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New Listing on Culver Avenue Charleston, SC

Wed, Mar 14th 2012 5:00 pm by Georgia Bell General

We have a new listing at 374 Culver Avenue in Charleston, SC

This home has all you could ask for and is priced TO SELL!

3 bedrooms 2 and a half bathrooms and a HUGE FROG that has its own half bath!

A large eat in kitchen with beautiful appliances

Large back yard and a screened in porch

Please call me at 843 568 1601 to see this lovely, well maintained and well priced home

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374 CULVER AVE
1205688 - Residential
Charleston, SC

Charming, well kept home with a screened in porch, large back yard, a FROG that is roomy and even has its own powder room! Hardwood floors, sunny and an abundance of closet space and storage. A two car garage and only 6 miles to downtown Charleston and ...




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6 Ways To Lure More Buyers to your Home

Thu, Mar 8th 2012 11:30 am by Georgia Bell Sellers
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1 KING ST
1112621 - Residential
Charleston, SC

This fourth floor unit has some of the most beautiful views of the Charleston Harbor and the Ashley River available. Outstanding views, lovely ocean breezes, shared swimming pool and parking. The kitchen and bathrooms have been completely renovated and the condominium is beautiful and tasteful gorgeous soothing color scheme and it is full of natural light. An easy "lock and leave" and a beautiful home. Don't miss this outstanding value!

6 Ways to Lure More Buyers To Your Home

1.Pricing your home realistically is certainly one of the most important ways to get potential buyers through your door.  But how can you get them to fall in ...




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Charleston in the top 10 according to Trulia

Thu, Mar 1st 2012 3:06 pm by Georgia Bell first time home buyer
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1 KING ST
1112621 - Residential
Charleston, SC

This fourth floor unit has some of the most beautiful views of the Charleston Harbor and the Ashley River available. Outstanding views, lovely ocean breezes, shared swimming pool and parking. The kitchen and bathrooms have been completely renovated and the condominium is beautiful and tasteful gorgeous soothing color scheme and it is full of natural light. An easy "lock and leave" and a beautiful home. Don't miss this outstanding value!

TOP 10 MARKETS FOR OUT OF TOWN HOUSE HUNTERS


Charleston was named in the top 10 hottest markets for out of area house hunters by Trulia, which is a real estate search and marketing company.


Truli...




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Factors to weigh before renting out your home

Sat, Feb 25th 2012 5:15 pm by Georgia Bell General
Do you have a home that you feel you don't want to sell right now but you want to move?  Are you thinking about renting out your personal home?If so, please consider these factors before doing so:1. Does your home have pricey upgrades that might be destruction-prone?  If so, factor that into your decision making... and into the deposit and monthly rent price if you do decide to rent it. If your flooring and paint are livable, I would advise you to rent it out in its current condition and wait to paint and redo flooring until after the tenants leave - and before you sell.2. Research your local rental market. Call our realtor or property management company to find out what the rent rates ar...


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Housing Affordability!

Fri, Feb 17th 2012 5:45 pm by General

According to the National Association of Home Builders, housing affordability rose to a RECORD HIGH during the fourth quarter of 2011.

What does that mean?  It means that a home buyer's purchasing power is greater than it ever has been before.

This report indicates that home ownership is within reach of more households than it has been in more than two decades.  The biggest hurdle, though, is overly restrictive lending conditions confronting home buyers.  However, interest rates are at a historic low - so even though getting a loan may be more difficult - it is sure worth it!




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Selling your home?

Mon, Feb 13th 2012 1:45 pm by Georgia Bell General

Here are two tips for you today if you are trying to sell your home!

1. Make sure your kitchen countertops are cleared of as much clutter as possible!  Have no more than three appliances on your countertops.

Remove extra items such as knife blocks, phones, and baskets - these will make your countertop look smaller than they really are!

2. Highlight your kitchen's center island. Make it a focal point with greenery such as an orchid or a bowl of fresh fruit!  If it is big enough, put some bar stools there and if you don't have an island, and there is plenty of room for one, bring in a portable one to add space.

Also, if your kitchen is lacking color - bring in such pretty colored ...




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Four Quick Tips for Getting A Home Ready To Sell!

Fri, Feb 3rd 2012 12:17 pm by Georgia Bell General

Do you want to get your home sold quickly and for the highest amount of money?  I am sure you do!  Here are a few tips that will help you get this done

1. Make sure that your home is SUPER CLEAN   Make it shine from top to bottom and don't forget to clean your windows and carpets, as well  It needs to SMELL clean, too.  If you have "doggy odor" or "kitty litter odor"  it is going to be a real turn off to potential buyers

2. Clear out the clutter.  Get rid of furniture if you need to - rent a storage unit - but too much furniture makes a home feel smaller and claustrophobic.  Remove unnecessary items from countertops, bathtubs, and shower stalls.  And by the way, make sure your bathroo...




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Open House in ION

Thu, Mar 17th 2011 5:02 pm by International Real Estate

Please come to my Open House tomorrow Friday, the 18th, at 37 Eastlake in Ion  in Mt Pleasant, SC

11:00 to 1:00

Champagne and light appetizers served!   Listed at $740,000

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37 EASTLAKE RD
1105939 - Residential
Mount Pleasant, SC

Charming lake front home featuring full porches to enjoy the mature trees and lake views. Expanded driveway leads you into Charleston-like fenced courtyard with fountain and luscious landscaping with automatic irrigation system and accent lighting. The open floor plan from living, dining and totally renovated kitchen affords easy entertaining. Enjoy a cool drink as you watch the sunset over the lake or relax in front of the gas log fireplace. There is a separat...



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Rent vs Buy!?!?!

Fri, Jan 7th 2011 4:59 pm by Georgia Bell General

In an article from CNN Money earlier this week, they looked at this issue as we are entering 2011 

Here is what they said "Perhaps not surprisingly, ti makes more financial sense to rent than buy today in many US cities...

BUT that may finally be changing. Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi expects the trend to reverse this year in many major cities

By mid 2011 and certainly by end of 2011, buying will be superior to renting in most parts of the country." Zandi says.

As one person recently said "Rents are just like adjustable mortgage rates. They adjust often and most times they adjust upwards."



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Protecting against the pitfalls of financing your home

Tue, Aug 10th 2010 1:10 pm by Georgia Bell General

As everyone knows, the whole financing and lending process has changed and continues to change.   Here are a few things that might be helpful to you as you prepare to purchase a home

 

Tighter, and in some cases still-evolving, loan underwriting standards make it more critical than ever for buyers to make sure they're financially qualified for the purchase.

 

If your lender gives you a prequalification rather than a preapproval, push harder. WHat you need is a prequalification letter - and the only way to obtain that is to make sure that your lender has verified - to their satisfaction - all of your income and assets. And be prepared to full explanations for all  The paperwork is time...



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Real Estate Scams

Thu, Jul 22nd 2010 3:46 pm by Georgia Bell General

Scam artists have come up with yet another scam to try to cheat homeowners, realtors an even attorneys

I have personally jus

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1988 MINOTT ST
1011500 - Residential
Charleston, SC

4 bedroom home with gorgeous views of the Intracoastal Waterway from den, kitchen,bedrooms and screened porch! Undergoing renovations now - new kitchen with all new appliances. Private gated point of Riverland Terrace. This home even boasts a lovely swimming pool!

 

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1988 MINOTT ST
1011500 - Residential
Charleston, SC

4 bedroom home with gorgeous views of the Intracoastal Waterway from den, kitchen,bedrooms and screened porch! Undergoing renovations now - new kitchen with all new appliances. Private gate...



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Should I buy a home now??

Wed, Jul 14th 2010 12:58 pm by Georgia Bell General

 

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224 RABBIT RUN LN
1011485 - Residential
Summerville, SC

Wonderful mini estate on 7 acres - 3 lots - on a pond with a small dock! The home has a swimming pool and a fountain. There is a "state of the art" electronic "smart house" remote controlled system which runs the televisions, stereo system, lights and six security cameras. A subzero refrigerator, bread warmer, eight gas burner stove, wine cooler. Italian marble floor tiles and countertops which were imported from Milan, Italy. A planetarium for the children with a loft and fiberoptic lights on the ceilings. Extensive mahogany panelling and 3 wall safes. A hand carved spiral staircase also graces the library. This home is truly a ...



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45 Fenwick

Wed, Jul 7th 2010 5:39 pm by Georgia Bell General

 

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45 FENWICK DR
1017037 - Residential
Charleston, SC

Beautiful hardwood floors, rich moldings and recessed lighting are some of the many amenities of this beautiful home. The entrance hall opens in to the living room which has a cozy fireplace with a wood mantle and is tiled. The kitchen is gracious and well kept, perfect for entertaining; has a fabulous pantry. There is a formal dining area. The Master bedroom suite has large walk in closet and a lovely ceramic tile bathroom with double sinks and marble vanity. This home offers three other bedrooms as well. The hardi-plank exterior was added by the present owner. This home is very well maintained and also has a large deck and lovely ba...



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SAVE $500.00 on your home loan costs with a purchase or refinance loan!

Thu, Feb 4th 2010 4:52 pm by Georgia Bell General

If you are thinking about purchasing a home here in downtown Charleston , Mt Pleasant, the islands or Folly Beach please give me a call!

Our partnership with Bank of America gives us some really nice perks  - and this is one of them!

Call me for more information on SAVING money on your purchase costs

 

 



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Low Cost Remodeling Projects!

Sun, Jan 24th 2010 3:17 pm by Georgia Bell General

Here are some low cost remodeling ideas for you

Install granite tile instead of a slab.

Everyone seems to be hot for granite kitchen countertops these days

Rather than a slab - which can be about a $5000.00 upgrade depending on the size of your countertop - use granite tiles. Putting in 12 inch granite tiles can cost about $300.00 in materials for the same size countertop . Then just add the cost of labor on top of that unless you are a do it yourselfer!

Adding or replacing bathroom tile can make your bath look lots cleaner than it looked. Inexpensive tiles can do the trick - $1.00 to $2.00 per tiles - and this goes for backsplashes in the kitchen, too!

 

 



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What's the short on short sales???

Fri, Jan 15th 2010 4:16 pm by Georgia Bell General

Do you know how a short sale got its name?

 

When the owner accepts an offer for his house that is for LESS than what he owes - and the bank accepts it - it is called a "short sale"  The sale price is short of the full amount of the mortgage

Now, do you know why short sales fail?   Here are some interesting numbers

1. 4% fail because the buyer cannot get finance

2. 4% fail because the appraisal does not support the sale price

3. 10% fail becuase the second lien holder won't sign off

4. 67% fail because of red tape/indecision on the part of the LENDER!!

If you are a buyer or a seller in this short sale or foreclosure situation, make sure your Realtor is knowledgable in this area. S...



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New Statistics for Charleston, SC

Thu, Jan 14th 2010 3:27 pm by Georgia Bell General

Interesting new statistics for the Charleston, SC area.

Downtown Charleston has 45 months worth of inventory right now. The normal or neutral real estate market has 6 months worth of inventory.

Mt Pleasant, SC has a little over 21 months worth of inventory

West Ashley area has a little over 20 months worth of inventory

What does this say to us?

If you have a home that you truly want to sell, you must price it to sell.

You must price your home to sell and you must have it looking better than anyone else's if possible! Usually, you only get one shot with a potential buyer .

A good realtor can price your home to sell within 30 to 60 days

Please call me if you want your to get your ho...



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Charleston Real Estate Soars!

Mon, Dec 14th 2009 12:09 pm by Georgia Bell General

Good news on the "home front"!

The Charleston area residential real estate market continues to show signs of a strong recovery, according to the latest data from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.

As of December 10, the increase in sales was an unprecedented 80% and the third consecutive month of increases.

This type of activity is uncharacteristic for November and likely attributable to the passing of the original homebuyer tax credit. This tax credit has been extended, by the way, to April 30, 2010 and expanded to include provisions for existing homeowners.

Inventory is at this year's lowest level.

Charleston County showed the greatest gains in the region during the mo...



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Home Warranty

Fri, Nov 20th 2009 4:00 pm by Georgia Bell General

Just to let you all know... if you hire me to market and sell your home, you WILL get a home warranty put on your home at no charge to you. Now, this may make quite a difference for you - all you have to do when you have a problem with items covered under the warranty is pick up the phone, call one number and pay a small fee for the home visit.

 

For those of you who fell in love with the property I had for sale on Seabrook Island... it is now under contract! 

But if you are interested, I will be delighted to find another for you!

Have a great weekend and please check out my latest listing near Folly Beach at Seaside Plantation. A 3 bedroom home in fabulous condition and PRICED TO SEL...



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Home Buyer Tax Credit

Mon, Nov 9th 2009 1:54 pm by Georgia Bell General

Great news for the first time home buyer!  The tax credit has been extended!
Remember that this tax credit is good for the first time home buyer and is a tax credit up to $8,000.00

Something new, too!

If you have lived in your home for 5 consecutive years (of the past 8 years) you may qualify for a $6500.00 tax credit if you sell your home and buy a new one!  Wow!

So, if you are thinking of moving, NOW is the time!!

All contracts must be in effect by April 30, 2010

Call me and I will give you the details

Or check out my website www.georgiabellhomes.com and email me your questions

Have a wonderful day!

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169 KING ST
2926922 - Residential
Charleston, SC

This is a fabulous unit!! The ...



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