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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Free Homes

You know the old adage: nothing is really free. Well, this time I must disagree. I have 4 great lot listings that come with the homes thrown in. Check them out here. All are listed at or slightly above lot value with perfectly liveable homes included. How can you beat that?! Two of them actually have tenants, so for you investors out there, this is a win win situation. Let me know which ones you would like to see and when!

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Seabrook Island

It's official! Seabrook Island property owners broke ground Thursday on there new $31 million dollar plan to spruce things up. It has been a work of love and labor over the last three years as residents left no stone unturned to get the plan "just right". For more details click here.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Beach Update - City Council Meeting

I attended a City Council Meeting last night, (Nov 13) on the Isle of Palms to learn more about the beach erosion research done by a consulting coastal engineer and beach committe. The engineer, Chris Jones, and a committee made up of island residents, state and local officials met over the past six months to develop a long term beach management plan. After Chris presented the committee's plan and recommendations, the City Council voted unanimously to start the permitting process for an offshore-dredging project that would replenish the disappearing sand. To read the article click here.
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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Two "Best Ever" Oceanfront Investments

Here we go! For every investor looking for that "deal of a lifetime"...I have two! Both oceanfront, both in Wild Dunes, just 12 miles from historic Charleston, SC.

First on the list is 4307 OCEAN CLUB VILLA.

This is a 1,965 sq.ft. beauty. The most recent sale in this building - also on the same floor - was $2,000,000. You can buy 4307 Ocean Club Villa for $1,200,000!!! Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and 18th fairway of the Links Golf Course, this open, airy floor plan is in mint condition and offered totally furnished. Check out this video on 4307.

Next up is 119 SEASCAPE VILLA.

This is a spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath, totally renovated villa, smack dab on the oceanfront. With the last 2 bedroom sale over $1,000,000, this villa is a steal at $695,000.

So, give me call or send me an email and let's get these while the getting is good.

(If you go to the link for each property, note the difference in the published list price and what I say the sellers will sell for.)

# posted by Betty Poore @ 4:54 PM

Election & Erosion

The Isle of Palms recently held a contentious election for four City Council seats. For weeks there was quite a bit of mudslinging, recanting of promises, a lot of he said, she said, and then...the vote. Three incumbents were ousted and one retained his seat. The elected are: Ryan Buckhannon (the sole incumbent), Brian Duffy, Michael Loftus and Ralph Piening. All four of the winners have pledged to do something about the erosion that plagues the north end of the island.

A City of Isle of Palms beach management plan is now in front of the Corps of Engineers for approval, and the engineers hired by the The Wild Dunes Community Association have submitted their report to the CA, outlining both a short term and long term solution to the erosion. My hope is that a permit request will be forthcoming.

I'll keep you posted so keep checking here or give me a call.

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# posted by Betty Poore @ 4:11 PM

6 Edgewater Alley is another best buy

I love this house. The owners may access from inside or outside the gates of Wild Dunes. And there are two master BR suites, one upstairs, one downstairs. So many choices!
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Friday, November 09, 2007

An alternative to purchase incentives

I came across a very interesting article in today's Wall St. Journal (here's a link) about some developers offering an alternative to purchase incentives. Here's a brief excerpt, which gives you some idea of this new marketing tactic:

"The latest strategy for selling homes isn't to give something to potential buyers -- it's to ask buyers to give something back. In a shaky housing market that continues to be wracked by credit turmoil and rising foreclosures, developers and builders have been piling on incentives like free basement upgrades, and adding showy events like wine tastings. Now, they're hoping that home buyers jaded by self-indulgent amenities will be impressed by activities that have more depth."

Pretty interesting. What do you think? What kinds of things motivate you?

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

57 Grand Pavilion is a best buy

As we look harder and serve better buyers, we've found that video is one of the tools buyers want to see more. No more previewing from the back seat of an SUV - at least not so much.

Here's a quick video on 57 Grand Pavilion in Wild Dunes. Enjoy.

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# posted by Betty Poore @ 10:29 AM

Buyers, anyone?

Mark posted to his blog today a comment on a piece regarding eBay's new-found focus on buyers for the auction website. He also mentions how important it is today for my sellers to know I'm looking for buyers too.

Here's the link. It's an interesting piece.
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Friday, November 02, 2007

Erosion is a complicated issue

... and it's a divisive issue in the coming Town Council elections here on the Isle of Palms.

I'm a lifelong resident here on the IOP, so my long view is that the beach changes every few years. Much like real estate activity in general, I expect the beach to improve in the coming months and years. But some are pretty nervous, understandably.

This New York Times article does a good job of assessing the situation on several Atlantic beaches.

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