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Thursday, February 15, 2018   /   by Steve Smith

Calm Down! The Real Estate Market is NOT Falling Apart

There has been tremendous volatility in certain markets over the last few weeks (for example, the stock and currency markets). When this happens, some tend to lump all of their investments together and create an almost ‘Armageddon’ scenario where everything loses value quickly and dramatically. Real estate is an investment that can get caught up in this hysteria. Does the concern about the current housing market have merit?
Financial advisors have been warning us for months that the stock market was ripe for a “correction.”
Experts have been questioning the value of alternative currencies for over a year.
In contrast, here are the opinions of three major players in the residential housing market:
Ralph DeFranco, Chief Economist, Arch Capital Services Inc.

“It’s premature to worry about a housing bubble. The typical warning signs – excessive debt levels, poor quality loans, exponentially increasing home prices, rising vacan ...

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Monday, July 24, 2017   /   by Steve Smith

Thinking About Moving To Charleston? Things You Should Know

reprinted from Mark Leon Charleston Daily....

All decisions in life come with a level of risk.  Most often the biggest decisions take on the most risk.  The best way to minimize the risk is to gather as much information as you can.  Some of the biggest changes one can make is to move, get married, start a family or a new career.  All have a common variable and that is culture.  Culture is all around us and so difficult to define.  You can’t find culture in a job description or housing spec sheet.  It is something that takes time and experience to understand.
Culture can also be shared.  As some of you make that major life decision to move away from home and settle into a new life in the Charleston area, it is important to know as much as you can about our culture.
Here are a few cultural traits you should know before you make your final decision

If you are looking for a quiet historic city located on the harbor, you missed us by fou ...

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