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Moved right into the Christmas season last night! I went to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to hear George Frideric Handel’s oratorio masterpiece Messiah for the 5th time in my life. It was a sold out performance with 60 singers and 24 musicians from the Charleston Symphony and Chamber Chorus. Of course, the highlight of the evening was the Hallelujah chorus which is regarded by most of the world as the greatest choral piece of music ever written. The 4-part harmonies and powerful movements are incredible, especially the resounding climax when the entire ensemble stops on a dime and is silent for three seconds and then the final word Hal-le-lu-jah is slowly sung. Even though you know it’s coming, it still is a goose-bump experience! What is

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After 22 years of development just about every building lot and commercial space is near completion. Enjoy this article from the Daniel Island News for full details.

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If you have questions about any aspect of Daniel Island such as building your dream home or buying the perfect existing home for your family, please feel free to give us a call at 843-259-9913. Most of our team live on the island and know it extremely well.

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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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