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Explaining How Our Property Taxes Work

If you want to move here, let me explain the two property tax rates. If you are from a state where you get uncomfortable weather in the winter and you’re thinking of moving to South Carolina, you should learn how our residential property taxes work. Here’s a quick breakdown. There are two property tax rates… Read more »

Brian Prahl on Interest Rates and Refinancing

Here’s my full interview with Brian Prahl of Palmetto Mortgage Group. This week we’re speaking with Brian Prahl, regional president of Palmetto Mortgage group. But first, I wanted to remind you all of the client appreciation event coming up on September 25, the Gamecock football game. If you haven’t gotten an email about this event,… Read more »

Making a Move? Check out Lake Murray

  Here’s what it’s like to live on Lake Murray. For those of you who are considering making a move, whether you’re a local or transplant, today I’ll discuss what it’s like to live on Lake Murray. I’ve personally lived in the area since 2014, and my team and I have become the best agents… Read more »

How Buyers Can Find Success in Our Market

If you’re a buyer, here’s what you need to know about our market in 2021. What do buyers need to know about our Columbia real estate market? For one thing, inventory is as crazy as ever and stands at just 0.9 months. It’s a feeding frenzy out there for every type of home that’s decently… Read more »

Q: Where Are Interest Rates Headed in 2021?

Here’s what you can expect from the mortgage world in 2021. Today I’m joined by Brian Prahl of Palmetto Mortgage Group to give a 2021 interest rate forecast and talk about the refinance savings you can take advantage of. Brian says the mortgage industry has been crazy lately, but in a good way. COVID obviously… Read more »

Q: Are Homeowners Associations a Bad Thing?

Here are the pros and cons of living in a homeowners association. I’ve been hearing from a lot of clients about homeowners associations, which can be a real firestorm for some. Is living in a homeowners association a bad thing or a good thing? The truth is that it depends on your situation and what… Read more »

Buying Property on Lake Murray

Here’s what to look for when buying a Lake Murray home. Are you thinking of buying a property on Lake Murray? My team and I sell more Lake Murray homes than anyone else, so we know what you need to look for to find the best home available. Today I’ll take you on a tour… Read more »

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