Real Estate Blog

Councilman Ron Brinson 
         January 2, 2018

It’s cold – and will get colder. We can expect record-challenging temperatures through Thursday.
And there’s a growing chance of winter precipitation beginning midday Wednesday and continuing into the evening hours.

Snow, sleet and ice are definite possibilities – with all of the usual upsets to traffic and possibly schools’ schedules.  The city's trash pickups are likely to be affected, too. 

Please keep abreast of the forecasts via newspapers and the media. The Charleston National Weather Station has an experimental interactive forecast map that you can access at
Check on your neighbors who might be especially challenged by this harsh weather. Please let me know of anyone

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Projects Abound – That’s a Trident Health systems facility being developed next to the Chick Fil A on Dorchester Road…..that’s another large – 262,000 square foot -- commercial building between the Joseph Pye School and Boeing’s interior plant on Patriot Boulevard. I’ve asked the Krispy Kreme project managers for an update on that slow-moving facility on Ladson Road at Palmetto Commerce. The Planned Development District at the entrance to Whitehall portends an assisted living facility and commercial buildings at the front of the property. The site is in early stages of some intended development consistent with the PDD. I’ll keep you posted. Also, we see work on the Weber Boulevard link between Palmetto Commerce Parkway and Patriot Boulevard. This is not

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Year-to-Date in 2017, luxury home sales in the Charleston MLS area represented 3.2% of total sales in the area.  530 luxury properties (over $1,000,000) sold out of a total of 16,323 through November 20th of 2017.   Of these luxury properties, 475 of them were Single Family Homes and 55 were condominiums.  This is up from the same time last year when a total of 457 luxury properties sold in the entire Charleston metro area…404 of which were single family homes and 53 were condos….2.8% of the total number of sold properties. 

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Councilman Ron Brinson    October 14, 2017

 A reminder that Charleston County traffic engineers and planners will brief the public on Palmetto Commerce Parkway projects Tuesday, October 17 - 6 – 8 p.m.-  at Northside Baptist Church, 7800 Northside Drive, North Charleston. The focus of this forum will be the planned new Interstate 26 interchange.  Excerpted from the county’s meeting notice:  “The purpose of the proposed project is to improve mobility and reduce travel times for both the existing and future conditions in a rapidly developing area of Charleston County generally bounded by I-26 to the east, University Boulevard (US Highway 78) and Ladson Road to the north, Palmetto Commerce Parkway and adjacent land to the west, and Ashley Phosphate Road

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Councilman Ron Brinson  -  July 16, 2017

The Crossings at Wescott is open ….and occupancy is increasing quickly. Reviews are strongly positive for the 184-unit senior living facility at Wescott traffic circle.  A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony led by Mayor Summey will take place Thursday, July 20,  at 4 p.m. The public is invited. Check in at this link for details

Update on a popular project in District 4: the permits have been issued, site clearing and preparation are underway and if all goes well, Krispy Kreme should be up and running early in Palmetto Commerce Parkway and Ladson Road, adjacent to the BoJangles restaurant.


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Yep,  More Apartments !   As I have informed you over the last two years, that property on the north side Wescott Boulevard at Asycough will be an apartment complex. Wetlands regulations delayed the startup but those issues apparently have been resolved and a site plan has been approved.  Zoning had long ago been approved for this project (which is in Council District 9).  There’ll be 182 units in six buildings, a few detached garage buildings,  pool at  a clubhouse and a leasing office. 
And there’ll be lots of additional traffic. City engineers are working to improve the syncing of traffic lights, and police traffic planners are trying to speed up school year traffic at Joe Pye School. And the mayor, Councilman Kenny Skipper and I are encouraging the…
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Councilman Ron Brinson   –   March 7, 2017
Aquatics Center - Windsor Hill Boulevard Development-
Storm Water Drainage Initiatives  – Dorchester County Road Improvements ?
  Aquatics Center Update - Yes, that was site work surveying going on last week at the Aquatics Center development site, at Patriot Boulevard and Appian Way.  This project still has some documentation hoops to maneuver through, but our city and Dorchester District 2 Schools are committed to move it along.  Site planning is under way and our mayor has shown Council building design concepts.  It’ll be a $21 million facility with Olympic-sized features and programs aimed at swimming instruction and swim competitions. There will be ample general public access. A new ingress-egress
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Harris TEETER GAS STATION “Plan” – This proposal will be before City Council and a public hearing Thursday, February 9, 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, third floor at City Hall. HOA leaders are encouraged to spread the word and encourage residents to attend and participate.  Ample opportunity will be provided to all who want to speak.  

The Planning Commission last week voted unanimously to recommend the grocer’s “fuel island” plan be denied.  The arching concern is that such a facility would violate the Dorchester Overlay District planning standards and set a precedent that could lead to additional gas stations between Appian Way and Parlor. 

City Council has the final say and next Thursday’s meeting is the first of three during February that will complete

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When thinking of selling or your home you have some choices as to how you go about it. Being a Realtor, I understand the perspective from the real estate professional. Real estate agents are in the business of brokering sales of real property—that’s how they earn their living.  Competition is fierce, there are over 4,600 licensed agents in the Charleston real estate market and this number is growing as part-time agents continue to jump in trying to take advantage of a "hot" market.  All agents are in the game of convincing the public that they are the better choice when it comes to selling real estate properties.

However, truth in fact, the Realtor's job is actually between CONTRACT and CLOSING…this is when the proverbial rubber meets the road, so to

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Handling the real estate “Repairs”!   OK, so you’re a Buyer who has just had a home inspection done and the inspector comes back with a list of items on the inspection report that he deems deficiencies with the house.  What do you do from here?  Your agent should be able to advise you on what “repair” items are in fact true repairs and what are simply maintenance items or cosmetic issues…which every pre-owned home will have! 

There’s a couple of things to consider when deciding what to ask the Sellers to address/repair for you:

First of all, if you’ve already received a reduction in price from the list price and/or closing costs assistance from the Seller then, in this hot real estate market, tread lightly in what you ask for….that is if you

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