Monday, August 3, 2015

Charleston, SC Real Estate Market Temps: Hot, Hot, Hot!!!

Temperatures aren't the only thing on the rise in Charleston, SC!  Our market is HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!

Want more details? Give me a call! (478-973-2684), or email me at janie.pugh@carolinaone.com.

Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,

Janie


My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Real Estate Investing in Americas Favorite City: Charleston, SC



Life in the #1 ranked city in the US (Conde Nast), Charleston, SC is grand!  Those of us who have the privilege of living here know what a good investment real estate is in this area.  But if you aren't a local, have you ever considered owning an investment property?  How about looking toward expanding and diversifying to another area?  How about the South Carolina coast!

As a resident of Charleston, I see that real estate in this market is a tremendous investment opportunity.  If you are looking to diversify your investment portfolio, consider this:  The real estate market in Charleston, SC is a healthy, thriving market that is solid and exciting! 

Why invest in real estate, and more specifically, why in Charleston, SC?  Simply put, real estate is easily understood, housing is a basic human necessity, it can generate income and it is a powerful way to build wealth.  As the Charleston-area continues to grow economically, in addition to the medical and tourism industry, we can thank currently expanding companies such as Boeing, Volvo, the colleges and universities (College of Charleston, The Citadel, the Medical University of South Carolina, Trident Technical College, the Art Institute of Charleston, Southern Wesleyan University, etc.) in the area for the rising need for housing.  If you have ever considered a second home or an investment property for rental income, now is the time!

In 2014, housing prices increased by 8.8% in Charleston.  Prices in 2015 have increase 5% since January.  Economic predictions show steady growth for at least the next 10 years:  Earlier predictions showed that in the next 2 years, 11,000 new jobs will be added to the greater Charleston area and in the next 5 years, an estimated 25,000 new jobs will be added.  However, with the recent decision by Volvo to build its first North American plant here, these figures will be even greater, as we will be seeing an 
additional 2,000 jobs added to those figures in the next ten years.  Predictions are estimating over 250,000 people will be moving to the area in the next 10 years.  These numbers obviously indicate a high demand for housing. Those moving and/or visiting the area may be looking for permanent housing to purchase, temporary  (long or short-term, furnished or unfurnished) housing to rent, temporary student housing, military housing (Charleston Air Force Base, Coast Guard and Naval Weapons Station), vacation rentals or second homes. The need for readily available rental properties, both in single-family homes as well as multi-family units such as condos, townhouses and apartments, is on the rise.  From an investor’s point-of- view, we know this: High Demand + Low Inventory = Higher Price Points.

Not all properties make sound investments and/or bring quick cash flow, so it is important to have the right person working for you to find the most ideal properties to help you to fully diversify and build wealth through real estate. In addition to local investors, I have represented out-of-state clients, many purchasing properties “sight-unseen”, with complete satisfaction. 

In helping find ideal investment properties, I look for those that are not only a good value, but those with favorable location, size and amenities.  I work to keep baselines low and return on investment high. Working together, my clients have the benefit of my knowledge, experience and expertise in locating, evaluating, coordinating and negotiating in the buying, selling and/or leasing of the properties.  

If you have interest in diversifying your wealth portfolio by investing in a thriving real estate market, let’s talk!  Life in the Lowcountry----so much to see and experience! Call me at 478-973-2684 or email me at: Janie.pugh@carolinaone.com , and let's get to work!  

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.




Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Charleston Open House---148 Haleswood Circle, Goose Creek, SC


Looking for a 4-bedroom home in Berkeley County? My listing at 148 Haleswood Circle in Goose Creek, SC will be open July 11 and 12, so stop by and take a look! At almost 3,000 square feet, this cul-de-sac home sits on .78 acres and is convenient to everything---and will be especially convenient for those that will be working at the new Volvo plant next year in Berkeley County! Call me for more information at 843-410-9906, or email me at janie.pugh@carolinaone.com.... New price of $350,000.




Sunday, March 15, 2015

#1 City in the US.....Charleston, SC!


Voted the number #1 city in the US, Charleston, SC is a plethora of beautiful homes, amazing restaurants, unique shoppes and boutiques, historical sights, beaches, college campuses, museums, art...oh my goodness!  The list goes on and on!  These is literally something for EVERYONE in this awesome coastal community!

Although impossible to cover all it's offerings in a short video, here are of few of my favorites that I like to recommend and share with my clients! Give me a call if you want more information about anything you see!

Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

1854 Gammon Street in Charleston, SC

Stop by Sunday, March 8 between 2-5 pm to take a look at this wonderful new listing in Carolina Bay in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC.  It is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with two separate living areas, upgraded gourmet kitchen with Kitchen Aid appliances (including a gas stove and double-ovens), plantation shutters throughout, a detached 2-car garage, screened porch.....I could go on and on!  Listed at $367,500 and move-in ready!  Call me at 478-973-2684 for more information,  if you need directions or would like to discuss your real estate goals!  Visit my website at www.janiepughsellshomes.com for more real estate info!

Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
 
Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Random Act of Kindness #11: Stop the Car!

While staying in the mountains for the holidays, we were heading down to town to do some shopping. With winds gusting over 35 mph and freezing temps, there were a lot of branches and limbs laying about, including one that had fallen across a neighbor's driveway.  Our 12 year old son said, "Wait!  Stop the car, Dad!  Let's get out and move that branch out of the way!"
By George, I think he's got this!
This Random Act of Kindness is dedicated to sweet Victoria Leigh Soto, born November 4, 1985.  To learn more about Victoria and the other angels of Sandy Hook Elementary, go to:  http://mysandyhookfamily.org
Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
 
Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Random Act of Kindness #10: Look for the Sign!



It’s the day before Christmas, and I wanted to share a story that my, now 80-year old, father shared several years ago about a particular Christmas Eve about 50 years ago.  Although not the easiest thing to duplicate, it is a story that is a true, RANDOM Act of Kindness. Every year, someone asks my father to tell the story, so I wanted to pass along what has become a part of our Christmas story-telling traditions. 

Several years ago, Dad was on a plane traveling home from another part of our world, and was reminded when he saw no signs of Christmas or the birth of baby Jesus, just how far we had come from that great event many years ago.  Ten days in lands where the birth of the Christ child is not a part of their daily lives reminded him to think of that blessed event in Bethlehem which has changed the lives of those we know and millions of others that we don’t.

As he pondered the difference this great event made in our world and how much more is needed for peace on earth, he began to think of Christmas past.  He remembered that Christmas years ago as a child, when he got the little red wagon he wanted so much.  Not only could he play with it and make believe, but he could also use it to haul in the firewood for the iron cook stove from the nearby woods.  There weren’t a lot of gifts in those days, but they still heard the Christmas story at their little church on the mountain in middle-Tennessee.  That seemed more important than the gifts, anyway, and the story seemed so “clear” with life on their little farm.  He just couldn’t imagine a baby lying in their manger.  They didn’t have sheep, but he envisioned the shepherds on their mountaintop and at night he could see so many bright stars.  But, he wondered, how did they know which was the star over Bethlehem shining down on the manger where Jesus lay?

His thoughts moved ahead to his first year in college and going home for Christmas was a major challenge.  He took the bus from Knoxville home to Bon Air, TN.  Then he walked through the snow for 3 miles to get home.  It seemed a long way in the cold, but now that he’s older, he found that slight.  After all, Mary rode a donkey all the way to Bethlehem and she was great with child.  His trip home for Christmas was so trivial in comparison. 

A couple years later, while in veterinary school at Auburn University, he and my mom traveled home for Christmas with their first born, my sister, who was about 6 weeks old at the time.  He had paid for her doll on the installment plan; he and mom were working their way through vet school, and funds were tight.  So, it was go home for Christmas in Tennessee for all the family to see their new born child.  

Years later, they left Tennessee and moved to Texas for him to go to graduate school at Baylor University.  As you may know, graduate fellowships aren’t very much support, especially when you have a family, too.  But on Christmas Eve, there was a knock at their door.  Much to their surprise, it was a Jewish friend of theirs and his children.  His friend immediately exclaimed, “I’m your Jewish Santa Claus and we bring gifts for all your children!”  He might as well have been one of the wise men who brought gifts for baby Jesus.

Back to his flight home, many other thoughts of Christmas past came to his mind.  After 10 days in a world without Christmas, he returned to Hong Kong.  Upon arriving at his hotel room, the music of Christmas was playing!!  What a joy to be reminded of the season.  Christ indeed still lives!

Many hours and thousands of miles later, he was back in Knoxville,  He realized throughout the city, every creature was moving.  The town was all decorated for Christmas.  The crowds rushed about the city from mall to mall, in shop after shop in pursuit of toys made in China, the latest iPod or Xbox.  There were toys of mass destruction containing mercury and lead.  The newest DVDs, and cell phones for text messaging people so you don’t actually have to “talk” to them!  As he began to get discouraged, thinking, “This is not what Christmas is about!” it was time to take toys to Morgan-Scott, which is the annual Christmas project he and mom’s Sunday school class participate in together.  There were seven vans and trucks loaded to the brim to bring good cheer to the little children in the underprivileged, under served community just outside of Knoxville.  Their minds were filled with joy as they made their way through Oliver Springs, Wartburg, and Sunbright, because they could make Christmas special for this group of needy families.

But his heart was still not overjoyed.  He had to wonder, “Does the star still shine over Bethlehem?  Will there ever be peace in the middle East?”  We worry about our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan…everywhere.  We pray for their safety and wouldn't it be a blessing if wars could stop and all people could have the peace the baby Jesus’ birth proclaimed?  We pray for God’s powerful hand to show the way, but he already did----if only everyone believed.

It’s now the day before Christmas.  Thoughts of family, Christmas dinner, sharing with one another our memorable Christmas times, our blue Christmases, and maybe even the “Grinch Stole Christmas” Christmas.  There are health issues, economics, family, relationships and emotional issues.  It can be a time of great joy or one of major concern.  It is often so busy, we can’t appreciate a “real” Christmas. 

But the most awesome experience he will always remember was one Christmas about 50 years ago, while our family was living in Kingston, TN.  He was one of the JC’s delivering Christmas boxes to the needy.  Naturally, as the local veterinarian, he was assigned the “out of town”, more rural requests.  The evening was getting late, and on Christmas Eve, he was driving as fast as he could between stops so he could get home for our family’s own Christmas preparations.  He had one more basket to go.  It was getting dark, and he was met at the door of a brand-new house, by an angry man who demanded to know why he was so late.  He noticed through the doorway, he had already received 2 other boxes from other sources and informed him they made their deliveries on schedule!  He couldn’t believe what he was hearing!  Thinking fast, he looked at his list and asked him his name.  (He already knew his name, but kept it covered with his thumb.)  When he told him his name, he said, “Oh I’m sorry….I am at the wrong house.  You aren’t on my list.”  (This was untrue, of course, but he would deal with that later.)  He walked back to his car and left, not knowing what to do with the undelivered box.  He drove through the night trying to decide what to do, when he saw a dim light in the distance.  It was not a bright star as guided the shepherd or the wise men, but he was neither, so he followed it.  The road was unfamiliar, and grew narrow.  Soon, it was not paved at all, and it was too narrow to turn around.  He could still see the dim light ahead in the distance, so he continued to drive toward it.  Eventually, he arrived at the source of the light.  He found a small wooden shack.  He knocked on the door, and a young lady answered.  The contents of the house were very modest, with furniture and cabinets made of sawmill lumber.  She had a plain scrub pine Christmas tree decorated with handmade paper chains and under the tree was a 5# bag of potatoes.  She had two children, one of which was a young baby lying in a hand-made, box-like cradle for a bed. 

He asked the lady her name.  When she replied, he said, “I’m so glad to find you!  I’ve been searching all night!  I have a Christmas basket for you from the Jay Cees in Kingston.”  “How can this be?” she said.  Again, he told a little White Christmas lie.  “But I know you!  I have my sources, so wait here until I can get your Christmas box!” 

He brought in the ham, the staples, fresh fruit, some candy and a few toys.  She was shocked and happy.  But before she could comprehend what was happening, he wished her Merry Christmas, and drove through the night.

Finally, he made it to Highway 58. As he traveled home late that Christmas Eve, he thought he heard a voice say, “Don’t worry about the lie---you don’t have to be a shepherd or wise man to worship the Christ child.  But tonight, you had a glimpse of what they experienced 2000 years ago.”

Today is the day before Christmas.  I know there are many amazing and miraculous Christmas stories out there, but I wanted to share one that is special to me and my family. May you all enjoy the blessing of the birth of the Christ child. Merry Christmas to all and to all a season of blessings!

One final comment, which is something Dad failed to mention, that was later pointed out by my mother:  Dad went back later to try to find the wooden shack where he delivered the last basket, and it was no where to be found.  He never found the house.

Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
 
Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.