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FOR SALE, Remodel on James Island - Less Than $200k!

Tue, Nov 5th 2013 9:29 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Looking for a great real estate deal?  THIS IS IT.

Completely renovated 3 bedroom/2 bath home on James Island for sale under $200k.

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NEW NEW NEW... New Granite countertops, new hardwood floors, new carpet in bedrooms, new tile and vanities in both bathrooms PLUS new roof, new HVAC and plumbing.  This is a rare find at a great price.  Ready to show with a 24-hr advance notice.  Spend the upcoming holidays in a new home that is move-in-ready!

Check out all the details by clicking on the link below:

Contact Sam Havens to set up a showing today! -or- 843.830.2733


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Johns Island RENTAL Available Soon! Pre-Market INFO

Fri, Oct 25th 2013 9:08 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

Looking for a Rental?  

If so, you know how quickly rentals have been flying off the market.  

Well, consider yourself officially "previewed"....

Here is advance, pre-market info for a NEW Johns Island RENTAL COMING SOON!  

Private, 3rd floor condo on Johns Island will be available for rent soon (probably Dec 1 availability) with 3 bedrooms/ 2 bathrooms, less than $1400 pr month.

The owner of this property has taken great care to update this home with hardwood floors and wood-detail built ins.  There is a wonderful, bright sitting area off the main living room which gives you the opportunity to utilize in a variety of ways - den, office, reading room, playroom, etc.....  With 3 bedro...

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How does the Government Shutdown affect Financing?

Tue, Oct 1st 2013 8:12 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

FHA lending will probably be hit the hardest during the government shutdown resulting in delays for approval and subsequent closing dates but conventional loans can also be affected... Read more below:

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What's For Sale on Johns Island Under $400k?

Tue, Sep 10th 2013 3:29 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Johns Island continues to be a popular location for buyers who want the convenience to downtown Charleston and the beaches plus the appeal more rural and natural surroundings......Living on Johns Island is relatively affordable and buys you alot of house for the money.  If you have been looking at homes for sale in the area, consider Johns Island and all that it has to offer.  

Here's a link to Johns Island homes for sale under $350k:

- Know your buying power -  The first step in the process is to let our mortgage partners pre-qualify you and provide an accurat...

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Buy in Mt Pleasant for Under $500k

Mon, Jul 29th 2013 3:15 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Have you heard?  The Charleston real estate market is back... that is a fact.

Year-to-date, we've closed 22% more sales over last year with about an 8% increase in average price!  These hotcakes aren't staying on the market long either.... homes have been selling 25% faster than last year  - less than 3 months on the market - which favorably contributes to our shrinking inventory... Currently we have about 6 months on-hand based on a revolving scale (in our darkest days, we had closer to 13 months on hand).  Quite a different picture from the recent past for sure and although interest rates have seen an upward tick, they are still hovering at historical lows, making lending a very attrac...

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Homes For Sale on James Island

Tue, Jul 16th 2013 1:29 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Are you familiar with all that James Island has to offer?  Homebuyers are drawn to this popular '29412' area due to its fabulous location and proximity to Folly beach and downtown.  About 10-15 minutes in either direction and you can be sunning or shopping!  Tidal creeks, lush marsh views or wooded lots compliment the low-key simplicity and natural beauty of James Island.  

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Currently, there are about 200 active homes for sale* on the island with a broad price range between $135k - over $6m.  Certainly, something for just about everyone.  

Click below for a direct link to all James Island homes for sale:

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Where Do You Stand on the Paula Deen Controversy? Local Chefs Weigh In....

Wed, Jun 26th 2013 8:26 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

It is no surprise that Paula Deen has been the center of controversy in the past week due to the recent comments she made under oath which many agree were racially inappropriate.  Following a slew of You Tube apologies and most recently, a Today Show exclusive interview where emotions quite literally ran down her face, the public opinion seems to be split down the middle as to whether this southern celebrity chef is deserving of forgiveness.... 

Below is an article in The New York Times where some of our local Charleston, SC chefs weigh in with their opinion.  What do you think?


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Looking to Buy in Mt Pleasant? Fabulous I'On Home

Thu, Apr 18th 2013 4:28 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Welcome to 55 Robert Mills Circle, a gorgeous custom home on the marsh of Hobcaw Creek in I'On neighborhood.  

From the copper roof to the 23 solid mahogany exterior doors and six decks (3 of which are marsh front),

it is evident no expense was spared in the design of this 4500 square foot home. As if the interior living space boasting 

5 bedrooms and 5 baths isn't luxurious enough,

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there is an additional 1280 sqft of outdoor living space surrounded by lush landscaping and special lighting complimented by a heated pool, bluestone walkways  and Buzz Off Mosquito System.

A truly special place to call home located just over the Arthur Ravenel bridge in Mt Pleas...

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We Like You, Do You Like Us?!

Tue, Apr 16th 2013 4:03 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

"Like" us to keep up with us on Facebook! 

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Some Reasons Why Your Home Isn't Selling

Mon, Apr 8th 2013 6:04 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

If you have you had your home on the market for some time without much success, this article from US News & World Report might just help to provide some insight. Click link below.

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Many sellers - regardless of their good intentions - are emotionally attached and protective of their homes... as they should be! They/You have probably nurtured the home with improvements and personal touches that, over the years, have made it an extremely special place for family and friends.

As you face the legal task of transferring ownership of this home to an unknown buyer, you must somehow adjust your...

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Downtown Charleston Fire Seems to be Contained

Tue, Apr 2nd 2013 9:42 am by Samantha Havens Around Town

A fire broke out in the early morning hours in a downtown building on East bay Street where firefighters fought to contain the blaze for over 4 hours.  Fire has been distinguished as of now but roof has collapsed and experts are now questioning structural integrity of building. 

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Family Circle Cup 2013, Charleston SC

Tue, Mar 26th 2013 1:18 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

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Hey tennis fans! Looking for something to do with the whole family?  Come to Charleston, SC for a week of fun filled tennis at the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island.  This annual event hosted in Charleston, SC at the Family Circle Cup Stadium is a women's only championship that features the top players from around the world from March 30-April 7th.  As stated on the official FCC website, "The Family Circle Cup, a WTA Premier Event, has a roster of past champions that include some of the biggest names in the history of women's tennis including Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams, Justine Henin,...

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How Much Would You Pay? Seabrook Island Luxury Townhouse

Mon, Mar 25th 2013 6:42 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Living and/or vacationing on Seabrook Island would surely be a treat for anyone.  Luxury amenities, a secure, gated community and private, residential surroundings.... it's all there.  Think it's unaffordable to even consider?  Think again.

Here is a featured townhome that is available for sale for under $450k - FURNISHED.

Ready immediately for you and your family, this home has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and an elevator should you prefer to access all 3 levels by lift rather than by foot.  Exceptionally well maintained and spotless.  Bring your bathing suits and golf clubs because that is all you need to start e...

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Rare Opportunity! 50 Acre Southern Plantation For Sale

Mon, Mar 25th 2013 4:25 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Unique opportunity to own almost 50 acres on beautiful, private Wadmalaw Island, SC about 30 minutes from the heart of Charleston.

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A horse lovers delight, this private retreat offers over 5000 square feet of luxury and a fully-equipped 20-stall barn and 1200 sq ft caretakers cottage. Just in case you feel the need to offer your guests even more privacy, there is a separate one bedroom guest house that connects to the main house by a covered walkway and overlooks the main home's saltwater pool. Absolutely gorgeous in pictures but even more breathtaking impressive in person.  

Call Sam Havens at 843.830...

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Rentals, Rentals, Rentals - Charleston, SC

Mon, Mar 25th 2013 1:32 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

The Charleston real estate market is hot and that does not mean rentals are being left behind!  Rentals are just as active these days and they are moving quick!  

Need a rental soon?  Want to see everything that is available at once?  Your questions are answered right here.  Click on this link for all Charleston rentals...,22/lp:0/hp:999999999999/br:0/br_e:0/fba:0/fba_e:0/hba:0/hba_e:0

Have pets?  Give me a call or send me an email and I will happily customize your search for all pet friendly properties in the area.  

Contact info:

Samantha Havens,, 843.830.2733


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James Island, SC Homes for Sale Under 300k

Mon, Mar 25th 2013 1:27 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

Searching for a home that's close to downtown Charleston and the beaches?  Welcome to James Island, SC.  With buyer confidence on the rise and an increased momentum in the real estate market due to favorable pricing and low interest rates, we see homes going under contract much more quickly these days leaving less inventory for buyers to choose from.  For those buyers who want know exactly what's out there under $300k, look no further.... 

Click this link to see all active homes between $200k-$300k on James Island.  After clicking on the link, you can sort the results by price or start a new search of your own with specific criteria that is most important to you!


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Top Ten Things You NEED to Know if You Are Selling

Mon, Feb 18th 2013 4:33 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

For everyone and anyone just thinking about or actively trying to sell your home

Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall when potential buyers view your home to see what it is they have to say or what rooms/features actually "seal the deal"?  Well, here is a Top 10 list of things that end up being the "thing" or "things" that virtually sell every home out there regardless of who the buyer is.  

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Some of the most important tips include the following:

1) Curb Appeal - might sound obvious but many sellers are so caught up in improvements INSIDE their home, they sometimes forget about the exterior! And of course, not only is the exterior what buyers are going to see first but it is fr...

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Escape Nemo! Buy or Rent in Sunny Charleston, SC!

Fri, Feb 8th 2013 2:57 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

With Nemo rearing its ugly head for our friends and family in the Northeast, now might be the perfect time to start talking about summer.  Warm breezes, refreshing dips in the ocean and the smell of coconut suntan lotion isn't really that far off after all.  Not only are you going to want to think about the last minute workout sessions to keep yourself in tip top bathing suit weather, but it will also benefit you to get a jump on some of the fabulous vacation homes that are available to buy or rent in Charleston!  There are so many wonderful options to consider for that perfect getaway or even as a second home - Have you considered Seabrook and Kiawah Islands? What about Wild Dunes, Isle ...

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What is This House Worth???

Wed, Jan 23rd 2013 4:31 pm by Samantha Havens Around Town

It is probably one of the most important questions you will ask no matter what side of the real estate fence you are on... Buyers and Sellers are obviously interested in home values...

In my experience, there isn't just one formula to arrive at the best answer.  There are alot of pieces to the puzzle and it takes a blend of experience and thorough market knowledge to present a price that makes sense. 

Let me help you get to the bottom of this!  No obligation - Just honest, expert real estate knowledge working on your behalf.  Call today for your custom report.

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