Friday, December 20, 2013

Merry Christmas!






Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from J. Meyer Homes!

Thank you for making 2013 a wonderful year and we look forward to working with you in 2014!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Entertaining

This time of year often means getting together with friends and family. When you own a new home, often you become the host as curious well-wishers are excited to get a peek!

Take some of the stress out of hosting by serving some of these easy holiday appetizers! Then enjoy celebrating the season in your brand new home!

Organize your cheese tray into the shape of a Christmas tree!



Make a grinch out of grapes, strawberries, bananas and a marshmallow!






Fill up bread bowls with spinach dip and use Rye bread to form the hat!





Don't forget to invite Santa to the party! Use ricotta cheese, crackers, capers, pepperoni and celery to form the jolly old St. Nick!






Friday, December 6, 2013

Great News For New Home Sales!

The Commerce Department released the new home sales figures for October this week and the numbers look great!

New home sales increased by 25.4% over September - the highest level in 6 months!

Interest rates remain at historic lows and the pent up demand for housing means homes are moving faster. Nationwide the new home supply level is at a little less than 5 months.

The South experienced the largest gains with a 40% increase in new home sales.

Interest rates are expected to rise slowly as the economy improves so now is the time to buy!

Visit a J. Meyer Homes neighborhood and choose your new home!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

A very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at J. Meyer Homes. We so value our home buyers and the relationships that we have made through the years. Thank you for choosing J. Meyer.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Builder Confidence

Each month for the past 25 years the National Association of Home Builders and and Wells Fargo send out a national survey to builders trying to gauge their confidence levels in current and future sales.  Builders are asked to determine how they see the housing market now and how they predict it will be in six months.

November's numbers are in and builder confidence has stabilized after dropping off the past two months. Even with the lower numbers the past two months, the previous 6 months in a row saw more builders optimistic about the market than before.

Consumer interest in new homes remains steady because of low interest rates and pricing although it has been dampened by policy and economic uncertainty.

Increased builder confidence is a positive sign for the recovering housing market at this time and going forward into 2014.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thanksgiving Safety

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and plans for the big meal are well underway!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving Day is the busiest day for home fires, of which the leading cause is cooking.  Keep your holiday safe and happy this year by following these tips below.

- Stay in the kitchen when you're cooking. Don't leave food unattended.
- Keep children away from the stovetop - by at least 3 feet
- Wear short sleeves while cooking
- Have pot holders and kitchen towels sit away from heat sources
- Make sure the floor is clear from toys and pocketbooks
- Keep all lit candles above the reach of children and make sure they are blown out when the evening is over
- Test all smoke detectors and fire extinguishers

Follow these safety tips and keep your home and family happy this Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

SC Housing Continues to Improve

The South Carolina housing market continues to hold strong according to September numbers released by the South Carolina Realtors.  First time home buyers and move-up buyer are sustaining the market and bringing it back to some normalcy.

  • Home sales increased 21.9% over August
  • New home listings increased by 9.9%
  • Median price increased by 3.2% to $159,500
  • Days on the market decreased 9.1% to 115 days

Friday, October 25, 2013

Available Home in Charleston Chase

1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Summerville

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
1248 Square feet
$134,990

Contact Kaz Ansari
Carolina Elite Real Estate
843.564.8040 or kazansari@gmail.com









Friday, October 18, 2013

Entertaining This Fall

Hard to believe but there are less than two weeks until Halloween!  Once you get settled in your new J. Meyers home it's natural to want to show it off - maybe with a Halloween or Fall Party?  Here are some easy but eye-catching Autumn recipes to use at your big event!

Click on the images below to get step-by-step instructions!











What are some of your favorite recipes?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Understanding Loan Options

Financing a new home is often one of the more intimidating aspects of the home buying process.

To ease some of that anxiety, we're explaining three of the major loan programs, FHA, VA and USDA.

FHA Loans:
FHA loans are mortgages that are backed by the Federal Housing Administration. These loans are especially attractive for buyers who don't have a large down payment, could use some credit help, want to keep their monthly payments as low as possible or have any concerns about increasing monthly payments. FHA loans offer competitive interest rates and typically require less money down.

VA Loans:
A VA loan is guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is available for eligible Veterans, Active-Duty Personnel, Reservist or  National Guard members and some surviving spouses.  In most cases no down payment is required with a VA loan, the interest rates are competitive and closing costs are comparable to other loan options. VA loans also do not require private mortgage insurance.

USDA Loans:
USDA loans are also known as Rural Development Loans and are backed by the United States Department of Agriculture. Eligibility is limited to rural areas as designated by the USDA. Loans do not require a down payment. Lenders will evaluate your debt to income ratio and credit score to ensure that you qualify.

These are only three of the financing options available. Talk with a lender to find out which program is right for you.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Housing Update

Here's a look at improving numbers from the South Carolina Association of Realtors. These figures are based on August MLS data.

New Listings in South Carolina increased 5.9 percent
Pending Sales are up 6.7 percent
Inventory levels shrank 6.6 percent

Median sales price increased 6.5 percent to $164,950
Days on market down 13.6 percent to 111 days

Housing sales increased as the mortgage rates increased and encouraged buyers who were on the fence to make a decision. Rates are still at historic lows and now is a great time to buy as the market is on the upswing.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Lawn Care

Sunday is the first day of Fall - a very important season for your lawn health. That's right, if you prepare your lawn for going dormant this winter you'll be rewarded in the spring with a lush vibrant yard!

Mowing and watering are still important tasks to keep up in the fall. Temperatures are cooler but if you aren't receiving regular rainfall you will need to continue to water your lawn.  Mow on a higher setting to provide some extra insulation for your yard before the winter sets in.

Fall is also time to plant your spring bulbs, reseed the thin patches in your yard and go after those pesky weeds. 

Once the leaves start falling make sure to rake them up so they don't cut off your lawn's supply of sunlight and oxygen.

What lawn care tips do you employ to take care of your yard for the Fall and Winter?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Selling This Fall

Need to sell your current home before you can buy your new J. Meyer home?  You may have picked a good time. Mortgage rates are low and home values are going up. Potential buyers are looking to be settled before the Holidays.

Here are some tips for selling during the Fall season.

1. Strong Web Appeal
Home buyers are going online to search for homes. Make sure you have plenty of photos and information available about your home. As always keep the clutter to a minimum so the potential buyer can get a good look at each room.

2. Move-In Ready
Today's buyers want the home in move-in condition. Take care of any minor improvement issues before buyers come to see your home. This includes issues with paint, flooring, and the exterior. Curb appeal is so important!

3. Lots of Light
Let the Fall light and fresh air inside! Open your blinds and windows if the weather permits. Keep the overall home temperature comfortable.

4. Create Cozy
The Fall is the perfect time to take advantage of all those cozy things that make us feel at home. Purchase a lightly scented candle, accentuate your fireplace if you have one, decorate the entryway with some potted plants.

What are you doing to sell your home this Fall?

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Closing Process

Once you’ve found your new home and construction is almost complete, it’s time to start thinking about the last step in your home buying journey – the real estate closing or settlement.

At the closing is where ownership will be transferred from the seller to the buyer.  This involves some time, patience and paperwork, but if you plan ahead you can make this a smooth process.

Talk with your Lender or Realtor about a week before closing to make sure you understand what paperwork you are responsible for bringing.  If there are costs involved such as a down payment, escrow or mortgage fees, you may need a certified check so find out the exact amount you will need to provide. 

Give yourself plenty of time! You’ll want to review the documents and make sure there are no typos or errors.  Allowing for a good block of time will help to alleviate some of the stress of that process.  Also, in case of delays, don’t arrange for your moving truck on too tight a schedule. Create some overlap so you don’t have to be out of one house the same day as you move in to another.

Remember, once you finish signing that mountain of paperwork you’ll be the owner of a brand new home!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Housing Improvements and Labor Day Travel


As hard as it is to believe it is Labor Day weekend – the unofficial end to summer.

This Labor Day, AAA is predicting that 34.1 million Americans will hit the road and travel at least 50 miles this weekend, making it the busiest Labor Day in the last four years.

Part of the reason for this increase in travel is actually – housing.

According to the AAA study, consumer confidence is increasing as their home values increase. With the improvement in the housing market, consumers feel that their largest asset, their home, is more valuable. This increase in confidence leads to more spending and this weekend – more travel. 

This is just another piece of evidence that points to the importance of the housing market in our overall economic recovery.

Will you be traveling this Labor Day?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Rainy Day Home Maintenance

It's been a wet summer.

Don't let those rainy days get you down. There are some great home maintenance items that can be done when the weather has you trapped inside.

  • Check smoke detectors and replace batteries if needed
  • Clean out dryer vent
  • Make an itemized list of valuables, electronics, etc in case of emergency. Take photos and get model information.
  • Read through the instruction manuals on your home appliances and systems
Then relax and enjoy the sound of the rain!

What home maintenance items do you like to take care of on a rainy day?



Friday, August 16, 2013

Housing Market Improving

According to a report by the South Carolina Realtors based on July 2013 figures, sales across the state of South Carolina increased by 21%. Home prices increased by 5% to a median price of $163,063.

The number of available homes and standing inventory has dropped to a 9 month supply of single family homes and 9.5 month supply of condos. A six month supply of homes is considered normal.

As the economy improves and consumer confidence increases home sales continue to rise. This bodes well for the future of the SC economy and housing industry.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Available Home

4 Lewis and Clark Trail, Summerville
3 Bedrooms
3 Baths
2498 Sq. Ft.
$169,990

Contact Kaz Ansari
Carolina Elite Real Estate
Office: (843)296-4825


Friday, August 2, 2013

Understanding Buying Power

If you've done any research into buying a home you've probably come across the term "buying power". Simply put, "buying power" is your ability to maximize your money when purchasing a new home.

Interest rates greatly affect your buying power. Historically speaking, today's interest rates are extremely low. This means that the money you pay in order to
borrow money for your home is much less than it was in the past. With lower interest rates your monthly payment is lower and you can afford a more expensive home than you could before - thus your buying power has increased.

Interest rates are going to slowly rise and as they do it will erode some of your buying power. Now is the time to buy, before rates go higher!  You'll be able to afford more home than you thought possible while the interest rates remain low.  They won't be this low forever so don't miss this opportunity to maximize your buying power!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Keeping Cool on a Budget

It's hot and getting hotter for the foreseeable future.

Here are some tips for how to keep your utility bills from getting out of control while you try to stay cool!

  • Remove debris from around your outside air conditioning unit. Look for grass, weeds, dirt and leaves.
  • Change the air filters in your home regularly.
  • Use your ceiling fans and make sure they are blowing the right way. The air should be blowing down.
  • Close the registers in unused rooms to keep from cooling unoccupied space.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature for when you're home or away.
  • Make use of drapes and blinds to keep out some of the sunlight.
  • When replacing light bulbs, choose LED lights that give off less heat.
What tips do you have for staying cool without breaking the bank?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Encouraging Economic News for SC

According to a report by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the leading economic indicators in South Carolina increased for the 4th month in a row.

The combination of an increase in new-home construction and a drop in unemployment claims contributed to the leading index numbers.

Below are some relevant statistics that attribute to these positive numbers.

  • Residential construction permits rose 26.3% in May compared with April.
  • The median sales price for a single-family home rose by 5.6% in May
  • The overall volume of home sales in May rose 21% compared to the same time last year.
For a look at the overall economic indicators in the report visit the Charleston Regional Business Journal HERE.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Home Safety While Away

It's the time of year when many Americans hit the road for a well deserved summer vacation.  Before you go, it's important to prepare your home for your absence. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before getting out of town.

1. If possible have someone come by while you're gone. Ask a trusted friend to peek their head in the neighborhood when possible, maybe water a few plants and just walk through the home every few days.

2. Make sure to stop your mail. This is a free service provided by the post office and in most areas the request can be submitted online.

3. Like above, if you receive the newspaper, make sure to stop delivery while you're gone. You don't want a stack of newspapers piling up while you're gone.

4. Unplug your coffee maker, computer and any other small appliances that won't be making the trip. Don't leave the washing machine or dishwasher running before you go.

5. It seems simple, but make sure all the doors are locked and blinds are closed. Double and even triple check. Especially those doors that aren't used as often.

What are some tips you have on keeping your home safe while you're away?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Happy 4th!





J. Meyer Homes wishes you and yours a very happy Independence Day!

Our deepest thanks to those who have served and who continue to serve to keep our country free.

Friday, June 21, 2013

First Day of Summer!

Happy First Day of Summer!


The Lowcountry is full of summer activities in addition to our natural opportunities for fun in the sun!

Here are just a few items to get on your calendar this summer:

  • Pirates of Charleston at the Charleston Museum - June 22
  • Pool Party and Beach Club @ the Charleston Harbor - Sundays through July 14th
  • Party in the Park at Mount Pleasant - Tuesday evenings 
  • Music on the Green Summer Concert Series at Freshfields Village - Fridays through the end of July
  • Starlight Cinema Series Movies Under the Stars at Freshfields Village - Wednesdays at 8:30
  • Splash Day at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mt. Pleasant - July 10
What are you looking forward to this summer?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Charleston Made the List!

The National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index increased again in June to now include more than 70% of the U.S. metro areas.

The Improving Markets Index or IMI is a list of metropolitan areas that have shown improvement through the areas of housing permits, employment and house prices for at least the past six months.

Twenty-nine new markets were added to the list while twenty-four previously listed markets were removed. This fluctuation is a product of a slow recovery and confirmation that the housing industry still has challenges to face.  However the IMI list is three times larger this year than last year according to the NAHB.

We're pleased to see Charleston, SC included on this list!

For a full list of improving markets visit the NAHB's website HERE.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Sweet Summer Time

Since it is the season for back yard BBQ's and summer pot lucks, we thought you might enjoy some classic southern summer dessert ideas.  Here are some quick and tasty recipes for your next get together.



Frozen Lemonade Pie from Taste of Home


Banana Pudding from Southern Living
 
Peach-Blueberry Cobbler from Martha Stewart
 
 What are some of your favorite summertime desserts?

Friday, May 24, 2013

New Homes Sales Rise in April

There's more good news for the housing market and new homes in particular.


According to HUD and the US Census Bureau, sales of new, single-family homes rose by 2.3 percent in April. Regionally, new home sales rose 3 percent in the South.

A quote from an article by the National Association of Home Builders reinforces this positive message. “Today’s report is further evidence of the gradual, consistent improvement we have been seeing in housing market conditions over the past year,” noted NAHB Senior Economist Robert Denk. “We’re now about half-way back to what could be considered a full recovery, and we do expect to see continual, solid gains in both starts and sales of new homes going forward.”

Interest rates remain low and house prices are trending upwards and inventory remains tight.  Now is the time to buy!

To read the full article from the National Association of Home Builders please click HERE. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Economic Snapshot



Dr. Joey Von Nessen recently created and presented an economic snapshot of the South Carolina economy, focusing on key variables affecting the business community

His analysis is available for free on the RESH Marketing website.

The snapshot looks at several leading economic indicators including:
  • Industry employment
  • The unemployment rate
  • Housing starts
  • House price appreciation
To download the information visit the website and look on the home page for Economic Snapshot.

Dr. Joey Von Nessen is a Research Economist at RESH Marketing. Dr. Von Nessen specializes in economic and marketing research in the home building industry and oversees the research activities of the company. In addition to his full-time duties at RESH, he is also a consultant with the Division of Research in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, involved in both private sector and academic research.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Available Homes

J. Meyer Homes has some quick move-in homes available. If you're looking to be settled before the summer vacation season starts in full swing - take a look!

Deer Field Hall - Near West Ashley

5209 Fallow Fawn Road. 3 bed/2 bath. Features FROG, Hardwood, Corian, Stone Elevation, Stainless Refrigerator, Stove and Microwave. $183,763.  Price reflects $2500 in closing costs and $2500 buyer incentive.

Charleston Chase - Near Summerville

4737 Lewis and Clark Trail. 3 bed/2 bath. Features FROG, stone veneer, solid countertops and maple cabinets.  $152,990.  Price reflects $2500 in closing costs and $2500 buyer incentive.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dining Near Deer Field Hall

J. Meyer Homes' neighborhood Deer Field Hall is located near West Ashley in Hollywood. West Ashley and Hollywood are home to some great dining establishments - one of which will be highlighted in our post today.

Old Firehouse Restaurant - 6350 Highway 162 Hollywood, SC  843-889-9512 
    This restaurant can be found in a remodeled fire station.  They are open for dinner only, Tuesday - Saturday starting at 5pm. Old Firehouse specializes in local seafood and produce. Entrees include the Pimento Chop - a bone-in porterhouse pork chop topped with melted pimento cheese, Shrimp and Grits, Crispy Flounder and the Firehouse Filet.  www.oldfirehouserestaurant.com

     

Friday, April 19, 2013

Real Estate Regrets

Trulia released the results of a consumer survey asking homeowners what they regret about their current home purchase or home buying process.

Home buyers this Spring are facing a market with limited inventory and stiff competition for homes. This environment creates the potential for buyers to make rushed decisions that they may later regret. The goal of Trulia's survey is to inform current buyers about the most common regrets in hopes that they can be avoided.

Here are the findings from the survey about top 5 homeowner regrets:

  • 34% wish they had chosen a larger home
  • 27% wish they had done more remodeling on the home that they did
  • 22% wish they had more information on the home before they purchased
  • 18% wish they had put more money down for the down payment
  • 16% wish they were more financially secure before they made their decision
For a full list of homeowner regrets and analysis by Trulia visit this LINK

What if any regrets do you have from previous home buying experiences?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Introducing Wescott Chase

J. Meyer Homes has new homes under construction
in Wescott Chase - part of the larger master planned community - Wescott Plantation.

All homes are brand new floorplans ranging in sizes from 1500-2300 square feet with plan options available to increase the square footage.

Home prices start in the mid $100's. 

Come visit us this weekend and see what this new community has to offer!


Contact Kaz Ansari with Carolina Elite Realty at 843-296-485 or kazansari@gmail.com

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mortgage Interest Rates

A note from Hal Von Nessen, MIRM. His blog can be found at reshmarketing.com.

"The Federal Housing Finance Agency released figures today showing a slight increase in mortgage interest rates in February. I recall the good old days when an upward tick in the rates would stimulate buyers to come out to avoid the anticipated price adjustments resulting from another increase. It would appear that, just as spring heralds its arrival with new growth, the housing market is also seeing signs of rebirth. It may be minimal, it may be slow, but it sure is welcomed!"

Here's a link to the full report.

http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/25069/MIRS%20March%202013%20final.pdf

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Planting

Spring is just around the corner and it's that time of year when the world seems to explode with color!

You can bring some of that color into your life with container plants.  This time of year when the weather can still turn cold, container plants allow you to avoid a damaging freeze by bringing the plants indoors.

So weather you prefer bright flowering plans or lush green foliage, here are some tips to keep your container plants happy and healthy!
  • Make sure that whatever container you use, it has a drainage hole at the bottom for water run off. 
  • Larger pots are better because they allow for more soil and a more extensive plant root system. Smaller containers will need to be watered more frequently.
  • It is not necessary to pat down the soil after filling your container. Simply water and the soil will settle how it needs to.
  • For the strongest and healthiest plants make sure to include a fertilizer mixed in with or on top of the potting soil.
What type of plants do you like to grow in containers?  Do you have any tried and true growing tips?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Featured Home

This beautiful home is move-in ready!

Deer Field Hall
5209 Fallow Fawns Drive

3 bedrooms
2 baths
1690 square feet

$186,514


This home is the popular "Beaufort" plan.  It features many standard and upgraded features including:
  • Architectural Roofing
  • Stone Veneer
  • FROG
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • Maple Cabinets
  • Corian Countertops
  • Upgraded Carpet
  • Ceramic Tile
Plus this home is Energy Star Certified!

For more information contact Kaz Ansari at  843-296-4825.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Housing market off to strong start this year, report says

The Post and Courier
Tyrone Richardson
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Home sales were strong in the Charleston region in January, giving the local industry its best start in five years, according to a new sales figures released Monday.
Home sales were strong in the Charleston region in January, giving the local industry its best start in five years, according to a new sales figures released Monday.

County breakdown

Charleston County
363 homes sold at a median price of $228,726. Mt. Pleasant had 108 sales. Other areas of activity included North Charleston/Summerville outside Interstate 526, with 47 sales, and West Ashley outside I-526, with 37 sales.

Berkeley County
125 sales at a median price of $157,000. Much of the volume was in the areas bordered by U.S. Highway 17-A and College Park Road, as well as Goose Creek/Moncks Corner, bordered by U.S. Highway 52 and the Cooper River.

Dorchester County
123 sales at a median price of $146,000. The Summerville/Ridgeville and Summerville/Ladson areas were the most active, with 55 and 41 sales, respectively.

Source: Charleston Trident Association of Realtors

The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors said 634 homes were sold at a median price of $181,750 last month.

The association said it was the highest sales volume for the month since 2008, when 648 homes changed hands in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties.

The housing market is off to a strong start this year with sales volume up 16 percent and median price up 3 percent compared to 2012.

The report showed continued momentum from last year, which has been described as a turning point for the local housing market.

The association reported 10,588 homes changed hands in 2012, the most since 2007, when 12,921 homes were sold. The region’s median home price climbed to $190,145 last year, almost 5 percent higher than 2011. It remained about 9 percent off the 2007 figure of $207,850.

“As was the case in 2012, we expect to see nominal, but sustainable, growth in prices this year” said Owen Tyler, the association’s president, in a written statement. “2012 closed out with a 4.4 percent increase in median price, which is an excellent rate of growth in a recovering market. It’s all about sustainability”

Housing experts have said the combination of falling prices, low borrowing costs and the mending economy have driven home sales higher.

Monday’s housing report showed Charleston County continues to mark the highest volume of sales for the region.

Housing hotbed Mount Pleasant accounted for nearly 30 percent of the 363 homes sold in the county last month. Other strong areas include West Ashley and the North Charleston and Summerville areas.

The report also signaled strong sales for a traditionally slow month in terms of home sales.

Local real estate website CharlestonRealEstateStats.com reported January started off at the traditional slow pace in terms of homes under contract, but activity picked up later in the month.

The site hinted that strong sales should roll into February since 298 homes were under contract last week, the strongest single week of activity since 2010, when buyers clamored to take advantage of a federal tax credit.

Reach Tyrone Richardson at 937-5550 and follow him on Twitter @tyrichardsonPC.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Don't forget!


It's that time of year again...tax time.

While it's not necessarily worthy of a Hallmark card, tax time for homeowners has its benefits.

Homeownership allows for certain tax breaks that can make visiting your accountant a little more bearable.

For information on how these tax breaks apply to you and how to best utilize them we've collected a list of articles that we hope will be educational.

6 Tax Breaks Every Homeowner Should Know

Homeowner Tax Breaks

Deductions for Homeowners

What are some of your biggest questions about taxes for new homeowners?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Tips for Hosting a Great Super Bowl Party!

We're down to the wire now with only two more days until the Super Bowl.

Whether you've been planning your get-together for weeks or just decided to invite over some friends, here are some tips to make your party a hit!

1. Plan for your guests:  Some will be there for the game, some for the commercials, and some for the chance to catch up with friends.  Have an area with seating available for those not interested in watching the game. This will make the talkers comfortable and keep the serious game watchers from getting upset.

2. Keep the food simple and portable. You'll want to have finger foods that can easily be eaten while sitting on the couch cheering on your favorite team.  Make plenty of space on coffee and end tables with coasters and napkins readily available.

3. Enjoy your own party. The Super Bowl is not a formal event. Keep your decorations low-key, the food easy, and the mood light. Ask friends to bring a dish or beverages. Don't get trapped in the kitchen!

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Housing Recovery

Good news on the housing industry!



According to CNN Money the housing industry will be driving the economic growth in 2013.

"Home sales rebounded to the strongest level in five years in 2012, as home building bounced back to levels not seen since early in the recession. Near record low mortgage rates, rising home prices and a drop in foreclosures have combined to bring buyers back to the market."

To read the full article visit this LINK

Friday, January 25, 2013

Neighborhood Spotlight: Deerfield Hall

Deerfield Hall near West Ashley offers affordable Lowcountry living for today's new home buyer.  Homes start in the mid $100's.

For a limited time J Meyer Homes is offering $5,000 in flex money to be used however you want!*

Need to move in soon? There is one quick move-in home available now!

5217 Fallow Fawns Road
3 Bedrooms plus Flex Room
2 Baths
Square Footage - 1690

Features 9 ft ceilings, FROG, 2 car painted garage, 3 installed fans, recessed lights, stone veneer, front porch, deluxe master bath, wood flooring in foyer and more!

Come out and visit us this weekend! M-Sat 11-5 Sun 1-5

Directions:
Deer Field Hall is conveniently located 15 miles from Downtown Charleston. Traveling West from Downtown on Hwy 17 towards West Ashley, approximately 13 miles to Hwy 162. Take the slight left on Hwy 162.Deer Field Hall is 1.7 miles on the right at Mandarin Meadow Lane.

*Some restrictions apply. Contact sales representative for more details. Not to be combined with other offers.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Must Haves for the New Homeowner

Owning a home is an investment.  If you own a new home you're ahead of the game by having the construction up to the latest building codes and all new materials.

Inevitably even new homes require some maintenance.  Here's a list of materials and tools you may want to have on hand to keep your home looking as new as the day you bought it.

  • Toolbox for storage
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver set
  • Safety glasses
  • Plunger
  • Caulk
  • Duct tape
  • Level
  • Wrench set
  • Handheld drill
  • Assorted size nails and screws
What are we missing?


Friday, January 11, 2013

Benefits to Owning a Home

Home ownership has long been part of the American Dream.  But why?

What are the actual benefits to owning a home?

We've compiled some here. Let us know what you think!



  • Stability: No yearly rent increases here. What you see is what you get and you call the shots.
  • Tax Deductions: Homeowners can deduct some or all of their mortgage interest from their taxes.
  • Equity: Owning a home builds equity and can help your credit score for future borrowing needs.
  • Appreciation: Although the housing market is cyclical, over time most homes appreciate in value.
  • Freedom: Make your home your own! There is no landlord to answer to and no restrictions on what you can do to make your home unique!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Home Decor

It's a new year and time for a fresh start. Once the Holiday decorations come down, try something new!

HouseBeautiful.com gathered together some designer trends in home decorating for 2013.  Here's some inspiration to help you get out of your home decor rut!



  • Brass - it's back!
  • Classic fabric patterns - not just plain solids anymore
  • High Gloss - use it as an accent piece
  • Antique Furniture - repurpose and redo
  • Vintage and warm accents - not everything has to look perfectly put together
Your home should be a reflection of your individual style - one that makes you comfortable and happy.

What trends are you following in your home decor this year?