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January 2019

January 2019 - News

2019 is finally here and I’m sure you have plenty of resolutions. However, January in Charleston has Charleston Restaurant Week to kill that for you. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival shouldn’t really ruin your diet though. Those buggers can’t be fattening! The Holy City of Charleston could also have been called the Crane City this year because there seemed to be more cranes than Church steeples. Building has been extraordinary. Downtown has seen the building of several new hotels and the suburbs have seen a massive increase in new construction housing. Over one third of the properties now under contract in the Charleston area are new construction. Charleston was again chosen as the #1 City in the US by Travel and Leisure Magazine and they have also put us near the top for Cities in the World. The new Volvo plant is being built in the Moncks Corner area and we’ve seen some changes on interstate 26 to prepare for this.Volvo is causing a major boom to the Summerville and Goose Creek/Moncks Corner markets. Boeing is still expanding and doing quite well in North Charleston. Mercedes Sprinter Vans got a huge order from Amazon. 2018 will be the 2nd busiest real estate year ever for Charleston, just barely falling short of the record set in 2017. Median sales price is up over 6%. Mt Pleasant and James Island have median home prices well above $200/sqft. Johns Island traffic woes seemed to be solved for now, but the new construction boom there will soon require more solutions. The software and IT industries continue to flourish in what many call Silicon Harbor. New restaurants and craft breweries are opening everyday. Tourism continues unabated. And 2019 looks to be even better. Here is your January 2019 calendar of events:

January 2019 Calendar

1: Bill Murray Look-Alike Polar Bear Plunge, Folly Beach 11am
1: Wild Dunes NY Day 5k
1: Last night for the Festival of Lights at the James Island County Park
4,5: Beethoven’s 5th, Gaillard
4: Elmondston-Alston House Candlelight Tour
5: Secrets to Healthy Eating with Chef Brett McKee, 139A Market St
7: WWE Live, N Chas Coliseum
7-9: Wild Dunes Club Car Pro-Am Golf Tournament
9: Willie Nelson, N Chas PAC
9-20: Charleston Restaurant Week
10,11: Travis Tritt, Chas Music Hall
12: Harlem Globetrotters, N Chas Coliseum
13: Chamber Music Charleston, Dock Street Theatre
13: Bella Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Chas Music Hall
22: Martha Graham Dance Company, Gaillard
23: Greensky Bluegrass, Chas Music Hall
24: 65th Annual Carolopolis Awards, Riveria Theatre
24: Nestor Torres, Chas Music Hall
25-27: 5th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival
25: 16th Annual Night in the Valley, Trident Tech
26: Bobby McFerrin, Gaillard
26: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
26: Great American Race, James Island County Park
27: Lowcountry Oyster Roast, Boone Hall
27: Wild Dunes Annual Author Series, Sweetgrass Pavilion
29: Rock of Ages’, Gaillard
30: Neko Case, Chas Music Hall

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Charleston Calendar

December 2018

December 2018 - News

December and the holiday season are upon us. The trees will be lit at Colonial Lake and the City of North Charleston on November 30. The James Island County Park’s Holiday Festival of Lights will be going through January 1. The Charleston real estate market continues to march on. 2017 was a record year and 2018 will come very close to surpassing 2017. Year to date, the number of transactions is almost identical to 2017. Median sales price is up 7.1% to a high of $272k. Some areas (Folly Beach, Johns Island, North Charleston inside 526, Isle of Palms, peninsula Charleston, Goose Creek, Daniel Island, and the Clements Ferry Road area) are up over 10% in terms of median sales price over 2017. Many consumers are asking if the market is finally beginning to slow. Only in the fact that our market always slows down during the holiday and winter season. It’s still busy. But not as busy as it will be when spring gets here. 2019 should be a great year for Charleston.

December 2018 Calendar

30-2: 81st Annual Christmas Candlelight Service at the Summerall Chapel
1: North Charleston Christmas Festival and Parade
1: Holiday Jubilee and Tree Lighting, Marion Square
1: Isle of Palms Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting
1: Crafty Bastards Arts and Craft Fair, Joe Riley Stadium
1: Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition, Chas Music Hall
1,8,9,15: African American Spirituals Music Concert, Drayton Hall
2: Center for Birds of Prey Photography Day
2: City of Charleston Christmas Parade
7: Harry Connick Jr: Gaillard
8: Folly Beach Christmas Parade
8: 28th Annual Reindeer Run
8: 37th Annual Holiday Parade of Boats
8: A Big Band Holiday with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Gaillard
8: Kiawah 41st Marathon
8: Nutcracker, N Chas PAC
9: Mt Pleasant 23rd Annual Christmas Light Parade
9: Christmas at the Sottile
10: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Chas Music Hall
11: It’s a Wonderful Life, Chas Music Hall
11: Swingin’ Christmas with Tony DeSare, Gaillard
16: Beach Boys Christmas Tour, N Chas PAC
17: Elf, Chas Music Hall
18: CSO Holiday Brass, St Philip Church
18: CSO String Quartet Holiday Strings, Charleston Library Society
21: Vienna Boys Choir, Gaillard
22: The Night before Christmas, Sottile
22: Johns Island Farmers Holiday Market, Chas Collegiate School
29: Bluedogs, Chas Music Hall
31: Happy New Year Charleston, Marion Square
31: New Year’s Speakeasy, Bay Street Biergarten
31: Yorktown NYE Countdown
31: Folly Flip Flop Drop

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Charleston Calendar

November 2018

November 2018 - News

For the 5th consecutive year, Charleston has been chosen as the #1 City in the US and Canada by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Amazon has ordered 20,000 Mercedes Sprinter Vans from our local factory in N Charleston and Volvo is hinting there will be a third vehicle manufactured here in addition to the S60 and XC90. United Airlines also just ordered 9 new 787’s to be built at our Boeing Plant. All of this manufacturing is always a good thing. This likely has a lot to do with the growth in our real estate market. 2018 will be very close to matching the record sales of 2017. And the median price is at $272k, up 7.1% year to date over 2018. Let’s give thanks that all the hurricanes missed us again this year. The weather is so great right now that they’re going to let us have an extra hour in November. On the table again are oysters, basketball, Holiday Festival of Lights, and chili.

November 2018 Calendar

1-3: Coastal Carolina Fair still in town, Ladson
1-3: Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
1-4: Disney on Ice, N Chas Coliseum
2: Phantasmagorical Candlelight Concert, Unitarian Church
3: Harvest Festival, Johns Island County Park
3: Boots, Bottles, and Blessings – Wadmalaw
3: Heather Stone, Gaillard
3: Take Ten: A Decade of Jazz Gala and Concert, Memminger
4: Bob Dylan, N Chas PAC
4: Charleston Battery Food Truck Festival, MUSC Health Stadium
4: Isle of Palms Marina Festival
8: Charleston Literary Festival, Library Society and Dock Street Theatre
8: Spyro Gyra, Chas Music Hall
8: Vince Gill, N Chas PAC
9: Keb Mo, Gaillard
9-30: Holiday Festival of Lights, James Island County Park
10: 14th Annual Fur Ball, Francis Marion
10: Shrimp and Grits Festival, Joe Riley Stadium
11: Kris Kristofferson, Chas Music Hall
13: Daughtry, Chas Music Hall
15-18: 11th Annual Charleston Classic NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
15: Dwight Yoakum, Chas Music Hall
16: Ray LaMontagne, N Chas PAC
16: 6th Annual Some on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown, Chas Harbor Resort and Marina
17: 19th Annual Chas Animal Society Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast, Riverfront Park
18: Spamalot, Gaillard
22: 41st Annual Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble, Marion Square
23: Drivin and Cryin, Chas Music Hall
24: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, N Chas PAC
30: Sounds of Charleston from Gospel to Gershwin, Circular Congregational Church

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Charleston Calendar

September 2018

September 2018 - News

September is here and the nights will begin to cool off a little. There are a ton of great events during September. Charleston Restaurant Week and Charleston Beer Week overlap which is a perfect combination. There are a lot of performers in town including the Lowcountry Jazz Festival to kick off the month.

September 2018 Calendar

1-2: Lowcountry Jazz Festival, Gaillard
1: Crazy about Patsy Cline, Johns Island Library
5-16: Charleston Restaurant Week
6: Wine, Women, and Wisdom, Brigade Hall Oyster Pointe
7: Night of New Beginnings Gala, Gaillard
7-15: Charleston Beer Week
8: Black Ink, Main Library
8: 2nd Annual Southern Fried Chicken Challenge, N Chas Riverfront Park
8: Enchanting Royal Ball, Woolfe Street Playhouse
8: 2018 Holy City Swim Jam, Windjammer IOP
12: Jake Shimabukuro, Chas Music Hall
13: Steven Wright, Chas Music Hall
14: Alan Jackson, N Chas Coliseum
15: Fam Jam at Marion Square
15: Rene Marie, Chas Music Hall
15: Lowcountry Boil, Bowens Island
16: Swim Around Charleston, Remley Point
16: Bill Burr, Gaillard
16: Shrimp on the Barbie Throwdown, Harbor Resort and Marina
19: Taj Mahal, Chas Music Hall
20: 6th Annual Good Business Summit, Chas Music Hall
22: Susan B Komen Race for the Cure, N Chas Riverfront Park
23: David Byrne, N Chas PAC
24: Sarah McLachlan, N Chas PAC
25,26: Citadel’s 3rd Intelligence and Cybersecurity Conference
27: Second City, Chas Music Hall
27-7: 35th Annual Moja Festival
28: Welcome to Night Vale, Chas Music Hall
29: Squirrel Nut Zippers
30: Italian Feast, Hutchinson Square Summerville

The real estate market here continues to boom. We are basically at the same level of sales as the record setting 2017 year. Median sales price is up almost 6% over the same period from 2017 to an all time high of $270k. However, many MLS areas are up over 10% on median sales price. These areas include North Charleston inside 526, Mt Pleasant south of the IOP connector, Isle of Palms, the downtown peninsula areas, part of Goose Creek, Daniel Island, and the Wando/Cainhoy area off Clements Ferry Road. The areas around the new Volvo plant near Moncks Corner are booming with new construction. The highways and airways are filled with people trying to get to our great city.

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Charleston Calendar

August 2018

August 2018 - News

August is here and school in Charleston starts back on August 20. One of the best events of the year comes around this month when Hootie and the Blowfish reunite for two shows on Daniel Island. August will also see the Ball Park Festival of Beers. Get in some last beach runs and enjoy the dog days.

August 2018 Calendar

Here is your June calendar of events:
1: Brooklyn Brewery and Bar Mash Corn Hole Tournament
2: Todd Snider, Chas Music Hall
3: Reggae Nights, James Island County Park
3: Carolina Surf Film Festival, Charleston Music Hall
3-5: 13th Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music and Movement Festival, Chas Music Hall
4: WWE Wrestling, N Charleston Coliseum
6: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Chas Music Hall
6-9: 50th Annual Trusted Choice Big I National Junior Golf Championship, Daniel Island
7: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chas Music Hall
7: National Lighthouse Day
10: Hootie and the Blowfish, Volvo Tennis Center
10: Beer from Here, SC Aquarium
10: Friday Night Boogie, Mt Pleasant Pier
10: Grass in the Hall, Chas Music Hall
11: Hootie and the Blowfish, Volvo Tennis Center
11: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Chas Music Hall
11: Shaggin’ on the Cooper, Mt Pleasant Pier
11: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Charleston Rifle Club
12: Motown: The Groove that Changed America, Kiawah
12: Beatles vs Elvis-A Musical Showdown, Chas Music Hall
16: Rodney Carrington, Chas Music Hall
17: Jim Gaffigan, N Charleston PAC
18: 16th Annual Ball Park Festival of Beers, Joe Riley Stadium
18: Major League Lacrosse Championship, MUSC Health Stadium Daniel Island
20: Charleston Public School Year Begins

Charleston is booming! Yet again, we have been voted the #1 City in the US by Travel and Leisure Magazine. We usually come in #1 or #2 for the Best City in the World, but this year we’re down to #10. GQ magazine chimed in with 11 reasons why the “New Charleston” should be your next weekend trip. The Volvo Plant is coming along and there will be a new exit off I-26.

Real estate here is doing quite well. The number of sales so far in 2018 is nearly identical YTD as 2017, which was a record year. We will likely sell 18k residential units again this year. The median price is up 6.7% to a record of $270k. And many areas are up quite a bit more than that. It is practically impossible to get a home under $300k in Mt Pleasant or James Island. Both of those areas are over $200/sqft. The median in Summerville, Goose Creek, and North Charleston is usually above $115/sqft. Vacant land is being gobbled up to build new homes. New construction is abundant in all areas of Charleston. It is rampant on Johns Island and near the Volvo Plant in Summerville.

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July 2018

July 2018 - News

Summer is here and it’s hot! There are 3 area waterparks for you to get your cool down. Try out Whirlin’ Waters at N Chas Wannamaker County Park or the Splash Zone at James Island County Park or Splash Island at Mt P Palmetto Islands County Park. There’s a Fine Art Summer Camp at the Gibbes Art Museum for the kids. There will of course be many 4th of July celebrations and lots of fireworks. Be careful out there. It’s turtle nesting season, so be careful on the beaches.

July 2018 Calendar

Here is your July calendar of events:
1: Tedeschi Trucks Band with Drive By Truckers, Volvo Car Stadium
1: Mosquito Beach Folly Bus to Freedom Fish Fry, Island Beeze
1: 103.5 WEZL’s Stars and Guitars, Boone Hall
2: Edwin McCain, Windjammer
3: Free Tango Lesson, MUSC Wellness Center
4: Fourth of July Fireworks Bash, Patriots Point
4: City of N Charleston 4th of July Celebration, Riverfront Park
4: Folly Fireworks, Folly Beach
4: Riverdogs Game and Fireworks, The Joe
6-8: Celebrating our Veterans, Summerville’s Flowertown Players
12-14: 3rd annual Megadock Billfish Tournament, City Marina
13-23: Beaufort Water Festival, Beaufort
20: 3rd annual Charleston Margarita Festival, Brittlebank Park
25: Chantal Gagne and Friends Jazz, Gibbes Museum
29-7: Senior Leagure World Series Baseball, Clemson

Charleston and North Charleston made the list of the top boom towns. The Top 10 Prosperous US Cities ranked Charleston #3 and North Charleston #5. The Charleston region was among the top places to move in the second quarter of the year. It rated as the eighth highest for metropolitan areas in the country. First was Colorado Springs. WalletHub released their 2018 Survey of Best and Worst Places to start a career for college graduates. Coming in at #4 on the list and #11 for the most entry-level jobs per 100,000 working class adults was Charleston. A new report shows SC has one of the strongest real estate markets in the country. Three SC metro areas were ranked in the Top Ten Markets in which it is better to buy a home than to rent. Columbia ranked second. Also, Charleston/North Charleston was number five and Greenville/Anderson/Mauldin, number eight. Newsweek rated the Top 50 Cities in the US in terms of salary and quality of life. #1 on the list was Austin, TX. Charleston ranked 27 with an overall score of 6.8. Our quality of life scored 6.0, and the average salary they reported was $43,560. All this has a lot to do with the booming real estate market here. Year to date, 2018 is up 7.6% over the same period from 2017 in median sales prices. We’re now at an all time high of $269k. The number of transactions is about the same as last year. We could sell more if we had more inventory. Some areas have a lot of new construction and are selling a lot more. Johns Island sales are up 49% year to date! The Summerville and Moncks Corner area are booming due to the Volvo plant that is being built. It is a sellers market. Buyers have to be ready to pay full price or sometimes get into a bidding war.

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June 2018

June 2018 - News

Get your sunscreen out. June is here and school is out and summer is upon us! Everyone will be heading to the beaches and parks, but first make sure to take in at least 5 Spoleto events. Spoleto Festival USA is one of the greatest art festivals in the world. It started on May 24 and continues to June 10 with multiple event opportunities every day. Of course, Charleston has some of the best restaurants and breweries around for you to enjoy the rest of your day. With so many possible events through Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto, the regular calendar of events is a little on the light side.

June 2018 Calendar

Here is your June calendar of events:
2: 13th Annual Sweetgrass Cultural Festival, Mt P Waterfront Park
2,3: Wahini Surf Contest, Folly Beach Washout
7: Grass in the Hall, Chas Music Hall
10: Second Sunday, King Street
13: The Illusionists, N Chas PAC
19: Rushmore, Chas Music Hall
21-23: Cariefest
22: Paula Poundstone, Chas Music Hall
23: Charleston Rumfest, Memminger
23: SC Beer Mile, N Chas Coliseum
25: Little Chef/Big Chef, Halls Events

Charleston is booming on so many fronts including food, breweries, colleges, real estate, and business. The James Beard Awards chose Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ as Best Chef in the Southeast. FIG captured the Best Wine Program in the US. The Masters program at the College of Charleston School of Business was named by US News and World Report as the Best MBA program for post-graduation job placement. Travel+Leisure also published another timely feature on the 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Charleston. Making the list were Hank’s, Fleet landing, FIG, 167 Raw, Amen Street, The Ordinary, Roadside Seafood, Leon’s Oyster Shop, Nana’s Seafood and Soul, and Nico Oysters and Seafood. If you’re wondering if the local breweries are keeping pace with the accolades in the food aisle, we checked the results from the 2018 LA International Beer Competition. Revelry took home a whopping 6 medals evenly split between gold and silver. Commonhouse Aleworks and River Rat Brewery also medaled. Something tells me this all contributes to the 6.2% rise in passengers arriving at the airport in February. On the real estate front, the number of transactions year to date is almost the exact same as last year. However, the median sales price is up 7.2% over the same period to an all time high of $265k. That’s a pretty heady number. The last couple of years have seen more modest gains of around 4%. Our analysis back to 1991 shows that current values in Charleston are where they should be on the long term trend line. We probably cannot sustain 7% increases for very long, but that does not mean there’s a bubble. Note that Johns Island sales are up 54.2% YTD in terms of number of transactions. And Daniel Island is up 28% YTD in terms of number of transactions. Daniel Island median sales price is also up over 20% YTD over the same period from 2017.

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May 2018

May 2018 - News

May is here and the weather is beautiful. April seemed like March with cool temps and high winds but we’re past all that now. May is a time for garden tours, the blessing of the fleet and the beginning of the 2-week Spoleto Festival.

May 2018 Calendar

Here is your May calendar of events:
2-6: City of North Charleston’s Arts Festival
2: Wine Down Wednesday, Old Town Creek Park
3: Little Big Town, N Chas Coliseum
3: Steve Earle, Chas Music Hall
4: Art Walk, downtown Chas
4: Yanni, N Chas PAC
4: Trae Crowder - the Liberal Redneck, Chas Music Hall
5: 11th Annual Dragon Boat Festival, Ashley River
5: Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet, McClellanville
5: Race the Helix, Wannamaker Park
10: Hops and Vines, McLeod Plantation
11-13: Charleston Greek Festival, Greek Orthodox Church Race Street
13: Mother’s Day and 2nd Sunday on King Street
15: James Taylor, N Chas Coliseum
17: Quirks and Queries of the Joseph Manigault House
22-26: The Atlantic Cup Boat Race, City Marina
24: Hops and Vines, McLeod Plantation
25-June 10: Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival, spoletousa.org
25: Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band, Chas Music Hall
26: Lowcountry Splash – Charleston Harbor Open Swim Race
26: The Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop
26: Taste of Gullah, Mt Pleasant Waterfront Park
29: David Crosby, Chas Music Hall

The Charleston area is growing! Census figures show that since 2010 Berkeley County’s population has grown 23%. Charleston and Dorchester counties have each seen a 15% increase. Net In-Migration is 34 people per day. The southeast is by far the fastest growing population area in the US at 22%. The Charleston Metro area labor force is growing 4 times faster than the US since 2010. 35% of the current labor force has a bachelor’s degree or higher. It is the #1 Mid-sized Metro for Millennials. The area has 10k annual college graduates with 40k enrolled. 14k are unemployed with 50% of those having some college education. Southern Living Magazine gave Charleston the top prize for Best Town in the South. They rated our Spoleto Festival as Best Festival. Tourism is a bit crazy in Charleston. Charleston is home to 10 Four Diamond Hotels: French Quarter Inn, The Spectator Hotel, Harbor View Inn, Ansonborough Inn, Belmond Charleston Place, Grand Bohemian Hotel, John Rutledge House, Planters Inn, The Restoration, and Renaissance Charleston. The Wentworth Mansion placed in the fourth spot among the Ten Best Five Star Hotels. The Charleston real estate market is doing quite well. Year to date through the first quarter, we are actually down about 2% in transactions. This is mainly due to lack of good inventory. Median sales price is up a robust 6.8% to an all time high of $262k. Currently, one third of all the homes under contract are new construction. On Johns Island, 57% of single family home sales this year have been new construction. In Moncks Corner, where Volvo is being built, it’s 50%. The market is healthy and the weather is finally turning warm! Cheers to that!

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April 2018

April 2018 - News

Spring is here and the azaleas are in bloom! April is such a great month in Charleston. We start off with a bang with the WTA Volvo Tennis Tournament on Daniel Island. Of course, one of the biggest events each year is the Cooper River Bridge Run. Towards the end of the month we have Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile and Band of Horses headlining the High Water Music Festival.

April 2018 Calendar

Here is your April calendar of events:
1-8: Volvo WTA women’s tennis tournament, Daniel Island
6: Jimmy Buffett, N Chas Coliseum
6-8: 46th Annual Flowertown Festival, Summerville
7: Cooper River Bridge Run
8: 7th Annual Honey and Bee Expo, Cinebarre Mt Pleasant
8: Cajun Festival, James Island County Park
10: Dweezil Zappa, Chas Music Hall
12-15: Sperry Charleston Race Week
13: Gillian Welch, Chas Music Hall
14: Wynton Marsalis, Gaillard
14: Plane Pull, Yorktown Aircraft Carrier
14: Plantasia 2018, Old Town Creek Park
15: REO Speedwagon and Styx, N Chas Colieseum
15: 14th Annual Blues by the Sea, Freshfields Kiawah
20: Carmina Burana, Gaillard
20-22: East Coast Paddlesports Symposium, James Island County Park
21,22: High Water Festival – Jason Isbell headliner, Riverfront Park
21,22: 28th Annual Charleston Outdoor Festival, James Island County Park
21: Cars on Kiawah, Kiawah
21: 6th Annual Barrier Island Earth Day 5k, Seabrook
21: The Road Less Traveled(private country gardens tour), St Paul’s Parish
22: Blue Sky Endurance Fest-Swim and Run, Trophy Lakes Johns Island
27: Lowcountry Boil on Morris Island
28: All You Need is Love Chas Jazz Orchestra, Chas Music Hall
28: Joint Base Charleston Air and Space Show
28: Southern Flame BBQ and Music Festival
29: Blessing of the Fleet, Mt Pleasant Waterfront Park

Charleston was again voted Best City in the US by Travel and Leisure Magazine. They also rated Charleston as the #2 City in the World. Charleston is booming. However, year to date through February, real estate transactions are down 4.1%. That is likely due to lack of inventory rather than lack of demand. Demand is very high, but inventory is low. That means that prices are rising. YTD, our market is up 6.8% in median sales price. The median sales price is now over $260k. While many think that is high, we are still slightly undervalued based on sales numbers back to 1991. New construction is abundant and popular, albeit not able to keep up with demand. Johns Island sales are up 75% in transactions year to date with an 18.5% increase in median sales prices. Goose Creek and Moncks Corner are seeing a boom in new construction due to the building of the Volvo plant. One of the Goose Creek MLS areas is up 21% in transactions and 8.9% in median sales price. And Moncks Corner has 35.1% more sales YTD. Days on market for new listings is averaging about 3 weeks. Plan a stay in the area and come see everything the Lowcountry has to offer!

Call Amy at 843-824-4892 or email amy@iop-residential.com to start a discussion of your needs.

March 2018

March 2018 - News

Spring has come early. February was the exact opposite of the dreadful month of January. It’s been over 70 degrees most of the month! March is upon us and brings the official opening of spring and a longer day with Daylight Savings Time. The Food and Wine Festival continues through March 4. The big holiday in March is St Patrick’s Day with the annual block party at Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island and downtown Charleston’s parade. Here is your March calendar of events:

March 2018 Calendar

Here’s your March calendar of events:
1-4: Charleston Food and Wine Festival Continues
1: When We Were Kings, Chas Music Hall
1: Owls at Midnight: Center for Prey
2: Artwalk, downtown
3: Front Beach Fest, IOP
3: Darren Knight, Chas Music Hall
3-6: Colonial Athletic Association Basketball Championship, N Chas Coliseum
4: Lewis Black, Gaillard
4: Graham Nash, Chas Music Hall
5: Dixie Dregs
6: Fleet Foxes, N Chas PAC
6: Venice Baroque Orchestra, Gaillard
7: Spinal Tap, Chas Music Hall
9-10: Celebration of Quilts, Omar Shrine Temple Convention Center
10: ArtFest, Mt Pleasant Towne Center
10: St Patrick’s Day Block Party and Parade, Park Circle
13-17: 12th Annual Fashion Week
15-21: Annual Festival of Homes and Gardens, downtown
16-18: Charleston Antique Show, Gaillard
17: St Patrick’s Day Parade, King Street
17: Block Party: Sullivan’s Island
18: Travis Tritt, Chas Music Hall
20: Ovation Concert Series, Dock Street Theatre
20-25: Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, N Chas PAC
22-24: 83rd House and Garden Tour by the Garden Club of Charleston
24: Harlem Globetrotters, N Chas Coliseum
24-25: Thumbelina Ballet, Sotille Theatre
24-25: Pet Fest 2018, Palmetto Islands County Park
27: Million Dollar Quartet, Gaillard
27: The Pretenders, N Chas PAC
31: Hat Ladies’ 17th Annual Easter Promenade

Charleston is simply booming. YELP ranked Charleston as the 5th Best City for Economic Opportunity. MUSC is opening a medical facility in the old JC Penny space at Citadel Mall. Real Estate sales are booming. The Johns Island Community Association has asked for a 6 month moratorium on new permits for residential units. 2017 was the busiest year ever for Charleston real estate with almost 18k sales. Jan 2018 was better than Jan 2017 by 7.5% in terms of transactions. So 2018 is on its way to exceeding the records of 2017. Median sales price was up 7.8% for Jan 2018 versus Jan 2017. Inventory continues to be at historically low levels. This causes buyers to be more urgent. Buyers are also sensing urgency now because of rising interest rates. Remember that a 1% increase in mortgage rates reduces a buyers buying power by 10%. Instead of looking for a $300k home, they can only afford a $270k home and keep the same payment. If you’ve thought about selling your home, this year is a golden opportunity.

Call Amy at 843-824-4892 or email amy@iop-residential.com to start a discussion of your needs.

February 2018

February 2018 - News

Thank goodness January is gone and February is here. January’s snow and cold weather were very unusual. Hopefully, February will be better. There’s certainly a lot to do in February in Charleston with the SE Wildlife Expo and all of the oyster roasts. The Charleston Wine and Food Festival starts at the end of the month.

February 2018 Calendar

Here’s your February calendar of events: 1: Night at the Brewseum, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
2: Good Catch Oysterfest, SC Aquarium
3: Groundhog Day Movie, Chas Music Hall
3: 18th Annual Downs Byrd Memorial Paws and Pearls Oyster Roast, Summerville Country Club
3: 7th Annual Shuck-a-Rama for the Brain Injury Assoc of SC, Runnymede Plantation
3: Shuckin’ for Shelter Oyster Roast, Oakley Farms
5: Art Garfunkel, Chas Music Hall
6: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Chas Music Hall
7: Arlo Guthrie, Chas Music Hall
7: Darius Rucker – the Music of Frank Sinatra, Gaillard
8: Steep Canyon Rangers, Chas Music Hall
8: The Temptations and the Four Tops, N Chas PAC
8-11: Disney on Ice, N Chas Coliseum
9: Full Metal Jacket Movie, Chas Music Hall
10: Bacon and Boubon, N Chas Convention Center
10: Diana Krall, Gaillard
10-11: Lowcountry Irish Festival, Omar Shrine Convention Center Mt Pleasant
11: 19th Annual Chef’s Feast, N Chas Convention Center
15: Edwin McCain, Chas Music Hall
16-18: SE Wildlife Expo
17: Brantley Gilbert, N Chas Coliseum
18: John Colianni, Circular Congregational Church
17,21,24: 2018 Carolina Challenge Cup Soccer, MUSC Health Stadium
22: La Dolce Vita, Music of the Italian Cinema with the CSO, Chas Music Hall
23: Gabriel Iglesias, N Chas PAC
24: A Chocolate Affair, Memminger Auditorium
24: Dill Sanctuary Annual Oyster Roast, Dill Sanctuary
24: Air Supply, Gaillard
25: Steve Martin and Martin Short, N Chas PAC
27: Eric Johnson, Chas Music Hall
28-March 4: Charleston Wine and Food Festival

Just a quick glance at all we have going on in the event calendar will tell you that Charleston is a busy place!! Trivago ranked Wentworth Mansion as the #4 Best 5 Star Hotel in the US. The French Quarter Inn was ranked #1 4 Star Hotel in the US with The Restoration coming in at #4. Travel and Leisure ranked Charleston in the top 20 of most affordable vacations. So, it’s no surprise that 2017 was the busiest year ever in Charleston real estate with almost 18k residential sales. Median sales price was at an all time high of $255k. But the number of transactions was only 3.4% above 2016. It would have been more if we had more homes to sell. Inventory is very low. Median sales price was only up 4.3% over 2016, which is a very sustainable rise. Goose Creek and Summerville saw a lot of increased activity and prices due to the Volvo plant moving in. Mt Pleasant continues to be the most popular suburb with median prices well above $200/sqft.

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    Happy New Year 2018

    January 2018 - News

    January is here and it is cold!! January and February are usually the coldest months in Charleston. But we know that spring is just around the corner. Of course, there are some great things to do inside in Charleston during January. Restaurant Week, Stanley Kubrick Film Festival, Jazz Festival, and Shen Yun should keep your mind off the cold. Don’t forget to have your greens and hoppin’ john on New Year’s Day for money and good luck in 2018. Here is your January calendar of events:

    January 2018 Calendar

    1: Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge, Folly Beach
    1: Dunleavy’s Pub Polar Bear Plunge, Sullivan’s Island
    4: Travis Tritt, Chas Music Hall
    5: Henry Rollins, Chas Music Hall
    5,6: Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s(CSO) Brahms’ Symphony #2, Gaillard
    7: Chamber Music with violinist Karen Kim, Dock Street Theatre
    9: River Dance 20th Anniversary World Tour, Gaillard
    10-21: Charleston Restaurant Week
    10,11: Charleston Health and Wellness Expo, Gaillard
    12: Charleston Magic Parlor Dinner Theatre, 82 Queen
    13: Charleston Marathon
    13,14: Beginner’s Beekeeping course, Gazes Auditorium MUSC
    17: Dr Strangelove, Chas Music Hall
    18: Nnenna Freelon, Chas Music Hall
    18-21: Charleston Jazz Festival
    18: CSO Gershwin and Bernstein Take New York, Gaillard
    19: The 5 Browns, Gaillard
    23: They Might be Giants, Chas Music Hall
    23,24: Shen Yun, N Chas PAC
    25: A Clockwork Orange, Chas Music Hall
    25: Pink Martini, Gaillard
    26: Del McCoury Band, Chas Music Hall
    26: A Night in the Valley, 15th Annual Dinner and Auction, Trident Tech Culinary Institute
    27: John Mulaney-Kid Gorgeous, Gaillard
    28: Charleston Trees Oyster Roast, Lowndes Grove
    28: Cabaret, Gaillard
    28: Lowcountry Oyster Festival, Boone Hall
    31: The Shining, Chas Music Hall

    2017 will likely be the busiest year ever for Charleston real estate with close to 18k transactions. Median sales price is up 4.3% over 2016 at an all time high of $255k. Goose Creek and Summerville are really taking off with the building of the new Volvo Plant. Folly Beach just got a boost from Trip Advisor when it was named to the Most Charming East Coast Beach Vacations list. Mercedes is building a new plant for its Sprinter van here in Charleston. Thermo King, a temperature control and refrigeration systems manufacturer will open a new plant in Berkeley County to supply the new Mercedes plant. Cypress Creek Renewables is building a $115M, 75MW solar facility in Orangeburg Country. CARTA has installed a bus shelter at the airport to handle the ever increasing passenger load. Deytens Shipyard has received a $7.8M contract to service the USNS Big Horn. Heatworks will create 60 jobs when it moves its tankless water heater facility to a larger plant in Mt Pleasant. Welcomemat Services has ranked Mt P the 6th best place for small businesses of the 375 neighborhoods it researched. The SC Dept of Commerce has established a $2M aerospace endowment at USC’s College of Engineering and Computing to enhance the college’s partnership with Boeing here in Charleston. It may be cold outside, but Charleston is on fire!!

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End of the Year 2017

December 2017 - News

December is here and the Holiday Season is upon us. There is so much to do to get you in the spirit of the season. Of course, it wouldn’t be Charleston if our parades didn’t include boats. On Dec 9, the City of Charleston will have the 36th Annual Parade of Boats starting in the Harbor and winding around the Peninsula to West Ashley. The best place to see it will be at the Viewing Party and Boat Raffle hosted by the Rotary Club of Charleston at the Maritime Center near the Aquarium. The Viewing Party is quite the event and tickets are only $25. You can purchase your event and/or raffle tickets at http://charlestonparadeofboats.com

Here is your December calendar of events:

December 2017 Calendar

1: Colonial Lake Tree Lighting
1: Charleston Galleries Art Walk, downtown
1: Gaither Christmas Homecoming, N Chas Coliseum
1: N Chas Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting, Park Circle
2: N Chas Christmas Parade
2: IOP Christmas Street Festival, Front Beach IOP
2: 27th Annual MUSC Reindeer Run, downtown
2: Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, Joe Riley Stadium
2,9: Candlelight Tours, Nathanial Russell House
2: Holiday Swing, Chas Music Hall
2,3: The Nutcracker Ballet, Gaillard
3: City of Charleston 35th Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
5: Summerville Tree Lighting
7,9,10: The Holy City Messiah, St John the Baptist, St Andrews Church, St Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church
9: Folly Beach Christmas Parade
9: 36th Annual Parade of Boats and Viewing Party, Maritime Center
9: 40th Annual Kiawah Island Marathon
9: Great Russian Nutcracker, N Chas PAC
9: Renee Fleming, Gaillard
9: 7th Annual Sea Life by Starlight, SC Aquarium
10: Mt P Christmas Parade
10-12: 2nd Annual Holiday Tea and Tour, Thomas Bennett House
13: CSO String Quartet, Chas Library Society
16: Cars and Coffee, Freshfields
19: Chanukah in the Square, Marion Square
19: The Hot Sardines, Gaillard
20: Canadian Brass, Gaillard
31: 6th Annual Yorktown Countdown
31: Snyder’s Grand Ball, SC Aquarium
31: The Bachelors Society of Charleston New Years Eve Ball, Gaillard
31: ‘80s Prom New Years Eve Party, Frothy Beard
31: Flip Flop Drop, Folly Beach
1: Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge, Folly Beach

Our real estate market continues to excel. Year to date, we are up 3.3% in terms of transactions over the same period from 2016. We may very well have 18k transactions this year and set an all time record. Year to date, median sales price is up 4.4% to $255k. Mount Pleasant continues to be the most sought after suburb with median prices exceeding $200/sqft. It’s proximity to the beach and downtown, the shopping and amenities, and the well regarded schools that put Mt Pleasant at the top of the list. James Island is next with median prices getting close to $200/sqft. James Island is popular mainly because of its proximity to downtown and the beach. West Ashley is also doing quite well and is now seeing median sales prices at more than $150/sqft. West Ashley has tons of shopping and is a very central location. North Charleston, Summerville, and Goose Creek are doing quite well at median prices above $110/sqft for the first time in years. These areas are more affordable and are close to the Boeing and Volvo facilities.

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November 2017

November 2017 - News

November is the beginning of holiday season and we have lots of events in Charleston to keep you busy including the opening of the Festival of Lights at James Island County Park and the Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble. Looks like we’ll be starting the month off with really nice weather with temperatures in the low 80’s! Here is your November calendar of events:

November 2017 Calendar

2-6: Charleston International Film Festival

3-6: Dracula, King of Vampires, Dock Street Theater

3: Lovin’ the Lowcountry Fall Festival, Daniel Island

4: A night of Culinary Stars, Cigar Factory

5: Party for the Parks, Colonial Lake

5-6: Charleston Mac Off, Grove at Patriots Point

5-6: Folly Jazz Festival, Folly Beach

5: Harvest Festival, Mullet Hall

5: Lowcountry Hoedown, Visitor’s Center

5: Jeff Dunham, N Chas Coliseum

10-13: Disney on Ice, N Chas Coiiseum

10: Taste of Hutson Alley

11: Festival of Lights opens at James Island County Park

11-12: Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown, Chas Harbor Resort

11: Eric Johnson, Chas Music Hall

13: Drive By Truckers, Chas Music Hall

13: Charleston Horicultural Society Oyster Roast, McLeod Plantation

13: 3rd Annual Coffee Cup, Memminger Auditorium

15-16: Annie, N Chas PAC

17-20: Charleston Classic Basketball Tournament, TD Arena

17: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Chas Music Hall

18-19: Miss SC, N Chas PAC

18: Dolly Parton, N Chas Coliseum

20: Oh Happy Day Gospel Music Experience, Circular Congregation Church

21: Blues Traveler, Chas Music Hall

24: 39th Annual Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble, Marion Square

25: Goo Goo Dolls, N Chas PAC

25: Motown Christmas, Chas Music Hall

27: WWE Holiday Tour, N Chas Coliseum

28: Mannheim Steamroller, N Chas PAC

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 still several MLS areas whose median $/sqft values have still not gotten back to the 2006 levels. These are most notably in the Summerville and Goose Creek areas. And a 5.1% increase in prices is not that much more than the national average of 4%, especially considering that we are a coastal town with so many good things happening economically.

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