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Nexton: Part Two

Mon, Apr 25th 2022 9:35 pm by Brittnay Douglas Communities

Nexton: Part 2: Shopping and Leisure 

Nexton is such a great community with so many perks that I had to make a few blog posts to cover everything! The first blog is a great introduction to the community as a whole and focuses on the green spaces and dining in Nexton. This one will focus on two of my personal favorite past times, shopping and leisure activities. I’ll also include a little info about other service-oriented businesses, but to be honest, there are so many and it would be hard to cover them all!

Shopping

There are so many shopping opportunities in Nexton. Here’s links and a brief description of what each offer.

Art on the Square – This is an art gallery offering a wide var...



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Nexton...Is it truly one of the best master planned communities in America?

Fri, Apr 22nd 2022 12:30 pm by Brittnay Douglas Communities

Nexton….What’s the hype?

If you live in or near Summerville, SC, you are likely very familiar with Nexton. If you are considering a move to Summerville, you are probably curious if Nexton is all it said to be? There are so many great things to cover about Nexton, that there’s no way to fit them all in one blog! So this blog will cover the differences in the different areas of Nexton, the lush green spaces and outdoor living, and in my opinion the most important…eating in Nexton.

Nexton is a master planned community in Berkley County located in the city of Summerville. In 2021, this community won two Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by The National Association of Home Builders Desig...




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Summerville....What's new around town?

Fri, Apr 8th 2022 2:55 pm by Brittnay Douglas Summerville

Some people resent the growth and development of Summerville, SC and wish it was the small quaint town of years past. And while the small-town feel has been preserved in a lot of ways, you can’t ignore some of the nuances of growth such as traffic and congestion. However, with growth brings exciting new businesses, eateries, and attractions.

Here’s the scoop on some of the exciting new places to visit around town.

The Azeala Bar and Garden

This upscale cocktail lounge is set to open on April 7, 2022. I first saw the announcement in Azalea Magazine about this lounge back last Spring and have been patiently waiting. For me, the excitement and curiosity about this establish is in part bec...




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Active Adult Communities in Charleston

Wed, Mar 23rd 2022 8:15 pm by Brittnay Douglas Communities

In our recent blog we highlighted active adult 55 and older communities in Summerville, SC. And while Summerville boasts the most of these communities, there are others in the greater Charleston area worth mentioning.

Mount Pleasant

The Cottages at Carolina Park

This is a small community of only 48 homes that costs range from the high $400s to the mid $500s. Floor plans include options for 2-3 bedrooms with 2-4 bathrooms with single car garages. It is in a desired area of Mount Pleasant with ample shopping and dining close by. Amenities feature a fitness center and an outdoor pool. As with many active adult communities, the homeowner’s association takes care of lawn care and common a...




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Active Adult Communities in Summerville, SC

Wed, Mar 16th 2022 4:15 pm by Brittnay Douglas Communities

 

Summerville, South Carolina is the ideal place to retire. It’s approximately 35 minutes from downtown Charleston, one of the most desired travel destinations in the world. A relaxing day at one of the 3 main beaches in the area (Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Edisto Beach) is only a 45 minute to one hour drive. There are ample activities for people and families of all ages and makes. And one of the most important things, did I mention the mild, short winters with zero snow? Okay….there was this one time it snowed a few years back, but that is super rare.

According to recent population statistics, 34% of the US population is 50 years old or older. That number is estimated to continue ...




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Selling Your Home in a Hot Market... Is it right for you?

Thu, Mar 3rd 2022 10:38 am by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

Selling in a Sellers Market

Our last two blogs have covered ways to capitalize on increased home values through a cash out refinance or a home equity line of credit. The final way to take advantage of increased home prices in the Charleston area is the most obvious….It’s to sell that home! Selling in a hot real estate market could be a great strategy for some, but a not-so-great strategy for others. Let’s break it down.

From September 2020 to September 2021, home prices increased by 19.5% (according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index). That means a house worth $300,000 a year ago on average would now be worth $360,000 today. Who wouldn’t want an extra $60,000 in their pocket?

The increased home values have ...




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What's a "Home Equity Line of Credit" or HELOC

Thu, Feb 17th 2022 2:37 pm by Kevin Douglas Financing

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A home equity line of credit is a great way to take advantage of the equity in your home and have extra cash readily at your disposal. With the real estate market booming all over the country, it’s no surprise that home prices are higher here in Summerville and the greater Charleston area as a whole. This has created ideal circumstances for homeowners to take advantage of their increased home value.

So first, let’s talk about what a home equity line of credit is. Equity is the difference between your home value and what you still owe on your home. For example, let’s say a homeowner’s home is worth $200,000 and they only owe $100,000 on their mortgage. They have $100,000 in equity.

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What's a "Cash out Refi" or Cash Out Refinance?

Wed, Feb 9th 2022 12:56 pm by Kevin Douglas Financing

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Have you heard the commercials on the radio talking about a cash out refinance of your home? If you are a little blurry as to what it is, read on to find out more and see if you may can benefit from it. 

What: A cash out refinance is where you take out a new larger mortgage than your existing home loan. Why would you do this you ask? Because you can “cash out” the equity or the difference between your new loan amount and what is owed. If you have a lot of equity in your home, this can mean a substantial amount of cash in your pocket.

Who: Basically anyone who has a substantial amount of equity in their property may be able to complete a cash out refinance. Deciding on if a cash out re...



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Moving to Summerville, South Carolina…. Here’s the Basics

Fri, Jan 21st 2022 2:10 pm by Kevin Douglas Summerville

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In the last 10 years, Summerville, South Carolina has experienced major population growth. Based on census data, from 2010 to 2020 the population of The Sweet Tea Capital of the World has grown by a staggering 24.19%. Current data estimates that nearly 54,000 people call Summerville home. It is no surprise that many people have chosen Summerville as their home because it’s a great city in a great area. The purpose of this blog is to give outsiders who may be looking to move to the area a very simple start on getting to know the Summerville area. More detailed information about Summerville and the Charleston area can be found in our other blog posts.

Relocating...



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New Year, New Company, New Missions in this Hot Summerville Real Estate Market

Sat, Jan 15th 2022 11:21 am by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

The best real estate agents in Summerville SC

2021 has been a year of transition for us! Previously, you may have known us as Kevin Douglas and Associates, but now we are officially Home Grown Real Estate! With this huge transformation, a new blog summarizing these changes and introducing the new company is a must!


For those of you unfamiliar with us, Kevin, has been a realtor in the Charleston South Carolina area since 2017. Frustrated with his corporate 9-5 job at that time, he decided to venture into to real estate and has rocked this job ever since! 2021 started as all other years, Kevin was hustling representing buyers and sellers in the Charleston real estate market under his previous broker. Going into 2021, we knew it woul...



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Paid jobs for my kids in real estate?

Fri, Oct 29th 2021 2:45 pm by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

I normally blog about topics to help home buyers or sellers but today, it’s about helping your children (and your pocketbook if your a real estate professional). My wife and I feel that it’s super important to teach your kids work ethic and educate them about money as soon as possible so that when they get older, they will feel comfortable and confident around work and money. 

Owning a real estate brokerage company, there are tons of jobs that my kids help me with on a weekly basis. Not only is this fun for everyone, it’s also a legit way to help your kids grow wealth while saving mom and dad tax dollars. As of 2021, the IRS has a standard deduction if $12,500 which means that paying you...



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Relocating to Summerville SC (the sequel)

Sat, May 1st 2021 11:08 pm by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

3 years ago I wrote my first Blog on my website (which I had just built) and it was called "Relocating to Summerville?" and still today it has had far more reads than any other blog I have written. So I wanted to write a sequel to that Blog and talk about some big changes in my community as well as add a few things I left out 3 years prior... I will present to you my TOP 4 reasons as to why I love living in Summerville so here we go:


Reason to Love Summerville SC #1 - Great School Systems

My son was 2 when I wrote the 1st blog and he is now going on 6 years old and will be entering into the Dorchester 2 Public school system this year. My wife and I chose our neighborhood for many reas...



Do I need a Realtor to sell my home?

Thu, Feb 4th 2021 10:50 pm by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

Do I need a Realtor to help me sell my home... NO. Let me say that again, NO you do not. "Buu-uuh-uut your a realtor, your not supposed to say that Kevin". Look guys, I am, have always been and always will be, a straight shooter to everyone I come across and my honest answer to this common question is, No, you do not need a realtor to sell your home...

Lets rewind time back to 2012 when I owned a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home in Dallas Texas. My girlfriend and I (now wife) were packing our bags and moving back to the southeast and needed to sale our home. Me being the independent strong alpha male I am, told my wife that we didn't need a realtor and that I would sell the home myself. So I did ...




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Mortgage Forbearance

Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 8:47 pm by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

If you are taking advantage of Mortgage Forbearance, here are a few things you should know about the program. And I learned first hand that if you are planning on buying a home soon but have taken advantage of MF, then you should speak with your lender ASAP but you will have to be paid in full and a certain amount of time must pass before you can secure that new loan.

https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/mortgage-forbearance/



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Moving to Charleston SC

Wed, Jun 12th 2019 4:58 pm by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

Sandy beaches, sunny weather, unbelievable food, industry, jobs, colonial history and many other wonderful things await you in Charleston SC. Almost any travel magazine you read will list Charleston amongst top cities to visit and/or live in, not only in the United States, but also in the world. So it is no surprise that people are moving to this area in droves. Finding people born and raised in this area is almost as uncommon as finding a snow flake in the Low Country. 

With companies like Volvo, Boeing, Bosch, Mercedes, Cummins and all their supporting businesses moving into and/or expanding inside of the lowcountry, there are enough jobs to support more growth in our lovely corner of ...




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Best and Worst Home Improvements for Your Money

Wed, May 15th 2019 10:20 pm by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

Smaller home renovation projects with a big impact on aesthetic appeal will pack the biggest bang for the buck in 2019, a new report finds. Less expensive but highly visible projects, like a new garage door or a minor kitchen remodel, top "Remodeling" magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report. "When you are buying a property, one of the things you want to check off is, do I have a functional kitchen I can live with before I make it my own?" said Clayton DeKorne, chief editor of the JLC Group, which includes Remodeling magazine. Conversely, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a master suite addition or a major kitchen revamp may make you and your family happy, but it won't necessari...




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What to look for when buying a home

Sun, May 12th 2019 11:40 pm by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

I'm sure you have seen all those TV shows where the tv personality renovates a home and then has an OPEN HOUSE where potential buyers walk through the home saying things like "Oh honey, look how nice", "Wow, I love this kitchen" and "This place is perfect for us". But have you ever wondered what you SHOULD be looking at when you walk through a home that you are considering for purchase or rent? In this article I will discuss several of the things that I look at, as an investor and also as a home owner.

Look BEFORE you go look-

Most everyone knows what they are looking for in a new home to purchase; how many bedrooms and bathrooms do we want, how big should the home be, what part of town...




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Is my credit good enough to buy a house?

Tue, Apr 30th 2019 11:31 pm by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

The most common reason I hear when asking people why they are renting as opposed to buying is "I'm currently working on my credit". Did you know that you can secure a government backed loan starting with a 580 credit score?  A lot of lenders require you to have a 620 but there are a few out there who will take on a 580. The higher the score, the lower the interest rate however buying a home with a 580 is very doable. You can always purchase the home and refinance at a later date when you have raised your credit score (yes buying the home will give your score a little dip because your taking on more debt). 

So my question to you is... "Is that really the reason"??? Unless you went though ...




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What is "Wholesaling"

Sun, Dec 9th 2018 10:40 pm by Kevin Douglas Investing

My background is in Supply Chain and Logistics so to me, a wholesaler is a middle man that connects the factories that product products to the retail stores and that sell the product. Until recently (6-8 months) I did not know that the term "wholesaling" existed in the world or real estate as well. And basically, a wholesaler is a wholesaler regardless of what he is selling. They are a middle man between a buyer and a seller and, like retail, there is also a need for wholesalers in real estate.

Last week I spent a few hours driving around town looking for distressed and vacant homes. When i saw a home that was distressed (shingles missing, wood rot present, etc...) I would add them to my...



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Are You Living in Your Dream Home?

Sat, Nov 17th 2018 10:48 pm by Kevin Douglas Real Estate

It took me a while to count but I have lived in 18 different homes over my 36 years. That may be more than most people will see in a lifetime and I hope that I can slow things down now that I have kids but Im sure I will have a few more moves in me. With all those homes, I have yet to live in my DREAM HOME. I hope to one day have that dream home but for now... I'm still working on it. 

Don't misunderstand, my family and I live in a very nice home that more than meets our needs, but its not my dream home. Its not so much about how big the home is, what type of counter types, or how many bedrooms, for me, its about where its at and what you can see from the front and back porch. I would li...



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