

Why Buy a Starter Home?

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See the 5 Best West Ashley, SC Neighborhoods

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The Charleston area is consistently one of the best places to live on the Atlantic ocean. With warm winters, impressive architecture, excellent schools, and a vibrant food and nightlife scene, Charleston is a place where everyone can find their ideal lifestyle. There are many beautiful areas to live in; however, one of the top places has always been West Ashley. Its proximity to downtown Charleston - without the downtown Charleston congestion or prices - has always made it a lovely place for families, retirees, and young professionals. If you're considering moving to the West Ashley area, here are the top five neighborhoods you need to explore!

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John Bell Earns Top Achievement from HomeLight

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From the beginning of his career in sales in his hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, John Bell has thrived on his desire and passion to work with people.  His personable attitude helped him to expand his work into the banking sector where he spent over a decade working as Vice President and Sales Manager of the Eastern U.S. Market for a Fortune 500 Financial Institution.  John’s final career move was into real estate when he became a full-time resident of Charleston, South Carolina. ...

How to Minimize Stress While Moving and Starting a Business

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The unemployment rate in Charleston is 4%, while the average in the United States is 6%. Moreover, the city's job market is expected to grow more rapidly than the national average. If you'd rather be in charge of your own destiny, entrepreneurship could be a smart move for you. But it's vital to know how to both make a move and start a business simultaneously without any unexpected hiccups along the way.

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See the 5 Best Johns Island, SC Neighborhoods

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The greater Charleston area is one of the best places in South Carolina to live, work, and raise a family. Part of the reason why this city is so desirable is that it has such a wide variety of neighborhoods. People can find whatever home and lifestyle they want here. You can locate costly, historic houses full of character, or you can find a more suburban life. Johns Island offers a beautiful suburban life that's still close to the heart of Charleston. If that sounds appealing to you, here are the five best neighborhoods you'll want to check out!

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What Are Physician Loans in South Carolina and Are They the Best Choice?

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South Carolina is an attractive state for doctors to practice in as well as a great place to do a residency for medical students. The Charleston area, in particular, is home to the Medical University of South Carolina, the oldest medical school in the South and one of the best in the nation. This beautiful campus trains more than 3,000 students and 850 residents and fellows in six colleges each year. However, while medicine is a wonderful field, recent graduates and even experienced doctors may find themselves in a predicament regarding home loans: even with high salaries, their student loans are also high, making it hard to qualify for a conventional...

Real Estate Contingencies: 5 You Must Consider in Your Next Offer

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Those new to the homebuying process, or those who haven't bought a home in a while, know just how dizzying the terminology surrounding homes, offers, and purchase contracts can be. You'll hear your real estate agent talk about many different things, and you might be surprised when the offer you submit is many pages long and not just something simple like "I'll buy this house for $200,000." Part of the reason offers are so long is that they represent a formal well-tested legal contract that gives you, the buyer, a fair shot at acquiring your dream Charleston home. Part of the legal protections the agreement provides is one or more real estate contingencies....

5 Steps to Buy Your Dream Condo in Charleston, SC

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Charleston, SC, is a gorgeous place to live. With plenty of water, beaches, one of the best food scenes in all of America, and a friendly, southern lifestyle, Charleston has always been in high demand. When COVID-19 hit, many people started to re-evaluate their current working situations. No longer tied to big, expensive cities, many people have begun to discover the benefits of living in a beautiful place like Charleston can provide (including sun and warmth!). As such, condos have become in more demand. For some, a Charleston condo is a perfect getaway property - to work and vacation at the same time. For others, the thought of selling a small NYC condo, getting a nice Charleston one, and pocketing many hundreds of thousands of dollars is appealing. No matter your reason for looking at Charleston...