Charleston Real Estate News January 2022





















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Happy New Year!!!  I can't believe we are now in 2022!  I feel like the 1980's were only about 20 or so years ago, not 40 years ago.  I'm not sure if that's a sign that I'm getting old or time is just flying by.  I was reminded yesterday that I will be turning the big 50 this year!  Thanks dad!  LOL!
 

As I think about the things I am thankful for, my family is on the top of that list.  Both of my parents are still living on their own and somewhat still very active which is pretty amazing as they are 83 and 79 years young.  They have weathered the cold Michigan weather most of their lives and wouldn't want it any other way.  Personally, I think they are crazy as I moved down South 28 years ago and never looked back.  I love all of our daily / every other day / every 3rd day phone calls as it feels like they are always right next door. My kids, Mackenzie and Drew, have blown me away with their constant 4.0's in school, their drive for their own passions in life and their overall kindness to everyone they meet.  Mackenzie is now a Junior at Valdosta State University and is at the top of her interior design class and Drew is a Junior in high school and could graduate at the end of the year, but will continue to take College level classes full-time (while a Senior in high school) so he can walk across the stage with all of his friends.

 

Most of you know, I remarried almost 6 years ago and it has been a whirlwind ever since!  Life is GREAT!  Danny is still a loadmaster in the USAFR, but also a realtor.  He definitely completes me in every way possible, both in business and in life!  Yes, we are total opposites as I can talk anyone's ear off and he will maybe say a couple words.  We finally completed our home the previous year after a 15 month build process.  Uugh!  It was well worth the headache, stress, etc as this was our dream home and we will never have to move again.  We are on 3 acres in the country and there's always, always, always something to do.  We love where we live and hope that we can continue to help each and every one of you find your dream homes, if we haven't already.

 

This brings me to real estate as it's the other half of my life.  I have been in the business 13 years and 2021 was the craziest I have ever seen.  Just like the news said, there were almost always bidding wars, multiple offers, insane offers up to $100k over list price, appraisals waived, home inspections waived, and everything else imaginable.  We continuously worked 7 days a week from 8am to midnight for 365 days.  This is what we do as we are proud of the business we have built as we have been solely surviving on client referrals for the past 10 years.  We want to be the best in Charleston and currently there are over 8,500 realtors (2,500 when I started) so it's important to always be available, be smarter than the competition and continue to find off market properties when needed.  Our goal is to always EXCEED all expectations!  I am happy to say that in 2021, we sold 30 homes and have another 4 under contract to close in the next few weeks.  

 

Thank you for all of your continued support and I hope all of you have a very happy, healthy and prosperous NEW YEAR!

 

Kelly (and Danny)



































Millennials Are the New Wave of Homebuyers



One group is having a surprisingly large impact on the housing market, and contrary to popular opinion, it is not the boomers. Millennials accounted for the majority of all home purchases over the past year. In 2021, approximately 1 in 3 buyers (37%) was a millennial, defined as someone born between 1980 and 1995 and ranging in current age from 26 to 41 years old. Millennials make up a significant proportion... Read More








Home Inventory Still Low, While Prices Continue to Climb



By the end of October, total housing inventory had fallen 0.8% to just 1.25 million units, according to the NAR. This was down 12% from a year ago, when there were 1.42 million units on the market. At the current sales pace, inventory levels would supply the market for just 2.4 months, unchanged from a month ago but down from a 2.5-month supply in October 2020. Despite low inventory... Read More








Here’s What’s Trending in Hardwood Flooring



Homeowners are appreciating the added value—aesthetically and monetarily—that hardwood floors bring to a home.



“They also offer what can be an overwhelming variety of possibilities and choices,” says Linda Jovanovich of the American Hardwood Information Center. “Here’s a look at four top flooring trends that will help if you can’t see the... Read More




























Three Reasons to Take Your Time with Home Renovations



For some homebuyers, it makes sense to buy what’s known as a fixer-upper, a home that needs work. Fixer-uppers are appealing because they sell for less than move-in ready homes, and, in some areas, the demand for move-in ready homes leaves fixer-uppers as the only option.



Being prepared to renovate your fixer-upper into your dream home is important. New homeowners may want a transformation overnight, but rushing into renovation projects can be counterproductive. Here are a few reasons to ease into renovations instead of jumping in headfirst... Read More








Start the New Year by Getting Your Finances in Order



Starting a new year is the perfect time to review finances and set goals. Here are seven financial wellness tips to consider in the new year.



Pay Off High Interest Debt

Binging on Black Friday deals or charging gifts to credit may be fun over the holidays, but the expensive credit card bills that show up in January are not. Get your finances in order by making a plan to pay off high-interest debt.



Tax-Advantaged Savings

Participating in your company’s 401(k) plan or opening an IRA can lower your taxes now and improve your retirement later. If you already have a... Read More










Kelly Percy Esquibel  -  (843) 303-3423 Charleston Real Estate News  -  January 2022 


































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