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New Website Aids Charleston Home Buyers

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If you’re a South Carolina home buyer looking for new digs in Charleston, you’re in luck. Carolina One Real Estate and the Historic Charleston Group have teamed up to launch www.CharlestonBuyersGuide.com.

Visitors to the site will find an advanced MLS search, interactive map, information on local communities, all kinds of useful information for buyers and sellers and a blog. When searching for a home, buyers will be sure to love the site’s access to Microsoft’s Bird’s Eye View as well we Google’s Streetview. Buyers will also be able to view comprehensive listings that can be saved for future reference, and they can request for property information that matches their predetermined criteria to be emailed to them. The additional information provided in the community listings, market reports and blog is also of use to buyers, sellers and real estate professionals alike.

“CharlestonBuyersGuide.com was designed to fill a niche in the Charleston, SC real estate market,” John Lisi, the site’s co-founder says. “There was really no other website out there that emphasized the buyer and also utilized special technologies.”

According to Zillow, home values in Charleston have risen 7 percent in the last year to a median sale price of $249,300. This is higher than the national average sale price which is currently around $160,000. In addition, the market in Charleston is primarily made up of single family homes (68 percent), but condos (19 percent) are also prevalent.

For more information on the Charleston real estate market and to view the city’s current listings, be sure to visit www.CharlestonBuyersGuide.com.

Nine Carolina Cities Make Improving Markets List for April

US MapNine cities in North and South Carolina made the list of housing markets showing measurable improvement in April. Compiled by the National Association of Home Builders and First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), April’s list included 101 metropolitan areas across the nation.

Seven North Carolina cities:  Burlington, Charlotte, Goldsboro, Greensboro, Greenville, Rocky Mount and Winston-Salem made the list. Charleston and Spartanburg made the list for South Carolina.

The IMI identifies metro areas that show increases over a six month period for each of the respective lows related to employment, housing permits and house prices. The data is collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US Census Bureau and Freddie Mac. The list of 101 cities is up from the 99 listed in March, with 11 slipping from the list and 13 new ones being added.

“While housing markets across the country continue to struggle under the weight of overly tight lending conditions and other challenges, the April IMI indicates that at least 101 individual metros are showing measurable and consistent signs that they are headed in the right direction,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg. “A total of 35 states are now represented on the list, with 10 states having four or more entries. This positive news is in line with what our builder members have observed regarding firming conditions and improved buyer interest in certain locations.”

The National Association of Home Builders is a trade organization of 140,000 plus members involved in multifamily construction, home building, subcontracting, remodeling, housing finance, property management, building product manufacturing, design and more. NAHB builder members are expected to be involved in 80 percent of new housing projects this year.

If you’re interested in buying a home in one of these booming cities in North Carolina or South Carolina, visit Carolina Real Estate Forum.