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Help Us Rebuild Charleston

Hurricane Matthew didn’t hurt real estate prices in Charleston, but there are still many out there who need help. Would you like to join us in assisting them? 

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Today we’re in the city of North Charleston in a neighborhood called Park Hill. Hurricane Matthew just rolled through here a couple of days ago, and the majority of the houses along the street I’m currently standing at have flooded. We decided to come down here and lend a hand to the people in this community because that’s what we do in Charleston.

A lot of people have been asking me what all this storm’s impact means for the real estate market. Overall, this won’t hurt Charleston’s real estate prices. Just because this is a hurricane-prone area doesn’t mean that the market suffers after one hits.
Get in touch with us if you’re interested in assisting those who have been affected.
If you’re interested in assisting us with rebuilding this neighborhood, you can get in touch with us on Twitter at #rebuildparkhill or visit our website we’ll soon be launching called rebuildparkhill.com. There you’ll also be able to see pictures of some of the houses that we’ve worked on to get a better idea of the devastation and how we’re rebuilding.

We’re still in business, so if you have any questions please give us a call or just reply to this email. We look forward to hearing from you!

How Will the Election Affect Our Housing Market?

With the presidential election just weeks away, many people are concerned about what effect this election will have on the housing market. In reality, things look good no matter who is elected.

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As the 2016 election nears, we find that several aspects of business are affected. What does that mean for the housing market?

One of the leading indicators of where we’re headed is consumer confidence. Consumer confidence is the willingness of an average U.S. citizen to purchase or finance a large asset. What we have found is that consumer confidence tends to remain high as we approach the election.

The National Association of Realtors says the housing market did show resilience and had its best first quarter of the year for existing home sales since 2007.
The dream of homeownership is still alive.
According to Fannie Mae, home sales should pick up heading into the future season. The main reason for this is declining mortgage rates. According to Freddie Mac, forecast housing continues to maintain its momentum through the remainder of 2016.

The outlook of the national housing market is projected to stay strong through the remainder of the year. The dream of homeownership, the American dream, continues to remain stronger than the fear of uncertainty in the next presidency. As we approach this election, the market is still strong and it is still a great time to buy and sell in Charleston.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We would love to hear from you soon.

How to Knock 8 Years off of Your Mortgage

I wanted to share one of my favorite tips for homeowners with you today. There are a couple really simple and easy ways you can shave eight full years off of the life of a 30-year mortgage at a fairly minimal cost.

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There's a really simple and effective trick for paying off your 30-year mortgage in just 22 years that I wanted to share with you. In fact, there are two ways.

Say it's tax refund time or Christmas, and you've come across a little extra money. Did you know that if you make a 13th mortgage payment each year, you'll knock eight years off of the life of your 30-year mortgage?

The second strategy is especially helpful for those who get paid on a bi-weekly basis. Instead of making a monthly mortgage payment, talk to your mortgage company about setting up bi-weekly payments on your mortgage. Since there are 52 weeks in a year, making half of your mortgage payment every two weeks rather than a full payment every month equates to making 26 half payments over the course of the year. Of course, that equates to 13 full payments a year instead of 12, which you would get by making one full payment per month.
Both options will save you thousands in interest!
Just like in the first scenario, you would knock eight years off of your 30-year mortgage. Think of the savings in interest!

If you have any more questions about this topic or you're thinking about buying or selling a home, give me a call or send me an email. I'd love to hear from you!