Charleston, SC Real Estate News

By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Ginn Clubs & Resorts will sponsor and stage its second LPGA tournament - the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika Sorenstam at the Arnold Palmer designed Rivertowne Country Club Course, May 31-June 3, 2007.Being offered is the third largest purse in the 2007 LPGA schedule - $2.6 million, with the champion's check being $390,000.Among the LPGA's world class players that will be vying for the $390,000 winner's check at the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika are reigning Player of the Year, LPGA money list and Vare Trophy winner Lorena Ochoa, LPGA Tour Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, ever-popular fan favorites Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis, as well as 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Morgan Pressel, 2006 ADT Championship ($1 million) winner Julieta Granada and 2006 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of th...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
On Friday, May 18th, the Charleston Visitors Center Bus Shed on John Street will come alive with the rhythmic melodies of Jamaica during Reggae Fever.  This event is going to feature Shalin from Trinidad and Tobago, Gemini 1820, Coolie G from Belize with Soul Lion, and the famous Mystic Vibrations from Jamaica. The doors are going to open at 6pm and the bands will start around 7pm.  There will be an array of Caribbean food and drinks available for purchase. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit two nonprofit organizations: the SC Caribbean Festival, Inc. and Healthy Lifestyle Network. Tickets are $7 in advance, and can be purchased at the Majestic Music Store in West Ashley or at the West Indian Mini Mart on Dorchester Road.  Tickets are also available at the door, but those...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Tall Ships Charleston 2007 will feature the Charleston Maritime Festival on land and majestic tall ships from around the globe on water. Many of the world's most famous classic tall ships will descend on the waterfront starting May 17, 2007 to be viewed from several waterfront locales. Governor Sanford will greet the ships and that evening honor the Captains and Naval Officers at the Governor's Celebration of Sailing. Tall Ships Charleston is an official port of the Tall Ships Challenge series managed by the American Sail Training Association (ASTA). In fact Charleston is the very first port of this multi-ship voyage traveling north up the eastern seaboard. Tall ships from around the globe will gather here to celebrate the launch of the Spirit of South Carolina ship, before departing f...
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By Carolyn Dubrofsky
(Charleston Your Home )
 I just received the following Press Release from my local board regarding April stats for the Charleston, SC market, and thought I would share with you. Charleston, S.C. (May 10, 2007) – The real estate market in Charleston experienced a decrease in units sold of 15% over April 2006, as the market continued to correct from record highs of 2005 and 2006. The average median sales price increased over April 2006 and days-on-market maintained the pace of the first quarter of 2007, according to the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®.“We are seeing a gradual decrease in sales in our market, but we aren’t overly concerned.” said David Kent, President of the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®. “We are continuing to see steady growth in population, and we have a strong job bas...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
This scam alert was just sent out through our company.  It comes from the Charleston Police Department, and has been comfirmed on Snopes.com. Check it out: Alert #: 9745Identity Theft Scam to be aware of Location: 29401, 29403, 29407, 29412, 29414, 29455, 29492   General Information Jury DutyThis has been verified on Snopes.com (link listed below) and by the FBI (their link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone in your email address book. It is spreading fast so be prepared, should you get this call. Most of us take a summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of scam has surfaced. Fall for it and your identity could be stolen, reports CBS. In this con, someone calls pretending to be a court official who...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Home composting can be very simple.  Here's a few simple steps to get you on your way. Fill a bin with leaves, yard trimmings, food scraps, paper towels, etc. In the bin, always cover food scraps with leaves. A covered kitchen collector (or bucket) makes adding food scraps more convenient. Do not add meat scraps, grease or bones. Composting needs food (leaves, food scraps, etc.) air and water (keep as wet as a wrung sponge). If you want compost quickly, turn it about once a week with a pitchfork. If you want nature to do the job, it will take longer. Now you can use your compost as a mulch or soil enricher.  You can also make potting soil by adding one part sand to two parts screened compost.
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
A street of six lake-oriented custom homes on Daniel Island's Smythe Park neighborhood will be the site for a special event showcasing Charleston art, architecture, gardens and outdoor living.  Artwork from six renowned local art galleries will be on display in each of the newly-constructed homes.  Also on display will be innovative landscape and garden designs, coupled with exterior architectural concepts. This unique event will benefit two Lowcountry organizations dedicated to housing and the arts.  A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International that provides housing assistance to people in need east of the Cooper River.  In addition, ten percent of the proceeds form the sale of ar...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
It's time again for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Each year the United States Postal Service sponsors the "nation's largest single-day food drive".  This year they have teamed up with Campbell's Soup Company.  Campbell's has pledged to donate 1,000,000 cans of soup to support the drive!  What an awesome donation! In 2006, Charleston County Postal Service Workers were able to gather 37,000 pounds of canned good donations for this special cause.  This year, if every resident would leave only one can in their mailbox to be picked up, the USPS would have an amazing 100,000 pounds of food! This year's event will take place on Saturday, May 12th.  To donate, please leave items like canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice in or beside your mailb...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Today's woman is so busy caring for everyone around her that it's easy to put her own health last.  So Roper St. Francis is hosting a major Woman's Health Expo.  This is going to be a one stop shop for your most pressing health concerns. With a variety of topics ranging from pregnancy and menopause to incontinence and breast health, you'll be able to customize your Expo experience to best suite your needs.  All of the sessions are led by Roper St. Francis experts and include health information you can really use.  Plus, there will be plenty of time for all of your questions. Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007 Time: Healthfair and registration begins at 8:30am, Expo 9am-3pm Location: Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, off Rivers Avenue   Cost: $1...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
Dance the night away and usher in spring at the First Federal's Starlight Pops Concert with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra on May 5th at Boone Hall Plantation! You can purchase your tickets at any First Federal location in Berkeley, Dorchester or Charleston counties, or at http://www.firstfederal.com/webff/aboutus/viewevent.asp?id=44. Gates open at 5 pm. Children & family activities begin at 5:15 pm, picnic judging at 7 pm and the concert at 7:30 pm to be followed by a brilliant fireworks display! Be sure to participate in the Picnic Contest - local celebrity judges will be on hand to choose the Most Creative, Fanciest & the Picnic I Would Most Like to Be Invited To. The winners will receive season tickets to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra! Or leave the picnic planning to Carolina...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
It's time again for the Charleston County Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup.  It will be held on May 12, 2007 (rain date will be May 19).  All interested volunteers can pick up their supplies on May 9 at the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) in North Charleston. The DOT is also asking that drivers be especially alert and mindful of the roadside volunteers on that day who are picking up trash and working hard to beautify our surroundings. This project really works!  In 2006, 1,594 Charleston County Adopt-A-Highway volunteers contributed a total of 4,031 hours to remove 53,723 pounds of litter from Charleston County's roadsides! Please come out on May 12 and show your South Carolina Pride!
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
It's time again for the 20th Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival.  This year's festival, being hosted by the Town of Mount Pleasant, will be held on Sunday, April 29th from 11:30am to 5pm at the Alhambra Hall and Park on the Charleston Marina. The day will kick off with musical entertainment.  There will be a parade of boats, a shrimp-eating contest, and a shag dancing contest.  The actual blessing ceremony will take place at 1pm. The Mount Pleasant Artist Guild will be displaying over 75 paintings.  Other ongoing activities that day will include a giant inflatable climbing wall, marine and wildlife exhibits, Chaz the Magician, and Sam and Cupcake the clowns.  Food will be available from many local restaurants, including Locklear's, Gilligan's, Sticky Fingers, Wild Wing Ca...
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
In good ol' Charleston fashion, the warm weather brings with it the desire to spend every spare moment on our beautiful waterways.  With that in mind, here are a few boating safety tips to keep in mind. Know the aids to navigation and buoy system in your areas. Don't operate the boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When operating sailboats, be aware of overhead power lines and wires. If someone falls overboard, throw something that will float - a Personal Floating Device (PFD), raft, or cooler. All boats approaching from the right have the right of way. Always anchor from the bow of the boat and pull the anchor before leaving. If your boat capsizes, stay with the boat. If you are caught in a storm, head into the wind, put on PFDs and keep passengers low in the boat.
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By Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate
(Brand Name Real Estate)
With over 100 boats in the water and over 120 exhibitors on land, the South Carolina In-Water Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show between Annapolis and West Palm Beach! Located at the Ripley Light Yacht Club on the Ashley River in Charleston, this boat show offers special events and family entertainment to create four full days of fun for everyone! The dates and times are as follows: Thursday, April 26 - 3pm-6pm Friday, April 27 - 12pm-6pm Saturday, April 28 - 10am-6pm Sunday, April 29 - 10am-5pm Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children, seniors, and military. For more information, call 843.345.0369 or visit http://www.scinwaterboatshow.com/.   
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By Daniel Bates, McClellanville and Awendaw, SC
(MCVL Realty)
Seafood lovers are going to want to mark their calendars, because May 5th, 2007 marks the 31st Annual Lowcountry Shrimp Festival in McClellanville. The festival which is held to bless McClellanville's fleet of shrimpboats for a bountiful season is also a major fund-raiser for Archibald Rutledge Academy, McClellanville's small local private school.This years events include arts and crafts vendors, exhibitions, and great live music. As always, there will be tons of fresh local seafood, baked goods and other Southern delicacies. There will be raffles and door prizes for the adults and fun and games for the kids. Whatever you do, be sure to pick up a t-shirt to comemorate the days fun before you leave.For more information visit http://www.lowcountryshrimpfestival.com/
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By Greg Flanagan, Charleston Real Estate Expert
(Flanagan Home Team )
Let's talk about real estate market conditions in Charleston. If you ask me the market is great and as healthy as ever. Why? Because homes continue to sell everyday. Folks moving in , folks moving out, others unfortunately have died, divorced or even worse are about to be foreclosed or bankrupt. No matter the circumstance, good or bad, there will always be a market. The problem might be there is not enough market to go around. This market will definitely provide a much needed culling of the industry. According to Charleston Trident Area Realtors MLS website 1167 residential properties sold for $349,125,336 at an average sales price of $299,165 dollars.  The average home sold was on the market for 93 days and sold for 96.69% of its listed price. The most homes sold in a single price rang...
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By Carolyn Dubrofsky
(Charleston Your Home )
Charleston is a triple winner in the first BestWeekend Travel Awards, compiled by travel Web site BestWeekends.com.   The company awarded Charleston its Best of the Best/Destination of the Year for 2007, citing the city’s charm and climate as well as its beaches, history, architecture, art galleries, golf and water sports, accommodations and restaurants.   In other categories, The Planters Inn at 112 North Market St. won the company’s award for Best Small Hotel, while burger joint Your Place tied with burger restaurants in New York and Cambridge, Mass., for Best Burger.   Travel expert Jim Flynn, founder of BestWeekend.com, travels the eastern United States to uncover destinations that offer a superior experience tailored to the weekend traveler.   “A weekend is three days at most,” Fly...
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By Carolyn Dubrofsky
(Charleston Your Home )
    Clear some room in your pantry for plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. The Charleston Farmers Market opens Saturday in Marion Square on the corner of King and Calhoun streets. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through Dec. 16. Check out the local produce, plants, flowers, herbs, arts and crafts from more than 75 farmers and vendors. This year's Charleston Farmers Market offers an expanded variety of food concessions, including crepes, omelets, paninis, tacos and quesadillas along with desserts including Belgian waffles, gelato and ice cream. The opening-day market entertainment features the Yee Haw Junction Band from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Summerville Farmers Market also opens Saturday at 218 North Main St. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon e...
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By Carolyn Dubrofsky
(Charleston Your Home )
 1)    What is the Charleston Digital Corridor’s iFive:k? The Digital Corridor has received permission to host the only evening race held on peninsula Charleston. The race will begin at 6:30pm on April 19th (Thurs) and will include a 3.1 mile run/walk to be immediately followed by a networking event.  The iFive:k will start and finish at the Charleston Maritime Center.  2)  I want to run/walk…how do I register?Please visit www.ifivek.com.   Click on register!3)  I have a few friends that are runners/professionals that would be interested in this event.  I’d like to pass this along to them.  What should I do?Feel free to forward this email/website along to them.  The race is limited to 500 runners, so register soon before it closes out!  4)  Company Teams!  How do I register my coworkers...
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By Carolyn Dubrofsky
(Charleston Your Home )
Picture a deluxe London hotel suite occupied by an inebriated Welsh writer who is holding his long-time business manager, caught absconding with the writer's money, at gunpoint. The villain concocts increasingly farfetched explanations of what he was doing at Heathrow with the cash. Later the suite is taken over by an American widow and her daughter who are in England to buy shoes. At the daughter's insistence, the mother spends her last evening in London with a rich Scotsman. These entertaining hotel guests are joined by a married couple from New York who have lost their tickets to Wimbledon and are about to lose their suite to Kevin Costner who absolutely must have it now. These characters and more are part of “London Suite,” a Neil Simon play directed by Clarence Felder opening this...
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