Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Good News for New Home Sales

Sales of new homes rose 3.1 percent in September - a sign that the recovering housing market continues to rebound.

Since January, new home sales have increased by 13 percent compared to the same time period in 2015.

Experts believe the increase is due to improvements in hiring, salaries and low interest rates. The number of new homes on the market remains low with only a 4.8 month supply of new homes available.

Due to the limited demand of new homes, prices have risen by 2.7 percent to an average of $377,700.

Each month prices continue to go up and the number of available houses go down. Mortgage rates remain at historic lows. If you're in the market for a new home now is the time to buy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Unique Halloween Treats

Halloween is a time for treats, sweets and lots of delicious eats!  While that is a fun and time-tested tradition there are ways to think outside the box when it comes to trick-or-treating this year.  Check out our list of unique Halloween treats!
- Stickers - Halloween themed is best!

- Temporary tattoos

- Small bags of pretzels or gummy bears

- Halloween theme pretzels or erasers

- Stamps

- Bubbles

- Bouncy balls

- Glow sticks or bracelets to wear while out trick-or-treating!

If the typical fun-size candy is more your speed, you aren't alone. The National Retail Federation anticipates $2.5 billion will be spend on Halloween candy this year. The most popular choices? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats and Butterfinger.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hurricane Repairs - How to Find Reputable Help

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, many residents in the Charleston area are in need of home repairs due to rain, water and wind damage.

Unfortunately not every contractor who approaches you about repairs has the reputation you would hope for.

Here is a checklist of things to look for before agreeing to any contract work:

- Ask for a list of references
- Require all contractors to be licensed
- Ask how warranty requests are handled
- Ensure that the company covers workers compensation insurance
- Will the contractor take care of any required permits?

For a list of recommended contractors visit the HBA of Charleston's website.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Preparing for Inclement Weather

With Hurricane Matthew baring down on Florida and the Southeast, now is the time to ensure you're prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

The most important thing to remember is to heed the words of your local government, law enforcement and emergency division. This includes knowing the latest forecasts and evacuation orders. Don't endanger your lives and the lives of others by not listening to the people around you who are trying to keep you safe.

Ensure you have a safety kit and first aid supplies on hand.  This includes:

- Water - gallons of water for consumption and hygiene
- A three-day supply of nonperishable food
- Flashlight and batteries
- Can opener
- Cell phone chargers
- Weather radio
- Extra cash

First Aid Kit

- Latex gloves
- Burn ointment
- Eyewash
- Bandages in various sizes
- Soap
- Sterile dressings
- Scissors
- Tweezers
- Non-prescription drugs such as aspirin, antacid, anti-diarrhea medicine

Ensure all prescription medicines are full and readily available.

What else do you do to prepare for a natural disaster?