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The annual Spoleto Festival in Charleston continues to be amazing with over 300 performances in 17 days…theater, dance, opera, music, artist talks, jazz and others mediums.

Last evening I really enjoyed the Italian opera Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage)…. A comic opera with members of Westminster Choir giving voice to handcrafted Italian marionettes in this charming production. The choir was in the orchestra pit and the only characters on stage were the marionettes managed by 10 Italian artisans from hidden scaffolding above the stage. It was first performed in 1792. A thoroughly enjoyable night.

The previous evening I ventured to the famous Mepkin Abbey in Monks Corner to hear Illuminations, a Memorial Day concert featuring the Taylor

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If you were not at the Gaillard last night March 10, you missed the best Charleston Symphony Orchestra's performance since 2007!!! 

It was Celebrate L'ITALIA.... an all Italian composer's night of 20 instantly recognizable compositions. The first half of the program opened with Rossini's William Tell Overture (immortalized as the opening music for the Lone Ranger TV series back in the 1950's) and followed by 8 of the all-time famous arias from Verdi and Puccini and included the Triumphal March and Chorus from Verdi's Aida featuring 22 Wando High School trumpeters! Following intermission, many of the popular Italian compositions were played, including my 2 all-time Ennio Morricone's pieces Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission) and the theme from Cinema

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According to an article in Venturebeat.com, Charleston is one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S., Charleston, South Carolina is now the No. 1 mid-sized metro for millennials, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of 2016, the metro area was growing at three times the rate of the U.S. population. Yikes a flood of Millenials...we need to figure that generation out.

All very exciting for those of us living in paradise. The Charleston employment scene is improving quickly. We moved to Charleston from Denver. Denver was on fire with young entreprenuers creating tech companies everywhere. The result was there and is now here in Charleston a thriving economy, lots of cool new hot spots or of course the real estate is hot. To understabd

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Charleston Regional Business Journal reports Charleston was among the top 5 ranked for overall best places to find a job. The study was done by WalletHub. Check out The Charleston Regional Business Journal for lots of great information about our wonderful area. They do a great job of reporting on business related issues. In the 13 years we have been here corporate America seems to have discovered our area. New manufacturing facilities for Boeing. Mercedes, and Volvo to name a few.

WalletHub has a pretty impressive advisory board that ranks cities and states for lots of factors. It is nice to see that Charleston stacks up as #6 in the country for affordability. We often must resuscitate clients coming from places like New Jersey and Connecticut when

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I find myself this morning sitting in the waiting room at a car dealer. Just the thought of visiting a car dealer brings a high level of dread. Images of sales guys standing in the parking lot smoking the boredom away, dirty service areas, dirty bathrooms and worn out service guys who are under orders to get sales up in the service department. I would normally ask my wife to take it in, but this is going to be a Baker Motors experience.

Having run companies, large marketing divisions and now Prestige Real Estate Group, I am always amazed when I experience a consumer business that truly has a passionate culture of putting the customer first. It is not easy. It takes leadership from the top with a serious commitment to serving the public. I want to take

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For all those who are thinking about the possibility of coming to live here in Charleston.... you have to check out this Travel and Leisure article. "Forget the city of old, or even five years ago. A new wave of restaurateurs, designers, and hoteliers have put the jewel of the Lowcountry on the global stage...something bigger than food is reshaping Charleston. There’s an energy coursing through the city that reminds me of Nashville and San Francisco."   Click on READ FULL POST below then CLICK HERE to see the full Travel and Leisure article.

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 THE WAY TO MAKE MONEY ON A HOME IS TO BUY IT RIGHT.

Of course, finding a good deal involves using a number of indicators of value, understanding seller motivation, the condition of the home, the realtors ability to negotiate and much more.

I always find it disappointing to get a call from a nice family asking us to list their home if they are in trouble before they even start. We know before we even walk the home that the seller is going to lose money. If you fell in love with a shinny new home and over paid for it, you are not going to be happy when you sell it. A number of factors go into determining if a home is a good deal. I plan to post a series of tips on how to buy a home right. 

One useful metric to study is "Months Of Inventory" for

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Charleston has grown at a rapid rate in recent years. A recent study indicated Charleston is second in growth to Austin TX. In Charleston's market, lifestyle is the big driver of growth. Families looking to improve their life, live in a smaller city with all of the amenities of a big city, and enjoy lower real estate taxes are making the move. Of course, growing employers like Boeing, Bosch, Mercedes and many others bringing new hires in. 2017 was the busiest year ever for home sales. The growth rate of homes sold was up 3.4% over 2016 and median price was up 4.3%. Of course, this is not a huge increase which delights us as the growth rate is sustainable. We are not seeing the dynamics of the 2008-2009 period of speculation.

 

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Charleston Airport

No excuse now... its really easy to get to Charleston. There are 60 daily non-stop flights to Charleston from 17 airports around the US... Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Baltimore, Houston, Nashville, Chicago, Washington National, Washington Dulles, Newark, La Guardia, JFK, Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Seattle. If you live within driving distance or can get a connecting flight to these 17 departure cities, you can land at the newly renovated Charleston airport... take a taxi or a Uber car and be in historic downtown Charleston in less than 30 minutes! Any of our agents would be delighted to coordinate a visit here for you, and of course show you some really wonderful homes. Click on READ FULL POST below then CLICK HERE to see

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Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Another great evening last night in Charleston! Went to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert at Gaillard Center... 60-piece orchestra, 120-chorus ... 2 hours of classic Christmas music...only a 15 minutes drive from Daniel Island. $5 parking. Love living on Daniel Island!!!

Songs included "For unto us a Child is born" from Handel's Messiah, "Carol of the Bells", 2 John Williams' pieces from Home Alone, "Twelve Days of Christmas", "Sleigh Ride", traditional English carols and an inspiring sing-along finale!

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