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Stephanie Davis REALTOR® offers Charleston real estate search and info for buyers and sellers in Charleston, SC. First-time buyers, savvy real estate investors, and everyone in between deserves a stress-less real estate experience.
If you’re looking for a house with a lot of space in a community that offers its own schools, walking paths, amenity centers, and shopping, this is YOUR house.
It has beautiful architectural details you don’t find in very many homes (arched doorways), and upgrades (hardwood floors, granite counters, butler’s pantry) that will inspire you to invite your friends and family over.
The owner’s suite is on the first floor. It has a private, deluxe spa bathroom and HUGE walk-in closet. There are four more bedrooms and a loft on the second floor. One of the bedrooms has a private attached bathroom (perfect GUEST suite), and one of the bedrooms has a semi-private attached bathroom that also opens to the hallway.
There’s a pool in the neighborhood, and the Cane Bay schools are just a short golf cart ride or bicycle ride from the house.
This house offers a whole lot at a great price. Take a look at the walk-through video: https://youtu.be/6MR9kiWo2Tg or contact me at 843-870-0890 to schedule your showing!
This home is the perfect fit for anyone who loves the outdoors. It’s less than two miles from the Tail-Race Canal at Lake Moultrie, and with no HOA, the extended driveway gives you plenty of space to store your boat or RV.
For those who love being at home, two porches, a deck, sunroom, and large media room/fourth bedroom give you plenty of room to spread out and entertain.
If you’re trying to stay away from “cookie cutter” houses, unique features like a “baking station” in the kitchen and two walk-in storage areas will take this house straight to the top of your list.
Walk through this home with me at my YouTube channel, or click over to see MLS photos and get more information.
Call or text me at 843-870-0890 to schedule your private showing today!
It may sound cliche, but this house will not last long on the market. The pictures came out great, it’s on one of the largest lots you can find in a subdivision, it’s in a cul-de-sac, the wood floors are a show-stopper… it just has a lot going for it.
Buyers will notice this house first because it’s in the Dorchester 2 school district. People with kids tend to have that school district high on their priority list.
When they start clicking through the pictures, buyers will fall in love with the fresh, neutral paint colors and the bright, sunny rooms. That will cause them to call their agent to schedule a showing.
As they walk through the house, they will see that the owners have turned this house into a home… and that will make them want to make the house their home.
This adorable home oozes Lowcountry charm, starting with its double
front porches. It has a quiet setting at the end of the road, near a
cul-de-sac. Pride of ownership shows all along the street, which has an
old Americana feel. So let’s take a closer look at this new listing: 8984 N. Red Maple Circle in Summerville.
If you haven’t fallen in love from the outside, let
me bring you inside to the open floor plan and beautiful hardwood
floors. The walls have a fresh coat of neutral paint, the ceilings are
smooth, and the spacious family room has four windows that let in lots
of natural light. High ceilings and recessed canned lighting add to the
airy feel as you move from room to room. A downstairs powder room, coat
closet, and breakfast bar in the kitchen make hosting parties fun and
The staircase is tucked away and takes you up to a landing with
carpet that is soft and new. Branching off the landing is a laundry room, two guest rooms, a linen
closet and bathroom, plus the owner’s suite. Inside the owners suite is
a spacious bedroom with tray ceiling; walk-in closet; and a private spa
bath that has a raised vanity with double sinks, separate shower, and
soaking tub. There’s a door from the owner’s suite that walks out onto
the second floor balcony, which could be the perfect spot for your
The detached garage fits a 20-foot boat (just saying)
and has a long drive way in front of it for ample parking. The home site
is backs to woods, so the backyard feels very private and peaceful as
you sit and relax after a long day.
The Farm at Wescott has an iconic big red
barn for its amenity center, which offers a swimming pool and play park.
Families love this area for the Dorchester 2 schools; everyone else
loves it because it’s close to shopping, restaurants, and work. Bosch,
Boeing, and the Air Force Base are all close by on Dorchester Road;
Palmetto Commerce Park is just around the corner.
This home is the true
American Dream – call or text 843-870-0890 to schedule your showing today!
SOLD!! House in Summerville :: 8984 N. Red Maple Circle in The Farm at Wescott - YouTube
This house offers a great location convenient for busy families and commuters, in the popular Dorchester 2 school district. The neighborhood is well established, with mature trees and homes set back from the street. Click here for a video tour of this new listing: 210 Old Dominion in Archdale.
Large home sites are popular with the buyers I’m working with right now, and many of them prefer not to be under the rule of a homeowner’s association (HOA). This neighborhood has a voluntary HOA, which means you pay your $50 dues if you want to belong. At the same time, if you have a recreation vehicle, you can store it at your house. Many buyers these days are drawn to these relaxed rules, especially in a neighborhood like this, where pride of ownership shows.
This home has a (mostly) all new kitchen, featuring new cabinets, new counters, new backsplash, new sink, new flooring, and a new ceiling. The breakfast nook has a bay window that looks out over the backyard for a relaxing morning coffee spot.
I love that the house has two staircases leading to the second floor. There’s one in the back, coming from the laundry room by the garage entry, and there’s one in the front of the house.
The four bedrooms upstairs include the finished room over the garage (FROG), which has a closet and extra storage along the sides.
There’s a flex room downstairs that could potentially be a guest room, studio, study, craft room, play room, or formal living room.
The side-entry garage makes the driveway extra long to accommodate families with multiple cars/drivers.
If you’re interested in this home, please contact me to schedule your private showing!
Over the weekend I hosted an open house, and this place had a great view! As I sat there waiting for people to arrive, I felt motivated to take my first shot at a Facebook Live video. Take a look and let me know what you think!
There’s an island off the coast of Isle of Palms near Charleston, South Carolina, that I’m convinced is paradise. It offers all of my favorite things in life: time with family, tennis, beach, and the ability to work remotely. The island is known as Dewees Island.
It’s tough to describe what paradise is like, so I will let the pictures from our recent mini vacation do most of the talking. But first here’s a quick introduction to this amazing place.
To get there, you have to go by boat. There’s a ferry that runs hourly from Isle of Palms near Dunes West. It takes about 15 minutes to get from Isle of Palms to Dewees Island.
When you get off the ferry, you’ll see a line of golf carts at the landing. Golf carts are the main mode of transportation on the island. There are no cars, stop lights, restaurants, stores, or any other such commercial “distraction” to keep you from enjoying the amazing views and natural wildlife on the island.
We rented a condo from Dewees Rentals for our vacation, so one of those golf carts was waiting for us. We spent our first few hours on the island exploring all the pathways and docks. If you ever go to Dewees Island, make sure you bring your camera. Not your cell phone – a real camera. The views are absolutely stunning.
We spent the next couple of days canoeing the tidal creeks, walking the beach, playing tennis, swimming in the pool, watching the sunset, riding the golf cart around, and taking a million pictures. What we didn’t do was stress about where we needed to be, or how long it would take to get there.
If you plan to go, here are a few things to know and consider:
As I mentioned, you will want to bring your best camera to capture as much of the scenery as you can. We saw alligators, birds, and a deer, but we weren’t close enough for me to get good shots of them with my iPhone.
Bring your binoculars. Again – there’s lots to see, and most of it is not right in your face.
There are no grocery stores or restaurants, so think carefully about your meals and snacks. The one thing we forgot was salad dressing.
Dewees Rentals allows dogs, so we brought ours with us. They had at least as much fun as we did.
There’s a post office on the island. Bring your address book and write some letters. My address is 35 Broad Street, Charleston SC 29410.
Our family will not soon forget the three days we spent on Dewees Island. It’s a different way of life. I don’t know of any other place like it. We will be back soon.
There are always opportunities to purchase land, fractional ownerships, and single family homes on Dewees Island. Contact me for a list of properties currently for sale.
The home buying process can be overwhelming, so I’ve broken it down for you. Here’s how to buy a house in 10 easy steps.
first four steps to take a couple months; the last
six should take about 30-45 days.
Determine your buying power. Visit a mortgage specialist
and get pre-approved. Most sellers will not look at an offer that does
not come with a pre-approval letter from a trusted lender.
Find a Realtor® you trust. (In most cases, it’s free. Ask me how.)
Work with your Realtor® to select homes you’d like to see. Search MLS, new construction, short sales, foreclosures, and FSBOs.
Preview homes; fall in love.
Work with your Realtor® to construct your offer on the house.
Negotiate price, terms, and condition with seller. This is where your Realtor® really earns her money. Only 1 of 21 offers are accepted the way they are first written.
Focus on getting to the closing table.
Follow the dates in your purchase agreement to meet deadlines for the
following: loan application, home inspection, appraisal, survey, pest
inspection, and closing attorney. Use this
checklist for a handy reference. **Keep in mind you’ll want to budget for the upfront costs like earnest money,
appraisal, and inspections.
Purchase homeowner’s insurance on your new home. You must bring proof of payment to the closing table. Visit the Resources page for a list of names and numbers to get you started.
Notify utility companies to change over or turn on water, power, cable, and phone services.
Review the HUD-1 statement with your Realtor prior to meeting with the
attorney so you can get a certified check for the amount you need to
bring to the closing table.
Remember that in addition to your down payment, your closing costs will likely add up to 3-5% of your sales price.
These costs include but are not limited to lender fees, title fees,
daily interest, and pre-paids (taxes and insurance). Your Realtor® may
be able to negotiate so the seller pays your closing costs.
Your Realtor®’s job is to get you the most house for the least amount
of money and to make the process smooth and stress-less. When you’re ready to make your move, call or text me at 843.870.0890.
It’s no secret sellers are controlling the real estate market in Charleston right now. As a buyer, it’s easy to get discouraged (mad) when you keep losing houses to other buyers. Here’s how to make your offer the best offer.
1. Start touring homes and collecting listings before you’re ready to buy. This gets you very familiar with the size, location, and condition of the houses that fit your budget. Then, when you’re ready to make an offer, you can be confident about your offer.
2. Trust your agent. If she tells you there are two other offers already on the house, believe her. If she says you need to offer full price to get the house, and you really want the house, offer full price.
3. Use your best financing option. If you can pay cash, offer cash. If you qualify for a conventional loan, use that instead of a government loan like FHA or VA.
4. If there are multiple offers, consider an offer with an escalation clause. An escalation clause increases your offer price up to X dollars more than the next highest offer, not to exceed X dollars.
5. Keep it simple. This is not the time to make demands or ask for concessions unless it’s a deal-breaker. There are other opportunities to negotiate those things later.
Several years ago I was helping a buyer purchase his first home. We made an offer on the house, we moved through the contingencies in the contract, and everything was going well until the appraisal came in. And it was low.
If I remember right, I think it was $1500 short. Not a whole lot of money when you’re talking about a few hundred thousand dollars, but for a buyer and seller, it’s pretty significant.
Most of the buyers I work with hope to get an appraisal above the price they agreed to pay for the house, but if it comes in a little low they’re not too upset. It means they get to borrow less money and still get the house.
This buyer, however, wanted out of the deal when he found out the appraised value of the house had not been as high as the price he agreed to pay for the house.
Paragraph 10 in the South Carolina real estate contract covers appraisals. Most people understand that paragraph to mean that if the contract is contingent on an appraisal, and the house doesn’t appraise for at least as much as the sales price, the buyer doesn’t have to buy the house. This gives buyers a sense of security. HOWEVER, the control is really in the seller’s hands. The paragraph also says that if the appraisal comes in low, the seller has the option to drop the sales price to meet the appraised value. If the seller drops the price, the buyer is obligated to move forward with the purchase. If the seller doesn’t drop the price, the buyer can either make up the difference between the appraised value and purchase price, or terminate the contract.
But the important thing to note is that the seller can keep the deal going without a whole lot of participation from the buyer. My buyer didn’t want to move forward, but since the seller dropped the sales price to match the appraisal, he had to.
There’s a similar situation during the inspection period, where the buyer is in control… Click here to read more about that.