3 Things You Need to Know as a First Time Home Buyer

If you are thinking it might be time to buy your first home , here are three things you need to know as a first time home buyer as you enter the world of real estate and home shopping.

Good News! As the Buyer, You Don’t Pay your Real Estate Agent’s Commission

Homes for Sale in Summerville, SCOften, I am asked by first time home buyers, “How much are your fees? When and how do you get paid?”

As a Summerville & Charleston realtor, I am paid by the selling side of the transaction. When the home owner places their house on the market, they agree to pay a commission. The selling agent, (typically), splits this commission with the buyer’s real estate agent. I still represent you completely, but my bill gets paid by the other real estate agent.

Need help finding an agent? Take a look at Real Estate for Sale in Summerville, SC.

Monthly Mortgage Payment…Is It Comfortable for You?

Your first step, once you decide to buy a home for sale in Summerville, is generally getting pre-approved for a mortgage. This is a vital part of the process and before we even begin looking at those beautiful houses for sale in Summerville, you need to have that pre-approval letter in hand.

Once you meet with the mortgage broker, they will help you figure out how much house you can afford and the dollar amount may surprise you. It is important to remember that there will be a range that you can buy in. Just because you CAN afford a $300,000 house, doesn’t mean you necessarily should.

Make sure that you look at your down payment amount, credit score, current mortgage rate, taxes and insurance and how that will all translate to your monthly payment. Is that monthly number good for you? Is it on track with a rent you’ve paying? Is it going to stretch you too thin? Make sure you are with a trusted mortgage adviser to figure out all the variables. (Your Summerville Realtor will be able to help you find a great one.)

Take The Plunge

Homes for Sale in Summerville, SCThere are going to be a lot of little (and big) moments along the way when you decide to move forward with buying your first home. There will be moments of extreme excitement and potentially some freak out moments as well. That is a big reason to work with a professional Summerville realtor who has been selling homes for over 20 years. Walking with you through the ups and downs of the process and making sure you get to the other side with a home you love is my main job!

Contact me if you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home.

Call today to set up an appointment – 843-974-6029.

Homes for Sale in Coosaw Preserve in Ladson, SC

Homes for Sale in Coosaw Preserve in Ladson, SC

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What’s Coosaw Preserve Neighborhood Like?

The homes and floor plans you will find for sale in the Coosaw Preserve Development are generally going to range between 1648 and 3568 square feet.  The smallest homes in the neighborhood start with 3 bedrooms while the larger floor plans have a four bedroom layout with some models putting the master bedroom on the main floor. The builder has done a wonderful job incorporating large trees and scenic ponds throughout the community and sidewalks for evening strolls.

Homes for Sale in Coosaw Preserve in Ladson, SC

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Why Do People Live in Coosaw Preserve?

One of the New Home Communities in the Summerville area, Coosaw Preserve is a very popular new home development in Ladson.  Located on the Dorchester County side of Ladson, Coosaw Preserve is right off of Patriot’s Boulevard.  This location offers its residents a central location to entertainment, shopping, golf, restaurants and a 25 minute commute to Charleston, and even less to North Charleston.

Looking for a home in Coosaw Preserve?

Interested in finding homes for sale in Coosaw Preserve Subdivision of Ladson, SC? Visit www.HomesofSummerville.com to find all the currently available homes in this area of Ladson, SC.

What Amenities does Coosaw Preserve Offer?

Coosaw Preserve offers its residents a beautiful picnic area, resort style pool and playground for hours of family fun.  Scenic ponds are dotted throughout the new home community and sidewalks and paths to enjoy bike rides and time together with those you love. If you enjoy golf,  the Wescott Country Club is just around the corner with its magnificent golf course.

Homes for Sale in Coosaw Preserve in Ladson, SC

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What Schools do children living in Coosaw Preserve Attend?

If you buy a home for sale in Coosaw Preserve, the local schools serving this area are Joseph Pye Elementary School, Oakbrook Middle, and Fort Dorchester High School. To get local school scores and more information about these schools check out the Summerville School Reports on my website.

Homes for Sale in Coosaw Preserve in Ladson, SC

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Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?

View current homes for sale in Coosaw Preserve in Ladson, SC. Properties for sale are a direct feed from the Charleston MLS and are updated multiple times per day.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home.

If you are a home seller and would like to discuss your Summerville Home and what it is worth in our market today, please e-mail me for more information or fill out this form.

Beautiful Home in Summerville- Just Sold!

Homes for Sale in Summerville, SC

Another beautiful home for sale in Summerville has left the market! This home is found in the Sangaree Subdivision of Summerville and was only on the market for one day before my clients received an offer!

In this seller’s market, make sure you are working with a Summerville realtor who is working every day to keep you aware of what Summerville listings are available and when they come on the market!

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home.

If you are a home seller and would like to discuss your Summerville Home and what it is worth in our market today, please e-mail me for more information or fill out this form.

Beautiful Home in Coosaw Preserve- Just Sold!

Homes for Sale in Summerville SC

Another beautiful new home for sale in Summerville has left the market! This gorgeous new construction home was  built in one of Summerville’s new home developments called Coosaw Preserve .

Coosaw Preserve began selling homes in 2015 and over 168 homes have been built and sold in the Summerville community. Homes for sale in Coosaw Preserve have gained such popularity because of their central location and close proximity to shopping, entertainment, and golfing (The Wescott Plantation golf course is close by!).  It is located on the Dorchester County side of Ladson right off of Patriots Blvd.

The homes for sale in Coosaw Preserve  range in size from 1645-3568 sq. ft.  and include three different collections of homes which have their own floor plans and designs.  The homes that have sold in Coosaw Preserve have ranged in price from $195,115 to $382,320 with the average sitting right around $284,049.  With resort style amenities and excellent location, it is easy to see why this new home community in Summerville has become so popular.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home.

If you are a home seller and would like to discuss your Summerville Home and what it is worth in our market today, please e-mail me for more information or fill out this form.

How to Sell Your Summerville Home with Less Stress

On the stress meter, moving is right next to dying, so it is a stressful process for most people when they go to sell their Summerville home! However, there are ways to have your home on the market and show it with less stress versus more. It is always going to be inconvenient to sell your home, but being prepared helps!

Homes for Sale in Summerville, SC

Be Ready for Showings in 10 mins:

  • One family living in a 1250 square-foot house with six children had a real challenge to keep the house “show ready.” Their house showed 31 times before it sold and everyone’s feedback was that the house was neat as a pin!  I quizzed them afterwards to find out what they did to keep the house so picked up and clean.
  • They treated the showings almost like a fire drill. Each child had a responsibility and kept their end of the bargain. When the showing was scheduled or the car would come in everyone would mobilize and go into show mode. Beds were made, clothes put away, vacuuming accomplished, candles lit, and  lights turned on everywhere.Homes for Sale in Summerville, SC

De-Clutter:

  • For those with too much stuff, I suggest getting a storage unit. De-clutter the house and the closets, box up everything unnecessary and put it in a storage unit while you are selling the home. This makes the house easier to keep neat and makes the house look bigger and better. When storage units aren’t necessary I suggest getting large plastic storage bins and placing them in the garage during the showings. Get ready to scramble around the house loading up toys if you have small children and toss them in the bins and then out in the garage for showings.

Inviting Kitchen:

  • Store unused kitchen appliances out of sight. Clear the counters and open the windows (if warm).

If you really want to move your Summerville home quickly and have the smallest amount of showings and least amount of stress, price the house just below market. This strategy will cut down on your length of time and number of showings because your home will go under contract quickly. The mortgage stops, the taxes stop and your move gets accomplished in a reasonable amount of time.

If you are a home seller and would like to discuss selling your Summerville Home and what it is worth in our market today, please e-mail me  for more information or fill out this form.

Homes for Sale in Buckshire in Summerville, SC

Homes for Sale in Buckshire in Summerville, SC

If you live in the Buckshire Subdivision or are interested in buying a home in Buckshire, here are four things you might be interested in knowing!

  1. Who Lives in Buckshire?
    1. 20% are Married with Children
    2. 22% are Married with No Children
    3. 42% are Single with No Children
    4. 15% are Single with Children
  2. What is the average price per square foot of homes sold in Buckshire?
    1. $118 per square foot
  3. What is the average sales price of homes in Buckshire?
    1. $216,573
  4. Number of houses for sale in Buckshire ?
    1. 7 (View Homes for Sale in Buckshire)

Buckshire is a great subdivision full of new construction homes as well as resale homes on wooded home sites and scenic pond sites.  With a community pool and play park, Buckshire is a new family neighborhood for those wanting to live in Summerville, SC.

Homes for Sale in Buckshire in Summerville, SC

Contact me if you would like a personal tour of Buckshire or are interested in learning more about the homes for sale in Buckshire.

What Happened Last Month in Real Estate in Summerville, SC?

Homes for Sale in Summerville, SC

May has arrived in Summerville and we’re moving into some beautiful weather! The strong spring real estate market in Summerville, SC slowed down a little but this was mainly due to lack of inventory.  Many of my listings have received multiple offers within days (or hours) of being listed.  According to our Summerville real estate market reports, we have 31% less homes for sale in Summerville then we did this time last year.  We continue to have only 2 months supply of homes for sale in Summerville .

This lack of real estate for sale in Summerville, SC has placed us squarely in a seller’s market and continues to drive Summerville prices up and place a large demand on new homes for sale in Summerville SC. The average price per square foot in Summerville is up to $113/square foot.

If you want to buy a summerville home, you need to act quickly and intelligently as a buyer. Ensuring that you are working with an experienced Summerville realtor will save you headache and heartache when you try to purchase a home in Summerville. When you are purchasing, don’t forget these Four Vital Questions to Ask When You Buy a Home.

I can help you if you are interested in seeing real estate for sale in Summerville, SC ,  buying a home in the Summerville areanew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home.

If you are a home seller and would like to discuss your Summerville Home and what it is worth in our market today, please e-mail me for more information or fill out this form.