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The holidays in Charleston are magical. The city comes alive with festivities, decorations and the people couldn't be friendlier. Please enjoy this excellent article.

Atlantic Journal Constitution

Christmas In Charleston SC

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Our real estate market here continues to do very well.  New construction is prominent in several MLS areas including Johns Island and Mt Pleasant.  However, new construction seems to be making its biggest strides in the Jedburg area near the new Volvo plant.  The Nexton community is going to dwarf the already sizable Cane Bay subdivision.  They’re actually building a new exit ramp off I-26!  Overall, the tri-county areas are up 10.5% in number of transactions YTD over 2015.  2016 will likely see over 16k transactions and it will probably be the 2nd busiest year ever.  Median sales price is up 5.1% to $244k.  I hear many people concerned that this may be too inflated and that we may be experiencing another bubble in the housing market.  However, there are

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I just wanted to post a personal Thank You to all of the great Prestige friends,clients and followers for reaching out before, during and after our recent brush with Hurricane Matthew. Your calls, emails and texts kept our spirits high as the storm passed through. I am happy to report that the East Cooper and Daniel Island areas of our city have suffered only minor damage, mostly to trees and plants. Personal inspections to homes we monitor for out of town owners on Saturday and Sunday have shown no damage whatsoever. Downtown Charleston had some flooding as it is prone to do and I was reminded of the importance of an agent's local knowledge in dealing on the Peninsula. Since Saturday night our lowcountry skies have been clear and we are experiencing some

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Finally summer has started to bid us farewell and those wonderful fall days are just ahead. There is truly no better time to visit Charleston and experience the sights, smells,tastes and hospitality of the "World's friendliest City". Here is a short list of some great events between now and the beginning of November. 

Sept 23rd thru 25th  The Taste Of Charleston.  This outdoor event on the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation showcases Charleston cuisine in a family friendly atmosphere. Friendly spirited competitions between local restaurants will keep you amused between courses, just be sure to wear your pants with the stretchy waistline!  www.tasteofcharleston.com

Sept 29 thru October 10 Moja Arts Festival.  The 33rd season of this festival featuring

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We spend a great deal of time showcasing the beauty and lifestyle of our slice of paradise. Sure the homes are beautiful, the weather is fantastic, the beaches are wide and the taxes are low but what will you do for a living? A new survey released this week by the human resources consulting firm ManpowerGroup shows continuing encouraging news in the Lowcountry employment market. Heading into the final quarter of 2016 projections place Charleston 6th best among the nations 100 largest metropolitan areas in job growth. This great news follows a 3rd place spot in the summer survey. A full 31% of Lowcountry employers indicate that they intend to add staff before the end of 2016. This is 6% above the state average. As expected Charleston employers will be

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 The readers of Conde Nast Traveler have once again named Charleston South Carolina the World's Friendliest City! Couple this recognition with Travel + Leisure's World's Best City Award for the third straight year and it's easy to see why the world is flocking to our charming city. In 2015 over 5 million people visited Charleston and apparently we treated them well. 

If you live in the Holy City you experience this on a daily basis, just something you expect. What is interesting though is how many other top rankings Charleston has garnered in the last 5 years. Here are just a few:

World's Best City- Travel+Leisure 2016

Top City in the U.S.- Conde Nast Traveler 2011-2014

Top City in the World- Conde Nast Traveler 2012

Top U.S.

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Beating out major cities like San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City, Charleston ranked second only to New Orleans in the “Best American Cities for Food” survey. In the picture, Charleston is represented by an image of Leon’s Oyster Shop’s chargrilled oysters. The ranking continues Charleston's success in the reader-determined awards. Just last month, Charleston was announced as the winner of the “best city in the world” title, decided by the same survey.  Charleston’s growth is not going unnoticed and the fine dining options are only one part of what makes Charleston such an amazing place to live and travel to.  

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We recently mentioned the new performing arts center coming to Daniel Island. Now an exciting new restaurant is coming to Daniel Island! Dockery’s is a 10,000 square foot restaurant that will offer live music and its own on-site brewery! Located on Island Park Drive, Dockery’s is in a prime development location next to the recently announced Daniel Island Performing Arts Center.  Dockery’s is owned by the restaurant group, Concentrics Restaurants, a James Beard nominated, nationally acclaimed restaurant group based in Atlanta, Georgia. The restaurant set to open in Summer 2017 looks to be a destination restaurant on the island. The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner, and a weekend brunch. This should be a hot spot for all ages!

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Once you buy and sell a few homes you realize that having information about the home you are considering, other similar homes, the local economy and so on is very important to making an intelligent decision.  Numbers, metrics and objective analysis drive the business. Without this information you are subject to the whims of the real estate agent and whatever their agenda may be. Whoever has access to the best data wins. Getting data in residential real estate is daunting. Most turn to Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com. These sites either don't publish useful info or it is notoriously outdated or misleading info. 

The answer is to hire a sharp realtor who does the research for you for market data only available to realtors through the MLS.   A real estate

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A new, Daniel Island inspired, 18,000 home development in the Cainhoy area will be the largest ever for the Charleston area. The new development will encompass 9,087 acres; larger than the Charleston Peninsula and Daniel Island combined.  It expected to be a partnership between the Guggenheim Foundation, The Daniel Island Company and The Beach Company.

Cainhoy Plantation will be a city-sized community of up to 45,000 residents. The development will benefit from major lane expansion and improvements on both Clements Ferry Road and Highway 41, that will be complete in 2021.  An investment now, in my opinion, in real estate along Clements Ferry Road may represent an attractive opportunity.  However, traffic may be challenging until the lane expansions

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