Brace Your Buyers for Higher Home Prices

Home prices throughout the Charleston, SC metro area are on the rise, some at the fastest pace ever. Home buyers need to move in quickly while there is still a decent supply of affordable homes and interest rates are still historically low.
West Ashley Avondale Point sign Jim Bobo
If buyers haven’t already purchased in the iconic Avondale District, they will definitely be paying more – a lot more. Prices in some of the District’s neighborhoods are above their 2007 peak average selling price. Yes, above the peak. And this is trending just about everywhere close-in to Downtown Charleston.  The closer to Downtown Charleston, the faster prices are trending upwards.

June 2013 median home sale prices on James Island are up only 6.4% year over year.  And there is still a supply of affordable homes.

June 2013 median home sale prices on James Island are up only 6.4% year over year. And there is still a supply of affordable homes.

James Island is beginning to see some solid recovery of prices, too, but not nearly as wild as in Avondale.  One home in Stiles Point is set to close and set a new record sales price for any home on the street since the neighborhood was originally built in the 60′s.  Looks like Stiles Point has been rediscovered. Road improvements following the new Stiles Point Elementary School building, plus the additional traffic while Harbor View Elementary occupies the old Stiles Point building, have certainly drawn more attention to this neighborhood where you can walk your children to one of the best elementary schools in the State and still get a good deal on a 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch home on a 1/2 acre lot – if you’re willing to deal with the updating that many older homes need but that most buyers today simply don’t want to tackle themselves.

You can read the Charleston Trident Association of Realtor’s update by clicking here.

Below is a National report about home prices and affordability from DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Home prices are rising across the country and the prices for new homes in particular may increase significantly in the near future. Economist Bradley Hunter with Metrostudy told The Chicago Tribune that he predicts newly-built homes could see a 9 percent increase in price by the end of the year.

“Here’s what’s happening: Land values are going up very fast right now in prime locations, what we call the ‘A’ locations,” Hunter explains. “In the best A (and B) markets, we expect prices to rise by 11 percent to 15 percent. Builders are desperate to buy lots, which in some cases are 30 percent to 50 percent higher than last year.” The “A” and “B” locations, as Hunter refers to them, tend to be closer to the center city—near jobs, retail, and services.

Hunter does see some relief for those looking to buy in the coming year, however.
“I think the builders are going to have to come to grips with a new affordability mentality,” Hunter says. “They’re going to have to reckon with these forces — rising mortgage interest rates, mainly — that are going to limit how much they can raise prices. That’s why 10 percent to 15 percent price increases will become 3 to 6 percent pretty soon — in six to 12 months. It depends on when mortgage rates move higher. If they go up, say, by 2 percent or 3 percent, it will have a noticeable impact on what people can afford and therefore on what builders are offering.”

Source: “Builders navigating complex housing market,” The Chicago Tribune (July 26, 2013)

Jim Bobo Real Estate can help you find that great deal – give us a call!

Jim Bobo, Jr., Realtor, BIC, ABR, RSPS, MBA

SC Land and Homes LLC
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Charleston, SC’s next Avondale – Johns Island’s Central Maybank District

Is Johns Island’s Central Maybank District Charleston’s next Avondale?

Johns Island Land and Homes The Fat Hen

Sometimes it’s hard to kill traditional consumer habits. The City of Charleston and Charleston County Council, while arguing like children, making back-room deals, falling prey to cronyism and in essence completely ignoring the rational public majority opinion over the “future” of Maybank Highway (oh, I almost forgot, that’s what politicians seem to get paid by taxpayers to do), inadvertently did everything in their power to destroy the American spirit of entrepreneurship along the roadway.  Fortunately, politicians don’t always get their way.

The traditional “heart” of Johns Island, in what is now Lane Commercial Center and the area in the immediate vicinity of this long-established venue, is poised to become Charleston’s next “Avondale” – a residential & commercial district in West Ashley minutes from Downtown Charleston that has seen residential sales prices in neighborhoods like Byrnes Down surpass those of 2007′s peak.

This “heart” of Johns Island is only 7 miles to Downtown Charleston, and full of buzz. Fred Neuville took the plunge at the depths of the recession when he bought the former St. Johns Island Cafe and converted it into the iconic Fat Hen restaurant – an overnight success. Long-established businesses like Angel Oak Animal Hospital, Johns Island Tool Rental, Builder’s First Source Hardware and multiple other small businesses in Lane Commercial Center and the surrounding area helped prop up the area during the Great Recession. But now things appear to really be changing.

On August 2, 2013 Sweeney’s is opening its landmark restaurant and other entrepreneurs are moving in and grabbing what limited space is available for rent.
Below: Picture found in the public realm of Sweeney’s but credited to David Thompson Architect
Sweeneys conceptual interior
At Jim Bobo Real Estate, we have seen a measurable increase in inquiries for commercial and residential building opportunities.  Local and national home builders are quietly building 100s of new homes that are sold before ground is even broken, and remain on the prowl for developable land. Prices that plunged during the recession are rising.

So if you’re looking for Charleston’s next “Avondale”, the Central Maybank District on Johns Island may be your best bet.

Jim Bobo, Jr., Realtor, BIC, ABR, RSPS, MBA

SC Land and Homes LLC
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West Ashley Land and Homes For Sale MLS Search

The Coburg Dairy Cow is an icon along Savannah Highway near Avondale and Byrnes Downs, two very popular neighborhoods within walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment. Downtown Charleston is literally minutes away, and accessible by bicycle.

This website has many predefined MLS searches for the different communities of Charleston’s Lowcountry. We are happy to announce that we have added a new MLS search for West Ashley Land and Homes that makes searching for West Ashley Land and Homes For Sale listed in the MLS simple. Make sure to visit West Ashley Land and Homes Slide Show to see some colorful photos of West Ashley.  And we’re adding West Ashley Neighborhood Searches from time to time, too.

While you can still set up your optional MLS account to create custom searches, West Ashley Land and Homes has multiple predefined searches that with 1 click delivers all homes in predefined price ranges to your computer screen instantly. 1 more click will let you view those properties on a map or in a gallery style (our favorite). Hit “Save” for those properties you like – it couldn’t be any easier.

Click here to check it out.

Jim Bobo, Jr., Realtor, BIC, ABR, RSPS, MBA

SC Land and Homes LLC
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