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Charleston is the Hot, New (maybe not so new) Destination! Featured on HLN!

Wed, Mar 11th 2015 7:09 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

With our beautiful city consistently ranking as Conde Nast's #1 travel destination, it seems Charleston SC was the obvious choice to be featured on HLN's travel mini series "The Social Life" this week.  There is so much beauty, history and area attractions (including some of the best dining on the East Coast) it is no surprise that HLN decided to showcase all that Charleston has to offer for its viewers…..

Perhaps one explanation why our real estate market is booming?  Bring it on! We love having you and hope you will stay to enjoy all the things that make Charleston so charming and beautiful …...

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Charleston Featured on HLN Mini-Series



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The Latest in Mortgages - What Type of Home Loan Can I Get?

Tue, Mar 10th 2015 3:20 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

In the ever changing world of real estate, mortgages are just as fickle so to speak…. So, here's a quick recap of the latest in mortgage offerings and programs to help you decipher which option might be best for you:

The Latest in Mortgage Options

There are always exceptions and variations based on each borrower's individual situation so it's best to consult with a mortgage professional after you have versed yourself in the basics.  We work with the best in the area so please contact us if you are considering pre-qualification so that we may put you in touch with our mortgage contacts.

Sam Havens, Residential Realtor

Sam@HavensCharlestonRealEstate.com

843-830-2733



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Renting 101

Mon, Mar 2nd 2015 7:38 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Know Your Rights When You RENT!

Today, renting in the Charleston area is just as hot and active as the sales market….

Here is an important fact that both tenants (and landlords) should be aware of to avoid any unnecessary disputes that can cause either party monetary damages…..

WalkThru Responsibilities for Tenant and Landlord

Looking for a rental? Here is a great home for rent on James Island that has been beautifully maintained and renovated:

James Island Rental

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What is Your Home Worth? Are Zestimates an Accurate Tool?

Thu, Feb 26th 2015 9:40 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Many sellers will turn to Zillow to do some preliminary research in helping them determine their homes worth.  Sometimes, these "zestimates" might not give an accurate representation of your property's actual market value so be aware of how to read between the lines with this helpful link below….

Some Insight on "Zestimates"

For a complimentary real-time market analysis of your home, please contact me at sam@havenscharlestonrealestate.com …..

It doesn't cost anything but it will give you the most current and accurate market data available.



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Easy DIY Home Decorating Ideas to Get Ready for Spring!

Tue, Feb 24th 2015 10:48 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Here are 10 great DIY decorating tips that you can do spending little to no money...

With Spring around the corner (we hope) now's a perfect time to freshen up your home quickly and easily…..

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Click the link below!

DIY Decorating Tips for Spring



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Fabulous Rental on James Island - Completely Renovated Home

Sun, Feb 22nd 2015 7:55 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Looking for a great family home close to the beach and downtown?  

home for rent

Beautifully renovated home on James Island with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and an outdoor deck with almost 800 square feet of entertaining space! Click the link below for pictures and more details….Available May 1st.  No pets please.

3 Bedroom/2.5 Bath Home for Rent



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Trying to Sell Your Home? Staging Tips You Need to Know

Thu, Feb 5th 2015 8:12 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Selling your home isn't about putting a sign in the yard, and entering it in the MLS.  You - the homeowner - must take steps to prepare for the house to be listed and ultimately sold to prospective buyers.

Clean - Clean - Clean.  Nothing is more appealing than walking into a home that looks and smells neat and tidy.  Buyers can often overlook the fact that some improvements or upgrades have not been done if the house looks to be spotless.  Worth saying again - SPOTLESS. This doesn't cost the homeowner anything other than his/her own elbow grease.

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Click the link below for other essential tips that you must know before you think about listing your house for sale.

Staging Tips for Selle...



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How Long Should My Appliances Last?

Sun, Jan 18th 2015 7:41 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Ever wonder when it's time to replace your appliance rather than repair it?

appliances for your home

Click this link below for information to help you understand the general lifespan of high ticket home appliances.  This list consists of items - HVAC, plumbing, roof, refrigerator, etc - which are usually the culprit for 90% of the cash most people spend on home repair.  Certainly worth a read to be sure you are putting your dollars to good use. 

For Appliance Lifespan CLICK HERE



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Friday's Featured Property - James Island Waterfront

Fri, Jan 16th 2015 8:45 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Here's a rare real estate opportunity at an affordable price…just click the link below.

Deepwater Home for Sale on James Island

Take a look at this special home that boasts approximately 2500 sq ft of renovated space - this one is easy for us to show potential buyers since it is vacant.  Truly turn-key for new owners.

deepwater home for sale charleston sc

If you are interested in setting up an appointment to see this wonderful home in person, please send an email or call me directly and I would be happy to schedule at your convenience...

Sam@HavensCharlestonRealEstate.com

843.830.2733



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Homes for Sale in Stiles Point Plantation, James Island

Wed, Jan 14th 2015 10:27 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Looking for a well maintained house in a favorable neighborhood on James Island?  With inventory at a relatively low level and buying at a consistently strong rate, there isn't too much to choose from out there.  But, here are 7 homes for sale on James Island in Stiles Point Plantation, a favorable subdivision off Harbor View Rd just a stone's throw from the James Island Connector - no traffic lights to downtown!

Stiles Point Plantation Homes for Sale

These homes range in price from $389k-$695k …. Take a peak at the photos and if anything looks interesting to you, we can set up a private showing for you to see it in person.  I would also be more than happy to send you additional neigh...



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Mt Pleasant Homes for Sale for Under $500k

Fri, Jan 2nd 2015 3:28 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Curious what's for sale in Mt Pleasant right now under $500k?  Here is a quick link to show you all active properties in the Mount Pleasant area (as of January 2, 2015).

Homes for Sale in Mt Pleasant Under $500k

Browse through these listings to get an idea of how much house you can expect to get within these cost parameters….Market still going strong as we kick off the new year.  Year end sales results and projected trends will be available by month end and will be posted for your information.



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Happy New Year Charleston SC!

Wed, Dec 31st 2014 9:23 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Ready or not here it comes!  Another year is upon us and Havens Charleston Real Estate wishes you and your loved ones health, happiness and endless opportunities for a prosperous 2015.

If real estate is on your list of "things to do" in the new year, start here!

Browse our website for all active properties in the Charleston area by clicking this link: 

Search Charleston Real Estate HERE



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Merry Christmas from Havens Charleston Real Estate

Thu, Dec 25th 2014 5:44 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Wishing you and your loved ones a very blessed Christmas season and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

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Only 20 Homes Left for Sale under $350k!

Mon, Dec 15th 2014 9:31 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Looking to buy on James Island?  Well, hurry because there are currently only 20 homes actively for sale in the MLS under $350k (as of Dec 15th).  

Click Here to see Homes for Sale on James Island Under $350k

Inventory is selling quickly and has been for the past 9 months so many buyers scramble to get a contract in on the few houses that are left.  Browse the link above to see if anything meets your criteria and let me know if you would like to set up a showing or get additional information on neighborhood activity, market pricing, more photos, etc…. 



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Browse Homes for Sale $450k and UNDER in Mt Pleasant

Thu, Dec 11th 2014 9:52 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

It's still a seller's market out there… inventory is relatively low and demand continues to increase…evidence in part by all the new construction you see popping up everywhere….

homes for sale mount pleasant

So, if you are in the market to buy a home but want to stay under the $500k price point, here is a quick link that will give you details on all the homes that fall within that category…..  Homes for Sale in Mt Pleasant $450k and UNDER!

mount pleasant homes for sale

Lots of style and variety to choose from so take a peak and see what interests you…. I can then email you supplemental info i.e.: recent sales in neighborhood, days house has been on market, competitive analysis, etc to help guide you from there. Who knows…. a new house migh...



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Christmas Decorating Ideas for your Home

Wed, Dec 10th 2014 8:41 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

It's not too late!  Check out these decorating tips with the link below to make your house warm and festive for the holidays!  

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Christmas Decorating Ideas



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Feeling Drafty? Your Windows May be to Blame

Wed, Dec 10th 2014 8:34 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Sure the temperature has dropped but if you are still feeling cold INSIDE your house, your windows may be the culprit.  Check out this link below to learn some "window lingo" to see if now might be the time to replace some of your windows with more energy efficient options.  You will save money in the long run - i.e. your $$$ won't be going out the window, literally.  Couldn't resist…..

energy efficient windows

Time to Replace Your Windows? Find out here.



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Get Inspired with These Fabulous Kitchen Remodel Ideas!

Sun, Dec 7th 2014 8:51 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Does your kitchen need a facelift?  Below is a link that will inspire you to update your kitchen.  It doesn't have to be a huge remodel project but rather, be creative and interpret these designs to fit your budget and space.  Sometimes a new coat of paint in a fresh, bright color and a few new accessories are all it takes to liven up a room.  And remember, clear the clutter!  These designs are clean, crisp and minimal which makes them so appealing.  Don't fret, there's time to do it before everyone comes over for the holidays… Have Fun!

Inspiring Kitchen Ideas

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Buy on James Island for $300k or Under!

Sun, Dec 7th 2014 8:27 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Below is a link to all the current homes for sale on James Island with at least 3 bedrooms/2baths for $300k or LESS!  Take a peak because sales are turning quickly in this area….. Please contact Sam Havens at 843-830-2733 or Sam@HavensCharlestonRealEstate.com if you are interested in setting up a showing or obtaining more information on any of the attached listings…Happy Holidays to you!

James Island Homes for Sale $300k and Under

james island home for sale



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Home Improvement Ideas

Sun, Dec 7th 2014 8:18 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

A few tips to help you save some cash this season while improving the efficiency your home….

Click below for the information!

https://homes.yahoo.com/news/14-winter-home-improvements-that-save-you-money-003801051.html



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